VOTING WEEK: FRACKING BAN

by Alyssa Stevenson

It's early voting time and Voting Week here at We Denton Do It. During this week, we hope to help get people informed on the various issues that you'll face at the polls when you go to vote. We'll cover quite a few issues, but always encourage you to do research on your own, too.

We've had a few people write in with their thoughts on various issues and we've reached out to a few others. Adam Briggle, an associate professor at UNT and board member of Denton Drilling Awarness Group, wrote to us with his thoughts on the proposed hydraulic fracking ban in Denton. Below are his thoughts on why people should vote in favor of the ban. 


Eight months ago, we initiated a citizens’ petition to ban hydraulic fracturing in the city limits. That was the spark. We have since been humbled to watch the people of Denton fan that spark into a flame that is lighting the path toward a brighter future – a future when parents can set down their heavy burden of worry about the specter of fracking near their homes.

We can see that possibility now. On November 4, we can write the story of a new tomorrow for Denton. What was going to be a tale of industrialized neighborhoods and poisoned playgrounds can become the story of a vibrant city, proudly announcing its right to self-determination.

We felt a shift the moment we announced the petition for the ban. People came out from the dark corners of apathy and hopelessness. They rekindled a sense of citizenship and put their creative talents in service of the commonweal. And now we can feel our city rising up. Now we can see a new dawn on the horizon. Now we can hear the voices of the people. We are saying in unison: this is our air and our water. This is our health and safety. This is our Denton and we are taking her back. 

Video above: FLIR GF320 is an IR camera for optical gas imaging (OGI) that visualizes and pinpoints leaks of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). FLIR cameras are calibrated to make visible the invisible VOCs coming from oil and gas facilities. These videos were taken by a certified optical gas imaging thermographer in the city of Denton, Texas.  Map of  these and other FLIR videos.

Make no mistake. As these videos show, fracking is uniquely invasive, secretive, and toxic. A blowout in Denton last year released thousands of gallons of hydrochloric acid and proprietary chemicals. Nearby homes were evacuated. A new report shows chronic emissions of benzene at a frack site by McKenna Park. Fracking is a major reason why our area has the worst air quality and asthma rates in the state.

Arsenic and fracking chemicals were just found in water wells near Denton. To date, fracking has contaminated over 1.6 billion gallons of our freshwater forever. And a growing body of peer-reviewed research shows the health impacts, confirming what Denton families near fracking have long said: headaches, nosebleeds, breathing difficulties, nausea, and sleepless nights. Even the CEO of Exxon Mobile sued to keep fracking away from his home, citing well-grounded concerns of property devaluation.

For years, we tried to negotiate with the industry. We asked for some simple things. Could they install devices to reduce pollution? Could they eliminate the use of toxic waste pits? Could they stay at least 1,200 feet away from homes, parks, and schools?

Their response: “no, we don’t have to pay attention to your rules.”

Well, we have their attention now.

They have unleashed a flood of deceptions and distortions. But they have underestimated the intelligence of Denton voters. Every slick mailer of breathless hyperbole only strengthens our resolve. Every trumped up threat only emboldens us. Every bogus economic claim only swells our numbers as we learn that each acre of fracking actually means more pollution and less economic productivity.

They are hoping we will roll over at the prospect of a lawsuit. But we know the ban is legally sound and that this is a fight worth waging, because the very soul of our city and health of our bodies are at stake. We will not be bullied any longer.

The brighter our light grows, the more desperate they get. They’ve resorted to bizarre claims about our swing sets falling into disrepair after the ban. They are self-imploding, spinning out accusations of Russian conspiracies like a trail of debris from a dying star.

95% of donations to Frack Free Denton came from local citizens. Compare that to 0.2% from the other side. This is what it looks like when the people stand up. 

Denton is on the rise. Now is the time for action. Everything hinges on the vote.

On your vote.

Vote FOR the ban and together we write the story of a stronger Denton.

 

WHAT WE DID: OCTOBER 20TH

by will milne

Every Monday, we like to run a few of our favorite images that have been tagged with #WDDI on Instagram in the past seven days. We call it What We Did. It normally gives us a fairly good idea of what Dentonites of all different backgrounds have been up to. This week was a good one. 

In addition, this week is Voting Week here at We Denton Do It. It also just happens to be early voting time for the November election. We'll have coverage of several of the various components that will be making up the ballot. In addition, Glen Farris has gone on record as saying that he will personally give a high five to anyone that shows him an "I Voted" sticker on the street. We purchased him some anti-bacterial hand-wash to keep on his person, too. 

Anyway, back to the pics. Click the photos, themselves, to be led back to the photographer's Instagram account and follow those people, yo! Tag your Denton fun this week with #WDDI and come back here next Monday to see another collection. 

Shaina Sheaff leading us off with some sweet sunset action.

Shaina Sheaff leading us off with some sweet sunset action.

We co-hosted a watching party of Moonrise Kingdom last Friday evening on the courthouse lawn. We had a blast hanging with all y'all and hope to do it again sometime soon!

We co-hosted a watching party of Moonrise Kingdom last Friday evening on the courthouse lawn. We had a blast hanging with all y'all and hope to do it again sometime soon!

@zach_ashcraft and some courthouse lens flare. 

@zach_ashcraft and some courthouse lens flare. 

We wonder how many turnip slices were lost in the making of this photo. 

We wonder how many turnip slices were lost in the making of this photo. 

What's the over/under on the amount of film cameras that were present at this dinner? 

What's the over/under on the amount of film cameras that were present at this dinner? 

The Mi Casita drive thru line was soooooo long.

The Mi Casita drive thru line was soooooo long.

We're hearing good things about the new Beirut Mediterranean Grill in the old Royal East spot. Have y'all checked it out yet? What did you think? 

We're hearing good things about the new Beirut Mediterranean Grill in the old Royal East spot. Have y'all checked it out yet? What did you think? 

Stephen Masker took this photo of the courthouse at dusk last week. 

Stephen Masker took this photo of the courthouse at dusk last week. 

More Moonrise Kingdom action. 

More Moonrise Kingdom action. 

Y'all all seem to have some sort of rooftop addiction going, but we don't blame ya. 

Y'all all seem to have some sort of rooftop addiction going, but we don't blame ya. 


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Michael Little, his bike, and the sunset. 

Michael Little, his bike, and the sunset. 

Donuts and church on the square. 

Donuts and church on the square. 

Photo from Kati Trice. 

Photo from Kati Trice. 

@blevlace and some light-hearted graffitti. 

@blevlace and some light-hearted graffitti. 

@baileygillreath

@baileygillreath

Geezerpalooza celebrated year two on Industrial St. with Queen, Pink Floyd, The Band, and The Allman Brothers cover bands. 

Geezerpalooza celebrated year two on Industrial St. with Queen, Pink Floyd, The Band, and The Allman Brothers cover bands. 

Scrap held their annual Masquerade on Saturday. 

Scrap held their annual Masquerade on Saturday. 

Shifted again. 

Shifted again. 

WHAT WE DID: OCTOBER 13TH 2014

by will milne

We officially made it through the horrible middle of the night storm that wasn't, y'all. It's Monday and we're mostly safe and sound save for a few downed power lines. It also just happens to be Columbus Day/Fair Day/Indigenous Peoples Day. So, if you've got the day off, make sure you celebrate it accordingly. Take the train all the way down to the fair if you want. It's better than paying for parking and you get dropped off so close.

The past week has been a good one. We love when we walk through town and see people taking photos of Denton. Seems to happen more and more now. We were behind a young lady in Hypnotic on Saturday who was taking pictures of all of the paintings and fried dough. One of our recent favorite activities is trying to get in the background of as many senior portraits as possible. It seems to be pretty easy since someone is always shooting them on the square. 

Scroll down for some photos of the past seven days of life in Denton, TX. Click the photos, themselves, to be led back to the photographer's Instagram account. Tag your Denton moments with #WDDI throughout the next seven days and then come back here next Monday to see another collection. 

Rose Costumes recently strung up dozens upon dozens of T-shirts along a fence on the 35 axis road. Drive by it on your way to score some costumes. We already know what we're gonna be this Oct. 31st. 

Rose Costumes recently strung up dozens upon dozens of T-shirts along a fence on the 35 axis road. Drive by it on your way to score some costumes. We already know what we're gonna be this Oct. 31st. 

We know how difficult it is to wait just five seconds so someone can take a photo before grabbing a bit of a blueberry fritter. 

We know how difficult it is to wait just five seconds so someone can take a photo before grabbing a bit of a blueberry fritter. 

Project Snake Fox had some sort of beautiful dinner event that they didn't invite us to. Maybe too many spoons for us, though. 

Project Snake Fox had some sort of beautiful dinner event that they didn't invite us to. Maybe too many spoons for us, though. 

Reader @candus813 going 88mph at Burger Time Machine. Also, fries. 

Reader @candus813 going 88mph at Burger Time Machine. Also, fries. 

That's swinging the right way, y'all. 

That's swinging the right way, y'all. 

The front door of Ravelin Bakery. Croissants for the win. Denton can support so many morning-centric eateries, it isn't even funny. 

The front door of Ravelin Bakery. Croissants for the win. Denton can support so many morning-centric eateries, it isn't even funny. 

@zach_ashcraft has a thing for old film cameras. We don't blame him. 

@zach_ashcraft has a thing for old film cameras. We don't blame him. 

Fracking forum at Dan's on Saturday. Did you go? 

Fracking forum at Dan's on Saturday. Did you go? 

Fun sky on Sunday night. 

Fun sky on Sunday night. 

Old Alton Bridge. We hear rumors of a haunted house that is getting put up near here this season. Anybody got additional info on that?

Old Alton Bridge. We hear rumors of a haunted house that is getting put up near here this season. Anybody got additional info on that?

Shift Coffee week #2. 

Shift Coffee week #2. 

Pho at Viet Bites will warm your soul. 

Pho at Viet Bites will warm your soul. 

More of Old Alton Bridge. If you're looking for a good local haunt for this Halloween season, this is the spot for you. 

More of Old Alton Bridge. If you're looking for a good local haunt for this Halloween season, this is the spot for you. 

Oaktoberfest. Denton has so many opportunities for drag. 

Oaktoberfest. Denton has so many opportunities for drag. 

Oh yeah, you know we're co-hosting a movie event on the courthouse lawn this Friday evening, right?

Oh yeah, you know we're co-hosting a movie event on the courthouse lawn this Friday evening, right?

Wool and wool and wool and wool at Dime Handmade. Go get warm with Pendleton. 

Wool and wool and wool and wool at Dime Handmade. Go get warm with Pendleton. 

Sometimes, the lighting, the shadows and the beer all coalesce to make one super sweet drink pic. Ask Ray Velazquez. He knows all about it. 

Sometimes, the lighting, the shadows and the beer all coalesce to make one super sweet drink pic. Ask Ray Velazquez. He knows all about it. 

THE DEN10: OCTOBER 8

by Alyssa Stevenson

Below you'll find one week's worth of activities to check out in Denton. We've got some world class jazz at Dan’sa seminar discussion led by one of our favorite urbanist, Michael Seman, and a whole bunch of other stuff, too. Get you hasthags ready and go get some stuff done. The weather looks like it's gonna be nice. 

Questions or comments can be sent via the internet towards glen@wedentondoit.com


Thursday, October 9th
voltREvolt / The Demigs / Space State | Dan’s Silver Leaf | 9PM | $5

Friday, October 10th
What If Hewlett & Packard Had Started A Band Instead? | ESSAT on UNT CAMPUS, RM. 130 | 3PM
The UNT Geography Department has invited one of our favorite local thinkers, Michael Seman, to lead a discussion on his research in regards to local music scenes and urban development in a public seminar that is free to attend. 

Live On The Patio: RTB2 / The Sideshow Tragedy | The LABB | 9PM
The LABB has a criminally underrated patio stage and the weather will be ideal for a nice outdoor show.

Live Jazz ft. Vic Juris / Jerry Bergonzi / Adam Nussbaum | Dan’s Silver Leaf | 8PM | $10
Jerry played on nine Dave Brubeck records, Vic, with Wild Bill Davis and Jimmy Smith among others and Adam happened to have played drums with Stan Gets, Sonny Rollins and John Scofield. Must be a Friday evening at Dan’s.

Saturday, October 11th
Costume Recycle | Denton Community Market | 9AM
Come out and donate costumes to families in need at the Community Market from Oct 11th through the 18th and then at Denton’s Day Of The Dead’s Festival on the 25th. 

The Pantry Dash - Run Against Hunger 2014 | South Lakes Park | 9AM
This is the kick off event for the week long community food drive. There’s a 5K and a mile fun run.

Urban Farm Bicycle Tour | Denton Community Market | 1PM - 3:30PM
Here’s a great community bike ride out to five different community farms. This is family friendly, helmets are encouraged and a great way to see s nice little slice of our community. There’s a map of the route on the event page.

Global Cardboard Challenge | Denton Public Library North Branch | 2PM

League of Women Voters Fracking Forum | Dan’s Silver Leaf | 4PM | FREE
A forum for a ballot initiative hosted by a local pub? Yes, you are in Denton. Go learn. 

Sunday, October 12th
East Oak Oaktoberfest on East Oak St | Oak Street Draft House | 11AM
It’s definitely the time of year that just about every weekend has an Oktoberfest with all pumpkin everything. This is sure to be a good one. Maybe go in your pumpkin bike or take your car that runs on pumpkin gasoline. 

 

DIRECTIONAL SHIFT

by will milne

Words and Images by Will Milne

Shift Coffee opened up shop in their new/old digs last Friday. The place is a prime example of many of the recent changes that have taken place in Denton as far as gentrification goes. Shift first opened on Prairie St. at Locust in a rundown shopping center with a van with strangely religious wrap all over it last August. They were pretty much immediately heralded as the bringer of the goods when it came to coffee in Denton. It was a small shop, but those in the know would swear by the caffeinated beverages made by owner Angelo Fesperman and his merry band of baristas. A few months later, however, Jack Bell Properties announced that they would be razing the shopping center to make way for a brand new apartment complex designed for "modern living."

Shift was told there was room for them in the new space, but that it would be a while until that space was ready. That little while ended up being about half a year. Many businesses don't get two chances at an opening day, but Shift did. Fesperman claims that he was able to address many of the issues he faced as a first time business owner the second time around. He told We Denton Do It that he learned a bit more how to "let go," and allow his staff, friends and family to help out as much as possible. The new Shift is a family affair. Co-owner, Kelsey Heimerman's, family helped to make much of the furniture, and Heimerman, herself, has plenty of art on the walls and even designed the to-go cups. 

Cappuccino 

Cappuccino 

There's lots about the new Shift that will remind you of the old location. Window frames have been saved and used as storage, there are plenty of familiar faces, and those delicious lavender lattes are still around. That said, the new space is different in the best of ways. It is much more open and airy with plenty of room to spread out to work or have a conversation (also, you won't get that sunshine glare at 3pm like you will at some other local coffee facilities), the bar is setup for casual conversations, and there are even a few outdoor tables complete with umbrellas. 

The "old" Shift Coffee. 

The "old" Shift Coffee. 

Aside from the delicious caffeinated beverages, Shift is now carrying pastries made by chef Sheena Croft of Hannah's. We tried the cherry and almond scone and were blown away by its densely packed flavors. We'll be making another trip back soon to give the green chili and chocolate one a shot, too. Shift also uses and sells beans from Ft. Worth's Avoca. 

That said, much has changed in Denton's Coffee War scene since Shift closed their doors a few months ago. Cultivar Coffee set up shop in Denton, Recycled carries all the beans and West Oak Coffee Bar is getting closer and closer to reality. Is Shift still relevant? Definitely. During the times we stopped by this weekend, we were impressed by the number of visitors. Only about 50% of which seemed to be returning customers from the previous store. This new location on what we've begrudgingly started to call "SoLo" (South Locust) is kind of hoping now between Shift and The Dime Store. Throw in the fact that Viet Bites and Ravelin are close by and you've got plenty of reasons to keeping walking south past Mulberry. With the tenants that live above Shift and other nearby new apartments, we expect to see many more people in this area soon and are excited to see what other retail establishments open up in the ground floor of The Adagio. 

Scroll down for more images of coffee at Shift and make sure to stop by and get a drink at 501 S. Locust as soon as you can. 

Lavender Latte with house-made syrup. 

Lavender Latte with house-made syrup. 

Cherry almond scone. 

Cherry almond scone. 

We're guessing this is the reading corner. 

We're guessing this is the reading corner. 

"Keeping Denton Awake." 

"Keeping Denton Awake." 

The new to-go cups. 

The new to-go cups. 

WHAT WE DID: OCTOBER 6TH 2014

by will milne

Y'all ever have those nights where there's so much going on that you couldn't possibly do it all and you have to make a choice between doing one awesome thing or doing a separate awesome thing? That's probably a good problem to have, but stressful nonetheless. Choices are hard. Either way, there was enough going on this weekend to produce tons of photos. Below, we have a bunch of those images for your visual enjoyment (weird one-antlered white reindeer included).

Click on the photos to be led back to the photographer's Instagram account.  Follow us on Instagram at @WeDentonDoIt if you aren't already and make sure to tag your Denton moments with #WDDI throughout the next seven days. Have a great week!

Shift Coffee reopened on Friday. We'll have more on that later. For now, enjoy this latte shot. We're calling it "A study of foam and shadows." 

Shift Coffee reopened on Friday. We'll have more on that later. For now, enjoy this latte shot. We're calling it "A study of foam and shadows." 

Fun First Friday times at The Dime Store. 

Fun First Friday times at The Dime Store. 

Studying is more dramatic when you do it in the shadows. 

Studying is more dramatic when you do it in the shadows. 

Pig Pen was in town this weekend with @WeKeepExploring. 

Pig Pen was in town this weekend with @WeKeepExploring. 

So were the Cone Heads. 

So were the Cone Heads. 

There was a white deer (reindeer?) with one antler running around downtown this weekend. Did you catch a glimpse? Reader @Falcor sure did! He was on the scene when it was in some of the most iconic Denton locales!

There was a white deer (reindeer?) with one antler running around downtown this weekend. Did you catch a glimpse? Reader @Falcor sure did! He was on the scene when it was in some of the most iconic Denton locales!

Showing off some Hypnotic scores. 

Showing off some Hypnotic scores. 

Lake Ray Roberts is always good for some scenery-chewing. 

Lake Ray Roberts is always good for some scenery-chewing. 

There was a high school band competition at Apogee on Friday. 

There was a high school band competition at Apogee on Friday. 

We had a fun springtime storm in early fall last Thursday. 

We had a fun springtime storm in early fall last Thursday. 

@NaysNews discovered the joy that is Hoochie's. 

@NaysNews discovered the joy that is Hoochie's. 

Photo by @_andresmenudo. 

Photo by @_andresmenudo. 

OKTOBERFEST ON WALNUT

Denton celebrated Oktoberfest on a shut down Walnut St. on Friday night. Many came out for drinking, costume contests, stein holding contests, live music, face painting and much more. 


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Have y'all ever checked out the gigantic pumpkin patch (complete with hay maze, obstacle courses and much more) on Cross Timbers Rd. in Flower Mound? It's awesome and you only have to pay $5 to park for as much fun as you can take in for a day. 

Have y'all ever checked out the gigantic pumpkin patch (complete with hay maze, obstacle courses and much more) on Cross Timbers Rd. in Flower Mound? It's awesome and you only have to pay $5 to park for as much fun as you can take in for a day. 

Mink Coats at a house show. 

Mink Coats at a house show. 

We're getting "Hypnotized" by this awesome couch. 

We're getting "Hypnotized" by this awesome couch. 

UNT PACS Fall Forum. 

UNT PACS Fall Forum. 

Glen Farris of We Denton Do It visited a TWU Comp 1 class and tried to get them jazzed about Denton. As you can see, it totally worked dudes. Look at those faces. 

Glen Farris of We Denton Do It visited a TWU Comp 1 class and tried to get them jazzed about Denton. As you can see, it totally worked dudes. Look at those faces. 

Mopeds by @clint_jay. 

Mopeds by @clint_jay. 

There was a farrier (horse shoer) competition at the fair grounds this weekend. Lots of interesting stuff going on there. In addition, news broke that the fair grounds will soon be moving to a new facility a few miles north nearer to 35. 

There was a farrier (horse shoer) competition at the fair grounds this weekend. Lots of interesting stuff going on there. In addition, news broke that the fair grounds will soon be moving to a new facility a few miles north nearer to 35. 

@everydaymodish

@everydaymodish

@ThePaigels and some Cultivar cold brew. 

@ThePaigels and some Cultivar cold brew. 

Another shot of that mysterious white reindeer running around town. Thanks @Falcor for another great shot!

Another shot of that mysterious white reindeer running around town. Thanks @Falcor for another great shot!

@ShainaSheaffPhoto

@ShainaSheaffPhoto

QUICK BUSINESS UPDATE: OCTOBER 2014

by will milne

We were wondering this morning, "Is there enough going on to run a new business-related post?" Boy howdy is there ever! And with all of the recent restaurant closings in Denton, we're anxious to get to it. 

For the people who venture out to Loop 288 on occasion (did you know you there's a trail to run there from downtown?), Pollo Tropical and Corner Bakery Cafe should be open soon. They actually look pretty dang nice. Maybe even nice enough to get us to step foot in the mall again. Either way, we're gonna grab some plantains and grilled chicken from Pollo Tropical as soon as they're open. Oh, and a new Panda Express opened up outside of LA Fitness, but that kinda happens all the time, right? 

The interior of the old Shift Coffee. 

The interior of the old Shift Coffee. 

Shift Coffee reopens this Friday in their new/old spot at The Adagio apartments on South Locust. Rachel Aughtry from The Dime Store, which is located across the street from Shift on South Locust, says they're pushing for the nickname "SoLo." The nickname goes against our advisement, but whatever Rachel Aughtry. Y'all be whatever you want, but the second people start calling North Elm "NoEl," we're outta here. We're excited to check out Shift's new digs and are super glad they're back in business. Stop in and get a lavender latte when you get the chance. 

Tea2Go, recently joined Pizza Snob as one of the businesses opening in the retail sections of the H Squared apartments on W. Hickory. We believe there is a third spot there, which we are anxious to see what claims it. 

Audacity Brewhouse, our newest hometown brewery (and first with an establishment we can actually visit) will open their doors with a three day grand opening event starting on Friday, October 24th. They say that there will be beer, tours and, and live music all three nights, so it'll probably be a good time. Cheers to more beer!

Flatlanders Taco Company recently announced that they will soon open a brick and mortar restaurant near Oak St. Drafthouse. There will be a celebration party (with a possibility of additional information) at Oak St. Drafthouse this Saturday at 6pm. Your gringo taco options near the square just went way up, people.