Earlier this week, the City of Boulder announced the selection of a public-art project for the Boulder Public Library main branch: "Yes!," by artists R&R Studios based in Miami. But some of those who've seen renderings of the piece, featuring giant red letters and an exclamation point (we've got mo ... More >>
For the past week-plus, the embattled newspaper industry has been buzzing with chatter about the potential sale of print properties held by Digital First Media, the parent company of the Denver Post. When contacted by Westword, Post CEO Mac Tully declined to comment about the possibility of a Post ... More >>
What is it with raccoon rage in Boulder? Plenty of people in the community have a love for urban wildlife, as witnessed by the outpouring of anger after two Boulder cops allegedly shot a neighborhood elk on New Year's Day. But back in 2011, police arrested three people on suspicion of killing a rac ... More >>
How to describe the behavior of some homeless people and assorted members other groups in Boulder? A new update on homeless issues, presented in the context of Boulder County's "Ten-Year Plan to Address Homelessness Progress," deploys an unusual term: "unwelcoming." See the document, shared as par ... More >>
Last week, we shared comments from Denver Post execs about changes at the paper online, in print and at the sports department; Broncos beat reporter Jeff Legwold had just jumped to ESPN. Post types initially declined to say whether the position would be filled. But now, the section's boss confirms t ... More >>
If you thought shopping on Boulder's Pearl Street Mall could be expensive before the city council prohibited smoking on the mall earlier this year, just try lighting a cigarette during your next visit. Since the ban went into effect just over six weeks ago, 35 people have been cited for setting fla ... More >>
If police are right, Nebraska's Adam Manlove is an extremely efficient criminal. Whereas many scofflaws may only commit one offense in a whole day, he's accused of having stolen four vehicles and caused eight accidents in several different parts of the metro area in fewer than four hours. Even law ... More >>
Talk about awkward timing. There's no direct connection, monetary or otherwise, between CU-Boulder's proposal for an 8.7 percent tuition hike next year and a plan for a $170 million upgrade to the university's sports facilities; see graphics and more below. But a CU spokesman concedes that the schoo ... More >>
Boulder and Walmart are an unlikely combination. But after months of speculation, rumors and protests, it now appears that one of the nation's most progressive communities will soon be home to the retailer most liberals love to hate. And judging by early reaction to reports that a Walmart will be in ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, we noted that the Boulder City Attorney's office planned a presentation suggesting that city council approve a moratorium until at least 2014 on new marijuana retail outlets legalized under Amendemnt 64; see previous coverage below. Last night, the council chose not to go forward ... More >>
Close to midnight on Wednesday, Boulder police began receiving calls from people who heard a puppy in such apparent agony that one of them reportedly thought she had hit it with her car. Nope. Instead, cops believe Edward McMorris hit the dog, named Tater, with his foot -- over and over again.
When my family members tried to check out last night's solar eclipse from a spot in Jefferson County, they saw...nothing, due to cloud cover. Those who gathered at CU-Boulder's Folsom Field had better luck, and that's a good thing -- because there were a record-setting 10,000 of them. See video of t ... More >>
At this writing, the second-most-viewed item on the Boulder Daily Camera website is a letter to the editor -- but not just any letter. The missive, published under the heading "Gays are a Threat to Public Health," has had an explosive impact on readers, coming at the outset of a special session insp ... More >>
Irony alert: Foul-smelling fish fertilizer of the sort CU-Boulder applied this morning to Norlin Quad, which has been closed as part of a plan to shrink the annual 4/20 event on campus, is a favorite of marijuana growers. Great minds think alike.
We don't know with metaphysical certitude that the Christopher Lites who was arrested in Boulder over the weekend on a charge of pedaling his bicycle under the influence is the same Chris Lites whose Facebook profile photo depicts a bizarre version of the Gary Busey family (it's on view below). But ... More >>
Big photos below.The hearse that carried John F. Kennedy's body from a Dallas hospital to Air Force One one fateful November day in 1963 is coming to Boulder. Developer and car collector Stephen Tebo -- not, not that Tebow -- picked it up for $176,000, and he says that one day it'll be part ... More >>
Big pics below.Last week, we reported on separate Occupy Boulder groups, and one participant's hope that upcoming events would help everyone pull together. And while it was overshadowed by Saturday's Occupy Denver arrest-fest, a Boulder march and rally appears to have accomplished this goal, ... More >>
FlickrWhat did animals do to deserve such abuse? First, there was the story of Matthew Weatherspoon, who allegedly stabbed a bulldog puppy who nipped him -- after which our Shmuck of the Week patrol discovered another twelve recent cases of dog stabbings. And now comes word of a kitten being ... More >>
Remember the hilarious scene from Slumdog Millionaire in which a little boy winds up covered in shit from an outdoor toilet? Betcha one woman will never find it amusing again. That's because when she went to use a porta-potty at a Boulder yoga festival, a man was apparently in the tank beneat ... More >>
Big pics below.Back in 2009, we reported about the impending opening of a Tesla Motors outlet in Boulder, just in time for local shoppers to get a reported $42,000 tax credit for buying one of the sleek electric cars. Thank you, America! But less than two years later, the outlet -- which woun ... More >>
This week, Boulder County's 22-year-old syringe exchange program -- called "The Works" -- became the first legal syringe exchange in the state, thanks to a state law passed in 2010 legalizing such programs.
Big pics below.Trevor Morris and Ashley Bradford don't look much like ninjas in their booking photos. But they're accused of using machetes to rob a medical marijuana dispensary in Gunbarrel earlier this year -- and after reportedly waiving a preliminary hearing, they're slated to enter pleas ... More >>
Opponents of a bill to set THC driving limits got a big boost after a blood test of Westword medical marijuana critic William Breathes showed he was nearly three times over the proposed limit when sober. But while the legislation has been put on hold, it's not dead -- and those in favor of it ... More >>
Video below.Tell the average person about some cat in Boulder having pipe problems and he may assume the rub has something to do with local medical marijuana dispensaries that may be closed due to license problems. But no: This tale has to do with an actual cat, nicknamed Squeeze, who may hav ... More >>
He woulda stayed.Music supposedly has the power to soothe a savage beast -- but it can also annoy the hell out of one. That's the lesson recently learned by personnel at Boulder Community Hospital. When they found a bear hibernating under a building on hospital property, they managed to driv ... More >>
A popular way for colleges to hype big games is to ask fans to dress in one of the school's colors -- and the most passionate attendees often paint their face and body that color, too. But when one of those colors is black, are white supporters who take brush to skin engaging in a racist act? ... More >>
Joaquin Campos.The Boulder County Coroner has come to a conclusion about the October death of ten-month-old Lyon Campos, for which his father, Joaquin Campos, has been arrested. "The cause of death is multiple blunt force injuries," writes coroner Emma Hall. "The manner of death is homicide. ... More >>
Talk about the smell of success. Apparently Boulder now has so many MMJ businesses that folks all over are complaining about the ever-present aroma of pot in the air -- and officials are struggling to clear the air.
"Boulder Accidentally Discloses Secret Marijuana Grow Sites," published by the Boulder Daily Camera, reveals that the city put a map on its website showing the whereabouts of sixty cannabis cultivation centers. Along the way, the piece quotes Boulder assistant city attorney Kathy Haddock as a ... More >>
Dean Singleton.On Sunday, the Denver Post published "Notice to Readers About Denver Post Copyright Protections" -- although readers weren't really the target audience. The piece is actually a bellicose warning to content thieves who reproduce Post stories or photos without permission. So... w ... More >>
Large photo below.A February CU Independent story about the University of Colorado at Boulder's efforts to discourage on-campus smoking features a photo of student Patricia Forget happily puffing -- and judging by her latest media appearance, she should have stuck with cigarettes. She was cit ... More >>
JonBenét & Burke.Last week, we told you about conflicting stories regarding a reported new interview with Burke Ramsey about the 1996 murder of his younger sister, JonBenét Ramsey. Now, Boulder Police says such interviews are being sought -- but it's not confirming the identity of Burke or ... More >>
JonBenét Ramsey.The 1996 killing of young JonBenét Ramsey is arguably Colorado's most famous (and infamous) unsolved murder. So how could it not be included in the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's new and much touted cold-case database?
Jonas Rizzo.Jonas Rizzo had some excellent reasons for crashing his bike into a car earlier this week. First of all, according to the Boulder Daily Camera, he was trying to run a red light. And second? He was visibly drunk. Not that biking while hammered is a unique crime in health-conscious ... More >>
John Suthers.Do medical marijuana dispensaries have double-secret, underground agreements with the dorms at the University of Colorado in Boulder? Is there a secret plot to get all the innocent, cherub-faced freshmen at the nation's sixth-best reefer hot spot school hooked on the ganja? Than ... More >>
"Helllooo, ladies!"Words commonly used to describe mug shots include "menacing," "pathetic," "disturbing" and "hilarious" -- but usually not "sexy." So congrats, Dustin Winesberry. The seductive, come-hither mug shot taken of you yesterday at Boulder County Jail looks like the cover of a '70 ... More >>
Carol "Chay" Burdick and her Peeps have been left hanging.Last week, we told you a story involving Carol "Chay" Burdick, a Boulder resident going to court against her landlord after she was told to remove an Easter display featuring marshmallow Peeps or face eviction. Unfortunately, we'll ha ... More >>
Fireworks were on the agenda last night in Boulder. The setting: CU. The occasion: a debate about same-sex marriage sponsored by the campus Catholic ministry. The opponents: Representatives of Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, whose web address, GodHatesFags.com, symbolizes the organization's ... More >>
CU Buffs coach Dan Hawkins' news conference yesterday, excerpted in the Boulder Daily Camera clip above and viewable in its entirety below, began with an opening statement that lasted more than twenty minutes, and it seemed longer. Hawkins is a smart guy, and he's got to know that he's not long for ... More >>
Sherri Versfelt shows off her baby bump.Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett says he's "committed to having the most progressive approach to medical marijuana of any DA's office in the state." And yesterday, he took another step toward establishing that reputation by dismissing charges agai ... More >>
Warren Hern, in an image from a Boulder Daily Camera video.As Patricia Calhoun pointed out earlier this morning, Boulder's Warren Hern, the last practitioner in the U.S. still doing late-term abortions, was the subject of a death threat by a Spokane, Washington, man, Donald Hertz, mere weeks ... More >>
The Boulder Daily Camera reported today that Boulder County has installed rules covering the use of social media by employees (CBS4 Denver also blogged about it). The gist of the rules seems to be requiring permission from a department head to post anything to Twitter, Facebook, etc. Reall ... More >>
The Boulder Police Department's threat of potentially registering genital-displaying Naked Bike Ride peddlers as sex offenders seems to have done the trick. This weekend's Ride went off without a hitch, but with plenty of stitches over groins -- and pasties on male and female nipples alike, as can ... More >>
Watch CBS Videos Online Remember the burst of publicity that accompanied word that Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner had supported lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 during an interview with 60 Minutes? If not, don't feel bad -- because the flare-up occurred in March 2008, as documented by thi ... More >>
The arrival of a new district attorney in Boulder has some people expecting that the 12-year-old murder of JonBenet Ramsey will get a "fresh look." But what exactly does that mean? This mind-bending report in the Boulder Daily Camera suggests a new look means another look at John Mark Karr (pic ... More >>
Execs at E.W. Scripps want to shrink the newsroom at the Rocky Mountain News, the firm's flagship paper -- and they've taken a major step toward doing so. Today, staffers at the tab received an e-mail from editor/publisher/president John Temple (pictured) announcing a "voluntary separation plan" tha ... More >>
A Boulder daily's cost-cutting measures begin with older workers.