There's a chill in the air and it's just about time to drive up to the mountains and see the leaves changing color. But there's plenty to do in town, too, including several community parties with beer and music. You can also chase Bigfoot or rub elbows with some legendary professional skateboarders. ... More >>
Farm-to-fork, farm-to-table, pasture-to-plate: Whether industry buzz phrases or genuine attempts to improve the quality of meals for restaurant diners, the trend has blossomed into a nationwide obsession for restaurateurs and dedicated gourmands alike. The sincerity of a kitchen's efforts is general ... More >>
Both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Colorado Supreme Court have ruled that individuals can't be jailed because they're too poor to pay fines. But the ACLU of Colorado maintains that at least three local communities, and possibly a lot more, routinely do so. The organization has written the towns as ... More >>
Last week, we shared with you five nice/nasty definitions of five Colorado cities -- Boulder, Greeley, Vail, Grand Junction and Denver -- on Urban Dictionary. But those were hardly the only places from our fair state to get the sometimes on-point/often flat-out-crazy treatment from the site's inspir ... More >>
The flooding that's swamped so many communities would seem to provide plenty of repair work for people who specialize in flooring and landscaping -- but not necessarily roofing. According to the Wheat Ridge Police Department, though, roofing scammers are leading the pack when it comes to potentiall ... More >>
Robert Cherenzia learned how to make bagels in New York before hauling his baking secrets to Park City, Utah, where the Detroit native opened his own bagel shop and, he says, "fell in love with the restaurant industry." Years later, he moved to Denver, doing time at Wolfgang Puck Express and Paradis ... More >>
What does manliness mean in the 21st century? According to our friends at the real estate blog for Movoto, who've compiled a list of Colorado's ten manliest cities, it's a combination of things. Like steakhouses. And cigar shops. And gun stores. Look below to see Movoto's top ten, complete with pho ... More >>
Our latest update about Gunsmoke Guns, the Wheat Ridge business at the center of the just-canceled reality TV series American Guns, featured a search warrant affidavit suggesting tax rip-offs going back years. But the evidence presented in the document against the Wyatt family -- Rich, Renee, Kurt a ... More >>
Update: We've been following a series of surprising incidents involving Gunsmoke Guns, a Wheat Ridge store that served as the setting of American Guns, a reality TV series that was recently canceled by the Discovery Channel; see our previous coverage below. First, there was a robbery. Then, there w ... More >>
Best Colorado Meds is an orphan from Fort Collins, left to fend for itself in a partially hidden Wheat Ridge location after being ousted due to a dispensary ban. My budtender told me the owners hope to reopen in the Fort and keep the Wheat Ridge store running, too -- likely a good move considering t ... More >>
If the Jefferson County DA's office is right, some of the sixteen people indicted in a drug ring bust weren't satisfied with dealing meth and cocaine. They were also allegedly involved with an illegal cockfighting operation featuring seventy roosters plus accoutrements that allowed the birds to slas ... More >>
Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard, a homegrown chain, is heating up this green chile season by rolling out a roster of chile-injected menu items: a green chile burger, a green chile chicken sandwich, green chile sliders and breakfast burritos, all smothered with New Mexico Hatch green chiles. The ... More >>
When I bumped into my neighbor the other day, we got to talking about sausage. He'd recently acquired a beautiful new meat grinder and has been having a great time with it. I, coincidentally, have always wanted to make my own sausage, and asked if he'd show me how. "Of course!" he said. "I ha ... More >>
otterbox.com The Consumer Electronics Show, that yearly technology bacchanal, kicks off today in Las Vegas. It's an orgy of smartphones, tablets, Justin Bieber and ... gospel singers belting out tweets? You better believe it. A host of Colorado companies are there, showing and telling and (ho ... More >>
Big pics below.It's been a whirlwind June for Kittredge artist Michael McGrath. Three small pieces, including two featuring nudity and a third that was mistaken for a vagina, were removed from a display at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center. But yesterday, they were back -- following a letter ... More >>
Wheat Ridge cleaning clown. Nothing says springtime in Denver like a clown painting leaning against the front wheel of a car parked before an open garage door on a driveway teeming with junk. The clown painting practically promises that the open garage is the portal to a secret kingdom of jun ... More >>
The JV Bandit.Last month, we noted that the JV Bandit would make the varsity soon, given the rate at which he was allegedly knocking over banks. And the suspect, named by the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, which has bestowed monikers on the likes of the Formerly Known as the Perennia ... More >>
A sign of the times?Update, 4:01 p.m.: Pat Dunn just called with information about a court hearing earlier today involving an altercation at an earlier protest. Look below for more information. On Friday, we told you about a call for a counter-protest against the group picketing Wolf Interst ... More >>
Makeout Point, a newer outfit that formed this past spring, recently finished filming its first video for a song called "Falling In." We just got a peek at some stills from the shoot and the video looks like it's going to be positively funtastic on the homemade goodness tip, with the band rocking ... More >>
As Colorado's medical-marijuana industry grows, marijuana dispensaries of all types and sizes are proliferating around the state. Some resemble swanky bars or sterile dentist offices; others feel like a dope dealer's college dorm room. To help keep them all straight, Westword will be offering ... More >>
The dress code calls for black on black, or at least dark on dark, but I wear red pants. It sets me up as an outsider, which is exactly what I am - at least when I arrive. But by the end of the day, I'll feel like a fellow condottieri, a medieval mercenary-in-training living in a world that has forg ... More >>
The space at 846 Broadway has long been the go-to bar for all our needs around the office. It's been the Parlour, the Minturn Saloon and Moon Time in the years that I've been here --everything from a kinda weird, quasi-classy bolt-hole with a serious kitchen to a mountain transplant w ... More >>
In 1992, Westword published its ninth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Last Stand (the Denver Zephyrs, about to be supplanted by the Colorado Rockies) to Best Bail Bondsman (Duane Chapman, before he became known as “Dog”) to Best — and Sometimes ... More >>
When a half-pound of ground, nicely fatty Angus beef is whacked onto the hot steel, it produces a flood of meat juice that caramelizes instantly into a crispy halo of blood and fat around the edge of the burger. It’s like meat candy, the delicacy you lose when a burger is cooked on a slotted gril ... More >>
Errors aren't exactly alien to Rocky Mountain News columnist Bill Johnson -- yet he outdid himself with "Woman's Flag Upside Down, As Are Neighbors' Responses," a piece that ran on July 11. The column revolves around Beth Hammer, a 64-year-old Wheat Ridge resident who's in dutch with her home-owner ... More >>
Ceviche...fresh chips and chipotle salsa...empanadas and arepas con something-or-other with goat cheese...fried plantains, thick-cut and buttery, crisp at the edges and gooey in the middle. Plantains are hard to do even moderately well, and these were the best fried plantains I've had in Denver. S ... More >>
A funny thing happend on the way to the hallucination machine.
A young pro bowler finds hope to spare.
Karin Heine property , Wheat Ridge
An incomplete history of local barchitecture, undertaken in two sober afternoons.
What's it like to work at the state's largest detox? These counselors were scared straight.
A group of Wheat Ridge neighbors turn up their noses at a malodorous mare.
Are the series of superhighways inching their way around Denver a "beltway"--or a noose?