The Rainbow Family portrays itself as a benign group populated by people who resemble throwbacks to the hippie era. But is it actually a dangerous amalgam of humanity stocked with criminals, petty and otherwise? The latter description reflects the view of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office followi ... More >>
Last October, we shared with you the story of Jeremy Yachik, a Bertoud police officer under investigation by cops in Loveland over alleged child abuse caught on video. Yachik was charged with multiple child abuse counts -- and an arrest affidavit alleged punishment of his teenage daughter that inclu ... More >>
The first recreational marijuana dispensary in Fort Collins opened its doors on June 20. Well, sort of. Organic Alternatives had already been operating as a medical dispensary since July of last year, but didn't obtain a local license to sell recreationally until this past Friday. But since Choice ... More >>
Governor John Hickenlooper brought out the big verbal weapons during a Friday meeting of Colorado law enforcers on Friday, saying, "What the fuck?" after Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith didn't immediately accept his apology for failing to consult with the group before signing gun laws they oppos ... More >>
In recent years, much of Colorado has been stricken by drought. This year, in contrast, we've received so much precipitation that tragedies are multiplying, with a Western Slope mudslide that took three lives to a series of rafting deaths of the Poudre River that have led to three casualties as well ... More >>
Since legal sales of recreational marijuana got underway on January 1, state agencies have made a big push in regard to so-called stoned driving. Witness the Colorado Department of Transportation's "Drive High, Get a DUI" campaign, which features a series of public-service announcements with a light ... More >>
There's one fewer entry on the Larimer County Sheriff's Office most wanted list. Earlier this week, Jason Sullivan, 32, was reportedly busted while in possession of a stolen car. But that leaves plenty of other wanted suspects on the loose. Look below to count down the top twenty, featuring mug sho ... More >>
Update: Last week, we shared with you the story of Jeremy Yachik, a Berthoud police officer under investigation by cops in Loveland over alleged child abuse caught on video; see our previous coverage below. Now, Yachik has been charged with multiple child abuse counts -- and an arrest affidavit on v ... More >>
All dressed up with nothing to do? That was pretty much the story regarding a tactical action not far from Lyons yesterday. The Larimer County SWAT team, joined by officers from multiple agencies in the region, responded to a shooting report by surrounding the remote property in question and stayin ... More >>
Update: Earlier today, we noted that the Larimer County Sheriff's Office had listed six people as missing -- but at least two were promptly declared safe, with information suggesting that a third was okay as well. Now, the LCSO has reportedly reduced the list to zero, meaning all of the six people ... More >>
The numbers of those still unaccounted for after the flooding that devastated the Front Range continue to fall. Over the weekend in Larimer County, for instance, the total dropped from sixty to six. But while that's certainly good news overall, it's accompanied by plenty of concerns about whether t ... More >>
Today, we've already shared the latest videos of flooding in Boulder, as well as a gallery showing the Colorado National Guard responding to the crisis. But the following images, from Boulder County and Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith, provide some of the best looks yet at the damage caused by t ... More >>
The ongoing flooding in the Boulder area is being echoed in other locations along the Front Range, including in El Paso and Larimer counties. The former has already seen one fatality: A thus-far unidentified body was found near Fountain Creek in the Colorado Springs area. And there's been a dam bre ... More >>
Chipotle Mexican Grill is participating in National Farmers' Market Week by conducting salsa-making demonstrations, providing scavenger-hunt activity books for kids and encouraging shoppers to buy locally from their community farmers' markets by offering market-goers $10 currency tokens (redeemable ... More >>
A post yesterday featured the Independence Institute's Dave Kopel talking about a lawsuit targeting Colorado's new gun-control laws -- and featuring the support of Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith and 54 of his colleagues around the state. As you can imagine, this topic fired up folks on both sid ... More >>
Back in December 2011, we told you about Kaleb Young, a marijuana caretaker who'd been acquitted of three felonies. But while the Larimer County Sheriff's Office gave back some of the items seized during a raid the previous year, 42 marijuana plants weren't returned -- because they had died. Now, Y ... More >>
How useful is a drug dog trained to go after something that is now legal in two states? Since it's no longer a crime to carry up to an ounce of marijuana in Colorado, the mere fact that a drug dog has detected marijuana isn't reason enough to search someone. And because a dog is trained to detect ... More >>
Given concerns about below-average snowpack and already-announced watering restrictions in various Front Range communities, it's no surprise the first significant wildland blaze of the season arrived in March. Dubbed the Galena fire, the Fort Collins-area conflagration in Lory State Park, just beyon ... More >>
The Larimer County Sheriff's Office is looking for a few (allegedly) bad men -- and a handful of women, too. Look below to see the twenty most wanted fugitives in Larimer County, complete with mug shots and information about the charges against them. If you see anyone you recognize, contact Larimer ... More >>
Update: The High Park fire near Fort Collins is 100 percent contained, and while it's not officially dead yet, the blaze is no longer the threat it was to life, limb and property. A symbol of its de facto defeat? The reopening tomorrow of the Mishawaka Amphitheatre, a beloved landmark that managed ... More >>
Denver blogs posts are fire-resistant. Purple Row's Jeff Aberle on the "reassignment" of Colorado Rockies pitching coach Bob Apodaca, and the possibility that his head won't be the last to roll due to the team's current, disastrous season. Colorado Peak Politics says the Larimer County GOP is a fo ... More >>
Our recent post about two biting incidents involving pit bull mixes in Larimer County continue to generate comments. Here's one from a reader who wonders why the pit-bull part of the equation is always singled out for blame in situations like this one.
On March 22, two doctors practicing in northern Colorado were arrested by the Larimer County Sheriff's Office on charges of writing false medical marijuana prescriptions for undercover officers. If the charges against them are true, does that make them typical of MMJ physicians? Or the exceptions?
Judging by the photos on her Facebook page, Kaylin Schimpf would never be mistaken for a diva -- and she denies having behaved rudely during her reign as queen of the Larimer County Fair. Nonetheless, she's been stripped of her title, as has her lady in waiting, Kayla Myers, reportedly amid disagree ... More >>
Big photo below.The prospect of being stopped by what you think is a police officer, only to discover too late that it's actually a vicious criminal, helps explain why Larimer County Sheriff's Office took Heather Speicher's report about being sexually assaulted by a cop impersonator so seriou ... More >>
Big photos below.On a Sunday night in November, four Larimer County Jail inmates allegedly squirted feces and urine at deputies using shampoo bottles, flooding part of the facility and starting what officials called a riot. Now, the four men in question have been identified and charged with n ... More >>
On Sunday night, four Larimer County Jail inmates allegedly squirted a feces-and-urine blend at deputies using shampoo bottles, causing a significant flood in the process. Unprecedented? Not according to Larimer County Sheriff's Office public information officer John Schulz, who says such coordinat ... More >>
The Larimer County Republican Party faced massive fines for not filing campaign-finance reports in 2010 -- but last month, the Secretary of State's office reduced the bill from $48,000 to $15,000, leaving critics agog. Now, Colorado Ethics Watch has issued a complaint about what it sees as ad ... More >>
Videos below.Update: Finally, the Crystal fire in Larimer County is just about spent. According to the most recent feds' latest report, the containment level is at 95 percent, with some crews moving on and those that remain concentrating on mop-up. More good news: the number of homes destroy ... More >>
After an enormously successful outing last year, Heaven Fest, which reportedly drew more than 25 thousand fans last year, is on the move again. Last summer, as you might remember, the Christian-centric festival moved from its original location at Northern Hills Christian Church just west of ... More >>
The Larimer County Republican Party has managed to rack up $100,000 in fines for failing to file campaign finance report filings during the 2010 elections. Now, ousted party chairman Larry Carillo is admitting that he never even opened the multiple delinquency notices sent by state officials. ... More >>
Larger photo below.Update: From the beginning, John Marks Jr. was the top suspect in the death of his common-law wife, Kathy Adams, better known as Psychic Kay, whose body was found near an Estes Park ravine. But now, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office has formalized the search for Marks, i ... More >>
Healthy.We've found three Denver blog posts, and linked them here. Denver Egotist reveals a Boulder ad firm's sexy new ad for carrots. And that's not all, folks! Colorado Pols sums up the latest fundraising totals for major Colorado candidates. John Hickenlooper is in the money! And Dan Mae ... More >>
Larimer CountyWhere's the latex mask?Colorado's reputation as a breeding ground for gun-toting xenophobes and religious fanatics got a nice boost today when a Greeley man -- armed with a pistol, a forty-inch sword and some hashish -- was detained in northern Pakistan after he tried to cross o ... More >>
"I think the coverage mix is just about right."When bloggers write about Denver, we take notice -- as these three items prove. Bleacher Report's John Stitz thinks ESPN's becoming a joke -- and the first bit of evidence he offers is its "worship" of Tim Tebow, "a guy that most people don't ev ... More >>
Timothy Masters, as seen in a 2008 Channel 4 report, is finally getting paid for time served.Timothy Masters, whose 1999 murder conviction was tossed following revelations about DNA-shaped holes in the case reported by the Denver Post and other news organizations, will receive $4.1 million fr ... More >>
Larimer County Sheriff Jim AlderdenEmphatic Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden -- the target of new complaints from Balloon Boy lawyer David Lane about restitution charges -- is the latest to join the fight to prevent a gun ban at Colorado State University, which previously allowed concealed ... More >>
The latest developments in the Balloon Boy case -- i.e., Larimer County authorities declaring the whole thing to have been a hoax -- seem to have frayed the nerves of the Heene family's Fort Collins neighbors. Clips like this one from Friday, in which a woman defends the clan ("This was not a joke! ... More >>
Another indication that Balloon Boy dad Richard Heene wanted to make the most of the media attention he got in the wake of the desperate search for his not-quite-airborne son Falcon: Over the course of the past few days, his hair seems to have gotten a trendy makeover. Throughout an appearance on t ... More >>
Early on July 21, I received an e-mail from Roger Hoffmann inviting me to a barbecue, rally and fundraiser to support him in his race to be a Larimer County Commissioner. Because I don’t live in Larimer County and hadn’t heard of the guy, I was not planning to attend. Still, the e-mail wasn’t ... More >>
Urban cowboys cash a surprising number of federal farm-subsidy checks.
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Since no one sent the cops an invite to the Bongathon, they had to crash the party.
The swets brothers' trippy, ten-acre walking maze is stalked by controversy.
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