Trail Ridge Road opens for the season, just in time for Memorial Day weekend

Because of melting snow, conditions could be icy.

Above Rainbow Curve on Trail Ridge Road on April 27. (Courtesy of RMNP)
Above Rainbow Curve on Trail Ridge Road on April 27. (Courtesy of RMNP)

Just a few days after CDOT announced Mt. Evans Highway would open for Memorial Day weekend, Rocky Mountain National Park has opened Trail Ridge Road.

Now you have two great options for very-high-elevation driving that will make your visiting friends and family nervous.

Why are you doing this to them?

(Just kidding. It’s beautiful and accessible wilderness!)


Surprise, Colorado: The guy who sold all those “NATIVE” stickers is a transplant

Eric Glade is a transplant, but that didn’t stop him from printing an estimated 1 million Colorado “NATIVE” bumper stickers.

"NATIVE" bumper stickers in inventor Eric Glade's scrapbook, May 24, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado native;
“NATIVE” bumper stickers in zeitgeist-channeler Eric Glade’s scrapbook, May 24, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The idea that should have changed Eric Glade’s life arrived on the rear end of an automobile.


Economist: Denver’s home prices will rise faster than the national average in 2018 and 2019. Here’s why.

CoreLogic’s chief economist expects Denver homes to gain 7 percent in value in 2018 and 2019.

CoreLogic chief economist Frank Nothaft speaks before the city of Denver's 2018 housing summit on May 24 at the Hyatt Regency. (Andrew Kenney/Denverite)
CoreLogic chief economist Frank Nothaft speaks before the city of Denver’s 2018 housing summit on May 24 at the Hyatt Regency. (Andrew Kenney/Denverite)

Millennials are getting older and mortgages are getting more expensive.


Denver’s construction boom means more jobs for workers with records

“My life has done a complete 180 since then,” she said. “I worked my ass off to get there.”

Stephanie Miller operates a crane on a build site at Denver Water's headquarters in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, April 24, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) la alma; lincoln park; construction; development; denver water; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
Stephanie Miller operates a crane on a build site at Denver Water’s headquarters in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, April 24, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Stephanie Miller was living in Texas with her young children when, one night, her husband came home drunk again. She knew what was likely to happen next.

“He was pretty abusive when he drank,” she recalled. “My solution to not get my ass beat was to grab a knife.”

Her then-husband called the police, and pretty soon Miller was facing charges. She landed in prison when she violated her probation. Then, when she was released, she fell into another abusive relationship and ended up back in jail.

“Being locked up, that sparked a flame for me to want to operate,” she said. That is, to operate cranes.


The Molly Brown Museum is set to be back in black

Historic Denver’s flagship building, the Molly Brown Museum, is set to be painted black in honor of its original look in the late 19th century.

Stone lions outside the Molly Brown House, Capitol Hill, March 27, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) architecture; yard art; denver; colorado; capitol hill; denverite; kevinjbeaty;
The Molly Brown House, Capitol Hill, March 27, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Historic Denver’s flagship building, the Molly Brown Museum, is set to be painted black in honor of its original look in the late 19th century.

The paint job will mark the final phase in a more than $1 million restoration project at the museum.