Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Wake-Up Call: The final Frontier

I'm about to head to Denver International Airport, which is suddenly in the shadows. Not because of the storm cloud that dumped a record amount of rain on DIA last evening -- but because Republic Airways' $109 million bid to buy Frontier out of bankruptcy could mean that Denver will lose its hometown airline.

Again. I still fondly remember the earlier incarnation of Frontier, which flew out of Stapleton and outfitted its planes with magazines that included folksy columns from Captain Chick Stevens. That airline shares little with the current Frontier, beyond a name, a Denver base and a certain love of shtick -- this time in the form of talking animals.

Hard to believe that Grizz would be quite so feisty living in Indianapolis, Republics' hometown.

Frontier has a date in bankruptcy court on July 13

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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