Wildlife bridge contest: Winning West Vail Pass entry "elegant" yet practical

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The winner
A New York team has won a unique international competition to design a special bridge for wildlife crossing I-70 west of Vail Pass, the first structure of its kind ever proposed for the United States. The winners, HNTB with Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates, will take home a prize of $40,000. Whether the bridge will ever get built is another question.

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Crocs blocked: How one wrong word cost the company $230,000

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Toxic green, but no pesticide.
Crocs, the Niwot-based maker of brightly hued, comfy-ugly clown shoes, has had more than its share of PR disasters, from the hysterical reports of Crocs-shod kids getting toes nipped in escalators to the savage reviews from fashionistas to a wacky endorsement from Donald Trump.

But all of that's nothing, compared to getting your tootsies trampled by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Rocky Flats to open as Thanksgivingland theme park: Kenny Be's Worst-Case Scenario

From the Kenny Be vault. Originally published on November 18, 2004.

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Thanksgivingland: Extreme Thanksgiving fun for the pilgrim in everyone.

The U.S. Department of Energy's refusal to provide funds for a Cold War museum at Rocky Flats is a true blessing. What is needed at the site is a tourist-friendly attraction that is completely funded by corporate dollars...

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Amendments 60-61, Prop 101 backers fight "nonsense" with baffling cartoons seen here

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Natalie Menten.
The folks behind Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101, the three tax-slashing ballot proposals that a wide array of opponents are fighting with a multi-million-dollar ad blitz, are pretty upset with the media. So upset that campaign coordinator Natalie Menten fired off a letter to "media members" blasting them for buying into the "utter nonsense" of the opponents, who predict losses of thousands of jobs if the measures pass. Luckily, Menten also sent along some peculiar cartoons to set the record straight.

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West Vail Pass wildlife bridge: Will design contest help save endangered animals?

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An international competition to design a special wildlife bridge for West Vail Pass has announced five finalists for the $40,000 grand prize -- two teams from New York and one each from Toronto, Philadelphia and Amsterdam.

But local bridge builders shouldn't call foul. Each team is required to have on board at least one engineering firm licensed in Colorado, in the hope that the site-specific bridge might actually get built -- for the sake of motorists as well as all sorts of road-crossing beasts.

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Graffiti bombs add grooviness to the 20th Street bridge: Kenny Be's Sign Language

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White-lined lane arrows point to high design.

The 20th Street bridge connects the ultra-hip Highland neighborhood directly to the Denver Skate Park. Every street sign between Central and Little Raven Streets has become a canvas for the pedestrian designers who seem to be sending secret messages to motorists...


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Santiago Calatrava's DIA project: A bridge too far?

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A Calatrava "signature."
News that an "iconic" light-rail bridge spanning Pena Boulevard at Denver International Airport could cost upwards of $60 million, more than double earlier estimates, should come as no surprise to true connoisseurs of the bridge world.

We're not talking basic overpass here. We're talking Calatrava -- as in Santiago Calatrava, the Spanish sculptor-engineer who's become the darling of major hotel-train-museum projects on several continents, hailed by the New Yorker as "the most crowd-pleasing architect since Frank Gehry."

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La La Vazquez wants to sell you her Jimmy Choos. For charity.

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From iamlala.com
Not for sale: Melo.
La La Vazquez, Carmelo Anthony's soon-to-be-wife and sometimes-Colorado resident, wants to sell you the gold Gucci heels off her feet. To end poverty.

Vazquez is auctioning off her goods on eBay to benefit Oxfam America, a nonprofit aimed at ending injustice. Among the items up for bid: a pair of size 38 (how Euro!) orange lace-up fur boots by Dsquared2, a pair of pink stretch pants from American Apparel, and several bejeweled halter tops and shiny, knee-high sexy-prison-guard boots.

Why get rid of those lace-up boots, with their L.L.Bean-meets-Lady Gaga aesthetic? See La La's explanation below.

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Jason Kay's "Unfaithful" Gatorade stunt a lot less profitable than he thought

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A very expensive sticker.
Longmont's Jason Kay thought relabeling Gatorade bottles with a photo of Tiger Woods and his wife Elin and the word "Unfaithful" was such a great idea that he even suggested that Pepsi, Gatorade's parent company, finance his art project.

Even though the gag made worldwide headlines, Pepsi execs didn't see this as a good investment -- and in February, Kay was charged with one count of adulteration and removal of the labeling of a food while held for sale. Today, he was sentenced to two-years probation and a $1,000 fine.

The latest release about Kay from the U.S. Attorneys Office makes no mention about whether this stunt was funny or not. Instead, it touches on how Kay's label-switching made it seem as if a certain Gatorade product contained Vitamin C when it doesn't. He's lucky he didn't receive the death penalty for that. Get more details below:

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Andrew Romanoff aide fires back at Michael Bennet on eve of Super Saturday

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Andrew Romanoff is drumming up support.
Our interview earlier this morning with Michael Bennet spokesman Trevor Kincaid in advance of 21 county assemblies slated for tomorrow drew a rapid response from Dean Toda, his counterpart for Andrew Romanoff, who's also seeking the Democratic senatorial nomination.

Unlike Kincaid, who thinks tomorrow's gatherings are equal in importance to other parts of the overall caucus system, Toda sees the get-togethers as key for Bennet.

"If Colorado Democrats just don't like Michael Bennet, he's not going to get elected," he says. "On the other hand, I think there have been 33 assemblies held so far, and they've clearly demonstrated Colorado Democrats' preference for Andrew. And I expect that trend to continue on Super Saturday."

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