A century ago this week, a long-simmering conflict between miners on strike in the southern Colorado coalfields and troops of the Colorado National Guard erupted into the deadliest labor war in American history. A raging gun battle on April 20, 1914, resulted in the destruction of the strikers' Ludl ... More >>
Amongst the striking coal miners and their family members murdered by the Colorado National Guard during the Ludlow Massacre were five Mexican-American children. To commemorate this almost-forgotten chapter of history, Su Teatro's Anthony J. Garcia wrote Ludlow: El Grito de Las Minas (The Cry of the ... More >>
Update: Yesterday morning, we noted that three of the four inmates who'd escaped from Otero County Jail earlier in the week, but not Angel Castrejon, who'd gotten away from the same facility last year and remained at large for months. He wasn't as fortunate the second time around. Castrojon has rep ... More >>
Since the floods that have devastated so many Front Range communities, we've seen a few instances of bad behavior -- like alleged looting on the CU-Boulder campus -- but many more of people trying to help others in desperate situations. Examples? Denver Craigslist is currently festooned with offers ... More >>
Our recent overabundance of water, resulting in flooding that has devastated so many Front Range areas, continues to flow east, effecting communities downstream. And while the damage thus far has generally been less impactful than in places like Lyons and Jamestown, plenty of problems have cropped u ... More >>
As of yesterday, according to the Colorado National Guard Facebook page, more than 2,100 people and 500-plus pets had been rescued by the guardsman from the state and U.S. Army troops from Fort Carson -- and the mission is scheduled to continue today thanks to a weather forecast that will allow heli ... More >>
The flooding that's swamped Colorado in recent days has resulted in loss of life, thousands of evacuations, enormous property damage and ministerial claims about prophecies and God's wrath. But there have been relatively few reports about looting. Until now. The CU-Boulder campus is open today, but ... More >>
Today, we've already shared the latest videos of flooding in Boulder, as well as a gallery showing the Colorado National Guard responding to the crisis. But the following images, from Boulder County and Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith, provide some of the best looks yet at the damage caused by t ... More >>
Left Hand Brewing, which for years has proudly touted its beer as being "brewed on the banks of the mighty St. Vrain," has been cursing the river over the past few days. The St. Vrain, which has destroyed homes, roads and bridges all over Longmont, also flooded parts of the brewery, which is locate ... More >>
The Sand Creek Massacre isn't the only grim chapter in Colorado history that will mark a major anniversary in 2014. Next year is also the hundredth anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre, the darkest moment in the Great Coalfield War. On April 20, 1914, a skirmish broke out between the Colorado National ... More >>
The explosions outside the State Capitol yesterday startled people from downtown to Capitol Hill. But unlike so many other explosions today, these were planned. Artillery blasts marked the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Glorieta Pass, on March 26, 1862, when Colonel John Chivington led the First ... More >>
Update: The High Park fire near Fort Collins is 100 percent contained, and while it's not officially dead yet, the blaze is no longer the threat it was to life, limb and property. A symbol of its de facto defeat? The reopening tomorrow of the Mishawaka Amphitheatre, a beloved landmark that managed ... More >>
Update: As those living near the Waldo Canyon fire outside Colorado Springs were plunged into terror (347 homes confirmed burned, at least one death), the people who've been suffering through the High Park fire fifteen miles from Fort Collins for three long, exhausting weeks may finally be getting a ... More >>
The U.S. Forest Service is now admitting that the Lower North Fork Fire near Conifer, which appears to have led to at least two casualties (one woman is still missing), was started by a prescribed burn that got out of control. Meanwhile, Governor John Hickenlooper has suspended such burns until aft ... More >>
Philip Van CiseThis week's cover story, "A Dam Shame," looks into the controversy generated by a state dam inspector named John Redding, who raised concerns about ethical violations inside the Colorado Department of Natural Resources--and ended up paying a high price for his concern. People w ... More >>
With various Tea Party-led anti-union efforts afoot in Wisconsin, Ohio, New Hampshire and all over the country growing increasingly more vehement, it seems a particularly appropriate time to consider the oppressive work conditions from whence the union movement sprang -- and the violent oppos ... More >>
Maine muralMaine Governor Paul LePage is sticking with his decision to remove a labor-history mural from its current home inside a Department of Labor building. In Colorado, there are no similar union-lovin' murals in government facilities for conservatives to take aim at. But we do have publ ... More >>
Large photos below.Last month, Ron Rocha, a volunteer baseball coach for Regis University, was on the losing end of an intra-squad matchup dubbed the Fall World Series. But he suffered an even greater defeat yesterday, when he was among 35 people named by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the bus ... More >>
A 2009 Ralston Creek haul.An update about yesterday's Boulder County marijuana grow seizure of 3,000 plants. After a closer count, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office thinks the plant total was closer to 3,500 -- and after more inspection of the nearby area, law-enforcement types located a se ... More >>
Glenn Porzak.CU-Boulder's distinguished alumni list includes the likes of politicians Hank Brown and Ralph Carr, sportscaster Chris Fowler, South Park co-creator Trey Parker and attorney Glenn Porzak, whose entry notes that he "led the first American team to climb two peaks over 26,000 feet o ... More >>
ClearTheBenchColorado.org's Facebook profile picture gives you a pretty good idea where Matt Arnold's coming from.It took the better part of a week, but Matt Arnold, the man behind ClearTheBenchColorado.org, has finally gotten the Denver Post to blink. On Tuesday, the paper published, "AG Su ... More >>
Jane Norton.Last month, the National Republican Senatorial Committee registered a couple of domain names on behalf of former Colorado Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton -- and today, Norton's using one of them, JaneNortonForColorado.com. Up-front: A news item that declares, "Jane Norton official ... More >>
"Another tough day clearing the weed...."Joel Warner's blog "Colorado's Marijuana Growing Pains Continue" focuses on attempts to regulate the medical-marijuana industry. This item is about weed of another kind -- and a lot of it. Last month, the West Metro Drug Task Force found and eradicate ... More >>
Governor James H. Peabody.What's the best way to mark Colorado Day? Should we go outside and contemplate nature? Pet a cow instead of eating one? Or listen to John Denver albums until your brain begins to boil and your ears erupt in pustules? Not according to the citizens behind Colorado Ethi ... More >>
Catching up on my reading over the weekend, I found that the January 19 New Yorker has a terrific piece by Caleb Crain discussing the emergence of new, revisionist accounts of the Ludlow Massacre. "There Was Blood" delves into the bloody conflicts in the southern Colorado coalfields a cent ... More >>
From the week of October 6, 2005
The Air Force Academy is changing its leadership -- but can it transform its culture?
When underwires are outlawed, only outlaws will give uplift.
Carl Kabat has a sacred mission that could land him in jail -- and outside the priesthood.
Denver readies itself for a bio-bomb — but is the federal program behind this exercise a dud?
In the special election for a new District 8 City Councilman, the field is wide open -- just like all those empty lots.
Eighty-three-year-old hermit Raymond Gutierrez is the state's unlikeliest pot farmer. But did he do it?
WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THOSE CALLS BY PAT SCHROEDER FOR INVESTIGATIONS? NOT A WHOLE LOT.
DRIBBLES AND BITS AND BITS AND BITS.
TRUTH IS THE FIRST CASUALTY IN THE POLITICAL WAR OVER AMENDMENT 11.
EMBATTLED ADJUTANT GENERAL IS ON THE WAY OUT, ROMER SAYS.
MILITARY WOMEN UPSET ABOUT INEQUITIES GET A VOICE--AND LEGAL HELP--FROM CIVILIANS.