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 >>
Joe Garcia, Colorado's coolest lieutenant governor, won't be going to Washington, D.C. -- not now, at least, and not as the head of the Department of Labor. Yesterday, the White House announced that Tom Perez, head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, will take that post. Like Garcia, ... More >>
This week's cover story on Scott Gessler delves into two of the Republican Secretary of State's biggest controversies -- allegations that he misused public dollars for partisan travels and accusations that he has suppressed voters. Gessler earned the latter criticisms for his initiatives to prevent ... More >>
Today is the first day of the new legislative session in Colorado -- and in a clear sign of contentious debates to come, a group called Guns for Everyone is staging a "pro-gun rally" to counter expected firearms-control proposals from Democrats this cycle. Organizer Edgar Antillon, a former House di ... More >>
Late last month, we told you about William Costello, charged with being a serial rapist after his DNA scored strikes on three previous sex assaults; see our original coverage below. Since then, he's been linked to two more crimes, yet his bond was actually lowered -- and he's since been released, pr ... More >>
There is no question that Joe Garcia is a cool guy, as Governor John Hickenlooper pronounced in his State of the State speech; he called his lieutenant governor the "ever-cooler." And he's probably the coolest Colorado lieutenant governor ever, as Hickenlooper has suggested. No insult to Barbara O'B ... More >>
Lori MidsonIf it looks like a pig, talks like a pig and walks like a pig, then it must be Dan Maes.Last night, John Hickenlooper, Denver's former mayor -- and now governor -- was surrounded by supporters hungry for change, which Hickenlooper vowed to deliver in a sixteen-minute speech earlier ... More >>
Governor Bill RitterIn their last days in office, some governors have been known to make bold moves in the criminal justice arena, denouncing ruinous policies and commuting long sentences as a way of highlighting unfair biases in the system. As demonstrated by the modest set of pardons he d ... More >>
Kevin Lundberg.Speaking moments before the start of today's immigration summit at the State Capitol, Senator Kevin Lundberg, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, portrays the session as an attempt to tackle an important issue in a post-election environment that will give him and his fe ... More >>
Isaac Sirota.Update: Yesterday, we shared with you AM760 host David Sirota's announcement about the birth of his son Isaac. As for who'll be filling in during his current leave, we know who'll be rockin' the mic today and tomorrow: Flobots frontman Jonny 5. Jonny is so progressive that he mak ... More >>
An image of Highlands Ranch from the PBS doc "Blueprint America: Road to the Future." All in all, Blueprint America: Road to the Future, a PBS show about the future of transportation infrastructure that debuted last night (it can be viewed online by clicking here), was spot-on about the crisis our ... More >>
Denver's 150th birthday is turning out to be a bust, with the financial crisis the major party pooper. Civic leaders have been brainstorming how to keep Colorado's economy from falling any further. Yesterday, they gathered with Mayor John Hickenlooper and Governor Bill Ritter at the Denver City &a ... More >>
In journalism, "30" means the end. But after thirty years, it's not easy to let somebody go.
City visionaries offer their top moments in Denver design history.
The little guy went big time...and the results are monumental.
Drunken movie stars, BB guns and more at the mansion on the hill.
Colorado's once and future governor wins points with bullets, not ballots.
Country-radio pros gather in Colorado to search for ways to seduce a younger generation.
The fitness czar fights a losing battle of the bulge with Colorado's porky kids.
Judge John Kane has seen too many casualties in the War on Drugs. Now he demands a government retreat.
Until two years ago, Colorado juries weighed whether men deserved to die. Now judges decide their fate.
A judge may force Colorado to take care of its homeless mentally ill population.
What do Bill Owens and Bert from Sesame Street have in common? Pigeons.
Her father's death turned Debra Malone into a crusader for patients' rights.
A new bill proposes leaving rural areas openand developed areas denser than your average pro-growth legislator.
Opponents of urban sprawl threaten to take the issue straight to the voters.
To win underwriting contracts, bond houses provide campaigns with free political pros--but taxpayers wind up carrying the load.
Laundered money, the shadow of big tobacco, and a blubbering court reporter: The wild trial over Colorado's Amendment 15.
The Devil's Advocate
Light-rail opponents plot ways to jump the tracks--with an RTD boardmember leading the charge.
Legions of neo-hippies latch on to the catch of the day.
Who decides on a new rug at the governor's pad? A little-known state commission.
ON THE FAR SIDE OF COUNTY LINE ROAD, DEVELOPMENT IS BOOMING--AND THE WATER LEVEL IS SINKING.WELL WISHERS DOUGLAS COUNTY IS RUNNING OUT OF GROUNDWATER--BUT ITS RIVER OF DEVELOPMENT SCHEMES IS FLOWING STRONG.
A CONSERVATIVE THINK TANK IN GOLDEN MAKES THE DEMOCRATS THIRST FOR ONE OF THEIR OWN.
NOT WITHOUT "FACILITATORS," WHO ARE GETTING IN TOUCH WITH PLENTY OF TAXPAYER MONEY.
EMBATTLED ADJUTANT GENERAL IS ON THE WAY OUT, ROMER SAYS.