Back in March, we posted about the eleven state flags that are supposed to be better than Colorado's, based on a listing from Ranker. That crowd-sourced website also features a roster of the best state songs, and Colorado does very well. But does it deserve to? And are any of the tunes that wind up ... More >>
For a year-plus, we've shared claims of pot profiling from drivers who say they were pulled over on bogus pretenses in other states simply because their vehicle had Colorado license plates. For instance, a 65-year-old was told she fit the profile of a drug smuggler because she didn't fit the profile ... More >>
For more than a year, we've shared stories about alleged pot profiling of cars with Colorado license plates. Examples include a Westword writer stopped twice during one cross-country trip and a man who said he'd been improperly blamed for toking by managers at a Kansas hotel. Now, Darian Roseen, se ... More >>
"Heh, heh. Nice John Wayne pin," says Don from behind the counter at the Holiday gas station on State Street in Salt Lake City. He's responding to the sight of my tourmate Alex Edgeworth -- who is the drummer and one half of Lust-Cats of the Gutters -- and her giant pin with Ronald Reagan's face on ... 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 >>
We've been hearing a lot about Smart Colorado's call for higher cannabis taxes in Colorado, as well as its connection to a possible attempt to repeal Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over in Colorado to use and possess small amounts of marijuana. But the group is also spreading its anti-pot ... More >>
A new restaurant has taken root on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency in the Tech Center. Root25 Taphouse & Kitchen is a big step up from the standard chain-hotel restaurant, with locally focused fare, barrel-aged cocktails and a healthy kid's menu. Partnering with such local vendors as Haystack ... More >>
Before I explain why last weekend's Treefort Music Fest was amazing, I have to say that I hate big/corporate/non-DIY music festivals. Most of those events are just a bloated excuse for bloggers, record-label people and other industry assholes like myself to get drunk in public for days on end, while ... More >>
Cafe Society served up four Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a a hot dog crowned with smoky collard greens from Dazzle, to a mighty bowl of cauliflower from Uncle, to a behemoth heap of shoestring fries that I likened to the "whole fucking state of Idaho."
I'd asked for a small side of shoestring tubers. What I got was the whole fucking state of Idaho. Can you guess where I'm eating? Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct answer to the week's Guess Where posts is entered into a pool -- and every Monday, we select one lucky winner who'll r ... More >>
In the immediate aftermath of the Aurora theater shooting, President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney backed off politics for a few days. But the pair are back to going after each other hammer and tongs, as are their supporters -- like a group in Idaho that pr ... More >>
This morning Forge Motion Pictures, NRS Films, and New Belgium Brewing released The Warrior, the fourth of five short films in Carbondale-based director Skip Armstrong's series Of Souls Water profiling a series of athletes and adventurers whose lives revolve around water in different ways. We've b ... More >>
In over 35 years of flying, pilot Buck Roetman had never put so much as a scratch on a plane -- until recently. While flying at an air-show preview in Idaho a few weeks ago, Roetman's plane suffered a system failure and crashed, wrecking the aircraft but leaving the pilot with only minor injuries. R ... More >>
While a three-year-old's shooting of a five-year-old may have been the holiday season's most shocking violent death, it was hardly the only one. Another tragic incident involved elementary school teacher Andrea Roan, who was allegedly slain by Ryan Miller, her estranged boyfriend, with Richard Leavi ... More >>
No one's saying you have to go meatless just because it's Monday -- but as an incentive to join the growing Meatless Monday movement, we're featuring an animal-free recipe each week. Shepherd's pie is a comfort-food staple that contains several of our favorite things: mashed pota ... More >>
Kentaro MuraiLust-Cats of the Gutters in Moscow, IdahoThere is something really awesome about being able to wake up and look at a day and think, I'm probably going to be in at least two states during the course of the next 24 hours. This is the epitome of what tour feels like, when it's going well, ... More >>
Videos below.Given how wet our Marches tend to be, we don't expect conditions dry enough to create fire danger -- but there's concern aplenty in Lefthand Canyon, where a blaze has consumed approximately 622 acres and caused evacuations of 223 homes. At this point, with the flames 80 percent c ... More >>
In 2009, Tracy Ross, Senior Editor for Backpacker Magazine, won a National Magazine Award for her December 2007 essay The Source of All Things, a story quite unlike any of the tales of outdoor adventure she'd previously written about. The essay centered on a hike she took as an adult with her ... More >>
The exquisite corps is an oddity generally only seen in literature. If you are an exceptionally obsessive lit nerd and/or have taken eighth grade English, you've probably encountered it somewhere: someone begins a story with a sentence and other people finish it, sentence by sentence, without ... More >>
Run run Rudolph!Caffe Boa, the restaurant in Tempe, Arizona, that served rrabbit at a very special Easter dinner, is at it again, with a multi-course, not-so-tasteful menu for Christmas that's a reindeer roundup. Chef Payton Curry claims that his holiday meal features reindeer not from the N ... More >>
Lori MidsonI'm a sucker for skinny, salt-licked fries, and these hand-cut tubers, fresh and hot and sidekicked with a choice of dipping sauces -- in this case, curried -- are worth their weight in Idaho potato fields. Can you guess where I'm eating? Special bonus: Anyone who gives the fi ... More >>
A Flickr photoFor anyone who's keeping track, a North Carolina teen is the latest victim to fall prey to finding an unappetizing object in his food. In this case, it seems the kid found an entire box cutter -- intact -- in his bag of Barcelona-brand peanuts. Quick, call Homeland Security! ... More >>
Lori MidsonThere's nothing that beats the gravy fries at Steuben's or the cheese fries at Jonsey's EatBar, but these French fries, pelted with bacon and ribbons of scallions, drizzled with mild cheese sauce and served with a side of housemade ranch dressing, certainly do justice to the lowly ... More >>
Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists a number of different shows including, Radio 1190's Local Shakedown*, KTCL's Locals Only, the Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC and is re-broadcast all over Colorado ... More >>
Lori Midson If Chipotle, Qdoba, Illegal Pete's and Chez Jose aren't enough to satisfy your seam-busting burrito cravings, there's a new contender in town that might. Cafe Rio Mexican Grill, 610 South Colorado Boulevard, which shares the same small mall address as a new Garbanzo Mediterranean ... More >>
Eric Gilbert, Lisa Simpson and Cam Bouiss formed Finn Riggins in the small town of Hailey, Idaho, in August of 2006. Since that time, the band has put out five releases. Three of those albums were released on the Portland, Oregon-based Tender Loving Empire label including the act's latest, Vs. Wi ... More >>
I am something of a killjoy when it comes to marketing fad masquerading as political movement. I am, by nature, highly suspicious of anyone who hangs their ideals out there in undisguised effort to make a buck. Sure, these might be deeply felt beliefs. They might have, at their core, some h ... More >>
Since 1986, Five Guys Burgers and Fries has focused on keeping things simple, serving burgers wrapped in foil and bagged to-go in greasy brown paper sacks, even if you're eating in; Idaho potato fries, hand-cut and fried in peanut oil; cold Cokes; some hot dogs. It's a classic American operat ... More >>
Who knows how to party? The Ohio delegation knows how to party. That’s right, the lucky Buckeyes got what I think is the best draw in the city with their delegates, staff, families, fixers, riggers, middlemen and hangers-on lodged in the Curtis Hotel at 14th and Curtis streets, right in the midd ... More >>
The Peking Acrobats put on an age-old show.
Mystery writer C.J. Box discusses his latest tale.
Caught in an Internet con, courtesy FedEx.
The UNC Bears tangle with tougher grid foes.
Golden Film Festival
March 13, 2003
Rocky Flats was designed to produce plutonium triggers for nuclear bombs. But what it really produced was waste -- lots of hazardous waste.
A Grand Junction couple churns out big-bang theories about fireworks.
State biologist Tom Beck wants hunters to think before they shoot. It's been a hard sell.
THE LITTLE-KNOWN CCEM DOESN'T CLEAN UP POLLUTION. BUT WITH $7.6 MILLION IN TAX MONEY TO PLAY WITH, IT SURE CAN TALK ABOUT IT.