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Photographing the Garden of the Gods in changing weather
Last weekend, I photographed at the Garden of the Gods. If you were around, you probably remember both of those days.…

Recycling report: Colorado still lags behind U.S.
Last year, the first-ever statewide survey of recycling rates showed Colorado recycled only 12 percent of its waste. Compared with the national average of 34 percent, it wasn't pretty. This year's survey results — released Nov. 14, the day before America Recycles Day — aren't better.…

District 11 says it's testing school floors for mercury vapor
Flooring in several Colorado Springs School District 11 schools have been found to release mercury vapors, the district said in a news release, but added, "There are no indications that the flooring is cause for any immediately health and environmental concerns or alarm." Testing showed rubberized flooring of this kind at the following schools: Doherty High School Sabin Middle School (main gym floor was replaced with hardwood in August 2018) Russell Middle School Chipeta Elementary School Fremont Elementary School Grant Elementary School Henry Elementary School King Elementary School RudyElementary School However, to be safe, the district plans additional testing as "a necessary precaution." Read the news release here:…

Rolling Stones fan club lists Denver show
Are the best-know, longest-lived bad boys of the British Invasion coming to Denver? Most likely, they are.…

COTREX app, National Take a Hike Day, FreshAir Friday/OptOutside
Back in August of 2017, I wrote about Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Colorado Trail Explorer (COTREX) website, and quoted a CPW spokesperson as saying that an actual smartphone app was in the works. Last week, CPW announced the release of the COTREX app, available for free for both Apple and Android devices.…

Ormao Dance Company's best-of-the-best showcase draws on 29 years of history
On the docket this weekend: a new day, a new venue and a new concept for Ormao Dance Company, which has never put together a “best of the best” showcase of their patrons’ favorite dances.…

Overseas 101 goes above and beyond to make its dishes stand out
Overseas 101’s in an awkward nook of its shopping center, with limited sign visibility, but remains worth finding.…

Frozen Gold adds stylish, unique dessert to Atomic Provisions enterprise
Believe it or not, the Springs just got something before Denver. Break out the good crystal and pop the champers — it's time to celebrate! Drew Shader, founder of Atomic Provisions, launched the newest arm of his culinary enterprise in the Springs on November 14.…

Ladies of Laughter Comedy Show is sure to deliver a much-needed, hilarious ladies night
Even in 2018, too much of what we see reflects the Smurfette principle, which refers to the common trope of a single woman included in an ensemble of men — whether in superhero groups (Black Widow, Wonder Woman) or, as it turns out, in local comedy.…

La Palapa Bar & Grill's offerings happily fly under the radar
Signage in the shopping center parking lot as well as our receipt still say Yukon Tavern, but this spot’s been La Palapa Bar & Grill for quite some time now.…

Record Store Day is known for nostalgia, and this year's no different
Record Store Day’s Black Friday celebration is known for its nostalgic reissues.…

New releases from Julia Holter and boygenius
Julia Holter, Aviary (Domino USA) – Los Angeles experimentalist Julia Holter has launched a 90-minute dual-disc dream-pop masterpiece, joining similar 2018 megaworks from Kamasi Washington and Mary Halvorson.…

Reader: Remember to be thankful
Letters Things I am thankful for this day: that I have wonderful family and friends;…

KaPow's planned the perfect Local Comic Shop Day celebration
Gold winners in the Indy’s 2018 Best Of competition for Best Comic Shop, KaPow Comics & Coffee has proven itself a staple of the local comics community.…

Reader: Build a new kind of AFA chapel
Letters The Colorado Springs public has been apprised of the Air Force Academy's planned rehab of the AFA chapel, beginning in January. Several recent visits there to see chapel staff and chaplains prompt my quest for further conversation.…


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