Colorado's tough sex offender laws are supposed to keep predators under tight supervision. But a series of lawsuits claim that the system is violating even minor offenders' rights to free speech and association, prohibiting contact with family members -- and, in one particularly bizarre case, telli ... More >>
Colorado-based filmmakers won four of the top prizes at the 2012 Banff Mountain Film Festival in Banff, Canada on Sunday, including three awards to the Boulder-based Sender Films crew - all for films featured in the Reel Rock 7 video compilation and film tour - and one to Carbondale-based director S ... More >>
Over the weekend, director Skip Armstrong and the Carbondale-based Forge Motion Pictures crew premiered Nomad and The Mother at the 5Point Film Festival in Carbondale. The films are the first in a planned five-part web series titled Of Souls Water, profiling five different people whose lives revolve ... More >>
Later today, seventeen scholarships will be handed out at a local venue. No, it's not a graduation ceremony at a high school or college. Rather, the event will take place amid an evening of education and entertainment sponsored by Colorado Patients Out of Time, an organization that patient advocate ... More >>
Wikimedia Commons"Think of it as American Idol meets Bill Nye the Science Guy," says David Grinspoon, astrobiology curator of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. This is his best description of FameLab, an international competition for young scientists that has made its way across the p ... More >>
Ted HaggardWhen you think of Colorado Springs, what do you think of? Pikes Peak? The Garden of the Gods? The Broadmoor? The Air Force Academy? Ted Haggard? Yesterday, while Visit Denver's annual meeting was learning that National Geographic Traveler will feature Denver next year as soon as th ... More >>
The 2011 Adventure Film Festival gets under way in Boulder this week with a free Adventure Film Community Night at the Patagonia store at 1212 Pearl Street on Thursday at 7 p.m. and a Photographer Seminar at REI Boulder, 1789 28th Street, on Friday at noon, before the first screenings at the ... More >>
Right on the heels of the really-fucking-big-deal opening of the Don Anema Memorial Skatepark in Northglenn -- which rivals (if not outdoes) the Denver Skatepark for biggest park in the state -- come two more hot skate spots in the northern suburbs: the Trail Winds Skatepark in Thornton, set to open ... More >>
Peter Hessler.Colorado-based writer Peter Hessler, best known for his articles and books on China, won a MacArthur Fellowship. Colloquially called the "genius" grant, the $500,000 award, paid out over five years, is a blank check for the recipient to pursue his or her creative ambitions. For ... More >>
"What the fuck am I doing here?" asks mountain climber Cory Richards, in the opening seconds of Cold, one of six climbing films featured in the 2011 Reel Rock Film Tour that kicks off tonight at 6 p.m. at the Boulder Theater. It's a poignant question: Richards is at 21,959' and freezing his a ... More >>
The spirit of Boulder's Adventure Film Festival founder Jonny Copp lives on: The five winners of the Copp-Dash Inspire Award grants for 2011 were announced on Friday, receiving $20,000 and climbing expeditions to Alaska, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Nepal. The grant program was estab ... More >>
Photo via AndrewSkurka.comAndrew Skurka descends a high pass into the Canning River, Brooks Range during his 2010 Alaska-Yukon ExpeditionBoulder-based adventurer Andrew Skurka estimates he's hiked/skied/trekked at least 25,000 miles in the last decade, including a 4,700-mile Alaska-Yukon Expe ... More >>
The High Times Medical Cannabis Cup came into town on April 2 and 3, and left many attendees in what seemed like a permanent high. Westword pot critic William Breathes gushed that it was "one of the most amazing cannabis events in Colorado short of passing Amendment 20 nearly twelve years ago ... More >>
Big pics below. See more photos.Colorado cannabis is better than anything Amsterdam's got, and the medicine here is on par with, if not better than, what is coming out of California. While we already knew that here in Colorado, it was still cool to hear those words come out of High Times edi ... More >>
As the leader of Sepultura for over a decade, Max Cavalera helped put Brazil on the map. From the beginning, the outfit was clearly influenced by punk rock as much as it was by other metal bands, as evidenced by its socially conscious lyrics, its grassroots efforts to get its music out into t ... More >>
Neck tat! Westword cover-boy (cover-turkey?) Chris "Birdman" Andersen has a badass new neck tattoo. It's so badass that it inspired us to post this photo gallery showcasing the Birdman's gratuitous ink, as well as several smiling children and one scantily clad woman. But not everyone likes t ... More >>
In the late '80s, after the oil-busted Denver economy had been bumping along the bottom for years, longtime Denver residents were fleeing this town in search of greener pastures (and Denver was so down, a blade of grass was looking pretty green). So when anyone new came to town -- particularl ... More >>
Rod BlackhurstWho do we talk to about changing the state slogan? Instead of the staid "Welcome to Colorful Colorado" phrase that adorns entrance signs at each of our borders, how about we change it to "Welcome to Colorado, Home of the Grammy"? Got a nice ring to it, yeah? What's that? Oh sure ... More >>
A Flickr photo"I'm gonna teach you the same lesson I taught that touchy-feely lady..."Earlier this week, a 63-year-old woman was gored by a mule deer she tried to pet -- a story that's not surprising to Colorado Division of Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill. After all, male deer, like e ... More >>
This Chatterley adaptation makes the orgasmic organic.
Ideas and visuals combine in shows at +, Victoria Myhren and Robischon.
On Mesa Verde's hundredth birthday, there's still a lot of dirt behind the "Mystery of the Anasazi."
Hick of the Litter
Lance Grabowski walks the nineteenth-century walk.
The goddess Hathor has a message for Black Hawk.
When it comes to attracting geese, hunters are flying blind.
Colorado Historical Society photography lecture.
James Balog: Animal at Camera Obscura Gallery
Crossing the line on Rebel Hill...
The statue doesn't look like a traditional Our Lady of Guadalupe. But its appearance is just the start of the mystery.
Once Gary Staab found his calling, the rest was pre-history.
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