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 >>
Our December 19 cover story, "In Mayor Hancock's World-Class City, Everyone Matters -- Except Park Lovers" -- focused on three hot issues at the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation: the CityWide program, that fields recreational sports leagues, some of which compete for both people and space w ... More >>
This week's cover story, "Parks and Wreck," looks into a series of evolving controversies over the way Mayor Michael Hancock's administration is managing Denver's park system, from battles over ballfield revenue and use to a lawsuit triggered by trading city-owned open space in the Cherry Creek corr ... 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 >>
It's day three of the partial federal government shutdown, and at this writing, thousands of workers assigned to what are regarded as nonessential gigs are off the job -- including everyone assigned to Colorado's seven National Monuments and four National Parks, which will remain closed until the si ... More >>
Mayor Michael Hancock joined state and national representatives yesterday in a ceremony inside the McNichols building to reveal plaques that commemorate Civic Center's new status as a national historic landmark. That honor is determined by the National Park Service and given to areas or buildings th ... More >>
When you're a bureaucrat under fire, accused of being a tool of Big Oil, there's nothing like a big, wet kiss from your critics to let you know you're being watched -- closely. Particularly if that greeting takes the form of a giant billboard on I-70 in Golden, not far from the Bureau of Land Manage ... 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 >>
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 >>
It wasn't long ago that Denver planners had the crackpot idea of putting a new Colorado history museum underground in Civic Center Park, right by the McNichols building, once a Carnegie library. Cooler heads put the kibosh on that. And now Denver's Civic Center has been designated a National Histori ... 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 >>
Plenty of readers were surprised to learn (from Patricia Calhoun's recent post) that merely stopping to take a photo at Mount Evans scenic byway will cost a visitor $10. But one commenter was well aware of the situation -- and notes that it's not an isolated incident.
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 >>
A Flickr photo. Admission-based events are more than likely coming soon to a city park near you! Last Thursday night, the Denver Parks and Recreation Advisory Board approved in a ten-to-seven vote a controversial policy allowing ticketed events in select city parks, including Civic Center, C ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Betsy Tobins canyon-inspired multimedia work returns.
Go native in Mesa Verde.
Black Hawk plays the Lace card.
On Mesa Verde's hundredth birthday, there's still a lot of dirt behind the "Mystery of the Anasazi."
Mountain bikers and hikers face off over wilderness.
A park ranger gives the skinny on forest follies.
Great Sand Dunes National Park: Between Light and Shadow
John B. Weller
The Cherry Creek Shooting Center finds itself under the gun.
This state was designed for explorers -- and a 1986 Jeep Wagoneer.
Mountain parks grew as a Denver marketing tool.
An ambitious plan to expand Denver's parks may take root if the political climate is fertile.
M. Walter Presman Trail
Colorado State Parks yurts
Bill Gwaltney wants to see more people like him at Rocky Mountain National Park.
Maybe Jasper Carlton is a radical -- or maybe he's ahead of his time.
Best-selling author John Krakauer gets caught in the dispute between "Mr. Longs Peak" and the Park Service.
DENVER MEEKLY YIELDS TO DENSE DEVELOPMENT AT THE CHATFIELD ARBORETUM.
PLANS TO PUT A "LEARNING CENTER" ON MT. EVANS LEAVE SOME FUMING.