<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - government]]> http://gazette.com/rss/government Fri, 22 May 2015 16:13:45 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Calhan public works director quits amid water investigation]]> http://gazette.com/calhan-public-works-director-quits-amid-water-investigation/article/1552330?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/calhan-public-works-director-quits-amid-water-investigation/article/1552330?custom_click=rss

Calhan public works director Greg Maggard submitted his letter of resignation Thursday, the town clerk confirmed.

"Thank you for the opportunities for professional and personal development," Maggard's letter says. "I have enjoyed working for the town of Calhan and appreciate the support provided me during my tenure."

Maggard did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Maggard's resignation, effective June 4, comes as the Colorado Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations of water theft in the town at the request of the Calhan Police Department.

L.J. Mott, an engineer and the District 2 director for the Upper Big Sandy Ground Water Management District, said he believes as much as 2.

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]]> Calhan public works director Greg Maggard submitted his letter of resignation Thursday, the town clerk confirmed.

"Thank you for the opportunities for professional and personal development," Maggard's letter says. "I have enjoyed working for the town of Calhan and appreciate the support provided me during my tenure."

Maggard did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Maggard's resignation, effective June 4, comes as the Colorado Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations of water theft in the town at the request of the Calhan Police Department.

L.J. Mott, an engineer and the District 2 director for the Upper Big Sandy Ground Water Management District, said he believes as much as 2.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 04:10:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs potholes a big topic at councilman's first town hall]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-potholes-a-big-topic-at-councilmans-first-town-hall/article/1552336?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-potholes-a-big-topic-at-councilmans-first-town-hall/article/1552336?custom_click=rss

They may represent only a sliver of Colorado Springs residents, but the 20 or so civic-minded citizens who attended Thursday evening's town hall all agreed on one thing.

They want a higher property tax, not a sales tax, to tackle the city's $1.2 billion infrastructure backlog.

Most recognize that the property tax is more fair to low-income people, said Ellen Johnson-Fay.

As for the sales tax, she said: "It's immoral."

Councilman Bill Murray promised during his campaign to hold evening meetings for citizens who can't attend council meetings at 1 p.m. Tuesdays.



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They may represent only a sliver of Colorado Springs residents, but the 20 or so civic-minded citizens who attended Thursday evening's town hall all agreed on one thing.

They want a higher property tax, not a sales tax, to tackle the city's $1.2 billion infrastructure backlog.

Most recognize that the property tax is more fair to low-income people, said Ellen Johnson-Fay.

As for the sales tax, she said: "It's immoral."

Councilman Bill Murray promised during his campaign to hold evening meetings for citizens who can't attend council meetings at 1 p.m. Tuesdays.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 21:20:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Justice Department eyes voting reforms for American Indians]]> http://gazette.com/justice-department-eyes-voting-reforms-for-american-indians/article/1552321?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/justice-department-eyes-voting-reforms-for-american-indians/article/1552321?custom_click=rss FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking legislation that would require state and local election officials to work with American Indian tribes to locate at least one polling place on or near each tribe's land.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the changes are needed because "significant and unnecessary barriers" exist for American Indians and Alaska Natives who want to cast ballots. American Indians sometimes have to travel great distances to vote, face language barriers and, in places like Alaska, do not have the same amount of time to vote as others.

The Justice Department outlined its proposal in letters Thursday to House Speaker John Boehner and Vice President Joe Biden, after a year of



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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking legislation that would require state and local election officials to work with American Indian tribes to locate at least one polling place on or near each tribe's land.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the changes are needed because "significant and unnecessary barriers" exist for American Indians and Alaska Natives who want to cast ballots. American Indians sometimes have to travel great distances to vote, face language barriers and, in places like Alaska, do not have the same amount of time to vote as others.

The Justice Department outlined its proposal in letters Thursday to House Speaker John Boehner and Vice President Joe Biden, after a year of

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Thu, 21 May 2015 16:35:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Hickenlooper calls Jeffco snub a 'partisan' move]]> http://gazette.com/hickenlooper-calls-jeffco-snub-a-partisan-move/article/1552270?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hickenlooper-calls-jeffco-snub-a-partisan-move/article/1552270?custom_click=rss

LAKEWOOD - Gov. John Hickenlooper fired back at a perceived snub from Jefferson County Schools on Wednesday after two high schools refused to let him hold a bill-signing ceremony on school property.

"The last time I was at Lakewood High School, Katy Perry was there and somehow she wasn't a risk," Hickenlooper told a crowd gathered for the bill signing at a historic one-room schoolhouse owned by the city of Lakewood. "I fear, I'm not sure, but I fear that it's a reflection that education has become more polarized and more partisan."

Lisa Pinto, spokeswoman for Jeffco Public Schools, said in a statement that this is the final week of school filled with testing and graduation ceremonies.

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"The last time I was at Lakewood High School, Katy Perry was there and somehow she wasn't a risk," Hickenlooper told a crowd gathered for the bill signing at a historic one-room schoolhouse owned by the city of Lakewood. "I fear, I'm not sure, but I fear that it's a reflection that education has become more polarized and more partisan."

Lisa Pinto, spokeswoman for Jeffco Public Schools, said in a statement that this is the final week of school filled with testing and graduation ceremonies.]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 04:05:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado to spend $1.2 million for wildfire prediction system]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-to-spend-1.2-million-for-wildfire-prediction-system/article/1552242?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-to-spend-1.2-million-for-wildfire-prediction-system/article/1552242?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Colorado will spend $1.2 million over the next two years on a "revolutionary" fire prediction system that uses atmospheric weather data to predict the behavior of wildfires up to 18 hours in advance.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1129 on Wednesday afternoon at a fire station in Arvada, implementing one of several bills lawmakers drafted in response to wildfires in El Paso County and elsewhere.

"This bill will predict the intensity and the direction of fires 12 to 18 hours ahead of time. That is really important so we know where to direct our planes, the aircraft we had a bill for last year, and our firefighters," said Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, who introduced the bill. "This is really



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DENVER - Colorado will spend $1.2 million over the next two years on a "revolutionary" fire prediction system that uses atmospheric weather data to predict the behavior of wildfires up to 18 hours in advance.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1129 on Wednesday afternoon at a fire station in Arvada, implementing one of several bills lawmakers drafted in response to wildfires in El Paso County and elsewhere.

"This bill will predict the intensity and the direction of fires 12 to 18 hours ahead of time. That is really important so we know where to direct our planes, the aircraft we had a bill for last year, and our firefighters," said Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, who introduced the bill. "This is really

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Thu, 21 May 2015 04:05:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Suthers wastes no time getting ready to be next Colorado Springs mayor]]> http://gazette.com/suthers-wastes-no-time-getting-ready-to-be-next-colorado-springs-mayor/article/1552245?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/suthers-wastes-no-time-getting-ready-to-be-next-colorado-springs-mayor/article/1552245?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs Mayor-elect John Suthers has hit the ground running, and his dizzying schedule won't slow anytime soon.

About 14 hours after his election victory Tuesday night, Suthers kicked off his whirlwind Wednesday by doing a gazette.com interview with Council President Merv Bennett. Suthers then met with outgoing Mayor Steve Bach for two hours before announcing his new chief of staff at an afternoon press conference.

County Administrator Jeff Greene will move into that slot as soon as the city and county determine a timetable, said Suthers said, who will be sworn in on June 2.

Asked about other appointments, Suthers recalled his transitions into the District Attorney's Office, the U.S.



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Colorado Springs Mayor-elect John Suthers has hit the ground running, and his dizzying schedule won't slow anytime soon.

About 14 hours after his election victory Tuesday night, Suthers kicked off his whirlwind Wednesday by doing a gazette.com interview with Council President Merv Bennett. Suthers then met with outgoing Mayor Steve Bach for two hours before announcing his new chief of staff at an afternoon press conference.

County Administrator Jeff Greene will move into that slot as soon as the city and county determine a timetable, said Suthers said, who will be sworn in on June 2.

Asked about other appointments, Suthers recalled his transitions into the District Attorney's Office, the U.S.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 23:18:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Hickenlooper signs bills that reduce amount of tests for Colorado students]]> http://gazette.com/hickenlooper-signs-bills-that-reduce-amount-of-tests-for-colorado-students/article/1552235?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hickenlooper-signs-bills-that-reduce-amount-of-tests-for-colorado-students/article/1552235?custom_click=rss

LAKEWOOD - Gov. John Hickenlooper signed two bills Wednesday morning that will reduce the time Colorado students spend taking standardized tests by an estimated 30 hours between kindergarten and graduation.

"This was the bill of the session. It was the most difficult bill, but everyone saw it as the most important," Hickenlooper, a Democrat, told reporters moments after he signed the bills at a historic Lakewood schoolhouse. "Everybody came together and said, 'all right, we are going to reduce testing but make sure we have high standards and good assessments, so we can make sure our students are achieving.



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LAKEWOOD - Gov. John Hickenlooper signed two bills Wednesday morning that will reduce the time Colorado students spend taking standardized tests by an estimated 30 hours between kindergarten and graduation.

"This was the bill of the session. It was the most difficult bill, but everyone saw it as the most important," Hickenlooper, a Democrat, told reporters moments after he signed the bills at a historic Lakewood schoolhouse. "Everybody came together and said, 'all right, we are going to reduce testing but make sure we have high standards and good assessments, so we can make sure our students are achieving.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 23:15:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Video replay: Springs mayor-elect John Suthers, council president Merv Bennett discuss council-mayor relations]]> http://gazette.com/video-replay-springs-mayor-elect-john-suthers-council-president-merv-bennett-discuss-council-mayor-relations/article/1552202?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/video-replay-springs-mayor-elect-john-suthers-council-president-merv-bennett-discuss-council-mayor-relations/article/1552202?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs mayor-elect John Suthers and new City Council President Merv Bennett were in-studio Wednesday to discuss council-mayor relations and plans for the first few months of the new administration.

Tuesday night, Suthers became the mayor- elect of Colorado Springs, defeating Mary Lou Makepeace by a huge margin.

Unofficial results showed Suthers with 67.68 percent of the 95,667 votes counted as of 10 p.m., defeating Makepeace, who garnered 32.32 percent.

"Tonight, the citizens of Colorado Springs have spoken loud and clear," Suthers said, taking the dais at the Gold Room with his wife, Janet. "They want to see Colorado Springs moving again.

"I'm very honored and humbled by



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Colorado Springs mayor-elect John Suthers and new City Council President Merv Bennett were in-studio Wednesday to discuss council-mayor relations and plans for the first few months of the new administration.

Tuesday night, Suthers became the mayor- elect of Colorado Springs, defeating Mary Lou Makepeace by a huge margin.

Unofficial results showed Suthers with 67.68 percent of the 95,667 votes counted as of 10 p.m., defeating Makepeace, who garnered 32.32 percent.

"Tonight, the citizens of Colorado Springs have spoken loud and clear," Suthers said, taking the dais at the Gold Room with his wife, Janet. "They want to see Colorado Springs moving again.

"I'm very honored and humbled by

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Wed, 20 May 2015 11:02:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Voters make emphatic choice of next Colorado Springs mayor]]> http://gazette.com/voters-make-emphatic-choice-of-next-colorado-springs-mayor/article/1552205?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/voters-make-emphatic-choice-of-next-colorado-springs-mayor/article/1552205?custom_click=rss

John Suthers attended city meetings, met with officials and worked as if he expected to be mayor during the six weeks between the city and mayoral runoff elections.

Tuesday night, he became the mayor- elect of Colorado Springs, defeating Mary Lou Makepeace by a huge margin.

Unofficial results showed Suthers with 67.68 percent of the 95,667 votes counted as of 10 p.m., defeating Makepeace, who garnered 32.32 percent.

"Tonight, the citizens of Colorado Springs have spoken loud and clear," Suthers said, taking the dais at the Gold Room with his wife, Janet. "They want to see Colorado Springs moving again.

"I'm very honored and humbled by the support I received.



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John Suthers attended city meetings, met with officials and worked as if he expected to be mayor during the six weeks between the city and mayoral runoff elections.

Tuesday night, he became the mayor- elect of Colorado Springs, defeating Mary Lou Makepeace by a huge margin.

Unofficial results showed Suthers with 67.68 percent of the 95,667 votes counted as of 10 p.m., defeating Makepeace, who garnered 32.32 percent.

"Tonight, the citizens of Colorado Springs have spoken loud and clear," Suthers said, taking the dais at the Gold Room with his wife, Janet. "They want to see Colorado Springs moving again.

"I'm very honored and humbled by the support I received.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 06:50:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Forward waiting to make key hire]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-forward-waiting-to-make-key-hire/article/1552174?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-forward-waiting-to-make-key-hire/article/1552174?custom_click=rss Colorado Springs Forward has stalled its search for a CEO until the new mayor and City Council have had time to set a direction for the city, the group announced Tuesday.

"The group will remain very active, but we will wait to hire our next CEO based on the direction determined over the next several months, as this will significantly impact the desired candidate qualifications and skill set in our next CEO," Lynette Crow-Iverson, the group's board chairwoman, said in a news release.

For now, Springs Forward will rely more on its consultants. The nonprofit works to promote City for Champions, help the community revive the economy, bring about effective government, invest in infrastructure, support local military and keep

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"The group will remain very active, but we will wait to hire our next CEO based on the direction determined over the next several months, as this will significantly impact the desired candidate qualifications and skill set in our next CEO," Lynette Crow-Iverson, the group's board chairwoman, said in a news release.

For now, Springs Forward will rely more on its consultants. The nonprofit works to promote City for Champions, help the community revive the economy, bring about effective government, invest in infrastructure, support local military and keep]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 04:10:42 -0600 <![CDATA[7 things you might not know about Makepeace and Suthers]]> http://gazette.com/7-things-you-might-not-know-about-makepeace-and-suthers/article/1552194?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/7-things-you-might-not-know-about-makepeace-and-suthers/article/1552194?custom_click=rss

With the Colorado Springs mayoral election all but decided, here are seven things you might not know about candidates John Suthers and Mary Lou Makepeace:

- Mayor-elect Suthers wears Wranglers to casual events.

- Makepeace is a "soccer grandma" who raises her 10-year-old grandson.

- Neither candidate will tell reporters bad things about their opponent.

- Both are long-time Republicans, but the city election is a nonpartisan race.

- Makepeace wants "pot for potholes" - allowing recreational marijuana sales in the city to boost tax dollars to fix roads.

- Suthers, a long-time prosecutor, doesn't want those sales in town.



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With the Colorado Springs mayoral election all but decided, here are seven things you might not know about candidates John Suthers and Mary Lou Makepeace:

- Mayor-elect Suthers wears Wranglers to casual events.

- Makepeace is a "soccer grandma" who raises her 10-year-old grandson.

- Neither candidate will tell reporters bad things about their opponent.

- Both are long-time Republicans, but the city election is a nonpartisan race.

- Makepeace wants "pot for potholes" - allowing recreational marijuana sales in the city to boost tax dollars to fix roads.

- Suthers, a long-time prosecutor, doesn't want those sales in town.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 21:45:07 -0600
<![CDATA[John Suthers to be next Colorado Springs mayor]]> http://gazette.com/john-suthers-to-be-next-colorado-springs-mayor/article/1552130?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/john-suthers-to-be-next-colorado-springs-mayor/article/1552130?custom_click=rss

ELECTION DAY

Non-registered voters who want to participate in the Colorado Springs mayoral runoff election can register and obtain a ballot on election day at the City Clerk's office, 30 S. Nevada Ave. The clerk's office also has replacement ballots. For a complete list of ballot drop-off locations, go to gazette.com/elections.

The first results of the election are expected to be announced around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. The Gazette will broadcast the announcement live at gazette.com. On Wednesday morning, gazette.com will show a live video with the mayor-elect and new City Council President Merv Bennett as they discuss Council-mayor relations and plans for the first few months of the new administration.



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ELECTION DAY

Non-registered voters who want to participate in the Colorado Springs mayoral runoff election can register and obtain a ballot on election day at the City Clerk's office, 30 S. Nevada Ave. The clerk's office also has replacement ballots. For a complete list of ballot drop-off locations, go to gazette.com/elections.

The first results of the election are expected to be announced around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. The Gazette will broadcast the announcement live at gazette.com. On Wednesday morning, gazette.com will show a live video with the mayor-elect and new City Council President Merv Bennett as they discuss Council-mayor relations and plans for the first few months of the new administration.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 21:44:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado governor signs education bills to boost workforce development]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-governor-signs-education-bills-to-boost-workforce-development/article/1552131?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-governor-signs-education-bills-to-boost-workforce-development/article/1552131?custom_click=rss DENVER - Colorado students could soon be able to graduate in six years with a high school diploma and an associate's degree - all on the state's dime.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Monday that allows a workforce development program to come to Colorado known as P-TECH, for Pathways in Technology Early College High School. The model was developed in Brooklyn as a partnership of IBM, two New York colleges and the New York City Department of Education.

Under House Bill 1270, the state Education Department would be able to authorize local school districts to partner with higher education facilities and a technology-based industry leader to begin offering the six-year program in 2016.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Monday that allows a workforce development program to come to Colorado known as P-TECH, for Pathways in Technology Early College High School. The model was developed in Brooklyn as a partnership of IBM, two New York colleges and the New York City Department of Education.

Under House Bill 1270, the state Education Department would be able to authorize local school districts to partner with higher education facilities and a technology-based industry leader to begin offering the six-year program in 2016.]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 04:10:07 -0600 <![CDATA[9 oil well deaths, 3 in Colorado, lead to warning about inhaling chemicals]]> http://gazette.com/9-oil-well-deaths-3-in-colorado-lead-to-warning-about-inhaling-chemicals/article/1552087?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/9-oil-well-deaths-3-in-colorado-lead-to-warning-about-inhaling-chemicals/article/1552087?custom_click=rss DENVER — Federal officials have issued a warning about the danger of inhaling chemicals at oil wells following the deaths of nine workers in the past five years.

All the deaths involved people at crude production tanks. Colorado and North Dakota each had three deaths, and Texas, Oklahoma and Montana each had one death.

Most were initially considered to be due to natural causes or heart failure, but the men were later found to have all inhaled toxic amounts of hydrocarbon chemicals after tank gauging — taking measurements of oil or other byproducts in the tank — or takings samples of oil for testing, The Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1dfixDF) reported Monday.

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DENVER — Federal officials have issued a warning about the danger of inhaling chemicals at oil wells following the deaths of nine workers in the past five years.

All the deaths involved people at crude production tanks. Colorado and North Dakota each had three deaths, and Texas, Oklahoma and Montana each had one death.

Most were initially considered to be due to natural causes or heart failure, but the men were later found to have all inhaled toxic amounts of hydrocarbon chemicals after tank gauging — taking measurements of oil or other byproducts in the tank — or takings samples of oil for testing, The Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1dfixDF) reported Monday.

All the workers were alone or not being

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Mon, 18 May 2015 15:06:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado governor signs rules that limit medical pot growers]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-governor-signs-rules-that-limit-medical-pot-growers/article/1552062?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-governor-signs-rules-that-limit-medical-pot-growers/article/1552062?custom_click=rss DENVER — Colorado's governor signed into law a crackdown on medical marijuana Monday, one of two measures designed to ferret out people improperly using and selling untaxed marijuana.

The law limits caregivers, those who grow pot on behalf of patients, to 99 plants. The change means that some high-volume caregivers will face the same oversight as commercial growers, paying licensing fees and undergoing background checks.

The new rules have support from the recreational pot industry, which has complained that light regulation on Colorado's caregivers has invited black-market growers who don't face residency requirements, background checks or commercial "seed-to-sale" tracking used to ensure pot plants are grown and



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DENVER — Colorado's governor signed into law a crackdown on medical marijuana Monday, one of two measures designed to ferret out people improperly using and selling untaxed marijuana.

The law limits caregivers, those who grow pot on behalf of patients, to 99 plants. The change means that some high-volume caregivers will face the same oversight as commercial growers, paying licensing fees and undergoing background checks.

The new rules have support from the recreational pot industry, which has complained that light regulation on Colorado's caregivers has invited black-market growers who don't face residency requirements, background checks or commercial "seed-to-sale" tracking used to ensure pot plants are grown and

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Mon, 18 May 2015 15:01:55 -0600