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Big oil in small schools

How the oil and gas industry has gotten into Boulder County schools and student groups

By Matt Cortina

In the last year, various members of the oil and gas industry have visited the students of a Boulder high school environmental group. School officials invited those industry folks most of the time, but some questions have since arisen. Who invited the oil and gas representatives? Why are they allowed to speak to students without parents around? Is there any context in which industry members can provide an educational benefit to students?

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Dancing in the dark

City shuts off bid process to outside dance companies

By Matt Cortina

What could Boulder Weekly possibly find wrong with the city of Boulder’s public dance program? This program, which brings joy to thousands of Boulder’s most rhythmic citizens, young and old, couldn’t possibly stoke flames of controversy, could it? And if it could, just drop it anyway, you muckraking curmudgeons.

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At Amazon, ‘cheap’ comes at a very hefty price

It’s time to look closer at Jeff Bezos and his online retail colossus

By Jim Hightower

Jeffrey Preston Bezos is the elfish, almost preternatural man of unbounded ambition who founded and is CEO of Amazon, the online retailing colossus that trumpets itself as “Earth’s most customer-centric company.” At first blush, you might wonder why I’m picking on a company that has built a positive reputation with millions of consumers and even has a rather hip vibe going for it.

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Too close for comfort

Study finds that people living close to natural gas wells have more skin and respiratory complaints

By Caitlin Rockett

“Washington County is essentially the first location where the Marcellus Shale [formation] gas wells were initially dug and … fracked with the unconventional technology,” says Ilya Slizovskiy, a co-author of the paper and native Pennsylvanian. “The first wells were [drilled] in as early as 2005 or 2006.

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Out of balance

An in-depth look into Hickenlooper’s oil and gas task force

By Elizabeth Miller

This year, hundreds of thousands of Coloradans signed petitions to create ballot initiatives that asked for more local control over the oil and gas development happening near their homes, schools and businesses as well as increased setbacks.

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Out of Balance pt 2

By Elizabeth Miller

The work of this task force will provide an alternative to ballot initiatives that, if successful, would have regulated the oil and gas industry through the rigidity of Constitutional amendments

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A unifying field of dreams

The biggest question of the day was: Is there a fundamental difference between the guys in the drab Dodger grays and the guys in the colorful Giants home uniforms?

By Stewart Sallo

Aron is a distant cousin of mine from L.A. with whom I had recently become acquainted. It turns out we share a love of baseball, and when he was in Boulder recently I invited him to play a game on my fast-pitch softball team.

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The art of resilience

A year after the flood, a local photographer helps Jamestown continue to heal through an interactive photography project

By Caitlin Rockett

And then she lost. “I was devastated, just seriously flattened. I couldn’t leave my house,” Dyer says, recalling her depression. But when she did finally leave her Boulder home after a few days to get some food, she says she’ll never forget what happened.

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A flood of data

A CU team examines how your tweets can help civil engineers build better structures

By Caitlin Rockett

It’s not news that there’s valuable information hidden within the noise of social media. There’s the obvious use for business marketing, but social media offers bigger gains for society at large.

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Center of controversy

Civic use pad in downtown Boulder nears development while straying from original vision

By Matt Cortina

Until the day construction ends (and probably long after), a small plot of land in downtown Boulder reserved for a civic center will continue to serve only as the city’s center of controversy. That day, after more than 25 years, is about to be realized.

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