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The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), America's largest grocery retailer and Nuro, the robotics company transforming local commerce, today announced the launch of their autonomous grocery delivery service in Houston. The innovative service will be available through two Houston Kroger stores, reaching customers residing in four local zip codes.

Since August 2018, Kroger and Nuro have operated a popular, first-of-its-kind self-driving grocery delivery service in Scottsdale, AZ, servicing a single zip code with an autonomous vehicle fleet. In late 2018, the partnership expanded to include Nuro's custom vehicle, R1, marking the nation's first fully unmanned delivery service available to the general public. The pilot proved the companies' combined technology and digital expertise can transform the grocery delivery experience. Together through the pilot, Kroger and Nuro have successfully and safely completed thousands of deliveries to customers in Scottsdale. With the upcoming launch, Kroger and Nuro will transfer the autonomous grocery delivery program to Houston for the next phase of the pilot.

"We've seen first-hand in Arizona how enthusiastic customers are about getting their Kroger groceries delivered by a Nuro self-driving vehicle," said Nuro co-founder, Dave Ferguson. "Texas has been a leader in encouraging self-driving innovation, and we're excited to help deliver that future for Houston — a dynamic, diverse, and welcoming metropolitan city that we're excited to soon explore and serve with this autonomous delivery service."

"Our Arizona pilot program confirmed the flexibility and benefits provided by autonomous vehicles and how much customers are open to more innovative solutions," said Yael Cosset, Kroger's chief digital officer. "It's always been our shared vision to scale this initiative to new markets, using world-changing technology to enable a new type of delivery service for our customers. We operate 102 stores in Houston—an energetic market that embraces digital and technology advancement. The launch is one more way we are committed to sustainably providing our customers with anything, anytime, and anywhere, the way they want it."

Autonomous Delivery Service Details:

Where: Two Houston Kroger stores
Store One: 10306 South Post Oak Road, Houston, TX, servicing 77401 and 77096
Store Two: 5150 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX, servicing 77005 and 77025
Customers across Greater Houston will continue to have access to the grocery delivery service currently offered by Kroger.
When: Customers can place orders for delivery 7 days a week. The service will begin in both stores this spring.
How: Customers shop via Kroger.com or the Kroger app and place orders based on slot availability.
What: Grocery orders can be scheduled for same-day or next-day delivery by Nuro's fleet of self-driving vehicles, beginning this spring with Nuro's self-driving Toyota Prius vehicles.
Price: $5.95 flat fee; no minimum order.
Like Scottsdale, Kroger and Nuro will begin the service with Nuro's self-driving Toyota Prius fleet and will introduce the next generation of the custom driverless vehicle later this year.

Scottsdale customers will continue to have access to delivery through Kroger's established service available through frysfood.com.

About Kroger
At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are nearly half a million associates who serve over nine million customers daily through a seamless digital shopping experience and 2,779 retail food stores under a variety of banner names, serving America through food inspiration and uplift, and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.

About Nuro
Nuro combines software and hardware expertise to design and build products that accelerate the benefits of robotics for everyday life. Nuro's first product is a self-driving service for local goods transportation. The company is led by world-renowned experts in robotics, artificial intelligence and computer vision. Privately held, Nuro powers partnerships with local businesses seeking new ways to cost effectively transport goods and create new experiences for their customers. For more information, visit www.nuro.ai. Follow Nuro on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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The Board of El Paso County Commissioners voted today to adopt a resolution showing support for the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and opposing House Bill 19-1177 (also known as “the Red Flag bill”).

The resolution is significant for a number of reasons.  Commissioners pledged to “actively resist” the legislation, committed to “legal action if warranted”, and “invit[ing] all like-minded counties to join us in this effort.”  El Paso County is the first county to make such a pledge.  Commissioners also vowed to not appropriate funds or resources to initiate unconstitutional seizures in unincorporated El Paso County and pledged to collaborate with Sheriff Bill Elder in his efforts to oppose and challenge the bill.

The resolution outlined Commissioners’ numerous issues with the bill—including the lack of sufficient due process a citizen gets before taking away a constitutional right, and how the legislation would shift the burden of proof to a gun owner to prove they are not a danger to themselves or others.  Both examples are significant deviations from well-established legal standards used in the United States for over 200 years.  Commissioners also expressed a desire for the Colorado State Legislature to address the growing mental health crisis in communities across the State.

Sheriff Bill Elder also supported the resolution.

It is worth noting the resolution applies to unincorporated El Paso County.  The Board of El Paso County Commissioners does not have the authority to set policy for any municipality within the county.  Local municipalities include the City of Colorado Springs, the City of Fountain, the City of Manitou Springs, and the towns of Monument, Palmer Lake, Green Mountain Falls, Calhan, and Ramah.  Roughly 187,000 county residents—or about one out of every four people—live in unincorporated El Paso County.

You can download a copy of the resolution here.

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Ross Stores recently opened 22 Ross Dress for Less® ("Ross") and six dd's DISCOUNTS® stores across 12 different states in February and March. These new locations are part of the Company's plans to add approximately 100 new stores – 75 Ross and 25 dd's DISCOUNTS locations – during fiscal 2019. 

"These recent openings reflect our ongoing plans to continue building our presence in both existing and newer markets, including the Midwest for Ross, and expansion of dd's DISCOUNTS into Oklahoma and Illinois," said Jim Fassio, President and Chief Development Officer. "We now operate a total of 1,745 Ross Dress for Less and dd's DISCOUNTS locations across 38 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam. As we look out over the long-term, we remain confident that Ross can grow to 2,400 locations and dd's DISCOUNTS can become a chain of 600 stores given consumers' ongoing focus on value."

Ross Stores, Inc. is an S&P 500, Fortune 500, and Nasdaq 100 (ROST) company headquartered in Dublin, California, with fiscal 2018 revenues of $15.0 billion. Currently, the Company operates Ross Dress for Less® ("Ross"), the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with 1,502 locations in 38 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam. Ross offers first-quality, in-season, name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear, and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 60% off department and specialty store regular prices every day. The Company also operates 243 dd's DISCOUNTS® in 18 states that feature a more moderately-priced assortment of first-quality, in-season, name brand apparel, accessories, footwear, and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 70% off moderate department and discount store regular prices every day. Additional information is available at www.rossstores.com.

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ADOPT-A-BED GARDEN



First United Methodist Church Food Security Program

WHAT IS IT?  Adopt-a-bed is a volunteer activity for organizations, families, or individuals to ‘adopt’ a bed in the Community Garden located at the Church (1003 Santa Fe, Fountain).  The adoptive group is responsible for planting and maintaining the bed during the spring, summer and fall.  We have 20 beds to adopt!

WHAT DO YOU NEED? Seeds and/or plants and your energy, time and enthusiasm!  Soil in beds will be prepared for you.  Tools will be provided, and it’s okay if you want to bring your own tools.  Adopting a bed is a great way to promote your organization and become closer to the earth!

WHEN DO WE START? In the Springtime.  The date you plant will be determined by what you plan to grow!  You will work with our gardener, Burl Jones, who will guide you in preparing and caring for your bed.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? This is FREE! 

CONTACT: Barb Musgrave at 382-5482
or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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by Ed Duffy

Keri Funkhouser has spent 15 years helping non-profits such as Goodwill, YMCA and The Chamber of Commerce/EDC with their marketing communications, branding and overall strategic messaging. Now she wants to bring her expertise to the small business owner and entrepreneur as well as non-profits with her own business, Funkonnect Media and Brand Management.

Keri didn't exactly stumble into marketing and branding. She had dropped out of high school and went to work managing restaurants for 10 years. But she had her sights on something else. She worked two jobs to put herself through school at Pikes Peak Community College and then CSU Pueblo. She received a degree in mass communications with a dual emphasis in advertising and public relations. She graduated with honors and began working as an intern and networking, making the contacts and gaining the experience she needed to land the job she wanted. She spent 8 years working for Goodwill in marketing communications before becoming Regional Marketing Director at the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region. She later went on to the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and EDC. In 2018 she decided to go independent. Media and brand management is a field Keri sought out and aggressively pursued, to say the least. It's nice to know you're hiring somebody who is that into their work.

Keri Funkhouser


Funkonnect offers marketing and branding services on a project basis. They can take on a single campaign, like a new product or service launch, an event or sale, or help you create and implement a complete, long term marketing and branding strategy. Services include copy writing/editing, graphic design, digital marketing, ad placement, social media management, content creation, SEO, public relations including press release writing and submission, event planning and marketing and photography among other things.

Keri explained that every business is unique and has its own story. She helps her clients discover, clarify and present that story with the aim of creating a great overall experience for the customer that will be remembered and shared.

Rates are project based and can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand, depending on the size and scope. It all starts with a 2-hour or so sit down, where Keri and the client work out things like goals and budgets. You can reach Keri Funkhouser of Funkonnect at 719-238-0383, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at www.Funkonnect.com.