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Best Appearance by a Coloradan in a Comic Strip

Gale Norton

Gale Norton didn't want to be a character in Doonesbury, even one who remained both unseen and unheard. But cartoonist Garry Trudeau got Washington talking when he lampooned Colorado's former attorney general, a surprise appointment to the Bush cabinet. During Norton's confirmation hearings before the Senate -- where the libertarian-turned-Republican declared herself a "passionate conservationist" who could ably serve as Secretary of the Interior -- Trudeau labeled her a "pin-up girl for companies accused of plundering the environment." Queried one cartoon senator: "You mean 'poster girl'?" "No, no," replied the caricature of a Texas oilman (as if that weren't redundant). "They really do want to get in bed with her."

Best Appearance by a Coloradan in a Comic Strip

Gale Norton

Gale Norton didn't want to be a character in Doonesbury, even one who remained both unseen and unheard. But cartoonist Garry Trudeau got Washington talking when he lampooned Colorado's former attorney general, a surprise appointment to the Bush cabinet. During Norton's confirmation hearings before the Senate -- where the libertarian-turned-Republican declared herself a "passionate conservationist" who could ably serve as Secretary of the Interior -- Trudeau labeled her a "pin-up girl for companies accused of plundering the environment." Queried one cartoon senator: "You mean 'poster girl'?" "No, no," replied the caricature of a Texas oilman (as if that weren't redundant). "They really do want to get in bed with her."

Best Appearance by a Coloradan in a National Magazine

Ben Nighthorse Campbell

After polling congressional staffers, Washingtonian magazine last fall named Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a resident of the southern Colorado town of Ignacio, Capitol Hill's top "Fashion Victim." What, they don't like bolo ties, big belt buckles and leather chaps inside the Beltway?

Best Appearance by a Coloradan in a National Magazine

Ben Nighthorse Campbell

After polling congressional staffers, Washingtonian magazine last fall named Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a resident of the southern Colorado town of Ignacio, Capitol Hill's top "Fashion Victim." What, they don't like bolo ties, big belt buckles and leather chaps inside the Beltway?

When the Vail Marketing Board wanted to attract summer tourists last year, it created an advertising campaign that featured photographs of a playground in Portland, Oregon.
When the Vail Marketing Board wanted to attract summer tourists last year, it created an advertising campaign that featured photographs of a playground in Portland, Oregon.
We accept that Alfred Packer is Colorado's most famous cannibal -- but do we have to label him a cold-blooded murderer, too? David Bailey doesn't think so, and the evidence seems to be mounting in his favor. Using sophisticated imaging technology, a team from Mesa State College uncovered bits of lead that could support Packer's contention that he shot one of his traveling companions in self-defense after the other man had hatcheted the rest of the party to death in 1874. (Okay, and then Packer gnawed on a few of them.) The fruits of Bailey's labors could be a sweet-tasting victory for historic accuracy.

We accept that Alfred Packer is Colorado's most famous cannibal -- but do we have to label him a cold-blooded murderer, too? David Bailey doesn't think so, and the evidence seems to be mounting in his favor. Using sophisticated imaging technology, a team from Mesa State College uncovered bits of lead that could support Packer's contention that he shot one of his traveling companions in self-defense after the other man had hatcheted the rest of the party to death in 1874. (Okay, and then Packer gnawed on a few of them.) The fruits of Bailey's labors could be a sweet-tasting victory for historic accuracy.

The Oxford Hotel
Technically, the downstairs restrooms in the century-old Oxford Hotel are not intended for the public -- but they're just too lovely not to share with the world. Although the smaller bathrooms that you reach through McCormick's Fish House are nice enough, the real winners are below the hotel lobby. And while the women's bathroom is spacious, well-stocked and boasts acres of vintage Victorian tile, the men's room can claim magnificent marble urinals -- the very vessels that Bat Masterson is rumored to have emptied his, er, weapon into. To pee or not to pee? That's no question when you're in the vicinity of the Oxford. Just walk in like you own the place, head downstairs and have a seat.

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