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  • BEST NEW JOB FOR GOVERNOR BILL OWENS

    Mid-term replacement for Vice President Dick Cheney

    Governor Bill Owens says that when he's term-limited out of the governor's office in January 2007, he'll go into the "private sector," but it's not too late for him to reconsider and give just a few more years to public service. (No need to go the full Roy Romer route and become superintendent of Los Angeles schools -- although that… More >>
  • BEST NEW JOB FOR DAN HOPKINS

    Spokesman for Marc Holtzman

    No matter where Marc Holtzman is next January -- and we're betting it won't be the governor's office -- the shoot-from-the-lip Republican challenger could use a smooth, personable frontman. And there's no one more personable than Dan Hopkins, current spokesman for Governor Bill Owens. When his boss leaves office, Hopkins will be sixty and eligible to retire after 24 years… More >>
  • BEST CANNON FODDER

    Colorado State Capitol

    The State Capitol is full of many surprising finds -- and that's even before you set foot on the floor of the House or the Senate. For starters, there's the fact that unlike at the Denver City and County Building, the Capitol has no security check, so you can wander in and out at will. And as you wander, you… More >>
  • BEST POLITICAL PLAY-BY-PLAY

    Lynn Bartels Rocky Mountain News

    At the Colorado Legislature, you often can't tell the players without a scorecard -- and fortunately, Rocky Mountain News reporter Lynn Bartels is there to keep score. When she's not breaking news (and there's been plenty this session), she's offering amusing, insightful play-by-play on the various wins and losses. Unlike Denver's sports-page stars, politicians play for keeps. But so does… More >>
  • BEST POLITICAL DECISION

    John Hickenlooper

    It took him long enough, but in the end, John Hickenlooper made the right decision. Disappointing those who wanted him to run for governor (and divide the Colorado Democratic Party in the process), he opted instead to complete a whole term (at least) as mayor of Denver, continuing to push the impressive, ambitious agenda that has already put him on… More >>
  • BEST POLITICAL AD

    Ken Gordon

    Democratic state senator Ken Gordon got his campaign for Colorado Secretary of State off to a rousing start with a quirky, hilarious Internet ad poking fun at other politicians' more memorable stunts, including John Hickenlooper's not-quite-free-fall to push Amendment C. But Gordon didn't stop at just jumping out of a plane; he also paid homage to former senator Ben Nighthorse… More >>
  • BEST COLORADO AMBASSADORS

    PeaceJam

    We couldn't make up a story this outlandish. Ten years ago, former society scribe (for 87 days), artist and car-parker Ivan Suvanjieff decided he needed to do something to convince kids to stop the violence, and so started PeaceJam. Today he and partner Dawn Engle run a global operation out of an Arvada bungalow, organizing more than a dozen conferences… More >>
  • BEST COLORADO AMBASSADOR -- SENIOR DIVISION

    Jack A.Weil

    Sixty years ago, Rockmount Ranchwear's Jack A. Weil put the snap in snap-button shirts. And today, as the country's oldest working CEO at 105 (as of March 28), he's still full of snappy repartee. CBS News profiled Jack A. (his son, Jack B., works in the business, as does grandson Steve) earlier this year, following him through Rockmount's once-and-future headquarters… More >>
  • BEST NEXT HOME FOR
    CONEY ISLAND

    Tiny Town

    After 36 years in Aspen Park, the historic Coney Island hot dog stand is now an official resident of Bailey, where the giant stucco landmark will be open by summer. But should gentrification -- or one of those wildfires that always seem headed for Bailey -- endanger the hot dog's new home, we have the perfect placement for Coney Island's… More >>
  • BEST SAVE FOR UNION STATION

    Colorado Midland Railway

    With Union Station slated for a major overhaul, it looked like one of its tenants might have reached the end of the line. The Colorado Midland Railway, the oldest model-railroad layout in the country, has been tucked into the basement of Union Station since 1935, where it's been run by volunteers from the Denver Society of Model Railroaders. But a… More >>
  • BEST ESTIMATE FOR WHEN
    T-REX WILL BE FINISHED

    November 17, 2006

    It was fun while it lasted. Not. Over the past five years, we've all had ample opportunity to get up-close and personal with T-Rex, the massive, $1.67 billion project designed to ease congestion and speed up traffic through the southeast metro corridor but in the meantime blocking roads and sending drivers off on thrill-ride detours. Still, if the pace of… More >>
  • BEST ESTIMATE FOR WHEN THE DENVER ART MUSEUM ADDITION WILL BE FINISHED

    November 8, 2006

    Sometime in the next month or so, the wrappings will come off the Daniel Libeskind-designed addition to the Denver Art Museum, and while work continues on the interior, the exterior will be complete. But even before that, the DAM will announce an official opening date for the Frederic C. Hamilton building, as well as a schedule for the accompanying celebration.… More >>
  • BEST ESTIMATE FOR WHEN WARD CHURCHILL WILL BE FINISHED

    May 31, 2006

    At the University of Colorado, Ward Churchill has outlasted athletic director Dick Tharpe, chancellor Richard Bynny, president Betsy Hoffman, even football coach Gary Barnett. But we're predicting he won't outlast current president Hank Brown. The committee reviewing Churchill's work is supposed to turn in its report by May -- and with any luck, by then the regents will have come… More >>
  • BEST SPOT TO PONDER DENVER'S BURGEONING CULTURAL RELEVANCE

    13th Ave. and Broadway

    There are strips that are faster, but when you're heading west across central Denver, there's no more scenic route than Thirteenth Avenue. And if you happen to get stopped at the light at Broadway -- as you inevitably will -- your route will seem positively inspired. Rather than fume silently at the crimson glow overhead, use the time to ponder… More >>
  • BEST SPOT TO PONDER
    ENDING IT ALL

    15th St. over I-25

    Bart Simpson used to stand on highway overpasses just like this one and spit on the anonymous traffic below. God bless that little fucker. We can't believe there's no barrier here, no chain-link fence, nothing. We could hurl ourselves right over this railing right now, and nobody could stop us. The fall might not kill us, but one of those… More >>
  • BEST VIEW OF A BRIDGE

    Genesee Bridge

    The bridge at Genesee Pass, which separates the Clear Creek and Bear Creek drainages, as well as Gilpin County from Clear Creek County, may well be the most elegant structure in the state. The perfect fusion of form and function, achieved with perfect economy of means, it stands in silent mockery of the many overwrought, pseudo-historical pastiches that have sprouted… More >>
  • BEST VIEW OF GOVERNMENT IN ACTION

    Denver Central Library

    From the street, Civic Center Park may just look like a good place to score cheap dope and tweak out, but climb to the seventh floor of the central branch of the Denver Public Library, step out onto the deck -- and it's as if you're Eva Peron, staring down at a world of graciousness and beauty. In the… More >>
  • BEST NEW HANGOUT FOR HOMELESS TEENS

    Civic Center Park Fountain

    Like any other teenagers, homeless teens (and all the ragged posers and deadbeat twenty-somethings who lurk alongside them) need a place to hang, too. After getting run out of their long-held Skyline Park kingdom, the gangly crowd migrated up the 16th Street Mall to where it meets Stout Street in front of Walgreens -- but business complaints and motorcycle cops… More >>
  • BEST ADDITION TO THE SKYLINE

    Hyatt Regency Denver

    The Hyatt Regency Denver got off to an ignoble start when the old Denver Post Building, an art-moderne treasure by Temple Buell, was torn down to provide a site for a not-yet-lined-up hotel at the expanded Colorado Convention Center. But then things took a turn for the better when klipp, a Denver architectural firm, was hired to design it. The… More >>
  • BEST LAST-MINUTE SAVE
    OF A HISTORIC BUILDING

    Evans School 1115 Acoma St.

    It's been empty for more than thirty years, and before rehabilitation started nearly two years ago, the 1904 Evans School looked like it wouldn't need to be demolished, because it just might fall down all by itself. But the quality of the design by architect David W. Dryden, who did it in a Palladian style, was undeniably high, and not… More >>
  • BEST NEW INTERIOR IN AN OLD BUILDING

    Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Quigg Newton Auditorium Denver Performing Arts Complex

    It sounds trite, especially since the analogy was repeated over and over during the construction process, but putting the Ellie Caulkins Opera House inside the historic Quigg Newton Auditorium really was like building a ship in a bottle. The auditorium -- a 1908 buff-colored brick building designed in a neoclassical style by Robert O. Willison -- had become run-down over… More >>
  • BEST CONSTRUCTION SITE

    Frederic C. Hamilton Building 13th Ave. and Bannock St.

    The Denver Art Museum's Frederic C. Hamilton Building is getting close to completion, although most of the titanium panels that cover it are still encased in plastic wrappers to protect them from airborne debris raised by the construction of the nearby Museum Residences. But from the moment the steel beams started going up, people have been drawn here to look… More >>
  • BEST LANDLOCKED LOBBY

    Captain Cook Apartments 1311 Cook St.

    To get a quick read on a prospective new landlord when apartment hunting, you need look no further than the lobby. If the foyer is completely devoid of adornment, turn around and run -- and don't look back. There's always another building with a beautiful theme and decorating scheme, including the ever-popular pilgrim, Mediterranean, Southwest and ski-chalet models. But nothing… More >>
  • BEST SEAT ON THE
    16TH STREET MALL SHUTTLE

    Single seat, boarding side

    Next time you hop on one of RTD's free mall shuttles, look at the odd seating arrangement: All of the seats are located on one side, and most riders are uncomfortably bunched together, shoulder to shoulder, in an effort to avoid sitting too close to less savory passengers. But look over there, on the passenger-loading side, next to the middle… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO GET CAUGHT
    ON TAPE BUYING CRACK

    E. Colfax Ave. at Logan St.

    Anyone who'd ever been to the bus stop at Colfax and Logan knew that you could catch more than the number 15 there -- until local businesses paid to install cameras at the corner last year. Today you may still see a casual slip of the sack in exchange for some cash, but now the eye in the sky sees… More >>
  • BEST CORNER FOR THE
    CRACK SALES OVERFLOW

    E. Colfax Ave. at Pearl St.

    With cameras documenting all of the action at Colfax and Logan and the State Capitol just two blocks west of there, Denver's crack crack dealers have moved east, to a nice, shady corner next to an unoccupied building at Pearl -- but far enough away from Office Depot so that the rock-roasters don't mistake pencil-pushers for potential buyers.… More >>
  • BEST CRACKHEAD DETERRENT

    Nob Hill Inn

    The drinking hour comes early to Nob Hill Inn, where the alcohol starts flowing at 8 a.m. and doesn't stop 'til 2 a.m. This Colfax dive welcomes all comers -- from day laborers on their way to work to night-shifters knocking back a quick one before bed. But it has a strict zero-tolerance policy for those folks involved in the… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO HAVE A SPIRITUAL EPIPHANY

    E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park

    Do you believe in power centers? No, not factory-outlet shopping malls, but those magical spots where cosmic energies concentrate to inspire human beings to create meaningful monuments? And no, still not shopping malls -- think of Stonehenge, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Parthenon and the Louvre. To that storied list you can now add the Sensory Playground at E.B. Rains… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO HAVE A TONSORIAL EPIPHANY

    4200-4300 blocks of S. Broadway

    If, as some say, God is in the details -- then surely Christ must be in the coiffures. What living creature doesn't want to look sharp for the Second Coming? To prepare your hair, start at Peggy's Barber Shop, 4382 South Broadway in Englewood, where the storefront signage reminds us that "Jesus is lord...Prince of Peace." Hair peace, we presume.… More >>
  • BEST FRIEND OF THE
    FIRST AMENDMENT

    Karen Salaz

    Although judges are cutting back on public access to information across Colorado, don't blame Karen Salaz. The public-information officer at the State Court Administrator's office, Salaz balances the individual's right to privacy with the public's right to know, supervising the placement of court documents online (at www.courts.state.co.us) and offering timely updates to the media. Her work on the Kobe Bryant… More >>
  • BEST CORRECTION

    Denver Daily News

    RegretTheError.com, a website devoted to commemorating journalism's greatest mistakes, had plenty of worthy candidates to choose from when determining its correction of the year for 2005. In the end, however, the site's scolds couldn't resist saluting a simultaneously offensive and ridiculous item corrected in the July 27 edition of the Denver Daily News: "The Denver Daily News would like to… More >>
  • BEST SUBSTITUTE FOR SUCKS

    Denver Post

    In a January piece about a town in which cell phones don't work, the Denver Post's Rich Tosches quoted a resident as follows: "Sometimes I actually forget that I even have a cell phone. It just (word meaning 'vacuum-like function')." Just what was that resident saying? That it just Hoovers? Just Eurekas? Dirt Devils? Such prudy-pants substitutions really suck.… More >>
  • BEST MOVE FROM BAD BOY TO BOSS

    Willie B. KBPI

    Stephen Meade was once known as Willie B. Hung, and although he eventually dropped the last portion of this anatomical moniker, he still earned a reputation as the biggest dick on the Denver airwaves, thanks to a pair of criminal convictions a few years back (for participating in an ill-advised chicken toss and leading a four-wheel-drive excursion on private land).… More >>
  • BEST PROOF THAT YOU
    CAN COME HOME AGAIN

    Steffan Tubbs KOA

    Steffan Tubbs was just a kid when he was hired by KOA back in 1994, and promptly earned a reputation for solid reporting and hunkiness that's uncommon in radio; a U.S. News & World Report scribe covering the trial of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh dubbed him "the Brad Pitt of the courtroom." That kind of press translated into a… More >>
  • BEST ATTEMPT TO SAVE
    PUBLIC-ACCESS TELEVISION

    Deproduction

    Public-access stations are disappearing across the country, thanks (or no thanks) to the greed of cable companies, which want to employ set-aside channels for commercial purposes, and government officials, who would rather use the outlets' funding for purposes other than providing a voice to citizen producers. In Denver, however, the public-access concept is being given one more chance, and Deproduction,… More >>
  • BEST HAIR ON A TV PERSONALITY -- FEMALE

    Asha Blake Channel 2

    When she came to Denver two years ago, Asha Blake brought an invigorating freshness to the market, and this quality extends to her hair. Rather than donning the typical beagle-eared style that's been a dog of a 'do since Snoopy's early battles with the Red Baron, she wears a thoroughly modern cut that looks like the work of a gifted… More >>
  • BEST HAIR ON A TV PERSONALITY -- MALE

    Kirk Montgomery Channel 9

    With rare exceptions, the TV dudes of Denver look a lot like second teamers for the Broncos: They wear the same helmets, anyway. No wonder entertainment reporter Kirk Montgomery scores over his more staid colleagues. He clearly understands the benefits of product, and he's bold enough to experiment with color, streaking his feathery top locks with blond highlights. He may… More >>
  • BEST FACIAL HAIR ON A TV PERSONALITY

    Ken Clark Channel 31

    Ken Clark, who handles traffic chores on Channel 31's morning program, compensates for his bald pate with a trendy, Satan-style beard. And those whiskers are visually appropriate, since a lot of the road problems he describes are the equivalent of hell on earth.… More >>
  • BEST TV NEWSCAST -- MORNING

    Channel 9

    Last year, Channel 4 seemed ready to give longtime ratings champ Channel 9 a run for its early-morning money, but it couldn't slow the 9News juggernaut. Today, with CBS 4 releasing sportscaster Mark McIntosh and planning to move weathercaster Ed Greene into prime time, Channel 9 lacks any real a.m. competition. Meteorologist Nick O'Kelly, sports enthusiast Susie Wargin and eye-in-the-sky… More >>
  • BEST TV NEWSCAST -- NIGHT

    Channel 4

    Since the '70s, 9News has dominated the 10 p.m. ratings -- but Channel 4 finally appears ready to chip away at that station's nighttime lead. Veteran forecaster Larry Green's on the way out, but morning-sider Ed Greene should seamlessly fill his green-screen silhouette, and sportscaster Vic Lombardi, replacing outgoing Steve Atkinson, is a definite upgrade. They join solid anchor duo… More >>
  • BEST TV ANCHOR

    Anne Trujillo Channel 7

    Anne Trujillo has been the mainstay on Channel 7's evening newscasts for ages, but because that show's ratings are far from stellar, she's often taken for granted. That's unfair but not surprising, since Trujillo prefers to get out of the way of a story rather than bid for attention. Despite her low-key approach, though, she's a straightforward communicator with a… More >>
  • BEST TV SPORTSCASTER

    Vic Lombardi Channel 4

    While Vic Lombardi is a sports communicator from the ESPN generation, he doesn't let shtick dominate his presentations. He can be a funny fellow, but he knows when to dial down the comedy in favor of reporting or perspective, and he leavens his wit with the enthusiasm of an unabashed fan. Belatedly named Channel 4's chief sportscaster (a position he's… More >>
  • BEST TV WEATHERCASTER

    Angie Austin Channel 2

    Stations take up a lot of airtime touting their assorted weather gadgets, but the gear hasn't made one signal more accurate than the others. All of TV's predictors have about the same success/failure rate, so their differences have more to do with personality than prognostication abilities -- and by that measure, Angie Austin, who works the morning shift at Channel… More >>
  • BEST LEGAL COMMENTATOR

    Andrew Cohen Channel 4

    As top legal commentator for CBS, Andrew Cohen regularly jets to important trials and legal proceedings across the country. But because he lives in Denver, we get to hear more of his characteristically cogent on-the-scene reports and opinions than viewers nationwide, who usually have to settle for a sound bite or two on the CBS Evening News. Cohen frequently weighs… More >>
  • BEST LOCAL RADIO STATION

    Radio 1190

    Commercial radio gets lamer with each passing year, which only makes Radio 1190 sound stronger by comparison. Because the station is staffed by students from the University of Colorado at Boulder, the turnover is continuous. Yet the outlet has maintained a high level of quality, thanks to the most eclectic playlist in town (one recent hour ranged from Mi and… More >>
  • BEST RADIO DJ

    DJ Chonz KS-107.5

    DJ Chonz is a member of the Radio Bums, a collective devoted to promoting forward-looking hip-hop. Yet urban-music buffs in these parts know him best for his work at KS-107.5, where he brings an underground sensibility to the mainstream, presenting live mixes on weekdays and really getting the party started during Friday rush hour. Some Bum.… More >>
  • BEST RADIO TALK-SHOW HOST

    Dan Caplis and Craig Silverman KHOW

    This award's a two-fer. Yeah, Dan Caplis can be infuriating, especially when he refuses to find fault with such favored institutions as the University of Colorado, and Craig Silverman's nasal honk is so pronounced that listening to the show outside invites attacks by dive-bombing geese. But Caplis has proven to be a determined digger capable of tracking down information that's… More >>
  • BEST REVENGE FOR A
    RADIO REJECT

    Kingdom

    Back in the '90s, Kingdom was one of the area's top MCs. Nevertheless, the station that became KS-107.5 refused to play his music, turning a deaf ear to protests from both Kingdom and the rest of the local hip-hop community. But now the power's shifted -- and how. Today Kingdom appears regularly on the station's morning show, and as a… More >>
  • BEST WEBSITE FOR RADIO INSIDERS

    www.DenverRadio.net

    Like working folks everywhere, radio types love to dish about their jobs -- and fortunately for us voyeurs, jocks, hosts, board ops and other local pros are eager to do so in public, as long as they're protected by pseudonyms. DenverRadio.net has gone through many permutations over the years, but its "Comments & Rumors" section continues to offer unvarnished critiques,… More >>
  • BEST BLOG

    The Denver Defenders

    This place just hasn't been the same since Joe Phillips, aka the Commish, founder of the Denver Kickball Coalition and general city asset, headed west. But Phillips hasn't left Denver entirely behind. In fact, he's now producing an online comic titled "The Denver Defenders" -- "the world's most democratic comic book," he explains, because the name, lineup and future stories… More >>
  • BEST GRIM JOURNALISTIC REAPER

    Rocky Mountain News

    For a relatively young man, Jim Sheeler certainly has a thing for death. As a freelancer, he wrote vivid, long-form obituaries for the Denver Post, the best of which will appear in a book, tentatively titled The Woman Who Outlived Her Tombstone, that's slated for publication later this year. After the Post foolishly cut him loose, Sheeler landed as a… More >>
  • BEST LONG GOODBYE

    Andrew Resnik

    After most workers are let go, they're upset, not magnanimous -- which only makes the final farewell of former 9News anchor/ reporter Adam Resnik seem all the more remarkable. When his contract wasn't renewed, Resnik sent a 2,400-word e-mail to colleagues -- but instead of ripping into station execs for their shortsightedness, he offered complimentary remarks for more than 175… More >>
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