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In 2011, St. Louis Airport suffered a direct hit by an F-4 tornado, causing significant damage to the terminal buildings (but no deaths). The event was a reminder that as secure as an airport may be, it's never safe from the whims of Mother Nature, a lesson learned today by Denver International Airport.
Around 2.15pm local time, a tornado warning was issued for the area around Denver Airport. It didn't last longonly 40 minutesbut it was enough time for a funnel to form and touch down on the eastern runways of the airport, sending travelers scurrying into the tornado shelter, bathrooms, stairwells, storerooms and other more sheltered areas of Denver Airport.
Flights were delayed, of course, but the airport itself hasn't reported any damage or injuries. despite winds which reached 97mph.
In the meantime, social media once again proved the best reporting source of what exactly was going on at DIA, with amazing images of the live tornado such as these:
Last September, Denver coffee fiends rejoiced over the opening of Black Eye, a hip new coffeeshop in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Lower Highland.
Housed in an old Coors tavern (which then became a barber shop, which then became a Mexican liquor store), the site's industrial past is now proudly referenced with tables made out of old barn doors, and daily menu specials scrawled onto a salvaged mirror. In short, Black Eye is a DIY masterpiece. But luckily, the appeal of this place goes way beyond Instagram-worthy decor.
Prior to the cafe's opening, co-owner Dustin Audet admitted he was routinely driving 30 minutes out of his way just to find a good cup of coffee. "The neighborhood needed a full-on, good coffee shop, and community space," he told us.
So that's exactly what he, along with two other co-owners built. Here's what we recommend ordering when you go:
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We’re pretty sure that when it comes to cities and their residents Southwest Airlines doesn’t want to play favorites, but that might not be the case when it comes to Denver. After all the city is the proud of home of the airline’s skating rink—Southwest Rink at Skyline Park—and now it looks like the airline is getting ready to shower the city with even more
First and foremost you’ve only got a couple more weeks if you’re looking to take a spin out on the rink. Winter isn’t coming to an end anytime soon—but the skating rink is—as the ice is no longer an option starting around Valentine’s Day. However, there’s still much to celebrate as the rink prepares for its final days in the Mile High City.
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When it comes to cute critters on the internet it’s hard to beat kitties, but we have to argue that bunnies might be able to give felines a run for their money. Unfortunately the bunnies we’re talking about aren’t 100 percent cute, as apparently the bunnies that call Denver International Airport home have a little bit of a mean streak.
There’s quite a few rabbits living in and around the airport, but they’re getting a little frisky when it comes to checking out parked cars at the airport. They are getting a little too friendly with the vehicles, as they’ve started to nibble and chew on some vital components—like wiring and brake lines.
The US Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services is already on the case, as they’re promising to remove any of the critters that are doing the damage. However, it might be a good idea to leave some carrots outside your car when parking at DEN—you know, just in case.
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Are you ready for some football?! There’s still a few months before the first official kickoff, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for a sneak peek. Training camps are set to do their thing later this month, so if you’ve always wanted to check out the scrimmages and practices now’s the time to start planning:
If you weren’t paying attention during the offseason, there was a pretty big move by one future hall of fame quarterback. Due to a nagging injury Peyton Manning kind of didn’t play during the 2011 season and, as a result, he packed his bags and moved away from Indianapolis. It was certainly the story of the offseason, but after all was said and done he decided to join the Denver Broncos.
We’re thinking that the Broncos will do fine without fan favorite Tim Tebow, and it’s likely that with Manning at the helm they’ll be back in the playoffs once again this season.
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We knew that Frontier was all about the sudsy stuff up in the air, but now it looks like their expanding their pride to other in-flight items. Frontier is pretty darn excited to be from Colorado, and they’re starting to share their pride with one and all. The best part is that they’re doing it right through the in-flight menu.
Of course nothing is free, but at least when you’re spending your digital dollars up in the air you’re getting something somewhat unique. Earlier this month Frontier added local options like Boulder Canyon Kettle Chips, Evol Burritos, and Mountain Man Almond Chocolate Cherry Crunch trail mix to its menu. That’s in addition to other Colorado options like Colorado Native Beer, Blue Moon, Fat Tire Amber Ale, and of course Coors Light.
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If you’re flying through—or heading to—Denver International Airport any time soon you might just notice something you haven’t ever seen before. The airport is planning to install some kind of high tech advertising screens, and apparently they’re the first to get these new slices of sales-y technology.
Technically they’re digital LED video curtains, and the plan is to install them all over the airport—with a focus in and around the security screening spots. They’ll also be hung from some of the elevator towers in the main terminal, where they can welcome visitors but also inform passengers of the best deals on airport parking. They’re super thin—truly like electronic curtains—and super large, as the new screens are around 26-feet diagonally.
It's 72 and sunny right now in New York City and promising to reach 80 by week's end, with the midwest enjoying up to 85. Not only are the high temperatures crazy, but they're shocking. Will weather crash in April, bringing back cold temps? We doubt it, but we're not putting away our leather gloves quite yet.
Instead, it's time to start planning winter hotspot getaways for 2013. Deep breath.
If you live in a major US city, it may seem as though everybody and their moms took off for Aspen, Colorado in the last few weeks. During this time, The Daily's Robert Sevilla and Joni Milne grabbed their cameras and pieced together shots of a sort of "ski rush hour." This is peak season, this is the time of year to aim to go to Aspen next year, and this is what it looks like when you do.
It's only mid-March and already we're nostalgic for winter weather. Sigh.
If you didn’t already hear about the latest tourism campaign from Fruita, Colorado, then we’ll fill you in. Local officials thought it was pretty darn clever to promote the town with a WTF—Welcome to Fruita—sticker. Well it sounds like they were all ready to send the graphics off to Kinko’s for printing and distribution, but some town residents had a little WTF moment themselves and now the party is over before it even began.
A local group initially made like 500 of the stickers and they kind of took off, and that’s when the town decided to jump onto the WTF bandwagon. Unfortunately now that the tourism board has had some time to think things over, the idea is out. The decision comes at a perfect time, however, since the next move would have been installing a billboard along the interstate that proudly exclaimed Welcome to Fruita—the abbreviated version—to passing motorists.
For football fans—and those who enjoy a juicy steak—one of the best airport restaurants is now on the drawing board. Former NFL great John Elway—quarterback of the Denver Broncos—has a couple steakhouses in the greater Denver area. Apparently the restaurants—known as Elway’s—are pretty popular and very tasty, so the plan is now to expand Elway's to the airport.
There’s still a lot of paperwork to be completed and plans to be finalized, but it sounds like Denver International Airport is getting ready for plenty of steak and excited for the opening late next year. The plan is to build the restaurant in and around the existing United Airlines gates within Concourse B.
Of course we were thinking about how the steakhouse is going to handle the lack of metal knives after security, but they’re not too concerned. One member of the restaurant group commented on the tenderness of a steak from Elway’s remarking that cutting one of their steaks doesn’t require a knife. However, if you need one, they do have plans to source some pretty descent plastic knives.
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Southwest Airlines, and we’re not just talking about their plans to giveaway free holiday photos and Santa snapshots. Now the holiday spirit is moving to the Mile High City, as the airline and the city is bringing back the Rink at Skyline Park for the 2011 season.
Denver already has its own Southwest Porch—complete with pizzas and drinks—but now the rink is back to help you burn off some of those mozzarella induced calories. The skating is open to one and all, as long as you can get yourself over to 16th and Arapahoe streets.
Mark your calendars for a trip to Colorado in 2014 as plans for the next large, public art project by Christo finally moves forward.
This is a huge deal, not just for fans of Christo and modern art in general, but for Denver, Coloradans, tourists to the state and anyone who enjoys experiencing the great outdoors. Christo, in case you've forgotten the massive "Gates" installation in Central Park, is an artist who typically wraps or covers areas or landmarks in fabric. A personal favorite is his wrapped Reichstag. The project in CO, howeverOver the Riverwould stretch some 6 miles of translucent silver fabric over the Arkansas River.
Yesterday "Over the River" received the OK from federal officials and now the plan is off to state and local authorities before work may begin. Naturally we're already imagining rafting down the river and hiking along it, Christo's creation above our heads.