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Lawsuit in the land of legal marijuana

MED-a-mints maker disputes Dixie Elixirs’ efforts at re-branding

By Michael de Yoanna

The deal was for Gabrel’s company to provide the “premium” cannabis to Dixie, which would package and distribute the mints to pot shops around Colorado. The marriage of the two companies seemed to be going well as Dixie emerged as one of the most familiar names in the business.


Postcards from fault line

How West Water Outlaws spent their spring break

By Dave Kirby

While WWO has earned its road cred grinding out mini-tours of southeastern clubs — Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina — and becoming practically familiar faces in Austin, where the band has some family connections, the West Coast was an entirely new market for them. We wondered if Rooker had to spend much time disabusing their newfound Cali fans of the notion that Colorado produced little beyond bluegrass and club music.


The butcher’s bill

Two decisions by Boulder’s alcohol board spell trouble for some

By Josh Gross

The day-long jury trial at the Boulder County Justice Center centered largely on the testimony of State Investigator Chelsea Rosipajla, who was undercover in Pearl Street Pub looking for signs of overservice. She thought she found one in a member of a wedding party who ordered a round of shots.


Hey, frackers — don’t mess with our beer!

Brewer concerns reflect wider unease with fracking boom

By Bob Berwyn

In all, 36 brewers signed a letter to Gov. John Hickenlooper, mildly (and vaguely) expressing concern about energy development impacts to the state’s craft-brewing industry. Specifically, the brewers asked Hickenlooper to strike a better balance between energy development and resource protection by supporting more stringent rules for fracking and other fossil fuel development.

Weed Between the Lines

A new kind of mile-high club opens in Nederland

By Leland Rucker

Amidst all the lunacy over the weekend — Snoop Dogg at Red Rocks on the evening before Easter services, the long lines at the High Times Cannabis Cup, the massive and orderly annual Denver 4/20 celebration and the now annual 4/20 lock-out at CU — another historic first took place.


BolderBoulder ‘sissy’ T-shirt stirs debate

Boulder’s popular 10K race has been selling the shirt for years, but some Boulderites say it’s time to stop

By Caitlin Rockett

May 26, tens of thousands of people from around the world will descend upon Boulder — some of them in traditional running gear, many of them in wacky costumes — to participate in the annual BolderBoulder, a 10-kilometer road race that has become one of America’s most loved races. But for some, the jovial spirit of the competition is lost because of a race-sponsored T-shirt claiming that “Sea level is for sissies.” While the T-shirt has been around for years, debate over the connotation of the word “sissy” continues to flare.


Rainbow trout making big comeback in Colorado

New strain of fish resists deadly parasitic disease

By Bob Berwyn

Initial reports from biologists suggested that whirling disease might not be a problem for wild rainbow trout populations, so the Colorado Division of Wildlife continued stocking infected trout for four or five years after they first discovered the disease. By the time they realized their mistake, it was too late. By the early 1990s, rainbow populations had simply collapsed, disappearing entirely from some rivers and lakes, with only a few remnant populations holding on.


A theatre student walks into a bar

CU Fringe Festival seeks to meld outsider art and non-traditional venues

By Danielle Meltz

CU’s Fringe Festival, going down April 25 to 27 at various locations on the CU campus, is an all-art, all-free, all-student weekend, a time when students are free to create their own work, and are not restrained by content or experience. Consequently, the theatre and dance department is getting ready for one of the most exciting, entrepreneurial times in its history.


Paddle through the parks

With river season on the rise, a survey of options from around the country

By Florence Williams

If the nation’s park units represent the heart of our natural legacy, the rivers flowing through them are the central arteries, the life-blood offering nourishment, habitat, shelter, and, of course, geological beginnings. Best yet for us visitors, they offer fun. As Water Rat says famously to Mole in Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows: “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”


The lessons of Ludlow

By Dave Anderson

In 1914, you couldn’t be neutral about the Colorado coal miners strike. Muckraker Upton Sinclair said the Denver newspapers were prostitutes of Big Coal. The Denver Chamber of Commerce advocated a boycott of the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Times for pro-worker bias. Boulder Daily Camera publisher L.C. Paddock raged against Denver papers and published a pro-management special section of his paper on the strike, which he distributed throughout the state to 40 dailies and 80 weeklies.

Restaurant Review

Aged in the old country

The Cheese Course knows its Basque

By Josh Gross

The first thing you need to know about The Cheese Course is that it’s almost absurdly pleasant. Outside, the sun roasts the asphalt of the parking lot as the traffic roars through the intersection of Folsom and Arapahoe, but inside you are hit with a blast of Tommy Dorsey on the stereo, a whiff of gouda in the noseholes and the clean, simple and naturally-lit design of a European country market.