Last month, we reported about the police killing of a "customer" during a prostitution sting in Greeley. Now, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck has released a letter about the incident in which he details why he feels the shooting of the man, 31-year-old Raymond Garcia, was justified. The docu ... More >>
Last month's bust of 21-year-old Carousel Reed and others was reportedly part of an ongoing investigation into prostitution in Greeley. But a raid yesterday resulted in an unexpected and tragic outcome: a man described as a "customer" was gunned down by cops after allegedly producing a weapon. Here ... More >>
While much of northern Colorado was concentrating on seceding from the state last fall, ">Garden City continued to go its own way -- and that way was focused squarely on the future. And yesterday, Cloud 9 Caregivers opened in that tiny town (population 241 in 2012) -- the first retail marijuana shop ... More >>
Earlier this week, we wrote about twelve deaths the Denver District Attorney's Office believes are linked to medical marijuana; the original post is below. After the piece's publication, the DA's office reached out to let us know the folks there had overlooked another possible MMJ-related homicide ... More >>
Last week, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey told city council members that there were "twelve homicides related directly to medical marijuana." He subsequently said the figures were "loose" and didn't all occur in MMJ facilities. But when contacted by Westword, Morrissey's office did indeed ... More >>
Update: Last week, we shared preliminary information about the arrest of Lucas Ackerman in a fatal crash immediately following a 4th of July fireworks display in Grand Lake; see our previous coverage below, including details about a fire following a similar July 4 event in Windsor. Now, we know con ... More >>
Surprise, surprise: Two more non-dispensary-friendly cities across the state have enacted even additional ordinances to ban pot shops. The city councils of both Greeley and Montrose gave affirmative votes Tuesday evening on rules that would deny any future shops from entering their borders. Greeley ... More >>
A Colorado ban against texting while driving went into effect in 2009 -- not that Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle thought it would make a huge difference. At the time, he shrugged off the measure as a "feel-good law" that would be tough to enforce. More than three years later, texting and driving ... More >>
After returning from tours in Afghanistan and Iraq ten years ago, Navy veteran Jeremy Usher experienced symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder according to the Greeley Tribune. He subsequently tried treating his condition with alcohol, resulting in multiple DUIs and a probationary sentence. But ... More >>
If Greeley police are correct, Justin Robert West set up a camera in the family changing room at a local fun center in search of a pervy sexual jolt. But the image he allegedly took of himself setting up the device probably didn't give him much of a thrill -- since it led directly to his arrest.
"Not so glad to be home," Greeley high school teacher Rhonda Eisenberg wrote on the wall of her Facebook page this past Saturday, after returning from an enjoyable trip to Lake Dillon and Vail. But she may have a different point of view on that sentiment this morning, given that she was booked into ... More >>
Facial tattoos aren't exactly the kind of ink that's easy to cover with a piece of clothing -- not if you want to see where you're going, anyhow. And this proved to be a problem for Nehemiah Chavez, whose Playboy bunny tat -- designating his alleged membership in a Greeley gang called the Playboyz - ... More >>
The Internet is filled with forgotten pages -- cyberspace cul de sacs filled with oddball content. Take Procheerleader.blog. It was folded in to UltimateCheerleaders.com several years ago, but content from 2004 to 2008 continues to linger, including lotsa quirky pics of Denver Broncos cheerleaders. ... More >>
Rollie Heath.Tomorrow, voters will be asked to weigh in on Proposition 103, which would hike taxes to raise money for schools. Senator Rollie Heath, the measure's most familiar proponent, is unwilling to predict victory. But he believes the vote will be "very, very close" -- and he's optimis ... More >>
Lazarus Pino was once a medical marijuana rebel fighting against a move to shut down his dispensary. Now, however, he's accused of being a common (or maybe uncommon) goon. Along with members of his family, including his mom, Pino has been charged with beating, torturing and shooting at a man who tr ... More >>
Mike Coffman.Read Denver blog posts and you'll grow up to be big and strong. BigMedia.org's Jason Salzman on Mike Coffman joining the crowd referring to Social Security as a Ponzi scheme. Colorado Independent's John Tomasic reports that paywalls at the Greeley Tribune and other Swift Commun ... More >>
Connie Willis.Greeley author Connie Willis was in Washington over the weekend, picking up her seventh Nebula award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Yes, her seventh. The SFFWA's 1,500 members awarded best novel honors to her epic two-volume work, Blackout/All Clear, a ... More >>
Big pics below.Jason McEwan and Michelle White threw a party and an episode of The Jerry Springer Show broke out. That's according to the Greeley police, who say special guests at the bash included a mistaken sexual advance, brass knuckles, a Samurai sword, a narrow escape and a threatened p ... More >>
Ken Buck.In 2008, the Weld County Sheriff's Office raided Amalia's Translation and Tax Service in Greeley as part of Operations Numbers Game, an effort to bust identity thieves who were also undocumented immigrants. The ACLU filed suit over the action -- and this week, Weld District Attorney/ ... More >>
Big pic below.Can a suicide attempt be a parole violation? Yes, if the person hoping to kill himself has been ordered to stay away from drugs and he tries to overdose. That's the accusation against Eric Kinder, 43, whose alleged death wish follows a conviction over a police standoff prompted ... More >>
Big pic below.The story of Shannon Johnson, accused of letting her infant son drown while she played a Facebook game, has been reported in such far-flung locations as Australia and China because her act was such a crime of the times. And she'll have lots of opportunities to mull it over: She' ... More >>
Weld County is undergoing an explosion in the number of oil and gas companies using a technique called "horizontal drilling" to get at deposits deep in the Denver Basin, according to the Greeley Tribune. Which puts us in mind of a certain Simpsons episode.
Brett ReeseLast year, Westword profiled Andrea Merida, a Denver Public Schools board member who caused a stir in 2009 when she had herself secretly sworn in. Last year, a few voters tried to recall her after she wrote a negative op-ed about a senate candidate without revealing that she was wo ... More >>
Greeley TribuneWe begin with the drama in Greeley... An Arizona truck driver lost his mind in Greeley and hijacked a Comcast TV truck, which he then drove through the locked gate of a Mormon Bishop's mansion and told the man he was ready to see Jesus. When the cops showed up, the hijacker op ... More >>
Large photo below.The last Weld County deputy to die while doing his job was Earl Bucher way back in 1940 -- until yesterday, that is. Deputy Sam Brownlee was allegedly slain by Reuben Reyes, twenty, following a chase that reached speeds topping 100 miles per hour. Afterward, Reyes himself wa ... More >>
Dean Singleton.On Sunday, the Denver Post published "Notice to Readers About Denver Post Copyright Protections" -- although readers weren't really the target audience. The piece is actually a bellicose warning to content thieves who reproduce Post stories or photos without permission. So... w ... More >>
Photo: Joe MahoneyAnn Imse envisioned Colorado Public News as a way to fill the reporting gap left by the disappearance of newspapers like the Rocky Mountain News, where she once worked. The problem was trying to get someone to pay for it -- and a year later, Imse, CPN's editor, succeeded, la ... More >>
Ken Buck.Late last month, Colorado GOP boss Dick Wadhams said Democrats' decision to attack Ken Buck with ads on issues like abortion shows that they're "intellectually bankrupt," since the voting public is clearly more interested in "the economy and taxes and spending." But Buck opponents a ... More >>
"There's No Place Like Home for Somali Refugees in Greeley," a November 2008 feature by ex-Westword staffer Lisa Rab, told the tale of the Somali community in Northern Colorado, and those members who'd lost jobs in what Rab described in a followup post as "a clash over prayer breaks at the JB ... More >>
Mark Udall.In April, Senator Mark Udall marked the anniversary of the 1915 Armenian genocide with a strongly worded statement. But these words didn't satisfy Rocky Mountain Hye Advocates, an organization trying to get all members of the Colorado congressional delegation to support a national ... More >>
Full-size photo below.Today, the swastika is almost exclusively associated with the Nazi regime. But the icon was once seen as a benign decorative device -- which explains how it turned up on a quilt recently donated to the Greeley Museums. Manager Erin Quinn views it as a gorgeous specimen. ... More >>
"Don't worry about the facts. I'll make them up later."As the 2010 Census gears up (and the U.S. Census Bureau looks to hire takers who have what it takes), technical questions are sure to come up -- like, for example, should prisoners on the eastern plains by counted as rural residents or ur ... More >>
Arguments continue about just how grassroots protests against healthcare reform like a recent shoutfest at an Ed Perlmutter event really are. But such displays of disaffection are positively organic in comparison with the rally about climate legislation that took place yesterday in Greeley. The Gre ... More >>
Aaron Thackeray See photos of Day One's fans on the slideshow page. It's here: The second edition of the Mile High Music Fest is underway, and our gaggle of writers and photogs are shvitzing their way around the grounds to bring you ongoing, as-close-to-live-as-my-fingers-allow coverage of Denver ... More >>
An image from the last edition of "Fort Collins Now." Today marks the final edition of Fort Collins Now, a weekly newspaper that built up a considerable following dating to 2003, when it was born as the Fort Collins Weekly. Indeed, Northern Colorado as a whole was practically bursting at the seams ... More >>
Over the past few years, Greeley has become a hotbed for immigration issues in Colorado. In 2006, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents raided the Swift meatpacking plant there, arresting more than 250 people, many of whom were detained and separated from their children. And last year, local l ... More >>
You know the greatest thing about Greeley mayor Ed Clark? He really knows how to relate to the young people of America. Like in June, Clark spotted a fifteen-year-old boy riding his motorbike down a neighborhood street, and somehow the former cop just knew that what the boy really wanted was to be v ... More >>
Weld County Sheriff John Cooke. News organizations routinely shrug off criticism from Colorado Media Matters because the website operates from a liberal perspective -- something its overseers don't hide. Yet CMM frequently finds examples of journalistic errors and oversights that should dismay any ... More >>
Forward into the past. As reported in this week’s cover story, University of Denver employees Jeff Corbin and Robert Amme are using the online game Second Life to train workers for a new wave of nuclear power plants expected to be built around the country. If any of these plants, spurred by rene ... More >>
The April 10 Message column refers to a report by Paul Voakes, dean for the School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of Colorado Boulder, about the Campus Press, CU’s student-operated online newspaper. The de facto investigation into the Press following its publication of “If ... More >>
Some of newspapering's best and brightest are trading journalism for academia — including three Pulitzer winners hired at CU.
The northern Colorado newspaper market is a real pie fight.
The departure of Rocky Mountain News editorial employees who took the tabloid's most recent buyout offer hasn't stopped the march of workers toward the exit. Scribes are splitting on a regular basis, with the two most recent being Darrell Proctor, who's held assorted editing and Web-oriented positio ... More >>
A February 23 blog concerned an admission by folks at the Greeley Tribune that they'd routinely published reports from other area newspapers under an Associated Press byline without going through the AP. The Trib's article about this practice noted that it had begun under the editorshop of Chris Cob ... More >>
Print is far from dead in Fort Collins, where five free weeklies compete for ad revenue and readers' eyeballs.
From kitty cut-ups to an airline named Ted, this was one oddball year.