Colorado


V.22 No.33 |

news

The Daily Word in Mubarak's potential release, bear maulings and Pistorius' indictment

The Daily Word

Egyptian officials are calling for the release of former President Hosni Mubarak from prison, which some say could result in more violence in Egypt.

A study shows that US unemployment rates increased in more than half the states in July, and hiring, which has been steady since January, took a slow decline in July as well.

Oscar Pistorius, Paralympic champion, is being indicted for premeditated murder for the shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

This is why I don't go jogging in Michigan, Alaska, Colorado, Wyoming … or pretty much anywhere.

I don't care if you raised the prices. We came to see some polar bears!

UNM has incorporated a new system where students can log in online to report crimes they witness on campus. … because phones are so last year.

It's not every day that you pay 25 cents upon receiving a parcel from China. … and then get arrested for it.

Just in case you ever wondered what would happen if you stuck a fork into your meat and two veg, a 70-year-old Australian man has the answer.

V.22 No.27 |

news

The Daily Word in BP appeals case, Roswell and Google Doodle and superhero villains

The Daily Word

BP Lawyer cites "irreparable injustices" in how settlement payments are being handled.

Officials probe why a jet that crash landed in San Francisco was flying too slow before it hit the runway.

Authorities search for 40 missing people after a train blast in Quebec town that killed five.

Michael Allen speaks out in speculation over whether Albuquerque police could have spared his brother, Vincent Wood, who was shot multiple times on Friday night.

Albuquerque remembers Austin Hudson-LaPore.

Google Doodle and Roswell? Oh, we're there!

City planners want to make Central a little snazzier! Neon signs anyone?

First Batman ... and now Spider-Man? I thought superheroes were supposed to fight crime!

V.22 No.25 |

news

The Daily Word in affirmative action, transgender rights and possible fraud

The Daily Word

First the Food Network and now Smithfield! You're making some enemies, Paula!

Affirmative action takes the backseat ...

Berlusconi gets seven years, but will it stick? No pun intended.

Colorado court rules in favor of a transgendered girl who was denied access to the girls' bathroom.

Phillip Garcia found guilty of kidnapping.

Have some mental health providers been mishandling funds? Tsk Tsk Tsk ...

When did they start letting people in Aransas Pass have monkeys? Should I move back to Texas?

V.22 No.19 |

news

The Daily Word in Obama's pressing conference, stray bullets and a grave-robbing decorator

The Daily Word

I hope you got some good notes handy, Mr. President.

Sorry Monsanto, I didn't know these were your beans.

Just in case you want to know what's going on with Dr. Kermit Gosnell ...

Woman struck by stray bullet on Mother's Day "expected to be alright."

Steven Michael Quezada to speak at LULAC convention.

Wow, Brad Tate's got some record there.

Our local K-9's have got some good scent magic going on.

Debra Farinella, I think those deceased people would like their flowers back.

V.22 No.18 |

news

The Daily Word in the incredible story of the Cleveland hostages, pink dolphins and hairy visors

The Daily Word

Reported cases of HIV infection are on the increase on the Navajo Reservation.

Colorado pot legalization involves some new taxes that may not have the support of pro-marijuana groups.

KOAT reports a rash of bike thefts downtown.

Are some of our contemporary English words identical to words from a 15,000 year old "proto-Eurasiatic" Ice Age language?

Kidnapped in Cleveland, hostages for ten years and an instant-classic TV interview.

The United States finally came out and accused China of cyber-espionage.

The pink dolphins of Hong Kong are dying.

I bet Bill Richardson could get Led Zeppelin back together.

The ABBA museum in Stockholm is now open!

This article explains the origins the conservative Islamist movement in Bangladesh.

There's only enough room in this world for one manufacturer of "visors with simulated hair," AKA hairy-hats.

On this day in 1980, Yugoslavian dictator Josip Tito was buried.

V.21 No.44 |

Election

Colorado legalized weed

"We have a lot to celebrate tonight," says Judge Jim Gray, Gary Johnson's presidential running mate.

Ending the drug war was part of the Libertarian platform this year. And Colorado has voted in favor of the sale of marijuana for recreational use.

V.21 No.41 | 10/11/2012

Get Out!

Springs Fling

A relaxed, all-season Colorado destination

Travel writer Elizabeth W. Hughes heads north for camping and a float race down a river.
V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012
Mina Yamashita

Have Fork, Will Travel

Denver on a Dime

Eating up a long weekend in the Mile High City

Denver is a big city with the easy-going personality of the mountain states. While it’s not much bigger than Albuquerque in square miles, it’s denser in population and infrastructure. The city is a warren of neighborhoods with names like Capitol Hill, LoDo and Cherry Creek, and I’ve watched them mature over 30-odd years of visiting friends and relatives there.
V.20 No.33 | 8/18/2011

Arts

Office Excavations

It’s been four months and I’m still finding stuff

Today’s Office Excavations post is about a box of phlogs. If you punch this word into Google, you’ll get a dozen different definitions. I think, in this case—although there is no explanation accompanying the box—the artist means “photo logs,” or something of this ilk.

The box, which was under a stack of junk on a bookshelf in my office, is full of black, matte, blank greeting cards, each with a black and white photo glued to the front. Most of the subjects pictured are people, although one is cutlery and dirty plates. Each photo has intriguing composition and exudes a melancholy feel, such as I like my art to have. On the back of every card is an essay relating to the image on the front. The essays are little capsules of narrative poignancy.

A sheet inside the box reads “Phlogs: Journey to the heart of the human predicament. Note card series by George Stranahan.” (Dirty dishes do get right to the heart of my predicament.)

It turns out that George Stranahan is a physicist, philosopher, educator, writer and photographer who lives in Colorado. He is also a brewer. He started the Flying Dog brewpub in Aspen, which expanded to become a brewery in Denver, with his friend and neighbor Hunter S. Thompson!

The note cards are an offshoot of the book, Phlogs: Journey to the heart of the human predicament, which is full of photos and essays by Stranahan. He had some help on the bound version from author Nicole Beinstein Strait, who wrote some of the essays.

The note cards are really cool and I’m willing to share. If you comment on this blog, I will mail you one at random, and you can regift it or tack it to your wall. (Up to 12 people, because that’s how many cards there are.)

V.20 No.1 |

News

The Daily Word 1.7.11: Letter from a hospital shooter

The Daily Word

Hospital shooting suspect leaves letter for family, says girlfriend hit herself.

On the other hand, girlfriend says shooter hit her when she wouldn't give him money for drugs.

Colorado fire marshal afraid people will burn down houses with marijuana growing equipment.

Impostor horse takes field at race track.

Circumcision. Apparently it keeps women from getting cancer.

Women's tears are a big turn off.

Hungary wants to defuse tension over strict new media law.

Tyson chicken tycoon dead.

Happy birthday, Kenny Loggins.

Reading glasses hustler sent to prison.

V.19 No.24 |

bikes

Black Hawk Blues

I've been fuming since I read about a totally dick move in my former state.

See, the tiny town of Black Hawk, Colorado (home to a couple casinos and not much else) has begun to ticket people for riding bikes in town. That's right, ride your bike, pay a $68 fine.

Black Hawk's City Manager, Michael Copp, says the ban is due to safety reasons, even though there hasn't been an accident involving bikes yet.

It's been years since I've been to Black Hawk, but the traffic there is awful. Basically, imagine a bunch of cars creeping along old-timey roads as they make their way to casino parking lots. And since this is Colorado we're talking about, by cars I mean giant SUVs. Oh, there are also enormous tourist busses thrown in the mix, because why drive to Black Hawk when you can hop on an air conditioned bus and avoid the windy mountain roads.

I'll be honest, I'm not the type of cyclist whose likely to ride through a town like this--heading up mountains without gears is no fun--and I think it's probably terrifying to do so. But citing safety seems like a big smelly load of BS. The kind of people who drive all the way up Black Hawk to gamble seem to me (note the strong editorial bias here) to be the kind of people who think bicyclists shouldn't be on the road at all. A couple of bikes here and there probably scares the crap out of them, even though they're moving at a snail's pace through town.

My biggest issue is the ban itself, whatever the reason. The chain-reaction that could come from this negates all the good work bicycle advocates have been doing in the last few years. It's always going to be somewhat unsafe to ride a bike on any road (just like it's kind of unsafe to drive on any road), but that doesn't mean making biking illegal is a good answer.

Worried about safety, lower the speed limit, put up "share the road" signs, offer bicyclists alternative routes. See, there are tons of ways to let everyone win. An outright ban is backward thinking. I sure hope Colorado bike advocates invade the town, get off their bikes in the middle of the streets and shut down traffic altogether. If biking is so dangerous, maybe driving should be banned and everyone should just walk.

V.19 No.7 | 2/18/2010
Our air hockey table in the back of a truck.

The Alibi Air Hockey Table Has Been Grabbed

This week, we ran an Alibi classified ad offering up our the air hockey table to the first person who could haul it away. We got about a zillion calls and now it’s gone. Sorry to everyone who didn’t get here first. It was really huge and took up our whole back room, so it’s kind of nice to have it gone. Our back room was packed with so much junk you could barely move in there, much less play air hockey. Farewell, air hockey table.

V.18 No.36 | 9/3/2009

Music to Your Ears

Monolith Festival, Take Three

Since 2007, the massive team behind Colorado’s Monolith Festival has made magic happen with a two-day odyssey into musical bliss. Hosted at the scenic Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Monolith Festival is quickly becoming the premier festival in the region. Last year saw appearances by Cut Copy, Justice, The Hood Internet, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Tilly and the Wall, Atmosphere, and Band of Horses. As if those performances weren’t enough, four additional stages were set up throughout the venue to ensure a variety of musical experiences.

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