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1997 Stories by Stuart Steers

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  • US West's Secrets

    published December 18, 1997

    To the customers of utilities like US West have the right to know how well the company is serving the public? And with the local telephone market... More >>

  • Socket to Me

    published December 11, 1997

    There are many things Californians love about Colorado--the mountains, the skiing, affordable real estate. But while Californians have to visit or... More >>

  • Slamming the Door on Kerry Dore

    published December 4, 1997

    The pain-ridden journey of a disabled construction worker who took four people hostage last year at Focus on the Family's headquarters in Colorado... More >>

  • Eve of Destruction

    published November 27, 1997

    Downtown is on the verge of losing the historic Denver Post building, at 15th and California streets, to make way for a "temporary" parking lot.... More >>

  • The Bridge Game Finally Ends

    published November 20, 1997

    For years, a half-dozen concrete bridges have spanned the streets of downtown Denver, the legacy of an ill-conceived 1960s urban-renewal project... More >>

  • Gold Diggers of '97

    published November 13, 1997

    Charles "Binx" Rugg looks out his living-room window in the town of Eldora and can see all the places that have shaped his life. Next door... More >>

  • Lights Out

    published November 13, 1997

    The former Bonfils Theatre was once one of Denver's cultural jewels, a community playhouse that brought thousands of people a year to East Colfax... More >>

  • Building Blocks

    published October 16, 1997

    What, if anything, should the city of Denver do to prevent the construction of ugly buildings? With Denver's construction boom showing no... More >>

  • Out of Focus

    published October 9, 1997

    Kneeling in prayer at Denver's Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Kerry Dore lit six candles--one for each of his four children, one for... More >>

  • A Dry Hole

    published September 25, 1997

    Prisoner No. 21-052-013 walks stiffly into a small meeting room at the federal prison in Jefferson County. John Gable's jet-black hair is slicked... More >>

  • the lost action hero

    published August 28, 1997

    Arnold Schwarzenegger smiled for the photographers on a chilly day in March 1995, strolling down Wazee Street with a retinue of overawed city... More >>

  • Trouble at McHospital

    published August 28, 1997

    As recently as last spring, it looked like the Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation was on a roll that would never stop. The nation's largest... More >>

  • Up the Organization

    published August 14, 1997

    A maverick Denver labor leader has launched a campaign to topple the president of the state AFL-CIO, calling for dramatic change to turn around... More >>

  • Lode Warriors

    published August 7, 1997

    For Kay Howe, the remote Lisbon Valley in southeast Utah is a place to escape to. Just across the state line from Colorado, the uninhabited valley... More >>

  • Sister Sludge

    published July 24, 1997

    A maverick member of the board that oversees the metro sewage system has managed to shake up that once-sleepy body with charges of a conspiracy to... More >>

  • Dripped Dry

    published July 10, 1997

    When the Colorado Convention Center was dedicated on a spring day in 1990, the promises flew as fast and furious as a March snowstorm. Politicians... More >>

  • The Blacktop Jungle

    published June 19, 1997

    In 1975, Colorado's brash young governor said no to the highway lobby. Newly elected on an environmental platform, Dick Lamm vowed to... More >>

  • Another Fight on Colfax

    published June 5, 1997

    A neighborhood feud over the proposed rezoning of East Colfax Avenue has wound up in court, with two of Colfax's best-known businesspeople trading... More >>

  • The Big Queasy

    published May 15, 1997

    Buying a box of crackers at a supermarket in Grand Junction would ordinarily be uneventful. But these days even a humble cracker is the stuff of... More >>

  • Line in Wait

    published May 1, 1997

    Denver is spending millions to build a new park along the South Platte River that is intended to be the centerpiece of the Platte Valley... More >>

  • Roll On, Columbia

    published April 24, 1997

    Last summer a Denver emissary for Columbia Hospital Corporation, the nation's largest for-profit health-care chain, had lunch with one of the... More >>

  • Dam the Creek. Full Speed Ahead.

    published April 24, 1997

    A quixotic effort to run English-style punts through downtown Denver got off to a slow start last summer, but that hasn't deterred promoters of... More >>

  • Making a Federal Case

    published March 20, 1997

    Years ago, Federal Boulevard was one of the most beautiful streets in Denver. Huge elms towered over the thoroughfare, which was lined with... More >>

  • The Big Fix

    published March 13, 1997

    In the old days, buying a house in the mountain town of Black Hawk was like moving to Appalachia. Residents lined the cracked windows of their... More >>

  • Readin', Writin' and Rabble-Rousin'

    published February 20, 1997

    Stephanie Hult, 1960s feminist and anti-war activist, says she's misunderstood. Her numerous enemies portray Hult, now the president of the... More >>

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