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    The PULP Live List: Stand Up Comedy

    The Lucas Brothers | August 17-19

    ComedyWorks Downtown (Denver, CO)

    Comedians, actors, and writers the Lucas Bros (Keith and Kenny Lucas) continue their rise as two of the freshest, most dynamic new faces on the comedy scene. “In a short time….the Lucas Brothers have made a big impact on comedy,” lauds Vulture. Just this April, the guys’ first hour stand-up special The Lucas Bros: On Drugs premiered on Netflix. They were also recently seen as recurring characters on Season 1 of the hit Netflix series Lady Dynamite starring fellow comic Maria Bamford. They were named one of “Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch of 2014,” featured in Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Hot List,” appeared on the cult hit TV show Arrested Development and HBO’s Funny As Hell, and were stand-outs at the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival.

    Gabriel Iglesias | August 25

    Colorado State Fair (Pueblo, CO)

    Born in Chula Vista, California, Gabriel Iglesias is the youngest of six children, raised by a single mother in Long Beach, CA. It was during his childhood that he developed a strong sense of humor to deal with the obstacles he faced. In 1997, he set out to hone his comedic skills, and performed stand-up anywhere he could find an audience; including biker bars and hole-in-the-wall joints. Gabriel’s stand-up comedy is a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring his personal experiences to life. His unique and animated comedy style has made him popular among fans of all ages.

    John Mulaney | Sep 9

    Pikes Peak Center (Colorado Springs, CO)

    John Mulaney is an Emmy Award winning writer and comedian. He most recently starred in the Broadway hit, “Oh, Hello on Broadway” alongside Nick Kroll. In 2015 Mulaney released his 3rd hour stand up special a Netflix Original titled “THE COMEBACK KID” which the AV Club called “his best hour of his career.” He began his career in New York’s East Village and has since toured around the world. Mulaney’s first comedy album, “The Top Part,” was released in 2009. He released his second Comedy Central special and album “New In Town” in 2012, and upon review KenTucker of Entertainment Weekly hailed Mulaney as “one of the best stand-up comics alive.”


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    Last Call for Colorado Music Festivals

    It may be hot outside now, but before you know it that famous Colorado weather will change to fall, bringing us cooler temps and PSL’s, but taking with it the music festivals we all love. Here’s a few of the best that have yet to occur.

    Velorama Music Festival

    August 11-13 | Wilco • Death Cab for Cutie • Tennis

    Twelve blocks of Denver’s rapidly changing RiNo neighborhood are set to become a 3 day party when the Velorama Music Festival rolls into town. Featuring 3 days and nights of music, community and the Colorado Classic bicycle race, Velorama is sure to bring the good times with headlining sets from Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie and the Old 97’s, as well as hundreds of vendor booths and food options galore. This fest also opens early and promises family friendly fun and activities for everyone in the ‘hood.


    Bohemian Nights at NewWest Fest

    August 11-13 | CAKE • Paper Bird • Leftover Salmon

    Set as a way to “feature new, emerging and established Colorado music” and “reveal Fort Collins as a musical city”, Bohemian Nights at NewWest Fest brings a lot to the festival table; there’ll be 8 stages pumping out music over the course of three days in Fort Collins. You’ll get to shake booty to alt-rock royalty CAKE and groove to jam legends Leftover Salmon at these stages, as well as 50+ more local and touring acts. There are over 250 art, food and specialty booths, 2 different sections just for kids (including an interactive childrens music tent). But quite possibly the best part of all this is that Bohemian Nights gives entry to all this to for all of us for free. You’re welcome!


    Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

    August 18-20 | Gregory Alan Isakov • Loudon Wainwright III • Lake Street Drive

    Now in its 27th year, the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons is a long-standing tradition and three day camping party brought to you the folks at Planet Bluegrass. For over two decades they’ve presented “the world’s finest acoustic musicians in breathtaking Colorado settings,” and this year isn’t looking any different! Sets from indie-folk charmer Gregory Alan Isakov and folkie-turned actor Loudon Wainwright III are on the docket, but there’s plenty more where that came from if you like your music unplugged! From morning time to 11pm August 18-20, Lyons, CO will be Folk City USA, and you’d be a fool not to take the trip!


    Sounds good, but you’re not sure? Find us on Spotify for playlists galore!

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    Who’s buying homes in this Pueblo’s sellers market?

    Retirees seem to be a common thread when weaving a tapestry to represent the diverse types of homebuyers now flooding Pueblo’s real estate market.

    “Baby Boomers like me,” is how Susan McCarthy of Coldwell Banker in Pueblo enthusiastically responds when asked who is buying homes.

    Although Gary Miller, broker/owner of Remax of Pueblo Inc., lists an array of recent homebuyers, he does spend a lot of time addressing retirees. Saying that many older buyers who are local and from outside the area are looking to get out of their larger or high-maintenance homes to homes requiring much less upkeep. He says some buyers are leaving the Denver area.

    “Retirees from Denver don’t want to have to put up with all the traffic,” Miller says, adding that couples living in Denver for 35 years are finding homes in Pueblo that on average cost 50 percent less than what they can find in Northern Colorado.

    But to look at just retirees is to miss an entire forest of homebuyers. Miller says no one seems to have demographics on who is buying homes in the Pueblo area. A call to the Pueblo County Assessor’s office also reveals that government entity does not keep track of who is buying homes here.

    Miller says at his Remax office about 75 percent of the homebuyers are from the area, but cautions that the 25 percent outside-of-Pueblo buyers represent a significant number.

    “Our population has increased,” he says, adding that in addition to retirees there are a number of out-of-town buyers coming to take jobs at places like the Colorado State University, Pueblo, and area hospitals.

    For the record, Pueblo County’s population as of July 2016 was 165.123, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, or nearly a 4 percent increase from April 2010.

    Miller says a significant chunk of the local home-buying market is a result of what he calls “new family formation” or kids wanting to be free from mom and dad now that the economy is gradually starting to improve.

    Miller describes the Pueblo area as experiencing a sense of relief from years of pent up home-buying frustration, which had been due to an uncertain economy. The bad economy had created a large inventory of unsold homes in the Pueblo market that is now shrinking because consumers seem more confident.

    In addition to retirees, jobseekers and young adults looking to leave the nest, Miller says divorcees also are represented in Pueblo’s home-sale surge as evidenced by the growing number of single people buying homes.

    Scott Moore, a Coldwell Banker real estate executive who handles primarily out-of-town homebuyers, describes himself as a third generation Pueblo business leader.

    “It’s so hard to generalize right now,” Moore says when asked who’s buying homes in the area. He says the buyers are not only coming from the Denver area, people are buying homes from as far off as the East Coast and West Coast. He adds that buyers from out of state are attracted to Pueblo’s low cost of living and abundant water supply citing Lake Pueblo as a big draw.

    Moore, who also mentioned retirees as among the out-of-towners moving here, says that the Pueblo market’s offering of homes at between $100,000 and $250,000 is unheard of in most markets not only in Denver and along the Front Range (i.e. Colorado Springs) but in other parts of the country as well.

    Also military folk from Fort Carson have added “a whole nother niche” for home sellers. Miller says military personnel and others are attracted to Pueblo’s amenities citing the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo and the area’s climate in addition to the aforementioned Pueblo Reservoir area.

    Moore says Pueblo is on “a path of progress” and predicts that new industries coming to the area will keep the housing market here booming. “I am excited about the future of the community,” he says.

    Yet Pueblo soon may not have the enough homes to handle the growing number of buyers. Kevin Cooter, chairman of the Pueblo Association of Realtors, says.

    “Right now in Pueblo (east, south, north, westside) there are 235 listings with a median asking price of $162,000,” Cooter says, adding that a year ago the median selling price was $134,000 and over the past year since July 2016 homes were selling at the rate of 146 per month.

    “That means we only have a 49-day supply of inventory  –  DEFINITELY a seller’s market,” Cooter says. “Up until a couple years ago, it’s almost always has been a buyer’s market, which is typically defined as a five- to six-month supply of inventory. Ninety percent of homes are priced over $70,000 in Pueblo. The median asking price has gone up over 20 percent in the last 12 months.”

    As for Pueblo West, Cooter says there are currently 76 homes for sale at a median asking price of $270,000. Over the past year there were 58 homes per month sold in Pueblo West at an average of $225,000 each, which translates to a 40-day supply of inventory there.

    So given the fact that there doesn’t seem to be enough homes, why doesn’t the community build more?

    It is, according to Tom Hausman of the Pueblo Association of Home Builders.

    Hausman, who is also the land developer of Crestwood Hills (a single-family residential neighborhood on Pueblo’s northside), says 180 building permits were issued in Pueblo County from the beginning of the year till June 30. That compares with 120 for the same six-month period in 2016, 82 in 2015 and 80 in 2014.

    But building within the city limits is getting more difficult. Hausman explains: “Of particular note is the percentage of permits issued in the county versus the city. In recent years the activity has been evenly split. However, with the dwindling supply of lots in city limits, the ratio (of city to county permits) this year has been 2 to 3.”

    And between changes in building code requirements and so many building materials price increases, Hausman says the average cost of new construction has increased as much as 20 percent over the past three years – further hindering a greater building boom needed to keep up with Pueblo’s demand.

    But that hasn’t discouraged homebuilders.

    “With this rebounding economy of late, there have been a number of different contractors who exited during the recession who are re-entering the market now,” Hausman says. He agrees with Cooter that there is a one- to two-month supply of existing homes for sale now and that, he says, compares with a six-month supply two years ago.

    Yet Hausman, like Cooter and others consulted for this story, hasn’t seen any statistics that address who the buyers of these new homes are.

    As to where the buyers are coming from, Cooter says:

    “I attribute the increased asking prices to be a result of the economic laws of supply and demand. We’ve noticed a lot more agents coming down from Colorado Springs since their prices have increased over typical affordability for Colorado Springs clients.” He adds the Springs is also experiencing lower inventory because Denver home prices are “astronomical” and real estate agents there were taking their potential buyers down to the Colorado Springs area.

    As for retirees, Cooter says they are opting to buy single-family homes in Pueblo and Pueblo West at the same price ($135,000 let’s say) as they would pay for a small condo in Denver or Colorado Springs.

    Also a major home-buying influence is Colorado’s growing economy, which is being buoyed by the marijuana industry. “There is no surprise why this has happened in Colorado over the last few years,” Cooter says. “The major industry change to the marijuana industry has put substantial income into coffers of the Colorado treasury. The state and our county are flush with tax revenue and it appears our state and county populations are growing because of the increasing interest.”

    Yet let’s not forget about Pueblo’s attributes.

    “Pueblo’s a great place to live, anyway,” Cooter says, Over 300 days of sunshine each year, close to the mountains, nearby the state reservoir, the Riverwalk project and revitalization of the downtown Union Ave. historic areas, (low) economic living conditions, a local airport and Vestas windmill (tower) company, the big GCC cement and Black Hills Energy plants just south of Pueblo.”

    Yet although part of the focus of the real estate industry has been on retirees, the real estate professionals we spoke with in Pueblo agree that those buying homes here are a broad range of buyers attracted to the area’s amenities and low cost of living.

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    Let the hazy dream pop of Grand Junction’s Mount Orchid pull you under

    Dream-Pop Sweetness | Mount Orchid

    The vintage-pop of Grand Junction, CO’s Mount Orchid has a staggering degree of complexity for such understated music; On Wallflower Child, a tasteful mishmash of the lighter end of indie rock and jam band-adjacent aesthetic mingles quite easily and goes down smooth with the dream pop shimmer and electro kiss of bands like Tame Impala and the Shins, all providing some much needed color to the Southern Colorado scene.

    Prog-Metal Wizardry | Black Phillip

    There are so many styles on display with Denver’s Black Phillip and their way too short self titled EP, and every single one is executed to perfection. Tech and prog-Metal may lay the foundation for the group, but grim amounts of black and orchestral metal jam their way in there too, threading it all together with decidedly fresh amounts of math rock and an extended outro that has the album end on one of the creepiest notes in recent memory.

    Bruising Melodic Hardcore | Over Time

    Denver four piece Over Time’s Chances seems to draw from a few different poisoned punk rock wells; the saccharine new-styled pop punk like the Wonder Years and the Story So Far, 90’s era melodic hardcore (think Lifetime or Good Riddance), and the skate punk of NOFX and Lagwagon. They have used these in a quartet of songs that build on what my expectations were and then blowing them out of the water. A stellar EP.

    Freak-Trap Beat Tapes | Dank Franks

    The sheer breadth of what is doable in hip hop and electronic music continues to astound me. Take for example, Traveler of the Zodiac by Denver artist Dank Franks. By fusing stark and beautifully fragmented elements of glitch and trap-laced hip-hop together with seemingly stream of consciousness styled sampling and synthesizers, all held together loosely with trap beats and an off-kilter love for jazz, Franks has made a unique AF record lending itself to multiple listens.

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    Busy Busy Business Bees


    Bee conservation has become increasingly important in contemporary society — that means in southern Colorado, too.

    Honeybee populations have recently seen a severe decline that could have serious consequences for the human population, with honeybees contributing nearly $14 billion to the value of U.S. crops according to a statement on the NW Honey Bee Habitat Restoration website – a nonprofit education and research foundation committed to the protection and preservation of honeybees.

    This epidemic of honeybee population loss is known as “Colony Collapse Disorder.” It happens due to a variety of environmental factors, including: loss of habitat, disease, and climate change. Arguably the most contributing factors, however, are herbicides, chemicals, and pesticides.

    Pueblo’s economy, like several in southern Colorado, depends on pollinators like bees, as agriculture is one of Pueblo’s major industries.

    Diminished pollination activity caused by the decline in bee populations has put conservation efforts in a position of paramount importance to the city’s future. Thus, Pueblo has joined the “save the bees” movement by launching some of its own efforts to conserve bee populations.

    The Pueblo Zoo recently opened a pollinator exhibit earlier this year, made possible by grants awarded to Pueblo County’s Colorado State University extension office and 4-H programs.

    The exhibit houses over 60,000 bees in a series of “smart” hives that feature various sensors that monitor the beehive’s humidity, temperature, weight, and activity. That data is then reported to local and national bee health registries to investigate the direct causes of Colony Collapse Disorder more in-depth, and promote healthy bee populations. The exhibit also includes a pollinator garden, and plans are in progress to use the remaining money from the grants to create hands-on educational programs for youth and adults alike.

    Pueblo locals are also making profound efforts toward the conservation of bee populations.

    Most notably are those by Nicole Gennetta and her husband, Patrick, who own and run Heritage Acres Market LLC – the first Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) apiary in Pueblo West.

    CNG certification is granted to farmers and beekeepers that don’t use any synthetic chemicals or GMOs to produce food for their local communities. The hives at Heritage Acres Market LLC earned their CNG certification by being completely treatment free, meaning no chemicals are used to treat for disease or to maximize honey production. This commitment to all natural caretaking is a key combatant against Colony Collapse Disorder.

    Heritage Acres also only houses bees captured from feral swarms, and even offer a free swarm removal service. The purpose of this, according to their website, is because wild bees have already proven they can survive without any treatment, and are thus naturally disease and mite resistant. The foundationless frames of every hive allow the bees to draw their own comb. This kind of structure makes the transition for bees from the wild more fluid because their environment in the hives at Heritage Acres mimics the environment to which they are already accustomed.

    Gennetta, originally from Colorado Springs, has been running Heritage Acres Market LLC for about a year and a half now. Her interest in bees dates back to her childhood, but her passion for beekeeping emerged relatively recently.

    “I just kind of jumped in with both feet,” said Gennetta. “For Christmas a couple years back my husband bought me a hive…The following summer I caught my own wild bees and put them in there. He bought me another one for my birthday that year, and it’s just kind of spiraled out of control since.”

    Gennetta says the climate in this region is particularly suitable for her practice because it’s warm enough for certain helpful species of bees such as the honeybee to thrive, but still too cold for the more aggressive species of “Africanized” bees that are known to be a nuisance.

    She notes that the milder winters that the Southeastern Colorado region experiences are also better for the success of the hives.

    “As long as they’re dry, the cold doesn’t bother them very much because they can keep warm,” she said. “Ventilation is really important to keep condensation off of them. So we have measures to keep the condensation down.”

    Gennetta adds that the biggest issue for maintaining her hives over the winter is the Varrora mite – a parasitic mite that attaches to and attacks the bees and their brood.

    “When the bee populations decrease and the mite populations increase over the winter, then that can really bother the bees.”

    Along with raising her own hives at Heritage Acres, Gennetta has also made strides to include the community in her practice by launching a Host-A-Hive program wherein individuals can rent their own beehives for their homes or commercial locations. The first year of the program’s operation saw major success.

    “We didn’t have enough beehives!” Gennetta said with excitement, quickly adding: “Which is a great thing!”

    Gennetta currently oversees fourteen hives spread out all around the Pueblo and Colorado Springs area. She hopes to be up to fifty hives by next year.

    The Host-A-Hive program includes five different packages that differ in levels of involvement, ranging from hives that are fully managed by the Heritage Acres team to hives that are independently owned and managed. During harvest season, participants are able to reap the all natural raw honey, honeycomb, and beeswax produced by their hives. Additionally they get the hands-on opportunity to learn valuable sustainability practices, as well as actively contribute to the conservation and preservation of honeybees.

    “I wasn’t sure what the interest level would be,” she said. “And it’s been huge! It’s been so awesome. I get so many people that say, ‘oh this is great, I’m glad you’re doing this,’ and that’s just really nice.”

    Educating the public is important to Gennetta not only to promote her business, but also to emphasize that bee repopulation will be more successful as a combined effort.

    “There’s a quote I like and I can’t really remember who said it, but it goes: ‘The future of the bees is not one beekeeper with 60,000 hives, but 60,000 beekeepers with one hive,’” she said. “I feel like if I can help people become beekeepers or spread my own beehives around, then I can help those populations directly and teach people to do the same.”

    Gennetta has one teaching hive in place at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs and hopes to open a second one at the Pueblo Nature Center possibly toward the end of August.

    Heritage Acres Market LLC provides services beyond beekeeping such as guinea fowl sales, poultry consultation, egg incubation, and more. For details about their products and services, or if you’re interested in learning more about hosting a hive, visit their website at www.heritageacresmarket.com.

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    Fort Collins hip hop producer Will C. reimagines 70’s Pop on new EP

    For Fans Of: MF Doom  // Knxwledge  // The Carpenters

    Well, hip hop heads, we’ve finally done it. It’s here. It’s finally okay to chop up your parents whack records. See what your parents or grandparents have collecting dust in the basement or in the garage, because it may just be fire.

    As anyone who has ever been interested in “crate digging” (the acquisition of largely used records used in the production of sampling to make new music) knows, out there in the wilds of your local second hands and in your parents attic is bound to be more than a few albums from the Carpenters sitting in the crates, dusty and unplayed, usually relegated to the $1 bin.

    The Carpenters, long a staple of the sweeter side of 70’s pop songwriting, aren’t usually a valuable commodity to hip hop heads who are often looking for stuff like jazz or soul music to get down to.


    Will C manages to take the polished and delicate pop music of the Carpenters and tear it to shreds, and like a masterful collage artist uses their bare bones elements and especially the soft ferocity that is the voice of Karen Carpenter to create a set of wholly original lo-fi hip hop beats that capture and also reimagine the work of a group that, just like Will C, was and is more than meets the eye.

    Songs like “Champion of the World” and “Raining Hell” will be immediately recognizable to those who remember the brother-sister duo of the Carpenters, which is admirable. But it’s songs like “Karen Carpenter” and “Heart Foundation”, both tracks back to back, that really set the bar high, delving into the oft-overlooked sullen and mystique of the group, with fantastic results that make this album feel like more than a simple beats record.

    More releases at willc.bandcamp.com – willcmusic.com

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    Will Trump’s Ambitious Apprenticeship Plan Create Pueblo Manufacturing Hires?

    President Donald Trump, who in part built his fame on the popular NBC show “The Apprentice,” has a lofty goal for apprenticeships in the U.S. And that plan might not mean much for the communities in Colorado that stand to benefit the most from strong apprenticeship education, such as Pueblo where the majority of economic development resources are spent on manufacturing.

    In June, Trump issued an executive order that promised 4.5 million more apprenticeships in the next five years.

    The order calls for a task force, supporting the implementation of apprenticeship education in more two and four-year universities and “provid(ing) more affordable pathways to secure, high paying jobs by promoting apprenticeships and effective workforce development programs, while easing the regulatory burden on such programs and reducing or eliminating taxpayer support for ineffective workforce development programs.”

    With the order comes a proposed $95 million budget — $5 million more than what was appropriated in 2016.

    So, is adding more than 10 times the number of apprenticeships available now for nearly the same budget realistic?

    Not really, said Noel Ginsburg, CEO of CareerWise Colorado, a leading organization in furthering apprenticeship education in the state. Wanting to add 4.5 million more apprenticeships to the economy is a goal that Ginsburg and his organization find themselves aligned with, but when it comes to feasibility, that’s a different story.

    Ginsburg, a successful manufacturer from Denver who founded Intertech Plastics at the age of 21, is also vying for a place on the 2018 ballot as a candidate for governor. He announced his candidacy in Pueblo earlier this year, running as what he has described as a moderate Democrat that, like a lot of other candidates, says places outside of Denver feel ignored and are behind the economic growth of Denver.

    By 2027 CareerWise hopes to have 20,000 Colorado high school students in apprenticeship programs. The goal was initiated last September when Bloomberg Philanthropies and JPMorgan Chase committed $9.5 million to the program, which will have 250 students involved this year and ideally grow at a rate of 10 percent each year after.

    17 employers got on board for the program, along with five school districts.

    Ginsburg said CareerWise’s 10 year goal is ambitious, and that’s with several Colorado companies on board and the state as an active partner. Trump’s executive order calls for millions of more apprenticeships with virtually the same budget.

    “This model is really designed to serve the majority of Coloradans. If we don’t put the infrastructure in place, it won’t work,” Ginsburg told PULP in an interview. “Ultimately, this model should be paid by businesses because it’s within their interest.”

    In many programs a company will pay for the education of a student, in addition to employing the apprentice part time. This is how it works at Pueblo Community College, where there are just two apprenticeship education avenues: electrical maintenance technicians and mechanical maintenance technicians.

    Put simply, these technicians are learning how to maintain and fix machinery that may be used in a manufacturing facility. The jobs these apprentices do varies from day to day and it can be extremely complicated and tedious work, said Pueblo Corporate College’s Executive Director Amanda Corum.

    The job is a lot of problem-solving, and so the training is extensive and has to cover just about everything an apprentice might run into on the job from mechanics to coding.

    Once a four-year apprenticeship program is completed Corum said it’s not uncommon that these students make a yearly salary of around $100,000. On the business end of things, a company may take a bit of a hit by sending a part time employee through an apprenticeship program, but eventually they make that money back with a highly-skilled employee, Corum said.

    PCC’s apprenticeship program is small. Only 10 students begin the program each year — and it’s all paid for by private companies. For the program to grow, Corum said, there would have to be more buy in from the companies paying the way for the students, and that can be a challenge.

    “Their fear is that this person will get their journeyman card and move on,” Corum said.

    But turnover among apprentices tends to be lower. It’s likely a sense of loyalty to the company that fit the bill, Corum said.

    So what could a national push for apprenticeships mean for places such as PCC’s highly-specialized programs?

    PCC doesn’t receive money directly from the state or federal government. In fact, the entire program is funded by private business. So where money could help is if more of it is offered as an incentive to a business that could send an apprentice to a program, Corum said.

    And that has been the case in Pueblo, sometimes. The Pueblo Economic Development Corporation has recruited some companies to Pueblo and recommended to the City of Pueblo that the incentive package include money for apprenticeships.

    Ginsburg sees the push for more apprenticeship education, whether it be through the state or from Trump, as a potential game-changer for places such as Pueblo, if the right infrastructure is in place.

    “It’s a strategy to address income inequality. If you give the people opportunity to get world-class skills, it attracts world-class business,” Ginsburg said. “This model depends on businesses doing their role, not just as consumers of the students, but to be producers of those skills.”

    Corum and Ginsburg both say for a long time there has been a stereotype around apprenticeships that isn’t exactly positive. Skilled education has taken a backseat to four-year degrees.

    “Four-year education has been oversold,” Ginsburg said. “That’s not to say that we need less of it. But to say it’s the only path is wrong.”

    Attitudes toward apprenticeship education started to shift during the Obama administration, Corum said. Obama signed into law the first-ever annual funding for apprenticeship in the 2016 spending bill — nearly $90 million to support states and companies expanding apprenticeship opportunity.

    Obama also boasts adding 75,000 new apprenticeships between 2014 and 2016.

    Even so, Trump’s executive order was quick to call out the need for more support and reform of apprenticeship education, especially as “individuals today find themselves with crushing student debt and no direct connection to jobs.”

    “Far too many Against this background, federally funded education and workforce development programs are not effectively serving American workers,” the order said.

    “Despite the billions of taxpayer dollars invested in these programs each year, many Americans are struggling to find full-time work. These Federal programs must do a better job matching unemployed American workers with open jobs, including the 350,000 manufacturing jobs currently available.”

    Corum said the tide on what people think of as good education is starting to turn. And pushes for more skilled job training — like in both the Obama and Trump administrations — may be helping.

    But regardless, the next five years for the PCC programs and the potential to expand rely on the needs of Pueblo’s manufacturing base.

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    Sal Pace: He led on cannabis, now he’s leaving office

    Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace isn’t running for re-election. That leaves a huge question mark over the next name that will lead Pueblo County on a number of issues, but particularly the marijuana issue.

    Pace has been at the front of the conversation of what a legal marijuana market should look like, how it should operate and how it can be better in Pueblo and across the state.

    The former State House minority leader and current county commissioner has had his name tied to the subject of marijuana since the beginning — he was elected to the legislature in 2008 and appointed to county commissioner in 2013. In 2016, Pace held tight to his support of the marijuana industry, opting to celebrate the downfall of potential industry-killer Props. 200 and 300 in Pueblo instead of watching results roll in with fellow Democrats.

    The death of Pace’s father last year and the sudden death of his sister has caused the lawmaker to take a hard look at his life, notably the time spent — and not spent — with his family. He wants more of it, and so that involves less lawmaking.

    “Sadly for me, it took losing my own father and sister to fully comprehend the importance of being present for my kids and wife,” Pace wrote in an editorial announcing his decision to not seek re-election. “I know that no lost experience can ever be replaced.”

    In a sit-down interview with PULP, Pace talks the politics and policy of the industry and where local leaders should pay close attention to as more states legalize.

    So, you’re not running for reelection. Was that a tough decision?

    Nope. I think it’s important to reevaluate your values. It’s a constant struggle determining perception versus being here in the now. Ego is really based on past experiences and future expectations.

    You’ve been seen as a leader for the marijuana industry in Pueblo. Do you think that will be your legacy?

    That’ll be for the political pundits to decide.

    How did this become your issue, anyway?

    Because too many politicians are cowards. It’s a no-brainer. Especially when you look at the overwhelming support from the public. I don’t think it’s very risky at all. I feel very confident that 20 years now from now people will laugh that there was ever marijuana prohibition.

    Do you think taking on marijuana policy like you did was a good political move?

    I don’t know if it served me well politically. I’ve enjoyed being on the front-end of policy debates. I enjoy the opportunity to shape policy. If the goal is to be popular and reelected easily, which is the normal definition in modern-day politics, then no, this hasn’t been good for politics.

    The emails and scowls and the threats I get daily response from prohibitionists? No. Other issues didn’t bring out the visceral response from the public.

    It’s no secret that there has been a vocal group against the industry in Pueblo — they still say pot has made Pueblo worse off. Is there something the pro-marijuana camp can learn from them?

    I’m probably talking to regulators and policy makers in other states 2-3 times per week. And I’ve met with dozens of states and regulators and legislators from several different countries. I tell people to not expect the opposition to disappear because there’s overwhelming support. Frankly, had I known (the opposition) wouldn’t respect the will of the voters, there were policies I would have done differently to alleviate some of their responses.

    I think we’ll have some form of national legalization and decriminalization in the next three years. And I don’t know how the local prohibitionists will react, but it will take a lot of the wind out of their sails.

    The marijuana scholarships got a lot of attention — even nation wide — do you think they’ll have a lasting effect on Pueblo’s economy?

    There are people that weren’t going to go to college or were going to go somewhere else. There were kids that were going to take a year off, but didn’t so they could qualify for the scholarship program. I think it’s a bit of a chicken and egg argument, but I don’t think anything can go wrong with a more educated populace.

    Do you have advice for other Pueblo leaders on how to navigate the future of legalized cannabis?

    I think, considering the vocal minority still exists, the city did the right thing on a limited number of store fronts. I think it’s important to look at the tax rate. That doesn’t play a big role on the retail side, but as we want to keep the thousands of jobs in cultivation and manufacturing, it’s important we don’t tax them out of existence.

    I’m probably going to propose tapping the excise tax. I think there are two areas where policy makers should keep a keen eye on. One is continuing to foster cultivation — that’s where we have a distinct advantage. In the county, I think that means working with some of the largest dispensary chains in the state.

    We can create another couple of thousands jobs by doing that.

    In the city, they should really take a look at their 8 percent excise tax. They might not realize it, but they’re driving away a lot of business.

    The other piece that’s really important is cannabis research at CSU-Pueblo. When you’re generating intellectual property or new ways of production — that wealth from IP will be worth more than just cultivating or dispensing.

    Do you think this Institute of Cannabis Research will put CSU-Pueblo on the map?

    Oh, absolutely, if they embrace it. They’ll have to deal with the same political issues that I did.

    What’s your vision for Pueblo and marijuana in 10 years?

    I think the big variable is whether there will be shipment of cannabis across state lines in 10 years. And you know, I’m really nervous about the overproduction of wholesale cannabis. Obviously Pueblo has played a role in that. We could see point of sales decrease in Colorado.

    I’m really concerned about people surviving and the commoditization of product. It’s a lot more affordable to buy it wholesale than grow it in Denver. In 10 years from now, I think we’ll have legal shipment across state lines. It will allow Pueblo to be a cultivation hub for the nation.

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    Ask Dr. Scott: Avoiding a fatty vacation

    Q: Dr. Scott, I am on the road a lot for my work. Do you have some good advice about healthy ways for eating out in restaurants?

    A: Many people think that they can eat pretty well when they’re at home, but in a restaurant they think there’s no way to do this. Here are some restaurant tips and fast food choices.

    Remember to order water with lemon wedges on the side. This will aid your digestion process. Rather than use white sugar or those pink and blue packets, use the brown packets — raw sugar. Better still, carry Stevia. You can use Stevia to sweeten your lemon water, which makes a nice lemonade-type drink, or to sweeten herbal teas.

    Remember to carry a small container of enzymes in your pocket or purse so you will have them with you. Protecting yourself from stomach aches, constipation, and better digestion of your restaurant foods will result.

    Remember you have a right to ask questions, or order your food how you want it. For example, in a Chinese restaurant you can request food without MSG added. At an Italian restaurant, you can order fish or chicken grilled, not fried. Order your salad with dressing on the side and use the dressing sparingly.

    Remember to skip the appetizers. Don’t eat before you eat! Wherever you eat, skip the bread and butter, chips and dip. Fill up on nutrient-dense foods such as fish and vegetables.

    Remember to pick a healthy breakfast. Order oatmeal or fresh fruit or fruit salads; whole wheat toast or whole English muffins; low-fat yogurt with fresh fruit and muesli; herbal tea; poached eggs with whole grain toast are good breakfast options.

    Remember to skip the all-you-can eat buffets. You wind up eating all you can eat. It’s great that you can serve yourself, but the fat grams add up fast.

    Remember the salad bar rule: do not dump lots of high-fat salad dressing on top of a great salad of vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, mushrooms, green peas, and tomato. You’re able to get a fresh variety of foods in the restaurants you’re visiting while on the road…eat all these fruits of the earth in abundance. See your restaurants as a kind of living fantasy in which diners like you are the most important members of the cast.

    Remember that most restaurant meals are too big. Split a dinner or lunch with a friend. Or, take some home for tomorrow’s lunch.

    Remember not to drink with every meal. Drinking alcohol puts fat on your liver and your body. All liquid sugar drinks are empty calories that deplete your vitamins and minerals.

    Remember to order your entrees prepared in a low-fat way: broiled, steamed, poached, roasted, baked, grilled, or stir-fried. Try grilled or roast turkey, broiled fish, steamed vegetables, and lean meats. Order broiled chicken, chicken breast, or turkey sandwiches and leave off the cheese.

    Remember to try low-fat, whole-grain breads, mustard, lots of vegetables and lean meats. Choose vegetable, tomato-based, or bean soups rather than creamed or cheese soups. Avoid casseroles. Order a main course of vegetables, a side salad, and chicken appetizers. Skip desserts.

    Remember to avoid artery-clogging fats. Avoid fried chicken, deep-fried foods, and fried onion rings. Avoid French fries, creamy sauces and dressings. Avoid pizza, sandwiches made with fatty meats like bologna, pastrami, sausage, and luncheon meats. Skip chips and nachos.

    Remember when you’re forced to eat fast food, drink water instead of high-sugar beverages. Grilled or roasted chicken are one of your best choices. Salad bar items to choose are greens, cottage cheese, vegetables without dressing, beans, and fruits.

    Remember your best fast food choices:

    Wendy’s Grilled chicken sandwich or pita pockets

    McDonald’s McGrilled chicken sandwich

    Dairy Queen’s Grilled chicken sandwich

    Arby’s Light chicken or turkey deluxe sandwich

    Taco Bell’s Light taco, Light soft taco, Light taco salad without chips.

    All of these options are better than the usual coronary-bypass-on-a-plate meals so common in American fast food restaurants, but remember that eating less animal protein and dairy products makes your restaurant menu choices less pricey, so eating even one or two plant-based meals a day instead will save you money. One USDA study found that seven servings of fruits and vegetables cost less than $1 per day. It’s not easy to “go vegetarian” while eating at American restaurant chains, but it is possible…and you’ll not only lose weight, help the environment, and feel better, but you’ll save real money since eating in restaurants instead of your home is far more expensive.

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    Dozens of Colorado juvie lifers could be eligible for parole

    DENVER — In light of Supreme Court decisions banning life without parole for juvenile offenders, dozens of Colorado prisoners who committed crimes as minors could be eligible for release, but only one has been freed.

    It’s been more than a year since the U.S. Supreme Court made retroactive its 2012 ban on such sentences.

    Many states are grappling with the issue. Here’s a look at the situation in Colorado.

    Colorado ended life-without-parole sentences for juveniles in 2006 but had 48 offenders sentenced between 1990 and 2006, when the term was an option.

    The state Department of Corrections says four have been resentenced, and one has been paroled. None has been resentenced to life without parole.

    “We are aware of four or five others that are potentially coming up for resentencing soon,” Mark Fairbairn, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Corrections, said in a statement.

    The prisoners still have life sentences — just with the possibility of parole. They generally aren’t eligible for that until they’ve served 40 years.

    State lawmakers in 2016 ordered corrections officials to create a program for offenders sentenced to life terms as juveniles, with or without parole. Those inmates could join the program after serving 20 years or 25 years if convicted of first-degree murder. Upon completion, offenders could be eligible to apply to the parole board; release is up to the governor.

    Fairbairn further explains that in the cases affected by these Supreme Court rulings, the Department of Corrections contacts the inmate’s prison for a review of earned time, dating back to the original date of sentencing; the inmate is then scheduled for a parole hearing.

    The Colorado Supreme Court ruled in late May that extra-long sentences for juvenile offenders don’t violate the federal decision that inmates must have a meaningful opportunity to seek release.

    Colorado has nearly three dozen inmates who committed crimes as juveniles are serving virtual life sentences of 50 years or more, The Denver Post has reported . Some of these sentences mean an inmate is likely to die in prison.
    This story has been corrected to give the proper spelling of the spokesman’s name — it is Mark Fairbairn, Fairburn.