Between Buena Vista and Salida, the Arkansas River sweeps through Browns Canyon, an area of granite cliffs and rugged backcountry that's popular with elk, bighorn sheep, mountain lions and black bears -- not to mention hunters, anglers, rafters, hikers and campers. But this quintessential slice of C ... More >>
Aurora's new recreational pot shops weren't the only venues to land rec licenses between September 1 and October 1 this year. Licenses for recreational stores were granted in five brand-new municipalities -- and there was a lot more happening on the state's licensing list. Keep reading to find out w ... More >>
Update: Earlier this week, we told you the strange story of 92-year-old Edwin Barfeld, who appeared to have blown himself up in a house whose location is commonly referred to as a ghost town; see our previous coverage below. Now, authorities have concluded that Bartheld took his own life in an act ... More >>
It's a well-known fact that in order to be a true Coloradan, a yearly prescription of outdoor adventure must be filled. This weekend, I went to Buena Vista this to do just that: kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, etc. But when I loaded the car and set off on the three hour drive from ... More >>
So, you've got a kid, huh? Whether it's your own rambunctious preschooler or the bratty nephew you've been charged with keeping alive for the next five hours, the most important thing is leaving your house where valuables are liable to be destroyed and seeking refuge on somebody else's property. In ... More >>
It's Saturday morning and I'm driving to the Boulder Farmers' Market. The car radio is spinning a jubilant story about a dragonfly who ran away (but she came back with a story to say) and the sky is an interesting mix of colors and cloud shapes -- transparent light blue lakes, a thick bar of charcoa ... More >>
The host cities for the first six of seven stages for the 2014 USA Pro Challenge were announced at a press conference in Aspen this morning along with news of a fan-vote contest to determine the course for the final stage, which will end in either Denver or Golden. "For 2014, we have a great combina ... More >>
Yesterday marked the deadline for Colorado's 271 cities and towns and 64 counties to decide whether they want to ban recreational cannabis businesses and sales -- and it is starting to look like Denver will be ganja ground zero. Already, four of the ten largest cities in Colorado (Colorado Springs, ... More >>
If at first you don't secede, try, try again. Ten counties in northeastern Colorado are still considering seceding from the state. Cheyenne County (population 1876, appropriately enough) has already gotten the proposal on the November ballot; Weld County could do the same soon. In this week's Westwo ... More >>
New breweries are opening nearly every week in Colorado, but the one that started up a new Facebook page last Saturday isn't one of them. "No we didn't change our name," reads the first post on That Brewery on Zuni's page. "We're still that great craft brewery making unique, great tasting craft beer ... More >>
Taylor Drew Russell's Smokehouse 1422 Larimer Street 720-524-8050 russellssmokehouse.com This is part one of my interview with Taylor Drew, exec chef of Russell's Smokehouse; part two of our chat will run tomorrow. No salt, no butter: That's a far cry from the kind of cooking associated with Frank ... More >>
Last week, Daniel Zettler, a public defender in Salida, won a $43,000 settlement with the city over a 2011 bust in which he says he did nothing more than advise an arrestee to remember his rights. But the case may not be over. Attorney David Lane says he's thinking about filing another lawsuit again ... More >>
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey will release the latest batch of its highly-prized, limited-edition Snowflake series at 9 a.m. on Saturday. This one was cask- conditioned for months in two hand-picked Malbec barrels from Denver's Spero Winery. The distillery puts out one or two Snowflake series batche ... More >>
We released our 2012 Summer Guide in June, including hundreds of events and opportunities to escape both in the city and in the great outdoors. Each Thursday, we'll roll out the best things to do this week, making it easier for you to plan your summer. Among this week's listings are the Westword Mus ... More >>
Mountainfilm in Telluride is celebrating its 34th anniversary this weekend, through May 28, and we're duly impressed by the the list of Colorado-based filmmakers in the mix. Here's a preview: Telluride-based filmmaker Beth Gage is the current Board President of Mountainfilm in Telluride and is brin ... More >>
Elevation Beer Company may be located in Poncha Springs, but the brewery's four co-founders don't think of their place as a local hangout. "We are more like a winery than a typical brewpub," says Xandy Bustamante. "We could have done this from anywhere in country, so we figured, why not pick a place ... More >>
The new Arvada Skate Park took Best of Denver 2012 Best Skate Park honors last month, and the more time we spend there, the more we love it. This edit from local filmmaker Tristan Minton, of Royal Stain Design, which features 303 Boards team rider David Reyes and The Denver Shop team riders Ryan Lyb ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! Whether you're making your way up to the mountains for Snowball Music Festival 2012 or staying behind in the city, there's an abundance of musical choices: Tonight at the Fillmore Snoop Dogg throws down before heading up the hill himself for a slot at Snowball, while a couple ... More >>
In this interview, James Lee, one of the godfathers of Colorado cocktail culture, discusses the Pimms Cup that made him see the light, one thing he thinks bartenders absolutely have to measure, and the night he was called the worst bartender ever.
Colorado will get a new specialty brewer later this month when Elevation Beer Company near Salida opens, crafting seasonal barrel-aged beers on a fifteen-barrel system. We're not talking about your classic, blondes, reds, browns and IPAs here. Elevation's first two beers will be a Belgian-style Quad ... More >>
The Swayback dudes have got to be way stoked this morning. Last night around the time that they were announced as one of the twelve finalists in KTCL's Hometown for the Holidays, the guys were at Silo Sound Studios (formerly Macy Sound Studios) putting the wraps on their brand new album with ... More >>
Arapahoe Basin photo archivesSame as it ever was: Summer season on the Beach at Arapahoe BasinSnow's out for the summer! Today is opening day at the Breckenridge Peak 8 Fun Park, where a $65 all-day pass ($32 for kids) buys unlimited access to the Gold Runner Coaster, SuperSlide, SuperPutt, M ... More >>
TAGLast month top-notch bartender James Lee gave up his Salida gig to return to the Front Range, taking over as the beverage director at TAG, Troy Guard and Leigh Sullivan-Guard's flagship Larimer Square eatery. He's spent the last few weeks getting his feet wet, learning the spirits list an ... More >>
Regular old marathons, triathlons and century rides not grueling enough for you? The Adventure Xstream Series comes to Colorado on May 14 for AXS Buena Vista, and registration ($135-$235 depending on the race option) is still open through May 11. The event will send competitors whitewater kay ... More >>
James LeeJames Lee behind the stick at the Bitter Bar, his former homeIt's been a busy spring for Troy Guard and Leigh Sullivan-Guard, who opened TAG | RAW BAR in a below-ground spot in Larimer Square just before they became operating partners at Madison Street, the Larimer Associates project ... More >>
James Lee and Dave QueryThe explosion of cocktail culture in Colorado was ignited by a legion of talented bartenders working to prove that their craft is more than mixing rum and Cokes; it's creating drinks that reflect their deep understanding of spirits. And few bartenders have done more t ... More >>
If Oskar Blues Brewery was a Girl Scout, we'd all be rolling our eyes out of our heads at the merit badges crowding her sash. Fortunately, the brewery's accolades derive not from rescuing kittens from trees or helping grandma cross the street, but from the conscientiousness of the company and ... More >>
Lannies rocks the house with the After Church Sunday Social.
Face the State's Brad Jones.Face the State is best known for its right-leaning website, which churns out new and typically credible content on a daily basis. For instance, among FTS' latest posts is an item about state rep Cory Gardner, a possible rival to Congresswoman Betsy Markey, who's ho ... More >>
I saw this bumper sticker affixed to a light pole outside a brewery in a little mountain town last week, but the brewery wasn't Rosie's Brewpub and the town wasn't Leadville. Instead, someone had decided to celebrate Rosie's, which closed May 30, just a few feet from the front door of Amicas in Sal ... More >>
Wolfgang Volz, copyright Christo 2007 As noted in a previous blog, "Doing the Math on Christo's Arkansas River Wrap," Colorado art mavens and opinion leaders are just crrraaaazy about Over the River, the proposal by husband-and-wife artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude to suspend six miles of silvery ... More >>
Wolfgang Volz, copyright Christo 2007 "Over the River," the plan by husband-and-wife artists Christo and Jeanne Claude to stretch almost six miles of silvery fabric over the Arkansas River between Canon City and Salida at a cost of around $50 million, has plenty of supporters. Congressmen, college ... More >>
At 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15, "Soul'd Roots: A Food & Media Justice Institute," hosts a Community Eat-in and Food Politics Talkback with an impressive roster of panelists, including Oakland-based eco-chef, food justice activist and author Bryant Terry, who'll be on hand to sign his new book, Vegan ... More >>
Small spaces do a lot with a little.
A few years ago, Sally Perisho was in the driver’s seat at the Center for Visual Art, and in that role was one of the city’s chief movers-and-shakers when it came to art. But since she was forced out of her choice gig by a bureaucrat in Metro State’s administration (see the second item in thi ... More >>
We asked these local creatives to predict what the arts scene in Denver will, or at least should, look like in 2028.
Jimmy Descant explores optimism and corruption in a new show.
That's a Wrap
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Gary Rudd got zapped one day, and life has never been the same.
Lower Downtown Holiday Experience
Camping in a Wal-Mart parking lot is the natural thing to do.
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