Update below: The two-month period during which Colorado farmers could register to grow hemp for the 2014 growing season closed on May 1. As of 4:30 p.m. that day, state records show that 42 people or businesses were approved to grow hemp and another 53 had applied but were not yet approved. And the ... More >>
What started as a pile of wooden pallets is now in the process of becoming Colorado's first major upcycling festival, set for October in Denver. With founder Kenny Fischer leading the way, Upcycle Events is currently raising funds for PalletFest, a festival showcasing the versatility of materials us ... More >>
Colorado Craft Beer Week kicked off last Friday at the Governor's Mansion, where our brewer-in-chief, John Hickenlooper, toasted the brewing industry in the state and unveiled three draft handles that will now serve the historic home. But the events at breweries, restaurants and bars around the stat ... More >>
Bryan Jansing and Paul Vismara, who've been slinging suds at the Falling Rock Taphouse for years, will release their book, Italy: Beer Country The Story of Italian Craft Beer, in a couple weeks with a couple of launch parties. The fully-illustrated book covers the "story of the Italian craft beer mo ... More >>
The second annual DSTILL conference is bringing distillers, bartenders and garden-variety boozehounds to Denver to celebrate the burgeoning art of Colorado craft distilling. Before the big players of alcohol start pourin' at tonight's big Showcase event at the McNichols Building, DSTILL invited pa ... More >>
Months ago, I had the pleasure of spending the day butchering a pig with Kate Kavanaugh and her fiance, Josh Curtiss, the two of whom have spent the last few years conceptualizing, cultivating and building Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe, a new-school, artisanal chop shop of saws, hatchets and butc ... More >>
In the devastating aftermath of our recent floods, it's easy to forget that water has typically been a scarce resource in Colorado, battled over by competing interests, even as its rivers feed into eighteen states, from the Pacific Ocean to the Mississippi. But The Great Divide, a recently announced ... 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 >>
Before Colorado farmers can plant industrial hemp, the state Department of Agriculture must come up with a way to register and inspect their crops. To help establish those regulations, lawmakers authorized the creation of a nine-member advisory committee. The members of that committee have been cho ... More >>
Last September, I spent a whopping 24 hours in New York City, mostly in the kitchen of the James Beard House, where the FIVE, a coterie of local chefs and cocktail kings, strutted their talents to a sold-old cognoscenti of foodniks -- one of whom claimed that it was the most fun she'd ever had at a ... More >>
Bentley Folse Finley's Pub 375 South Pearl Street 303-282-4790 www.finleysdenver.com This is part one of my interview with Bentley Folse, exec chef of Finley's Pub. Part two of our chat will run tomorrow. I suppose my parents liked the car," muses Bentley Folse, whose first name conjures images ... More >>
Yes, the town seems ready to canonize Tim Tebow -- but is it too early to dedicate a santera to the Broncos quarterback? Artist Catherine Robles Shaw makes retablos, plaques depicting the saints that are hand-carved and painted in a folk style that's been handed down over hundreds of years i ... More >>
Eric Shiveley has steadily progressed as a filmmaker over the years. Since first making his cinematic debut almost four years ago with Everyone but You, the documentary he shot, directed, edited and produced all by his lonesome, Shiveley has gotten a handle on this whole moving-pictures thing ... More >>
Last month, under pressure from Representative Scott Tipton and ranchers in the Pinon Canyon area, Air Force officials backed off a plan to conduct intensive low-altitude training flights over southeast Colorado. But the recently unveiled boundaries for the low, low flights probably won't cau ... More >>
Ken Salazar.Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced federal approval of four large renewable energy projects in the West today, touting the new jobs and clean power that those projects and others in the pipeline will bring -- and described his department's approach to renewables as so ... More >>
Sean Kenyon knows how to pour out both drinks and advice. A third-generation bar man with almost 25 years behind the bar, he is a student of cocktail history, a United States Bartenders Guild-certified Spirits Professional and a BAR Ready graduate of the prestigious Beverage Alcohol Resource ... More >>
AC Golden Brewing Company, a tiny, Coors-owned microbrewery located inside the company's Golden headquarters, released a new beer today called Colorado Native lager. It is only available in Colorado, in bottles and on tap. Created and brewed by AC Golden's four-person staff, the amber lager ... More >>
Lori Midson Samir Mohammad The Village Cork 1300 South Pearl Street 303-282-8399 www.villagecork.com Long before Samir Mohammad could legally drive a car, he'd flipped burgers, rolled taquitos, tossed pizzas, blistered his hands cooking red and green chile, washed dishes, waited tables, pr ... More >>
The movies teach us that there are good guys and bad guys -- and then there are bad guys named Angel, as in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. But two new books by former Colorado prisoners trace wildly divergent paths through the thickets of crime and punishment -- one an ever-downward spiral o ... More >>
Herbal Connections dispensary (photo by Aaron Thackeray) Colorado's medical marijuana business is booming -- or, if you prefer, blooming. You can read about the growth in Joel Warner's feature story or The Latest Word's marijuana category, which includes reviews of dispensaries. But if you ju ... More >>
As Colorado's medical-marijuana industry grows, marijuana dispensaries of all types and sizes are proliferating around the state. Some resemble swanky bars or sterile dentist offices; others feel like a dope dealer's college dorm room. To help keep them all straight, Westword will be offering ... More >>
As noted in this morning's blog "Wake-Up Call: Mr. Salazar goes to Washington?," Colorado Representative John Salazar has confirmed that he's in the running to become Secretary of Agriculture in the administration of president-elect Barack Obama. This news likely came as a surprise to readers of th ... More >>
Yoko Ono helps celebrate Denver arts.
William Havu Gallery is full of heavy metal.
Tracy Felix provides an idiosyncratic take on the scenery out West.
Denver's DA candidates take a seat in the docket.
Metro students strive to fill in the blank spots -- and heal old wounds -- in local Chicano history.
Manuel Ramos keeps mystery real with his latest Colorado potboiler.
This state was designed for explorers -- and a 1986 Jeep Wagoneer.
The new sheriff vowed to clean up the town of San Luis. For many locals, the price was too high.
Even in the best of times, farmers and developers fight for Colorado's water. And this summer's drought is far from the best of times.
Lowriders ride into town.
Kansas farmers say their weather-modification program causes rain. Colorado farmers say it causes trouble.
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