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Re: “Leadership title changes for board of county commissioners

Hmmm, I smell a salary survey and pay increase coming. No other legitimate reason for new titles. They could at least be honest about it.

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by 80923 on 01/03/2017 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Maketa, Presley and San Agustin reserve right to sue for malicious prosecution

Maketa should be sued for the "$821,496 on settlements with employees or ex-employees, attorney fees, and consulting and investigation expenses stemming from claims related to Maketa", plus all legal costs incurred. He was in charge and the buck should stop with him. Hold him financially accountable. He was being paid to do the right thing and he did not perform to reasonable expectations.

3 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by 80923 on 01/03/2017 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Lamborn sought chairmanship of veterans committee

Such a light weight his own party wont promote him ....

But El Paso County you deserve him ..... NOT !

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by actionjackson on 01/03/2017 at 6:11 AM

Re: “Update: Tim Mitros leaves his city job

I'm very sorry to see Tim leave. He was one of the good guys and did what was in his opinion right for the citizens. Very nice guy to work with and talk to. Best wishes to Tim in his future endeavors

5 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by sandmarc on 01/02/2017 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Bean Pedaler, Old Chicago, Bubba's 33

Why are you reviewing chains? Old Chicago in a new location? The ridiculously busy Bubba's? Really... They all have enough business. Everyone already know about all the chains in town. I want to learn about local places. Please review local places and not chains that have moved or that everyone already knows about. I would expect those reviews from the gazette not the independent...

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Rebecca Repp on 01/02/2017 at 10:23 AM

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

If Mr. Suthers jumps ship (as county politicians are prone to do when they have signed on to serve the public but serving their own careers is more important) takes the Federal Judge position that the Republican Attorney General Association has recommended, then the line of succession will move the President of Council to the Mayor seat. How do you feel about having Merv Bennett as your Mayor?

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Robert Gentry on 01/01/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “City closes deal with The Broadmoor for Strawberry Fields

It's not quite over Ms. Palus. Perhaps don't count your chickens just yet.
But thanks for the heads up.
It's always good to know where things stand.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by doonya on 01/01/2017 at 10:12 AM

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

"Murray also notes that Suthers has said he believes anything that doesn't require a vote of the people should not be placed on a ballot..........

Now, Murray says that given Suthers' stance, why would the mayor ask voters' permission to keep the money?"

Answer:

Because the mayor does not really have a stance. The mayor, like any skilled politician, says whatever will advance his agenda - and his image - in any given situation. These words are as fleeting as the wind and without substance.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by doonya on 01/01/2017 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Stop the damage, and free ride, from grazing of public lands

In his final days in office Obama MUST come forward and create binding legislation and measures to enforce against the constant flaunting of current legislation and guidelines. If it was up to me I would allow NO livestock grazing AT ALL on public land. You want beef? Eat less and pay more.

Posted by Giulia Latini on 12/31/2016 at 11:57 PM

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

Mr Ducote,
The Indy called me to ask what happened. I answered. They called WMMI to ask what happened. They answered.
We are parting ways and both businesses moving forward. We both had a chance to speak - and we did so.
Its interesting to me that you haven't been at WMMI for a year; however, you feel that you are able to tell a story you are not part of. Don't recall you as a part of any board meetings for either business? Certainly you do not know me personally to be able to speak on my character or my actions. In 10 years at the HM, I don't recall you at all.
Your personal opinion of an individual you do not know and a situation and a business relationship you are not involved in - is of no concern to a newspaper. She reported what she got.
Gossip is for The National Enquirer. Not The Indy.
Please refrain from further comments about myself. My staff. My business. Unless of course you would like to ask me directly? Since you know me so well, you should already have my number.

Good evening.
Angel Nuce
President/CEO
Haunted Mines

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Posted by anuce on 12/31/2016 at 9:44 PM

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.

20 likes, 2 dislikes
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!!!!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
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.

6 likes, 18 dislikes
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.

6 likes, 3 dislikes
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.

39 likes, 1 dislike
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.

39 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Respondent on 12/30/2016 at 7:12 AM

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