- Our team of crackerjack writers: Suzanne Becker (SB), Bob Campbell (BC), Cara DeGette (CD), Kathryn Eastburn (KCE), Matthew Fullen (MF), Nancy Harley (NH), John Hazlehurst (JH), Will Hinson (WH), Malcolm Howard (MH), Morgan McCarty (MM), MB Partlow (MBP), Owen Perkins (OP), Tess Powers (TP), and Kristen Sherwood (KS).
Welcome to our seventh annual Best Of edition -- the best and biggest ever. As always, you're in for some damn good reading. We asked your opinion on over 120 categories, and thanks to the dogged efforts of our tallyers, we've got the long-awaited results for you to peruse, with over 40 exceptional Readers' Poll winners spotlighted by our writers.
We are also offering more than 80 Editor's Choice Best Of Awards to the people and places too often hidden in the shadow, the favorite and quirky treasures of this town that must be exposed for their excellence. And as a special election-year treat, we're presenting "The Ten Best Ballot Initiatives That Have Yet to Be Put to Voters" which you can find on page 72. Thanks to the talents of 14 writers, and countless hours of preparation on the part of our entire staff, we present you, our beloved readers, with a chock-full guide to the thousands of things, great and small, that make Colorado Springs so wacky and wonderful.
-- Tess Powers, Best Of Coordinator
-- Kathryn Eastburn, Editor