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Horoscopes for July 2015

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Capricorn 12/22–1/19

This month youre going to want to paint the town red, and while youre at it paint the roses red too. It is important to proclaim yourself as the best person you know on your life journey. Put yourself in a proverbial time out, and take a minute to find out the answer to, whos a bad ash sea goat?You are, so announce it loudly and proudly. The full moon in Sagittarius happens on June 2nd and will take you by the hand and ask you to dance with it.

Aquarius 1/20–2/18

June 2nd is going to be a wonderful time to reap what you have sewn so far this year. It is a great month to really enjoy what youve earned be it macabre or benevolent. Mercury is still retrograde until June 11th so avoid any major communications if you can during this cycle. Uranus is in Aries which compliments the full moon in Sagittarius which translates into,  youre going to have fun, so make it happen capn.Sudden opportunities and moments of clarity are bound to occur.

Pisces 2/19–3/20

This is a wonderful month for all things you. The full moon on June 2nd is part of a grand fire trine which promotes your destiny. If youve been feeling a bit murky about your role in life, then expect to get more clarity, especially after Mercury goes direct on June 11th.  Take your professional life to the next plane of existence. If other people are stepping on your feet, communicate a barrier between both parties. A high energy month with lots of promise.

Aries 3/21–4/19

This month youre going to be on fire, metaphorically speaking. Just in case, maybe you should buy a fire extinguisher. Lots of planets are playing with you, in a good way. Jupiter and Uranus are creating a fabulous energy which is full to the brim and exploding with passion. Sudden opportunities will pop up over night and the timing could not be more perfect. June 22nd will be a powerful time for you, so prepare prior to that date, and then set out for adventure.

Taurus 4/205/20

A lot of focus will be on your home life and cornerstone philosophies this month. Venus is shining bright on life and illuminating your personal path and the pursuit of happiness. Expect fruitions to come to life on June 2nd accompanied with clarity regarding communications on June 11th. Youve just gone through a rough patch and the green valleys that are welcoming you are more than needed. Rejuvenate your soul this month by taking a refreshing break that has been well deserved.

Gemini 5/21–6/21

June is your new year, Gemini. Time to breathe in the fresh air and start anew. Your birthday month is a time that has been culminating for quite awhile. If youre feeling a lot of pressure lately, you can thank the jovial planet of Saturn. The energy of your ruling planets are energizing you with profound creative jolts. Channel this wisely and you will do no wrong, just do not use your power for evil. When plotting revenge, always dig two graves.

Cancer 6/22–7/22

Clarity is coming your way Cancer, can you feel it? If youre unsure about upcoming circumstances, go ahead and make some time for yourself. Meditation can be very powerful, expect the answers to come into your life after June 11th. Change is always indicative of growth, are you ready for this stupendous sprout? As above so below, remember this as you experience June,  as it is a paraphrasing your personal year. Let go of what no longer serves to make room for what truly aligns to yourself.

Leo 7/23–8/22

When you are at your best you channel your inner flame and give life to all that surrounds you. You roar with an effervescent fire that illuminates your truth and empowers others to follow their path with a mighty gusto. Your light shines especially bright this month. You may be having such a fabulous June, that if will feel as if the cosmos are consistently shooting confetti in the parade of your life. The world is your jungle and you are undoubtedly the ruler of it.

Virgo 8/23–9/22

Stop. How are you reading this horoscope? Are you propped up and eager or are you leisurely reading and slouched? Examine your posture, tweak small habits, and you will change your life. Become aware of how you present yourself. If you work on this throughout the beginning of June, by the time Mercury goes direct, on June 11th, the message your nonverbal body language sends to the world can either be powerful or powerless. Change your life by changing the way you feel about yourself, fake it until you become it.

Libra 9/23–10/22

Are you living a life true to yourself or are you fulfilling the dreams of others? If youre doing the latter, then youre committing one of the top five biggest regrets of the dying. Go out and have fun, stop working so hard, and give yourself a break. Build up your resilience, stand up and raise your hands for 50 seconds,  and add plus 1 physical attribute to your personal best. Play your life like a game and for every negative thought, you must balance it with three positive ones.

Scorpio 10/23–11/21

Think of your life like a camera, it doesnt matter what you are focusing on but if you have the wrong lens then youre not going to see what is right in front of you. Are you using a macro lens and trying to see the big picture? Are you trying to solve a small problem but focusing on a panoramic view? If you can change the way you see the world, then the world you see will change. The cosmos are aligning in your favor and begging you to surrender to fun and eliminate worry. Just think about it, we travel about 1.5 million miles through space everyday.

Sagittarius 11/22–12/21

The beginning of June marks an important time to reap the rewards youve earned. I want to reiterate the earned part of that sentence. If youve been worrying about tedious tasks, then that is what will be presented. If youve been focusing on the positive then the ease in which you receive the accolades will be welcomed with grace. Allow yourself to be true to yourself and stop being what other people want you to be. The universe is aligning to all things you.

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Denver’s Wes Watkins dynamic new future-funk EP is from another planet

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Future-Funk Party Starter | Wes Watkins

Dreams Out from Denver’s best kept secret Wes Watkins wears so many musical hats it needs a rack; downtempo G-Funk homage and sweltering nee-Soul / Rn’B are all over this release, all covered with a thicc pop glaze and a penchant for electronic-sonic experimentation that keep every song fascinatingly adventurous while maintaining a danceability and groove that easily, easily warrants multiple listens. Don’t sleep on this one.


Lo-Fuzz Folkie | Hoi Ann

The beauty of Hoi Ann’s Tangenier lies in both what you can hear and what it may want you to not hear. Lo-fi folk and bedroom-pop are easily tangible on its surface, but the buzzy electronic tones that sparingly flourish the 5 songs of this release lie low and create a unique aural atmosphere for listeners, like hidden secrets for your ears only.


Indie-Punk Sweeties | Gestalt

The pop-punk shred-bois in Gestalt are back at it again; The irresistible combo of the Get Up Kids earnest midwestern-emo and smart pop-punk wit of the Wonder Years is strong on the tracks that encompass LongBoix, as is an acute fondness and growing appreciation for the finer indie rock of yesteryear. Well I guess this is growing up.


Psych-Rock Screamcore | Gone Full Heathen

On their criminally good self titled EP, Fort Collins heavies Gone Full Heathen friggin dare you to try and trap them in a single genre. Nice try, but they’ll just chew right through your puny ropes using a gnashing blend of crushing stoner-rock laced hardcore punk and overdriven psych-rock / post-metal induced bite like the righteous rock and roll wolves that they are.


All releases available for purchase now thru Bandcamp. Go Local!

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The Haze Craze for Lazy Days

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There are many different styles of beer. Ranging from light lagers (think Bud Light) and ales to sours, stouts, and IPAs.

Within those styles, however, are varying styles.

For example, one would think a sour beer is a sour beer, right? Wrong. According to the Beer Judge Certification Program, which defines every style of beer, there are six recognized European sour styles.

For IPAs, there are seven. American beers have four; stouts have three… You get the point.

Even with viewing the list of recognized styles, it’s not a complete list.

Take New England IPAs (NE IPA), as a prime example. Many breweries are currently mass producing this style of beer, and it’s selling like crazy.

You may have heard one of your annoying beer loving friends talk about drinking a “juice bomb,” or a requesting a “hazy IPA” at the pub, and shrugged it off. It turns out, they (sometimes) know what they are talking about.

What makes NE IPAs so popular when compared to a more traditional, West Coast IPA? NE IPAs have all of the hop flavors, without an overabundance of bitterness.

Instead of constantly adding hops throughout the boil to achieve a fruity flavor balanced by bitterness, the NE IPA has a small hop addition at the begging, and then nothing else until after the boil has finished.

That translates into a beer with very little bitterness, and plenty of hop aroma and flavor. Hops like Citra, Mosaic, Mosaic, Galaxy, and El Dorado are most common in NE IPAs, according to the Homebrewers Association. Those hops tend to impart a fruity, and dare I say, juicy flavor profile.

Between the juicy flavor and the seemingly natural haziness to NE IPAs, it’s not far fetched for an NE IPA to look like a tall glass of orange or grapefruit juice, only carbonated and full of alcohol.

NE IPAs are starting to gain momentum here in Colorado, with breweries turning their focus to the haze craze. Specifically, Odd13, WeldWerks, and Epic Brewing coming to mind.

Odd13 is based in Lafayette, Colo. and has a long list of NE-inspired IPAs constantly rotating through the tap room and distributed throughout the state. Codename: Super fan and Noob are two beers that are found in cans, and both offer a different approach to the haze craze.

WeldWerks is based in Greeley, Colo. and has accumulated a cult-like following in just a few short years for its Juicy Bits NE IPA. The brewery just started self-distributing locally, so you’ll have to make the trip to the brewery and pick up a crowler or four. Be sure to check the WeldWerks Facebook page for availability and limits. Yes, they have to place per person limits on how much you can purchase.

Epic Brewing recently announced its NE IPA, which will rotate between four different flavor profiles throughout the year. The cans will look the same but will be different colors as a quick way to tell identify which version you have.

So the next time you walk into a brewery or liquor store, it’s OK to ask for a hazy or juicy IPA. It’s a thing, and, frankly, they are damn good.

On Tap: By the time this hits newsstands, ThunderZone Pizza & Taphouse will have opened on the CSU-P campus. Located at 2270 Rawlings Blvd., the ThunderZone features 32 taps, a carefully curated tap list, and is locally owned.

At the opening, the tap list includes tasty brews from the likes of Florence Brewing and Lost Highway.

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Senators upend GOP health care bill in true Trump style… Twitter

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WASHINGTON — When Sens. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran decided they were in ready to disrupt the GOP rewrite of the health care law, they chose President Donald Trump’s favorite medium.

They could not support Senate Republicans’ plan, the somewhat unlikely pair of conservatives tweeted at 8:30 p.m. Monday night, giving no heads up to the White House or Senate leaders before pressing send.

The story behind the statement reveals two senators willing to be branded as bill killers and seemingly unconcerned with trying to soften the blow with party leaders.

The announcement, coming after some 10 days of conversations between the men, stunned official Washington and left Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at least two votes short in the closely divided Senate from being able to move forward with the GOP bill, effectively sinking the measure. It landed shortly after Trump dined with a group of senators to discuss strategy – unwittingly plotting a plan that would immediately become outdated.

Sen. John Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican leader, found out about Lee’s defection after the White House dinner of rosemary-grilled rib eye and summer vegetable succotash. He “had no idea it was coming,” Cornyn said.

Another Republican, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, found out from TV news.

Moran, a second-term lawmaker from Kansas who isn’t known for making waves, and Lee, a two-term senator from Utah who has clashed with Trump, have been talking over the past 10 days about the health care legislation and agreed the GOP bill did not go far enough to repeal Obamacare or address rising health-care costs. They decided to announce their position to make the bill’s fate clear and allow senators to move on, Moran said.

“It could have been prolonged for days or weeks while no one said anything,” Moran said in an interview.

Moran, who oversaw the Senate Republicans’ 2014 election campaigns, concluded last week he wouldn’t vote for the latest version of the bill but “gave myself a weekend in Kansas to think about it,” he said.

Lee had helped draft an amendment, along with fellow conservative Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that would allow insurers to sell skimpy plans alongside more robust ones to lower costs. Cruz agreed to some changes in wording by GOP leaders, but Lee thought the new language allowed too many Obama-era regulations to remain in place.

After talking again, Moran and Lee agreed Monday night on a statement drafted earlier in the day. They issued their statement shortly after a White House dinner attended by seven GOP senators – all likely yes votes on the health care bill. Neither Lee nor Moran attended.

A Lee spokesman said the statement – and its timing – “had nothing to do with the White House dinner. It was not a reaction in any way.”

The statement was made public as soon as it was ready, the spokesman said.

Neither Trump nor McConnell received advance warning about the statement, although it’s likely that neither the president nor the Senate leader was completely surprised.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence spent the weekend calling lawmakers, including Lee and at least seven other GOP senators, according to the administration. Trump talked politics, while Pence discussed policy.

Trump called Lee on Saturday, and Lee told the president he was leaning against the bill, for the reasons he later made public.

Lee told Utah’s KSL Newsradio that he had a great conversation with Trump, when he told the president his “consumer freedom” amendment had been weakened and that he wasn’t sure that he could support the bill.

“He was encouraging to me and said, you know, ‘Just see what changes you can make to it,’ ” Lee said.

Lee and McConnell did not talk over the weekend, but Lee spoke twice to Cornyn, R-Texas, the majority whip.

Trump, who frequently takes to Twitter to announce proposals or denounce opponents, was blindsided by, of all things, a tweet.

He told reporters Tuesday he was “very surprised when the two folks came out last night, because we thought they were in fairly good shape. But they did. And, you know, everybody has their own reason.”

Moran said while he remained committed to repealing the health care law, Congress needs to make a “fresh start” on writing a replacement bill in an “open legislative process.”

“We should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy,” he said, in a statement that followed the tweet.

In his own statement, Lee said the GOP bill does not repeal all the Obamacare tax increases and “doesn’t go far enough in lowering premiums for middle class families; nor does it create enough free space from the most costly Obamacare regulations.”

Both explanations were issued on social media.

“Twitter is a nice medium to get your message out,” Lee’s spokesman said.

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