Sounds like $17 million annually was a bit too generous. They should return the unused funds so that it can go towards some other unmet need.
What about the use of weed for addiction issues with opiates and alcohol?
I've said it before and I'll say it again. The FAC rivals any museum I've seen in my native L.A., San Francisco, Long Beach, Denver, you name it. We have such an amazing cultural treasure here, and i hope the art community truly recognizes and appreciates that. With exhibits like Floyd Tunson's, the Sideshow of the Absurd, and their exquisite permanent collection, they've set themselves up as a world class art institution- not to mention the work Bemis does in the community, with students and with at-risk youth. I have no doubt the FAC will continue to thrive and be a beacon here in COS. I love the little art community we have here- there's some fun art/artists and i usually attend first fridays, take a piece home here and there- but when i want to be Nourished, I go to the Fine Art Center.
do they imagine using locally produced cannabis sans FDA go-ahead for investigation? if so, that's cool--I just wish it were explicit. BTW CA put up 8.7 mill for cannabis research, so it isn't a first
Thanks, Edie, for another thoughtful analysis of the Fine Arts Center.
I've been in town for nearly 25 years, and I've never seen the FAC poised for greater things than it is at this moment. Seriously. From the talent of our directors at the school, theater, box office and galleries to the board and community buy-in, we have tons of reasons to be optimistic.
Our "Wizard of Oz" musical, which opens tonight, should serve as tangible evidence of what we can be at our best. Expect magic, wonder and flying monkeys. Winter classes at Bemis show us at our most immersive and experiential, with an amazing team of instructors, including a Sundance Film Festival winner. Upcoming art shows in our galleries featuring American Folk Art, Dale Chihuly, John James Audubon and other national and regional greats will knock your socks off. And, starting in January, we'll be reviving a number of popular special events, such as First Thursday Wine Tastings, and creating new ones.
We've also expanded our concert season, with upcoming shows that include Haunted Windchimes, Blue Sky Riders and Colin Quinn.
The opportunities to engage with the community on ever more fun and deeper levels certainly spark my imagination, and we hope to do a better job of making everybody feel that not only are they welcome here, but we want their input on how we can best reinvent the FAC.
All that said, we face some significant challenges, many of them financial. As our new Acting Director Dr. Jim Raughton pointed out, donations and membership levels certainly can be described as robust. At the same time, we are just bouncing back from shortfalls that required belt-tightening measures. Even as we reach a more sustainable, balanced budget, our ambitions for ever-more dynamic programming and engagement are dependent upon support from friends of the FAC. That’s why we remain so thankful for our donors and members, and must work hard to earn the support of even more of them by being the most vibrant and significant arts depot in the region.
We are now entering a new transitional phase. The search for a CEO can be an enormous task, and one we take very seriously. But we are not slowing down, and our fingers have never been further from the pause button.
Lastly, about the balloon thing: It was merely a little Wizard of Oz children's festival, which featured cider and cookies, chalk art and a unique way to introduce our Oz characters to kids. Most of the kids and families enjoyed themselves, stayed to have photos taken with the characters and left completely unaware of the small mishap that left minor damage to the balloon and major damage to my arm. The show, however, will be something theatergoers won't forget. Wait till you see the glow of the Yellow Brick Road.
So Elder claimed this in 2012, but AFTER 1A passed by a large margin. He knew the citizens supported it, but now he claims a different story? Wonder why? Maybe he realized all the employees support it and he's just one of THOSE candidates who flip flops whichever way suits him best. And how about he offer some explanation as to what made him change his mind. Beware of a candidate that speaks out of both sides of his mouth.
M R, the dog must have eaten you homework too. You have a low IQ problem.
Want me to explain IQ to you?
Really Mountain Man, a "PILE" You obviously, have little to no experience with the accuracy of Indy reporters. Go back to 5th grade.
Elder, sounds like the dog ate your homework. What a PILE.....
I have to take a minute to clarify, the Indy called for a comment however due to issues with the phone system I did not get message. Therefore they used comments I gave to them in November 2012. My comments were not made this year. Bill
I was not aware that I had been called by the Indy to comment on this article but I will take the opportunity to respond.
In November of 2012, as the tax was being voted on, I told the Indy that I wouldn't commit to future support for the tax measure without seeing how it was ultimately being spent, that I felt I could find efficiencies within the budget.
I can say today that I have been impressed with how the tax has been applied by Sheriff Maketa and his staff. Personnel and equipment needs, which have gone unfunded for years, are now being addressed as quickly as possible. It takes considerable time to recruit, hire, train and equip sworn law enforcement personnel. This career field isn't for everyone and not everyone hired makes it through the entire process.
The effects of 1A will take additional time to fully measure but should continue to prove to be an enormous benefit to our community for many years. 1A has and will continue to provide much needed budgetary relief to more than the Sheriff's Office as Commissioner Glenn says. The far reaching effects on the Pikes Peak region may not be fully realized for some years. 1A can provide some relief.
Provided this tax has a continued regional application in future years and continues to have the desired effect of reducing crime and response times, I fully support its extension beyond the 2020 sunset and as is the case now, I will continue to seek public input into its future use. I can't afford to wait to plan for the sunset, I have a plan that I am developing to address the matter. I have committed to conservatively manage the budget and will look for ways to create efficiencies everywhere possible throughout the organization. As I have in private business, I will look for maximum service for every dollar spent.
The 1A tax is being applied to everyone in the region and I am committed to a regional approach to public safety. I am already working with the regions public safety leaders, private entity partners and community leaders. We are identifying needs and creating opportunities where we as a community can improve the delivery of public safety services, enhance our disaster preparedness response and improve the overall quality of life throughout all of El Paso County. Together we will build a safe and vibrant community.
To learn more about me and my vision for the Sheriff's Office go to my website at www.elder4sheriff.com and see why trusted law enforcement officials and community leaders from around the region endorse me. There is no substitute for law enforcement experienced leadership!
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I have not had the opportunity to speak with either the owner or the former employees of the Curry Leaf. The only thing that I want to say is that I went there somewhat recently after spending several weeks in Sri Lanka and having Sri Lankan food withdrawals and needing a fix. I had heard about the reported mis-deeds concerning this establishment and still chose to throw morals aside for a chance at the tasty smack. I approached the current waitstaff with what I had heard and they mentioned that they enjoyed working there and hadn't had any issues. The food (authentically awesome) and the service were outstanding, I didn't get sick, and I will go back every time I am in town. Truth
Yes, I agree with the person above. I've never seen a minister GIVE away their materials but if you look at his website you will find it ALL, and I do mean ALL for free. Also if you own a ROKU you can get everything on his channel that is also ALL FOR FREE. This is one of the most upstanding ministers I have ever seen and he speaks the truth. He has ministered to me in the area of healing for a life threatening issue and I am so much better after just 3 weeks of applying his principles to my life. You shouldn't post stuff like this about people like him. He speaks the truth and cares for others. He's human so he's not perfect, but God has blessed his life and if you don't like that part, you'll have to take it up with GOD.
20 years might just be enough time for the city to talk to its citizens and come up with a PLAN - since it is clear they struggle with this.
The costs of natural gas are widely variable - thus it might be best to stick with coal for the replacement plant so that the city can make the least expensive choice of fuel for the ratepayer.
"City of Champions"??? The only champions will be Bach and his rich friends. None of this will bring in more tourists. Some that come to this town may visit one of these projects but who will go out of there way to see a stadium with no team, a new welcome center for the Air Force, a museum full of athletes you likely never heard of that play sports you do not follow and a sports medical center. I really enjoy watching the Olympics but if you doubt what I say, can you name the gold medal winners, in the last summer Olympics, for Archery, Fencing, Handball or Water Polo? The Olympics have 56 categories of sports. Each category have multiples of sub categories. If the Olympic committee thought they could ever make a dollar on a museum, they would have done it long ago. They have the money and could make it happen with little trouble. The Olympic training center gives tours. It is not like they have a line out the gate to see the center. If they want a plan that would work, try an amusement park or a world class museum of natural history or science and industry. If this plan goes through we will become a "City of Tax Payer Losers".
These guys were all bought by the first people who appealed to their egos convincing them to run and funding their campaigns...the perks are just why the continue in office, that and power, not to mention where else would any of them find gainful employment.
Far heftier enforcement of carefully crafted regulations - our only hope to end buyout and buyoff of politicians at local, state and federal levels. Does not take a genius to recognize that something is dreadfully wrong, when in flows a close to million dollar contribution from the Koch Bros. Prosperity for America, to now Mayor Bach's mayoral campaign, approx. a week before the mayoral election.
And then there were the unaccounted hefty 'contributions' made by the same 'fossil foolers' to a number of our newest city council members, followed by a rep. from local Prosperity for Amer., standing up at an open council meeting and giving direct orders re. how council members were to vote re. quashing of solar gardens. Follow his orders said council members did.
So thankful we should be, for the 'not for sale', true people and Mother Earth serving pols., like city council member Jan Martin at the local level, and Sen. Bernie Sanders at the national level.
Colorado is leading the nation and most all the World when it comes to medicinal hash oil making. It is pure, natural medicine and all of its’ healing powers should be put to use immediately throughout all the World!
That sounds reasonable. I still want to know when his contract is up for renewal and if anything stands in the way of not renewing it.
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