Idaho Springs

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Haley Stanfield accused of trying to put a hit on her boyfriend after baby's death

    No denying that Idaho Springs' Haley Stanfield, twenty, has suffered a terrible loss -- the death last month of her fifteen-month-old son, Logan Borchik. But she now stands accused of attempting to turn her grief into vengeance by hiring Logan's father to kill her current boyfriend, who is said to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Beau Jo's now offering electric-car charging stations

    Beau Jo's is going green. At all four locations of the local chain, you can charge your electric car while refueling yourself with a slice of Colorado-style pizza. See also: Mecca Grill is changing course from Lebanese to Moroccan cuisine

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Ten brand-new Colorado canned beers to look forward to in 2014

    Colorado's largest craft brewer, New Belgium, and one of its smallest, Black Shirt, both broke new ground in January when they began canning a pair of unusual beers. New Belgium's offering was the tart Snapshot, one of the first canned beers using lactobacillius as a souring agent. Black Shirt rolle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Weiner dogs!: The top five animals you can still race in Colorado

    Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill Monday that officially bans greyhound racing in Colorado. At one time, greyhound racing was a $250 million enterprise here, as fans thrilled to the cry of "Here comes Rusty!" as the dogs took off after a fake bunny. But the sport hasn't actually been practice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Tommyknocker Brewery will can beer again, twelve years after its first attempt

    It was a tale of two cities (towns, really) -- and of two breweries. In Lyons, Oskar Blues owner Dale Katechis canned his first beer, Dale's Pale Ale, in 2002. At around the same time, Tommyknocker Brewery in Idaho Springs began canning Ornery Amber. But while Oskar Blues went on to create a revolu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Marijuana: Fourteen Denver stores and other Colorado spots that could sell pot January 1

    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 >>

  • News

    November 7, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Marijuana sales banned in far more places than they're allowed

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    Photos: Construction alerts on Colorado highways this summer and beyond

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Clear Creek Rapidgrass Music Festival lineup

    Dig your bluegrass? Banjos and mandolins make your heart swell? Great. You're gonna love this shindig: two days of banjo goodness up in the hills. Clear Creek Rapidgrass is slated to go down on the first weekend of July at the Shelly/ Quinn Baseball Fields in Idaho Springs on Friday, July 5 and Satu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Beau Jo's Pizza: After forty years, don't go changing....

    I'm not at all sorry I missed being an adult in the 1970s. There were terrible fashion trends with bell bottom pants and clogs with heels, and worse hairstyles with that feathered look; the porn was all sweaty and hairy, and the food trends were...well, Irma Rombauer's Joy of Cooking came out and fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Beau Jo's celebrates its fortieth anniversary with $19.73 pies and free pizza for a year

    The year 1973 brought some good things: Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon was released, the first mobile phone call was made, the original U.S. space station was launched, and homegrown Colorado chain Beau Jo's Pizza was born. To celebrate its fortieth anniversary, Beau Jo's is now offering 1973 pr ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 10, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    Meet the winners of Great American Beer Festival 2012

    This year's Great American Beer Festival played temporary home to 580 breweries -- and with more than 2,700 beers poured, the fest's professional judge panel had its hands (and mouths) full when making decisions on the winners of all 84 categories. Continue reading for the full list of the weekend's ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 6, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Echo Mountain: Denver's closest ski resort up for sale

    After one of the mildest winters in recent years, leaving some areas of the parched high country with less than 10 percent of normal snowpack -- not to mention forests ravaged by drought and pine beetles, ready to explode into wildfires like the rapidly expanding High Park blaze -- this may not sou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    The ten worst skateparks in Colorado

    The November issue of Thrasher included the results of a contest in which the magazine had asked readers for the worst skateparks in their towns for a list titled "Certified Piece of Suck: Doo-Doo Skatepark Construction." One of these pieces of suck is located in Colorado.

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Battery 621 celebrates The Launch of Winter and The Business of Fun

    "Your job should be something you're pumped on," says Preston Strout, co-owner of the High Cascade Snowboard Camp. He's the guest moderator at The Business of Fun, a free event starting at 6 p.m. tonight that's the kick off for the three-day Launch of Winter celebration at Battery 621 (click those l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Medical marijuana dispensaries in the high country about to get Colorado's blessing

    ​Despite rumors that state licenses wouldn't be issued until next year at the earliest, several medical marijuana clinic owners in the mountains say they have reached the final stages of the application process and are within weeks of getting the final okay from the Medical Marijuana Enforceme ... More >>

  • Music

    September 1, 2011
  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Ten other local beers that John Hickenlooper could have chosen to toast Colorado's birthday

    ​There is no brewery in Colorado that has a longer history than Coors, no beer maker that has employed a higher number of locals, and no company that is more associated with our state. On the other hand, Coors has a checkered history here, from its labor policies to the personal beliefs of it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    The Denver Art Museum prepares for the big one, Marvelous Mud

    Part of Linda Sormin's yet-to-be-titled installation.​Clay is arguably the first medium ever invented by humans -- one of the oldest prehistoric artifacts ever found was a drinking vessel made of sun-dried clay -- and it'll soon be the star of the largest single-subject exhibition the Denver A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Restaurant roll call for April

    Larkburger is now open in West Washington Park.​The metro area gained a cheesesteak spot and lost a cheesesteak spot, it gained a Larkburger and lost a Walk-In Burger (although that venture promises to relocate)...and Hart's Corner made a comeback. Here's the Restaurant roll call for April:

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Tommyknocker Brewing doubles its output, changes its look

    The old logo.​Many of the bigger craft breweries across the country overhaul their image every three or four years, adding beers to the lineup, changing their look or their labels. But time moves a little slower in Idaho Springs. "We are doing a whole image revamp," says Steve Indrehus, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Free ski buses to mountain resorts? Ace King thinks it's an idea whose time has come

    ​In seventeen years of avid snowboarding, Ace King has heard all the bright ideas about how to fix the weekend traffic logjam on I-70. Monorail, zipper lanes, double-decker lanes -- all costly, all dubious as hell, and none of them right around the corner. What King lusts for is a bus.

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    This Weekend In Stoke: Happy Winter Trails Day to you

    ​Need a good excuse to get out of town this weekend? Here are our six sweet reasons to head up to yonder hills.

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Restaurant roll call for December

    Lori MidsonLou's Food Bar was a late entry in the new restaurants of 2010​Just as he did two years ago with Bones, Frank Bonanno opened a new restaurant, Lou's Food Bar, in the last days of the year. But there was much more action on the Denver dining scene, as documented in our Restaurant rol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Restaurant roll call for 2010

    Lori MidsonChoLon Modern Asian Bistro was one of the big restaurants to open in 2010.​While many restaurants closed in 2010, many more restaurants opened -- including such hot spots as ChoLon, Euclid Hall, Green Russell, Lou's Food Bar and, on the very last day of the year, Bittersweet. Here' ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 16, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Beer-jolais Nouveau: Could fresh hops do for beer what Beaujolais Nouveau does for wine?

    The Tommyknocker​On the third Thursday of every November (today), vintners in France have been releasing a kind of red wine called Beaujolais Nouveau. The wine isn't powerful or rich or even that all that good. Its main quality is light freshness. It's fermented f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Human smuggling: In first case after '06 state law passed, federal prosecutors took over

    ​ Most human smuggling cases in Colorado are handled by state prosecutors using a 2006 state law -- the effectiveness of which is questioned in this week's feature story, "Disappearing Act." But human smuggling remains a federal crime, as well -- and in cases where there are aggravating facto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Get fresh with fresh-hopped beers this weekend

    ​It's Friday afternoon. Do you know where your fresh-hopped beers are. If not, then here are two suggestions. All 27 Old Chicago locations began pouring Colorado IPA Nouveau this week. It's a limited release that was made especially for Old Chicago by Tommyknocker Brewing in Idaho Springs. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Update: No delay in analog-to-digital conversion -- or in problems for some Denver viewers

    Update below: Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of delaying the scheduled February 17 switchover from analog to digital broadcasting. If the House of Representatives follows suit, President Obama will sign the bill into law, pushing back DTV-day until June 12. But such a move will do nothin ... More >>

  • News

    January 22, 2009
  • Calendar

    January 1, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 25, 2008

    Beer and Cheer: Tommyknocker Winter Warmer

    Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukah! Feel like drinkin'? Why not try any number of awesome craft beers that are released only around the holidays. Try the one below, or read about many others in our Booze News blog archive. Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer Tommyknocker Brewery Idaho Springs A rich, dark por ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 27, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Economic downturn hits Idaho Springs

    A sign of the times. Just a week after visiting The Outlets at Castle Rock and being distressed by the sky-high vacancy rate there, I discovered a similar situation in Idaho Springs, a community I've enjoyed visiting for years. On September 6, Miner Street, the heart of the old downtown, was hardl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2008

    A Multi Modal Solution to I-70 Congestion

    After twenty years, it looks like the state, local governments, environmental advocates, and business interests may have finally come to an agreement on what to do about the I-70 mountain corridor – and that agreement includes a train. The Collaborative Effort, a 27-member panel of stakeholders, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 22, 2008

    All Aboard!

    Head up to Georgetown for some historic fun.

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2008

    Road Block!

    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.

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2007

    Best of Denver Winners From 1994

    In 1994, Westword published its eleventh Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Italian Restaurant (the brand-new Carmine’s on Penn) to Best Makeover (the renovated Herb’s Hideout) to Best New Arts Venue (the Bug, on Navajo Street) to Best News for Blue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2007

    The Best of Denver Winners from 1985

    In 1985, Westword published its second Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from the Best Cheeseburger at My Brother’s Bar to the Best Bronco (John Elway, now in his second year with the team), to another future landmark, the Best Addition to the Skyline (Herbert ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 19, 2007

    Climb Every Mountain

    Conquer Mount Evans on the Bob Cook Memorial.

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2007

    Standing Tall

    The sight of the Steve Canyon sculpture in Idaho Springs draped in lazy, yet effective, holiday festoonery inspired this haiku: Posed like a hero Who cares if you're a cartoon? The sky's the limit.

  • Dining

    August 26, 2004

    Bite Me

    War and Pizza

  • Dining

    October 17, 2002

    Bite Me

    In the Suds

  • Dining

    August 1, 2002


    Drinking High on the Hog

  • Dining

    October 28, 1999

    Mais, Oui

    French chefs are out there--if you know where to look.

  • Dining

    August 30, 1995
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