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Hiking Bob: Update on Barr Camp, Pike National Forest, RMNP and more
Some COVID-19 restrictions are easing and some places are beginning to re-open, so it's time for some updates: In my previous column regarding the detour at the top of Pikes Peak, it was noted that Barr Camp, the popular rest stop approximately half-way up the Barr Trail was closed.  That will change on June 8, when Barr Camp will make some limited services available.  Hikers will be able to use bathrooms, the grounds and creek will be open to hikers, and  curbside service of pre-packaged snacks will be available.  Camping will still not be permitted on the grounds before at least the end of June, and access may be closed at any time.…

Pastry chef creates Wildflour Pastries as answer to pandemic layoff
Amanda Dremsek had been working as a sous chef for the Snooze restaurant chain’s Colorado Springs location for five months before being laid off at March’s end due to the pandemic.…

Hiking Bob: North Slope loop hike
There is no doubt that no matter what your personal feelings are about the COVID-19 restrictions that have been in place for several months, they have really been a downer as far a outdoor recreation goes.  But, restrictions are loosening up, so it's time to start featuring places to hike again. Before we start, a few basic rules: If you're ill, don't go hiking.…

Bancroft Park or Bancroft Plaza? Overhaul spread concrete in westside park.
When you think of a park, what comes to mind? Trees?…

COVID-19 roundup for May 28: Polis reiterates need for elderly, those with pre-existing conditions, to stay home
Older Coloradans and those with underlying health conditions are at much higher risk for serious health complications from COVID-19, Gov. Jared Polis reiterated today, and should stay home as much as possible for the foreseeable future. Polis made the comments at a Thursday press briefing about the state’s response to COVID-19. “We know there are people living among us who have a 10 or 20 times higher risk, simply because of their age and simply because they might have a respiratory condition,” Polis said.…

Dispute brews on how and when Manitou Incline will reopen
On March 17, the Manitou Springs City Council shut down the popular Manitou Incline, calling it "an attractive nuisance and health hazard" amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The resolution said the Incline attracted 208,412 visitors from March through July last year and that free shuttle buses from parking areas are “packed to capacity." Notably, it said, public restroom facilities are “insufficient or non-existent for the number of visitors" using the Incline, leading climbers to urinate and defecate on the Incline and surrounding property.…

Get a Blended Peanut butter cup at The Pop
1802 Dominion Way, 719-433-5995, thepopcolorado.com…

Eastern Springs’ craft breweries keep bubbling along
Cans on Powers Drinking craft beer continues to be a popular pastime, even as quarantine restrictions relax.…

Opinion: Founder steps aside during campaign
John Weiss has been synonymous with the Colorado Springs Indy for 27 years, since the paper’s inception. For so many people, to refer to one is to think of the other.…

Jon Snodgrass releases a free kids record that will appeal to all ages
For many artists, especially those who are musically self-sufficient, recording a low-key collection of kid-friendly songs can serve as a rite of passage.…

The city’s 2016 land exchange with The Broadmoor was a game-changer in several ways
Strawberry Preserve Head down Mesa Avenue west from The Broadmoor hotel and notice what’s not off to the left just before you reach Seven Falls.…

Four ways to stay both entertained and safe this week
To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19, we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events have been canceled, we will clue you into at least one local online experience — this week: painter Emily Sullivan's new online show at The Machine Shop — and recommend some fun things you can do at home or safely out and about.…

County budgets federal relief funds
The Board of El Paso County Commissioners were presented with an outline of how the county plans to spend its $125 million allocation of federal coronavirus relief funds.  The county has elected to distribute $37.5 million of that funding to Colorado Springs and $2.42 million to Fountain, with smaller amounts to other municipal governments.…

Outbreak at Aurora detention facility
Two detainees at an Aurora detention facility, run by private company GEO Group for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, are suspected of having contracted COVID-19, according to the Tri-County Health Department. …

Opinion: An increasingly automated society harms the working class
The Jetsons, a 1960s cartoon, followed a high-tech family, who lived high enough above the clouds to dwell with aliens, but not necessarily their neighbors. A trip next door would require them to teleport or travel by flying car.…


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