Even among the many summer programs for kids that dub themselves "not a typical summer camp," the La Alma Jaguar Club is definitely not typical. "We try to get across the idea that this is not a summer camp, this is a leadership program," says Renee Fajardo, the coordinator for Journey Through Our ... More >>
Yesterday afternoon, the Amendment 64 committee of the Denver City Council was scheduled to talk about a proposed retail marijuana tax ordinance, as well as a presentation by Denver Health for a pot-education program to be funded by the city. How much money are we talking about? Plenty. According t ... More >>
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the owner of a pet treat factory in the River North neighborhood, who sued the city and three neighbors for conspiring against him. As explained in our cover story, "Raising a Stink," Ray Kasel of Kasel Associates Industries took issue with the fact t ... More >>
Back in December, we told you about a group of neighbors in RiNo who have been raising a stink over what they say are "putrid" smells coming from a pet treat factory called Kasel Associates Industries. The same month that the factory's owner sued the neighbors for harassment, batches of his products ... More >>
One neighbor said the air smelled like a dead body. Another described the odor as akin to the stench of "a lot of dead rodents." Yet another said he "literally dry heaved into my mouth." Those are just a few of the complaints made to the city's 311 helpline about a pet-treat factory in the hip River ... 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 >>
After reports of increased crime in Commons Park, the Denver City Council and Denver Department of Parks and Recreation are funneling money into this popular neighborhood northwest of starting with $150,000 for lighting improvements to "address critical safety needs in Commons Park."
In our recent epic tome about the rehabilitation of the South Platte River, we told you about improvements to Lakewood Gulch. The trickling tributary in Sun Valley was for years walled in by concrete in an attempt to corral its flow -- a dangerous situation that proved deadly in 2007 when a two-year ... More >>
For four years now, the two-by-three-block space of vacant lots at Globeville Valley has undergone a slow-moving renaissance. Guided by community nonprofit Groundwork Denver, the area is scheduled for a series of resident-led projects to transform the former superfund site into Platte Farm Open Spac ... More >>
Although there have been rumblings about it for months, Denver's proposed urban camping ordinance has only been circulated in draft form for the past few weeks. In this week's feature, "For the homeless, 'urban camping' is no picnic," Jef Otte took a look at its direct implications by spending a nig ... More >>
The party most surprised to learn that City Councilwoman Judy Montero harbors a soft spot for the Flobots might actually be the Flobots. According to the District 9 rep, they are her "very favorite band," which explains why she referenced two of their songs -- but, alas, did not sing either -- at an ... More >>
The Denver Housing Authority did not stand on authority. Yesterday, the latest phase of Denver's newest city housing community broke ground with passed-out pinwheels, high school drummers and speakers ranging from Mayor Michael Hancock, Representative Diana DeGette and councilwoman Judy Montero to t ... More >>
When Elitch Gardens first moved from northwest Denver to a new, city-subsidized home in the Platte Valley, the amusement park promised fireworks every night. But the real fireworks were set off by cranky neighbors worried about the noise, and the nightly shows fizzled. Now, sixteen years lat ... More >>
Despite a threatened lawsuit aimed at councilwoman Judy Montero and developer Mickey Zeppelin, the Denver City Council approved new medical marijuana grow operation regulations last night with no changes. But MMJ attorney Warren Edson predicts that the bill on view below will backfire, with b ... More >>
Doug Linkhart.The controversy over medical marijuana grow operation regulations -- which now includes a threatened lawsuit targeting developer Mickey Zeppelin and councilwoman Judy Montero -- comes to a head at tonight's Denver City Council meeting. There, councilman Doug Linkhart hopes to st ... More >>
Dan Emmans, owner of Grass Roots Health and Wellness Center, says that Denver City Council's proposed changes to the zoning rules medical marijuana growhouses have little to do with pot and a lot to do with politics. On Tuesday night, councilmembers will decide whether to grandfather in growh ... More >>
Developer Mickey Zeppelin says he isn't a public official and did not violate any law by discussing the location of a grow facility in the River North neighborhood, where he's a major property owner.
A dispensary owner and grower leasing a warehouse in a neighborhood at the heart of the current Denver City Council zoning discussions plans to file a lawsuit alleging that developer Mickey Zeppelin, Councilwoman Judy Montero and former Councilwoman Susan Barnes-Gelt not only interfered with ... More >>
Yesterday, the Denver City Council attempted to tackle medical marijuana regulations that MMJ attorney Warren Edson initially feared could close 137 of 150 MMJ grows in the city. The current measure, which will be voted upon by council a week from today, is no longer so draconian. But Edson s ... More >>
Since last year, we've been reporting about various Denver City Council proposals to update zoning rules for medical marijuana grows, with attorney Christian Sederberg warning weeks ago about huge repercussions if there's no MMJ grandfathering. Now, lawyer Warren Edson says more than 90 perce ... More >>
A revised version of a proposed Denver city ordinance that, according to attorney Warren Edson, would have closed 137 of Denver's 150 medical marijuana grow operations, and potentially dispensaries associated with them, passed through Denver City Council's Special Issues Committee this aftern ... More >>
Judy Montero.No denying that medical marijuana regulations remain confusing, especially given that even many communities with established rules are already thinking about changing them. Example: Denver City Council's efforts to establish limits on home MMJ grows. With that in mind, councilwom ... More >>
Full-sized art below.Out in the real world, "there ain't so such thing as a free lunch," but don't tell that to Denver City Council. Mayor Hickenlooper has asked every department in city government to reduce their budgets by ten percent. City Council has only been able to find a 4 percent sav ... More >>
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City councilwoman Judy Montero worked up quite a sweat a couple weeks back over the planned privatization of the La Alma Recreation Center, comparing neighborhood reaction to the "Milagro Beanfield War." And she got her way: The city will continue to fund the rec center for a year while it s ... More >>
"What can we save if we sell this red carpet on eBay?"Mayor John Hickenlooper may be starring in his own documentary series, but if this morning's Denver Post is any indication, he's soon going to be starring in his own political thriller, in which he somehow tries to trim $120 million from the city ... More >>
Tagging -- the use of enigmatic designs sometimes symbolizing gang associations -- is an increasing problem for Denver and other big cities, so it may be a little surprising that a group called Your Name in Graffiti (www.ynig.com) wound up with a public art commission. But that’s the case with tw ... More >>
Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art breaks ground on its new building.
A sculpture garden enriches Golden, but Bell Park may take its toll on Denver.
An Open-and-Shut Case
Neighborhood fights can be frightful.
Freedom cabbies struggle for freedom.
A growing concern
We built this city on rock and roll.
The joy of Pepsi
These seniors didn't want to move out of Ash Grove in the first place. Now they'd settle for just getting into its replacement.
April 30 - May 6, 1998