Sixteen-year-old Nicole Castaneda had one request of the supporters who gathered in front of the Denver immigration court before her hearing: to sing John Lennon's "Imagine" because, as an advocate explained, Nicole wanted them to "imagine a world where kids could just be kids, without fear of depor ... More >>
Clay Carlton is on a roll. The Denver native who opened his first barbershop in Winter Park 38 years ago today is a master cigar-roller and proprietor not just of Palma Cigars but of Bar Las Palmas Wine Bar, the most unique shop in the Ballpark neighborhood, offering cigars, wine, haircuts and lots ... More >>
Last year's slaying of Douglas Menjivar in Glenwood Springs was followed by lurid reports. Among the claims: Fredy Cabrera, a prominent local businessman, had shot Menjivar for going out with his eighteen-year-old stepdaughter, Leydy Trejo, because he wanted to have more than a fatherly relationship ... More >>
On a trip to Guatemala six years ago, then-student Connor Knutson was floored by the lack of clean water in the community where he was working. So after returning home, he started thinking of ways to solve the problem -- passing ideas back and forth with friend and now-business partner Justin Hoffma ... More >>
Richard Koca traveled the world as a military officer and do-gooder who co-founded StandUp for Kids, a non-profit homeless-youth charity. But what, exactly, did he do? Last Friday, 71-year-old Koca was convicted on 22 counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. The tria ... More >>
Is designing a great beer comparable to drafting the look of a great city? Can brewers take inspiration from the architecture around them when they make a great draft beer? Do city planning and beer go together particularly well in Denver? The organizers behind the Biennial of the Americas will loo ... More >>
To some Coloradans, the name Andrew Romanoff is synonymous with disappointment. After losing to incumbent Senator Micheal Bennet in a primary that attracted an almost unheard-of amount of attention, the ex-speaker of the Colorado House took a lower-profile job with the International Development Ente ... More >>
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has updated its Ten Most Wanted list -- an FBI tradition for more than sixty years. The individuals highlighted this time around include one who made the roster due to alleged actions in Colorado: Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracias, who's thought to have killed a man an ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, Richard Koca, who co-founded StandUp for Kids, a homeless-youth charity, pleaded not guilty to 22 counts of sexual assault on a child. However, prosecutors say they have a recording of Koca confessing. We've got details about the allegations and Koca's co-creation, which has now s ... More >>
Smashburger, a homegrown burger chain, just opened a new location in Costa Rica. And so far, it's been a smashing success, with a special, indigenous burger and fries combo and more international flavors to come. See also: -Smashburger and New Belgium team up on burger-and-beer pairings -Smashbur ... More >>
Since we first wrote about the arrest on child-sex-assault charges of Richard Koca, who founded StandUp For Kids, a nonprofit devoted to helping homeless youth (see our original coverage below), Aurora police have released more info about this shocking turn. Meanwhile, a StandUp For Kids statement i ... More >>
It's safe to say that the year 2012 is a big one in Mayan culture -- but few people really know the extent of its importance, argues PeaceJam Executive Director Dawn Engle. Not up to speed? No worries: Tonight you can catch Mayan Renaissance -- a Peacejam-produced movie that puts 4,000 years of Maya ... More >>
The Museo de las Americas will be full of fresh faces tonight at its twentieth-anniversary celebration and mask exhibit, Cara a Cara. Before you go to the show, check out this preview of some of the colorful masks from the collection All photos courtesy of the Museo de las Americas, and description ... More >>
GLOBAL DUB FESTIVAL @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 5.18.12 Barely half way through the show and still awaiting the headlining acts, Red Rocks Amphitheatre was absolutely blowing up with the sounds of Datsik. Flipping the script on everybody with an explosive remix of M.O.P.'s "Ante Up," the British Col ... More >>
Editor's note: This is the latest profile in Kelsey Whipple's ongoing series highlighting local political activists. For his first job, a preteen Julien Ross sold lemonade and lied about it. Or at the very least, he didn't tell the whole truth about it. The juice came from freshly squeezed lemons, ... More >>
Editor's note: This is the latest profile in Kelsey Whipple's ongoing series highlighting local political activists. The first time Belinda Garcia was confronted by racism, she was in a public pool. During elementary school, she, her parents and four siblings walked into a Denver YMCA and stood the ... More >>
Lori MidsonGet a taste of Argentina at Buenos Aires Pizzeria.While Denver is filled Mexican food outlets, restaurants that delve into the vast gastronomic offerings of the rest of Central and South America are in short supply. Still, there are some worthy spots specializing in the cuisine of Argenti ... More >>
Monster Jam is in Denver this weekend as part of its 2012 tour, and 2011 MVP Bari Musawwir, driver of the Spider-Man truck, took some time out of his busy schedule (driving awesome trucks, doing sweet tricks, crushing cars) to talk to us about his job, and why getting in an accident doesn't scare ... More >>
Formed from the ashes of the erstwhile Tulip Wars, Goer is a new local duo pushing an intriguing mix of electronic and psychedelic influences. Consisting of guitarist Sean Geisthardt and drummer Dan Barnett, the pair has just completed a four-track EP titled Invisible People that draws on the dream ... More >>
They don't make Air Bud movies about pit bulls. There are no commercials in which a pit bull licks ice cream from a gleeful toddler's cone of Rocky Road, and only Weimeraners seem to drive cars. In Denver, the pit bull breed is illegal, and it has been for decades. David Edelstein can't chang ... More >>
Good news! The world is not going to end next December 21, no matter what people insist the Mayan calendar predicts. Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff, the founders of PeaceJam, exploded that myth in 2012: The True Mayan Prophecy, the award-winning film they released last year that will air toni ... More >>
James Denton The play Enrique's Journey, adapted by Su Teatro artistic director Anthony Garcia from the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nazario, debuted last weekend in Denver, bringing to light the harrowing story of Central American immigrants who risk life and limb riding the top ... More >>
Gerardo Noriega.Gerardo Noriega, a twenty-year-old Smoky Hill High School graduate, will be able to stay with his family until at least December 5. He was granted a continuation at his second deportation hearing in Federal Immigration Court today. Noriega moved to Colorado when he was nine a ... More >>
Vizguerra.Jeanette Vizguerra, a small business owner, community leader and mother of three citizen children, will have to wait until 8:30 a.m. on July 13 to find out if she will be allowed to stay in this country. Vizguerra's final deportation hearing was scheduled to take place at 8:30 this ... More >>
Rights for All PeopleJeanette Vizguerra.Jeanette Vizguerra, who has lived in Colorado for more than fourteen years, is the mother of three citizen children, owns a small business and is very involved in her community. She also lives in this country illegally and faces her final deportation co ... More >>
Brandice RobinsonDJ Vajra proving his prowess on the wheels of steel DMC DENVER World DJ Championship 4.30.11 | Casselman's Bar & Venue The DMC's went down last night at Casselman's, and DJ Vajra won after enduring massive attacks from underling DJs with lesser talents and a gripping face-off with ... More >>
Summit Prevention AllianceNancy's Community Garden in Frisco.When Amber Brummer was last in California, where she grew up, she bought a bunch of basil for 25 cents. That same amount would cost her about five dollars in Summit County, where she now lives. Brummer is part of the Leadership Clas ... More >>
A.H. GoldsteinDenver's Minor Disturbance youth Slam Team made history for the local poetry scene earlier this year when they appeared in Brave New Voices, the HBO special that followed the 2010 National Slam Team championships held in L.A. Denver's team won fourth place in the global competit ... More >>
Terrence Lakin.KHOW's Peter Boyles partly credits his number-one ratings to taking risks -- such as giving plenty of airtime to the birther controversy, which even Glenn Beck regards as loonbaggery. And he's got plenty of fresh fodder now that Greeley Lieutenant Colonel Terrence Lakin has bee ... More >>
Tom Tancredo.As my wife loves to tell me at awkward moments, size matters. By that standard, the following note from our "Knee-jerk reactions to the debate between Tom Tancredo and 'Ask a Mexican' Gustavo Arellano" post is impressive indeed. Check out the note that prompted it, and the loqua ... More >>
These days, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE, emphasizes that it's targeting criminal aliens, not otherwise law-abiding citizens who lack documentation authorizing their U.S. residency. And that's the theme of ICE's latest Colorado busts. Of the 78 people rounded up fr ... More >>
The Deepwater Horizon disaster keeps spilling into my inbox, more than 1,300 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, where there's "oil for miles and miles," Attorney General Eric Holder lamented yesterday in New Orleans. Denver is more than 1,300 miles from the Big Easy, but the disaster has spilled ... More >>
Wadsworth's study caused a stir.University of Colorado sociologist Tim Wadsworth says it was "complete and utter happenstance" that his study about immigration was released just as debate over the issue is at its most contentious. "It was accepted for publication [by Social Science Quarterly] ... More >>
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