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Manitou awaits marijuana

Manitou has just approved its first recreational marijuana store — Maggie's Farm, at 141 Manitou Ave. — which Mayor Marc Snyder says will probably open before July 1. So as part of a May 13 media roundtable, Manitou city officials discussed their plans for dealing with what's to come.

Police Chief Joe Ribeiro said he will be focusing on enforcing marijuana laws. Manitou police officers are being trained to spot and deal with non-alcohol DUIs, he said.

With Manitou not having budgeted its anticipated marijuana tax revenue, Snyder said he plans to set it aside to deal with any negative repercussions of recreational marijuana coming into Manitou. He noted in particular his concern about marijuana affecting Manitou's youth.

Ribeiro also wants people to remember that it is not legal to smoke in public, which seemed appropriate considering that just before the meeting, someone was lighting up 50 feet off Manitou Avenue. — GS

The bleat goes on

Colorado Springs City Councilor Jill Gaebler apparently will achieve one of her goals for this year: winning approval of a goat ordinance.

The measure, approved unanimously on first reading by City Council on May 13, allows city residents to keep two miniature goats in their yards, regardless of lot size. Before the goat ordinance, city codes allowed up to four hoofed stock on properties that were at least 37,000 square feet, or about four-fifths of an acre.

Gaebler's goat ordinance accommodates a growing interest in urban agriculture, in which people keep chickens and goats as part of securing their food sources. Miniature goats give about one to three quarts of milk a day.

Under the new ordinance, the maximum number of dogs, cats and hoofed pets in any household or dwelling cannot exceed four total animals. Second reading is slated for Tuesday, May 27, and the measure becomes law five days after the second publication. — PZ

No tails on ballot

Six ballot initiatives supported by the Humane Society of the United States, animal rights activists, and farmers and ranchers such as Mike Callicrate have been abandoned.

Callicrate says the initial plan had been to choose one of the initiatives, and work to get it on the November ballot, with the goal of banning a practice known as "bovine tail docking" in Colorado ("Tail of woe," News, April 23). Tail docking involves removing up to two-thirds of a dairy cow's tail, either by whacking it with a blade or, more commonly, fastening a tight band around the tail to restrict blood flow, causing the tail to fall off. Docking has been promoted as providing easier access to the udders and helping produce cleaner milk, since tails can become caked in feces. However, recent studies haven't found it to be any more hygienic; there are viable alternatives; and the practice is considered unnecessary and cruel by many.

Callicrate says he and other supporters abandoned the measures after failing to get the ballot language they sought. He said he wanted to use words like "cow" instead of "bovine," worrying technical language could confuse voters.

Callicrate says he continues to hold out hope that the state legislature will eventually enact a ban against the practice. — JAS

3D printing in the Springs

For around $150, you can now have a 10-inch figurine of anyone you know.

The deal's available at the 3D Printing Store, at 4250 Buckingham Drive, opened earlier this month to offer 3D printing and scanning services and design assistance. The store also sells home 3D printers, printing filament — a hard plastic the 3D printer melts and uses like regular printer ink — and accessories. Though the printer model for sale only prints in plastic, the store can print ceramic, metal and mixed-material projects.

Though commercially new, 3D printing has already made prototyping and small-volume manufacturing easier and cheaper. It's been used in everything from toys to casts to circuit boards.

The Pikes Peak Library District's new Library 21c, at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, will have 3D printing facilities as well, and instructional seminars, when it opens June 21. It will also have a full design suite for people interested in or experienced with computer-aided design (CAD). People can bring in CAD files to either the 3D Printing Store or Library 21c, and get them printed there. — GS

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