• A 'rural-esque' community defined by timber

    Updated: Wed, Sep 20, 2017

    Located in an unusually dense growth of ponderosa pine whose harvest fueled the 19th century construction and railroad-building booms in the American west, the city's Black Forest community is one defined, in triumph and tragedy, by timber. In the years after Gen. William Jackson...

  • Fatal addiction: Falcon High grad — gifted and gracious — loses life at 25 to heroin

    Updated: Tue, Sep 19, 2017

    Seven years and addiction to a lethal drug marked the distance between the frail form laced by tubes and wires to a hospital bed and the Makenzie Taylor Bourdelais who should have been. - There still were echoes of the beautiful and talented "niecster" Tracy Kelley had known, a...

  • Pikes Pub: A tale of three hops

    Updated: Thu, Sep 14, 2017

    Humulus lupulus is thriving in the foothills of the Front Range. The perennial plant whose flowers provide the defining, bittering ingredient in beer - a viney, rhizome-born growth whose Latin name translates to mean "small, humble wolf" - has been sprouting up alongside the U.S....

  • UBER Boz: Dreams of roaming the Earth took root in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Sun, Sep 3, 2017

    Bozoma Saint John, the woman entrusted with healing Uber's bruised $68 billion brand, knows how to work a circumspect crowd. As head of music and entertainment marketing at PepsiCo, Saint John was pivotal in landing Beyoncé for the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show. During her more...

  • Colorado Springs brewery to close, citing minimum wage hike and construction

    Updated: Thu, Aug 31, 2017

    The dual squeezes of a voter-approved minimum wage hike and ongoing, major construction at nearby properties have spelled the end for Triple S Brewing Co. in downtown Colorado Springs. The downtown craft brewery and restaurant closed Aug. 26, about a month shy of its two-year...

  • Pikes Pub: Left Hand doubles down on nitro with first U.S.-made widget

    Updated: Wed, Aug 30, 2017

    Left Hand Brewing Co. has a history of putting its money where its mouthfeel is. The Longmont-based brewery devoted a "crazy" amount of time and effort to the research and development of a bottled beer that could deliver the smooth and creamy effect that fans of its Milk Stout had...

  • Pikes Pub: Tour de Fat brings a 'philanthropic cycling circus' to Colorado Springs

    Updated: Thu, Aug 24, 2017

    New Belgium Brewing Co. and bikes go all the way back to the late 1980s, when co-founder and original brewer Jeff Lebesch was pedaling through Europe on a fat tire bike, visions of commercial beermaking not-quite-yet dancing in his head. Today, Lebesch is retired. But the Fort...

  • Eclipse got you 'meh'? You can still make the most of the time

    Updated: Mon, Aug 21, 2017

    In case you missed the heads-ups, the most amazing, awesome, mind-blowing, white-hot cool astronomical event of our lifetimes is making its appearance - or, if you prefer, disappearance - in the sky over Colorado Springs starting about 10:30 Monday morning. The Great American Solar...

  • Pikes Pub: Not sure if a brew is true 'craft'? Check its credentials

    Updated: Wed, Aug 16, 2017

    Pop quiz: Which of the following brewing companies produces true blue craft, as defined by the Brewers Association? A) Breckenridge B) Goose Island C) Wicked Weed D) Ballast Point E) Lagunitas Maybe you know the answer by heart, because you're a hard-core craft purist who...

  • Bobcats prowling Pleasant Valley, but not to worry, wildlife experts say

    Updated: Fri, Aug 11, 2017

    Had they been on a first-name basis, things might have played out differently for Trout Buesser and Bobcat. Their surprise meeting on an early-August morning outside Buesser's Pleasant Valley home was nonetheless a memorable one - for good reasons - for the 16-year-old photographer...

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