Posted inHealth

Boulder County hospitals see rise in breast cancer patients

Early last month, when Covid patients were once again filling Boulder’s hospitals, the chief nursing officer at Boulder Community Health, saw another disease on the rise. “We’re going to see the highest number of breast cancer patients that we’ve seen at BCH over the years,” Jackie Attlesey-Pries told reporter John Herrick. It is a ripple effect of the pandemic, and a wake-up call to no longer postpone routine exams and screenings. Read full story

Posted inHousing

Boulder’s departing urban planner recommends city commission housing study

The one thing many Boulder residents seem to agree on is that the city has a housing problem. But how to solve it remains a big question. Jacob Lindsey spent the past year as Boulder’s planning and development director. He’s now moving on and out of Boulder, and gave some parting advice in an interview with the Boulder Reporting Lab: “I would suggest that Boulder commission a very in-depth analysis of its housing markets because a lot of our housing discourse right now is based on conjecture,” Lindsey said. Look to Charleston, South Carolina, for a model, he added. Read the full story.

Posted inSchools

Boulder Valley’s substitute teachers, feeling undervalued and underpaid, are now in short supply

In the Boulder Valley School District, some substitute teachers earn less money than their students. The district’s substitutes, many of whom have one or more college degrees, are paid a daily rate starting at $100, which averages to about $14 per hour with no benefits and no union protections.  Last year, that rate was bumped […]

Posted inLocal Government

Turnout among Boulder voters highlights wide participation gap in off-year elections

About 47% of the city of Boulder’s 70,000 active registered voters cast their ballots in the 2021 election, according to an analysis of county data by the Boulder Reporting Lab.  That’s relatively low voter participation for Boulder. But low turnout is typical in off-year elections, when the voting rate is generally about half that of […]

Posted inHow We Work

Boulder’s new independent, nonprofit newsroom has arrived. Here’s why we’re launching and what you can expect.

A culture of innovation in news in Boulder, Colorado, is as old as the city itself. At least 60 local news businesses have made their mark on Boulder’s journalistic landscape over the past 100-plus years. That’s the rich tradition we’re stepping into with the launch of Boulder Reporting Lab. One of our predecessors, the Boulder […]

Posted inEconomy

The pandemic hit Boulder’s restaurants harder than those in other Front Range cities. An uncertain winter looms.

Last year, when state health officials imposed restrictions on indoor dining to control the spread of Covid-19, Peter Waters, the owner of T/aco, did just about everything he could to keep his taqueria open.  He changed his menu to offer take-out margaritas and burritos. He built huts and picnic tables to expand outdoor dining. And […]