YouTube TV adds another streaming television option in Colorado Springs

0 View Comments Choices for viewers seeking local stations and cable channels expanded in December when Google-owned YouTube TV debuted its streaming live option to Colorado Springs and 34 other U.S. cities. That gives cord-cutters who don't want to pay for hundreds of channels another option, but every option has advantages and drawbacks. All of the streaming options are less than half the cost of cable or satellite options, but none offers all six affiliates of the major television networks, and they also are missing some popular cable channels. To use any of the streaming options, you need a newer TV or a streaming device such as Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation or Xbox One, to name a few. Related: Visitors bureau, attractions group publish 2018 vacation guide to Pikes Peak region While the streaming services offer network shows on local channels or through an on-demand service, live game broadcasts of some college or professional sports are blacked out because the stations and networks don't have rights to stream games live. However, most Colorado Springs residents can watch local channels free with a digital antenna, though reception in some areas can be spotty. College and professional sports also are available through a number of online sources. The primary players in the streaming live universe include DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV and YouTube TV as well as streaming options offered by Comcast Corp. and CenturyLink Inc. Some are in the test phase, and others are being rolled out in dozens of cities at a time. DirecTV Now is offered by the AT&T-owned satellite TV provider DirecTV, while Sling is offered by satellite provider Dish as a less-expensive alternative, along with the Comcast and CenturyLink services, to retain the growing number of cord-cutting customers. All of the streaming options have been launched since 2015; Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV and the Comcast and CenturyLink streaming options Continue Reading

Russell Wilson traded … to Yankees from Rangers

Quarterback Russell Wilson has been traded. Relax, Seattle Seahawks fans, he’ll still be under center at CenturyLink Field. No, the Texas Rangers have traded Wilson to the New York Yankees. Wilson, 29, was acquired by the Rangers from the Colorado Rockies in the December 2013 Rule 5 Draft. Wilson played two seasons in the Rockies’ system after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and Yankees GM Brian Cashman have spent several weeks working to accommodate Wilson’s desire to be part of the Yankees organization, a source told ESPN. Basically, Wilson wants to live out a lifelong dream to put on the Yankees uniform during a spring training visit in March. He made similar appearances with the Rangers the past two seasons. Wilson expressed his gratitude to the Rangers in a released statement. “I want to personally thank the Texas Rangers for giving me the chance to experience professional baseball again,” Wilson said. “Growing up taking grounders, hitting BP, and throwing deep post routes early in the mornings with my dad and brother is where my love of sports came from, and those memories stick with me every morning I wake up. I remember how excited I was when Texas selected me in the Rule 5 Draft in December 2013. During my two springs in Arizona with the Rangers, I was reminded just how much I love the game of baseball. I thank the Rangers and their great fans for making me feel at home and a part of the family! While I embrace the chance to be a New York Yankee, I will forever be grateful to have been a part of a world class organization like the Texas Rangers.” Continue Reading

Fires from homeless camps testing west-side Colorado Springs residents’ tolerance

0 View Comments Long tolerant of those who are homeless, west-side Colorado Springs residents are becoming increasingly fearful because of recent fires from makeshift camps that they say have threatened residences and businesses. At a packed meeting Thursday night organized by the Organization of Westside Neighbors, several residents called on city and county officials to tighten enforcement on illegal campfires that homeless people say they need to keep warm. The concerns come amid a rise in homelessness and several recent fires beneath bridges and across open spaces. "Why aren't we enforcing those basic laws?" said David Leinweber, owner and president of Angler's Covey, to a crowd of about 125 people at the Westside Community Center. "We're reverting back to the frontier days." Related: Springs Rescue Mission adds 3 acres to burgeoning south downtown Colorado Springs campus On Jan. 5, Leinweber watched 20-foot flames shoot out of a homeless campsite at the 21st Street bridge and up nearby Fountain Creek's banks. CenturyLink confirmed the blaze damaged two fiber cables that took a day and a half to repair. Leinweber said he extinguished a smaller campfire on the other side of the creek to protect his business. The blaze was in a primitive fire ring near propane tanks. "It freaked me out," he said. Illegal fires attributed to homeless camps are up "drastically" in Colorado Springs, straining firefighters' resources and prompting concerns during an abnormally warm, dry winter, Colorado Springs Fire Chief Ted Collas said earlier Thursday at a news conference. The number of illegal fires leapt from 186 in 2016 to 275 last year. Already in 2018, 14 have been reported. Grass fires that started from homeless camps jumped from 26 in 2014 to 94 in 2016, the Fire Department said. And 89 more were attributed to homeless campsites last year through Dec. 1. "We understand that these people are living in adverse conditions, and they have needs in their own lives," Collas Continue Reading

Colorado Divide: Broadband gaps threaten to leave rural areas in the dust of digital age

Except online. Internet speeds in Meeker, a town of 2,500 in one of the most remote stretches of northwest Colorado, can reach breakneck download speeds of 1 gigabit per second. That’s fast enough to capture a two-hour movie in about 30 seconds and far quicker than connection speeds most urbanites get on the Front Range. For Hannah Turner, who spends her day on a computer processing data-heavy reports for a large bank, the lightning online speed in Meeker — the result of a multimillion-dollar initiative by Rio Blanco County to upgrade its internet infrastructure — is what has kept her from fleeing to the Front Range. “It was definitely the deciding factor,” the 24-year-old Colorado State University grad said as she settled behind two laptops and a pair of monitors in her small house in downtown Meeker. “I have to have better internet.” Rio Blanco’s experiment with broadband is the exception in rural Colorado. Long distances, rugged topography and scattered population centers across most of Colorado’s rural areas translate to high costs in getting broadband service into homes and businesses. The state’s broadband map shows vast stretches of the state — especially on the Eastern Plains and across the mountains — with slow to no internet service. Meanwhile, the urban Interstate 25 corridor is lit up in speedy green. Wireline residential speed tiers Broadband internet provided through fiberoptic cable and traditional phone lines is largely available to rural Colorado towns that sit on major highway corridors. But vast areas outside of municipal boundaries across both the mountains and Plains don’t do nearly as well. View an interactive version of this map at the Colorado State Broadband Portal. >= 200 Kbps < 768 Kbps >= 6 Mbps < 10 Mbps >= 1 Gbps It’s a digital dichotomy that feeds the “have-have not” narrative that in many ways marks the Continue Reading

Creighton senior Manny Suarez among Big East players making an impact after moving up from Division II

Manny Suarez always believed he was capable of playing NCAA Division I basketball, and he did for one season before unforeseen circumstances led him to the Division II ranks for a couple of years. Once he graduated from Adelphi University in New York, he knew he would regret it if he didn’t try to return to Division I for his final year of eligibility. Creighton, it turned out, was looking for someone just like him — a big man with a nice shot who could help cushion the blow of losing underclassman Justin Patton to the NBA. At fellow Big East program DePaul, the Blue Demons might be getting more than they bargained for from their Division II transfer from Lewis University near Chicago. Guard Max Strus is averaging a team-best 15.6 points and shooting 92 percent on free throws while playing 34 minutes a game. “The fact they are jumping to power conference programs and a guy like Max Strus is the go-to guy for DePaul, that is a giant leap and it kind of speaks volumes about that kid as a ballplayer in general. It has to be a special, unique case for it to happen,” Rivals national recruiting analyst Corey Evans said. According to the NCAA, only 11 of the 768 players who transferred this year moved from Division II to Division I; 189 went from D-I to D-II. A player going from D-II to D-I must sit out one season before becoming eligible unless he’s a graduate transfer; a D-I transfer is immediately eligible in D-II. One of the biggest D-II to D-I success stories is Derrick White. He transferred from Colorado- Colorado Springs to Colorado, where he was the Buffaloes’ leading scorer last season and was a first-round draft pick by the San Antonio Spurs. This season, fewer than 10 active players in Division I came from a lower NCAA division. That includes Michigan’s Duncan Robinson, who transferred from Division III Williams College three years ago. Creighton’s Suarez began his career at Fordham of the mid-major Continue Reading

Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford named a finalist for boxing’s most prestigious award

Terence “Bud” Crawford has a chance to win boxing’s most prestigious award for the second time. The Omaha native considered to be one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world is one of five finalists for the 2017 Sugar Ray Robinson Award. He’s joined by fellow nominees Mikey Garcia, Anthony Joshua, Vasiliy Lomachenko and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. Members of the Boxing Writers Association of America will vote on the award over the next month, and the winner will be announced in February. The recipient of the award will be honored at the BWAA awards dinner in the spring. Should Crawford win the award again, he’d join an impressive list of repeat recipients that includes Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, among others. Crawford was also named ESPN’s fighter of the year this week for the second time. Crawford first won the BWAA’s fighter of the year award in 2014. He was the lightweight world champion at the time with victories that year against Ricky Burns, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Raymundo Beltran. He then moved up a weight class in 2015 and continued his dominance. Crawford’s career is in a similar place as 2014. Crawford is moving up to the welterweight division after earning the title of undisputed junior welterweight world champion this year. Crawford became just the third undisputed world champion of the four-belt era when he knocked out Julius Indongo at Pinnacle Bank Arena in August. Crawford also defeated Felix Diaz at Madison Square Garden in May. Crawford — with a career record of 32-0 and 23 knockouts — is expected to fight WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn, an Australian, in his next bout. Details for that fight have not been officially announced, but it’s expected to take place in Las Vegas this spring, possibly in April. Horn, who has never fought in the U.S. as a professional, is undefeated with 12 knockouts Continue Reading

Discover: Government details

0 View Gallery  View Comments COLORADO GOVERNOR GOV. JOHN HICKENLOOPER 200 E. Colfax Ave., No. 136 Denver, CO 80203 1-303-866-2885, U.S. SENATE SEN. CORY GARDNER Republican 999 18th St., Suite 1525 1-303-391-5777 In Washington, D.C.: 354 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 1-202-224-5941 SEN. MICHAEL BENNET Democrat 1127 Sherman St., Suite 150 1-303-455-7600, In Washington, D.C.: 261 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 1-202-224-5852 U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REP. DOUG LAMBORN R-Colorado Springs Lamborn represents Colorado's 5th Congressional District, which includes El Paso, Teller, Lake, Chaffee and Fremont counties. 1125 Kelly Johnson Blvd., Suite 330 520-0055, In Washington, D.C.: 2402 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 1-202-225-4422 COLORADO LEGISLATURE STATE SENATE SD 2: KEVIN GRANTHAM R-Cañon City 1-303-866-4877, [email protected] SD 9: KENT LAMBERT R-Colorado Springs 1-303-866-4835, [email protected] SD 10: OWEN HILL R-Colorado Springs 1-303-866-2737, [email protected] SD 11: MICHAEL MERRIFIELD 719-460-0580, [email protected] SD 12: BILL CADMAN R-Colorado Springs 1-303-866-4880, [email protected] STATE HOUSE HD 14: DAN NORDBERG R-Colorado Springs 1-303-866-2965, [email protected] HD 15: GORDON KLINGENSCHMITT R-Colorado Springs 1-303-866-5525, klin[email protected] HD 16: JANAK JOSHI R-Colorado Springs 1-303-866-2937, [email protected] HD 17: CATHERINE "KIT" ROUPE R-Colorado Springs 1-303-866-3069, [email protected] HD 18: PETE LEE D-Colorado Springs 1-303-866-2932, [email protected] HD 19: PAUL LUNDEEN R-Monument 1-303-866-2924, [email protected] HD 20: TERRI CARVER R-Colorado Springs 1-303-866-2191, [email protected] HD 21: LOIS LANDGRAF R-Fountain 1-303-866-2946, Continue Reading

Win some, lose some: 2017 was the Year of the Exit for many Colorado tech companies

Three years ago, the Artifact Uprising team was in an anxious haze as the Denver startup made one of the biggest decisions it would face: The Exit. The photo-book site founded by two sisters in 2012 was acquired in January 2015 by a Bay Area firm seven times its size. Artifact Uprising quickly found out what it’s like to be part of a larger company. “Goodness, when you start a company — and remember, we were bootstrapped — it was just eight to 10 of us doing everything we could to keep the business running at a very rapid rate,” said Brad Kopitz, then-chief revenue officer and now the company’s CEO.  “We didn’t even have health care.” As it turned out, health care and additional resources from Oakland, Calif., owner Visual Supply Co. helped the company make its next big decision in September: A new exit. Local management partnered with private equity firm Digital Fuel and bought the company back. “Great companies have multiple exits because they continue to grow,” said Kopitz, who now oversees a staff of 50. “That’s the problem with entrepreneurs. They think they can build a company and exit and then sit on a beach for the rest of their life. But if you grow it, it will get to the next phase. This is our next phase. We’re now building for our next exit.” The Exit was a constant theme among Denver-area businesses in 2017 and not just among startups. CH2M, one of the state’s largest private companies, became a Dallas-based company as of Monday. Level 3 Communications, which has called Broomfield home since 1998, is now owned by CenturyLink and headquartered in Monroe, La. Comcast/NBC Universal snapped up Craftsy in May. Many buyers were out-of-state corporations, but there appears to be less concern than in the past that what was built in Denver isn’t staying in Denver. “The way I describe Colorado to outsiders is that there is a Continue Reading

New Yorkers at 2012 London Olympics go for the gold

They range in age from 17 to 37, perform in sports as popular as swimming and technically demanding as the triple jump and each carry hopes of leaving the 2012 Olympic Games with a medal around their neck. For these 21 athletes with New York ties, the next two weeks will provide the ultimate test of endurance in their discipline. Here are the locals to keep an eye on in London.   SWIMMING Al Bello/Getty Images Lia Neal gets set for the start of preliminary heat 15 of the Women's 50 m Freestyle during Day Six of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials at CenturyLink Center on July 1, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska. Lia Neal: Born in Brooklyn, molded in Manhattan, Neal, a rising senior at Convent of the Sacred Heart on the Upper East Side, elicits attention for her background (the second African-American female swimmer to reach the Olympics) but her speed is sublime. Look for Neal to assist the 4x100 freestyle relay team in battling the Australians and Dutch for space on the podium. Her inexperience will be balanced with the battle-tested resume of Natalie Coughlin, a three-time Olympian with 11 medals. At 17, Neal will be expected to establish herself in London, then build on the experience in Rio come 2016 when Brazil hosts the world's best. Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Cullen Jones of the United States competes in the Men's 50m Butterfly heats during Day Nine of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 24, 2011 in Shanghai, China. Cullen Jones: Blink and you’ll miss Jones blitzing across the million-gallon pool. The fastest American sprinter, Jones, from the Bronx, once nearly drowned as a five-year-old, but built up the confidence to overcome any nightmares. In London, he will compete in the 50-meter and 100-meter races at the Aquatic Center, carrying America’s best hopes for a gold in the events. He relished the underdog role at the U.S. Swim Trials in Omaha earlier this month, and again will push Continue Reading

Broncos’ Brandon Marshall loses another sponsor, will continue to kneel during anthem

DENVER — CenturyLink has parted ways with Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall. This is the latest endorsement he has lost following his decision to kneel during the national anthem last week."We completely respect Brandon Marshall's personal decision and right to take an action to support something in which he strongly believes," CenturyLink said in a statement. "America is anchored in the right of individuals to express their beliefs. While we acknowledge Brandon's right, we also believe that whatever issues we face, we also occasionally must stand together to show our allegiance to our common bond as a nation. In our view, the national anthem is one of those moments. For this reason, while we wish Brandon the best this season, we are politely terminating our agreement with him."Marshall told KUSA's Mike Klis that he would kneel during national anthem again Sunday.Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster also said Monday he would continue to kneel during the national anthem after he and three teammates did so Sunday."Yeah," Foster said, according to ESPN. "We still feel the same way."Marshall took a knee during the national before the NFL's season opener on Thursday against the Carolina Panthers, joining Colin Kaepernick in a protest that has garnered national attention.Marshall had previously expressed support for Kaepernick during an interview with the Colorado Springs Gazette. He says his family and teammate Virgil Green were the only ones who knew about his plan to kneel.“The message is that I’m against social injustice,” Marshall told reporters after the game. “I’m not against the military, police or America at all. I’m against social injustice and I feel like this is the right thing to do.“I feel like this is the right platform. This is our only platform you know, to really be heard, and I feel a lot of times, people want us to just shut up and entertain them, shut up and play Continue Reading