No denying that Canon City six-year-old Hunter Yelton is a charmer. But charm didn't get him out of trouble this week, and may have actually gotten him into it. That's because he was suspended after kissing a classmate on the hand -- an act the boy's school branded sexual harassment. This term clea ... More >>
Yesterday marked the deadline for Colorado's 271 cities and towns and 64 counties to decide whether they want to ban recreational cannabis businesses and sales -- and it is starting to look like Denver will be ganja ground zero. Already, four of the ten largest cities in Colorado (Colorado Springs, ... More >>
Colorado's tough sex offender laws are supposed to keep predators under tight supervision. But a series of lawsuits claim that the system is violating even minor offenders' rights to free speech and association, prohibiting contact with family members -- and, in one particularly bizarre case, telli ... More >>
Catholic Health Initiatives has acknowledged that it was "morally wrong" for its lawyers to argue in court that fetuses aren't people. As explained in our cover story "The Meaning of Life," the Englewood-based operator of 78 Catholic hospitals in seventeen states claimed that it couldn't be held lia ... More >>
This week's cover story, "The Meaning of Life," tells the story behind a seemingly contradictory legal argument being made by Englewood-based Catholic Health Initiatives: that a fetus is not a person. The court case in which it asserts that claim has now been appealed to the Colorado Supreme Court. ... More >>
This is the seventh in a series of pieces profiling Colorado-grown products...and what some local restaurants do with them. As much pride as we Coloradans take in our local producers and their staggering variety of goods, how many of them can say they tangled with the heaviest of heavyweights on a ... More >>
Drunk and belligerent is now way to go through life. But drunk and belligerent and the mayor of a town? Well, that takes a special kind of shmuck -- one like Ron Hinkle, the mayor of the town of Florence, who resigned on Wednesday, two weeks after resident C.J. Youngs chastised him during a city mee ... More >>
As we've discovered in our weekly Chef and Tell interviews, Denver's kitchen commanders are, if nothing else, unapologetically opinionated. We pepper them with dozens of questions, and sometimes their answers are salty -- especially their responses to what they'd like to see less of in Denver from a ... More >>
Big pic below.Society seems to have a different viewpoint about sex assaults involving an older woman and an underage male than if an older man and a teen girl are paired -- but the former can certainly have tragic consequences. Case in point: the relationship between a fifteen-year-old boy w ... More >>
A Flickr photo.Fall's here! Although technically it won't be autumn until September 23, you can tell the seasons are changing -- not just by the cooler weather, but also by all the Oktoberfest celebrations. Denver's Oktoberfest, featuring German fare, crafts and entertainment, plus fireworks ... More >>
A Flickr photo.Cured, a gourmet cheese shop, opens this week (latest tweet says August 20) at 1825 Pearl Street in Boulder -- and that's just the beginning of the delights on this week's culinary-events menu. Here's a taste of what's ahead:
Dean Singleton.In an interview earlier this year, MediaNews Group executive chairman Dean Singleton talked about experimenting with pay walls at his various newspaper properties. These efforts are now about to get a public try-out at 23 MNG properties -- although none in the company's home st ... More >>
Walsenburg.It was a made-for-the-media story: a trio of on-the-lam siblings -- one a stripper, one a sex offender -- flee Florida and land in Colorado, where the Dougherty Gang was caught yesterday morning near Walsenburg. Caught on one of the less telegenic stretches of I-25, which means th ... More >>
The acclaimed artist Christo (rendered here by Kenny Be) has a talent for subduing vast landscapes, charming financial backers and reassuring locals about the economic and aesthetic value of his unique projects. But he hasn't managed to friend anybody over at the Colorado Wildlife Commission ... More >>
To borrow a line from Snoopy, it was a dark and stormy night and without any dinner, it was gonna be a hungry night, too. Ted and I were camping last weekend in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains just south of Canon City, in the middle of bear country, and all we had for sustenance was a mixed ... More >>
The Slow Food movement has been gaining momentum for years, and tonight, Arugula Ristorante, at 2785 Iris Avenue in Boulder, will host a benefit dinner for the local Slow Food chapter. You can expect local products -- in fact, the Arugula staff has nicknamed the dinner, "Eating local in Col ... More >>
State representative Glenn Vaad was appalled to discover recently that corrections officials have delayed opening a $200-million supermax because of Colorado's fiscal woes. There's nothing that offends Vaad, a Republican who represents the Greeley area, more deeply than the idea of a brand-ne ... More >>
Wolfgang Volz, copyright Christo 2007 As noted in a previous blog, "Doing the Math on Christo's Arkansas River Wrap," Colorado art mavens and opinion leaders are just crrraaaazy about Over the River, the proposal by husband-and-wife artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude to suspend six miles of silvery ... More >>
The Bureau of Prisons is as good at keeping prisoners in as it is at keeping reporters out.
Taking stock of kitchen slang.
The Changing Scene opened a new act for local theater.
For a convicted rapist, the truth may not set you free.
That's a Wrap
This month's energy-drink events calendar.
Ruggerfest stomps back to Aspen
Mike Hill's sexual-harassment lawsuit against the DOC has its personal side. Very personal.
One woman's long, long journey to fix the parole system and free her husband.
Legislators try to tighten the state's grip on prisoners.
As its inmate population ages, the Colorado prison system discovers there's no con like an old con.
The state pours millions of dollars--and controversial social theory--into a prison for mentally ill felons.
COLORADO'S HIGHEST-SECURITY PRISON ISN'T JUST FOR TOUGH GUYS.
PRISON GUARDS' COMPLAINTS ABOUT HARASSMENT ARE LEAKED TO THE HARASSERS.