August 2009 Blog Posts (92)

Gary Coulter: Iwo Jima reunion with honor

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The Battle of Iwo Jima was the bloodiest battle in Marine Corps history. On that 8 ½ square mile sulfurous volcanic island, 6,823 U.S. Marines, sailors, soldiers, airmen and Coast Guardsmen were killed and another 19,189 were wounded in 36 days of the most savage fighting ever recorded.



On February 19, 1945 eight Marine Combat Teams… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Francis Eggleton: Volunteer affects real change

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I volunteer in the Dependency and Neglect program at CASA, an acronym that stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, in Colorado Springs.



I was drawn to CASA because I was in the family court system in another country as a young adolescent and I did not have the advantage of a court appointed advocate working on my… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Erick & Tammila Wright: Ghosts at the Briarhurst

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Local historians Erick and Tammila Wright say ghosts are helping them research the Briarhurst estate.



Erick Wright: The first time I encountered a ghost at The Briarhurst Manor in Manitou Springs, I had just walked into the large front room inside of the grand entryway, and I saw a butter knife spinning around on a bread… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Kathy Loidolt: It's like having a secret

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As a child, I ate about ten foods: Hot dogs, bologna, white bread, noodles, pizza without cheese, Cheerios and Oreos. That's it. I have always been a picky eater. Even as an adult, I chose foods that tasted good and did not even think about nutrition, often eating popcorn for lunch and cookies for dinner. When I had kids,… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Jason Bennett: Me and Lloyd

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Independent singer-songwriters have it tough. We struggle for airplay, struggle for reviews and we play small venues that bigger artists don't really want to. We play for forty bucks here, twenty bucks there and play for tips just about everywhere. Selling 1000 cd's is a successful outing for us. Solo folk musicians, in particular, have it really… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Donna Hartley: The Traveling Baboon

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Some years ago our younger son, a U.S. Marine, went to the American Embassy in Zimbabwe, Africa, as a Marine Guard. Among his many odd and varied adventures he took a few trips into the countryside to photograph and hunt game.



On one such safari there was little game but his guide, a native of the region, encouraged him to shoot a… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Larry Stebbins: Plan your vegetable garden now

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At the turn of every new year, people make resolutions. It was no different in 2009. And this year, as every year, a lot of folks made resolutions to start eating healthy.



What better way than to grow your own vegetables? Over the season the folks at Pikes Peak Urban Gardens will take the novice and more experienced gardener… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Mary Grace Becker: For the love of the library

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I am at peace. I am at home. Who doesn't love the pleasure of one's own company inside a hometown public library?



My library, the Pikes Peak Library District's Briargate branch on the north end, is a pocket library, smallish. It can't compete in size with the elder Penrose branch downtown, or the East Library on Union Blvd. Yet,… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Jim Robinson: Red-light Running is not a Sport

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I don't know what the statistics are for the number of citizens that are killed or nearly killed at intersections in our fair city, but I would presume they are significant. It's not just the drunk drivers who take lives in traffic, but simple everyday 9-to-5 commuters who have their own agendas that don't include attention to surrounding… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Joe Uveges: Volunteering provided inspiration

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My son Andrew and I recently did our part on the volunteer front, as requested by then President-elect Obama, to celebrate Martin Luther King Day.



We showed up at the Mission Medical Clinic (a local Colorado Springs based non-profit that provides medical services to people with little or no money) and painted for… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Donna Hartley: Musings of a Mad Beekeeper

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Over thirty years ago my husband and I lived in Hawaii where he fell in love with honeybees. Since then bees have become a part of our lives. They fit a niche somewhere between pets and livestock. I never really viewed our honeybees as livestock until one summer when I realized they not only had the needs but also many of the same foibles as… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Chris Robertson: Labels

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From the day we are born, we are given labels.



The words "boy and girl' identify us as biologically male or female. As babies we are handled differently, spoken to differently, we even wear certain colors based on our gender.



And we're assigned gender roles: boys are expected to be more aggressive, girls are supposed… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 4:21pm — No Comments

Barbara Samuel O'Neil: Pining for Michelle's

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A few weeks ago, I had to be downtown for something, and it would have been my tradition to stop in for a cup of coffee or maybe a sandwich, but it's gone, abruptly taken from us last year. A friend emailed and asked if I would go to the IRS auction, but I could not bear it. My heart was broken.



You might miss it, too. Maybe you… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Dave Hughes: Making a bold leap into cyberspace

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"Everyone knows that daily newspapers are losing out to other media. Many newspapers are going out of business. Older people tend to watch cable television. Younger people tend to get their news on the Internet. What's a metro newspaper paper to do?



So the Gazette Telegraph made a bold leap into Cyberspace! They invited anyone with… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Inaugural edition of the Citizen Report

This inaugural edition of the "Citizen Report" features a conversation with Fresh•Ink editor Tim Bergsten and journalist Travis Duncan. It begins with Travis talking about the very nature of citizen journalism.

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Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 2:20pm — No Comments

FROM GUTENBERG TO FRESH INK

First came the 1450 Gutenberg Bible, which made it for 550 years, then the doddering Gazette Telegraph made it for the last 128 years, then came 30 months of ‘The Hub’, now 15 minutes of the fame of Fresh Ink? WHAT'S NEXT?



Now as I take it, our Gazette wished-for ‘citizen’s journalism’ can be entered into any of the 15 previous neighborhood ‘online’ hubs-ne-fresh-ink different software systems, and then the wise old owl editors will select a handful of the online ‘blogs’ as they want… Continue

Added by Dave Hughes on August 27, 2009 at 1:33pm — 1 Comment

Health Care Reform Scare Tactics – or Not? Nancy Gallant’s blog ,“Scare Tactics Have to End”, was posted in the August 27, 2009 “Your Hub”. In the article, she makes several points in support of Pre…

Health Care Reform Scare Tactics – or Not?



Nancy Gallant’s blog ,“Scare Tactics Have to End”, was posted in the August 27, 2009 “Your Hub”. In the article, she makes several points in support of President Obama’s “general plan” while attacking opponents as having “ridiculous notions” “in order to scare”.



The fact is that President Obama has not put forth a bill but has relied on the Democratic Congress to detail the reforms. Apparently it takes over 1,000 pages to detail… Continue

Added by Peter VerColen on August 27, 2009 at 10:33am — No Comments

The Gazette begins new chapter in citizen journalism

By Tim Bergsten and Travis Duncan

At this moment, we’re desperately trying to concoct a witty lead paragraph for a blog that is difficult, but also exciting to write.

There is no better way to say it: So long, YourHub. Hello, Fresh•Ink.

It’s difficult, because when we think of YourHub we think of you, the people who provided the words and images that launched The Gazette’s citizen journalism initiative.

We preached YourHub, you made it happen.

Thanks for that.

Now,… Continue

Added by Tim Bergsten on August 27, 2009 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Evergreen Cemetery - What's The Story!

Evergreen Cemetery – What’s The Story!





Recent publicity about Evergreen Cemetery has implied that the area of the cemetery known as the “Pioneers Section” has not been handled in a professional manner. Nothing could be further from the truth! In 1993 with the help of the cemetery staff, the El Paso County Pioneer’s Association(the oldest historical organization west of the Mississippi – founded in 1896!) researched and remarked those… Continue

Added by Chrys Fotenos on August 27, 2009 at 10:22am — 2 Comments

How did your garden grow?

Moving to FreshInk

For about 3 years I maintained a blog about all my pets' antics on the Black Forest Hub. I hope to continue posting our family's activities here.





Mother Nature hasn't won the war but she has bedeviled me all summer long. If you live out in northern El Paso County you already know what I mean - about the hail and wind we have had this year. None of which has really helped with having a garden. But… Continue

Added by Pula Davis on August 27, 2009 at 9:13am — No Comments

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