We know you’re dying to know, and we just couldn’t wait to spread the news about…well, everything north of 104th (plus general good news). Here’s a sneak preview of the Hot Issue’s Month in Review.
U.S. troops killed Osama bin Laden and The Office’s Michael Scott left Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. to move to Boulder. Boulder County saw its first case of the equine herpes virus, former CU student Casey Abrams was eliminated from American Idol, and Niwot-based Crocs Inc. introduced Crocs Chameleons, which change color in response to sunlight. Paper Doll on Pearl Street closed its doors and auctioned off its iconic fiberglass rocking pig and Adam Raszynski will claim self-defense for allegedly pushing his mother down a flight of stairs and stomping her to death Feb. 23 after she shot him repeatedly. Local craftsman Laura J. Schiller’s work carving eggshells was chosen by the American Egg Board to serve as the 33rd commemorative White House Egg Display, a 55-year-old Longmont man was struck by a marked Longmont police car as he crossed Main Street at 23rd Avenue, and the Boulder Humane Society will provide a prosthetic paw for Lefty, a German shorthair pointer. Conflicting reports surround the death of a German shepherd, Ava, shot and killed by an Erie police officer, Rainbow Lakes and Pawnee campgrounds will close for renovations this summer and Joel Levenberg was killed during an avalanche while skiing on Torrey’s Peak. Eric Craig was identified as the man found dead hanging from a pedestrian bridge over Boulder Creek at CU, the Boulder County Board of Health formally legalized Boulder County’s 22-year-old syringe exchange program and Boulder Canyon Natural Foods introduced a single-serve compostable snack bag for Earth Day. Boulder is considering a plastic bag ban at area businesses, the City of Boulder and Xcel Energy continue to debate about liability for contaminating Boulder Creek, and the University of Colorado blamed “defective” toilet paper for causing more than $40,000 in damages. Jesse Hodgson, a former Longmont-area firefighter pleaded guilty to charges related to allegations that he forced his11-year-old stepdaughter to watch him urinate in an adult diaper and change him and Broomfield’s CAMP USA Inc. recalled 15,500 potentially hazardous climbing carabiners and quickdraws. Nordstrom Rack opened at the Twenty Ninth Street mall in Boulder, Broomfield Academy announced plans to open a new middle school, and Earl Albert Moore was taken into custody by the FBI in relation to the attempted Southwest Plaza Mall bombing. Thieves dismantled and stole Broomfield’s 500-lb lotus bench near Tom Frost Reservoir, and former Broomfield High School wrestling coach Travis Masse faces a potential life sentence for having sex with a then 17-year-old student. Naropa University officials are discussing consolidating the 37-year-old university’s three campuses to one location and Whole Foods Market purchased Ace Wine & Spirits in Boulder to open a full-strength liquor-licensed store. Three Boulder County youths are suing the State of Colorado for polluting the atmosphere, contributing to global warming and climate change, and the Boulder chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union said it found disturbing the misdemeanor charge of bias-motivated harassment against a man based entirely on his words.