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We always say, and have always said, that if nothing else, Colorado Springs is a story-rich town. Ten years ago, responding to a deadening drought of respectable local news and arts coverage, the Independent launched. While plodding through a decade's worth of newspapers for this compilation -- from news to entertainment to the plain bizarre -- we laughed, we cried, we hooted in disbelief. We even experienced catastrophic end-of-the-world nightmares. The following pages chronicle the many events that have helped define our city and have graced the pages of its largest locally owned newspaper, your newspaper. Enjoy.

Cara DeGette, Editor

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