When Keifer Johnson headed back to school after last year's summer break, he had reason to believe that the truly awesome part of his college experience was still to come. He was a nineteen-year-old sophomore at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, a Kerouac-spouting English major and a ri ... More >>
It feels weird to commemorate quitting something that almost killed you. But on July 22 every year since 2006, I say thank you and congratulations to myself for being alive and healthy. As a drunk, I was somehow spared multiple DUIs; I drove drunk -- blackout drunk, at that -- many times over the co ... More >>
Two years ago, former Arapahoe County sheriff Pat Sullivan managed to chisel down a pack of squalid allegations involving methamphetamine, trading drugs for sex, exploiting a mentally challenged individual and even a sort-of admission of sex with minors into the world's sweetest plea deal, copping t ... More >>
Yesterday, Dr. Christian Thurstone told us he fears marijuana users in search of bigger and bigger highs may soon turn to injecting THC. Lots of readers weighed in on this possibility, with the one highlighted here speculating about what kind of people would, and wouldn't, give THC injection a shot, ... More >>
Tom Clements, the reform-minded head of the Colorado Department of Corrections who was murdered at his home last month by a parolee, makes a posthumous appearance in a new video advocating for one of his favorite causes: more substance abuse treatment for chronic, low-level offenders, freeing up cos ... More >>
After the passage of Amendment 64, opportunities abounded for its main proponents, Mason Tvert and Brian Vicente. But while Tvert said he had no immediate plans to spread the gospel about the measure to other states, despite being invited to do so in California by HBO's Bill Maher, Vicente is branch ... More >>
Though John Larroquette gave up alcohol for good thirty years ago, the Emmy and Tony award-winning actor still makes a point of relating that journey at public appearances. This Friday, September 28, Larroquette will be the keynote speaker at a luncheon fundraiser for Arapahoe House, a non-profit or ... More >>
Where's the military when the chips are down?
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers is currently in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Supreme Court hearings on the Affordable Care Act. But in his absence, his office registered his objections to Senate Bill 12-163, which would, among other things, make possession of meth a misdemeanor rather than a cla ... More >>
Blago.Rod Blagojevich, the disgraced former Illinois Governor who's headed to prison for trying to broker a political deal, is now trying to broker another. Blago, who was sentenced to fourteen years in the clink for trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama (among other for ... More >>
For years, Barry Fey says, music fans have been needling him to write a book. "You know, people have been saying 'When's the book? When's the book?' for fifteen years," Fey notes. "It was daily, wherever I would go out... 'When's the book? Come on, you've got to write a book!'" Well, he final ... More >>
After releasing his first full-length in 2005, titled The Language of My World, Seattle-based MC Macklemore vanished. It wasn't until he emerged clean and sober in 2009 that he really started to gain steam. With lyrics born of his struggles with drug addiction, Macklemore's rhymes are deliver ... More >>
Rob CorryIn the ongoing bureaucratic battle over medical marijuana, Castle Rock has already witnessed its fair share of skirmishes. Amber Ostrom, owner of the city's one and only dispensary, Plants 4 Life, had to jump through numerous legal hoops before she was allowed to keep operating. And ... More >>
Jimmy 'Stx' Blair, drummer for Heart & Soul Radio (formerly Animo and Dork), just issued a statement that took a tremendous amount of guts to make. "If I have learned anything recently," he states, "it has been that there is no time like the present and complete honesty is always the best pol ... More >>
This week's cover story, "The Damage Done," details the Denver-based Justice Initiative for Drug Endangered Families, a unique approach to drug treatment that employs cops in their off hours to mentor addicts they usually lock away. The feature focuses on sisters Audrey and Katie and their re ... More >>
Grip the Wheel
Chris Romer doesn't like how the medical marijuana regulatory bill has mutated.Senator Chris Romer feels that many of those under age 21 who have medical marijuana cards obtained these licenses to toke under dubious circumstances -- and he wants to make it harder for them to do so in the futu ... More >>
Squeeze off a few rounds. It'll make you feel better. On October 23, the Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network is hosting a wine tasting and auction, with proceeds earmarked to provide mental-health services to insurance-challenged folks in the area. And what's being auctioned off? Among other th ... More >>
In Chicago they're forking over four bucks a gallon for basic unleaded. The going price at the chain stores around town today ranges from $3.68 to $3.78. But the Bradley at 50th and Federal is holding the line at $3.59. Today, anyway. Get it while the getting is good, junkies, or get the shakes com ... More >>
It’s been a rough week for Charlie Morrison. First, he wrecked his truck. Then the local dance night promoter spent three days in jail for trashing the Broadway motel room where he and some fellow revelers were crashing – an alleged charge that could add up to a felony. Then Sunday night (or Mon ... More >>
The drug fuels gay parties -- but the party was almost over before Rod finally found help.
It felt traitorous to vote early. I'd never done so before, partly because it always seemed rather undignified to fill out a ballot at the same place I'd buy broccoli, but also because I was loyal to my old polling place, located in a rehab center where the residents considered election day a major ... More >>
At least one out of every five Colorado prisoners is mentally ill -- some violent, some undetected or untreated. How did the Big House become the Bug House?
Matt Lawrence spends a night in the tank for being too real.
DAVA's kids make a bold statement.
Gary Haney was living the high life until meth took him down.
Mayor's Office of Employee Assistance
Koren Zailckas found inspiration in sobriety.
Mel's Restaurant and Bar
His biological parents didn't want him -- but to get him the help he needs, his adoptive parents must give him up.
Elliott Smith 1969-2003
From the week of January 9, 2003
Medical neglect, chronic disease, a hepatitis epidemic. Some Colorado prisoners pay for their crimes with their lives.
When the accused reject a not-guilty plea, Colorado's insanity law breaks down.
A Goonie no more, Corey Feldman is searching for his soul as a rock musician.
Ten years ago, Colorado began to force batterers into treatment programs. but do they work?
Return of the Native
ACUPUNCTURE HITS HOME IN THE TREATMENT OF DRUG ADDICTS IN JAIL.