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marijuana tax money lets manitou springs fix potholes, bankroll bigger improveme

in advocating “pot for potholes,” recreational marijuana proponents promised a potent new revenue source for tackling a familiar urban headache.but in manitou springs, the only pikes peak region community so far to permit recreational pot shops, the cash infusion has meant more than road repairs.just more than two years after manitou opened the first of its two retail pot stores, community leaders credit a booming pot trade for driving a resurgence in the city’s finances. the tax money has helped double manitou’s general fund after back-to-back natural disasters, bankrolled long-hoped-for improvements in its gritty eastern corridor and eased the financial path toward preparing for future disasters.“that all came about because of marijuana,” said marcy morrison, a longtime manitou resident

a late-winter train ride up pikes peak for fresh doughnuts at 14,000 feet – the

manitou springs – doughnuts and i enjoy a special relationship. as a kid, wednesday’s lunch was always a dozen doughnuts. at the office, i loved staff meetings because the boss brought doughnuts, and i still drive from aurora to thornton for haircuts because there’s a krispy kreme nearby.but don’t tell my wife, the nurse. she hates doughnuts.more specifically, she hates me eating doughnuts, insisting they’re destructive to my health and waistline. that’s why i neglected to tell her the real reason for our winter ascent of pike’s peak.during january and february, the manitou & pikes peak cog railway trains only go two-thirds of the way up the mountain. come march, weather permitting, they travel all the way to the summit.  i booked tickets for the season’s first trip to the top.unlike norma

colorado springs’ january wind storm wasn’t the most destructive, but it is amon

by kaitlin durbin, the gazettedespite downed trees, widespread power outages and wind-torn property across colorado springs, january’s freak wind storm didn’t make the list of the city’s most costly or destructive disasters, but it is among the deadliest.two people have died from injuries received during the jan. 9 wind storm: joseph boyer and marjory francis. that ranks the natural disaster among the deadliest in colorado springs.the waldo canyon fire and the black forest fire, two of the state’s most costly disasters, also killed two people each. the 2013 flash flood in manitou springs killed one.still, the state measures disasters in terms of dollars, not death.the hurricane force winds didn’t produce enough property damage to make the rocky mountain insurance information association’s

west metro police blotter, feb. 5

benton townshipjan. 8alcohol violation. a juvenile female was cited for underage possession of alcohol and speeding following a traffic stop at hwy. 212 and county road 51. a 19-year-old man also was cited for under­age consumption.corcoranjan. 2theft. a box of pulltabs was stolen from mama g’s, 9705 county road 101.edinajan. 6drunken driving. a 60-year-old eden prairie woman was arrested for drunken driving following a traffic stop in the 6200 block of crosstown hwy. 62.jan. 7drugs. an 18-year-old woman was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug pa hernalia following a traffic stop in the 5200 block of link road.theft. two s, ages 14 and 15, were arrested for theft after they were caught shoplifting at macy’s in southdale center.jan. 15theft. guitars valued at $4,238 were stolen fr

take note, outdoor retailer -- colorado puts utah to shame

rick bowmer, the associated presspeople attend the outdoor retailer show at the salt palace convention center in salt lake city on jan. 11.outdoor retailer, the multimillion-dollar outdoor industry trade show, is officially ditching utah in protest over anti-public lands sentiment from the state’s politicians, and industry leaders will be looking for a new home.nothing against the beehive state, but colorado is a natural fit for the outdoor retailer show, and our comparatively placid elected officials are waiting with open arms and a playground of 13.8 million acres of national forest.let’s start the pitch with the crux of the problem: our politicians are simply less extreme.perhaps it’s the legal pot and microbreweries, but our elected officials seem slightly less unhinged.sure, we’ve got

colorado fishing report for the week of feb. 12, 2017 – the denver post

information is provided by colorado parks & wildlife employees and local fishing enthusiasts. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​keep in mind that fishing conditions change on a con​stant basis. much can ​change in a week from the time this fishing conditions report is produced.metro denver areaaurora reservoirdue to the warm weather and wind, ice conditions are extremely poor. much of the shoreline has melted, leaving no access. the ranger staff advise that anglers stay off the ice. there is plenty of open water along the dam for shore fishing. trout fishing is rated as slow to fair. anglers have reported a few trout being caught on powerbait. for more information, call the park at 303-326-8425. a reminder: the reservoir is closed to a