The story of Trucker the pit bull would be weird under any circumstances. After all, he disappeared in Arkansas in June only to turn up almost four months later in Central City, Colorado. But the tale becomes that much stranger given the circumstances of his rescue: A Good Samaritan bought him from ... More >>
The website NoDUIColorado.org is out with its latest statistics about driving under the influence in the state. Included is data featuring the average blood alcohol content of DUI arrestees in every Colorado county, and the numbers in the top ten are all more than twice as high as the legal limit -- ... More >>
For anyone who goes to school, works at a school or has kids in school, this is the last to second-to-last weekend of the summer. So make it a good one by indulging in local wine, film and fashion. Or take a walk to make a difference, party with the dogs or Shout! For everything going this weekend c ... More >>
Even before the passage of Amendment 64, which allows adults age 21 and over to use and possess small amounts of marijuana, law-enforcement agencies have campaigned against driving under the influence of drugs, even though, from a statistical standpoint, alcohol-related DUIs dwarf pot-related ones. ... More >>
At 5 p.m. Friday, the DenverDepartment of Excise and Licenses posted a list of fourteen stores now fully licensed to sell recreational marijuana on January 1. There are still two days left in 2013, so more stores might be added to this list by the start of retail sales in the new year -- while other ... More >>
Terry Ballowe definitely isn't the dumbest criminal to win coveted Schmuck of the Week honors. After all, it took two separate trials over a span of four years to finally convict him of torching Creek Side Bed & Breakfast in Black Hawk, presumably for the insurance money -- which he never actually ... More >>
Yesterday, we posted about the ten Colorado counties with the most DUIs in 2012, using statistics from the NoDUIColorado.org website. But in addition to bust numbers, the site determines the average blood alcohol content of arrestees in each county. That allows us to figure out which county's drunk ... More >>
Spirit Realm Investigative Project, an all-female ghost-hunting crew, spends much of their time in the dark, seeking out spirits. But at 8 p.m. tomorrow, March 30, they'll be in the spotlight on episode sixty of the Bio Channel's My Ghost Story , sharing spooky experiences at Colorado's Gilpin Count ... More >>
Boo who? Anna Jonas saw her first apparition during a fifth-grade basement seance, and she was immediately hooked on the paranormal. Today she has her own all-female ghost-hunting team, the Spirit Realm Investigative Project, which will be on an upcoming episode of the Bio Channel's My Ghost Story. ... More >>
When LeeAnna Jonas saw her first apparition during a fifth-grade basement seance, she was immediately hooked on the paranormal. Jonas has come a long way since then: She founded her own all-female ghost-hunting team, the Spirit Realm Investigative Project, which has been featured on the Travel Chann ... More >>
It's Oktoberfest season, and you can find out about all of the parties on the next few pages. But in the meantime, more news: Elevation Beer Company in Poncha Springs announced yesterday that it plans to double its brewing capacity -- just four months after opening. The brewery, which specializes in ... More >>
The Great American Beer Festival is also a great American motivator. In previous years, it has driven local breweries to finish construction projects, open their doors, brew new beers, and generally get their acts in shape. And this year is no exception -- see the Bull & Bush, which is rebuilding it ... More >>
The controversy that broke last fall over Rick Perry's "Niggerhead" sign at a family hunting camp got Roger Baker, manager of Gilpin County, thinking that it was time -- long past time, actually -- to change the name of "Negro Hill." Yes, in 2011 that was still the official name of a spot near the c ... More >>
Full-sized photos below.Photos of a plane crash near Rollins Pass underscore the challenge facing Gilpin County Sheriff's Office personnel today. The single-engine craft went down in a heavily wooded area, and the vehicle itself is so mangled that, at this point, authorities have no idea abou ... More >>
Crime center?Last November, deputy attorney general David Ogden wrote a memo advising U.S. Attorneys in states where medical marijuana has been legalized to give a pass to MMJ businesses following local laws. But now, an e-mail trolling for info about dispensary-related crime suggests that so ... More >>
This previous Gilpin County business did have a name.Update, 2:27 p.m.: Gilpin County Sheriff's Office public-information officer Cherokee Blake has rounded up more information about this crime. Check it out below following the original item, which was published at 12:21 p.m. Yesterday morni ... 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 >>
This Central City karaoke party has the golden touch.
Protesters stay in tune for the DNC.
When I wrote about I-70 a year ago, the story started in 1988, when the state first began planning how it was going to tackle congestion in the mountain corridor. Twenty years and at least $30 million in studies later, a decision on a solution that everybody can live with may finally be at hand.
Black Hawk plays the Lace card.
Central City gambles on its future. Again.
Clara Brown’s epic story gets a multimedia treatment.
Mainstream news offers little to the under-thirty crowd.
Can't we all just get along?
Digging into Central Citys mining past is what this conference is all about.
The body of evidence in Gilpin County shows why Colorado's coroner system may need to be resuscitated.
DA Dave Thomas surrenders the case against wayward juror Laura Kriho.
Some friendly suggestions for the Denver Art Museum.
This is the conclusion of Joanne Cordova's story. For part one, see www. westword.com.
When terrorism hits home, Gary Cunningham will be ready.
September 10 - 16, 1998
A defense attorney accused of being disrespectful to a judge is off the hook--for now.
To break the bank in Black Hawk, you don't have to be a gambler--just a homeowner.
Dr. Warren Hern ranks high on the anti-abortionists' hit list. They're playing Ken Scott's song.
A judge and a prosecutor in Gilpin County are after a new breed of criminals: jurors and defense attorneys.
The hills are alive... with generations of this fractious family.
THE GLORY HOLE HAS MURDER, INTRIGUE AND ENOUGH GOLD TO MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE. NO WONDER PEOPLE HAVEN'T STOPPED FIGHTING OVER IT.DISHING DIRT THEY'RE NOT MINING GOLD AT THE GLORY HOLE ANYMORE. JUST TROUBLE.
POLICE WORK CAN BE A REAL GAMBLE IN COLORADO'S GAMING TOWNS.