Governor John Hickenlooper recently compared adult marijuana use to drinking a beer in the afternoon. But the State of Colorado isn't treating the products equally in advance of the annual 4/20 events taking place this weekend. We don't recall officials cautioning about the use and abuse of ale lead ... More >>
The Colorado Department of Transportation has launched a wide-ranging multi-media campaign intended to stop stoned motorists from getting behind the wheel. It's simple slogan: "Drive high, get a DUI." At this point, stats showing the scope of the stoned driving problem or if it's been increasing do ... More >>
Update: Over the course of the past few weeks, we've told you about the efforts to reopen Red Mountain Pass, which has been closed to unfettered traffic since January 12, when falling rocks smashed onto Highway 550 south of Ouray, with others on the cliff side dangerously close to following suit; se ... More >>
It was one of the most sadly ironic events of the year: On Labor Day weekend -- when the heat was on to catch drunk drivers -- cannabis activist Jenny Kush was killed by one of those drink drivers, as related in our September cover story, "The life and tragic death of Jenny Kush." Now her death ha ... More >>
New data is out in regard to DUI enforcement over Halloween, and the numbers show 386 confirmed arrest for driving under the influence took place in Colorado during the reporting period, with a hefty percentage of them taking place in Aurora and Denver. We've got the breakdown below. While the 386 ... More >>
During the Labor Day enforcement period related to the Colorado Department of Transportation's "Heat is On" campaign, law enforcers arrested a staggering 1,342 people for impaired driving. Surprisingly, this figure represents a slight improvement over similar stretches in 2011 and 2012. But another ... More >>
The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado State Patrol have just announced the results of a recently completed enforcement action entitled "Click It or Ticket" -- the idea being to stress the importance of buckling up before hitting the road. And the results are distressing. Accord ... More >>
When the Colorado Department of Transportation put the historic Dotsero Bridge "up for adoption" in late April, the agency caught the attention of at least one person in Denver who just happens to be in the market for a cool bridge to span the South Platte River -- the subject of "Water World," this ... More >>
Last night, as One Colorado's Jace Woodrum noted during a talk with supporters, GOP leaders in the House sacrificed dozens of other measures in order to kill a civil unions bill. Prominent among them was the controversial THC driving bill, a version of which died last year. The result was a stunning ... More >>
The Denver area's last major storm was so widely anticipated that tweeting locals were ready with a hilarious hashtag: #snOMG!. Today, there's much less of the white stuff, but thanks to the wind and the apparent shortage of snowplows (Colorado Department of Transportation's claims to the contrary), ... More >>
It's Presidents Day weekend, one of the busiest times on Colorado slopes -- snow or no snow -- and so also one of the busiest times on I-70, where anticipated traffic put the brakes on the Colorado Department of Transportation's pace car concept. The jam inspired this addition to our Sh*t p ... More >>
The Associated Press is reporting that the Interstate 70 pace car program was suspended Sunday in lieu of a review by the Colorado Department of Transportation. But while that's true in a technical sense, it's also a bit misleading. The CDOT program has only been officially shelved for this next wee ... More >>
After months of negotiations put in gear by Governor John Hickenlooper and Don Hunt, his head of the Colorado Department of Transportation, Golden has definitely put the brakes on a deal that would have had that town sign off on plans for the Jefferson Parkway -- in exchange for $57 million in trans ... More >>
Ron Paul.Shortly after Texas Governor Rick Perry invoked Tim Tebow at last night's Republican presidential debate, followers of another candidate, Ron Paul, delivered a message to Denver-area drivers -- one that may have pissed off as many of them as it inspired. Unknown Paul supporters hung ... More >>
The subject of driving under the influence of marijuana has been much debated in these parts. A bill to set a THC driving limit was shelved in May, shortly before an HDNet report demonstrated pot-related driving impairment -- and in August, the Colorado Department of Transportation launched a drugge ... More >>
Is the Colorado Department of Transportation looking at hiking taxes on gasoline and electric cars? That's the implication from an Independence Institute report, which quotes from CDOT e-mails. But spokeswoman Stacey Stegman says there's no proposal yet, and one is unlikely this year.
Posters below.Update below: Against the backdrop of the Westminster Police's drug enforcement checkpoint and a ten-year reckless homicide sentence for "self-medicating" Joshua Wittig, the Colorado Department of Transportation is today launching a drugged-driving campaign. And a CDOT spokeswom ... More >>
In seventeen years of avid snowboarding, Ace King has heard all the bright ideas about how to fix the weekend traffic logjam on I-70. Monorail, zipper lanes, double-decker lanes -- all costly, all dubious as hell, and none of them right around the corner. What King lusts for is a bus.
Raise a glass this weekend to Red's Pub, the saloon that's very conveniently located at 7330 West 120th Avenue in Broomfield. Too conveniently located, it turns out: Owner Red Nikkel has sold the property to the Colorado Department of Transportation, which will use it to complete the 120th Av ... More >>
Center for Native EcosystemsA coyote waits for the "walk" sign on Vail Pass.Friend, do you consider yourself both gifted and green? Do coworkers refer to you, without a hint of mockery, as some kind of ecogenius? Do you spend time wondering not why the doe crosses the road, but how the hell ... More >>
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers' office has ordered every state agency and institution of higher education to take down their Facebook pages if they have one, according to Rebecca Laurie, spokeswoman for History Colorado, which does have a page. Attorney General's spokesman Mike Sacco ... More >>
Mule deer and fawns heading up Vail Pass. The campaign to construct a wildlife bridge over I-70 near West Vail Pass got a major boost this week when the site was selected as the focus for a new, international design competition of wildlife crossing structures. Long identified as a problem ar ... More >>
A black bear uses a culvert to cross under I-70. Photo courtesy Center for Native Ecosystems.A newly launched website allows Colorado motorists to log on and report sightings of wildlife along the I-70 corridor between Golden and Glenwood Springs. While handy for alerting highway maintenance ... More >>
The point at which C-470 and I-70 meet looked so serene earlier this morning. Now, not so much.Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Stacey Stegman knew what kind of a week she'd have when she drove to work early yesterday morning, during day one of an event that seems likely to c ... More >>
An image today from the camera near I-70 and C-470.The highway conditions early on Saturday morning were absolutely horrific. During a commute from the Ken-Caryl Ranch area to Denver International Airport between 5:30 a.m. and 7:15 a.m., I saw at least two dozen vehicles that had crashed, got ... More >>
Photo courtesy Center for Native Ecosystems/Eco-Resolutions/Colorado Dept. of TransportationFor months, dozens of motion-sensor cameras along I-70 between Golden and Glenwood Springs have been snatching nocturnal images of wildlife, in an effort to study how elk, deer, bears and other species ... More >>
This weekend, law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force to make sure you don't do anything stupid behind the wheel over the Memorial Day weekend. This link on the Colorado Department of Transportation website details the specific plans of 85 separate organizations. For instanc ... More >>
You auto know better: In advance of the Denver Auto Show, which revs up in the Colorado Convention Center April 1 through April 5, the Metro Denver Automobile Dealers Association is hosting the second annual Rocky Mountain Auto Summit today, covering everything from technology to financing to green ... More >>
Barack Obama spilled way past 60 Minutes talking about the economy last night, and there's still plenty of talk to come. Trump University is in session, offering four days of classes on how you can "make a fortune" in real estate; today's are at 1 and 6 p.m. at the Westin Westminster; tomorrow's at ... More >>
Colorado Springs Republican senator Dave Schultheis continued a style of politics this week that values Biblical interpretations and right-wing philosophy over human life, human suffering and common sense. His latest sentiments involved a bill that would require pregnant women to be tested for HIV. ... More >>
UPDATED BELOW The Colorado department that oversees EMT certification in the state is investigating a veteran paramedic for forging documents and working for six months without proper authorization at Denver Health Medical Center. Westword has learned that Robert Loop, who began working as a para ... More >>
After twenty years, it looks like the state, local governments, environmental advocates, and business interests may have finally come to an agreement on what to do about the I-70 mountain corridor – and that agreement includes a train. The Collaborative Effort, a 27-member panel of stakeholders, ... More >>
Last week, Colorado Department of Transportation head Russell George announced that the agency would be reexamining its stance that highway widening is the “preferred alternative” for addressing gridlock along the I-70 mountain corridor.
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December 4, 2003
Plutonium lasts forever, but the radioactive fallout from 2002 should be mercifully brief. Don your Rocky Flats moonsuits and jump in!
Sport utility vehicles aren't as safe as you think.
There's no safety in numbers for SUVs.
Nick Mystrom has to finish building a duplex so that the state can tear it down.
Exit here for forty years of 1-25 history.
HOUNDED BY THE CHAIN LAW AND INEXHAUSTIBLE COMPLAINTS, TRUCKERS BEMOAN THE LOSS OF A VAIL PASS PULLOFF.