Like almost every driving adult in Denver, Great Divide head brewer Taylor Rees spent his fair share of time waiting in line at the drab Denver Motor Vehicles office on Welton Street in Five Points. Now, if his plans come to fruition, Rees, along with friends and business partners Austin Wiley and D ... More >>
If you were wondering why immigration reform has been so difficult to achieve, the response to a recent story on CBS4 should quell your questions. The story, about a snafu that resulted in 524 non-citizens, "including some illegal immigrants," receiving improperly marked drivers licenses has resulte ... More >>
You may not be able to get a vanity license plate in Colorado that reads 420, or one that says 69ME, but you might get lucky if 13 is your lucky number. It certainly could be for the state. On August 21, Colorado will auction off those spooky digits on a vanity license plate, along with BRONCO, GOLF ... More >>
Media outlets have been reporting for months (or longer, in the case of Westword) about how law enforcement officers in Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Oklahoma and other Colorado border states are stopping cars with green-and-white license plates more often since the legalization of marijuana here. (One ... More >>
There's no faster way to ruin your day than getting a speeding ticket -- but traffic stops like these are more expensive in some cities than others. The folks at NerdWallet.com recently set out to discover the true cost in Colorado of a ticket for going more than twenty miles per hour over the spee ... More >>
Fox31 has discovered a list of passwords being circulated among government employees in charge of driver's license suspension hearings. They include such gems as SuckFail, CuzUDrnk ("Because You're Drunk") and URSkrood ("You Are Screwed"). At this point, it's unclear whether the passwords, designat ... More >>
Last week, administrators of the city's 911 system revealed that federal, state and local dignitaries -- like the governor, the mayor and others -- have been receiving "a more robust Denver police response than the public," according to the Denver Post. The new policy went into effect in December, l ... More >>
In August, Secretary of State Scott Gessler ran the names of 1,416 individuals through a federal database in hopes of weeding out illegal immigrant voters. Months later, a total of fourteens voters have been removed from voting rolls in Colorado. But the story doesn't end there. As it turns out, Ges ... More >>
Earlier this month, Secretary of State Scott Gessler asked nearly 4,000 registered voters to prove that they are citizens as part of an effort, he said, to prevent fraud. The results are now in and one in eight voters who showed a non-citizen document to the Division of Motor Vehicles remain ineligi ... More >>
How will Denver's ban of all outdoor advertising for medical marijuana businesses -- approved last night in a quick, unanimous vote by Denver City council members -- be enforced? A note sent to councilmembers last week by Tom Downey, head of the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses, gives some c ... More >>
Nearly 4,000 registered voters in Colorado received a letter this week from Secretary of State Scott Gessler asking that they prove their citizenship or otherwise remove themselves from voter rolls. Gessler, who says he is preventing fraud, identified these residents through the Division of Motor Ve ... More >>
As our Sam Levin has documented, Denver is on its way to setting an all-time bike accident record -- and his posts on the subject have fired up readers with a preference for two wheels over four, and vice versa. Of course, many of us are both riders and drivers, as this reader notes.
Initiative 52 would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, as long as they provide an individual tax identification number, last year's tax return and a form of government-issued ID from their country of origin. Today, backers of the initiative held a press conference at the Capi ... More >>
I've never played Draw Something for the same reason I've never tried cocaine: I know that if I did, I would become immediately addicted, drop out of society and ruin what's left of my life. If you're not familiar with Draw Something, it's an app that, according to the App Store, is "the most popul ... More >>
This week, the Denver District Attorney's Office announced that it had charged Merhawi Ocbamichael as an adult for a series of aggravated robberies that took place when he was seventeen. It's the sort of decision that won't be made in quite the same way should legislation to reform the system known ... More >>
Yesterday, as robotic voices called for the next in line and more than one man ogled a Michael Crichton paperback, Governor John Hickenlooper visited the Pierce Street DMV to announce a statewide plan to shorten the times many of those present will face on their next visit. Called the "Wait Less" pr ... More >>
Comic Kevin Nealon shared a funny bit on Conan O'Brien's show (H/T Denver Egotist) about Copper Mountain. Nealon says he'd forgotten about ski run ratings like Black Diamond when a local talked about how "the blacks" at Copper can be fun, but they'll beat you up -- and they're all over the mountain ... More >>
DMV branches are often unpleasant, but the men's room at the central Denver branch, at 1865 West Mississippi Avenue, is off-the-charts. Aside from the questionable cleanliness of the facilities seen in the video below, virtually every surface has been tagged by graffiti, transforming the space into ... More >>
This is it. Today is the end of the world, according to Harold Camping, the biblical prognosticator who was born in Boulder more than ninety years ago. But with age does not necessarily come wisdom: He did miss with his prediction of the Rapture -- which he'd said would hit on May 21. So perh ... More >>
Graphic below.Update: The deceased man found in a car at 8th and Decatur in what was initially called a "suspicious death" -- a term that was later replaced by "homicide" -- has been identified as Manuel Amaro-Rojas, 24. And while he was involved in a crash, the impact didn't kill him. Instea ... More >>
Yesterday's post about the top 10 things you shouldn't call the cops to help you find -- prompted by a Greeley woman who told police her misplaced TV remote had been stolen -- didn't strike some readers as a laugh riot. Indeed, one saw it and other recent attempts at humor as indefensible giv ... More >>
Trip to DMV? Noooo!Save your tips for the best DMV in Denver, because I've already been. For most of us with day jobs, going there -- especially if you're from out of state and need a driver's license and to register your car -- involves going to two locations, taking a day off work and spend ... More >>
Video below.Update: Luke Irvin Chrisco, the man who became internationally famous for hiding in the tank of a porta-potty at a yoga festival in order to scope women's nether regions, cheerfully admits that peeping at females using toilets is practically a religion for him. And the details he' ... More >>
Denver parking enforcement never sleeps -- as those who take advantage of the new overnight parking option downtown will soon know all too well. I have the evidence: a ticket issued at 4:24 a.m. last Monday. The violation? Parking on the curb. On about six inches of the curb, judging from thi ... More >>
Bah humbug. On Wednesday, while I was inside the Denver Motor Vehicle office renewing my plates, my car parked outside on Welton Street was ticketed -- for expired plates. Yesterday, I visited the parking referee -- and here's some free advice that will cost me $75: Do not expect mercy this ... More >>
Scrooged!When I pulled up in front of the Denver Motor Vehicle office on Welton yesterday, the parking lot was full and the line was spilling out the front door. With what looked like a long wait ahead of me, I loaded the parking meter to the max. Good news: an hour and 53 minutes later, I di ... More >>
It's been more than a year since the initial bedlam over increased vehicle registration fees prompted some counties to pay off-duty police to keep angry citizens from lashing out at Motor Vehicle personnel. But Jefferson County is still spending a good chunk of the extra revenue to post priva ... More >>
About the only thing in life that I love more than wine is my iPhone. For those of you who are similarly gadget-obsessed, there are now 100-plus iPhone apps serving up everything from wine education to straight-up silliness (why is there an app that does nothing besides display a glass of win ... More >>
Rob Corry has the CDPHE in his sights again.Back in January, when attorney and medical marijuana advocate Rob Corry called on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to reveal how much money it had collected from MMJ patient fees, he complained about a waiting period for perm ... More >>
Standing in lines at Division of Motor Vehicles offices is typically like participating in the Bataan Death March -- long and agonizing, with no guarantee of survival. But there's one notable exception to that rule, which my wife discovered yesterday. As a principal of a school that's been cl ... More >>
I've always had good luck at the Division of Motor Vehicles office at 2736 Welton Street. Sure, the tiny parking lot is a nightmare, but the DMV employees are friendly, if not always fast -- and you can always take a quick stroll around Five Points if there's a wait. Which I did on Friday aft ... More >>
When a candy specifies bodily harm in its name, it's pretty much manly. In the most recent Esquire, Chris Jones extols the virtues of Jujubes, calling them "the only candy a man should eat." This, of course, is utter bullshit, as are his claims that they should be pronounced "joo-joobs," whi ... More >>
Photo by Kiernan MaletskyYou'll love these Meeses to pieces. Hotter than July? Or exactly as hot as July? Today in Backbeat Online: • Last Night's Show: Meese at Twist & Shout. • DJ Vajra announces new project, offers free mix for download. • Flier of the Week: Get Down at Beta Friday, July ... More >>
At the DMV this morning, Colorado drivers assume the position for new registration fees. So being the financial masochist that I am, I decided to renew my car's delinquent registration at 8 a.m. this morning, on the exact day that new fees and fines went into effect. The cost in March when my regi ... More >>
Pay attention to the signs. Getting pulled over by the police sucks. Getting pulled over because your registration has been expired for quite some time is even worse. And when you also can’t find proof of insurance in your overstuffed glove box and the cop gives you no choice but to go to court? ... More >>
Blake Mooney was recently laid off from his job at NewMediaCompany.com and has somehow found some time to give a glimpse into the week in the life of a man on the dole. This is his story. Monday Tuesday: It shouldn’t be this easy. Before I started collecting unemployment, I was under the impressi ... More >>
The Last Town Chorus and The Weakerthans Marquis Theater September 27, 2007 Better Than: Waiting in line at the DMV. Lead singer of the Last Town Chorus, Meghan Hickey, has a voice that is both sultry and seductive. Hickey's ability to handle her slide guitar is like watching the best flamenco gui ... More >>
Last Thursday, I opened my mailbox to find a little surprise that would change my life in a big way: My driver license! It finally came! Over the past two weeks I had visited the Department of Motor Vehicles twice in order to acquire the plastic card. My visits (chronicled here and here) were prom ... More >>
When I rolled up to the Division of Motor Vehicles this morning, I didn’t encounter any illicit ticket selling. No one induced me to reach the front of the line for a mere $50 -- a practice, I’d heard, that has become increasingly common along the DMV’s unbearable wait times. So I settled at t ... More >>
Utah is not to be trusted.
Oh, the humanity!
From the week of February 2, 2006
The Secret Circus brings in the (offbeat) clowns.
Writer Jason Flores-Williams seeks a literary orgy.
Lots of drugs, not much sex, and a general fear and loathing mark these tales of twenty-something angst.
Commerce City lets a private company issue speeding tickets--and causes a pileup.