Sunday, May 29, 2011

Bristol releases beer for the Golden Bee's 50th

Posted By on Sun, May 29, 2011 at 8:11 AM

A caramel-y, 5.5 ABV ESB created by Bristol Brewing Company was unveiled this past Friday at the Broadmoor Golden Bee, in celebration of the Bee's 50th anniversary. (See here for the tavern's history.)

Owner Mike Bristol says his crew created 34 kegs of the "ESBee," with a recipe inspired by classic English recipes. With East Kent Golding hops and crystal malt, the brew is strongly hoppy up front, but mellows with a few swallows to a nicely sweet and rich brown.

The nice thing about creating a new recipe from scratch? "When you're researching a beer," Bristol says, "you've got to drink lots of beer."

The ESB will be available at all Broadmoor restaurants and at BBC's tasting room. Broadmoor spokeswoman Lindsey Bradish says she expects the beer to remain around for a while, if not indefinitely.

Dark and delicious.

Server Jenn Skinner dishes a rich pate.

Mike Bristol taps a cask-conditioned version of the ESB, available only at the release party.
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  • Mike Bristol taps a cask-conditioned version of the ESB, available only at the release party.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

UPDATE: Champions League soccer: The view from Barcelona

Posted By on Sat, May 28, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Here are a few additional words from the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's new music director Josep Caballé-Domenech in the aftermath of Barcelona's 3-1 trouncing of Manchester United in today's Champions League final. Caballé-Domenech, who returned home to Barcelona after conducting last weekend's season finale at the Pikes Peak Center, will be back in the Springs in September to kick off (see what I did there?) the 2011-12 season.

Just arrrived home. Barcelona is a big celebration, thousands of people on the streets with flags, T shirts, drinks, etc. Almost every car making as much noise as posible to make sure that no one sleeps tonight. The police has closed several streets in the center, and tries to keep the order. Lots of fireworks in the sky, and music everywhere.

I really think it's going to be quite difficult to sleep today! What a match!

Tomorrow the Barça will show the Cup to the city with a huge Parade. Good night to everyone and We have the 4th one!

——— ORIGINAL POST: Saturday, May 28, 12:58 p.m. ———

Since he’s back home in Barcelona, we thought we'd check in with brand new Colorado Springs Philharmonic music director Josep Caballé-Domenech, and see how his city is gearing up for Barcelona’s showdown with Manchester United in the Champions League final. For the moment, at least, the beautiful game is leading Barcelona news reports even as conflicts between political protesters and riot police continue.

We caught up with Josep as he was heading out to a composer friend’s house to watch what the soccer world regards as the most important game since the World Cup. Here’s his pre-game dispatch, with more to come. (And during commercial breaks, don’t forget to read our interview with Josep here.)

Dear Bill,

Just a couple of hours before everything starts, everyone is crazy about it. Sunday were elections in Spain, there are some thousands of people in every city sleeping in the main squares to show a huge protest againts the politics, yesterday the police tried to disolve the Barcelona ones, and after 120 injured the police resigned and more people went to the Catalonia Square, paradoxally the same place that if tonight the Barcelona wins everyone will go!

But all News in the television opened with this crucial match! Catalan television is talking about it for more than 24 hours, on the street thousand of people wear the Barça T-Shirt! I'm sure that everyone will enjoy this match. I'm going to watch it with Monica at my best friend's house, the Composer Enric Palomar and his family, where we'll celebrate the Premiere of his Piano Concerto we did some weeks ago, and then hopefully the 4th. Champions of our Team.

More in some hours :-)

The Colorado Springs Music Director reporting from the hearth of Barcelona!


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Friday, May 27, 2011

D-11 kids get new bikes

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Two classes of Colorado Springs District 11 students are a lot more mobile these days than they were a week ago.

On Monday, Kids on Bikes, a Colorado Springs-based nonprofit, awarded about 40 Bristol Elementary fifth-graders bicycles, locks and helmets as the culmination of the Kids on Bikes’ annual Academics, Behavior, and Character (ABC) Program. Students are rewarded with bicycles for achieving academic, behavioral and character-based goals set at the beginning of the school year.

Meanwhile, Wish for Wheels Foundation, in concert with Panera Bread, provided 31 Lincoln Elementary kindergartners with bikes and helmets.

Not the safe biking D-11 has in mind.
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  • Not the safe biking D-11 has in mind.

Colorado Springs School District 11 said in a press release about the Kids on Bikes program:

The ABCs Program originated at Sand Creek Elementary in 2005, and in six years, Kids on Bikes has distributed more than 400 bicycles to deserving fifth graders. This is the first year of the program at Bristol Elementary as continual expansion adds a new school each year with a long-term commitment to current schools. Bicycles, locks and helmets are provided by Kids on Bikes through generous financial and in-kind donations by individuals, local merchants and organizations, and private foundations. This year, Kids on Bikes is excited to announce a partnership with Specialized Bicycles and local bike shop ProCycling to help provide bikes at a reduced cost.

Over at Lincoln, on May 19 the Wish for Wheels Foundation and Panera Bread provided kindergartners with bikes and helmets and promptly installed training wheels on every bicycle.

"It's the first bike experience and a safety thing," Lincoln principal Shirley Stevens tells us. "So they can have a proper working bike and learn to ride it with a helmet. We support physical fitness through different activities."

The parents knew the bikes were in the offing, because the foundation had asked for consent forms to be signed ahead of time. But that didn't remove the emotion from the presentation.

"They were so excited," Stevens says. "A lot of them were crying, and the parents were crying, they were so happy. Panera is one of our community partners, so this was their big thing to do for their neighborhood school."

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Movies for mad people

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2011 at 4:31 PM

There's nothing like a well-made political documentary to boil your blood.

I finally got around to watching Inside Job, the story of the financial meltdown last night, and could barely fall asleep afterward.

Truly, it should be required viewing for every American.

While on the subject, New York filmmaker Joseph Stillman will show and host a Q&A for his film From Mills River to Babylon and Back… the Jimmy Massey Story at at 7 p.m., Monday, May 30, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church.

From a release, here's why this film, too, might raise your blood pressure:

As we now commemorate eight years of military involvement in Iraq and the thousands of lives lost, the film chronicles the life of Jimmy Massey, a twelve-year career Marine who courageously refused to continue killing in Iraq.
Filmmaker Joseph Stillman spent between 2005 and 2009 making this film that speaks out against the war in Iraq.
  • Filmmaker Joseph Stillman spent between 2005 and 2009 making this film that speaks out against the war in Iraq.

Massey, an outspoken critic of the Bush administration’s policies at the onset of the war, was one of the first veterans to question the legitimacy of the Iraq conflict. After his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, he co-founded the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) organization to address the needs of those serving in the military. He has also spoken about U.S. violations of the Geneva Conventions and the deaths of innocent civilians in both Iraq and Afghanistan ...

The documentary features appearances and testimonials of many renown individuals who have taken strong positions against the war including Martin Sheen, actor/human rights activist, Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General, Dr. Doug Rokke, former U.S. Army depleted uranium expert, Cindy Sheehan, mother/founder of the Gold Star Families, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), Father Roy Bourgeois, founder of the School of the Americas Watch, Scott Ritter, former UNSCOM weapons inspector, Kelley Dougherty, Executive Director of the Iraq Veterans Against the War organization, Col. (Ret.) Ann Wright, former U.S. embassy diplomat in Afghanistan, Dr. Ed Tick, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder expert, and Congresswoman Maxine Waters (California) and numerous other human rights activists.

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Taking a cue from Springs Utilities

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Colorado Springs Utilities is owned by its customers, you and me, and because of that, doesn't have to pay property or sales taxes.

Instead, it pays the city's general fund a surplus based on gas and electric sales. That comes to roughly $30 million annually, which comes in mighty handy for a city in a budget crunch due to the recession.

Utilities gives, and the city receives.
  • Utilities gives, and the city receives.

Now, Denver mayoral candidate Chris Romer wants to follow that lead, according to the Denver Post.

He says Denver Water, which has been separate from city government since 1918, should pony up. He notes that Denver Water is so flush, haha, that employees don't have to contribute to their own pension funds.

Meantime, Colorado Springs Utilities continues to pay the surplus, despite voters' passage of a ballot measure in November 2009 that called for all payments between the city and its enterprises to cease. City Council has kept the surplus payment in place, and so far there hasn't been a legal challenge.

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UPDATE: Mitch Christiansen's body recovered

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2011 at 12:04 PM

——- UPDATED POST, 12:04 P.M., FRIDAY——-

Colorado State Parks released the following statement regarding the recovery of Mitch Christiansen's body:

Body of Missing Boater at Eleven Mile Reservoir Recovered

LAKE GEORGE, Colo. — The body of a boater missing since Sunday morning at Eleven Mile Reservoir was recovered early Friday by members of the Hartsel Fire & Rescue Dive Team. The Park County Deputy Coroner identified the victim as Mitch Christiansen. Christiansen’s wife Susan also died in the accident and was recovered on Sunday morning shortly after boaters reported seeing her body and a capsized boat near a rock outcrop on the park’s northeast corner. The two had been boating late Saturday afternoon or early Sunday morning at the large reservoir in central Colorado. State Park officials have not found anyone who witnessed the accident and continue to investigate its cause and timing.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Mitch and Susan Christiansen during this difficult time” said park manager Kevin Tobey. Staff from Denver Water, the Hartsel Fire & Rescue Dive Team, Park County Search and Rescue, the Park County Coroner’s Office, the Park County Sheriff’s Office, Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado, South Park Ambulance, the State Parks’ Littleton-based Public Safety and Training Unit, Eleven Mile State Park, and individual volunteers assisted in the intensive six day search which was often hampered by high wind and rough waters. Search efforts covered a wide area of forested, rocky terrain on land and an expansive area on the reservoir in an effort to find Christiansen, since no one was able to provide eye-witness accounts of where the accident initially occurred or where he was last seen.
“We’d like to extend special thanks to everyone involved in the search and recovery effort. While we wish the outcome were different, the volunteers and employees spent long hours for nearly a week to locate Mr. Christiansen. Alerts from three highly trained search dogs with Search & Rescue Dogs of Colorado, an image created by side-scanning sonar and the willingness of the Hartsel Fire & Rescue Dive Team to dive in deep water at this high elevation reservoir were absolutely critical to the recovery effort” stated Tobey.
Neither victim was wearing a life jacket when recovered. “Children 12 and under are required to wear life jackets on boats. Although adults are not required to wear their life jackets, this tragic accident serves as a reminder for boaters to wear them—especially when waters are rough and in cold water, characteristic of many of Colorado’s reservoirs through much of the year. It is very hard to put a life jacket on properly once you are in the water even in the best of conditions. It is not known if life jackets would have saved either victim, but they certainly would have kept them afloat,” said Tobey. Colorado State offers Boating Safely in Colorado courses for a nominal fee. For more information, please visit

——- UPDATED POST, 11:18 A.M., FRIDAY——-

The body of former mayoral candidate Mitch Christiansen has reportedly been recovered from Eleven Mile Reservoir.

Searchers had been looking for the body since Sunday, when the body of Sue Christiansen, Mitch's wife, was discovered near the couple's capsized fishing boat. It's thought that the boat capsized during windy weather.

More bad weather hampered the search for Christiansen's body this week. Reportedly, he was not wearing a life jacket. Christiansen's body was found in a rocky area.

The Christiansen family planned a memorial service for the couple before Mitch Christiansen's body was located, after several days of searching had failed to locate him.


The search at Eleven Mile Reservoir for a man presumed to be former mayoral candidate Mitch Christiansen will continue tomorrow.

Christiansen's wife, Sue Christiansen, drowned after the couple's fishing boat capsized over the weekend. Her body has been recovered. The search for Mitch Christiansen, who is thought to have drowned as well, as been hampered by bad weather.

The search was called off late yesterday, and again this afternoon. It will resume tomorrow.

Search at Eleven Mile State Park Will Resume Wednesday

DENVER — The search for a boater missing at Eleven Mile State Park in Park County will resume on Wednesday. On Tuesday, snow and rough water ended the search at about 1:10 p.m.
A capsized boat and the body of one boater were found Sunday, but an extensive land and water search through Tuesday failed to locate the second boater.
David Kintz Jr., the Park County Coroner, has identified the drowning victim as Susan Christiansen of Colorado Springs and the family has been notified. Kintz said Susan Christiansen had gone boating with her husband, Mitch Christiansen.
The Eleven Mile State Park staff, members of the State Parks’ Public Safety and Training Unit, based in Littleton, the Hartsel Fire Department, the Park County Coroner and the Park County Sheriff’s office have been assisting in the search.
The search is focused on the east side of the reservoir, near where the capsized boat was found. In that area of the reservoir, there are boulders and sheer drops in the water of up to 85 feet, which makes searching difficult. A boat from Eleven Mile State Park, equipped with sonar, has been searching the water along with a vessel, equipped with a specially designed and powerful sonar device, from the State Parks’ Public Safety and Training Unit.

# # #

——- UPDATED POST, 5:20 P.M., MONDAY——-

Officials have confirmed that the drowning victim whose body was recovered from Eleven Mile Reservoir over the weekend was Sue Christiansen, wife of former mayoral candidate Mitch Christiansen.

It is thought that the couple was boating together when their aluminum motorized boat capsized. It's unclear when the accident happened, though wind gusts reached up to 40 miles per hour on Saturday, driving many off the water.

A search for the body of the boat's second passenger, presumably Mitch Christiansen, was called off this afternoon due to inclement weather but is expected to resume tomorrow.

Colorado State Parks
CONTACT: Deb Frazier, (303) 866-3203, ext. 4342
This news advisory is also available at

For immediate release: May 23, 2011

Search at Eleven Mile State Park Will Continue Tuesday for Missing Boater

DENVER — The search for a boater missing at Eleven Mile State Park in Park County will continue Tuesday. A capsized boat and the body of one boater were found Sunday, but an extensive search on Monday failed to locate the second boater.

David Kintz Jr., the Park County Coroner, identified the drowning victim as Susan Christiansen of Colorado Springs and the family has been notified. Kintz said Susan Christiansen had gone boating with her husband, Mitch Christiansen.

The Eleven Mile State Park staff, members of the State Parks’ Public Safety and Training Unit, based in Littleton, the Hartsel Fire Department, the Park County Coroner and the Park County Sheriff’s office assisted in the search on Monday. A boat from Eleven Mile State Park, equipped with sonar, searched the water along with a vessel, equipped with a specially designed and powerful sonar device, from the Public Safety and Training Unit.

The search is focused on the east side of the reservoir, near where the capsized boat was found. In that area, there are boulders and sheer drops in the water of up to 85 feet, which makes searching difficult.

“Everyone at Colorado State Parks would like to comfort the family at this tragic time and we want them to know we will continue the search,” said Kevin Tobey, Eleven Mile State Park Manager.

# # #

——- ORIGINAL POST, 2:49 P.M., MONDAY ——-

Mitch and Susan
  • Mitch and Susan
There has been no confirmation, and so the media and the public have been left to wonder about the fate of former mayoral hopeful Mitch Christiansen and his wife, Susan.

What is clear is that a boat with two people in it capsized in high winds in the reservoir at Eleven Mile Canyon State Park in South Park on Sunday. One of the people in the boat, identified as a woman named Susan Christiansen, of Colorado Springs, drowned. Her body has been recovered. The search is still on for her companion, who was reportedly her husband.

Given that Susan Christiansen is the name of mayoral candidate Mitch Christiansen's wife, it is assumed by many that the accident involved Mitch and Susan.

Colorado State Parks


CONTACT: Deb Frazier, (303) 866-3203, ext. 4342

For immediate release: May 23, 2011

Search Continues at Eleven Mile State Park for Missing Boater

DENVER — The search continued Monday at Eleven Mile State Park in Park County for a missing boater. A capsized boat was found Sunday and the body of another boater was recovered.

David Kintz Jr., the Park County Coroner, identified the drowning victim as Susan Christiansen of Colorado Springs and the family has been notified. The identity of the missing boater has not been released, but Kintz said Susan Christiansen had gone boating with her husband.

The Eleven Mile State Park staff, members of the Hartsel Fire Department and the Park County Sheriff’s office have searched the shoreline Monday. A Colorado State Parks’ boat, equipped with sonar, and a second boat with sonar from Littleton Fire Rescue’s Water Rescue unit are searching the east side of the reservoir in a grid pattern.

Kevin Tobey, the park manager, will hold a news briefing Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the park office to update the media on the search.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

You (really) can't drive!

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 5:39 PM

We've all been in traffic behind the old lady with her turn signal perpetually blinking for no apparent reason. Or the jackass who swerves through lanes of cars. Or the space cadet driving the wrong way down a one-way street.

Driving on the road with these morons leads even the best of us to occasionally yell, "Learn to (insert expletive here) drive!!!"

OK, so you're going to love this. In a story today about the results of the 7th Annual GMAC National Drivers Test, the Denver Post noted, "A recent national survey shows that nearly 1 in 5 U.S. drivers — about 36.9 million — fail to meet the basic requirements to earn a driver's license."

That's right, the jerks genuinely don't know how to drive.

Read more here: Denver Post.

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Hold that finger

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 3:57 PM

The next time you're thinking of exercising your First Amendment rights by flipping off a cop, you may want to think again.

A Colorado man is facing charges of harassment after lifting his middle digit in the direction of a state trooper. Apparently, the cop was a pretty sensitive guy.

Anyway, the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado is defending the bird-flipper, whose name is Shane Boor. Which is nice. But having to slog through a court process, for something as simple as a silent "F you" ? Not so nice.

ACLU Will Defend Colorado Man Arrested For Giving Trooper The Finger

DENVER — The ACLU of Colorado announced today that it will provide free criminal defense services to Shane Boor, a 35-year-old Colorado man with no criminal record who faces criminal prosecution and a jail sentence for displaying his middle finger to an officer of the Colorado State Patrol.

“Our client engaged in peaceful, silent symbolic expression that is protected by First Amendment,” said Mark Silverstein, ACLU Legal Director. “The protection of the Constitution is not limited to speech that is acceptable in polite society. The First Amendment also protects expression that may be disrespectful, coarse or even vulgar. It’s rude to flip off a cop, but it’s not a crime.”

In April, Mr. Boor was driving to a work site in Jefferson County when he saw a state trooper pull over a car. As he passed by, Mr. Boor extended his middle finger in the trooper’s direction, a gesture that quietly expressed Mr. Boor’s disapproval of what he regarded as unjustified harassment by members of the trooper’s profession.

Soon after Mr. Boor arrived at his work site, another trooper arrived and questioned Boor about the hand gesture. Boor then received a criminal summons ordering him to appear in Jefferson County Court to answer a criminal charge of “harassment.” The charge carries a possible penalty of six months in jail.

“We will urge the DA’s office to dismiss this unjustified criminal case and we are confident they will,” said Dan Recht, an ACLU Cooperating Attorney who formally entered his appearance in Jefferson County Court to defend Mr. Boor. “The police obviously need better training concerning our country’s time-honored constitutional right to free expression. Their training must teach them to shrug off insults and disrespectful comments from the public. In essence, they need to develop a thicker skin so that our constitutional rights prevail.”

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Cast on for International Yarn Bomb Day

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 3:50 PM

A representation of what the trees will look like all cozied up.
  • A representation of what the trees will look like, all "cozied" up.

The city's being (yarn) bombed again! (Not sure what that is? Check out my blog posts from October here and here).

June 11 is International Yarn Bomb Day, and local artist Juanita Canzoneri has big plans for Acacia Park. She, along with a group of volunteer knitters and crocheters, will be placing "yarn cozies" around a handful of trees on the northeast side of the park.

They're similar to two trees that were cozied up outside First Congregational Church on Tejon Street a few weeks ago:

Outside First Congregational Church.
  • Kirsten Akens
  • The damage left behind, near First Congregational Church.

Canzoneri is still looking for help. Learn more below on how you can get involved, get more information by contacting Juanita at, or visit her website here.

Project Needs (How you can help)

· Rectangular or square shapes in blue, green, yellow, or any combination thereof to be collected between now and June 5.

· People to get together to stitch contributed pieces into cozies—work dates being set up for June 5-10.

· People to attach cozies to the trees on June 11, 7:30 a.m.

· People to help take down cozies on June 25.

· People to rework rectangular shapes into blankets/afghans for donation (optional).

Please create rectangular shapes (squares or rectangles) in blue, green, yellow, or variegated yarn in any/all of those colors. White may be used as an accent color.

Pieces to be contributed should be no smaller than 4" x 4". Smaller squares can be contributed if they are stitched together to make larger rectangles before they are submitted. Maximum square size should not exceed 36" in either direction.

We will need one or two places where cozies can be assembled and left between work sessions. These will probably need to be private homes since we don't have money to rent a work space at this time. Two 4' wide tables are recommended for a work space.

"Cozies" will be installed at 7:30 a.m. on June 11. People are needed to stitch, to hold, and to photograph the installation. Depending on the number of people who come this could take from 1-3 hours. The RMPBS/Uncle Wilbur's Fountain event begins at 10 a.m. I'd like us to be finished by 9:30 if at all possible. If anonymity is an issue for you, you might need to leave early.

The "cozies" are to be taken down on June 25. Time is yet to be determined.

Project After-Life
If there is interest (and we have someone willing to take on this part of the project) the pieces contributed may be re-stitched to create blankets/afghans for donation to local projects. If no one steps forward to spearhead this effort, the contributed pieces will be reunited with their makers (if desired) or retained by VideoKnitter for use in future yarn bomb projects.

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Fun with photography at the Pioneers Museum

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Yesterday, we took a spin through the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum's new exhibit Behind the Lens: Photography in the Pikes Peak Region.

Like everything at the Pioneers Museum, it's super cool. The photographs, shot by the likes of Laura Gilpin, Myron Wood and other local legends, are beautiful and fascinating (seeing pictures of old Colorado Springs is like seeing what your great-grandmother looked like as a kid), and the equipment in the displays is similarly amazing. Not just old cameras with accordion bodies, but old-fashioned photo albums, tiny, mirrored Daguerreotypes in fancy portable cases, and more.

And if you like to play dress-up, there's an old-timey corner with costumes, hats and fancy Victorian furniture to sit on.

Some of Laura Gilpins affects.

Before smart phones and wallet photos.


Crayon portaits were servicable alternatives to photographs.
  • Edie Adelstein
  • Crayon portraits were servicable alternatives to photographs.

This show will be on display for several more months, and is free to visit.

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New pro-marijuana bills would majorly change federal law

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Boulder Rep. Jared Polis
  • Boulder Rep. Jared Polis

As Colorado's cannabis industry has bloomed, solidified, and now, in the past year, been codified, attention has slowly risen from a local level, to a state and now federal level.

U.S. Attorney John Walsh recently issued a memo to the Colorado Legislature stating the Department of Justice had not forgotten its primary objective — enforcing federal law — and would continue to do so despite state allowances for medical marijuana. No state-level result was detected from the fed's pushback, and the Legislature handily passed "clean up" House Bill 1043.

As well, the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis sued the Obama administration or, more specifically, the Drug Enforcement Administration, in an attempt to compel the enforcers to answer a nine-year-old petition seeking the reclassification of marijuana.

Now, the push has reached the federal government, where three representatives — Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., and Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo. — have sponsored major bills in the House in support of marijuana.

In short, the three bills would reschedule marijuana to a Schedule III substance — "The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States" — allow banks to do business with medical marijuana dispensaries, and allow dispensary owners to deduct businesses expenses on their taxes, which is currently illegal.

The Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act, sponsored by Frank:

Marijuana is moved from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act to Schedule III of such Act.

The Small Business Banking Improvement Act of 2011, sponsored by Polis:

To amend title 31, United States Code, to allow States to certify a business as legitimate for purposes of a financial institution’s suspicious activity reporting requirements, facilitate unambiguous compliance of such businesses with State law, and provide regulatory relief for financial institutions.

The Small Business Tax Equity Act of 2011, sponsored by Stark:

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a deduction for expenses in connection with the trade or business of selling marijuana intended for patients for medical purposes pursuant to State law.

"All of these bills will have a positive effect on hundreds of thousands of Americans and only a negligible impact to the rest of the country," says Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access, in a news release. "This kind of policy shift is a no-brainer and should garner the bipartisan support of Congress."

In a separate release, Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, echoes Sherer.

“There is clear evidence that statewide systems of medical marijuana regulations can be extremely effective in controlling the distribution of the medicine and serving the needs of patients. The U.S. Attorneys should heed the advice of Rep. Frank implicit in the introduction of this bill," Kampia says. "That is, it is time for the federal government to get out of the way and let states enact and carry out the policies they believe will be best for the patients and citizens of their states. That includes allowing those involved in distributing marijuana to patients within the confines of state law to operate like any other legitimate business.”

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

No force behind parking for disabled

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 6:55 PM


It’s not something you're likely to notice until it affects you.

For the second night in a row this month, Shawn Collier (pictured) returned home to his apartment off North Carefree Circle and found a car that didn’t have a permit was parked in the handicapped spot in front of his apartment. For Collier, who is permanently disabled and walks with a cane, it was a huge inconvenience.

So he called the Colorado Springs Police Department, and was told that the police department no longer sends out officers on parking complaints.

“We haven’t quit enforcing it,” says CSPD spokesman Sgt. Steve Noblitt. “We have stopped dispatching on it.”

The most that police can do with a handicapped-parking complaint, he says, is to “air it” — put a call out over the radio, so that if an officer happens to be in the area, he or she can choose to respond if they aren’t busy.

It’s just a budget reality, he says.

Continue reading »

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Indy Minute

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Take a trip to the past with Territory Days, undergo a mind trip with Theatre 'd Art, or tip toe through the tulips at Jazz in the Garden. Jack Ward has all your tips and times in this week's Indy Minute (now say that three times fast).

Tune into the Indy Minute — as seen on ABC affiliate KRDO News Channel 13 — each week for details on all the events that entertain and bring our community together. It's simulcast on KRDO News Radio 105.5 FM and 1240 AM.

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A sad food stat, Starlight Dinners and more

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Let's kick-off this brief food-and-drink roundup with a hilariously sad statistic:

• So says this article, "School lunch is a lot like prison food, only worse."

Enlarge the infographic that says so here:


• Next up, Westword reported last week on New Belgium Brewing's plans for a second brewery somewhere on the East Coast, ideally to be under contract by this year's end.

LuLus, the latest in a string of self-serve frozen yogurt shops, is now open.
  • LuLu's, the latest in a string of self-serve frozen yogurt shops, is now open.

And to local news ...

• Beer-man Eli Shayotovich reports that Monument's Pikes Peak Brewing Company will have its soft opening this weekend.

LuLu's Frozen Yogurt will host its grand opening celebration on June 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A $1 donation, which will go to the March of Dimes, earns you a dish of yogurt plus toppings.

• Though the July and August Farm-to-Table Starlight Dinner Series nights are sold out at Venetucci Farm — call the Pikes Peak Community Foundation to get on the waiting list — seats are still available for the Monday, Sept. 12 dinner featuring chef Ed Clark from Bon Appetit Catering. Seats are $125, all of which goes to benefit the farm from which these meals will draw their ingredients.

• The Island Grill will host a fish fry from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, May 27, featuring a variety of fish dinners in the $7 to $10 range.

• Lastly, another early heads-up on Garden of the Gods Gourmet's summer tea party on the patio from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 8. Tea samples and tea-friendly pastries baked by the outfit's pastry chef are what $12 buys you.

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UPDATE: Books, books and a few more books

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Just a note: Nicholas Carr's book, The Shallows, was released in 2010 in hardcover. The "yet-to-be-released" June 6 title is the paperback version.

——— ORIGINAL POST: Friday, May 20, 6:04 p.m. ———

In this week's issue of the Indy, Claire Swinford offers up a fantastic list of books for you to read this summer.

We'd like to suggest three more titles so you can get a jump on All Pikes Peak Reads, the Pikes Peak Library District's 10th annual "community-wide effort to improve literacy and foster dialogue across social, cultural, and generational lines."


Though APPR doesn't actually get underway until the What-If Festival Sept. 10, PPLD recently announced this year's books: the award-winning young adult novel The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, the yet-to-be-released non-fiction piece The Shallows by Nicholas Carr, and the PPLD-reprinted 1929 The Pioneer Photographer by William Henry Jackson and Howard Driggs.

Smart choice on Hunger Games, as it's the first of a trilogy — if you want to encourage reading, get the people hooked on something they'll need to read nearly 900 more pages of to actually finish. That, and it'll be a great prep if they wanted to host a Read the Book, See the Movie event next March when Lionsgate — which begins filming the big screen version next week — premieres Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen.

Carr's latest title doesn't release until June 6, but as there's been lots of chatter across the Internet on what that same 'net is actually doing to our brains, The Shallows, from the 2011 Pulitzer Prize-nominated author, should be a fascinating read.

Check out Carr's philosophy in this Big Think video:

For more details on APPR, here's PPLD's press release:

Colorado Springs, Colo. (May 13, 2011) — Readers in the Pikes Peak region will explore the influence of the media on our lives with this year’s All Pikes Peak Reads selections.

Pikes Peak Library District announced the 2011 selections at East Library in Colorado Springs on Friday. The titles are: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; The Shallows by Nicholas Carr; and The Pioneer Photographer by William Henry Jackson and Howard Driggs.

APPR is a community-wide effort to improve literacy and foster dialogue across social, cultural, and generational lines. Author visits, art exhibits, book discussion groups, children’s programs, film screenings, and other APPR-themed events will be offered at PPLD and other community sites.

“This program connects the library district to the community in so many important ways,” said Dee Vazquez, co-chair of All Pikes Peak Reads. “It touches readers, writers, learners, children, teens, adults, seniors … it truly belongs to everyone.”

In the fiction selection The Hunger Games, the United States has collapsed after a war, only to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to kill their competitors, with all citizens required to watch. The novel is an incisive exploration of the struggle for personal independence in a society monitored and closely controlled by a big brother-like government.The Hunger Games has been on the New York Times Best Seller list for more than 60 weeks in a row and author Suzanne Collins was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people of 2010.

With the assistance of community partners, APPR will bring author Nicholas Carr to Colorado Springs to speak during the project in October. Carr’s nonfiction work The Shallows investigates technology’s effect on our minds, and in particular, the effect the Internet has on our ability to concentrate and think deeply. The book has earned the prestige of being named a finalist in General Nonfiction for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize.

The third selection, The Pioneer Photographer, documents William Henry Jackson’s love for the outdoors and his adventurous life photographing the Rocky Mountain West during the late 1860s and 1870s. His meticulous descriptions of the rugged and treacherous landscapes, and the efforts required for capturing the images on glass plates, edify the reader about the enormous challenges presented by early photographic technology.

The six-week program begins with a kick-off event September 10 at the Pikes Peak Center as part of the second annual What IF Festival. The festival was developed by a team of businesses, nonprofits, and educators to shine the light on diverse forms of innovation and creativity in the Pikes Peak region, and to help foster a more connected community. Schools, businesses, artists and others are being sought to participate in this year’s festival. More information is available at

About APPR
All Pikes Peak Reads, now in its 10th year, was one of Colorado’s first community-wide reading programs, and has set itself apart from other “one book” programs around the country by incorporating original adaptations for the stage as well as curriculum guides for local classrooms.

The program is modeled after similar one-book projects in cities like Chicago. APPR debuted in 2002 and has quickly become a local institution.

The APPR selections are chosen based on the following criteria: the book must have broad appeal; be suitable for adaptation to the stage; be written at a sixth- to ninth-grade reading level; be a book in print; be available in multiple formats; and contain issues relevant to residents of the Pikes Peak region.

Past selections include: The Devil in the White City (2010), Rocket Boys (2009), The Worst Hard Time (2008), Zorro (2007), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2006), Tales from the Arabian Nights (2005), Treasure Island(2004), Frankenstein (2003), and To Kill a Mockingbird (2002).

Book selections in multiple formats will be available at PPLD libraries and through local bookstore partners. Book discussion materials and curriculum guides for elementary, middle, and high schools are also under development.

2011 APPR Programs & Activities
With the help of 30 community partner organizations, 13 public school districts, and private school partners, All Pikes Peak Reads engages thousands of residents in El Paso County in historical, cultural, and literary exploration of a work of fiction that presents significant issues pertinent to our society. This year’s lineup of events includes an offering of theater, performances and exhibits, author presentations, and more.

As part of this year’s Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium, “Film & Photography on the Front Range,” the Special Collections Department of Pikes Peak Library District is republishing the long-out-of-print The Pioneer Photographer by William Henry Jackson and Howard Driggs. The book will be released at the symposium on Saturday, June 11 at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Books will be available for a 15 percent discount at the event. No reservations are required, however seating is limited.

THEATREWORKS at UCCS will partner with the library for the 10th consecutive year. Performances of The 39 Steps will run September 15 - October 9 in the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater. The production will explore this year’s theme when a cast of four re-enacts Hitchcock’s classic spy movie.

Additional programs scheduled with community partners include:
Film screenings and scholarly presentations at PPLD, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado College, and various community centers
Manitou Art Theater productions at the MAT, in schools, and in libraries throughout the community
Original productions on KCME, 88.7 FM

Sponsorships for this year’s Read are being finalized, and partnerships will include The Gazette, KCME, Colorado College, UCCS, bookstores, performing arts groups, schools, and various community service providers. A complete schedule of events related to All Pikes Peak Reads 2011 will be published this fall in The Gazette, Colorado Springs Independent, and on PPLD’s website at

For additional information, please visit the official website at

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