At this hour, Environment Colorado is issuing "America's Dirtiest Power Plants," an eye-opening report (see it below) that includes the organization's picks for the one-hundred most-polluting facilities in the country -- and two from Colorado make the less-than-proud cut. An Environment Colorado rep ... More >>
Since the early days of Colorado's marijuana legalization movement, the prospect of Big Tobacco moving into the state and taking over the pot industry has concerned activists. So it was only natural that when RJ Reynolds, among the most powerful of the nation's tobacco companies, announced that it h ... More >>
The 2011 feature "Mean Streets" described allegations of discrimination and abuse at Yellow Cab, the city's oldest taxi company, as well as detailing taxi drivers' inability to find alternatives because the state's Public Utilities Commission made it nearly impossible to start new cab companies. But ... More >>
Colorado craft breweries have remained steady on the Boulder-based Brewers Association's annual list of the top fifty craft-beer makers in the country. New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins is still the third-largest craft brewer in the nation, while Longmont's Oskar Blues rose from 29th on the list ... More >>
It's been quiet out there in the craft beer world this week -- primarily because most of the movers and shakers from around the country are in Washington, D.C. for the annual Craft Brewers Conference, and industry-only event hosted by the Brewers Association. This year's version -- the thirtieth on ... More >>
Tom Hail loves beer. He loves lagers especially, which is why he stays very late on a lot of nights to work on his passion projects. One of these is a traditional German-style marzen -- a recipe that he's been tinkering with on and off for eighteen years. It's a tasty beer -- so tasty that Hail, on ... More >>
Colorado craft breweries and their many fans enjoyed a spectacular year in 2012, as the options for consuming locally made beer continued to grow and fill our tastebuds with joy. If the state's 160-plus breweries weren't expanding, then they were adding new beers or welcoming friendly competitors. A ... More >>
Mayor-elect Michael Hancock hadn't even moved into his office in City Hall when he learned that claim jumpers were trying to woo one of Denver's longtime institutions: the National Western Stock Show. That discovery quickly followed the revelation that Aurora had been working with Gaylord Entertainm ... More >>
Almost exactly a year ago, the Journal Register Company's John Paton was named CEO of MediaNews Group, owner of the Denver Post, with a new entity called Digital First Media taking over management of both firms. But the first birthday of this deal hasn't been a happy one. Yesterday brought word that ... More >>
The bad news is you didn't win a gazillion dollars last night in Powerball -- some lucky jerk in Michigan did, apparently. The good news is, however, you may still have some cashola coming your way that you weren't expecting. Think of it as finding a crisp twenty in the pocket of pants you haven't w ... More >>
Goose Island, a Chicago craft brewer that was bought last year by Anheuser-Busch InBev, will brew some of its signature 312 Urban Wheat Ale at the AB InBev plant in Fort Collins, according to a federal filing. 312 takes its name from the Windy City's area code and is described on Goose Island's webs ... More >>
It's the stuff of Saturday-morning cartoons and "The Far Side:" a hapless postal carrier being chased around the neighborhood by the family dog. But the vicious attack on a Denver postal carrier on Monday demonstrated that mail carriers face real danger even on their regular routes. In fact, Denver ... More >>
A little more than nine months ago, we ruffled a lot more than a few feathers by voicing our opinion on the local wine industry. Everyone from the Front Range Winery Association to hobbyist vintners juiced over where we got the balls to speak our minds on such an -- unbeknownst to us -- unbelievabl ... More >>
The Colorado Brewers Guild provided proof today of what most Colorado residents have known for a while: beer is good for us, economically at least. On Tuesday, the Guild, which represents craft breweries in the state legislature, said Colorado's 139 licensed craft breweries pump $714 million a year ... More >>
On the frontier of urban homesteading, you frequently encounter uncharted territory. James Bertini, the founder of Denver Urban Homesteading, recently ran into a gray area in the state law regarding raw milk.
The use of private prisons by states and the federal government continues to increase, yielding billions in annual revenues for two dominant companies in the industry -- despite a lack of solid research that America's experiment with for-profit incarceration actually saves taxpayers money in the lon ... More >>
Jerry Grilly, the president and CEO of the Denver Post, is retiring -- and not for the first time. Grilly had been lured back to the Post three years ago, shortly after the closure of the Rocky Mountain News, which ended the joint operating agreement that yoked the two papers. It's a different worl ... More >>
Hold your horses! Cowboys only have to stay on a buckin' bronc for eight seconds, but the debate over the proposed National Western Stock Show relocation continues to bump along. Five weeks ago, Mayor Michael Hancock gave NWSS officials until October 1 to come up with an explanation of why they wan ... More >>
Mayor Michael Hancock defined his concept of a "win" for Denver in any "win-win-win" solution for the National Western Stock Show during a speech before the venerable City Club of Denver yesterday: "Folks, we have got to find a way to keep the National Western Stock Show in Denver," he told t ... More >>
When copyright law was revised in 1976, there was a provision that gave artists control of their work after 35 years, provided they applied two years in advance. The law didn't go into effect until 1978, but now artists like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Loretta Lynn can start a ... More >>
After a four year legal battle with over 3,000 independent music publishers, YouTube has agreed to pay licensing fees to the National Music Publishers Association. While this doesn't affect YouTube's preexisting contracts with the four major labels, it does change the way YouTube and its pare ... More >>
With four communications staffers in Michael Hancock's office and director Wil Alston focusing on raising the Denver mayor's national profile, couldn't one of them have returned a call to the L.A. Times about the potential move of the National Western Stock Show? Last time we looked, the Tim ... More >>
Folks who have tried to start taxi companies in Denver -- an industry long fraught with controversy -- often butt heads with the Public Utilities Commission, the body charged with regulating cabs. Lately, PUC officials seem to swing back and forth as to whether the city needs more taxis, and ... More >>
Last month we attended the first annual Colorado Winefest - Denver, and for the first time tasted a number of truly delicious, locally produced wines we could recommend to you without pause. So you can certainly understand how we were legitimately fired up about an already scheduled wine-tast ... More >>
Yesterday the Colorado Public Utilities Commission reversed PUC Judge Paul Gomez's March ruling to allow 300 more cabs in Denver streets. Gomez's ruling was divisive because he had earlier denied a politically fraught attempt by local drivers to start Mile High Cab, saying Denver didn't need ... More >>
Back in the lock-em-up frenzy of the 1990s, overcrowded state prison systems relied heavily on the emerging private prison industry to handle their excess inmates. Now that state prison populations are falling, you might expect the private sector to be taking a few hits, too -- but guess agai ... More >>
Dean Singleton.For months, newspaper insiders have been abuzz about Denver Post parent company MediaNews Group potentially acquiring Freedom Communications, owner of the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Orange County Register -- two properties that synergize nicely with MediaNews strongholds ... More >>
Update below: KMGH-TV, better known as 7News, is on the block -- and so are Azteca America affiliates in Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs, according to an announcement by McGraw-Hill, the stations' parent company. Officially, the move is part of a "portfolio review" -- but the real ... More >>
There are two revolving doors in every prison system. One is for the inmates, many of whom fail on parole and keep coming back. The other is reserved for top administrators who, even amid scandal, move easily from high-powered positions of public trust to high-paid jobs in the private prison ... 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 >>
Marquee MagazineJust received some pretty major news on the concert promotions front: Peter Ore (pictured right), former Vice President of Booking for Live Nation, has joined the Soda Jerk Presents family. "Working with Peter is going to be a huge step as we continue to grow the company," sa ... More >>
MediaNews GroupIn an interview last month about stepping down as CEO of MediaNews Group, Dean Singleton talked geographical expansion and consolidation. These words echoed after MediaNews bought the Longmont Times-Call's parent company days later -- and fears of job losses were heightened by ... More >>
Last week's post featuring the wines of the Pinot Posse sparked much debate over the respective merits and flaws of modern, new world-style pinot noir. At one end of the table, we had the new world wine lovers, who revel in bottles bursting with ripe, mouthwateringly juicy fruit, and (though ... More >>
The November cover story "Mean Streets" revealed allegations of discrimination and abuse at Yellow Cab, the city's oldest taxi company, and detailed how attempts to launch alternative companies have been stymied by Colorado's restrictive taxi regulations. That may change, however, since Senat ... More >>
Not only is the Wynkoop Brewing Company making a special beer to commemorate brewery co-founder John Hickenlooper's gubernatorial inauguration party on Tuesday, it will deliver that beer, Hickelooper's Inaugurale, via horse and carriage. The party, which is being held at the Fillmore auditor ... More >>
Some Denver taxi drivers say they've been taken for a ride by their employers
This is what we imagine the warehouse looks like.A refrigerated Budweiser warehouse isn't normally the kind of thing that would make a hop-headed craft beer geek salivate, but for the next couple of weeks, the facility at 62nd Avenue and Franklin Street in Denver is every beer geeks dream. I ... More >>
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