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Re: “Natural delight

I believe that the "goats" referred to in this article are actually Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, that came to be in the Waldo Canyon area after an accidental translocation in 1946. Apparently some bighorn sheep were being transported from Colorado's Western Slope to some other location, when the vehicle they were in broke down on Ute Pass near the parking lot of Waldo Canyon. Somehow the sheep escaped and have been reproducing for generations all over the Rampart Range and Waldo canyon areas. There is another fairly large herd in Mueller Park near Dome Rock and a smallish herd that I see frequently on the West side of Pikes Peak while driving between Divide and Cripple Creek on Highway 67. Not sure if the Pikes Peak and Dome Rock herds are from the same translocation or not.

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Posted by oldguyinWP on 09/10/2014 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Mourning along life's highway

pictures or it didnt happen.

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Posted by Mey Relname on 09/10/2014 at 12:13 PM

Re: “That's some strain

MileHi: I'm quite sure that Charlotte Figi and her family, and many others like them, absolutely don't think the Stanley's are any kind of scum. Sounds like your own meds aren't working quite as well as they could/should... perhaps you need to up the dosage and chill out!

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Posted by COnative59 on 09/10/2014 at 12:13 PM

Re: “A lone survivor, no need for death, stormwater taxes, and more

As far as the Balloon classic goes Im willing to bet the next one will go on as the Broadmoor Balloon gala or some such thing. Seems there getting there way with all the public venues and Im about sure this is going to be another one. Its been to popular to let it go without someone making a buck off of it and thats the kind of thing there about. C4C is getting its push because of Anschutz he sure ant going let that get away if theres a buck to be made.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 09/10/2014 at 11:18 AM

Re: “A lone survivor, no need for death, stormwater taxes, and more

Yes Don THANK YOU

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 09/10/2014 at 11:08 AM

Re: “That's some strain

Mr. Mile high Why? They found something that helps some people and are using it to do exactly that. Theres costs involved as with all cures or devices that help folk. You state in your moniker that your a patient so Im sure your meds cost you my heart meds sure ant free. Does that mean the makers of my meds are scum? I dont think so they saved my fat ass a few years ago. Maybe its because they are getting the press and grant money thats got you so upset. I personally think its great that pot is finally getting some in the medical science's to take notice to some of its benefit and hope it continues. Now take a look see at all the Medical pot shops all over the country there all profiting off the sick so are the Hospitals, pharm. companies, Doctors, Nursing homes as well as the device companies. Think of where would be with out them. That is a foolish comment you posted.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 09/10/2014 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Mourning along life's highway

Please stop calling them "accidents". The vast majority of motor vehicle crashes (or collisions) are the result of reckless, inattentive, or impaired driving. They are 100% preventable. Speeding, using a cell phone, or drinking before driving are all conscious decisions, not whimsical forces of nature beyond our control.

Calling crashes "accidents" diminishes the responsibility drivers have to operate deadly machinery in a safe and civil manner, and gives the impression that there's no way we can do anything about them. Motor vehicle violence is preventable, and we in the U.S. are terrible at it. 30,000+++ Americans die every year in traffic crashes & they are the leading cause of death for children. The latest estimate by the NHTSA put the monetary cost of traffic violence at 871 billion dollars. Calling those kinds of numbers accidents trivializes the very real impact crashes have on American society.

-a former student of yours

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Posted by rt on 09/10/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: “A lone survivor, no need for death, stormwater taxes, and more

Thank you, Don Ray, for your moving letter about cancer and the Susan B. Koman Race for the Cure. Your perceptive, well written observations captured the pain and sorrow of cancer as experienced by a surviving family member. You painted a very haunting yet accurate portrait of loss and survival.

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Posted by Quid pro quo on 09/10/2014 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Cassiani chosen to lead "turn around" of Springs

Same bunch of developers Noorwood etc... Sounds like the democratic system of government is interfering with their ability to rape and pillage the average citizen for profit. So they need to form a group of fellow silver spoons to help them get that done. Since we will not as citizens be able to vote on issues such as c4c, our best bet is a boycott of all properties owned by all developers involved. They use their dollars to take away our right to vote. Lets vote with our dollars. I vote not to step foot on any property owned by any developer interested in further damaging our downtown. Enough of the generic, tasteless crap that has become our downtown. Just say no to another eyesore in the vain of Plaza of the Rockies.

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Posted by obliosupercat on 09/09/2014 at 10:10 PM

Re: “Hexed-Mex: Serrano's replaces a classic Manitou Springs

My family ate at the Woodland Park location last summer. My step- daughter brought in a script for a play, and she forgot it. Mr. Serrano was very kind, and he mailed it to our house. That was darn good service.

Posted by Eric W. Olsen on 09/09/2014 at 10:10 PM

Re: “Firm that helps drilling industry is set to expand

"The project is undergoing the construction of a significant new 22,380 square foot building to expand its existing operation," the planning staff said in an overview of the request. "This operation includes the manufacture of piping to serve the oil and gas extraction industry. Mountain View does not have the electrical capacity necessary to serve the proposed expansion, therefore Colorado Springs Utilities, which has the capacity, is willing to extend electrical services to this project and site."

I say NO to this. Something doesn't make sense.

1. Why CAN'T Mountain View electric co-op do the job? Are MV's rates too high for the likes of Weatherford who just want stuff cheap or free? CSU rates are known to be lower than just about any utility in the area, especially Black Hills Elec in Pueblo. Why can't the state compel MV to provide the needed service? What does MV have to say about all of this?

2. NOTHING significant about a 22,000 Sq Ft building given that early Wal-Marts, Lowe's, Home Depots, Office Depots, etc, were 60,000 to 140,000 Sq Ft. Barnes & Noble book stores are 25,000 to 45,000 Sq Ft, or the size of a large supermarket. Free-standing drugstores of Walgreens, CVS, etc, are 11,000-15,000 Sq Ft. Modern Supercenters range up to 250,000 Sq Ft - ten times the size of Weatherford's....MV serves the existing buildings but can't support a new 22,000 Sq Ft add-on shop? Hmmmmm......

3. Are all the costs to annex 60 acres worth it? Who pays THOSE costs? What are the other ramifications of annexing these acres? Do we have to pay for adjacent road maintenance, police, fire service, etc? What tax rates apply to these acres? Does the city collect the property tax and county lose out on it? What does the county have to say about all of this?

4. What pollution might this new work bring with it? Buyer beware!

This thing doesn't pass the smell test and as usual it probably boils down to some business trying to get by on the cheap at our expense. Let this whole business move to Pueblo where the steel mill makes drill pipe for the oil and gas firms. Pueblo has tons of low cost labor clamoring for work. Let Pueblo taxpayers eat this smelly plate of fish.

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Posted by OldCrank on 09/09/2014 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Cassiani chosen to lead "turn around" of Springs

I'm back.... "a ballot measure ... would establish the Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority and impose fees on property owners based on impervious service...." Error? Is it "impervious SURFACES" such as homes/driveways?

Pretty clever stuff.

It sounds like raw land owned by developers and land syndicates would be exempt from fees since there are no impervious structures on raw land. Thus the costs of drainage would fall fully on the average taxpaying homeowner and commercial buildings. Not entirely a bad thing but WHAT fees (if any) do developers pay in conjunction with development processes to address the costs of infrastructure(s) needed to support development operations?


" Knight predicted CSF will support a subsequent ballot measure to address roads, bridges and parks on the April 2015 city ballot."

Will this ballot measure also shift the cost of roads, bridges and parks to the average taxpayer and leave developers scott-free on helping to pay the costs of the road and bridge work their development efforts cause on their behalf? Do these guys pay for anything?

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Posted by OldCrank on 09/09/2014 at 2:38 PM

Re: “A favorite summertime pesticide

organic farmers only use natural pesticides. this is a far cry from the synthetic petrochemical pesticide crap that goes into most "conventional" produce....right???

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Posted by happyfew on 09/09/2014 at 1:25 PM

Re: “A favorite summertime pesticide

You do know that organic farmers use just as much pesticides if not more than Conventional producers right?

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Posted by Steven Alexander Shaver on 09/09/2014 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Cassiani chosen to lead "turn around" of Springs

Oh joy, more developers, whose ilk gave us sprawl, inadequate roads, no stormwater solutions and land that washes away when it rains. They over promise, under deliver, and plead innocence on every malady they leave behind for taxpayers to resolve with public monies. Their motto: "Privatize Profits - Socialize Costs"

I'd play 20 questions but can only come up with 15.

What's really going on with yet another outside group trying to steer city government?

Does it really take unelected outside groups to get the job of city government done?

Has TABOR so crippled our government that it's essentially an impotent cuckold?

Is our city council too amateurish to get the job done?

How is, or is not, this group wired into the developers who back Mayor Bach?

Are these guys opposites of the Norwood cabal that have the mayor's ear?

Do these guys want to scrape Drake and build some goofy sports venue?

Do these guys own any land near the proposed stadium site?

Are they a front for Phil Anshutz, or Norwood, or out of staters, or themselves?

Is there a scorecard for all the teams all these developer guys play for?

Without more jobs arriving why do we need to develop anything?

If they get a stormwater fix, are their lands first on the fixit list?

Is there a fixit list?

Who controls the fixit list?

Is this just another case of Follow The Money and Government For Sale?

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Posted by OldCrank on 09/09/2014 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Cassiani chosen to lead "turn around" of Springs

The 'group' says it's time to squelch the dysfunction of city government and invest in the community...and other PR hot air. I want a dysfunctioning city govt. I want a city council that debates and argues and researches and takes all the time they need to reach a decision. I don't want a council that takes the word of "experts" and City Leaders instead of doing the hard work due diligence requires. I want a council with the guts to say No to the mayor and City Leaders. I want a mayor who governs by the law, one who will not squander taxpayer dollars on "invest in the community" flimflams such as the C4C downtown stadium. And I want MORE people like Helen Collins and Andy Pico on city council.

Tell city council how YOU want them to vote on the upcoming ordinance that will give US the right to vote on spending OUR tax dollars to build a stadium. Send your email to allcouncil@springsgov.com

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Posted by curious on 09/08/2014 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Hexed-Mex: Serrano's replaces a classic Manitou Springs

Give them time. The best chefs are often not the best business people, and I have definitely found this to be true with Serranos.

Posted by Zen on 09/08/2014 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Cassiani chosen to lead "turn around" of Springs

I am so glad to see the local AFrican AMerican community at this table...wait....
I am happy that the LGBT community leaders were invited to participate...wait...
I am so glad they have reached out to the Hispanic community...wait...
You fuckers are the same rich white male ass hats that have messed up the Springs in the past and now you want us to believe you have the best interest of ALL citizens at heart? hahahaha!

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Posted by carolyncathey on 09/08/2014 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Public should vote on stadium, councilman says

Already wrote council. I do think a high quality map should be available online showing the addresses and locations of every property owned by every developer involved in c4c. This assures every citizen the right to vote in a meaningful way. The geocoding is already in progress. Hopefully the map can be online in a few days.

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Posted by obliosupercat on 09/08/2014 at 1:57 PM

Re: “'Wheelwork of the universe'

Loved the write up. Can't wait to go!! P.S. Indy staff writers: Would you please put the M-Sun, open/closing time of the gallery/event in the body of the article or on the side. It's frustrating to have to do an endless click-search to find out the details. Thanks!

Posted by R. Smith on 09/08/2014 at 1:11 PM

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