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Press Release

Pamela Kastrava

Ent Credit Union is pleased to announce the promotion of Pamela Kastrava to Service Area Manager. In her new role as one of Ent’s five area managers, she will oversee operations at six service centers including Ent’s Bon, Centennial, Flintridge, Mountain Bell, Peterson and Schriever locations.

Kastrava has more than 19 years of experience at Ent, serving in roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently she was the service center manager of Ent’s Mountain Bell location in downtown Colorado Springs.

Kastrava is a Colorado native and graduated from Woodland Park High School. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a minor in communication from Regis University. 

About Ent Credit Union
Founded in 1957, Ent Credit Union is a different kind of financial institution, committed to improving members’ financial quality of life and returning value through better rates, lower fees and Ent Extras® cash rewards. Colorado’s leading credit union, Ent has more than $5.5 billion in assets, more than 330,000 members and more than 30 convenient service center locations along the Front Range. In 2018, Forbes’ inaugural “Best-In-State Credit Unions” survey ranked Ent #1 in the state of Colorado. As a not-for-profit, community-chartered credit union, Ent’s membership is open to businesses and individuals who live, work, worship or attend school in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Jefferson, Larimer, Pueblo, Teller and Weld counties. Ent is an Equal Housing and Equal Opportunity Lender, federally insured by the NCUA.

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Press Release (One-Colorado.org)

This afternoon, the Colorado House Public Health Care & Human Services passed House Bill 19-1129 on a bipartisan 8-3 vote. If signed into law, the bill would ban the dangerous, discredited practice of conversion therapy on minors by a licensed professional. One Colorado, the state’s leading advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families, released the following statement from Executive Director Daniel Ramos in reaction to the bill’s passage from the House:

“No young person should ever be shamed by a state-licensed mental health professional into thinking who they are is wrong. Unfortunately, as we heard when this bill was in committee, too many young LGBTQ Coloradans have sought help from licensed professionals so they can find their truth, only to be subjected to dangerous and discredited practices that use rejection, shame, and psychological abuse to force them to change who they are. More and more states are standing with LGBTQ youth by banning the harmful, discredited practice of conversion therapy on minors, and it is time for Colorado to do the same,” said Ramos.

“I applaud the committee for their bipartisan support of this measure. It is my sincere hope that, with this being the fifth time this measure has been introduced in the Colorado legislature, this will be the year Colorado says ‘no more’, and bans a practice on minors that is based on the false claim that being LGBTQ is a mental illness that needs to be cured. We are born perfect, and we deserve our state’s support,” Ramos continued.

Sponsored by Representatives Dafna Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City, and Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, and Senator Steve Fenberg, D-Boulder, this bill would ban a state-licensed mental health care provider from engaging in the discredited, harmful practice conversion therapy on a patient under eighteen years of age in order to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. A physician or mental health care provider who violates this provision engages in unprofessional conduct under the applicable professional licensing board.

Testimony in support of HB19-1129 was provided by medical and mental health professionals, faith leaders, department agencies, survivors of conversion therapy, and legal professionals, including Colorado’s former Republican Attorney General, Cynthia Coffman.

A study last year by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found that tens of thousands of teens between ages of 13-17 will be subjected to conversion therapy in the coming years.

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Widefield Square Thrift Store will open officially this Friday at 141 Fontaine Blvd in Security-Widefield (next to the Big R). They held a "soft opening" this past Friday to check the layout and clear out some inventory. They'll be closed for the next few days to make some final tweaks. 

The store features a large selection of quality used furniture, sporting goods, jerseys, toddler accessories, handbags, toys, games, housewares, artwork and other treasures. 

The Widefield Square Thrift Store is brought to you by the same folks who own the Roll Up Food Truck, which will also make a permanent home of Widefield Square Shopping Center. In fact, on the weekends, they'll be inviting friends. (more on that later next week).

 

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Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)

The public is invited to attend one of three identical informational meetings to learn about a proposed City ordinance to expand the use of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), or in-law units in Colorado Springs by allowing this use in single-family residential zoned areas.

All meeting times and formats are identical. Open house: 5:30 – 7 p.m. with a formal presentation at 6 p.m.

SOUTHEAST COLORADO SPRINGS

Weds, Feb. 20

Deerfield Hills Community Center

4290 Deerfield Hills Road, 80916

NORTH COLORADO SPRINGS

Monday, Feb. 25

Prairie Hills Elementary School, gymnasium

8025 Telegraph Drive, 80920

CENTRAL/WEST COLORADO SPRINGS

Tuesday, Feb. 26

City Auditorium

221 East Kiowa Street, 80903

Meeting attendees will have an opportunity to learn about this emerging type of housing adopted by many cities and how it's designed to address the need for increased housing options in Colorado Springs.

In an effort to mitigate the impact of a tight housing market and increasing rental rates and further advance efforts to be an age-friendly community, Colorado Springs officials are exploring an often overlooked form of housing as a potential solution: the in-law unit.

“Because the need to provide housing to aging parents, dependent or disabled adult children or other family members should not be limited those within the allowed zone districts, the City is proposing to allow this type of housing throughout Colorado Springs,” said Hannah Van Nimwegen, senior planner for the City of Colorado Springs. “Updating the city code to extend this type of housing to single-family residential areas will respond to the growing need expressed by our community to provide a greater variety of housing options at different price points and help facilitate and reflect what is already taking place in Colorado Springs.”

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) are secondary apartments on a residential lot or within the main home. ADUs are often referred to as ancillary apartments, in-law suites or cottages, or guest houses. These residential units are smaller than the main home, and can come in a number of forms, such as above a detached garage, converted attic or basement, separate smaller unit on the property or attached to the home.

An ADU must include a sleeping area, sanitary facilities and kitchen. Property owners who rent or provide living accommodations, but do not meet the above criteria for an ADU will not be affected by the proposed ordinance. Additionally, pre-existing legal ADUs in multi-family and commercial zoned districts will not be affected. The proposed ordinance would not override HOA covenants and HOAs may opt to prohibit ADUs.

The City has adopted best practices from other municipalities to develop the proposed ordinance. For more information about the proposed ordinance and what it entails visit www.ColoradoSprings.gov/ADU

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By Ed Duffy

Do you have fond memories of growing up watching Macho Man Savage, Sargent Slaughter, Hulk Hogan, Jim Duggan and the gang? Well, then you'll be excited to know that Iron Hills Wresting is one of two independent professional wrestling organizations that have cropped up in Colorado Springs in the past year or two (the other being Colorado Springs Wrestling). Both are intent on promoting the good, clean, family fun of live entertainment that is professional wrestling.

Iron Hills was founded by industry veteran Alex Milford out of Pueblo. The company is now owned by Chuey Martinez, another

Randy Chacon

wrestler/promoter with over 15 years experience and managed by Randy Chacon (aka Randy Rude). Randy's been a fan since he was a kid. He recalls going to the matches every other Saturday in Pueblo. He started in the business with a talk show on YouTube (You can catch "Rude Awakening" live every Sunday) and gradually got into production and promotion, as well as wrestling himself. He's also a masters certified sales consultant.

Randy's done some work with Colorado Springs Wrestling as well. Recently a number of wrestling organizations, including Iron Hills, Colorado Springs others out of Denver, Canon City and Pueblo, held their second annual Colorado United benefit show, featuring wrestlers from all over the country. This year's show raised money for the family of a wrestler (Logan Austin) who had a death in the family due to cancer. Last year's was for Colorado Springs Wrestling founder Chris Chavez's family. He was killed in a car accident earlier in the year.

Randy's not entirely new to the entertainment biz. He was the head gunfighter at Buckskin Joe's for two years. "I'm the guy they hung six days a week." he explained. The first big show for Iron Hills is coming up  February 23. Rudapalooza will be held at Union Station in Colorado Springs. There will be six matches, featuring the main event, a title match between Chuey Martinez and Big Guns Justin Andrews. Doors open at 7pm, first match at 8. Of course there will be food and drink available as well. Tickets purchased before the show are $20 for front row or $10 general admission. At the door: $25 front row, $15 general admission. Call 822-3497 for advanced ticket information.

Iron Hills also has very affordable sponsorship opportunities ranging from $50 to $250.

For more information on Iron Hills Championship Wresting, visit their website at www.IHCWrestling.com. You'll also find them on Facebook (Iron Hills Championship Wrestling) and Instagram (@ironhillschampionshipwrestling).