Colorado was the first state to make Columbus Day an official holiday, in 1907. And today, state offices will be closed to mark what remains a holiday -- and was celebrated with a Columbus Day Parade Saturday. But that parade didn't inspire the protests that have been regular sights over the past tw ... More >>
Yesterday, Greek Life representatives at the University of Denver publicly apologized for a Cowboys and Indians-themed party dubbed "piercingly offensive" by DU's Native Student Alliance. And while the university's chancellor didn't attend, he has arranged to meet with alliance members next week -- ... More >>
2010 first chair photo courtesy Loveland Ski AreaFirst chair honors at Loveland will be up for grabs on FridayThe 2011/2012 ski season is officially upon us: Arapahoe Basin opened this morning and Loveland is opening tomorrow. Each will be open daily until well into the Spring skiing season.
Saturday had the potential for seeing a collision course of parades and protests: While the annual Columbus Day Parade was gearing up downtown, the anti-Columbus Day protesters were gathering outside the Capitol, right by Occupy Denver. And Occupy Denver was planning its own march through downtown a ... More >>
Intrepid explorers who chased the storm out to Wolf Creek Ski Area for the first lift-served Colorado shred of the season were rewarded handsomely: In addition to the 36-inch dump we reported on Friday, Wolf Creek has since gotten another 10 inches, including 2 inches last night. The mountain, which ... More >>
Film has inspired popular culture for decades, but some people don't actually know where the inspiration for their favorite films comes from. Today, Columbus Day, Metropolitan State College of Denver film studies professor Vincent Piturro will celebrate Italian heritage -- and in a way that he hopes ... More >>
The Occupy Wall Street movement is, in many ways, a numbers game. The same is true of its Denver affiliate, where the numbers might be smaller but the fervor for the cause -- the causes, really -- maintains a strength in direct proportion to its national parent. During a three-hour span this afterno ... More >>
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), which brings people of various faiths together to work for social justice, peace and humanitarian service, has been holding vigils at the GEO detention center in Aurora each month since May 2009. So supporters were understandably discouraged when Immig ... More >>
Click image to enlarge. The joy of living in a "melting pot" is to share in the wide variety of different cultural celebrations. The photograph above shows the curious call-and-response customs practiced by Native-American-Mexicans and Italian-Americans on their annual Columbus Day get-togeth ... More >>
It's getting close. Denver election officials know all to well about the difficulties that some people had with mail-in ballots this year after the city’s hired printing company, Sequoia Voting Systems, failed to process more than 18,000 of them until early this week. But Adams County has had ... More >>
Russell Means. Columbus Day protests are an annual staple in Denver. But Saturday's drizzly, arrest-free version was a calmer-than-usual affair, since folks like Glenn Spagnuolo decided in advance to dial down the confrontation for fear of overtaxing lawyers up to their necks in post-Democratic Na ... More >>
Today is the last day for Valente’s Italian Restaurant. The northwest Denver mainstay got its start in 1964, when Ray Valente Sr. and Pat Aiello opened Jenny’s Pizzeria, named after Aeillo’s wife. (Aiello already had a restaurant named for him: Patsy’s, which is still going strong, although ... More >>
Valente’s Italian Restaurant, which had been up and running for 44 years, closed today following a combination Columbus Day/retirement party for owner Ray Valente. And that festive, long goodbye wasn't the only thing that distinguished the Valente's closing from another recent high-profile closing ... More >>
Cancer patient Tim Thomason didn't think he could feel any worse. His Denver jailers showed that he could.
Denver's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Marade (March Parade) is usually one of the largest King parades in the country. But the festivities, and the way King's message is presented, has generated debate from people who believe the holiday needs to be less of an exercise in platitudes and more ... More >>
The trial began Wednesday against three people, Glenn Morris, Julie Todd and Koreena Montoya, who were arrested on October 6 and charged with blocking the annual Columbus Day Parade. Charges against a fourth anti-Columbus Day agitator, Russell Means, were dismissed by a Denver County Court Judge (el ... More >>
A quick guide to what you missed at Westword.com over the past two days: 3Oh!3 and the Photo Atlas lit up the stage on Saturday. Bela Karoli and the Wheel did the same at the Lion's Lair. Luke Turf recounts his trip to Haiti. Three prominent Columbus Day protesters' criminal cases were dismi ... More >>
Chicago in 1968 was a place of violence and chaos. Some activists would like to re-create those good old days.
See a slide show of the parade and protest. A reported 88 protesters were arrested at the Columbus Day Parade in downtown Denver earlier today. The demonstration brought the parade procession to a standstill for more than an hour. The stand-off between police and the anti-Columbus group Transform ... More >>