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The word came on June 13 in a brief online message from a fellow career journalist, former coworker and longtime newspaper editor.“Nick Nicholl is gone. Probably you already knew.”Those words struck like a tidal wave. The longer we live, the more we hear of others passing away. Sometimes it’…

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Literally throughout the state — from Sterling to Cortez, Lamar to Craig, Grand Junction to Burlington — the sprawling spectrum of Coloradans who identify as Denver Broncos fans have been cautiously digesting the reveal of the franchise’s new ownership.

Anyone who has lived in the Colorado Springs area for a while might have sensed something different about the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. You just couldn’t put your finger on it.

If you asked even the most astute aficionados to list the most special dates in Colorado Springs’ sports history, it’s a safe bet nobody would think to mention July 26, 1979.

You’ll have to pardon those of us who have invested much of our careers at the Colorado Springs Independent for the wistful feeling we share this week.