Tuesday night, New Life Church pastor Brady Boyd sent out a message both clear and cryptic: Ted Haggard, who founded the church Boyd now leads, is quitting the New Life team.
A year ago, one of the four men overseeing Haggard's "spiritual restoration" announced Haggard had emerged, after three weeks of intensive therapy, as "completely heterosexual." Two months earlier, in November 2006, Haggard, then a charismatic pastor and head of the National Association of Evangelicals, had been fired from New Life amid a gay sex and methamphetamine scandal involving male escort Mike Jones.
But in a letter to "New Life Church family and friends," Boyd indicated that "New Life Church recognizes the process of restoring Ted Haggard is incomplete and maintains its original stance that he should not return to vocational ministry. However, we wish him and his family only success in the future."
After Haggard was fired, he and his wife and three sons moved to Phoenix. Tuesday, Boyd indicated that Haggard "has recently requested to end his official relationship with the New Life Church Restoration Team and this has been accepted by them. ... Because spiritual restoration is a necessarily confidential process, the church does not anticipate that it, or its Overseers or Restorers will make further comment about it." CD
ID bill divides sides in usual way
A Colorado House bill requiring would-be voters to provide proof of citizenship is finding support and opposition along some familiar lines.
Bob Balink, El Paso County clerk and recorder, says the law requires him to register only U.S. citizens, but he is unable make sure he is complying.
House Bill 1177 would require prospective voters to show passports, birth certificates or other approved documents before registering.
Balink says an informal survey at his offices shows 96 percent of residents approve of such a measure and 97 percent say they could provide the required documents.
Barb Van Hoy, executive director of Citizens Project, calls Balinks survey totally inappropriate and says the measure is unnecessary, with no known cases of non-citizens voting and hefty penalties already in place for those caught doing so.
It sounds perfectly reasonable until you learn people dont have proof, she says.
Balink insists the debate has nothing to do with politics and says he would be the first to help register those without proper ID.
Van Hoy says support and opposition more often divides on political lines, with some Republicans believing more Democrats will be excluded.
Theres no evidence at all this is a problem, she says. AL
KILO turns 30
It was 5 a.m., Feb. 10, 1978. And the woman who goes simply by the name "KILO Mom" says she was the one who flipped the switch, giving life to a radio station that has delivered hard rock to Colorado Springs for 30 years.
How does she remember the date and time?
"Every mother should remember when she gives birth to her kids," Mom says.
KILO has gone from Led Zeppelin to the Stolen Babies, and KILO Mom has enjoyed the ride. She's now the eldest in the house of rock, once co-owned by businessman Charlie Brown and late local philanthropist Bob Telmosse. General manager Lou Mellini can claim longevity as well, having been with KILO since 1980.
"He's been around a couple of years," Mom offers generously.
Personalities like Mellini's (famous for his powers of schmooze) and Mom's have kept the station healthy. Mom is a regular at The Black Sheep and Union Station, where she soaks up live music from her wheelchair.
"All the kids say, 'Mom, you rock,'" she says, playfully. "I say, 'I roll.'" JAS
CU prospect faces questions
Residents and students on the Boulder campus greeted Bruce Benson, the sole candidate for president of the University of Colorado system, on Monday with tough questions and an act of vandalism.
Brown's visit Tuesday to Colorado Springs was notably more sedate, with the few students present remarking there was not enough time to get lots of students to attend.
Benson has been criticized for everything from his partisan ties to a presumed bias against sustainability measures, since he currently owns and serves as president of an oil and gas company. He has chaired the state Republicans and has worked on a number of campaigns; most recently, he stepped down as a national co-chair of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.
The liberal advocacy group ProgressNow has started a Web site, boycottbenson.com, rallying opposition to Brown's selection. A portrait of Benson at the earth sciences building in Boulder that bears his name was vandalized the night before his visit there, the Campus Press student paper reported.
Benson was scheduled to visit the Denver campuses Wednesday, and has said he will cancel a planned trip to Antarctica to continue visiting with groups from each campus.
Benson was complimentary on his visit to Colorado Springs, calling UCCS the "best-kept secret in the state of Colorado." AL
Makepeace, Woltman honored
The Colorado Women's Hall of Fame has announced 11 new inductees, including two from Colorado Springs. Former Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace, now executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado, will receive the honor along with Mercury 13 astronaut Rhea Woltman.
The induction ceremony will take place March 11 in the Donald Seawell Ballroom of The Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Other living inductees include Sue Anschutz-Rodgers, rancher, conservationist, philanthropist; Sister Alicia Cuaron, business and civic leader, human rights activist; Evie Dennis, Denver school superintendent, U.S. Olympic Committee officer; Jean Dubofsky, Colorado Supreme Court justice; Capt. Katherine Keating, U.S. Naval officer, pharmacist; and Lily Nie, founder of Chinese Children Adoption International.
Historical inductees include: Anna Petteys, education advocate; Eliza Routt, Colorado's first First Lady; and Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias, sportswoman. Tickets to the event are available at cogreatwomen.org. JAS
CEO quits Penrose-St. Francis
Rick O'Connell, president and CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, resigned Monday citing "personal reasons."
Amy Sufak, spokeswoman for Penrose, said OConnell did not indicate he will be taking a job elsewhere. He will be staying on for now as a consultant. Thats important because, in August, Penrose is opening a new, $207 million full-service hospital in northeast Colorado Springs.
Bad timing for a sudden departure?
I think in health care its always a busy time, Sufak said.
Penrose-St. Francis also recently accepted the resignation of Andrea Coleman, chief operating officer. Shes leaving on Feb. 28, after accepting a position in Illinois. OConnells spot will be filled on an interim basis by Phil Shaw, who was recently the interim CEO of St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo. He starts Monday. JAS
Compiled by Cara DeGette, Anthony Lane and J. Adrian Stanley.