This past Friday, IRIS Fire Investigations held a "Hash Oil Hazards Training for the Insurance Industry" seminar. The seminar focused primarily on the ways that making hash oil at home (typically using butane) can go terribly wrong and what investigators at a suspicious fire should look for. But the ... More >>
Hollie Presley sits at the kitchen table in her tidy southwest Denver home, surrounded by paperwork. Her four-year-old, Isabella, watches a cartoon in the living room, while her infant son, Parker, reclines in a bouncy chair within arm's reach, his belly full from his last bottle. The paperwork chro ... More >>
If chickens are now legal in Aurora, can pit bulls be far behind? Tonight Aurora City Council will consider a proposal to change the breed ban that prohibits pit bulls in the city -- and in advance of that meeting, at 6 p.m. repeal supporters will rally outside Aurora City Hall, 15151 East Alameda P ... More >>
Back in October of last year, Don Fox, the CEO of Firehouse Subs, a national chain with thirteen outpost in the metro Denver area, had this to say about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). "October 1st will be a watershed moment," wrote Fox in Forbes magazine. "On that day, the Affordable Care Act's 'Hea ... More >>
Colorado students are among those suffering due to this week's doubling of student-loan rates, from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. And all because of Congressional inaction. Granted, that's not exactly news -- but things usually get expensive when Congress does something.... How best to process this ... More >>
Comedian Mara Wiles hasn't had it easy the last few years. After establishing herself as an intelligently goofy performer on the local comedy scene, she was diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening kidney disorder that, to say the least, interrupted her ascending career as a standup. And Denver ... More >>
Update below: The time has come to question whether many liberal arts degrees are really worth it. So says Representative Mike Coffman in a recent newsletter, in which he also admits to regretting his own political science major and notes that he probably would've been better off primarily studying ... More >>
Further underscoring the importance of Colorado as a key swing state in the presidential election, Paul Ryan, the newly named Republican vice presidential candidate, is holding events in metro Denver tonight and tomorrow -- just two days after Mitt Romney announced his running mate. Ryan began his ... More >>
Big news today for Barack Obama and, you know, tens of millions of Americans across the country: The Supreme Court of the United States has finally issued its ruling on the Affordable Care Act, essentially deciding to keep most of it intact. And advocates in Colorado are cheering the news, saying it ... More >>
She wasn't named chief of the Denver Police Department -- although she was rumored to be a leading contender until Michael Hancock decided to go outside of the DPD to tap Robert White. But tonight Captain Tracie Keesee will get another honor: She's the alumni recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Women ... More >>
Update, below: Wells Fargo will be the target of several actions this week by the Colorado Progressive Coalition, including plans to "move in" to a branch on Thursday with lamps, pillows and coffee pots to protest the bank's high number of foreclosures. Dubbed the Mile High Showdown, the acti ... More >>
Last year, when state lawmakers set about reining in the sky-high interest rates of payday lenders in Colorado, the industry howled and moaned that tighter regulation would cost bunches of jobs. But a new report from the Colorado Attorney General's Office suggests the biggest impact of the reform ha ... More >>
The Denver Children's Advocacy Center has won a $50,000 federal grant to educate parents and pregnant women about Medicaid and other health insurance for low-income families. The grant is the second such award for the center, which serves children who have been sexually abused, neglected or ... More >>
Illustration from Colorado Progressive Coalition.Linda Stapel was a field researcher in February 2009, making enough money to buy a home by herself. But that's when she was blind-sided a by a woman in her car while collecting data for work. Stapel was left with Annular tears in her neck, seve ... More >>
Our post about this past weekend's Tax Day Tea Party in Loveland turned into a lively forum for debate about whether this grassroots movement is a good thing or a bad thing. Here's a post from someone representing the latter point of view.
When Jessie Burke refused to honor an expired Groupon coupon for a long-time customer, a woman named Lucina, who wanted a bite to eat in Burke's Portland, Oregon cafe, Lucinda threatened to never return -- until, that is, Burke sat down with her and explained the trials and tribulations of a ... More >>
Reggie McDaniel.Radio personality Reggie McDaniel, who died Friday at age sixty, divided audiences simply by being himself. Some listeners loved his "Everyday People's Entertainment Guide" because of the way it rejected critical pretension, while others saw him as a throwback to an earlier ge ... More >>
A Flickr photoMore than a hundred new state laws go into effect on August 11, dealing with everything from clean energy to so-called "smart" government. But one of the most hard-fought reforms is House Bill 1351, which requires the payday loan industry to cap its annual interest rate at 45 pe ... More >>
Representative John Kefalas, a democrat from Fort Collins, says consumers should be able to better understand their insurance policies.Last week, we told you about State Representative John Kefalas' bill to simplify the language in insurance policies, which requires, among other things, that ... More >>
Whereas the sentence of this line does lack reasonable syntax therein, devoid of wordiness or legalese or both, or otherwise does lack sizable font to a specified degree, or both, call John Kefalas consumers concerned about it should.Even as President Barack Obama and a divided Congress are o ... More >>
Assurant CEO Donald Hamm assured Congress his company's rescission process was "fair and thorough."Assurant Health, the country's oldest provider of individual health insurance policies, has had a few public relations problems lately. In addition to the debate over such companies making hund ... More >>
Assurant Health CEO Don Hamm told Congress his company saved $150 million by rescinding policies.Last week's summit on health care reform in Washington produced the expected speechifying and little consensus on what's to be done. But there's one point that Democrats and Republicans echoed eac ... More >>
"Hey, Barack. Remember that public-option thing you used to be so hot on?"Colorado's Michael Bennet is widely seen as being among the most vulnerable Democratic senators in advance of the November 2010 election -- hence President Barack Obama's fundraising visit to Denver last week before a p ... More >>
A 2005 collision with a meth dealer fleeing police demolished Jennifer Latham's car -- and her health coverage.This week's cover story, "You're in Bad Hands," follows a Lafayette woman's four-year battle with her health insurance company after a devastating car accident left her seriously inj ... More >>
Chances are that if you read or watch anything (besides McCommercials) regarding the state of our food system in the United States, it will mention the staggering amount of processed crap we manufacture and the integrity of our diets versus the price -- both financially and physically. Michael Pol ... More >>
Won't somebody flip this bird a name?Know a kid age twelve and under in need of some holiday cash? Then encourage him or her to come up with a name for this penguin, the mascot of the 35th annual Parade of Lights, scheduled for December 4 and 5. The winner will receive, among other things, a ... More >>
Jane Norton.Last month, the National Republican Senatorial Committee registered a couple of domain names on behalf of former Colorado Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton -- and today, Norton's using one of them, JaneNortonForColorado.com. Up-front: A news item that declares, "Jane Norton official ... More >>
The lightning rod named Nancy Pelosi.The U.S. House of Representatives is on recess -- but that doesn't necessarily mean its members are having fun. They'll likely spend much of their time off pimping healthcare reform -- and to that end, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- the woman with giant eye ... More >>
As word broke about six major layoffs at the Denver Post, media observers were getting their first chance to digest a memo from Rich Boehne, CEO of E.W. Scripps, which owns the Rocky Mountain News. In the note, Boehne announces salary cuts for supervisors at Scripps publications nationwide, plus the ... More >>
Where's my bailout? It could be at Dazzle, 930 Lincoln Street, when Dazzle's Halloween party will reward those in the most frightening financial situations. Before then, you're invited to post your most horrifying utility bill, terrifying credit card balance, or unbelievably scary 401K loss (with pe ... More >>
Reggie McDaniel's moved on to a pay-for-play gig. In an August 7 blog, I wrote about Reggie McDaniel, a ten-year veteran of KOA-AM/850 who mysteriously vanished from the outlet's airwaves despite his continuing presence on its website -- and at this writing, his web page is still there. In the ear ... More >>
You civic-minded types out there have no doubt heard by now that the 2008 Colorado ballot could be the largest in the state's history. But hearing about it and seeing an approximation of what we could be facing in the voting booth in November are two very different things. Ballotpedia.org, which de ... More >>
Although the mandatory life without parole sentence for first degree murder no longer applies to juveniles in Colorado, the fight continues for the 45 people who are still serving life sentences for murders that they committed before turning 18. Still in the corner of the juvie LWOPs, as they’ve ... More >>
Taxes are due April 17 — oh, shit — better holla at your accountant. Better yet, holla at 401cakes and Samuel L. Taxin'. Because instead of crunching numbers, these MCs with the Mile-High TrikeSteady Crew are bustin' rhymes for some FAT refunds! It would take the average worker some re ... More >>
Colorado's burger king prepares for his next quick-service conquest.
A thirst for chips pays off at these bars
Medicaid patients could be facing death by a thousand cuts.
Mile High Telecom promised to be an alternative to Qwest, but the line is going dead.
Your Money, My Life, Goodbye
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Now we know why US West execs thinks life's better here.
Barnes Business College may have shut down, but it's still giving taxpayers the business.
Columbine College students thought they had a future in the floral industry. But their hopes could wither on the vine.
CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JOE ROGERS GOT INTO HOT WATER OVER STUDENT LOANS AND PROBATE-COURT FILINGS.
WE'VE JUST LISTENED TO EVERY RADIO STATION IN DENVER--AND BOY, DO OUR EARS HURT.
A SCHOOL-BOARD HOPEFUL DEFAULTED ON HIS STUDENT LOAN.