• Issue of
  • Dec 2-8, 2004
  • Vol. 12, No. 49
  • All in the family


  • Local News
  • Wiggling out

    Colorado Springs Utilities balks at new law mandating clean energy


  • Your Turn

    Living in a CSI world
  • Letters

    Readers of the Independent talk back to the editor
  • Behind bars
  • IQ
  • Behind bars

    With more than 2 million people in prison -- 702 for every 100,000 citizens -- the United States has overtaken Russia as the country with the highest percentage of its population incarcerated. Here in El Paso County, the outdated Metro Jail, which houses the most dangerous inmates, was recently deemed unsafe to keep open -- meaning taxpayers will undoubtedly be faced with building more prison beds.

Food & Drink


  • Playing Around
  • Concerts
  • Playing Around

    Think country music is all boots, mechanical bulls and missin your woman? Its time to adjust that line of thinking. Dierks Bentley is a country singer and guitarist, a young man whose country-hunk good looks hearken back on a simpler time, when the lushly bemulleted Billy Ray Cyrus ruled the airwaves with his achy-breaky heart. The difference is that Bentley has honest-to-God talent. The Phoenix native began playing guitar at 13, eventually moving to Nashville at 19 to pursue a career in music. Bentley earned his way by playing in Nashville bars and clubs, learning the citys rich history and connecting with the local bluegrass and country communities. He lived and breathed country music, going so far as to work at The Nashville Network (TNN), digging through the archives for ancient footage of his idols. His self-titled debut CD features a heavy backbone of traditional country style, but with a decidedly modern twist. Catch this Top New Artist (Billboard magazine, 2003) Friday at the Pikes Peak Center with Gary Allan and Cross Canadian Ragweed.


  • Movie Picks
  • Film
  • Movie Picks

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


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