A recent survey found that Boulder is one of the ten most livable U.S. cities -- and this reputation explains why so many people want to relocate there. But even longtime residents see pros and cons, as is clear from a vintage bulletin board item entitled "Give me a reason not to go to Boulder." Con ... More >>
Thousands of people will descend on the tiny town(s) of South Park and Fairplay this patriotic weekend for the South Park Music Festival. Whether you're a pro at camping music festivals or a newbie who only bought tickets because you didn't realize South Park was a real town, there are some things e ... More >>
A few months back, we told you about the murder of Aspen socialite Nancy Pfister and the shocking arrests of William and Nancy Styler, an ex-doctor and his wife in their sixties who were renting Pfister's home. Now, all charges have been dropped against Nancy Styler -- but thus far, prosecutors are ... More >>
Last week, we updated you on the investigation into the murder of Nancy Pfister, a socialite whose body was discovered in a closet of her tony Aspen home; see our previous coverage below. Retired Denver-area doctor William Styler and his wife Nancy had previously been arrested in relation to the cr ... More >>
After we published our post about ten cars whose drivers can be jerks on icy roads, plenty of readers commented that Jeeps should have been included. But a Comment of the Day making that argument generated Jeep defenses aplenty, as well as attacks on the drivers of other car brands -- including one ... More >>
Boulder is certainly used to obnoxious behavior. Whether it's drunken college kids rioting on the Hill, homeless kids with dreadlocks harassing people on the Pearl Street Mall, entitled CEOs landing in jail (or just cutting us off in traffic), or the hippie elite lecturing the rest of the world on f ... More >>
We discuss weather in this state (and on this blog) a lot. If you've ever made small talk with a stranger here, then you know that weather is a hot topic, especially now that Mother Nature -- or global warming, depending on what you call it -- has decided to finally bring on the freezing-ass cold te ... More >>
Ah, the blessed holiday known as Black Friday. It's the day we celebrate what it means to be an American consumer. The doors to most stores will open at the crack of dawn and the deals will roll out, giving shoppers unbridled access to cheap stuff that will become our holiday gifts to our friends an ... More >>
A lot of those who commented on our post about an alleged Boulder road rage incident, during which a driver is accused of running over a woman's foot for walking on a closed road, focused on the car in question: the ubiquitous Subaru. Here's one of several hilarious takes on the subject.
The flooding in Boulder County may not be dominating newscasts the way it did back in September, but plenty of people in the area are still in recovery mode -- and many of them are plenty stressed, as illustrated by a recent incident on a road still accessible only to local traffic. According to th ... More >>
When my best friend was describing a near-perfect date that her boyfriend took her on last summer, I couldn't help but cringe. He got tickets to a show at Red Rocks -- and drove her in a rented, mint condition vintage Volkswagen bus. There is nothing romantic about a ride in a Volkswagen; I grew u ... More >>
When most of us are stuck in a traffic jam -- particularly during a Monday morning commute after a snowfall that left potentially icy pavement in its wake -- we tend to think about the inconvenience to us before we think about the story behind the stoppage. But this morning's shutdown of C-470 at I ... More >>
Shaun Motoda TAG|RAW BAR 1423 Larimer Street 303-996-2685 tagrawbar.com This is part two of my interview with Shaun Motoda, chef de cuisine of TAG|RAW BAR; part one of our conversation ran yesterday. Favorite Denver/Boulder restaurant(s) other than your own: I love the Cherry Cricket because their ... More >>
Remember the infamous incident in which a Longmont driver honked at two cyclists on an open road for several minutes ? Something similar happened again -- only this time, someone got hurt. Byron Nix was knocked off of his bike after a truck hit him and crushed his bike on Sunday. And the driver, who ... More >>
Last week, we shared our ten favorite item from the You know you're from Colorado When Tumblr. When we shared the post on the Westword Facebook page, we asked for your favorite ways to complete this sentence -- and you definitely came through. In fact, many of your answers were arguably better than ... More >>
Back in June, we shared a collection of the ten best Colorado hikes, culled from our Best of Denver archive. Now, for those of you who prefer two wheels to two feet (at least some of the time), here's a batch of best bike rides selected by our writers over the years, featuring links and the original ... More >>
A few weeks ago, a man knocked on the door of my commune around 6 a.m. He was pointing at the street frantically, barely able to sputter out the words "You? Subaru?" Yes, I owned a Subaru, and yes it was parked on the busy thoroughfare I call home on the west side of town. Apparently, a woman had pl ... More >>
An all-white bicycle with a bouquet of yellow flowers is now locked to a street pole on Lincoln at 6th Avenue -- an intersection where a cyclist collided with a car whose driver allegedly stole the bike and fled from the scene. The memorial, put up by local bike advocates who wish to remain anonym ... More >>
It never fails: Just when I become emotionally -- and occasionally physically -- attached to a certain fast-food item, the corporate overlords snatch it away like fiendish villains in a Joss Whedon movie (or one of his TV shows that hasn't been cancelled prematurely). Okay, so some items don't sell ... More >>
Is Colorado the Suburu state? That's what Bree Davies suggests in "An Ode to Subaru, the unofficial car of Colorado". While Wooderson, her beloved Outback, is the focus of the piece, there are plenty of other Subarus out there. An entire fleet of them. And their drivers are all fans.
When I was in my early twenties, I carried an aluminum baseball bat in the back of my car. It was initially gear for summer seasons of Chilihead softball: I worked at Chili's for a few years -- and, like many corporate chain restaurants, Chili's really wishes it were a high school. Because just as a ... More >>
The Dougherty gang just can't seem to stay out of the headlines. The trio of siblings, including sis Lee Grace, whose skintastic bikini photos became an Internet sensation, allegedly engaged in a cross-country crime spree that ended after a car-flipping chase in Southern Colorado last August. Now it ... More >>
Sex survey results here.This fall, Westword created an anonymous sex survey aiming to lay out the sexual habits of the Centennial State. We're now happy to announce these results of the first-ever Westword sex survey, of which more than 1,600 respondents participated. Read on to see our favor ... More >>
Residents of Barnum love their neighborhood, and several added their own reasons why to Jef Otte's "O, Barnum! An ode to Denver's least desirable neighborhood." Otte loves the activity, the weird stores around Federal Boulevard, even the fact that although the area's named for P.T. Barnum, t ... More >>
Big pics below.Yesterday morning's arrest of the Dougherty gang was just as wild as the crime spree that precipitated the trio's cross-country sprint. It involved a car chase, a flipped car and the shooting of Lee Grace Dougherty, the proud redneck and ex-stripper whose skanky bikini photos ... More >>
Love it or hate it, Spring Break is getting into full swing in the mountains. Here are 5 ways to get wild this weekend: OmMG! Looking for a side-serving of serenity with your weekend helping of stoke? Try the 1st annual Telluride Yoga Festival Winter Retreat, a chillier version of the chill ... More >>
Crested Butte Mountain Resort celebrates 20 years of hosting the U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships this week, a truly extreme action sports event that predates the X Games and other extremism in sports lexicography by about four years. The resort bills itself as "the birthplace of Big Mou ... More >>
For decades, as both a Denver City Council member and then a member of then-Mayor Wellington Webb's administration, Cathy Donohue helped steer the course of Denver. She just never expected to steer into Denver. But on November 24, 2008, Donohue was behind the wheel when her car crashed into ... More >>
Deputy Chief Tim Carlson and Senior Police Officer Sean Chandler were both shot in the melee.The explosion of violence that took place in Westminster yesterday harks back to the days when the law rode horses and gunmen died young 'n' purty. As the Westminster Police Department tells it, a th ... More >>
Diana DeGette wants to be Colorado's first female Senator - maybe - but Denver's U.S. Representative has gone about making that known in a strangely blunt and abrasive way, namely by calling out Governor Bill Ritter, who will choose a a new one, and by bashing the "chattering class." In a video pos ... More >>
A deeper shade of pale. As a Denver native, I’ve integrated myself into the culture of this city, knowing that on any given day I will see: someone in fleece; four forest green ski/bike racked Subaru station wagons; and that guy/gal who dresses in shorts, sandals and a parka with a hood. Even ... More >>
In 1988, Westword published its fifth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from the Best Band (the Subdudes, just going national) to the Best Hungry Young Band (Big Head Todd and the Monsters, long before they started singing Hillary Clinton’s song) to the Best H ... More >>
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