<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - News]]> <![CDATA[Boulder County floods: What's in the water?]]> Now that the waters are slowing and the levels are in decline, it’s time to begin the difficult task of assessing the potential damage that the flooding has caused — and may yet cause — to human health and the environment, and what we can do to protect ourselves.]]> <![CDATA[A hard season for Boulder’s homeless kids]]> While most kids this time of year are busy contemplating their impending Yuletide haul, that’s hardly the case for Boulder’s estimated 200 or so teenagers who are living on the streets at any given time. For these kids who are avoiding troubles at home or don’t have a home, the cold is a far more important issue than thinking about what isn’t going to be under their nonexistent tree.]]> <![CDATA[Twice bitten? Second Crestone resident claims fraud]]> Eisenhauer, who was in the real estate business for more than 16 years as a broker and owner, says she has seen firsthand how corrupt the foreclosure business is.]]> <![CDATA[Revising history]]> "I want it to be torn down, it needs to be,” Amy Levine says of the Eldorado Corner Market, where she works. “The gas pumps don’t work right; sometimes they give too much, which cuts into profits, and the place is just dilapidated. It needs to be torn down.”]]> <![CDATA[Jessica Ridgeway: Making sense of Jessica’s tragedy]]> This package is intended to provide readers with a comprehensive understanding of Jessica’s case, including incidents that could be related, statistics on child abductions and the possible psychology of her killer.]]> <![CDATA[(IN CASE YOU MISSED IT)]]> The industry doesn’t even feel the need to be creative with its deceptions anymore. Labor Day is approaching, oops a refinery is being taken off line for repairs causing the price of gasoline to go up just in time for the end of summer. Sorry America..]]> <![CDATA[City: Valmont Butte cleanup is finally complete]]> <![CDATA[Opening doors]]> Frank Alexander started helping the needy in high school, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and food pantries in tiny Hopewell, N.J. Now, decades later, he’s still helping the less fortunate, just on a much larger scale. Alexander is Boulder County’s director of housing and human services, and he’s Boulder Weekly’s Person of the Year because he has been responsible for leading a remarkable transformation in how the county helps its needy.]]> <![CDATA[Killing Amendment 2]]> <![CDATA[Women warriors]]> “It was a time when everyone said, ‘What can I do to help win the war?” says Robinson, now 89 years old. “I had thought of different things I could do. I thought maybe I’d be a reporter because I’d always liked to write, but in the end I felt the best place I could serve was to be a nurse.]]> <![CDATA[EPA's abandoned Wyoming fracking study one retreat of many]]> When the Environmental Protection Agency abruptly retreated on its multimillion-dollar investigation into water contamination in a central Wyoming natural gas field earlier this year, it shocked environmentalists and energy industry supporters alike.]]> <![CDATA[Boulder's Ignite Your Potential: Shooting for the stars]]> In a world full of opportunities, and a town with so many people privileged to take full advantage of them, sometimes we forget that not everyone has it so easy. Not everyone comes from a background of even knowing what it takes to get into college, how to apply and how to afford it.]]> <![CDATA[Boulder City Council weighs how to tax, regulate short-term housing rentals]]> On Thursday, Aug. 27, the Boulder City Council will determine the fate of two ordinances that seek to regulate and tax short-term rentals of homes within the city. One ordinance will codify rules and regulations for any Boulder homeowner wishing to rent their home on a short-term basis on sites like Airbnb and VRBO. Those regulations could include home inspections and license requirements. The other ordinance would put forth on the November ballot a question to raise about $400,000 through a 7.5 percent tax on these short-term rentals.]]> <![CDATA[Someone like me]]> Some may call Jeanette Vizguerra an advocate, a leader, a hero. Still others label her illegal. But she identifies herself as a mother — “A mother that loves her children so much and that is going to do anything that is needed to be with them always,” she says, via an interpreter.]]> <![CDATA[Journeys Backyard Barbeque comes to Boulder ]]> Don’t be fooled by the name, Journeys Backyard Barbeque isn’t your average block party. A touring playground for the MTV generation, Journeys Backyard Barbeque will be serving up live music and action sports in a high-energy setting.]]> <![CDATA[Too soon to estimate infrastructure costs and repairs]]> At this point, how many miles of road need replacing and bridges need rebuilding is still being tallied. Lingering floodwaters delayed the inspections by Colorado Department of Transportation staff and Xcel Energy that would be the first step in establishing a firm timeline and dollar amount for the infrastructure recovery facing Colorado after massive floods.]]> <![CDATA[101-WORD FICTION FINALISTS]]> choice to gain your freedom and then so soon give it away. She’d simply packed her trunk and said goodbye. She headed west, leaving footprints like platters in the asphalt, kicking up dust on dirt roads, until the coolness of grass told her she was home.]]> <![CDATA[The Ghosts of Valmont Butte series]]> <![CDATA[(IN CASE YOU MISSED IT)]]> This week Zimmerman decided to come to the aid of an embattled Central Florida gun-store owner. Now this owner fellow isn’t in trouble for the usual gun-store owner things like selling guns to the mentally ill or eighth graders who’ve grown weary of the jokes at their expense.]]> <![CDATA[Study associates some birth defects with proximity to natural gas development]]> Living near hydraulic fracturing (fracking) sites may increase the risk of some birth defects, according to a new study, though the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has countered that the findings indicate association, not causation, and should not cause great concern.]]>