Longtime observers of Colorado politics know that major decisions in the state are often made by the electorate voting on ballot issues rather than by laws passed by the state Legislature and signed by the governor. Over the years, such major reforms as rejecting the 1976 Winter Olympics, approving a state lottery with proceeds going for parks and open space, requiring voter approval of all tax increases, and legalizing recreational marijuana have all been adopted at the ballot box. In some cases, the governor and/or the Legislature have opposed these choices by the voters.That is why it seems strange to us that there has been little electoral analysis of how Coloradans vote on ballot issues, particularly at the county level. There is a great deal of reporting on elections for major governmental offices, with the relative strengths of the Democratic and Republican parties being carefully measured and explained. But little has been done on those all-important ballot issues — … [Read more...] about CRONIN & LOEVY
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What’s ahead for Colorado Springs in the new year? We don’t have a crystal ball, but two local psychics shared their 2019 predictions.Will Mayor John Suthers win another term in April? What will happen with the Interstate 25 widening between Monument and Castle Rock? What should city leaders focus on in the coming year?Answers to those questions and more follow. But first, here’s a look at the participants. Your Colorado adventure bucket list for 2019Sylvia “Jaye” Garcia has owned Manitou Metaphysical, 1031 Manitou Ave., in Manitou Springs, for nearly a decade. She says she’s a natural clairvoyant, seer and intuitive guide with talents and gifts “from generations of healers of Spanish and native energies.” She offers crystal chakra energy alignment, private crystal ball readings, Tarot card guidance and crystals for clearing. Online reviewers call her “spot on” in her readings, a “special soul” with … [Read more...] about 2019 predictions for Colorado Springs: Psychics weigh in (a brewery at Martin Drake?)
An Iraqi refugee appears headed for trial in an Aug. 2 shooting that gravely wounded a Colorado Springs police officer.A court-appointed attorney for Karrar Al Khammasi pleaded not guilty on his behalf and a judge set a May 13 trial.The defendant, who is accused of shooting Officer Cem Duzel in the head, refused to come to previous court hearings in the case, and although he was present in court on Friday, he seemed to continue his defiant streak.Flanked by a half-dozen deputies, with the lower part of his face covered in a spit guard, Al Khammasi twice interrupted proceedings through his Arabic interpreter, asking the court to appoint him a new attorney and a new interpreter “through the Iraqi Embassy.”Fourth Judicial District Senior Judge Gilbert Martinez denied his requests, ordering that he continue to be represented by two Colorado Springs public defenders. Al Khammasi is charged with attempted murder of a police officer, assault with a deadly weapon, felony menacing … [Read more...] about Man suspected of critically injuring Colorado Springs police officer pleads not guilty
Call it a tale of two downtowns.The core of Colorado Springs’ downtown, which spreads out from Pikes Peak Avenue and Tejon Street and the home of high-rises, government offices and Tejon’s restaurants, bars and nightclubs, has seen its share of new or remodeled hotels, eateries and apartments in recent years.But downtown’s south side, bounded roughly by Vermijo and Wahsatch avenues and Conejos and Rio Grande streets, has remained a mishmash of industrial uses, smaller office buildings, motels, surface parking lots, restaurants, specialty retailers and even a few small single-family homes. Some redevelopment and construction have taken place in the area but nothing that has significantly altered its look and feel.That’s changing. A crane towering over a multistory apartment building now under construction and the soon-to-be completed makeover of a historic Tejon Street building signal the south side is poised to become a hub for restaurantgoers, bar hoppers and … [Read more...] about Downtown Colorado Springs’ untapped south side poised to take off
Most likely, you have been to a UNESCO World Heritage site in the United States without knowing it. Remember that Griswoldian summer vacation to the Grand Canyon? The high school field trip to Independence Hall in Philadelphia? The college tour of the University of Virginia? Congratulations! That's three in your pocket. But don't stop now. You can collect all 23, intentionally or accidentally.For more than 40 years, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and its nearly 200 member states have been preserving, protecting and promoting the most valuable heritage places in the world. At last count, the organization has crowned 1,073 sites in more than 170 countries. Of those, 832 are cultural, 206 are natural and 35 are a mix of both categories. The chosen ones vary tremendously: The Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino in Mexico; the Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania; and the Engelsberg Ironworks in Sweden were all part of the class of 1993, for … [Read more...] about World-class heritage: 23 globally recognized sites are right here in the U.S.