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Hightide

The roots of rising heroin abuse and what it means for Boulder County

By Matt Cortina

Ashley is 32. She looks 52. A 20-year addiction to heroin has changed her. She sits in Boulder County detox, nine months sober, and talks about the most traumatic experience she’s had in her life. It lingers more than giving up two children, than walking away from a nursing job, and from injecting $300 of heroin into her body almost every day for two decades. “He would show up every now and then,” Ashley says. “He’d come find me if he needed something. He lived in Longmont. He would come to Boulder just to get drugs. He had a house. He ran a business. So, I mean, he had a lot going for him, and it was just really sad.”

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The trouble with Casey

Parents press for school closure in the face of unresolved concerns over toxic gas at school

By Elizabeth Miller

Here’s what we know for sure about the air at Casey Middle School: It smells bad. Since the new, $33 million rebuilt school opened in August 2010 and became home to just under 600 students and about 50 teachers, reports have circulated of air that smells like rotten eggs and, sometimes, feces. Air monitors brought into the school have identified levels of hydrogen sulfide (H2S), a colorless, flammable gas known for its rotten egg smell. Those levels, according to reports from now multiple third-party monitoring agencies, are below the levels that immediately trigger cause for concern for adults in the work place. But here’s the thing: That may not be true for children.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

By Boulder Weekly Staff

Those amendments would have given greater control to local governments over drilling and fracking and created 2,000-foot setbacks between oil and gas operations and people’s homes and schools. But on the very day that the signatures were to be turned over to the Secretary of State’s office, they were traded away by Courtesy of Co.

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No solid ground

Thousands of Front Range homes were built over areas with potential to collapse and could face additional risks due to oil and gas extraction

By Elizabeth Miller

The coal mines that lie under portions of downtown Lafayette and Louisville, outskirts of Erie and most of Frederick, Firestone and Dacono were built to collapse. Coal mines on the Front Range from the 1860s when coal mining began in Colorado until roughly 30 years ago used the technique of “room and pillar” mining — tunneling into a coal seam and digging rooms off the side between pillars of coal.

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Building a culture of health

In the wake of an Ebola epidemic, a Colorado native leads a nonprofit as they help build permanent medical services in Sierra Leone

By Caitlin Rockett

Growing up in Pueblo, Colo., with a single mother, Eric Talbert never thought he’d go to college, let alone direct a nonprofit organization providing medical care to civilian victims of war. But, as Talbert says, life had other plans for him. “It’s been a wild ride, as they say,” Talbert says. The Colorado native is the executive director for EMERGENCY USA, the American component of a global network of NGOs that bring high-quality, free medical and surgical assistance to war victims in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic and Sudan. In the wake of the Ebola crisis — in which Sierra Leone has suffered the worst of any country — EMERGENCY USA has opened two clinics in Sierra Leone dedicated to treating patients with Ebola, many who have survived the virus.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

By Boulder Weekly Staff

How delightful to see the clothing industry rising to meet the occasion in reducing exposure to ambient particulate matter that has sent photos around the world of Shanghai so shrouded in a brown cloud that the tops of its skyscrapers are nearly invisible.

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The legislation, which was modeled after Title IX, the bill protecting women’s rights to equal opportunities in education, would establish federal prohibitions against discriminating against public school students on the basis of, or perception of, sexual orientation or gender identity.

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The show goes on

Grant from State Historical Fund ensures high school students keep their theater, and so does Boulder

By Elizabeth Miller

Growing pains first took the Tara Performing Arts High School to the Nomad Playhouse in 2001 — they didn’t fit the smaller venues they’d used in the past and needed a space their first graduating class could use for an all-school production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.

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Nomad Playhouse Events

The upcoming benefit for the purchase and rehabilitation of the Nomad Playhouse includes the following events. Tickets are $20 general admission, $50 VIP or VIP with limited valet parking for $75 unless otherwise noted..

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Three-D revolution

The hottest trend in printing technology is changing the way we practice medicine

By Caitlin Rockett

“I think it’s pretty much instilled in you that [knee implants] last 20 years, which I don’t know if that’s really true or not, but I would think that most people don’t want to go through it twice,” Duggan says. “So I was waiting for the last 10 years, trying to get closer to 60 years old.

Vote Guide 2014

Vote Guide – Candidates

By Boulder Weekly Staff

Mark Udall has done a lot of things right in the six years since he was elected to the U.S. Senate. He crafted the “Not My Boss’s Business Act” in response to the Supreme Court decision on Hobby Lobby’s case against paying for certain forms of birth control to say that women should continue to have access to affordable contraception.

Vote Guide 2014

Vote Guide - Judge retention

By Boulder Weekly Staff

For our endorsements, we used the Blue Book text, authored by the Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation (COJPE). We also researched the judges’ written opinions and sought input from Stan Garnett, district attorney for the 20th Judicial District.

Vote Guide 2014

Vote Guide - Ballot questions

By Boulder Weekly Staff

For one, the legislature already responded to the issue it claims to address (the loss of a child by an eightmonths-pregnant woman after she was hit by a drunk driver) by passing laws that apply penalties to the unlawful termination of a pregnancy through criminal or negligent acts.

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