Former FEMA director, criticized for his response to Hurricane Katrina, sues Boulder County for its handling of Marshall Fire

Boulder County officials said government-funded debris removal at properties destroyed by the Marshall Fire will not begin until it resolves a legal dispute with the former FEMA director Michael Brown. The Bush administration official resigned amid criticism over his handling of Hurricane Katrina and is alleging the county violated open meeting laws when it awarded a bid to a private company to begin the clean-up work. Why Brown is suing over transparency concerns is unclear. He has said he won’t speak to journalists.

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‘It could have been me’: A Ukrainian-American in Boulder County watches war unfold from over 5,000 miles away

Valeria Schweiger has lived in the United States for 25 years, but she still dreams about her hometown of Mykolaiv, Ukraine.  “I walk the streets. I go to stores. I still sometimes go to school,” she says. “And even though my dreams are in English — weird, right? — I still hear the Russian language, […]

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City Council might keep West Pearl closed to cars. Some restaurant owners say it’s bad for business.

To serve Covid-weary customers amid indoor dining restrictions in the early days of the pandemic, the City of Boulder closed the west end of the Pearl Street mall between 9th and 11th streets to provide more outdoor dining space for restaurants. Now, with case numbers dropping, restrictions lifting and the Boulder Business Recovery Program coming […]

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‘Think like a log’: Green housing expert offers advice to Marshall Fire victims on rebuilding with resiliency and long-term cost savings in mind  

After Andrew Michler lost his home during the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire, he took the rebuilding process into his own hands. Today, he works as a certified “passive house” consultant and principal of the design firm Hyperlocal Workshop, helping people build ultra-low energy homes that reduce climate-warming gasses and better withstand an extreme weather disaster.  […]

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Boulder’s transportation master plan is designed to make the city safer for cyclists and pedestrians. Here are 9 projects to look for this year.

When it comes to Boulder’s transportation master plan, the goal is simple: making city streets safer for everyone, regardless of how they get around.  The city hopes to achieve this while emphasizing equity, reliability, choice and support for Boulder’s climate commitment.  The plan includes five different policies designed to work together to fix problem areas […]

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New Boulder documentary cracks open the conversation on race, place and belonging in ‘the happiest city in America’

This Is [Not] Who We Are premieres Sunday at the Boulder International Film Festival. We talked to filmmakers Katrina Miller and Beret Strong about what audiences can expect. Read the full story

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‘We want you back’: Louisville City Council moves to exempt Marshall Fire victims from new energy efficiency codes

Councilmembers voted to draft an ordinance exempting Marshall Fire victims from having to follow the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code when rebuilding their homes. The vote on the ordinance itself will be decided in a future meeting.

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Planning Board chair’s parting message: Boulder can meet its affordable housing goals, but challenges loom

David Ensign leaves his post after serving five years on a board often at the center of the city’s most contentious housing debates. One challenge that remains is how to create more middle-income affordable housing in Boulder.

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IPCC report shows climate risks are rising— a scientist looks at the dangers her children will have to adapt to, from Western wildfires to Colorado River water scarcity

“My third child in now 9 years old,” writes scientist Erica A.H. Smithwick. “According to the IPCC report, his future will include about four times as many extreme events compared to the experience of someone in their 60s today.” And that’s if nations reduce fossil fuel use enough to hold global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Read the full story

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