There is nothing like a rainbow over a Colorado mountain valley. I had to pull over - not, mind you, for the rainbow, but for my new friend, a drifter named Apache who had first drained a Gatorade bottle full of whiskey and then attempted to drain his bladder into said Gatorade bottle, to my increa ... More >>
The folks at Colorado.com, the state's official tourism office, set out to compile a list of 99 gorgeous places in Colorado -- a mammoth task, but far from an impossible one given the abundant beauty in these parts. As proof, we present numbers 99 through 81, any one of which would likely finish in ... More >>
The Colorado Theatre Guild's Henry Awards, which were presented last night, have been growing in stature, professionalism and efficiency in some ways for quite a while -- but this has come at a cost. The awards used to be judged by around a dozen professional theater critics, and because those criti ... More >>
Friends on their way from New York to Grand Lake stopped in Denver last week, and we sent them on our recommended 2014 tourism circuit Thursday morning: what we call the Tumbleweed tour, a quick hit in the 1600 block of Wazee Street where you can see the old West at Rockmount Ranch Wear and the new ... More >>
Last summer, we told you about a fatal crash following a Grand Lake 4th of July fireworks display for which Lucas Ackerman had been accused of vehicular homicide, a felony, as well as driving under the influence. But what initially seemed like a straightforward case has become unexpectedly complicat ... More >>
Casselman's Bar and Venue is always hosting an unexpected benefit -- and tonight's is Sneaker Soiree, an NCAA Basketball viewing party that's a benefit for Girls on the Run of the Rockies, a program that inspires girls to be healthy and confident by integrating running into their lives. See also: D ... More >>
Grand Lake Brewing, which closed its taproom last October amidst declining business in the mountain town and after dispute with several employees, announced on its Facebook recently that it will reopen in Olde Town Arvada, just a block from the Arvada Brewing Company. The new location is at 5610 Yu ... More >>
Grand Lake Brewing has announced via Facebook that it is closing its taphouse in the town of Grand Lake and moving closer to Denver. The brewery, which has been making Wooly Booger Nut Brown, Stumpjumper IPA, and Plaid Bastard Strong Scotch Ale, among other beers, since 2002 said on the site that i ... More >>
Change is in the air -- and in plenty of trees. Each year around this time, always-beautiful Colorado becomes even more spectacular as leaves turn from their usual lush color to a wide array of hues. But where are the best places in the state to revel in this glorious transformation? Colorado.com ha ... More >>
It's day three of the partial federal government shutdown, and at this writing, thousands of workers assigned to what are regarded as nonessential gigs are off the job -- including everyone assigned to Colorado's seven National Monuments and four National Parks, which will remain closed until the si ... More >>
Update: Moments ago, the Facebook page for the tourist organization affiliated with Estes Park, which has been closed to visitors since flooding swamped the town last week, posted the following: "Highway 7 is now open without restrictions! Please try to limit traffic as much as possible to allow cre ... More >>
The fifth annual Cherry Creek North Food & Wine Festival takes over Fillmore Plaza on Saturday afternoon. The celebration features eats from nineteen of Cherry Creek's food and beverage establishments, as well as a variety of wines, spirits and beer. Tickets -- which can be purchased here -- are $60 ... More >>
It'll come as a surprise to precisely no one, but our latest roundup of memorable mug shots -- this one from July -- is dominated by men. Indeed, the male-to-female ratio is fourteen to one, although the one woman's offense certainly stands out: a fatal DUI hours after she Facebooked photos of marga ... More >>
Update: Last week, we shared preliminary information about the arrest of Lucas Ackerman in a fatal crash immediately following a 4th of July fireworks display in Grand Lake; see our previous coverage below, including details about a fire following a similar July 4 event in Windsor. Now, we know con ... More >>
We've been reporting about the fatal crash following a July 4 Grand Lake fireworks show, as well as charges against DUI veteran Lucas Ackerman. But thanks to this year's calendar, the Fourth was only the start of a four-day weekend that set up perfectly for long-haul partying. That explains why the ... More >>
Our item about a female moose attack on a woman in Grand Lake, the same town where a male moose was photographed mounting a moose statute, inspired posts by folks upset that the cow moose and her calf were euthanized. One reader also noted that such problems are less common than expected given how f ... More >>
On Monday, we shared photos of a moose in Grand Lake mounting a moose statue -- and the hilarious Facebook comments generated by the images; see them below. This incident may not have struck another Grand Lake moose as especially funny, though. The next day, a female moose seriously injured a woman ... More >>
Like most TV news operations, 9News aspires to be a family-friendly operation from top to bottom. So how did those who like the station's Facebook page react when its overseers shared a photo gallery depicting a moose attempting to have carnal relations with a moose statue in Grand Lake? Not with s ... More >>
So far, crowd sourcing hasn't been the most successful way for would-be breweries to raise money in Colorado: There are already so many top-notch beer makers, and many more in the works, that beer lovers probably figure it's not necessary to pour out their own hard-earned cash in order to help get t ... More >>
Sometimes it seems like marriages involving stars last about as long as the average fruit fly. But we've got what looks like a way to help pairings of the famous beat the odds: They should get married in Colorado. Our evidence? HistoryOrb.com lists nine celebrity weddings to have taken place in Col ... More >>
Although there aren't many of them, craft beer variety packs -- which typically offer three or four different kinds of beers in a twelve-pack -- have been on liquor stores shelves for a while. But that trend looks like it's going to become more prevalent in Colorado this year as several well-known b ... More >>
Prolonged drought and a rising population have put the squeeze on Western Slope water supplies. But Colorado River activists have something to celebrate in their long battle with Front Range development interests -- a hard-won agreement that will help limit the impact of the Windy Gap Firming Projec ... More >>
There will be 87 Colorado breweries pouring their stuff at the Great American Beer Festival this year, according to a full list of attending breweries released today by the Boulder-based Brewers Association. Amazingly, that roster includes a dozen brand-new breweries that either didn't exist at this ... More >>
The would-be owners of another new Denver brewery, Twin Hops, launched a Kickstarter campaign last Saturday with a party at the Denver Bicycle Cafe, a coffee shop/taproom/bike shop that has become a big supporter of small local breweries. TwinHops Brewing is the brainchild of three brothers -- Brad, ... More >>
This week's cover story, "The Beetle and the Damage Done," reports on the mounting toll of the worst bark-beetle epidemic in recorded history in Colorado and the various causes blamed for the infestation, from past fire suppression policies to climate change. Are the millions of dead trees claimed b ... More >>
In the past few years, attention-seeking breweries like Sam Adams, Scotland's BrewDog and Germany's Schorschbock have been engaged in a battle over who could make the highest-alcohol beers in the world -- turning out concoctions that weighed in at 40, 50 and even 60 percent alcohol by volume. ... More >>
Lori Midson Luke Mewbourn Table Mountain Inn Grill & Cantina 1310 Washington Avenue, Golden 303-216-8040 www.tablemountaininn.com This is part one of my interview with Luke Mewbourn, executive chef of Table Mountain Inn Grill & Cantina. Part two of this interview will run tomorrow. Denver ... More >>
Last week, we reported on the anticipated demand for costly water diversion projects by 2050 -- and the conservation strategy proposed in Filling the Gap, a timely report from environmental groups. Unfortunately, most Denver residents won't read the report; most of them don't have a clue wher ... More >>
Lori Midson Spencer Lomax Snooze, an A.M. Eatery Four locations in Colorado www.snoozeeatery.com This is part one of Lori Midson's interview with Spencer Lomax, culinary director of Snooze. Part two of this interview will run tomorrow. I spent pretty much every summer break through high sch ... More >>
Literally hot on the heels of the destructive Fourmile Canyon fire near Boulder and the Reservoir Road blaze outside Loveland, the Church's Park fire, not far from Fraser, is the latest conflagration to threaten the region. At this writing, the fire isn't at the doorstep of any structures, bu ... More >>
Max & T's.It was one of those moments when the personal and the professional collided. On Friday, my wife and I were in Grand Lake when a summer storm passed through -- so we took refuge at Max & T's Bar and Grill, where we ate a delicious lunch. Then, the next morning, I opened up my Denver ... More >>
Last week, GQ magazine released a bucket list of fifty beers to drink before you die. It was a decent compilation, but a little short on Colorado offerings. So we decided to come up with our own list of fifty Colorado-made beers to drink before you die. Arranged alphabetically, we have tried ... More >>
Mexican LoggerComing up with new beer names, let alone great beer names, isn't easy, especially in the state with 115 breweries, each cooking anywhere from five to 65 different beers a year. But brewers are nothing if not creative - and occasionally, um, irreverent. Listed below are ten fant ... More >>
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