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2005 Stories by Alan Prendergast

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  • Catch-16

    published December 8, 2005

    It was only late October, but a kind of holiday excitement coursed through the Altvater household in southeast Aurora. Kaeleigh had called.... More >>

  • Checking Out of Lockdown

    published November 24, 2005

    What passes for life inside the Colorado State Penitentiary didn't suit Kevin Fears and Timothy Russell. So both inmates put an abrupt end to... More >>

  • Dog Days

    published November 10, 2005

    Sprinting through a light agenda in a matter of minutes, the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners seems eager to adjourn its weekly... More >>

  • A Mighty Wind

    published October 27, 2005

    The drive for wind power in Colorado got an unexpected boost this month after Xcel Energy... More >>

  • Carbon Loading

    published October 27, 2005

    It's an annual rite of fall, right up there with hot cider, Columbus Day trash-talking and Mike Shanahan's vow to take one game at a time. Between... More >>

  • A Really Big Shoe

    published October 13, 2005

    I am surrounded by hundreds of plastic shoes. They are big and absurd and vaguely sinister, like boxing gloves designed by Crayola. They... More >>

  • Duke of Oil

    published September 8, 2005

    For 28 years, Bobby Maxwell crunched big numbers for the government. He wielded a calculator with patience and determination for the Minerals... More >>

  • What Lies Beneath

    published September 1, 2005

    Todd Hennis is not the sort of man to underestimate the dangers of wandering solo through an abandoned mine. The first time he went into the... More >>

  • "What You Deserve"

    published August 25, 2005

    When all hell broke loose last year at the Crowley County Correctional Facility, a private prison on Colorado's eastern plains, Vance Adams stayed... More >>

  • Getting Their Bell Rung

    published July 21, 2005

    In 1975, Colorado freshman congressman Tim Wirth got it into his head to seek a seat on the House Telecommunications Subcommittee. It wasn't... More >>

  • Waltz of the Cannibals

    published July 21, 2005

    1. FORGET THE PAST They laid Ma Bell to rest in Denver last month, on the last day... More >>

  • Paved With Good Intentions

    published June 30, 2005

    When postal carrier Tim Ramsey bought his home on Ford Street in north Golden nine years ago, he knew he was acquiring a special slice of local... More >>

  • Welcome to America

    published June 23, 2005

    Here is something Moises Carranza-Reyes wants you to know right off: He has never been charged with a crime, in this country or in his native... More >>

  • Speaking for the Dead

    published June 16, 2005

    1. BORN ON THE MOON On mourra seul, Pascal wrote. We shall die alone. But some die more alone than others. In Denver, if... More >>

  • If the Shoe Fits

    published May 12, 2005

    Suppose you're the warden of a women's prison. Among your valued employees is a correctional officer named Dave, whose job puts him in charge of... More >>

  • Bringing Down the Brotherhood

    published May 5, 2005

    A wide red line runs across the floor of the visiting room like a clown's grin, separating the guard post and the civilian exit from the rest of... More >>

  • Follow That Story

    published April 21, 2005

    Spam king Scott Richter has never been accused of thinking small. Even his company's bankruptcy promises to be big, big, big -- real big.... More >>

  • Grazin' Hell

    published April 7, 2005

    Taking the oath of office can be a solemn moment in the life of a public servant. For William G. Myers III, a longtime lobbyist for grazing and... More >>

  • Starved for Attention

    published February 17, 2005

    Inmates who joined in a hunger strike at the Colorado State Penitentiary last month were hoping their protest would attract a media feeding frenzy... More >>

  • Give our regards to Broadway

    published February 17, 2005

    5:55 a.m.: 7600 Broadway They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway...but right before dawn, on the hillside where Broadway... More >>

  • Follow That Story

    published February 10, 2005

    The prosecutor asked for thirty years. Probation officials suggested 24. Under Colorado law, the minimum sentence for knowing and reckless child... More >>

  • Beyond Contempt

    published February 10, 2005

    Suzanne Shell raises chickens in rural El Paso County. It's not the world's most exciting job, but Shell's other pursuits -- which include working... More >>

  • The Power of Two

    published January 20, 2005

    Back in 1948, David Morison set out with a buddy to climb Pyramid Peak, a fourteener in the heart of the Elk Range, west of Aspen. His friend... More >>

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