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The Colorado Switchblade
Another win for our democracy-The verdict in the Oath Keepers seditious conspiracy case

The Colorado Switchblade

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 79:53


In today's episode, I cover yesterday's landmark verdict of my former employer, Stewart Rhodes. According to the New York Times:Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia, was convicted on Tuesday along with one of his subordinates of seditious conspiracy as a jury found them guilty of seeking to keep former President Donald J. Trump in power through an extensive plot that started after the 2020 election and culminated in the mob attack on the Capitol.The jury in Federal District Court in Washington found three other defendants in the case not guilty of sedition and acquitted Mr. Rhodes of two separate conspiracy charges.The split verdicts, coming after three days of deliberations, were a landmark — if not total — victory for the Justice Department, which poured enormous effort into prosecuting Mr. Rhodes and his four co-defendants.The sedition convictions marked the first time in nearly 20 trials related to the Capitol attack that a jury had decided that the violence that erupted on Jan. 6, 2021, was the product of an organized conspiracy.Also, in today's episode, we listen to the recording of the public comment section of Monday Estes Park School District's Board of Education regular meeting. I then read two additional letters I have received from Estes Park Community members sharing their thoughts and feelings on the Charter School Application to the board by Loveland Classical Schools. Please Note the two letters to the Board of Education are at the bottom of this email.Here is the link to my interview on Chris Cuomo's new show on NewsNation from last night's coverage.Unfortunately, the panel discussion I was a part of last night on MSNBC's 11th Hour is not yet posted to the internet, but this video recap does include some of my footage. Here is the local affiliate KDVR Fox 31's interview with me from last night: Here is the link to the RMPBS documentary on the historical rise of fascism I spoke about in the episode. Letter 1There seems to be a narrative being shared with the charter application that our schools are failing students.  This is on the coattails of the national narrative that students fared poorly with the disruption to education during the pandemic.  Our school district certainly faced some challenges, but we did not follow this pathway.  I think it's important to communicate with our students, families and community about all the positives that are happening with our district.  We are certainly NOT failing our students.I read through the Loveland Classical School- Estes Valley (LCS-EV) application. I have a number of concerns about the reasoning behind the school, the impact on our district and current students, and sustainability.  Here are my main concerns.* There is a claim that the LCS curriculum will better meet student needs.  I taught in a Core Knowledge school previously and it is a viable curriculum.  However, the curriculum being used in EPSD is meeting student needs as evidenced by test scores.* LCS schools compared to other schools with similar demographics show them performing in the bottom or bottom third.  EPSD's elementary and middle school is performing in the top or top third when using the same comparison.  It's also important to note that we have significantly higher numbers of students who are ELL compared to any of these schools.  * There is no clear plan for transportation other than a rideshare app idea.  This discriminates against our low socioeconomic families who need reliable transportation. The ride share app may work in Loveland, but the Estes Valley area has a wider and more challenging geographical footprint to pull this off.  * There were some ideas in the application for lunches, but not a clear plan.  How will this affect students who qualify for Free and Reduced lunches?* There was no information on how LCS-EV would provide extra-curricular activities and sports.  Would they expect to have students join the EPSD clubs and teams?* The initial numbers on the application don't seem to add up to their anticipated enrollment for their year one. Only a portion of the students they mention would be eligible.  This would mean they are planning on recruiting students from our existing schools to get the numbers needed to start. * The pastor of Cornerstone Church, Bruce Finger, serves on the LSC board.  The church would receive a minimum of $50,000 for renovations.  This seems to be a conflict of interest.  If the school did start, but was not sustainable, the church would still benefit. If another church on their application was chosen instead then they would still benefit from renovations.  * According to ECEA 4.08, the school district is still responsible for Special Education compliance.  How would this work if the district didn't receive funding, but still needed to be responsible?* LCS has their own appointed board.  The LCS-EV school would be included with the Loveland board.  This takes away local control and our Board of Education would have no say in how funds are spent. Is our community ok with having a board in another town govern the funding from our district?* The legal representation, Miller Farmer Law, from LCS is also representing other classical charter schools. They are pushing for Charter Networks across the state.  This law firm stands to make a lot of money with these expansions.  See recent applications for Ascent Classical schools and what is going on in Durango and Ignacio.  * The application suggests using money from the LCS reserves.  This money would have been collected with the intent of using it for students in the Thompson School District.  Is this ok with Loveland taxpayers?  CO Rev Stat § 22-30.5-104.7 (2016) does state that funds from MLOs and bonds cannot be used to support ‘for a school authorized by one authorizer to support a school authorized by a different authorizer.' * Typically school districts keep some money in their reserves, but LCS has about 6 million dollars.  Why isn't this money being spent to invest in their current students rather than try to start a network?  * The EPSD has seen a decline in students in the past ten years due to cost of living, low wages and lack of affordable housing.  LCS-EV projects an increase of students in their plan.  This does not seem sustainable with our trends.  Declining enrollment in the Denver area is causing many charters to close.* A number of years ago we combined our primary and intermediate schools to cut back on the costs of running an extra building.  Is it financially sound to add another building back into how our per pupil funding is being spent?* ‘Teachers' at LCS do not need to be highly qualified and the pay also reflects this.  How does LCS-EV plan to recruit and retain staff?  The cost of living in Loveland is 12% less than in Estes Park.  The biggest issue is housing with the difference in median home cost being 25% less in Loveland.  The EPSD is still trying to hire for positions this school year and we are close to halfway through it.  * What are the enrollment numbers at LCS for October count and then at the end of the school year?  Schools get per pupil funding based on October count.  Do they retain consistent numbers all school year? LCS-EV would keep per pupil funding for any student who un-enrolls after October count and returns to EPES or EPMS.* Our school district would lose 5 teaching positions with their initial proposal of 108 students.  Some charters take on teachers displaced and keep their current salary.  This does not seem to be the case for LCS.  These are teachers who have worked hard and are invested in our students and community that would lose their jobs.Some of the messaging I've heard states that LCS-EV school would provide choice.  I'm certainly not opposed to having choices.  However, this particular charter in our small, rural district does not seem sustainable over time.  It would also be a detriment to our current schools and negatively affect all the great things we are doing right now.  We have a new head administration team within the past year (Ruby Bode, Carmen Williams and Sundee Pietsch) and there is such positive momentum.  I'm wondering if the folks who are supporting this charter application have reached out with what they would like to see for our school district since there is a new admin team to work with. We are only better when we work together. Thank you for considering these questions as you embark on making the decision for this charter application.  It sounds like there are three possible outcomes:  deny, approve with conditions or approve. I strongly encourage you to deny this application to do what is best for ALL of our students, our district and our community.  This would be a risky investment for a school that hasn't shown great performance at their Loveland campuses.  I, as a taxpayer, would prefer to keep the same level of funding for our current schools so that we can continue to support our students with their achievement and growth.Letter 2I would like to add my objection to the proposal to have Loveland Classical Schools open a charter school in Estes Park, for the following reasons:I am not a Constitutional scholar, but I know that the concept of "separation of church and state" evolved from the language of the First Amendment, with the relevant portion being "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."  One part of the interpretation of that is that there shall not be a national religion.  Until recently that also meant that religious organizations would be essentially tax exempt, and that (non-sectarian) tax revenues would not be used to support sectarian organizations.  As the LCS-EV is proposed, it will have classrooms in a Church.  An LCS Board member (Rev. Finger) is the pastor of a Church in Estes Park, and the rest of the Board will be appointed.  By whom? The application makes many references to virtues, ethics, morality, and souls, characteristics that are in the usual purview of the Church.   There are limitations on what will be taught (e.g., excluding certain conflicts, human sexuality, human evolution) that again imply a belief system such as religion rather than open access to knowledge as an evolving process.  The teachers will be hired by the Board, and do not have to be Colorado state certified or licensed in any way, which could mean they do not have the years of instruction in teaching skills, one of which is to be non-judgmental, nor the supervised classroom experience in their training.This proposal wishes to use school district tax-based funding to support a particular sectarian orientation.  This would be using government funds to promote a narrow religious view of what constitutes education, and this does violate the First Amendment proscription against the government establishing religion.I am aware that the Supreme Court recently decided (Carson v. Makin, 2021) that the state of Maine must allow their school voucher program to pay for tuition for religious schools.  Maine has some rural areas with no educational resources at some or all grade levels, and tuition vouchers were meant to allow children to attend private schools.  The state law said that the private schools were to be non-sectarian, and the Court's 6-3 decision last year struck that down.  This is a major crossroad in the national discussion of values, and Estes Park is a small component in a very large issue.  It seems imprudent to make a very premature, precipitous decision like this without broader dissemination of the information to the stakeholders, not only children, parents, and school district staff, but the residents in the school district who are the tax-payers who will have to live with the consequences.  My input is to table the application until the public can be adequately informed, and to make this a ballot issue for the next local election. ⚕︎ Linnéa Carter, MDClick here to sign up for our Holiday Special.Today's episode is sponsored by: Get full access to The Colorado Switchblade at www.coloradoswitchblade.com/subscribe

The Colorado Switchblade
Further community conversations about the implications a new religious charter school would have in the Estes Valley

The Colorado Switchblade

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2022 70:52


As I was recording this podcast, the following email went out to community stakeholders from the Superintendent of the Estes Park School District regarding the district policy concerning the charter school application and upcoming process here is what it read: Estes Park School District Staff, Parents/Guardians, and Community,Loveland Classical Schools has submitted an application to start a K-8 charter school in the Estes Park School District. The application was submitted and has met the requirements set in the policy. District policy also dictates that the district must host public meetings so that stakeholders have the opportunity to relay questions and express concerns or support regarding the charter school application. A timeline has been developed to guide the process, and we strongly encourage citizens to attend the meetings if at all possible. HERE is the most recent LCS Charter School Application. Below you will find an upcoming timeline for community meetings hosted by the Estes Park School District in relation to the application and process: * November 29, 2022* Time: 5:30-7:30 pm* Initial Public meeting for stakeholders to provide comments around the Loveland Classical Schools application. A review of the process will occur at this meeting. * Location: Estes Park Town Hall | 170 MacGregor Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517* December 12th, 2022* Time: 6:15 pm* Regular Board of Education meeting* Location: Estes Park Town Hall | 170 MacGregor Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517* January 5, 2023* Time: 5:30-7:30 pm* Public meeting in which the Loveland Classical Schools Charter School representatives will be interviewed by Superintendent Bode and the Board of Education in the presence of the public. There will not be an opportunity for public comment at this meeting. * Location: Estes Park Town Hall | 170 MacGregor Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517* January 6, 2023* Time: 5:30-7:30 pm* Public meeting for stakeholders to provide comments around the Loveland Classical Schools application. * Location: Estes Park Town Hall | 170 MacGregor Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517* January 10, 2023* Time: 8:30-11:00 am * Regular Board of Education Work Session * Location: Admin Conference Room | 1605 Brodie Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517* Regularly scheduled DAAC (District Accountability Advisory Committee) Meeting * Time: 4:15-5:45 pm * Location: Admin Conference Room | 1605 Brodie Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517* January 23rd, 2023 * Time: 6:15-TBD pm* Regular School Board meeting to receive DAAC and Superintendent recommendation regarding the Loveland Classical Schools charter into the district.* Location: Estes Park Town Hall | 170 MacGregor Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517* February 14, 2023* Regular Board of Education Work Session* Time: 8:30-11:00 am* Location: Admin Conference Room | 1605 Brodie Avenue * Regularly scheduled DAAC (District Accountability Advisory Committee) Meeting * Time: 4:15-5:45 pm * Location: Admin Conference Room | 1605 Brodie Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517 * February 27th, 2023* Time: 6:15 pm* Description: Regular EPSD Board meeting vote and adopt an official resolution regarding Loveland Classical Schools. @ Town Hall* Location: Estes Park Town Hall | 170 MacGregor Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517Additionally, a comment form has been created to allow for online feedback utilizing the Google Form found HERE.  Information collected by this form will be shared with the Board of Education, Superintendent Bode and Administration. This form will be accepting responses until January 10th, 2023. For more information and up to date details, please follow along on our website HERE. Kind Regards, Ruby Bode, Superintendent Here are the two emails I read on the episode: To members of the Estes Park School District Board,I reluctantly offer these comments regarding the proposed charter school application. Reluctantly, because based on my prior experiences with such issues in Estes Park, I suspect this may already be a done deal. Reluctantly also because I am aware that my comments may offend certain people including some who are good friends. Nevertheless, I believe the issues and concerns below should be part of the public record regarding the charter school application.Here is the first:LOVELAND CLASSICAL SCHOOL CHARTER PROPOSAL AND A BRIEF SUMMARY                                    OF SIGNIFICANT LCS POLICIES AND PROCEDURESOME HELPFUL DEFINITIONS:            A NON-PUBLIC (PRIVATE) SCHOOL IS A SCHOOL SUCH AS AN INDEPENDENT, PAROCHIAL OR HOME SCHOOL THAT DOES NOT RECEIVE ANY PUBLIC (TAXPAYER PROVIDED) FUNDING. THE OPERATIVE TERM HERE IS “INDEPENDENT” MEANING THAT BY NOT ACCEPTING PUBLIC FUNDING THE SCHOOL IS ALSO RELIEVED FROM FOLLOWING MOST STATE AND FEDERAL REGULATIONS THAT OFTEN ACCOMPANY THE RECEIPT OF GOVERNMENT FUNDING.            A CHARTER SCHOOL IS A PUBLIC SCHOOL THAT DOES RECEIVE TAXPAYER FUNDING; CONSEQUENTLY, A CHARTER SCHOOL MUST FOLLOW APPROPRIATE CORRESPONDING STATE REGULATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS THAT ACCOMPANY THE ACCEPTANCE OF TAXPAYER FUNDING.LCS POLICIES AND PROCEDURESA.    SCHOOL GOVERNANCE WILL BE DONE BY AN APPOINTED (NOT AN ELECTED) BOARD IN LOVELAND. THERE WILL BE NO DIRECT ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE TAXPAYERS OF THE ESTES VALLEY OF THE BOARD'S DECISIONS.B.     FUNDING PROVIDED TO THE LOVELAND CLASSICAL SCHOOL WILL ACCORDINGLY REDUCE FUNDING AVAILABLE TO  CURRENT ESTES VALLEY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENT PROGRAMS.  IN OTHER WORDS, THE PROPOSED LCS CHARTER SCHOOL WILL BE IN DIRECT FINANCIAL COMPETITION WITH THE ESTES PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT (EPSD), AND THUS EXACERBATE THE CURRENT FUNDING AND STUDENT NUMBERS CHALLENGES OF THE ESTES PARK SCHOOL DISTRICTC.     ADDITIONAL TAXPAYER PROVIDED STARTUP FUNDING FOR THE CHARTER SCHOOL WILL BE USED TO RENOVATE AND EXPAND CHURCH FACILITIES WHERE THE CLASSES WILL BE HELD (ESTES PARK BAPTIST CHURCH—CORNERSTONE) IN ESTES PARK. THE CHURCH WILL ALSO RECEIVE A YEARLY USE FEE.  THE MINISTER OF THE CHURCH TO RECEIVE THE RENOVATION MONEY IS ALSO ON THE BOARD OF THE LOVELAND CLASSICAL SCHOOL (A CLEAR CONFLICT OF INTEREST). ALL ALTERNATIVE LOCATIONS FOR THE PROPOSED LCS BRANCH ARE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN CHURCHES IN THE ESTES VALLEY.D.    ALTHOUGH COLORADO CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE REQUIRED TO ADMIT STUDENTS OF ALL INCOMES AND ACADEMIC ABILITIES, THEY ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION OR FOOD THAT CAN OFTEN BE  CRITICAL TO CERTAIN LOW INCOME FAMILIES. THE PROPOSED LOVELAND CLASSICAL CHARTER SCHOOL WILL NOT PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION AND MEAL PROGRAMS AS THE ESTES PARK PUBLIC SCHOOLS DO. STUDENTS MAY ALSO BE REQUIRED TO PURCHASED SCHOOL-SANCTIONED CLOTHING.E.     ALTHOUGH COLORADO TEACHER CERTIFICATION FOR LCS IS RECOMMENDED, IT IS NOT REQUIRED (THIS IS TRUE FOR ALL APPROVED COLORADO CHARTER SCHOOLS). THE LCS BOARD IN LOVELAND WILL THUS HAVE FINAL SAY ON TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS.F.     LCS POLICIES REGARDING CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:1.     “The theory of evolution in regard to human origins will not be taught at this time” “but such teaching is not intended to exclude other theories of human origin and development such as creation” (a potential Constitutional violation)2.     The LCS curriculum does not include human sexuality instruction (a potential violation of certain Colorado statutes unless an official waiver has been granted)3.     “Controversial issues” are defined as those of a political or social nature where there are differences of opinion and passions run high. These issues  may not be addressed in certain cases as determined by the LCS Board in Loveland. Thus, controversial issues may only be explored when arising from some part of the curriculum in grades 6-12. When these subjects come up, teachers will present an “impartial view” without proselytizing. Contemporary controversial issues will not be discussed in the elementary school, even if part of the Core Knowledge sequence, without Site Principal approval.*The above information is taken from a variety of sources. Since thorough and reliable information is limited, I welcome any additions and/or corrections to the above statementsMY PERSONAL ANALYSIS OF THE LCS CHARTER PROPOSALUnder the Colorado Charter School Act an approved charter school is allowed to have an independent governing board, to hire unlicensed teachers, to impose conservative dress codes and to provide creative and sometimes experimental approaches to teaching the general high school curriculum approved by the State Board of Education.At the same time, however, a charter school is still a public school that must be open to students of all income levels and academic abilities. It may not exercise the kind of selective admissions policies that are allowed to independent and parochial schools because a public school is intended to serve the general public, not a select group of like-minded people. A charter school may not promote religion (especially a particular religion) in any way, nor may it discriminate against any ethnic, racial or gender group in any way.In my personal opinion, The LCS application proposal fails the Charter School test. The refusal to teach the origins of human evolution clearly reveals the narrow fundamentalist religious education mission of the school. The LCS approach to human evolution has nothing to do with a “classical education” and it  is contrary to both state-approved scientific education and the general public's belief in appropriate scientific education. LCS's motivation is further affirmed by the accompanying proposed religious locations, taxpayer supported church startup funding  (and consequent Board membership conflicts of interest). Lack of local control of the LCS Board is also an issue of  concern.In addition to failing the appropriate religious test for a charter school, LCS also fails the general test of how to approach controversial issues. The seemingly benign language and processes regarding the teaching and discussion of controversial issues leaves far too much power in the hands of the Site Principal and the independent LCS Board. Parsed carefully, the language is very similar to the language of requirements imposed in Texas and Florida to promote particular political views by carefully and intentionally limiting and censoring discussion of certain controversial issues. Restricting faculty responses and faculty led discussions to this degree may be fine for the promotion of certain political, social or religious agendas, but it is not good public education.In summary, the LCD proposal is a proposal for a private school designed to meet the needs, not of the general public, but instead mostly to satisfy the needs and desires of conservatives,  religious fundamentalists and evangelical Christians. There is nothing wrong with a private school to satisfy those needs and desires, but there is everything wrong for such a school to expect to be supported by public taxpayer funding. Should the current School Board support such a proposal,  future bond issues and appeals for public funding may consequently fall on deaf ears from a significant portion of the taxpaying public who will not forgive the Board for helping to financially undermine the Estes Park School District in order to serve the narrow and minority agenda of a powerful religious and political lobbying group. Does the EPSD need to significantly improve its academic program in some areas? Yes it does, and this should be the Board's focus rather than encouraging a competitive charter school with particular political and religious agendas that risk doing more harm than good to the public school system.*My reactions to this charter school proposal are based on 36 years of teaching in independent schools (including nine years as a Headmaster), service on the Board of the Association of Colorado Independent Schools, and participation in a number of ACIS Accreditation Evaluations.As my background implies, I am not opposed to independent schools, religious schools or charter schools. The school choice program in Colorado has certainly benefited my children and grandchildren. Would I be opposed to any type of charter school in Estes Park? No, I would not be, as long as the charter school is a true “public school” in the sense that it serves the entire community (i.e. that it is without inappropriate political, social or religious baggage).  Am I opposed to a  “classical school” without the aforementioned baggage?  Not necessarily, although having taught both Western Civilization and Global Studies(along with Comparative Religions) I would offer the caveat that too much focus on the Western Canon may not well serve our increasingly diverse student population. Consequently, any proposed charter school should take that into consideration and avoid offering “canned curriculums” often provided by groups with particular agendas that may not be appropriate as part of the Estes Park “public” school system.In this vein, I urge individual Estes Park Board members, as you consider this charter proposal, to act as stewards of the overall Estes Valley educational community and not as perceived representatives of any particular political, social or religious action group.Here is the second: We are writing to strongly oppose the LCS-EV application.   The money that it siphons from the school district will have a serious negative impact on the quality of education the district will be able to provide for students who do not attend the new school.  The data show that Estes Valley schools are performing well, but this change could mean fewer teachers and possibly lower salaries which are already among the lowest in the nation.  Also, it is a clear violation of the separation between church and state for the district to spend $50,000 renovating a church to accommodate the special needs of the new school.The financial requirements for the students in the new school will eliminate any students of limited means, because they will not be able to afford the uniforms, lunches, and transportation.  There are many parents in Estes Park who work in the service industries who are barely able to afford living in Estes.  This is discrimination against those parents and students.It seems to us that spending a half million dollars for the benefit of 40-70 students is fiscally unsound. Diluting the money from tax dollars to run two schools does not provide the highest quality of education for the students in either one.If the school is approved, the Estes Park elected school board cedes any oversight to the appointed board of the Loveland Charter School, who are not local residents.  The board even includes the pastor of the host church……talk about a conflict of interest!  And to imagine that the Loveland board--not even required to appoint certified teachers--will appoint anyone but religious pedagogues is naive. We want to emphasize that we are NOT opposed to religious schools....one of us attended them, after all.  But this is a thinly disguised attempt to use public money to fund a religious school, and that is what is not acceptable.  If there are parents who want their children in a religious school, they should be willing to pay for it.-- Mary and Barry HanniganEstes Park, COwww.blackcanyonrecords.com/maryHere is the link to the Great Schools reviews I read from: https://www.greatschools.org/colorado/loveland/4273-Loveland-Classical-School/reviews/And just for fun, here is Willam Burroughs reading his Thanksgiving Poem: Today's episode is sponsored by: Get full access to The Colorado Switchblade at www.coloradoswitchblade.com/subscribe

The Way Out Is In
The Art of Laziness: Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There! (Episode #41)

The Way Out Is In

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 70:47


Welcome to episode 41 of The Way Out Is In: The Zen Art of Living, a podcast series mirroring Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh's deep teachings of Buddhist philosophy: a simple yet profound methodology for dealing with our suffering, and for creating more happiness and joy in our lives. This time, the presenters, Zen Buddhist monk Brother Phap Huu and journalist Jo Confino, discuss the forgotten art of resting and how to free the word ‘laziness' from its Western slander – as an equivalent of torpor or sloth – through the wisdom of Zen Buddhist teachings. Also, what is the story behind the weekly ‘lazy day' in Plum Village? How does laziness support the doing? Could laziness be the route to healing? Brother Phap Huu shares the story of how ‘lazy day' became part of the Plum Village tradition, along with advice that Thich Nhat Hanh gave about being in a state of laziness – one of the key attributes to a healthy and happy life. The Brother further touches upon setting the right intentions; clarity; true presence and the awkwardness of quiet; Thay's openness; allowing ourselves to be cared for; constant busyness, what it’s like to face oneself, and learning to do nothing; and being mindfully… angry. And the surprise the presenters got when trying to record this episode about laziness on a lazy day. Jo shares his experiences of a recent trip to New York and how to not get caught in the nonstop doing of large cities; laziness as an act of generosity; happiness as the avoidance of suffering; spaciousness; laziness as healing; and integrating lazy moments into a busy day for surprisingly creative results. The episode ends with a reading from the ‘Lazy Day' chapter of Thich Nhat Hanh's book Happiness, and a short meditation guided by Brother Phap Huu.  Co-produced by the Plum Village App:https://plumvillage.app/ And Global Optimism:https://globaloptimism.com/ With support from the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation:https://thichnhathanhfoundation.org/ List of resources ‘The Art of Mindful Living'https://plumvillage.org/mindfulness/mindfulness-practice/ Clips: ‘What's the Point of Doing Nothing?'https://plumvillage.org/library/clips/the-art-of-being/ Dalai Lamahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalai_LamaThe Art of Happinesshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Art_of_Happiness Persimmonhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persimmon Sister Chan Khonghttps://plumvillage.org/about/sister-chan-khong/ Mudrahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mudra Estes Park, Coloradohttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estes_Park,_Colorado Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practiceshttps://www.parallax.org/product/happiness-essential-mindfulness-practices/ Quotes “In quietness we can recognize new things.” “If we’re constantly in planning mode – especially those who have busy working weeks – we don’t give the space for anything to emerge. We don’t give a chance for spontaneity, for our creativity, for grace – or whatever we call it – to flow through us, because we’re always trying to be in control. And so, when we have space, another part of us shows up.” “Western society has co-opted ‘laziness' to be negative, but laziness gives us space. And in this space we are able to have meaningful insights and then be able to act differently. So it’s a powerful practice.” “In today’s society, we can all identify that we have a restlessness habit. We don’t know how to be still. We don’t know how to do nothing.” “Even if we are given a day to rest or a vacation, sometimes we make our vacation busier than it should be and we get even more tired. And there is such a habit in us, transmitted to us by maybe our ancestors, our culture, our society, that we shouldn’t be still; that there is not enough time to live. So we should be doing, doing, doing, and doing. Therefore, from these energies and these habits, we have a lot of tension, we have a lot of anxiety, we don’t know how to rest and so are not able to be present. And when we’re not able to be present for ourselves, for our bodies, for our loved ones, can we actually say that we are alive? Can we actually experience life to the fullest if we’re not present?” “It’s only when we touch our suffering that we can go through it.” “Laziness gives us a chance to meet ourselves, because so much of our life is looking outward and receiving input from outside. But when we’re with ourselves, we have to experience many parts of ourselves. And it’s only when we do that that we can heal. So it feels like laziness is the route to healing.” “Freedom comes from inside, but we need [the right] conditions, so the lazy day allows us to learn to be with oneself.” “Part of our tradition is Zen, and Zen has meditation, and to meditate we have to learn to be still in order to stop. And what are we stopping? We’re stopping our habit and energy of running, whether it is in our minds or in our body. And so learning to be still is an art. It’s a wonderful art and it is actually a very difficult training.” “The first thing people do is look for interaction: ‘Okay, I have space and time now, let’s go talk to someone.' And that is also covering up loneliness in us or covering up the emptiness that can be there. But if you actually listen to the space and the time, you may be able to really get in touch with the simple wonders of life.” “We know that breath is also an energy – so talking takes a lot of energy. This lazy day has been prescribed for our community to learn to rest and heal.” “It’s like when there’s a forest fire: to stop the fire from burning they create a firebreak, a space the flames can’t jump over to continue the fire. It’s as if, when we’re consumed by fire, we need to create a space the flames cannot leap over and continue to burn our relationships or burn ourselves. So we have to create breaks where the flames of our lives will diminish and be put out.”

Exploration Local
Finding Clarity & Purpose In A Colorado Gap Semester, with Karsyn Andress

Exploration Local

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 41:12


Although widely accepted in Europe since the 1960's, the thought of a gap year in our western culture makes many people, especially parents, uneasy and questioning whether the experience will be fruitful. But a 2015 study at Temple University found that the gap year experience had proved fruitful and unanimously positive: 98% said their year had helped them develop as a person, 96% found it increased their self-confidence, and 93% agreed that it had increased their communications skills. Many also reported that their gap year helped them acquire skills to be successful in their careers, develop a greater understanding of other cultures, and made them see themselves as global citizens.In this episode, I catch up with my daughter, Karsyn, who graduated this past spring and is currently spending a gap semester at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. We talk about what the gap year experience has meant to her, how she's being challenged, and how she's growing. We also talk about her love and passion for the outdoors, and how growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains has helped shape her life and is impacting the things she wants to pursue in life.

The Colorado Switchblade
Now that the midterm elections are over, the Estes Valley Community must look to our futures for our local schools, Fire Protection District, and journalism.

The Colorado Switchblade

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 59:13


(Please Note: I am no longer on social media of any kind. If you feel this is an important story, please share it with the community via your social media.)As the Estes Park Community moves forward from the mid-term elections, the Colorado Switchblade begins to look into three separate issues that will have wide-ranging effects on our community. In today's podcast, I introduce these issues and begin digging into concerns, including an email circulating in our community sent to the stakeholders in our School District and local media regarding the upcoming decision to allow a right-wing Christian-based charter school into our community and in part funded by taxpayer funds that would otherwise go to our school district. Here is the concerned email sent to community stakeholders over the weekend unedited in its entirety:To:Ms. Stacy Ferree, President, Estes Park School District R3 Board of EducationMs. Ava Kendal, Vice President, Estes Park School District R3 Board of EducationMr. John Davis, Treasurer/Secretary, Estes Park School District R3 Board of EducationMr. Eric Adams, Director, Estes Park School District R3 Board of EducationMr. Jason Cushner, Director, Estes Park School District R3 Board of EducationCc:Ms. Rube Bode, Superintendent, Estes Park School District R-3Ms. Heather Gooch, Assistant to BOE and Superintendent Ms. Bev Bachman, Chair, District Advisory Accountability CommitteeMs. Wendy Rigby, Estes Park Trail-GazetteMs. Kris Hazelton, Estes Park News Mr. Jason VanTatenhove, Colorado Switchblade  Ms. Anne Delaney, Greeley TribuneMr. Will Costello, Loveland Reporter-Herald   Dear Board Members,Thank you for your service to the Estes Park School District.I realize that you will soon have before you a decision regarding the application for a branch of the Loveland Classical School (LCS) charter school here in the Estes Valley (known as ‘LCS-EV').  As a citizen of the district and a firm advocate for public education I am writing to you to express some concerns I have regarding this application and why it should not be granted. I have read the application and information available on the LCS website (such as the Student and Guardian Handbook) in detail, and some of the information raises concerns as to whether LCS is truly a public school with a culture open and accepting of everyone, or is it a private school culture focused on a select few of like-minded people?As you make this very important decision, I encourage you to analyze the following issues.·        Concern for the governance and location of LCS-EVo   Governance: Per the LCS-EV application, LCS-EV will be governed by the appointed – not elected – LCS Board of Directors. This may be standard practice in a private school – but not in a public school. This board is based in Loveland – not Estes Park. Where is the accountability to Estes Park and the tax-paying public?(LCS-EV application, page 58) o   Location: Per the LCS-EV application, LCS-EV is proposed to be housed at Cornerstone Church of the Estes Valley. If that location does not work out, 2 other Estes Park churches have said they would provide space. Cornerstone Church will receive $50,000 for improvements and $15,000 per year. How can LCS-EV, a public school, funded by public tax dollars, reside within a church, and yet claim this will have no influence? (LCS EV Application pages 82 and 83)o   Furthermore, the pastor of Cornerstone Church of Estes Valley is on the Board of LCS. This clearly presents a conflict of interest. https://www.lovelandclassical.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=501968&type=d&termREC_ID=&pREC_ID=staffhttps://www.ccestes.com/abouto   On November 14, 2021, leaders of LCS, along with several other Front Range Religious and Charter schools, published an ad in the Fort Collins and Loveland papers expressing opposition to county health orders (which reflected those of the Academy of Pediatrics) regarding the Covid pandemic.  https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=4440398442664456&set=pb.100063708206177.-2207520000o   Per the LCS-EV application, if LCS-EV fails to meet the predicted number of students, it will fall short of its revenue goals and in turn, it will use LCS ‘Reserves' as required. As I'm sure you are aware, LCS Reserves are from the Thomas School District (TSD). Any formal statement from TSD regarding this must be made public; both communities deserve to be informed.▪        The predicted number of students for LCS-EV is 12 per grade level (grades 1 – 8) for the first year, 2 additional students per grade level the following year, and 1 additional student per grade level for all subsequent years.▪        The LCS-EV application states that they have an ‘intent to enroll' 62 students, however, 20 of those are listed in grades 7 and above – so they will not be eligible when LCS-EV opens. Likewise, the number of ‘intent to enroll' students K-6 is considerably less than (by 50%) the 12 per grade level (just looking at K-6) required in year 1 to be self-sustaining.(LCS-EV application pages 13 and 79)·        Socio-Economic status of students. Will certain requirements/aspects of LCS-EV make it difficult for students of low-income families to enroll in LCS-EV?o   The application states that transportation will not be provided for LCS-EV students. This immediately limits many families from even considering LCS as an option.(LCS EV Application page 83)o   The application does not commit to providing food service. While it discusses some options, not having a firm plan that will ensure its students have access to free meals also eliminates many families.(LCS EV Application pages 83 and 84)o   LVS provides a Dress Code Catalog as a guide for purchasing school-sanctioned clothing. Most of the recommended stores are financially out of reach for low-income families. https://www.lovelandclassical.org/ourpages/auto/2021/9/7/43188581/LCS_Dress_Code_Catalog.pdf?rnd=1631008009000o   There is a $75 per student fee to attend LCS-EV.(LCS EV Application page 80)·        Students being accepted for their authentic selves.o   The dress code for LCS as available on their website as well as in the LCS-EV application makes it clear that a student is to conform to the school's view of what is appropriate (including on a gender basis) and therefore, a student may not be permitted to attend school as their true authentic self, even if a parent is supportive of such choices. And while I agree that a level of dress code is necessary in a public-school setting, the LCS dress code is completely out of date for today's public schools. Furthermore, it is up to the administration to determine the implementation of words such as ‘conservative', ‘wholesome', ‘modestly', and ‘traditional'.  (LCS EV Application pages 44 and 45)https://www.lovelandclassical.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=501965&type=dhttps://www.lovelandclassical.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=501968&type=d&termREC_ID=&pREC_ID=968022Examples include:▪        Students are to have a conservative appearance, choosing clothing that fits properly and modestly, and adheres to the wholesome, conservative image stated in the dress code purpose. Board stated Dress Code Purpose: Students, faculty, volunteers, and staff are expected to have a conservative appearance, projecting a wholesome and traditional image at all times.▪        Jewelry/Earrings: Please note that the application and the LCS online dress code for elementary students are not the same. Regarding jewelry, the application states “non-distracting” but the on-line LCS dress code states that only girls are permitted to wear earrings.  Why the discrepancy and why the gender discrimination?▪        Non-ear piercings are not allowed at any grade level at LCS. These types of piercings, such as a small nose ring, are very common today, are only done with parental permission, and allow a student to express their individuality.▪        Only natural hair color and ‘traditional' hairstyles are permitted. As above with non-ear piercings, a student (with their parent's permission) should be allowed to express their individuality with their own hair. Likewise, who makes the judgment on what is ‘traditional'?·        Limited authentic education for certain topics (censorship?)I think we can all acknowledge that we live in a challenging time in terms of certain issues and if and how they should be taught or discussed within our schools – especially public schools. However, the policies of LCS raise the question of whether students will even be allowed to discuss certain topics. If topics are not addressed openly, honestly, and unbiasedly, students are therefore in an environment of censorship and limited exposure to real-world situations. Examples include:o   Controversial Topics. The LCS policy on Controversial Topics is a perfect example of the above. Controversial issues are defined as contemporary problems, subjects, or questions of a political or social nature where there are differences of opinion and passions run high. Controversial issues will only be explored when arising from some part of the curriculum (grades 6-12). When these subjects come up, teachers will present an impartial view of both sides without proselytizing. Contemporary controversial issues will not be discussed in the elementary school even if part of the Core Knowledge sequence, without Site Principal approval.https://www.lovelandclassical.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=501968&type=d&termREC_ID=&pREC_ID=968022o   Evolution. LCS wants to avoid the topic of evolution. The LCS policy on the teaching (or lack thereof) of evolution will limit LCS students in learning basic science principles. Much of modern biology rests on the theory of evolution. The Core Knowledge sequence introduces the theory of evolution in the 7th grade. LCS will adhere to the Core Knowledge sequence. The theory of evolution in relation to human origins will not be taught at this time. In the high school biology class the evolutionary theories of human development will be canvassed. The teaching of evolution is not intended to exclude other theories of human origins and development, such as Creation. Nevertheless, we will not teach these theories but refer students back to their parents.https://www.lovelandclassical.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=501968&type=d&termREC_ID=&pREC_ID=968022o   Human sexuality. The LCS policy states:LCS does not include within its curriculum “human sexuality instruction” as defined in C.R.S. § 22-1-128. https://www.lovelandclassical.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=501968&type=d&termREC_ID=&pREC_ID=968022Information regarding this Colorado Education Statute can be found at:https://www.cde.state.co.us/cohealth/policiesandguidelines-health andhttps://codes.findlaw.com/co/title-22-education/co-rev-st-sect-22-1-128.htmlC.R.S. § 22-1-128 begins by stating:Colorado youth have a right to receive medically and scientifically accurate information to empower them to make informed decisions that promote their individual physical and mental health and well-being.Why does LCS not believe in providing this information to their students?·        Supporters of LCS-EV. On October 27, 2022, the Estes Park Trail-Gazette published several names of supporters of LCS-EV. https://www.eptrail.com/2022/10/27/group-supports-charter-school-in-estes-park/Some concerns and perceptions of conflict of interest among this group include:o   Several are current or former pastoral staff of churches – which again – leads to the perception of conflict of interest and whether LCS-EV is a truly public school or has characteristics of a private religious school.o   There are 2 supporters on the TG list (Jay Jacobsmeyer and Eunice Docter) that donated a total of $6400 to the campaigns of 2 school board members in 2021. https://tracer.sos.colorado.gov/PublicSite/Search.aspxo   I am personally aware that many on the TG list of supporters do not have school-age children. As you have access to enrollment data, I would encourage you to analyze how many people on the list actually have school-age children.·        LCS Reviews / Student attritiono   As I am sure you are aware, LCS has received several one-star reviews on “GreatSchools.org” where parents have withdrawn their children from LCS.https://www.greatschools.org/colorado/loveland/4273-Loveland-Classical-School/reviews/o   While these reviews are anecdotal, as you do your own analysis and investigation, I encourage you to understand how many students have enrolled and then unenrolled in LCS and then make the information available to the community.o   One 1-star review stated:“Horrible school. Very narrow-minded school, no diversity. They push students out who don't fit their exact want.”o   One 5-star review raises red flags of a different sort: “If you want a private education for your kids without having to pay for it, this is your school.”Thank you for taking the time to read through these concerns. You were all elected by the Estes Valley community to do everything in your power to support and promote the Estes Park School District and the children of our community. Please do not let the desires of a limited group of people impact the incredible work that you and the school district administrators and staff are doing to accomplish your goals.Sincerely,Peggy MauermanAllenspark  Also, in today's episode, I speak about a mailer that will start to hit residents' mailboxes today sent out by the Estes Valley Fire Prevention District, asking for community input. A press release below discusses the request for public input and the link to participate in the survey. The Community update goes over all of this on the EVFPD's website. Here is a link to the internal survey they conducted on the same issues: Today, I just introduce the topic briefly but I plan to have Chief Wolf on for a few conversations starting later this week regarding the reality of our communities fire protect moving forward. I also briefly discuss a community conversation on the topic of local journalism I will be a part of at the Fort Collins Public Library this coming Wednesday evening.According to a piece by The Coloradan's, Editor, Eric Larsen: From 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, Northern Colorado Deliberative Journalism Project partner Poudre River Public Library District will host its next edition of The Scoop community conversation series, focusing on the future of journalism in Northern Colorado and beyond.The event will be held at the Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St. in Fort Collins. It is free for the public to attend, but registration is encouraged at www.poudrelibraries.org/events.The community discussion and mediated debate will focus not just on the Coloradoan, a Deliberative Journalism Project partner, but how area residents find trustworthy, fact-based news today and how that will change in the future…According a recent mapping project conducted by the nonprofit Colorado Media Project, there are 25 identified providers of news in Larimer County across television, radio, digital and print media. They range from niche magazines like Craft Beer and Brewing to "legacy media" newspapers like the Coloradoan, Loveland Reporter-Herald and Estes Park Trail-Gazette. They include community organizations like Fort Collins Public Media and one-man online sites like Jason Van Tatenhove's Colorado Switchblade.Today's post is sponsored by: Get full access to The Colorado Switchblade at www.coloradoswitchblade.com/subscribe

The Colorado Switchblade
Make sure you have all the legal resources you need to confront the complex array of challenges this election is poised to present, an interview with Georgetown Law ICAP's Special Litigation Counsel.

The Colorado Switchblade

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2022 46:03


In today's episode, we go over the general election here in Larimer County, Colorado, and Estes Park.I bring on special guest Rupa Bhattacharyya, who is Special Litigation Counsel at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP), to speak about the guidance and resources that ICAP has put out leading up to our midterm elections. These fact sheets go over a broad range of timely election-related topics, from voter intimidation and unauthorized paramilitary activity to video recording at polling places and law enforcement's role in ensuring safe voter participation, and more. Please find links to all their guidance here and below;ICAP has partnered with the following organizations the States United Democracy Center, Crime and Justice Institute, and 21CP Solutions, for their collaboration on several of these guidance documents.* Fact sheets for all 50 states explaining the laws barring unauthorized private militia groups and what to do if groups of armed individuals are near a polling place or voter registration drive* Fact sheet on voter intimidation laws, what kinds of conduct could constitute voter intimidation, and what to do if you experience voter intimidation* Guidance outlining actions election officials can take to address and prevent voter intimidation, including by armed individuals or groups* Guidance on law enforcement's role in ensuring safe voter participation at the polls* Guidance on the authority of state government to regulate poll observer conduct* Guidance on managing vehicular protests during election season* Fact sheet on the “constitutional sheriffs” movement and the limits on sheriffs' authority to involve themselves in election administration* Fact sheet on video recording in or near polling places* Guidance for election, law enforcement, and public safety officials to mitigate the threat of political violence throughout an election period.* Fact sheet—in response to the increase in threats against public officials and private individuals whose jobs involve election integrity or tabulating and certifying the vote—making clear, with legal support, that threats and incitement to violence are not protected by the First Amendment and violate a number of federal and state criminal laws* Un recurso, en español, sobre protección contra la intimidación de votantes* Guidance for law enforcement about how to protect election staff and ballots during the vote-counting period while also protecting First Amendment rights during public demonstrationsImmediately before joining the Institute, Rupa served as the Special Master for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), which is administered by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and compensates those who suffered personal injuries or died as a result of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the rescue and recovery efforts undertaken in their aftermath. In 2019, Rupa was awarded DOJ's Civil Division's Michael F. Hertz Memorial Award for Exceptional Professionalism & Outstanding Performance, and in 2020 she was awarded the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service. She is a 2022 Finalist for the Paul A. Volcker Career Achievement Service to America Medal, awarded annually by the Partnership for Public Service.Rupa joined DOJ's Civil Division in 1996 through the Attorney General's Honors Program, where she defended federal government agencies and employees in claims arising under the U.S. Constitution, the Administrative Procedure Act, and other federal statutes. In August 2008, Rupa accepted a Senior Executive Service position as the Deputy Assistant General Counsel for International Affairs at the Department of the Treasury. In that capacity, Rupa supervised a team of attorneys handling legal activities relating to a broad range of international economic, financial, and regulatory matters, and in 2012, received an Exceptional Service Award from the Secretary of the Treasury.In April 2012, Rupa returned to DOJ as a Director in the Torts Branch, with oversight over the Office of Constitutional and Specialized Tort Litigation. In that capacity, she managed the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Program, as well as litigators on the Constitutional Torts staff. She was appointed by the Attorney General to serve as the VCF's Special Master in July 2016.Prior to federal service, Rupa served as a law clerk for the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons, then of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee and now of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Rupa graduated from Harvard Law School and has a Master's degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Her undergraduate degree is from Tulane University in her hometown of New Orleans.I also mention the special live show I was a part of last week in LA with the Mea Culpa podcast, their first-ever LIVE SHOW recorded at the El Rey Theatre on November 1st, 2022. With comedian, actress, and activist Kathy Griffin. Griffin is a two-time Emmy and Grammy winner who's been inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for writing and starring in an unprecedented 23 televised stand-up specials!!! Griffin has been twice on the New York Times best-seller list and performed for sold-out crowds around the globe. Also joining Michael is Harry Litman, the former US Attorney, and Deputy Assistant Attorney General. Litman is currently the legal affairs columnist for the Los Angeles Times and a professor of Constitutional Law at UCLA and UCSD. Harry can be seen as a legal and political commentator on CBS, NPR, MSNBC, and CNN. Litman is also the creator and host of the Talking Feds Podcast. To round out our top-shelf lineup is the former national media director for the Oath Keepers, Jason Van Tatenhove. Van Tatenhove testified before the January 6th Committee and is the author of the upcoming book, “The Perils of Extremism …How I Left the Oath Keepers and Why We Should be Concerned about a Future Civil War”. Van Tatenhove has been instrumental in helping the country understand more about the inner workings of extremist para-military groups like the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys, and he's currently hosting his own podcast and writing weekly articles for the Colorado Switchblade. This panel of excellent guests discusses everything from being canceled to what to expect from the midterms. This special episode is hilarious and off the cuff. Enjoy!You can listen to them by clicking the below links:Today's post is sponsored by: Get full access to The Colorado Switchblade at www.coloradoswitchblade.com/subscribe

United Church of God Sermons
'the Mystery of the Resurrection'

United Church of God Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2022 48:49


By Jay Ledbetter in Estes Park, Colorado 2022 - October 11, 2022 - In coming to the 58 Verses found in 1 Corinthians 15, we discover the most direct discussion regarding the coming resurrection. The whole Gospel rests upon this Truth! Join this study to have the mystery revealed.

United Church of God Sermons
'the Mystery of the Resurrection'

United Church of God Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2022 48:49


By Jay Ledbetter in Estes Park, Colorado 2022 - November 5, 2022 - In coming to the 58 Verses found in 1 Corinthians 15, we discover the most direct discussion regarding the coming resurrection. The whole Gospel rests upon this Truth! Join this study to have the mystery revealed.

United Church of God Sermons
God Has Not Forgotten Them

United Church of God Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2022 70:04


By Scott Ashley in Estes Park, Colorado 2022 - October 17, 2022 - The 17th-century British philosopher Thomas Hobbes famously said in describing the condition of humanity, “The life of man is nasty, brutish and short.” For most of human history that has been the story of mankind. If there is a God, how could He allow such suffering? That question has led many to atheism. A common phrase on tombstones is “Gone but not forgotten.” But the reality is that man has forgotten with the passage of time, but God has never forgotten all those who have gone before. There is only One who truly remembers them, and that is God. And He has a plan for them as shown by this day—a plan that will enable all who have ever lived to attain all they ever hoped and dreamed for but could never attain in a world of spiritual imprisonment under the misrule of Satan the devil. What does this day teach us about the nature of the God whom we worship?

United Church of God Sermons
'the Mystery of the Resurrection'

United Church of God Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2022 48:49


By Jay Ledbetter in Estes Park, Colorado 2022 - October 11, 2022 - In coming to the 58 Verses found in 1 Corinthians 15, we discover the most direct discussion regarding the coming resurrection. The whole Gospel rests upon this Truth! Join this study to have the mystery revealed.

United Church of God Sermons
Why Do We Go to the Feast, and Why Do You Go to the Feast?

United Church of God Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2022 50:58


By Scott Ashley in Estes Park, Colorado 2022 - October 10, 2022 - If we are to get the most out of these eight days we are gathered for the Feast fo Tabernacles and Eighth Day, we need to understand the answers to these two questions. The Bible gives us seven specific reasons for why we collectively go to the Feast, and why we individually and personally go to the Feast. In this sermon we examine those reasons.

TechnoRetro Dads
Enjoy Stuff: And Other Creepy Tales

TechnoRetro Dads

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 91:08


Enjoying Halloween sometimes means some real-life spooky stories. This week we look into some of our local legends and tales that have creeped us out since our youth. Jay and Shua will be hiding under the bed for most of this week's Enjoy Stuff.    Tune in for some spooky legends we have experienced and why it helps make Halloween fun on Enjoy Stuff   News Michael Keaton? Johnny Depp? BEETLEJUICE 2???!!! (You had me at Keaton) Kellogg's Launches New Avatar: The Way of Water Inspired Cereal Doctor Who? You mean, Doctor Where? The answer is Disney+ Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson are writing a 'Star Wars' film Make sure you check out our TeePublic store to get ready for the holidays and all the latest fashion trends What we're Enjoying After hearing about Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd reuniting at NYCC, he decided to download the most recent self-narrated book by Fox called, “​​No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality”. It is really an eye-opening and inspirational story. Jay discovered that his new house may hold some secrets in the form of a deep hole that may or may not be a Hellmouth. If we notice any demons emerging from below, we'll let you know.    Sci-Fi Saturdays/MCU Location Scout Sci-Fi Saturdays ended its crossover with 31 Days of Horror by looking at the creepy Sci-Fi thriller Event Horizon. It returns to traditional form with Bruce Willis and Gary Oldman in The Fifth Element. Book your multipass now!   Enjoy Life! Spooky tales and legends get passed down from generation to generation. Come along with us and hear about some that have taken place where we live throughout our life.    We start by sharing some of the ones we loved as kids, such as the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Mothman, and Chessie, the Chesapeake Bay monster. These get us excited to go get spooked and learn some history at the same time.    Shua shares some legendary Colorado tales such as the Ghosts of Cheesman park, Riverdale Road, and of course the Shining inspired ghosts of The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park.    He also shares his favorite tale of the supposed cannibal Alferd Packer, who ate the men he was supposed to be leading over a pass in the winter. Something Shua always discourages his tour guides to do.    Jay tells about the chilling tale of St Mary's College in Ellicott, Maryland and the location of the Blair Witch Project, which has eerie tales of its own.    The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California is the setting of many a ghost tale and mysteries of the widow who lived there. Plus, Jay shares a very creepy story of his youth when he almost became a character in another ominous happening.   Do you have spooky stories from where you live? Have you ever stayed in a haunted house? First person that emails me with the subject line, “I'm hiding in the closet” will get a special mention on the show.  Let us know. Come talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to EnjoyStuff@RetroZap.com

The Money Multiplier Podcast
Your Thinking is Flawed...Here's Why

The Money Multiplier Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022 13:40


AND WE'RE BACK!! Hannah here. Coming to you from Estes Park, Colorado for another episode of The Money Multiplier Podcast. In this episode I'll be diving into my least favorite questions I get when it comes to this concept.    Have a topic you want me to discuss? Feel free to send any questions or comments to hannah@themoneymultiplier.com.    Join me October 24th in Westbury, NY where I will be speaking on The Money Multiplier Method at the Life On Track Summit. Reserve your seats here: https://www.lifeontracksummit.com/.    Check out our Social Media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the.money.multiplier Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themoneymultiplier Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaDvMSpm4xUumW-MWxNfA9g Hannah: https://www.instagram.com/hannah_kesler If you've read this far down - email mady@themoneymultiplier.com for a FREE copy of Mapping Out the Millionaire Mystery by Brent Kesler and Chris Naugle.

United Church of God Sermons
Welcome to the 2022 Feast of Tabernacles!

United Church of God Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 45:22


By Rick Shabi in Bastrop, Texas 2022, Bend-Redmond, Oregon 2022, Branson, Missouri 2022, Cincinnati, Ohio 2022, Estes Park, Colorado 2022, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 2022, Glacier Country, Montana 2022, Jekyll Island, Georgia 2022, Ocean City, Maryland 2022, Panama City Beach, Florida 2022, Pewaukee, Wisconsin 2022, St. George, Utah 2022 - October 9, 2022 - This video was played during the opening night service of the Feast of Tabernacles. United Church of God president, Rick Shabi speaks of the great meaning the Feast holds as we begin this year's festival.

Thru the Wringer with Mike an Jo
Episode #70 Cannibalistic Vibes in the Rocky Mountains

Thru the Wringer with Mike an Jo

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2022 36:54


Mike and Jo discuss their hike from hell in Estes Park, CO, Jo discloses her "chipmunk whisperer" status, and Mike gets deep about why judgmental people suck. Are you enjoying our podcasts? Did you know that when you rate and review us, other people who are searching for help can find us more readily?  Please review and rate us. I have instructions for apple and a link for podchaser below. Thank you so much! JUST CLICK THIS LINK! IT'S THAT EASY!Podchaserhttps://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/thru-the-wringer-with-mike-and-1962414Apple Podcasts1. On your iOS mobile device, launch Apple's Podcast app.2. Tap the Search tab in the lower right corner of the screen.3. Enter the name of the podcast you want to rate or review. Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right, or tap the podcast name in the drop down list.4. Tap the album art for the podcast.5. On the next screen, scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap on “Write a Review”.6. If you're not already signed into iTunes, you will be asked to enter your iTunes password to login.7. Tap the Stars to leave a rating.8. Enter a review title text and content to leave a review.9. Tap Send.10. Feel good about having contributed to the success of the Digital Health Community!Thank you for your support!Comments or suggestions? Questions? Reach out to us through email at:thruthewringer21@gmail.comWe are also now on social media:Instagram @thru.the.wringerFacebook: Thru the Wringer with Mike and Jo

THE EERIE USA PODCAST
Ep 27: Haunted Stanley Hotel, Colorado

THE EERIE USA PODCAST

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2022 22:18


In today's episode, we'll be visiting the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, a place with such a spooky atmosphere, it gave Stephen King the inspiration for his famous book after just a one night stay. Stay tuned for the end of the episode, where I'll read a brief except from my new book, Walking After Midnight: Tales for Halloween Part III.

Somethin’ Spookish
Eerie Encounters 4

Somethin’ Spookish

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 61:53


Today we talk with Sarah who shares stories about being receptive to messages about the future through channels like dreams and instances of sudden verbal communications. We also explore accounts from her time as a tour guide at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO. I wonder how many of our listeners have received messages in the same way Sarah has?Support the Show!https://www.somethinspookish.com/

The Colorado Switchblade
Hear from the candidates for Estes Park Chief of Police in their own words about why they want the job

The Colorado Switchblade

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 41:00


Correction: 11:11 am 10-4-22; According to the Town of Estes Park, the decision-making process will not be completed today. There are several steps that need to be taken before a decision is announced. We will update with more information on the decision as it becomes available.In today's episode, we hear from the candidates currently being considered in the hiring of the Town of Estes Park's new Police Chief. I recorded the audio during last night's community meet and greet with the candidates held at the Ridgeline Hotel's conference center. Also, I read the personal bios of each candidate that they submitted as part of the application process. Here is a link to the town's posting of the bios.A decision on a new Police Chief is expected soon.Today's post is sponsored by: Get full access to The Colorado Switchblade at www.coloradoswitchblade.com/subscribe

Econ Dev Show
67: How to Build a Business Accelerator in Your Small Town With Jana Sanchez

Econ Dev Show

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 29:26 Very Popular


If you want to see BR&E program that consists of more than just being a connector of information and contacts for your businesses, this is the episode for you. In tis episode, Jana Sanchez (https://www.linkedin.com/in/janalsanchez/) walks us through the ins and outs of the Business Accelerator Services of Estes (BASE) Program (https://adam-shake-zxjx.squarespace.com/ecenter) at the Estes Park EDC (https://adam-shake-zxjx.squarespace.com). The BASE Program is a 6-month intensive dive into building and growing your business, helping leaders in three core areas - Leadership, Operations, and Innovation. According to Jana, existing businesses need executive education in order to grow and expand. This should be an essential function of your business retention and expansion programs. Her accelerator is comprehensive executive education that is helping her mountain tourist town's businesses to expand. But not just that – her program can show positive , concrete results that help the EDC be better understood in the community, and raise more money. The episode is full of great insights, and success stories from Estes Park. Like this show? Please leave us a review here (https://econdevshow.com/rate-this-podcast/) — even one sentence helps! Special Guest: Jana Sanchez.

Colorado Matters
Sept. 22, 2022: Ukrainians find aid in Estes Park; Raizado ideas festival in Aspen

Colorado Matters

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 51:18


Since the war began, the small town of Estes Park in northern Colorado has become a haven for immigrants from Ukraine. Then, Colorado Mesa University's new athletic director makes history. And, a three-day celebration of Latinx culture, power and history in Aspen. Also, Grammy-winning saxophonist Gerald Albright prepares to take the stage at home, in Colorado.

Rocky Mountain Channel Podcast

We have a very special guest with us today who is definitely no strangerto Estes Park. In fact, perhaps for many folks who visit, he is Estes Park!Raised right here in Estes, this singer, songwriter and guitarist has beenplaying professionally since he was 15 years old. He specializes inoriginal folk and western music.In 2001, he performed for the president of the United States during hisvisit to Colorado.In 2008 he performed for the Democratic National Convention inDenver. A year later he received the Hawaii Music Award. He also wasawarded the All-Around Cowboy entertainer at the Aspen LodgeCowboy Poetry gathering.To date, he has recorded 24 albums featuring his original music thatreflects what he loves about nature and the western lifestyle.All of this, and, he is a veteran United States Coast Guard officer as well.We are talking about none other than our good friend Brad Fitch

The Colorado Switchblade
Back in the Saddle Again

The Colorado Switchblade

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 31:39


In today's episode, I catch up on local news, including a search and recovery in Rocky Mountain National Park. Two separate plane crashes in the local area and speak with comedians Andre Ferrell and Joe Kashnow, who will be performing on the 24th at The Ridgeline Hotel in a benefit show for our local American Legion Riders here in Estes Park. Here is the press release from Rocky Mountain National Park talked about on the show: Rocky Mountain National Park News Release September 20, 2022 For Immediate Release Kyle Patterson 970-586-1363 Recovery Operations Completed Sunday Near The Keyhole On Longs Peak     On Sunday, September 18, recovery operations took place for Russell Jacobs, 25, from Westminster, Colorado near the Keyhole Route on Longs Peak.  Rocky Mountain National Park's Search and Rescue Team contracted with Trans Aero helicopter to assist with prepositioning park rangers and aerial recovery operations. Jacobs' body was recovered at approximately 5 p.m. Sunday night by helicopter and transferred to the Boulder County Coroner's Office.           Late Friday afternoon, September 16, Jacobs contacted a friend via cellular phone that he was lost and that the weather was deteriorating rapidly.  Jacobs was unprepared for winter conditions or to spend an unplanned night at elevations above 13,000 feet. This information was relayed to park rangers.  Park rangers were briefly able to contact Jacobs via text message to ascertain his location and learned he was going to try to move toward the Agnes Vaille Shelter. Communication with him was then lost.       Members from Rocky Mountain National Park's Search and Rescue Team began searching in the Boulder Field and Keyhole area of Longs Peak on Friday afternoon.  Search efforts were hampered by accumulating snow, ice, 35 plus mile per hour winds, below freezing temperatures, night fall and bitter wind chill.  Rangers were able to reach the Agnes Vaille Shelter and could not locate the subject.  The search team set up shelter in the Boulder Field overnight in case the subject was still attempting to reach the trailhead. Searchers in the field reported snow and sleet continuing through the night in the search area.      Search efforts were started prior to sunrise on Saturday morning. Rangers reported continued winter like conditions in the area. A clearing in the weather allowed for Northern Colorado Med Evac air ambulance to fly over the search area to look for anyone in distress while rangers continued to search in the Boulder Field.  The man's body was located approximately 80 feet above The Ledges by park visitors.       The Boulder County Coroner's office will release the cause of death.      -NPS- Picture of recovery operations on Longs Peak this weekend ~courtesy of RMNPI also didn't mention it, but here is a news segment out of Florida that I was interviewed in that was released today: https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/i-team-investigates/state-of-hate/former-oath-keepers-propagandist-explains-his-redemption-and-the-danger-of-the-groupHere is the information regarding the comedy show talked about in the interview:Today's post is sponsored by: Get full access to The Colorado Switchblade at www.coloradoswitchblade.com/subscribe

Haunted Road
All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy.

Haunted Road

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 51:13 Very Popular


The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park is home to many legends - perhaps none more famous than Stephen King's stay in Room 217. But paranormal activity abounds at the historic hotel. Special Guest: Karl Pfeiffer   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Up Before You
#199: Eric Neeb on Going With The Flow, Aikido, Toga Parties

Up Before You

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 55:31


On Episode 199 I sit down with Eric Neeb. Eric is someone that I have gotten to know during my time at CrossFit Roots and someone that I now consider to be my friend. Eric is a cool dude in the sense that he has kinda just rolled with the punches and gone wherever life has taken him. He has worked as a backpacking guide, real estate agent, pilot, and now he owns 2 motels in Estes Park, CO. Eric is an avid CrossFitter and also a black belt in Aikido. As always, I hope that you enjoy this conversation as much as I did! 

Aftersight
Aftersight Ep. 45 Whats your Summit?

Aftersight

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 28:58


AINC was a part of a very special weekend, bringing people together with all different types of disabilities for one special hike in Estes Park. Evan Starnes the Audio Production Technician at AINC and Jonathan Price the Podcast Producer sit down with some of the special hikers to talk about their experiences with the hike and talk about their journey with disabilities. To visit the stories in more detail, please visit the links below. You will also find more information to make an impact in their lives if you so desire. Kara Bourhard (Star of the World) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXWVHjWpEJQ Noel Beauvais https://hopeinholland.org/ AINC Recources www.aincolorado.org/resources AINC Guest Request www.aincolorado.org/podcast-guest/

City Cast Denver
Day Trips! Our Recs For Your Long Weekend

City Cast Denver

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 32:42


Labor Day weekend is upon us! We put our heads together and came up with our favorite places around Colorado to fill that one extra day. We're talking tourist traps, killer hikes, dynamite vistas, and an Estes Park salt water taffy hack that you'll never forget. Host Bree Davies, producer Paul Karolyi, and newsletter editor Peyton Garcia are gossiping about the very best day trips that are a less than two-hour car ride outside Denver. Bree mentioned this recent Colorado Sun story about Leadville's recent transformation. Patty Calhoun wrote in to suggest the one-of-a-kind World's Wonder View Tower, which she co-owns.  Looking to catch up on some news before clocking out for the long weekend? Check out our morning newsletter: https://denver.citycast.fm/newsletter/ What great day trips did we miss? Let's talk. We're on Twitter @citycastdenver Looking to advertise on City Cast Denver? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads at citycast.fm/advertise Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

A Frayed Knot
EP 100, Christy Nockels, A Frayed Knot

A Frayed Knot

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 61:06


Hey, friends, it's our 100th Episode!!!! We are so excited to have reached this mark! We are also very excited to have our guest for today….Christy Nockels! Can you even believe it?!? Christy has been a worship leader, singer, and songwriter for several decades. She also has her own podcast, Glorious in the Mundane. If that's not enough, she has a book she's written called, The Life You Long For, and has a new album close to release. Christy shared with us about her scary season of being faced with hearing loss after a virus. This hearing loss was thought to be permanent; however, God is still the God of miracles! She shares her journey with us today, and we are so thankful for her heart for the Lord and how He has used her gifts for His glory. Christy Nockels Biography: As a worship leader for over 25 years, Christy Nockels would tell you that her heart is to simply lead others to connect and communicate with the living God. Christy began writing music and singing in the church at a young age, as the daughter of a pastor in Oklahoma. She met musician, Nathan Nockels, in 1993 at the Christian Artist Seminar in Estes Park, Colorado and the two married in 1995. The couple would form the Christian music duo, Watermark, touring nationwide and recording five acclaimed albums, including seven number one radio singles from 1998 to 2005, before laying down their Watermark journey for the sake of their family. Christy and Nathan were also among those invited by Louie and Shelley Giglio to be a part of the very first Passion Conference in Austin, TX, in 1997, which flourished into a fruitful twenty years of the couple songwriting and leading for the Passion Movement. Christy's voice and heart can be heard on songs like, “Waiting Here For You,” as well as her songwriting featured on church anthems like, “Lord, I Need You,” and “Healing is in Your Hands.” Christy now records for Keeper's Branch Records, the couple's independent record label, where they've enjoyed releasing fan-favorites like Be Held; Lullabies for the Beloved. Christy also launched a podcast in 2016 called, “The Glorious in the Mundane,” which is intentionally focused on helping women in any season of life, find the wonder and awe of God in the moments of the here and now. Christy and Nathan live in Franklin, TN where they love to gather around the farm table and even make music with their three children, Noah, Elliana and Annie Rose. They also love to spend time making their home, affectionally called Keeper's Branch, a place of rest for all who gather there. Recommended Resources and Songs Referenced: John 15 Abide, by Aaron Williams River of Grace, by Christy Nockels How Big You Are, by Christy Nockels Be Loved, by Christy Nockels By Our Love, by Christy Nockels Robin's Top 22 Favorite Christy Nockels songs: You Are My Stronghold, Waiting for You, Everything, Glory Baby, How Big You Are, Let It Be Jesus, Peace, By Our Love, Everything Is Mine In You, More Than You'll Ever Know, Arise and Be Comforted, My Heart Your Home, Driven to Humility, Where to Find Me, Amaryllis, Carry Your Name, A Grateful People, Incorruptible, Freedom Song, Be Loved, Who Am I, Jesus Rock of Ages #afrayedknotpodcast #100episodes #Abide, #miraculoushealing

The Colorado Switchblade
Breaking News: Retired Estes Park Police K9 Unit involved in Attack

The Colorado Switchblade

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 15:57


Correction August 18th, 8:33pm - A mistake was made in our reporting that the victim of the attack was not Diego's handler but another person at the residence. The Colorado Switchblade recently learned that the retired Estes Park K9 Unit Diego was involved in an attack on a person in his handler's residence. The incident occurred on August 3rd at approximately 9:28 PM. Medical care was required however, the extent of the injuries to the handler is still unconfirmed. After submitting a Colorado Open Records Request and reaching out to the public information officers for the Town of Estes Park, Greeley Police Department, and the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, confirmation and statements were given to the Colorado Switchblade. According to Estes Park Police (EPPD) Interm Chief Corey Pass: "On 080322 at 9:28 pm EPPD officers were dispatched to a home in Estes Park where a woman was screaming for help. Upon arrival, officers learned the woman had been attacked by a dog. Officers assisted medical personnel in helping the victim, who was transported to Estes Park Health. Due to the fact that the address and dog belonged to a former EPPD officer, it was decided to request the Larimer County Sheriff's Office conduct the investigation. "Our thoughts are with the victim and the family. We are doing everything we can to support them and, at the same time, respect their privacy in this difficult and private matter. We greatly appreciate the Larimer County Sheriff's Office for its support in assuming responsibility for investigating this case."Also included in the statement was a brief history of the K9 Unit's tenure with the EPPD:"When our trained K9 handler alerted us he was leaving Estes Park for another agency, EPPD conferred with experts in K9 programs at other agencies across the state. These experts supported our goal of transferring Diego to a new agency since we do not have another K9 handler or potential handler among our officers. Diego left service with EPPD and was briefly owned by Greeley PD, but he was retired by Greeley PD after a difficult transition. Greeley PD elected to retire Diego to his original handler as a pet. According to the Greeley PD Public Information Officer, Kent Keller:“I talked to my K9 guys and was told that we had K9 Diego for one day. The handler that we tried and the dog did not have a bond, which is not uncommon in the K9 handler world, I'm told, so we gave him back and began searching elsewhere for a better match.”He added in a second email about documentation on Diego's transfer to Greeley PD and back: “While dogs changing agencies/handlers isn't an everyday thing, it's not uncommon by any means either as handlers retire or leave the department before the dog is ready to. But it was likely just us calling back EPPD and saying, The dog and handler aren't bonding; we're gonna pass on him, thanks.” It's not a big official thing or anything. Kind of related, the bonding is a big portion of K9 handling. Our handlers meet and handle multiple dogs in the selection process to find a dog that fits the handler well and vice versa.”The Colorado Switchblade also asked the following questions of the Town of Estes Park's PIO: Can you tell me what K-9 standards the town used?Our policy states: Canine teams will be trained using proven techniques and methodologies established through the standards set forth by the Colorado and Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Service Dog Program or an established comparable program at the discretion of the Chief or their designee for narcotics-detector dogs and patrol dogs.The standards that both the K9 and handler were certified under are the Utah POST PSP-1.What part of the town's website would I be able to find the public records/documentation that was necessary for the creation of the K-9 unit, and do you know what the costs were in total for the program?Permission for the program came from the Chief of Police and the Town Administrator in Fall 2018. Funds were raised through donations from the community and outside sources. The total collected was $92,000, which was spent solely on K9 needs, including the K9 vehicle and training of both the dog and the handler. The K9 program was presented to EPPD staff on Nov. 18, 2018. The first donation was received on March 18, 2019. Diego was selected and purchased on September 12, 2019. The handler and K9 graduated from training, and Diego was sworn in on March 10, 2020. Also, do you know what the status of Diego is now? Has he been euthanized? Please check with the Sheriff's Office to see if they can help. We want to honor our partner agency's role, and it's not our information to share. Any word on the condition of the Handler? Was it the original K-9 officer? Because I thought he had to leave town. Please check with the Larimer County Sheriff to see if this is information they have. We want to honor our partner agency's role, and it's not our information to share. Was there a particular company or agency that the town used to acquire Diego? If so, which was it?A team of 2 experts from Loveland PD, 1 K9 veterinarian, the EPPD handler, and EPPD Sergeant all researched several kennels, and ultimately, all parties flew down to Florida, where they found Diego. Several dogs at different kennels were considered and put through a variety of tests and medical exams before a dog was selected. Diego was obtained on September 19, 2019, from a kennel known as Police Service Dogs in Oxnard, Florida. How long was the active tenure of Diego with the Estes Park Police Department?Diego was sworn in with EPPD on 03/10/20 until 07/13/22You can find more information on the Town of Estes Park's now stopped K9 Unit on their webpage here.This story is still ongoing and will be updated as more information becomes available. Today's post is sponsored by: Get full access to The Colorado Switchblade at www.coloradoswitchblade.com/subscribe

San Luis Valley Voices
Bustang Outrider-Serving The San Luis Valley

San Luis Valley Voices

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 30:49


Bustang's daily outrider services can get you to and from the San Luis Valley to areas such as Durango, Pueblo, Lamar, Salida, Buena Vista, Telluride, Canon City, and Penrose. with connecting services to major cities like Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Grand Junction. This comfortable, cutting-edge transportation alternative connects Colorado 7 days a week, 365 days per year. In this new podcast, learn all about this statewide service, from CDOT's Bustang Outrider Project Manager, Jeff Prillwitz. You'll hear about the resources available, standard accommodations, how to connect from the San Luis Valley to the rest of the state, the current special being offered, along with their special Pegasus, Snowstang, Estes Park and Denver Bronco buses; and how you easily & conveniently can get from the SLV to all of the major cities across our state.

Paranormal Encounters Podcast Series
Episode 154: Segment 149, Part 2, Heidi Hollis, Personal Experiences Bilocation, and Haunted Report

Paranormal Encounters Podcast Series

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2022 61:51


PARANORMAL ENCOUNTERS: Be Careful What You Wish For. This episode will run on the Para-X Radio Network (www.paraxradionetwork.com) on Thursday, March 16, 2023 from 11:00 PM-12:00 Midnight (EST). Educational. Entertaining. Intriguing.  On Part 2, Dr. Schutz continues interviewing Heidi Hollis, who is an author of several books (Shadow Man and the Hat Man, trademarked) and is the host of Dark Becomes Light, as heard on iHeart Radio AND Coast to Coast AM Paranormal Podcast about her personal experiences with BILOCATION.  Heidi has been featured globally on various television and radio programs like Ancient Aliens, Mysteries Decoded, Strange Evidence, Beyond Belief with George Noory, The Unexplained Files, and Mystery Hunters.  She is an Occupational Therapist treating clients with psychological, cognitive, learning, and physical challenges.  She also draws paranormal comics, known as The Outlanders.  To learn more about Heidi, go to www.shadowfolks.com; www.iheart.com; Instagram; Twitter; Facebook; YouTube; and TikTok.  She welcomes you to share your stories.  Contact her at www.heidihollis.com.  The segment is finished with a discussion about "bilocation" and moves to its end with the Haunted Report (Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado).  Visit my website to view all book covers (11 to date) found in the Paranormal Encounters Podcast Series at www.paranormaluniversalpress.com AND on Amazon.com.  Copyrighted. Go to Amazon.com, Kindle, Barnes & Noble to purchase. PLAY, LIKE, FOLLOW, and SUBSCRIBE to this program to be notified of future episodes. Doing so is FREE.TO WATCH GUESTS ON "DISEMBODIED VOICES" TV TALK SHOWAs of MAY 22, 2022, my new TV talk show, "Disembodied Voices" aired worldwide on the PARAFlixx Paranormal Streaming Network [subscription video on demand].  Subscribing to receive access to several paranormal TV series, Documentaries, Talk Shows, Spiritual/Motivational, Music, etc. is a fraction of the cost.  Ways to access - computer, TV, Roku, Firestick, android, ipad, iphone, etc.Take a moment to WATCH my guests visually in a personal interview.  Heidi Hollis will be on Season 3, Episode 6 on November 13, 2022, on PARAFlixx (www.paraflixx.com).  8/7 Central (USA time).  Shows remain on PARAFlixx indefinitely until changes to remove are made.DETAILS FOR 3-DAY FREE TRIAL and SUBSCRIBING to PARAFLIXXON INITIAL PAGE - Go To The Bottom (see free trial box)IF SUBSCRIBINGEnter into your search bar this campaign link:  https://bit.ly/3FGvQuYDiscount Code = DV10$3.99/month (U.S.); discount is 10% off first three months or $35.00/yearCancel AnytimeWAYS TO ACCESS SHOWS - go to www.paraflixx.com.  Find my show by going to the upper left corner, click on BROWSE.  Scroll down to TALK SHOWS.  "Disembodied Voices."  Click on the face of it.  Check out my TRAILER.

Hank Watson's Garage Hour podcast
08.04.22 (MP3): Details on the $800 Crawler (Find What's Wrong & Find Your Own -What to Ask & When to Pounce), w/ 5.0s & IROCs (In School Zones), Florida Man, Banjos, Trans Jacks (the Normal Kind), + Drill Press, Farting Fred & Estes Park

Hank Watson's Garage Hour podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 56:57


(Not) lost in the woods with the gearhead goons - Hostus Maximus Justin Fort joins the Walkin' Dude at his Black Forest shop for an hour to work through finding the newest small-dollar commuter.  In this case, it's an $800 third-gen 4Runner, and we've got deets on how to find your own: what to look for, what's it "need", how to find the "panic point" and how a good truck CAN be more than the sum of its parts. There's more:  Primus, Claypool, John Paul Jones, Cumberland Gap, Monolord, Goatsnake, beers from Estes Park Brewery, Toyotas from Iran, Mustangs from Australia and Epstein didn't kill himself.

Hank Watson's Garage Hour podcast
08.04.22: Details on the $800 Crawler (Find What's Wrong & Find Your Own - What to Ask & When to Pounce), w/ 5.0s & IROCs (In School Zones), Florida Man, Banjos, Trans Jacks (the Normal Kind), + a Drill Press, Farting Fred & Estes Park Br

Hank Watson's Garage Hour podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 56:57


(Not) lost in the woods with the gearhead goons - Hostus Maximus Justin Fort joins the Walkin' Dude at his Black Forest shop for an hour to work through finding the newest small-dollar commuter.  In this case, it's an $800 third-gen 4Runner, and we've got deets on how to find your own: what to look for, what's it "need", how to find the "panic point" and how a good truck CAN be more than the sum of its parts. There's more:  Primus, Claypool, John Paul Jones, Cumberland Gap, Monolord, Goatsnake, beers from Estes Park Brewery, Toyotas from Iran, Mustangs from Australia and Epstein didn't kill himself.

The Colorado Switchblade
A group of mobility-impaired Estes Park Residents spoke out at last night's Town Trustee Meeting about safety concerns they have for a friend getting home from work.

The Colorado Switchblade

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 75:19


In today's episode, we speak with a new resident of Estes Park that has mobility issues (he uses a powered wheelchair) and has some serious safety issues traveling the mile to his house from his place of employment. He and some close friends (some with their own mobility impairments) spoke out at last night's Town Trustee Meeting; listen to what they had to say in interviews recorded after the meeting. We also spoke to the director of the U.S. Go Congress, who held their annual event right here in Estes Park last week. Click here for more information. If you would like to donate to Randy and Kimberly's, Go Fund Me to help them get a wheelchair-accessible vehicle; you can do so here. Here is what they are asking for help with: Randy Smith was born with Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy which means he has been bound to a wheelchair his entire life.  He lives with his partner and main caretaker Kelsey Johnson.  Kelsey has been working as a caretaker professionally for over 10 years.  Besides caring for her partner Randy, Kelsey has also cared for elderly patients, veterans and other persons with various disabilities.  Kelsey works hard caring properly for many people including her beloved partner Randy everyday.    She and Randy could use some help ensuring Randy gets all of the quality care that he requires.  They are in need of financial resources in order to help Randy get around to his many doctors appointments, his job at Dollar General and out of the house for some fresh air and sunshine.  Currently it is difficult for Kelsey, as a full time care taker, to take Randy out as she doesn't have a handicap equipped vehicle.  Her job as a caretaker in and outside of her home is very demanding physically.  A vehicle made to accommodate a wheelchair would be a lifesaver, quite literally, for Kelsey and Randy.  Randy has been almost hit on many occasions just trying to get home from work, Kelsey follows him home with the flashers on to ensure Randy gets home safely. Unfortunately where we live there is no public transportation. Please donate anything you can to help Kelsey transport Randy in a vehicle made for his special circumstances.  You can listen to the episode here if you want to hear a great, almost 2-hour-long interview I had this week with Comedian and Podcaster David C. Smalley on his podcast. Here is the info on the fundraiser we discussed by the American Legion Riders. (click on the image.)Today's post is sponsored by: Get full access to The Colorado Switchblade at www.coloradoswitchblade.com/subscribe

Rocky Mountain Channel Podcast

Brett talks with Linda Ballou, author of the novel EMBRACE OF THE WILD which was inspired by Equestrian Explorer Isabella Bird.Our guest today has been Blessed with a double dose of genetic wanderlust, and loves to explore. At thirteen her pioneering parents took her to Alaska where she became firmly grounded in nature.Linda's articles have appeared in American Fitness, Northwest Travel Magazine, and Morning Calm the inflight magazine for Korean Air. She is a regular contributor to Travel World and Real Travel Adventure--both prominent e-zines. Over the last decade, she has kayaked from island to island in the Sea of Cortez, hiked, biked and kayaked around New Zealand and Costa Rica, and ridden on horseback into the untrammeled mountains of the wild west of North America and Ecuador.These adventures, and more, are brought to life in her book Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler's Tales. In Lost Angel in Paradise she shares 32 of her favorite daytripsalong the coast of California. Enjoy her travel articles at www.lostangeladventures.comShe received the 2021 Equus Film and Arts Fest Winnie Winner Awardbook Embrace of the Wild inspired by the indomitable Isabella Bird.

Where The Monsters Are
The Stanley Hotel, The Inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining

Where The Monsters Are

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 24:42 Transcription Available


Episode 6  Release Date: 30th May 2021  Freelan Oscar Stanley built the Stanley Hotel in 1909 in Estes Park, Colorado. After visiting whilst looking for inspiration for a new story, Stephen King went on to write what is considered to be his masterpiece, The Shining.  Find out more about the hotel that inspired him in this week's episode.  Don't forget to subscribe to our podcast on your favourite platform and you can follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wherethemonstersarepodcast/ on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WhereMonsters and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/supersleuthsandspookykids 

It's a Lovely Time
Interview with Meg's mom, AKA Lolli

It's a Lovely Time

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 36:45


In this episode, we're having some fun and talking about the behind the scenes of what makes us work. I'm asking my mom some questions about my childhood and how it felt to watch me become a mother, leave my corporate job and risk everything to buy my studio and so much more. We're just hanging out having a lovely time catching up without talking over babies. Having and maintaining a relationship with our parents as adults can be very challenging for some for others it comes naturally but no matter where you are you are worthy of feeling loved. As we get older, we don't "need" our parents to raise us or be in our lives, but how wonderful is it when they can be. Especially when you start to grow your family. Tune in and get to know a little bit more about where I've come from. I look forward to unpacking my journey more throughout the podcast, we're just getting started. A friendly reminder that every one has a story and things aren't always as easy as they look. "Have compassion for everyone you meet, even if they don't want it. What seems conceit, bad manners or cynicism is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen. You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone." My mom came for a visit this summer, as she usually does this time of year. This time, no babies were being born just lots of fun with the toddlers running our house. We've gone on lots of adventures, from a trip up to Estes Park to ride the Gondola, to the City Park pool in Fort Collins, to just drinking bevvy's on the back patio watching lightning and enjoying each one another's company. My mom and I have been best friends since I was a little girl, we were all we had for a while there and we'll both be the first to tell you maintaining our relationship has not always been easy. There has been a lot of growth, grace, prayers, patience, impatience, growing pains and misunderstandings. But we choose to intentionally connect and have a relationship that goes deep and faces things head on. We're still working through life as we grow but every day we connect even if we're in different states. XO Megs --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/its-a-lovely-time/message

The Native and The Transplant
Weather - Gas - & - the Economy...???

The Native and The Transplant

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 63:06


- in this episode - Weird and wild weather has been taking over northern Colorado. Snowplows out in Estes Park as 3"+ hail rocks the plains. How can you stay up to speed? https://www.denverandfrontrangeweather.com/ - time to give Kody a follow! Oil and gas are still causing societal rifts... why??? Our Main story - We take on the economy as we are officially in a recession... or are we? Let the confusion begin... theNative.theTransplant@gmail.com --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/native--transplant/support

Heartland POD
Flyover View: July 29, 2022 - Heartland News & Views

Heartland POD

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 17:27


HEADLINE 1: Manchin and Schumer announce deal for energy and health care bill - CNNSenate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin on Wednesday announced a deal on an energy and health care bill, representing a breakthrough after more than a year of negotiations that have collapsed time and again.But it will face furious GOP opposition.The agreement contains a number of Democrats' goals. While many details have not been disclosed, the measure would invest $369 billion into energy and climate change programs, with the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 40% by 2030, according to a one-page fact sheet. For the first time, Medicare would be empowered to negotiate the prices of certain medications, and it would cap out-of-pocket costs at $2,000 for those enrolled in Medicare drug plans. It would also extend expiring enhanced subsidies for Affordable Care Act coverage for three years.The announcement comes at a crucial time for Congress, as the Senate is a little over a week away from starting a monthlong recess, when many Democrats will campaign for reelection. Manchin's support is notable given his stance earlier this month that he "unequivocally" wouldn't support the climate or tax provisions of the Democratic economic package, which appeared to torpedo any hope Democrats had of passing legislation to fight climate change in the near future. But Schumer and Manchin have been in revived talks since July 18 and locked down a deal Wednesday, according to a source familiar with the matter. Manchin had thrown cold water on doing tax and energy provisions as part of the deal, but ultimately agreed to it.The White House has signed off on this deal, Biden said in a statement.The deal still faces multiple hurdles before it can make it to Biden's desk, including the parliamentarian and having to pass both chambers of Congress, where practically any Democrat could sideline or delay passage.In a statement, Schumer's office said the bill would reduce US carbon emissions by roughly 40% by 2030. Clean energy tax credits would drive the majority of those emission reductions, a Democratic aide said.Tax credits for electric vehicles made it into the new deal, according to two Senate Democratic aides. Electric Vehicle tax credits will continue at their current levels, up to $4,000 for a used electric vehicle and $7,500 for a new EV. However, there will be a lower income threshold for people who can use the tax credits -- a key demand of Manchin's. Manchin had been staunchly opposed to electric vehicle tax credits throughout negotiations.The deal keeps the prescription drug prices changes that Manchin had previously agreed to, including empowering Medicare to negotiate the price of certain costly medications administered in doctors' offices or purchased at the pharmacy. It would also redesign Medicare's Part D drug plans so that seniors and people with disabilities wouldn't pay more than $2,000 a year for medication bought at the pharmacy. And, the deal would require drug companies to pay rebates if they increase their prices in the Medicare and private-insurance markets faster than inflation.Altogether, the drug price provisions would reduce the deficit by $288 billion over a decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.The agreement also calls for extending the enhanced Affordable Care Act subsidies for three years. An earlier deal would have continued the beefed-up subsidies for two years, which meant they would have expired just after the 2024 presidential election -- a scenario that congressional Democrats did not want to encounter.The subsidies were expanded through this year as part of Democrats' $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, known as the American Rescue Plan, which was enacted in March 2021. They have made health care coverage on the Obamacare exchanges more affordable, leading to record enrollment this year.Enrollees pay no more than 8.5% of their income toward coverage, down from nearly 10%. And lower-income policyholders receive subsidies that eliminate their premiums completely. Also, those earning more than 400% of the federal poverty level have become eligible for help for the first time.Extending the enhanced subsidies would cost $64 billion over a decade, according to the CBO.To raise revenue, the bill would impose a 15% minimum tax on corporations, which would raise $313 billion over a decade. While details on the current deal remain scant, the House version of the Build Back Better package would have levied the tax on the corporate profits that large companies report to shareholders, not to the Internal Revenue Service. It would have applied to companies with more than $1 billion in profits and yielded a similar revenue-raising figure.The current deal also aims to close the carried interest loophole, which allows investment managers to treat their compensation as capital gains and pay a 20% long-term capital gains tax rate instead of income tax rates of up to 37%. Eliminating this loophole, which would raise $14 billion over a decade, has been a longtime goal of congressional Democrats.The package also calls for providing more funding to the IRS for tax enforcement, which would raise $124 billion.Democrats say families making less than $400,000 per year would not be affected, in line with a pledge by Biden. Also, there would be no new taxes on small businesses.In total, Democrats say the deal would reduce the deficit by more than $300 billion.HEADLINE 2: TRUDY BUSCH VALENTINE, NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME - ADVOCATETrudy Busch Valentine has been in the news a lot lately, largely a push near the primaries from her supporters but not every report lately has bode well for the billionaire candidate. After months of being largely unavailable for comment on the issues beyond simple platitudes she has started answering questions, and it's left many Missouri Democrats asking if we are actually serious about putting her forth in a general.At a recent town hall for the Chesterfield Township Dems TBV was asked questions about campaign finance reform, specifically regarding Citizen's United. Her response? Just tell me again what Citizens United is doing? Forgive me but a candidate for senate better damn well know what Citizens United is and how it affects campaign finance.On July 23rd A bizarre video posted by a St. Louis ward committeewoman shows Busch Valentine struggling with her position on transgender rights, rambling and stumbling over her words.“I respect the dignity of every human person. And transgender, I respect,” Busch Valentine says in the video. “If a man feels that they're a woman and wants to become a woman, I respect that. And I respect it the opposite way too. Those are things that have to be solved amongst families and amongst parents.”She then asserted that doctors should refrain from providing gender-affirming care to children until they're adults, something right-wing pundits and politicians have been asserting.“I only would say, wait until 18, when a person is an adult, to do everything that wouldn't allow going back to being maybe the sex that you were,” she said. “But I totally, totally support transgenders without a doubt and the LGBT community.”To be clear, Gender-affirming care for young people usually consists of puberty blockers and hormone treatment, with most of the effects reversible, contrary to what anti-trans politicians claim. Genital surgery is not performed on minors.And on Monday Trudy Busch Valentine was asked whether she supports a law prohibiting instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation.Specifically referencing Florida, where such teaching is forbidden in grades K-3 and restricted in later grades, and opponents say it has a chilling effect. LGBTQ+ teachers may be afraid to mention their identity or to display pictures of their partners in the classroom because they may be fired or sued by parents. She made a spontaneous reference to critical race theory, a theory about systemic racial injustice taught in law schools, which right-wing politicians wrongly claim is taught in elementary and secondary schools to make white children feel shame. Here is her word salad response in full: “I think there are so many things out there, including critical race theory, that just tries to take away the history of our country and the good things we've done and the bad things we've done,” Busch Valentine said on St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV.Now, nearly all of these statements were adjusted in post by her team, but the damage was done. Is she capable of standing on her own two feet as a senator or is she to be propped up by a team? It sure seems to me she isn't prepared for this job. Personally I'm a Spencer Toder man, you can count this as an official endorsement. I can understand Kunce supporters though. TBV supporters I can't get behind, I've seen nothing to support she can win this thing or do the job once hired.HEADLINE 3: EXPLAINING KANSAS' CONFUSING ABORTION AMENDMENT - VOXNext week in Kansas, abortion rights will face the first test at the polls since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.In 2019, Kansas's Supreme Court ruled that the state's constitution protects the right to an abortion. On Tuesday, voters will be asked to weigh in on a proposed amendment that would explicitly remove that right, opening the way for Kansas's Republican-controlled legislature to further restrict or ban abortion, just as neighboring Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri have done.You'd be forgiven if you had trouble making sense of the amendment's text, which would add a paragraph to the state's constitution that says both “Kansas does not require government funding of abortion” and that people, through their elected officials, “may pass laws regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, laws that account for circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or circumstances of necessity to save the life of the mother.”The language could trip up your average voter, said Neal Allen, a political scientist at Wichita State University. “You could read it and think you were voting to eliminate state funding of abortion when there is no state funding to abortion,” he told Vox. “And there is language that refers to exceptions to preserve the health of the mother, and for rape and incest, but there's nothing about the amendment itself that would create those exceptions.”Supporters of the amendment, organizing under the banner of “Value Them Both” — a reference to valuing “women and unborn children” — have been working to convince votersthat a “yes” vote on the amendment would not lead to an abortion ban and would simply allow lawmakers to regulate the procedure.Many of their claims have been dubious at best, and have generated significant confusion. Value Them Both supporters have stressed in their advertisements that the amendment “restores our ability to place basic regulations on the abortion industry.” In fact, abortion remains highly regulated in Kansas. They say the amendment would merely allow lawmakers to impose rules like requiring parental consent, “stopping painful late-term abortions,” and barring public funding of abortion. But Kansas already requires parental consent, already bans public funding of abortion, and already bans abortion after 22 weeks.The language of the amendment is confusing, likely purposefully. So, Let us be clearIf the amendment passes, nothing could stop Republican lawmakers from passing a total or near-total abortion ban, and political experts say the likelihood of such restrictions moving forward in that context is very high.It will be a tight vote. A public poll of the campaign released last week found 47 percent of likely primary voters planned to vote for the amendment, and 43 percent planned to vote against it. But the pollsters also found Democrats were significantly more likely than Republicans to say the abortion amendment “increased the importance of voting in this upcoming election” — suggesting differences in motivation. Past political science research has found a “status quo bias” when it comes to abortion-related ballot measures; voters are more likely to reject measures on Election Day they otherwise tell pollsters they support. These dynamics bode well for advocates who want to keep the state constitution unchanged.For my Kansas listeners, do NOT rest on your laurels here. Vote NO on this amendment.Headline 4: Veterans and their spouses can now teach in Florida with no degree. School leaders say it 'lowers the bar'https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2022/07/21/florida-education-program-military-veterans-teach/10117107002/ https://www.fldoe.org/teaching/certification/military/ Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed into law a bill that would give military veterans teaching certificates on a temporary basis in Florida. This ability to apply for temporary certification does not only apply to the veteran, but also their spouses as well. The law was passed with the hope of easing the strain of the 9000 open teaching positions around the state. According to the Florida Department of Education, to apply for the five year temporary certification, the applicant must have the following:Minimum of 48 months of military service with an honorable/medical dischargeMinimum of 60 college credits with a 2.5 grade point averagePassing score on a Florida subject area examination for bachelor's level subjectsEmployment in a Florida school district, including charter schoolsMany school leaders have been outspoken in opposition to this move. "There are many people who have gone through many hoops and hurdles to obtain a proper teaching certificate," said Carmen Ward, president of the Alachua County teachers union. "(Educators) are very dismayed that now someone with just a high school education can pass the test and can easily get a five-year temporary certificate." Alachua County school board members expressed their distaste for the new law at a recent workshop where the details were presented.While a subject area test may prove that these applicants may know the content that they are hired to teach, what it does not do is prove that the applicants know the intecencies of lesson planning, instruction, and assessment. These are all things that are taught in college and that teachers leaving a four year degree program are verse in before stepping foot in a class to student teach, let alone teach on their own. While FLDOE says that each person that is given the temporary certification will be put with a mentor, this mentor is another teacher from the building, usually in the same grade level or subject area. Mentor meetings with new teachers are historically quick check-ins where the new teacher can bounce ideas and problems off of the mentor. A mentor will not have the time to teach these skills to the new teacher in the meeting. This will increase the load again on experienced teachers or lead to them handing lesson plans to inexperienced, unprepared “educators” to teach students.There is also a worry around the state that these temporary certifications will be highly concentrated in the more underfunded, underperforming school districts. The worry from school officials is that higher paying, well performing schools will have the ability to attract traditionally certified teachers with experience. This would leave the bulk of the openings to be in the poorer districts, leaving an even more inexperienced staff in these schools.With many other states also facing teacher shortages, the Florida law could become a template for plans that are implemented in other states around the country.LAYOVER: Candidate Bethany Mann. Democratic Candidate for Missouri's 3rd Congressional District. LIGHTNING ROUND:LR 1 - Historic flooding in St. Louis - Washington PostTorrential downpours sparked flash flooding in St. Louis and surrounding areas Tuesday, killing at least one person and stranding residents in their cars and homes as the rainfall shattered a record set more than a century ago. The city had received more than 9 inches of rain by the afternoon, the most ever recorded there in a calendar day and about 2 inches more than the record of about 7 inches set in August 1915, when remnants of a hurricane that came ashore in Galveston, Tex., passed through the area. Firefighters had responded to about 70 rescues by late Tuesday morning On behalf of Gov. Mike Parson (R), who was out of the country Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe (R) declared a state of emergency to assist local authorities in handling the disaster. Extreme precipitation events have increased substantially over the past century and are tied to warming from human-caused climate change. The heaviest such events increased by 42 percent in the Midwest between 1901 and 2016, with additional increases expected as the climate continues to warm, according to the U.S. government's National Climate Assessment.LR 2 - The attack on McMorrow backfired - PoliticoIn a fundraising email, Michigan State Sen. Lana Theis of Brighton said colleagues like McMorrow were “outraged” that they couldn't “groom and sexualize kindergartners.” The charge prompted McMorrow to make a spirited speech in the Senate in her own defense — a speech that went viral and made her a political celebrity on the left. The result? Theis' fundraising stunt netted her less than $300 while McMorrow went on to raise more than 1 Million dollars. LR 3 - Kansas City's Zero Fare Transit Program Shows Major Success - Next CityKansas City, Missouri, made national headlines in the fall of 2019 when its city council voted unanimously to become America's first large city to make public transportation free citywide. Now, two and a half years later, anyone living anywhere in the city can ride buses without paying a fare.Recently, A study conducted as part of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City's annual “State of Black Kansas City” report last year asked 1,686 riders for their feedback on what Zero Fare has enabled them to do. The responses show how a Zero Fare policy makes a big difference in these riders' ability to exercise the so-called “right to the city.”Almost 90% of the riders surveyed said they rode the buses more as a result of Zero Fare. About 92% said it allowed them to shop for food more often; 88% said they could see their .healthcare providers more easily or more often; 82% said it allowed them to get or keep a job; and 86% said it made them feel like city leadership is concerned about their needsBesides the increased mobility and financial benefits, nearly 80% of the residents surveyed also said Zero Fare increased their sense of safety on the bus. That points to one of the more counterintuitive benefits of eliminating fares: The buses became safer to ride. The total number of incidents where supervisors were called fell 39% in the first year of full Zero Fare transit, according to a 2021 Zero Fare impact analysis by the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), the Kansas City area's metropolitan planning organization. Incidents per 100,000 riders fell 17%LR 4 - Justice Department files lawsuit against poultry producers in the US - Fox BusinessThe Justice Department filed a lawsuit Monday against some of the largest poultry producers in the U.S. along with a proposed settlement seeking to end what it claims have been longstanding deceptive and abusive practices for workersThe suit, filed in federal court in Maryland, names Cargill, Sanderson Farms and Wayne Farms, along with a data consulting company known as Webber, Meng, Sahl and Co. and its president.In its lawsuit, the Justice Department alleges the companies have been engaged in a multiyear conspiracy to exchange information about the wages and benefits of workers at poultry processing plants to drive down employee competition in the marketplace. The companies did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.The government contends the data consulting firm helped to share the information about the workers' compensation with the companies and their executives. By carrying out the scheme, officials allege, the companies were able to compete less intensely for workers and reduce the amount of money and benefits they had to offer their employees, suppressing competition for poultry processing workers across the boardThe suit is the latest example of the Justice Department's antitrust enforcement targeting companies the government believes engage in anticompetitive behavior to stifle workers or harm consumers. It also comes as the department continues a broader investigation into labor abuses in the poultry industry.LR 5 - Foot of hail stacks up in parts of Colorado mountain town, snowplows used for removal-OUT THERE COLORADOAs storms pounded parts of Colorado on Wednesday evening, Estes Park got hit hard. Not only did the mountain town, found outside of Rocky Mountain National Park, get a lot of moisture in the form of heavy rain, about a foot of hail also stacked up on some local streets.While the hail that fell appears to be in the form of small pellets based on images and footage from the scene, thus less likely to cause impact damage, the hail can be seen covering roadways and reportedly caused travel concerns. In order to clear the roads, snowplows were called in.monsoonal precipitation continues through and Friday is still supposed to bring even more intense weather to the state, increasing flash flooding concerns around the state, especially in burn scar areas found along the Front Range.LR 6 - Lastly folks, go voteAugust 2nd will be a day for voting across much of the midwest. It is important to get out there and exercise your right to determine who represents you and what ballot measures pass. Be mindful of your polling places, they may have changed. Take time off work if need be, they have to allow it. Now, Get out there and vote!Outro: That's all the time we have this week, thank you for joining us. If you have a story you feel I should look into and possibly highlight on the show, please tweet me throughout the week @KevINMidMo or The Pod's parent account @TheHeartlandPODThis week's episode featured reporting and information from Out there Colorado, Fox Business, Politico, Next City, Washington Post, Usa Today, The Florida Department of Education, CNN, Vox, and The Advocate. https://heartlandpod.com/Twitter: @TheHeartlandPOD"Change The Conversation"

Rabbit Hole Happy Hour
19. Harold Henthorn

Rabbit Hole Happy Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 83:10


Harold Henthorn planned to surprise his wife Toni with a romantic getaway to the Rocky Mountains to celebrate their 12th wedding anniversary. He meticulously planned every detail and even Toni's colleagues at her ophthalmology practice were involved in the surprise! They gushed over how sweet the gesture was, but days later, Toni's colleagues, friends, and family would receive a text from her husband, "My bride is gone." Toni had fallen to her death from a cliff in Estes Park. But rangers weren't buying Harold's story that this was just a tragic accident.

Words from the Wilderness
3.8. The Missing Mountains

Words from the Wilderness

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 15:53


Inspired by my recent visit to lovely Estes Park, Colorado, I'm talking today about the shocking result of a surprise spring snowstorm I encountered—and how this affects our ability to orient ourselves during times of trouble in our lives. Find before-and-after photos of the mountains here! My novel, When the Ice Melts, is released! Click here to read the first four chapters for free!

The Score from The Team Roping Journal
Coleman Proctor Continues Hot Streak with Estes Park Win

The Score from The Team Roping Journal

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 17:48


In this episode of "The Short Score," host Jenna Link talks with Coleman Proctor twice this week. In part one he discusses his Cowboy Christmas run in which he and his partner, Logan Medlin, cashed in $15,131 each at the Cody Stampede and St. Paul Rodeo to be in the Top 5 Money Earners, and in part two he discusses his Rooftop Rodeo victory. This episode is brought to you by Purina. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Steffan Tubbs Show Podcast
Steffan Tubbs Show 7-12-22 Hr1

The Steffan Tubbs Show Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 42:37


The January 6th Committee met today, and it was not a good day for Donald Trump or his administration. Audio from the hearing, including Estes Park resident Jason Van Tatenhove - former spokesman for the Oath Keepers. Callers take issue with the testimony and committee. Plenty of sound from Capitol Hill. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

RümpChät
RümpChät - Episode 112

RümpChät

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 76:03


It's time for this year's edition of SläckChät!!! Recorded during bull dogging slack at the Rooftop Rodeo in Estes Park, Colorado with Denard Butler, Andy Seiler and World Champion steer wrestler and RümpChät endorsee, Jacob Edler!!! 

Playmaker's Corner
Playmaker's Corner Episode 180: Basalt, Moffat County, Flatirons Academy, Estes Park, Highland, Prospect Ridge, Strasburg and Steamboat 2022 Football Previews

Playmaker's Corner

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 60:00


Kodey ducks dips and dives through a 1A Northern league that has been cast to the wind following the changes in schedule, competition, travel, and personnel in order to best determine performances in the fall season while spotlighting some names you will be hearing more. Timestamps: 0:00-8:01 Intro/Basalt Longhorns 8:02-15:15 Moffat County Bulldogs 15:16-22:48 Flatirons Academy Bison 22:49-30:08 Estes Park Bobcats 30:09-37:49 Highland Huskies 37:50-43:41 Prospect Ridge Academy 43:42-52:33 Strasburg High School 52:34-59:00 Steamboat Springs Sailors 59:01-1:00:00 Outro https://linktr.ee/PlaymakersCorner Social Media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/PlaymakerCorner Tik Tok: Playmakers Corner Instagram: https:https://www.instagram.com/playmakerscorner/?hl=en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PlaymakerCorner Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUEcv0BIfXT78kNEtk1pbxQ/featured Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/playmakerscorner Website: https://playmakerscorner.com/ Listen to us on: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4rkM8hKtf8eqDPy2xqOPqr Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-cycle-365/id1484493484?uo=4 Breaker: https://www.breaker.audio/the-cycle-365 Google Podcasts: https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9mODg4MWYwL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz

The Colorado Switchblade
4th of July Episode covering the mass shooting at a parade that has taken the lives of six people and injured 24.

The Colorado Switchblade

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 60:41


According to the Chicago Sun-Times: Six people were killed and more than two dozen others wounded when a gunman started firing a high-powered rifle from a rooftop 10 minutes after the Highland Park Fourth of July parade kicked off Monday morning, authorities said.Authorities continued to hunt Monday afternoon for the shooter, and “the offender still has not been apprehended so far,” Christopher Covelli of the Lake County sheriff's office and the Lake County major crimes task force said at a news conference around 2:15 p.m., four hours after the shooting.The gunman used “a high-powered rifle,” Covelli said and fired from a rooftop “He was very discreet and very difficult to see.”He called the crime “very random, very intentional,” and he called it “a very sad day.”The FBI asked that anyone who had video of the shooting or possible information about the shooter call their toll-free tip line at (800) CALL-FBI.We also hear the speeches given at the ribbon cutting and official opening of the Thumb Open Space Project. One of the most iconic natural features and historic climbing landmarks in Estes Park. Here is a great video put out by the Estes Valley Land Trust about the natural area and the steps taken to protect it for future generations. We then discuss the newly renewed relevance of the dystopian novel ‘The Handmaid's Tale' along with the Hulu series and the warnings it had for us, long before the Supreme Court's rejection of Roe vs. Wade. Here are some of the media appearances and articles I was in this past week: ‘I was the propagandist for the Oath Keepers' By Fox 31 News in Denver.Great article on the talk I gave to an audience with The International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism.and an article about me made it onto Good Morning America's website.Today's post is sponsored by: Get full access to The Colorado Switchblade at www.coloradoswitchblade.com/subscribe