FoCo Fashionista: The New and Improved Black Hair Ties

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Sep 242012

Author: Brian Guiducci

The ugly black ties that you always have just sitting there on your wrist, just in case you need to put your hair up, are like an annoying itch you can’t scratch. It’s a necessity you can’t live without. Girls, you know what I’m talking about. But guess what? I have just found the solution to this fashion faux pas.

Does this look all too familiar?

Does this look all too familiar?

This weekend, I had the privilege of attending the FACE Design competition in Denver, hosting the talent of a ton of different designers, presenting their products. One designer’s speech in particular stuck out to me. Maybe it was the adorable white lace dress she was wearing that made me automatically adore her idea, but I personally like to think that my bias towards her fabulous outfit had no sway in my love for her product. She had created what she calls Black Ties.

These ties have the exact same function as a regular black hairtie, but it comes with an extra little bonus. When you are wearing them on your wrist, they look like a bracelet.

Black Ties that look great!

Black Ties that look great!

While perusing the Bloom Jewelry website, I got a small taste of this fabulous creation. There are eight different black ties too choose from and each one comes with two different styles. Adorable and chic are just a few of the words I would use to describe them.

Ladies, if you are sick and tired of your boring black hair-ties, then I would definitely recommend these for you. Time to throw out the old and bring in the new.

For more information on this fabulous product, look online here.

Denver medical marijuana dispensaries shut down, too close to schools

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Sep 192012

Author: Sophie Vukovich

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Many medical marijuana dispensaries that are within 1000 feet of schools have been shut down in Colorado this year. According to the Huffington Post, 10 more dispensaries have been shut down this past week in Denver and southern Colorado.

U.S. attorney John Walsh has been sending letters warning dispensaries they have 45 days to shut down. These most recent ten, make a total of 57 medical marijuana dispensaries that have been shut down in Colorado because of their proximity to schools.

Controlled Substances Act, title 21, section 860, forbids the distributing of any controlled substance within 1000 feet of any schools. However this November there will be the opportunity to vote to legalize marijuana with Amendment 64.

Watch Colorado-Ins on Channel 11, tonight at 8 p.m. to see a full discussion of this topic. This special broadcast is brought to you by CTV11.

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In the Know: Greta Lohman Birch, Lory State Park soil study

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Sep 182012

Author: Kristin Hall

What kind of understanding do you hope to gain from this project?
“One of the goals of this project is to increase our understanding of soil processes and the mechanisms that drive several of the post-fire conditions we observe, as well as to begin to understand biochar/soil interactions in post-fire environments.  From the land management perspective, the goal is that biochar and/or natural char proves to be an effective means of restoring soil productivity, providing public land managers as well as home owners an additional option for post-fire land restoration treatments … Biochar is a charcoal-like by-product of converting biomass into biofuels. Thus, it ties into the bioenergy component of my studies as a means to utilize the expansive amount of woody biomass we have in Colorado, potentially using the beetle-kill or overcrowded biomass to create both bioenergy as well as biochar, which can then be used as a soil amendment.”
What is your role at CSU? 
“I am a Ph.D. student in Soil and Crop Sciences, and I am currently funded by a (National Science Foundation) grant through the (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) program here at CSU.  The focus of the CSU IGERT program is a multidisciplinary approach to sustainable bioenergy.”
What is your project’s relationship with Lory State Park?
“After the High Park Fire I contacted various state agencies in the hopes of establishing a project focused on soil restoration of public lands that had been affected by the fire.  The Forest and Park Managers at LSP were very open and receptive to collaborating, and, after visiting various sites around the park, we were able to establish a study site.”
What inspired you to take on this project?
“I suppose I’ve always been interested in wildfires and the ecological impacts posed by severe fires.  I grew up in the urban-wildland interface in the foothills outside of Denver, and I remember the environmental, social and economic challenges that our communities experienced as a result of wildfires.”
What are some of the biggest challenges you expect to face working on this project?
“The Colorado Parks and Wildlife and park rangers at LSP have been very helpful, so I don’t anticipate many logistical challenges.  However, as is the case with any study, one worries about the outcome.  There are many variables to consider, and this is a fairly untested restoration technique, so one challenge is to ensure that we account for as many unseen variables as possible during the design and implementation process.”
How long do you see the project taking?
“I anticipate the last data collection occurring in the fall of 2014, so about two plus years.”
What are you most proud of about being a CSU student? 
“I’m really proud to be part of such a great community. I am continually impressed by both students and faculty in terms of their academic engagement and integrity, as well as just the general kindness and compassion I see on campus.”