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Climate Strike draws hundreds to City Hall
Holding signs bearing slogans such as "End environmental racism," "Believe in science," and "Don't be a fossil fool," around 300 activists of all ages rallied on the steps of City Hall — and later marched around downtown — to demand action on climate change. The Sept. 20 "Climate Strike" was part of a global movement, planned three days ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York — a meeting of leaders around the world who hope to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent over the next decade. Environmental nonprofit 350 Colorado publicized the event and helped coordinate strikes across the state. In Colorado Springs, the strike included students from Palmer High School, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Colorado College, along with members of the NAACP - Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Group of the Sierra Club. City Council President Richard Skorman was among those in attendance. The impetus for a Global Climate Strike came from 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg (of sailing fame) and 45 other young people who called for students to walk out of school Sept. 20 and make their voices heard. They asked adults to leave work and join in, too. Other strikes were planned in Denver outside the state Capitol, at Colorado School of Mines in Golden and at Pueblo's Rawlings Library, to name a few in Colorado.…

Pico announces State House bid
Colorado Springs City Councilor Andy Pico has tossed his hat into the ring as a Republican candidate in State House District 16, a seat now held by Larry Liston. Liston reportedly plans to run for a senate seat. Pico is serving his second term on City Council. If he wins the House seat, he would take office about three months before his Council term ends in 2021. Wendy Miller also has filed as a Republican candidate for the seat. His news release:…

Road Trip Hike: Lakes of the Clouds; also it's hunting season.
The Sangre de Cristo mountains, a spine of jagged peaks in the south-central part of Colorado, is a great place for hiking and backpacking. It's an area I've visited many times before, and seem to be drawn back to.…

Update: Local GOP in turmoil as 2020 approaches
UPDATE: Tony Gioia tells the Independent a different version of events from the Sept. 12 vacancy committee meeting than was described by party secretary Vickie Tonkins in an email to Central Committee members. He says the election of a vice chair resulted in him being elected by a vote of 19 to 18 over Tonkins. But the ballot packets consisted of two blue ballots and one orange ballot, stapled together, designed to accommodate multiple balloting efforts in case a first ballot didn't result in a winner. The sole orange ballot cast was turned in stapled to the two blue ballots, so there was no fraud. Gioia says three executive committee members, including Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman, made sure each ballot was counted properly and it was clear who the person casting the orange ballot wanted to vote for. The intent at the Sept. 12 meeting was to elect a vice chair; that would immediately be followed by an election to elevate the vice chair to acting chair until a Central Committee vote could be held to elect a chairperson. When Tonkins wasn't elected vice chair, "her supporters went into a tizzy" and decided not to conduct a vote on elevating the vice chair to the chairmanship, Gioia says. Now, the State Executive Committee will decide on Saturday whether Gioia was or was not elected as vice chair at the Sept. 12 vacancy committee meeting. If he was, Gioia will set up a Central Committee meeting in October for election of a chair, for which he intends to run. If he's deemed not to have been elected vice chair, Tonkins — as the sole elected party officer — will set up the Central Committee meeting.…

National Mill Dog Rescue hit with state fine
National Mill Dog Rescue, a local nonprofit that puts "rescue dogs" from puppy mills up for adoption, has been hit with a fine from state regulators.HuffPost first reported on the Aug. 8 order, which concludes an investigation by the state Department of Agriculture under the Pet Animal Care Facilities Act. The order placed Mill Dog Rescue's PACFA license on probationary status for one year, during which time state regulators can conduct unannounced inspections. It also slapped the nonprofit with a $15,000 fine, of which $7,000 was required immediately.…

English, Williams to join D-2 board; D-11 to host election
A pair of new faces will join the Harrison School District 2 Board of Education in November, after being declared winners by acclamation Sept. 5 — because they were the only candidates for two seats.  …

Jelly and cheese at Royaltea
Royaltea, 6020 N. Carefree Circle, facebook.com/royalteaCOS…

Latest Dem debate was much of the same
Fair&Unbalanced The real news from the Houston debate was not Joe Biden’s overpraised performance. He was OK for the first hour, not so much after that and that’s not even counting the late-breaking record player reference.…

Armadillo Ranch picks up the Mariner’s torch
Seeds of change The Ancient Mariner was a destination dive in Manitou for decades.…

Southeast Colorado Springs passed over for economic incentives
Ripe for renewal Among its dozen or so urban renewal areas, Colorado Springs can count the Gold Hill Mesa development on the Westside, the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame downtown, and the Air Force Academy Visitors Center, planned for the city’s north end. Urban renewal projects — public-private partnerships designated by the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority and City Council — drive redevelopment and investment through a unique funding mechanism.…

Platinum Girl Scout Cookies is a strange, three-strain solution
A few weeks ago in a review of Scooby Snacks, I called Platinum Girl Scout Cookies “like GSC, just extra,” which explains this strain well enough but stops short of getting to its Gordian knot-like essence. The deal is that Platinum GSC mixes OG Kush and Durban Poison — which is what GSC is made up of — and, well, another strain, no one’s exactly sure (which at this point in the world of weed science, it’s kind of like, “really now?”).…

Mayor’s chief of staff’s child hired in streamlined process
Inside track? While many college students bus tables or deliver pizzas, Bailey Green landed a $17-per-hour part-time job in her chosen career field with an important office in the community — the city of Colorado Springs. She didn’t have to compete with anyone, or meet specific criteria, because her hiring deviated from the city’s policy in what appears to be a streamlined process not open to others.…

Stu Pray’s sound advice
Drummer Stu Pray has been playing and teaching along the Front Range for nearly 20 years.…

Frankie Cosmos, Bat for Lashes and Lower Dens with the new and noteworthy
Frankie Cosmos, Close It Quietly (Sub Pop Records) – Greta Kline attracts a fervent Colorado fanbase for the wry and lighthearted vignettes her band churns out.…

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt just more sugary froyo
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, 5935 Dublin Blvd., #110, 596-4178, menchies.com…


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