Fish Creek Road runs along the eastern edge of Estes Park, Colorado – or at least it used to. The recent record rainfall of September 2013 flooded Fish Creek proper, washing away entire segments of the roadway that runs alongside it – more than three miles of roadway, according to
Category Archive: Politics
On November 14, 2013, the Boulder Stand’s contributing co-editor Caitlin Rockett and contributing writer Gloria Dickie reported from the ivory crush at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City, CO.
The crush represented a prominent move by the U.S. government to send a strong signal to the international community: the illegal ivory trade will not be tolerated.
Dickie and Rockett worked with reporter Michael Kodas, assistant director of the CU Boulder Center for Environmental Journalism, to produce a film on the ivory crush for OnEarth. You can watch the powerful film here.
Dickie’s photos from the crush are featured in the video slideshow above.
Like the radioactive dust spread across Rocky Flats soil, politics over the Jefferson Parkway – which might be one of the most controversial building proposals of an American city’s beltway system – might never go away.
The Jefferson Parkway is the proposed toll road to run between Broomfield and Superior, linking the Northwest Parkway to State Highway 93. Envisioned by some as a final link to complete the Denver Metro beltway, and viewed by others as a health and environmental hazard due to its proximity to former nuclear weapons facility, Rocky Flats, the project has been pitched, challenged and dropped several times in the past three decades. Legal back-and-forths have made parkway politics a sensitive topic, especially when opposing perspectives challenge the definition of words such as “safe.” But as of December 2012, a federal court of appeals ruling lifted the block on parkway construction – giving highway officials the right to pave their way.
Longmont Ballot Question 300 to ban “fracking” has passed by a margin of nearly 17 percent of votes.
Ballot Question 300 asked Longmont voters whether they wish to prohibit “the use of Hydraulic Fracturing to extract oil, gas, or other hydrocarbons,” and to prohibit as well “the storage in open pits or disposal of solid or liquid wastes created in connection with the hydraulic fracturing process.”
The members of Our Health, Our Future, Our Longmont, the group behind the Yes on 300 campaign, were celebrating from their headquarters last night at 10 p.m. Close to 20,000 votes were in, with 58 percent of votes in support of the measure and 41 percent opposed.