Sand Creek Massacre: Rocky Mountain PBS Will Air an Hour-Long Special on Thanksgiving

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On Saturday, November 29, members of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes will gather in southeast Colorado to mark the 150th anniversary of that dark day in 1864 when 150 tribal members -- most of them elderly men, women and children -- were killed by volunteer soldiers led by Colonel John Chivington. But you don't have to travel to the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site to learn more about this dark day in Colorado history. You don't need to go further than your TV set tomorrow night.

See also: John Evans's Descendents Discuss a Dark Legacy

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Reader: I've Never Heard of Violence Bringing Peace

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Bree Davies
Protesters on Colfax Monday night.
For two nights now, demonstrators have gathered in Denver to protest the decision of a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in connection with the death of Michael Brown. Last night's gathering was much bigger than Monday's, and four of the protesters were arrested. Another gathering is planned for tonight.

See also: Ferguson Protest at Civic Center Park Seeks Peace, Not Violence

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Five Places to Get Sauced on Thanksgiving Eve 2014

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Britt Chester
Denver blog posts are ready for a Thanksgiving holiday.

Our Backbeat crew lists five great shows you absolutely shouldn't take your family to tonight.

Steamboat, Crested Butte, Monarch, Snowmass, Telluride all open for Thanksgiving. We profiled all of Colorado's ski resorts in the Edge, our insider's guide.

And the Cafe Society blog gives you five places to get sauced on Thanksgiving Eve.

See also: Five Warmest Winter Venues in Denver

Denver's Ferguson Protest Began Peacefully Last Night but Ended in Arrests

Categories: News

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Denver police march on protestors last night.

For a second night, Denver marchers took to the streets as part of a nationwide action in response to the decision of a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Several hundred people -- a much bigger gathering than the previous night's -- met at Civic Center Park around 6 p.m. and then marched west through the streets of downtown, stopping several times to lie down in intersections in protest before eventually ending up in front of the Denver jail.

See also: You Don't Have to Consider Yourself an Activist to Send a Message in the Streets


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Eight Conversations You're Sure to Overhear on Thanksgiving

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Mark Surman
Awkward families make for awkward family conversations.
At the Thanksgiving table, you can count on passing around dish after dish of food, filling and refilling cups with various types of booze, and getting stuck in endless awkward conversations. Here are eight of the most common things you'll hear from family members tomorrow.

See also: The Five Weirdest Thanksgiving Foods This Year

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Denver Rescue Mission and DenverWorks Embark on a Year-Long Collaboration

Categories: The Latest Word

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Denver Rescue Mission
Two nonprofits that serve the underserved, Denver Rescue Mission and DenverWorks, will be working side by side for the next year, observing each other's programs in order to determine whether to partner further in the future. That observation will be made easier by the fact that DenverWorks will be moving into a DRM facility.

See also: Denver Rescue Mission Community Center Okayed Over Neighborhood Association Challenge

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Zen Magnets Continues to Find Positives and Negatives in Challenging the Feds

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Anthony Camera
Shihan Qu
Denver-based Zen Magnets, founded in 2009 by University of Colorado grad Shihan Qu, has been waging an unusual battle against the federal government -- and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in particular -- over the past two years.

The subject of our October 9, 2014, cover story, "Magnetic Attraction," by Melanie Asmar, the company sells tiny, high-powered spherical magnets that can be used to build everything from complex geometric shapes to replicas of cartoon characters.

See also: Videos: What Are Zen Magnets and Why Is the Federal Government Banning Them?

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The Snitch Who Stole Christmas: How Trinidad's War on Drugs Attacked the Innocent

Categories: News, Politics

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Danika Gonzales was driving to work when she saw the police car in her rearview mirror, swooping down on her. She couldn't think of any moving violation she'd committed, but she quickly pulled over, figuring she was about to get a lecture for not wearing her seat belt.

Except for her college years, Gonzales had lived in Trinidad all of her life. She was 38 years old and had worked for the past seven years as a probation officer for the state courts, so she knew many of the members of the Trinidad Police Department -- including the woman who got out of the patrol car, Officer Lauren Riddle. Gonzales asked her what was going on. Riddle informed her that she was being arrested for selling heroin and methamphetamine.

"I thought she was joking," Gonzales recalls. "I kept telling her, 'You're kidding.' Finally, she got upset with me and said, 'I'm not kidding. Get out of the car.'"

See also: Bloody Ludlow -- Long Buried in Myth and Neglect, the Story of Colorado's Deadly Coal War Is Worth Remembering


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Denver Showed It Had the Light Stuff a Century Ago, With the First Christmas Tree

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This has been a tough year for Colorado history, with the state marking the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre on November 29 and the hundredth anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre back in April. But not all anniversaries are dark: A century ago, Denver was the first spot in the world to feature outdoor Christmas lights. Or so the story goes -- and this is just the time of year for prettily tied-up tales.

See also: Nativity Scene Protests Are a Denver Tradition -- Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

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Marijuana Businesses Embrace Black Friday and the Holidays

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As William Breathes's lists featuring the best marijuana gifts of 2012 and 2013 demonstrate, Colorado pot shops have embraced the holidays for a while now. But 2014 promises more deals than ever, with a number specifically pegged to Black Friday.

See also: Photos: Top Fifteen Marijuana Gifts of 2013

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