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Bill makes Outdoor Recreation Industry Office permanent; EPC Parks Board opening
A bill pending in the Colorado legislature would make the state's Outdoor Recreation Industry Office (OREC) a permanent office under the states Office of Economic Development.  OREC was created in 2015 by then-Governor John Hickenlooper, making it at the time only the second such statewide office in the country.…

Trump talks up economy and Cory Gardner, slams 'Mini Mike' Bloomberg and 'Parasite' film
Colorado Springs is a familiar stomping ground for President Donald Trump. Back in 2016, he made three campaign stops here while campaigning for his first term in the White House. While Hillary Clinton won Colorado's popular vote by nearly 3 percentage points, Trump won El Paso County by a landslide — taking 56.2 percent of the vote, while Clinton got just 33.9 percent. So, it's not particularly surprising that he drew far more people to The Broadmoor World Arena on Feb. 20 than the 8,500 or so attendees the venue can seat. Some people were camped out for days ahead of the rally, according to media reports.…

Lee Spirits Distillery and Tasting Room opens in Monument
Lee Spirits Company has opened a second tasting room at 303 W. Hwy. 105 in Monument, attached to its new, expanded distillery space. Not only can it fit around 20 more people than Brooklyn's on Boulder downtown, but it has a  different menu focus as well.…

Soulfly, Toxic Holocaust, Madzilla bang heads at The Black Sheep
On Feb. 4, 2020, The Black Sheep hosted a stacked lineup of heavy metal bands, featuring Soulfly, Toxic Holocaust, Madzilla LV, and more. The Indy sent photographer Griffin Swartzell to capture the show.…

Activists gather to speak before Trump rally protest
Today, Feb. 20, a press conference was held at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church  — a historic building decorated today with a giant, inflatable chicken meant to look like President Donald Trump — in order to address Trump's Colorado Springs campaign rally this same day, and to promote the protest planned for his arrival. (See more on both the rally and protest in the Colorado Springs Indy issue coming out Feb. 26.)…

Adoring crowds swamp Colorado Springs arena to see President Trump
They came in heavy coats. They came in shorts.…

Wobbly Olive - Old Colorado City becomes Happy Belly Tacos - West
Following the successful transition just before the new year at 7702 Barnes Road from The Collective to Happy Belly Tacos - East, co-owners Mark Henry (also of Rooster’s House of Ramen) and Sean Fitzgerald (also of The Wobbly Olive and Allusion Speakeasy) have turned the Wobbly Olive Old Colorado City location at 2611 W. Colorado Ave. into Happy Belly Tacos - West.…

Hairstyle discrimination ban passes in Colorado House
Over the objections of five Republicans from El Paso County, a bill aiming to ban hairstyle discrimination passed the Colorado House on Feb. 12. House Bill 1048, also known as the "Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act" or CROWN Act, clarifies that protection from discrimination in state law extends to people choosing to wear certain hairstyles in the context of public schools, employment, housing, public accommodations and advertising. This would include protection from discrimination regarding hair texture, hair type, and hairstyles "commonly or historically associated with race," such as "braids, locs, twists, tight coils or curls, cornrows, Bantu knots, Afros, and headwraps." The bill — sponsored by Democratic Reps. Leslie Herod of Denver and Janet Buckner of Aurora — passed the Colorado House by a vote of 42 to 21, with two legislators excused (including Republican Rep. Lois Landgraf of Fountain). Included among those who voted against the bill were El Paso County Republicans Terri Carver, Tim Geitner, Larry Liston, Shane Sandridge and Dave Williams. Before the bill's second reading Feb. 10, Williams spoke on the House floor and urged legislators to oppose it. "I wholeheartedly agree that racial discrimination is unacceptable...…

Bear trash ordinance takes effect soon — are you ready?
——-UPDATE FRIDAY, FEB. 21 AT 7:10 A.M.——- City spokesperson Kim Melchor contacted the Indy to clarify that the city seeks voluntary compliance with the ordinance. "We ask the public’s patience as neighbors work to comply with this new ordinance, Neighborhood Services Manager Mitch Hammes said in a quote provided by Melchor. "You may contact neighborhood services if you have bear activity in your neighborhood due to unsecured trash and we will work to educate neighbors.…

Colorado Springs park "protectors" strategize next move
A band of citizens dedicated to preserving city parkland continues to mull what its next step might be after a defeat last summer for a bid to require voter approval for disposal of parks. Protect Our Parks, a movement born from the city's 2016 deal to trade its 189-acre Strawberry Fields open space to The Broadmoor for wooded acreage and trail easements, might yet pose a ballot measure. Go here for background on the issue. Or, the group might try an end run around a local process by seeking a change in the state Constitution which could prove equally daunting. Kent Obee, a leader of Protect Our Parks (POPs), writes in a briefing to members that member Donna Strom suggested appealing to state lawmakers to refer a measure to voters statewide that would "require voter protection of parklands in home rule municipalities as is already the case with our statutory municipalities."…

Beedle: Ant-LQBTQ legislation a sign of the times
POLITICAL PAWNS Trans people know it’s an election year because suddenly state legislatures around the country take notice of us and attempt to do something about the trans menace.…

Stromboli bliss at Colorado Springs Pies & Grinders
Colorado Springs Pies & Grinders, 5490 Powers Center Point, #180, 282-6888, piesandgrinders.com…

Psilocybin panel meets in Denver
Denver’s Psilocybin Mushroom Policy Review Panel — created after Denverites voted to decriminalize psilocybin in 2018 — held its first meeting Feb. 12.…

The impact of climate change on outdoor recreation is not just economic — it’s cultural, too
FEELING THE HEAT Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Atlas Obscura and has been republished with permission.…

Editorial: Election security’s a given... but democracy?
Russia ran a massive interference campaign in the 2016 election and hasn’t let up since. Intelligence agencies warn China, North Korea and Iran are also targeting this year’s federal election.…


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