Earlier this year, we told you about a hearing in western Colorado at which Leydy Trejo reluctantly admitted that her stepfather, Fredy Cabrera, had shot her and killed her boyfriend, Douglas Menjivar. Now, Cabrera, a successful restauranteur, has been given a hefty sentence for the crimes despite T ... More >>
The documentary Fruits of War tells the story of four former members of Mara Salvatrucha 13, who are all now part of the social justice organization Homies Unidos. GRASP, the Gang Rescue and Support Project, is hosting a screening of the documentary at Su Teatro on April 8 to raise funds for its gan ... More >>
Update: Jaime Leon Rivas, a nineteen-year-old undocumented immigrant who we wrote about last week (see below), has been released from detention, where he was awaiting deportation. On April 2, a week after his friends and family held a vigil outside the GEO immigrant detention center in Aurora on the ... More >>
Jaime Leon Rivas turned nineteen years old yesterday. But he didn't spend his birthday with his girlfriend, his friends or his family. No, the Summit County resident spent it inside the GEO immigrant detention center in Aurora, where his girlfriend says he's the youngest person in the custody of fed ... More >>
For this year's Now Showing, Westword's fall arts guide, we asked artistic movers and shakers to answer a few questions about the state of the arts, both locally and around the world. We'll be rolling out their answers over the next few weeks in pairs that combine both veterans and newcomers in simi ... More >>
Arnold Rubio Tamayo 1400 Larimer Street 720-946-1433 richardsandoval.com/tamayo This is part one of my interview with Arnold Rubio, exec chef of Tamayo; part two of our chat will run tomorrow. Arnold Rubio's smile is infectious, and it's all because of Richard Sandoval, the New York-based chef an ... More >>
Just a couple of weeks ago, we noted that Edwin Ernest Rivera Gracias, suspected of committing a brutal murder in Jefferson County circa 2011, had been added to the FBI's updated Ten Most Wanted list. Gracias didn't stay there long, however. He surrendered to the FBI in El Salvador and is now back ... More >>
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has updated its Ten Most Wanted list -- an FBI tradition for more than sixty years. The individuals highlighted this time around include one who made the roster due to alleged actions in Colorado: Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracias, who's thought to have killed a man an ... More >>
Two of Denver's meal mainstays are celebrating their birthdays this weekend -- and you're invited to join in the festivities. Here are the invitations:
"It's going to be blast," says Herb Brodsky, who co-founded Novo Coffee ten years ago, and is hosting a birthday party at the roasting facility this Saturday. "Last year over 500 people showed up -- everyone is welcome!" he says. And there's much more on the culinary menu this week. Here's a taste:
It's difficult to imagine, but U2 used to be cool. Not just cool, but one of the most innovative, inspiring and mysterious bands of their generation. The group challenged the sounds, look and emotional resonance of rock music, forever redirecting the cultural stream for good or ill. Today, while man ... More >>
Six years ago, Seattle-born brothers Tommy and Tim Thwaites borrowed some money from their parents to launch Coda Coffee, a metro Denver roaster that drew on the their combined three decades of experience in the industry. A year or two into their venture, the brothers started focusing more on the pe ... More >>
Gerardo Noriega.Gerardo Noriega, a twenty-year-old Smoky Hill High School graduate, will be able to stay with his family until at least December 5. He was granted a continuation at his second deportation hearing in Federal Immigration Court today. Noriega moved to Colorado when he was nine a ... More >>
A Washington Post editorial reprinted today in the Denver Post calls for a moratorium on the deportation of gay immigrants who are legally married or in civil unions until after federal courts decide the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Vizguerra.Jeanette Vizguerra, a small business owner, community leader and mother of three citizen children, will have to wait until 8:30 a.m. on July 13 to find out if she will be allowed to stay in this country. Vizguerra's final deportation hearing was scheduled to take place at 8:30 this ... More >>
Rights for All PeopleJeanette Vizguerra.Jeanette Vizguerra, who has lived in Colorado for more than fourteen years, is the mother of three citizen children, owns a small business and is very involved in her community. She also lives in this country illegally and faces her final deportation co ... More >>
"Coming Out To America," this week's cover story, follows two GLBT immigrants as they apply for asylum in the United States. One immigrant, a transgender woman named Kassandra, is afraid to return to her native El Salvador for fear of persecution. And for good reason. A 2010 report by severa ... More >>
I was out in Stapleton last night when I found myself with a late-night craving for pupusas, the El Salvadoran staple that looks like a fat corn tortilla stuffed with cheese, pork or vegetables. And since it wasn't practical to drive up to Boulder to Pupusas Sabor Hispano, our pick for Best P ... More >>
Lori Midson Marco Ramirez The Palm 1672 Lawrence Street 303-825-7256 www.thepalm.com This is part one of my interview with Marco Ramirez, executive chef of The Palm. Part two of that interview will run in this space tomorrow. Marco Ramirez, a self-described "child of a poor farmer family" i ... More >>
Terrence Lakin.KHOW's Peter Boyles partly credits his number-one ratings to taking risks -- such as giving plenty of airtime to the birther controversy, which even Glenn Beck regards as loonbaggery. And he's got plenty of fresh fodder now that Greeley Lieutenant Colonel Terrence Lakin has bee ... More >>
Immigration and Customs Enforcement continues to emphasize that it's focusing on arresting so-called criminal aliens -- and it's lassoed plenty in these parts of late. In September, ICE busted 78 people -- and of the 6,617 folks grabbed in the Denver area during fiscal 2010, 4,447 were said t ... More >>
These days, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE, emphasizes that it's targeting criminal aliens, not otherwise law-abiding citizens who lack documentation authorizing their U.S. residency. And that's the theme of ICE's latest Colorado busts. Of the 78 people rounded up fr ... More >>
Lieutenant Colonel Terrence Lakin, who's refusing to return to Afghanistan for a second tour until President Barack Obama produces proof that he was born in the U.S., is a Colorado native. Which makes perfect sense given the case of birther fever that continues to run through the state more than a ... More >>
Photo by John JohnstonTom Tancredo accuses the Obama administration of exploiting the Haitian crisis.Last Friday, Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano granted temporary protected status to undocumented Haitians living in the United States -- a move that deep-sixes deportations to the ... More >>
Sure, Denver hosted the Democratic National Convention in August 2008, filling the town with bold names and high hopes. Still, for sheer exuberance and truly Nobel intentions, it didn't top the tenth anniversary celebration of PeaceJam, which in September 2006 brought a dozen Nobel Peace Prize winne ... More >>
Ed Asner as Lou Grant. Ed Asner is back at the Denver International Film Festival -- at least on film. The irascible star of Lou Grant came to Denver 21 years ago, when the completely forgettable O'Hara's Wife opened the festival in 1987. But former festival director Ron Henderson won't forget one ... More >>
Who: Debajo Del Agua In Their Words: "Formed in Denver, Colorado, Debajo is composed of musicians from Chile, Peru, El Salvador, Mexico and the States. We fuse a vast diaspora of styles incorporating elements of hip hop, Andean music, salsa, samba, cumbia, reggae, and more. Our music is a reflectio ... More >>
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Comfort, Salvadoran style
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The Chancellor's Tale pays lip service to the Church.
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In our cups
Scott Simon's memoir proves he's no fair-weather fan.