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Thursday, July 17,2014

A promise kept

Immediately following last September’s devastating flood, Craig Ferguson vowed to have his Planet Bluegrass festival grounds rebuilt better than ever in time for RockyGrass. Truth be told, a lot of folks thought that was impossible.

By Joel Dyer
Within days of being hit by the flood, despite all the carnage he had witnessed, Ferguson announced to the world that his Planet Bluegrass Ranch would be ready for festival-goers by the time RockyGrass arrived a short 10 months later on July 25, 2014.
Thursday, July 17,2014

Drumbeat of war grows louder

An examination of the escalating violence in Gaza from inside the Palestinian territories

By Haley Gray
When Boulder Weekly freelancer Haley Gray — who speaks fluent Arabic — told us she was going to spend a few months in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, we made arrangements for her to write a few stories. We had no idea that tensions between Israelis and Palestinians in the region would escalate to the levels we are now seeing.
Thursday, July 10,2014

Bullets or bongs?

The law says Coloradans have to choose between their guns and their weed

Because of a conflict between state marijuana statutes and federal gun laws, Colorado residents must choose between owning guns and using marijuana. Yet state law enforcement officials are virtually powerless to enforce the intersection where those conflicting laws meet.
Thursday, July 10,2014

Petition for home rule circulates Boulder County

Charter would move control from county commissioners to citizen vote

By Matt Cortina
An initiative to create “home rule” in Boulder County, which might allow it to ban fracking, GMO cropping and other ventures currently under state jurisdiction, is under way after the Boulder County Clerk recently approved an initial petition for the case.
Thursday, July 3,2014

Broken Promises, part II

By Boulder Weekly Staff
“Iraq, whether you believe biblically or textbook or whatever, it’s where the cradle of civilization started. I mean the Euphrates and Tigris river valleys. And we’re gonna change something that’s been in place from the dawn of time? We’re going to go in and convert them?"
Thursday, July 3,2014

BROKEN PROMISES

With Iraq and the VA trading terrible headlines these days, we asked veterans for their view on life and current events.

By Boulder Weekly Staff
More than a million veterans have been diagnosed with at least one mental disorder associated with their service since returning home and nearly a half million of those have two or more mental issues with which to cope. To date, 338,294 men and woman have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Thursday, July 3,2014

Workers organize in Denver

By Dave Anderson
In America today, only 11.8 percent of workers are union members. When the labor movement was more powerful, union workers generally had a 20 percent wage advantage and many nonunion firms tended to mimic the wages and benefits of their unionized competitors. If we want to fight economic inequality, we have to bring back the unions.
Thursday, June 26,2014

Boulder County AIDS Project three times as effective at stopping HIV

A new study shows that BCAP’s clients fare better than their counterparts across the country

By Caitlin Rockett
Hayden is one of approximately 600 HIV positive people living in Boulder County. In addition to those 600 people, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment estimates that there are about 126 people in the county who are unaware they are infected. Those 700-odd people account for 6 percent of the total number of people (11,750) living with HIV in the state of Colorado.
Thursday, June 26,2014

Meadow interrupted

How a conservation easement turned into a home

By Matt Cortina
After seven years of litigation, board hearings, applications and angry neighbors, a conservation easement has been lifted, property lines have been redrawn and building exemptions have been made for that house to be built in that meadow.
Thursday, June 26,2014

Obituary for a river

By Cecelia Gilboy
While we are well aware that the fight to stop the Denver Water Board’s Gross Reservoir dam/expansion project — and as as a result, the Fraser River diversion — is going strong, we felt that giving folks a taste of what will be lost should Denver Water prevail was in order.
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