In the wake of Amendment 64's passage, some officials worried marijuana sales tax revenues wouldn't pay for needed regulation. But at least in month one, such concerns proved to be unfounded. The retail pot sales launch resulted in a gusher of cash, with more than $3.5 million in tax revenues colle ... More >>
Artistic entrepreneur Dana Cain, co-founder of the Denver County Fair, can cross one thing off her bucket list. She's going to be in Penthouse magazine. "They wanted me to be the centerfold, but I don't know about that," she jokes. "I'm not at liberty to share the photos." Okay, so she's not going ... More >>
In May 2012, we published a post featuring photos and information about twenty Colorado sex offenders who'd failed to register according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation website that tracks this information. Then, recently, we checked each of those twenty people were no longer on the roster o ... More >>
The dog days of summer are upon us. Luckily, we geeks have nothing to worry about, because August is full of opportunities to beat the heat and have some nerd-friendly fun at the same time. From gaming conventions and classic geek films to the world's nerdiest county fair, August offers a multitude ... More >>
Summer is all about festivals: There's no better way to get away for a day without ever leaving town. International fests take you to faraway places right in your own back yard, others celebrate ethnic cultures, urban enthusiasms, arts-and-crafts, the joy of eating or just being yourself in a judgme ... More >>
The 2012 Mayor's Design Awards, announced last night, celebrate a range of notable projects across six categories: I Wanna Live Here!, Oh, Pioneers!, Use It Or Lose It!, Eye-Catcher!, The City's Gotta Eat! and Goin' Rogue! This year's winners include restaurants, breweries and livable properties, as ... More >>
This past weekend my Hole cover band, Jennifer's Body, played the Denver County Fair. Until this show, we weren't an actual band at all -- we formed earlier this year for a two-song set to honor the opening of Hole drummer Patty Schemel's documentary, Hit So Hard, and had never planned on being anyt ... More >>
Ruby Ann Boxcar is one of the bonafide stars of this year's Denver County Fair, which runs tomorrow through Sunday. Hailed as the Dame Edna of the Trailer Park, Boxcar is a performer, speaker, and the author of numerous cookbooks that celebrate the art of frugal, second-hand living. A big personalit ... More >>
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation maintains a website focused on convicted sex offenders in the state -- including those whose current whereabouts are unknown, because they've failed to register with authorities. We've collected photos and identifying information for twenty such creeps. If you re ... More >>
Women in Denver are arrested for prostitution-related crimes more often than men and are punished more harshly, according to "Who Pays?," a new study by the Denver-based Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking. The question of why is still a bit of a mystery, but researchers think it may be tied to p ... More >>
Our post about the majority-plus support for marijuana regulation at the Denver County Republican Assembly noted that it contradicted the commonly held belief that all conservatives are anti-cannabis. One reader thinks that myth is beginning to crumble.
In the past, Democrats were more likely to support regulating marijuana for recreational use, while Republicans felt otherwise. But growing evidence suggests this may no longer be the case. Take the Denver County Republican Assembly, a majority of whom appear to support Amendment 64, the Regulate Ma ... More >>
Bicycle vs. Homing Pigeon vs. Moped from Village Voice Media on Vimeo.We've been rolling off lists this week like there's no tomorrow, and maybe there isn't, considering that pesky 2012 Mayan prophecy and all that. Earlier this week, Jef Otte presented his 10 best moments in Denver arts list, riffin ... More >>
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Okay, It actually wasn't either of those things -- but 2011 was pretty okay in its own right, and at certain times it was downright awesome. Because we're in the business of thoroughly cataloging things, we've cataloged the definitive best ... More >>
Westword has been present at every Sunday-morning arraignment related to Occupy Denver arrests. It was only this past Sunday, however, that I was forbidden by the court from recording anything while inside. The recent ban on anyone other than lawyers taking notes on the arrests and bond rates ... More >>
It's summertime, and the photos are eye-popping. Find snapshots from Titwrench Fest 3 at the Mercury Cafe, Midnight at Chloe and the Denver County Fair (including an appearance by Devo), as well as our top nightlife photos of 2011 so far (NSFW) and more, on the Westword slideshow page.
Rent is due on Monday, which means unless you're some type of money-saving wizard, you're probably a little short on cash this week. Don't worry, though: There is a ton of stuff to do this weekend for under ten bucks, including the Denver County Fair, which all on its own can take up your ent ... More >>
Vintage RenewalWe love pop-up shops. Just as we love this weekend's Vintage Renewal Pop Up Eco-Boutique, which opens tonight at Hinterland, we're also nuts about such past and coming temporary outlets as Gimme Gimme Pillow Toast, Yespleasemore and I ♥ Denver, and next weekend's Denver Handm ... More >>
Mythica von Griffyn has a long history in the haunted house business, where she first started working when she was only fourteen, and she's also known as a multi-talented poet, chalk artist and body painter. That considered, Mythica is a match made in heaven as the Freak Show manager for the ... More >>
If you know retro -- and particularly mid-century -- you know retro geek Charles Phoenix, a child of the endless car lots and fast food restaurants of Southern California who is famous across the nation for his mid-mod slide shows and modernist expertise. And you might even know about his sid ... More >>
Poetry is all about words well chosen; success in gardening starts with the right seeds. Placement, or syntax, means everything to both: While the poet needs to know exactly when to let the sun shine directly on a word and when to hide it in shadow, the gardener must likewise synchronize his ... More >>
In all probability, the Farm and Garden Pavilion of the Denver County Fair will be packed with high-rise-condo farmers when the the blue-ribbon pickle prize is announced. Summer growers of the new Cheesman Cucumber Balcony Bush Hybrid are sure to turn the parkside neighborhood into a pickle- ... More >>
The Denver County Fair this summer is already going to be a historical occasion -- it is, after all, the first county fair ever for Denver -- but it just got even more historic: Today, event impresario Dana Cain announced that the fair had acquired the services of Barry Fey, the near-mythical ... More >>
Lovers of intense competition won't want to miss this summer's battle between homegrown fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers for blue ribbons at the Denver County Fair. Among the top contenders in the fierce fight for this town's hottest tomato will be Mar Lee Sweeties, the perfectly sized ... More >>
Jo Scott in 2008.The 2008 feature "Planned Parenthood's Scheme to Bust Abortion Protesters" focused on longtime pro-life advocate Jo Scott. That August, she was convicted of violating the state's "bubble law," which prohibits anti-abortion types from coming within eight feet of anyone in a hu ... More >>
Big pics below.Update: The Denver District Attorney's Office has announced charges in two very different but equally serious crimes. Dominique Redwood is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at knifepoint in a light-rail station elevator, while Jesse Rincon faces a hit-and-run count for all ... More >>
Dana Cain: A glittering rainbow-avalanche of arts.If the overarching Colorado arts scene is like an awesome picture of a unicorn galloping across a rainbow -- and we're going to go ahead and say that it is -- then Dana Cain is like the glitter: essential. A tireless arts cheerleader and all a ... More >>
Big pics below.The latest high-profile cases to pass through the Denver District Attorney's Office are quite different in terms of their specifics but similar when it comes to shock value. One woman has been accused (again) of prostitution with knowledge she has AIDS, while a teenager was con ... More >>
Lindsey-Flanigan.Denver's new Lindsey-Flanigan Justice Center, which opened July 6, has 35 courtrooms, 48 conference rooms and modern art installations spread across its 317,000 square feet. And while it will be used by judges, lawyers and parties in all kinds of criminal, drug and juvenile c ... More >>
A Flickr photoThey got to sit on an actual jury duty. They are the lucky ones.Every week we introduce you to some pillar of shmuckiness. This week: Whoever Runs Jury Duty. The Post reports today that Colorado employers can now verify their workers' jury duty summonses online -- a service tha ... More >>
He knows if you've been naughty. He knows if you've been nice. And now Denver County Juvenile Court Judge Kerry Hada is giving bad kids a chance to get on the court's good side with a post-Christmas present: On February 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Hada is running an amnesty program that w ... More >>
Mark Mathias may have watched "Taxi Driver" a few dozen times too many.Talk about burying the lead. A just-issued release from the Denver District Attorney's Office is entitled "Man Charged With Sexual Assault on a Child" -- and indeed, Mark Mathias, 48, has indeed been formally accused of th ... More >>
Geez, it was like Bravehart at 15th and Larimer on Halloween night -- but with pillows. More random scenes like this and soon everyone's going to start packing feather-filled heat just to go clubbing. Tell mom I'm going to a sleepover at the Denver County Jail, okay?
A Flickr photoThis man needs a trip. It's been a long trial, and former University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill probably needs a mental break from his wrongful-termination lawsuit against the school (a case that has gone to the jury and could wrap up as early as today). And what better pla ... More >>
Photo by Jon SolomonThe Five Peace Band. Don't make your weekend a weak end. Today in Backbeat Online: • The Five Peace Band at the Paramount Theatre. • Phish at Red Rocks sells out in minutes; fans call bullshit. • Q&A with David Frederickson of the Prids. • Freaky Friday: "The Force" Swi ... More >>
What is it with me and red lights lately? In the November 17 blog "No Justification for Denver Police Ticket Trap Near DCPA on Saturday Night," I wrote about a traffic ticket set-up at the intersection of Glenarm and Colfax, where three traffic officers lined up to snare people who turned right o ... More >>
You can't keep a good pho place down. A few days ago, I wrote about the temporary destruction of Pho 7 by two men, one silver BMW and too many action movies in "Talk about a cursed location!" When this spot at 10009 East Hampden Avenue in Aurora was home to Istanbul Grill, I narrowly missed witnes ... More >>
Denver's mayor tells us where to get off.
Baby Girl Grows Up
Ten years ago, Colorado began to force batterers into treatment programs. but do they work?