A WELL-FUNCTIONING, EFFECTIVE COUNCIL-MAYOR FORM OF GOVERNMENT, ADEQUATE PUBLIC INVESTMENT AVAILABLE TO MEET INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS, TO PROTECT AND FORTIFY THE EXISTING MILITARY PRESENCE IN OUR REGION AGAINST SEQUESTRATION OR BASE REALIGNMENT, COMPETITIVE LOW-RISK UTILITIES, AND TO SUPPORT THE VISION OF CITY FOR CHAMPIONS.CSF says on the Form 990 it spent $467,020 in 2015. Half of that would be $233,510. If Mutch spent only half his time on candidate politics, the spending figure would be $225,557 for the year for or against political candidates, which nears the half-way mark. That means an argument could be made that its primary activity is advocating for or against political candidates.
Bob Hurst, Chairman of the National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) announced today that Ed Rios has been named the first Chief Executive Officer of the organization, effective October 15, 2016. Following an extensive search process partnering with Heidrick & Struggles, Rios was unanimously selected by the NCC’s board of directors.
"I am both honored and excited to be selected as the first CEO of the NCC,” said Rios. “This center has immense potential to become a national thought-leader and economic driver for Colorado Springs, the state of Colorado, and across the country. It’s a privilege to continue to great work started by Ed Anderson and the board and I am ready to get to work to bring the NCC to its full potential.”
Ed Rios will be formally introduced at an October 20 event. The event will provide an update on the progress of the center and peek into Rios’ vision for the organization.
Rios takes the helm from Interim Executive Director retired Army Lt. Gen Ed Anderson, who has led NCC since March. Anderson has led all aspects of the developing organization through numerous meetings, listening sessions, and outreach while simultaneously standing up the operational elements of the NCC.
“Ed Rios will be the perfect CEO to drive the NCC into the national spotlight,” said Anderson. “He brings years of cyber expertise and the start-up experience needed to establish the NCC as a national leader.”
Rios joins the NCC from his role as President and CEO of CyberSpace Operations Consulting (CSOC), a company he founded in 2006 which focuses on cyber, drone technology, and satellite communications. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel with 26 years of active duty experience in Special Technical Operations, space operations, and intelligence operations among many roles.
“We are thrilled to welcome Ed Rios as CEO of the National Cybersecurity Center,” said Mayor John Suthers, an NCC board member. “Ed has been leader in the Colorado Springs community for years, and I know he will take the NCC to the next level and continue to develop our city’s reputation as a national leader in cybersecurity.”
Rios has served as the Vice Chairman of the Cyber Institute within the NCC, working alongside Cyber Institute Chairman Kyle Hybl to prepare for the inaugural NCC event scheduled for November 13-15, 2016 at the Broadmoor Hotel. The event features an opening dinner featuring Governor Hickenlooper to debut the NCC on November 13.
The National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. NCC provides collaborative cybersecurity response services with comprehensive knowledge and capabilities through training, education, and research For more information about National Cybersecurity Center, call (719) 255-5225 or visit www.nationalcybersecuritycenter.org
Buy A $100 Box to Help Build The Goat Cheese Lady Creamery
For years, people have told me I ought to sell more of my goat milk lotion, soaps and lip balms. I ought to put them in stores, market them more on the internet, have more for sale at the farm. I know I should…but CHEESE is my passion. I love to MAKE CHEESE. I love to TEACH CHEESE. I want to SELL CHEESE. I want to SELL CHEESE that reminds a person of what her Italian grandmother made. I want to SELL CHEESE that makes local restaurant chefs proud to have on their menus. I want to SELL CHEESE that brings our local terroir to the kitchens and dinner tables of cheese connoisseurs who appreciate and value the goat milk, green pasture, good hay, time, art and passion that go into making artisan cheese.
To realize my dream of making and selling cheese, my husband, our boys and I are building, after years of planning and designing, a small creamery in Penrose, Colorado, from which we can SELL CHEESE!
But we ran into a financial road block. After installing the septic tank for the creamery, we began getting bids for the foundation. $13,000. It was much more than we expected and pushes us way over our budget. We put on the brakes. I got mad. I cried. The creamery we thought would be up and running last May is only an empty septic tank in the ground. We can’t put in the foundation – thus using up much of our budget – and risk not having enough money to cover it with walls and a roof. It would be ruined. When my husband said we might have to wait one or two years, I yelled.
NO!! I don’t want to wait one or two years more to have our creamery. By the time our goats have their babies next Spring, I want to be using their milk to make and sell cheese.
I began to think, HOW CAN I MAKE $13,000…FAST? How can we cash flow the foundation so it puts us back into budget?
I could go back to work at a “regular job.” My answer, not surprising to those who know me, was no.
I could sell lots of soaps, lotions and lip balms. $5 a piece for a bar of soap or a 4 oz bottle of lotion means selling 2,600 individual bars and bottles. My brain couldn’t handle that number and it seemed out of reach.
OR WAIT! ….I could sell $100 Boxes filled with soaps, lotions and lip balms! That would mean only selling 130 boxes! I could wrap my mind around that idea!
So, the idea for the $100 Box was born. I will sell $100 Boxes of Goat Milk Soap, Lotion and Lip Balm and I only need to sell 130 to pour the floor of The Goat Cheese Lady Creamery, but I need your help!
HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP: Order a $100 Box (or two or three). Fill your showers, bathtubs, kitchen sinks and bathrooms with soap and lotion that has a purpose. Use your $100 Box to stock up on birthday gifts, hostess gifts, employee gifts, client and co-worker appreciation gifts or “just because” gifts. We make all of the Goat Milk Soap, Lotion and Lip Balm right here on our farm in small batches. You can help us raise the money to pour the foundation to take us one step closer to having The Goat Cheese Lady Creamery by next Spring!
HERE IS WHAT YOU GET: $100 of any combination our Goat Milk Soaps, Lotions and Lip Balms.
HERE IS HOW YOU DO IT: Fill out an order form. The soaps are $5 each, the lotions are $5 each for 4 oz bottles and $10 each for 8 oz bottles and the lip balms are $2.50 each. You choose from the scents and sizes until your total adds up to $100. You pay when you order and pick up your $100 Box at Ranch Foods Direct when all of your items are ready. We can also ship your $100 Box to you (shipping cost is not included in the $100).
Sea Island is home to The Cloister at Sea Island, The Lodge at Sea Island, The Spa at Sea Island, and the Georgian Room restaurant. It also has five miles of private beach on Georgia's southeastern coast, a Beach Club, tennis and squash centers, Yacht Club, Shooting School and Camp Cloister.Rooms range from $525 to over $1,000 a night, according to Sea Island's website, depending on what kind of package deal you're seeking. The Broadmoor's charges are similar.
I was given clear instruction by the Land Committee today that, while they are very interested in continuing discussions about this project, it is not appropriate for Palmer to publicly represent the project at the meeting on 2/24. This is further reinforced by the fact that I cannot be present. It is fine for the City and Broadmoor to say you are in discussions with Palmer about a conservation easement, but it is simply not yet appropriate for us to speak publicly about something that the board has not approved.Jewett, who was planning a trip out of town, goes on to say, "I'm happy to chat further about this or Banning Lewis before I leave."
The Palmer Land Trust and the Trust for Public Land say they hope 12,000 of the 18,500 acres are set aside for trails, conservation and other public uses. One potential method of securing those acres into perpetuity, says Palmer Land Trust's executive director, Rebecca Jewett, is a conservation easement, which requires a landowner to sacrifice development rights in exchange for a tax credit that can be sold for cash, though certain restrictions apply.The Banning Lewis Ranch has a rather complicated history, but the short version is that when Nor'wood bought the property, it assumed the position of previous owner Ultra Petroleum of Houston in a federal legal case about whether the 1988 annexation agreement can be set aside. (The agreement demands a lot of infrastructure investment by developers.)
"City Council hereby authorizes the acceptance of a donation of the difference in value between the City Property and the Broadmoor Property, if any, as determined by an appraisal conducted at the behest and expense of the Broadmoor."
Section 5(a) requires the Secretary to conduct appraisals
of the parcels of land. Section 5(b) requires the land exchange
to be of equal value. If the value of the Federal land exceeds
the value of the non-Federal land, Broadmoor Hotel, Inc., must
make a cash equalization payment to be deposited into the fund
established under P.L. 90-171 (16 U.S.C. 484a). Any cash
equalization payments received by the Secretary are to be used
to acquire land or interests in land in Region 2 of the USFS.
If the value of the non-Federal land exceeds the value of the
Federal land, the surplus value of the non-Federal land will be
considered a donation by Broadmoor Hotel, Inc., to the U.S.
Government. Section 5(c) directs that the appraisals should not
take into account the special use permit at Emerald Valley
Ranch or the Barr Trail easement when determining the value of
60 1st St is a Single family located in Broadmoor, CO, in El Paso county. Built in 1930, this property was last sold for $3,675,000 in 2007 and currently has an estimated value of $1,833,919.
Colorado Springs, CO – February 19, 2016 - Neumann Systems Group, Inc. (NSG) today announced results of the first sulfur dioxide (SO2) removal testing of the NeuStream® desulfurization unit at the Colorado Springs Utilities’ (CSU) Martin Drake Power Plant, Unit 7. NSG CEO Dr. David K. Neumann said: “NeuStream® worked even better than expected. The very first test of the scrubber showed an ability to remove approximately 98.6% of the SO2.” As the figure below shows, the NeuStream® scrubber reduced the SO2 in the flue gas to a very small amount. Also shown on the graph is a line indicating the State of Colorado Air Quality monthly limit (.13lb/MMBTU) for SO2 emissions. As is obvious from the graph, performance of the NeuStream® Scrubber was significantly better than the air quality standard. The test data was recorded by the EPA certified and independently calibrated and maintained detection equipment mounted on the Martin Drake Unit 7 stack. Please note that the new State Air Quality limits for SO2 for Martin Drake Unit 6 and Unit 7 do not go into effect until the end of 2017. This initial test is being followed by several months of additional system start-up, load testing, parametric testing, performance optimization and full operational testing. Construction also continues on the Martin Drake Unit 6 NeuStream® scrubber with first scheduled operation during the Summer.
The first successful operation of the first NeuStream® desulfurization system is a result of the work of the dedicated and expert NSG team under the leadership and technical direction of Dr. J.P. Feve, Dr. Eric Klein and Mr. Nick Miller. Initial testing was conducted by a joint NSG/CSU team. During the past year CSU personnel have made significant contributions to bringing the system to the current point. Their contributions are in the areas of operating software development and testing, integration of equipment and software into Martin Drake, construction project management, maintenance of installed equipment and initial checkout and testing of equipment. CSU plant operators are currently being trained to take over full operation of the NeuStream® system.
Neumann Systems Group’s work for CSU is under a cost-plus-fee contract initiated in October 2011. Under NSG’s contract with CSU, a 3% fee is to be paid to CSU for NeuStream® system and service sales and a 5% fee for sales of each NeuStream system license. These fees are to be paid for a period of ten years after commencement of commercial operation of the Martin Drake NeuStream® system.
Marketing of the NeuStream® systems has been adversely affected by the cataclysmic changes in the energy and power generation industries. By the end of 2016 approximately 400 “unscrubbed” U.S. coal-burning units will be shut down. In part this is a result of the negative current administration’s policies relative to coal as a power source for the U.S. Another significant factor affecting the market for emissions control equipment is the relatively low cost and availability of natural gas. Natural gas is an alternative fuel with essentially no sulfur emissions and lower carbon dioxide emissions. Thus there is essentially no market in the U.S. for NeuStream® desulfurization systems. However, NSG is pursuing international market opportunities including ongoing negotiations with two Chinese companies for licensing and installation of the technology. The potential market as identified by one of the Chinese companies is several thousand small, coal-fired boiler systems used for power generation, heating and industrial applications. Natural gas is generally not available in China and when it is available it costs over five times the cost of coal. Therefore, no shift from coal use to natural gas use is expected in China for the foreseeable future. Additional NSG marketing and contracts for NeuStream® carbon capture equipment to several major US oil companies for use in Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) have been derailed by the oversupply and precipitous drop in the price of oil. NSG continues to seek other markets for the NeuStream® technology.
NeuStream® is a disruptive “platform” technology, meaning it has potential for revolutionary impact in a wide range of product areas important to the industrial and economic well-being of the United States and the rest of the World. NeuStream® technology enables cost effective capture of pollutants including greenhouse gases from a wide variety of emission sources. It also enables the cost effective use of these captured pollutants in the production of chemicals such as fertilizers and sulfuric and nitric acids; building materials such as gypsum; rare earth and strategic metals needed for energy efficiency, electric vehicle and wind and solar applications. Additionally, the NeuStream® technology has significant potential in other areas such as increasing the efficiency of production of bio-fuels, the cost effective production of pharmaceuticals such as the anti-malarial drug Artemisinin, and CO2 for enhanced oil recovery.
Denver, CO, Feb. 11, 2016 – Etkin Johnson Real Estate Partners, Colorado’s leading commercial real estate developer, manager and investor, announced today it is acquiring 76.8 acres of vacant land at InterQuest, a high‐tech business park fronting Interstate 25 in northern Colorado Springs. The property’s strategic location, just east of the U.S. Air Force Academy, offers superior highway visibility and access as well as unobstructed views of nearby Pikes Peak. The site was purchased from Corporate Office
Properties Trust or (COPT) for $4.35 million.
Situated at the southeast corner of Interstate 25 and Interquest Parkway, the site is located at the epicenter of InterQuest, adjacent to office buildings, hotels, and key entertainment and retail at InterQuest Marketplace. This regional shopping center is located at the front door of Colorado Springs and provides north‐side consumers an updated alternative to the Chapel Hills/North Academy shopping district. Additionally, Great Wolf Resorts announced last summer it will transform the retail center’s unfinished Renaissance Hotel into a family‐style resort, which will open in late fall 2016 with a water
park, restaurants, children’s entertainment and meeting space. The resort expects to employ 400 to 500 full‐and part‐time workers.
Other neighboring properties have either experienced development in recent years or have near‐term projects slated. The increased activity in the area reflects the vibrancy of northern Colorado Springs’ rapidly growing submarket.
In addition to the recent land acquisition, Etkin Johnson owns and manages three office/flex properties in Colorado Springs, maintaining a presence in the region for more than 20 years.
“This is a particularly exciting opportunity to acquire bulk land with freeway frontage in a local market we’re already active in and familiar with,” said Derek Conn, director of finance at Etkin Johnson Real Estate Partners. Conn negotiated the transaction with Colorado Springs broker, Michael Payne Palmer of Quantum Commercial Group Inc. and Jim Capecelatro of Cushman & Wakefield Denver.
With significant infrastructure already in place, Etkin Johnson is planning a mixed‐use development project for the site, known as The Gateway at InterQuest, which will include a blend of apartments, office, neighborhood retail and hotels. The company plans to offer smaller pad sites for sale or build‐to-suit.
“Etkin Johnson is an ideal developer for this land, both in terms of their local efforts and the momentum it will bring to the northern submarket,” said Palmer. “They have an existing presence in Colorado Springs and a proven track record of successfully developing mixed‐use environments that attract residents, high‐tech companies and quality tenants.”
“This acquisition provides us the opportunity to utilize all of our core competencies as a long‐time, local investor in a market where substantial value can be created,” said Conn. “Our development plans will draw on the strengths of our more than 25‐year history in Colorado and will focus on creating a vibrant community in this fast‐growing area.”
About Etkin Johnson Real Estate Partners
Etkin Johnson Real Estate Partners is a Denver‐based development, investment, ownership and management company with a portfolio of more than 5 million square feet of office, hotel and industrial holdings worth in excess of $500 million.
Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado Provides Investigation Results of Local Organization
Consumers are advised to contact BBB before purchasing products from Young People Working LLC
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 20, 2016 – Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado (BBB) has completed an investigation of a Southern Colorado company – Young People Working LLC, known for going door to door to residents’ homes to sell magazine subscriptions.
The company is registered to Crystal Davis (who has also used her maiden name, Crystal Clark, in her businesses) at this address: 6660 Delmonico Drive, Suite D-470, Colorado Springs, CO 80919. BBB warns they are NOT an accredited business.
Within the last 12 months, 127 complaints have been processed and closed against Young People Working LLC.
· (5) Advertising/sales issues
· (3) Billing/collection issues
· (83) Delivery issues
· (36) Problems with Product/Service
BBB files indicate that this business has a pattern of complaints concerning service issues. Consumers have said they are not able to obtain refunds, products take a long time to be delivered, or the products do not arrive at all.
Complaints have been received from across the country. On September 4, 2015, the owner was presented with a Cease & Desist order from North Dakota.
Up until October 2015, the company was cooperating with BBB of Southern Colorado regarding these complaints. However, as complaints increased, the company stopped corresponding.
In addition, the owner of Young People Working LLC registered in the state of Colorado another door-to-door magazine sales company, Yeong Pablo Straton LLC, and the owner also has ties to Lrumar Publications.
BBB cautions consumers against purchasing magazines from Young People Working LLC, Yeong Pablo Statron LLC and Lrumar Publications.
For consumers seeking services or products, BBB advises consumers to use BBB’s website or call its offices to find an accredited business that has a recordable history of providing a specific type of service or product.
BBB offers these tips to citizens when (any) solicitors knock on their doors offering services:
1. Ask them for their BBB accreditation information. They should be able to provide this and should be willing to wait while the homeowner calls BBB to confirm.
2. If the soliciting company claims to be a contractor, ask for their insurance and bonding information.
3. Schedule a meeting at the soliciting company’s office to finalize any deal. This will help ensure they are a credible entity.
“Our organization exists to protect integrity and establish trust between businesses and consumers,” said Jonathan Liebert, CEO and executive director of Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado.
“When a company does not follow good business practices, we investigate them before informing consumers and the public. We hope this will help get the word out to protect the public and legitimate businesses.”
Click on this link to read BBB Business Review on Young People Working LLC.
ABOUT BBB OF SOUTHERN COLORADO
Since August of 1980, Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado has helped consumers find businesses, brands, and charities they can trust. It serves 25 counties throughout Southern Colorado.
BBB of Southern Colorado sets standards for marketplace trust – to create a community of trustworthy businesses and charities – by encouraging and supporting best practices, educating consumers and businesses, celebrating business role models, and calling out and addressing substandard marketplace behavior.
BBB of Southern Colorado houses more than 29,000 reviews on companies in the region. In 2015, it processed 2,898 complaints and had 1.6 million page views on its website. All company and charity reports are available for free online.