First, the sad news (or not-so-sad news, depending on how you feel about hunky sitcom actors): Ashton Kutcher will not be filming a movie in Colorado this year. Or at least he won't be filming The Violent Separation of Flesh and Blood, a Western-type flick that was approved in May to receive $1.5 mi ... More >>
Samuel Frappier is fortunate he wasn't killed by his own bad decisions, and he knows it. "I imagine people saying I'm stupid, and they're right," the nineteen-year-old Canadian told a reporter after being rescued yesterday from Long's Peak after getting stranded on a ledge (approximate elevation: 13 ... More >>
After years in limbo, hundreds of Native Americans' remains will be going home. On Friday, state and federal officials joined tribal representatives at the State Capitol to sign a "Memorandum of Understanding" allowing for human remains housed in various museums and universities to be reinterred on ... More >>
The fifteenth annual Sand Creek Massacre Healing Run was full of moving sights and sounds -- from its start at the actual massacre site, which is marked by a sign advising visitors of the "sacred ground" where over 150 Cheyenne and Arapahoe were killed on November 29, 1864, to the State Capitol, and ... More >>
Have you visited Connect for Health Colorado, the state's insurance exchange, on the first day of shopping for Obamacare? If so, you may have seen an error message like this one. But even when the site slows or glitches, it's still working better than a lot of federal websites, which are not operati ... More >>
Denver's thaw couldn't have come at a better weekend. This week only, National Parks throughout the country are waiving their admission fees -- so you can enjoy the spring weather by exploring the natural beauty of this state, for free! And even if the great outdoors aren't your thing, we've got mor ... More >>
In January, we told you about the search for Kaitlin Kenney, a 21-year-old Denver-area musician who'd gone missing while traveling with a group in the Grand Canyon. At the time, her mom expressed resignation rather than hope for a positive outcome, and unfortunately, she was right. Late last month, ... More >>
The director of Colorado's Bureau of Land Management office seems to be engaged in an elaborate game of chicken over the past few months. On several occasions, Helen Hankins has announced plans to auction off oil and gas leases in environmentally sensitive areas, including tracts near Mesa Verde Nat ... More >>
Here at the Wild-Urban Interface Desk, we're puzzling over the new logo just unveiled by Rocky Mountain National Park in celebration of its centennial, chosen two years early from close to a hundred entries. As you can see, it's a highly retro design, strong on pine cones and columbines and the prom ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, we told you about the continuing search for 21-year-old Denver-area musician Kaitlin Kenney after she disappeared in the Grand Canyon, and her mom's sense that she lost her life; see our earlier post below. Now, the National Park Service has announced that the search for Kenney i ... More >>
The situation was stupid enough that Ken Salazar probably wanted to punch someone. When the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was unveiled in 2011, eagle-eyed wordsmiths quickly pointed out that one of the quotes etched into the granite monument had taken King's words out of context, making him seem l ... More >>
Rocky Mountain National Park officials have recognized for years that Front Range pollution -- from auto exhausts, power plants, emissions from oil wells and refineries, feedlots and more -- pose a threat to the health and welfare of their high-country streams, fish and plants. Now a new study from ... More >>
They're getting close! Updates to Civic Center Park have shuttered many of its features for months as crews repair work funded by $9.5 million from the Denver Better Bond Project. Surrounded by fences, the park closed to the public in March and partially re-opened in April, and now there's an end in ... More >>
"Wilderness, Wildlife and Wonder." That's the slogan the feds chose to mark the centennial of Rocky Mountain National Park, which was founded in 1915. Personally, we'd have gone with "Crags, Crowds and Crappy Souvenirs" or "Treks, Tics and Traffic," but they didn't ask us. Not for a slogan, at least ... More >>
Within the next three to nine months, Denver's Civic Center could become the city's first national historic landmark. Earlier this week, Mayor Michael Hancock testified at a National Park System advisory board meeting in favor of the area's qualification of the honor, which will move to the National ... More >>
Ken Salazar.Two weeks ago, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar surfaced in Alamosa, surrounded by state leaders, to present the results of a federal study aimed at promoting tourism and conservation in the San Luis Valley. The National Park Service's study pushes for conservation easements, ... More >>
Latest Word is off to mark Martin Luther King Day, but will be back on duty early tomorrow morning. The Martin Luther King Marade (that's march/parade) gets under way this morning at 9 a.m. The Colorado Progressive Coalition will be holding its own rally before the marade, asking for police accounta ... More >>
On Wednesday, Alamosa-born Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will return to his roots -- again -- as part of a long-simmering effort to promote tourism and conservation in Colorado's much-praised, much-neglected San Luis Valley. Accompanied by Governor John Hickenlooper and Senators Michael Benn ... More >>
With 23 arrests related to Occupy Denver this weekend, the group's legal team is constantly adapting. This includes a new decision to request that arrestees go through the public defender's office instead of receiving volunteer counsel, as well as frequent reflections on precedents. At this w ... More >>
National Park ServiceIt's the first week of August, so it's likely that many of you are experiencing Endofsummeritis. You may think there's nothing you can do but watch the slow creep to winter, and before you know it, you will be shoveling your car out of six feet of snow while icicle tears form ... More >>
John Salazar.While Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has been enduring a summer of media broiling over everything from the BP oil spill to federal wild-horse roundups, his brother John has been coolly and quietly toodling toward re-election and a fourth term in Congress. But now, the Oth ... More >>
The Deepwater Horizon disaster keeps spilling into my inbox, more than 1,300 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, where there's "oil for miles and miles," Attorney General Eric Holder lamented yesterday in New Orleans. Denver is more than 1,300 miles from the Big Easy, but the disaster has spilled ... More >>
There's a new sheriff -- and a lot of new acronyms -- in town.In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil slick disaster, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is barreling ahead in his efforts to reform the embattled Minerals Management Service, the once-obscure agency responsible for overseein ... More >>
Steven Clay Romero: Should he be sentenced to serve time in a kennel?Some of those designated Westword's Shmuck of the Week earn this honor for kinda silly reasons -- like, for instance, the condom website that implied Coloradans have small dicks. Not so Steven Clay Romero, named after he wa ... More >>
You won't find Michelle Malkin, the conservative commentator who now calls Colorado home and was just named one of the right's top 25 journalists, out at the Denver Federal Center today. That's because the National Park Service will be holding a meeting at 10 a.m. on $3 million in grants ava ... More >>
Steven Clay Romero won't be getting his own show on Animal Planet.Some individuals accused of crimes wind up generating a significant amount of sympathy -- but that's unlikely to happen for Steven Clay Romero -- because of what he's accused of doing to a dog named Buddy. Late yesterday, a gr ... More >>
A photo from the StimulusColorado.org website. StimulusColorado.org, a new website co-sponsored by Associated General Contractors of Colorado, the Colorado Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors, Colorado Contractors Association, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Denver ... More >>
Before we were panicked about swine flu and twisted by torture-memo leaks, we were terrified by the Devil Horse, Luis Jimenez's killer sculpture that stands guard outside Denver International Airport, its red eyes shooting deadly lasers at unsuspecting passersby. Or are those glowing orbs actually i ... More >>
Ken Salazar, the new Secretary of the Interior, who spent much of last week traipsing around the Denver area declaring that there's a new sheriff in town, has taken what he calls "an important first step" in restoring balance to federal public lands policy -- pulling the plug on a controversial sa ... More >>
Thank goodness the market for public-relations experts appears to be holding steady, or else all those journalists who've left their newspaper jobs of late would be in even tougher shape than they already are. Witness Patrick O'Driscoll. As noted in this December 20, 2007 Message column, the longti ... More >>
Black Hawk plays the Lace card.
A park ranger gives the skinny on forest follies.
Besieged by crowds and Front Range pollution, Colorado's premier national park is a vanishing wilderness.
Films highlight human rights
At Camp Amache, a school project reopens an ugly chapter of Colorado history.
Theater students at UCD explore the history of a Japanese internment camp.
Bill Gwaltney wants to see more people like him at Rocky Mountain National Park.
September 10 - 16, 1998