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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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Help Wanted: An airbrush artist to save the summer – theday.com06.12.21

Wildwood, N.J. -- David Zarfati needed to hire an airbrush artist. He had been looking for weeks. Taking out ads. Hitting up old contacts. He even flew down to Florida in an attempt to lure back one former worker especially skilled with the airbrush gun. No luck.

Now, the summer crush was about to begin. Finding help of any kind felt impossible.

Zarfati was short-staffed at all five of his storefronts along the boardwalk on the Jersey Shore. He had already turned to his family and friends for help. They could manage the stores, sell the T-shirts and bathing suits.

But airbrushing -- that was an art. The lettering had to be perfect. Sketches had to be realistic. Vacationers saw magic -- the feeling of a summertime trip to the beach -- in the personalized images. They would pay up to $100 for an airbrushed T-shirt. And a good airbrush artist could make $30,000 in a single summer.

But if Zarfati did not find someone soon, there was little point to even opening one of his stores, Karma.

"The store fails this summer without an airbrush artist," Zarfati, 47, said.

Beach towns and vacation spots across the country are struggling to hire enough workers, part of a nationwide labor shortage hitting fast-food joints, restaurants and manufacturing plants. Businesses that suffered last year when the pandemic kept customers away -- and many of them laid off employees -- are discovering that it is the workers who are hard to find now.

The problem is critical for summer hotspots like Wildwood. What happens here during the 14 weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day can make or break the entire year.

"It's sad to survive the pandemic, to make it this far and not have enough people to work," said Denise Beckson, vice president of human resources at Morey's Piers and Beachfront Water Parks in Wildwood, which is still looking to fill hundreds of open positions for its carnival games, roller coasters and Ferris wheel.

No one can agree where all these workers are hiding out -- or how to find them. Some blame lingering fears of covid-19. Others point to beefed-up unemployment benefits, which give an extra $300 a week through September. At least 22 states have announced plans to cut off the additional aid to spur a return to the labor pool. New Jersey is not one of them.

One overlooked part of the story is the challenges posed by the sudden need for workers, said Oliver Cooke, an economist at Stockton University, who writes the South Jersey Economic Review. The entire economy ground to a halt and then exploded into action almost at once this spring, leading to intense competition for workers, he said.

It is also difficult to tease out what is happening in places driven by seasonal hiring, such as Cape May County, home to Wildwood. The unemployment rate here always races up and down like a heart-rate monitor as it tracks summer vacations. The swings were just more dramatic last year. The local rate hit 27.9% in April 2020 -- the worst in three decades -- and fell to 7.3% by October. It stood at 12.5% in March, on par with prior years, according to the most recent state-level data available.

Vacation destinations face an additional problem: The disappearance of seasonal foreign workers -- students who travel to the United States to work summer jobs on temporary visas in resort towns from Cape Cod to the Wisconsin Dells. Before the pandemic, about 100,000 of these workers would come to the United States. About 5,000 foreign student workers would typically find jobs along the Jersey Shore.

A ban on foreign worker programs imposed by former president Donald Trump was allowed to expire in March by President Joe Biden. But foreign workers still face pandemic travel restrictions and visa backlogs.

'Downright impossible'

In a normal year, Morey's would fill a third of its 1,500-person summer workforce with foreign students.

This year, as the summer season kicks off, the company had just 18 students who made it to Wildwood-- with another 60 expected at some point.

"It's just downright impossible," Beckson said.

No one in Wildwood seemed to have enough help. Businesses were getting desperate and creative. Raising wages. Dangling bonuses. Bussing in workers from neighboring counties. Sharing workers with competitors. Cutting back hours. Turning to family and friends.

"Help Wanted" signs were everywhere. The main highway into town was dotted with billboards from Morey's offering $15 an hour -- well above the state's $11.10 seasonal worker minimum wage. A sign outside the Douglass Candies store on the boardwalk advertised $13 an hour, plus a $150 signing bonus and $50 for getting vaccinated.

"I think it's going to be a banner year. I just need to find more workers," said Jason Dugan, co-owner of the popular candy store.

Two handwritten signs in the windows of the Pink Cadillac Diner said they were looking for "cooks, dishwashers, prep." In big letters, the sign read, "BONUS end of season."

"How many people do you think came in?" restaurant owner Dimitris Baralos said, sitting in a booth on a recent morning.

He did not wait for a reply.

"No one."

Baralos said he had already raised prices -- 50 cents here, $1 there. He'd ordered new laminated menus. The kid's breakfast -- two eggs, pancakes or French toast with meat -- was now $7.99, a dollar more than last summer.

He attributed the lack of workers to unemployment benefits. A worker in New Jersey could receive up to $1,000 a week with the $300 federal bonus, according to state data. Baralos said he had some potential workers ask about being paid under the table so they could keep getting unemployment. He said he declined.

He worried if he could afford to hire all the staff he needs.

"In the end, does it work for us to pay them so much?" he said.

Michael Arena, a 47-year-old restaurant cook, said people have tried to hire him away. His friend, Ed Sprigman, 58, said he got a $2 raise to $20 an hour to stay at his maintenance job at a condo complex. Both men thought the state's high unemployment benefit played some role in the lack of workers.

"It's a mystery. I think people just don't care about working," Sprigman said.

He might have been tempted to join them, Sprigman said, but his PIN code for logging into his state unemployment account did not work.

Vacation hordes

Wildwood is a place that lies in wait for the summer. It sits on a barrier island at the very southern tip of New Jersey. The ocean is the draw. Its population explodes from about 5,000 to 250,000 when the vacation hordes descend.

It is also a place frozen in time, with a very New Jersey vibe. It lacks the rustic refinement of the Outer Banks or the overbuilt energy of Myrtle Beach. Wildwood's motels are mostly low-slung and open-aired, harking back to the '50s and '60s when they were built. The town's water tower is painted to resemble a beach ball. The beach is so wide the ocean can feel very far away. Most of the action is found on the wide boardwalk, its wood planks weathered like a beachcomber's skin.

Pizza is sold by the slice. Oreos and pickles come fried. The seagulls are crafty. One store offers the chance to shoot costumed workers with a paintball gun. Visitors can also play Skee-Ball and carnival games that offer prizes such as a stuffed baby Yoda.

For nearly a century, Wildwood has hosted a national marbles tournament at what is billed as Ringer Stadium, which is really 10 painted concrete pads in the sand.

And every day at 11 a.m., the boardwalk loudspeakers play the national anthem and God Bless America. That is followed by Bobby Rydell's 1963 hit "Wildwood Days," which includes the line, "All I think about after school is out is / Heading down to the shore to have a ball once more."

Zarfati can see the Morey's Ferris wheel from his stores. They are grouped a few blocks apart along a busy stretch of boardwalk. He opened his first one in 1997. He slowly added more.

Today, he has The Rock, Love Rock, Oxygen, Gemini and Karma. The stores offer permanent ink tattoos and temporary henna tattoos, along with piercings and the usual assortment of beach goods. A couple years ago, he bought out a competitor and acquired his first store dedicated to airbrush art.

All of it -- the tattoos, the henna, the piercings and airbrush art -- shared a common allure for beach visitors, Zarfati said.

"Really, what they're buying is a memory," he said.

Grandmothers get matching tattoos with their grandsons. Mothers and daughters come in for henna tattoos. Friends get matching bellybutton piercings. And new couples want T-shirts with both of their names painted on them.

"It creates a bond," he said. "And that what brings them back to Wildwood."

Now, Zarfati was trying to stitch together a crew to make those memories. He had his wife, Vivian, running one store and his children -- ranging from 15 to 24 years old -- stationed at the others.

"My model for this season -- I told this to my daughter -- is trust," he said. "Trust that everything is going to be OK. That we're going to be able to find people to work for us."

So he found one tattoo artist -- an old friend's sister's fiance.

Another friend who lived in Colorado agreed to come out and work as another tattoo artist. Zarfati was letting him sleep in an apartment above one of his stores.

His children were training to do piercings and henna tattoos. A friend of one of his sons, Emmanuel Pelzer, was learning, too. He could do some simple tribal designs and a turtle piece.

"I've gotten better," Pelzer, 22, said.

An airbrush artist was the big missing piece.

The woman Zarfati hired last summer was good. But she and her boyfriend had moved to Florida during the offseason. They were supposed to return to Wildwood on May 1, he said. They never showed. A week later, they said they had changed their minds. Desperate, Zarfati flew down to Florida and convinced them to come with him. They drove north together. But they had a falling out on the side of a highway near Philadelphia, he said. They went their separate ways.

The job of an airbrush painter is part graffiti artist and part sketch artist. T-shirts are tricky canvases. So are ball caps and license plates, two other popular items. It is not a job that just anyone can do.

Zarfati took out ads online. He posted on Facebook about his opening. The job paid $1,000 to $1,500 a week, he wrote in his post. But a good artist could easily double that.

He got one lead. He met the man. He liked him.

"He had good energy," Zarfati said. "But he told me he can't work Saturdays."

That is like not being able to play NFL football on Sundays.

Saturdays are the boardwalk's prime time. An airbrush artist can make $2,000 in sales that day, compared to $800 any other day.

Zarfati kept looking. Then he heard from a man he used to work with more than two decades ago. He was a bit older, in his 60s. He lived in Pennsylvania but could come out to the beach and live in his RV. They talked money. The worker could have struck almost any deal he wanted. He had the leverage. The artist last summer took a flat $30,000 fee, Zarfati said. The old man asked for 50% of the fee for the airbrush art. Zarafati would get the other 50% and money for the T-shirts.

Zarfati figures he will end up paying his new artist more than last summer.

As a businessman, he knew the downsides to both arrangements. A flat fee meant the airbrush artist did not have an incentive to do more work. But an artist working on commission would want to maximize their time in the shop, so they might not want to come in when it was not busy.

But the old man offered another selling point: He agreed to set up a second easel so he could teach Zarfati and one of his sons how to use the airbrush gun. He would show them how to write in bubble letters, script and something called "scratch." He would show them how to paint palm trees, hearts and dogs -- some of the most popular requests.

"The biggest trick is the handwriting. A good airbrusher has great handwriting," Zarfati said. "You can use stencils for the other stuff."

Recently, Zarfati got a phone call. His airbrusher had arrived in Wildwood. He was ready to work -- just in time for the start of the summer season.

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McCoy: The tale of the temporary tatoos continues for Reds – Dayton Daily News05.19.21

When Luis Castillo takes the mound Tuesday night against the Giants, hell carry the baggage of as 1-5 record and a 7.71 earned run average.

And he will have a Hawkeye tattoo on his forearm.

Luis going to wear it tonight, said Miley. Im going to try The Hulk again tomorrow, Ill let Jeb put it on me and well see what happens.

Miley said he never gave the Hulk tattoo on his forearm a second thought, Never thought it would lead to this. I probably could have hidden it if I hadnt said anything that day.

It was during his post-game Zoom interview after the no-hitter and it wasnt planned to talk about the tattoo.

It was spur of the moment, he said. I just looked down when I was taking my headset off and I saw it. I thought, I have to give my little buddy a shoutout here. I did and now it is where it is.

And it became a national phenomenon due to Mileys many TV appearances when he gave credit to Jeb.

He told me when we got home from Colorado, Dad, Im famous, said Miley.

Jeb, though, isnt all in. Hes holding back. Hes a little selfish, said Miley. He doesnt want to give anybody Spiderman and doesnt want to give anybody Iron Man. The cool characters? The man aint ready to give em up.

Miley said he likes Iron Man and is trying to talk Jeb into using that tattoo and I said to him, Maybe I can use Iron Man, but hes not there yet.

When Miley took the mound in Colorado, six days after the no-hitter, the temporary but fading Hulk was still on his forearm. Evidently, the Hulk was napping. Miley survived only three innings and gave up eight runs, 11 hits and three walks in a 9- loss to the Rockies.

Miley insists he felt physically better before that start the before the no-hitter.

You never know how youll feel and it doesnt necessarily come from your performance in the bullpen (warming up), said Miley. I physically felt great going into my last start. I felt clean with my delivery, felt good, but obviously it didnt work out.

Miley checked the video and the charts and they confirmed the way he thought.

My command chart? Its crazy but it wasnt very different from the no-hitter game, he added. As far as mistakes, I didnt make a whole lot of mistakes. Thats just baseball.

The one difference was that Mileys change-up was missing, a pitch he needs to complement his cutter.

I didnt have the change-up that day and it makes it much tougher to pitch he said. Its crazy how this game works. You look at the numbers and you say, He stunk, but if you dig deep and look at the quality of the pitches, I wasnt that far off. The Rockies did a really good job.

Miley, already a media favorite for his candid comments, his sense of humor and his self-deprecation, won major points during his Zoom interview before Tuesdays game. Due to Covid-19 protocol, the media are not permitted in the clubhouse or on the field. There are no one-on-one interviews.

I miss the media in the clubhouse, I miss it, I really do, he said. Seeing media around the cages during BP? I miss that. Its really cool. Its all a part of being in the big leagues.

And if yall talk or write crap,I can get my hands on you, he said with a laugh. Its a part of baseball that is missing. It is a pain to sometimes have to stand in front of your locker and answer questions? Yes. But I miss it. And you get to know people.

So it will be Castillo and Miley wearing superhero tattoos on their forearms the next two nights, with the hopes that the Giants wont tattoo them.

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King Soopers employees share what they saw during the mass shooting in Boulder – 9News.com KUSA05.06.21

BOULDER, Colo. More than a month has passed since the mass shooting at the King Soopers on Table Mesa in Boulder. For the first time, employees who were at the store that day when 10 people died share what they saw to 9NEWS.

Several of the victims were employees themselves.

"It definitely doesn't feel like over a month," said Logan Smith, a barista at the Starbucks inside the Boulder King Soopers. "Every single day has felt like just one day."

Smith was working at the Starbucks when he heard the gunfire. He visits the store several times a week to pay his respects at the memorial. On the day of the shooting he was not sure he was going to walk out of the King Soopers alive.

"Perched up against the wall, I day dreamed three different realities of how I was going to get killed," he said.

He said he watched the shooter kill his friend and co-worker Rikki Olds as he called 911 for help. He said her laugh lit up any room.

"There are times at night I have survivors guilt and I am like, why couldnt it have been me who was one of the 10," he said.

Emily Giffen was a manager at King Soopers. She now lives in Pennsylvania with her family. Giffen said she had put in her two weeks notice so she could move back home to take care of her mom.

"Five days before my last day is when this happened," she said.

She was taking a smoke break outside when the gunman arrived. Giffen believes that saved her life.

"Hearing the stories of my coworkers hiding in the chip aisle and hiding in cupboards and cabinets, it breaks my heart," she said.

Over her heart, Giffen now has a tattoo that reads "Boulder Brave." She also got another tattoo with the initials of the 10 shooting victims.

"With everything that happened and everything I saw, I needed to localize the pain. It is so hard to even comprehend seeing your neighbors get shot, to seeing your coworkers get shot," she explained.

A chain-link fence is still up around the parking lot of the King Soopers. Recently, employees had an opportunity to go inside the store again.

"Unbelievably grateful is all I could say," said Smith. "No one should have to go through this."

It will take more time before the store reopens to the public. When it does, fear will not keep employees away.

Smith said he plans to return to work at King Soopers.

"To be a part of the family again. To stay strong is what I value most and that is why I would return," said Smith.

Giffen said she will fly to Colorado to be there for the reopening, too.

"Boulder is a good place and this guy is not going to ruin it for us," she said.

All nine civilians who were killed when the gunman opened fire were killed prior to police arriving at the store, prosecutors said in late April.

Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley, who was among the first three officers to enter the store on Table Mesa Drive, is the 10th victim of the shooting.

The suspect now faces a total of 54 counts related to the March 22 shooting.

He had previously faced 10 counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. Prosecutors filed a motion to amend the charging document this week and it now has a total of 54 charges which include the following:

About 115 people were inside the store when the shooting began and another 25 were in the parking lot, according to prosecutors.

Below is a list of the victims as they're named in the charging document:

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BARTELS | Fleeting thoughts amid the mid-winter doldrums – coloradopolitics.com02.02.21

Thanks to coronavirus, the Stock Show didnt happen and lawmakers wont go back into session until mid-February, making this blah time of the year seem even worse. Some odds and ends:

NFL playoffs

Even if I hadnt followed the NFL playoffs, I would have known the games were coming because I started getting recipe requests for my go-to game-day specialities: Scotcheroos, which my friends erroneously call K-Bars, and White Girl Enchiladas.

Watching the playoff games made me nostalgic for the Broncos in their heyday. I loved being assigned to cover the football parties and sampling the smorgasbord of goodies provided by the hosts and their guests. Denvers dailies were filled with mouth-watering recipes for game-day spreads, and grocery store inserts were packed with great prices for chicken wings and avocados.

I regularly brought containers of K-Bars to the state Capitol, where one of the biggest fans turned out to be lobbyist Ben Waters. He calls these souped-up Rice Krispie treats unicorn meat. For one of his birthdays I brought over two containers, one for the party and one for his addiction. When I told him I hid a batch in the freezer, he let out The Ben Waters scream.

As for the White Girl Enchiladas, I started making them when I worked at my first newspaper job, in Gallup, N.M., in the early 1980s. The natives laughed when they learned the enchiladas were made with the holy grail of Midwestern cooking, a can of Campbells Cream of Something soup. But more than one asked for the recipe.

A few years ago when the brand White Girl Salsa appeared, friends emailed me to say I should have trademarked the name of my recipe. When I make enchiladas back in South Dakota, some folks refer to them as a hotdish. I love that.

Dont tell Rep. Daneya Esgar, but I still use Hatch green chiles. She is the unofficial spokeswoman for Pueblo chiles and even has a tattoo to prove it. To make it up to her, Ill bring her a batch of K-Bars.

If you want the recipes for K-Bars and White Girl Enchiladas, you know where to find me: againlynn@gmail.com.

As for the playoffs, the first game on Jan. 24 was between Green Bay and Tampa Bay. I didnt really care who won, I just wanted a good game, which it was. The Buccaneers, led by Tom Brady, prevailed, which excited former U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner. He emailed me that Sunday to remind me that the Bucs general manager, Jason Licht, is also from Yuma.

I did have a favorite for the second game, the Kansas City Chiefs vs. the Buffalo Bills. I was thrilled last year when KC won the Super Bowl, but unless its the Broncos playing back-to-back for the championship I want to give other teams a chance.

The Bills have lost four Super Bowls. So have the Vikings. So had the Broncos before Denver beat Green Bay in 1998.

I really wanted the Bills to win, although KC QB Patrick Mahomes (Is it just me or does last name sound like cajones?) was too much for the Bills. I would like to point out, however, that Buffalo has added its own contribution to game-day delights: Buffalo Hot Wings.

On game day, I was reciting the Broncos incredible road to their first Super Bowl win. Jacksonville at home, the Chiefs in Kansas City, the Steelers in Pittsburgh and then on to San Diego for the big game.

My sister Brigid looked at me in shock. How could you remember all that? she wondered.

How can anyone forget? The party I was assigned to cover had hired a caterer, and Denver won the game.

The drought

Speaking of the Broncos, the drought in Colorado is worsening every month.

That likely means another year of massive wildfires, plunging lake levels and dried up farmland in Colorado. Last year, fires tore through more than 625,000 acres.

Story after story in recent weeks have painted a doomsday scenario.

According to experts, the fiery hellscape that was Colorados 2020 fire season is just a preview of whats to come, 5280 Magazine reported.

Snowpack dwindles in Colorado as widespread drought continues, blared the headline in Colorado Politics.

Its hard to believe that just four years ago the snowfall in Crested Butte was so intense that drifts covered street signs.

That January I made a rare trip to the mountains to see my sister Susan and her husband, Bruce, who for a number of years would take a break from snow in Wisconsin to spend six weeks or so skiing in Crested Butte. Their condo complex was buried in snow and to leave by the front door you walked through a tunnel that had been shoveled from the building to the street.

A friend visiting around the same time was outraged to get a traffic ticket. How could he obey parking signs he couldnt read because they were covered in snow?

The only thing I dislike more than excessive snow is wildfires, so I am hoping something happens here in the next month or two.

Stock show

The National Western Stock Show, which was established in 1906, is held every January for 16 days unless, of course, there is a pandemic.

Its the premier livestock, rodeo and horse show in the nation, and photos of the Stock Show parade, with cattle running through downtown Denver streets, always dominate the front pages.

Except when the parade was canceled because of the risk of animal injury and injury to people is far too great with the 4 to 8 inches of snow predicted and six-degree temperatures.

That was in 2017, the same year snow hammered Crested Butte.

The cancellation of this years entire event resulted in a loss of more than $120 million in revenue, but organizers are hoping to come back next year bigger and better, Stock Show CEO Paul Andrews told Colorado Politics.

We love agriculture. We love rodeo. We love the horse show. We love livestock. So not being able to do what you love is heartbreaking. But we're also the world of agriculture, farmers, ranchers, frankly the toughest people on the planet, Andrews said.

And we won't be overcome by a virus.

Words to live by.

Some good news

Two things are making me smile: Ted Lasso and chlorine.

Ted Lasso is a wonderful show about an American football coach managing an elite British soccer team. Ted is, as one reviewer said, an eternal optimist with his heart unabashedly on his sleeve.

My hairdresser found solace in the show when her business was closed last year. When I googled the show, one headline read, Why Ted Lasso is so good.

One reason is because it makes you feel good.

As for chlorine, the indoor-pool in our condo is finally open after closing last March. My muscles ached the first week, but at last, a good hurt.

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Style ‘The Bernie Meme’ Is Forever Immortalized on a Denver Man’s Body – ourcommunitynow.com02.02.21

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It all started so innocently:an unassuming tattoo parlor, Copperhead Tattoo Parlor, an inquisitive BBQrestaurant, Owlbear Barbecue, and a simple request for the Bernie meme.

Enter tattoo artist, Sam Kuhn. According to The Denver Channel, Kuhn printed off the viral Bernie meme for the Denver, Colorado, restaurant to post on their door, and a few hours later, James McFaulOwlbear Barbecue smoker, friend, and tattoo clientmade his way to Kuhn's chair and left later that day with Bernie on his body. On his leg, to be exact.

The Bernie meme made its debut on social media hours after the Inauguration on January 20, 2021, when a photo of Bernie Sanders socially distancedduring the event, sitting with hands crossedwiththose now-famous Vermont repurposed sweater mittens, caught the attention of America. Really,the world. Social media blew up with Bernie appearing in photos sitting on the bench with Forrest Gump, onthe couch with the Friends cast, and so many more skillfully photoshopped and clever images. Not to mention the overwhelm ofBernie merch!

As for the Bernie meme tattoo, we've not seen another of its kind ...yet. For the time being, it seems it's anoriginal, much like Bernie Sanders himself.

And so concludes the story of how BBQ, body art, and the "Bern" managed to put a smile on our faces. How about yours?

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Colorado Rockies news: Are new Rockies uniforms on the horizon? – Purple Row01.12.21

In the dreary days of winter in an offseason with little action I mean little action for the Rockies, not for ever-improving teams like the Padres or the Mets who landed Francisco Lindor on Thursday sometimes its fun to think about hypothetical scenarios down the road. Since the Rockies arent giving us many new additions to analyze, how about we look at the rumor of new uniforms coming to Colorado in 2022?

While not 100 percent confirmed in its authenticity, in a response email that appears to be legit from Rockies owner Dick Monfort to a fan, Monfort allegedly said, next year we will have a new uniform, according to SportsLogos.net. In addition, the email also says the Rockies are trying to work out a deal with Trevor Story while also complaining about agents, and praising Rockies analytic efforts to put players at different positions and experiment with different things from nutrition to how they do batting practice to better adapt to coming in and out of altitude, but those are topics for another day. Even if the email is not real, we can still imagine a future with a different Rockies uniform.

I, for one, love the Rockies unis because of their classic nature with the pinstripes and font. There have been subtle changes over the years, like moving from Rockies to Colorado on the front, adding vests, or shifting shades of purple, but no major changes. That being said, maybe its time to really change it up and rock something new. Far and away, my favorite part is that the Rockies are the only team in the MLB to have purple as a main color. Therefore, my vote is for more purple. That can be more purple on the uni or solid purple, or a purple hat, but lets maximize the purple. While were at it, some kind of mountain incorporation would be cool too. It doesnt need to be over the top, like Larry Walker wore so well (scroll down in this link to see), but maybe more mountains in the background, like Kyle Freelands forearm mountain tattoo (pictured nicely here), with the word Rockies in front. A new cap with something like that would be sweet. If I had any artistic or graphic design skills, I would try to design one, but right now this just lives in my imagination. If you could design a Rockies uniform, what would you do? Go wild in the comments.

Purple Row wrote a lot about uniforms in 2020, in large part because in April when there should have been baseball, there wasnt, so what else are you going to write about? Here is a great overview of the current uniforms from Renee Dechert. After the season, Dechert wrote about how the Rockies performed in each uniform and the results werent great because their record was 26-34. The Rockies went 12-11 in the white pinstripes, 12-13 in the gray away jerseys, 1-4 in the purple tops, and 1-6 in the black vests. Considering those numbers, why not try something new?

In terms of polling on desires for new uniforms, the Purple Row community was pretty divided with 36 percent saying no to a new look, and two groups of 32 percenters who said it was either time for a complete change in uniforms or at least time to add more options while keeping the current jerseys. If we say Monforts email is real, it isnt clear as to whether it will be a completely new look or just a new addition. Either way, it would probably cause some fans to buy one and drop more money into the teams coffers.

Its hard to imagine a uniform change, but it is exciting. It also seems fitting when you think about what the Rockies are worried most about right now, which is money. (We all wish it was winning, but its just not believable.) In 2019, Major League Baseball and Nike came to a deal to add the Nike swoosh to all MLB jerseys, netting $1 billion for the league, according to Forbes. That reportedly meant each team got $3 million. In addition to the revenue, league officials said the deal would bring in younger fans who follow the Nike brand. The jury is still out on that.

However, theres even more money to be made. In 2019, the Washington Post reported that advertising patches on MLB player uniforms were inevitable. The article also makes comparisons to the NBAs jerseys ads, which are worth anywhere from $5-20 million for teams each year. SportsLogos.net reported earlier this year that MLB owners want ads immediately and the moving marketing stamps could come as soon as 2021, but could be more likely for 2022, which happens to be when the Rockies might be unveiling a new look. Considering the Rockies were willing to cut David Dahl to save $2.6 million, its hard to imagine what company the Rockies wouldnt turn away for a few million. Images of patches that say Waste Management, symbolizing Jeff Bridichs track record for free agent deals or a sarcastic Draft Kings logo that appears to encourage betting, but could be mocking the current state of the farm system, comes to mind. Or maybe they would end up with uniforms that look like Girl Scout vests or punk rock jean jackets with various patches scattered all over. Its certainly feasible the Rockies would do anything to bring back some of the money they lost in 2020. Who knows what could happen.

So, lets do a different poll.

Colorado Rockies: An update on the minor league season for 2021 | Rox Pile

Noah Yingling, citing Baseball America, gives a very interesting update on how the 2021 season may roll out. According to MLB sources, spring training is still on as scheduled, but it will only be major leaguers and Triple-A players to limit sizes for pandemic safety. After that, Double-A and Single-A players will come in for their own spring training, resulting in their regular seasons being delayed. As Yingling points out, this is far from the worst news because whats most important is that full seasons are still scheduled for all levels, even if it means Single-A and Double-A will extend into October. Hopefully, this can be the plan.

Coors Field predates Wrigley? One part does | MLB.com

It still blows my mind that Coors Field is the third oldest baseball stadium in the National League, but Thomas Harding takes this one step further in pointing out some very old history of brick building the Rockies call home. Not only is the corner of 22nd Avenue and Blake Street cool because its the home of a microbrewery that birthed Blue Moon, but also because the building was constructed in 1912 and then incorporated into the construction of the stadium before it opened in 1995. This fun trivia fact makes me miss sitting in Sandlot Brewery and Coors Field even more than I did before.

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Vocalist to Turn His Two Homes Into Recovery Houses – Metal Injection01.05.21

Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan Moody has been very public about his ongoing battle against addiction (including getting a head tattoo), and is looking to turn what he's learned into a benefit for other. Moody has announced via Instagram he plans on transforming both his Las Vegas and Colorado homes into recovery homes for men and woman between the ages of 18 and 40.

Moody notes that overdose and suicide rates are only going up, and he wants to help.

"I'm going to take my Vegas home and I'm going to do my best to turn it into a possible home for young women fighting in recovery, probably from the ages of about 18 to 40 depending. I'm not going to get into too many details but that is one. The second part of that is I am also going to do the same thing back in Colorado except for young men. Same age group," he said.

"It's one thing to go to meetings and it's another thing to be active and give back because that is what recovery is all about. It's giving to someone else in place of the ones who gave to me."

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