Sandy Widener

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2014

    Flobots' Jamie Laurie Wins Parr Widener Civic Leader Award, Hosts Sunday No Enemies Event

    John Parr, Westword co-founder Sandy Widener and their oldest daughter, Chase Parr, were killed in a car wreck in December 2007, a tragedy that dimmed some of Denver's brightest lights. In tribute to this exemplary family (the only survivor was younger daughter Katy), friends and colleagues created ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Sandy Widener and John Parr live on in the Parr-Widener Award

    Yesterday was the sixth anniversary of the sad day in December 2007 when Sandy Widener, Westword co-founder, was killed in a car crash that also took the life of her husband, John Parr, and their daughter Chase. Only then-seventeen-year-old Katy Parr survived. Every December 22, I find a reminder in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Westword's new ownership a 35th anniversary present

    When Westword debuted in September 1977, pundits around town were predicting the demise of the paper. People gave it a month, a week, a year at most. After all, the only business more risky than starting a restaurant was starting a newspaper. And a free newspaper? Forget it.

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    The new Flobots album, The Circle in the Square, celebrates worlds big and small

    See also: - Remembering Sandy Widener - Flobots ink deal with Shanachie Entertainment - Q&A: Jonny 5 of Flobots on the Occupy Movement - Q&A: Jonny 5 of Survival Story Sometimes Denver can feel like a very hip Mayberry. While waiting to meet the founding members of Flobots at the Denver Bike Cafe, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Dixons Downtown Grill will issue last call in early September

    Dixons has been a popular LoDo gathering spot for years -- but now it's closing.​It was fun, very fun, while it lasted -- and it lasted fourteen years. But come early September, Dixons Downtown Grill will close its doors. Dixons opened just two years after Coors Field came to lower downtown; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Remembering Sandy Widener, John Parr and Chase Parr

    katy tartakoff​The reminder for the memorial site at came in at 5:01 this morning. I did not need it: Not a day goes by that I do not think about Sandy Widener, John Parr and Chase Parr, the three members of a much-loved Colorado family who died in a horrific car wreck three year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    East High Angels are flying high in Denver

    ​This city is full of angels. On Sunday, I helped kick off the Parr-Widener 5K Walk-Run, an annual event that benefits the A Angels, a mentoring program at East High School, and is named for John Parr, Chase Parr and Sandy Widener, who died in a car crash at Christmas 2007. (Katy Parr, then ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: Remembering John Parr and Sandy Widener

    ​In the 21 months since John Parr, Sandy Widener and their daughter, Chase Parr, were killed in a horrific car accident, I've trained myself not to grab the phone to call Sandy, a wonderful writer and college pal who was one of the founders of Westword, to hoot over some journalistic dust-up. ... More >>

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    November 20, 2008
  • Blogs

    March 12, 2008

    In Memory: Imagining a Great City

    Back in 1982, Sandy Widener, one of Westword’s co-founders who by then had gone on to far more respectable employment with Rocky Mountain Magazine, was charged with coming up with a campaign slogan for Federico Pena, a lawyer/legislator and very dark-horse candidate running for mayor of Denver. Jo ... More >>

  • News

    February 21, 2008

    Letters to the Editor

    Letters from the week of 2/21/2008

  • News

    January 17, 2008

    Letters to the Editor

    Letters from the week of 1/27/2008