Crook or Creek? Your ignorance is bliss to the Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District. Ten days ago the business association faxed information to local merchants alerting them to a couple of robberies and a car theft that had occurred in the chichi shopping district the week of May 22. Police are looking for the suspects, patrols will be increased and the association plans district-wide security, the fax noted, but " support those efforts, we request that you do not reveal this information to the media. We are confident this matter can be handled internally."

Although Tracey Welch, the district's executive director, implies that keeping the matter hush-hush will aid police--"there are things they will do to apprehend suspects, and they prefer that the story not be in the paper," she says--her group apparently has kept such a tight lid on the news that Denver cops weren't even aware of a problem. "We keep track of hot spots and crime trends," says community relations officer Michael Gargaro, "but I don't have anything on there presently. Whatever is going on, they haven't told the community relations office."

A Brown study: Now even the current Time magazine is wondering what Hank Brown has against Sam Brown, former Colorado state treasurer and current nominee to be U.S. ambassador to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, a 52-nation human-rights group headquartered in Vienna. Senator Brown has been leading the charge against Citizen Brown's confirmation; another vote is scheduled when Congress resumes this week--but it doesn't look promising.

And it seems downright peculiar when you consider that another Coloradan who'd given $250,000 to the Democrats' 1992 campaign breezed through her confirmation hearings with nary a peep from the state's Republican senator. And once she was comfortably ensconced in Vienna as ambassador to Austria, oil heiress Swanee Hunt took a few minutes to pen a letter--on official embassy stationery--to the folks back home, letting them know that she had some prime office space for rent, as well as excellent household help that she wouldn't be needing.

Mag, mag, mag: Sure, Colorado's making a comeback--but back to where, exactly? A glance through the glossy, just-out Rocky Mountain Magazine could transport you to the early Eighties and the original Rocky Mountain Magazine, so similar is the athletically hip tone and stylish design. The logo alone apparently owes much to copyright expiration, even though publisher Cowles Magazines Inc. bills its new baby as "the first publication to focus exclusively on the Rockies and the region's myriad outdoor activities and lifestyles."

The publisher of the original RMM, Terry Sieg, blew through millions of dollars and a lot of talent (including editors Terry McDonnell, who went on to Esquire, and Bob Wallace, who wound up at Rolling Stone) in his exploration of the region's myriad outdoor activities and lifestyles over a decade ago. During the inevitable bankruptcy hearings, it was revealed that one of the publication's last assets was, appropriately enough, a hot-air balloon.


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