President Barack Obama recently commuted the sentences of eight federal prisoners serving absurdly long sentences for crack cocaine convictions, noting that such harsh punishments couldn't be imposed under current sentencing schemes. But Colorado's recent governors have been reluctant to exercise th ... More >>
Melvins have been an influence on some of the most sonically forward-thinking rock bands and other musical experimentalists of the last three decades. Impossible to consistently pigeonhole as simply punk, or metal, or even rock, Melvins have set a high bar for integrity, both as a live band and as a ... More >>
Seven months after the Northern Cheyenne tribe sent its last letter to History Colorado demanding that Collision: The Sand Creek Massacre 1860s to Today be closed; fourteen months after History Colorado opened its new building with that exhibit in place, despite earlier protests; and almost 149 year ... More >>
Last week, the FBI added onetime Coloradan Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracias to its Ten Most Wanted list. In conjunction with this announcement, the agency also put together two other most-wanted compilations focused on Denver, including one called the "Top Ten Fugitives Arrested/Located Within the Denve ... More >>
Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer, the debut feature film from Bizjack FlemCo, features zombies, bowling and a seriously weird twist, all wrapped up in a gore-splattered, over-the-top sensibility that should be familiar to fans of Troma. The locally made film will get its proper Denver debut at the Den ... More >>
Do spirits haunt Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret? Magician Aiden Sinclair seems to have all the answers, and he'll be conjuring up the afterlife all this month on Tuesday evenings at Lannie's.
Long before Buford -- the tiny Wyoming town with its own zip code but a population of exactly one -- became an international sensation, it was a road-trip must-stop for my family. We'd discovered it one morning when we'd zipped past Cheyenne and realized we might need gas before Laramie. Buford, loc ... More >>
What do Joe Arridy and Tyler Sanchez have in common? Both were diagnosed as developmentally delayed, and both confessed to sex crimes they didn't commit after grueling interrogation. But while Arridy was eventually executed circa 1939 in one of Colorado's most shocking miscarriages of justice (more ... More >>
The Ricardo Flores Magon Academy charter school can continue operating. Today, the Charter School Institute voted to extend the embattled school's contract for five more years -- with several stipulations. Among them: Find a new leader. The school's founder and most recent principal, Marcos Martinez ... More >>
The most shameful date in the history of Colorado's death penalty is January 6, 1939 -- the day the state executed a bewildered 23-year-old man with an IQ of 46, a man who was innocent in just about every sense of the word His name was Joe Arridy. And three-quarters of a century after his death in ... More >>
Marcos Martinez, the controversial founder of the Ricardo Flores Magon Academy and subject of our cover story "A Hard Line," has resigned. So, too, have two other employees whom the school's board of trustees asked to take a paid leave while they investigated complaints against them. The school is n ... More >>
Update: The Ryan Adams show originally slated for tonight the Temple Buell has been postponed until tomorrow night. The Dr. Dog show has also been postponed, but a new date has not been announced. What's a little snow? Blizzard schmizzard. There's too much great music this weekend to stay at home. ... More >>
A group of parents associated with the Ricardo Flores Magon Academy is airing its concerns about the charter school, which was the subject of our recent feature story, "A Hard Line." They're circulating a petition to remove the school's leader, Marcos Martinez, and have sent a list of concer ... More >>
The murder-suicide of William Ahrold and his nine-year-old son, Jackson, was undeniably horrific. But Jerod Reeves and Kimberly McCaffrey added to the awful scene in a grisly way, by sawing off Ahrold's fingers in order to make off with the gun still frozen in his grasp. And this isn't speculation. ... More >>
In the 1860s, the town fathers of baby Denver realized the city would never grow without the railroads -- but the transcontinental route was moving full-steam ahead through Wyoming. So Denver boosters funded a spur line that ran from Cheyenne to Denver, and saved the city. That move involved ... More >>
Applications were due yesterday for schools wishing to continue under the banner of the Charter School Institute, a quasi-state agency created in 2004 to approve charter schools rejected by districts with an ax to grind. The Ricardo Flores Magon Academy -- the subject of our cover story, "A ... More >>
Big pics below.The arrest affidavit pertaining to John Vasquez and Marie Marone is one of the most chilling documents you're ever likely to read -- which is appropriate given that their busts may finally close an eleven-year-old cold case. The allegation: that the couple killed a disabled wom ... More >>
That gnashing of teeth and muttered cursing you hear is coming from energy companies and developers north of the state border. Last week, U.S. District Judge John L. Kane ruled that an obscure jumping mouse should be considered a threatened species not only in Colorado but in Wyoming, too -- ... More >>
Tom MurphySwells COLLAPSE AND SWELLS With Barnacle, Reproacher and Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire 04.30.11 | Blast-O-Mat The pedigree of Barnacle is fairly impressive (former members of Elucidarius and Ascaris and Nick from Cephalic Carnage), but the music stands on its own. If guys with ... More >>
Big image below.In October at the Loveland Museum/Gallery, Montana trucker Kathleen Folden attacked Enrique Chagoya's "The Misadventures of Romantic Cannibals" with a crowbar because of a panel that appears to depict Jesus receiving oral sex -- an act for which she was given eighteen-months p ... More >>
Big pics below.The Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA) hadn't been used in Weld County for a gang-related case until last week, when five men were indicted by a grand jury on a multitude of charges, including assault, witness intimidation and racketeering. As a bonus, all of them, a ... More >>
Congratulations, Denver: You have officially been swallowed up whole by the Matrix. Men's Health recently came out with its list of the country's most socially networked cities, and Denver, of all places, came in third. Do we get a prize for this? Like a new FarmVille animal or something?
Bryan Bedford.Some very entertaining comments have popped up on our post about Frontier Airlines' CEO Bryan Bedford nearly getting a shit shower on Undercover Boss. But our favorite to date's gotta be the one from eCurmudgeon, who thinks Undercover Boss' format could be tweaked to make it ev ... More >>
See full-size photos below.Ethan Wade Surrell, aka Nathan Surrell, has got the feds' attention in both Wyoming and Colorado. The FBI has just issued a two-state alert for the 24-year old from Wyoming's Wind River Indian Reservation, where Surrell allegedly assaulted a federal officer. Look b ... More >>
Nothing moves swiftly in the upper echelons of government decision-making -- especially when the decisions have to do with a tiny rodent that can stall development projects. Today marks the public-comment deadline on the proposal for critical habitat designation of the Preble's meadow jumpi ... More >>
It'll look like this. Exciting, we knowFor 46 years, the National Center for Atmospheric Research has had a supercomputing center at its Mesa Laboratory headquarters in Boulder. This week, NCAR broke ground on a new facility. The center uses supercomputers -- which can process 76 trillion op ... More >>
David Lane wants Ayers action fast.When the University of Wyoming rescinded an invitation for controversial professor William Ayers to speak on campus, attorney David Lane sent the school a letter threatening to sue on behalf of student Meg Lanker. If the school didn't respond by his deadlin ... More >>
â€‹Back in 2008, we named Boostwell Crew the best hip-hop crew in Denver. Headed by SP Double, the crew consisted of local emcees and producers, Flawless, Fo Chief, ManDaMyth, Catch Lungs, EMB, Purpose, Procise, Kontrast and a few others. Shortly after the recognition, a number of members left the c ... More >>
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