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Thursday, June 19,2014

An ode to the canine life

Book on Colorado mountain dogs charms

By Elizabeth Miller
John Fayhee’s always had dogs, he says, in part because it’s behavior for a good citizen — rescue a mutt that might otherwise have a grim future at the end of the line in a shelter and give it a life that includes lots of time in the mountains and it’s giving that dog a winning ticket for the dog lottery. But there’s also a question of what having a dog around adds to your perspective.
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Thursday, June 19,2014

Summit seekers

Four men ski three of Alaska’s biggest peaks

By Elizabeth Miller
Four ski mountaineers (well, three skiers and one snowboarder) seem to have set a record in Alaska this season. It’s tough to know what, exactly, and from the audible shrug and laugh when he talks about it, it’s clear that Anton Sponar doesn’t much care.
Thursday, June 19,2014

A play in the political theater

A crash course in GOP gubernatorial candidates and where they fall when it comes to fracking

By Elizabeth Miller
The Democratic party in Colorado seems to be banking on an optical illusion — that their incumbent governor will be faced with Republican opponents who are so radically far right that while Governor John Hickenlooper leans right, his positions will still look like they’re at the center.
Thursday, June 12,2014

Letting Peggy Jo take the wheel

A not-so-classic bank robber story in ‘Peggy Jo and the Desolate Nothing’

By Elizabeth Miller
Most of what follows is true — the true story of a woman too big for her own life. Peggy Jo Tallas was mired in the post-women’s-liberation problem that faces so many women: If you didn’t grow up to be a wife and a mother, what did you grow up to be? And is it just a whole lot of nothing?.
Thursday, June 12,2014

Dying for the truth

Are recent claims of an inappropriate workplace at the coroner's office politically motivated or are they real?

By Elizabeth Miller
In recent weeks, sources have come forward objecting to the conduct of the forensic pathologist Boulder County Coroner Emma Hall has contracted to conduct many of the county’s autopsies, Dr. Michael Arnall. They have called his behavior unprofessional and claim he bullies and berates the staff of the coroner’s office.
Thursday, June 5,2014

Ahead of the EPA

Is Colorado proof that the EPA’s new standards can work — or that they’re worthless?

By Elizabeth Miller
The Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that power plants are going to have to cut carbon dioxide emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 has sparked cries that it’s a recipe for economic woe.
Thursday, May 22,2014

Unbridled art

Uncensored posters from Communist Poland recast traditional western imagery

By Elizabeth Miller
When the tight squeeze of Communist regime censorship applied itself to art in Poland, trained artists turned their hands to the unmonitored medium of poster production. Communist leaders believed that posters for cultural events, like film, opera, theatre and the circus, couldn’t threaten their rule.
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Thursday, May 22,2014

Boulder’s Ice men

Will global warming make this North Pole expedition the last of its kind?

By Elizabeth Miller
Between the northernmost reaches of Canadian soil, at Cape Discovery on Ellesmere Island, and the North Pole, there is a jumble of frozen seawater and ice sheets that break apart and collide together again. It’s like plate tectonics, but these frozen plates are driven by wind, tides and ocean currents.
Thursday, May 15,2014

THE POLITICS OF DEATH:

NO ONE CARES WHO THE CORONER IS… UNTIL THEY DO

By Elizabeth Miller
The truth is, none of us really want to have to care about who becomes the next county coroner. If you care, it’s likely because you’ve been on the living side of a sudden and unexpected death, the kind of death the coroner’s office is called in to document and investigate — a car accident, a homicide, a suicide, the death of a child or any death that no one was around to see.
Thursday, May 8,2014

The youngest fractivists speak

Young Boulder activist petitions oil and gas commission to stop issuing permits

By Elizabeth Miller
Earth Guardians’ 14-year-old Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez waited five months and two delays to have the chance to address the members of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. When he finally got his 20 minutes of time at the microphone, he got right to the point.
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