Lakeside, Colorado, located on the shores of scenic Lake Rhoda, boasts a Walmart, an amusement park that's over 100 years old, and a total population of eight people, including Rhoda Krasner, for whom the lake is named. Lakeside is also about to become home to Molly's Spirits, a high-tech beer, wine ... More >>
Colorado is now a week removed from a bitter campaign season. Some things changed (Senator-Elect Cory Gardner), some things stayed the same (Governor John Hickenlooper) and some things are eternal, like the millions spent on attack ads, distressingly low voter turnout and Paul Noel Fiorino. The un ... More >>
This has been a tricky election year, with bogeymen from outside Colorado pouring tens of millions of dollars into a grab bag of candy-coated campaign gimmicks. A week from now, it will all be over but for the shouting...and the indigestion. In the meantime, here are the top six tricks and treats of ... More >>
A new round of Sell-SMaRT classes, the responsible cannabis vendor training program collaboration between NCIA and Cannabis Trainers, has been scheduled for today -- and that's just the first of many marijuana-related activities on this week's calendar. See also: "Family Friendly" DIA Plans to Ban ... More >>
The Colorado gubernatorial debate hosted by the Free & Equal Elections Foundation on October 8 at Infinity Park Events Center in Glendale wasn't all that equal. While the organizers were bemoaning the current two-major-party system and decrying the failure of incumbent governor John Hickenlooper (De ... More >>
It's politics as usual these days between Democratic Governor John "How many apologies do you want" Hickenlooper and Republican challenger Bob "47 percent of all Americans pay no federal income tax" Beauprez. The polls are tight, the money is flowing and rhetoric is heating up. And while both of the ... More >>
You know Mike Dunafon: Mayor of Glendale, married to the owner of Shotgun Willie's strip club, libertarian candidate for Colorado governor. He may not have a political resume with quite as much heft as his opponents, current governor John Hickenlooper and congressman Bob Beauprez. But he does promis ... More >>
Mike Dunafon, former mayor of Glendale and husband of Debbie Matthews, owner of Shotgun Willie's, is running for governor as a third-party candidate -- and it might as well be the Party party. Because as a major booster of Glendale's riverwalk project, he and other officials pushed for a 2011 state ... More >>
In an August 2013 profile, Melanie Asmar described Mike Dunafon and Debbie Matthews as the king and queen of Glendale: He's the mayor, while she's the owner of Shotgun Willie's, one of Colorado's most iconic strip clubs. Now, this power couple has scored another coup: They found a legal way for Sho ... More >>
Last month, we brought you the news that Libertarian Glendale mayor Mike Dunafon is running for Colorado governor. Dunafon has a storied history with the tiny city of Glendale: In the late '90s, he helped stifle the then-mayor's plans to put restrictions on the city's lucrative strip clubs -- includ ... More >>
Libertarian politics in Colorado have always been among the most fun to watch. After all, the nation's third-largest political party was founded in Colorado Springs 42 years ago and has attracted all kinds of colorful characters, from Lakewood City Councilman Doug Anderson, who became the first Libe ... More >>
Last night, Glendale's legendary strip club -- Shotgun Willie's -- closed forever. And right next door, in a $4 million building that was just a steel-beamed skeleton when we wrote about it back in August, a new-and-improved Shotgun Willie's opened for business. In the hours before the new strip cl ... More >>
The current Westword cover story, "Fantasy Island," tells of Glendale's quest to build a riverwalk along Cherry Creek full of restaurants, theaters and bars serving booze in to-go cups. To make this dream project a reality, Glendale officials have made a series of smaller civic improvements -- which ... More >>
Shotgun Willie's, the iconic Glendale joint at the corner of Colorado Boulevard and Virginia Avenue, is endeavoring to build a better strip club. As explained in this week's cover story, "Fantasy Island," the intersection where Shotgun Willie's sits is being widened to help with traffic flow to the ... More >>
This week's cover story, "Fantasy Island," tells of Glendale's quest to build a riverwalk along Cherry Creek full of restaurants, shops, theaters and bars serving booze in to-go cups. One of the project's biggest cheerleaders is Mayor Mike Dunafon, who is married to Shotgun Willie's owner Debbie Mat ... More >>
Eighteen mayors from around the country, including two from Colorado, passed a resolution Monday at the United States Conference of Mayors, urging the federal government to respect state rights when it comes to recreational and medical marijuana laws. The resolution, drafted by the advocacy group M ... More >>
Glendale is going from titty city to rugby town.
From the week of April 17, 2003
The battle for Cedar Pointe has turned into a tempest in a Tea Party.
Glendale stripped Veggo Larsen of his job -- but not his appetite for life.
The people and places that made 2000 what it was. Blame them.
Troy Lowrie’s dad got the bodies to build a strip-club empire. Troy got the brains. Now he wants respect beyond Glendale.
Dirty election tricks get dirtier.
Two years ago they took over their city. Since then, things have just gotten curiouser and curiouser.