Author: Tony White

ACLU of Colorado latest to unveil mobile justice app

Click the link to hear an interview with Natahan Woodliff-Stanley, executive director of ACLU. (https://soundcloud.com/whitegarden-photography/aclu-of-colorado-latest-to-unveils-mobile-justice-app) At a press conference held just outside the Denver Police Headquarters on Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado became the most recent state to launch its own mobile justice app, allowing users to securely record police activity, which uploads directly to the ACLU in real time. Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, Executive Director of the ACLU Colorado, says there are several cases of officers attempting to delete incriminating material from mobile devices and this app will prevent that from happening.   “It is about accountability. It is about transparency. But, I don’t consider it to be anti-police,” Woodliff-Stanley said. Colorado is the eighth state to implement its own mobile justice app, which includes a “witness” function that sends notifications of other active apps in the area, such as during a protest or indicating a recording is taking place. There is also a “report” feature that lets the user attach a detailed account to the video after the incident. Woodliff-Stanley says that this …

Papa’s Passport Photo

I worked my way around the frame, finally landing on his eyes. His eyes. His look. I was having a staring contest with a passport photo from 1971. It was my idol and his portrait from some 40 years ago kept making me feel like a timid, confused puppy. I stared at his picture, trying to comprehend him, a man I know so well – I think. My grandfather. Papa. His mass, his presence exuding from this simple photograph overwhelmed me. I don’t know why. His sharp expression, matched by his crisp attire, blasted confidence. He’s a World War II vet, a B-17 pilot, a husband, a father. He’s the man. Thick tie, wide lapels, broad shoulders, a stern look, calm demeanor. Collected. He knows he’s the boss, but he’s not trying to boast. He’s not trying to do anything except get his passport photo made. It’s just how he is. Timeless. He inspired his grandson to live up to his likeness, an adoring image you’d think maybe the kid made up in his head, …

The Journey of Lent at St. John’s Cathedral: An Insight into the Christian holy season

Click here for an Interactive Multimedia Timeline.     Ceremonial flames are lit, ashes imposed on the foreheads of the faithful and solemn prayers are recited. The high ceremonies and formalities of Lent commemorate the life, and death, of Jesus Christ and marks one the holiest seasons in the Christian calendar. For nearly two months, beginning around mid-February, there are various church services unique to this season. There are gatherings in honor of The Last Supper and Jesus’s crucifixion, as well as joyous, colorful services on Easter Sunday which celebrate his resurrection. But what does all this religious pomp and circumstance represent? What does Lent mean to Christians and, honestly, how does the Easter Bunny fit into all this, if at all? Lent is often stereotyped as 40 days of self-denial where people give up something as a sign of faith, the long stretch of discipline ending on Easter Sunday with its chocolate eggs and pastel colored everything. Peter Eaton was the Dean of St. John’s Cathedral in Denver, an Episcopal church in Capitol Hill, for 13 …

A Rainbow of Opinions Heard at Denver Pridefest 2015

  The 2015 Pridefest Parade brought 1000s of people into the streets of central Denver on Sunday, June 21, for Denver’s 40th annual gay pride weekend. According to GLBTColorado.org, 370,000 people attended the two-day event. Along with their folding chairs, rainbow-colored attire, water bottles and sunblock, many at the parade also brought their voices to speak about their opinions and perspectives on a spectrum of issues facing the LGBT community. Crowds gathered as a menagerie of floats, fancy cars, vendors and volunteers slowly passed by on their Colfax route from Cheesman Park to Civic Center Park. Standing in the speckled shade of a tree, in the shadow of the State Capitol Building, Denver native Slum Pickens cheered for every attraction that passed with almost the exact same cheer of gratitude and support, but it never got old.  It never lost its charm. “You’re beautiful. Thank you for what you do,” Pickens yelled. Next to Pickens stood Kay Troxell and Allison Mellor, two sisters who feverishly shook their rainbow flags in one hand while waving at …

Piers Watson: Carrying the Torch of Luted Crucible Metal Casting

    There was a bonfire in the parking lot of the New Mexico School for the Arts. A beat up old truck and a huddled group of people stood near the flame. Piers Watson, a lanky, bearded man in dusty cowboy boots and a dingy yellowish-brown canvas jacket, was the master of ceremonies as he prodded a shallow pit of glowing coals with a set of long, steel clamps. Watson was conducting a student workshop on the centuries old technique of luted crucible metal casting – a process he has been avidly studying and advocating for neary a decade. He travels the globe teaching the process, and today he is in Santa Fe. Watson, 47, began casting bronze in 2006 with small clay crucibles and homemade charcoal. He spent the next couple years developing his technique, but with mixed results. The London native said he embraced the passion he was quickly developing for metal casting. “Following your intuition is very important, if you can feel that something is the right thing to do, then …

Omerica Organic: Finding success in going green and against the grain

  Omerica Organic has defied traditional businesses practices more than once, and by going green, and blazing new trails in their industry, their intrepidness has paid off. What began as a one-man operation in a garage in Palisade, Colorado in 2004, has grown into a 6,000 sq. ft. warehouse in North Denver, at 3360 Walnut St., that is well-equipped with an array of high-tech machinery and a staff of over a dozen. Omerica Organic has dealers in 20 states across the country, international representation in 11 countries and a bustling online retail shop at http://www.omericaorganic.com. Omerica Organic’s founder Ryan Lorenz says that, although commercial success is important, following eco-conscious practices, maintaining the human element within his operation and fostering progression is what lies at the heart of his company. “[Our] direction is quality, efficiency and our staff. We have continual goals, and strive to always become better. Our process is one that a hand plays a major role in the product’s creation. I take pride in that!” The Omerica Organic warehouse, located in the RiNo …

Peaches Malmaud: The Garlic Queen of New Mexico

Peaches and garlic. It’s a serendipitous combination that could only be found at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market. Peaches Malmaud, 66, moved to the Southwest in 1970 to teach ceramics at the University of New Mexico, but shortly after her arrival she had a change of heart. Her passion had shifted from molding clay to cultivating crops. Malmaud feels that life down on the farm is her true calling, an artform in its own right and a lifestyle that keeps her connected to the earth. “As long as my hands are in dirt, I feel good.” Malmaud has been farming in Placitas, New Mexico for 15 years. After a failed crop of amaryllis early on in her agricultural career, Malmaud felt that choosing a more resilient bulb would be a good idea. She went with garlic, a choice that has worked out quite well for her. Her Valley Garlic Oil business employs three full-time workers during the June harvest season, and droves of Malmaud’s labor-ready friends show up biannually to help plant and pluck the garlic. …