Professional Services Sector

  • Music

    August 14, 2014
  • Music

    June 26, 2014
  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Recreational marijuana smoking a firing offense? Colorado Bar Association says "yes"

    The folks at the Colorado Bar Association have weed on their mind. For the December edition of its "Legal Lines" column, the CBA considered whether marijuana attorneys are violating professional ethics by representing clients who break federal law (even if what they're doing is perfectly fine in Col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    Marijuana: Are attorneys who deal with pot violating professional ethics?

    Are attorneys who work with marijuana businesses violating professional ethics by assisting folks whose actions are legal in Colorado but break federal law? According to the Colorado Bar Association, the answer is: Not always, but often. This conclusion concerns Warren Edson, an attorney who special ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    West High closed until Wednesday due to bedbugs: Does Denver have a problem?

    West High School is closed until Wednesday so that exterminators can ensure the campus is bedbug-free after three of the little suckers were found in a classroom, according to a letter sent home to parents and shared in its entirety by 7NEWS. In the letter, West's principals assure parents that area ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Under a Blood Red Sky screening canceled

    Update, 9/24/13: If you haven't heard yet, this special screening of U2's Under a Blood Red Sky has been canceled. According to the Denver Film Society, after conferring with the Feys, it was determined that any fundraising efforts would be better directed to raising funds for flood victims. All cre ... More >>

  • News

    September 5, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    AEG Live Rocky Mountains set to take over Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre in January 2014

    After ongoing discussions for the past few months, AEG Live Rocky Mountains has finalized a fifteen-year deal with the Museum of Outdoor Arts to take over Fiddler's Green, the 18,000-seat Greenwood Village amphitheatre that opened in 1989 and recently reverted back to its original name after stints ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Republican senators question prison pay -- and rattle some cages

    It's no secret that private, for-profit prison operators such as Corrections Corporation of America pay their employees far less than what correctional officers earn in the public sector. But Republican state senators have managed to put thousands of state workers on their guard, as it were, by sugg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Crowley inmates settle riot lawsuit for $600,000

    On the eve of a 25-week trial that promised to focus on claims of poor training and worse management, the nation's largest private prison company has reached a settlement with nearly 200 former inmates over a 2004 riot at the Crowley County Correctional Facility in southeastern Colorado. The uprisin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Terrell Griswold: State reprimands prison doctor David Oba over inmate's death

    Most physicians go through their entire careers without ever running afoul of state regulators. But two years after a 26-year-old inmate with chronic kidney problems died while under his care, prison doctor David M. Oba has received a sharply worded letter of admonition from the Colorado Department ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Thomas Wierdsma, GEO prison exec, on losing end of civil suit by abused daughter in law

    Back in February, our Alan Prendergast reported about allegations of intimidation and harassment against Thomas Wierdsma, a senior vice president for The GEO Group, which operates more than one-hundred prisons around the world. including the ICE detention center in Aurora. The accuser: Wierdsma's d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Private prisons' blueprint for success: more lobbying, less security

    The use of private prisons by states and the federal government continues to increase, yielding billions in annual revenues for two dominant companies in the industry -- despite a lack of solid research that America's experiment with for-profit incarceration actually saves taxpayers money in the lon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Terrell Griswold: Mother questions inmate's "natural" death in private prison

    On October 28, 2010, a 26-year-old inmate named Terrell Griswold was found slumped over and unresponsive in his cell in the Bent County Correctional Facility, a private prison in southeastern Colorado. The official cause of death is listed as cardiac hypertrophy, or an enlarged heart. But Lagalia Af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Wells Fargo to be targeted by Denver protesters in week of actions "to restructure Wall Street"

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Live Nation and Universal Music form super-company

    ​Live Nation Entertainment, which now houses Ticketmaster, House of Blues and Ticketweb has announced a partnership with the Universal Music Group to create a joint-venture management company for managing and strengthening the label's acts. This is the first time a major label has teamed up di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Immigrant activist groups protest Wells Fargo and its investment in private prisons (PHOTOS)

    Jeanette Vizguerra.​Many people Wells Fargo claims to serve gathered to protest its investment in private prison companies such as GEO, Inc., which owns an Aurora detention center. Protesters marched on an East Colfax branch as part of a national day of action to educate people about the hypoc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Kurt Riggin: Complaints in Park County medical marijuana case dismissed after long legal fight

    Kurt Riggin.​"It's finally over," says Kurt Riggin about his twisted legal odyssey. He'd originally been accused of attempting to influence a public servant and criminal impersonation in Park County stemming from advocacy on behalf of a medical marijuana patient who claimed law enforcement was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Private prisons thrive on greed and bad policy, new report says

    ​Back in the lock-em-up frenzy of the 1990s, overcrowded state prison systems relied heavily on the emerging private prison industry to handle their excess inmates. Now that state prison populations are falling, you might expect the private sector to be taking a few hits, too -- but guess agai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Harley Lappin: Private prison industry woos another top public official

    ​There are two revolving doors in every prison system. One is for the inmates, many of whom fail on parole and keep coming back. The other is reserved for top administrators who, even amid scandal, move easily from high-powered positions of public trust to high-paid jobs in the private prison ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Breaking News: Peter Ore joins the Soda Jerk Presents team

    Marquee Magazine​Just received some pretty major news on the concert promotions front: Peter Ore (pictured right), former Vice President of Booking for Live Nation, has joined the Soda Jerk Presents family. "Working with Peter is going to be a huge step as we continue to grow the company," sa ... More >>

  • News

    March 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Scott Gessler: Sec. of State dumps moonlighting scheme, will try to get by on $68,000 per year

    Scott Gessler.​Secretary of State Scott Gessler's plan to moonlight for his old law firm because he couldn't get by on just $68,000 per year created an apparent conflict of interest of off-the-charts proportions and a golden opportunity for satire: See Kenny Be's hilarious Gessler cartoon and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Bed bugs: How bad is the infestation in Denver?

    "I heart Denver!"​ Are bed bugs a big problem in Denver? Missy Henriksen, spokeswoman for the National Pest Management Association, which is currently hosting its inaugural National Bed Bug Forum in nearby Broomfield, assures us that the decision to host the confab in Colorado had nothing to d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Colorado Cannabis Convention fight will land in court

    Inside the convention hall in April.​The original promoter of the Colorado Cannabis Convention, Raymond Springsteel, believes he could put on a concert on the moon. Several people he used to work with think that's where he's already living. While the busy booths, scantily clad dispensary gir ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 3, 2009
  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Stephanie Villafuerte supporters stand tough

    Not everyone is out to get Stephanie Villafuerte.​Stephanie Villafuerte's nomination as U.S. Attorney for Colorado hasn't gone smoothly. Opponents continue to suggest that she may have taken part in accessing a federal database for political reasons -- the very thing for which former ICE agent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    The bloodletting starts at Clear Channel Denver

    The December 17 blog "Clear Channel's Lee Larsen Talks About Possible Layoffs at Denver Stations" noted strong rumors about impending staff cuts at the area outlets owned by the Texas-based mega-corp: five FMs -- KTCL/93.3 FM, The Party/95.7 FM, KBCO/97.3 FM, The Fox/103.5 FM and KBPI/106.7 FM -- an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2008

    Chipotle needs a new ad man? How about Adam Cayton-Holland?

    Chipotle, the little homegrown company that got very big by selling big burritos, is looking for a new advertising agency. According to Ad Age, Chipotle only lasted nine months with New York's DeVito/Verdi, and now wants to stuff its $15-to-$20 million account into some other company's coffers. "We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2008

    Swapping One McPrison for Another

    On May 14 the Colorado Department of Corrections announced that it would be bringing nearly 500 state prisoners back from Sayre, Oklahoma, where they'd been stored in a private lockup like so much toxic waste for months because of a lack of bedspace in Colorado prisons. At first glance, this is goo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2008

    LANS Corp. Faces the Music

    As noted in Westword's January 31 cover story, "The Player," before longtime scam artist Amadeus Harlan started his latest venture, Harlan21, he worked at Legal Aid National Services, Inc., or LANS Corp., a legal-aid operation in Denver that many former employees have accused of unsavory practices. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2008

    Concerts Battle Heats Up Again

    The ongoing concert promotions battle in Denver just became a little more heated. Just received word from Live Nation that Eric Pirritt has been named Vice President of Booking. Pirritt joins fellow VP of Booking, Peter Ore, and will now go head-to-head with his former associates at AEG Live, vying ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2006

    Stage Managers

    The techtonic plates continue to shift along Denver's increasingly competitive concert scene. Although no official statement has been released, Chuck Morris will be vacating his current post at Live Nation to join his proteges, Don Strasburg and Brent Fedrizzi, at the new Denver outpost of Anschutz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2006

    Live Action

    The concert business in Denver just got a hell of a lot more interesting. After last month's announcement that Live Nation planned to acquire House of Blues, things had calmed down — but now a tidal wave looks to be forming on the horizon, one that could have epochal implications for the local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2006

    Clearing the Way

    It's official: The nation's (not to mention Denver's) highly competitive live concert business just got a little less, well, competitive. Live Nation today announced that it will purchase House of Blues Entertainment for $350 million in cold, hard cash. As part of the deal, Live Nation will presum ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 15, 2006
  • Culture

    September 1, 2005

    Memory Lane

    A farewell to architect Eugene Sternberg and landscape architect Jane Silverstein Ries.

  • Calendar

    March 24, 2005
  • Culture

    August 5, 2004

    Mind Over Matter

    The University of Denver salutes architect emeritus Cab Childress.

  • News

    July 10, 2003

    The Law Firm of Smith & Wesson

    Other employees at her office were packing. So why did she get canned?

  • News

    November 14, 2002

    Man Overboard!

    The City of Denver wants Ocean Journey to reel in its spending.

  • Sports & Recreation

    April 4, 2002

    Best Cave Tours -- Family

    Glenwood Caverns & Historic Fairy Caves
    Glenwood Springs

  • Best of Denver

    June 29, 2000

    Best local TV commercial

    Colorado Lottery

  • News

    October 10, 1996

    Advice and Dissent

    Does the city have to keep hiring the same big-bucks, well-connected lawyer as a consultant?

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