Happy skiers and snowboarders flocked to Arapahoe Basin over the weekend for the official kickoff to the 2014-'15 Colorado ski season, amid sunny conditions and a party atmosphere. While balmy weather is keeping the snow guns at bay elsewhere, it's only a matter of time before Loveland, Winter Park ... More >>
If you've had enough of the seasonal allergy syndrome down here in Denver and find yourself already missing winter, never fear: Five Colorado ski areas are either still open or re-opening this weekend, thanks to one very good winter snow season -- and there's powder in the forecast for Saturday nigh ... More >>
As its name indicates, Loveland is known much more for affection than violence. Yet in July, Stephanie Smith was stabbed to death in town by a man found to have acted in self-defense; months later, Casey Albee was charged with trying to kill him during the same incident. And this week, 42-year-old ... More >>
Several big ski area openings, the start of the U.S. Olympic team selection process for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, and more this weekend. Read on! See also: The Edge, Westword's 2013-2014 Winter Activity Guide
Prior to last year, Rodney Bretches was an award-winning nineteen-year veteran of the Loveland Police Department with a virtually spotless record. But his career went to hell after he posted a surreptitious video of a woman showering nude -- an error in judgment that revealed his possession of chil ... More >>
Salt Lake City-based Epic Brewing, which announced in January that it will build a 20,000-square-foot brewery and taphouse in Denver, updated its followers on social media this week with a couple of pictures and some potential opening dates. The Facebook pictures (like the one above) show the brewer ... More >>
The owners of Tivoli Brewing, which began making and selling historic Denver beer brands last year, have also formed a craft beer distributing company, and they will get rolling this week with Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, an up-and-coming Loveland beer maker that has wanted to start selling its beers t ... More >>
Last Friday, Alex Evans, a second grader at Loveland's Mary Blair Elementary, was suspended for playing an imaginary game that included throwing a pretend grenade. Such stories are manna from heaven for those who think political correctness runs amok at schools. But while a local critic of Mary Blai ... More >>
Good karma and good beer were flowing in equal amounts Sunday when thirty breweries and hundreds of Colorado craft beer lovers gathered together at the Rackhouse Pub to show support and help raise money for Strange Brewing, which is facing a possible trademark lawsuit from a similarly named homebrew ... More >>
Verboten Brewing, which will open its doors this weekend in Loveland, takes its name for the German word for "forbidden," and is a reference to German beer-purity laws, or Reinheitsgebot, which forbade brewers in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries from using anything but water, barley and hops in ... More >>
Straight Razor Revival
Ron White is best known for his appearances on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour with fellow comedians Jeff Foxworthy, Larry The Cable Guy and Bill Engvall. But his signature cigar, glass of scotch and conversational delivery has made him popular with a wide audience. White uses his personal life and exp ... More >>
Avery Brewing hosted one of the most talked-about beer festivals of the year on Saturday -- and one of the hardest tickets to get -- delighting 400 beer geeks who love "sour" or "wild" ales -- beers typically brewed with bacteria and yeast strains that give them deliciously off flavors.
On Saturday Snowboard Colorado and Loveland Ski Area will co-host a demo-day event featuring next season's gear from at least sixteen different brands, including boards from Colorado companies Never Summer, Unity Snowboards and Oz, as well as boards from YES, Capita, Technine, Salomon, Niche, Echelo ... More >>
About a week and a half ago, Occupy Denver protester Tanner Spendley became the main character in a situation that could easily be a bar joke. Three days before the local group occupied the Walmart distribution center in Loveland, Spendley heard a knock on the door of his Denver apartment. Wh ... More >>
Courtesy Powderhorn Mountain ResortThe powder is stacking up.Powderhorn Mountain Resort fired up its lifts this morning at 9 a.m. for its 45th anniversary season (and its first season under new ownership). Appropriately enough, it's a powder day: The resort is reporting thirteen inches of sno ... More >>
Come out of the closet, gapers! Hot pink and electric blue ski and snowboard gear from the 1980s lives forever thanks to events like tonight's 8th annual 80s Ski Party at Mile High Station, 2027 West Lower Colfax Avenue, where they won't even let you through the door unless the bouncer needs ... More >>
Silverton Mountain is a good seven-hour drive from Denver in the winter, but we're going to argue that their season pass deal is too good to pass up, especially if you buy one this week while they're 50 percent off: Silverton is selling a limited number of 2011/2012 season passes this week fo ... More >>
Dan MaesReaders are still commenting on the last Dan Maes missive posted here -- "Good grief, people, ignore this NothingBurger," wrote one commenter -- and now up pops another one. Actually, this is the one Maes says he meant to write before he got sidetracked by "calling a spade a spade" -- ... More >>
Get dirty! Head to Fruita for the 16th annual New Belgium Brewing Fruita Fat Tire Festival this weekend, where organizers have dropped most of the pretense in favor of letting people go ride during the day and then party all night. Don't miss the Clunker Crit junker race on Saturday at 2 p.m. ... More >>
Seek and ye shall find! The New Belgium Scavenger Hunt returns to Loveland on Saturday, sending shredding scavengers all over the mountain. The $10 price to play (plus lift tickets, available for discounted price of $35) and proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Alliance for Sustainable C ... More >>
Only an evening? Tonight at 6:30 p.m. REI Denver presents An Evening With Earthwatch, your chance to learn about upcoming volunteer expeditions around the world where you'll combine exotic adventure, scientific research and travel on the cheap. By this time next year you could be doing someth ... 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 >>
Love it or hate it, Spring Break is getting into full swing in the mountains. Here are 5 ways to get wild this weekend: OmMG! Looking for a side-serving of serenity with your weekend helping of stoke? Try the 1st annual Telluride Yoga Festival Winter Retreat, a chillier version of the chill ... More >>
Traditionally the calm before the storm before Spring Break mania takes over in the mountains, the last weekend in February has become a storm of its own, with challenging events at just about every ski area in Colorado. Here's a preview of the top five ways you could be busting your butt thi ... More >>
Photo courtesy Vail ResortsAfter getting dumped on all week (nearly three feet, as of this writing) Vail is opening today with 1,150 acres and nine lifts. Eldora opens today, too. Winter Park opened on Wednesday and will open Mary Jane tomorrow. And Keystone, which opened on November 5, is op ... More >>
If you're looking around at a lot of empty cubicles in your office this morning, chances are your female co-workers are taking a "sick" day at Loveland: The ski area is hosting a complimentary On Snow Refresher Workshop today with Warren Miller Entertainment heartthrob Chris Anthony at 9 a.m. ... More >>
Liam Doran/Breckenridge Ski ResortNow we're talkin'1. Opening weekend at Breck. More than six inches of fresh pow for opening day today and 17" so far this week mean you could be skiing or snowboarding on some serious snow right now. Get to it. There are also freshies to be had this weekend a ... More >>
On Friday, officials predicted that Boulder's Fourmile Canyon fire would be contained today -- and despite warm weather over the weekend, that goal still seems within reach. At this writing, containment is estimated at 87 percent, with 100 percent containment predicted for 6 p.m. this evening ... More >>
Reservoir Road fire.As the Fourmile Canyon fire near Boulder appears to be winding down, is a new one, dubbed the Reservoir Road fire near Loveland, ramping up? That's what authorities are trying to determine this morning. Right now, the blaze, which has already scorched between 600 and 700 ... More >>
An image from the ifartmobile.com website It's over -- and with nary a lawyer uttering this phrase: "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I give you Exhibit A, 'The Butt Socket!'" The feud between the creators of two different iPhone fart apps -- Loveland-based InfoMedia, Inc.'s iFart Mobile an ... More >>
A December 2006 Message column documented the incredible proliferation of free weekly papers going after readers in the northern Colorado triangle formed by Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland – five at the time of the article’s appearance, including two independents, the Rocky Mountain Chronicle ... More >>
It's not often when journalists go out of their way to praise scribes at rival publications. But today, Lynn Bartels (pictured), a consistently outstanding and refreshingly funny reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, did just that this morning, when she sent yours truly the following note: The best ... More >>
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