Lynn Carey and Luan Akin have garnered respect for a few years now for their traffic acumen -- Carey for her radio updates and Akin for her eye-in-the-sky TV work. So, putting them together was the equivalent of creating a traffic all-star squad, which helps explain why Channel 4's traffic coverage has left the competition in the slow lane.


Keep your eyes on the road! Scott Yates does, and the result is MyTrafficNews, an amusing, informative, highly opinionated Web site. "Our corporate philosophy is that the world could use a little less of the corporate mindset," reads the site's fine print. "Traffic is a drag, and we just want to do what we can to help, starting with trying to treat readers like human beings." A good example of that treatment: Readers can get personalized afternoon e-mails that predict problems on their commute home that day. Sponsored by RTD with an assist from 9News (and its helicopter), MyTrafficNews dispenses current traffic and construction information with a humorous twist: "Unless a volcano erupts underneath the Mousetrap," read one posting on March 11, "we're figuring today will be a better drive home than it was Friday."
Keep your eyes on the road! Scott Yates does, and the result is MyTrafficNews, an amusing, informative, highly opinionated Web site. "Our corporate philosophy is that the world could use a little less of the corporate mindset," reads the site's fine print. "Traffic is a drag, and we just want to do what we can to help, starting with trying to treat readers like human beings." A good example of that treatment: Readers can get personalized afternoon e-mails that predict problems on their commute home that day. Sponsored by RTD with an assist from 9News (and its helicopter), MyTrafficNews dispenses current traffic and construction information with a humorous twist: "Unless a volcano erupts underneath the Mousetrap," read one posting on March 11, "we're figuring today will be a better drive home than it was Friday."


When idling up Floyd Hill at half-speed and with a full load, truckers from Allied Van Lines apparently don't have much else to do than take in the view. That's why, in a recent survey of more than 300 of these professionals -- men and women who prowl the interstates from coast to coast -- they voted Colorado's I-70 the most scenic stretch of asphalt in the nation. Of course, motorists stuck in gridlock -- and between a couple of diesel-puffing big rigs -- near Georgetown on a ski-weekend afternoon probably have another way to describe the scene.
When idling up Floyd Hill at half-speed and with a full load, truckers from Allied Van Lines apparently don't have much else to do than take in the view. That's why, in a recent survey of more than 300 of these professionals -- men and women who prowl the interstates from coast to coast -- they voted Colorado's I-70 the most scenic stretch of asphalt in the nation. Of course, motorists stuck in gridlock -- and between a couple of diesel-puffing big rigs -- near Georgetown on a ski-weekend afternoon probably have another way to describe the scene.


Life is different in the People's Republic of Boulder -- oh, excuse us, that's the Independent Republic of Greater Boulderia, according to the mondoboulder Web site, the most excellent work of Old Boulder Bozo Peter Aretin. Full of far-from-gratuitous insults, a few nostalgic pieces, up-to-the-minute commentary and a listing of the first annual Dillies -- awards named in honor of the infamous Boulder Public Library dildos -- mondoboulder's aim is true, and it hits its target dead-on. Take this from the home page: "Events of the last year have raised serious questions in the minds of many Boulderians concerning our security. The Broomfield-County/FlatIron-Crossing Axis of Retail continued to wage unrelenting economic warfare on Boulderia. Security forces and loyal partisans clashed repeatedly with upholstered-furniture terrorists in the troubled University Hill region. Boulderian elementary schools fell under siege from deadly prairie dogs. Pro- and anti-dog-poop factions clashed openly on Boulderian open space, as pro- and anti-goose-poop parties began to loose trial rhetorical salvos in the next big poop-oriented brouhaha. There was the much-wrangled refugee problem, and Boulderia has recently come under mounting pressure to shoot most of the deer to stop chronic wasting disease. The Counter-Intuitive Agency urges citizens to maintain their usual saint-like calm and wishes to reassure Boulderia that we take these things seriously!" For a seriously good time, call up www.mondoboulder.com.
Life is different in the People's Republic of Boulder -- oh, excuse us, that's the Independent Republic of Greater Boulderia, according to the mondoboulder Web site, the most excellent work of Old Boulder Bozo Peter Aretin. Full of far-from-gratuitous insults, a few nostalgic pieces, up-to-the-minute commentary and a listing of the first annual Dillies -- awards named in honor of the infamous Boulder Public Library dildos -- mondoboulder's aim is true, and it hits its target dead-on. Take this from the home page: "Events of the last year have raised serious questions in the minds of many Boulderians concerning our security. The Broomfield-County/FlatIron-Crossing Axis of Retail continued to wage unrelenting economic warfare on Boulderia. Security forces and loyal partisans clashed repeatedly with upholstered-furniture terrorists in the troubled University Hill region. Boulderian elementary schools fell under siege from deadly prairie dogs. Pro- and anti-dog-poop factions clashed openly on Boulderian open space, as pro- and anti-goose-poop parties began to loose trial rhetorical salvos in the next big poop-oriented brouhaha. There was the much-wrangled refugee problem, and Boulderia has recently come under mounting pressure to shoot most of the deer to stop chronic wasting disease. The Counter-Intuitive Agency urges citizens to maintain their usual saint-like calm and wishes to reassure Boulderia that we take these things seriously!" For a seriously good time, call up www.mondoboulder.com.


Channel 4 devotes a half-hour every week to entertainment reporter Greg Moody's all-positive, all-the-time entertainment show, Show. That's a commendable commitment to culture. And Show's better than ever these days, since veteran TV man (and recent Channel 9 escapee) Ed Greene started contributing his own offbeat, opinionated looks at Denver in a segment called "Ed's Favorites." Ed man talking!
Channel 4 devotes a half-hour every week to entertainment reporter Greg Moody's all-positive, all-the-time entertainment show, Show. That's a commendable commitment to culture. And Show's better than ever these days, since veteran TV man (and recent Channel 9 escapee) Ed Greene started contributing his own offbeat, opinionated looks at Denver in a segment called "Ed's Favorites." Ed man talking!


After September's terrorist strikes, security changes at Denver International Airport caused security checks at the facility to last as long as a screening of Titanic. Shortly thereafter, KOA added reports about the length of the wait to the tail end of newscasts, tossing out times along with mentions of current temperatures and road conditions -- for which the city's travelers owe the station a debt of gratitude.

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