Note to readers: this story was written as part of our April Fools' Day package. Enjoy accordingly.
Last year at this time, Rich Tosches wrote about plans to shave 340 feet off the top of Pikes Peak in order to build a Holiday Inn and golf course. Afterward, the Indy received numerous letters of protest. As it turns out, Mr. Tosches is a "humor writer," whose weekly columns are supposed to be funny, and he was just making an April Fools' joke.
Well, we're not making that mistake again: There'll be no put-ons in this year's April Fools' Day issue. Instead, you'll find a hard-hitting cover story on city plans for medical meth dispensaries, plus pieces on the Pioneers Museum's relocation to Pueblo, breast-milk cheesemakers, the KimballTown Cineplex expansion, the artist known as Sting, and lots of completely unfabricated listings.
And that's just the beginning. Next week, the Indy will debut its exciting new format, featuring citizen journalists covering breaking news on graduations, birthday parties and pets doing just the cutest things.
I'd also like to introduce myself as the Indy's first elementary school intern. In my first week, I've already edited a cover story and worked three 12-hour shifts, including one at the printing plant where I didn't get my hand caught in the press even once. Next week, you can read my first Indy article, which is about donkeys and flowers.
— J. Apryl Phulle