Is Colorado a state of mind? This state survived last year's secession movement, when a dozen counties wanted to leave Colorado (and, in one sad case, align with Wyoming), but Colorado is still separated by differences in geography, economy and philosophy. In honor of Colorado Day -- August 1, which ... More >>
Because Scott Gessler decided to make a run for the Republican gubernatorial nomination (tough luck, Honey Badger), the Colorado Secretary of State's office is up for grabs in November. On the Democratic ticket is Joe Neguse, who represents Colorado's second district for the University of Colorado B ... More >>
Denver blog posts don't suffer from a power shortage, either. Predominantly Orange touts power rankings by Musket Fire's Tim Dillon that put Denver on top. Thanks, Peyton. South Stands Denver's John Reidy on the Denver Post and click baiting. Big Media's Jason Salzman on the El Paso County electi ... More >>
In May 2012, we published a post featuring photos and information about twenty Colorado sex offenders who'd failed to register according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation website that tracks this information. Then, recently, we checked each of those twenty people were no longer on the roster o ... More >>
When we think of murder-suicides, we typically imagine grisly scenes in which the killer takes his or her own life immediately after gunning down victims. But that wasn't the case in the double homicide that took place in the El Paso County town of Peyton, east of Colorado Springs. Yes, the presum ... More >>
Update: The two victims of the Black Forest fire, which sparked to life on June 11, have been ID'd as Marc Allen Herklotz, 52, and Robin Lauran Herklotz, fifty, married residents of Black Forest. The laborious identification process speaks to the horrific force of nature that took their lives. In t ... More >>
The ongoing Black Forest fire in El Paso County has destroyed 483 homes at this writing, as well as killing two people -- and we're fortunate that the loss of life wasn't nearly great enough to land it on this Wikipedia's list of noteworthy wildfires. The page is an awful record of scorched land and ... More >>
Yesterday, we shared a video of a controversial Mitt Romney volunteer registration video, featuring a young woman claiming to be from the El Paso County clerk's office -- which she wasn't. But did she do anything illegal? One of our readers decided to explore the issue and come up with no definitive ... More >>
Here at the Criminal Affairs Desk, we've remarked before that malfeasance in Colorado Springs often takes strange twists. Not that crime waves are any more severe or more violent in El Paso County than they are in the Denver area; they're just...different. Like the rock-wielding bandit who recently ... More >>
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation maintains a website focused on convicted sex offenders in the state -- including those whose current whereabouts are unknown, because they've failed to register with authorities. We've collected photos and identifying information for twenty such creeps. If you re ... More >>
That old saw about divorce being hardest on the kids almost turned fatal in the case of Nyesha Hall-Gonzalez, 28. She's accused of burying a Carmelo Ortiz-Hall, her two-year-old son, under tumbleweeds and leaving him to die in an El Paso County field because of her desire to kill herself -- and her ... More >>
Sean McAllister.Alternative Medical Solutions, a medical marijuana center in tiny Peyton, Colorado, has been closed for about a week, and could be shuttered permanently, because it missed a July license-application deadline with El Paso County. In response, attorney Sean McAllister sued the c ... More >>
Bob Crouse.Last month, we shared the story of longtime Colorado Springs restaurateur and medical marijuana patient Bob Crouse, charged with felony cultivation and distribution after a doctor-recommended application that he be allowed to grow more plants was returned due to a technical error. ... More >>
This week, the Boulder County jail is expected to formally end its policy of restricting inmate mail to postcards only -- and commissioners agreed to pay the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado $65,000 to settle a lawsuit over an issue that an ACLU spokeswoman hopes is now dead in the ... More >>
Chuck Zukowski.Chuck Zukowski likes to think that his work as an El Paso County reserve deputy sheriff sharpened his skills as an off-duty investigator of cattle mutilations, UFO and Bigfoot sightings and ghostly apparitions -- and vice versa. But law enforcement bosses aren't keen on those w ... More >>
Prisoners in El Paso County got an early Christmas present yesterday, when county officials agreed to stop limiting outgoing inmate mail to just postcards. The ACLU had filed suit against that policy, which the El Paso County Jail adopted this summer, arguing that such restrictions for prison ... More >>
The signature battle wounds for Iraq and Afghanistan vets are post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) -- ailments that are difficult to diagnose and easy for officials to ignore. While vet advocates like Andrew Pogany and innovative treatment programs like El ... More >>
Eric Bieniemy.Look at these Denver blog posts we found. 5280's A.J. Vicens: Eric Bieniemy has the mo in the CU coaching derby, thanks in part to anti-gay comments from Bill McCartney. Colorado Pols: Does anyone in El Paso County care about food safety? Denver Egotist: Advertising agencies ... More >>
The morning after election day, a medical marijuana business ban vote in El Paso County was close enough to require a provisional ballot count Vote No on 1A spokesman Mike Elliott predicted would take quite a while, and he was right. Last night, officials finally confirmed the measure lost -- ... More >>
While the big weed setback last week might have been the defeat of California's Proposition 19, marijuana didn't fare too well in Colorado, either. As per the state's new medical marijuana laws, local officials are now allowed to ask voters whether or not their communities should allow dispen ... More >>
Footprints HealthWith so many municipalities passing medical marijuana dispensary bans this week, more businesses may find themselves in the shoes of folks at Jefferson County's Footprints Health & Wellness, who began challenging a shutdown order earlier this year. They hope a judge will allo ... More >>
Earlier today, info from Sensible Colorado's Brian Vicente suggested that a medical marijuana dispensary ban in El Paso County was ahead by a handful of votes. Now, it appears to be losing by a narrow margin -- but Vote No on 1A spokesman Mike Elliott doesn't expect final results anytime soon ... More >>
Bob Hoban.Earlier this month, attorneys filed a lawsuit against a medical marijuana business ban on the El Paso County ballot -- but yesterday, 4th Judicial District Judge Timothy Simmons refused to grant a preliminary injunction preventing the vote from being counted. Not that Bob Hoban, the ... More >>
According to attorney Jessica Corry, a hearing is set for today in a lawsuit against a medical marijuana dispensary ban ballot measure in El Paso County. But in case the suit fails, opponents of County Question 1A are moving ahead with their campaign, including an event today presenting argum ... More >>
Jessica Corry.The effort to put a medical marijuana dispensary ban on the El Paso County ballot was successful -- and MMJ advocate Brian Cook has readied a TV campaign to fight it. But earlier this week, a coalition of lawyers that includes Jessica Corry took a different tack, filing a lawsui ... More >>
Wayne Williams.Earlier this week, we told you about a lawsuit against Westminster's medical-marijuana dispensary ban, which attorney Sean McAllister hopes will serve as a test case to challenge all such prohibitions in Colorado. But the prospect of litigation isn't stopping municipalities fro ... More >>
This is NOT a mail truck.Jailers in Boulder and Colorado Springs have cracked down on inmate mail, banning personal letters and limiting prisoners to postcards that staff can monitor and intercept if the communication is objectionable. County officials say the practice saves money and makes t ... More >>
Darryl Glenn.A dispensary ban in Colorado Springs seems bound for the November ballot -- but this development leaves Springs city council member Darryl Glenn torn. On the one hand, he agrees with Attorney General John Suthers that Amendment 20 didn't authorize dispensaries -- but he thinks a ... More >>
Murders, forgers, tax evaders. They're all scumbags to varying degrees, but none is as scummy as the sex offender. And while you'd never know if you had a multiple murderer living next to you, sex offenders have to register. A lot of them don't, which has a lot to do with the U.S. Marshall's ... More >>
A Flickr photoAs Denver City Councilman Chris Nevitt noted yesterday in support of a proclamation demanding comprehensive immigration reform, "I think the two sides of this debate have demonized each other. The immigration-rights folks look at the people who pursued the Arizona measure as bei ... More >>
"Iraq veteran Nic Gray talks to Westword about the night he can't remember."This week's cover story relates the tale of how Nic Gray, an Iraq war veteran, got caught up in the criminal justice system and eventually landed in an innovative new program called the El Paso County veterans treatment cour ... More >>
A Flickr photo"Is anybody in there?"You're probably going to make an assumption after reading this item -- and you might be right. But let's take this one step at a time. Quinten Abeyta, 32, lived with his father, Russell, 55, in Colorado Springs. He reportedly told local authorities that he ... More >>
Not a photo of the actual impersonation suspect (we're pretty sure).How convincing a cop was a 24-year-old Colorado Springs man currently being held on felony police-impersonation charges? Well, the vehicle he used was a gray 1995 Cadillac sedan, the sort of car preferred by eighty-year-old r ... More >>
This weekend, law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force to make sure you don't do anything stupid behind the wheel over the Memorial Day weekend. This link on the Colorado Department of Transportation website details the specific plans of 85 separate organizations. For instanc ... More >>
Governor Bill Ritter is heading down to Colorado Springs today, where he'll host a town-hall meeting and sign a number of bills. And along the way, he'll no doubt pass a handful of unauthorized signs along I-25, all asking, "Why does Ritter hate El Paso County?" Why indeed? I asked Evan Dreyer, ... More >>
Noting a recent spike in Westword.com traffic being directed from the Russian culture and oddities blog Dirty.ru, I did some investigating. It turns out Dirty dug up a story we ran in 2000 about one Storme Aerison -- a man, Charles Daugherty, turned model pictured above, turned false high schooler w ... More >>
No one would name El Paso County as a font of immigration reform. The Southern Colorado locality, where I-25 morphs into the Ronald Reagan highway, doesn’t exactly shine when it comes to welcoming our Mexican neighbors. At least two state delegates from the area belong to the border vigilante Minu ... More >>
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