Before Colorado farmers can plant industrial hemp, the state Department of Agriculture must come up with a way to register and inspect their crops. To help establish those regulations, lawmakers authorized the creation of a nine-member advisory committee. The members of that committee have been cho ... More >>
Last month, Colorado's legislature passed a hemp-farming registry bill that Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law. But can hemp escape the role of marijuana's sober sister on a national scale? A new development gives it the best chance of doing so in ages. Colorado Representative Jared Polis wa ... More >>
This weekend, CBS4 reported about marijuana being advertised for free on Craigslist in exchange for donations or other offers, and questioned whether the practice was legal under Amendment 64; see the video below. But the folks behind 4 Strains Pipe & Tobacco are confident they're doing nothing wron ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! We made it. And as we already noted in Dance Card, there's an extra hour for you to enjoy. Depending upon how hard you go, this will either give you more time to imbibe or an extra hour to sleep off the effects of the night before. Whatever the case, there's plenty of quality ... More >>
Taylor Swift fans -- and judging by the enormous first week record sales of Red, her latest platter released last week, that accounts for a great many folks -- will be rejoicing at news that Swift is heading back out on the road this spring (to wit, that means 58 shows in 45 cities in 29 states, 3 p ... More >>
The 2012 High Plains Book Awards were announced last Saturday at the Yellowstone Art Museums in Billings, Montana, and winners included a hometown heroine: Jenny Shanks, who took Best Fiction honors for The Ringer. Shanks, who lives in Boulder, loosely based her book on the 1999 slaying of Ismael Me ... More >>
Duncan Smith Dazzle 930 Lincoln Street 303-839-5100 www.dazzlejazz.com Part one of my interview with Duncan Smith, exec chef of Dazzle, ran yesterday; this is part two of our conversation. Rules of conduct in your kitchen: They're really quite simple. First, show up clean and ready to work befor ... More >>
Oil and drilling do wonderful things for Colorado, and government better stay out of the industry's way. This seems to be an underlying message behind a new web portal launched this week by the Western Energy Alliance, a Colorado-based group that represents hundreds of oil and gas companies in th ... More >>
In conjunction with its ongoing series about the future of food, Slate has created a pair of graphics that offer fascinating specifics about farmers in contemporary American life -- and here in Colorado. Among the details: There are only 46 farmers in all of Denver County -- a statistical average o ... More >>
Amendment 64 is known as the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, but its provisions go beyond allowing adults to use cannabis recreationally. The initiative also directs the legislature to "enact legislation governing the cultivation, processing and sale of industrial hemp" by July 2014 -- language ... More >>
With the passing of HB 1099 yesterday, which creates a soil remediation study using hemp as the filtering agent, Colorado could be the first state in the nation to grow industrial hemp since the late 1930s. But passing the bill was just the first obstacle. Actually implementing the plan might be mo ... More >>
In this interview, Pizza Republica's Rona VanSlyck weighs in on the importance of being open-minded, her current back-bar obsession and the dive bar she frequents when she's not at work.
Things that intrigue me are my job. If something is problematic or beautiful, it is my job to discover why and write about it," author Chuck Klosterman told a crowd Tuesday at the Auraria campus, home to three colleges. "Now I get to come and speak at colleges like this, and sometimes I even wond ... More >>
gwar.netCory Smoot (aka Flattus Maximus, age 34) By now, you've probably heard about the death of Gwar guitarist Cory Smoot (aka Flattus Maximus), who was found dead on the band's tour bus at a truckstop in Pembina, North Dakota, not far from the Canadian border. After performing at First Ave ... More >>
If you thought banning books on the basis that they fail to fall in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ was a thing of the past, then consider yourself unstuck in time: A couple of weeks ago, a school board in Republic, MO, voted to remove copies of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five -- ... More >>
Could the broader approval of medical marijuana lead to legalization of marijuana for recreational use? That's one theory put forward by cannabis activists like Morgan Fox, communications manager for the Marijuana Policy Project. Fox believes more than half of U.S. states could legalize MMJ b ... More >>
Flickr Colorado is good at winning. If there's a ranking of the best states for getting drunk, using condoms or being manly, you can bet Colorado's near the top. In fact, this year alone, we've won at dating, being smart and making the most fraud complaints in the nation! And today, we've w ... More >>
Mark MangerA happy Melissa Harrison back when she was at Happy, Dave Query's restaurant in Boulder.Dave Query, the man behind the Big Red F restaurant group -- including the Jax Fish House outposts in Denver and Boulder (and, soon, Fort Collins), Lola, West End Tavern, Centro and, most releva ... More >>
The city's Month of Photography has gone from a blip to a major event over the last few years; credit photographer Mark Sink for choreographing this year's liftoff into the stratosphere. MOP has emerged as a force to be reckoned with, but how do you navigate through all the shows on view this ... More >>
Brit Withey.Again this year, Starz Denver Film Festival artistic director Brit Withey is offering his must-see picks for each day of the fest -- flicks that movie lovers might otherwise miss amid the flood of silver-screen goodies. Below, he describes his choices for November 5-7: The Crossi ... More >>
Watch out, ladies. If Bill Sullivan were on trial for being a bad boyfriend, we're pretty sure he'd be found guilty. Exhibit A? The evidence presented by his exes in this week's feature, " ." We're also sure that Bill would have lots of company in Bad Boyfriend Jail. To prove it, we've compi ... More >>
Bill Ritter, looking a bit baffled about how to respond. Today, his fellow Dems know the feeling.At this time yesterday, did you think the big news in Colorado would be Governor Bill Ritter's impending announcement that he won't run for reelection in November? If your answer is "yes," you're ... More >>
The grin you see here is pasted on Scott McInnis's face at this very moment.Sean Duffy, spokesman for Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis, wants to make sure his guy gets a good share of the credit for Bill Ritter's impending announcement that he's going to pull out of the govern ... More >>
At least he's not saying healthcare reform mirrors the North Vietnamese approach...Yesterday, an amendment sponsored by Colorado Senator Michael Bennet guaranteeing no Medicare benefit takeaways because of healthcare reform passed 100-0. Among those voting for it: Arizona's John McCain, who's ... More >>
In this week's Westword, reporter Alan Prendergast investigates the gnarly addiction and spotty oversight that led to dozens of patients at Rose Medical Center being infected with hepatitis C. The offending junkie, Kristen Parker (right), has earned the contempt of all of Denver. But she's no ... More >>
KingBilly on the steps of Hotel Villa (Misa the Bear)"This is the best ever job that doesn't make any money" says Donny Fallgatter, frontman for Nashville's young country rockers Kingbilly. It's unlikely that KingBilly will be broke for much longer, though. Riding high with the popularity of its ... More >>
MCA Denver takes on Chinese Art, while the Lab looks at rural America.
Jesus Camp pitches its tent in the other America.
While the State Capitol glows, state residents glower over their Xcel bills.
Finding beauty in the status quo.
The boxy, vintage Caterham auto beckons the purist with unbridled speed.
Hey, Sparky, think it's time to pull the plug on the Bowl Championship Series wizards?
The answer could be blowing in the wind.
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Printed matter papers the walls at the William Havu Gallery.
A nose is a nose is a nose . . .
Darren Curtis Skanson is half instrumentalist, half businessman--and all successful.