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Re: “Western Museum cuts ties with Haunted Mines after 10 years

In response to Doug's comment:

As a volunteer at the Haunt, I have seen firsthand the lengths to which Angel will go in order to care for her volunteers and provide a professional environment for guests and partners alike. The "cleaning out" of volunteers to which you allude may be referring to a number of volunteers who either chose to leave because they were, under Angel's new management, being held to a higher standard of professionalism OR were asked to leave because they were behaving in an extremely inappropriate manner toward customers and/or toward other volunteers.

What you are labeling "entitlement" in regard to the property is, in fact, immense pride shared by all of the Haunt volunteers for this organization and the substantial funds it has raised for the community.

Angel is one of the best supervisors I have had the pleasure to know and work with, both in employment and volunteer experiences. I am saddened to see anyone attempt to drag her name through the mud under the guise of "objective reporting"... especially considering the high road all the Haunt directors have chosen to take throughout this transition.

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Posted by Liz I on 12/30/2016 at 9:57 PM

Re: “Artist Audrey Gray seeks a true blue hue in found pigments

The striking colors and textures are reminiscent of Southern Colorado and New Mexico. Lovely work.

Posted by Anton Delgado on 12/30/2016 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Artist Audrey Gray seeks a true blue hue in found pigments

Beautiful!!!!

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Posted by battysuesue on 12/30/2016 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Western Museum cuts ties with Haunted Mines after 10 years

Doug, your words could not be more true. I am glad that I am not the only one disappointed with the lack of research from the Independent.

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Posted by HauntedFamily on 12/30/2016 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Western Museum cuts ties with Haunted Mines after 10 years

Whatever the reasons behind it, I'm sorry it's come to this.

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Posted by jbmonco on 12/30/2016 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Western Museum cuts ties with Haunted Mines after 10 years

Having read this article several times through, I can say that I am disappointed in the Independent for not doing a bit more research. I was a very involved volunteer at WMMI and the Haunted Mines for quite sometime, and was witness to the degradation that was created by Angel's 'leadership'. Once she became the Executive Director, relations between Haunted Mines and the WMMI board became extremely stressed. Internal to the Haunt, her new management team cleaned out any of the volunteers that did not agree with her new, corrosive management of the organization. One of those forced out was a man who helped to create the haunt, both fiscally (he was one of the three that bank-rolled the first year) and with years of work. On the museum side, she was extremely arrogant and aggressive at every interaction. From the beginning, the understanding was one of a lease of the property. Angel and her team began to act extremely entitled towards the property. As this lack of professionalism came to light, the board at WMMI made sure their ducks were in a row, to allow a quick dissolution of the contract. It appears that they waited two years to enact this change, to allow for realignment of the Haunted Mines to the productive and friendly organization it had been. Obviously this realignment failed to happen and the museum chose to separate itself from the haunt. I would like to state that I have been absent from the museum for over a year now, and have no desire to defend them. This comment is just help the Independent to maintain truthful reporting.

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Posted by Douglas Ducote on 12/30/2016 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Air Force Academy loses men, women cadets at different rates

You're also competing against 10000 other applications of well rounded and excellent kids.

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Posted by Ray Pastora on 12/30/2016 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Should city ask voters' permission to keep refund? Murray says "no."

Why are Taxpayers being billed for Stormwater from Sand Creek and farther East when
they reside in Fountain Creek/Templeton Gap Drainage ? Any new Stormwater Fee
needs to exempt the Westside of the City of Colorado Springs.

Developers/Taxpayers in these new areas around Powers Blvd. should pay for their
own Drainage Improvements like Citizens have done on Westside for 100 yrs.

Mayor not speaking objectively, no reason to Vote on Tabor Refund.

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Posted by frank1946 on 12/30/2016 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Air Force Academy loses men, women cadets at different rates

I'm Hispanic, a first generation immigrant, and I graduated from there.

I recommend ditching the victim mentality and continuing to apply.

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Posted by Ray Pastora on 12/30/2016 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Air Force Academy loses men, women cadets at different rates

Reply to solraczurc - the academy is one of the most diverse institutions and the cadet wing is made up of people of all ethnic backgrounds, from all economic backgrounds and from all social backgrounds. If your son didn't make it in on his first try, as many don't (very few get in on their first and only attempt), he should reapply and keep reapplying until he either 1) gets in or 2) becomes ineligible.

Each appointment has a primary and up to 10 secondary appointees. Where did he rank? He should have a debrief on why he wasn't a primary selection. Does he need to improve his SAT/ACT scores? Does he need additional extracurricular activities? Perhaps he should volunteer in Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the local YMCA, or join Toast Masters.

I find your statement laughable yet insulting to the many men and women from all walks of life that I had the pleasure and honor of calling my friends and squadron mates. I am the son of a firefighter from the southside of a large city. I have very blue collar upbringing and roots. I walked the halls with the son of a Medal of Honor winner, but also with many others more like me than him. They were white, black, Hispanic, Arabic, and Asian. Some were from prestigious prep schools but others were like me, that didn't enjoy a silver spoon upbringing and were the product of public schools.

To state he wasn't selected simply because he is Hispanic is extremely naive. To further add insult to injury, to broad brush and stereotype all cadets as 'sons and daughters of politicians and high ranking military leaders' shows both your ignorance and arrogance.

I certainly hope that you son does not share any of your same thought process, bigotry or generalizations. People with that type of mindset have a hard time getting in and if they do, do not survive in the microcosm that is the cadet wing.

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Posted by Respondent on 12/30/2016 at 7:12 AM

Re: “Air Force Academy loses men, women cadets at different rates

My son was well rounded and well prepared (both academically and physically) applicant last year. He would have been class 2020 at AFA. But was overlooked probably because he is hispanic and the academy gives preference to sons and daughters of politicians and high ranking military leaders that dont take their appointment serious...what a waste.
They should give the appointments to regular kids like mine that really are serious about the commitment and service to our great nation..

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Posted by solraczurc on 12/29/2016 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Who will fight for old downtown?

The article by Mr Hazelhurst (December 21) was both enlightening and necessary. The perspective he provided for the Pikes Peak region certainly applies to many areas of the country. It seems the protection and preservation of our priceless historic buildings and sites can be cyclical, victims of whimsical trends more often than not. American history will always be driven by economic forces that arent particularly sensitive to local cultural activities, marvelous designs or highly publicized associations with famous people. And yet surprisingly every era has its heroic personalities that seem to respond to a higher calling. That is the story of historic preservation. It can be the most challenging of exercises and yet the most rewarding and sustainable of all endeavors.

It is interesting to note how study after study for the revitalization of downtown Colorado Springs stresses providing accommodations for current and future young professionals. The result has often been modern high-rise condominiums near the periphery of downtown. Yet as the city moves forward in its mission to provide an inviting urban experience, and as we relentlessly pursue our long-honored infill development policy, we must as a 'community' endeavor to balance the old with the new. We need to work together to decide what older areas of town are worthy of preservation for future generations and how to allow sensitive, sustainable change to occur within these neighborhoods. Most of us now refer scornfully to those unenlightened decision makers of the past who arbitrarily demolished architectural gems (Antlers Hotel, Burns Opera House, etc.). And yet what scenario could be lurking just around the corner which would simply be a repeat of the tragedies of the past? What major housing or college or hospital or commercial complex lies maliciously on some developers drawing board? Will our descendants once again lament about our era of rampant modernization? Will they deplore our just plain sloppy stewardship regarding the city's precious past? In fairness some of our government officials have led attempts to respect the jewels of our community; they were generally able to preserve important areas while fanning the flames of the economic drivers that maintain the vitality of our city.

The Historic Preservation Alliance (HPA) serves the greater Colorado Springs area as your local historic society. Our nonprofit organization of 300+ members is part of a consortium of other voluntary, like-minded organizations existing in the Pikes Peak region whose primary purpose is to make our history available for those interested in being exposed to it. The HPA in particular provides tours of historic sites throughout the summer and a high caliber lecture series in the winter. We also lead the effort to preserve buildings and sites that are endangered or are in need of new life.

Our board understands and appreciates the article by Mr Hazelhurst, not only in the context of offering a factual history of our city, but as a call perhaps to stir the soul. Let us hope his concerns reach the ears of local officials, property owners and community leaders who have the power to take our beautiful historic city to a higher level of living while celebrating its heritage. With this hope comes the trust that they take measure of the mistakes of the past. Let us remain optimistic the public awareness Mr Hazelhurst so eloquently seeks can serve as the guiding principle in shaping this most honorable endeavor.

If readers are interested in the goals of the HPA or wish to become involved, please visit our website at www.hpasprings.org.

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Posted by arohr on 12/29/2016 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Chancellor's perfect exit from UCCS

This was a wonderful article, for a wonderful Chancellor! Enjoy your well deserved retirement!

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Posted by Leslie Roberts on 12/29/2016 at 8:36 AM

Re: “No faith in local leaders, or Donald Trump

Kyle just proved my point. Not a thought one just jump on what ever bandwagon coming down the street. From far far left to far out there right.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 12/29/2016 at 6:48 AM

Re: “No faith in local leaders, or Donald Trump

Too bad you stupid old democrats. I am
A Bernie bro who voted trump. When we told you HRC corrupted the primary- you scoffed. Sleep in the bed you made, stupid shits

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Posted by KyleJS on 12/29/2016 at 12:05 AM

Re: “PPACG executive and senior staff on indefinite leave

Didn't we used to tar and feather useless and corrupt public leaches??
Also- why the hell do we want to widen I-25. Get your head out of your ass, older generation, and don't f**** up our infrastructure for the foreseeable future.

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Posted by KyleJS on 12/29/2016 at 12:00 AM

Re: “Lamborn sought chairmanship of veterans committee

Lamborn is useless and know-nothing.

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Posted by Lalahartma on 12/28/2016 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Lamborn sought chairmanship of veterans committee

Good thing Mr. Lamborn DIDN'T get this committee post. During Lamborn's tenure he has voted to cut the SNAP program which some of our young military families and retirees depend on. He has voted to cut Women's, Infants, and Children's funding which some of our young military families depend on. He supports Concerned Veterans of America which is an AstroTurf organization funded by the Koch Bros that wants to privatize the VA plus requiring veterans to carry their own medical insurance. He doesn't really care about our military personnel and their families.

He is funded by the oil & gas industry, real estate interests, and the military industrial complex. His legislative accomplishments are mediocre to say the least. He has had far better opponents challenging him yet refuses to have honest and open debates. He's quick with a talking point that has very little substance. He's detrimental to those who vote him in especially military families, veterans, and military retirees.

He's called the President derogatory words yet will stand next to him for a photo-op. He refused to attend a State of the Union. He is not a deep thinker. So the question is: "Why is he returned to Congress when there are much better people, Republicans, Democrats, Independent, Libertarian, etc., that the people of CO5th can send to Washington?"

Pisst! Don't tell anybody but Mr. Lamborn is a Socialist. He has his universal medical which you don't have. He has his salary for life if he retires from Congress along with his free medical which you will have neither.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 12/28/2016 at 12:38 PM

Re: “No faith in local leaders, or Donald Trump

Trump was elected simply because he told the people what they wanted to here. Not the truth, not reality just what they wanted to here. Hes a salesman. People are gullible and will buy anything they are told they cant live without. There will be no wall, there will be no high paying jobs, theres nothing to prosecute, the swamp wont be cleared, Coal jobs are not coming back and the trade agreements are going to do nothing more then cost us more for the goods we need. The Terrorists will attack more just to prove he cant stop them. He hasent even taken office and on the news this morning hes taking credit for the improvement in the economy forecast. Its a forecast people not reality. He has fed the ego of the voters that counted in order to feed his own. His late night tweets prove that. The few Republicans that opposed him and were insulted by him are now jumping on his wagon in hopes he can or will do something great so they can get a pat on the back. The Democrats put a person in that had way to much baggage after 8 years of every radio host telling them how bad it has been. Why do you think there was only those two running as Democrats? Were in for one heck of a ride and the only hope we have is the Vice President and the few in Congress that are Statesmen can hold it together.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 12/28/2016 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Update: Tim Mitros leaves his city job

Good luck in your future endeavors Tim. Thank you for your service to our city.

Jim Mullen

City manager 1996 - 2002.

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Posted by Jim Mullen on 12/28/2016 at 8:59 AM

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