A proposed homeless shelter that will sleep nearly fifty people faces stiff opposition in the Athmar neighborhood. Dubbed the "Solutions Center," the shelter would provide short-term housing for individuals dealing with mental-health issues and chemical dependency. But residents aren't happy about i ... More >>
Press releases don't typically stir passions. But cannabis activist Wanda James was incensed after receiving a missive from Mayor Michael Hancock (see it below) in which he thanked the Denver City Council for passing his $3.35 million marijuana budget proposal but offered no kudos to the pot industr ... More >>
The inability of marijuana businesses to straight-forwardly stash their cash in standard financial institutions due to federal banking regulations aimed at stopping drug trafficking has been an issue in Colorado for years. But despite Obama administration statements about possible fixes and a reques ... More >>
In addition to voting on a proposed plastic bag-fee bill at a meeting tonight, members of Denver City Council will also take on an amendment that would allow people to smoke marijuana on their front porches, thereby formalizing an unlikely reversal of a rule that would have banned it. One key counci ... More >>
Some local moms -- and other fitness enthusiasts, too -- have been sweating potential changes to Denver Parks and Recreation's permit-fee structure for almost a year, ever since DPR announced that all groups hosting exercise classes on the city's turf would have to pay for a permit, regardless of wh ... More >>
For months, we've been following Denver City Council's efforts to write and pass rules for the retail marijuana industry. This task was finally accomplished at Monday evening's council meeting (see what we believe to be the final document below), and a pot-biz spokesman is pleased by the results. B ... More >>
How much pot is going to be sold next year in Colorado as a result of Amendment 64's passage is one of those great unknowns that has given officials across the state a big headache as they try to predict tax revenues. Costs associated with the legalization of this once forbidden plant are another va ... More >>
On Monday, Denver City Council members held a straw poll to determine if they wanted to continue toward regulations for the recreational marijuana industry made possible by the passage of Amendment 64 -- and a 10-1 vote showed the majority did. Also shared was a draft of a proposed local licensing o ... More >>
This week, Mayor Michael Hancock appeared before a Denver City Council subcommittee to talk marijuana. And during his time in the spotlight (see a video of his chat below), he made it clear that if he had his way, pot would be tightly regulated and clubs for those who want to consume it would be ban ... More >>
The first meeting of the Denver City Council's Amendment 64 Committee, held yesterday afternoon, concluded with few answers but a big pile of questions. The most pressing of the latter might also be the most formidable: Can the committee accomplish its goals within a very tight timeline?
The Backseat Budgeter, our Best of Denver 2011 winner for Best Way to Understand the Budget, is back -- and just in time. Mayor Michael Hancock's push for the passage of 2A last month -- a deBrucing that allows the city to retain extra money collected -- resulted in an additional $44 million for Den ... More >>
For a while, it looked like Walmart had Denver in the bag. But now, developers are going back to the drawing board...or at least the calender. After Denver City Council reps Mary Beth Susman and Jeanne Robb announced they opposed tax-increment financing for the project, the Colorado Boulevard Health ... More >>
Denver residents gathered today in Civic Center to honor the eleventh anniversary of September 11, 2001. This year's "Colorado Remembers" event featured Governor John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, Hall of Famer John Elway, members of the U.S. Armed Forces and ... More >>
Tonight, Denver City Council will vote on a plan to redevelop the Welton Corridor -- and some property owners in the area fear that if it passes, it will allow the city to seize their homes and businesses. But the Denver Urban Renewal Authority, the entity behind the proposal, argues that those conc ... More >>
This was not how Bike To Work Day was supposed to go. Sitting in on part of a Denver City Council retreat yesterday, Westword learned that ex-councilman Doug Linkhart, who ran for mayor last year, was hit by a pickup truck while cycling to a Bike To Work Day event with the mayor and current counci ... More >>
The signs started popping up late last fall: No high rises in West Highland. But the residents fighting a massive, three-building complex proposed for the heart of Highland Square didn't stop at signs. They also pushed city officials, including Susan Shepherd, the new Denver City Council representat ... More >>
Big pic below.This morning's No On 300 rally rally in Skyline Park brought out approximately seventy representatives and supporters of the hospitality industry, everyone from five crop-topped Hooters employees to three much more conservatively dressed Denver City Council members. But everyo ... More >>
Carla Madison.District 8 councilwoman Carla Madison has been battling colon cancer for about two years, but the fight didn't seem to slow her down. That's why her sudden death yesterday came as such a surprise. Below, read the city's official goodbye to Madison, featuring remembrances from co ... More >>
New federal guidelines tightening the traditionally loosey-goosey definition "service animals" go into effect today. From now on only dogs (and, um, in some cases, miniature horses) that have been "individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disabi ... More >>
A dispensary owner and grower leasing a warehouse in a neighborhood at the heart of the current Denver City Council zoning discussions plans to file a lawsuit alleging that developer Mickey Zeppelin, Councilwoman Judy Montero and former Councilwoman Susan Barnes-Gelt not only interfered with ... More >>
Last month, attorney Warren Edson shared his concern that language in a Denver City Council bill could close 137 of 150 medical marijuana grows -- and even after a committee came up with a compromise agreement, he feared the closure threat had not been eliminated. Now that the document has be ... More >>
With all the medical marijuana centers and related businesses around, ganjapreneurs need access to a sizable workforce -- but where are they going to find those weed workers? THCjobs.com is aiming to provide the answer through its new, online database of marijuana-related job postings. Think ... More >>
How smart are Denver's new "smart" meters if they're so dim you can't read them at night? We could find out soon enough, if Denver City Council tonight passes the plan to allow all-night parking in parts of downtown -- parking that you'll have to pay for, according to new rules that will be p ... More >>
Full-sized art below.Out in the real world, "there ain't so such thing as a free lunch," but don't tell that to Denver City Council. Mayor Hickenlooper has asked every department in city government to reduce their budgets by ten percent. City Council has only been able to find a 4 percent sav ... More >>
Chris Nevitt has something to proclaim.The controversial Arizona immigration bill hasn't stopped any folks from coming into this country illegally yet. After all, it won't take effect until July. But it's certainly led to a bumper crop of proclamations, including denunciations by Denver Publi ... More >>
I was on the phone with a city official late Monday, and could hear the protest outside City Hall, organized by Robert Chase, founder of the Colorado Coalition for Patients and Caregivers, who's asking for a recall of the Denver City Council members who voted for the ordinance regulating medi ... More >>
The stereotypical pothead moves slowly -- but this is ridiculous. By last Friday -- the end of the second week during which medical marijuana dispensaries could file their now-required dispensary applications with the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses -- exactly 61 had done so. Which ... More >>
Wesley Fazio waited twelve hours -- in a cold car, in his long underwear -- for a shot at making his soon-to-open dispensary legal. Yesterday, the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses started accepting applications for medical marijuana dispensary licenses -- which every operational disp ... More >>
From Channel 4's coverage: Many Park Hill residents would like to chop down Oak Tree Alternative Care.Officials charged with regulating the booming medical marijuana business -- like members of Denver City Council, who approved an ordinance last night -- are feeling heat from more than just w ... More >>
A spoof ad showing Rob Corry as a "scorced earth warrior" for medical marijuana.On Friday, we shared with you a letter by attorney Rob Corry shredding Senator Chris Romer's latest draft of a measure to regulate the medical marijuana industry. Shortly thereafter, Romer backed away from the bil ... More >>
This week, William Breathes reviews the Ganja Gourmet at 1810 South Broadway, the city's first -- and likely last -- restaurant specializing in dishes containing medical marijuana: "The Ganja Gourmet," he writes, "is not so much a restaurant as a dispensary where you can hang out, smoke pot ... More >>
Architect Ed White changed the way the world looks at Denver -- not just through his architectural designs, but through his friendship with Jack Kerouac. That friendship is documented in the form of Tim Gray, a White-like character in On The Road, as well as in the structure of the book itself. Ba ... More >>
You would have thought that getting voters to approve a bond measure to build a new jail -- smack in the heart of the artsy Golden Triangle, at the edge of the revived Civic Center -- would have been the challenging task. But that was a breeze compared to coming up with a name for Denver's new justi ... More >>
The big news: Barack Obama is coming back to Denver, the town where he accepted the Democratic nomination on August 28, and where now, as president, he will now sign the $787 billion stimulus bill on Tuesday, February 17 at the Museum of Nature & Science (conveniently vetted by the Secret Service be ... More >>
The longtime head of Denver's graffiti unit fought to clean up the city -- until he felt he was beating his head against the wall.
Talk about a gun nut! This write-in candidate should be written off.
Charity began at home. This home.
Time to give Denver the business.
Butt Seriously, Folks
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