Colorado voters may have favored legalizing the sale of recreational marijuana, but not every community wants it. Last night, the Littleton City Council voted 4-3 for an ordinance that would prohibit retail marijuana businesses there.
"When you stand on the other side of the obstacle and you can hold your head high." That's what the word "vindication" means to Marty Lettow, and that's why he and the other owners of Kettle & Stone Brewing chose it as the new name for their brewery. "All three of us have come through turmoil and t ... More >>
Each May, the U.S. Postal Service compiles a list of the cities with the most reported dog attacks on postal workers -- and in 2013 (using data from the previous year), Denver ranked twelfth out of fourteen. But while that's not great, it's better than Denver's placement on the new roster, which fin ... More >>
Tim Myers kicked off Denver's third wave of craft breweries four years ago when he and business partner John Fletcher opened Strange Brewing in a nondescript business park near Sports Authority Field at Mile High during American Craft Beer Week. Over the last few years, Myers has made just about ev ... More >>
Record Store Day is once again upon us, with its candy-colored vinyl and improbably in-store performances and endless lines. Like anything that becomes popular, the holiday is starting to develop detractors among music fans who see it as everything from a pain in the ass to a gimmicky, patronizing t ... More >>
This week, Dean Singleton announced that he would be stepping down as chairman of MediaNews Group, the nation's second-largest newspaper company, and publisher of the Denver Post. Singleton is loved and hated with equal fervor within the journalism industry, but he's always been the most accessible ... More >>
Until 5 p.m. today, the Environmental Protection Agency is holding a public listening session in Denver to "solicit ideas and input...about the best Clean Air Act approaches to reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants." The folks at Environment Colorado, who recently released a report ab ... More >>
For months, beer lovers nationwide have been looking forward to this week with a mixture or excitement and trepidation: Great American Beer Festival tickets go on sale today to members of the American Homebrewers Association and of the Brewers Association -- and they'll go up for sale tomorrow to th ... More >>
To mark National Dog Bite Prevention Week, the U.S. Postal Service has assembled an unusual list: The top fourteen cities during fiscal 2012 when it comes to dog attacks on postal workers. No, dogs biting mail deliverers isn't just a staple of old sitcoms. It actually happens a lot, and Denver made ... More >>
Phish is at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Labor Day weekend for the third consecutive year. Tickets ($49.75-$60) for the shows go on sale March 30 at 10 a.m. via TicketHorse, or in person at TicketHorse kiosks at Dick's Sporting Goods stores and the box offices at the Pepsi Center and 1STBANK Center ... More >>
The Mountain Sun group of pubs in Boulder and Denver have always been quirky (they don't take credit cards, for instance), but the clear, oversized mason jars they use instead of growlers have long frustrated fans who want to take their beer to go. Mountain Sun's delicious beer goes flat fast in the ... More >>
Most physicians go through their entire careers without ever running afoul of state regulators. But two years after a 26-year-old inmate with chronic kidney problems died while under his care, prison doctor David M. Oba has received a sharply worded letter of admonition from the Colorado Department ... More >>
The 107th National Western Stock Show rode out of town yesterday, leaving behind a passel of questions about how the Stock Show complex and concept can be rebranded for the future. One innovation this year was free parking, but overall attendance was also down to its lowest level since 2004.
Yee-haw! While galleries across the country have had a tough time in recent years, the Coors Western Art Show at the National Western Stock Show Complex got off to a fast gallop last week, selling more than $800,000 worth of art at the Red Carpet Reception three days before the show officially opene ... More >>
Kim Jordan, the CEO of New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, is no longer the majority owner of the company she co-founded in 1991. Instead, Jordan is just one of 456 owners as of December 28, when she sold her family's 59 percent stake to the now 100 percent employee-owned entity that runs the compa ... More >>
If you've noticed more Western wear on your neighbors and coworkers than usual, that can only mean one thing: The National Western Stock Show is in town. Westword photographer Brandon Marshall stopped by the Stock Show Parade yesterday to capture the people and animals of this annual downtown event ... More >>
The Dark Knight Rises is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, starring Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and more. The movie premieres at 12:01 a.m. Friday, and on Thursday night fans will have several ways to go to bat for Batma ... More >>
Today, the state's Economic Development Commission will choose which, if any, of six projects that applied will get subsidies under the Regional Tourism Act. Eco devo chief Ken Lund has recommended that just one be granted incentives: Gaylord, which wants to build an Aurora hotel/resort complex.
Longmont won big today when the Brewers Association, based just down the road in Boulder, released its annual list of the top fifty biggest craft brewers in the United States. Left Hand Brewing, which was founded in Longmont in 1993, cracked the list for the first time, logging in at number 49. The ... More >>
Yesterday, we parked our car off Packinghouse Road, outside the Stockyards Inn, tucked in back of the historic Livestock Exchange Building -- which got its start in 1898, then was expanded in 1916 and 1919 -- and walked into another world. The world of the National Western Stock Show.
On October 28, 2010, a 26-year-old inmate named Terrell Griswold was found slumped over and unresponsive in his cell in the Bent County Correctional Facility, a private prison in southeastern Colorado. The official cause of death is listed as cardiac hypertrophy, or an enlarged heart. But Lagalia Af ... More >>
Dean Singleton.In an interview earlier this year, MediaNews Group executive chairman Dean Singleton talked about experimenting with pay walls at his various newspaper properties. These efforts are now about to get a public try-out at 23 MNG properties -- although none in the company's home st ... More >>
Alan Prendergast's recent post quoted Governor John Hickenlooper as calling the prospect of contamination from fracking "inconceivable." But one reader thinks he wouldn't have any problems conceiving of this prospect were he not buddying up to the oil and gas industry.
Back in the wild, wild West, rustlers were shot for stealing your property. Here in the mild, mild West, they hire lawyers and lobbyists and ask you to help build their new corral. Because now it looks like Denver will not only lose the National Western Stock Show to Aurora, but may pay for t ... More >>
Brian Hill.This week, Righthaven, a Nevada firm specializing in copyright-infringement litigation, finally acknowledged its relationship with MediaNews Group, owner of the Denver Post, in a filing on view below related to a dropped lawsuit against chronically ill, mildly autistic hobby blogge ... More >>
Patricia Calhoun's post about the prospect of the National Western Stock Show moving to Aurora prompted a great comment from a person whose online handle will be familiar to longtime political observers in these parts. Here's what he had to say.
Italian wines can be hard to love. They're unabashedly old world, full of mouthwatering acidity, brazenly tannic, and as terroir-driven as they come. They're also endlessly intriguing. Each of Italy's winemaking regions tells the unique, richly historic tale of its evolution from independent ... More >>
Man, what a difference seven months makes. After being completely glossed over last fall along with all of the other record stores on the Front Range, Twist & Shout got a nod this morning from Rolling Stone as one of the Best Record Stores in the U.S.A. Not sure what changed in that time, but ... More >>
This morning, Peter Boyles spent part of his KHOW morning show wondering if we should be taking potassium iodide to protect ourselves against radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. And at this writing, the main story on the CBS4 home page asks, "Could Japan's Radi ... More >>
Craft beer has been the star of a recent documentary, a television series and a couple of Youtube videos over the past year, now another feature-length documentary is scheduled to be released this summer. Most of these efforts have been serious, noble -- sometimes overly so. Leave it to the ... More >>
Earlier this week, the National Western Stock Show apologized for gay jokes told by its rodeo clown/bullfighter and announcer. But the incident wasn't the first of its kind for the stock show. In 1997, there were two others: one in which a black rodeo clown made a joke that many interpreted ... More >>
Of all the inaugural balls taking place next month around the country, Colorado's has to have the best beer list. And why not? The new governor, John Hickenlooper, is a brewer and the co-founder of the iconic Wynkoop Brewing Company. In addition to Hickenlooper's InaugurAle -- which is bein ... More >>
Colorado's Public Utilities Commission is slated to sign off on Qwest's merger with CenturyLink today, a day after Montana became the fourteenth state to okay the deal, pushing memories of Mountain Bell even further down the line. The PUC was initially scheduled to approve the merger last we ... More >>
The organizers of the Great American Beer Festival will make two changes for next year's big show, which will mark the thirtieth anniversary of world's largest commercial beer extravaganza. For starters, GABF -- which drew 49,000 attendees and 3,523 different beers -- will return to a later ... More >>
Scott McInnis.Scott McInnis may have lost his bid to be the next Governor of Colorado, but that won't stop him from leveraging his political weight. Today he sent a letter to the President of the Colorado Retailers Association, Christopher Howes, in an attempt to keep a new Medal of Honor vid ... More >>
I contacted Frontier spokeswoman Lindsey Purves at 6:17 a.m. yesterday for a comment about Southwest Airlines' acquisition of AirTran and what it might mean for what's still portrayed as Denver's hometown airline. But the statement Purves came up with nearly nine hours later doesn't even ment ... More >>
Great Divide BrewingGreat Divide has added a lot of capacity.Great Divide Brewing will challenge some of the big boys of bold brewing this week as it takes its Yeti Imperial Stout, Titan IPA, Hercules Double IPA, Smoked Baltic Porter and other beers to Southern California bars and stores for ... More >>
Euclid HallWhile millions of bleary eyes will gaze longingly at Denver next week when the Great American Beer Festival, Denver Beer Fest and Oktoberfest transform the city into the world's largest beer garden, July and August were also great months for the sudsy stuff -- especially for those ... More >>
As pointed out in yesterday's Record Store Day preview, which focused on Vetiver, Sub Pop Records has kept the art of the jukebox 45 alive for two decades-plus -- generally with assistance from actual bands. As for Flight of the Conchords, the duo is sort-of actual, sort-of not. But the music these ... More >>
About an hour ago, I was a guest on the KHOW radio show hosted by Peter Boyles -- who, much to my chagrin, didn't mention vaginas even once -- and he said two sources had told him that executives from the E.W. Scripps company, owner of the Rocky Mountain News, are in town. If that's true (and I have ... More >>
Way back - way, way back -- before there was a microbrewery in every city, before the terms IPA and ESB entered the common lingo, before big, bold craft beers muscled their way onto liquor store shelves (before color photography, even), the pioneers of the microbrewery industry got their shaggy-look ... More >>
In today's financial environment, TV stations don't have a lot of extra cash to offer executives. But they can usually afford to shift around folks already on the payroll -- which explains today's announcement about Channel 7's Byron Grandy. As pointed out in the September 2008 blog "Changes at Chan ... More >>
This morning, both Denver dailies feature articles spurred by a Denver Post memo sent out in response to "Scripps Says Post Violates JOA," a January 28 Rocky Mountain News report based on a leaked letter reportedly penned by two executives at E.W. Scripps, the Rocky's owner. The latter piece, by sta ... More >>
2 Below New Belgium Brewery Fort Collins Argh, no matter how hard I try, I just can't get into the beers from New Belgium Brewery. Fat Tire, Mothership Wit, 1554, 2 Below Ale: I've tried them -- repeatedly -- in an effort to figure out what I'm missing, and what everyone else is buying. After all, ... More >>
There have been plenty of changes within the Denver Newspaper Agency of late, and today brings word of another big one. Sources report that DNA vice president of marketing Tom Botelho is on a fast track to Gonesville. Botelho's got a lot of history with the Denver dailies. As noted in his DNA bio, ... More >>