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$1.7 million grant boosts Rocky Mountain Greenway

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The Rocky Mountain Greenway will help connect residents if the Denver metro area with the great outdoors. Map courtesy USFWS.

Open space vision aims to connect cities with wildlife refuges, parks and open space

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — A $1.7 million grant from the federal government will help move the metro Denver area closer to the final vision of the Rocky Mountain Greenway, with uninterrupted trails and open space connecting communities in the region.

“The Rocky Mountain Greenway is a shining example of what happens when strong federal, state, local and private partnerships align to take the vision of this uninterrupted trail and open space network and turn it into a reality for the Denver metropolitan area,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement. “Already we’ve constructed important links in the Greenway, and today’s funding will help complete another critical section to connect Denver’s hundreds of miles of trails.” Continue reading

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Denver: Art installation confronts airport ‘security theater’

"Guarded" opens March 30 at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art.

An exhibition starting March 30 highlights TSA’s prohibited objects

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY —Savvy flyers have long speculated that airport searches and safety checks are a form of security theater, at once meant to reassure travelers and to let terrorists know that they can’t just walk on to a plane without being challenged.

Starting March 30, the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art will explore ideas of threat and security in American society with an exhibit by Type A. The two-man artist collective — Adam Ames and Andrew Bordwin —have assembled a collection of about 30 objects deemed potentially dangerous by the Transportation Security Administration.

To highlight the theatrical nature of security procedures, the prohibited objects will be guarded by an armed security officer and only be visible to museum visitors on a series of closed-circuit security monitors. Continue reading

Sarah Palin biopic debuts July 15 in Denver

Sarah Palin's official portrait from the 2008 presidential campaign.

Film could be a prelude to a presidential bid in 2012

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Whether you love her or hate her, Sarah Palin is a modern political phenomenon. Next week, she’ll go toe to toe with Harry Potter at box office when her political biopic, “The Undefeated,” debuts in Denver at the  AMC Highlands Ranch 24 Movie Theater on July 15 after a sneak preview in Pella, Iowa.

It will also show in Indianapolis; Independence, Mo.; Phoenix; Grapevine, Texas; Oklahoma City; Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Orange, Calif.; Houston and Orlando.

In an early review, the Huffington Post took issue with the film’s title because, obviously, Palin did lose as VP candidate on the 2008 GOP ticket. She also lost a 2002 primary in a race for the Alaska lieutenant governor’s post.

The film, produced by the unabashedly conservative Victory Film Group, traces Palin’s rise from obscurity to national prominence and explores the obstacles she faced as she confronted the vested interests in her own state including the Republican establishment and big oil. Continue reading

Travel: Rock out this weekend in downtown Denver

Downtown Denver will rock May 28 with multiple concerts along the 16th Street Mall.

Concerts for Kids helps raise funds for youth programs

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Downtown Denver rock out for a great cause this Saturday, May 28, when 25 bands take to five stages as Concerts For Kids hosts the second annual Denver Day of Rock.   The performance areas are along the 16th Street Mall, Denver’s mile-long pedestrian promenade, making it easy to roam from act to act.  Food and beer booths will be set up throughout downtown for the event, with free music rocking the city from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the first day of Memorial Day weekend.

In 2010, more than 100,000 people attended the free music event, making it the city’s largest one day music festival.  This year, Day of Rock has added a fifth stage, four new beer gardens, and five more bands.  Stages and beer gardens are located just off the 16th Street Mall on Arapaho, in Skyline Park, at Champa, Curtis and Welton. Continue reading

Skiing: SIA Snow Show set to start in Denver

This year's SIA snowsport trade show in Denver includes downtown events, as well as demo days at Winter Park.

Officials expecting 19,000 delegates at the downtown convention center; post-show demo days set for Winter Park and Devil’s Thumb Nordic center

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Denver and Colorado will stake another claim to being the country’s winter sports headquarters with the Jan. 27 opening of the  SIA Snow Show including a bell-ringing ceremony by Gov. John Hickenlooper and and Denver Mayor Guillermo (Bill) Vidal, 8:30 a.m. shaprt in the Colorado Convention Center lobby, 14th and California Street entrance.

If you’re on Twitter, you can follow SIA here and at the #SIA11 hashtag.

The SIA event will bring more than 19,000 delegates to the Mile High City. Now in the second year of an 11-year run, the show is expected to result in $30 million of economic impact to Denver. Surrounding the show,  running from Jan. 25-30, is “Mile High Snowfest,” a citywide celebration of all things snow with more than 30 events and activities for locals and visitors, including the first-ever Denver Big Air Competition. Continue reading

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