Posted inTransportation

‘The work never stops’: Boulder’s top traffic engineer on the city’s shift in safety priorities from local streets to arterial roadways

Traffic hums constantly through arterial roadways like Broadway and 28th Street in Boulder. As the name suggests, these streets act as vital arteries that move large numbers of people — in cars, on bikes and on their feet — throughout the city on a given day. The large volume of traffic on arterial streets naturally […]

Posted inHow We Work

Boulder Reporting Lab receives Chronicle of Philanthropy reporting fellowship to examine local climate disaster relief and recovery through Marshall Fire fund

Boulder Reporting Lab (BRL) has won a one-year journalism fellowship to examine the unique role played by community foundations in climate disaster relief and recovery, through its reporting on the Boulder County Wildfire Fund. The fund, administered by the Community Foundation Boulder County, has raised an unprecedented amount of donations since the devastating Marshall Fire […]

Posted inHousing

With homelessness on the rise, Boulder County considers penalties for people living out of their vehicles

Boulder County officials are considering an ordinance to allow officers to ticket people for living out of their vehicles on county-owned land.  The number of people sleeping in cars is a symptom of rising homelessness across the county, officials say, and it has drawn the ire of residents concerned about people cooking food with propane […]

Posted inClimate Change

Want to get off natural gas? Boulder climate experts offer advice on electrifying your home

For Chaz Teplin, retrofitting his house away from natural gas is an opportunity to bring his personal life in line with the values underpinning his work as an energy scientist. The 47-year-old Boulder resident is principal of the Carbon-Free Electricity program at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), a sustainability research and consulting organization, where he focuses […]

Posted inMarshall Fire

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 […]

Posted inClimate Change

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

Editor’s note: As of March 31, 2022, containment of the NICAR Fire was at 100%, according to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management. This story was last updated at 9.55 a.m on March 28, 2022. The South Boulder wildfire that erupted by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) amid near-record temperatures on Saturday, March […]

Posted inClimate Change

With another Boulder wildfire, and a risky season ahead, here are 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 26, 2022, after a string of fires the previous weeks damaged homes in Texas and Florida. They were a sharp reminder to […]

Posted inArts & Community

‘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 […]