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Look What’s Brewing

By Cara DeGette GPHN Editor The following is a synopsis of what was discussed during the April 6 Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. monthly meeting. The next community meeting is Thursday, May 4 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. It is free and open to the public, and everyone is welcome. Brewmaster Chris […]

Park Hill Character: Vance Johnson’s Tonsorial Talents

Catching Up With The Dean Of Barbers By Jack Farrar Vance Johnson could be forgiven for having a somewhat dim view of the world. He has been through the ringer financially and personally, and has been forced to reinvent himself at the age of 62. But he has faced his demons and he’s moving on. […]

Editor’s note: Awards And Accolades

GPHN Honored For Photos, Features In Top Of The Rockies For the third year, Greater Park Hill News has been recognized for excellence in journalism, garnering two awards in the 2017 Top of the Rockies regional journalism competition. The competition, sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, includes news organizations in the four-state region of […]


Force Of Nature With bright red and yellow shoulder epaulets, glossy black male Redwing Blackbirds usually get most of the attention. By contrast, females, like the one pictured here, are a bit more subdued. They look almost like sparrows with crisp brown streaks, pale breasts and whitish eyebrows. Females are smaller than males, and can […]

Letters to the Editor

Love Our Characters Jack Farrar’s April article about J.R. Ewing, the community member who helps others, was phenomenal! I love this story of neighbors helping neighbors and being appreciated and kind to one another. The more we get to know one another and find our commonalities, the better our dialogue and understanding of one anyone […]

Say ‘No’ To The Straw

Help Make Plastic Go Away By Tracey MacDermott Board Chair, GPHC, Inc. You may not think that the trash and chemicals that collect on our Denver streets contributes to pollution in our oceans, but it does. The nasty junk travels through our local sewer pipes into our waterways and eventually reaches the ocean. In 2010 […]

[Commentary] Denver Metro Now Ranked 6th Smoggiest

Air Quality Not Just About The ‘Brand’ By Andy Keiser Special to the GPHN Three thousand gallons. That’s how much air a person breathes every day. That’s roughly 30,000 breaths, filtered through your lungs each and every day. Each breath drawn in and out of an ecosystem no less delicate than any on Earth. So […]

Business Happenings Around The ‘Hood

Cherry Tomato Turns 20 Twenty years ago The Titanic was released in theaters, Dolly the Sheep was cloned, Roy Romer was governor of Colorado, Nokia owned the fledgling mobile phone market, and Mike Tyson bit part of Evander Holyfield’s ear off in the third round of a WBA Heavyweight title fight. In other news, The […]

[Commentary] Keep The Passion Alive

Trumpcare Would Hurt Seniors And Others: Here’s How By Rep. Diana DeGette Special to the GPHN Trumpcare was defeated and the Affordable Care Act saved from repeal in March thanks in large part to the American public. They spoke out passionately on behalf of the ACA in phone calls and emails to their members of […]

News Briefs

INC: Denver Should Buy Golf Course On April 8, the Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation, a consortium of dozens of registered neighborhood organizations throughout Denver, passed a resolution supporting the city purchase the Park Hill Golf Course. The 18-hole golf course, at the northwest section of Park Hill, comprises about 155 acres. Its boundaries include Colorado Boulevard on […]

Nature Is Beckoning

17th Annual Park Hill Garden Walk Set for June 17 By Tara Bannon Williamson Special to the GPHN  “And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” — Khalil Gibran Nature beckons you outdoors with dappled sunbeams, flirtatious breezes and the happy faces […]

Park Hill Art Festival Turns Four

65 Artists Showing May 19-21 GPHN staff report For the fourth year, Park Hill Arts Festival founder Darren Skanson is presenting a juried fine arts and fine craft show showcasing 65 fine artists from Colorado and beyond. The arts festival is Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21 at the Park Hill Masonic Lodge grounds […]

Community Announcements

Helen Wolcott’s Spring Show & Sale As she has every spring for more than 40 years, Helen Wolcott will open her Park Hill home on Saturday and Sunday May 6 and 7, hosting a group of artists and artisans who show and sell their creations. Wolcott specializes in jewelry, costume, silver and more. Also lined […]

Food For Thought

Upcoming Active Minds Events Phone In To Putin’s Russia Having influenced the country far beyond the term of his first official presidency and now having consolidated his power, Vladimir Putin’s leadership of Russia suggests a return to an authoritarianism that for some feels similar to the days of Soviet control and the Czars of old. […]

John Fogerty Keeps On Chooglin’

In 50 Years, He Has Written a Song For Everyone By Dave Felice Special to the GPHN After nearly 50 years of writing and performing, being recognized as a “grand old man of rock’n’roll,” and adding a new verb to the American language, John Fogerty is still churning out his brand of straight-up swamp rock […]

We Can Do This

Three Ways To Tackle Flood Hazards In Our Neighborhood Last month, I urged you, the readers of this column, to jump in with both feet to address our neighborhood’s flood hazards. In the spirit of those comments, I have initiated three specific projects for you/us to get involved in right now. Before diving into the […]

Grateful For The Human Power

Thanks To Members, Donors, Volunteers By Sierra Fleenor Executive Director, GPHC As we enter May, we are feeling very grateful here at GPHC. Donors are keeping our pantry well-stocked, new and renewing members are engaging in our work, and our regular volunteers are working hard to keep our programs running while welcoming our new volunteers […]

Champing At The Bit

A Myriad Of Ways To Get Involved By Sierra Fleenor GPHC Executive Director May brings with it longer days, more sunshine, and (finally) gardening. We are champing at the bit over here at GPHC, waiting to dig into the soil that has long lay dormant. The trees are budding, the flowers are pushing up through […]

The Art Of The Turtle-Dog, And Beyond

Children’s Illustrator Christian Robinson Charms At Central Library By Becky Corning Librarian, Pauline Robinson Branch Families who attended the recent Christian Robinson event at Central Library downtown had a chance to hear how he creates art, then try their hand at making some art themselves. Robinson is the award-winning illustrator of many children’s favorites, including […]

Protect Your Best Friends From Disease

Rabies Still Enemy No. 1 For Pets By Margot K. Vahrenwald, DVM, ASVJ The causes of many pet diseases are invisible to our eyes, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t present a real danger. And changes in population, land use and movement of the invisible carriers – what we call vectors – all bring […]

Park Hill Character: Alive & Well In Park Hill

Meet J.R. Ewing: Master Mason, Drive-By Storyteller by Jack Farrar All of us have people in our lives who we think of as characters, individuals who are memorable because they approach life from a quirky, eccentric point of view. One of my favorite characters in Park Hill is J.R. Ewing, a master mason whose expertly […]

Setting A Welcome Table

Adrian Miller To Lead Palm Sunday Justice Breakfast Adrian Miller – food writer, attorney, certified barbecue judge and the executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches – will be the guest speaker at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian’s annual Palm Sunday Justice Breakfast on April 9. Miller will speak on “Setting a Welcome Table” during the […]

Earth Day 2017: Scientists, Supporters Issue Call To Protect Planet Earth

April 22 Marches Planned In Denver, Across The Globe On April 22, scientists and their supporters will take to the streets in Denver, in Washington D.C. and 400 other cities across the globe. Doctors, biologists, botanists, medical researchers, environmental scientists, zoologists, soil scientists, engineers, chemists, psychologists, hydrologists, ecologists, and supporters of all sciences, are planning […]

Talk of the Neighborhood

Editor’s Note: The following is a synopsis of what was discussed during the March  2 Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. monthly meeting. The next community meeting is Thursday, April 6 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. It is free and open to the public, and everyone is welcome. District 2 Police Report Denver […]


The Elegant Swainson’s Hawk Sometimes called the grasshopper hawk or the locust hawk, this species was named after the British naturalist William Swainson. As the Cornell Lab of Ornithology notes, Swainson’s Hawks are buteos, meaning they are large hawks with fairly broad wings and short tails. They are light-bellied birds with a dark or reddish-brown […]

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