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Celebrate Taylor Swift’s lessons on love and life at Taylor Fest in Colorado – Colorado Springs Gazette11.30.21

A decade ago, a woman wise beyond her 21 years scribbled down these words: That idea you had of me, who was she?

They were directed at someone who broke her heart in what felt like the worst way: casually and cruel. Perhaps she was also writing to anyone ever who had lazily landed on a half-hearted (or, worse, deeply sexist) impression of the real her and her undeniable success.

When you are Taylor Swift, anyone ever is a lot of people. This is someone who has the capacity to get a Starbucks drink named in her honor, perform as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, release a 30-song album called Red (Taylors Version) with an accompanying short film and, just as a side note, send me down the rabbit hole of reliving all of my past relationships in a span of one weekend. Even though none of us will ever do that much in one weekend, Swifts multilayered brilliance is often reduced to ideas about who she wrote the song about.

We all know the worn-out jokes and the eye-rolls that follow Swift around, which is something Ive written about before.

This ones not for the haters, though, because life and word counts are too precious to spend trying to convince people that some of the music you love most in this world, and music that has proven itself via the biggest awards and fan-made power-points and the tears of Carole King and a Beatles comparison from Billy Joel, deserves its place in this world.

This ones about what Taylor Alison Swift brings to this world, which is so much that well be untangling the threads of her scarf metaphors for years.

Lets start with why were talking about this now. That seemingly simple question that idea you had of me, who was she? is among lyrics just now entering the holy ground of Swiftisms via the remade version of Red, released this month as part of Swifts industry-changing quest to own her own masters.

These lyrics are part of the much talked about and never-before-heard extended version of All Too Well, which fans and critics have declared an example of Swift at her best.

When Swift sings about that idea of me, she turns it over to us in that universal way she does best. Weve all felt the sting of someone reducing us into a smaller or one-dimensional version of who we are. For Swift, this is nothing new.

Oh, shes 16? She cant possibly write her own lyrics. She writes about crying in the bathroom? Shes so dramatic. She sings something in a silly voice? Shes definitely not in on the joke.

Who was she, anyway? She was the girl who became a superstar by playing her feelings on a guitar only to be torn down into the girl who just has a lot of feelings.

Swift responds to this by turning punchlines into wordplay. She responds by showing us how a woman can achieve huge things by feeling it all and not feeling small and not saying sorry. She teaches us that the feelings you carry, no matter how big and no matter now messy, are nothing but an avenue to your wildest dreams.

This is how Kate Kennedy, a popular podcast host who turned her live events into full-on Taylor Swift dance parties, put it: Her albums allow fans to experience their own joy and to process normal experiences of the human condition in a way that women have been made fun of for eternity.

And this is one reason Ive found myself tied to Swift like an invisible string for 15 years of my life.

I didnt know as a teenager just how much shed keep pulling me along. But I know now that if you just jump into the universe (Taylors Version), it will work in mysterious ways.

She sings about plaid shirts so thats what someone will be wearing every time you fall in love. It will usually happen in the fall. Maybe you and Taylor started drinking Old-Fashioneds in 2016. You get an All Too Well tattoo and your ribs get broken just in time for the re-release All Too Well. You will meet someone new who wears a plaid shirt. You will not only live many states of grace and grief, but learn to appreciate them more.

I do not make the rules of this universe, but Im far from the only one with a list of lyrics that feel all too relatable. This is the gift of Swift.

When I attend Taylor Fest at the Bluebird Theatre in Denver, one of many fan appreciation events that have popped over the years where you simply dance and sing along to Swift music, Ill be celebrating my 29th birthday. Ive decided to keep these words of Swifts in mind over the next year: I wanna be defined by the things that I love. Not the things I hate.

But first, I will spend a night around people who know all the words about feeling happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time. No one will be afraid to feel too much.

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Fans joke Summer Walkers face tattoo is for Larry Hoover – HITC11.30.21

Summer Walker has caused quite a stir with her new face tattoo.

The singer revealed on Instagram that she got the word Larry tattooed above her eyebrow, leaving fans very confused.

Its actually dedicated to her boyfriend LVRD Pharaoh, who also got her name Summer tattooed on his face.

However, jokes have been flooding Twitter that its for Larry Hoover

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Larry Hoover is a 70-year-old American gang leader who co-founded the Chicago street gang Gangster Disciples.

He is currently incarcerated at the ADX Florence Prison in Florence, Colorado where he is serving six life sentences.

Larry was sentenced to 150200 years in prison for ordering the murder of a drug dealer in 1973.

An investigation into the murder and other gang-related crimes went on for 17 years until he was finally convicted in 1995.

After Summer Walker revealed her Larry tattoo, some fans began joking that it was for Larry Hoover, whilst others thought it really was dedicated to the incarcerated criminal.

Rapper Kanye West is currently campaigning for Larrys release as he believes he has served enough prison time for his crimes and is even holding a concert next month to raise awareness of it.

So, people might have thought that Summer was joining in with the campaigning too. Just to be clear, shes not. The tattoo has nothing to do with Larry Hoover.

One person wrote on Twitter: Maybe Summer Walker just really wants Larry Hoover free lmfaooooooo.

I thought Summer Walkers tattoo was for Larry Hoover, said another.

A third person joked: Im glad Summer Walker is really getting behind this Larry Hoover movement.



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The tattoo isnt for Larry Hoover at all, its for her boyfriend Larry aka LVRD Pharaoh.

LVRD Pharaoh is a musician who just released his debut album The KING N The PROPHET.

He has 62,000 followers on Instagram, and Summer announced the relationship back in August.

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The Oatman Massacre: Rescued by the Mojave – InMaricopa.com11.02.21

This is the second in a series about the massacre of the Oatman family in 1851 after leaving Maricopa Wells.

You will recall that two girls in the Oatman family, 13-year-old Olive and 7-year-old Mary Ann, were left alive and taken as slaves to the village of the men who slaughtered their family. For a nightmarish year, the two girls suffered mistreatment and deprivation at the hands of their captors.

We will relive the next chapter in the Oatman girls history from Olives perspective.You are Olive Oatman. You are now 14 years old. You have been a slave in the village of your captors for a year, suffering abuse, overwork and hunger, still carrying fresh in your mind the horror of the slaughter of your parents and siblings, which you and your little sister, Mary Ann, now 8 years old, were forced to witness.

Each new day brings the prospect of more labor as you and Mary Ann are forced to perform the most arduous tasks. You pray constantly for rescue from this nightmare existence, but white men never visit this remote village and as the days, weeks and months pass, your hope fades.

One day, a group of people belonging to the Mojave (Mohave) tribe visits the village where you and Mary Ann are being held. The Mojave tribal leader, Espaniola, and his wife are among the group. Espaniolas wife, Aespano, asks her husband to buy you and your sister from your captors. Initially he is told you are not for sale, but, at his wifes insistence, he increases the offer until a deal is struck. You are traded for some vegetables, a few blankets, miscellaneous trinkets and two horses.

There is no tearful farewell when you and Mary Ann leave the village of the men who butchered your family and enslaved you.

You now have to walk with your new owners to their home, several hundred miles away, on the banks of the Colorado River near what is now Needles, California. Topeka, the daughter of Espaniola and Aespano, shows you kindness something you have grown unaccustomed to. She gives you blankets to sleep on and makes some leather soles to protect your feet.

Rather than abusing and enslaving you, the Mojaves celebrate your arrival and give you a small lodge to live in. The family adopts you and Mary Ann. Espaniola tells the people, Let everyone help raise them. If they are sick, tend to them. Treat them well.

The tribe prospers and you are given a plot of land to farm and accepted as members of the tribe. They give you the name Aliutman, a derivation of your real surname, and they tattoo your lower face with the blue markings of their tribe.

You and Mary Ann become very close to your adoptive parents and sister, and you master the Mojave language quickly. Your new life is a striking contrast to the life of slavery and abuse endured for the past year. You have plenty of food, you play games and swim in the Colorado River. Even though you work your little plot of land, you enjoy hours of rest and freedom every day.

But despite the pleasantness of a new life, Mary Ann is unable to release the trauma of her familys slaughter. She cannot stop grieving. She is frequently ill and often too weak to work. Her poor health is a constant concern to you.

In 1855, four years after the massacre, there is a season of drought. Crops fail and many of the Mojave tribe die of starvation. It is a time of great suffering. You are now 18 and Mary Ann is 11. You have clung to each other and formed a bond of love and mutual dependence that few people could ever understand.

Mary Anns health worsens, and despite all you and Aespano do to try to save her, she dies of starvation. Before dying, she tells you she knows that caring for her has been a great burden to you and she believes you will be better off after her death. Your grief over her loss can only be imagined. Kind-hearted Aespano is nearly inconsolable.

It is the Mojave custom to cremate their dead, but you are allowed to lay your little sister to rest after the manner of your own people. You bury her in the little garden you have tended together.

The famine becomes more severe. More people die. You are suffering from advanced malnutrition and with the loss of Mary Ann, you long for death. Aespano is determined she will not lose you like your sister. In an act of unselfish love that probably saves your life, she unearths a stash of cornmeal she has been hoarding and gives it to you. Your strength returns and soon you are able to resume working in your garden.

But, once again, your life is about to change. A man named Francisco, who is a member of another tribe, tells the post commander at Fort Yuma that he knows your whereabouts. The commander accepts his offer to act as a representative of the U.S. government and negotiate for your return to White society.

At first Espaniola resists, but in days of talks Francisco makes threats of retaliation by the army. Espaniola, who had heard stories of how troops from Fort Yuma attacked a neighboring tribe, killing the men and burning the village, fears for his people and is forced to accede.

You, Olive Oatman, have accepted your new life. You have become part of a family part of a tribe. You have nearly forgotten how to speak English, and now, when you learn that once again your future has been decided by others, you burst into tears.

To be continued in the December edition of InMaricopa magazine.

C.M. Curtis, American Western author and historian, is the best-selling author of 11 books, including eight westerns. His books can be found on and

This story was first published in the November edition of InMaricopa magazine.

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Boebert’s Husband’s Lewd Past Once Again Resurfaces Amid January 6th Speculations – HillReporter.com09.04.21

Its not a secret that Rep. Lauren Boebert (Q-CO) is married to a man with a criminal record, but for obvious reasons, Boebert has never publicly acknowledged it because then it would also bring up the comparisons of her own rap sheet. But her husband, Jayson Steven Boebert, has complicated his wifes political career recently after reports that the right-wing congresswoman failed to disclose Jaysons highly-paid work in the natural gas industry while she was serving on the House Natural Resources Committee, which directly oversees regulation of that business.

Then theres the January 2004 incident when Jayson Boebert was 24. He was arrested for exposing himself to two young women at a Colorado bowling alley. His future wife Lauren Roberts (as she was then known), who was 17 at the time, was also present and was told she was no longer welcome at the bowling alley.Jayson Boebert pled guilty to public indecency and lewd exposure after that incident and was sentenced to a mere four days in jail with a subsequent two years on probation.

A witness statement was written at the time by one of the two young women involved in the bowling alley incident, who still lives in Lauren Boeberts congressional district. She wrote that after harassing a third person identified as Nora, Jayson Boebert told Coombs and another young woman that he had a tattoo on his penis.

According to the statement, we were standing at the snack bar, and (the other victim) came up and looked at my tattoo on my back, and she pulled down her sock and said, look, my tattoo is fading,' she wrote. Then Jayson said I have a tattoo on my dick.' The witness states that she and her friend tried to ignore Boebert, but Then Jayson came up behind us and pulled his penis out of his pants. His thumb was covering the head, and all I saw was the shaft. We turned away and went and told Larry. That refers to Larry McCown, the owner of Fireside Lane in Rifle, Colorado, who called the sheriffs department.

Not long after that incident, Jayson Boebert found himself in trouble with the law again after a domestic violence incident (which has already been widely publicized) involving Lauren before they were married. In February 2004, Jayson Boebert was arrested and charged with harassing and physically assaulting Lauren and was convicted on those charges in November. He did unlawfully strike, shove or kick and subjected her to physical contact, a Garfield County court clerk spokesman told The New York Post in January of 2021. Lauren had her first child later that year; it is unclear whether she was pregnant at the time of the assault.

In 2021, as Lauren Boebert was sworn in as a member of the 117th Congress, Jayson Boebert stood shoulder to shoulder with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Rep. Boeberts most recent financial disclosure forms suggest that Jayson stands to earn nearly $800,000 this year as a gas-drilling consultant for the firm Terra Energy. Those facts, and the apparent conflict of interest they represent, were not mentioned in Boeberts earlier disclosures.

The January 6th Committee has also requested Boeberts phone records along with several other Republican members of Congress to determine their communications from the weeks leading up to and including the day of the insurrection at the Capitol. It is possible Jayson Boebert will also be added to the list, as he was seen with his wife and her mother in Washington, DC, on January 5th during a tour Rep. Boebert gave of the Capitol.


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‘I’ll Fight For The Rest Of My Life’: Elijah McClain’s Mother Reflects On Two Years Since His Death – Colorado Public Radio08.23.21

Even though McClain wasnt suspected of a crime and didnt appear to be armed, officers tackled him to the ground and placed him in two carotid chokeholds. When paramedics arrived, they injected him with the anesthetic ketamine at a much higher dose than appropriate for his size.

McClain had a heart attack on the way to the hospital and never recovered. He was declared brain dead and died a few days later.

At the time, his mother was homeless and living in a hotel with some of her other children. Sheneen McClain first heard from the police over a messenger app. She gave them her phone number. They insisted on coming to pick her up but wouldnt tell her why. Three police cars showed up at the hotel, her children got in one, she got in another. There was also a victims advocate there.

They went to the hospital.

It took about an hour before she saw her son; she said the police had a conference first. When she finally got into the room, where officers were guarding the door, her son was puffy and almost unrecognizable on life support. He had bubble wrap around his torso and gauze around his head. Tubes and devices were coming out of his mouth and nose. His eyes were half open but he wasnt alert.

A treble clef tattoo, representing his love of music, poked out above the bandages on his shoulder.

They kept saying it was his fault. The first thing I heard was Elijah was running through the parking lot, beating on cars recklessly and he was making a lot of noise running up and down the street. And the first thing Im thinking, of course, is, thats not who my son is, Sheneen McClain said. I know how he walks out of the house he wears headphones and doesnt want to be distracted. But I did my best to keep quiet. I let them ask their questions.

She and her children only got a few days with McClain in the hospital before his death. He was 23.

After her son's death, Sheneen McClain began to hold vigils near the spot where the officers stopped him. The actual location was on private property, so she had to cross the street to a weedy swatch of dirt alongside the highway. It was dusty and loud, with traffic roaring ahead. She called the city of Aurora and asked whether it was OK to be there. They said yes, so she went to Dollar Tree and bought solar lights and plastic flowers.

Soon, people she didnt know started showing up, filming her on Facebook Live. Someone mowed the patch of weeds so there were fewer bugs. She started a GoFundMe and she hired a lawyer to sue the city.

Sheneen McClain was achingly lonely even though she was increasingly surrounded by people who said they wanted to help. Weeks after Elijahs death, she spent hours a day crying in her car, so her kids wouldnt see it.

I'm trying to figure out how God allowed this to happen. You know, how could the world be so evil? How could people that are supposed to be hired to save lives do this? she said. It was lonely. There were people that wanted to stand beside me, but I couldn't trust it.

Through all of this, her personal situation remained tenuous. She had been driving for Lyft, but had gotten in a car accident just a few weeks before Elijah was arrested and had lost the car and her job. One of Elijahs co-workers gave her an old car. She continued to live in a hotel with her other kids, heartbroken.

For a long time, there was no movement on her lawsuit and no one in Colorado seemed to care that Aurora police had killed a peaceful massage therapist.

Within three months, the then Adams County District Attorney Dave Young, cleared the officers involved of any wrongdoing.

You know, Colorado was quiet. The politicians in Colorado were quiet, she said. To have politicians out here saying that it was a justified murder, you know, was, was, was very hard to deal with. There wasn't anybody I could talk to. I ended up trying to talk to a few people and it wasn't comforting because they, at some point in time, would end up leaving the scene.

Elijah had dropped out of high school at 17, but his mother said right when he turned 18, he took the GED test and passed without studying.

He enrolled in a massage therapy school and worked at a Little Caesars Pizza. He started reading more. He loved music and had taught himself the violin. At the time of the arrest, he was a massage therapist at Massage Envy and worked at a chiropractors office. His ultimate dream was to live on a cruise ship and work in massage therapy seeing the world while healing people at the same time.

I thought maybe he could go work for the Broncos as a physical therapist and things like that, Sheneen said, But he's like, no, mom, I want to travel the world. And I want to do it with massage therapy.

For much of that first year after her sons death, Sheenen McClain felt like her entire life had been rejected.

As a single mom, raising kids by myself, doing everything I could to make sure Elijah had a future so he didnt become a statistic, and then him being a statistic anyway, she said. It felt like the world had rejected us And then to have the police officers kill my son. Spiritually, I thought that was a rejection too.

Then on May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered in Minnesota. And as protests grew around the country, Elijah McClains death joined the many viral stories in Americas ongoing reckoning with police brutality against unarmed Black people.

For weeks across the metro area, protesters chanted his name, on the steps of the state capitol, in front of the Aurora Municipal Building and up and down Colfax Avenue. Vigils in his honor attracted hundreds and thousands of people. One march ended with demonstrators blockading an Aurora police station for hours.

Federal, state and municipal leaders launched a total of five investigations into McClains death.

Sheneen didnt attend most of the protests, but she was busy online Facebook, Youtube, Instagram talking about Elijahs death. At some point last summer, Sheneen McClain said an activist told her to look at her GoFundMe page, which she had nearly forgotten.

Apparently they were watching the GoFundMe more than I was, she said. And when I checked it out, it had $2.5 million in there.

The donations so long after his death confused her. Where were all the people before? Why didnt anyone help when she could have used the money to bury Elijah? Shed had to cremate him instead. A burial would have made it possible to exhume his body for further investigations, but now it was too late.

I appreciate it. You know, I definitely appreciate it, but I still didn't understand it, she said. He was already gone.

The money did allow her family a new level of stability; she was able to buy a car and a house she decided to move outside of Aurora.

The national attention continued through the summer; at the US Open, tennis player Naomi Osaka wore an Elijah McClain mask. The Denver Nuggets head coach wore a Justice For Elijah McClain T-shirt at a game.

That was awesome, Sheneen said.

She was also invited to help with a police reform bill in the works at the state capitol. Last summer, lawmakers passed it with bipartisan support its political momentum came largely from the protests over her sons death. That new law includes a ban on chokeholds.

It was a bittersweet moment for Sheneen McClain.

I was told that they weren't able to pass that bill before Elijah's death, she said. And I think to myself, if that bill had passed before Elijah's murder, Elijah would still be here. So it just makes me think of all the bad people that are in very powerful, very powerful, seats that do nothing.

With so much happening at once, Sheneen felt increasingly uncomfortable in the spotlight. Word had spread about all the donations, which she called blood money; she started receiving cold calls from people, including members of her own family, asking for money. People wanted her to contribute to organizations that had nothing to do with Elijah. They wanted her to form a foundation. She was getting unsolicited advice from everywhere.

The protesters, too, she felt, were using his name for their own purposes. During one protest downtown, she said people linked his death to the fight over bathroom access for trans people.

They said, Justice for Elijah is justice for this group of people, justice for Elijah is justice for that group of people, she said. I said they definitely need to stop saying it ... because they're not just out here for Elijah, right?

She also discovered people profiting from his death. Someone was selling clothing on Amazon with her sons last words. She found images of him that people had created badly, she said and were selling online.

Sheneen closed ranks even more. She was frustrated that there wasnt any movement in her lawsuit against the city of Aurora and didnt know who to trust.

Earlier this year, she switched lawyers. She donated money to homeless organizations that had helped her family throughout the many years they didnt have a stable place to stay. She also donated to some after-school programs that Elijah had enjoyed including the Boys and Girls Club.

Progress comes with the good and the bad, you know, the pros and the cons, she said. I don't have any friends, you know, a lot of the people that were attaching themselves to me the first year, I don't even communicate with anymore because it ends up being they're only there for the spotlight or the payout. My kids are my best friends. Theyve always been there.

Sheneen McClains civil rights lawsuit is now making progress towards resolution. Investigations probing his death are ongoing they include a statewide grand jury looking into whether the officers did anything illegal.

One report, commissioned by the city of Aurora, found that officers had no reason to lay hands on McClain the night he was walking back from the convenience store.

Sheneen McClains new lawyer, Qusair Mohamedbhai, believes her sons death has the power to move so many people, and inspire such a major culture shift, because of his innocence.

In my entire career doing this for almost 20 years, I have never seen such an innocent young man murdered, Mohamedbhai said. It's really hard to understand. And [the familys] fear and outrage and sadness has taken over our community and our country.

Sheneen said she wants to continue to work on policy and has ideas to improve policing and police oversight, including conflicts of interest with coroners and police officers. McClains autopsy not only failed to determine what specifically caused his death, the pathologist also declined to determine whether his death was caused by another human or the result of natural causes.

CPR News reported last year that the coroner met with police before McClains autopsy and that police investigators were present during the examination.

Sheneen is also in contact with both Congressmen Joe Neguse and Jason Crow about bills they have pending in Congress. One would ban the use of ketamine during arrests. Colorado lawmakers put new controls on the use of ketamine and the state has a temporary moratorium on its use in law enforcement situations.

Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson has also invited Sheneen McClain to talk to a graduating class of cadets. She hasnt decided yet whether to say yes.

I'm thinking about it, she said. I would have an opportunity to impact future police officers it would be nice if they did the right thing but as a whole they havent been.

She continues to defend her sons name from misuse, while also planning to steer clear of protests from here on.

Im not that kind of person, you know, to get on the bullhorn and lead a bunch of people down the street, trying to fight for rights that we shouldnt have to fight for, she said. I know my life matters, but it doesnt matter because Im Black I dont think going down the street talking about Black Lives Matter is a way to get things accomplished.

Sheneen still talks to Elijah. She said sometimes when shes talking to him, the TV will switch on. She knows hes around and watching what happens. She said she has two goals moving forward.

For me, it comes down to the policies and the laws, she said. And Ill fight for the rest of my life to make sure people don't use his name in the wrong way.


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Now for sale on Colfax: Human skulls, animal mounts and other oddities – The Denver Post08.23.21

Growing up in his parents antique shop on South Broadway, Jonathan Alberico always had an eye for the weird or discarded.

Every now and then his dad would let him bid on oddities at auctions, including one of the first pieces of his collection an anatomical heart model.

My parents at first thought it was pretty weird and didnt really understand why, but they never said I wasnt allowed, Alberico said. They allowed me a ton of freedom. Whenever my mom asks why Im so weird, I remind her that she let me watch Aliens when I was 4 years old.

Over the years, he amassed a large collection of unique and rare antiques and started sharing it on online forums, where it garnered a lot of interest. Later, when his home was overflowing with too many oddities, he decided to sell some at a market, and the turnout was incredible, he said.

In 2015, Alberico decided to turn his side hobby into a full-time job and opened The Learned Lemur within a 250-square-foot co-op space in Auroras Heirloom Antique Mall at 1947 S. Havana St.

But after six years in the small space, Alberico was ready to take it to the next level. When the pandemic arrived, he said, it was the perfect time to take advantage of cheaper real estate options.

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Last week, on Friday the 13th, he reopened his oddities shop in a larger, 1,100-square-foot space at 2220 E. Colfax Ave., where Midnight Rambler Boutique previously operated.

The Learned Lemur sells oddities ranging from $5 for slightly damaged animal skulls up to $5,000 for a 1978 taxidermied giraffe head from a private collection in South Carolina. Behind glass cases, there are human skulls one with syphilis and a human skeleton without a head. Theres also artwork from local artist Rocky Mountain Punk, religious antiques, animal furs, a bison mount from 1984 and a baboon mount from 1978.

Three weeks ago, Alberico said he sold a 9-foot-tall taxidermied ostrich to someone in Colorado Springs for $2,000.

Our customers are pretty much anyone who finds a fascination with the slightly macabre or extremely dark, Alberico said. We do get the occasional witch looking who needs some parts for a spell or metal head that needs a goat skull for a performance, but for the most part its people looking to decorate their home in a unique way. We also get people who just come in because theyre curious or want to feel uncomfortable.

Alberico gets most of his items from private collections and buyers with whom he works. The animal skulls come from trappers and varmint control companies hes connected with around the country.

The Learned Lemur name was inspired by his grandfather, who lived off a steady diet of old Western films, Alberico said. He recalled watching old films with him and learning about how pubs had odd names back in the day, such as one that stuck with him from a movie called The Intelligent Goat.

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After writing a report on lemurs in college, Alberico learned how smart they were, and The Learned Lemur came to be.

Upstairs, the oddities shop will house Conspiracy Theory Tattoo in 2,000 square feet. Owners Jim and Molly Anderson are longtime tattoo artists in Denver, and co-signed the lease with their friend Alberico. They plan to open next month.

There will also be a 1,250-square-foot freak show venue out back, where Alberico plans to host monthly local artist pop-up markets and side-show performances with sword swallowers, fire eaters and snake charmers.

Ive always taken inspiration from Barnum and his sort of collection of freaks, Alberico said. I went to a freak show as a kid and was just in love. I thought it was the coolest thing ever to watch someone hammer a nail into their face, and I stapled a dollar to someones leg with pure joy, while every other kid was crying.

Since Alberico has grown his collection out of his childhood bedroom and into a shop on Colfax, he said his parents concern has died down a little bit.

Seeing it on a shelf in a kids room was weird, but seeing an entire store, or in my case, an entire home decorated in a macabre fashion has made them realize how beautiful it can look together, he said.

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Gregg Deal's "Sacred Keepers" at the Native American Bank.

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The Colorado-based artist started listening to punk when he was a teenage skater breaking bones in the late 80s and early 90s in Park City, Utah. Back then, the largely white, straight-edge crowds at shows weren't exactly welcoming to an Indigenous kid. He sported the same shirts, went to the same concerts, but never fit in.

These days, when he listens to bands like H20, Rancid and the Interrupters talk about finding their chosen family through punk, Deal shrugs. I did not have the experience of connecting with people," he explains. "And I wholeheartedly believe it was because I was too brown. ... I hear these stories about the punk scene being so inclusive, and I'm like, man, I missed that because that is not what my experience was there.

Deals been an outcast among outcasts for as long as he can remember. Growing up in an evangelical home, he often didnt fit in with his own family. His mother, an Indigenous woman who grew up in an adoptive home, was in over her head, he recalls. She was nurturing, but not always able to stand up to his father. And Deals father was tough a white man from the South who treated their relationship like a business transaction. When he was an adult, Deal realized that he and his dad had a lot in common, and they were close when his father died six years ago. Before then, though, the two butted heads.




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For Deal, school was terrible.

There are several instances of teachers treating me poorly because I was brown, either outwardly or subversively, he says. But then there were other teachers who were good. ... I spent more time drawing and creating than I did doing schoolwork. As a result, my grades were pretty poor. And I was I got older, that I was essentially not smart and that I needed to find a trade, because that's the route that I was going to be going on. But I never believed that.

Instead, he kept blasting his music, drawing and dabbling in graffiti, studying whatever he found interesting.

Deals father kicked him out when he was seventeen. He moved to Tennessee to live with his uncle. At eighteen, he moved back in with his parents. His father wanted him to complete his GED. He refused.

One night, Deal went to a show with some friends. His buddy had a tattoo gun and inked Deals arm. Not long after, his mother noticed the tattoo while they were watching TV, and his dad asked to take a look, too.

So I take it over to my dad, and he's like, Let me ask you: Are you just fucking stupid, or do you just not give a shit? And me, in my sort of teenage sarcasm, I'm like, I mean, I feel like there's a third choice in there somewhere. And he said, Pack your shit and be out by Friday. And so I did. I got everything together and I left.

He tried to convince me to stay, but under his rules, and I was like, Nah, I'm out. I'm done. And he made it very clear when I left: We love you. Come visit. But keep your shit out of the house meaning, Don't bring your emotions, don't ask for money, don't do anything. So I knew I was 100 percent on my own.

Not long after, he moved to Virginia, outside of Washington D.C. After a few years of floundering, he married at 23; at 24 he went to college, where a mentor encouraged him to start studying and making art. He did...but after graduating, he realized that it would be hard to make a living painting in D.C., so he took a job as a designer at a sign shop and worked under a boss who called him various racist names.

I couldnt get out of there fast enough, Deal says.

Looking for an escape plan, he applied for a job at the Smithsonian Institutions National Museum of the American Indian, which opened on the National Mall in September 2004. That week, Indigenous people flooded D.C., taking over the Mall from the Washington Monument to the Capitol. Deal was disappointed that he had to go to his job at the sign shop and miss the festivities.

I went to work and he called me Tonto, he recalls. And I was like, screw this, man. I'm gonna go.

He headed out to the opening. Moments later, he got a call on his flip phone: It was the Smithsonian, offering him a position at the new museum.

Gregg Deal's stickers are pasted on street signs throughout Denver.

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Back then, I wasn't really enamored with the performance end of it, he remembers. I was enamored with his voice that he was just unapologetically Indigenous.

Luna took Deal to the Venice Biennale. I was there to assist him for a couple of weeks, Deal says, "and he ended up pulling me into the performances. And it just opened my eyes, and I came home and basically told my wife, This is not what I'm supposed to be doing. I need to do something else. And she supported me.

Diving into a full-time art career proved tough for the first few years. The economy crashed in 08, creative jobs were the first to go, and everybody Deal knew started telling him to take a job at a grocery store. With student debt piling up and multiple children to feed, he decided that was a bad idea he'd never make enough money. Instead, he just created more artwork and hustled. Not that art was lucrative.

By 2013, the couple's house was going into foreclosure. Deal had created a performance piece called The Last American Indian on Earth, in which he confronted audiences regarding stereotypes of Indigenous people. The project drew an enormous amount of attention: The Huffington Post wrote about him, the Washington Post did a major profile of his work, and Deal appeared on The Daily Show and Totally Biased.

Although he was being treated like an art star, he still didnt have gallery representation, and money was tight.

The couple managed to sell their house just days before it was set to go into foreclosure. With the equity, they were able to start over. Deal started getting grants and doing larger outdoor murals. He took The Last American Indian on Earth to the National Museum of the Native American and eventually met with John Lukavic, the curator of Native arts at the Denver Art Museum, who brought him out for a residency. In January 2015, Deal and his wife decided to move to Colorado. Shortly after, his father passed away, and he inherited just enough money from a life-insurance policy to make the move.

Although Deal had a high-profile residency at the DAM, the Denver art scene proved challenging to break into. It felt like when I moved here, it was really tough to make relationships, Deal says. It took us several years.

But now hes thriving. Hes found support from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, RedLine Contemporary Art and the Art Students League of Denver. His murals cover walls throughout the region.

And hes diving headfirst back into punk, using the music of his youth to take shots at white supremacy and settler colonialism. In a series called The Others, he explains, I've re-appropriated old comic book images from the 40s and 50s of Native representation, most of which is steeped in stereotype, [then] redrawn it, repurposed it for my purposes, and I've changed the dialogue to lyrics from punk-rock songs. Because I think that the sort of verses of disenfranchisement and equity it all rings true. Even though they weren't speaking to me particularly as a Native person, it speaks to me as a Native person.

In one work in the series an un-permitted mural painted in an alley during Crush Walls a few years back Deal depicted a Native person on a horse swinging a hatchet at a Red Coat flinching as though he was about to be hit. Deal used the mural to reflect on gentrification, borrowing a line from the Jello Biafra song Thats Progress, in which the Dead Kennedys former frontman sings, Youre evicted / Its time to leave / It dont matter if youve been here thirty years.

Deal painted another mural, without lyrics, of a Native choking a colonialist. Someone painted the words Racist as fuck on the Native man's arm.

I'm totally fine with that, Deal muses. Any work I put in public, I expect that somebody is going to do something to them. I think that's part of the work. Don't let me catch you doing it, but, like, I accept that that's part of the work.

A Gregg Deal mural outside Crema in the RiNo Art District.

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Its literally lyrics taken out of the song, Deal explains. And they're not even out of context. So I left that there because I felt like that was a good, solid solidarity statement particularly coming off of Black Lives Matter.

This fall, Deal will install a massive piece in Trinidad with help from the nomadic museum Black Cube, reinserting Indigenous people into the way the town commemorates the Santa Fe Trail, which has long erased the story of the genocide of Natives. Hes planning two solo shows in 2022 one of his punk-themed works at RedLine Contemporary, and a simultaneous solo show at the ENT Center for the Arts in Colorado Springs, exhibiting some of his more conceptual paintings.

In recent weeks, he even painted a portrait of his fifteen-year-old daughter, Sage, on the wall of Denvers Native American Bank, at 201 Broadway. Shes standing alongside two other Indigenous women the most important in his life, marked with halos around their heads. Sage is sporting an Interrupters shirt, honoring the same band whose logo she wore in another 77-foot portrait that he painted of her in Colorado Springs.

Ive been married for 22 years, Deal says. Our five kids are all happy, healthy and functioning, and we have a good household. There's not a lot of toxicity happening there. Both my wife and I are just trying to do the opposite of what we grew up with and trying to do good by that.

Hes also raising his children on the music that influenced him as a kid.

Sage is 100 percent punk rock, says Deal, and his other children are coming along. One of the pleasant surprises about having a punk for a daughter is that she pushes him to experiment and try new things as an artist.

One of those experiments is The Punk Pan-Indian Romantic Comedy, a performance project he tested just before the pandemic shutdown. Now he's expanding it with a group of musicians from the Music District in Fort Collins.

Its about the intersection of Indigenous identity and punk music, which is actually a pretty big thing, he says.

When he records his voice, he worries that he sounds awful, but Sage encourages him to keep singing.

It's one of those things I never did when I was a kid, and I always wish I had, Deal says. I think I'm terrible. So it''s a ton of fun.

And what's more punk than that?

For more about Gregg Deals work, follow him on Instagram and at his website.

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Broncos fans watch team practice on Back Together Saturday CBS Denver – Illinoisnewstoday.com08.09.21

Englewood, Colorado (CBS4) At the end of the first week of the training camp, Denver Broncos welcomed fans to watch the practice at the event Return Together on Saturday.

We are big fans of Broncos, so its good to be here, said Lulae Lavano.

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See everyone up close. See the players up close. Get a feel for the new team this season. Its nice to see orange and blue coming back to the field, said Jeff Alexander. rice field.

Last years pandemic prevented fans from seeing the practice. Now they are back and cheering for their favorite players.

Its really great. Its been in for a while. We definitely missed this, said Jenna Haymaker.

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The event was prepared for all fans, young and old alike.

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Outside the gate, you can even work on overtaking and killing skills and even get new Broncos gear.

Once inside, theres a lot you can do. You can also sign a former player or cheerleader. You can also get a tattoo of your favorite Broncos logo. But my favorite part is celebrating with this lovely 360 spinner. Must be here you can.

Former Broncos great Karl Mecklenburg knows how important fan cheers are and how they help players survive long exercises.

Training camps are hard. There is a lot of pressure. Its very hard to catch up with veterans. If youre an old man who keeps you at the top of your game. And getting the fans there to cheer you on. It really helps a lot, said Karl Mecklenburg.

Fans have eight more chances to see the practice.

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Thats why we love to come. Yes, its a family tradition. Yes, because its a family heritage, were happy to be back, said Alexander.

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NamUs: 14-year-old girl missing from Wind River Reservation since June 19 – Oil City News07.09.21

By Brendan LaChance on July 8, 2021

CASPER, Wyo. Cameron Jalyssa Hill, 14, has been missing since June 19, according to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs).

Cameron was last seen at her fathers residence in the community of Fort Washakie on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, Namus says. Cameron left without permission and has yet to return home. Cameron might be with friends in surrounding towns near the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Cameron might also be with her biological non-custodial mother in the greater metropolitan areas of Denver, Colorado or in the Fort Hall, Idaho area.

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Hill is 54 to 56 tall and weighs 180 185 pounds. She has black hair, but had brown highlights when she was last seen. Her hair is shoulder length and naturally curly, according to NamUs. She has brown eyes.

Both of Hills ears are pierced and she may have a homemade tattoo on her right elbow.

She was last seen wearing blue pants with cuts on the front part, a black shirt, and a green basketball sweatshirt from a basketball tournament that was held on the Fort Duchesne Indian Reservation. The sweatshirt has a white strip from shoulder to bottom.

Hill was last seen wearing white low-cut Nike shoes and she had a large black Nike-brand backpack with a large Nike strip in middle, according to NamUs.

On Thursday, the Riverton Police Department asked that the community help in locating Hill. The case is being investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, according to NamUs. People can contact the BIA with information on the case at (307) 332-3112.

People can also contact NamUs Regional Program SpecialistJessica Hager at (817) 374-2765.

Hills case on the NamUs system is available online.

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