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(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today during the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show, Intel Corporation collaborated with the NFL, Pepsi and six-time GRAMMY®*-winning music icon, Lady Gaga, to create a unique drone light show experience to kick off her performance. Three hundred Intel® Shooting StarTM drones lit up the sky in a choreographed aerial performance marking the first-ever drone integration during a televised event and a Super Bowl.

As Lady Gaga’s performance began, Intel Shooting Star drones created a backdrop of colorful formations in the sky including twinkling stars that transformed into red and blue moving stars, before creating the American Flag for a dramatic finale that brought Lady Gaga to center stage on the field. Additionally, the Intel Shooting Star drones finished out the halftime performance by forming the Pepsi logo in the sky.

“Lady Gaga and the Super Bowl creative team wanted to pull off something that had never been done before and we were able to combine Intel drone innovation with her artistry to pull off a truly unique experience,” said Josh Walden, senior vice president and general manager, New Technology Group, Intel. “The potential for these light show drones is endless and we hope this experience inspires other creatives, artists and innovators to really think about how they can incorporate drone technology in new ways that have yet to even be thought of.”

At the conclusion of the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show, Intel also ran a 10-second spot featuring the Intel Shooting Star drones morphing from the Pepsi logo into the Intel logo.

The Intel Shooting Star drones are a new type of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), specifically designed for entertainment purposes such as festivals and entertainment events. The purpose-built quadcopter drone is built with safety in mind and equipped with LED lights that can create over 4 billion color combinations and easily be programmed for any animation. For full details on Intel Shooting Star drones, visit the drone show fact sheet.

For more information on Intel Shooting Star drone light shows, visit “Intel Drones Light up the Sky,” and for more information on the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show, visit

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Press Release (City of Colorado Springs) 

Jariah Walker, who is currently the Acting Director of the Colorado Springs’ Urban Renewal Authority, will take over as Executive Director on February 1, 2017.

“Serving in the acting role these last two months, Jariah has provided excellent leadership and has displayed his own passion for and commitment to the betterment of our city,” said Peter Wysocki, the city’s planning director. “Jariah is a collaborative and dedicated leader and I am very pleased that the Board and City have selected him to continue to lead this effort.”

"Jariah is one of Colorado Springs’ most talented young executives,” said Wynne Palermo, CSURA Chair. “The board is excited to have him and we are confident he will accomplish our expectations to take us to a new level."  

Most recently Walker served as a senior economic development development analyst for the City of Colorado Springs.

“I’m honored that the CSURA board presented me with this opportunity and I look forward to working together on a number of great projects ahead,” said Walker. “Words cannot describe how much it means to me to be able to play an active role in the positive redevelopment of a number of areas in my own hometown.”

Prior to joining the city, Walker spent seven years as a senior partner with Walker Asset Management Realty, Inc. Walker serves on a number of committees, including the newly-formed Plan COS steering committee, charged with the two-year development of the city’s comprehensive plan. In addition, he is the economic team lead on the city’s sustainability committee and serves on committees with the Urban Land Institute, Strategic Plan, Business Climate Task Force and Renew North Nevada Plan.

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Meridian Ranch has announced that Splash Bath Pet Grooming, Meridian Service Metropolitan District, Nana’s Kitchen, Meridian Ranch Liquor and Papa John’s Pizza have opened their doors in The Shops at Meridian Ranch off Meridian Road and Stapleton Drive.

In addition, JAKs Brewing Co., a local Peyton favorite is putting the final touches on its brand new facility and is set to open March 2017.

With more than 2,000 homes expected by late 2017, services and amenities are needed to serve the growing population, presenting an excellent opportunity for dozens of business owners to offer Meridian Ranch residents and those in surrounding neighborhoods with more accessible retail options.
Several of The Shops’ tenants have chosen to live and work in the Meridian Ranch community, providing them with a deeper understanding of those they serve.

“We [Co-Founders Jeff and Ken] live here, so we were quick to recognize that there was a need for more options closer to home,” said Co-Founder of JAKs Brewing Co., Antonio Lee. “We chose to live here because we wanted to raise our families in a good community and Meridian Ranch has offered that and more, even rallying around our business. JAKs has that Cheers feel – where everybody knows you. We are the community and we love it here,” said Lee.

For more information on leasing opportunities, contact Olive Real Estate Group at 719-598-3000 and speak with James Justus, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Steve Hunsinger, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


About Meridian Ranch
Located two miles north of Woodmen Road on Meridian Road, Meridian Ranch was created as a recreation and golf course master-planned community with landscaped parkways, tree-lined trails and wonderful amenities such as the Antler Creek Golf Course, Creek View Grill, quality schools and numerous neighborhood parks. Additionally, Phase 1 of The Lodge at Stonebridge is under construction and is expected to be completed in May of 2017.

The community features a state-of-the-art recreation center with an outdoor pool and a new indoor pool offering residents a wide variety of activities perfectly suited for an active, healthy lifestyle. As such, Meridian Ranch has attracted a demographic with a household income that is above the national average.

Dependable water, wastewater, storm water services and recreational amenities, parks and trails are provided by Meridian Service Metropolitan District, which plans for the future of this growing community.
Meridian Ranch is one of Colorado Springs’ fastest growing communities, planned for 4,000 homes at full build-out. Currently the community consists of 2,305 platted lots, more than 1,800 homes with more than 2,400 platted lots and 2,000 homes expected by late 2017.


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Consumers lost nearly $100,000 in deposits and payments to Innovative RAC in 2016.
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Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado (BBB) has completed an investigation of a Southern Colorado company, Innovative RAC, a home improvement company, which also goes by Innovative Roofing and Construction.
The company has an address of 755 East Highway 105, #105, Monument, CO 80132, and a phone number of 719-213-1942. The listed principal for Innovative RAC is Jeffery Masias, who has also opened businesses under the names of Innovative Exteriors LLC, Busy Beaver Construction and JM Fencing and Landscaping.
BBB warns that this is NOT an accredited business. On May 2, 2016, this company's accreditation in BBB was revoked by BBB’s Board of Directors due to unresolved complaints, failure to maintain required licensing, and failure to provide BBB with all information required to evaluate compliance with BBB standards.
Further, on December 21, 2016, the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department’s Board of Review voted to revoke Jeffery Masias’ license based on the recommendation of the licensing committee’s motion from December 14, 2016. Such a license is required in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, for businesses offering home improvement services.
BBB has processed and closed 17 complaints against Innovative RAC in the past 36 months, seven of which were processed and closed in the last 12 months. As BBB does not publish complaints until they are closed, the 17 complaints may not be all-encompassing of the complaints received by BBB of Southern Colorado. Consumers reported a total of nearly $100,000 in lost deposits and payments in 2016 to Innovative RAC.

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The bubble burst. My fantasy died.

I wasn't a big Donald Trump backer -- on TV I have called him a bully, a narcissist, etc. -- but his first days were thrilling!

Finally, a president who meant it when he said he'd cut red tape that kills growth, a man who mocks political correctness and sneers at leftist reporters. Finally, an executive choosing good people: Andy Puzder, Scott Pruitt, Betsy DeVos, Mick Mulvaney, Mike Pompeo...

These are not the political hacks I've come to expect from D.C. -- not the smug bureaucracy-lovers Hillary Clinton would have inflicted on us. These are people who understand the limits of government command and control, people eager to lift the web of opportunity-smothering rules.

Trump revived the Keystone Pipeline, froze federal hiring. Wow.

But then he broke my heart.

His immigrant ban is bad. I won't write about it until I know more. But even before that, he said he'd impose a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports, and he trashed trade by insisting that "we want the (Keystone) pipe to be manufactured here!"

I know -- he said stuff like that when campaigning, but I didn't think he meant it. His own businesses use overseas suppliers if they are cheaper or better. He must know that tariffs punish Americans, that a trade war helped create the Depression.

"Protecting" jobs with bans and tariffs is counterproductive.

You Trump fans will sneer at that, but please, hear me out.

Yes, some steelworkers' jobs are saved by buy-American edicts, but more jobs will be lost. It's hard to recognize this because of a conflict economist Frederic Bastiat called "the seen vs. the unseen."