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Re: “Make Colorado great again

Boulder's population is growing at a much slower rate than Colorado Springs, and yet, its economy continues to diversify and attract new business. Remember the scorn that Colorado Springs elite heaped on Boulder for its growth boundaries, and yet:

Foodies Know: Boulder Has Become a Hub for New Producers

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Posted by leloupe on 02/04/2017 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Prime 25 opens in Ivywild; Red Leg announces new brew

The minimum wage for cooks and back of the house restaurant staff will be $9.30 this year. I loved Marigold, but if they can't find the means or the heart to pay their staff this much, then good riddance.

I wonder if C. Springs can support Prime 25, The Famous, Cowboy Star and McKenzie's, all of which feature entrees in the $30+ range. I would look for at least one of these to close this year, especially with C. Springs per capita income lower than it was in 2005.

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Posted by leloupe on 01/19/2017 at 1:22 PM

Re: “CDOT accelerates I-25 project north of Monument

Excellent news for those of us who aren't in defense and can't find good jobs in Colorado Springs! Bustang is useful, but can't get you everywhere in Denver. Colorado Springs was bound to become a bedroom community for Denver soon anyway, given the economic activity there is an order of magnitude greater. For every new restaurant, new office or apartment building in Colorado Springs, there are 10 in Denver.

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Posted by leloupe on 01/06/2017 at 7:15 PM

Re: “An accomplished couple wants to bring skiing to nearby mountains, but it won't be easy

Couldn't they just do a brewery or a coffee shop instead?

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Posted by leloupe on 08/01/2016 at 9:59 PM

Re: “Spraying to begin to combat moth and budworm

It's Btk. Notice in the maps, the city doesn't seem to be spraying in the Bear Creek drainage. The federal fish and wildlife service asked them not to, as it would potentially kill any insects that our last remaining Greenback Cutthroats might feed on.

I'm skeptical this treatment will work in the long run and that it is even necessary. Trees and insects have been doing this for thousands of years, and they're both still around. And science has shown that live trees are a greater fire danger than dead ones.

Posted by leloupe on 06/26/2016 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Centennial Boulevard project would link Fillmore and Fontanero west of I-25

The area is full of deer. On a hike last night on the Mesa Trail, I counted around 20 that were right out in the open. It's true, the private land owned by the Garden of the Gods club is getting trashed by dumping, high school kids making out, off-road vehicle drivers, and random campers. I ran into some people from New Mexico who have been camped out there for a week already. That aside, it's time we citizens start organizing to get the land west of the Centennial extension purchased by TOPS funds. Clean up the trash and re-vegetate the dirt tracks, and we have a fantastic addition to the city's open spaces. These are gorgeous scrub oak foothills (lush for Colorado), with high grass, a perennial creek, deep ravines and rolling hills, majestic cottonwoods, a riparian area full of hardwood trees, and excellent deer habitat. It has multiple access points, but it will need a real caretaker. The current land owners are just sitting on these properties (and hoping to develop them!) If successfully acquired, the open space could be larger than Sondermann park with even better trails. TOSC, let's get on this and make it happen!

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Posted by leloupe on 06/24/2016 at 12:25 AM

Re: “Terry Maketa: As always, he's the tough guy

In Trump's America, there are only two leadership styles, the strongman autocratic bully, and the weak and indecisive people-pleaser. Let's all be grateful that many businesses and really most thinking people reject this false choice.

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Posted by leloupe on 06/05/2016 at 9:16 AM

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