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Thursday, April 10,2014

Mama, have mercy

‘Oculus’ slices to the core

By Elizabeth Miller
When he’s finally released from protective custody, she immediately shuttles him back to their still-empty family home — because as the Ramseys can tell you, no one wants to buy a murder house — with a weekend’s worth of provisions, precautions and...
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Thursday, April 10,2014

Origins of evil, zombies and a film festival on the rise

Stanley Film Festival lures in horror fans and filmmakers

By Elizabeth Miller
It’s a cool spring evening with a bit of a breeze coming in off the mountains — just enough to slam a few doors and lift a few curtains. Old iron gates swing on their hinges in the courtyard. Though it’s too dark to clearly see the surrounding peaks, there’s a suggestion of cloud cover in the sky, a storm blanketing the peaks.
Thursday, April 10,2014

Climb aboard

Science of climbing class brings bouldering experience to kids

By Elizabeth Miller
On a chilly April morning, a school bus pulled up to the Alicia Sanchez Elementary School in Lafayette with some unusual cargo. It wasn’t full of children.
Thursday, April 3,2014

Dancer in the wild

Local collaborative films aerial dancer in the Flatirons

By Elizabeth Miller
High up on the southern side of Bear Peak at the southwestern edge of Boulder, the rock feature known as The Maiden hooks from the ground toward the western horizon. The west, overhanging face became the stage for an unlikely aerial play — a solo aerial dancer.
Thursday, March 27,2014

No, it’s not the game. It’s the players.

‘Tricked’ documentary challenges stereotypes on domestic sex trafficking

By Elizabeth Miller
It could have been her. That’s what University of Colorado alumnus Elizabeth Woller says she took away from the experience of running the cameras for Tricked, a film about domestic sex trafficking. “This is an American issue. It’s not a Third World issue, it’s an American issue. The film focuses a lot on Colorado because it is a major issue in Colorado, but it’s in every state,” Woller says. “It’s your neighbors. It’s your neighborhood. It’s your city.”
Monday, March 10,2014

CATCH-ing up for the summer

Camp pairs summer school with language focus for ESL students

By Elizabeth Miller
Kids are shipped home for summer with reminders that reading and math skills can deteriorate without some attention over the summer. These camps focus on avoiding that.
Monday, March 10,2014

Bag fee reduces paper and plastic bag use by 68 percent

Turns out, 10 cents matters

By Elizabeth Miller
It started costing $.10 each at the grocery line six months ago when a new city initiative began requiring grocery stores to charge a fee per disposable bag. Here's the results.
Thursday, February 27,2014

High altitude snow-bound

Colorado ski mountaineer sets sights on skiing the ‘Alaska Family’

By Elizabeth Miller
Anton Sponar, who spends his summers guiding in Chile, has mapped out a plan to spend the early summer in Alaska, working on the trio of peaks called the “Alaska Family,” Mount McKinley, Mount Foraker and Mount Hunter, over a six-week period.
Thursday, February 20,2014

Chronicles of pain and passion

Banff film tour brings a little agony, and a lot of visual fun

By Elizabeth Miller
“The two of us have never done a bike tour and we thought it would be pretty cool to do a bike tour, we’re pretty good friends, we’ve traveled a lot, and, you know, it’s all culminated in the worst trip of our lives,” Honnold says in the film trailer.
Thursday, February 20,2014

A home worth the fight

Longmont Housing Authority change keeps medical marijuana patient in her home

By Elizabeth Miller
A Longmont resident has finally learned that her use of medical marijuana to manage the residual pain of having become a quadriplegic in a car accident 11 years ago is not going to lead to the loss of the housing voucher that she depends on.
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