Outside of January, when the National Western Stock Show is in town, you don't see a lot of bolo ties in Colorado anymore, even though they're as much a part of Western garb as cowboy boots. "Bolo ties are not a high-volume seller," says Rockmount Ranch Wear owner Steve Weil, whose grandfather, Jack ... More >>
Aurora has big balls -- and we're not just talking the globes out at Buckley. This morning, Aurora mayor Steve Hogan announced that the city, the Aurora Renewal Authority and RIDA Development Corporation is suing a group of eleven hotels -- five with a common owner or operator -- that had earlier su ... More >>
Bees have been stung with something of a bad reputation, but they make a big contribution to life on earth by pollinating plants. And the people behind the documentary Bee People are out to prove that bees deserve a better image....and a better chance at survival. See also: - The Brown Palace is ... More >>
When Paul Reilly shuttered Encore early in this year, in April, he found that he had some free time on his hands for the first time in a long time, and while he was scouring the 'hoods for a space where he could open a new restaurant, he also welcomed the opportunity to do something for himself -- s ... More >>
The Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division confirms that an investigation is underway involving meat products infused with THC, the active ingredient of marijuana. In the meantime, multiple sources tell us that meat products like a jerky made by local firm Benjamin's Edibles are being removed from m ... More >>
Six months ago Gaylord Entertainment Co. made its case to Colorado, explaining why a proposed 1,500-room, $824 hotel/resort/convention complex in Aurora was a good deal -- good enough to justify the state offering big tax incentives. Today, the company that made that pitch no longer exists.
At last, some good news to come out of the horror in Aurora. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has cancelled a demonstration planned to coincide with a cattle-industry meeting tomorrow. Even PETA, which regularly uses stunts to push its agenda, realizes there are limits to bad taste for a ... More >>
There's a whole lot of spring "cavorting" going on at Ugly Goat Milk Company's farm. And that means plenty of milk, butter, cheese and good times for both the animals and humans.
Don Hunt may be the hardest-working man at the State Capitol -- and that's saying a lot as the legislature heads into its final week. The head of the Department of Transportation helped pull the plug on a Beltway Authority proposal -- and now he could bury a feud that divided north Denver fifty year ... More >>
In these lean times, last week Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar proposed slashing costs and hiking a range of user fees -- everything from the cost of a federal stamp for duck hunting to oil and gas drilling permits -- to make ends meet at his agency. But one bit of government welfare is consid ... More >>
The Denver Coliseum was dedicated sixty years ago, on January 10, 1952, with a "Salute to Soil." We didn't see starlet June Haver, the star of that show, during our afternoon at the National Western Stock Show yesterday, but we did spot at least one down-and-dirty move by the city.
Parking ticket scofflaws think of Denver boots as something to avoid, but not at yesterday's Stock Show parade. The event took place on what Mayor Michael Hancock designated as Dress Western Day, and as you can see, he and Denver's first lady got into the spirit of things. So did plenty of others wh ... More >>
Proposed hotel.There have been some tense times between Aurora and Denver officials since word came down this summer that Gaylord Entertainment would like to build a hotel/resort complex in Aurora -- and move the National Western Stock Show there, too.
What's next? Cows will get to cast ballots in Aurora? The Libertarian Party -- like the National Western Stock Show, an institution that got its start in Colorado -- is concerned that Aurora is about to give voting rights to a corporation: Gaylord Entertainment, the out-of-state company tryin ... More >>
Ryan FrazierPerennial politician and former Westword cover boy Ryan Frazier has done what many people expected and joined the race to become Aurora's next mayor. Four other candidates have already announced their intentions: Debbie Stafford, Steve Hogan, Sheilah Thomas Davis and Jude Sandvall ... More >>
Is this PETA billboard too sexy for Denver?People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has had a beef with Denver before, most recently when PETA's McCruelty statue planned for the 16th Street Mall was determined to violate Denver sign ordinances. This time, PETA's billboard of a sexy, saus ... More >>
Figure 92a. Globeville: Reclining silhouettes are perfectly cut out for city living. The cowboy and cowgirl figures seen in the photograph above have "cut out" from the National Western Stock Show and have been seen in multiple locations in and around the Globeville neighborhood. The shadowy ... More >>
Say what you will about People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals -- better known and often reviled as PETA -- but there's no denying their methods are, ahem, eye-catching. Sex sells, as PETA well knows, and there's probably never been an activist organization quite as openly willing to use ... More >>
The chickens are coming home to roost. James Bertini, the founder of Denver Urban Homesteading who's been campaigning for more than a year, will meet with city officials today in his campaign to "Free the Chickens" -- and remove the regulations that prohibit some Denver residents from keeping ... More >>
Just as traditional as its tackiness is the duration of the annual holiday display at the Denver City and County Building: Mary, Joseph, the Baby Jesus and that weird Santa Helper Hoedown always stick around through the Stock Show, to stun and amaze every visitor to town. But not this year.
Ted Turner: savior of the bison industry?Twelve years ago, bison ranchers in the West were feeling fenced in. While demand from restaurants and consumers for steaks, roasts and other prime cuts was just beginning to increase, nobody wanted the rest of the beast -- the parts that get ground u ... More >>
While Kroger is making efforts to improve its seafood sourcing practices, it is doing so at a "painfully slow pace," according to a "supermarket scorecard" recently issued by Greenpeace. That King Soopers's parent company might not be ultra-conscientious about where it gets its swordfish and ... More >>
Why did the chicken cross the road? To get away from McDonald's. Ronald McDonald apparently wants his laying hens to spend their days inside a cage too small even for a waif supermodel s addicted to binging and purging her morning Egg McMuffin. The Humane Society of the United States has flo ... More >>
Phil NiedringhausToday, while law enforcement and bank honchos were meeting to discuss a recent upsurge in Denver-area bank robberies, a new bank was hit a little over a mile away. Score one for the robbers. In total, there were 208 robberies in Colorado and Wyoming in 2009, a 37 percent in ... More >>
Our throats were dry, our eyes were red. Blame it on pot. Specifically, on listening to four hours of pot testimony and discussion -- on top of the salute to the National Western Stock Show and another hour of civic housekeeping -- at last night's Denver City Council meeting. But there was ... More >>
Sam and Holly Arnold outside the Fort.The Fort will be closed from January 11 through January 21 for a kitchen renovation -- the first since the Morrison restaurant, a recreation of Bent's Old Fort, was built out of 80,000 handmade adobe bricks back in 1962. Some of those bricks are right beh ... More >>
Anti I-70 expansion poster by EarthFirst! Activists with the radical environmentalist outfit EarthFirst! have apparently taken a hiatus from monkeywrenching logging trucks and boiling pine cones for sustenance during three-month tree-sits to run a campaign in urban Denver against the various propo ... More >>
Don't let the recession put an end to your stylish summer R.V. excursion. Instead of paying for numerous tanks of gas and countless campground fees, you can stay right here in Denver and vacation in the neighborhood that has the best baby-gear garage sales and sheep-shearing opportunities. A staycat ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Nestlé Purina"Could somebody remind me why I wanted this job?" Before Bill Ritter co-hosted a tribute to MediaNews Group CEO and Denver Post publisher Dean Singleton, who's hardly a fan of his policies, he appeared at a photo opportunity with a dog. Yep, Ritter joined Dealer, a M ... More >>
By now, you've heard of Turkeygate, the Sarah Palin TV interview in which a turkey farm employee sends a couple of gobblers to their gruesome deaths behind the former vice-presidential candidate. But you might have missed the Colorado connection. To find out more, check out Jon Solomon's hilarious& ... More >>
Bob Beauprez tells the Rocky that he decided to get back to his roots following his bid for governor by returning to the old family dairy farm. Only problem was that he had long ago developed the 700 acres into a suburban expansion of 1,300 homes called Indian Peaks. Can anyone else think of a bette ... More >>
While perusing the many booths at the National Western Stock show, my girlfriend and I stumbled upon a pellet-sized treat that we had not encountered since our teenage years, inspiring this zen-twister: Dippin' Dots were once the ice cream of the future . . . now treat of the past? -- Jared Jacan ... More >>
North Denver neighbors get a crash course in I-70's future.
This place is a zoo!
National Western takes a bow to the cow
October 23, 2003
Get pleasantly stung at the International Mead Festival.
Four Mile House
Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza
Colorado Badge and Trophy
Jolly Rancher Candies