Haggard coming to HBO
All those wanting to keep up with our favorite ex-minister, Pastor Ted Haggard, should set their TiVos now. A new HBO documentary, The Trials of Ted Haggard, promises to reveal the latest exploits of the former New Life Church pastor, who left town in 2006 after he admitted buying methamphetamines and visiting a male prostitute in Denver.
According to a press release, Haggard puzzles over his predicament, saying, "This is incredible, because I'm 51 years old and I have never interviewed for a job in my life."
The film, described as a "cautionary tale of appearance versus reality" and directed by Alexandra Pelosi (daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi), is scheduled to debut on HBO and HBO Latino at 11 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29. It will air 25 times on HBO, HBO2 and HBO Latino through March 1. See hbo.com for a complete schedule. JT
County: We bought what?
It turns out El Paso County's delicate budget-cutting calculations last fall missed at least one crucial detail: What, exactly, the county would get in a $218,000 contract with the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.
The $218,000 figure is roughly half of what the county budgeted a year earlier to have the Humane Society shelter El Paso County animals, give backup to sheriff's deputies responding to animal problems, and provide other services.
Executive Director Wes Metzler told county commissioners at their final meeting in December that the new contract amount was not enough to provide any field services, meaning a deputy needing to transport an angry dog would have no option but to give it a ride in a county pickup.
Metzler and the commissioners worked out a one-month deal for January, but no contract has been ironed out for the rest of the year. Despite a tight budget, Commissioner Dennis Hisey says the board may have to increase the initial contract by $41,000 to provide at least some backup services. AL
A man holds up a glass vase and says, "I don't see a price tag on it."
"That's because it's a decoration," says Lanonah Krumanocker, owner of Shewmaker's Camera Shop. "But it's for sale."
Everything must go before Shewmaker's, a Colorado Springs mom-and-pop for 72 years, shuts its doors for good Jan. 31.
The store, a favorite for aficionados and hobbyists alike, has been a perennial award winner in the Independent's annual Best Of Colorado Springs competition. Last September, it moved out of the building on Tejon Street where Hugh Shewmaker originally opened the store in 1937. But the foundering economy helped doom its relocation to a larger store on Academy Boulevard.
Krumanocker says all photography classes will be completed before the store closes, and that it will stay open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Everything is on sale, with prices up to 70 percent off. RC
A senator no more
Sen. Ken Salazar resigned from the U.S. Senate Tuesday, shortly after his former colleagues approved his selection by President Barack Obama to head the Interior Department.
As part of a crisp electronic rollout for the new administration, Salazar's face and bio were already prominently displayed Wednesday morning on the department's Web site, doi.gov. In his new position, the Colorado Democrat will oversee 500 million acres of public lands, 67,000 employees and an annual budget approaching $19 million.
His replacement, Michael Bennet, was to be sworn in Thursday as Colorado's junior senator. AL
Cottonwood ready to move
The Cottonwood Artists' School has closed on the purchase of its new location at 427 E. Colorado Ave. This will be the school's fifth home in its 11 years of existence, but executive director Peggy Vicaro notes it's the first permanent residence.
The school will start moving March 1 into the new space, located at the corner of Colorado and Corona Street, with 78 studios, larger classrooms and gallery, and space for a gift shop. A grand-opening celebration is slated for May 1 and 2. Cottonwood still plans to host First Friday openings through March at its current 25 Cimino Drive location, which has 35 studio spaces.
The city still hopes to see the Cimino site redeveloped into a hotel, says Vicaro. EA
D-49 super on the way out
After nine months on the job, Falcon School District 49 superintendent Grant Schmidt could soon be looking for new work. The D-49 school board placed Schmidt on administrative leave at a public meeting Saturday, citing concerns about his handling of school finances and a possible violation of district policy on sexual harassment and workplace conduct.
Schmidt, previously an assistant superintendent in California, was hired after the district's former superintendent lost the confidence of the school board one year into a five-year contract.
In a statement, board President Anna Bartha said the decision to place Schmidt on leave was not taken "lightly."
Schmidt has taken heat for various expenditures, including a staff retreat to The Broadmoor. The board offered no details about the allegation about sexual harassment or misconduct. He has 10 days to respond to the charges before he can officially be terminated. Assistant Superintendant Eric Paugh is now the acting superintendent. AL
Compiled by Edie Adelstein, Rhiannon Conley, Anthony Lane and Jill Thomas.