Last week, we noted that a bill to ban red-light cameras (after years of failed attempts) had managed to win approval in the state senate. But it was flagged yesterday by a House committee after heavy lobbying from a number of local mayors, including Denver's Michael Hancock, and the Colorado Munici ... More >>
Labor Day weekend is one of the biggest drunk-driving holidays on the calendar. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, 1,342 people were arrested over a nineteen-day stretch between August 16 and September 3 of 2013 for suspected driving under the influence. One of them was Rebecca ... More >>
Earlier this week, we posted about criticism of the public-private Boulder Turnpike project from the Drive SunShine Institute, which hoped a lawsuit would stop final contracts from being signed. That seems unlikely, however. Last night, a Colorado Department of Transportation board unanimously voted ... More >>
Last July, we detailed a plan to privatize the Boulder Turnpike -- a deal the Colorado Department of Transportation supports under the theory that it will help finance U.S. 36 improvements much more quickly than if only public funds are used. The folks with Boulder's Drive SunShine Institute couldn ... More >>
Earlier this week, we shared photos and videos of the efforts to reopen U.S. Highway 550 over Red Mountain Pass after a rock slab the size of a football field tumbled from a nearby cliff; see our previous coverage below. It's been nearly two weeks since the closure was put in place, and the Colorado ... More >>
Update: Moments ago, the Facebook page for the tourist organization affiliated with Estes Park, which has been closed to visitors since flooding swamped the town last week, posted the following: "Highway 7 is now open without restrictions! Please try to limit traffic as much as possible to allow cre ... More >>
The USA Pro Challenge is returning to Colorado, with bicycles, and the athletes on them, ruling a significant portion of the state's roadways from August 19-25. What will that mean for motorists who may be more interested in getting from point A to point B than in watching the contest? The Colorado ... More >>
Update: As we reported below, the much-debated THC driving bill died because Senator Nancy Spence, whose vote made the difference between passage and failure, was on vacation. But even as opponents of the measure celebrate this left-field victory, Allen St. Pierre, executive director of NORML, which ... More >>
Yee-haw! The National Western Stock Show has saddled up for the future. Although NWSS chairman Jerry McMorris passed away yesterday, leaders went through with the announcement of a deal that will help steer the direction of the Stock Show, expanding it beyond an every-January event into more of a ye ... More >>
Boosters have put the brakes to a proposal that would have formed a state beltway authority to allegedly smooth traffic snarls, but critics charged was really designed to grease the wheels for the completion of the northwest beltway, including a toll road past Rocky Flats.
Jacob Smith.Last month it looked like the last roadblocks would be removed to a Rocky Flats land swap that would make 600 acres currently owned by the State Land Board on the southwest corner of the former plutonium-processing plant part of what's now a federal wildlife refuge -- and the U.S. ... More >>
Christo, Over The River, Project For The Arkansas River, State of Colorado Photo: Wolfgang Volz, © Christo 2008 Word came down yesterday from the Bureau of Land Management in favor of large-scale installation artist Christo's Over the River project slated to cover areas over a 42-mile stretc ... More >>
Big pic below.A twenty-year jolt for stealing gasoline? Seems a little excessive, doesn't it? Then again, former state highway worker Jaime Perez didn't just sneak a tank or two. He's accused of fronting a giant fuel-swiping plot that cost Colorado more than $440,000.
Yesterday, the Drug Policy Task Force met to consider THC driving limits. The DUID-marijuana working group studying the subject couldn't agree on a proposal last week, and Task Force member Senator Pat Steadman thinks its inability to do so may prevent THC-driving legislation from being bless ... More >>
Earlier this week, the DUID-marijuana working group formed under the auspices of the state Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) decided not to recommend specific THC driving limits, as a bill tabled during the last legislative session attempted to do. Below, the Medical Marijuan ... More >>
Big pics below.Lakewood was just named one of ten All-America Cities -- a designation well worth celebrating. However, the community's Facebook page could do a better job of horn-tooting. In fact, its profile photos don't even feature the city, and other shots are pretty hit and miss. Luckily ... More >>
It's not often that cops give drivers a heads-up about a speed trap -- but tomorrow is an exception. The Denver Police Department has announced that it's conducting "speed-enforcement activities" near Interstate 25 and Interstate 70 beginning at 7 a.m. and continuing through early afternoon. ... More >>
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A sign about cleaning up that some people see as thoroughly unclean (image from Channel 4's coverage).Last night, Channel 4 featured a report about a stretch of Highway 85 adopted by Denver's branch of the National Socialist Movement, a neo-Nazi group -- not the kind of publicity calculated t ... More >>
Dave Schultheis, shmuck emeritus.Say it ain't so, Dave! Colorado Springs Republican state senator Dave Schultheis, whose untenable positions and fabulously xenophobic quotes made him one of Westword's favorite Shmucks of the Week, has announced that he won't seek reelection in 2010. A champ ... More >>
While the Obama cabinet carousel -- Ritter! Salazar (Ken)! Salazar (John)! Michael Bennet! Salazar (Ken, again)! -- continues to go 'round, with a name thrown out each week (although now, with Ken Salazar back in the ring for Interior, we're on repeats) -- Colorado's top Dems will gather at the ... More >>
Cocktail party conversation isn't easy this holiday season -- if anyone's holding cocktail parties, that is. Two safe topics: the Broncos (since the team's still winning) and the weather -- which is as Colorado-wacky as ever. A beautiful weekend, then snow today; record highs last Tuesday, record lo ... More >>
Rocky Mountain Rail Authority chairman Harry Dale. On August 12, the Rocky Mountain Rail Authority announced the start of a feasibility study that could bring the state one step closer to a passenger rail system that goes from Wyoming to New Mexico along the I-25 corridor, and from Denver Internat ... More >>
When I wrote about I-70 a year ago, the story started in 1988, when the state first began planning how it was going to tackle congestion in the mountain corridor. Twenty years and at least $30 million in studies later, a decision on a solution that everybody can live with may finally be at hand.
From the week of 9/6/2007
Getting trains up I-70 was once just a pipe dream. Today there are three technologies to choose from.
Finding a solution to I-70 traffic has been one long, strange trip. But the end could be in sight.
From the week of December 15, 2005
Central City gambles on its future. Again.
A tile mural by Martha Daniels aims to ennoble an ignoble public space.
Dialing for attention
Sic transit gloria
Defending their turf
Stop, look and ListenUp
The slopes are crowded, so why aren't Colorado resorts rolling in cold cash?
Rocky Mountain hype
Gordon Ulrickson wants to open a computer museum, but he doesn't have the storage.
There's no room for rail on CDOT's road to the future.
Riff Raff at The Ralph Waldo Emerson Center.
The state wants to study "disparity" in awarding contracts to minority- and female-owned businesses.