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These Colorado cold case murders were solved using genetic genealogy

Warning: This story includes descriptions of violence and sexual assault against women and children.“Hi. I’m Linda O’Keefe (or Linda ANN O’Keefe, if I’m in trouble with my mom). Forty-five years ago today, I disappeared from Newport Beach. I was murdered and my body was found in the Back...

Get Outta Town: Check out the Front Range’s less-than-authentic Ancestral Puebloan ruins

If you’ve been in the Four Corners for any length of time, you’re probably familiar with the Ancestral Puebloans. The ancient Native American culture lived in the region for more than 700 years before moving away in the late 1200s A.D. The ruins of their civilization can be found in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah,...

Does Bigfoot stalk the Four Corners?

It was the early 1990s when Brenda Harris had her first face-to-face encounter with the unknown.

On a hot summer night, Harris had the windows open in her mobile home in Upper Fruitland, on the west side of Farmington, where the metropolitan area spills onto the Navajo Nation. Her husband had left home about 30 minutes...

Five true-crime podcasts to put on your radar this summer

These days, it seems nearly impossible to keep up with the thousands of podcasts that continue popping up. Since podcasts are especially popular among true-crime fans, it can feel like mystery Whac-A-Mole galore. We feel it too and thus have narrowed down the search for some truly harrowing podcasts that have recently made...

Social Distance Powwow takes indigenous gatherings and traditions into cyberspace

The coronavirus pandemic is a truly global problem, and Native American communities aren’t immune to the effects of social-distancing efforts to “flatten the curve” of the virus’ spread. The same restrictions that have banned or greatly limited public gatherings have also canceled and postponed events like powwows, including...

Get Outta Town: Sit on your couch while isolated and learn about another devastating pandemic

In mid-January 1918, the ailments of most patients were well-known to Dr. Loring Miner, a physician in an agricultural and pig farming area of the country known as Haskell County, Kansas. The world was at war, but, aside from the thousands of Midwestern recruits, local army personnel, and British and French training officers...

Nudity and community: How has Suicide Girls survived almost 20 years?

In 2001, Selena Mooney found a stack of Betty Page images at a thrift store in Portland, Oregon. There was something different about them. The classic pin-up model seemed more comfortable than normal, as though she wasn’t deliberately trying to be sexy. The reason, Mooney supposed, was because the photographer was also a...

Personal possession of Schedule 1 and 2 narcotics is no longer a felony in Colorado

Did you know that as of the beginning of March, Colorado no longer considers personal possession of schedule 1 and 2 narcotics to be a felony? Neither did we, but it’s true.

In May of 2019, Governor Jared Polis quietly signed House Bill 19-1263 into law, and it just officially went into effect. The bill reduces the...

The Starfire Optical Range: Albuquerque’s high-powered telescope and/or death ray

Observatories are inherently cool – they allow humanity to look beyond our terrestrial confines and contemplate the mysteries of the universe. The Starfire Optical Range at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, however, takes your conventional astronomy telescope, dials it up to 11, and WEAPONIZES it.

The facility,...

Colorado’s Satanic Temple: Rituals, blasphemy, and public service?

Satanism. The word summons visions of medieval Black Masses – black-robed cultists gathered around an altar to sacrifice women, children, and animals to Beelzebub and then bathe in their sacrificial blood, maybe with some pentagrams, black candles, and spooky Latin chants thrown in for good...

Peachypeaks talks the naked truth about nudist mountaineering in Colorado

It’s a difficult metric to measure, but when it comes to butts, Peachypeaks probably has one of the most famous rears in Colorado. She’s also a serious mountaineer.

The Denver-based woman’s main Instagram account (@peachypeaks, naturally) features, at the time of this publication, around 250 photos almost entirely of...

Indigipop X: Food, film, zombies, and Baby Yoda

When the Indigenous Comic Con first launched in 2016, it followed a pretty standard model for a comic book convention. Fans were able to gather and converse with artists, writers, illustrators, and other creatives. There were panels and performances and places where vendors could sell their geeky wares. The difference,...

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