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Re: “Residents make do — but don't make peace — with their contaminated water

To answer MargRita's question, and she's not stupid, it's a good question, but it has a complex answer.

The short form is that it depends on the filter.

The long form is that the filter has to be a Granular Activated Carbon, or GAC filter, and the granularity has to be such that it actually filters out the PFCs. Not all GACs do that. To get one that works requires careful research, and they aren't cheap, either. You can find under-sink filters at Lowes for under $200, but whether that can filter the PFCs is TBD. Berkey is checking their countertop tank filters to see if they do it, but they don't know either.

A good solution is a 5-gallon water cooler. Best one out there is $150 at Costco, but there are similar ones for slightly more at Lowes or Home Depot. The 5-gallon jugs are expensive on initial startup at $17 per, but they can be refilled for as low as 25 cents a gallon at various stores. Those fills can be GAC filtered, check the dispensers.

Posted by Tannim on 07/28/2016 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Land swap opponents prepare suit, ballot measure over Strawberry Fields

Great story. Thanks Pam for following up.

Posted by katm on 07/28/2016 at 12:12 PM

Re: “State Patrol forces citizen to drive to its Lakewood office to view, but not copy, reports

There are a few additional points that, as the subject of this article, I feel important to share with Indy readers….

You should know that Jeff Roberts’ points regarding redacting personal information from the documents is well taken—and I heavily stressed that in court. Judge Hall, however, did not address this point at all. (And of course as you saw in Pam’s article, there was no personal/private information contained in the documents needing protection, thus demonstrating the degree to which cops, i.e., CSP Chief Hernandez, will prevaricate— even in front of a judge.)

I also stressed in court that Colorado State Patrol’s (CSP) argument that making copies available could lead to unwarranted adverse consequences is absurd in light of them allowing me to not only view the requested documents in person, but also because they’d allow note-taking. This note-taking, I explained to the judge, would result in verbatim duplicates of the documents both in form and content. I questioned how copies of the documents might lead to unwarranted adverse consequences while exact duplicates created via note-taking in person would not. The judge didn’t address that point, either.

Now, veering off the main topic of Pam’s article, you might be interested in knowing what the documents revealed. Bottom line, the investigation was bungled, constitutes a farce and a sham, and highlights State Troopers’ lies and prevarications. Here but a very few examples:

— The complaint was improperly categorized on CSP’s Administrative Notification Of Allegations form.

— Trooper Kenneth Nuci, the subject of my complaint, states that he was inside the bay doing a VIN inspection when he overheard me speaking with Toby Espinoza (a CDOT employee). How could Nuci from within the bay overhear a conversation I had more than 30’ away on the side of the building?

— Trooper Holly Ewing, who walked out of the bay shortly after I arrived, stated “I did not hear any of the verbal interaction between Toby and the male party.” How could Nuci hear from inside the bay that which Ewing could not from the outside and not too far from me and Espinoza?

— Trooper Jessica Parsons states that “I heard…Ewing instruct the male party to pull his vehicle and trailer off to the right and to bring in his paperwork.” This contradicts Ewing’s statement that it was Nuci who provided these instructions.

— Sgt. Todd James states that he talked to a female Trooper named Holsinger about the interaction she had with me. According to his statement, “she tried talking to him during the inspection.” There was, however, no female part of my inspection and the only interaction I had with a female was exceptionally brief and with Ewing.

How can citizens trust cops’ investigations when it comes to them beating up citizens, shooting them, etc., when they can’t even get something as benign as this right?

CSP wants the public to believe that their core values consist of honor, duty, and respect. The exact opposite occurred here. And when I let CSP leadership know about it, based on the evidence obtained within their own documents, they didn’t care…

— The District Commander Maj. Scott Copley stated that he “disagreed” with what I learned from CSP’s investigatory documents. WHAT?

— CSP Chief Scott Hernandez simply ignored my writing which he received via certified mail on April 26, 2016.

— CO Dept. of Public Safety Exec. Dir. Stan Hilkey received my certified mail May 24…I’m still waiting on a reply….

Honor, Duty, Respect…yeah, right; just a cheap tagline that means nothing when it really matters.

CSP’s and CDPS’s leadership is a disgrace to the public and to all of those agency members who actually do want to serve the public honorably.

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Posted by dwchamp on 07/28/2016 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Land swap opponents prepare suit, ballot measure over Strawberry Fields

Thank you for the clarification regarding the land swap.

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Posted by lolita67 on 07/28/2016 at 5:16 AM

Re: “Land swap opponents prepare suit, ballot measure over Strawberry Fields

First with the story and always adhering to the highest journalistic standards - thanks Pam and the Independent! The citizens of Colorado Springs are indeed lucky to have you.

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Posted by doonya on 07/27/2016 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Residents make do — but don't make peace — with their contaminated water

Maybe I'm just stupid, but why can't these homes be provided with filters on their faucets, instead of contributing to landfill waste with all the empty plastic bottles?

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Posted by MargRita Williams on 07/27/2016 at 1:00 PM

Re: “City, Broadmoor negotiating over portions of the city's water system

Hey John Suthers,

How can you be trusted with statements like, "Suthers concurred, saying, 'If a sale is proposed, there will be plenty of opportunity for public discussion' ", when, after all, the "public discussions" concerning Strawberry Fields were nothing more than a dog and pony show by you, Parks and the Broadmoor? Answer: you are NOT to be trusted! That much is certain...

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Posted by John C. Spengler on 07/27/2016 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Land swap opponents prepare suit, ballot measure over Strawberry Fields


Once again, outstanding journalism! We are most fortunate to have you in our fair city. Keep up the great work. Your efforts are truly appreciated!

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Posted by John C. Spengler on 07/27/2016 at 12:02 PM

Re: “State Patrol forces citizen to drive to its Lakewood office to view, but not copy, reports

Cops breaking the law in Colorado and making damned sure you can't gather the evidence to fight them on it.... sounds fairly routine. Slow news day?

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Posted by Thomas Shea on 07/27/2016 at 7:07 AM
Posted by Spydra 1 on 07/26/2016 at 2:14 PM

Re: “CSPD withholds investigation of cop who cost taxpayers $100,000 in lawsuit settlement

*yawn* Boys will be boys...especially when it comes to the CSPD...speaking of whom, is anyone other than me even just a tad curious to know whatever became of former CSPD Joshua Dwayne Carrier, the penultimate boy in blue himself? It's been a couple of years now since he was purportedly moved out of Colorado and into an east coast prison facility for his safety's sake...and out of sight, out of mind, I guess -- surely his justice is being served *somewhere*...right?!? Well it ain't necessarily so. Personally, and even though I'm decidedly not his type, Carrier's memory nags at me like a abscssed tooth and causes me to search for and gaze at his face almost daily. I came across a relatively recent selfie shot of JD sporting a red hat emblazoned with $$ signs -- yeah, that's right, cash money, dolla dolla bills, y'all...and the many young men he traumatized would do well to avoid downtown Denver, where I spotted him not even a week ago working as a concierge for a swanky hotel -- I found myself gazing up into his unmistakably hollow eyes...his all too familiar face veiled by a full beard and mustache; but it was him, or his twin; nearly dumbstruck, I forced myself to engage him in small talk about the hotel's rooftop pool...catching my breath sharply as I read the moniker on his name tag: "Joshua Jones".

Well, at least that menace to society Doug Bruce is securely under lock and key.

We have all been served up a half-assed report on Joshua Carrier; the rabbit hole starts at Mind Seizure, the commercial haunted house JD co-owned with his mother...and the peculiar fire that destroyed the TV parked in front of his house, which reportedly contained records his ghoulish moonlighting enterprise.

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Posted by Spydra 1 on 07/26/2016 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Local farmers market doubles food stamps — how do they do it and why is it rare?

You are right ThinkitThrough that Farmers Markets have been targeting those folks with money but I don't think this is out of some kind of bias or snobbery. Local food is pricey because you can't produce food sustainably at a cheap price. Small local farmers have to make a living, so they have to sell their food at higher prices.

This Doubling program will make local food accessible to low-income folks WHILE giving the local farmer a new client segment. Great for the farmer, great for all community members and great for the planet. Thank you Nat for writing this article.

Elise Rothman, LocalMotive, PBC

Posted by Elise Rothman on 07/26/2016 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Racial disparities persist in marijuana arrests

Whenever there occurs a general decrease in some adverse outcome, groups with the lower baseline rate tends to experience larger proportionate decline in rates of experiencing the outcome while other groups tend to experience larger proportionate increases in rates of avoiding the outcome. Correspondingly relative differences in rates of experiencing the declining outcomes tend to increase while relative differences in avoiding the outcomes tend to decrease.

References 1 and 2 explain these matters fairly succinctly. Reference 3 and 4 discuss the patterns that have been observed in Colorado and Denver as both have generally reduced school suspensions. Reference 5 explains the matter to the City of Boulder with regard to criminal justice issues and reference 6 urges the American Statistical Association to explain the matter to the President.

But statement “since 2012, marijuana arrests among white kids decreased by 8 percent, but increased among Hispanic kids by 29 percent and among black kids by 58 percent” (original emphasis) suggests a substantial departure from the usual situation where all groups’ rates change in the same direction. But if the statement actually means that the proportion white kids made up of persons arrested decreased while the proportion Hispanic and black kids made up of persons arrested increased, that would simply be a reflection of the usual pattern. See reference 1 and Table 1 of reference 6. See also the July 1, 2016 preliminary note to reference 7.
J Scanlan

1. “Things DOJ doesn’t know about racial disparities in Ferguson,” The Hill (Feb. 22, 2016)
2. “Things government doesn’t know about racial disparities,” The Hill (Jan. 28, 2014).
3. Denver Disparities subpage of Discipline Disparities page of
4. Colorado Disparities subpage of Discipline Disparities page of
5. Letter to City of Boulder, Colorado (Mar. 5, 2016),_2016_.pdf
6. Letter to American Statistical Association (July 25, 2016),_2016_.pdf
7. Rhode Island Disparities subpage of Discipline Disparities page of

Posted by James Scanlan on 07/25/2016 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Heroin moves far and fast across the West — including Interstate 25

Daniel Malloy: You do realize that most heroin comes into the US at BORDER CROSSINGS, right? The wall of your dreams will not stop the flow of drugs at Border Crossings.…

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Posted by Bill W. on 07/25/2016 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Heroin moves far and fast across the West — including Interstate 25

Mexico is the heart of the heroin trade let us cut the heart out and BUILD THE WALL.
Make no mistake the WHOLE government of Mexico is in on the drug trade and Mexican Cartels are entrenched in every major city in the USA. STOP illegal immigration and stop drug trafficking it is the same highway that lets them both in to OUR country.

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Posted by Daniel Malloy on 07/25/2016 at 4:43 AM

Re: “City funds golf outing


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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 07/24/2016 at 4:13 AM

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