John Parr, Westword co-founder Sandy Widener and their oldest daughter, Chase Parr, were killed in a car wreck in December 2007, a tragedy that dimmed some of Denver's brightest lights. In tribute to this exemplary family (the only survivor was younger daughter Katy), friends and colleagues created ... More >>
Yesterday was the sixth anniversary of the sad day in December 2007 when Sandy Widener, Westword co-founder, was killed in a car crash that also took the life of her husband, John Parr, and their daughter Chase. Only then-seventeen-year-old Katy Parr survived. Every December 22, I find a reminder in ... More >>
Picture.Me.Here is a digital storytelling exhibit for refugees from the Mercy Housing/ Grace Apartments in Aurora. A year ago, Brigid McAuliffe and Erin Preston, digital storytelling professionals, sat in a Bhutanese woman's apartment, drinking amazing tea and teaching that woman and other refuges h ... More >>
The Holly keeps rising from the ashes. Yesterday, the new Nancy P. Anschutz Center, home of the Jack A. Vickers Boys & Girls Club, celebrated a grand opening attended by notables such as Mayor Michael Hancock, Phil and Nancy Anschutz, John and Paige Elway, and Jack A. Vickers; see photos below. Many ... More >>
When you think of the Civil Rights Movement, you likely think of Martin Luther King Jr. -- for good reason. The role he played was monumental -- and because of that, monuments have been erected, pages in textbooks set aside and a national holiday named in his honor. So much attention has been given ... More >>
The American Council of the Blind of Colorado's Million Penny Campaign, which kicks off at the first of the year and runs through March 31, is exactly that -- a penny collection drive. The non-profit will also take donations in any other amount, but the penny drive seemed like a great way to ask for ... More >>
As firefighters continue to tackle the wildfires ravaging large portions of the state, local communities are searching for ways to provide aid, even from hours away. In Denver, a handful of local live music venues and companies have already stepped up to launch shows to benefit fire relief efforts - ... More >>
In the 21 months since John Parr, Sandy Widener and their daughter, Chase Parr, were killed in a horrific car accident, I've trained myself not to grab the phone to call Sandy, a wonderful writer and college pal who was one of the founders of Westword, to hoot over some journalistic dust-up. ... More >>
Back in 1982, Sandy Widener, one of Westword’s co-founders who by then had gone on to far more respectable employment with Rocky Mountain Magazine, was charged with coming up with a campaign slogan for Federico Pena, a lawyer/legislator and very dark-horse candidate running for mayor of Denver. Jo ... More >>
Letters from the week of 1/27/2008
Members of the Metro Denver Gang Coalition are at a crossroads, hoping they can keep the peace through the rest of the year.
Meet Holly Kylberg, the boldest of Denver's boldfaced names.
From the week of February 26, 2004
Let There Be Light
Are we having funds yet?
These girls go to the head of the class.
North High school's Greenhouse Club keeps on growing.
Parents in northwest Denver say the school district doesn't listen--so they're making more noise.
THE DENVER FOUNDATION GETS AN UNCHARITABLE REVIEW.