Alan Prendergast has been a staff writer for Westword since 1995 and teaches journalism at Colorado College. His stories about the justice system, historic crimes, high-security prisons and death by misadventure have won numerous awards and appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies, including the 2012 true-crime anthology Seven Sins, The Best American Crime Reporting 2008 and The Best American Sports Writing 2009. He has also written for Rolling Stone, Outside, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Men’s Journal and other national publications and is the author of a book about child abuse and parricide, The Poison Tree.
2 days ago | Environment
It took months of work by local activists, working in conjunction with a statewide land trust, a national conservation group, and other funding partners, but the backers of an innovative "healthy living park" in the heart of Alamosa have finally s...
9 days ago | Politics
At tonight's Denver City Council meeting, members will be reviewing an unusual cluster of big-ticket development projects, amounting to several hundred million dollars of proposed public expenditures and "in kind" giveaways of revenue and property...
14 days ago | Crime
Four dozen state inmates who are serving sentences of life without parole (LWOP) for crimes they committed when they were teens got a jolt of hope three years ago, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that such mandatory sentencing schemes for juveni...
19 days ago | Things to Do
Anyone who's slogged through this sodden spring in Colorado knows that our supposedly semi-arid climate can get downright wet sometimes. For longtime residents, the freak hail, mini-twisters and violent lightning storms of the past month or so mig...
20 days ago | News
A Jefferson County man who's spent the last thirteen years in prison for sexually assaulting his daughter may have been wrongly convicted and could soon be freed. But Mark Ellis, who has always maintained his innocence, isn't out yet. That depends...
21 days ago | News
Kelly Leid does not favor snap-button shirts, Wranglers and Tony Lamas. He’s more of a polo-shirt-and-khakis guy. The headgear on display in his office includes hard hats but no cowboy hats, ten-gallon or otherwise. Yet Leid, a Colorado native, ha...