A long-festering conflict between southeast Colorado ranchers and the Pentagon slipped into a wary truce Monday, when a senior Army official announced a strategic retreat from plans to expand the 367-square-mile Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site. The move, coming after months of unofficial hints and assura ... More >>
The Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant has been out of the business of producing plutonium-triggers for atomic bombs for two decades now; after a $7 billion cleanup, it was transferred to the Department of Fish & Wildlife, which one day will reopen the property sixteen miles upwind of Denver as a wil ... More >>
This year's Denver Comic Con took over the Colorado Convention Center last weekend, and thousands of costumes filled the huge arena. Amid the superheroes and fanboys were pop-culture references from the 1980s, including at least one Mr. T doppelgĂ¤nger. Information technologist Andy Gray dressed up ... More >>
Franklin Sain, the government contractor arrested last week after sending racist and sexist e-mails to Representative Rhonda Fields, a prominent backer of gun-control legislation (see our previous coverage below), has now been formally charged with two counts, including harassment-ethnic intimidatio ... More >>
The subject of guns can inflame emotions. But Colorado Springs-based Franklin Sain is accused of letting those passions get out of control. He's been formally accused of harassment and more via e-mails sent to Representative Rhonda Fields, a gun-control advocate whose son was murdered, including one ... More >>
Flags in Colorado will fly at half staff today, as they have been since December 14, to honor the children and adults who were killed in Newtown, Connecticut. They'll be raised again to their full height on Wednesday -- unless of course there is another tragedy, another senseless death in Colorado o ... More >>
Billy Joe Delacey is a U.S. Army veteran who had two war-zone deployments. But this service to his country didn't prevent him from being indicted in relation to a brutal crime -- the fatal Mesa County beating of a male escort he's said to have met on Craigslist. See the indictment and get details b ... More >>
Jasim Mohammed Hassin Ramadon is one of five Iraqi men charged in a rape so horrific that a Colorado Springs Police spokeswoman can barely describe the details without getting emotional. And yet last fall, Ramadon was featured in a TV report on view below in which he was hailed as a hero for helping ... More >>
Wade Michael Page, the deceased forty-year-old gunman who is alleged to have killed six people at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, reportedly has ties to Colorado. Citing an interview he gave to Label 56 this past May, a bulletin sent out by the Southern Poverty Law Center this morning states ... More >>
Billy Reno's first reaction to the Occupy Wall Street movement was a desire to head to New York. But this was quickly squashed when he stopped by the local movement instead. Tonight, Reno, whose last name is spelled on the knuckles of his left hand with a diamond replacing the O, will sleep o ... More >>
Thomas Bohne with his winning dish.Food in the mess hall at the U.S. Army base in Wurzburg, Germany, was bad. So bad that Thomas Bohne, who had never even cracked open a blue box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, took it upon himself to make something edible. He dropped 99 cents on a Thai cookboo ... More >>
Scott Tipton.No question, rebranding can be a bitch. Is that Slinky in the CenturyLink commercials really an improvement over the Qwest lightbeam? But nothing quite spells "public relations fiasco" like the U.S. Army's clueless attempt to change the name of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site to " ... More >>
This is the smug grin you make when you no longer give a shit.Johnny Depp gotta eat. And pay his mortgage. And Disney pays very well. Maybe that explains why he looks so thoroughly bored in the new Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, opening tomorrow. Captain Jack Sparrow was endeari ... More >>
Marvin BookerA day after Denver officials cleared five officers of wrongdoing in the death of an inmate in the Denver jail, the family of Marvin Booker made a public plea to federal officials to look into the case. "None of us could see my brother's reaction because of all of those police on ... More >>
Schwartzman.Update: In our last post about the murder of Gerald Schwartzman, 73, on view below, we pointed out that we didn't know much about the victim other than the most basic information. We now have a much better-rounded view thanks to a heartfelt statement released by his family -- and ... More >>
Anthony CameraAndrea Merida.Our latest feature story, "Andrea Merida's Classroom Behavior Has Earned Her a Seat Apart on the Denver School Board," profiles Merida, the controversial DPS board member who, in ten months on the board, has butted heads with administrators, stood up for teachers w ... More >>
The old board.Last November, a billboard questioning Barack Obama's nation of birth and asking the question "President or Jihad?" appeared along I-70 on the property of Wolf Interstate Leasing & Sales, earning enormous publicity for the birther cause and prompting regular protests. But now it ... More >>
Victoria HansenA younger me with my would-be recruiter, Sgt. Tim Pickel.It's been five years since an investigative report that I wrote for my high school newspaper sent shock waves all the way to the Pentagon. For me, the bomb rush of media and interviews feels like a lifetime ago -- and gen ... More >>
Representative Wes McKinley is sitting in a bar in Denver, but his mind is hundreds of miles away -- on the rangeland of southeastern Colorado, that stunning swathe of cactus and canyons and ranches that have been in families for generations. The land that the U.S. Army would like to conquer ... More >>
Mystery choppers over the Kirby ranch.A recent blog item featured several photos of the black helicopters of Yoder, which have been buzzing Shellie Kirby's ranch in the southeast corner of El Paso County for the past three years. Kirby has filed several complaints with Fort Carson, the Nation ... More >>
Jane Norton.Last month, the National Republican Senatorial Committee registered a couple of domain names on behalf of former Colorado Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton -- and today, Norton's using one of them, JaneNortonForColorado.com. Up-front: A news item that declares, "Jane Norton official ... More >>
A Flickr photoRobert Redford, who's probably had some work done.Today and tomorrow, political heavy hitters of the progressive persuasion throughout the region are meeting at the Colorado History Museum as part of the 2009 Western Summit, sponsored by Project New West, an organization that de ... More >>
Mike Coffman's not happy with Colorado Ethics Watch. After the Independent Ethics Commission failed to censure 6th District Congressman Mike Coffman, Colorado Ethics Watch director Chantall Taylor issued a statement expressing disappointment that the IEC had let Coffman off the hook so easily. Not ... More >>
Ward Churchill, as drawn by Kenny Be. Much of the Ward Churchill trial to date has been a big tease. Reports suggested that Churchill might take the stand in his wrongful termination lawsuit against the University of Colorado-Boulder as early as March 16. But it wasn't until yesterday that the once ... More >>
Chris Cina disappeared from the dining scene two years ago. Now hes back, and in a most unlikely place.
Steven Soderbergh tries, and largely fails, to make ’em like they used to.
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You need a high school diploma to enlist -- or a recruiter willing to bend the rules.
In search of the pike that got away.
The Missing misses plenty, except ancient prejudices.
Art's on the way up in Denver and on the way down in Baghdad.
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The Honky Tonk Hangovers make country music that will go to your head.
Heroes and zeroes can change places over time, according to a new exhibit.
Novelist James Ellroy reshapes America's ugly history in his own image
Sports gizmos spring up.
Unusual mediums are showcased at the Bayeux Gallery and the Foothills Art Center.
Re-examining the cultural legacy of the MC5.
An appreciation of fireguys, and one rogue amazon.
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