While a number of local dance clubs have changed names and concepts over the years to stay fresh, there are some standbys that have stuck to a tried-and-true formula that keeps people coming back. There are also some newer spots that have opened in the last few years. Whatever the case, here are the ... More >>
Life Skills Center lost its appeal yesterday before the State Board of Education, which sided with Denver Public Schools' decision to close the school. The last-chance high, which Westword profiled in 2007, will shut its doors after eight years of educating all who showed up on its doorstep, no matt ... More >>
Update: Sadly, the number of ski deaths in Colorado this season has grown again. On Sunday, 24-year-old Joshua Allen of Tampa, Florida, was found in the trees of the Elk Run underneath the Outback lift at Keystone and airlifted to Summit Medical Center, where he later died.
Justin Martinez and friends in 2007.Back in 2007, Luke Turf wrote a cover story on Life Skills, the last-chance high school in the Golden Triangle. The piece started out with why nineteen-year-old Justin Martinez had missed school again: He had to go to Pueblo to see his father. In the morgue ... More >>
Bigger pic below.Update: The Denver coroner's office has now positively identified the man killed by police following a robbery attempt at a cell-phone store as Mark Sepulveda -- the suspect in the September murder of Juan Carlos in Lakewood. Likewise, the Denver Police Department has confirm ... More >>
Update: Last week, a man later identified as Alonzo Bencomo, 34, was shot and killed near 250 South Osceola. Today, Bencomo's family and friends will gather for a visitation and rosary in advance of a funeral tomorrow. Here's how they're remembering him in an online listing.
Our September 2011 mug shot roundup features looks at horrific criminals -- such as Travis Forbes, who confessed to murdering Kenia Monge -- and the wackier kind, like the two guys who allegedly decided to reenact Weekend at Bernie's with their dead pal. Check out the month's roster below, and click ... More >>
Bigger pics below.Update: Yesterday, we speculated that the Lakewood Police Department had a pretty good idea regarding suspects in the slaying of Juan Carlos -- and that proved to be the case. The LPD has issued arrest warrants for two men: Justin Martinez and Mark Sepulveda, who goes by th ... More >>
Letters from the week of 12/20/2007
Justin Martinez was raised in the school of hard knocks, but Life Skills is his last hope for a diploma.