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by Ed Duffy

Local author, TEdX speaker, Toastmaster and storyteller Michelle Mras celebrated the release of her first book this past weekend. 

The release party took place at the Buzzed Badger coffee house on B Street. It was a fitting location in that the owner, Shanyka Lock-Alcordo. says it was Michelle’s TedX talk and her book that lead her to quit her job and pursue her dream of owning her own place. 

Both Michelle’s book and the Buzzed Badger are off to a great start. It was standing room only as friends, family and associates offered praise, congratulations and encouragement. 

Summary from the Amazon page: “This book is the chronological story of how I met and became a part of Mary's family. It contains life lessons and advice on how to truly live from Mary Mras, a fabulous wife, mother, sister and daughter, educator, and a teacher of all.

Anyone fortunate enough to cross her path surely felt her magnetic presence. Mary lived her life with intention and by example, showed us how to live a fulfilled life not by being famous or boisterous, but by simply sharing a smile, laughing through tough times and loving her family.”

Eat, Drink and be Mary is published by Vertex Learning, LLC and can be found online at or just use the link below. 


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It’s Springtime in the Rockies and that means it’s time to head out to your local Big R and pick up some chicks, or ducklings or goslings or whatever your call baby turkeys. 

If you aren’t raising fowl at the moment, be sure to check your local ordinances/zoning in regards to how many you can have on your property. Best check your HOA rules as well. 

Chicks start at $2.99 each, ducklings - $4.99, geese $8.99 and turkeys you’ll have to call for pricing and availability. Actually it’s a good idea to call ahead regardless. They go fast, but they get more in all the time. They can also take your info and reserve some for you if they aren’t in stock. 

You can reach the Security-Widefield store at (719) 390-9130. For other locations and more information visit 

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Press Release (El Paso County)

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office is pleased to announce a conviction has been secured in one of the outstanding voter fraud cases being investigated by the District Attorney’s Office.  Toni Newbill pleaded guilty to voting twice under Colorado Revised Statute 1-13-710.  The penalty for this crime includes probation, community service, a fine, and other court fees.  Ms. Newbill attempted to cast Ralph Nanninga’s ballot in the 2016 Primary Election.  Mr. Nanninga passed away in 2012.

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New urgent care company is rapidly expanding in the Denver, CO market. Multiple positions available and need immediate placement of qualified candidates.

We are a dynamic and rapidly expanding company within the urgent care market, and we are proud to be a major part of the Denver healthcare community.”— Brian Tatarenko, Chief Administrative Officer at Metro Urgent CareDENVER, CO, UNITED STATES, March 7, 2017 / -- Denver, CO, March 7, 2017– Metro Urgent Care, based in Denver, CO, announces that they are adding more than 300 healthcare related jobs in the Denver metro area. The majority of these positions will be clinic based staff at one of the 20+ urgent care locations that are in final preparations for opening. Positions needed include: Physician, Advanced Medical Providers (NP/PA), Practice Managers, Medical Assistants, Radiology Techs, LSRT’s, and Medical Receptionists/Patient Concierge.

For more information and immediate consideration please visit: Metro Urgent Care is a rapidly expanding and dynamic healthcare company. Their unique approach to patient centered medical care and convenient access to care has made Metro Urgent Care one of the fastest growing providers of urgent care services in the country. The majority of patient visits are for illness or injury care, yet a substantial portion of visits are for other issues like chronic disease management, occupational medicine, and standard physicals.

The equipment, culture and interior design at all Metro Urgent Care clinics is state-of-the-art. Each clinic has expanded urgent care services to include: x-rays, labs, onsite prescription dispensing, over-the-counter medications, and other services to meet the needs of each patient. The culture of Metro Urgent Care is grounded in optimizing the patient visit experience and demonstrating empathy to all in time of medical need. Step into any of the convenient Metro Urgent Care locations and you will immediately see the difference between yesterday’s tired old medical clinic versus the new and vibrant Metro Urgent Care clinics. For further details of exact locations and positions available please visit the careers page on the website.

Brian Tatarenko, Chief Administrative Officer at Metro Urgent Care stated, “We are a dynamic and rapidly expanding company within the urgent care market, and we are proud to be a major part of the Denver healthcare community. Metro Urgent Care is dedicated to recruiting, training, and employing the best medical and support personnel to provide urgent care services to patients in the Denver metro area."

About Metro Urgent Care:

Metro Urgent Care is proud to be led by a seasoned group of healthcare professionals with a long history of success in the urgent care market. The expansion of Metro Urgent Care in Denver represents one of the largest build-outs of urgent care clinics in the country in 2017.

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Next week, Donald Trump releases his new budget. It's expected to cut spending on things like the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


by John Stossel

Government has no business funding art. When politicians decide which ideas deserve a boost, art is debased. When they use your money to shape the culture, they shape it in ways that make culture friendlier to government.

As The Federalist's Elizabeth Harrington points out, the National Endowment for the Arts doesn't give grants to sculpture honoring the Second Amendment or exhibitions on the benefits of traditional marriage. They fund a play about "lesbian activists who oppose gun ownership" and "art installations about climate change."

The grant-making establishment is proudly leftist. A Trump administration won't change that. During the Bush II years, lefty causes got funding, but I can't find any project with a conservative agenda.

It's not just the politics that are wrong. Government arts funding doesn't even go to the needy. Arts grants tend to go to people who got prior arts grants.

Some have friends on grant-making committees. Some went to the same schools as the people who pick what to subsidize. They know the right things to say on applications so they look "serious" enough to underwrite. They're good at writing applications. They're not necessarily good at art.

Defenders of public funding say their subsidies bring things like classical music to the poor. But the truth is that poor and middle-class people rarely go to hear classical music, even when subsidies make it cheap.

Subsidies pay for art rich people like. Like so many other programs, government arts funding is a way for the well-connected to reap benefits while pretending to help the common man.

The Trump-hating left is incensed at the idea that government might stop funding the arts.

USA Today reports that "arts groups" will "battle President Trump." A Washington, D.C., lobby says it will mobilize 300,000 "citizen activists."

We can count on the media to distort the issue.

The New York Times ran the headline: "Why Art Matters." Of course it matters. But "art" is different from "government-funded art."

New York Magazine ran a photo of Big Bird, or rather a protester dressed as Big Bird, wearing a sign saying "Keep your mitts off me!" What New York doesn't say is that the picture is three years old, and Big Bird's employer, "Sesame Street," no longer gets government funds.

We confronted the article writer, Eric Levitz. He said, "Big Bird has long functioned as a symbol of public broadcasting ... Still, considering 'Sesame Street's' switch to HBO, I concede that some could have been misled."

You bet.

Big Bird doesn't need government help. "Sesame Street" is so rich that it paid one of its performers more than $800,000.