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The nicest family-friendly trail you never heard of
A common question I get when describing a trail to someone is whether or not the trail is family or kid friendly. Of course, the answer depends on many things, such as the child's ability, experience, etc.…

UPDATE: Fire Department slashes service level due to "significant" budget error
UPDATE: Mayor John Suthers said in a statement the Fire Department will "effective immediately" restore service by Squad 11 in the southeast sector of the city. His full statement: I was briefed today by Chief Collas about the full scope of the fire department’s budget issues and that projected expenditures may exceed the 2019 budget.…

DeVon Bailey protesters disrupt State of the City speech
Protesters calling for "justice for De'Von [Bailey]" repeatedly interrupted Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers' State of the City speech to a large (and mostly receptive) audience at The Broadmoor on Sept. 12. Early in the speech, a single woman stood up and began yelling her protest. Suthers paused and waited until she was escorted out of the room.…

Despite reports, Gold Hill Mesa is a fine neighborhood
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Efforts to recall Lee, Pettersen fail
The recall efforts against Colorado Sens. Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs, and Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, have ended in failure, after organizers told the Colorado Secretary of State's Office they will not turn in signatures seeking special elections. Neither senator — each of whom won a 2018 election by a large margin — faced allegations of ethical or legal violations; instead, organizers said they disagreed with their votes on key bills. Gov. Jared Polis welcomed news that the recalls had failed, saying in a press release:…

Trump has filled his government with swamp creatures
LowDown Bragging that “We’re draining the swamp,” Donald Trump declared victory in June over “the unholy alliance of lobbyists and donors and special interests who made a living bleeding our country dry.” Bravo!…

Making education accessible
Voice of Reason ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” So said Nelson Mandela, and who are we to argue?…

Colorado GOP keeps losing streak intact
Fair&Unbalanced Everyone knew, and many predicted, that the recall-Gov. Jared Polis effort would end not just in failure, but in spectacular failure.…

Joseph Shelton: Committed to community and lifting student voices
Queer&There Many underestimate Joseph Shelton in his campaign for a spot on Colorado Springs School District 11’s Board of Education. Although young, barely 23 years old, Shelton has years of experience serving the community, and his strong passion for education keeps him determined to serve on the board.…

Vaping sickens two in state
As of Sept. 4, Colorado had two confirmed cases of a mysterious lung illness linked to vaping, according to the state Department of Public Health and Environment.  …

Addressing concerns regarding the Butte Theatre
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Ray Marshall heads to court
The developer of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s headquarters in Colorado Springs will go to trial, District Judge Larry Schwartz ruled on Sept. 6, the Gazette reported.…

How to adopt a wild horse
Wild horses, also known as mustangs, can be adopted from the Bureau of Land Management as pets, working ranch animals or even show horses to be trained and entered in competitions. Given the size of the wild horse population on public lands, which the government says is unsustainable, mustangs may be adopted at a very low cost — but, as with many government-related processes, this can be complicated.…

Yoder trainer helps rehome the West’s wild horses
Mustang Lisa Sporting a bright yellow hat, a patterned sports bra and pink shorts, Lisa Vargo waves her arms up and down inside a fenced horse pen on her property in Yoder, about an hour east of downtown Colorado Springs. A handsome, chocolate-brown mustang named Mariah (after a song from the 1951 musical Paint Your Wagon) snorts nervously and shimmies away.…

Poké Bop could use refining from service to food
This Texas-based chain, specializing in poke bowls and “pokérritos” rolled in nori, shares owners with next-door neighbors Border Burger Bar.…


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