A Colorado ban against texting while driving went into effect in 2009 -- not that Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle thought it would make a huge difference. At the time, he shrugged off the measure as a "feel-good law" that would be tough to enforce. More than three years later, texting and driving ... More >>
Update: The Boulder Office of Emergency Management was so confident the Flagstaff fire outside of town was a thing of the past that a so-called "final update" was posted on Saturday afternoon. But despite predictions of 100 percent containment before the weekend was done, Flagstaff (the lesser of th ... More >>
Update: Given the horrors inflicting on the residents of Colorado Springs by the Waldo Canyon fire, and those living in and around Fort Collins by the High Park fire, Boulderites should be counting their blessings. The Flagstaff fire near the town limits, which seemed so threatening just a few days ... More >>
The Lower North Fork Fire has already resulted in two fatalities and remains uncontained at this writing -- and the conditions that have fueled it are clearly not lost on officials in other communities. Below, see information about newly announced fire bans in Boulder and Golden, as well as a releas ... More >>
Big pics below.Rick Ferguson was a member of the Boulder Sheriff's Office for thirty years -- an impressive run by any measure. But it's come to an end, at least for now, and in an extremely distressing way. This week, Ferguson was arrested on five counts, most pertaining to Internet luring ... More >>
FlickrEarlier this week, local Girl Scouts of Colorado troop leaders received an e-mail warning that anyone who doesn't get approval in Boulder to sell cookies door to door or from a booth "will be arrested." If Boulderites see cops slapping cuffs on six-year-old Brownies, the Pearl Street M ... More >>
Maria Hardman's Facebook pic.On Friday, our Shmuck of the Week deciders anointed Maria Hardman, a CU student who refused to remove her headscarf, called a hajib, for a mug shot because of her Muslim faith -- although that didn't stop her from riding a scooter while drunk, which led to her arr ... More >>
Update:A few short hours ago, Boulder County Sheriff's Office spokesman Commander Rick Brough declined to comment about reports that the Fourmile Canyon fire near Boulder had been caused by an improperly extinguished fire pit. Now, however, the BCSO has put out a release confirming just that.
Joe Pelle.Peter Richards has been attending Boulder County Justice Center press briefings about the Fourmile Canyon fire, and he says members of the public have been asking around 20 percent of the questions at such sessions. So he was bothered by the move of the briefings to the currently cl ... More >>
Gino Rael.In January, registered sex offender Gino Rael was accused of trying to recruit young girls in letters sent from Boulder County jail. Division Chief Larry Hank told Westword he thought such a situation could be prevented by restricting inmates to sending only postcards. But if this ... More >>
The Rochesters' Facebook photo.Update, 10:58 a.m.: Here's one reason Lloyd Rochester hired a lawyer: He's filed for divorce. Details below the original item, published at 7:21 a.m. The latest on the terrible story of Superior's Stephanie Rochester, who told investigators she smothered her ba ... More >>
"Some of these cases are even cold by my standards."This week, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office revealed that they'd closed the 1970 murder of Harold "Nicky" Nicholson. Not that the alleged slayer -- Jake Dwight Jones, Nicholson's father in law -- will be prosecuted for the crime. Investig ... More >>
A Flickr photoLittle does he realize, he ran over a group of baby chicks a couple of blocks back.On December 1, Colorado's ban against texting while driving went into effect, and in an interview with Westword, Representative Claire Levy, who co-sponsored the original bill, defended the measur ... More >>
A Flickr photo"Look, ma! I'm breakin' the law!"Today, a ban against texting while driving takes effect in Colorado -- not that Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle expects it to have an enormous impact. In widely quoted comments, he called the measure a "feel good" law that would be tough to enfo ... More >>
Brian Christopher Naranjo.The press releases issued in the wake of yesterday's officers-involved shooting suggest that Longmont resident Brian Christopher Naranjo, 35, had numerous opportunities to avoid getting shot and killed. Naranjo, who's been arrested in the past for everything from for ... More >>
After the Boulder uprising, one kid got off, and one kid has a lot of time to think about what happened.