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  • Opinion: CU community must face a reckoning from Hill riot

    Ben Berman|Mar 17, 2021

    On Saturday, March 6, Boulder saw its first crack of warm weather for the season. As the sunny weekend day progressed, thousands of my peers from the University of Colorado flocked to the Hill neighborhood for an impromptu party. By the time the sun went down, that soon turned into a riot, complete with smashed cars, injuries and, as is typical in the times of COVID-19, lethal potential for a superspreader event. What would have been, in normal times, a day likely filled with innocent outdoor recreation, was instead a hotbed for an irresponsibl...

  • St. Patrick's Day lives on despite indoor capacity restrictions

    Ben Berman|Mar 10, 2021

    A holiday that typically features bars packed shoulder-to-shoulder with revellers will look very different for Niwot residents this year. Though mass vaccination of Colorado residents is near, all businesses in Boulder County are still restricted by the yellow level of the COVID-19 concern tier system, which allows for 10 people from a maximum of two separate households to gather. Both essential and non-essential businesses, which includes most indoor eateries, are limited to 50% of posted...

  • New Martian space probe is a joint achievement for the UAE and Colorado

    Ben Berman|Feb 24, 2021

    After seven months of travel through 120 million miles of space, a small piece of Niwot is finally circling the Red Planet. Launched on July 19, 2020, the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) reached Martian orbit on February 9. The unmanned mission is led by Emirati researchers and assembled by scientists at various research universities, including the University of Colorado Boulder. The orbiter, officially named the "Mars Hope Probe," is a significant achievement for the Middle East. Hope is the scient...

  • Parent group pushes for in-person after hybrid half year

    Ben Berman|Feb 10, 2021

    As COVID-19 averages over 1,000 new cases a day in Colorado, St. Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD) has provided hybrid modes of instruction during the school week — but a local parents’ group continues to push for the full five days to return. St. Vrain’s Educational Advocates was formed in August 2020 as a Facebook group by parents of students in five Denver metro area school districts, including SVVSD. Organization founder and local parent Dan Maloit believes there are concrete...

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