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Cantina Verde to open in Green Mountain Falls

Just in time for the Green Box Arts Festival, Cantina Verde restaurant opens next week in the historic El Pueblo building in Green Mountain Falls.With foods of the Southwest, in addition to steaks, hamburgers, wild game and vegetarian dishes, the menu reflects the culinary skills of Molly Ambrose, a distinguished chef whose classes during previous festivals inspired cooking adventures intended to remove the drudgery of preparing meals.“Molly and I have talked about opening a restaurant for the past 20 years,” said J...

Just in time for the Green Box Arts Festival, Cantina Verde restaurant opens next week in the historic El Pueblo building in Green Mountain Falls.

With foods of the Southwest, in addition to steaks, hamburgers, wild game and vegetarian dishes, the menu reflects the culinary skills of Molly Ambrose, a distinguished chef whose classes during previous festivals inspired cooking adventures intended to remove the drudgery of preparing meals.

“Molly and I have talked about opening a restaurant for the past 20 years,” said Jesse Stroope who, with Jordy Berson and Joe McDonald, owns the restaurant. “This is really Molly’s; we are helping her and enjoy working with her, but this is Molly’s thing.”

Berson, who grew up in Green Mountain Falls, and McDonald are friends who happened to meet Stroope last year. In an informal chat, the three cooked up plans for opening a restaurant. When the Mucky Duck closed, the partners pounced and obtained a lease on the space.

Two weeks before opening, Stroope was overseeing quality control. As Ambrose refines her recipes, Stroope is the top taster.

“We’ve been doing a lot of food testing, margarita testing,” Stroope said. “That part’s fun.”

The menu will offer a fusion of Southern and Colorado flavors, including dishes with elk sausage and bison.

“The testing has been mouthwatering,” he said. “Molly is a dynamic chef.”

The menu bonanza includes something new and different, a gustatory gimmick that sets Cantina Verde apart from others.

“I’m most excited about our salsa flights,” Stroope said. “We’ll have tequila and dessert flights.”

So far, the dessert menu will include tres leche cake and Mexican brownies with ice cream.

In a town known for its lush mountain ambience, streams, lake, parks, trails and fitness court, Cantina Verde’s rooftop dining is a palette paradise on another level.

“We’ll have a special rooftop menu,” Stroope said.

A business plan that taps into a variety of tastes, Cantina Verde will offer a pop-up coffee shop inside.

“We have a beautiful espresso machine and we’ll be ready to start cranking out espressos,” he said.

In the adjacent building, a former coffee shop, Ambrose is opening Chica, a separate space for special dinners and parties. In their brainstorming session last year, the partners came up with a theme.

“There is a social aspect missing here so we want to have a community hub with good food and good prices,” he said.

As the time narrows for opening day June 26, the four are working at a feverish pace.

“We’re doing a cosmetic makeover with new paint, fixtures and a lot of new energy,” he said. “We don’t want to touch the historical nature of the 100-year-old building, but it feels really good to get it cleaned and gussied up.”

With the addition of catering by Ambrose, the business has already attracted gigs to include lunches for participants in the Art Desk conversations during the arts festival that begins July 1.

The partners are leasing the space from the building’s owner, Monica Hobb.

“She is super excited about the energy we’re bringing in,” Stroope said. “Right now, I’ve seen more potential in Green Mountain Falls than I have in a long time.

“The energy is great, the synergy, you can feel it.”

Forever chemicals found at Green Mountain Falls treatment plant

Colorado Springs Utilities has discovered small amounts of an unregulated “forever chemical” in drinking water that goes out to residents from two water-treatment plants.Forever chemicals are a widespread problem across the United States with more than 15,000 different types, many found in consumer products such as nonstick cookware. The chemical chains are dubbed forever chemicals because they do not break down in the environment. In humans, they can build up in the body, causing negative health effects.Colorado Sp...

Colorado Springs Utilities has discovered small amounts of an unregulated “forever chemical” in drinking water that goes out to residents from two water-treatment plants.

Forever chemicals are a widespread problem across the United States with more than 15,000 different types, many found in consumer products such as nonstick cookware. The chemical chains are dubbed forever chemicals because they do not break down in the environment. In humans, they can build up in the body, causing negative health effects.

Colorado Springs Utilities found PFBA, a forever chemical, in the finished drinking water at the Phillip Tollefson Water Treatment Plant on Mesa Road and the Ute Pass Water Treatment Plant in Green Mountain Falls in the fall as part of voluntary sampling ahead of mandatory testing, said Annie Berlemann, Utilities’ Fountain Creek Watershed project manager.

Utilities detected the chemical at levels of 2.2 parts per trillion at Tollefson and 3 parts per trillion at Ute Pass, she said. Ute Pass supplies water to Green Mountain Falls and Cascade. Tollefson water is blended through the system, but it roughly supplies an area south of Fillmore Street, west of Circle Drive, east of 26th Street and north of Lake Avenue, said Jennifer Jordan, Utilities spokeswoman.

A part per trillion is akin to a grain of sand in a Olympic-sized swimming pool, an ultra-low level, Berlemann said. As regulations for forever chemicals have tightened, the levels the EPA considers safe have gotten ever lower.

“This has been a challenge for every laboratory and every water provider,” she said, of the changing testing and regulatory requirements.

The Environmental Protection Agency notified Colorado Springs Utilities that water providers will only have to report they have found PFBA in drinking water if it is higher than 5 parts per trillion. The levels of PFBA found at the Colorado Springs Utilities’ plants is below this new reporting standard.

Utilities expects to do more testing to determine the source of the PFBA associated with the production of camera film and other products. It is also a byproduct from chemicals used in stain-resistant fabrics, paper food packaging, and carpet breaking down, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

It is not as well studied as other compounds, but it may have health risks.

“Based on studies in mice and rats, PFBA may be associated with liver, thyroid and developmental health effects. … The department is monitoring the current science and health-related information,” said John Michael with the Water Quality Control Division at the state Department of Public Health and Environment.

To help inform future regulations, the EPA is asking large water providers to test for PFBA and 28 other forever chemicals regularly through 2025, it stated on its website.

An early report from that required data collection shows PFBA has been found at 683 public water systems above at levels above the minimum reporting limit.

Contact the writer at mary.shinn@gazette.com or 719-429-9264.

Woodland Park declares status as non-sanctuary city

Woodland Park joined an avalanche of Pikes Peak area governments in declaring its status as a non-sanctuary city.In recent weeks, Green Mountain Falls, Monument, Palmer Lake, Colorado Springs and El Paso County have all passed similar resolutions.While the resolution does not have the power of law and is primarily a political statement, it is a powerful one.It called upon President Joe Biden “to take immediate and effective action to secure the border and enforce immigration laws.” Woodland Park remains suppo...

Woodland Park joined an avalanche of Pikes Peak area governments in declaring its status as a non-sanctuary city.

In recent weeks, Green Mountain Falls, Monument, Palmer Lake, Colorado Springs and El Paso County have all passed similar resolutions.

While the resolution does not have the power of law and is primarily a political statement, it is a powerful one.

It called upon President Joe Biden “to take immediate and effective action to secure the border and enforce immigration laws.” Woodland Park remains supportive of legal immigration and immigrants who entered the country legally.

The resolution was harsh in its criticism of sanctuary cities’ refusal to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

As of early March, Denver, which is a sanctuary city, had seen nearly 40,000 new immigrant arrivals in the past 14 months, according to previous reporting by The Denver Gazette.

Generally speaking, a sanctuary city is a designation given to municipalities and counties that establish policies to discourage local law enforcement from reporting an individual’s immigration status to federal authorities.

Below is the full text of the resolution:

CITY OF WOODLAND PARK, COLORADO RESOLUTION NO. 920, SERIES 2024 A RESOLUTION REGARDING MIGRANT RESPONSE AND DECLARING STATUS AS A NON-SANCTUARY CITY

WHEREAS, the City of Woodland Park (“City”) is a home rule municipality duly organized and existing under Article XX of the Colorado Constitution and the City’s Home Rule Charter approved by the electors in 1977 (“Charter”); and

WHEREAS, a “Sanctuary City” is a jurisdiction that limits cooperation with federal immigration authorities, limits or fails to provide information about immigration status and limits the length of immigration detainers; and

WHEREAS, the City believes in and is committed to securing the border, enforcing immigration laws to protect the community, and upholding the laws of the State of Colorado and the principles of the United States Constitution; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of the City have expressed concern over the transport of migrants entering the country illegally into the City’s jurisdictional limits, which may compromise the safety, well-being, and resources of City residents.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WOODLAND PARK, COLORADO THAT:

Section 1. Incorporation. The recitals set forth above are incorporated and resolved as if set forth in this section in full.

Section 2. Statements Regarding Migrant Response. The City hereby makes the following statements regarding migrant response:

(i) The transport of migrants entering the country illegally into the City may compromise the safety, well-being, and resources of its residents; and

(ii) The City calls upon the President of the United States to take immediate and effective action to secure the border and enforce immigration laws to address the concerns of the community; and

(iii) The City recognizes the importance of legal immigration and welcomes individuals to apply through the legal process; and

(iv) The City encourages open dialogue and collaboration with state and federal authorities to address immigration concerns and work towards solutions that align with the wellbeing and safety of the community; and

(v) The City urges its residents to support and uphold the principles of legal immigration, respecting the laws and processes in place; and

(vi) The City hereby declares itself a “non-sanctuary” City. Section 3. Effective Date. This Resolution shall become effective and be in full force and effect immediately upon approval.

PASSED AND RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Woodland Park, Teller County, Colorado, this 21st day of March, 2024. WOODLAND PARK, COLORADO Attest: By: Hilary LaBarre, Mayor

Green Box Announces the 2024 Cohort of Artists in Residence

Green Mountain Falls, CO, Dec. 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Following the resounding success of its 15th Annual Arts Festival, which showcased over eighty events and featured the residency of New York’s renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company, Green Box proudly introduces an extraordinary lineup of artists for the fifth year of its Artists in Residency Program.Gaining popularity as a sought-after destination for national and international artists seeking creative refuge, Green Box received hundreds of applications f...

Green Mountain Falls, CO, Dec. 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Following the resounding success of its 15th Annual Arts Festival, which showcased over eighty events and featured the residency of New York’s renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company, Green Box proudly introduces an extraordinary lineup of artists for the fifth year of its Artists in Residency Program.

Gaining popularity as a sought-after destination for national and international artists seeking creative refuge, Green Box received hundreds of applications from across the world. From this pool of talent, eight artists representing a diversity of disciplines were selected for seven residencies in Green Mountain Falls throughout 2024. Nestled within the foothills of America’s Mountain, Pikes Peak, the rural hamlet of Green Mountain Falls provides an idyllic setting for these month-long residencies, offering 30 days of uninterrupted creative solace. In addition to a generous stipend and housing, artists are offered individualized support to fulfill their residency goals while living and engaging within the Green Mountain Falls community.

“Following an extensive review of over 250 applications we received from artists representing almost all 50 states and 26 International Countries, we couldn’t be more thrilled with the diversity of artists, disciplines and projects that comprise our exciting cohort of Green Box Artists in Residence in 2024” said Green Box Executive Director, Scott Levy. “We can’t wait to witness the creative practices of these outstanding artists as they become embedded in Green Mountain Falls and connect to the community throughout the year.”

Among the eight talented artists chosen for the 2024 residency program, all identify as either female or non-binary. The artists represent a wide range of exciting and diverse projects including: a hand-crafted animated film utilizing painted clay on glass, an ephemeral light sculpture to be installed indoors on the Green Box Campus, sonic experiences in Green Box’s Green Mountain Falls Skyspace by James Turrell, and an operatic experience inspired by celestial objects. Additional disciplines represented include photography, fiction writing, and podcasting.

Announcing the 2024 Artists in Residence:

Neena Pathak: Green Box could not be more thrilled to welcome its first Artist in Residence of the year, Neena Pathak, in March. Neena is an accomplished Producer and Editor formerly at NPR and the NY Times, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2021. Neena brings to her residency more than a decade of experience working in audio and is looking forward to developing new impressionistic and playful storytelling techniques related to podcasting projects, including work that will heavily involve community members from Green Mountain Falls and the surrounding Pikes Peak Region.

GAEYA: Our first of two musical artists in residence, GAEYA will arrive in April to create and record music for her upcoming album inspired by her connection with the surrounding natural landscape of Green Mountain Falls. Rooted in Sweden, GAEYA blends Scandinavian mystery - driven by powerful vocals - with sounds of natural ancient worlds and ambient synth-soundscapes by converting them into atmospheric landscapes. GAEYA takes you on an immersive journey to a different place for you to explore the earth by getting drawn into freshly woven webs of intergalactic pop music and deep-rooted Nordic frequencies. GAEYA will also perform intimate experiences in the Green Mountain Falls Skyspace by James Turrell.

Kristina Barker: In May Green Box will welcome freelance photojournalist and independent fine artist, Kristina Barker. Currently living in Portland, Oregon, Kristina has documented news and communities for The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, and many others. Kristina’s work focuses on our natural world, the climate crisis, grief, surviving trauma and exploring the bewildering experience of existing as a human. During Kristina’s time at Green Box, she plans to further her visual exploration of themes around the human experience and calling our souls back home to our bodies through a unique, place-based visual exploration of the remote Green Mountain Falls landscape. Her photography is made without any effect manipulation, and we expect a new work that she creates while in residence will adorn Green Box’s Lake Street Display next summer.

Thu Kim Vu: Based in Vietnam, Thu Kim Vu will be in residence throughout the month of June, creating a paper light sculpture installation inside the Lakeview Terrace building on the Green Box Campus which will be on display during the 16th Annual Green Box Arts Festival. Thu’s work involves a meticulous process of craftsmanship using traditional materials like Vietnamese Zo paper, Japanese Washi, Chinese ink brush, calligraphic lines, and LED light. Her work reflects the relationship between herself and the surrounding environment, and how that relationship is always changing through moving, traveling, encountering new cultures, and by her fascination of architectural forms of different local landscapes.

Janani Balasubramanian & Sultana Isham: Arriving in August, Janani & Sultana will spend their month at Green Box writing a dome Opera entitled Rouge Objects, an operatic, immersive, and inviting experience for dome cinema that brings the emerging science of brown dwarfs to audiences around the world. Through original footage, archival materials, and animation built with data from the new James Webb and Gaia space telescopes, and an original operatic score constructed from sonified data of nearby brown dwarfs, Rogue Objects welcomes us into the wonderful life of celestial objects that abound and sing in the dark. The residency will culminate with a workshop presentation of the opera.

Lynn Tomlinson: Our season of acclaimed artists continues into October with this animated filmmaker. Best known for her unique clay on glass animation technique and her short films that use music and vibrant animation to tell stories drawn from history and the natural world, Lynn’s work has screened at festivals across the world and has been exhibited in one-person shows at Cornell University, the National Gallery, and in the Education Department collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Lynn is currently developing a new piece inspired by naturalist Rachel Carson’s writings about wonder and science, the earth’s past and future, the sea and the shore, and the spark of awe that the natural world ignites. During her month-long residency, Lynn will draw inspiration from the natural environment surrounding Green Box to create a new animated film using her unique hand-crafted animation process to evoke environmental empathy. Green Box will preview her work during an evening of shorts during our 16th Annual Arts Festival.

Mk Smith Despres: Our 2024 cohort of resident artists concludes with this residency with Young Adult Fiction Writer MK Smith Despres who will be transforming their latest novel, designed for the middle-school set, into a complete novel written entirely in verse. Mk’s work and process are also greatly influenced by place, and they are so excited about the possibility of finding and following ideas that will both give greater insight into their current characters and inspire new work while steeped in the beauty of Green Mountain Falls. Workshops with local schoolchildren will be an additional highlight of the residency.

Previous Resident Artists include: American Ballet Theatre, Bill Frisell, Carole D’inverno, Molly Rideout, Stillhouse Junkies, Amir Amiri, brooke smiley, and Sommer Browning

Green Box was launched in 2009 in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado and has grown into a year-round incubator of multidisciplinary visual and performing arts. The organization provides residents and visitors from Colorado and around the world the opportunity to participate in the creative arts in the natural beauty that awaits at the foothills of Pikes Peak. Anchored by an annual summer arts festival, Green Box also engages with community year-round through an active Artist-in-Residence program, arts education, and public art installations. Renowned for its public art, the new, permanent Green Mountain Falls Skyspace by James Turrell, joined a selection of past installations that include 1.8 Green Mountain Falls by Janet Echelman; The Musical Swings by Daily tous les jours; Field of Light and Tepees by Bruce Munro; and Footprint in Green by Patrick Dougherty. Dance companies that have performed at Green Box include Ballet Hispánico, American Ballet Theatre and KEIGWIN + COMPANY, as well as Bridgman I Packer Dance, the Oklahoma City Ballet, and internationally-acclaimed ballroom duo Antonina Skobina and Denys Drozdyuk.

Green Mountain Falls and Ute Pass –At an altitude of 7,800 ft., Green Mountain Falls is home to various festivals and events year-round. Most notably, related to the arts, it is known for the year-round work of the nationally acclaimed Green Box Arts organization. Surrounded by the Pike National Forest, the town is located near popular area attractions including Cave of the Winds, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak and the Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway. An extremely popular hiking destination, visitors also enjoy fishing, swimming, biking, tennis courts and, in colder seasons, ice skating, in addition to the town’s unique restaurants, pubs and shops. The town is just 20 minutes away from downtown Colorado Springs, and even closer to Manitou Springs, Woodland Park and other Ute Pass communities such as Cascade and Chipita Park.

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Damage from uncommon mountain tornado found near Colorado's Pikes Peak at 9,500 feet

Severe storms threaten Colorado, NebraskaSevere thunderstorms with wind damage and hail will be possible again across parts of the Southeast Friday. Marginally severe storms will also be possible in parts of the Northeast and High Plains.PUEBLO, Colo. – National Weather Service meteorologists have confirmed a tornado downed dozens of trees near Colorado’s Pikes ...

Severe storms threaten Colorado, Nebraska

Severe thunderstorms with wind damage and hail will be possible again across parts of the Southeast Friday. Marginally severe storms will also be possible in parts of the Northeast and High Plains.

PUEBLO, Colo. – National Weather Service meteorologists have confirmed a tornado downed dozens of trees near Colorado’s Pikes Peak on Thursday, and the world is seeing the destruction thanks to a hiker who was near the summit.

Brad Carroll took photos of what he described as a large debris field along the infamous Pikes Peak Highway.

The roadway was built during the early 1900s and runs 19 miles from Cascade, Colorado, to the mountain’s summit at 14,115 feet.

An initial NWS survey determined the tornado was an EF-1 with estimated winds over 100 mph. Most of its destruction was at an elevation of 9,500 feet in what is known as Green Mountain Falls.

(FOX Weather)

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High-elevation tornadoes uncommon

NWS meteorologists said tornadoes on mountains are uncommon because the moisture and needed winds to form a vortex don’t usually come together because of the high terrain.

"It is just simply too difficult to get that Gulf moisture all the way up into the mountains," the NWS said. "Do mountains throw a big wrench in formation? Yes, they do. But we aren’t sure if there is enough research to really say one way or another if they help or hurt formation chances if atmospheric conditions were equal."

(National Weather Service, Pueblo / NOAA)

Additionally, the population and the potential for witness reports tend to be sparse at higher elevations, so some tornadoes could go unreported.

EF-3 TORNADO DAMAGE TO PFIZER PLANT COULD EXACERBATE DRUG SHORTAGES, HEALTH EXPERTS WARN

The highest-elevation tornado ever reported in the U.S. happened in California's Sequoia National Park in 2004. The twister had a reported elevation of 12,156 feet.

The highest-elevation tornado in Colorado was back in 2012 and jumped around Mount Evans at an elevation of 11,900 feet.

There were no reported injuries during Thursday’s event.

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