All aboard! Colorado has a strong railroading heritage, and with Denver's Union Station reopening this month, now is the time to get out and ride the rails. Train fans marvel at the tourism lines running in this state, which wind through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Whether you ... More >>
On April 12, 1864, Black Hawk became the second city in Colorado to be incorporated -- three years behind Denver and just a few hours ahead of Central City, the booming mining town up Gregory Gulch. But Black Hawk is the boom town today -- thanks not just to its location a mile below the slumping Ce ... More >>
Coloradans could vote on at least three new gambling proposals this November, including one that would allow Kiowa County to build a casino. The proposal's boosters are asking legislators to put a measure on the November ballot that would ask Colorado voters to authorize casino gambling in the count ... More >>
From wine tours to local restaurants, from a tasting of local brews to a food festival in the mountains, there's no shortage of culinary activities in Colorado to please your palate. Colorado.com recently released a sampling of some of the best food adventures from across the state. Here's their lis ... More >>
The Grawlix dudes are back! The Denver comedy trio has been out doing big things on the national stage lately, but tonight, Adam Cayton Holland, Ben Roy and Andrew Orvedahl bring their ridiculous monthly show back to the Denver -- and for a bargain price. If comedy is not your thing, you can also ch ... More >>
This morning, boxes of gold leaf were delivered to the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol Building and officially presented to Governor John Hickenlooper. The gold, which was donated by Anglogold Ashanti/Cripple Creek & Victor Mining Company, will be used on the dome, which is currently underg ... More >>
Have your Friday nights become completely rote? Are bored out of your skull and tired to the point of tedium of doing the same thing week in and week out? Ah, here's just the cure for what ails you, a full night of unique entertainment you're genuinely just not going to find anywhere else. See als ... More >>
I journeyed to Victor this past weekend wanting to believe. The old mining town sits near Cripple Creek, and though it's still partially inhabited, many of the old buildings are completely abandoned. In other words, it was the ideal setting for the first-ever Spirits of Victor Paranormal Convention, ... More >>
We released our 2012 Summer Guide in June, including hundreds of events and opportunities to escape both in the city and in the great outdoors. Each Thursday, we'll roll out the best things to do this week, making it easier for you to plan your summer. Among this week's listings are Fourth of July c ... More >>
We released our 2012 Summer Guide in June, including hundreds of events and opportunities to escape both in the city and in the great outdoors. Each Thursday, we'll roll out the best things to do this week, making it easier for you to plan your summer. Among this week's listings are the Westword Mus ... More >>
Colorado has a rich (no pun intended) mining history, and when I was a kid growing up in the southern suburbs of Denver, my mom would devise elaborate lessons for my brother and me to carry out over summer break, packing us into the minivan for day or weekend trips to obscure corners of Colorado. We ... More >>
How to get visitors to come to your town, city or state? Last week's mascot-packed Colorado tourism rally and Greeley's new "Let's Go" ad campaign represent two recent approaches. But what about a memorable nickname? Colorful Colorado boasts a slew of very unusual ones. Check out our favorites from ... More >>
At tonight's inaugural Pen and Sword open house at the Denver Press Club, a turn-of-the-century treasure at 1330 Glenarm Place, thirteen club member-authors will offer "the stories behind the books" from 6 to 9 p.m. But the stories, and the night, won't end there. Stories rarely end that neatly.
Lori MidsonIf it looks like a pig, talks like a pig and walks like a pig, then it must be Dan Maes.Last night, John Hickenlooper, Denver's former mayor -- and now governor -- was surrounded by supporters hungry for change, which Hickenlooper vowed to deliver in a sixteen-minute speech earlier ... More >>
Just when you thought it was safe to lock in your summer plans, the just announced Newhoma Camping and Music Festival might make you pull your calendar back out and reach for your red Sharpie. Georgia jam rockers Outformation, avante garde NYC jazz cats Sex Mob and local jam rock superband ... More >>
From Ameristar Casino-Black Hawk's website, a photo that may or may not have been taken at 3 a.m. It's only been a few months since Colorado casinos have been allowed to operate 24 hours a day, multiply the previous $5 betting limit by twenty, and offer up craps and roulette games to folks wi ... More >>
Liz Kellermeyer If Mark Huebner got booted from The Bachelorette, it's only because Jillian never got to try one of his Cripple Creek pizzas.We did yesterday, and the meat-heavy pie (sausage, pepperoni, Genoa salami) on an ideal crust was a big hit. "Not too thick, not too thin," Huebner says of t ... More >>
Raising the stakes at Colorado's casinos.
In 1992, Westword published its ninth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Last Stand (the Denver Zephyrs, about to be supplanted by the Colorado Rockies) to Best Bail Bondsman (Duane Chapman, before he became known as “Dog”) to Best — and Sometimes ... More >>
Frontier & Chuckwagon Daze breathes life into the Old West.
Black Hawk plays the Lace card.
The hole story
Heaven and Helluloid
February 26, 2004
Consider this your final exam on the past year. Cheating is encouraged, bribes will be accepted -- and grades will be posted at City Hall.
February 13, 2003
A look at local recordings.
Referendum E is a sucker bet, but the state's hooked on lottery games.
Colorado nursing-home residents haven't had a cost-of-living raise in ten years.
July 23 - 29, 1998
Mining made history in Victor. But will a new gold rush devour its future?
To break the bank in Black Hawk, you don't have to be a gambler--just a homeowner.
HE'S LEFT A TRAIL OF ANGRY CREDITORS AND ONCE SUED THE STATE AFTER FALLING OFF A BRIDGE. DAVID SHORTRIDGE SAYS HE'S A NATURAL CANDIDATE FOR THE RTD BOARD.
POLICE WORK CAN BE A REAL GAMBLE IN COLORADO'S GAMING TOWNS.
POLICE WORK CAN BE A REAL GAMBLE IN COLORADO'S GAMING TOWNS.