When I decided to start writing A Federal Case, I did so out of sheer curiosity. I live in a neighborhood that borders Federal Boulevard, a street that has served as an occasional dining destination but also as a conduit to other areas of the city. At the time, I was driving Federal more than just a ... More >>
On May 17, 2012, one day after we marked the three-year anniversary of our Mile High Murder archive, a man robbing a Commerce City jewelry store fatally shot its owner, Bernardo Saenz, and fled, prompting a citywide manhunt and media blitz. Just shy of two years later, Anton Valdez has been convict ... More >>
Earlier this week, in response to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock's proposal to arrest or fine marijuana smokers whose weed could be smelled next door, we posted our suggestions for five Colorado places that smell worse. Then, when we shared the list on Westword's Facebook page, we asked our friends f ... More >>
Autumn is here, and the pumpkins are piling up outside of supermarkets -- ready to be carved into a poor excuse for a face. But before you grab that knife, consider all the culinary delights this fall fruit can be used for -- besides that old-fashioned pumpkin pie. Because let's face it: You used th ... More >>
Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>
Legal documents like the one on view below typically refer to an illegal scheme as an "enterprise." And there's no denying that Eric Holmes, the alleged ringleader of an actual crime ring, appears to have been plenty enterprising. A grand jury has indicted Holmes and three cohorts -- Cathrina Woodvi ... More >>
In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard -- south to north -- within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>
On June 6, 1933, a group of people in Camden, New Jersey each paid 25 cents to park their cars in front of a movie screen to watch the British comedy Wives Beware. Eight years later, the tradition of drive-in ovies is still alive, if not exactly thriving. Seven functioning drive-ins remain in Colora ... More >>
If you're fond of the Dave Matthews Band, you'll want to bust out your Sharpie and circle Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24 on your calendar. That's when Mr. Matthews and company are slated to make their return to Colorado, or more specifically to Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, ... More >>
Another police officer is under investigation for an animal killing in Colorado -- and the victim is a tad bit bigger than Chloe the dog. Boulder Police officials, in a statement that includes an apology, say that an officer shot and killed a bull elk and took it to another officer to be "processed ... More >>
Ken Foster, the New Orleans-based author of I'm a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America's Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet, spoke to a crowd of dog owners and advocates at the Tattered Cover Colfax last night. Foster's stop here was significant: Not only does Denver have a controversial breed ban on pi ... More >>
Yes, National Drive-Thru Day is a real thing. And yes, Jack in the Box is contributing to the festivities by offering coupons for its terrible tacos. What must people do to earn this punishment reward? Just be customers of Jack in the Box today. And you don't even have to "like" anything on Facebo ... More >>
Update: We now know the identity of the man found shot to death in a parking lot outside the Abrigo Apartments in Aurora: Ernesto Rodriguez-Rodriguez, age 44. Thus far, though, the Aurora Police Department isn't releasing much more information about the case -- including any possible suspects.
Even as proponents push Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, law enforcers continue to place a high priority on arresting and prosecuting people for pot-related offenses. Case in point: The Jeffco DA's office announcement regarding the sentences imposed on seventeen people so far ( ... More >>
Big photos below.Nineteen members of the Hell's Lovers motorcycle gang appeared in court yesterday -- so many that the suspects reportedly filled the jury box and flooded into the front-row area reserved for observers. That's the scope of federal indictments on view below, which allege a slew ... More >>
The Denver Coliseum was dedicated sixty years ago, on January 10, 1952, with a "Salute to Soil." We didn't see starlet June Haver, the star of that show, during our afternoon at the National Western Stock Show yesterday, but we did spot at least one down-and-dirty move by the city.
Thanks to the increasing push for more oil and gas drilling, communities once considered out of the fray are being drawn into the controversies over hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking" -- even folks in the stunning North Fork Valley, an area better known for its organic farms, ranches operate ... More >>
Might as well jump! Whitewater athletes at the Lyons Outdoor Games will be making the most of peak flow on the South Saint Vrain River as this year's epic mountain snowpack melts like crazy -- don't miss the Adam Barron Memorial South Saint Vrain Creek Race on Saturday at 10 a.m. and the Kay ... More >>
Rosenne in 1990.Well, at least when Roseanne sang "The National Anthem" and then grabbed her crotch, she got the words right -- unlike Christina Aguilera at the Super Bowl yesterday. Still, Roseanne's misguided homage to baseball-playing behavior back in 1990 earned her a spot on Time's list ... More >>
On November 15, a shipment of Maui Brewing Company's canned beers left Hawaii by boat, bound for one of the ports in Southern California -- and eventually for Colorado. It hasn't arrived yet. But it might soon, and when it does, says Dave Watson of the CR Goodman liquor distributorship in C ... More >>
Cannabis Festiva, an event booked for Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City on August 21, was designed for thousands of attendees -- but only hundreds showed. Could it be that potential attendees were already at the THC Music Festival that same weekend in Alma? Or perhaps folks were fe ... More >>
A Flickr photoDispensary owners are scrambling as another tight deadline approaches: Applications for "medical marijuana centers," optional grow facilities and marijuana-infused product manufacturers -- along with fees from $1,250 to $18,000 -- need to be submitted to the state's new Medical ... More >>
The Colorado Rapids celebrate diversity.
The Black Keys played the Fox on Friday night. It's all going to pot. Today in The Latest Word: - Live-blogging the medical marijuana hearings. - Mile High Music Festival roundup. - Mile High Murder in Commerce City. - Jared Polis: Not playing nice, standing up for the little big guy. - Ragin' ... More >>
Women get their kicks at Dicks Sporting Goods Park.
Coy Dunn. And the killings continue. An arson investigation looking into a suspicious May 28 fire at 2301 N. Emporia Street no longer includes an attempted-homicide component. Instead, it features a pair of murder charges due to the death yesterday of a still-unidentified victim at an area hospital ... More >>
I'm not gonna mince words, here, people: There's a lot to do here throughout the weekend, if you care to slog out into the slush to do it. Here's a smattering of worthy stuff on our radar. Boulder's Frequent Flyers aerial dance troupe will take to the sky again beginning tonight, with the opening ... More >>
Photo: Jim Narcy What's in a name ... for Planes Mistaken for Stars, a lot. Alright, so I just started editing next week’s section, and Tom Murphy wrote a preview on a band whose name appears in the list below -- you’ll have to pick up next week’s paper to find out who it is -- and it got me ... More >>
The U.S. Womens National soccer team takes on Brazil.
Update: Click here and here for live blog coverage of the entire event. Tom Petty and Dave Matthews will be bookending AEG's inaugural Mile High Music and Arts Festival, on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20, respectively. The rest of the bill will be filled out by top shelf acts like John Mayer ... More >>
Kickball's back, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation can prove it.
For African refugees, soccer is more than just a game.
Coin collecting is known as the "Hobby of Kings," while individuals who take the pastime to scientific levels are called "numismatists." They study not only currency but also the intricacies of payment and debt throughout time. Judging by a recent police report, it's unclear into which category th ... More >>
GatorFest X lets loose.
Jungle Lovin' gives humans a peek at animal amour
And when it does, nurse practitioner David Kleberger is ready.
A wake of high decibels.
The rest is history at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Humboldt street residents don't want a Triton development on their block. Some uburbanites wish they didn't already live in one.