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Grocer X: Pumpkin slaughtering

‘Tis the season to grab the kids, disembowel a pumpkin or two, and adorn your front doorstep with carcasses affectionately...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-19-2014  |  Indy Blog

Calling the shots

The first two months with a newborn are not as glamorous as one might think. During the week, it’s mostly...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-19-2014  |  Indy Blog

Happy [new] trails

Summer’s over, and going with it are the long, lazy days of sunlight and warm temperatures. The shorter days and...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-18-2014  |  Indy Blog

The gift of falling leaves

If I could, I'd have all of the leaves fall directly from the trees onto the barn floor each year —...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-18-2014  |  Indy Blog

Gluten-free Gringos

Coquette's Bistro & Bakery, winner of our Indy Best Of awards this year for Dessert Destination (silver) and Gluten-Free-Friendly eatery (gold), hosted...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-17-2014  |  Indy Blog

Contentious new marijuana laws proposed by Colorado legislature

Assuming Democratic state senator Irene Aguilar survives a challenge from Republican Dawne Murray in November, the Denver legislator is set...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-17-2014  |  Indy Blog

Winners from yesterday's Pikes Peak Arts Council awards

Last night, the Pikes Peak Arts Council held its 14th annual awards for excellence in the arts at Library 21c...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-16-2014  |  Indy Blog

This is the remix: Afroman and a new 'Because I Got High'

The original "Because I Got High" functions as a sort of schadenfreudic look at an imaginary list of cascading ills...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-16-2014  |  Indy Blog

Indy publisher involved in chicken ploy

Independent publisher John Weiss fessed up today that he participated in the publicity campaign and political action committee that is...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-16-2014  |  Indy Blog

Bach backpedals on reporting severance pay to Council

Yesterday, we posted a blog based on what was said on Monday regarding City Council's request to get quarterly reports...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-16-2014  |  Indy Blog

Sample the arts with Stage Flight

I have always enjoyed buffets (clean ones!). Sample a little of this, a little of that.… [ Read more ]...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-16-2014  |  Indy Blog

As you consider Proposition 105 and GMOs

The genetically modified food fight is going to be a biggie for some time to come. Even internally, we didn't come...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-16-2014  |  Indy Blog

CineFiles: Crime Pays!

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Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-15-2014  |  Indy Blog

Make your own election ad

At this point in election season, a lot of people have stopped caring about who wins and who loses. They...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-15-2014  |  Indy Blog

Stormwater measure draws $200K

Citizens for Responsible Stormwater Action, the "vote yes" committee for ballot measure 1B, drew $197,975 in donations as of the filing...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-15-2014  |  Indy Blog

Hey chef, this computer is smarter than you

As if chefs weren't already underpaid and undervalued (the money's always been in the front of the house, yo), now...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-15-2014  |  Indy Blog

Venetucci pumpkin patch coming to downtown

But the real question is, will it be the most sincere? See for yourself Sunday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-15-2014  |  Indy Blog

Bach agrees to follow policy on severance pay

A couple of weeks ago, we reported that Mayor Steve Bach had paid $1.66 million in severance pay to 86...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-15-2014  |  Indy Blog

Athletics are 'effective' at Air Force Academy, Inspector General says

In a news release just out, the Air Force Academy announces that an Inspector General's examination of the Athletic Department...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-14-2014  |  Indy Blog

UPDATE: Good at math? Love pizza? Win $250.

A spokesperson for Poor Richard's wants to make a slight change to the contest rules we just posted: each pizza...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-14-2014  |  Indy Blog

UPDATE: Who's the chicken?

UPDATE: A couple of dumb clucks showed up, as promised, at the City Council meeting today to urge Council to...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-14-2014  |  Indy Blog

Brother Luck wants to brighten your life

Brother Luck has quickly become the most entertaining chef to watch in the last year.  Not only has he been...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-14-2014  |  Indy Blog

Hispanic woman alleges city has 'long-standing' pattern of bias

You probably remember that Terri Velasquez, the city's chief financial officer, was summarily canned by Chief of Staff Steve Cox...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-13-2014  |  Indy Blog

'Hey Mister, there's blood in your beer'

As I said last week, beer and wine dinners abound these days.  I forgot to mention drink festivals too at...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-13-2014  |  Indy Blog

If you love rape, slaughter and slavery: Happy Columbus Day.

Happy Columbus Day, ya'll, the day old Cristóbal Colón discovered ... uh, well ...… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-13-2014  |  Indy Blog

Coyotes

My newborn son is in his third month of life — the werewolf stage. His appearance is changing right before...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-12-2014  |  Indy Blog

Football and the 'endangered' list

It’s difficult for those of us born in the latter half of the 20th century to imagine a life without...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-12-2014  |  Indy Blog

A Parking Enigma

The No. 1 complaint in business districts is often parking. The general idea that comes from this common complaint is...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-11-2014  |  Indy Blog

Fly seasons: gross and grosser

The way I see it, there are two distinct fly seasons. There’s the long, drawn-out, hot and muggy summer season,...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-11-2014  |  Indy Blog

Should you freeze your coffee beans?

On Aug. 19, I roasted some coffee for a friend and I gave it to her in whole beans. I...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-11-2014  |  Indy Blog

Rampart Range Road is open

In my household, this is a cause for celebration: Rampart Range Road, closed since the Waldo Canyon Fire, has reopened...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-10-2014  |  Indy Blog

Maggie's Farm does $2 million in marijuana sales in Manitou Springs

As first reported by the Pikes Peak Bulletin, a publication co-owned by Indy publisher John Weiss, the recreational-marijuana store Maggie's...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-10-2014  |  Indy Blog

Fallen firefighter, former Springs resident, honored

Christopher Douglas, who grew up in Colorado Springs, will be honored as a fallen firefighter at the 2014 National Fallen...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-10-2014  |  Indy Blog

Medical marijuana: The red card is dead

Though this change was apparently made Aug. 15, I only recently became aware, so if you're likewise in the dark...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-09-2014  |  Indy Blog

Simplicity extra: A tiny bit more

In this week's Simplicity column, I spoke with TEDx presenter and tiny home builder Andrew Morrison, about what it's like...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-09-2014  |  Indy Blog

Meet the new craft-beer drinker

Part of our experience at last week's Great American Beer Festival was a talk from Bart Watson, an economist with...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-08-2014  |  Indy Blog

UPDATE: Will Carson's CAB fly over public lands?

UPDATE: Fort Carson called late yesterday to correct its previous statement confirming only 70 aircraft as part of the Combat...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-08-2014  |  Indy Blog

Scenes from the 2014 Business & Arts Lunch

Yesterday, COPPeR and the Regional Business Alliance honored the partnership between arts and business with its annual lunch, which included awards...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-08-2014  |  Indy Blog

Beer and wine dinners abound

Hey — lots of places are hosting beer and wine dinners and the like, soon. What's new about that? Absolutely nothing! ...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-08-2014  |  Indy Blog

Against a downtown city stadium? Sign here

The effort to get a measure on the April 7, 2015, city election ballot requiring voter approval of a downtown...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-08-2014  |  Indy Blog

Mayor fundraising launches with a whimper

The fundraising race for candidates running for mayor in Colorado Springs has begun, with two contenders reporting a combined $25,000...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-08-2014  |  Indy Blog

Who is Barry Schwabsky?

To begin, he's the guy who will speak Oct. 8 at Mountain Fold Books and Oct. 9 at the University...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  10-07-2014  |  Indy Blog

Uncommon Candidate: Mary Burke Defies Easy Categorization

Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke is an original, both politically and personally.
Wisconsin Gazette  |  Louis Weisberg  |  10-17-2014  |  Elections

Does UC Davis Have a Rape Problem?

How the No. 1 college in California for reported sexual assaults—and one of the top five schools in the country—needs to change.
Sacramento News & Review  |  Janelle Bitker  |  10-16-2014  |  The War on Women

Longmont edges ahead of tech-hub Boulder in race to become next 'Gig City'

Longmont's 2011 approval of an exemption from a state senate bill that hobbles public involvement in telecommunications has that city approaching an era of download speeds 10 times as faster than tech-company hub Boulder, raising questions about potential business migrations out of town. Now, Boulder is taking to the ballot the question of whether the city should try to catch up.
Boulder Weekly  |  Gavin Dahl  |  10-17-2014  |  Tech