The homegrown Rio Grande chain just opened its first new location in almost ten years up in Summit County, at 182 Lusher Court in Frisco. It's the perfect spot to stop after a leaf-peeping excursion this weekend. Because the gold in the hills isn't just those aspen turning colors: There's also plent ... More >>
Over the past couple of weeks, information has emerged about a bizarre series of events in Summit County. At the center of them is Tyrus Vanmatre, a twenty-year-old from Littleton who's gone from being a hockey standout and aspiring actor/model to an arrestee for allegedly attacking a teenager with ... More >>
The Town of Vail may have banned recreational marijuana stores, but the Eagle County commissioners this week agreed to allow pot shops to open in unincorporated parts of the county. So Eagle County now joins neighbor and fellow tourist magnet Summit County in allowing recreational pot sales. The two ... More >>
We've all experienced the excitement of hitting the road for a much-deserved trip into the high country, followed swiftly by the disappointment of getting stuck in a traffic jam as a result of endless construction delays. To help drivers avoid such nightmares, the Colorado Department of Transportati ... More >>
Denver Broncos training camp -- which is still free, and one of the best things that the team does for its fans -- gets under way at Dove Valley on Thursday, July 25, with the first of sixteen practices that will be open to the public. And the players and coaches will be only too happy to focus on X ... More >>
Another tragedy has taken place on the ski slopes of a Colorado resort. Arthur Glaz, a 27-year-old Air Force lieutenant stationed in New Mexico, lost his life at Keystone on Friday. Glaz is officially the fourth person to die at a ski area in the state this season, although there have been other sk ... More >>
In a year of big ski-town anniversaries -- including a 40th bash at Copper Mountain, 50th anniversaries at Vail and Steamboat and Eldora, the 75th anniversary celebration at Loveland, and the upcoming 100th anniversary of Steamboat Springs' Howelsen Hill -- the wildest party of all just might be thi ... More >>
Colorado is one of the country's top two markets for Tuaca, a liqueur as ubiquitous as snow (and sometimes more so) in the high country. But how did that happen? Blame it on two Summit County bartenders who came across the brand on their travels, then made it at home in Colorado. "Bartenders are al ... More >>
If the Jefferson County DA's office is right, some of the sixteen people indicted in a drug ring bust weren't satisfied with dealing meth and cocaine. They were also allegedly involved with an illegal cockfighting operation featuring seventy roosters plus accoutrements that allowed the birds to slas ... More >>
Loveland lost the annual race to open first this season to the neighbors at Arapahoe Basin, but first chair tomorrow at 9 a.m. will still be a hot ticket when the ski area marks the start of its 75th anniversary season with a top-to-bottom run on the Catwalk, Mambo, and Homerun trails. See Also: ... More >>
Not only will the 16th Street Mall have a bigger range of food vendors than ever before this summer, but those vendors will be keeping much more extensive hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, under new contracts with the Downtown Denver Partnership, which over ... More >>
"This year the Colorado Mountain Club is celebrating its hundredth anniversary, and it's also a big anniversary -- the tenth -- for our annual Mountain Fest outdoor education event," says CMC spokeswoman Rachel Scott. "We have a great program on Saturday and six other big events this year as part of ... More >>
Get to steppin'! The 3rd annual Estes Park Winter Festival opens tonight with a free "Ceilidh" Irish barn dance and runs through Monday at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, with a CandyLand Ice Castle for kids and family-friendly events including ice skating, ice bowling, horse and carriage rides, a ... More >>
In the 2011 Best of Denver, Westword awarded Best Ski Pass Deal honors to Copper Mountain's $99 Snow Day Pass, a deal so sweet -- last year there were more than thirty eligible "Snow Days" at Copper, and $99 is less than the price of a single-day lift ticket at certain other Summit County res ... More >>
Poor Boyz Productions' 2011 ski epic The Grand Bizarre got its Colorado premiere over the weekend in Aspen at The Meeting ski and snowboard film festival; it comes to the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street, tonight at 7 p.m. with featured skiers Bobby Brown, Nick Martini, Simon Dumont, Matt Walker an ... More >>
Magic Trip is a featured film this weekend at Mountainfilm in TellurideRoad trip! The 32nd annual Mountainfilm in Telluride film festival gets into full swing today at 9 a.m. with opening remarks from filmmaker Tom Shadyac and a Moving Mountains "Awareness into Action" symposium. The first sc ... More >>
At the very least, the recent ragtag assembly of Colorado tourist-attraction mascots at the Discover Colorado Rally proved that the snuggly symbols of the state's travel industry are out of touch with reality. To appeal to today's cash-strapped consumer, Colorado needs truthier travel mascot ... More >>
Queue up "Rocky Mountain High" for the 2011 Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame awards: John Denver (who is on a roll here -- he's also about to be inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame) is among this year's candidates. As his friend and fellow musician Jim Salestrom notes in ... More >>
Arapahoe Basin photo archives, via SummitDaily.comOn "the Beach" at Arapahoe Basin, back in the dayBack in the day we had to ski to school uphill in both directions. Okay, maybe not, but you can still get an earful of old-school ski stories when representatives from Arapahoe Basin, Breckenrid ... More >>
Nobody's reppin' the local scene as hard as the new Snowboard Colorado magazine, and the third issue hit core snowboard shops this week. To pick up your free copy, look for the brand-new magazine racks made from Colorado beetle-kill wood. That's Skylar Holgate on the cover carving a big turn ... More >>
The absinthe fairy at Absinthe House.Boulder is about to go even greener. At the end of this month, Absinthe House will open in the former Foundry space at 1109 Walnut Street. "We want it to look like an absinthe house that's been around before the ban on absinthe ninety years ago, but with a ... More >>
Tammy DavisWho wants to be a coroner? More people than you think, now that CSI and its ilk have made death investigation seem like a hip and even lively career choice. In Colorado practically anyone can apply for the job, which has made for some intriguing races this year. Especially in Par ... More >>
Rob Corry has his PR cannon aimed squarely at Centennial.The lawsuit against Centennial by CannaMart, a medical marijuana dispensary the city shut down despite granting it a business license a short time earlier, gets its first reading in court today, and Rob Corry and a team of attorneys rep ... More >>
Sean McAllister thinks the government has better things to spend money on than busting small-time weed users.While the rest of the state bickers about medical marijuana, and what kind of limitations should or shouldn't be placed upon it (read Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper's take here), Breck ... More >>
David John Moskal, 1955-2009. Disbarred attorney David John Moskal, who became embroiled in legal controversies in Colorado while on supervised release from federal prison for stealing millions from clients in Minnesota, died August 3 in Summit County. No cause of death has been released. An ... More >>
OK, so CNN.com's Freshman Year -- the internet reality show starring Colorado Congressman Jared Polis -- isn't likely an accurate representation of how Polis spends his time. And he does allegedly visit an Aurora detention center in the most recent episode (although we don't see it, and I'm co ... 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 >>
Photo courtesy of Rich DziombaPicture frames made of beetle-killed pine trees in the BKTA showroom. The problem is a familiar one to Colorado residents by now: two million acres of dead trees, forested mountainsides turned entirely red. The high country has been turned into a giant tinderbox by a ... More >>
It's American Craft Beer Week - seven days that even the United States Congress felt should be set aside for drinking micro brews. But Colorado's beer culture is worth a deeper look, since 100 craft breweries operated here in 2008, producing 75,000 barrels of delicious beer. Of particular interest ... More >>
In an item included in a May 2008 Message column, longtime Denver Post staffer Steve Lipsher talked about his decision to leave the beefy broadsheet in favor of a news-editor gig at the Summit Daily News, a 12,000-circulation free daily based in Frisco. His love for the mountains was one motivation ... More >>
KUVO/89.3 FM has faced its share of financial challenges over the past few years, which Michael Roberts pointed out in "Changes in the Air at KUVO." The station's CEO, Gene Craven, sent out an e-mail today stating that longtime jazz DJs Ed Danielson and Rodney Franks will lose their daytime host pos ... More >>
In 1992, Westword published its ninth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Last Stand (the Denver Zephyrs, about to be supplanted by the Colorado Rockies) to Best Bail Bondsman (Duane Chapman, before he became known as “Dog”) to Best — and Sometimes ... More >>
From the week of 3/22/07
Sermon on the mountain
Celebrate with beer and all the trimmings.
Talkin' 'bout my generation. Sigh.
Copper Mountain invites skiers to play with their food
Colorado ski resorts look to folkie Jim Salestrom for a musical lift.
We brake for jerky, America's fastest-growing snack food.
A new bill proposes leaving rural areas openand developed areas denser than your average pro-growth legislator.
Two years ago, a deadlocked jury saved Thomas luther from the death penalty. But the legacy of his crimes continues.
Westword's guide to the 1997-98 ski and snowboard season
Cher Elder's family knew all about Thomas Luther. The jury didn't.