• Issue of
  • Jul 10-16, 2003
  • Vol. 11, No. 28
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  • Letters
  • Letters

    Readers of the Independent talk back to the editor
  • Domestic Bliss
  • The girls are all right

    The tabletop next to mine is littered with My Little Ponys. Three sisters with shiny black hair pulled back in ponytails patiently trot the plastic equine creatures across their placemats and back, waiting for dinner while their dad chats with the bartender about baseball and trout runs.
  • IQ: The people are restless
  • IQ
  • IQ: The people are restless

    A few weeks back, recently elected Mayor Lionel Rivera delivered his first "state of the city" speech to a group of well-heeled business leaders at the Antlers Hotel downtown. Other than the need to get the cash to fix potholes and build more roads, everything seems to be going along fine.
  • Livelong Days
  • Livelong Days

    What's happening this week in the big city-- highlights from our listings.
  • Livelong Days
  • From fire and ash

    John N. Maclean was comfortably ensconced as a reporter at the Chicago Tribune in 1994 when he heard news of the South Canyon wildfire on Storm King Mountain in Colorado.
  • Outsider
  • Rx for Memorial Hospital

    Suppose, out of a clear blue sky, you got a letter from some lawyer in the Midwest informing you that Great Uncle Olaf just kicked the bucket, and -- lucky you! -- you're the sole heir.
  • Council mute on hate-filled trash
  • Public Eye
  • Council mute on hate-filled trash

    At least five times so far this year, and six times last year, anonymous neo-Nazi thugs have littered hundreds of residential lawns in select Colorado Springs neighborhoods with the kind of trash that should, ostensibly, embarrass any city leader.

Food & Drink


  • Playing Around: Pikes Peak Folk Festival
  • Concerts
  • Playing Around: Pikes Peak Folk Festival

    Whether or not you've seen A Mighty Wind -- Christopher Guests send-up of a 60s folk reunion -- the temptation to go to the Pikes Peak Folk Festival this weekend in Divide just to ogle the gathering of people who would so brazenly call themselves folkies is irresistible.


  • Film
  • Movie Picks

    Our reviewers' recommendations for films showing on Colorado Springs area screens.


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