What’s the plan for distributing the rest of the Marshall Fire fund? Community Foundation Boulder County releases first details

Ninety days after the Marshall Fire reduced more than 1,000 homes to ash and upended lives, the Community Foundation Boulder County on Monday, March 28, detailed publicly for the first time how it plans to distribute the remaining $28.5 million in disaster relief raised through the Boulder County Wildfire Fund.  The majority of the money […]

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‘365 fire days a year’: NCAR wildfire is another wake-up call for weary Boulder residents adjusting to life in the new normal

The South Boulder wildfire that erupted by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) amid near-record temperatures on Saturday, March 26, was another unwelcome wake-up call for Boulder County residents about the dangers of living in a place so prone to wildfires as climate change intensifies. The flames burned about 189 acres of city-owned open […]

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In wake of another Boulder wildfire and risky season ahead, 6 terms to understand, from red flag warning to 100% containment

This story was originally published on The Conversation. David Godwin is the Director of the Southern Fire Exchange, University of Florida Wildfires fueled by dry, windy conditions forced evacuations in Boulder on March 25, 2022, after a string of fires the previous weeks damaged homes in Texas and Florida. They were a sharp reminder to […]

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Here’s what we know (and don’t) about the Kalmia Avenue Fire

Josh Shepperd woke to a pounding on the door and the smell of smoke around 5 a.m. on the morning of March 25. The building across from his at the Magwood Apartments on the 2800 block of Kalmia Avenue was engulfed in flames.  “Fire was shooting out of the roof of the building, which was […]

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‘How can you deal with those hard feelings?’: Youth-led day of healing helps Boulder residents work through big emotions after a tragic year

Nevaeh Patt moved with her family from Oregon to Boulder not long before the mass shooting at the Table Mesa King Soopers that killed 10 people on March 22, 2021. Looking back on that day, the 14-year-old Boulder High student remembers feeling helpless in her new town.   “I was just starting to get to know […]

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5 can’t-miss events during Boulder Arts Week 2022

The idea behind the city’s Boulder Arts Week is pretty simple, says program manager Abra Allan: build more awareness around the local art scene in Boulder by making it more accessible to people across the community. But with Covid-19 restrictions lifting after a tough couple years for artists and venues, the mission is taking on […]

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‘It takes them home’: Latino history exhibition tells local stories of pride, pain and perseverance

When Joseph Monico Baca died in a coal mining accident near Trinidad, Colorado in the winter of 1944, his family back in Boulder County was left with questions. Baca’s daughter Phyllis Rodgriguez, four years old at the time of his passing, nearly went her entire life not knowing what happened to her dad in that […]

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What’s at stake in Steve Rosenblum’s First Amendment lawsuit? The implications go beyond Boulder politics

Last week, the lawsuit by Steve Rosenblum, a city council candidate in last year’s election who alleges community organizers conspired to spread defamatory statements about him, landed in the Colorado Court of Appeals.

The case started as a means for Rosenblum to “vindicate” his name and reputation, according to his September 2021 complaint.

But in the months since he lost his election, it has taken on a broader significance as it could have major implications for free speech protections under to 2019 Colorado law.

The law sought to discourage SLAPP suits, or strategic lawsuits against public participation. The law made it easier to get judges to dismiss frivolous lawsuits intended to intimidate critics by dragging them into court.

Rosenblum’s lawsuit, which defendants have dubbed a SLAPP suit, it among the first cases involving the anti-SLAPP law to go before the Colroado Court of Appeals. It could set an appellate court precedent, particularly as it relates to the rights of people who speak out against candidates for elected office.

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‘Where are the buses?’: Boulder neighborhood built for public transit could lose services

As part of its future service plan, RTD has proposed restoring just one of the five bus routes that had served the Boulder Junction bus stop before the pandemic. City official are pushing back and calling on RTD to restore services that made up a core part of the neighborhood before the bus station closed in April 2020.

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