Despite all the hoopla about Hillary Hall issuing same-sex marriage licenses in Boulder, marriage equality is not a new concept in that town. As Westword has reported, Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Clela Rorex issued the first same-sex marriage licenses in the country in the mid-1970s. Although ... More >>
The day after an Adams County judge ruled that Colorado's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a court in Boulder County has denied Colorado Attorney General John Suthers's bid to stop such licenses from being issued in that area. Why? We've got details and the complete ruling below. See als ... More >>
Update below: Since the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down its ruling on June 25 invalidating Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall has been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples -- seventy at last count. But Colorado Attorney General Joh ... More >>
Colorado restaurants and residents alike have been eager to lend a helping hand to the very start of the food chain: First with the Tables to Farm dinners at Colterra and SALT that benefited Boulder County farmers, and tonight with Slow Food Denver's Come Rain or Come Shine fundraiser. See also: H ... More >>
The cream of the culinary crop: We're not talking about chefs but farmers, who don't get nearly as much face time with food fans. Bradford Heap, chef/owner of SALT Bistro and Colterra Food & Wine, wants to change that, and at the same time help farmers suffering from the effects of the Colorado floo ... More >>
Update, 9/25/13: Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd has been added to the lineup for this Friday's flood relief benefit at Swallow Hill. Complete information listed below. Although the heavy rains that soaked the Front Range have stopped and the floodwaters have begun to recede, as with any natural di ... More >>
Since the floods that have devastated so many Front Range communities, we've seen a few instances of bad behavior -- like alleged looting on the CU-Boulder campus -- but many more of people trying to help others in desperate situations. Examples? Denver Craigslist is currently festooned with offers ... More >>
What area suffered the worst damage in the recent Front Range flooding? One candidate is the Fourmile-and-Salina area captured in the following photos shared by Boulder County. The destruction is positively astonishing. Continue to see what we mean.
Earlier this week, we put together a photo gallery of flood damage to Colorado roads, featuring images from around the state. But unsurprisingly, the roads in Boulder County were among the hardest hit. Below, see photos from the Boulder County Facebook page spotlighting some of the most notable dama ... More >>
The incredible flooding in Colorado area hasn't only effected humans. Plenty of animals have been stranded as well, with rescue operations targeting them as well as their owners. Look below to see images of the operation in Boulder County, as shared on its Facebook page.
Boulder County is known for leading the state in matters of open space, animal rights, environmental protections and all-around tree-hugging. But next week may present the acid test for local officials' greeniness. On September 18 the county planning commission will listen to a presentation from sta ... More >>
Some people say the first green shoots of spring have the most chi or energy, while others insist they're particularly cleansing for your system. No matter what the reason, most of us are yearning for fresh tastes after a plodding winter of carrots, onions, potatoes, winter squash and dried beans. S ... More >>
With the public speaking out overwhelmingly against hydraulic fracturing in Boulder County, the board of commissioners voted unanimously to temporarily extend the existing moratorium on processing drill permits until June 10, 2013. And while the decision didn't please everyone, many saw it as a step ... More >>
On Tuesday, Boulder county commissioners temporarily walked away from a fracking hearing due to a boisterous protest by attending activists. The next day, the officials issued a statement included here that decried the disruption using terms like "mob harassment." But the director of a youth-oriente ... More >>
Reports about Stylios Trachanas's court appearance on Friday led with his role as a medical marijuana caregiver, as did a U.S. Attorney's Office release. But while his MMJ work will contribute to his sentence, he may not have been arrested at all if he hadn't used and possessed weapons forbidden to ... More >>
The Lower North Fork Fire has already resulted in two fatalities and remains uncontained at this writing -- and the conditions that have fueled it are clearly not lost on officials in other communities. Below, see information about newly announced fire bans in Boulder and Golden, as well as a releas ... More >>
The Boulder City Council is considering a proposal to reduce penalties for sixty minor legal violations such as littering and throwing rocks. Under ordinance 7831, first and second time offenders would no longer face jail time, though their rights to a trial by jury would be changed to a single judg ... More >>
"We, the citizens of Boulder County, in order to create a more perfect food system, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common need, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of a food system free from the influences of corporate power, and ensure publi ... More >>
When powerful development forces in metro Denver conspire to drain more water from already depleted Western Slope rivers, there's only one thing for a self-respecting environmentalist to do: Grab your gear and head to Boulder for The World's Largest Kayak Drum Circle. At least, that's what ... More >>
This week, Boulder County's 22-year-old syringe exchange program -- called "The Works" -- became the first legal syringe exchange in the state, thanks to a state law passed in 2010 legalizing such programs.
Pardon our dust! Boulder County has signed off on a controversial deal that brings the proposed Jefferson Parkway closer to concrete reality. And that worries LeRoy Moore -- because the deal involves buying a corner of land right by Rocky Flats.
Jim Knapp PhotographyBYBA students with Representative Patrick Kennedy.Colorado has a reputation as one of the healthiest places in the country -- and in many regards, it is. But while this state's residents may be more successful than most at resisting over-consumption, that doesn't mean Col ... More >>
FlickrThe precipitation falling at this writing should put a punctuation mark on the Indian Gulch and Burning Tree fires -- but the moisture isn't enough to end the dry conditions that have prompted multiple local fire bans. Not that everyone's paying attention, judging by not one, not two, b ... More >>
Another sign that Boulder's Fourmile Canyon fire is flaming out: The County's providing burn-area resources to residents returning to their property, including portable toilets, dumpsters and more. Also offered -- grief counseling for those having a difficult time grappling with their loss. D ... More >>
The Fourmile Canyon fire near Boulder has been unpredictable. Note that only hours after authorities allowed some evacuated residents back into their homes yesterday, they were ordered out again due to high-wind concerns. Understandably, some never left -- but now they, and their neighbors, h ... More >>
When Boulder officials said people allowed back into their homes on the eastern edge of the Fourmile Canyon fire evacuation area should be prepared to leave again if conditions shift weren't kidding. Residents of several subdivisions, who were granted access to their homes at 10 a.m. today, a ... More >>
A 2009 Ralston Creek haul.An update about yesterday's Boulder County marijuana grow seizure of 3,000 plants. After a closer count, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office thinks the plant total was closer to 3,500 -- and after more inspection of the nearby area, law-enforcement types located a se ... More >>
2009 Sugarloaf Mountain bust.Breaking news: Boulder is recognized the world over as a marijuana-friendly town. But apparently the weed smoked by thousands of attendees at the annual 4/20 orgasm of cannabis consumption at CU is largely grown elsewhere. As evidence, note that this week's bust ... More >>
Gino Rael.In January, registered sex offender Gino Rael was accused of trying to recruit young girls in letters sent from Boulder County jail. Division Chief Larry Hank told Westword he thought such a situation could be prevented by restricting inmates to sending only postcards. But if this ... More >>
In "Mile Highs and Lows," Westword offers a no-holds-barred look at what goes on behind the locked doors of marijuana dispensaries, whether they resemble swanky bars, sterile dentist's offices or a dope dealer's college dorm room. This week, the Wildflower Seed reviews Boulder County Caregiv ... More >>
The latest entry in our Mile Highs and Lows dispensary reviews feature has just been published: Join The Wildflower Seed at Boulder County Caregivers. And there's more where that came from. Check out our newly updated dispensary directory by clicking here.
From sour beer to facial hair to a debate between latke lovers and hamantasch supporters, here's a taste of the next seven days in food: Monday, February 22: Café Gondolier, 1600 Pearl Street in Boulder, will donate 15 percent of the day's sales to the Boulder County AIDS Project as part o ... More >>
There's plenty going on this week for Fat Tuesday, but if you don't feel like abstaining for six weeks until Easter, don't fret; we've got all the indulgent food-and-drink events to keep the debauchery going for as long as you please, including Wynkoop's 2010 Beerdrinker of the Year brew. Her ... More >>
View Larger Map Earlier this week, a Boulder County resident was hiking near the 200 block of Sandy Drive, a Sugarloaf Mountain area captured in the graphic above (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map"), when he came upon what the Boulder County Sheriff's Office described as ... More >>
The Boulder Daily Camera reported today that Boulder County has installed rules covering the use of social media by employees (CBS4 Denver also blogged about it). The gist of the rules seems to be requiring permission from a department head to post anything to Twitter, Facebook, etc. Reall ... More >>
To review the accuracy of the last election's vote count, Boulder County conducted an audit of ballots using a groundbreaking software program that was developed through open-source methods. This is computer geek-speak for a collaborative design approach based on the sharing of knowledge and technol ... More >>
In this week’s Off Limits we note our excitement at discovering that the Metro Area Graffiti Task Force has posted a comprehensive list of every known gang and graffiti crew in the region. Now graffiti laymen can discover just what the scrawled tags across the city actually mean. According to Ta ... More >>
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Boulder County slams the door on a group of juvenile homes that won't lock theirs.
Boulder County Farmers' Market
The JonBenét circus continues, but the center ring remains empty.