Update: Last week, we told you about the stabbing death of eighteen-year-old Anthony Benavidez at a Thornton trailer park; see our previous coverage below. Shortly after their arrival at the scene, members of the Thornton Police Department took a seventeen year old into custody on suspicion of comm ... More >>
What are the best places in Colorado to find a job? The folks at the Nerd Wallet website have just released a list that attempts to answer that question, and surprisingly enough, several cities that almost always wind up on such rosters -- including Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs -- are nowher ... More >>
Another closure to let you know about: The Firehouse Tavern has closed. The Thornton bar, which opened in 2009, went dark recently after a three-and-a-half year run. A two-story suburban outpost housed in the former Holly North space at 10369 Quivas Street, the Firehouse became a choice destination ... More >>
In the 24 hours or so, fliers have popped up on or near Westword's offices related to a search for Bryanna Barragan, a fourteen year old Thornton girl who disappeared Thanksgiving week. But Barragan wasn't abducted. Rather, she ran away from home, like hundreds of others in Thornton every year. But ... More >>
For me, going to the suburbs for anything is like taking a spaceship to a distant planet populated by strange aliens and strip malls. Still, on occasion I'll haul my shorts out to an outlying town. In this case, it was Thornton, because I'd heard that Cinebarre has movies, booze and food -- all at t ... More >>
In Denver, sign twirlers live a relatively free life, at least when it comes to the city's regulations of the profession. As long as they stay off streets and medians and aren't actually panhandlers, they are obeying the law. But as we explored in our cover story, "Spin City!," other local municipal ... More >>
Update: A just-released indictment related to Operation Sweet Leaf, in which 25 metro-area marijuana grows were raided, names 22-year-old Jordan Buehrer as the alleged ringleader of the scheme -- although Buehrer's LinkedIn profile suggests another name. The bare-bones page lists him as the owner o ... More >>
Bigger photo belowUpdate (10/19): Ah, yes. That explains it. According to Chris K., host of Colorado Sound and longtime friend of Backbeat, evidently, Colorado Rocks!: Five Decades of Rock Music History, is out of print, thus the hefty price tag we spied at the Goodwill over the weekend. "I h ... More >>
Right on the heels of the really-fucking-big-deal opening of the Don Anema Memorial Skatepark in Northglenn -- which rivals (if not outdoes) the Denver Skatepark for biggest park in the state -- come two more hot skate spots in the northern suburbs: the Trail Winds Skatepark in Thornton, set to open ... More >>
Doubletree Hotel by HiltonJust under four weeks ago, the old Graystone Castle overlooking I-25 reopened as a Doubletree Hotel by Hilton. And besides giving the place a makeover and a name change, the new owners also brought in a new restaurant: Radius Bar and Grill opened on the same day as t ... More >>
This week, the FBI issued preliminary 2009-2010 crime stat comparisons for municipalities across the country, including five in Colorado: Boulder, Denver, Lakewood, Pueblo and Thornton. However, Aurora didn't want to be left out. The city has released the data it shared with the feds, showing ... More >>
It's a bittersweet day for music fans in Northern Colorado. Today our neighbors to the north are mourning the loss of two of their own, DJ Jimmy Hands and Kyle Dyas, KUNC's music director, who both passed away unexpectedly over the weekend. The sad news comes in just as we're getting word f ... More >>
Michelle Martinez's Bagel Bakery will provide food items for Anythink Cafe.At 11 a.m. today, members of the Metro North Chamber of Commerce will cut the ribbon on Anythink Cafe, 5877 East 120th Avenue in Brighton, on the Anythink Wright Farms campus -- the flagship part of the Rangeview Libra ... More >>
Sunflower Farmers Market, the homegrown, all-natural and organic grocer started by Mike Gilliland in 2003, will open new stores in Lafayette and Thornton tomorrow. The new stores, which make it an even dozen outlets for Sunflower in this state, are at 555 West South Boulder Road in Lafayett ... More >>
A reader tipped us off that a sign had recently resurfaced on the property of Brittany Hill, 9350 Grant Street in Thornton, spurring questions over whether the event center was still on track to open in early 2011-- or if it was up (again) for sale or lease. JoeAnn Falco, Brittany Hill's own ... More >>
full-sized comic belowThornton Dust Devil Real name: Bill Riley; Occupation: Bike peddler; Suburb of operation: Thornton; Hair: The Alec Baldwin; Vision: Futuristic Suburban superhero skills: While Thornton Dust Devil may appear to possess normal strength for a man of his age, height and bui ... More >>
Hawthorne Hill Apartments.What the hell's going on around here lately? Hot on the heels of Michael Wade Jackson's arrest in the slaying of Mohamed Abushahma and a shooting near a condo in Aurora, we're learning about the discovery of two dead bodies -- one male, one female -- in a Thornton ap ... More >>
Today is Customer Appreciation Day at selectJimmy John's outlets, which will be selling their 8″ Sub Sandwiches for just $1. The fine print: Only sandwiches #1 through 6 on the menu are eligible, the deal goes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today only, and it's one sandwich per person -- and just ... More >>
Talk about a blast from the past: Brittany Hill, long a favored spot for romantic dinners and corporate meetings, will soon rise again. The restaurant, which boasted a stunning view and so-so food, opened back in 1981, and enjoyed a good run until it closed in 2006. But now the location at ... More >>
"By the time you get that commuter rail line out to Thornton, most Adams County residents will be commuting to their jobs in North Dakota by hydrogen-powered time machines."
Last night, city councils at localities throughout the state, including Longmont, Lafayette, Louisville and Thornton, discussed the issue of medical-marijuana dispensaries at city council meetings. In Durango, for instance, officials approved preliminary tweaks in regulations, setting hours o ... More >>
The Arizona-based Martini Ranch USA, which owns Martini Ranch clubs in Scottsdale and San Diego, abruptly closed its Denver space at 1317 14th Street at the end of July. "Right now it's in negotiations with the chain ownership and a remodel," Jason Witkes, the venue's marketing coordinator, told Jon ... More >>
The lobby of the Highline Circle of Life Center in Thornton. Perfect for a funeral... or a receiving line? One of the first clues was the slideshow. It was about halfway into yesterday's grand opening ceremony at the Highline Circle of Life Center in Thornton -- a facility that's half-funeral home ... More >>
What are you? Chicken? Dig in. Today in Cafe Society: • Fried chicken at White Fence Farm. • Soup's back on for hospice benefit, and other class acts. • A Milking It review of LiveActive Nut Harvest Crunch. • Lenny's Sub Shop now open on Lincoln. • Coffee Spot: Ink! Coffee. • Fine past ... More >>
We're working hard to stay on top of the restaurant industry news -- a challenging task in these uncertain times. Whenever we hear of restaurants opening or closing, we post it on this blog; now we're going to start summarizing the action at the end of the month. And there's been plenty of action i ... More >>
Once hailed as the perfect community, Northglenn is ready to fight for its life.
For revenue-hungry cities in the northern metro area, it's shop 'til you're dropped
Leave the skivvies, grab the bike and hit the road.
Mogul Mania leaps into Vail
Mile High Comics Megastore
Eastlake is the town that development forgot...for about the next three minutes.
Grabbing a pizza the action in Thornton.