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Re: “Waldo Canyon off limits to public for foreseeable future

It's not only the unstable soil/sediment that poses a hazard, but now the tress have become unstable. The tops and whole tress are now falling & breaking when there are high winds. I've seen tops falling off & trees falling over at the roots that are now rotting. Any trails in the burn area would need trees cut up to 100 feet on either side of the trail so that hikers are safe. Rebuilding a trail on unstable soil also posses issues. Without ground cover the soil sloughs very easily and would require a lot of trail maintenance. I'm seeing all these issues at the Flying W Ranch were I built a 6,000 LF equestrian trail for a waterline. I understand people want to hike in Waldo Canyon, but be patient & let the regrowth help stabilize the soil. I've been in Waldo Canyon do mitigation, and have see the devastation.

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Posted by Dave Dombach on 02/12/2017 at 10:56 AM

Re: “I Am Not Your Negro

Why is this film not playing here? On to Denver, I guess.

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Posted by annmmc on 02/12/2017 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Together for Colorado Springs to help candidates, support issues

I'm all for free tuition at state universities! AND SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE! Super!

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Posted by coloradostrward on 02/11/2017 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Jorge's will get you day-drunk

Grow Up

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Posted by Noah Cox on 02/11/2017 at 9:45 PM

Re: “The law of the land

The issue is somewhat different than explained. Generally, local control is better than federal control for issues such as parks because the citizens that use the parks are the ones that care the most. Local control is better than federal control because citizens have the ability to meet with local elected officials for any issues.

The threat of hikers being arrested by untrained forest rangers is concerning. There are many recent examples where the threat of enforcement has been used by the U.S. Forest Service against the local hiking community:

---At the public meetings for Jones Park, the U.S. Forest Service prominently displayed signs at every meeting with the penalties (jail time and fine) for hiking in the area. While the public continued to use the area, the threat of enforcement was used as an intimidation tactic. No one was arrested, but why threaten the thousands of users that summer? [even Doug Lamborn was run over by the USFS on this issue - his office did hike in protest of the ban].

---At the Bear Creek Roundtable, the U.S. Forest Service continues to push for enforcement of penalties against local hikers (proposed ordinance against off-trail hiking was recently discussed). The Historic Trail is scheduled for closure this summer, and the U.S. Forest Service maintains that local hikers will be dragged into federal court if they hike off-trail.

In the example cited at Mount Herman, I do not understand why the county sheriff would not be able to enforce a ban on shooting. The law to reimburse local agencies for the cost of enforcement seems reasonable.

Misuse of the power of enforcement is the concern. I prefer local control, supervised by an elected official, to what I have seen by the U.S. Forest Service. The criminal activity cited is: local hikers being off-trail. Not much of a crime except to the federal government. Why not leave this to the discretion of the local sheriff?

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Posted by MChaussee on 02/11/2017 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Bulletin Board

Bulletin boards are commonly used in schools, colleges and office depots etc. to gather and transfer information. In todays time, it is not possible to convey our message individually so these boards are very helpful, one just need to stick the matter on the common bulletin and everyone will get the news. For all this, use inventive material to make them more eye-catchy and you can easily get such stuff from I hope you all will like them too.

Posted by JaidenBenjamin on 02/11/2017 at 2:03 AM

Re: “Jon Orr draws on occult and scientific archetypes to explore his ideas

I read an early draft of Ghostland in 2014 that was written by Jon Orr and Brandon Laney, and I really enjoyed it. Hopefully Brandon gets some credit for his work if this book takes off!

Good luck with it, Jon!

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Posted by Colin Higgins on 02/10/2017 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Game over

So many great memories and lifetime friends were made was just talking about the bar to my sister in law and we both were there but didn't know each other at that time. v Thank you very well written article

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Posted by Anthony Gonzales on 02/10/2017 at 12:07 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Together for Colorado Springs launch draws over 500

Minor nit-pick. I believe that Dawn Haliburton-Rudy was referring to the Colorado Springs Women's March, that drew 7,000 people of all genders and hues, not 700 as indicated in this blog. This is perhaps the largest local march since anti-Viet Nam war protests of the early 1970's.

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Posted by JgW on 02/09/2017 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Parting words from the Sage

John, I've always enjoyed your perspective and your wit. I will miss your column in the Indy.

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Posted by Deborah Muehleisen on 02/09/2017 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Parting words from the Sage

Much love my friend!

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Posted by Krista Heinicke on 02/09/2017 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Coloradans conflicted on Trump's Supreme Court pick

I have no problem believing it was a joke. The social and political climate in the 1980s was nothing like it is today. Back then, it was cool to be left wing--further left than the liberals in the Democratic Party. The further to the left, the cooler.

One of the sadder aspects of the times was a propensity to call anyone with even moderately conservative views, a fascist. It should not be surprising that victims of this name calling would adopt the label as a backhanded compliment.

Furthermore, no real fascist organization ever operates under its true identity. They adopt mild names like "Alt Right," because they know no decent person will give a second look if they use words like fascist, nazi, or racist in their names.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 02/09/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Downtown stadium off the table, new City for Champions project announced

You're right that marijuana sales are a major factor in the rise of tax revenue. But it doesn't account for the high-occupancy rate reported by the hotel/hospitality sector. Legal marijuana is also a major factor in the rise of "homeless" vagrants migrating to COS.

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Posted by curious on 02/09/2017 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Downtown stadium off the table, new City for Champions project announced

the fact that there has been an increase in tourism is due as much to marijuana being legal here than any other reason. when the other states, and smart cities, see the tax advantages of legal pot this tourism source will go away. we will go back to being a quiet back woods retirement community that we were and many still strive for us to remain. our old fart thinking and bigoted anti-tolerance attitudes will continue to hurt the chances of anyone under 75 wanting to come here.

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Posted by happyfew on 02/09/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Downtown stadium off the table, new City for Champions project announced

Mr. Casimir,

Valid points! However, methinks we have too high a set of expectations.

The wishy-washy moderators, simple generic questions, and acceptance of canned 'sound-byte' answers are all that can be expected!

Looking at the candidates choosing to challenge the incumbents in the city election, not sure one would want to ask very deep questions! Those 'deer in the headlight' stares would be frequent.

Rob Quirk from KOAA used to ask hard questions and not let candidates 'skate' by with non-answers. Is he still in town? If I remember from last time in the area during an election, the Citizen Project had a good moderator. Might be worth submitting questions to them?

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Posted by Staci6 on 02/08/2017 at 10:24 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Together for Colorado Springs launch draws over 500

The pillars Ms. Lathen leans on for support are not the voice of a 'wide range of citizens' but only a few, wealthy developers who want development funded on the backs of taxpayers and utilities ratepayers. CSF and their endorsed city council candidates will never support the many voices of Together for Colorado Springs, as those broad-based, community voices represent the people, not the elite.

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Posted by Owen on 02/08/2017 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Downtown stadium off the table, new City for Champions project announced

Staci6: Re: your penetrating questions.
Until the time arrives that we, as a voting public, stand up and demand to ask questions of all candidates face to face and not through social media, we will continue to witness these so-called "candidate forums" for the farces they are. Screened questions delivered by media types and no follow-up is a disservice to the citizens by said media types.

Personally, I would like to see questions asked that would make the candidates and incumbents "Sweat" and a moderator that says, "You didn't answer the question" when talking points are thrown around with abandon and no justifications for their positions.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 02/08/2017 at 9:07 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Together for Colorado Springs launch draws over 500

Mr. OldCrank,

I may be mistaken, but I think Sallie Clark and Dennis Hisey were the only commissioners who gained a third term due to their efforts, and those of Amy Lathen - to self-impose a third term for themselves in express contradiction to what the voters stated - In fact, after the statements from Clark re: "Oh, but all my voters in my district want me to serve a third term" - her district had the highest percentage who voted against the 3rd term in the second vote. Clark does not seem to realize she is no longer in office!

Lathen, was not elected. She was 'appointed' to fill the seat vacated by Doug Bruce when he won a statehouse seat in Denver. She was re-elected to her second and only full term before jumping ship and vacating her seat 6 months early to join CSF.

Do you think that with the seemingly increasing numbers of those of us who are not at all impressed with CSF, they might find all four of their candidates shut out by voters seeing the wisdom of keeping the incumbents in place?

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 02/08/2017 at 6:39 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Together for Colorado Springs launch draws over 500

The email from Amy Lathen is so obese with political buzzwords and double speak that it's substance-free, like Fox News. It's just another sound bite from a sleazy old pol who conned you once before with a weasel-worded 'term limits' fraud that got her a 3rd term. IGNORE LATHEN and the slate of cronies CSF is putting forward. The mere fact that Lathen is even associated with CSF tells you all you need to know about the group ... beware ....beware ....beware ...beware....

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Posted by OldCrank on 02/08/2017 at 5:59 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Together for Colorado Springs launch draws over 500

This could be an interesting - and remotely possible successful three ring circus - that could lead to changes for the betterment of the community:

How do you take the inept, arrogant management style of a Lane or Stimple - temper it with the skilled finesse of a Johnson and Stuart - tossed in with the extreme right wing views of a Lathen - - and combine them with the socially liberal, inclusive views of a Weiss, and come out with a meeting of the minds and combined team who can find a way clear to address serious community needs.

Community needs exist. Do these two teams have the skill to be effective addressing those needs?

The lead economic analyst who produced the 2009 Project 6035 Report walked away stating: "The community is far to divisive to accomplish any of the goals set forth."

Lane took the ball and ran with it. Never made it past the 20 yard line!

The town appears to have become even more divisive.

A coalition of these two groups - pretty much spans the ideological and political spectrum, and if combined with a true economic development organization brought in from outside the area - Colorado Springs might become an economic powerhouse for Southern Colorado rather than lagging behind Fort Collins and Boulder!

A decade long process. It could happen. Let's hope. Now, who has Brady's jersey?

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Posted by Staci6 on 02/08/2017 at 3:45 PM

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