The tumbleweed invasion is nigh. Over the past few weeks, gaggles of the rolling desert shrubs have taken over portions of central Colorado, clogging streets and driveways, and trapping a few residents in their homes. Some communities around Colorado Springs have even resorted to clearing away the p ... More >>
In her coverage of Colorado's early steps toward launching a hemp industry (including last week's post about the first U.S. hemp harvest in more than fifty years), Melanie Asmar has referred to the plant as "marijuana's sober stepsister" because it has almost none of the psychoactive ingredient that ... More >>
Cabinet members Ken Salazar and Ray LaHood were at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal last week, announcing a deal that adds 1,200 acres to the Rocky Flats wildlife refuge and stretches the Rocky Mountain Greenway. But some weren't celebrating the announcement.
At 2 p.m. today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Governor John Hickenlooper to make a "major announcement" about the Rocky Mountain Greenway, and also celebrate the recent expansion that added 1,200 acres of wildlife habitate to Rocky Flats ... More >>
Bucks at Arsenal.This is National Wildlife Refuge Week, and the feds are encouraging you to "see what wildlife refuges are doing to conserve America's wildlife heritage." But when I asked if I could see Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, the regional U.S. Fish & Wildlife office declined that requ ... More >>
Just ten miles northeast of downtown Denver is one of the largest urban wildlife refuges in the country. Formerly a chemical weapons manufacturing plant and subsequently a highly contaminated hazardous waste site, the 16,000-acre Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge is now home to a diverse popula ... More >>
Five dollars buys you a collage by Colorado artist Kathy Fisher. Fisher creates collages for Art-O-Mat, the company that turns old cigarette machines into art-dispensers -- one of which, since last month, has made its home at the VSA Colorado/Access Gallery on Santa Fe Drive. Fisher took some time t ... More >>
Eat this, In-N-Out.In a repeat of a trip he made with then-governor Bill Owens back in 2003, Governor John Hickenlooper is now winging his way to California. He and new Denver mayor Michael Hancock are officially trying to encourage businesses there to expand to Colorado -- and, unofficially, ... More >>
Commerce City is no longer going to the dogs. A few years ago, the industry-heavy town north of Denver thought it was in such need of a new image that it considered changing its name. Instead, it's now aggressively working on a physical makeover -- and has just purchased the former Mile High ... More >>
On Thursday, June 23, 2011, the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission will explain how hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations on the former Lowry Bombing Range comply with Arapahoe County's 2007 Sustainable Growth Objectives. It will be an easy sell...
Over the past fifteen years, the federal government has turned the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, once one of the most contaminated Superfund sites in the United States, into a wildlife refuge, complete with nature trails, lakes for fishing and summer camps. Tomorrow, the Arsenal will open its newes ... More >>
Rocky FlatsYes, timing is everything. Last night, opponents of a proposed nuclear power plant in Pueblo County pointed to the situation in Japan as just one reason to stop the project. And tonight, experts will talk about how nukes already resulted in plutonium contamination outside the forme ... More >>
Fifteen years after Shell Oil Company and the U.S. Army began a massive, $2.1 billion cleanup at Rocky Mountain Arsenal, one of the most contaminated Superfund sites in the United States, the Army is getting ready to hand over the last of its cleaned parcels to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serv ... More >>
All systems go, but which way? Out the door?It was fairly predictable that Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar would emerge as the whipping-boy of conservative pundits over the Deepwater Horizon spill. What better symbol of the alleged impotence of the Obama administration than a cowboy-ha ... More >>
Photo by Alan PrendergastWhite-tailed deer cross a road at the Rocky Mountain National Wildlife Refuge.Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has been spending a lot of time on the Gulf Coast lately, dealing with the noxious plumes (environmental and political) spewing from the Deepwater Horiz ... More >>
It's time to count birds again, and we don't mean your Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey dinners. The Audubon Society of Greater Denver, in conjunction with local Audubon groups around the nation, is asking its members to count the birds they see in their back yards on New Year's Day - a tradition g ... More >>
In 1994, Westword published its eleventh Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Italian Restaurant (the brand-new Carmine’s on Penn) to Best Makeover (the renovated Herb’s Hideout) to Best New Arts Venue (the Bug, on Navajo Street) to Best News for Blue ... More >>
Borchert tries his luck
Campaign for Tibet remembers the Rowells
A calendar hits the wall.
The government built a nuclear-weapons plant sixteen miles upwind of Denver. But decades passed before the public got wind of what was happening there.
Happy Birthday, DIA!
July 1 - 7, 1999
Superfund ombudsman Robert Martin is either a white knight -- or an EPA whitewash.
Some residents say the Rocky Mountain Arsenal still isn't clean enough to polish Commerce City's image.
Colonel Bishop, Rocky Mountain Arsenal boss, has left the Army--but he's already back on the job.
Governor Romer and the lieutenant governor step into the Animas-La Plata dispute.
DENVER-BASED HARRIET THE SPY LOOKS FOR PUNK IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES.
THERE'S PLENTY OF GOOD NEWS ABOUT ROCKY FLATS. AND YOU'RE PAYING FOR IT.
HOW MANY OFFICIAL WATCHDOG GROUPS DOES IT TAKE TO CLEAN UP THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN ARSENAL? TWO, SO FAR.
IN A STRANGE SUPERFUND TWIST, POLLUTERS SAY CLINTON'S CLEANUP PLAN IS "PRO-BUSINESS."
THE CITY PAYS UP TO $14 A WORD FOR A CONSULTANT'S REPORT ON STAPLETON.