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10 days to Tiny (homes)

It's no small obsession: The general populace continues to spaz out over tiny homes.  Perhaps you caught tiny-home legend Andrew...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-27-2015  |  Indy Blog

Army redefines the word slow

Back in September 2013, almost two years ago, we requested information through the Freedom of Information Act regarding who has...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-27-2015  |  Indy Blog

Netfilx Picks: Exit Through the Gift Shop

Exit Through the Gift Shop is sold in summary as a movie about British street artist Banksy turning the camera...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-26-2015  |  Indy Blog

Finding a way to 'Yes'

As you know, I’m an urban designer and landscape architect — sometimes referred to as a “planner.” But you may...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-26-2015  |  Indy Blog

Hiking Pikes Peak’s South Slope Recreation Area

After years of legal wrangling, fund-raising, grant writing and a lot of hard labor, the area known as the South...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-25-2015  |  Indy Blog

How to photograph wildlife at the zoo

If you love wildlife photography but don’t know where to start, this is for you. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-25-2015  |  Indy Blog

City sued over slamdown

As expected, Alexis Acker filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against chief of police Peter Carey, the Colorado Springs Police...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-24-2015  |  Indy Blog

Make way for the Pet Rock Olympics

Question: How many times in past years have you cursed yourself for forgetting to take part in the Colorado State...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-24-2015  |  Indy Blog

City to buy land for new police substation

The Sand Creek police substation (4125 Center Park Drive) is apparently no longer big enough to hold the Colorado Springs Police...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-23-2015  |  Indy Blog

Another kind of industrial art

We all know how meaningful both power and art can be. Now, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-23-2015  |  Indy Blog

Officer got high rating after takedown of teen

Officer Tyler Walker, who was captured on video throwing Alexis Acker to the floor, scored a 92 percent rating on...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-22-2015  |  Indy Blog

Carson takes part in NORAD drill

Something is afoot with the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command. What makes us think so? First,...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-22-2015  |  Indy Blog

CSPD hosts accrediting agency conference

Just in time to read all about some of the internal workings of the Colorado Springs Police Department, a national...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-20-2015  |  Indy Blog

Charles Bradley and Phosphorescent sign on for Freewheelin Music Fest

Bristol Brewing Company’s Freewheelin Music Fest announced today that Charles Bradley and Phosphorescent will be the headliners at this year's inaugural event. The...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-20-2015  |  Indy Blog

Haying: Diesel, leather and biceps

I have a new appreciation for pastures, hay, diesel-loving machines, leather gloves and biceps. Oh ya, and water. Previously, as...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-19-2015  |  Indy Blog

Treasure lost & found

This is a smarmy tale of friendship and love rediscovered in the face of a quest for material possessions. Don’t...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-19-2015  |  Indy Blog

The Yellow King fills gap left by Compleat Games

If you want to compare reviews and prices, no game store can compete with the online purveyors. But sometimes there...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-19-2015  |  Indy Blog

Like a fish in the water

With all the sunny days Colorado Springs gets, a swimming pool is a good investment, especially if you have a...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-18-2015  |  Indy Blog

Road Trip Hike: Bison Peak

At 12,432’, Bison Peak, or Bison Mountain, is the highest peak in the Tarryall Mountain Range. Located in the Lost...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-18-2015  |  Indy Blog

CSPD officer under investigation

Officer Tyler Walker is under investigation by the Colorado Springs Police Department's internal affairs division, and possibly by the District...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-17-2015  |  Indy Blog

UPDATE: City Council limits communication with media

This just in from Council Administrator Eileen Gonzalez: "saw your blog post from earlier today, just wanted to set the...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-17-2015  |  Indy Blog

The new (and old) Natural Grocers

Yesterday, I attended a special media and marketing presentation at the new Natural Grocers on 1216 W. Baptist Road, in...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-16-2015  |  Indy Blog

Indie-nogo? Studying a vegan's tall tales

Roots Farm to Table Vegan Café is running an Indiegogo campaign, seeking $40,000 to open up in the historic, former...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-16-2015  |  Indy Blog

Does CSPD need a citizen advisory board?

Our coverage in this week's Independent features seven lawsuits that were filed within last five years against the city and...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-16-2015  |  Indy Blog

UPDATE: City Councilor: I trust the cops

UPDATE: Councilor Larry Bagley got back to us Friday afternoon with comments regarding our report on the Colorado Springs Police...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-16-2015  |  Indy Blog

Suthers: Cops well trained in use of force

Today, the Independent reports on numerous instances of the Colorado Springs Police Department's use of force against citizens.  And Mayor...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-15-2015  |  Indy Blog

Two city measures headed for November ballot

Voters will be asked in the November election to approve a sales-tax hike of .62 of a percent to be...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-14-2015  |  Indy Blog

UPDATE: Use of force an issue, ACLU says

UPDATE: This just in from the CSPD about the ACLU complaint: The Colorado Springs Police Department received a letter from...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-14-2015  |  Indy Blog

Bear killed illegally in southwest Springs

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking help finding a poacher. An approximately 400 pound black bear was killed recently in...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-14-2015  |  Indy Blog

Merrifield, Lee to host town hall

State Sen. Michael Merrifield (D-Colorado Springs) and State Rep. Pete Lee (D-Colorado Springs) are co-hosting a town hall this Saturday,...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  07-14-2015  |  Indy Blog

Lost in its Own Jungle: “Rio 2’s” Socially Awkward Agenda Has a Racist Streak

Brazilian co-writer/director Carlos Saldanha returns to the music-driven children’s animation franchise he began in 2011. Written with three other screenwriters, “Rio 2’s” skewed racial hierarchy of animal characters is spelled out beneath their colorful camouflage.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  04-08-2014  |  Movies

Radical Predictions

Emeritus natural resources professor Guy McPherson says the Earth's sixth extinction is already under way, we could see mass die-offs of humans and other species within 18 months and humanity has at best 10 to 20 years. What do noted climate scientists and authors think about these dire predictions?
Eugene Weekly  |  Ted Taylor  |  07-21-2015  |  Environment

'Lean Out' Urges Women to Create Their Own Culture in Silicon Valley

Serial entrepreneur and veteran coder Elissa Shevinsky thinks it's time for women to stop trying to be part of sexist Silicon Valley and to create their own spaces.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Jennifer Wadsworth  |  07-24-2015  |  Books