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March 2015 Horoscopes

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Capricorn 12/22–1/19

Sharing your assets this month, especially in regards to your home will return your investment ten-fold. A love-based theology will prove to be quite empowering. Let go of what no longer aligns with your new life and make room for the new. On March 20th, there is a super new moon solar eclipse in Pisces, so expect this to be a very powerful time. This can also be quite an emotional period for you. If you need to deal with your feelings, put a space between nowhere; now here.

Aquarius 1/20–2/18

Take inventory of all that you have to offer the world at the beginning of the month, and then throughout the rest of March share your gifts with humanity. Communication plays a big role this lunar cycle, and you can learn so much when you don’t say anything. There is a lot of opportunity at the forefront of your agenda. Your 12th house is going to be highlighted. This is the house of ghosts; are you scared? Don’t be. Clear out the cobwebs in order to make room for innovative prospects.

Pisces 2/19–3/20

Happy Birthday Pisces! This is your month to excel. There is a lot of energy from the cosmos that highlight the areas of your life that deal with your health habits. You may be surrounded by a lot of drama but you don’t have to get involved. Act like the eye of the hurricane and everything will remain Zen. After the storm settles come out of the dreamy ideals of your water sanctuary and ground yourself in effort to build a solid foundation.

Aries 3/21–4/19

If you’re feeling good this month then you will be ready to take risks. Take down the border around yourself so opportunities to reach you as fast as they can. Your career is taking a fabulous turn; accept the changes that are trying to present themselves. Support systems are all around you; don’t be too distracted to see them. A new perspective is allowing you to see things from a whole different view. Isn’t the cinematography nice? The six weeks before your birthday are a preface to the year ahead. Pay attention.

Taurus 4/20—5/20

Are you becoming edgy this month, Taurus? The home life is going to be busy; you may be in the middle of a big move. There is a lot of positive energy coming into your life in March, although much of it can be concentrated. The spurs of spontaneity are sparking the proverbial pavement with a mighty gusto. Lasso the year of empowerment and ride it all night long. It is up to you how you handle it. Yee-haw, cowboy.

Gemini 5/21–6/21

Your intellectual nature will take a backseat to your emotions. Does it feel weird? Too weird to live, too rare to die? You innately take logic over passion but this month things will be different. Luck is in your hands, so pick up the cards and put on your poker face—your p-p-p-poker face. The full moon on March 5th will be a great time to focus on your home and make it cozy. You will reap what you sow around this time.

 Cancer 6/22–7/22

The fork in the road may seem like an all or nothing scenario but nothing could be further from reality. The celestial fireworks are being lit and are getting ready to display their bright and positive messages. You just have to get your head out of the sand and look up at the sky to see it. Your transits are beginning to crescendo. A long-term complimentary relationship is beginning to evolve out of the swampy primordial stew. It’s starting to support anything that has to do with transformation and change.

Leo 7/23–8/22

March 1st will have you feeling like you’re walking on moonshine, whoooah. Doesn’t it feel good? This is due to the fact that the moon is in Leo on March 1st. If you want something you’ve never had, then you’re going to have to do something you’ve never done before. The question is, “What is it that you want?” Are you on the right path to completing these goals? You only have one life so do what is best for you. Travel can take the forefront of your goals.

Virgo 8/23–9/22

This is a great month to focus on yourself and take back your power. You may have been neglecting your emotional needs lately, and March will allow you the time to renew. A good question to ask yourself is, “How are the people surrounding you making you feel?” You can give F.E.A.R. two different meanings—you can either forget everything and run or face everything and rise. The neat thing is that the decision is up to you. Whatever the choice may be, this is a time of great change.

 Libra 9/23–10/22

There is a lot of positive energy pouring into your life on March 4th due to some of your ruling planets being in harmony with the trine happening at this time. Throughout the month there can be some control struggles. Don’t try to fight the things that are out of your reach, but rather just focus on yourself. This is a time of chaotic vigor for a lot of signs; don’t feel bad if you need to take a breather. This will make you stronger in the long run.

Scorpio 10/23–11/21

You can’t climb the trellis of triumph if your hands are in your pocket. Daylight-saving time on March 8th will have you feeling great, and once Saturn goes into retrograde on March 14th.  Do you feel that? It’s the humble feeling of being alive again, and that’s just is what is happening to all of the water signs. Romance is looking good and yet there is still an authority struggle at work. Don’t let the past inflict your present; block it with a karate chop and make room for more activities.

Sagittarius 11/22–12/21

You’re moving into March with a lot of luck on your side! Want more time in the day? You’ve got it, especially from the 8th forward. A lot of chaotic energy is in the air so learn to harvest the energy and manifest the things you want in your life. Don’t focus on what isn’t effective; put your heart on what is fruitful and cut off the life force of the rest. A big move is on the horizon within the next few years. Are you ready for this?

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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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