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Horoscopes for January 2015

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Capricorn 12/22–1/19

Happy Birthday Capricorn! The last year has challenged you in ways that you could not have possibly planned for. You may have had ambiguous questions for the universe and rest assured that concise and clear answers are coming. You can’t always be going, going, going; you need to step back and gain some perspective. Allow yourself the time to recharge your batteries. Life is a Ferris wheel, always in motion; you can’t always be on top—although you’d prefer it. Major changes are coming your way, so make sure you are well-equipped.

Aquarius 1/20–2/18

Welcome to the New Year, Aquarius. This cycle has put your Oxfords in the closet of your life and placed dancing shoes at your bedside. Venus is in your sign, so soak up the limelight and make the most of it. You’re going to be feeling quite remarkable — you go, Glen Coco! The full moon in Cancer will be resurfacing some of your personal management issues; let go of what you can’t control and remain objective. If you are grounded there isn’t anything that can stop you.

Pisces 2/19–3/20

Congratulations on making it through such a turbulent year, Pisces! I hope you had plenty of Dramamine. Mars will be in your sign mid-month, so it is vital to make substantial ambitions to rectify and solidify your value. Your goals are a priority this month. Once you set these objectives the universe will heed your call and align you with your destiny. Empowerment is on your side. A well thought-out game plan will trump any opponent that tries to come up against you.

Aries 3/21–4/19

There is a lot of energy buzzing around the planet right now and you’re tuning into it. Pluto and Uranus are affecting your chart by forming an authoritative square of energy. You need to harness this and hone it into a valuable venture. Don’t pour your proverbial hot water into a copper cup — put that hot bevy in a mug with a lid and sip on the warmth throughout the year. If the topic at hand doesn’t consist of light conversation, get out your notebook and make some unfathomable contributions.

Taurus 4/20—5/20

Venus in Aries is awakening your Destiny. Are you truly following your heart? Where do you want to go, Taurus? The universe is hand-delivering small amounts of good energy. These are a prelude to the conversation you will be having all year long. You are what you think, so I hope that the majority of your emotions and thoughts are that of good, rather than veering to the dark side. The Death Star is full but on the bright side, the world needs another Jedi.

Gemini 5/21–6/21

The feel-good energy of the moon is going to be highlighting the area of your life that will force you to plug ahead. This vigor needs to be diverted elsewhere. Your inner guide needs to put a spark under your buttress to focus your energy on learning rather than teaching. Step off of your high horse and re-evaluate your truths. Sometimes our foundations need to break in order to build a stronger fortress. We learn best from mistakes, and this is a great time to reflect upon this; pay your dues.

Cancer 6/22–7/22

The full moon on January 4th is occurring in your sign. This is an incredibly powerful force and a time to reap rewards as well as set concrete goals. This is a vital moment to create a vision board for the year ahead. Before you do this, let go of what no longer serves you and let it dissipate into the ether. If you are not receiving that which you put out, you risk losing a part of yourself. Get it back, Cancer! Put that second cookie down!

Leo 7/23–8/22

The erratic energy you’re attracting from the universe comes buzzing in from last year into this new cycle. The focus of this first part of 2015 will be on relationships. How are you interacting with the people that are closest with you? You can’t keep going unless you recharge your batteries. Set some limits and personal precincts to achieve your goals. The mountain you are climbing is best to trek one step at a time. You are naturally masculine, so take a backseat to the feminine this month.

Virgo 8/23–9/22

Who is the person in the mirror, Virgo? This individual looks a lot different than the reflection that appeared merely a year ago. Your transformative nature is always evolving and the energy from January is stimulating the areas of your life that rules romance, risk taking, and inventive self-expression. You’re one of the hardest workers of all the signs. What moves do you need to make in order to reach the goals you’ve set out for yourself? This will be an emotional month, so make yourself obtainable only when you choose.

Libra 9/23–10/22

Venus is going to be influencing your planet in all sorts of incredible ways. The area of expression is going to be highlighted, especially on the full moon on January 4th. This is an essential time to let go of what you don’t want and focus on what you desire. Curate your life the way you see fit. The muscles of your being have been exercised throughout the last year and now you’re finally starting to see some definition. Choice decisions will not be rough to make, but it’s crucial to meditate.

Scorpio 10/23–11/21

2014 was a wild ride and now you’re starting 2015 by being spread a little thin. The refresher you took at the end of December geared you up for this splendid period. It’s important not to feel any anxiety for that which hasn’t happened yet. Control is a complete illusion so surrender to that which is and the odds will be ever in your favor. Most other signs are going through a turbulent era but making minor adjustments will ensure that you rise above the ship storm.

Sagittarius 11/22–12/21

Communication will be a major theme of January, Sagittarius. The good energy of the month may mask the true intent of what is being said between the fine lines. Setting boundaries and creating long-term goals is essential. If you plan less social activities, you will have more time for yourself. This is the perfect moment in time to figure out the exact message you want to convey for your audience. Make an inventory of your resources and distribute your assets strategically.

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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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