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Terrifying telecom tale: Corporations bankrolling fight against local network measure — again

(Published by Boulder Weekly)

In a local example of what the Occupy Wall Street movement is railing about, big telecommunications companies are once again pouring cash into a campaign to defeat a measure that would allow Longmont to use its own fiber-optic network.

Not unlike the way that Xcel is investing in a campaign to defeat the city of Boulder’s municipalization effort, 16 miles northeast there is a battle waging over Longmont’s 17-mile telecom network, which has remained largely unused over its 14-year history.

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What the frack? Controversial oil/gas drilling digs in around Boulder County

(Published by Boulder Weekly)

Boulder County’s northeast shoulder is about to get fracked. Again.

Hydraulic fracturing, also called “fracking,” has become nationally known due to environmental concerns about the chemicals that mining companies use when shooting their high-powered liquids deep into the earth to extract oil and gas. The practice has attracted scrutiny because of the possible effects those chemicals can have on groundwater.

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Dangling from a wire with a perfect stranger

(Published by the Summit Daily News)

The chair lift slowed, then stopped, and I was left dangling high above the slopes.
I tried to imagine the reason for the delay — maybe it was a novice at the top of the lift who had disregarded the “Keep ski tips up” sign. I pictured it — the novice is swinging his skis back and forth, the snow ramp arrives, the tips catch in the snow, the chair continues without them, and they – WHAP! Face plant.
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A question of journalistic ethics

(Published by Boulder Weekly on December 24, 2009)

Over the past couple of weeks, some of you may have heard about a Summit Daily News reporter in Frisco who was fired after writing a column that was critical of a major advertiser — the CEO of Vail Resorts, Rob Katz. Continue reading A question of journalistic ethics

Montana-based group pours cash into conservative coffers in Longmont city council race

(Published by Boulder Weekly on October 29, 2009)
A regional right-wing advocacy group with connections to Republican political powers in Colorado has taken a keen interest in a hotly contested Longmont City Council race. Continue reading Montana-based group pours cash into conservative coffers in Longmont city council race

Who is pulling the strings at CU?

(Published by Boulder Weekly on September 17, 2009)

During the Ward Churchill trial last spring, there was a witness who traveled all the way from California to testify on behalf of the fired University of Colorado professor of ethnic studies, but the judge sided with CU attorneys arguments and prohibited the witness from answering questions. Continue reading Who is pulling the strings at CU?

Regents endorse review of Churchills scholarly record, issue apology to U.S.

(Published by Silver & Gold Record on February 10, 2005)

During a tumultuous meeting largely drowned out by the shouts of protesters, the Board of Regents passed a resolution on Feb. 3 to apologize to all Americans for the controversial comments of Ward Churchill of UCB ethnic studies and endorse a review of his scholarly record to determine whether he should be dismissed. Continue reading Regents endorse review of Churchills scholarly record, issue apology to U.S.

Regents: No personnel changes needed

(Published by Silver & Gold Record on May 20, 2004)

Most members of the Board of Regents do not feel that any CU officials should be fired as a result of the football controversy, regents told S&GR yesterday, after meeting with the independent investigative commission and accepting its final report. Continue reading Regents: No personnel changes needed

UCB housing staffer gets wrapped up in her work

(Published by Silver & Gold Record on January 14, 1999)

CU-Boulder staff member Chari Ihle of housing takes some of her work home with her at night, and now she is really getting wrapped up in it. Continue reading UCB housing staffer gets wrapped up in her work