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by Ed Duffy

Cowboy Star Restaurant and Butcher Shop celebrated their second anniversary in Colorado Springs by treating guests to burgers and brats as well as the craft brew stylings of Colorado Springs’ own Smiling Toad Brewery. (Grand Opening press release from 2015)

The event also raised funds for Care and Share. It was standing room only for most of the 4-hour event, despite some nasty weather Saturday.

Employees worked the grills on the deck, in the wind and the cold and kept everyone well fed and smiling. The Smiling Toad guy did his part as well with some delicious IPA, Amber and Stout on tap.

You’ll find Cowboy Star in the University Village Shopping Center at 5198 N. Nevada Ave, #150. Reach them by phone at 719-639-7440. On the web at, or on Facebook at

To find out more about the Smiling Toad Brewery, visit or find them on Facebook at,

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Emerging fitness franchise establishes community for local mothers and women.
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As health and fitness continue to stay top of mind for Colorado Springs-area residents, Burn Boot Camp, a national fitness franchise recently opened a new location located at 2456 Montebello Square Drive. The new fitness concept aims to help clients achieve their fitness goals.


The Colorado Springs Burn Boot Camp location is owned by friends Jenny Garrett and Kelly Hill, who first met as Burn Boot Camp members. The pair is well-suited for success in the fitness space, after experiencing first-hand success of the Burn Boot Camp model, and coming from a business-oriented background. Garrett earned 13 years of experience in a sales position before joining Burn Boot Camp, and Hill owns a wedding photography business. The Colorado Springs location will be operated locally by Amanda Schneider, a trainer and nutrition consultant with military experience and extensive training and certification in exercise science and personal training.
“The workout clients receive at Burn Boot Camp is effective and empowering, and we’re excited for Colorado Springs residents to try it out first hand,” noted Schneider. “The sense of community our clients experience is unique and palpable. Seeing people from various fitness levels come together and support each other during the camps is amazing.”
Each camp involves at 45-minute circuit style workout comprised of 72 different styles and 15 different formats, e.g. HIIT training, suspension training, etc. Burn Boot Camp has a stringent recruiting program for trainers with every session led by an NCCA-accredited certified personal trainer who creates new, innovative programs daily so attendees never do the same workout twice. Clients learn far more than just healthy eating and exercise tips at Burn Boot Camp, as the concept strays from the competition by operating on a five pillar philosophy to help clients achieve success: mindset, nutrition, burst training, strength training and positive environment.
“Kelly and Jenny are joining the strong network of Burn Boot Camp franchise operators at an exciting growth point for the brand,” said Devan Kline, CEO and co-founder of Burn Boot Camp. “The Colorado Springs location will be well on its way of transforming the lives of local residents and creating a meaningful community environment under their guidance.”
Members are not required to register for camps in advanced to reserve a spot, but rather enjoy flexibility in selecting camps that fit with their schedules. The fitness concept also provides a convenient environment for women, ensuring a worry-free workout; all sessions before 5 p.m. are only available to women, and childcare is available for mothers free of charge while they’re on-campus.
For more information about Burn Boot Camp of Colorado Springs, visit

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About Burn Boot Camp
Founded in 2012 by husband wife duo Devan and Morgan Kline, Burn Boot Camp is a national fitness concept where like-minded women can come together, build confidence and inspire one another through fitness. Based in Huntersville, NC, the franchise has 50 locations currently open and 177 in various stages of development across 25 states. The franchise runs on a five pillar philosophy focusing on mindset, whole food nutrition, burst training, strength training and environment to achieve success. For more information surrounding Burn Boot Camp or its franchise opportunities, visit or

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by Walter E. Williams

Each year, Earth Day is accompanied by predictions of doom. Let's take a look at past predictions to determine just how much confidence we can have in today's environmentalists' predictions.

In 1970, when Earth Day was conceived, the late George Wald, a Nobel laureate biology professor at Harvard University, predicted, "Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind." Also in 1970, Paul Ehrlich, a Stanford University biologist and best-selling author of "The Population Bomb," declared that the world's population would soon outstrip food supplies. In an article for The Progressive, he predicted, "The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years." He gave this warning in 1969 to Britain's Institute of Biology: "If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000." On the first Earth Day, Ehrlich warned, "In 10 years, all important animal life in the sea will be extinct." Despite such predictions, Ehrlich has won no fewer than 16 awards, including the 1990 Crafoord Prize, the Royal Swedis!
h Academy of Sciences' highest award.

In International Wildlife (July 1975), Nigel Calder warned, "The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind." In Science News (1975), C.C. Wallen of the World Meteorological Organization is reported as saying, "The cooling since 1940 has been large enough and consistent enough that it will not soon be reversed."

In 2000, climate researcher David Viner told The Independent, a British newspaper, that within "a few years," snowfall would become "a very rare and exciting event" in Britain. "Children just aren't going to know what snow is," he said. "Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past." In the following years, the U.K. saw some of its largest snowfalls and lowest temperatures since records started being kept in 1914.

In 1970, ecologist Kenneth Watt told a Swarthmore College audience: "The world has been chilling sharply for about 20 years. If present trends continue, the world will be about 4 degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990 but 11 degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age."

Also in 1970, Sen. Gaylord Nelson wrote in Look magazine: "Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, secretary of the Smithsonian (Institution), believes that in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct."

Scientist Harrison Brown published a chart in Scientific American that year estimating that mankind would run out of copper shortly after 2000. Lead, zinc, tin, gold and silver were to disappear before 1990.

Erroneous predictions didn't start with Earth Day. In 1939, the U.S. Department of the Interior said American oil supplies would last for only another 13 years. In 1949, the secretary of the interior said the end of U.S. oil supplies was in sight. Having learned nothing from its earlier erroneous claims, in 1974 the U.S. Geological Survey said that the U.S. had only a 10-year supply of natural gas. The fact of the matter, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, is that as of 2014, we had 2.47 quadrillion cubic feet of natural gas, which should last about a century.

Hoodwinking Americans is part of the environmentalist agenda. Environmental activist Stephen Schneider told Discover magazine in 1989: "We have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have. ... Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest." In 1988, then-Sen. Timothy Wirth, D-Colo., said: "We've got to ... try to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong ... we will be doing the right thing anyway in terms of economic policy and environmental policy."

    Americans have paid a steep price for buying into environmental deception and lies.

    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

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By John Stossel

Will Donald Trump be re-elected in 2020?

Probably not, say people who bet. They give Trump only a 23 percent chance. They do pick him over all other politicians, but the favorite is "other."

I know this because I follow the betting odds at

Yes, bettors were wrong about Trump's election and Brexit, but those were exceptions, and those votes unusual. Even Brexit's promoters predicted a loss; even Trump said he thought he'd lose when he saw the election-night exit polls.

But betting odds are usually right. It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that if the bettors gave a candidate, say, a 65 percent chance to win, and he lost, bettors were "wrong." But remember, 65 percent means bettors also thought there was a 35 percent chance that candidate would lose.

There's wisdom in crowds, if the crowds put their money where their mouths are.

Bettors accurately picked Oscar winners, "American Idol" winners and most important elections. named VP picks Mike Pence and Tim Kaine a week before they were picked.

Even when bettors bet wrong, they are quicker to adjust than others. By 10 p.m. on election night, the odds had flipped from Clinton to Trump. An hour later, bettors had Trump at 90 percent, but CNN's Wolf Blitzer was still saying, "Hilary Clinton is now ahead in the all-important electoral college map count!"

Last week, right before France's election, reporters claimed that the terrorism in France would help elect Marine Le Pen. Saturday, Fox News headlined: "Le Pen sees Trump-like boost."

But bettors knew better. They favored Emmanuel Macron, 60 percent to 20 percent, and sure enough, he was the first-round winner.

The New York Times hyped Jean-Luc Melenchon, France's socialist candidate (of course), claiming he was "gaining steam." But betters weren't fooled. They gave Melenchon just a 5 percent chance.

A more complete track record of the bettors' predictions is posted at

I should explain: is a website my TV producer and I created. He takes the odds from legal betting markets, mostly from the biggest and most reliable one, Betfair (based in the U.K.). Our site converts Betfair's complex formulae to percentages that are easy to understand.

Candidates' shares trade like stocks in the stock market. Since, as I write, bettors give President Trump only a 23 percent chance of winning in 2020, you Trump supporters can make a big profit if he wins. Buy 100 shares of Trump now (at 23 cents a share) and if he wins, you'll get $100 for every $23 you bet.

Actually, you Americans can't  make that bet, because restrictive U.S. anti-gambling regulations prevent Betfair from dealing with Americans.

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Hundreds of people showed up to take advantage of the local U Pull & Pay’s Customer Appreciation Day which featured 50% off all parts.

U Pull & Pay is a salvage yard where you bring your own tools and pull your own parts. There’s a $2 per person cover charge. You tell the clerk what you’re looking for and he or she will give you a readout of all the cars in the lot that might have what you’re looking for, as well as which row they are in. You take it from there. You find the part, remove it and bring it up to the counter. It’s a great way to save big dollars if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty.

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