This week's cover story, "Frack Attack!," explores the increasingly ambitious anti-fracking movement in Colorado, a state with plenty of oil and gas wells and plenty of people who want to shut 'em down. One sign of the movement's increasing sophistication is the production of a contentious new docum ... More >>
If you thought the folks behind the 51st State Initiative were discouraged when only five of eleven counties where the ballot measure ran voted to secede from Colorado, you'd be wrong. The organizers are thrilled by what they describe as an "OVERWHELMING success" (the caps are theirs). They're als ... More >>
Denver blog posts are always attractive. South Stands Denver's Colin Daniels thinks Colorado's pot laws could convince ballers to sign up with the Nuggets. Colorado Pols: Jennifer "CAPartyGirl" Kerns tries to export Colorado voter recalls of gun-law reformers. Coyote Gulch: Can the Weld County co ... More >>
How unhappy is Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway about the political direction in which Colorado is heading? So unhappy that he and several of his colleagues are gathering support among officials in other nearby counties to form what he calls the "51st Star Committee." Its mission: to secede fr ... More >>
Denver blog posts feel your pain. Denver Stiffs' Nate Timmons on those Nuggets who are free agents -- and when decisions about them must be made. Colorado Peak Politics wonders if Hick is to blame for the state slipping on a business-friendliness list. Big Media's Jason Salzman notes that the Wel ... More >>
During recent months, numerous sheriffs, including Larimer County's Justin Smith and Weld County's John Cooke, have ripped proposed gun-control measures before the Colorado legislature. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa has been critical of such efforts, too. But his office is upset at local medi ... More >>
Denver blog posts can identify with pretty much anything. Denver Stiffs' Nate Timmons was initially puzzled about how to explain the Nuggets' come-from-behind win over the Bucks last night -- until he realized this kinda thing has been happening a lot lately. The Colorado Independent's John Tomasi ... More >>
A stolen vehicle. Two armed robbery attempts, one of them successful. And a police chase prior to an arrest. That's a full day for anyone -- but especially for a twelve year old, busted yesterday along with a wizened cohort, age sixteen. What happened? Here's how the cops describe it.
Denver blog posts has a lot less interest in this weekend's NFL playoffs than expected. Mile High Report fan poster McGeorge argues against throwing the baby out with the bathwater when it comes to Rahim Moore, who gave up the TD that eventually crushed the Broncos' season. The Colorado Independen ... More >>
Up in Weld County, owners of the three dispensaries in Dacono have filed a complaint to stop a citywide ban on medical marijuana businesses that's scheduled to take effect January 1. Dacono Meds, Maryjane's Medicinal and Green Medicals filed their request for an injunction last Friday, hoping to sta ... More >>
Had 35-year-old Consuela Zavala crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in the fifteen years since he was accused of brutally gunning down a man in a Weld County onion field? No one's saying right now. But his attempt to enter Arizona last month triggered a Colorado arrest warrant that led to Zavala's arrest ... More >>
Update: In response to requests from some groups to extend the public comment period for the proposal to increase water storage at Chatfield Reservoir -- a project that's raised several environmental concerns, as detailed in the original story below -- the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has just annou ... 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 >>
Weld County is launching a campaign to educate immigrants about the importance of reporting crimes to the police. "We want everyone to report crime, every time," Ken Buck, the Weld County district attorney, said today at a press conference in Greeley. That includes undocumented immigrants and refu ... 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 >>
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 pics below.The Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA) hadn't been used in Weld County for a gang-related case until last week, when five men were indicted by a grand jury on a multitude of charges, including assault, witness intimidation and racketeering. As a bonus, all of them, a ... 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.
Sam Brownlee.Last November, Sam Brownlee became the first Weld County deputy to die in the line of duty since 1940 when he was shot and killed by Reuben Reyes, twenty, following a high-speed chase. Now, an uncommonly frank review of the incident has been released, and the three-person panel b ... More >>
Large pic below.Don't know if Arizona's Ever Eleazar Murrieta-Nieblas tried to convince authorities that the marijuana in his possession was for medical purposes -- but it would have been a tough argument, since there was 276 pounds of it. The sheer heft likely helped convince a jury to convi ... 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 >>
Larger photo below.In June, we told you about Christopher Hanson, a Greeley gang member suspected of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman -- and then trying to hire someone to kill her. Last night, a Weld County jury found him guilty on six counts for crimes dating back to December of ... More >>
Ken Buck.Proof that Ken Buck, once thought to be an also-ran in the U.S. Senate race, is now perceived as a serious threat: He's the target of attacks from fellow Republican senate hopeful Jane Norton as well as Pat Waak, head of the Colorado Democratic Party. Waak believes current frontrunn ... More >>
Robert Laurencio Montoya in new duds, as seen in Channel 4 coverage.At this writing, a memorial service for Kayleah Wilson, who was twelve at the time of her death, is taking place in Greeley. But earlier today, the focus was on a person whose involvement in the case was little known by the g ... More >>
"That heifer is my hero!"Cows are generally thought to be relatively docile creatures: lumbering, slow moving grass munchers that aren't terribly difficult to round up. But not a heifer in Evans, which, during almost 24 hours on the loose, repeatedly evaded capture. And it wasn't subdued unt ... More >>
Weld County's falling wages didn't put this smile on Betsy Markey's face.In just-released county and employment figures from the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, two Colorado counties get significant spotlight time -- and not in a way calculated to please representatives Bets ... More >>
"You want me to do WHAT?"Sexting: the latest teenage pastime designed to make adults lose their shit. But before you write off the response to the phenomenon as more middlebrow hysteria, grok the particulars of Geovany Alarcon, twenty, who earned a four-year prison jolt in Weld County Court t ... More >>
Cheba Hut raised a toasty toast this week when a Weld County District Court judge overturned a ruling that had denied a liquor license to the sub shop's Greeley location. In April, Robert Frick, who rules on Greeley liquor licenses, turned down the company's request, citing Cheba Hut's pot-r ... More >>
Run for your own Happily Ever After in Greeley.
"C'mere, Trigger."Zoning disputes: Not an inherently fascinating subject for folks not involved with them -- and often not even then. But the interest level perks up when wholesale horse assassination is thrown into the mix. According to the Weld County Sheriff's Office, Trenton Parker recen ... More >>
This weekend, law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force to make sure you don't do anything stupid behind the wheel over the Memorial Day weekend. This link on the Colorado Department of Transportation website details the specific plans of 85 separate organizations. For instanc ... More >>
A banner from the Colorado Progressive Coalition's website. Earlier today, the news from the Colorado Progressive Coalition sounded dire. A press release from the nonpartisan group, which had been conducting get-out-the-vote campaigns in Weld County, said that Spanish-speaking voters were "running ... More >>
An unfortunate "oops." A lot of newspaper errors are kinda funny -- as long as we're not the ones making them, that is. But one on the Rocky Mountain News website at this writing is more sad than amusing: A piece headlined "Boyfriend Suspected in Slaying of Girl, 4" is affixed to a completely diff ... More >>
The video embedded above was posted by the Weld county sheriff's department to help catch the crooks burglarizing the pictured condo. Who knew the Internets would be turned to such weird uses? Shopping was a given, porn seems obvious in retrospect, and Star Trek discussion and flame wars were clearl ... More >>
Wednesday, February 7, Black Sheep, Colorado Springs, 1-866-468-7621.
Encountering turbulence, but still flying.
If one schnauzer is nice, what's wrong with 150?
What they did on your summer vacation.
Kenneth Monfort's Boyhood Home
Centennial Village Museum
Half a Dozen Heartaches
When Gary Antonoff set up his own private government, the town of Lochbuie got soaked.
Six decades after Prohibition failed, a Colorado town known for living it up considers going dry
Colorado residents take the initiative in slowing growth.
DRIBBLES AND BITS AND BITS AND BITS.
Despite government aid, a Weld County company goes to bankruptcy court.