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Re: “Pride Fest organizer faces financial struggle, major changes

Once homosexuality is considered mainstream, a quickly approaching moment, there will no longer be a need for pride parades, protests, and issues around which to raise perhaps this is just a sign of that approaching time.

The other option like they are doing in the race business is to make everything an issue for the purpose of fund raising...just saying.

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Posted by TejonTech on 03/10/2014 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Land once discussed for a Pikes Peak ski resort could go to Forest Service in swap with Broadmoor

I, too, look forward to the completion of the Ring The Peak trail. What an amazing resource that would be. And, like Barbara, I have skied extensively in the Crags area. Some years are awesome, most are marginal at best. The Crags is a very special place and would be ruined by the addition of a ski area. I know, MANY folks would love the convenience of a "local ski hill", but placing one there would completely destroy the aesthetics of the area. Harvey was a wonderful person, but his dream was flawed. I hope this swap goes through and that the Crags remains "wild".

Posted by John C. Spengler on 03/08/2014 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Pride Fest organizer faces financial struggle, major changes

If the pride festival netted $15,000 last year, why didn't they pay their bill to the city? I agree with the first comment. Sounds like poor fiscal management so why should we support an organization that represents the gay community by making us look all look bad?

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Posted by KatGurl1990 on 03/07/2014 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Easement sought for Bear Creek, cheating claims return to Academy, more

The two days of the week that the Allegiant flights operate are Sunday and Thursday.

Checked out a quick roundtrip price and found that it costs $270-290 for a roundtrip to Phoenix, not including baggage fees of $50 each way per passenger, per bag.

What a deal! Not.

Posted by UCanSeeClearlyNow on 03/06/2014 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Slashes proposed to Academy faculty, civilians and athletics

I question the choice of some of the majors being eliminated, especially since they kept some others which are just clearly not related to war fighting or managing the force. Getting rid of Systems Engineering, but keeping Communications? I know which of these skills I would prefer to have in my 2nd Lieutenants...

Posted by LivesLocally on 03/05/2014 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Pride Fest organizer faces financial struggle, major changes

I am a long time resident of Colorado Springs, and have attended pride fest as a community member, and in recent years, as a vendor. I don't know how they're figuring out headcount, but we were there as a vendor last year for both days. We and our fellow vendors all talked about how sales were down from the previous year, and we had far fewer people just stopping and looking. It's very difficult to believe that 35,000 people attended that event - 10,000 more than the previous year. I know the pride center has had to deal with significant financial issues, because I was personally approached to help them out less than a year ago. Rumors abound, but from what was shared with me by a well known representative of the pride center, my take on it is that the core of the situation was basic mismanagement. There was a lot of finger pointing and misguided blame. When I asked a couple of months later about how things were going, she told me rather triumphantly, that they had "finagled" $15,000 out of the Gil Foundation, to pay off their debt. She very proudly told me that she approached the Gil Foundation and basically threatened them if they didn't help. I was shocked, and told her I had a hard time believing that was a smart thing to do, and she replied "It worked didn't it?" I found that distasteful, and it completely turned me off to this person, and the pride center for doing it. I think the truth is that the source of the problem landed squarely on the director and poor fiscal management and decision making. So, this latest drama doesn't surprise me, and shouldn't surprise anyone that knows how the pride center operates and interacts with the community. It's disappointing, and I think the pride center has a lot of work to do to repair its well deserved unfortunate reputation within the glbt community, and the community at large.

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Posted by MWattsCo on 03/05/2014 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Cheer up, it's just the end of the world

Pretribulation Rapture is Biblical By David J. Stewart

*1st Thessalonians 4:17, “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

The Bible plainly teaches that the Rapture of the Church (all born-again believers) from the earth will happen BEFORE the Tribulation Period. God removed Noah and his family before flooding the earth, pouring out His divine wrath upon the wicked. Again, God delivered righteous Lot and his family before reigning down fire and brimstone upon the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. God never destroys the righteous with the wicked. And rest assured, God has promised to deliver believers from the wrath to God, which God will pour out upon the wicked during the Great Tribulation.…

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Posted by gurudori on 03/05/2014 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Access to Manitou's mineral water may open doors to a new industry

Anytime you combine a mineral spring with heat, whether through natural geo-thermal processes or sustainable human-assisted methods, you will have people who will want to sit in it. If you add into the mix some history and health benefits from consuming the stuff, MANY people will come.

Kat Tudor and Don Goede, the glass tipi is a great idea.

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Posted by Forest Martin on 03/05/2014 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Slashes proposed to Academy faculty, civilians and athletics

I'm confused. The military branch specializing in Aviation, the Air Force is cutting back locally and nationally. The ground branch of the military, the Army, is expanding aviation at Fort Carson, spending $700,000 for a brand new Combat Aviation Brigade. Adding to the irony is the plan to cut 2 or 3 Combat aviation Brigades nationwide according to the chief of Army Aviation. Sounds like waste, fraud and abuse.

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Posted by Gopher on 03/05/2014 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Mayor unveils homeless plan

When I worked at a landfill, we had to dispose of older mobile homes, since you can't move a mobile home that is over 15 years old per State law. The electrical systems are not good and a 1975 mobile home would not pass inspection and be re-licensed. It may be better if they build more permanent buildings like more apartments for this idea, but out being out East would be very far to go by city bus.

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Posted by gurudori on 03/05/2014 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Mayor unveils homeless plan

57,760 bucks a year,no kidding?I"m on SSDI and I make $8,640 dollars a year,no wait I also get $51.00 a month in food stamps so that brings me up to$9,252 dollars.I live in a nice apartment,but if being homeless pays that much,Hell I can live under a bridge......

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Posted by Wooka on 03/05/2014 at 7:21 AM

Re: “10-year-old is seizure-free after one year of cannabis oil

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Posted by Anita on 03/03/2014 at 5:34 PM

Re: “On the county's eastern edge, a new company quietly picks up the torch on oil drilling

Watch 'Gasland' and tell me that fracking hasn't contaminated ground water and created massive air pollution. Naysayers are greedy or minimally educated morons. There are 590 chemicals used in fracking of which over 100 are know carcinogens. 400,000 gallons of water is used PER WELL of which only 300,000 gallons of which are removed, the missing 100,000 gallons is evaporated or leaked back into the soil which contains all of these 590 chemicals creating acid rain and massive ground water pollution. Thousands of people who have allowed fracking on their properties can now light the water that comes out from their taps on fire. That's right, their drinking water is now flammable. These people have been silenced with money and have signed paperwork ensuring they won't speak publicly about their health and water issues. Cancer and repiratory diseases have quadrupled in areas where fracking is abundant. In some places, the air is literally on the verge of being flammable (Dish, Texas it is illegal to have an open flame in public). Greed isn't worth the health and environmental risks. There are absolutely NO reports of solar or wind power natural disasters. Fracking will be the death of everything if we allow it to happen and what IS currently happening needs to be shut down. The EPA is being paid off. It's disgusting.

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Posted by Kimberly Neall Bloomer on 03/03/2014 at 4:43 AM

Re: “Huge raise touted for Utilities chief

A small utility necessitates only a small CEO salary.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 03/01/2014 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Huge raise touted for Utilities chief

City Council / Utility Board Members,

Just a thought after todays vote and our conversation from the podium. Instead of preparing to look outside for the next CEO of CSU or other top management positions that are retiring, why not look within this organization of over 2000 employees for the next leaders? Jerry Forte was groomed for his position (from mowing grass at power plants to CEO) by the solid leadership before him as were others that have made their career working for our Colorado Springs Utility within the current salary structures. A great CEO will structure his organization with replacements through ongoing training and growth opportunities within his organization. A CEO does not know when he or she will lose a key player on their executive team and should be prepared to do so if and when it happens, people quit, people retire and people die those are just facts of life.

I encourage you as the Utility Board to encourage your Coach (CEO) to encourage his assistant coaches (department heads) to prepare for personnel losses, with superb preparation and training (you can step right into my shoes type training). If you are serious as the Utility Board about building strength, loyalty and longevity with the employees of CSU then offer them the chance to be sitting in the CEO's chair.

We do not always have to look outside of Colorado Springs for a high dollar resume, we have GREAT, dedicated, capable people working for us right under our noses all we have to do is to tap the source.

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Posted by Paul Kleinschmidt on 03/01/2014 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Huge raise touted for Utilities chief

Thank goodness that clear heads have prevailed in this issue. This "giveaway" of our rate payer dollars. Jan Martin needs a dose of reality at the next election.…

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Posted by Tax_Payer on 03/01/2014 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Huge raise touted for Utilities chief

It doesn't sound like Jerry Forte has people in place to take over for all these retirees. Isn't that a key part of his job as CEO?

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Posted by ConcernedCitizen on 02/28/2014 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Victor Matthews and Bourbon Brothers double down on a spirits resurgence

Culinarian and Corey: I am in touch with chef Matthews and do indeed base my journalism inside of factual reporting. Which is why you don't see me reporting on Matthews being booted from the Bourbon Brothers realm. I already conveyed this to Corey inside of a personal correspondence. If you have information that you would like to bring to light, feel free to contact me at the INDY.

Posted by Matthew Schniper on 02/27/2014 at 4:06 PM

Re: “A decade after being term-limited out of office, John Anderson wants to be sheriff again

John Anderson was a disaster the last time he was sheriff and he'll be a disaster again. He ruled the SO by fear and intimidation, just like his evil lying minion Maketa, and he pulled a bunch of losers into the SO with him - the likes of: Ed Burch, Ivan Middlemiss, Stan Ross, John Tarbert, Larry Kasner - and then surrounded himself with more lying losers who could only suck their way to the top - Maketa, Melissa Hartman, Paula Presley, and others. He is obviously not the guy for El Paso County. He, like Maketa, is an egomaniac who over spent the SO budget and tried to cover it up by having his own deputies sign receipts. He is a narcissist and an ego maniac and he will bring nothing but discredit to an agency that is already staggering after the Maketa administration embarassed it this past month with the missing file BS. Do not be fooled again El Paso County! John Anderson is the slickest fox in the hen house.

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Posted by Supinestereo on 02/27/2014 at 1:45 PM

Re: “A decade after being term-limited out of office, John Anderson wants to be sheriff again

Mark Whitener posted:

“…text messages Maketa sent to former undersheriff Goodall clearly indicates otherwise. Maketa tried to get Reid to accept a deal first and when Reid did not accept he called anderson who accepted. The text message was published in the Gazette.”

Can you please provide a verbatim quote/text from The Gazette to support your claim? While it may exist I've checked and can't seem to find anything. Thanks.

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Posted by bill.guman on 02/27/2014 at 12:00 PM

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