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Shaun and Rosemary O'Laughlin kicked off the home improvement season by once again hosting the public at an open house/customer appreciation day. There was lots of food and refreshments as well as great deals on windows and siding. Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steak Burgers helped provide fun and games (and food and treats). Freddy's has two locations on the north side of Colorado Springs and intends to open a location in or around Fountain by the end of this year.

You'll find Peakview Windows and Siding in the Fountain Valley Shopping Center (Main Street and Hwy 85/87) in Fountain. You can reach them at 719-393-PEAK (7325) or visit them on the web at Check them out on Facebook at

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By Ed Duffy

Second Chance Home Furnishings actually opened in November of 2016, but they celebrated their official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting today. They're located at 660 S. Santa Fe Avenue in Fountain, just off Exit 128 from I25, across from the 7-11.

Representatives from the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce and the City of Fountain along with friends and family were on hand for the occasion.

Second Chance is open from 11am to 7pm Tuesday through Friday, 11-6 Saturday, 11-3 Sunday and closed Monday. You can reach them at (719) 322-9689 and check them out on Facebook at

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Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)

Based upon increased fire activity, very high fire danger, current fire weather conditions and consultation and coordination of federal, state and local fire agencies, it is determined that Burn Restrictions are warranted in the City of Colorado Springs.
Pursuant of the 2009 International Fire Code the Fire Marshal has implemented Burn Restrictions for the City of Colorado Springs that shall prohibit the following activities:
1.      Recreational fires are not allowed.  A recreational fire is an outdoor fire for cooking, warmth, religious, or other special purposes that is not contained in a permanent fixture (incinerator, manufactured outdoor fireplace or pit, BBQ grill).

2.      Bonfires are not allowed.

3.      No smoking in any city parks/open spaces while burn restrictions are in place.

4.      Blasting, welding, and torches by permit only.

5.      Model rockets by permit only.

6.      Open or prescribed burning is not allowed (ditch burning, fires for silviculture, range or wildfire management).
Burn Restriction and Burn Ban Penalties - Person(s) failing to comply with a Burn Restriction or Burn Ban shall be punished in accordance with the Code of the City of Colorado Springs as amended (1.1.201). A careless fire that threatens or damages property is fourth degree arson and shall be prosecuted as such. For more information on burn restriction:
The Burn Restrictions shall take effect immediately upon the issuance of this order and shall remain in effect until such time the restrictions are modified.
Residents are encouraged to “Share the Responsibility” and reduce their wildfire
risk by implementing wildfire mitigation concepts into their landscaping.

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by Ed Duffy

Chuck Guttierez, owner of Rockwood Landscaping in Colorado Springs, like to fix things. He’s quite an artist when it comes to landscaping. He’s also a handyman and an inventor.

Chuck Guttierez

One of the tools of his trade is the chain saw. Chuck noticed some deficiencies with the product so, he fixed them. He’s been refining his solution for years and now has his own patented product: Chain Protect.

Chuck explains, “Chain protect is a safe and inexpensive way to maintain your chainsaw. Chain Protect was designed to make bucking firewood, chain sharpening, bar adjustment and starting your chainsaw an easier chainsaw experience.”

The simple, ingenious and patented device attaches via the hole in the end of the chain saw bar. Tighten it in the straight out position to avoid kick back when trimming branches. Tighten it in the “kickstand” position to hold the saw in place while sharpening your blade or while starting your saw. It also keeps your blade from touching the ground while in use, which can dull your blade faster and shorten its life. Chain Protect can also protect against a disengaged chain. The chain will wrap around the Chain Protect unit rather than flying back and injuring the user.

You can find Chain Protect online at for $19.99 with free shipping.

The video below shows exactly how it’s installed and used. For more information you can also call 719-661-0449 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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by John Stossel

    Has the media gotten worse? Or am I just grouchier?
    Every day I see things that are wrong or that so miss the point I want to scream.
    Four examples:

Storm Coverage
    As this week's storm approached the East Coast, the media reverted to breathless hype: "monster storm ... very dangerous." Here I blame my beloved free market: Predicting scary weather works. Viewers tune in.
    What galls me more is the reporters' government-centric thinking. "Everything is closed," they say. "Employees can't get to work."
    But the corner grocery stayed open. So did many gas stations and restaurants.
    Why is it that when government buildings close, so many private businesses stay open? Because their own money is at stake.
    The store's employees probably make less money than government workers. They are less likely to own all-wheel-drive cars. But they get to work. Some sleep there. Their own money is on the line.
    Reporters don't think about the distinction.

The Deep State
    Monday, The New York Times ran the headline "What Happens When You Fight a 'Deep State' that Doesn't Exist?"
    The article explained that unlike Egypt or Pakistan, America doesn't really have a powerful deep state, and to claim that it does "presents apolitical civil servants as partisan agents."
    Give me a break. "Apolitical civil servants"?
      A deep state absolutely exists. Some call it "administrative state" or "regulatory state." These are the people who crush innovation and freedom by issuing hundreds of new rules. Regulators, if they don't pass new rules, think they're not doing their job.
    Even "anti-regulator" President George W. Bush hired 90,000 new regulators. Calling them "nonpartisan" doesn't make them harmless -- it just means we put up with them through multiple administrations.
    Even if you exclude the military and post office, more than 20 million Americans work for the government. Because of civil service rules, it's almost impossible to fire them.
    The Times calls these 20 million people "apolitical". Please. Most are just as partisan as you or I. Maybe more so, as leaks and signs of bureaucratic resistance to presidential edicts demonstrate.
    People who choose to work for, say, the EPA, tend to be environment zealots. This should surprise no one. Somehow, New York Times reporters don't see it.

"Chief of EPA Bucks Studies"
    Speaking of the EPA and the Times, their front page claimed President Donald Trump appointee Scott Pruitt is "at odds with the established scientific consensus." That makes Pruitt sound like an anti-science idiot. But the headline is bunk.
    Pruitt only said that he does not agree that man is "the primary contributor to global warming."
    That's "at odds" with Times reporters and government flunkies on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, but many scientists say there is so much uncertainty to climate measurements that no one can know if man's greenhouse gases are the "primary" cause of warming.
    The earth warmed similarly last century, well before we emitted so much carbon dioxide.

John Oliver
    British comedian John Oliver hosts one of the better political talk shows. He's like Bill Maher but funnier and not as mean. Yesterday, on an airplane, I watched an episode that led with a report on the chaos in Venezuela.
    I perked up, expecting Oliver to at least mention Venezuela's caps on corporate profits, abolition of property rights, media censorship, regulation of car production "from the factory door to the place of sale," etc. In other words: socialism.
    But no, Oliver didn't mention any of that.
    He mocked President Maduro's speeches but said Venezuela was in trouble because its economy depends on oil and oil prices dropped. What?
    Kuwait, Nigeria, Angola and other countries exported more oil than Venezuela. But they survived the price drop without experiencing the misery that Venezuela suffers. The suffering was created by socialism.
    America's leftists cannot see the horrors of socialism even when they are right in front of them.
    John Stossel is the author of "No They Can't! Why Government Fails -- But Individuals Succeed." For other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit