From 2012 to 2015, the City spent on average $32,000 yearly to repair the 93 year old “pot holed” asphalt courts at MVP to make them safe for public use. In partnership, PPPA and Parks & Rec developed a more cost-effective approach. Parks & Rec put $100,000 in the 2016 City Budget for the concrete upgrade of the asphalt courts. In parallel, PPPA competed for and was awarded $25,000 in LART funding for the court upgrade. This $125,000 in “local tax funding” referred to in the Editorial was matched by PPPA who raised an additional $81,000 from donations and tournament proceeds and $115,000 in grants. Our public-private partnership pooled these funds to build a public-use world-class “50-year” low-maintenance Pickleball facility at MVP.Norton then wrote to Council noting this:
In summary, the LART Committee, Don Knight, Jill Gaebler and the rest of City Council who supported the 2016 City Budget for this needed upgrade were not serving some “special interest” but rather supporting a smart, cost-effective, long-term fix of the near Century old high-maintenance asphalt courts at MVP. They should all be commended, not impugned, for such excellent foresight and effective shepherding of taxpayer funds. PPPA is part of a large and ever-growing Sport that is providing significant health and economic benefits to our City. Our nonprofit organization proudly fits the very definition of LART funding quoted in your article: “to attract visitors to the City and the Pikes Peak Region, provide economic and cultural benefit, enhance the quality of life in the City, engage the community and encourage tourist activity.
In case you did not see how the Gazette "selectively edited" our Pikes Peak Pickleball Association's response to the previous Sunday's Gazette Editorial Board fact-limited opinion piece, here's the original PPPA submission to the Editor including what was cut out of this morning's "Your Viewpoint" op/ed section of the Gazette.
It appears our Association's complete "viewpoint" does not count when it comes to giving City Council, Parks & Rec, and the LART Committee appropriate credit for doing the right thing with taxpayer funding.
Nevertheless, we certainly appreciate your support of our nonprofit's mission to serve and benefit our local community.
Since joining Colorado Politics (it's distinct from The Gazette), I haven't written on any former client until today. So, there has been nothing to disclose. In fact, I only learned of Matt Arnold's complaint against Pioneer — and then decided to write about it — after he made a vague reference to it in response to my request for a comment for a previous blog post on him and his tactics.
Your continued threat of a Blog is so tiresome ...
We relied on a report from the CML ... from Megan Dollar at CML to be exact that this was a unanimous vote by the Executive Board. They also testified in Committee on this Bill that the Board had voted unanimously. In no documentation that was available to us or Rep. Williams was it indicated that there was one absence. We have the email trail between Rep. Williams and CML's Ms. Dollar. The fact that they came out later and said it was an unfortunate mistake is a little too little ... too late.
From: USAFA/DSEA (Taskers)Weinstein is asking why the Academy hasn't shouted this news from the rooftops.
Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2017 02:17 PM
Cc: 10 ABW (Taskers)
Subject: USAFA's New Commandant / Brig Gen (S) Kristin Goodwin
I am proud to announce that our Secretary of the Air Force has nominated Brig Gen (S) Kristin Goodwin (USAFA class of '93) as our next USAFA Commandant!
Brig Gen (S) Goodwin will be joining us from Washington DC where she is currently serving as the Senior Military Advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force. Brig Gen (S) Goodwin will bring a wealth of experience from her time as the Vice-Commander of the 59th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB, Wing Commander of the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, and most recently, the Senior Military Advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington DC. A highly accomplished aviator, Brig Gen (S) Goodwin has flown the B-2, EC-130, C-130,T-38, T-1 & T-37.
As USAFA continues on a strong upward trajectory, we are looking forward to Brig Gen (S) Goodwin's arrival and Assumption of Command. I am confident that Brig Gen (S) Goodwin will strengthen our drive for excellence!
I'm proud of the hard work being done by all of our Team. We are, without a doubt, an Academy on the move!
Lt Gen Johnson
MICHELLE D. JOHNSON, Lt Gen, USAF
Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy
MRFF has a burning question for USAFA and the USAF leadership; why are they not publicly acknowledging this groundbreaking selection of a gay, female new Commandant? This question HAS to be asked. There’s just total silence out thereabout this? Why? (I wonder what USAFA’s Michael Rosebush, the gay 'reparative therapy enthusiast', is thinking about this new selection as well?) Should not USAFA and Senior Air Force leadership be touting this action as an historic milestone of jovian magnitude as well?Those concerns aside, he heralded the news in a statement:
“After more than 13 years of entrenched civil rights, church-state separation warfare against my [alma] mater, the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), it is extremely difficult to find words of praise for ANYthing it does, but I guess that hell hath frozen over as something truly AMAZING has now just happened.It appears this story is appearing first here, reported by the Independent. Given the importance of Goodwin's appointment, we wanted to break the story as soon as possible.
MRFF received confirmation earlier today from one of our 16 LGBT clients at USAFA that the next Commandant of Cadets will be Brigadier General Select Kristin Goodwin who is a 1993 academy graduate who is gay and married to her wife, Kelly. Together, they have 2 children as well.
MRFF is thrilled at this marvelous selection and on behalf of our 414 USAFA faculty, cadet and staff clients, we offer our most profound congratulations to those who selected Goodwin and to Goodwin herself, of course. Just 4 years ago this month, MRFF engaged in the very first gay rights public protest, near the Academy’s South Gate entrance, in support of over 20 LGB faculty, cadets and staff at USAFA who were MRFF clients. And now, some 4 years later, the Air Force has chosen a gay female officer to be its next USAFA Commandant!
Goodwin had NO “choice” in embracing her sexual orientation because THAT is NOT a matter of choice. In direct contrast, the Air Force choosing her [as] the Academy’s next Commandant WAS such a “choice" and the right one indeed! MRFF could not be more pleased!"
BURN RESTRICTIONS FOR COLORADO SPRINGS [TOOK] EFFECT AT NOON TODAY——- FIRST UPDATE, TODAY, 10:34 A.M. ——-
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Based upon increased fire activity, very high fire danger, current fire weather conditions and consultation and coordination of federal, state and local fire agencies, it is determined that Burn Restrictions are warranted in the City of Colorado Springs.
Pursuant of the 2009 International Fire Code the Fire Marshal has implemented Burn Restrictions for the City of Colorado Springs that shall prohibit the following activities:
1. Recreational fires are not allowed. A recreational fire is an outdoor fire for cooking, warmth, religious, or other special purposes that is not contained in a permanent fixture (incinerator, manufactured outdoor fireplace or pit, BBQ grill).
2. Bonfires are not allowed.
3. No smoking in any city parks/open spaces while burn restrictions are in place.
4. Blasting, welding, and torches by permit only.
5. Model rockets by permit only.
6. Open or prescribed burning is not allowed (ditch burning, fires for silviculture, range or wildfire management).
Burn Restriction and Burn Ban Penalties - Person(s) failing to comply with a Burn Restriction or Burn Ban shall be punished in accordance with the Code of the City of Colorado Springs as amended (1.1.201). A careless fire that threatens or damages property is fourth degree arson and shall be prosecuted as such. For more information on burn restriction: https://csfd.coloradosprings.gov/sites/csfd.coloradosprings.gov/files/outdoor_burning14jul16.pdf
The Burn Restrictions shall take effect immediately upon the issuance of this order and shall remain in effect until such time the restrictions are modified.
Residents are encouraged to “Share the Responsibility” and reduce their wildfire risk by implementing wildfire mitigation concepts into their landscaping. https://csfd.coloradosprings.gov/page/wildfire-mitigation
Sheriff's Office Implementing Stage 1 Burn Restrictions——- ORIGINAL POST, THURSDAY, 11:04 A.M. ——-
March 16, 2017
Pursuant to the authority vested in the Deputy Fire Warden through the Sheriff of El Paso County, Colorado, by El Paso County Ordinance No. 15-001, and C.R.S. § 30-10-512, he El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, hereby issues this Order pertaining to the declaration of Stage 1 Burn Restrictions.
Based upon monitoring of fire danger weather conditions, increased fire activity in the area, the fire danger class in the very high and/or extreme levels and through consultation and coordination of federal, state and local fire agencies, it is determined that implementation of Stage 1 Burn Restrictions are warranted in El Paso County.
These Restrictions shall prohibit the following activities:
1. Open fire and open burning except fires and campfires within permanently constructed fire grates, charcoal grills and wood burning stoves in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds, or private residences in areas cleared of all flammable materials.
2. The sale or use of fireworks.
3. Outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren of and cleared of all flammable materials.
The Stage 1 Restrictions shall take effect immediately upon the issuance of this Order and shall remain in effect until such time as the restrictions are modified pursuant to El Paso County Ordinance No. 15-001.
The full text of Ordinance No. 15-001 can be found at http://car.elpasoco.com/clerktotheboard/Documents/15-001%20Open%20Burnin...
Madam Mayor and Members of City Council,
Effective immediately, I am ordering the following Fire Restrictions for the City of Manitou Springs:
1. Open Burning Ban, defined as the prohibited use of any outside fire, including camp fires and warming fires.
This current ban excludes fires in permanently constructed fire rings within the city’s RV and Camping Parks; and charcoal grills, and wood burning fire places, (chiminia) or fire pits with proper fitting screen covers and with a minimum of 15’ separation from structures or other combustible material at private residences. None of these exclusions permit a total fuel area greater than 3 feet in diameter, and all must have a flame height of less than 2 feet.
2. Outdoor Smoking Ban, defined as the prohibited use of any tobacco product or similar material in cigarettes, cigars, or pipes outdoors. This excludes smoking in enclosed buildings or structures, and along Manitou Avenue. Discarding of a lighted cigarette, cigar or pipe tobacco products is strictly prohibited.
These restrictions do not apply to gas-fueled grills used out-of-doors, or to fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves. Additionally, compliant fireplaces and wood-burning stoves within private residences are not included in the ban.
Current Wildland Fire predictive services for our area indicate continuing warm, dry and breezy conditions. I have attached the Predictive Services Fire Weather/Danger Update from March 13th for your reference, and you can monitor these outlooks at;
While we can only control our city limits, it is my hope that these restrictions will enhance awareness of our citizens and visitors, and the message will carry far outside of our boundaries. It is also my hope that El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will also soon imposed fire restrictions for all areas of unincorporated El Paso County in some similar manner. Should the county impose a fire ban while this ban is in place, this ban may be adjusted to allow for consistency in management and compliance.
If weather patterns change the local outlook significantly one way or the other, Fire Restrictions will be adjusted accordingly.
John K. Forsett, Fire Chief, City of Manitou Springs
The recruits received their driving lecture on Friday, February 3, 2017. At that time the recruits took their written driving test. Additionally each recruit was given the 66th Recruit Class Driver Training Testing Procedures handout. The handout as explained to the recruits and each recruit was provided a copy of the procedures to review. Each recruit signed the testing procedures paperwork that acknowledged the testing protocols and what factors would result in a test failure. This included the information that striking a cone was an action which would result in a test failure. The handout also explained the procedures for remedial driving training and the retest process.He also says the department currently has an authorized strength of 684 sworn officers and has 670 on duty, which includes 37 recruits. The academy, which started with 48 and now has 36, graduates the new class on April 14. (He didn't explain why there are 37 recruits counted in the ranks when only 36 remain in the academy.)
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We should pound Joel and Helen for not voting for the airport zone that attracted Sierra Nevada. Especially since that is in Helens district and will benefit that area and schools etc. just shows they are out of touch.Joel Miller had resigned his Council seat to run for mayor during that election. City Councilor Helen Collins, representing the southeast District 4, was facing a recall vote in that election.
Every student of high school civics understands the basic contours of our system of separated powers: The Legislative Branch makes the law. The Executive Branch enforces the law. And the Judicial Branch interprets the law. But consider how this often plays out in the modern administrative state: Congress passes a broad and open-ended law, leaving it to an Executive Branch administrative agency to '‘fill in the gaps’ through administrative regulation.The agency then promulgates regulations interpreting and implementing that open-ended law. And when the issue gets to the judiciary, the courts, as a general matter, defer to Congress’s decision to delegate to the agency the policy-making functions in the first place.
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A review of the Colorado Secretary of State's listing for Windhover Creative Partners LLC shows…
CSaction video of the protest of the GAGzette: https://youtu.be/FbwN8PZVOU8