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Bob Wells is a Boulder journalist and publisher. His latest venture is Boulder Reporter, a gossipy website for Boulder, Colorado. He worked at the Detroit Free Press, Rocky Mountain News and Boulder Daily Camera, was a media industry analyst with the Yankee Group, and ran two successful Boulder magazines.

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Boulder Reeling From Epic Flood Event

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 12:52 PM

Here in northwest Boulder, we were pretty much at ground zero of the most intense wave of the Great Colorado Monsoon, which hit its peak on the night of Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

On that night, what had been a hard rain much of the day became an eerily...

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Why We Cancelled All the Newspapers

(39) Comments | Posted March 29, 2011 | 1:13 PM

A brief rumination, if you will, about newspapers and why they no longer perch on our doorstep.

About three weeks ago, we cut the cord. Got on the phone and cancelled the Denver Post, Boulder's Camera and the Sunday New York Times. Now, we're learning how to read all three...

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Boulder Prepares for Hard Times Ahead with "Food Localization"

(7) Comments | Posted March 1, 2011 | 1:22 PM

Like so many chirping miner's canaries, about 400 people met last weekend in a Boulder church and hotel to talk about what might perhaps best be called "collapse preparedness."

The occasion was a conference called "Our Local Economy in Transition: Exploring Food Localization as Economic Development," organized by

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Fourmile Canyon Fire in the Rearview Mirror

(2) Comments | Posted September 14, 2010 | 2:45 PM

The Fourmile Canyon fire was a very personal and emotional event for many of us in Boulder. I knew it was no ordinary fire by about noon that Labor Day Monday, Sept. 6, when, sitting at my desk in northwest Boulder, just across the street from where the Rocky Mountains...

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Eye-popping U.S. Prices Force Americans Southward

(10) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 12:36 PM

Not to be a nag but, hey, American businesspeople, what's up with the astounding prices we're seeing for everyday things? By way of evidence to support my griping, I present here a short and random assemblage of consumer items whose prices have made my jaw drop and my eyes pop...

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Haunted by Bill McKibben

(1) Comments | Posted May 11, 2010 | 6:20 PM

Most mildly sentient Americans are reeling from the collection of calamities that confront us. But none, arguably, is clearly apocalyptic except one: climate change. Climate change is about losing the whole game: human habitability of our planet.

Thus, he comes to our town, Bill McKibben, telling a Boulder audience what...

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Marketing Giant Crispin Porter a Big Player in Boulder

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 4:56 PM

What's life like inside that crucible of creativity known as Crispin Porter + Bogusky, one of the marketing world's hottest companies?

CP+B (as they like to punctuate themselves) is a giant force in the Boulder marketing and media scene, employing some 450 people inside two sprawling buildings in Boulder's...

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Boulder Liberals Launch a Highly Collaborative Website

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2010 | 1:12 PM

About 75 of the Boulder liberal faithful gathered in the home of Steve Pomerance and Allyn Feinberg in the shadow of Chautauqua Park Friday night, March 12, for a party to semi-formally launch The Blue Line, a new website that's all about collaborative information-sharing by people in the...

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The Great Boulder Goat Trail Debate

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2010 | 1:45 PM

It's not easy being a City of Boulder Open Space planner. The planning professionals hosted a community night on Tuesday at Foothill Elementary School on Hawthorne Ave. to discuss a local institution called the Goat Trail.

The controversial part of the Goat Trail is a steep run-up from just west...

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Tim Wirth Defends Boulder Climate Scientists

(2) Comments | Posted March 2, 2010 | 10:54 AM

A sellout crowd of 150 Sunday night heard Tim Wirth decry an "army of attack dogs" trying to derail climate-change action by Congress.

Wirth -- well known in these parts for having represented Boulder in the House, then Colorado in the Senate -- now heads the Ted Turner-funded

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Denver-Boulder's Embarrassment of Podcast Riches

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2010 | 5:24 PM

It is our good fortune to have at least three extremely high-quality podcasts available, all of which are highly listenable and highly informative about what's happenin' in Boulder, Denver and beyond. And they're free.

At this point many a commentator would insert the obligatory paragraph explaining "what's a podcast?" and...

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Boulder's Transit Village Plan Debated

(1) Comments | Posted February 15, 2010 | 3:24 PM

The discussion was mostly polite and the issues complex as 70 people crowded into a downtown Library conference room Friday, Feb. 12, to hear four experts discuss Boulder's planned Transit Village redevelopment plan.

What's at stake -- over a long-haul period -- is the future of an area east of...

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Boulder's "State of the City"

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2010 | 10:34 AM

Coping with "a new normal" dictated by recession and lower tax revenues is the daily preoccupation of Boulder's city government, Boulder City Manager Jane Brautigam told an audience of business leaders Thursday.

Recession has led to elimination of 26 full-time-equivalent staff positions, plus a heightened focus on prioritizing essential services...

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Boulder Nudity Law Moves Forward

(3) Comments | Posted February 5, 2010 | 12:08 PM

A nice liberal compromise appears to be emerging from the Boulder City Council's move to pass a law about public nudity.

The Council voted Feb. 2, 2010, to adopt on first reading an ordinance that will probably, in its final form, give police and the courts a way to ticket...

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Boulder's Toplessness Debate

(5) Comments | Posted February 1, 2010 | 10:50 AM

Oh boy, this should be fun. At Tuesday night's meeting, the Boulder City Council will begin considering an ordinance banning toplessness. Is this really necessary?

Some of us enjoy Boulder because it is, after all, a tolerant place, a liberal place, a fun place. It's not quite San Francisco, where...

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Apple iSlate a Game-Changer for TV, Publishers?

(14) Comments | Posted December 28, 2009 | 10:55 AM

It's moving beyond the rumor stage into the realm of fairly concrete expectations. Apple is likely to announce its answer to other vendors’ tablets and netbooks, probably called the iSlate, at an event scheduled for Jan. 26 in San Francisco.

Delving into recent Apple patents, journalists and analysts are now...

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Disillusionment And The 'Knowledge Economy'

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2009 | 2:45 PM

First came a phone call, early on a Monday. One of our friends -- I'll call him S -- had been missing for three days. Within hours, another phone call: the police had found him dead in his car, all signs pointing to suicide.

How he did it (fairly...

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5 Keys to Picking a Winning Entrepreneurial Idea

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2009 | 9:22 AM

Paul Berberian -- one of those classic, renowned Boulder entrepreneurs -- gave the kickoff address recently as the University of Colorado in Boulder launched its annual entrepreneurial contest called the New Venture Challenge.

Berberian has ranged far and wide in his entrepreneurial career. He made it very clear...

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Boulder's Progressives Retain Power, But Only Barely

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2009 | 3:59 PM

I awoke this morning to find Boulder a little less of a special place than it was yesterday.

That's because in the mail-in City Council election that ended with into-the-night vote-counting Tuesday, Oct. 3, voters chose - along with predictably returning three incumbents to office - to fill the remaining...

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8 Autumnal Truths About Boulder Politics

(9) Comments | Posted October 11, 2009 | 1:08 PM

I've just spent too much time conducting interviews and reviewing media accounts about Boulder city politics. Now you won't have to, lucky you. My conclusions follow, in another of my now-infamous lists:

1. We're not all that divided. Now that a law was finally passed by the Boulder City...

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