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Valley Espresso, in the Fountain Valley Shopping Center at Hwy 85/87 and Main Street,  officially changed hands last month.

Here's the announcement from their Facebook page by previous owner, Kevin Schnitker :

"Effective March 1, 2017, Ethan LaBerge is the proud new owner of Valley Espresso. It was a difficult decision to make but the one thing I wanted to make sure of was that a new owner would take care of both you, the customers and our wonderful staff. As we all say at the hut, we're our own little family. I will be continuing working my shift in the mornings for about 3 or 4 weeks and then I'll be staying on in the background as a consultant to Ethan. Everything will be staying the same and the employees will be keeping their same shifts. That was important to me as we've created a great drink destination.

Ethan is a great young man and for those who haven't seen the following video before, please watch it and you'll see how great of a person he is. Fair warning, it's a tear jerker. "

Video from the Today Show:

 

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By Walter E. Williams

        Profiling is needlessly a misunderstood concept. What's called profiling is part of the optimal stock of human behavior and something we all do. Let's begin by describing behavior that might come under the heading of profiling.
        Prior to making decisions, people seek to gain information. To obtain information is costly, requiring the expenditure of time and/or money. Therefore, people seek to find ways to economize on information costs. Let's try simple examples.
        You are a manager of a furniture moving company and seek to hire 10 people to load and unload furniture onto and off trucks. Twenty people show up for the job, and they all appear to be equal except by sex. Ten are men, and 10 are women. Whom would you hire? You might give them all tests to determine how much weight they could carry under various conditions, such as inclines and declines, and the speed at which they could carry. To conduct such tests might be costly. Such costs could be avoided through profiling -- that is, using an easily observable physical attribute, such as a person's sex, as a proxy for unobserved attributes, such as endurance and strength. Though sex is not a perfect predictor of strength and endurance, it's pretty reliable.
        Imagine that you're a chief of police. There has been a rash of auto break-ins by which electronic equipment has been stolen. You're trying to capture the culprits. Would you have your officers stake out and investigate residents of senior citizen homes? What about spending resources investigating men and women 50 years of age or older? I'm guessing there would be greater success capturing the culprits by focusing police resources on younger people -- and particularly young men. The reason is that breaking in to autos is mostly a young man's game. Should charges be brought against you because, as police chief, you used the physical attributes of age and sex as a crime tool? Would it be fair for people to accuse you of playing favorites by not using investigative resources on seniors and middle-aged adults of either sex even though there is a non-zero chance that they are among the culprits?
        Physicians routinely screen women for breast cancer and do not routinely screen men. The American Cancer Society says that the lifetime risk of men getting breast cancer is about 0.1 percent. Should doctors and medical insurance companies be prosecuted for the discriminatory practice of prescribing routine breast cancer screening for women but not for men?
        Some racial and ethnic groups have higher incidence and mortality from various diseases than the national average. The rates of death from cardiovascular diseases are about 30 percent higher among black adults than among white adults. Cervical cancer rates are five times greater among Vietnamese women in the U.S. than among white women. Pima Indians of Arizona have the world's highest known diabetes rates. Prostate cancer is nearly twice as common among black men as it is among white men. Using a cheap-to-observe attribute, such as race, as a proxy for a costly-to-observe attribute, such as the probability of some disease, can assist medical providers in the delivery of more effective medical services. For example, just knowing that a patient is a black man causes a physician to be alert to the prospect of prostate cancer. The unintelligent might call this racial profiling, but it's really prostate cancer profiling.
        In the real world, there are many attributes correlated with race and sex. Jews are 3 percent of the U.S. population but 35 percent of our Nobel Prize winners. Blacks are 13 percent of our population but about 74 percent of professional basketball players and about 69 percent of professional football players. Male geniuses outnumber female geniuses 7-to-1. Women have wider peripheral vision than men. Men have better distance vision than women.
        The bottom line is that people differ significantly by race and sex. Just knowing the race or sex of an individual may on occasion allow us to guess about something not readily observed.
        Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.
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By John Stossel

"Trump may have just signed a death warrant for our planet!" warns CNN host Van Jones.

"Disaster for Clean Water, Air," says the Environmental Working Group.

Give me a break.

Regulation zealots and much of the media are furious because President Donald Trump canceled Barack Obama's attempt to limit carbon dioxide emissions. But Trump did the right thing.

CO2 is what we exhale. It's not a pollutant. It is, however, a greenhouse gas, and such gases increase global warming. It's possible that this will lead to a spiral of climate change that will destroy much of Earth!

But probably not. The science is definitely not settled.

Either way, Obama's expensive regulation wouldn't make a discernible difference. By 2030 -- if  it met its goal -- it might cut global carbon emissions by 1 percent.

The Earth will not notice.

However, people who pay for heat and electricity would notice. The Obama rule demanded power plants emit less CO2. Everyone would pay more -- for no useful reason.

I say "would" because the Supreme Court put a "stay" on the regulation, saying there may be no authority for it.

So Trump proposes a sensible cut: He'll dump an Obama proposal that was already dumped by courts. He'd also reduce Environmental Protection Agency spending by 31 percent.

Good!

Some of what regulators do now resembles the work of sadists who like crushing people. In Idaho, Jack and Jill Barron tried to build a house on their own property. Jack got permission from his county. So they started building.

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Press Release (KellieMayPr)

After 20 years in business, House Doctors Handyman Service is expanding into Denver with not one, but two new franchises.

House Doctors offers professional handyman services focused on professionalism, service excellence and quality workmanship. Their goal is to make home improvements easier for their customers by being on time, doing the job right and offering a one year workmanship guarantee. Combined, the two new franchises – one owned by Jonathan and Maria Seay and the other owned by Richard and Audrey Bolanowski – will cover most of the Denver region, especially focused on the South, East and Metro areas.

“House Doctors is thrilled to be expanding into the Denver market. This is a unique opportunity to have two new owners opening their doors at the same time, providing great brand exposure. I couldn’t be more pleased with Richard and Jonathan’s enthusiasm for serving their communities in the home improvement industry. House Doctor’s prides ourselves in having high-caliber franchise owners, who want to make life easier for the families in their towns. The Seays and the Bolanowskis will represent the House Doctor’s brand well as we continue to grow,“ said Jim Hunter, CEO of House Doctors.

House Doctors’ background checked and uniformed handymen technicians will arrive at your residence in a decaled van. They will specialize in projects that take two hours to two days to complete, such as light remodeling and repairs of decks, doors, bathrooms and kitchens; repairing drywall; painting; exterior repairs; making home modifications and much more.

Here’s a little more about the two new franchises, which will be open in early April:

House Doctors of Aurora and Denver South
Locally owned and operated by Jonathan and Maria Seay, House Doctors of Aurora and Denver South serves Aurora, Centennial, Greenwood Village, Cherry Hills Village, Dove Valley, South Denver, and Littleton as well as surrounding areas.

“We aren’t just a handyman service – we are a professional handyman service.  Our skilled technicians will be on time, experienced, and honest, and we’re backed by a national company, which I think provides peace of mind for customers who haven’t worked with us before. Also, since the company is locally owned and operated, if you have any concerns, my wife Maria and I are here in Denver and can help at any time,” Seay said.

Seay has lived in the metro area since 1986. He is originally from Durham, NC. He met Maria – who is fluent in Spanish – in 1998 and they wed the following year. Ten years later, they welcomed daughter Maya into their lives.

“After taking stock of my life, the idea of becoming an entrepreneur started to grow. We decided we wanted to buy a franchise and when we came across House Doctors, we knew it would be a great fit.  A handyman business is something we really understood and we believe we can help fill the need in our community.  A professional, trustworthy, skilled and insured handyman service is a business everyone can use at some point,” Seay said. “At the end of the day, we want to provide handyman services you’d be happy to tell your friends and family about. We want to know you’d be comfortable referring your loved ones to us for their next project,” Seay added.

To learn more about House Doctors of  Aurora and Denver South and to schedule services for your home, call  (303)477-1088, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.housedoctors.com/handyman-denversouth.

House Doctors of Denver East

Richard Bolanowski

House Doctors of Denver East, locally owned and operated by retired Air Force Colonel Richard Bolanowski and his veteran wife Audrey, serves Denver, Aurora, Commerce City, Brighton, Thornton and Glendale as well as the surrounding areas. Bolanowski is a disabled veteran – he retired as a Colonel with the US Air Force. Audrey is also a veteran and served in the US Navy for 11 years.

“After retiring from the service, I moved back to the Denver area and knew I wanted to start my own business. When I looked at the Denver market, I saw that there was a need for a high-quality, professional home improvement and maintenance service and I felt that House Doctors would be the perfect solution for myself and for my community,” Bolanowski said. “We are a professional handyman company with the support of a national franchise organization and that makes a difference. We’re bonded and insured and our highly-skilled technicians will be professional, on-time and courteous. When you work with House Doctors, you’ll receive top-notch service and a one-year guarantee on repairs at a fair price.”

In addition to opening the business, Bolanowski and his family are excited to be settling down in Denver and becoming part of the community.

“I lived in Colorado 25 years ago and my family and I are so excited to be back. After a long career with the military that basically led me to be away from home for 12 years total, I’m really looking forward to being rooted in this community and to making a positive impact through House Doctors. When I’m not working I’m very involved with my kids’ school and am an active dad.”

To learn more about House Doctors of Denver East and to schedule services for your home, call (303)321-2535, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. visit www.housedoctors.com/handyman-denvereast.

About House Doctors
House Doctors Handyman Service has been helping homeowners across the United States with home repair and light remodeling projects for more than 20 years. Our friendly, insured and bonded craftsmen are scheduled to be there on time and are committed to complete customer satisfaction. Each of our technicians are experienced in home maintenance, product installations and a variety of home improvements. We’re so confident in our team and products that every job we perform comes with a one-year guarantee.

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Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)

A garden of 300 blue pinwheels along with interpretive signs will be featured on the lawn of Colorado Springs City Hall during the month of April to bring attention to Child Abuse Awareness Month.



At its March 28 Regular Meeting, Colorado Springs City Council read a proclamation declaring April “Child Abuse Awareness Month” as part of an effort to bring attention to this issue.
Former County Commissioner Sallie Clark attended in support of the effort. Clark helped found the Not One More Child Coalition in 2012 that coordinates the efforts of more than 70 agencies across the Pikes Peak region to prevent child abuse.

Clark thanked Council for their support of the awareness campaign, saying, “This positive campaign recognizes children as the building blocks for our communities and ensures their healthy development.”

The Women’s Club of Colorado Springs is helping implement the project, which is part of a larger statewide effort, “Pinwheels for Prevention,” organized since 2009 by Prevent Child Abuse Colorado.

Why the Pinwheel?
The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign website states that, “By its very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions - it has come to serve as a reminder of the healthy starts all children deserve. It is the national symbol for child abuse prevention.”

More information on the project is available at www.illuminatecolorado.org.