What does LoDo need? Two weeks ago, mysterious chalk messages suddenly appeared on sidewalks across downtown Denver -- in 83 spots, to be exact -- referring passersby to a website where they could share their thoughts on what LoDo was missing. "In 25-square blocks, LoDo has boutique clothing stores, ... More >>
The restaurant business, muses Mark Fischer, exec chef of Harman's Eat & Drink, is "seriously peculiar." Chefs, he continues, "have become really high-profile, and they're granted an inordinate amount of admiration and given an inordinate amount of credit for the successes that are their restaurants ... More >>
As we reported a few weeks ago, Cochon555, the nationwide swine tour and chef battle that trots from city to city in an effort to ballyhoo the benefits of heritage-breed pigs, is stopping in Denver on Sunday, March 9, specifically at the Ritz-Carlton, where five local chefs -- Jennifer Jasinski (Rio ... More >>
The national debate over fracking may be unfolding in the halls of Congress, but the battle over where oil and gas drilling takes place is being waged at the grassroots level -- which is why the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org has announced plans to funnel money, training and "strategic support" t ... More >>
Yesterday marked the deadline for Colorado's 271 cities and towns and 64 counties to decide whether they want to ban recreational cannabis businesses and sales -- and it is starting to look like Denver will be ganja ground zero. Already, four of the ten largest cities in Colorado (Colorado Springs, ... More >>
We've all experienced the excitement of hitting the road for a much-deserved trip into the high country, followed swiftly by the disappointment of getting stuck in a traffic jam as a result of endless construction delays. To help drivers avoid such nightmares, the Colorado Department of Transportati ... 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 >>
You've got to figure there are a lot of ways to piss off a member of a SWAT team. But here's one that's certain to be near the top of the list: Steal his guns while he's fighting cancer. That's what Keaton Bell did. And now, he's going to pay in a big way -- by spending as much as ten years behind ... More >>
Yesterday, as part of our continuing look at Hollywood-Colorado connections (including posts featuring the ten best movies filmed in Colorado and ten memorable flicks set in Colorado but not filmed here), we compiled ten Hollywood movie misses filmed in our fair state. Today, we've flipped the scrip ... More >>
Thanks to Amendment 64, industrial hemp is on its way to becoming a legitimate crop in Colorado. Tonight in Loveland, hemp industry bigwigs will gather to discuss how hemp is grown and processed, the market for the crop and what farmers interested in growing it can expect. (For instance, hemp does ... More >>
The opening weekend of Equinox Theatre's Bat Boy: The Musical last month was a smash -- sold-out houses on both nights, and standing ovations for the cast. But a few days later came the horrifying news that Adam Perkes, the intense actor who played Bat Boy, had been found dead in a Glenwood Springs ... More >>
Immigration advocates are hopeful that a new agreement between the Roaring Fork School District and three local police departments will put an end to the controversial collaboration between school resource officers and federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. But they also fear that the ... More >>
At 2 p.m. today, the Colorado Personhood Coalition will hold a press conference at a very pointed location -- a local Planned Parenthood office -- to tout the beginning of a petition drive for the latest version of a Personhood resolution. And campaign reps including Kristi Burton Brown, the face of ... More >>
Lauren Redfern.Lauren Redfern ignored that old warning about how you can never go home again. A star basketball player for Basalt High School prior to her 2004 graduation, she took over as the squad's head coach in 2010 and worked as a health teacher. Now, however, she's expected to be proces ... More >>
No. 41: Goat curry from Phat Thai
Rollie Heath.Tomorrow, voters will be asked to weigh in on Proposition 103, which would hike taxes to raise money for schools. Senator Rollie Heath, the measure's most familiar proponent, is unwilling to predict victory. But he believes the vote will be "very, very close" -- and he's optimis ... More >>
Glenwood Hot Springs.Most lists of the country's cutest, prettiest, drunkest, most livable/affordable/promiscuous places and/or people are, well, about as stupid as they sound. Standard response: "Sez who?" But there's reason to believe that Glenwood Springs earned being singled out as the " ... More >>
Arik MarkusSeveral weeks ago, Esquire Food scribe (and restaurant critic) John Mariani sank his teeth into the Colorado food climate, noshing his way through Denver, Boulder and the mountains to get a taste of what's cooking in Colorado. And he clearly has a sweet tooth, because he just compi ... More >>
Video below.Network TV news is a cutthroat business -- and Jeremy Hubbard's getting out while the getting is good. The onetime Fox31 staple (and 2005 Westword Best Hair winner) jumped to ABC four years ago, eventually working his way up to anchor of World News Now and sometime correspondent ... More >>
Regular old marathons, triathlons and century rides not grueling enough for you? The Adventure Xstream Series comes to Colorado on May 14 for AXS Buena Vista, and registration ($135-$235 depending on the race option) is still open through May 11. The event will send competitors whitewater kay ... More >>
www.thehobosoul.comThere is a long and storied tradition in this country of hobos jumping freight trains and riding across the country, looking for work. It's a tradition that began during the Civil War and gained prominence during the Great Depression. Hobos have to be brave and a little (or ... More >>
Do you have any idea what the street value of this mountain is? Echo Mountain is celebrating its 5th birthday party this year with $5 Friday night lift tickets for the next five weeks, tonight through April 18. And wait, there's more! Echo's annual Liptricks Not Lipstick terrain park contest ... More >>
Queue up "Rocky Mountain High" for the 2011 Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame awards: John Denver (who is on a roll here -- he's also about to be inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame) is among this year's candidates. As his friend and fellow musician Jim Salestrom notes in ... More >>
Colorado's Department of Revenue will introduce the final draft of medical marijuana regulations on Monday. But interpretations of HB 1284, the state's main MMJ law, continue to be made on the local level, with Carbondale telling centers that adding infused products to its menu before July is ... More >>
Figure 87a. University Hills: Surreal outdoor art show exhibits familiar objects in a foreign place. Artists in Denver are a dime a dozen, but art collectors are worth their weight in gold. The University Hills home pictured above proves how an art collector can turn an ordinary ranch-style h ... More >>
Nice doggie.What do you get when you mix Colorado's growing culture of outdoors enthusiasts with the state's dying breed of mountain ranchers? If you're Renee Legro of Glenwood Springs, the answer is a twenty-minute attack during a bicycle race that resulted in hundreds of stitches, not to m ... More >>
An image from ColoradoImmigrant.org featuring participants from a previous event.Yesterday, Denver Public Schools announced on a ban on all work-related travel to Arizona due to the recent passage of a controversial immigration bill that Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott McInnis digs and ... More >>
Joong Rhee: No body, but big problem.An unusual announcement moments ago from the Denver District Attorney's Office and the Denver Police Department: A murder charge has been filed even though the body of the victim has yet to be located. Hae C. Park, 64, has been missing since March 27, whe ... More >>
As Colorado's medical-marijuana industry grows, marijuana dispensaries of all types and sizes are proliferating around the state. Some resemble swanky bars or sterile dentist offices; others feel like a dope dealer's college dorm room. To help keep them all straight, Westword will be offering ... More >>
A black bear uses a culvert to cross under I-70. Photo courtesy Center for Native Ecosystems.A newly launched website allows Colorado motorists to log on and report sightings of wildlife along the I-70 corridor between Golden and Glenwood Springs. While handy for alerting highway maintenance ... More >>
Photo courtesy Center for Native Ecosystems/Eco-Resolutions/Colorado Dept. of TransportationFor months, dozens of motion-sensor cameras along I-70 between Golden and Glenwood Springs have been snatching nocturnal images of wildlife, in an effort to study how elk, deer, bears and other species ... More >>
An Aspen theater fest prepares scribes for the Big Apple.
Ali Hasan is young, rich and brash, and plans to follow in his parents' political footsteps cowboy boots and all.
Soak away the summer in Colorado's best mineral pools.
Take an adventure of road and palate through this mini Napa.
A footsore hiker shares his stories.
Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.
Rich in wildlife and natural resources, the Roan Plateau survived the last energy boom. Will this one destroy it?
The Waiting Game
Tempestuous political winds are blowing through Colorado's busiest forest.
Bones can tell a story--and forensic anthropologist Diane France keeps digging for the truth.