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 | News
This week's feature delves into a subject doctors don't like to talk about much — their mistakes. It focuses on the case of Ruth Farfan, a 68-year-old patient who died in 2012, shortly after what was supposed to be "routine" surgery at Denver's St...
3 days ago | Longform
How did we get here? Robin Valdez asked himself that question as he sat with his mother on her hospital bed, rubbing her back and trying to soothe her agitation and pain. It had been a week since Ruth Farfan had come to St. Anthony Central fo...
4 days ago | Business
It can often be difficult to assess the true costs of mineral extraction and energy production across the West. Take, for example, the massive blowout from the much-neglected Gold King Mine earlier this month, which sent three million gallon...
15 days ago | News
Bureaucrats aren't terribly fond of employees who go behind their backs and over their heads to expose waste, fraud, corruption, or just plain incompetence. That's why there are laws in place that are supposed to protect government whistleblowers ...
17 days ago | Environment
Two weeks after an EPA crew accidentally released three million gallons of toxic mine water into the headwaters of the Animas, the river has been declared safe for irrigation, recreation, and other uses. No doubt many people — including Governor J...
23 days ago | Environment
There are half a million abandoned mine sites across the western United States, including more than 23,000 in Colorado. Many of them have the potential to expose high-country waterways to runoff from a highly acidic brew of tailings, mine dumps an...