Friday, August 2, 2013

UPDATE: 'City for Champions' jobs forecast

Posted By on Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 5:38 PM

City economic development official Bob Cope says the jobs numbers submitted to the state on July 17 were not a revision but simply broke down the numbers in a different way. In short, to get the figure for permanent jobs associated with the City for Champions project, you add the "Total New Employees Generated" numbers for 2015 (189) and 2016 (566), and add them up.


That equals 755, which basically matches the "Total New Employees Generated" number in the original proposal.

Cope says in an e-mail: "The point is that the job numbers provided in the supplement are consistent with those provided in the original application in table 5.6. There was no downward revision in the job numbers in the supplement. In the blog post there seemed to be an assertion that the Mayor was inaccurate or attempting to mislead which is patently false."

He goes on to say: "In the case of City for Champions I would argue that the most important jobs number of all would be the “catalytic” job creation that will be a result of spin off development such as new stores, restaurants and hotels. Also, creating a vibrant urban environment will attract additional young educated professionals and quality employers to our city."

Such catalytic job figures are not included in the city's submittals.

----- ORIGINAL POST, JULY 25, 1:50 P.M. -----

Mayor Steve Bach
's proposal to build four tourist attractions for $218 million would create 566 permanent jobs with an average annual income of $35,000 each, according to a recent filing with the state.

That prediction comes from the city's Potential Employment/Economic Impact Estimates, which the city submitted July 17 as a follow-up to its original July 8 application for state funding through the Regional Tourism Act.

And those figures are pretty different than the ones included in the original proposal.

As we reported this week, the city revised its visitor figures downward substantially from its original proposal, which we wrote about July 10.

Now, it appears that's not the only thing that's been revised.

The state Office of Economic Development and International Trade initially didn't release the jobs forecast but this morning sent us a copy, saying there was no reason to withhold it under the Colorado Open Records Act.

In the original application, the city and its "partners" claimed the four projects — downtown ballpark, Olympic museum, Air Force Academy visitors center and sports medicine center at UCCS — would "contribute 754 permanent jobs to the Colorado Springs region, resulting in annual income of more than $26 million."

Below is from p. 57 of the original proposal; the "Total New Employees Generated" item appears in the second-to-last section.


But here's the jobs forecast submitted to the state last week, with the "Total New Employees Generated" number near the bottom of the "2016" column:

Here's a PDF of that table:

As you can see, quite a difference. Here's another table, on Page 58, that the original application said represented employment by occupation. These numbers reflect both permanent and construction jobs:


On Page 22, for example, the original application says "479 new jobs will be created" by the downtown ballpark/events center. But in the table submitted to the state last week, the job total is 240.

The state Economic Development Commission will make a decision on whether to allocate $82 million in state sales tax money to the projects before the end of the year.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

UPDATE: Pueblo Chieftain accused of 'unethical' actions over recall

Posted By on Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 2:13 PM


UPDATE: Today, the Chieftain's editorial board — made up of Bob Rawlings, his accused daughter Jane, Charles Campbell and Tom McAvoy — fired back at its critics, sort of.

"While Sen. Giron apparently believes she’s been treated poorly by The Chieftain, we maintain our news coverage of her has been fair and balanced," reads the piece, adding later: "As far as Chieftain executives signing recall petitions, that’s another freedom guaranteed ALL Americans in the Bill of Rights."

The actual complaint — that some of the paper's executives were involved in these causes, and that this was not disclosed to the daily's readers — remains unaddressed.

------ORIGINAL POST: Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 4:23 p.m.------

How the über-conservative Pueblo Chieftain does so well in a county where 55.4 percent of 2012 voters colored in the oval for Barack Obama is anybody's guess. But it does, with managing editor Steve Henson telling the Indy back in September that the paper enjoys "awful good penetration."

Henson also weighed in on a problem common to any newspaper with a perceivable political slant: the question of newsroom neutrality. Said the editor: "The news coverage is just about as balanced as [it] could be," and people "really work hard on that."

That sentiment took a blow in March, though, when the paper's general manager, Ray Stafford, used his work e-mail account to write Pueblo Sen. Angela Giron — Senate President John Morse's companion in recall — with the hope that she not support several contentious gun bills being considered at the time.

"We met on one occasion when you visited The Chieftain in the fall of last year, " he wrote, according to a good report from KRDO. "I am the General Manager and responsible for the entire newspaper, including the newsroom."

And of course the last part, along with his signature of "General Manager, The Pueblo Chieftain, And gun owner," came off as a threat to use his position at the paper to influence coverage of the senator. However, by way of explanation, assistant publisher Jane Rawlings (daughter of publisher Bob) told KRDO: "As a way of identification, as he still is fairly new to the area, Ray Stafford told Senator Giron that he is the general manager of The Chieftain and in charge of its operation, including the newsroom."

If you look at Stafford's LinkedIn page, it seems that's true. In fact, it seems like he might well have wound up with a similarly gun-pimping organization: Stafford apparently worked for Freedom Communications, former owner of the Gazette, for over a decade.

Either way, Stafford fell from the news until Sunday, when ProgressNow Colorado — a Denver-based organization whose mission "is to build and empower a permanent progressive majority" — said it had "clear evidence" that Rawlings, Stafford and production director Dave Dammann signed recall petitions against Giron.

"The Pueblo Chieftain faces a major credibility problem reporting on the recall election in Senate District 3," said Amy Runyon-Harms, the group's executive director, in the statement, "with upper management at the paper clearly biased against Sen. Angela Giron — without disclosing that bias to their readers."

It's tough to check that claim because of the newspaper's paywall, but if Rawlings, Dammann and Stafford are involved in news-gathering — as Stafford said he is — the least the paper could do is disclose. Certainly, we encounter this issue often enough, and endeavor to keep participating parties away from all news involvement; when that's not possible, we try to let readers know.

We've reached out to Henson for comment and will update this post if we hear back.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Shai Hulud show on for tonight

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 5:45 PM


Although Shai Hulud had to cancel a string of recent dates due to unspecified drummer problems (we can only imagine), fans will be glad to know the band is back in business and tonight's Black Sheep is definitely on.

The East coast metalcore innovators, whose founder Matt Fox is easily one of the most inspired and creative guitarists in the genre, will be headlining tonight's all-ages show, with Altars, Call of the Void, and Creep Status doing opening honors. Doors open at 7 p.m.

In the meantime, you can go here to read last week's Indy interview.

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Bernie Herpin OK'd for election

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Former City Councilor Bernie Herpin. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Former City Councilor Bernie Herpin.
Bernie Herpin will challenge Senate President John Morse in the September 10 recall election.

Secretary of State Scott Gessler has found that Herpin has the required number of valid signatures to be placed on the ballot. Herpin, a Republican, will be the only challenger to Morse, a Democrat. Morse was targeted by special interest groups for recall after he supported gun control measures.

Gessler deems Herpin successor candidate petition sufficient

Denver, Colorado – Today Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced that Bernie Herpin collected enough valid signatures qualifying him for the September 10 recall election in Senate District 11 in El Paso County.

On July 29, 2013, Herpin submitted 1,683 petition signatures to the Secretary of State. The office immediately initiated a line-by-line review of the signatures. Herpin needed to gather 1,000 signatures from eligible Republicans registered within the district. Following the review, Herpin collected a total of 1,411 valid signatures.

Under Colorado law, any eligible elector can file a protest with the district court within five days to challenge the validity of the petitions.

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ESA employee named Council administrator

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Eileen Gonzales, City Council
  • Pam Zubeck
  • City Council soon will have an administrator, who might have tagged along to this meeting on Monday at the Broadmoor's Remington Room, had she been on board at that time.

Colorado Springs City Council has hired Eileen Lynch Gonzalez as its administrator, replacing Aimee Cox, who took a job in May with Mayor Steve Bach's economic vitality effort.

Gonzalez is business administrator for the El Paso County Emergency Services Agency, which is adrift after Bach decided to pull the city out of the agency and competitively bid emergency ambulance service for the city by itself. It's caused the ESA to wonder about its future, and how it will provide service in the areas outside the city.

Gonzalez now takes on the task of working in a highly charged political atmosphere, although she's gotten a taste of that amid the ESA turmoil. For what it's worth, I can say from personal experience that Gonzalez has been more than responsive to media and public requests for information about the ESA, and seemed to always be on top of the ESA's workload, including assessment of contract compliance by the provider, American Medical Response.

She starts August 13 at an annual salary of $85,200, slightly more than Cox was paid ($81,000) when she took Bach's offer of $90,000.

From the news release:

“We sought someone who could start strong, support the ‘strong council’ concept and who would work for all of council equally. After reviewing more than 140 applications and conducting interviews, we knew Eileen is all of that and more. We are pleased to have her join our senior leadership team,” said Council President Keith King.

During her tenure with ESA, Gonzalez was responsible for the fiscal management of their $300,000 annual budget and the ESA’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Grant Program which provided more than $60,000 in grants to EMS agencies each year.

“I look forward to working with Eileen,” said City Auditor Denny Nester, “she is a highly experienced, respected and successful administrator.”

Prior to joining council staff, Gonzalez worked as the principal human resources analyst/recruiter for the City; as a human resources consultant in the private sector; as a policy analyst for the Texas Legislative Council and as a research specialist/director for Regulatory and Administrative Operations for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

“I’m honored to have been selected by City Council to serve as their administrator during this important time in the evolution of the City’s new form of government,” said Gonzalez.
Gonzalez received her Master of Business Administration and bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Hopeful hard cider outfit needs your help

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Yes, it's time for another local crowdfunding appeal.

But this time, it's not film-based: It's all about a potential new hard apple cider outfit called Colorado Common Cider.

Check out founder Matthew Bonno's short and sincere pitch video:

And when you visit the page to donate, you'll see this synopsis of the product:

The recipe that goes into making Colorado Common cider is the same recipe we’ve been sharing with our friends and family for a while now. It’s a certain ratio of the right apples, a little bit of spice, and a little bit of patience that make our cider so great. What’s it taste like? Well first there is the apple, not too sweet but not dry either. Then there are the notes…a little orange, a little floral but both incredibly balanced. To wrap it all up is the bubbles, lightly carbed like a good craft beer. Now we know there are a lot of people who like to pair drinks with food and we think that’s great, but our goal was to make a cider that goes good with anything. A cider that is as comfortable by itself while having drinks fireside at a ski resort as it as with burgers on the barbecue at a Bronco’s tailgate. Fresh, balanced, satisfying, and easy to drink.

Colorado Common Cider
  • You can help make it a reality on Kickstarter.

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Cole named local GOP's top dog

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Daniel Cole, Keith King
  • Pam Zubeck
  • Cole at a Council candidate campaign event last spring.

Daniel Cole has been named executive director of the El Paso County Republican Party, replacing the relatively new Cherish Schaffer.

Cole steps up to the position from his role as director of operations since May, the party said in a release.

From the release:

Cole brings the organization broad journalistic and political experience. Republicans began getting to know Cole in 2008 through his op-ed columns for The Gazette, and his résumé includes the successful management of both issue and candidate campaigns, most recently Keith King’s bid for City Council. The Gazette Editorial Page has called Cole “a genuine limited-government conservative” and a reporter for the Colorado Springs Business Journal has called him “a masterful partisan political operator.”

Cole attended the University of Kansas on a National Merit Scholarship. He began working at the age of 16 in an unfinished furniture store. His past experience also includes two years teaching high school English and contract work with the publishing industry, where he reviewed French texts for Zaccheus Press and translated a 400-page biography from Italian.

Cole also attended Columbia University for a year and a half before returning to Colorado Springs. He ran Council President Keith King's campaign earlier this year, and has had a role in other political campaigns and activities.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A wine winner, urban farm dinner & more

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Here's the here, now and soon in our local food-and-drink scene:

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey just released 409 cases of its 2010 Colorado Syrah, which according to a press release, earned a trifecta of double-gold medals between California's New World International Wine Competition, the 2013 Colorado Governor’s Cup and Michigan's Taster’s Guild Wine Competition.

Made with Palisade-grown grapes, the wine is described as "Bursting with raspberry and black-cherry fruit on the nose ... followed by a mouthful of ripe fruits, oak, smoke and a long, fruit-filled finish."

Find it at the Abbey's tasting room as well as area liquor stores, or order it online.


• Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 31, Front Range Barbeque will host a Left Hand Brewing Night , during which a special firkin will be tapped alongside other Left Hand brews.

Thursday, Aug. 8, then brings a Focus on the Beer "Meet the Brewer" event with Denver's Renegade Brewing and Ali Benetka (one of two female head-brewers in Colorado). She's have six specialty beers available.

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens master gardener Larry Stebbins will join chef Kevin Campbell of Full Circle Cuisine at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Motif for a special harvest dinner that in part benefits PPUG.

The evening's menu will showcase PPUG-grown produce with a $35 vegetarian sampling; a carnivore's menu is also available for $10 more, and gluten-free options are available by request. Make reservations at

• We'll share more on this in an expanded blog post soon, but mark your calendar for the official Ivywild School grand opening celebration on Friday, Aug. 16, and Saturday, Aug. 17.


• Also on Aug. 17, Chipotle Mexican Grill's free Cultivate Festival returns to Denver's City Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Extensive drink sampling is one highlight, in addition to a focus on locally grown food via area chef demos and food samplings. There's also a decent music lineup that includes the Cold War Kids and Air Dubai.

• Finally, the Margarita at PineCreek will hold its fifth annual Clam Jam at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18. The cost is $55 to sample from "nine different regional seafood dishes with accompaniments," plus dessert alongside live music. Make a reservation at 598-8667 soon; the event did sell out last year.

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Heard of The Mastaba?

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 12:47 PM

It isn't new, and it isn't anywhere close — locally, to us, or chronologically, to now.

The Mastaba is Christo and the late Jeanne-Claude's other work in progress. And it's a doozy: It is their first and only permanent outdoor work. Upon completion, it will be the largest sculpture in the world, according to its website.

The piece, an enormous ruddy monolith planned for the United Arab Emirates, will rest on sand, and reach more than 492 feet into the air. The footprint, larger in area than the top, will stretch nearly 1,000 feet in each direction.

A collage visualization of The Mastaba by Christo.
  • Andre Grossman
  • A collage visualization of "The Mastaba" by Christo.

Scale detail by Christo.

A to-scale study of the Mastaba with the Great Pyramid of Giza.
  • A to-scale study of the "Mastaba" with the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Like all of the duo's projects, this one was first conceived decades ago, back in 1977. Two years later, the pair visited the UAE for the first time, and picked out the 55-gallon steel barrels that will make up the Mastaba. It will use 410,000 of them, each of varying colors, to sparkle in a mosaic fashion and reference the tessellated nature of Islamic art.

There's no set date for the work yet, though the website says that Christo hired a firm to analyze the economic and social benefits of the project last year.

Should you want to hear more from the man himself, and hear about our very own Over the River, Christo announced that he will be in Colorado in late August to discuss his projects. He'll speak at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village Aug. 23 (it's currently sold out, but a waitlist and an overflow room with live video are set up) and at the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride Aug. 24 (tickets for that are still available.)

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Peak Arts Fund needs $2,500 to reach goal

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Donations close at the end of the day July 31, and the Peak Arts Fund needs just $2,500 to reach its goal of $50,000. A fund drive from the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, the PAF raises money to give to 18 regional arts and culture organizations. (Click here for a list.)

Peak Arts Fund
  • Peak Arts Fund
  • The clock's ticking.

As with the inaugural PAF, donors cannot earmark specific organizations. Rather, they contribute to a pot that will dole out at least $2,000 for each org, then split the leftovers based on each's operating budget. The idea, COPPeR says, is that "a rising tide raises all boats."

Last year, the PAF raised $36,000 for 15 groups. And since, as with this year, all operating and underwriting costs have been covered, 100 percent of donations go to the organizations at hand.

Final numbers on dollars raised will come at the nonprofit's private "wrap party" on Aug. 14.

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New Colorado Springs fire chief nominated

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Christopher Riley, Mayor Steve Bach, Rich Brown
  • Riley: new fire chief, pending Council confirmation.

Pueblo Fire Chief Christopher Riley has been tapped as the next fire chief in Colorado Springs, if confirmed by City Council.

Mayor Steve Bach chose Riley in a nationwide search that drew 40 applications; nine were interviewed. In a release, the mayor noted Riley's 32 years of service, including "extensive wildland experience." He's served as fire chief in Pueblo for seven years.

Riley's starting pay will be $145,000, slightly less than the $147,657 paid to Rich Brown at the time of his retirement as fire chief in April. (Brown remains on the payroll through the end of this year.)

The news release said Riley will begin September 9, but he must first be confirmed by City Council, which has shown a bit of moxie after Bach appointed "interim" public works director David Lethbridge this summer without seeking Council confirmation.

Here's Riley's résumé:

Fire Chief Christopher P. Riley
City of Pueblo (CO)
Fire Chief, City of Pueblo, appointed in 2006. Riley’s fire service career began in 1981 and includes his experience as a Chief Officer since 1996. He holds Master and Bachelor Degrees from California State University, Long Beach where he graduated with Phi Kappa Phi academic honors. In 2004, attained Chief Fire Officer Designation status through the Center of Public Safety Excellence and is member of the Institute of Fire Engineering (IFE).

Riley has served as President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs Missouri Valley Division (2012-2013) is Past President of the Colorado State Fire Chiefs Association (2009-2010). He is Chairman of the IAFC Professional Development Committee and Secretary of the IFE.

Career highlights include:
Initiated and lead the Pueblo Fire Department to become an internationally accredited agency.
Co-authored the CPSE Mentor Program, created a Professional Standards Model for the Fire Service, and lead the IAFC revision process of NFPA 1021 (Fire Officer Professional Qualifications) and the IAFC Officer Development Handbook. United States Fire Service Delegation Representative to Russia in 2004.
Extensive experience in all-hazards emergency management and fire/rescue operations that includes wildland/urban interface, emergency operations center, structural firefighting and command, and EMS.

Chief Riley is committed to collaborating at all governmental and community levels. He has lectured in areas that include leadership, professional development and standards, strategic planning, organizational development, and labor/management relations.

Local community involvement as a civic leader and board member includes: Colorado Municipal League, United Way, Catholic Charities, Historic Arkansas River Project, Action 22, Phi Kappa Phi at CSU-Pueblo, and the 100 Club of Pueblo. Riley enjoys many outdoor activities and physical fitness along with spending time with his son and daughter who attend Metro State College in Denver.

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'Topping off' a UCCS project

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 12:48 PM

ICCS, GE Johnson
  • Courtesy GE Johnson
  • A beam is lifted to its place in the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences

While many of us are most interested in topping off our cup of coffee on Monday mornings, a group of dignitaries gathered this last Monday morning to "top off" the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

The event involved installing the final structural steel beam to the center. On hand were Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach, UCCS Regent Kyle Hybl, Philip Lane (whose mother, Margot Lane, was the primary donor in the fundraising effort for the building), Peak Vista Community Health Centers CEO Pam McManus, GE Johnson President and CEO Jim Johnson, and UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak.

From a news release from GE Johnson:

Those that spoke offered their thanks for the collaboration that has gone into the construction of the building, which is 2 years ahead of the projected schedule. They also expressed excitement for the first permanent UCCS building on the North Nevada Avenue property. UCCS Regent Hybl called the Lane Center an, “historic step,” for the university.

In addition to serving UCCS students, when completed, the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences will house a Senior Health Clinic operated by Peak Vista Community Health Centers, who has been a primary partner in the project. The facility will also house several public and private health, wellness, and research programs including those that support our veteran care. The facility is pursuing LEED Gold Certification, and is designed by AndersonMasonDale Architects.

GE Johnson President and CEO Jim Johnson explained the significance off a topping off ceremony as a chance to celebrate the success and good fortune of the project thus far, and to look ahead to the completion and use of the building. He confirmed that the project is on schedule to open in January of 2014.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

UPDATE: Challenge coming for Colorado Springs marijuana ban

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 6:36 PM

UPDATE: Colorado Springs City Council's 5 to 4 vote to end the possibility of recreational-marijuana stores in the city upended retired criminal-defense attorney Dennis Sladek's plans to open one. Thus, he's suing the city of Colorado Springs, City Council and Mayor Steve Bach in district court in an attempt to have the overall ability for any municipality to ban such facilities, declared unconstitutional.

The wording in Amendment 64 "is a denial of due process," Sladek says in a phone interview with the Indy, "because they're taking away my constitutionally protected right to operate a business. It's a property right, it's a liberty interest, and they're taking that away without the right to have a hearing, and go forward with that, and that's why I brought this action."

So, since the lawsuit's aimed at the statute itself, a successful suit would ultimately eliminate municipality bans across the state, right?

"Let's put it this way: It would certainly lay a nice framework for people to go forward with it," says the 70-year-old, who also owns a golf-products company.

"I'm not trying to create the proverbial head shop. It has to be regulated, it has to be taxed, it has to be controlled, everything, across the board, it has to be done right," he says. "And I'm looking at it from an economic standpoint: Look at the revenue that the city can garner by doing it. And that's what's so ridiculous: Bach wants to go ahead and spend money to build a baseball stadium downtown, and here we have an opportunity to create a tremendous amount of revenue."

As far as reasons like those cited by City Councilor Val Snider: "Their argument about kids and everything is the biggest pile of crap I've ever heard: Kids today can get their hands on anything they want."

And when it comes to what kind of shot the suit has, 22 years of local practice have taught Sladek one thing, he says. "There's no way you can predict how something is gonna turn out. The only thing you can do is go forward, and put your best shot at it. I mean, I've seen instances on appeals where you're looking at an appeal, like, 'Oh yeah, this is a slam dunk,' and they rule against you. There's no rhyme or reason. If you don't try, you can't win."

And since John Ingold at the Denver Post reported yesterday that nine of the 10 largest cities in the state have banned RMJ stores, Sladek will symbolically be taking them all on. Worried about the time it might all take, though?

"I don't mind," he says. "I don't mind — it's fun."

Plus: "I don't know what Bach is trying to prove, but with this thing, when you go telling the City Council, 'If you vote this way, I'm gonna veto it,' who the hell are you, you know?"

Amendment 64 lawsuit against the city of Colorado Springs

——- ORIGINAL POST, 4:18 P.M., FRIDAY, July 26, 2013 ———

We have the barest of information at the moment, but we've spoken with local attorney Dennis Sladek who says he is filing a legal complaint this afternoon in regard to Colorado Springs City Council's decision to opt out of allowing recreational-marijuana stores.

We're scheduled to speak with Sladek later today and will update this post.

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Weekend concert preview: Beasties vs. Pantera

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Beasties Boys
NYC rappers the Beastie Boys and Texas metal band Pantera wouldn't seem to have much in common, apart from the fact that both started in 1981 and each has lost a key member within the last decade.

But both group’s legacies continue to live on — especially this coming Saturday, when local musicians will pay tribute to them with a free all-ages show at the Black Sheep.

Brass Monkey, the Beastie Boys tribute band, features members of local metal bands Malakai, Tree of Woe and Grindscape, while the role of Pantera will be played by Goya, the shape-shifting cover band whose past repertoire has ranged from Carl Douglas’s “Kung Fu Fighting” to Cee-Lo’s “FU,” with AC/DC, New Order and Lady Gaga along the way.

The all-ages show begins at 8 p.m. with A Sin Thing opening.

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Marijuana comes to NASCAR

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 4:08 PM


The Marijuana Policy Project will screen a new TV ad at this weekend's Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It will air a dozen times throughout the weekend on a jumbotron at the venue's entrance, the advocacy group announced.

"The ad, which is reminiscent of a beer commercial, highlights the relative safety of marijuana compared to alcohol by characterizing marijuana a 'new "beer"' that is less harmful to the consumer and to society," reads the press release. "It points out that marijuana has no calories, does not produce hangovers because it is less toxic, and does not contribute to the violent and reckless behavior frequently linked to alcohol use."

See it here:

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