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Press Release (Colorado State Forrest Service)

With the coming of the winter heating season, the Colorado State Forest Service is debuting a new tool to help builders make new buildings more climate conscious and less dependent on non-renewable sources of energy.

The Biomass Ready tool helps builders, architects, engineers, planners and others in the building trade to design new buildings that can incorporate biomass as a heating source.
Biomass is woody plant material, derived from the trunks and branches of trees. Firewood, for example, is a commonly known form of biomass that provides fuel for heating. Like firewood, wood chips can be used as fuel for wood-burning systems that heat buildings.
“Woody biomass is a clean and renewable alternative for heating today’s new buildings,” said Tim Reader, wood products program specialist with the CSFS. “Unfortunately, many builders are not aware of the simple design considerations that make it easy and inexpensive to incorporate a biomass heating system as part of their new building construction.”
To address this dilemma, the CSFS worked with the USDA Forest Service’s Wood Innovations Program and the Wood Education and Resource Center to develop the Biomass Ready app. This online tool walks builders through five steps to ensure new buildings can incorporate a biomass heating system.
Even if a biomass heating system is not a viable option for a builder today, this tool ensures that the new building would be able to incorporate one in the future.
“Applying some simple and low-cost design elements in a building’s design today can make it easier to transition to a biomass heating system in the future,” Reader said, “so the building is biomass ready.”
He added that biomass is a good option for buildings in the public sector, such as schools, correctional facilities or community centers. Several cities and towns in Colorado, such as Boulder, Fort Collins and Fairplay, have public buildings with biomass heating systems.
Reader noted communities that have active wildfire mitigation programs are good candidates to design buildings that use biomass as their primary heating source. By removing trees to reduce wildfire fuels on the land, these communities produce the wood, or biomass, needed for wood-burning systems.
To view the Biomass Ready app, visit
For more information on biomass as a fuel for heating buildings, contact Reader at (970) 247-5250.

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On November 15, 2019, New Summit Charter Academy, a K-8 charter school in Academy School District 20, finished collecting over 5,700 lbs of non-perishable food to donate for Thanksgiving. The food, along with $1,260 will be donated to a group of New Summit families in need. Any food that is left over will be donated to the Care and Share Food Bank in Colorado Springs.

New Summit families brought in enough food donations to surpass the goal set by the school of 2,000 lbs. New Summit parent volunteer, Heather Kennedy, who played a big part in the origination and planning of the idea was amazed to see how much the school rallied together to not only meet and nearly triple the school’s original goal but to help the school’s families and the community.

Khalila Saeed, Care and Share’s Food Procurement Coordinator says, “For a school of this size-especially being an elementary school, the total amount of money and food donated is astounding.” New Summit was able to donate over 1,100 lbs in food to the Care and Share Food Bank after the school’s families in need were helped.

About New Summit: New Summit Charter Academy, is a new charter school within Academy School District 20 in Colorado Springs. New Summit Charter Academy opened its first year as a K-6 elementary school in 2018, added grade 7 in 2019, will add grade 8 in 2020, and will apply to open a high school shortly after that. New Summit believes in teaching children a love of learning and inspiring them to reach new summits. If you have any questions, please contact our Communications Coordinator, Kathryn Sneed, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Polaris Pointe is proud to announce the development of two new extraordinary entertainment facilities in north Colorado Springs: Crush Golf and AirCity360. Crush Golf is a state-of-the-art golf gaming center with meeting and family-gathering facilities. AirCity360 is the ultimate fun and entertainment zone for the entire family.

The Crush Golf facility will be located in the Polaris Pointe development on the north side of Colorado Springs, and will be the first large-scale, fully modern golf, meeting and family-gathering facility in the Pikes Peak Region. It is anticipated that 350 new jobs will be created at the Crush Golf 9.14-acre location.

“We are excited to bring Crush Golf to the Polaris Pointe development area on the north side of Colorado Springs,” said Gary Erickson, Polaris Pointe’s developer. “Crush Golf will be the first of its kind facility in the Pikes Peak Region, and we are excited to offer the convenience and amenities of this facility to customers in Colorado Springs.”

Totaling 54,000-square feet, the Crush Golf facility will offer 75 driving range suites, each accommodating up to 8 guests. Each suite will be heated in winter for gaming fun and practice year-round. This modern, automated driving range will offer customers the convenience of Eagle Star automated golf ball delivery and pop-up tee systems at each suite. This system will allow golfers to maximize fun and practice time while hitting on the ample 250-yard driving range. Professional golf instruction will also be offered.

Additionally, golfers will be able to analyze their performance using the Trackman Golf™ Radar System installed in each suite. This system brings state-of-the-art, computerized club swing and ball flight analysis to Crush Golf customers. This system is used worldwide by professional golfers to analyze their swing and ball flight metrics, and to quickly become better players. The benefits to sportsmen and women in the region are vast. 

Crush Golf will also offer 6,400 square feet of dining and meeting facilities that will accommodate both large and small corporate gatherings, as well as two restaurants with a full bar. The 2,000-square foot heated outdoor covered patio, adjacent to the dining facility, will offer stunning views of the Air Force Academy and Front Range.

Crush Golf’s development plan is approved, and the project is currently under construction. It is scheduled to open in the Summer of 2020.

Opening in Spring of 2020, AirCity360 is a fun, dynamic, 30,000 square foot family entertainment facility. AirCity360 will offer fun for the whole family, with a never before experienced Air360 coaster, Wall360 climbing wall, trampolines, a fun Ninja360 course, and an adventure area for little adventurers called Toddler180. AirCity360 will also offer Dodge Ball, Sports Courts, Dunk Lanes, and a Café, along with a host of other unique attractions new to the Pikes Peak region. AirCity360 will be a one-stop fun and entertainment facility for the whole family.

“AirCity360 is a new concept we are excited to partner on, in addition to our already established Springs Adventure Park in south Colorado Springs,” said Denny Meredith, local businessman and Distinguished Air Force Veteran. “We are excited to bring to Polaris Pointe, the premier location in north Colorado Springs, a new family entertainment center concept that has not been done before here.” Deborah Dettmann, General Manager of Ascent Airparks LLC, said, “We are excited to join our fellow neighbors, making this the premier adventure park for all of El Paso County.” Dettmann estimates AirCity360 will bring 50 new jobs.

Both Crush Golf and AirCity360 Ultimate Indoor Adventure Plex will be joining the already vibrant and diverse Polaris Pointe shopping and entertainment amenities, such as Overdrive, Boot Barn, Bass Pro Shops and Magnum Shooting Center. This makes Polaris Pointe the most unique destination for shopping, dining, entertainment, and family fun in the Pikes Peak region.

For more information, or to schedule an interview about Crush Golf, please contact Gary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, or to schedule an interview about AirCity360, please contact Deborah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Colorado Voters Pass Proposition DD Allowing for Legalized Sports Betting in Colorado

The Colorado Department of Revenue, Division of Gaming will now serve as the regulatory body overseeing sports betting

Press Release (CO Dept pf Revenue)

Proposition DD passes allowing for legalizing sports betting in Colorado, making Colorado one of many states now letting people place bets on sporting events since the Supreme Court ruling struck down a law that banned sports betting in most U.S. states. With the passage of Proposition DD, and the legislative bill passed by the Colorado General Assembly in May 2019, the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission and the Colorado Division of Gaming become the statutory authority over the regulation of the legalized sports betting in Colorado.

In anticipation of the passage of the proposition, the Division of Gaming has been reviewing best practices and regulations from other states already allowing legalized sports betting and will be using this knowledge, along with engaging industry stakeholders, to establish rules and licensing standards for sports betting in Colorado. Since 1991, the Division of Gaming and the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission have overseen a strong and robust industry of limited stakes gaming in Colorado, and the Division will apply the same successful regulation model to ensure the integrity of the sports betting industry.

Starting on May 1, 2020, Coloradans who want to place wagers on sporting events may make those bets at a licensed sportsbook facility within the three gaming mountain towns of Blackhawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek, or by placing bets using their mobile phones or computers through an authorized, in-state internet operator.

“Voters have made the decision to allow legal sports wagering in Colorado,” said Lu Cordova, executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue. “CDOR will be collaborating with stakeholders to help this industry grow responsibly.”

“The Division of Gaming has been ramping up for the possible passage of Proposition DD by setting the groundwork for implementing best practices learned from other states that already conduct sports betting, while keeping in mind the unique needs and wants of the Colorado gaming landscape and industry,” said Dan Hartman, director for the Division of Gaming. “We look forward to continuing to work with our gaming industry partners to establish responsible standards for sports betting, as they endeavor to bring the highest-quality content to the sports bettor.”

The sports betting regulatory framework being established by the Division of Gaming will provide the landscape for maximum revenues to benefit the people of Colorado with percentages designated to Colorado beneficiaries, including funding for the implementation of the state water plan and other public purposes.

The Colorado Department of Revenue’s Enforcement Division is committed to helping industries thrive responsibly, overseeing the fulfillment of Colorado laws uniformly in a fair, consistent, and equitable manner through education, compliance, administration, and criminal enforcement.

The Colorado Department of Revenue works to be trusted partner to every Coloradan to help them navigate the complexities of government so they can thrive.

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Griffis/Blessing, Inc. has been appointed property manager of the retail center at 162 Tracker Drive in Colorado Springs, across from the Magnum Shooting Center off North Gate Blvd. The property is 8,878 square feet and is 100 percent occupied by Dog Haus, 719 Gastropub, Rush Cycling and C&C Coffee and Kitchen.

The commercial management team, led by Elizabeth Miller, CPM®, Assistant Portfolio Manager and Director of Training, with the assistance of Josie Major, Management Assistant, and Tiffany Koschwitz, Property Accountant, will oversee the day-to-day operations of the property.

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to manage for a new owner both here in Colorado Springs and in the Denver market. This is the first of three properties that we have been assigned management for and we look forward to providing our high quality of service to both the tenants and owner,”says Commercial Department Vice President, Doris Wall.

The only Accredited Management Organization, AMO, headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with additional offices in Denver. The organization currently manages over 5.8 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 7,000 apartment units located along Colorado’s Front Range. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services since 1985. For more information, visit