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Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)

The City of Colorado Springs and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered on a historic archaeological dig in Garden of the Gods Park. This rare and significant project has recovered items from the late 1800s and early 1900s directly linked to Colorado Springs founder, William Jackson Palmer, and his family’s occupation of the Glen Eyrie Estate.

“It’s exciting to discover an intact archaeological site that promises to reveal new information about the Palmer family and their role in establishing our community,” said Matt Mayberry, City cultural services manager. “Such sites are exceedingly rare, and we look forward to sharing this newly discovered information with the public.”

The sites, identified as Palmer’s domestic refuse middens (also known as trash heaps), were discovered by City of Colorado Springs lead archaeologist Anna Cordova during site monitoring for the Camp Creek Drainage Improvement Project. The multi-phase drainage project was initiated in 2015 due to significant rainstorms that caused serious erosion in the creek, a side effect of the Waldo Canyon fire, which burned a large percentage of the Camp Creek watershed.

Following Cordova’s discovery, FEMA and the Colorado State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) determined two archaeological sites in the area were considered eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. A memorandum of agreement requiring data recovery before work on the drainage project could continue was signed in August between FEMA, SHPO, the City, and the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The recovery of data is expected to mitigate any adverse impacts related to future construction in this area, and construction of a stormwater detention and sedimentation pond as part of the drainage project will commence in early 2019.

“This is a great example of why there is an environmental and historic preservation element in the work we do,” said FEMA Region VIII Administrator Lee K. dePalo. “I commend all of our partners as we work together to make the excavation and recovery possible before the drainage project continues.”

Alpine Archaeological Consultants of Montrose, Colo., was contracted to execute the archaeological research design, treatment plan and extraction. Funded through the Colorado State Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, more than 135 excavation units have been investigated by Alpine. Crews have been working on two sites since Oct. 2, and field work is expected to be complete Nov. 20.

“We don’t typically get sites like this, especially in historical archaeology,” said Mike Prouty, Alpine project archaeologist. “There have been hundreds of artifacts recovered from each of the units, so the sites are really giving a voice to Palmer and his family’s everyday life, and we’re learning a lot.”

Among the recovered artifacts to date are fragments of ceramic plates; building material from Glen Eyrie, including bricks, lightbulbs and batteries; fully intact glass bottles; textile and clothing remnants, such as shoe leathers and buttons; and, food debris, like peach pits and fish bones and shells. Following the dig, archaeologists will closely analyze and catalogue the data offsite, and a detailed public report will be issued in 2019. The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is also planning a special exhibit to share the extracted artifacts as part of a major new exhibit about Palmer scheduled for late 2019.

Guided public tours of the archaeological site will be available Nov. 17-20 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. Weather dependent, these tours will begin at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center on the second floor balcony before departing for the site.

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Press Release (PRNewswire)

eBay announced its 2018 Shopping Report, taking an in-depth look at the launches, anniversaries and collabs that rose to the top and encouraged people from coast to coast to open up their wallets. In a year marked by superheroes, sought-after sneakers, stress relief and Supreme, some surprising statistics emerged – demonstrating what's on shoppers' minds and what trends are here to stay.

eBay’s 2018 Shopping Report takes an in-depth look at the launches, anniversaries and collaborations that rose to the top this year, driving spikes in eBay searches and sales, and encouraging shoppers to open up their wallets.

New data from eBay’s 2018 Shopping Report shows the events that impacted purchase behavior this year, as people flocked to Fortnite, felt the effect of King James, were ‘Royally’ inspired and filled their closets with logo fashion.

"As the world's largest marketplace, eBay search and sales data provides an interesting look at what's happening in culture," said Bradford Shellhammer, eBay's Vice President of Buyer Experience. "By paying attention to new shopping behaviors over the course of the year – investments in trading cards, the resurgence of vinyl, an affinity for yellow decor and SMEG appliances and kids of all ages digging dinosaurs – we're able to predict the types of gifts that will bring joy this holiday season."

Whether it's driving millions in sales or causing drastic spikes in search, what's happening on eBay reflects what's happening in the world. Here are the 18 things that stood out in 2018:

    The Looks: Cozy Coats, Bike Shorts
    The Logos: Champion, Supreme
    The Designer:Virgil Abloh
    The Sneakers: Nike Air Max 1/97 Sean Wotherspoon 
    The Player: LeBron James
    The Record Breakers: Tom Brady, Derek Jeter
    The Comeback: Vinyl
    The Tech: Connected Home, Electric Scooters 
    The Décor: Yellow Hues, SMEG appliances
    The Game: Fortnite
    The Franchise: Spider-Man
    The Collectible: Magic: The Gathering 
    The Royals: Tiaras and Trench Coats
    The Wedding: Meghan and Harry
    The Anniversaries: Harry Potter, Mickey Mouse
    The Wellness Fix: Aromatherapy, Cannabidiol
    The Vehicles: RVs, Trucks and Luxury Rides
    The Toys: Dinosaurs, L.O.L. Surprise!

eBay's 2018 Shopping Report1

    LOOKS OF THE YEAR: Cozy Coats: Celebrities like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Kendall Jenner sported faux fur this year, and popular designs emerged from brands like ASOS and TopShop. eBay sales of the "teddy bear" coat nearly quadrupled between September and October. From vests to backpacks, 50,000 faux fur items sold on eBay between July and September - a 105 percent increase in just 90 days.Bike Shorts: Nearly 110,000 cycling and biker shorts have been sold on eBay in 2018. After celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski were seen wearing the trend, eBay sales for the shorts spiked, with a 27 percent increase in less than 90 days.Top Prints: In the first week of October, 378 animal print items were sold per day. Looking to compare print trends? eBay Fashion saw stripes beat out polka dots by more than 18,000 items sold, and leopard print edge past snakeskin by 10,000 purchases (in the last 60 days).Luxury Watches: eBay shoppers picked up one luxury watch every three minutes this year. Rolex watches accounted for 20 percent of total luxury watch sales in 2018, with other top-selling brands for the year including Omega, Tag Heuer, Longines and Breitling.Denim Boots: In August, eBay saw a 107 percent increase in sales month-over-month for thigh-high denim boots after Jennifer Lopez wore a pair from Versace.

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New “Tamper Heat” and “Tamper Freeze” inks combat thieves’
efforts to use extreme heat or cold to alter packaging

Press Release (Merit Media Relations)

The BlindSpotz™ technology of CTI (Chromatic Technologies Inc.) is helping stop product tampering by inventing the first dual-indicator to detect product tampering from heat and freezing. The use of extreme temperatures (especially sub-zero temperatures) to circumvent traditional security measures on packaging has increased substantially among criminals in recent years, with no effective deterrent until now.

To date, most tamper indicators only reveal heat tampering (such as using a heat gun to melt glue on packaging tape). BlindSpotz™ ‘Tamper Freeze’ and ‘Tamper Heat’ inks show color and messaging when thieves use heat OR cold to tamper with packages.

The ‘Tamper Heat and Tamper Freeze’ ink technologies from CTI are designed to protect documents, seals, tape, labels or various packaging substrates.  ‘Tamper Freeze’ inks turn from clear to blue when exposed to temperatures below -10° C while  ‘Tamper Heat’ turns from gray to orange (or gray to pink) if exposed to heat greater than 65° C.

The long-time industry standard has been a ‘high-heat’ tamper indicator that changes color, but now there’s a tool to fight bad actors who use cold spray, freezing or liquid nitrogen to (1) pull apart a money or document bag and (2) remove and replace an expired label or bypass security tape–treated, high-heat irreversible inks.

According to CTI Founder Lyle Small, “Criminals have figured out that the way to get around high-heat tampering indicators is to ‘go cold’ by exposing packaging to very low temperatures. This can “delaminate” many adhesives without activating a tamper-heat indicator.

“The BlindSpotz™ ‘Tamper Heat and Tamper Freeze’ inks eliminate both threats,” Small continued. CTI’s ‘Tamper Freeze’ ink is the only tamper-evident product on the market to identify sub-freezing tampering. 

Additionally, the ‘Tamper Heat’ ink offers multiple advantages compared to existing high-heat tamper evident inks: (1) they maintain color if exposed to very high temperatures (greater than 100° C for instance), (2) Tamper Heat/ Tamper Freeze technology activates within a 5° C window, (3) can be printed with adhesives and over-print varnishes and (4) will last much longer on the shelf than existing “heat irreversible” systems, in both wet and printed states.

The ‘Tamper Heat and Tamper Freeze’ inks are part of the BlindSpotz™ technology portfolio from CTI developed to print sensors on-pack to measure temperature compliance, confirm high pressure processing (HPP) pasteurization  and detect tampering or water damage.

The ‘Tamper Heat-Freeze’ ink is available in UV Flexo and Water-based inks systems.

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Press Release (Center for Responsible Lending)

Coloradans have come together to stop predatory payday lending by passing a 36% cap on annual interest rates for payday loans. Today’s results make Colorado the fifth state to affirm an interest rate cap by ballot and the sixteenth state (plus the District of Columbia) to protect against predatory payday lending through reasonable usury limits.

In a campaign led by representatives of communities hardest hit by predatory payday lending—including the NAACP, COLOR, and veterans—voters passed Proposition 111, which will put an end to interest rates on payday loans that averaged well into the triple digits and could legally rise above 200%. The reform can be expected to save the state approximately $50 million per year in excessive fees.

Endorsers came from all walks of life—over fifty veterans’ groups, dozens of faith leaders, the Colorado Catholic Conference and Colorado Council of Churches, groups serving both urban and rural communities, such as Mile High United Way and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union—as well as both major and smaller news outlets, and lawmakers and candidates from both sides of the aisle.

High-cost payday lenders rely on a business model of reaching into their customers’ bank accounts for payment, whether or not the funds are there, or whether money remains for necessities such as rent and food, frequently forcing customers into repeated borrowing. Customers described financial distress including accumulating bank fees and an inability to break free from a web of debt that makes them worse off than when they started.

“This campaign harnessed the energy of individuals and groups from across the political spectrum, giving voice to those most impacted by the trap of predatory payday loan debt,” said Center for Responsible Lending Western Office Director, Ellen Harnick. “Those who are on the ground understand the harm that triple-digit loans cause struggling families, and they made sure those stories were heard. Now Colorado joins states across the nation that are waking up to stop the debt trap for people already working hard to make ends meet.”

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Lotion Bar Cafe in Security-Widefield is hosting their annual Handmade Hollyday bazaar today until 5pm.

Santa Claus will be on hand from noon until 3pm. Head on over and get a pic with the kids.

You'll also find venders offering locally produced goods and services, including some great holiday gift ideas.

It's a little windy, but they're hanging tough. Stop by and check them out.

Lotion Bar is located at 56 Widefield Blvd, just south of Fontaine, right across from Easy Street Designs.