Florence (Colorado)

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Jesse Plouvier accused of running over, killing accident victim he initially stopped to help

    Vehicular homicide allegations don't get much more bizarre than the one aimed at 21-year-old Jess Plouvier. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office believes Plouvier is responsible for the death of Ian Saj, 33. However, a separate accident involving Saj and two friends preceded the fatal one -- and it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Troy Anderson lawsuit: Supermax must provide outdoor rec, judge rules

    In what amounts to a landmark decision, a federal judge has ruled that the conditions of solitary confinement at the Colorado State Penitentiary constitute "a paradigm of inhumane treatment" and must change -- notably, so that inmates locked down in their cells 23 hours a day can have at least three ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Ron Hinkle's "drunken and belligerent" actions lead to mayor's resignation, and Shmuck award!

    Drunk and belligerent is now way to go through life. But drunk and belligerent and the mayor of a town? Well, that takes a special kind of shmuck -- one like Ron Hinkle, the mayor of the town of Florence, who resigned on Wednesday, two weeks after resident C.J. Youngs chastised him during a city mee ... More >>

  • News

    May 3, 2012

    Growing numbers of veterans are becoming addicted to gambling

    Where's the military when the chips are down?

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Underwear Bomber moves into Supermax cell

    This past week, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, dubbed the "Underwear Bomber" after a failed attempt to bring down an airliner in December 2009, joined the ranks of Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber), Terry Nichols (who conspired with Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing) and others as one of the most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    9/11 anniversary: Top 10 terrorists with Colorado connections

    No. 3.​The 9/11 events being memorialized on Sunday, ten years after they shook the world, didn't take place in Colorado. But our state has no shortage of connections to terrorists -- and not only because plenty of them are housed at Florence's Supermax facility. Below, we look at the most pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Beltania camping festival kicks off summer in the mountains

    ​Christianity has Easter and Judaism has Passover -- and there are dinners and ritual events widely available for both those celebrations. And for the pagan-centric religions, there's Beltania, the annual camping/music/spiritual festival in the mountains near Florence, Colorado, which kicks of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Terry Nichols is going to have to stick with prison gruel

    Gruel it is for convicted Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols.​Terry Nichols has lost his drawn-out plea for more wholesome prison fare. Last Thursday, Colorado U.S. District Court Judge Christine Arguello dismissed the convicted Oklahoma City bomber conspirator's claims that he needs a diet of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Terry Nichols doesn't like prison food. Supermax-size that!

    ​Convicted Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols is on a hunger strike, because he doesn't like the food served at Supermax, the federal prison in Florence where he's housed with a who's who of this country's criminals. Last Thursday, Nichols filed a five-page, hand-written note in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: The terror!

    It's official: Hillary Clinton yesterday confirmed that the Obama administration is no longer fighting a "War on Terror" in its battle against al-Qaeda and militant Islam. So are those prisoners still incarcerated in Gitmo considered "terrorists"? Some of those prisoners could soon be living at Sup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2007

    "60 Minutes" in the Slammer

    No, Morley Safer doesn't get to put shoe bomber Richard Reid in a headlock, and you won't see Mike Wallace interrogating Zacarias Moussaoui. ("Isn't it true that you are a certified scumbag?") But it may be worth tuning in "60 Minutes" this coming Sunday night, if you're at all interested in the go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2007

    Celebrities Flock to Colorado...When Forced

    The biggest current newsmaker in Colorado is a guy no one wants to share the same air with. Andrew Speaker, 31, was flown to Denver's National Jewish Medical and Research Center for treatment of a strain of tuberculosis so virulent that he's been placed under federal quarantine -- the first person t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2007

    Coming Up Short

    President Dubya wants to send more troops to Iraq, but he doesn't seem to be paying much attention to federal employees who say we need more boots on the ground right here --— specifically, more correctional officers in federal prisons, where the level of assaults is rising as staffing rosters ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2006

    The Mailman Cometh

    It can be tricky, running the toughest prison in the entire country, but it's hardly ever dull. One day you're getting blasted by lawmakers because security is too lax and convicted terrorists are managing to send letters out to new recruits. The next you're in the doghouse with a federal judge beca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2006

    All Hail the Mighty Thor!

    Ask most folks to name Colorado's next celebrity resident and they'll likely namecheck terroristic wannabe Zacarias Moussaoui, who's expected to take up residence at Supermax, the Florence lockup that's the current home of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski and plenty of other well-known psychopaths. (Here's t ... More >>

  • News

    July 19, 2001

    The Prize Patrol Returns

    Westword winners

  • News

    May 25, 2000

    Marked for Death

    Trapped in a prison race war, Tony Francis had three choices: kill, snitch or run. He found another way out.

  • News

    February 17, 2000

    Look for the Union URL

    At the federal supermax, it isn't just the inmates who think management is unfair.