Friday, October 29, 2010

Affiliated Computer Services to hire 450 in Colorado Springs

Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) has announced that it will hire 450 new employees in Colorado Springs, including technical support and supervisor positions.

An open house will be held on Saturday, November 6th.

Applications are availabel at the ACS recruiting office at 2424 Garden of the Gods Road. More information about ACS job opportunities is available at

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fountain Valley Toastmasters - Oct 28, 2010

Fountain Valley Toastmasters meeting on Thursday, October 28th will be held at the Fountain Valley Senior Center (behind Albertacos on 85/87). Newbies/Guests/Vistors welcome, but please be prompt - 7p.m. See you there.

Speaker #1 – Jacob Hargrave (Icebreaker)

Speaker #2 – Ed Duffy

Monday, October 25, 2010

Letter to the Editor - Backward Thinking in Rural Colorado

By Marsha Looper

This year’s election is one for the books! First, Governor Ritter the entrenched incumbent decided not to run for re-election and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper leaped in to fill the Democratic candidate void. Next, the GOP candidate is in a meltdown. And now, the American Constitutionalist Party candidate is in a statistical dead heat with the Hickenlooper.

Hickenlooper has dropped another doozie of a declaration against rural families in Colorado. As reported on October 22, 2010 by Michael Sandoval of the National Review Online, Hickenlooper during a 2009 interview made a comment insinuating people living outside of the Denver Metro area are backwards thinking. Here is the Mayor’s comment:

“I think a couple things, I mean, you know, the tragic death of Matthew Shepard occurred in Wyoming. Colorado and Wyoming are very similar. We have some of the same, you know, backwards thinking in the kind of rural Western areas you see in, you know, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico.”

Hickenlooper and his “GIDDY UP’N VOTE BUS TOUR” have swerved into a ditch and over the next couple of days they’ll be trying to steer the bus back on the road to win over the voters in rural Colorado.

The Democrat apparently doesn’t value the fact that hard working men and women in rural Colorado have been growing the crops and raising the cattle that feed the families in this state, this country and the world for generations. Not only do these same farmers and ranchers provide a bounty of food for our nation, they are now providing fuel for our cars and trucks.

Hickenlooper doesn’t seem to value the contributions our agriculture communities in rural Colorado make to our economy and our nation’s security. Does the Mayor even care? Colorado’s 37,000 farms and ranches contribute more than $20 billion annually to Colorado’s economy and provide more than 100,000 jobs in rural Colorado. Colorado agricultural producers rank 2nd in the nation for market sheep & lambs; 4th for cattle on feed; 6tth for winter wheat and 8th for overall hay production! These national rankings reflect the ingenuity, hard work and intelligence of the citizens in our rural communities – not a “backwards thinking” mentality that Hickenlooper claims in his interview.

It’s time for Denver Mayor Hickenlooper to apologize to the people of rural Colorado and appreciate their contributions to Colorado’s quality of life, economy and national security. The millions of people living outside of Denver deserve better representation and leadership than the Democrat candidate who thinks he can insult rural Coloradans and still earn their support in his drive to become governor.

Marsha Looper,

Colorado State Representative-Calhan

Glenn Beck in Colorado Springs, October 26th

Radio host and bestselling author Glenn Beck is coming to Colorado Springs.

The conservative master of the monologue, live and in person at the

Colorado Springs World Arena!

(click on image for more details)

Proceeds to benefit the Constitution Challenge, an educational curriculum

to help America’s children learn the founding principles of the nation we love

(see below for more on the Constitution Challenge).

Call now for tickets at 1-866-464-2626 or go to Prices start at just $19.50!

For VIP reception tickets call 1-888-912-BECK.

Get your VIP ticket to meet Glenn personally and be photographed with him.

First Annual Medicine of Cycling Conference, Colorado Springs, Nov 13th and 14th

Press Release

USA Cycling is pleased to announce the first annual Medicine of Cycling Conference scheduled for November 13-14, 2010 at USA Cycling’s headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo. The conference, set to run parallel to USA Cycling’s Annual Promoters Summit, is a unique two-day summit offering medical professionals a platform on which to collaborate and establish common standards of care for competitive cyclists. It is accredited by the Office of Continuing Medical Education at the University of California, San Francisco and will offer 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits to attending physicians.

“We’re excited to be able to help move standards of care for our athletes forward,” said USA Cycling Chief Executive Officer Steve Johnson. “We hope the conference will serve as a collaboration point for all medical personnel in the sport to discuss and continually improve practices in treatment and injury prevention amongst cyclists.”

Organized by USA Cycling Board of Directors Vice Chairman Mark Abramson, University of California-San Francisco physician Dr. Anna Abramson, and Harvard-Brigham and Women's Hospital trauma surgeon Dr. James Watkins, the conference aims to give the sport’s medical professionals the opportunity to learn, teach and collaborate with each other.

“One of the most difficult aspects of providing care for this diverse and mobile group of athletes is their variety of medical needs, locations, insurances and circumstances,” said Dr. Abramson. “We recognized the need for collaboration after listening to medical support staff and physicians express a need to form standards of care for cycling patients. The teams and athletes also expressed the desire for reassurance that their physicians understand the needs of professional cyclists and have the credentials to treat them properly.”

Conference participants will hear from several noteworthy speakers during the following sessions:

• Cyclist Health and Injury – MARK GREVE, M.D. (Clinical Assistant Professor, Brown University; Clinical Associate Professor, Tufts University; Medical Director, Team Type 1)

• Spine Injuries and Back Pain in Cyclists – SONNY GILL, M.D. (Orthopedic surgeon specializing in spine surgery at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo.)

• Traumatic Brain Injury in Athletes – DON GERBER, Psy.D. (Specializes in rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord and brain injuries at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo.)

• Hot Topics in the Law of Sports Medicine – STEPHEN HESS, ESQ. (Sherman and Howard, LLC, USA Cycling General Counsel)

• Anti-Doping and the Biological Passport – Representatives from U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)

• Wounds and Wound Care for Cyclists – JAMES WATKINS, M.D. (Trauma surgeon specializing in burns and wound management at Harvard-Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass.)

• Primary Care and Infectious Disease Management – JASON BRAYLEY, M.D. (Sports medicine physician and team physician for Kenda presented by Gear Grinder)

• Organizing a Safe Race Day – M. RAMIN MODABBER, M.D. (Chief of Surgery, Saint John’s Health Center, Managing Partner at Santa Monica Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group, race physician Tour of California)

The cost to register for the conference is $295 and space is limited. More details and registration information, including the complete objectives and agenda, can be found at

About USA Cycling

Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 66,500+ licensees; 2,200 clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions 2,650 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit

1A Public Forum, Colorado Springs, CO , Wed, Oct 27

Press Release


Colorado Springs, CO – On Wednesday, October 27th from noon to 1:00, the “No on 1A” campaign will host a public forum downtown in the Carnegie Room at the Penrose Library. The “No on 1A” campaign has been launched by Citizens for Safer Communities, a grassroots issue committee formed to defeat the ban on Medical Marijuana Centers. The committee includes business owners, doctors, attorneys, engineers, construction workers, and other community leaders. The general public is invited to come out and learn more regarding 1A and get their questions answered.
County Question 1A allows registered voters in El Paso County to decide whether to ban Medical Marijuana Centers in the unincorporated portions of El Paso County. If passed, this ban could put thousands of local people out of work, cause untold numbers of bankruptcies, harm the local economy, decrease government revenue, and deny access to essential treatment for thousands of local people suffering from disease and sickness.

In addition, if passed 1A would push the Medical Marijuana industry into our neighborhoods. Under 1A, your next door neighbor could legally sell Medical Marijuana without your knowledge, and there would be a greater risk of home invasions, fires, and other hazards. By voting “NO” on 1A, you ensure that the Medical Marijuana industry remains highly regulated, secured, and out of our neighborhoods.
The forum will feature two speakers: Steve Hammers, President of Hammers Construction, who will discuss why the passage of 1A would hurt the local economy and cause local people to lose their jobs; and Lono Ho’ala, a biochemist, author, and Kahuna Priest, who will explain why the passage of 1A would drive the Medical Marijuana business back into our neighborhoods, making our neighborhoods less safe.
Here are the details of the event:

Wednesday, OCTOBER 27TH-- Noon

For more information contact Mike Elliott at 719-213-3993

Friday, October 22, 2010

Letters to the Editor - Vote No on 1A

1) By Audrey Hatfield, Colorado Springs

On November 2nd, registered voters will make the decision on whether or not to place a Ban on Medical Marijuana Centers in unincorporated El Paso County . If this ban passes, it will have several negative effects of which I would like to point out.

First, there are between 15 and 20 thousand patients that will no longer have safe access to their medication. Under House Bill 1284, Medical Marijuana centers are under tight regulation and operate in a controlled and safe environment. If you value the Patient- Doctor relationship and the right for patients to continue to receive safe access to medication, a ban simply does not make sense on MANY levels! Our government should not be able to strip away the rights of the patients!

Second, a ban will not only affect the right for safe patient access, but will greatly affect our economy. With the recent recession, the medical marijuana industry has grown and prevented many local people from losing their jobs, including carpenters, electricians, construction workers, engineers, accountants, etc. In addition, previously vacant land now has tenants, causing the value of property to increase, and putting money in the pockets of local land owners. A ban of medical marijuana dispensaries will have a trickle down effect throughout the local economy: hundreds to thousands of people will lose their jobs, current construction projects will be abandoned, and government revenue will decrease.

Third, Voting No on 1A if would insure that medical marijuana businesses would stay highly regulated, secured, and out of our neighborhoods. By banning the centers, the medical marijuana business will be pushed into our neighborhoods. Your next door neighbor could be dealing in medical marijuana without your knowledge. This increases the risk of home invasions, fires, and other hazards. In addition, the black market could once again dominate this business. Our neighborhoods will be safer if the medical marijuana business is kept in highly regulated centers.

As a Patient, I am URGING you to look at the facts and make the right decision based on common sense. Vote NO on 1A! Keep the businesses legitimate and safe for patients, the economy thriving, and our neighborhoods secured!

2) By Robert Wiley, Colorado Springs

1A Dispensary Ban is risky for Neighborhoods

In the years prior to Colorado's Medical Marijuana Amendment 20, any patient unable to grow his own medicine had to purchase blackmarket marijuana from street dealers. Amendment 20 removed the criminal connection and provided protection for the acquisition, possession, manufacture, production, use, sale, distribution, dispensing, and transportation of marijuana for medical use for patients and their caregivers.

The caregiver model worked reasonably well for the first few years but was hampered by the limitation of only five patients per caregiver. El Paso County had only 95 patients in early 2005 and needed only a few caregivers to supply their medicine. Subsequently the court invalidated the patient limit, and dispensaries arrived to provide a wide variety of cannabis medications previously unavailable through the rudimentary caregiver model. Patient numbers increased dramatically; the most recent Health Department registry report indicated El Paso County had 3,961 patients at the end of January and we likely have at least twice that number today.

If a dispensary ban is approved it would push thousands of patients into our neighborhoods to purchase from unlicensed caregivers. So instead of having regulated dispensaries operating in commercial or industrial areas, voters would be forcing the medical marijuana operations into our neighborhoods. Don't let this happen. Keep your community safe.

Please vote NO on 1A to keep our communities from being overrun by unregulated caregivers.

Editors Note: Letters to the Editor may be submitted to We will not consider publication of letters submitted anonymously.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

International Stuttering Awareness Day, October 22

If speech therapy was good enough for King George VI, it’s good enough for us!

With the release of the new movie, The King’s Speech, it’s a great time to highlight International Stuttering Awareness Day, October 22. There are speech-language pathologists in your area who specialize in helping people who stutter.

The nonprofit Stuttering Foundation provides a free list of local therapists at our Web site,, or you may call 800-992-9392.

The same dread King George VI felt about speaking in public was also felt by our founder Malcolm Fraser and many others in the 1930s and 40s. However, today’s research shows that stuttering does indeed have a biological cause and can be effectively treated.

Parents' Night Out! It's cheaper than a sitter!

Take advantage of an evening off without the kids! When was the last time you had a nice quiet dinner together or saw a movie YOU wanted to see?

Drop your children off at the Recreation Center this Friday at 5:00pm and pick them up at 8:30. The kids will be treated to a fun evening of sports and recreational activities under the watchful eyes of the Recreation Center Staff.

When: Friday, Oct. 22 from 5:00-8:30pm
Where: Colorado Springs Recreation Center, 280 S. Union Blvd.
Why: Because sometimes its good to get away!
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $6 per child

For more info, visit or call 719-385-5984

Friday, October 15, 2010

Spook N' Splash at the CS Recreation Center

Saturday, October 30, 2010
280 S. Union Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80910 719-385-5984

The Colorado Springs Recreation Center is excited to kick off the Holiday Season with its first-ever Spook N' Splash. This unique safe family fun event will be an evening of trick-or-treat, costume contests, gamBooes, prizes and swimming for the whole family. That's right, after your little goblin has finished trick-or-treating, decorating a pumpkin or finding their way out of the corn maze, it's in the pool for more Halloween fun. Once in the pool, Spook N' Splash will have bobbing for apples, pumpkin races in the pool, and a Witches Brew brewing the entire time.

Spook N' Splash will abobbing for appleslso be collecting non-perishable food items for Care and Share of Southern Colorado. Bring a non-perishable food item and receive one free adult entry.

Date: Saturday, Oct 30, 2010
Time: 4-7pm
Cost: $5 per person

Please Note: There will be no face paint allowed in the pool, so please have your child either come in costume without face paint or it must be completely washed off prior to entering the pool.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Boots and Spurs, Dinner Dance Fundraiser, Security, CO, October 23d

Saturday October 23rd at the Knights of Columbus Hall, just off Main Street in Security, CO. Support the Fountain Valley Foundation. Just $25 gets you dinner, live music, dancing and a chance to bid on valuable items, generously donated for the silent auction. Call 719-382-7837 or stop by the Fountain Valley News office on Ohio Street in Fountain for tickets or more information.

Medical Voyce expands to Wyoming

Press Release

Colorado Springs, CO – Medical Voyce LLC, a Colorado-based business, announced its expansion into Wyoming in collaboration with a new partnership with the Wyoming State Medical Society. The partnership will include a new Website for the Society, “Powered by Medical Voyce,” which will connect the Wyoming Medical Society member-physicians to each other and to physicians across Colorado through the communication tools and information on the Medical Voyce Professional Portal website.

Medical Voyce is a dual-sided web portal that provides HIPAA-compliant communication between doctors connected to its free searchable physician directory, along with other tools and information to help doctors run effective and efficient practices on its Professional Portal. The Public Portal is a free health care resource identifier to help empower patients with local information.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Gala Goddess Brings Professional Love and Logic Speaker to Colorado Springs, CO

Press Release

Date & Time: Saturday October 23, 2010 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: UCCS Gallogly Event Center 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway

Cost: $29.99-$59.99 Group Rates Available

Local business owner, Rachel Wilson, is bringing Jedd Hafer of the Love and Logic Institute as well as actress and key-note speaker Bertila Damas to Colorado Springs, CO for a 4 hour speaker event October 23, 2010.

Bertila Damas’ topic is Living An Inspired Life, during which she will discuss issues regarding relationships, finance, career and parenting. Love and Logic® is a parenting philosophy that, according to their website, “provides simple and easy to use techniques to help parents have more fun and less stress while raising responsible kids of all ages.” During Jedd’s two-hour speech, he will cover:

· Helping kids feel great about themselves

· Learning to put an end to arguing, back talk and power struggles

· Guiding kids to own and solve their own problems

Gala Goddess is dedicated to producing affordable, inspiring and fun events in areas of life which matter most to the community. Gala Goddess was born out of Rachel Wilson’s dream of being fulfilled in her life: To do something for a living that allows her to raise her children, take care of her home and marriage, and create something that truly makes a difference for people. Rachel Wilson is available for interviews.

Friday, October 8, 2010

U.S. Army selects ITT for $1.4 billion Kuwait facilities operations contract

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Oct 06, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ITT Corporation has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Rock Island Contracting Center to provide comprehensive support services for all U.S. Army facilities in Kuwait. The award is for one year with four one-year options and is worth an estimated $1.4 billion with all options exercised.

Under the Kuwait Base Operations & Security Support Services contract, ITT will provide the full spectrum of logistics, security, transportation, life support and facilities services at Camp Arifjan, Camp Buehring, Camp Virginia and a number of other critical military installations in the Kuwait area of responsibility. This represents the fourth major facilities operations contract awarded to ITT in 2010 and solidifies the company's role as a premier provider of base operations services in the Middle East.

"We understand the criticality of the U.S. military mission in Kuwait and appreciate the Army's acknowledgement that ITT is the best company to handle its complex needs in the region," said Michael Gulino, president and general manager of ITT Systems. "We have a reputation for providing world-class facilities operations support around the globe, and that is exactly what our customers in Kuwait can expect from us going forward."

Work will be performed by ITT's Systems business unit, based in Colorado Springs, Colo., a global leader in providing maintenance, sustainment and operations support for U.S. government facilities, vehicles, equipment, ranges, communication networks and information systems.

About ITT Corporation

ITT Corporation is a high-technology engineering and manufacturing company operating on all seven continents in three vital markets: water and fluids management, global defense and security, and motion and flow control. With a heritage of innovation, ITT partners with its customers to deliver extraordinary solutions that create more livable environments, provide protection and safety and connect our world. Headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., the company reported 2009 revenue of $10.9 billion.

SOURCE: ITT Corporation

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Light the Night - Free Halloween Fun

Press Release

Activity Name: Light the Night
Sponsor: Gathering Stones Community
Location:7368 McLaughlin Road
Falcon, CO 80831-4713
Cross-Roads: Near Meridian Rd. and Woodmen Rd.
Phone#:(719) 358-1937
When: Oct. 31st
Time: 5:30pm. - 9pm.
Cost: Free
A fun filled and safe community activity, that is open to all, where children will enjoy:
Awesome Inflatables, Games, Hay Maze, Tons of Candy and much, much more!

Colorado Springs Fire Department Partners with Domino’s Pizza During Fire Prevention Week

Press Release

WHAT: Domino’s Pizza and the Colorado Springs Fire Department are teaming up during Fire Prevention Week to support the Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program. A portion of the sales from any Domino’s pizza order will be donated to the program. Let the Domino’s Pizza Customer Service Representative know that you would like part of your purchase to be donated to the program.

WHEN: Fire Prevention Week: Tuesday, October 5th

WHERE: All Colorado Springs Domino’s Pizza locations