Saturday, July 31, 2010

Last call for Raw (for a while)

Posted By on Sat, Jul 31, 2010 at 9:19 AM

If you've been holding out for the right night to try one of Chevy Lee Raw Foods' Raw Fusion dinners, the 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 19 dinner will be your last chance until June 2011.

This was our dessert at the Raw Fusion dinner I attended in March.
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  • This was our dessert at the Raw Fusion dinner I attended in March.

Owner/chef Martine Purdy plans to take a break from the dinners in order to finish her final two semesters of school. She will continue to run her take-out business during that time; regular orders have nearly doubled recently, she says.

Here's a look at this month's menu:


Seats are $30 and reservations can be made at 205-4639 or Weekly take-out menus may also be requested via the same contact info.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

This is your brain on sex

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Howdy, howdy, howdy.
  • Howdy, howdy, howdy.

Happy Friday afternoon, Colorado Springs.

For your sake, I hope it's a good weekend. And I hope all of you get lucky tonight. Not just because I want you to be happy — though, of course, I do — but because I want each and every one of you to get smarter.

And, if some experiments on rats are any evidence, sex makes your brain grow.

How's that for sex ed?

Check out the full story at one of my favorite sites: Live Science.

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Never get lost at a Mile High Music Fest again!

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 5:27 PM

By now, you're probably wondering, "Where the hell is my 2010 Mile High Music Festival site map? How am I supposed to find the fokkin Ferris wheel and the Goddam water playground?"

OK, settle down, we got your downloadable site map right here, along with all sorts of other things that'll make your visit to the Dave Matthews/Jack Johnson-headlined snoozefest all the more exciting.


Anyway, here's the press release. And be sure not to miss the surprise bonus video right after!

Colorado’s Mile High Music Festival, August 14 and 15
at the fields at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park




Mile High Music Festival presented by Kyocera today unveils the 2010 festival site map, and with it, plenty more activities to round out the incredible music experience. A slew of new 2010 festival features promise to take this year’s Mile High Music Festival experience to the next level.

Features include the following:
• Green Your Scene Passport Program: With this program guests can travel through the festival, participating in all of the Mile High Music Festival greening initiatives for a chance to win prizes, including a meet-and-greet with members of the Dave Matthews Band.
• Anubis: Denver Art Museum King Tut Exhibit’s very own 30-foot Anubis. Anubis, who arrived on site yesterday and will stay throughout the festival, garnered the title of the first Mile High Music Festival 2010 fan, and was bestowed with an all-access laminate by some local Mile High Music Festival artists.
• Whole Foods General Store: Whole Foods will be providing prepackaged organic foods and local produce.
• Twist & Shout tent: Fans can get their gear autographed at the tent run by Denver’s best independent record store.
• Mile High Make ’n’ Take: Adults and kids alike can get creative in this on-site crafting tent.
• Hand of Man: Artist Christian Ristow brings his oversized hydraulic hand to Mile High Music Festival to twist and crush junk cars.
• Hot Air Balloon: Guests will be able to take rides on a tethered hot air balloon.
• Ferris Wheel: This 50-foot, 12-car Ferris wheel will be free for guests to enjoy.
• Water Playground: Fans can frolic under a 15-foot feature that shoots and sprays water.

Mile High Music Festival’s brand new Beta Beach is located right in the middle of the festival site, close to the Water Playground. Booked in partnership with Denver’s world-renowned Beta Night Club, the already diverse festival expands its musical terrain by now hosting an impressive list of Denver’s most cutting-edge DJs and electronic music including Second Sun, Halo and Hipp E, and Dragon.

Of course, in addition to all the perks and extras, the map also pinpoints locations of festival essentials. For patron convenience and comfort, Mile High Music Festival 2010 offers even more free water refill stations, more food and beverage vendors, more shade and misting tents, ATM Machines and much more. View the map here.

Bands confirmed to perform at Colorado’s Mile High Music Festival presented by Kyocera, happening at the Fields at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on August 14 and 15, include headliners Dave Matthews Band and Jack Johnson, also Weezer, Steve Miller Band, My Morning Jacket, Slightly Stoopid, Atmosphere, Phoenix, Train, Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Keane, Bassnectar, Cypress Hill, Z-Trip, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Drive-By Truckers, Railroad Earth, Ozomatli, and many more. for full line up and schedule times.

Tickets for Mile High Music Festival presented by Kyocera are on sale now, including Single Day Tickets and 2-Day Packages, plus VIP Ticket options and hotel packages. Get tickets online at and, by phone at 866-461-6556 and at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Box Office. They can also be purchased with a credit card at the Ticket Outlet Kiosks in the twelve Colorado Dick’s Sporting Goods stores.

Visit for complete details. The Fields at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park are conveniently located just 9 miles from downtown Denver, and only 1.8 miles from the I-70 and Quebec exit.

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The Indy goes Shoe Crazy

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

It's every girly-girl's dream, a mad dash through a shoe department to grab as many kicks as she can carry for free. Me, I'd tear through Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, clutching everything in sight with a 4- or 5-inch heel.

I just got to do this. Sort of. I didn't get to keep the shoes, and it was at the Famous Footwear that opened just this week in the University Village shopping area on North Nevada Avenue. The run was part of Famous Footwear's Shoe Crazy event, in which the company allows people from local businesses chosen local media outlets to collect as many shoes as possible in a 30-second window, then tallies their worth and gives the money to charity.

And I can proudly say I collected $800 (even!), which will be donated to the Indy's Give! campaign, our charity drive for local nonprofits. (For more on Give!, visit The site offers information on last year's numbers and nonprofits, but we're gearing up for a new campaign later this year.)

Fellow Indy writer Bryce Crawford accompanied me on my stunt, officially to photograph the spectacle (and unofficially to laugh at me). On the way over we discussed all the possible humiliating situations I might encounter. Anything that involved an unwieldy shopping cart, balloons, clowns or toy-machine claws would surely lead to a pathetic final dollar amount.

Instead, we found a perfectly normal and busy store, with not a balloon or shopping cart in sight. Store manager (and avowed Indy reader) Lesli led us through the rules and even offered tips on where to find the more expensive pairs. (Men's shoes — who knew?)

After some preliminary warm-ups ...



... I took off my own shoes. Then with a quick click on a cell-phone stopwatch, I was off.

...and running...

And thats what $800 of shoes looks like, kids.
  • And that's what $800 of shoes looks like, kids.

While I stuck to men's shoes, this Famous Footwear (5020 N. Nevada Ave. #130, 268-2380) does offer a respectable selection of heels in the ladies' section. You can see for yourself tomorrow at its grand opening celebration, which will offer all-day shopping discounts, special deals for the first 100 or so customers, and drawings in the afternoon that'll hook a few lucky shoppers up with their own shoe grab. (And those you get to keep.)

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Kicking out Dick?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 12:51 PM

"In five short months Dick Wadhams has taken Colorado from a likely Republican win in 2010 to a likely loss that threatens the future of the GOP."

  • Dick.
So says a new Web site, In case you're wondering, Dick Wadhams is the chair of Colorado's Republican party.

Lately, Dick has been taking a lot of heat — with some blaming him for the collapse of Republican candidates in the state.

The gubernatorial race is the most messy for Republicans, with Dan Maes caught in a campaign finance scandal, Scott McInnis caught in a plagiarism scandal, and loud-mouthed, anti-immigration political spitfire Tom Tancredo entering the race on a third-party ticket (and probably splitting the conservative vote).

If this disaster weren't hogging the headlines, Ken Buck might be getting a little more attention. The front-running Republican candidate for U.S. Senate has been assailed for saying he deserves votes because doesn't "wear high heels" — a comment he made after his competitor, Jane Norton, questioned his manhood. He's also made repeated disparaging remarks about the tea party, the group that first supported him.

Now, some would say that this circus isn't Dick's fault. However, others — including the new Web site — don't think Dick has helped anything. And they might have a point.

Recently, Dick was called out by Tancredo and a radio host for apparently calling McInnis "untrustworthy" and Maes "a joke" in private conversations. He loudly denied the identical allegations made by both men.

Anyways, the new Web site is advocating that Colorado Republicans hire a new leader. Apparently, Dick isn't too happy about all this chatter. The Denver Post's Curtis Hubbard has an engrossing article on the development here: Denver Post.

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Honoring Lou

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Everyone who knew Lou Gonzales has a personal story to tell about Lou's wisdom, compassion and talent. When a book of her writings is launched at a lawn party next month, there'll be an opportunity to share your stories and hear others.

Lou, a Gazette columnist, died in 2003 of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Here's the information about the book launch:

Her remarkable body of work is now collected, in part, in a book, “Gifts from the Heart: Stories, Memories & Chronicles of Lucille Gonzales Oller,” edited by her former professor, Dr. Alexander Blackburn, and recently published by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
The book, $20, will be launched at a lawn party at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, at Freedom Park, located just south of The Gazette, 30 S. Prospect St. Ample free parking and free refreshments will be provided. Several of those who knew and loved her will speak briefly and the book will be for sale. Those who wish it can get their copy signed by the editor.
Lou was a student at UCCS and proceeds from the book will benefit the Lou Gonzales Scholarship, which is part of the Karen Possehl Women’s Endowment for non-traditional women students with financial need.
Anyone who plans to attend should RSVP to or call 476-1673 by Aug. 19.
The book also is for sale at the UCCS Bookstore, The Gazette, and Hooked on Books.
The event is sponsored by The Gazette, UCCS, the University of Colorado Foundation and Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District.


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'Get an attorney — sue me' says sheriff

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Fred Wegener

As reported by the Fairplay Flume, when Dawn Caudill attempted to retrieve her medicinal cannabis and prescription Xanax — seized as evidence during a traffic stop — she was denied, pending information from the district attorney's office. This eventually led to the following exchange with Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener.

Wegener: "Here's an idea, here's an idea: You go get an attorney — sue me for it. Goodbye. Goodbye."

Caudill: "Why would I do that?"

Wegener: "Because I don't care."

Caudill: "Sir?"

Wegener: "Sir? You can 'sir' me 'til you're blue in the face. Take your shit — get out of my office. Goodbye."

Cadill told the Flume she was unaware that she was recording the video.

But once she discovered the video, she felt that she needed to upload it to the Internet so others could see.

"Honestly, it's a sad, sad thing that I had to go through what I had to go through for my constitutional rights to be upheld," she said. "For 12 days, I was without my medication because of somebody else's negligence."

But at least one person disagrees with the assertion that the video recording was accidental.

Park County Undersheriff Monte Gore said he pulled surveillance footage of when Caudill was in the Sheriff's Office lobby and it appeared that she had her cell phone camera trained on Wegener during her conversations with him.

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Review: So Far From Home at the Pioneers Museum

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 10:15 AM

This isn't the first time we've been pleasantly surprised by our across-the-street neighbor, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. But while we've long enjoyed its restored courtrooms and settler artifacts, we were truly blown away by its newest show, So Far From Home: The American POW Experience in WWII.


Though small in floor-size, the exhibit is heavily concentrated. You have a lot of reading to do there, but it's worth it; the beauty of this show lies in the collection of amazing personal stories from the POWs and their families.

I was particularly struck by the collection of objects illustrating the experiences of the families at home, who received telegraphs and the rare letter from their boy overseas. Two heartbreaking telegraphs from Western Union are there, with the dreadful words, "The Secretary of War desires me to express his deep regret that your son ... has been reported missing in action ..."

A video at the end of the show features vets themselves talking about their experiences. When I walked in, one airman was describing his capture and imprisonment at the Buchenwald concentration camp. Upon seeing the tortured and emaciated captives there, he said, "I wanted to resign from the human race." He adds that the smell from the crematoriums is still in his nose 66 years later. It's devastating.

But the show is also amazing, especially when you learn of the courage and perseverance of the men and women who rescued others at their own risk. There are several stories like that here, and they restore your faith in people.

So Far From Home is up through May 2011, and admission is always free. For more information, read Bree Abel's article on the show from earlier this month.

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Medication vs. recreation — what do you think? (POLL)

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Those opposed, say our current medical marijuana system is de facto legalization: The state winks at the growers, and the growers wink back.

Those for, say patients are helped, people's lives are improved and harmful drugs are removed from the body, replaced with something natural.

Of course, the truth lies somewhere in between, but let's play black-and-white: Which is it? (Click below to see results from our last poll.)

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Break out the Spiderman undies: It's time to fight crime

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Most of us fondly remember stomping around the house in our Spiderman or Wonder Woman or Ninja Turtle outfits.

Yes, sometimes, these outfits were the real deal, bought for Halloween. Other times they were just a pair of underwear, a bandana and a squirt gun.

No matter. As kids, we all thought we were wicked crime fighters.

Perhaps we weren't entirely delusional. It's almost time again for National Night Out. That's when regular crime fighters (people like you and me) get together with professional crime fighters (cops) and celebrate all the good we can do together.

The cops usually talk to citizens and families about how to watch for crime and prevent it in their own neighborhoods. And if being a real-life crime-fighter isn't a big enough lure, Colorado Springs' celebration even has some fun toys for the kids (if you fancy the idea of being fingerprinted by your 3-year-old).

Here's the info:

The Colorado Springs Police Department, Target, and the National Association of Town Watch will be holding a NATIONAL NIGHT OUT KICK-OFF event this Saturday. You can join other community members at the Target store located at 335 N. Academy on Saturday, July 31, 2010 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. CSPD Crime Prevention, Office of Emergency Management and Code Enforcement will be present with safety information and give away items. McGruff the Crime Dog will be paying a visit and we will have child fingerprint identification kits and Neighborhood watch information available.

National Night out is always on the first Tuesday in August each year. This year it is Tuesday August 3, 2010. On that night from 5:00pm to 9:00pm citizens and neighborhood watch groups are encouraged to leave their porch lights on and have neighborhood gatherings.

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Field trip to Wimberger's bakery

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 4:21 PM

People apparently like introducing a food critic to some local treasure he's missed.

But playing Pied Piper to two food critics? Seems they love that.

Bryce Crawford and I learned this last week when Blue Star/Nosh/La'au's owner Joe Coleman basically freaked the capital-F out on us last week — some wild gesturing was involved — when we confessed that neither of us had been to, or could at that moment even recall having heard about, Wimberger's Old World Bakery.

Why have you also possibly not seen this sign before? Well ... the residential/industrial stretch of Bott Avenue on the west side doesnt exactly scream aweome foodie spot.
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  • How might you have missed this sign before? Well ... the residential/industrial stretch of Bott Avenue on the west side doesn't exactly scream "awesome foodie spot."

Yes — it has been around for more than 40 years, and I did later recall that our own Monika Mitchell Randall had written in December 2008 about purchasing holiday stollen from the outfit.

And for no good reason whatsoever, neither Bryce nor I could justify why we'd never stopped by the market or bakery. Could be the location — tucked in a residential neighborhood in an unlikely spot for a retail eatery.

Sandwich building starts here.
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  • Sandwich-building starts here.

So Coleman, who claims to shop at Wimberger's weekly, insisted on taking us for our first visit, which we made around lunchtime today. Once inside, he made straight for a deli rack where he nabbed us the last two apple strudel. Then, from a bread kiosk, he began shoving pretzel rolls into a plastic bag with a maniacal grin.

We toured racks of specialty import items, mainly from Germany, that included chocolates, gourmet canned fish and a variety of dry goods. A long deli case sported all types of cheeses, deli meats and traditional sausages. I also noticed a sign advertising Reuben sandwiches with a bag of chips for $4.99 — must return for that.

Now you know what to say when someone stops you on the street and says, Hey, can you point me in the direction of the nearest Fleischkaese?
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  • Now you know what to say when someone stops you on the street and says, 'Hey, can you point me in the direction of the nearest Fleischkaese?'

At a stone table outside, we broke bread together and discovered "this world class item that's right here in Colorado Springs," as Coleman puts it. Indeed, neither Bryce nor I could argue that we'd had a finer pretzel roll anywhere — not that I've had many. The salty outside, as you might assume, bears a harder crust, but it splits to reveal a super-soft and fluffy inside. It reminded me a little bit of the interior of a good loaf of challah bread, minus the eggy taste.

The apple strudels were also ideal studies into the art of pastry making, with delicate, flaky shells and lovely spiced apple wedges tucked into a mild cream filling.

So, for today, the match goes to Mr. Coleman ... we stand schooled on the deserving destination that is Wimberger's.

Anyone else wanna play stump the foodies?

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Notes from the Over the River presentation

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Christo at the Indy before the presentation yesterday.
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  • Christo at the Indy before the presentation yesterday.

Following an 80-slide lecture in which he recapped the current state of his Over the River project and past works done with his late wife and partner, Jeanne-Claude, Christo welcomed input from a crowd at the Fine Arts Center last night.

Save for two, all the questions and statements were positive. Many attendees thanked Christo for choosing Colorado for this endeavor. The last question came from a girl of about 8 years old, who asked Christo how long it takes him to draw his sketches of the project, to which the artist replied, "Seventy-five years."

Those who opposed the 5.9-mile-long art project between Salida and Cañon City clapped when one woman stated that the impact the piece will have on the wildlife was too great and that OTR would be a "shroud over the water."

Christo and his project team urged the public to review the BLM's Environmental Impact Statement draft and to give their opinions on the topic. The team would like the public to promote Alternative 1a, which allows the project to continue as planned.

They also encouraged the public to attend an upcoming formal public comment session.

Cañon City: Harrison K-8 School, 920 Field Ave.
Monday, Aug. 9
Open House: 4-6 p.m.
Hearing: 6 p.m. through last comment

Salida: Salida High School, 905 D St.
Tuesday, Aug. 10
Open House: 4-6 p.m.
Hearing: 6 p.m. through last comment

Cotopaxi: Cotopaxi School, 345 County Road 12
Wednesday, Aug. 11
Open House: 4-6 p.m.
Hearing: 6 p.m. through last comment

Denver: Doubletree Hotel Denver, 3203 Quebec St.
Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010
Open House: 4-6 p.m.
Hearing: 6 p.m. through last comment

Copies of the EIS draft are available online at, with comments accepted by mail, e-mail, fax and through the BLM site.

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Chaffee partners with Nestle

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 12:54 PM

The Colorado Independent reports that Chaffee County officials have given the green light to Nestle company pumping millions of gallons of spring water near the Arkansas River to Denver for bottling.


As the website's Scot Kersgaard puts it:

This evening, Nestle can turn the spigot and begin filling its fleet of twenty-five 8,000 gallon trucks each day.

As he also notes, it represents a high-profile defeat for many locals.

... the deal has raised eyebrows all across the country, with the Christian Science Monitor and other national publications sending reporters to Buena Vista.

“Citing myriad concerns, a group of residents has objected vigorously,” reported the Monitor in October, 2009. “They worry about impacts to the watershed and to nearby wetlands. They say that climate change, predicted to further dry Colorado and the Southwest, warrants a precautionary approach to all things water-related. And, pointing to fights other communities have had with the company, they say they simply don’t want Nestle as a neighbor.”

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Git'cher medical marijuana center here

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Summer deadlines are fast approaching, and MMJ center owners who don't meet the state's rigorous background, or licensing fee, requirements are needing to make some moves. Those to close are still unknown, but in the meantime, Craigslist says there's still a buck to be made (or spent):


Medical Marijuana Center for sale

For sale MMJ center on the west wide of Colorado Springs. The center is open and running with two employees, on site grow with plants, reception area , back offices and parking area in front and fenced parking in back. The licenses have been applyed for prior to July 1, 2010. Insurance, full security system including camera's, mechanical security door and alarm system in place. Take over leases on building,credit card and check company and Comcast. If you are intrested let me know and we can go over more details. Contact Jim for price —



Great Business Opportunity

Great location. Fully licensed with the city. Call Gene at 303-667-1153 for more details.

MMJ Dispensary For Sale - $150000

Opportunity of a lifetime!!

Successful Colorado Springs dispensary for sale. Hundreds of patients through our doors. ADA accessible. We've set ourselves apart with our weekly yoga membership and art gallery. We are 1284 compliant and ready for state licensing. Our store is approx 1,700 square feet, and our grow is another 2,400 square feet. Plenty of room for future expansion.

Need to sell quickly. Serious inquiries only!

Please call 719-660-8174

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Advocacy group seizes moment

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 8:00 PM


MMJ advocacy group Americans for Safe Access filed a legal brief Wednesday with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in hopes of correcting "statements by the federal government that 'marijuana has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States,'" says a news release.

The move was prompted by the Department of Veterans Affairs releasing its new policy toward military veteran MMJ users.

"Recognition of marijuana's therapeutic benefits by a federal agency makes it more difficult for the government to argue against marijuana's medical value," says ASA Chief Counsel Joe Elford — who filed the notice with the court — in the release. "The government's reasons for maintaining an outdated and harmful position on medical marijuana are running out."

In this week's Independent, we talk to Veterans for Medical Marijuana Access executive director Michael Krawitz, who told us he foresees the VA's decision having further reaching consequences in places other than just the current states that allow medical marijuana.

“If they’re recognizing someone’s medical marijuana use in Colorado, they cannot just take away someone’s pain medicine in New Jersey or New York, who’s done whatever would have been necessary to be legal in that other state," Krawitz says. "There’s going to be just no way that the VA is going to be able to make this policy that doesn’t effect that veteran as well.”

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