The American Lung Association's massive State of the Air report for 2014 is out, with the organization grading places all over the country in terms of air pollution, including Colorado. Ozone-pollution figures for fourteen Colorado counties were available, and the ALA's judgments are harsh: Eight o ... More >>
Aspen is still reeling from the murder of Nancy Pfister, a member of a famous local family and a familiar face in the community's social scene. And equally shocking is the unlikely couple charged with the crime: Longtime Denver doctor William Styler and his wife, Nancy. The Stylers' arrest hardly p ... More >>
At 5 p.m. Friday, the DenverDepartment of Excise and Licenses posted a list of fourteen stores now fully licensed to sell recreational marijuana on January 1. There are still two days left in 2013, so more stores might be added to this list by the start of retail sales in the new year -- while other ... More >>
Last week, Telluride officially approved sales of recreational cannabis, joining a majority of other tourism-reliant ski towns around the state that have given an okay to the ganja. Telluride took one of the easiest routes to retail-weed approval possible, with the city council voting in an applicat ... More >>
Today marks the 25th birthday of The Onion, purveyor of fake news way better than the real thing -- including lotsa stuff that didn't happen in Colorado but would have made the state a funnier place had it. Back in January, when the last print edition of the paper was published in Denver, we assemb ... More >>
According to Amendment 64, local municipalities that allow recreational cannabis businesses will need to have their rules and licensing processes in line by October 1 -- which is less than three months away. That means towns and counties across the state that haven't already banned recreational mari ... More >>
A few months back, after we checked out Root Organic in Boulder, several readers urged us to go back and visit Boulder Wellness next door. The herb is better quality and worth the drive up from Denver, they said. Whereas Root Organic (on the right) takes the more slick, modern approach to its opera ... More >>
Next week's edition of The Onion will be the last in Denver, thanks to the Denver Post's decision to stop printing the paper. To mark this awful sign of the times, and to echo Onion CEO Steve Hannah's call for local readers to switch to the web version, we've photo-illustrated and compiled excerpts ... More >>
One handy gauge for checking on the relative financial health of the world's one-percenters can be found right here in Colorado -- well, okay, the other Colorado, the one populated with champagne wishes and caviar dreams. And the latest figures for real estate transactions in the Gucci-padded wonder ... More >>
Both Pitkin and Summit County are finally getting around to making laws governing medical marijuana shops. This move comes more than two years after the first medical marijuana centers opened in the counties.
Update: For the second time in less than a week, a skier has been killed while schussing the slopes at Keystone. The death brings the total skier deaths this year in Colorado to eleven, just six shy of a macabre record set in 2008.
A handful of medical marijuana centers in unincorporated Pitkin County are sitting in legal limbo, waiting on county authorities to move forward with regulations that the state says are necessary for the shops to stay in business.
Famous for its ski bums, Aspen also has a modest contingent of real bums -- although the homeless shelter downtown isn't exactly as celebrated as the haunts of the 1 percenters. But that may soon change. Fresh on the heels of the uproar over the new sociology study The Slums of Aspen, aspiring songw ... More >>
Benton in '72. It turns out that even Aspen's elite can't escape the effects of the world recession. Smarting from the latest stock plunge, high country homeowners are also digesting today's report in the Aspen Daily News that assessed property values in Pitkin County have dropped $10 billion ... More >>
In an April post about the John Denver Tribute Concert and Colorado Hall of Fame Induction, I conceded that JD's music triggers my gag reflex. But others feel differently about the late Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., including J.P. McDaniel, the Littleton resident behind a petition to name th ... More >>
The Lofgrens.Update: The criminal case springing from the Thanksgiving weekend 2008 carbon-monoxide-poisoning deaths of the Lofgren family -- parents Parker and Caroline, plus kids Owen, ten, and Sophie, eight -- will continue thanks to a ruling by a district judge yesterday. But the hearing ... More >>
FlickrSummer beckons in Colorado's high country, which means it's time for an annual reminder to all whose usual encounters with nature don't extend beyond a petting zoo. Pawing and picking up baby wildlife, no matter how adorable or seemingly in need of rescue, is almost never a good idea. T ... More >>
Osama bin Laden.Update: The U.S. has decided not to release an Osama bin Laden death photo. For now, that means the image won't join the following list of the most iconic post-mortem shots of notorious dictators, revolutionaries and criminals. The roundup includes Mussolini, Rasputin and a fa ... More >>
FlickrThis weekend, David Shefte, David Trainer and Kurt Heckle learned you can get ticketed for throwing snowballs in Aspen. Crazy? Maybe -- but there were some extenuating circumstances, including the ages of the alleged attackers and the descriptive word they hurled at their victim after ... More >>
Charlie Sheen.Update: The Pitkin County District Attorney's Office reportedly has no interest in hauling Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen back to Aspen on a charge of violating his probation, even though there are plenty of indications he did so during a hotel-room-trashing NYC bender. B ... More >>
Parker, Owen, Caroline and Sophie Lofgren.Looking at photos of the Lofgrens, it's hard to imagine a more perfect family. Which only makes the cruelty of their fate that much more heart-wrenching. All four died in 2008 of carbon monoxide poisoning in an Aspen rental home. Now, their kin have f ... More >>
Josh McDaniels.A mini-roundup of three Denver blog posts. Mile High Reports fan poster agentj007 offers bold prognostications for the coming NFL season. When Jay Cutler leads the league in passing, he predicts Broncos coach Josh McDaniels will... clear his throat. Coyote Gulch offers the la ... More >>
Charlie Sheen was supposed to sign off on a sweet plea bargain last week. Rumor has it that the Pitkin County Sheriff is recommending a work-release program for the actor in exchange for his pleading no contest to felony menacing and 3rd-degree assault and criminal mischief in connection with ... More >>
"Mr. Sheen does not do windows."Reports that Charlie Sheen's plea deal on domestic violence charges in Aspen is faltering because he won't be allowed to smoke while on work release have left some of us court-watchers flummoxed. After all, Aspen is a celebrity-prone place. You'd think all tha ... More >>
Want to see this face? The odds are against you.If you're a reporter who thinks covering Charlie Sheen's court appearance in Aspen on January 20 will be like winning the lottery, you're right. It'll be exactly like winning the lottery. The Aspen Police Department has determined that the memb ... More >>
"Who wrote this script? It isn't funny."Charlie Sheen has made some nice coin over the years working in front of cameras. But apparently he doesn't want to do so for free -- especially when it pertains to his December 25 arrest in Aspen for allegedly threatening and assaulting his wife, Brook ... More >>
A mug mugs for his mug shot. Last time I checked, Aspen was still nominally associated with the rest of Colorado. But its legal system sometimes has about as much to do with what happens elsewhere in the state as, well, the microstate of Liechtenstein has to do with Madagascar--not much. An ... More >>
This weekend, law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force to make sure you don't do anything stupid behind the wheel over the Memorial Day weekend. This link on the Colorado Department of Transportation website details the specific plans of 85 separate organizations. For instanc ... More >>
Aspen Art Museum
Alex Gibney, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind such documentary hits as Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and Who Killed the Electric Car? has finished up his latest project, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, which will be released in selected theaters t ... More >>
The truth is out there, and in 2007, it was often weird, wicked or just plain wild.
An item in the current edition of Westword features a few words with illustrator Ralph Steadman, who makes appearances this evening at the Denver Press Club and the Denver Newspaper Agency auditorium. Turns out, though, that Steadman had more to say about his new book, The Joke's Over, and his thirt ... More >>
These women are going downhill fast.
Colorado Public Radio is selling itself as a kinder, gentler network. But its critics aren't buying it.
The lost boys
Aspen's bizarre crime spree sent some of its favorite sons to prison -- and left the town wondering what went wrong.
The Redstone Castle heads back to auction.
Why was it so hard for these upstanding, law-abiding citizens to get arrested?
Anne Slemmons took Michael Wise's money and ran for the border.
For mountain property owners in Boulder, the road home may be getting steeper.
A Missouri millionaire's fishing resort darkens the day for residents of Pitkin County's Fryingpan Valley.
Is your mansion too cramped? Aspen has a plan.