Guest Columns

STYLE MATTERS: Great Fashion Moments at the Denver Art Museum’s “Becoming Van Gogh” Gala

Contributing Columnist

The Denver Art Museum is on a roll. The institution has been staging one stellar exhibit after another. On the stiletto heels of the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit (shown only in Paris, Madrid and... Denver) to Madeleine Albright’s unusual collection of pins commemorating her diplomatic career, the DAM now brings to Colorado “Becoming Van Gogh,” the first major display of his work in the Rocky Mountain region.

MAMET: ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL

More than 40 municipal elections scheduled

GUEST COLUMNIST

The Colorado Municipal League (CML), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1923 that represents the interests of 265 cities and towns, anticipates that at least 43 cities and towns throughout the state will be holding regular or special elections next month. What follows is a summary of some of them.

STYLE MATTERS: FALL FASHION TIPS

Contributing Columnist

For many women, this time of year brings on a bad case of fashion angst. Summer clothing is worn out; last year’s fall wardrobe doesn’t look nearly as great as memory serves. It’s time to pump up the closet with some trendy new duds. But which ones? What should we invest in, what will become clothing malfunctions?

THE WEBBCAST

The flack over fracking continues — it’s time to export common sense

Contributing Columnist

It’s only been in the last year or so that controversy has erupted over the practice of “fracking,” an energy industry term that’s shorthand for “hydraulic fracturing,” a technique used to disrupt underground formations and release the oil and gas captured in the geological strata.

TEEGARDEN: NEVER BEEN TO GRACELAND, BUT…

Elvis lives! In the cradle of the Civil War

Contributing Columnist

Last week was Elvis Week. The Beatles may have had “Eight Days a Week,” but Elvis got 9! That’s right — Aug. 10 through Aug. 18 was Elvis Week, and the primary celebrations occurred in Memphis, Tennessee, at Graceland, and throughout the Memphis metropolitan area.

SMITH: SHOEMAKER’S LEGACY IS ONE OF RESPECT

Joe Shoemaker was a real straight shooter

It was 9:30 Monday night when the phone rang. I saw Jeff Shoemaker’s name on the panel and knew immediately why he was calling. Yes, Joe Shoemaker had been slipping fast but, to me, he had always seemed invincible. So to hear that he had passed was like a hammer blow.

STYLE MATTERS: What the well-dressed sweaty professional wears to the office

Contributing Columnist

The heat is unbearable, I will grant you that. But it’s no reason for stylish readers to sacrifice their professional dress standards. If nothing else, think of your colleagues. Who wants to sit next to someone with Lake Michigan size armpit sweat stains or have to hold up their iPads in a vain attempt to block the odors of a deodorant that has long ago waved the white flag. It’s possible to look good even while the temperatures climb.

WEBBCAST: BEHIND THE NEWS

Media Musings… Or, why is it done that way?

Contributing Columnist

• Let’s recognize that Channel 7 stepped up to cover the weeks of fire storms. Clearly it’s a sign that new owner Scripps-Howard takes local newsgathering seriously, and committed the resources to cover High Park, then Waldo Canyon, with reporters who could actually tell the story. Apparently they also moved crews and producers in from other Scripps-Howard stations to ensure there was enough “people-power” to report the news. What a concept. It did pay off — KMGH was second in the overnight ratings during the height of the Waldo Canyon coverage, close behind 9News.

GOODTIMES: WISH I COULD PROMISE MORE GOODTIMES

I’m proud of what we’ve done in San Miguel County despite hard times

GUEST COLUMNIST

Citizens, it’s election season. The major parties have held their primaries and selected their candidates. As Greens, we had our state convention in Carbondale this past March. I was unanimously nominated there as the San Miguel Greens chapter’s sole county commissioner candidate.

While some counties have term limits, the majority of San Miguel voters have chosen to make their term decisions in the ballot box. And, indeed, we have a tradition of long-serving county elected officials in our county — Sheriff Bill Masters, Clerk Gay Cappis, Assessor Peggy Kantor.

TEEGARDEN: HISTORY OF KANSAS TERRITORY TRULY COMPELLING

Jayhawkers, Border Ruffians, and Bleeding Kansas — quite the adventure

Contributing Columnist

My goal for this column is to interest a few folks who, like me, have previously ignored the compelling adventure that comprises the history of the Kansas Territory.

“Bleeding Kansas” evokes an attention-grabbing mental image, to be sure! So how is it that every time this aspect of our national history has been presented to me, my eyes have glazed over and I’ve drifted off in search of more interesting topics?