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World Arena, Pikes Peak Center relax "no bag" policy
For the past several years, some local entertainment venues were carrying out a ban on large bags, with few exceptions, in the name of improving security. But now, The Broadmoor World Arena and Pikes Peak Center have relaxed that policy. In a news release, the arena announced, "We've heard you!" Which suggests the ban on bags found a lot of resistance from attendees. In any event, the release goes on to say, "To better accommodate patrons, bags that are 12" X 5" X 12" or smaller will now be accepted at both The Broadmoor World Arena and Pikes Peak Center." Would a picture help?…

Expanded Peak Arts Prize returns to amplify local art
What do welding workshops, chamber music and an art exhibit about bees all have in common? They’re all local art projects funded by Peak Arts Prize, which returns for its third year in 2020 with a revamped format and added funding. The goal of the program, run by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and powered by The Fund for the Arts, a fund of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation (PPCF), is to amplify local arts to new audiences.…

CSPD commander, cited for careless driving, retires
Colorado Springs Police Department officials are downplaying an incident in which Commander Rafael Cintron, a 34-year CSPD veteran, was cited for careless driving after crashing his personal vehicle into a trash container and being observed with the smell of alcohol on his breath. Cintron, 57, served as the staff duty officer at the time of the crash, about 6 p.m. on Dec. 15. That means he was the commander in charge of any major incident, such as an officer-involved shooting, and would be called upon to oversee the incident as well as brief the police chief and the District Attorney's Office. Facing a March 20 hearing in El Paso County court and an internal affairs investigation, Cintron recently retired.…

Citizens Project provides tips for responsible digital advocacy
Social media can be a powerful tool when it comes to promoting advocacy efforts, especially when used thoughtfully and responsibly.…

Tips for making your message to elected officials count
IN THE MAIL Keep it brief and make it personal.…

Gray wolves could make a comeback in Colorado
An initiative put forward by a group working to restore gray wolves to the Colorado wilderness has qualified for the state’s 2020 general election ballot, the Colorado Secretary of State’s office announced Jan. 6. If approved by a majority of Colorado voters, the Restoration of Gray Wolves initiative would allow for the reintroduction of gray wolves on designated areas west of the Continental Divide.…

Bernie is a sure loser
Editor's note: The following have been submitted by Indy readers, unedited, un-fact-checked, and presented in whole. Join the conversation in the comment section below, or via email to letters@csindy.com.…

Mama Poké promotes mama’s homemade fresh touch
From early 2018 to mid-September 2019, this was a Ninja Xpress location, related to the Ninja Bowl at 9697 Prominent Point.…

Harry Dunn’s death connects Salida woman with British family
Across the pond The family of a British teen who, according to UK police, died after a vehicle driven by the wife of an American diplomat collided with his motorcycle, has found an unlikely ally: A stay-at-home mom in Salida with no personal connection to the family or their home country.…

Venezuelan/Mexican fusion spot, El Taco y La Arepa, a “sweet” tribute
Ivan Torres retired from professional baseball in Mexico and from the L.A. Dodgers’ minor league affiliate at age 25 with a back injury from his years as a catcher. But something better came out of that experience than making it to the major leagues: He met his future wife Maria Silva while playing in Venezuela.…

Independent bookstores adapt, survive the e-reader
Book keepers Covered Treasures owner Tommie Plank pauses her conversation during a lull on a January afternoon to ring up a customer at the Monument bookstore. The two women make idle chat during the transaction, and the conversation ends on a familiar note for Plank: “It’s my dream someday to own a bookstore like this,” the customer tells her on her way out the door.…

Rich (but scared)
LowDown I’m guessing that being rich is a comfortable feeling — no money worries, you’re set for life!…

City at sports threshold
EndZone Depending on your perspective and general outlook on life, it’s conceivable to label Colorado Springs as a) a great sports town, b) a terrible sports town or c) a very picky sports town.…

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Fat Shack puts your arteries on notice
This chain opened its first standalone in Fort Collins in 2011, specializing in late-night eating.…


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