Spirit Airlines sucks hardest in new complaints survey, but Frontier's gaining fast

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We recently told you about the annual Airline Quality Rating study, in which Frontier Airlines got hammered, particularly in the area of customer complaints.

Turns out, though, that another carrier -- Spirit Airlines, which wasn't included in the AQR report -- has generated more gripes than Frontier according to "The Unfriendly Skies," a new report from the U.S. PIRG Education Fund. But Frontier is gaining ground at an unflattering clip. See details, graphics and the complete report below.

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Photos: Tour Joe Cocker's Mad Dog Ranch, on sale for $7 million-plus

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If you think the property in this photo, and the larger ones below, doesn't look like a typical ranch, you'd be right. But its owner, rock singer Joe Cocker, isn't a typical rancher. He is, however, downsizing -- and that means he's selling his spectacular spread near Crawford, on the Western Slope, for $7 million without furnishings or equipment, $7,850,000 with them included. Take a tour of the ranch via photos courtesy of co-lister Joshua & Co. and get additional details from the original listing below.

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Frontier gets hammered in latest airline quality study, finishes last in customer complaints

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Despite sales and other changes in recent years, Frontier still likes to portray itself as Denver's hometown airline. But few will feel much hometown pride over the carrier's performance in the annual Airline Quality Rating study.

Frontier tumbled from the top ten (of fifteen total) in overall quality and finished dead last, by quite a margin, when it comes to customer complaints. Details, graphics and the complete document below.

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Photos: Five most expensive homes for sale in Boulder, spring 2014 edition

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We last updated you about the most expensive (and spectacular) homes for sale in Boulder back in August of last year, using the indispensable BoulderHomeSource.com as a resource. And a lot's changed since then. Of the previous top five, three are no longer available, and one that's still listed has had its price reduced by more than $1 million.

Check out the latest jaw-slackening results below -- and be sure to click the links to get more details.

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Broadway Plaza: From no-tell motel for drug addicts to new office suites

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The Broadway Plaza Motel opened at 11th and Broadway back in 1958, when motor hotels were the next big thing. More than fifty years after that iconic sign went up, though, the upscale travelers who used to stay here had been replaced by drug addicts and prostitutes who frequented the no-tell motel. But developer Jon C. Cook had no reservations about giving the space a new lease on life. Cook, who's built a real estate empire on South Broadway, bought the building in 2009 and, after a major remodeling, is reopening it as office suites.


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Hemp Box: Denver-based startup aims to send subscribers monthly box of hemp products

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Three entrepreneurs who made their bones in Colorado's marijuana industry are starting a new venture focusing on weed's sober stepsister, hemp. It's called Hemp Box and the idea is that subscribers will pay to receive one box per month filled with samples of hemp body-care and food products (as well as one full-sized item). If subscribers like the products, the hope is that they'll order full-sized versions from Hemp Box's website. To launch the company, the Hemp Box co-founders have started a campaign to raise $10,000 on indiegogo.

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Frackers and their critics argue over proposed study of industry's health risks

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Not enough is known about the health impacts of oil and gas drilling in Colorado, or we already know more than enough. Surveying residents who live near wells about their "quality of life" is either a terrific idea or a lot of unscientific twaddle -- and a waste of money to boot. The sparring at Thursday's hearing over House Bill 14-1297, which would require a study on the effects of hydraulic fracturing in four Front Range counties, reflected the fractious divide among legislators, business interests, environmentalists and others over our booming natural gas industry.

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Marijuana: Denver Relief execs on partnering with ex-state pot regulator Laura Harris

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Denver Relief Consulting's announcement of a new partnership with Laura Harris, former head of Colorado's Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, instantly stirred controversy, with some members of the local cannabis community crying foul and at least one good-government activist citing potential ethical concerns. But DRC co-founders Ean Seeb and Kayvan Khalatbari tout Harris's move to the industry side of the fence, arguing that her expertise can help other states that are considering or implementing progressive marijuana policies.

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Photos: Take a tour of the JonBenet Ramsey house, back on the market -- again

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The Boulder home where six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was murdered in 1996 has been a tough sell. In 2011, as we reported at the time, the property was put on the market for a sale price of $2.3 million -- but no one bought it.

Three years later, the same owners are trying again, and they've lowered the listed price to $1.985 million.

Take a photo tour of a beautiful home with a dark past below.

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Photos: See all 54 recreational marijuana shops Denver has licensed so far

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It was a Happy Halloween at Lightshade Labs, judging by this photo from the store's Facebook page. But it's probably an even happier March, since two Lightshade branches are among the latest shops licensed by the City of Denver to sell recreational marijuana. In the two-plus weeks since our last update, Denver has okayed seven more stores, bringing the official total to 54. All of them are included here, along with photos, videos, links and excerpts from reviews of the ones visited by Westword marijuana critic William Breathes. Count them down below.

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