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DID YOU EVER WONDER: George W. missing; 'intersection birds'

June 18, 2010

Why does The Broadmoor not have George W. Bush’s picture in its photo gallery in the west wing.  He stayed there during his last speech at the AFA graduation.
— David Begin

ANSWER: “We only post photos with the permission of the subject,” said the resort’s communications director Allison Scott. “If President George W. Bush chose not to have a photo taken (or his people did), then we respect that request. His father is on the wall.

There are many politicians and celebrities who have stayed with us and asked not to have their photo posted. Some have offered us publicity photos, but our photos must be shot here and by either a (official photographer Bob) McIntyre family member or a photographer they have approved in their place.”

President Bush has stayed at the hotel on a number of occasions. We have no idea if one particular occasion had anything to do with him not putting his photo on the wall, but it has been documented extensively in books and newspaper articles. It was July 1986 and “Dub Yuh” and several of his Texas cronies were at the resort celebrating turning 40. Goodness, yes, were the boys celebrating. The next morning, Bush had a major hangover and felt even worse during his routine morning run, this one at high altitude. Then and there, with a firm nudge from his wife (and, he says, a religious epiphany), George W. Bush and alcohol parted ways for good.

Dive-bombing intersection birds

OK, what’s up with these “intersection birds”? At almost every busy intersection in Colorado Springs there are all these birds!  They dive and dodge at the cars and fly by so quickly I can’t really tell what kind of bird they are. Why are they here, why do they fly into the traffic, what the heck kind of bird are they, but most of all, when do they leave?
— Pat Sonzogni

ANSWER: Last things first: they’re not leaving because they live here. However, it will all calm down when miller-moth season is over, according to the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Birds group together at intersections. You’ll see starlings at one intersection, swallows at others and different species at others. As the cars stop and then take off at intersections, the miller moths come fluttering out and the diving birds have a feast.

Saving rain water

I was wondering about the legality of rainwater barrel collection systems.
There was an article in the paper about this topic but I wasn’t exactly sure what it implied. Are they legal or we still living in the dark ages and not able to use this free and available commodity?
— Ron Sherman

ANSWER: No, rainwater collection isn’t legal under Colorado water law. The rain  might be free but it’s not available.

The water falling onto your property will eventually get into streams and creeks and is already owned by senior water right holders downstream. It has been that way since the mid-1800s and you would be stealing from the rightful owner.

Some state law changes were made in 2009 but they’re restrictive. Your residence would have to be connected to a domestic water supply system serving three or fewer single-family dwellings. If this fits your situation and you want to put a barrel under the rain spout you must purchase a permit from the State Engineer’s office and what you do is subject to “water usage restrictions.”


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