The weekend is upon us, and with it three worthy CD release shows from local artists.
Tonight, local hip-hop collective Bullhead*ded is celebrating the release of its long-awaited debut album, 4Play, at the Black Sheep.
Then on Saturday, two acoustically inclined groups are playing sophomore CD release shows. Burn the Maps will perform songs from Take Stars at Smokebrush, while Changing Colors launches Joan & the King at the Loft.
You’ll find more about all of the above, plus an interview with Changing Colors’ Conor Bourgal, in this week’s Reverb.
There are at least 1,171 homeless people in El Paso County, a one-day headcount revealed, up from 1,127 in 2012.
Performed as a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the headcount shows how many people were accessing services for the homeless on Jan. 29, 2013. The survey found that the county had more "sheltered" homeless than last year and fewer "unsheltered" homeless and homeless vets. The number of chronically homeless individuals increased over last year, though that was thought to be due to better data.
The survey noted that Colorado Springs School District 11 and Harrison School District 2 reported a total of 755 homeless children.
This just in from Christy Le Lait, who's working to keep Sen. John Morse from being recalled:
A mass mailing funded by the NRA and coordinated with Basic Freedom Defense Fund has gone out to voters throughout Senate District 11 supporting the recall effort of Senate President John Morse and urging voters to join up with BFDF to remove Sen. Morse from office.
“Basic Freedom Defense Fund has released numerous statements to the media and on their website claiming to be a grassroots organization,” stated Christy Le Lait, representative for A Whole Lot of People for John Morse, the issue committee fighting the recall attempt. "But we know now that mailers and robo calls going out in our community are being funded by the national gun lobby. This isn’t about local voters anymore, this is about an influential outside group trying to come in here and push us around. SD11 voters need to know who’s really behind this recall.”
Here's the mailer:
Remember when there were breaks between election seasons? Take a moment to reminisce, because that's certainly not the case anymore.
Bill Elder just became the latest person seeking county office to declare ... for the November 2014 election. Elder is running for sheriff, a position that will be vacated by the term-limited Terry Maketa in January 2015.
Read on to learn more about this candidate ... well, well in advance.
Pledging to Bring a Regional Approach to El Paso County
Law Enforcement, Bill Elder Formally Announces
He Will Run For El Paso County Sheriff
Colorado Springs — Bill Elder, currently the Deputy Chief of Police for the City of Fountain, Colorado announced today that he plans to seek the office of Sheriff for El Paso County in 2014. Terry Maketa who is term limited in 2014 currently holds the position.
Elder, with 20 years of law enforcement experience, has served at the staff level for 3 of the largest law enforcement agencies in El Paso County including the office of the El Paso County Sheriff, the City of Colorado Springs, and the City of Fountain. He has held several positions including Deputy Chief and Commander and has critical experience in communications, investigations, patrol, metro vice and narcotics, and intelligence.
As Sheriff, Elder plans to develop a strong team, made up of experienced police managers to work closely with community leaders to provide bold, innovative, and fiscally conservative leadership. Personal responsibility, accountability and transparency, protection of individual freedoms and property rights are core principles that Bill Elder will invoke as the chief law enforcement officer in our community.
“I plan to lead by example,” stated Bill Elder “and to adopt fiscally conservative policies while ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of our citizens.”
Running on a platform that states collaboration and cooperation as a pillar Elder and his team will work to bring a regional approach to public safety working with other law enforcement agencies to eliminate the duplication of services in our community.
“ Working with our peer agencies in the region is the fiscally responsible thing to do. I understand that the use of taxpayer dollars is not a right simply granted,” Elder said “we owe it to our citizens to be as effective, efficient, and as innovative as possible.”
Bill Elder lives in Colorado Springs, and is a registered Republican.
For more information see www.elder4sheriff.com.
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Mayor Steve Bach sure has an interesting relationship with the daily newspaper.
Take, for example, what happened when Gazette reporters wrote a perfectly serviceable story about the city's Waldo Canyon Fire After Action Report, released April 3. The newspaper's April 4 story noted the city's shortcomings, along with some strengths, as outlined in the report.
Later on April 4, Bach said during a FOX 21 News interview that he was "disappointed" in the daily's coverage of the report and planned to call the publisher and editor.
The April 5 paper contained a note that the previous day's headline wasn't quite right, because it suggested things went terribly wrong during the fire. (Things did, of course, go terribly wrong, as we've reported in "Misfire," Dec. 12, 2012.)
Two days later, the Gazette carried another correction, this one emphatic about the newspaper having made an error with that original headline (which has since been eradicated from the digital version of the story).
As if that wasn't enough, the following Monday, five days after the April 3 news conference, the Gazette published Bach's news-conference comments word for word — at the top of the front page no less.
The "story" shared top billing in that day's paper with this story.
Rest assured that as of today, it looks like things have been fully smoothed over. In fact, Bach has taken on the role of helping the daily distribute its paper.
In a news release, the city tells us that from 4:30 to 6 a.m. Monday, the mayor will "greet hundreds of frequent flyers with coffee and a complimentary copy of The Gazette and thank them for flying out of the Colorado Springs Airport."
(Bach recently sent long-time airport director Mark Earle packing and now is in the midst of hiring a consultant to help market the airport, which has seen passenger traffic drop over the years.)
Think there'll be a favorable story about Bach in Tuesday's edition?
I kid you not: The lack of apostrophes in the names of landmarks — Zebulon Pike's peak, for instance — is on purpose. This heinous bit of punctuation slaughter is actually condoned and encouraged by the federal government, comes the word from today's Wall Street Journal.
"The U.S., in fact, is the only country with an apostrophe-eradication policy," writes Barry Newman. "The program took off when President Benjamin Harrison set up the Board on Geographic Names in 1890. By one board estimate, it has scrubbed 250,000 apostrophes from federal maps. The states mostly—but not always—bow to its wishes."
It has something to do with possibly confusing somebody that the geographic feature in question is actually owned by the person it's named after — and either I have that wrong, or the government assumes we're all fucking mentally short — but that argument's trash.
And there's no hope, either, according to one committee staffer quoted by the Journal: "We don't debate the apostrophe."
So, screw it. I've never met a law I didn't break after deciding it was created by dullards, so get ready, Colorado Springs. Get ready for Pike's Peak. (And just to beat the critics to it: Thanks Obama.)
Now if that sentence didn't trigger an endorphin rush, it may well be that you don’t belong to a certain demographic, the same one that’s hormonally predisposed to worship Justin Bieber.
With a smooth auto-tuned croon and a fondness for showing off his much-tattooed torso, Diamond has become a genuine YouTube phenom, boasting some 45 million views and 214 thousand subscribers.
How all that will translate to the stage is anyone’s guess, at least until Joey D makes his way to Sunshine Studios for a June 14 date on his Long Live the Dreamers Tour. In the meantime, here’s an “intimate” interview and performance to tide you over.
Today, Brett and Lauren Andrus announced they are starting an art school in the Ivywild School.
The co-owners of the Modbo and S.P.Q.R. galleries will offer classes for adults (which Brett already teaches in S.P.Q.R., one of which I attended), as well as teens and elementary-age children. Brett will continue teaching adult classes, while other local artists will instruct courses for the younger set, which will include at-risk youths, homeschoolers and kids with advanced art skills. However, anyone is welcome to sign up.
In addition, they hope to also add weekend seminars on art history, art marketing and the like. ModboCo won't focus as much on art exhibits; that duty falls to Holly Parker, who's working as an independent curator for Ivywild.
They hope to begin classes in August, after the rest of Ivywild is on its feet, and to coincide with the beginning of the school year.
Brett says the move is a big step for the pair, but with the growing popularity of their art classes (which includes beginning to intermediate courses on drawing and painting), this will allow them to offer more. He also adds that it may help fill a void left by FutureSelf, which folded in 2011.
The Pikes Peak Community Foundation will serve as the school's nonprofit umbrella, though Brett hopes to be able to launch the school as its own entity in the future.
As for the galleries downtown, they will continue to host exhibits, performances and concerts. For more information on the school, visit themodbo.wordpress.com.
Granted, Colorado Springs doesn’t always get the best-known musicians coming through, but we’ll soon be getting a lot of their offspring. In a genuinely odd coincidence, at least three of them have been booked so far to perform here this summer.
The influx of celebrity spawn kicks off July 13, when Arlo Guthrie, son of revered folk singer Woody Guthrie, comes to the Pikes Peak Center.
Then on Aug. 6, the same venue will play host to Amy Helm, who is both the daughter of the Band’s Levon Helm and the stepdaughter of Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen.
After that, Stargazers gets in on the act with a Sept. 7 performance by A.J. Croce, son of ’70s singer-songwriter Jim Croce.
While Guthrie managed to slip out from his father’s shadow, Croce and Helm are still relatively new to the game. (Give them time.)
Meanwhile, here are videos of Arlo singing Woody’s “Pastures of Plenty," Amy talking about her musical family, and A.J. playing his dad’s “Operator” on the 40th anniversary of its release.
Yesterday, Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach called recreational marijuana a "public safety issue," and indicated that he's likely to advocate for a ban on pot shops in his city. Bach added that he'd had discussions with Manitou Springs Mayor Marc Snyder regarding a possible ban in the more liberal tourist town.
Intrigued, we followed up with Snyder. And in a voicemail to the Indy, Snyder says while he's not looking at a ban, he is looking at something.
"Basically, I don’t think a ban is really an option out here in Manitou: We had some pretty high numbers in support of every marijuana measure that’s been on the ballot in the last few years," Snyder says. "However, I have expressed concern that I don’t wanna be the only jurisdiction in El Paso County that is going to allow for retail centers.
"My concern is if Colorado Springs doesn’t allow retail marijuana, then the pressure’d be enormous on Manitou. And I don’t want our little town to be overrun with a dozen retail centers and really become kind of a mecca for marijuana activity," says the mayor. "So, if that were the case, if Colorado Springs were to enact a ban, then I’d probably be looking at some type of cap — a density cap, or even just an outright limit on the number of establishments that we might allow out here in Manitou."
For the sixth year running, a ban on funding to expand the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site is making its way into law.
In a news release, Not 1 More Acre!, an advocacy group fighting to keep the Army from claiming more land in southeast Colorado for maneuvers, announced the military construction budget that was marked up in the Military Construction Subcommittee of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee today will continue the funding ban on "any action that relates to or promotes the expansion of the boundaries or size of the U.S. Army's Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site."
Here's the entire news release from Jean Aguerre, president of Not 1 More Acre!
Keeping the funding ban in the law has been a top priority for N1MA! as it fights to protect fragile prairie lands being ravaged by the Pentagon's armored tanks, high-tech weapons systems and training at the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site. The funding ban was first passed by Congress in 2007 to stop a massive secretly planned military expansion across 6.9 million acres of fragile native grasslands. For technical reasons related to the U.S. Senate's failure to enable a permanent prohibition on expansion of the site, the funding ban must be renewed every year by expansion opponents and their Representatives in the House.
Aguerre announced the renewal of the funding ban for the sixth consecutive year as Not 1 More Acre! hurled its third challenge against the Army's Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site environmental disclosures in just six weeks. The latest N1MA! rebuke was filed Wednesday (May 15, 2013) by the Denver-based Ewegen Law Firm in response to the "Programmatic Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for the Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan 2013 - 2017 for Fort Carson and the PiÃ±on Canyon Maneuver Site."
[Find that document here: 2013-2017-Integrated-natural-resource-management-plan-and-environmental-assessment.pdf]
N1MA's latest effort to parry the Army's expansion plans followed on the heels of objections filed on Tax Day, April 15 that exposed the Army's shadowy partial disclosure of illegal construction supporting expansion at PCMS. Just three weeks earlier, on March 21, N1MA! protested the Army's claim that ongoing and expanded operations at the remote Southern Great Plains maneuver site pose no significant environmental or economic impacts. N1Ma's reprimand called those findings a "bizarre greenwash of an ongoing assault on fragile prairie grasslands in an area that Fritz L. Knopf, an historical Great Plains ecologist, describes as the 'headwinds' of the 1930s Dust Bowl."
The N1MA! reproach filed Wednesday accused the Army of continuing to "piecemeal its plans for the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site in an effort to sidestep basic requirements of the funding ban, the National Environmental Policy Act and a 2009 Federal District Court ruling that vacated the PCMS Transformation Record of Decision issued by the Army in its original efforts to expand the site."
Over the last nearly eight years the Army has issued a staggering 10,000 pages of alleged
NEPA documentation - all of which make the absurd claim that the Army's actions have no significant impact to the quality of the environment, economy and culture of the Southern Great Plains.
In one segmented document after the next, the Army's analysis methodology ignores science and even the sound principles of science that establish military damage to the shortgrass prairie are irreparable and irreversible. Even as military training expands - less than 5% of the PCMS is off limits to training - and intensifies, the Army and its tax-supported real estate partners encumbering land in the region to be managed for military needs employ environmental tactics that appear to trick 'neighbors' and the public into believing that impacts will be insignificant.
While admitting the "sheer amount of alphabet soup" generated by the Army's disclosures and the legal processes are confusing, Aguerre said the underlying theory of the law isn't complicated. The Sikes Act, passed in 1960, recognizes the importance and value of natural and
cultural resources to military lands. Accordingly, the Sikes Act requires the Department of Defense to develop and implement Integrated Natural and Cultural Resources Management Plans (INRMPs/ICRMPs) for military installations across the United States.
"As a further example of this deceptive piecemealing, N1MA! asks where the Integrated Cultural Resource Management Plan is and why it wasn't issued as part of the Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan? And, why - except to mislead and confuse taxpayers - does the Army continue to ignore science that proves all the past, current and future military damage will devastate the entire region? The Army's 'make-believe NEPA' fails to comply either the spirit or letter of the law while perpetrating real-life catastrophic impacts to our security and health," Aguerre said.
The Army's latest mockery of environmental and economic impact analysis should be withdrawn because it fails to meet the basic requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. It also fails to heed the mandates of Congress as expressed in the funding ban - renewed for the sixth consecutive year on this very day. This Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan fails to make sense from a policy standpoint and it would both sanction and inflict massive and irreversible damage on America's last major intact grassland, a fragile ecosystem that elsewhere has not yet recovered from the devastation wrought by ill-considered federal government policies that led to plowing of these fragile grasslands in the 1920s in the bone-headed public campaign that "rain follows the plow." In fact, what followed the plow when the inevitable drought cycle reasserted itself was this nation's most catastrophic environmental collapse, the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
The Army, its contractors and politicians, in defiance of the law, scientific knowledge and common sense, are effectively asking the public to believe that "rain will follow the tank!" and magically reseed and renew these tortured lands. Alas, the best science on this subject shows that the notion that invasive species can somehow revive devastated grasslands that required thousands of years of natural processes to reach their original productive state is a discredited policy as misguided and mischievous as the original "rain follows the plow" folly, Aguerre said.
But that doesn't mean the Army is giving up. It continues to try to win the hearts and minds of people in southern Colorado, including those of tender age.
Here's a shot of a Girl Scout being indoctrinated into the ways of war, sent to us from Doug Holdread of Trinidad:
And here's a report on how the Army is appealing to the young folk in Trinidad.
As properly prognosticated in my Side Dish column in late April, Curbside Cuisine arrived on the scene today. My colleague posted this pic of curry chicken lunch from the High Grade Catering and Food Truck.
And this past weekend, while volunteer-powered renovations were underway, I nabbed a sample from The Local food truck. I'll be writing about that bite in our Dine & Dash column next week (not to mention The Local's purchase of Raven's Nest Coffee in my Side Dish column), but until then, here's some photos I took as the project finally came together.
Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed the bill known as "Breakfast After the Bell" into law.
The law means that schools with higher levels of impoverished children will be required — with some exceptions — to serve a free breakfast to all students after the start of the school day. Such programs have been shown to radically increase participation, and lawmakers note that children perform better after eating something in the morning.
Still the bill hasn't seen support from all corners.
Some school districts, including Colorado Springs School District 11, have complained that the bill does not provide additional funding for implementing the program. They say federal reimbursements won't cover the costs of Breakfast After the Bell, meaning it could hurt other nutrition programs. Read more here.
Hick Signs ‘Breakfast After the Bell’
(May 15) — A bill to help make sure more Colorado schoolkids get a decent breakfast was signed into law today by Gov. John Hickenlooper.
The governor went to Rose Hill Elementary School in Commerce City today to sign HB13-1006, sponsored by Reps. Dominick Moreno (D-Commerce City) and Tony Exum Sr. (D-Colorado Springs). The bill will phase in a requirement that schools where at least 80 percent of the students qualify for federal free or reduced-cost lunch will serve breakfast to all students after the official start of school.
Hungry children don’t learn as well as their better-fed peers, but many students who qualify for existing before-school breakfast programs don’t get to school in time to eat, some of them because of the stigma of acknowledging that their families are too poor to feed them. When the Adams 14 School District went from school breakfast before the bell to an after-the-bell meal, the participation rate went from 30 percent to 98 percent.
“Breakfast after the bell gives students from low-income families an equal chance to learn and succeed,” said Rep. Moreno, who qualified for free in-school meals on his way to becoming valedictorian of his high school class.
By serving breakfast during attendance-taking and announcements, schools that have already initiated Breakfast After the Bell have been able to do it with no reduction in instruction time.
“This is a significant part of making sure our students get a good education,” Rep. Exum said.
The vast majority of the cost of Breakfast After the Bell is covered by an existing federal program.
Colorado Springs School District 11's extensive summer feeding program will continue this year.
Anyone ages 1 to 18 is invited to eat free at one of many locations — both in neighborhoods and schools. All locations will serve lunch, but only some will serve breakfast.
For a list of locations and hours, check out their press release here: News_Release-FNS-Summer_Program-5-13-13-1.pdf
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Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch? This summer, the meal's free to kids all season long in Harrison School District 2.
Such programs are vital in poorer areas, where children often rely on free school breakfasts and lunches for their nutrition. Expert organizations like Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado have long called summer the hungriest time of the year, because kids can no longer rely on school meal programs.
Read on for more information on Harrison's program:
Any child under the age of 18 currently living in Harrison School District 2 will have access to free meals twice a day this summer.
The Harrison School District Nutrition Services announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food
Service Program. Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and younger.
Otero Elementary School
1650 Charmwood, Colorado Springs CO
Centennial Elementary School
1860 S Chelton, Colorado Springs CO
Session One: June 4- June 28, 2013
Session Two: July 9- August 2, 2013
Breakfast: 8:15 - 9:00am
Lunch: 12:15 - 12:45pm
Breakfast and Lunch will be served daily, Monday through Friday. Adult meals are available for
As the effort to recall John Morse continues — and attracts big money on both sides — the El Paso County Democratic Party is holding an event where supporters of the Senate president can thank him and fellow local Democratic lawmakers for their "hard work and bravery."
Here are the details:
Morse, of course, has been a target since shepherding through a spate of gun-control measures during the 2013 legislative session. Signature-gatherers have until June 3 to collect 7,000-plus signatures in their effort to get a recall election OK'd.