The Rainbow Family portrays itself as a benign group populated by people who resemble throwbacks to the hippie era. But is it actually a dangerous amalgam of humanity stocked with criminals, petty and otherwise? The latter description reflects the view of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office followi ... More >>
For the third consecutive day, we have sad news to report about the death of a skier in the Colorado high country -- and the second involving the Keystone ski area. But while the previous tragedy, involving a 46-year-old man who died after smashing into a tree over the weekend, will go down as an of ... More >>
With the mountains getting more snow, Arapahoe Basin already open for the season and additional resorts set to follow soon, it's time to start planning trips. But what's the best destination if you've got a family? The folks at the Colorado.com website have some ideas. They've listed seven ski area ... More >>
When you've dropped two or five or ten million on that second or third home in one of the more desirable Colorado mountain resorts, there are a few items that you take for granted will not be next door. Walmarts, trailer parks and rendering plants are probably high on the list. But so are roller coa ... More >>
Update: Late Wednesday afternoon, while most of us were getting ready for a well deserved day off on July 4, the Udall family, including Colorado Senator Mark Udall, were dealing with a tragedy. Randy Udall, Mark's brother and a nationally known environmental activist and fracking critic, had been m ... More >>
On Friday, we reported about the tragic death of a snowboarder in an avalanche near Vail Pass; see our original coverage below. The victim has now been identified as Mark McCarron, 38, of Westminster. As part of its original release, the Eagle Police Department noted that McCarron and friends accom ... More >>
In June, we shared the story of alleged fake firefighter Michael Maher, who managed to pose with Governor John Hickenlooper amid the ultra-destructive High Park Fire; see photos below. Now, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office has released a huge incident report on the case, containing lots of oddbal ... More >>
The Fourth of July brought some good news for Colorado Springs, where the Waldo Canyon fire has been blazing for more than ten days: The firefighters have now reached 90 percent containment of the fire, and expect to have it completely contained by tomorrow.
Bringing the 2022 Winter Olympics to Denver has the potential to bring people together in a way that nothing else can, Governor John Hickenlooper said today, expressing serious interest in a possible bid. The governor chatted with Westword this morning about what the Olympics could mean for Colora ... More >>
Update: In our original post about Michael Maher, who's accused of impersonating a firefighter tackling the ultra-destructive High Park blaze (see our earlier coverage below), we noted that his alleged impersonation suggested that he'd been trying something new in comparison with his previous crimin ... More >>
Why are the choices for the ninth One Book, One Denver so much better than the previous eight rounds? That's the question I asked Kristin Rust, spokeswoman for Denver Arts & Venues. She pointed to the commitment of Mayor Michael Hancock, as well as a hard-working committee that came up with the thre ... More >>
The U.S. Forest Service is now admitting that the Lower North Fork Fire near Conifer, which appears to have led to at least two casualties (one woman is still missing), was started by a prescribed burn that got out of control. Meanwhile, Governor John Hickenlooper has suspended such burns until aft ... More >>
The Lower North Fork Fire has already resulted in two fatalities and remains uncontained at this writing -- and the conditions that have fueled it are clearly not lost on officials in other communities. Below, see information about newly announced fire bans in Boulder and Golden, as well as a releas ... More >>
Ken Salazar.Since his appointment as Secretary of the Interior in 2009, Ken Salazar has been the point man for the Obama administration's efforts to put the brakes on the drill-baby-drill energy policy of the Bush years, often facing stiff opposition from congressional leaders and the oil and ... More >>
"The Clear Creek Ranger District invites you to drive the highest road in North America!" says the U.S. Forest Service web page on Mount Evans. The drive offers views of "the Continental Divide, mountain goat and bighorn sheep herds, wildflowers and Bristlecone Pine trees." But stopping to lo ... More >>
Don't fear the meter.In one of the more ridiculous recent examples of asinine government nitpickery, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday upheld a ruling of a lower court in a case alleging that the U.S. Forest Service was charging people $10 to drive up the Mount Evans Scenic Byw ... More >>
The Colorado Roadless Project and the Outdoor Alliance have a cool new campaign promoting their efforts to protect Colorado's 4.2 million acres of National Forest lands currently designated as "Roadless Areas" for mountain biking, hiking, climbing, paddling, backcountry skiing and snowboardin ... More >>
Videos below.Update: There's good news about the Maxwell fire near Boulder. The blaze has only consumed sixty acres, not the 100 acres originally estimated -- and high humidity helped firefighters bump the containment up from 25 percent to 40 percent. But even as the fight goes on, authoriti ... More >>
Get your marijuana-infused celebrating done on 4/20 tomorrow, since two days later, on Earth Day, there apparently won't be much to light up about. According to new research, indoor marijuana cultivation -- i.e., the kind that accounts for the vast majority of medical marijuana sold in Color ... More >>
Tim WirthFormer Senator Tim Wirth, a formidable opponent in the 1980s of the U.S. Army's big plans for its training site in southeastern Colorado, views possible expansion of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site as possibly a greater threat to the area's environment and economy today than it was th ... More >>
Artillery ranges and tank maneuvers on fragile grasslands. Depopulated farm towns, suitable for urban warfare exercises for thousands of troops. A military installation the size of Massachusetts, sprawling across southern Colorado from Trinidad to the Kansas border. If you're going to plan, p ... More >>
The Fourmile Canyon fire near Boulder was extraordinarily destructive -- yet the volunteer firefighter whose fire pit likely launched the initial spark will not be charged with a crime. That's the decision of Boulder DA Stan Garnett, who feels he couldn't prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt ... More >>
2009 Sugarloaf Mountain bust.Breaking news: Boulder is recognized the world over as a marijuana-friendly town. But apparently the weed smoked by thousands of attendees at the annual 4/20 orgasm of cannabis consumption at CU is largely grown elsewhere. As evidence, note that this week's bust ... More >>
A Flickr photoNot okay. You know what's gross? Poop. You know what's even grosser? Poop in your water. How to prevent that from happening will be the subject of an outdoorsy conference at the American Alpine Club in Golden this weekend. The conference is cleverly titled Exit Strategies -- as ... More >>
Lori Midson "My goal," says Sergio Romero, "is to be on a wait as often as possible, to have people love our food and eat it up, and to provide an experience that's a little different from everything else in Denver." And the exec chef of Argyll Gastropub fiercely believes that the Cherry Cree ... More >>
That sound makes me want to bite somebody's freakin' head off!Some creative researchers at Northern Arizona University have discovered what could be a literally sound solution to saving Colorado's forests that are rapidly dying at the jaws of pine beetles. The answer could lie in the sound o ... More >>
Cooking With Gas
Forget those lazy days of summer. Coloradans like to push themselves -- right to the top.
An avalanche buried their friend -- and a Denver trio is still digging out.
Let the blame game begin!
The media play catch-up on the state's largest-ever blaze.
The lost town of Saxonia reemerges from the pages of history.
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum
From the week of August 3
How harmful is Russian knapweed? Park volunteers are told to keep hands off.
A Missouri millionaire's fishing resort darkens the day for residents of Pitkin County's Fryingpan Valley.
Environmentalists warn that the Forest Service's new Colorado mogul could be dangerous.
The speed merchants who risk their lives on the Pikes Peak Highway hope to put the brakes on a road-paving project.
IS NOTHING SACRED? AN UNPRECEDENTED GATHERING OF THE TRIBES IN BOULDER TRIES TO DECIDE.
PLANS TO PUT A "LEARNING CENTER" ON MT. EVANS LEAVE SOME FUMING.
ADAM'S RIB SKI-AREA DEVELOPER BLANKETS POLITICIANS WITH A BUREAUCRATIC BLIZZARD.