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Re: “In the poorhouse now

If this is what class warfare looks like, it looks like the wealthy won. The yahoos will still vote for the GOP'er, to their own detriment and against their own best interests.

8 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by OldCrank on 08/17/2014 at 2:00 PM

Re: “It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a drone?

Technically the aircraft called a "drone" is autonomous, no pilot is involved, remote or otherwise. They fly a preset course or have terrain avoidance capability. An example are the target drones used by the military.

The items that are mistakenly being called drones are RPV (Remotely Piloted Vehicle) or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). In the case of the stuff that most individuals buy and fly, they are simply RC (Remote Control) aircraft, which have been around for decades. What we are seeing more and more of these days are quad-copter, hexa-copter, and octo-copter RC aircraft. These days we are also seeing more and more of these RC aircraft with FPV (First Person View) capability; however, it is illegal to fly the RC aircraft using only this mode.

Posted by Dave H on 08/17/2014 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Local pot pioneer wants out, Springs cannabis comic fest debuts and more

Michael Lee wanting to leave( again) Its very hard to run a shop when you run all your customers off. As for being raided by the dea ( LIE ) I was there the dea came to the shop because he filed for a class 1 dea lic. for his lab and as the 9 agents said when they showed up they were not there to bust anyone they were there because they wanted to know who would be stupid enough to apply for a class 1 dea lic. as a medical marijuana shop owner. When you write about Michael Lee you should fact check what he says.

Posted by EgoVir Est on 08/17/2014 at 8:26 AM

Re: “Searching for Jenny Lewis

I love her!

Posted by Judith Posch on 08/16/2014 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Balloon Classic to leave Springs

Ray K: Thank you. I've read it and see that LART is just an advisory group that reports to city council and as such the council can ignore anything LART suggests as it is free to do for any of the advisory councils like the one on transportation.

Here's a key section: "LART's purpose is to attract visitors and to enhance the economy of the City and the Pikes Peak region. Revenues not obligated under the terms of any contract entered into pursuant to Section 7-6-111 hereof may be used for the acquisition, construction, maintenance and operation of public works or public improvements which constitute in part visitor or tourist attractions...."

So far so good. But what LART funds are typically used on behalf of the classic? Is it for all the police that are needed for traffic control? Trash pickup? What else could it be?

Something is fishy. There's nothing in that link about quantifying any "impacts" so I just have to wonder what byzantine scheming is going on in Bach's playground. How would the classic people even be able to define the impacts? How would they even know how many hotel rooms, tanks of gasoline, restaurant meals, clothing sales, souvenir sales, side trips up Pikes Peak or Royal Gorge, sales tax collections, etc are generated by visitors to the balloon classic. Fishy. Something fishy going on, nothing like this happens without there being an angle being played by one or more pols. Nothing like this happens by sheer coincidence. I smell fish.

14 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by OldCrank on 08/16/2014 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Balloon Classic to leave Springs

@OldCrank, here is a very brief description of the LART advisory committee's duties during their 2-3 meetings / year to assign the projected revenue from the following year:

https://www.springsgov.com/units/boardscom…

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by RayK on 08/16/2014 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Balloon Classic to leave Springs

If the balloon classic isn't an Anschutz-owned-or-approved entertainment event the only thing to do is have the city guv'mint kill it so it can't compete against the glories of Anschutz, Inc. Or am I picking on the wrong "invisible hand" in the marketplace?

Definition of "invisible hand": flows of cash, under tables, in dark rooms, known jokingly as campaign contributions, in sums unlimited by the highest court in the land.

Or is this a Koch-inspired agenda to not spend a nickel of guv'ment dough on anything the little people might enjoy? Am I the only one fed up with billionaires pulling the strings on the smiling/leering political puppets? Just another day in conservative paradise....now all you ants get back to work, scurrying to and fro on the ant-hills of minimum wage luxury.

I'm sure Lisa wrote facts, but what does it MEAN that "LART funds are distributed from an appointed committee." WHY does that matter? HOW does it play in this matter? Do any of us understand how the city's LART works?

17 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by OldCrank on 08/16/2014 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Balloon Classic to leave Springs

Abbie the Balloon classic has always been Labor day weekend. I personally think its a shame to lose such a neat event. Maybe if they put the Broadmoors name on it the Mayor would speak up.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 08/16/2014 at 6:55 AM

Re: “Balloon Classic to leave Springs

The LART 2015 application deadline was June 30th. When did the LART committee add economic impact to application? The organizer must have known for months now that they wouldnt be seeking City of Cos financial assistance. The Classic was either told 2015 City funding most likely would not be awarded or another City is offering better financial commitment. LART funds are distributed from an appointed committee.

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Posted by lisaczelatdko on 08/16/2014 at 2:28 AM

Re: “A 'silly-ass law'

Barney's is still there, on the same block as a homeless shelter. It's right around the corner from Springs Rescue Mission, too. [SARCASM] It's a wonder the homeless and the drug addicts haven't destroyed this local business given their proximity to it. [/SARCASM] It's still extraordinarily cheap, too. She wasn't "the one" though. The last time I was there my date and I ate breakfast for about $10. We left a huge tip, too. We wipe our asses with $20 bills, so why not tip 100%? I'd rather be one of the miscreants than one of the goobers, thank you very much.

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Posted by Aston on 08/15/2014 at 11:12 PM

Re: “Balloon Classic to leave Springs

Adding a date of the last Balloon event in Colorado Springs would be very helpful. Oh, and thanks for posting articles to website without demanding a survey be taken first. =}

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Abbie's Corner on 08/15/2014 at 9:09 PM

Re: “Rally tonight at City Hall for #Ferguson

What occurred in Ferguson amounts to nothing less than a racist riot by the St. Louis County police directed against the citizens they are supposed to serve and protect.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 08/15/2014 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Balloon Classic to leave Springs

Interesting that the Colorado Springs communications office is on every website spreading the city's spin on this disaster.

Pretty soon the mayor and his cronies will have chased everyone out so they can lord over a city filled only with maids, waiters, and souvenir sellers that exist only to service the Broadmoor and its sponsored attractions.

28 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by UCanSeeClearlyNow on 08/15/2014 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Revolution at the door

happyfew, your obvious prejudice against the elderly makes you no better than those you choose to criticize. The old people I know think Obama is too conservative.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 08/15/2014 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Balloon Classic to leave Springs

The Colorado Springs Balloon Classic says it will leave the city after this year's festival due to "politics within the city" and "increasingly rigid special events procedures."

Buhh..but....the GOP is all for cutting red tape, getting guvmint off the backs of job creators and letting the free market prevail.... bwahahahahahaha

Welcome to tea party paradise! Or is it fool's paradise? Or is it both?

That crunching sound you hear is your car's suspension crumbling on another pothole...

31 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by OldCrank on 08/15/2014 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Balloon Classic to leave Springs

Do you feel the city of Colorado Springs, particularly city government, is "Business Friendly" and how do you feel the region is viewed nationally as being business friendly. If you would care to participate in our second survey on this topic, we very much welcome your thoughts, comments and experiences. Thank you.

http://projectoneunity.homestead.com/Sign-…

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Posted by Staci6 on 08/15/2014 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Balloon Classic to leave Springs

City Council oversees LART (Lodgers, Auto Rental Tax) and the only change is that they have asked applicants to provide the economic impact of their respective events.

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Posted by City of Colorado Springs on 08/15/2014 at 5:20 PM

Re: “'Casino night' for canine cancer cure tonight

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Posted by Karlijn Keijzer on 08/15/2014 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Manitou's other Incline

I have been wondering why the folks who are in charge of the whole Emma Crawford thing and the Manitou Historical Society aren't interested in where Emma Crawford lived. Well I'll tell you. Emma Crawford lived in the house at 104 Capitol Hill (which is on the curve right to the right of Miramount Castle), she was engaged to an engineer who worked for a local railroad I don't know if he worked for the Cog, or Colorado Midland RR. There was an article in the Gazette in the early 60's about my granddad's house at 104 Capitol Hill and the history behind it. My grandad Lauerence E. Smith owned the 104 Capitol Hill residence from 1944 till his death in 1978. All of our family used to gather for holidays, 4th of July ect. at the house and we were told of it's history. The house was built in 1885, and is on the National Historic Register. The house was purchased from my grandfathers estate after his death and was totally restored by an airline hostess and her boyfriend (who by an article also in the Gazette in the early 80's got it registered on the National Historic Register). There was much more information that was published in 50's 60's articles in the Pikes Peak Journal about Emma Crawford.

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Posted by RDGringo on 08/15/2014 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Balloon Classic to leave Springs

Facts about Colorado Balloon Classic from the City of Colorado Springs http://coloradosprings.gov/cat/explore-pla…

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Posted by City of Colorado Springs on 08/15/2014 at 4:57 PM

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