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Friday, August 29, 2014

‘Variety’ Archives

A Murder Most Enjoyable

By Shari Phiel Berthoud Recorder For more than 50 years, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has been bringing the comedies, tragedies and histories of the incomparable English bard to sold-out audiences in Boulder. The second-oldest Shakespeare festival -- and one of the top three according to Time magazine -- in the country, CSF kicked off its 2009 season on July 2 to a packed audience with Shakespeare’s longest play, “Hamlet.” Since joining CSF as producing artistic director in 2007, ... Full Story

Colorado’s Natural Fireworks—Volcanoes

By Doug Nichols Berthoud Recorder Recently, fireworks have been heard around town, but they were nothing compared with Colorado’s natural fireworks -- volcanoes. Volcanoes in Colorado? Yes! Well, not recently, but definitely in the geological past. The most recent volcanic eruption in Colorado took place about 4,200 years ago near the present day town of Dotsero, by the confluence of the Colorado and Eagle Rivers, in the north-central part of the state. Interstate 70 cuts across the ... Full Story

Colorado’s Botanical Symbols

By Doug Nichols Berthoud Recorder The State of Colorado has three official botanical symbols: the State Flower, the State Tree, and the State Grass. Probably you can name the first two, but who knew we also have a State Grass? The State Flower is the white and lavender columbine, also called the Colorado columbine. Its scientific name is Aquilegia caerulea, and it belongs to the Ranunculaceae (buttercup family). Its distinguishing feature is a flower with a cluster of five ... Full Story

How Old Are Those Hills?

How Old Are Those Hills? By Doug Nichols Berthoud Recorder “As old as the hills” is what some folks say when they mean that something is very old. But, actually how old are those hills, specifically those lofty peaks of the Colorado Front Range, those mountains just to our west? That is an interesting question, and the answer is not simple. For one thing, the peaks of the Colorado Front Range, including Longs Peak to our west, Mount Evans to the south, and Pikes Peak near ... Full Story

Reporter-as-Detective at Heart of Political Thriller

By Sandy Barnes Berthoud Recorder Russell Crowe’s gusty portrayal of reporter Cal McAffrey brings life to the film “State of Play.” A thriller with more twists and turns than a high-tech ride at Six Flags, the movie centers around political corruption and the journalistic will to uncover it in Washington, D.C. An unlikely looking hero, Crowe’s pudgy appearance and messy lifestyle comprise a refreshing change from the spiffy Robert Redford character in the classic “All the ... Full Story

I Need a Drink!

By Doug Nichols  Berthoud Recorder That is what the trees and shrubs in your yard probably are saying right now. March was supposed to be our snowiest month, but despite the recent spring snowstorms, we are still behind in precipitation. Water has long been a topic of critical interest in Colorado, and the low amounts of snow or rain so far this year make it even more pressing for local homeowners and gardeners. Here in Berthoud, our municipal water supply comes from the Western Slope ... Full Story

How’s the Weather?

By Doug Nichols Berthoud Recorder Mark Twain may have said it first, “Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” In Colorado, folks say, “If you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes,” but variations of that phrase are spoken all over the country. Weather affects our lives every day (some days more than others!). As I write this late in February, we are experiencing an unseasonably warm and dry winter, although by the time you read this, we ... Full Story

Happy Birthday, Mr. Darwin

Happy Birthday, Mr. Darwin By Doug Nichols Berthoud Recorder Feb. 12, 2009, was the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, the English naturalist whose most famous publication, “On the Origin of Species,” revolutionized the sciences of biology and paleontology. It was first published in 1859, so this year is the 150th anniversary of that landmark book. Its full title is “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation ... Full Story

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