Back in March, we told you about the arrest of sex offender Jaacob Vanwinkle following the murder of a woman and her two kids in Canon City. The person who led to Vanwinkle's arrest was a sixteen-year-old who he'd allegedly raped. Now, court documents reveal Vanwinkle's plan to enter a guilty plea ... More >>
Update: Earlier today, we shared early information about a triple homicide in Canon City; see our previous coverage below. The more details that emerge, the more horrific the story becomes. The victims in the case were reportedly a woman and her two children -- and the suspect in custody, Jaacob Va ... More >>
One way to make Valentine's Day happier is if you have someone to kiss. But what's the best place to smooch? We mean "place" as in "place to go." Get your minds out of the gutter (until later, that is). Well, our friends at the Colorado Tourism Office have compiled a list of the most romantic plac ... More >>
When Lauralee Grauman last appeared in our Schmuck of the Week archive, back in October 2012, shortly after she was busted in Canon City following a cross-country crime spree, she was a supporting player rather than a star. But this time around, we're promoting Grauman, who was recently sentenced f ... More >>
Update: The two victims of the Black Forest fire, which sparked to life on June 11, have been ID'd as Marc Allen Herklotz, 52, and Robin Lauran Herklotz, fifty, married residents of Black Forest. The laborious identification process speaks to the horrific force of nature that took their lives. In t ... More >>
Sure, Colorado is landlocked -- but that doesn't mean you have to spend your summer high and dry in the sweltering, 90-plus degree heat. We don't have an ocean, but there are rivers, reservoirs, pools, water parks and many more places where you can immerse yourself this summer. So dig out that Spee ... More >>
Melanie Asmar's "The Meaning of Life" feature explores the contradictions of a Catholic hospital defending a lawsuit by arguing that a fetus isn't a person. On a follow-up blog post about bishops reviewing the hospital's legal approach, a reader from outside Colorado weighs in about the far-reaching ... More >>
Colorado's Catholic bishops say they will "undertake a full review" of a lawsuit in which Catholic Health Initiatives, an Englewood-based operator of 78 Catholic hospitals in seventeen states, has argued that it can't be held liable for the deaths of two unborn babies because fetuses are not people. ... More >>
Is a fetus a person? Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives, which operates 78 Catholic hospitals in seventeen states, is arguing in court that it's not, as explained in this week's cover story, "The Meaning of Life." Sued for wrongful death by a father whose pregnant wife died at a Catholic hos ... More >>
You've just escaped from jail. Where you gonna go? Probably not a community described as "a town in the middle of nowhere with 36,000 souls and thirteen prisons, one of which is Supermax, the new 'Alcatraz' of America. A prison town where even those living on the outside live on the inside." But tha ... More >>
Christo's "Over the River" will soon have another bridge to cross. Even as a public hearing that could secure Fremont County's approval of the project along the Arkansas River gets under way this morning in Canon City, a group of University of Denver students will be filing suit to stop it.
We know you're all gearing up for the Great American Beer Festival -- and what better way to start your marathon training than with various Oktoberfest events? That and much more are happening in the food scene this week; here's a taste of what else is on the menu:
Nothing says summer like ice cream, whiskey and sushi ... and beer dinners, train dinners and everything else taking place on this week's culinary calendar. Here's a taste of what's ahead:
Bert is icey like Ceddy Bu.How's this for a job: You ride a bunch roller coasters, and then you make a television show about you riding a bunch of roller coasters. That's pretty much the job of the Travel Channel's Bert Kreischer, better known as Bert the Conqueror, whose show features him tr ... More >>
Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists a number of different shows, including Radio 1190's Local Shakedown, KTCL's Locals Only, The Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC and is re-broadcast all over Colorado, ... More >>
The 2010 census gives states a new option for how to count their prison population, a move that could provide additional political leverage to urban areas -- which, in Colorado, means more power to the Front Range and less to places like Fremont, Logan and Crowley counties. In the past, the ... More >>
Not actually Gonzolo Martinez, but an incredible simulation.Tonight's episode of the Discovery Channel program I (Almost) Got Away With It, airing locally at 8 p.m., has a distinctly Denver flavor. The show tells the tale of local-boy-made-bad Gonzolo Martinez, who was sentenced to almost ha ... More >>
Wolfgang Volz, copyright Christo 2007 "Over the River," the plan by husband-and-wife artists Christo and Jeanne Claude to stretch almost six miles of silvery fabric over the Arkansas River between Canon City and Salida at a cost of around $50 million, has plenty of supporters. Congressmen, college ... More >>
Cañon City gets back to its community roots.
Robin Carole Gall, 38, was in jail in Canon City Monday night after Fremont County sheriff's deputies found her husband, Brent Thomas Gall, 40, dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. Brent Gall was a federal correctional officer. He was also a defendant in the infamous "Cowboys" case, in which seve ... More >>
An Austin institution opens a new location in Louisville.
It's not often when journalists go out of their way to praise scribes at rival publications. But today, Lynn Bartels (pictured), a consistently outstanding and refreshingly funny reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, did just that this morning, when she sent yours truly the following note: The best ... More >>
The monks have moved on, but it's another vintage year in Cañon City.
Drop and give me ten.
From kitty cut-ups to an airline named Ted, this was one oddball year.
But what's the co-pay?
Rise and Shine
The Department of Corrections cooks up a culinary program for prisoners.
Sugar and spice
Tourists make tracks across Colorado.
Bonnie Brae institution the Saucy Noodle finds room to stretch.
Michael Paglia's brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.
Pharmacist Bob Gusich has been a real pill for the state prison system.
Bill Fehr has big plans for the Royal Gorge Bridge--including a $749,600 rent increase.
Long Before "Asteroid," moviemakers made their mark on Colorado. A guide to some high and low points.
Colorado faces a boom in parolees--and rising evidence that parole isn't working.
Frying taco shells, growing zinnias--it's all in a day's work for Colorado prisoners.
THE STATE SUPREME COURT CONSIDERS A FIRST AMENDMENT CASE FROM CANON CITY.