U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger has ruled that Colorado's controversial gun laws don't violate the constitution in a judgement Dave Kopel, who assembled a lawsuit endorsed by assorted businesses and dozens of Colorado sheriffs, has already pledged to appeal. In May 2013, shortly after the suit w ... More >>
Today marks the beginning of what's expected to be a two-week trial pertaining to a suit filed by Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith and more than fifty of his colleagues against gun-control laws passed last year. Included among them are a ban of all magazines that can hold more than fifteen rounds ... More >>
Collision, the History Colorado exhibit devoted to the Sand Creek Massacre, has made some history itself over the past two years. And a new chapter will begin today, when Governor John Hickenlooper will announce the creation of the Sand Creek Massacre Commemorative Commission and also mark the sign ... More >>
After years in limbo, hundreds of Native Americans' remains will be going home. On Friday, state and federal officials joined tribal representatives at the State Capitol to sign a "Memorandum of Understanding" allowing for human remains housed in various museums and universities to be reinterred on ... More >>
Today marks the start of the Day of the Dead, and also the beginning of Denver Arts Week. But today is National Literacy Day, and this morning Joe Garcia, Colorado's lieutenant governor, will announce the next round of One Book 4 Colorado at the McDonald's on the 16th Street Mall. At the same time, ... 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 >>
"I'm a welder and a family man, and I tell you, that feels pretty great," says Seth Lee. It sounded pretty great, too, as this welder/family man stood before a crowd gathered today in the Capitol to talk about how far he's come since that day in 1998 when he was convicted of second-degree murder and ... More >>
Five years after an Arapahoe County jury decided that that he should be executed for murder, transcripts and other records in the case of Sir Mario Owens remain sealed under a court order that prohibits journalists, death penalty activists or even the defendant's family from viewing them -- an unpre ... More >>
As we noted last week while covering the tragic death of Anastasia Adair, who accidentally killed herself with a new assault rifle, Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith and 54 colleagues have joined a complaint against newly passed Colorado gun-control laws, including a ban of all magazines that can ... More >>
Yesterday, most of the drama at the State Capitol involved an Amendment 64 repeal proposal that fell short. But while that was happening, a THC driving standard proposal that had apparently been killed by a Senate committee last month not only rose from the dead but passed two readings. It's headed ... More >>
Yesterday, we spoke with Representative Rhonda Fields about the THC driving bill she's co-sponsoring; the measure received a favorable report from the House Appropriations Committee and should reach the floor this week. But during our conversation, we also touched on several other topics, including ... More >>
The explosions outside the State Capitol yesterday startled people from downtown to Capitol Hill. But unlike so many other explosions today, these were planned. Artillery blasts marked the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Glorieta Pass, on March 26, 1862, when Colonel John Chivington led the First ... More >>
When all the smoke clears over the gun debate, Colorado will still have other tough issues to tackle. What's the future of this state? That's what TBD Colorado wants to determine. Last year, the non-partisan nonprofit -- "No state dollars are being spent on TBD Colorado," its website promises -- h ... More >>
Joe Garcia, Colorado's coolest lieutenant governor, won't be going to Washington, D.C. -- not now, at least, and not as the head of the Department of Labor. Yesterday, the White House announced that Tom Perez, head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, will take that post. Like Garcia, ... More >>
National pundits have been touting John Hickenlooper as a potential presidential candidate in 2016, with perhaps a slot as Barack Obama's 2012 running mate as a warm-up. And lately, Hick's been sounding very vice-presidential -- if Obama is looking for a veep as gaffe-daffy as Joe Biden.
Timing is everything in politics, and in birth control -- especially in the bad old days of the rhythm method, which it seems like some pols would like to return us to. In honor of Pro-Choice Lobby Day at the Colorado Legislature today, state senator Greg Brophy should choose to keep a low profile.
They like us! They really like us! Denver has long seemed like the Sally Field of cities, eager for any national recognition. And this past weekend, Denver got plenty, for everything from its beer to its beer-drinking governor....especially its beer-drinking governor.
There is no question that Joe Garcia is a cool guy, as Governor John Hickenlooper pronounced in his State of the State speech; he called his lieutenant governor the "ever-cooler." And he's probably the coolest Colorado lieutenant governor ever, as Hickenlooper has suggested. No insult to Barbara O'B ... More >>
Tom Massey. Local filmmaker Daniel Junge was a big winner last night, snagging an Oscar for his documentary, Saving Face. But before the crowd at the Denver Film Society's Oscar Night America party erupted in cheers, movie lovers gave a round of applause to Representative Tom Massey, who won ... More >>
Governor John Hickenlooper met with newspaper reps in town for the Colorado Press Association's annual convention at the Governor's Mansion yesterday. There, he talked about Iowa, Christo, the coolness of Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia...and how Westword was a very good neighbor during the Wynkoop B ... More >>
More Colorado college students are taking remedial courses once they arrive on campus, according to a report released today. In the 2010-11 school year, 31.8 percent of recent high school graduates were placed into a remedial course, as opposed to 28.6 percent in 2009-10. The remediation rate for st ... More >>
Ernest House Jr.It turned out to be tempest in a teepee. Two months after Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia removed Carol Harvey as executive secretary of the Colorado Commission or Indian Affairs, which his office oversees, Ernest House Jr. has been ratified as the new executive secretary. An ... More >>
John Hickenlooper might not like wearing a tie, but he has a thing about hats these days. He donned a giant cowboy hat for his speech at the Citizens of the West dinner Monday night (scary photo at right and below); he modeled a Denver Broncos cap during his State of the State speech yesterday. But ... More >>
The e-mails were flying before last Wednesday's Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs meeting, which had one agenda item: the dismissal of executive secretary Carol Harvey, who'd been on the job since March 2010 and was let go in early November. But during that conference-call meeting, two Colorado ... More >>
Carol Harvey.Update: The Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs conference-call meeting this morning was crowded, despite the fact that there was only one item on the agenda. But since that item was the dismissal of commission executive secretary Carol Harvey, there was plenty of interest in h ... More >>
Carol Harvey.If Thanksgiving is approaching, it must be time for another controversy at the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, which is overseen by the state's lieutenant governor. Back in 1988, then-lite guv Mike Callihan created a ruckus with his plans for a feast in a Mayflower moving ... More >>
Come and knock on our door! Laughter ensues when Governor Hickenlooper's Cabinet members live as roommates in the Colorado Governor's Mansion... Reeves: "Who used all of my walnut and shiitake shampoo?" In the shower shenanigans shown above, Depart of Local Affairs Executive Director Reeves ... More >>
Hickenlooper.The most moving sight in a day filled with eye-popping activities surrounding the inauguration of John Hickenlooper: the lineup of former governors -- Dick Lamm, Roy Romer, Bill Owens, Bill Ritter (and on video, John Vanderhoof) -- on the stage of the Fillmore Auditorium. The od ... More >>
...If he picks up a cabinet job as well as the lite-gov post.
Joseph Garcia.A short time ago, Joseph Garcia was officially announced as John Hickenlooper's running mate for governor. But while the presumptive Democratic standard-bearer could have limited himself to praising Garcia's stint as president of Colorado State University-Pueblo, he branched out ... More >>
Adam Malis peachy-keen idea.
One Emogene closes, while another restaffs.
To save East Village, is it necessary to destroy it?
NINE-YEAR-OLD JOE SILVA WAS READY TO FIGHT--UNTIL POLITICS GOT IN THE WAY.LOW BLOWS EVERYONE IN COLORADO'S FIGHT GAME LOVES A GOOD BRAWL--FROM THE LITTLEST BOXER TO THE TOP OFFICIAL.