This past weekend, I decided to take a trip back to my old stomping grounds, the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Working there off and on from 1996 to 2013, I spent a lot of time wandering the building's hallowed shopping mall halls (when you work retail, you do a lot of on-the-clock ambling and hidin ... More >>
Planet Bluegrass is nothing if not durable. That durability became a widely-disseminated story as the ranch and music festival operation in Lyons rebuilt when a historic flood utterly wrecked it last September But this weekend's Rocky Mountain Folks Festival proved another kind of resilience, one t ... More >>
For a recent Off-Limits column about the ganjapreneur whose Colorado vanity license reads "PUREMMJ," we asked for a list of plates the state had refused to okay -- and it's huge. Literally thousands of vanity-plate applications have been turned down over the years, some so obviously, and hilariously ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, we told you about the arrest of Thomas Laperch after an arson call turned into a homicide investigation; see our previous coverage below. Now, the victim in the incident has been identified as William Burchett, a 54-year-old musician best known for his work with a local band call ... More >>
The website eBaum's World is among the most venerable humor destinations on the web for one simple reason: People keep going there to share funny/weird footage, including plenty of folks from Colorado. An example was a recent Video of the Day, in which TV station staffers didn't appear to know the d ... More >>
In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard - south to north - within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on thi ... More >>
The cynics among us have long believed that elected officials tend to be treated better by the law than the rest of us -- and now, they have more evidence to bolster that theory. A new report reveals that state legislators are exempted from the current photo-radar system because of what's described ... More >>
This week in print, we take an in-depth look at Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who has faced ongoing accusations of suppressing voters. We published the story the same day that Republican lawmakers at the start of the new legislative session put forth a bill they crafted with Gessler that would ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, we reported that a total of fourteen people were removed from Colorado voting rolls following an extensive effort by Secretary of State Scott Gessler to potentially illegal voters; see our original post in its entirety below. Since sharing these results, we checked with Gessler's ... More >>
This is not quite how Scott Gessler's plan was supposed to go. When Colorado's Secretary of State announced an unprecedented voter registration initiative last month, he told reporters that the effort wasn't a direct response to criticisms of voter suppression, though he said it would hopefully di ... More >>
The backers of Initiative 52, which would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, have been collecting signatures for months. "It's going slow," says Homero, a volunteer. Thus far, they've gotten 15,000 signatures notarized and have hundreds of volunteers trying to collect 75,000 ... More >>
This afternoon, just over a year after the Colorado Supreme Court agreed to hear the Ward Churchill case, attorney David Lane will appear before the jurists to argue why the professor, who was fired by CU-Boulder for reasons he sees as payback for a controversial 911 essay, should get his old job ba ... More >>
Applebee's just hired hot Boulder-based Crispin Porter Bogusky -- the same creative outfit that Arby's recently signed -- to give the ubiquitous American meat-starch-veg spot an image boost of some kind. But here's the rub: Unlike Arby's, Applebee's doesn't really need a facelift. If the chain's g ... More >>
I am the product of weird parents. Okay, "weird" probably isn't the best word, considering it can describe everything from hairstyles to movies to that guy on the bus who always smells like day-old Whopper Jr.'s and mothballs. But my parents were definitely weirdos. My dad made Tang and Spam on Su ... More >>
Photos below.Things are about to get strange. In recent days, we've shared mug-shot roundups featuring intimidating images, celebrities and notables, tattoos and women. But now, here are the weirdest shots 2011 has had to offer. And as those who lived through it know, it was a mighty weird ye ... More >>
The bridezillas were peaceful at first. So were the groomzillas, the maids-of-honor, the moms, the grandmas and, in at least one case, a man who volunteered to sleep outside the behemoth Wellington Webb municipal building so his mother's hairdresser could get the wedding date of her dreams. B ... More >>
This week's cover story, "Feed Me," tells the saga of the city's new overnight parking program -- which some users, such as 27-year-old Tyler Wyckoff, say is confusing. Wyckoff is one of several people who have visited the Denver County Court Parking Magistrate's Office to dispute a ticket. ... More >>
The dispensary application process seems a lot like a visit to the DMV. You show up knowing that it's going to be a pain in the ass, go through line after line, each time praying it will be the last. Finally, you cut a check to someone in the hope that the state has enough of its act together to sen ... More >>
Dennis Sieving.Here's a frightening thought: Around 1,500 drivers who didn't pass, or didn't even take, a driving test may have been on Colorado roads for months. That's the accusation against Dennis Sieving, 53, who's been indicted by a federal grand jury for male fraud and bribery. And tho ... More >>
By this evening, Grand Junction residents should know if the majority of residents voted to ban medical marijuana businesses within city limits. Since a prohibition against retail sales in unincorporated Mesa County passed last fall, such an outcome is a done deal, right? Not so, says ban opp ... More >>
Scott Gessler.Thus far, Secretary of State Scott Gessler has made news most often when complaining about how little people in his position are paid -- gripes that led to a moonlighting scheme he subsequently dumped. But he stepped into the spotlight yesterday for a different reason -- his sup ... More >>
Claire Levy.Last December, Representative Claire Levy floated the idea of a bill setting a marijuana-impairment standard for Colorado drivers. This notion has coalesced into HB 1261, which establishes an impairment limit of 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood; read it below. Levy's al ... More >>
Robert Chase.Last week, Representative Claire Levy talked about introducing legislation to establish standards for driving under the influence of marijuana. Colorado Coalition for Patients and Caregivers' Robert Chase, a well-known local marijuana advocate, opposes this notion, and in a lette ... More >>
When you share a bill with Gwenyth Paltrow on Conan O'Brien's step-down-but-still-in-the-game TBS vehicle, you know you've sort of made it. Such was the case last night for T.J. Miller, the latest in an increasingly long line of semi-stars to come out of Denver's East High School that also in ... More >>
Tom Tancredo.Earlier today, Patricia Calhoun shared a chat with Tom Tancredo at the Independence Institute's ATF event this past weekend. But I caught up with him yesterday when he was at an even more unusual place -- a fast-moving line at the DMV (and "fast-moving" isn't a misprint). But he ... More >>
"I'm leaving soon enough. Just relax."Meagan Castle, spokeswoman for Governor Bill Ritter, confirms that her boss has received a threatening letter that's been turned over to the FBI. But that's all she's saying -- and FBI spokesman Dave Joly isn't offering any additional information until an ... More >>
During Denver Restaurant Week, one of the most comment complaints from servers is that bargain-hunting customers just don't tip. They should just be glad that Monica Covington does not live in Denver, Colorado. I'm not sure what would be worse: having to suffer through serving Covington and ... More >>
Judge Kerry Hada: What do you think, Angelina?A tall seventeen-year-old boy wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a pair of deejay earphones around his neck stood facing Judge Kerry Hada in Division 191-J of the Denver County Juvenile Court, a small wood-paneled courtroom that was packed this morni ... More >>
A Flickr photo.Freaky no-mouth people can't get a marriage license today. Neither can anyone else. Don't even think about getting a marriage license in Denver today. Or having your cat's balls cut off. Or getting a permit to zone something. (Does that even make sense?) Or paying your late fee ... More >>
Kelley Coffman-Lee, the vegan Centennial mom who made national headlines this month when she announced that the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles had rejected her attempts to buy a vanity license plate announcing ILVTOFU, is already a punchline. On April 18, the "Not My Job" segment of National ... More >>
Most of us live our lives in closed boxes... home, work, the DMV, our car, the bar, a hospital room, a dressing room at the mall. And then, when we die, we get to spend eternity (depending on your belief system) in another closed box.I realize this.So pardon me, in advance, for writing a mundane lit ... More >>
Smoking out another great barbecue joint and something more.
Better late than never.
From the week of January 26, 2006
What is a biker's life worth in Colorado?
Queenie and the Jester take a ride.
In which yours truly auditions for Gimme the Mike.
The Legislative Councilís ballot-analysis booklet has inspired so many fights, it should be called the black-and-blue book. Hereís our cure.
Teetering on the edge of oblivion, COMA gets a wake-up call from its members.
A new bill could call a halt to the state's specialty plates.
As the turks of Denver's black politics grow old, what's to be made of their legacy?
Who keeps an eye on Colorado's car dealers? The dealers themselves.
Last session legislators gambled on a new program that lobbyists claimed would make Colorado's roads safer. Don't bet on it.