Yesterday during a debate with Republican gubernatorial rival Bob Beauprez, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper described Colorado voter's legalization of marijuana as "reckless." In response, Allen St. Pierre, executive director of NORML, calls Hickenlooper a hypocrite -- and that's not all. See a ... More >>
Condo construction in metro Denver has been hampered in recent years for several reasons, many of which are dissipating as the economy bounces back. But the one factor that continues to spook builders is the fear of being sued for construction defects. Such lawsuits can be so costly that many builde ... More >>
Construction has been ongoing for the past couple of weeks, but today was the official groundbreaking for a hip new motel on Broadway, between 12th and 13th avenues, that is being designed to fit in with the city's museum and cultural district in the Golden Triangle. the Art, a hotel, which blends ... More >>
What would the immigration reform bill passed by the U.S. Senate yesterday mean for undocumented immigrants who are already in deportation proceedings -- such as those featured in our cover story, "Out of the Shadows"? According to the office of Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, who is one of the "G ... More >>
Civic boosters love to travel to other cities to see how they do business -- and maybe engage in some monkey business themselves. The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce's City-to-City Leadership Exchange (LEX) will make its 24th annual trip in October -- this one to Pittsburgh (last year was Austin). ... More >>
With Democrats controlling both houses of the Colorado Legislature, Governor John Hickenlooper should have lots of common ground with lawmakers. But one topic is already creating cracks in any consensus: fracking. Hickenlooper has asked for a single set of state regulations that would govern the sta ... More >>
Prepare to be amazed. Prepare to be inspired. Prepare, perhaps, to reflect less favorably on your own accomplishments. It's time for TEDxMileHigh, two days of performances and events that start with the first-ever TEDxYouth@MileHigh today from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. The main event runs from 1 to 6 p.m ... More >>
Yee-haw! The National Western Stock Show has saddled up for the future. Although NWSS chairman Jerry McMorris passed away yesterday, leaders went through with the announcement of a deal that will help steer the direction of the Stock Show, expanding it beyond an every-January event into more of a ye ... More >>
Frank Gray is president of the Castle Rock Economic Development Council in Douglas County. Yet at a public hearing yesterday on six projects vying for big-bucks state tourism incentives, Gray eschewed his county's own project and, like many of the 23 people who testified, spoke in favor of Gaylord E ... More >>
On his thirtieth day in office, Mayor Michael Hancock really got down to business yesterday, outlining a better, faster, stronger city government in a speech at the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce's State of the City Luncheon that included his opposition to Initiative 300, the paid sick leav ... More >>
Chris Power Bain.Memorial Day is still three days away, but all week I have been carried away by memories. The extended Westword family lost one of its members this week when Chris Power Bain, who'd served as advertising manager in the early '80s, passed away. There's much more to her story ... More >>
Francois Safieddine has done well with clubs like Suite Two Hundred, 24K, Oak Tavern and 5 Degrees, and he'll soon be expanding his club empire. Safieddine recently signed a multi-million dollar lease for Ruth's Chris Steakhouse at 1445 Market Street in a building owned by the Denver Metro C ... More >>
Douglas BruceOpponents of three tax-slashing ballot initiatives say their polling shows that the measures might actually be approved by voters -- despite a multi-million-dollar ad blitz starting this weekend designed to crush them. Coloradans for Responsible Reform recently spent $250,000 on ... More >>
DIA today: many teepees but no reservations. Press reports about Denver International Airport in the late 1990s included lots of optimistic forecasting about the arrival of a luxury hotel at the airport's doorstep by, oh, no later than 2002 or so. More than a decade later, that hotel still d ... More >>
Governor Bill Ritter hosted more than thirty business leaders at the Governor's Mansion yesterday for a roundtable discussion of one of his major priorities for 2010: job creation. But Ritter had already given job creation a major push the day before, when his official announcement that he w ... More >>
New Chamber head Kelly BroughThe Denver Department of Excise and License has received an application to transfer ownership of a liquor license at 1445 Market Street in LoDo. That's the old home of Ruth's Chris Steakhouse -- but it's also the building that houses the Metro Denver Chamber of Co ... More >>
Roxane White.Roxane White knows a little something about the power of prayer, having graduated with a degree in religious studies from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon back in 1985 -- and she'll need all the faith she can get in her new job, as Mayor John Hickenlooper's new chief of ... More >>
Business boosters at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce didn't know what had hit them. On Friday, when Senator Mark Udall offered a healthcare briefing at the Chamber, there hadn't been a single member of the media. But on Monday, when Senator Michael Bennet did the same, the TV cameras wer ... More >>
"What's he doing in the Senate?" "Why, it's an honorary appointment. He's an honorary stooge." Frank Capra's classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was on TCM yesterday afternoon -- just the thing to warm up the set (and the sofa) before Jake Cutler returned to Mile High, particularly given a ... More >>
Bill Owens.It was a correction of a kind, albeit a notably nutty one that says more about the power of the person making the request than it does about the original item.... On Sunday, the Denver Post published a profile of Kelly Brough, the former chief of staff for Denver Mayor John Hicken ... More >>
On Friday, Kelly Brough, Mayor John Hickenlooper's chief of staff, was named the next head of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce -- the winner in a horse race with Tom Clark, the chamber's eco-devo head. On Saturday, I ran into Brough at a concert in Civic Center and asked when she'd be lea ... More >>
The last bill of the legislative session has been signed, and it's all over but the shouting -- particularly in front-page stories over the governor's vetoes of union-friendly bills (and likely when the governor is on Mike Rosen's show at 9:15 a.m.). But Bill Ritter also managed to please at least ... More >>
Yes, the Nuggets are advancing, but Colorado can already claim a real winning team: the East High Constitutional Scholars, who just won the We the People contest in Washington, D.C. -- for the third year running. The high schoolers are already preparing to make it four in a row, but should be availa ... More >>
When Ward Churchill faces off against the University of Colorado in Denver Chief District Judge Larry Naves's courtroom today, it will be the culimination of a controversy that dates back not just years, but decades. It wasn't until January 2005, when a student publication complained about the then ... More >>
Forget about the upcoming Democratic National Convention. Breakfast at Racines this morning was the real DPC -- Denver Power Convention. Chew on this! Over a single hour, our spy spotted the following lineup (not necessarily together): Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce honcho Joe Blake; Dem power- ... More >>
When I wrote about I-70 a year ago, the story started in 1988, when the state first began planning how it was going to tackle congestion in the mountain corridor. Twenty years and at least $30 million in studies later, a decision on a solution that everybody can live with may finally be at hand.
There may be something in Rocky Mountain spring water, but Milwaukee is already buzzing about the future headquarters for Miller and Coors.
Since the institution of a joint-operating agreement linking business operations at the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post, the papers have repeatedly emphasized that their editorial departments operate independently. This point was reinforced in the Saturday, November 17 Rocky, albeit in an em ... More >>
Little meth house on the prairie.
City visionaries offer their top moments in Denver design history.
The Legislative Councilís ballot-analysis booklet has inspired so many fights, it should be called the black-and-blue book. Hereís our cure.
The sound and the furry.
There are a million slogans in the naked city. We don't need any of them.
When it came time to elect a mayor, Denver got creative.
Bitch, bitch, bitch
Denver gets ready to put on the Ritz.
No good deed goes unpunished.
Harmsen Western Art Collection, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
The man who drove a stake through Guide the Ride may take aim next at Pat Bowlen's stadium tax.
THE DIZZYING HEIGHTS OF MARKAIR'S SECRET "ECONOMIC-DEVELOPMENT PLAN."