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It takes a lot of helping hands during the Greeley Stampede to create the best grounds around

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From clean, award-winning grandstands to manicured lawns and preparation for various arena events, it takes a lot of helping hands to do what needs to be done during the 12 days of the annual Greeley Stampede. Jeff Reck is the grounds chair for the Greeley Stampede committee and oversees all work on the grounds and in the arena throughout the event. “So if we need equipment like loaders, tractors, anything like that, it’s my job to get them together and talk to a group of equipment suppliers and dealers and line them up and work with them to donate and be a part of our Gold Spur program,” Reck explained. “Anything that needs to be done or moved, like light towers in the park, it’s my job to take care of that. When it comes to dirt in the sand, you’d think any old dirt would suffice, but it doesn’t, says Reck. The soil at the Greeley Stampede Arena is made up of a mixture of clay, sand, and silt. “Ultimately, it’s how we prepare him for this arena. We’ve had volunteers working here for over 20 years and these guys know the land better than anyone around here,” Reck explained. “It’s a matter of growing it the right way, having the right amount of water at certain times after a rodeo. We’ll come back, rework the soil, add water and get it ready for the next morning.” GREELEY, CO – MAY 19: Maintenance staff use a device to remove additional rocks from the ground surface of the arena prior to the Stampede during a tour of the arena and the new permanent stage at the Greeley Stampede arena in the Park. Island Grove Regional in Greeley on May 19, 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer) Reck and the field team’s goal is to have little to no dust during an event. “If there’s dust, that means it’s too dry. But if you see a horse slip or an animal slip, we may have put too much water on it,” he said. “We care about the welfare of the animal and the person who rides it. We want a good foothold for the animal, but also a safe landing for the contestants.” The arena floor has a solid foundation underneath about four to six inches of “fuzz” that sits on top, Reck said. The fluff allows the horses to dig in and move around well. As agility and traction are key factors in barrel racing, these athletes tend to be the most vocal when it comes to commenting on the quality of the dirt in a rodeo arena. “They’re a timed event where your horse has to do about three barrels in the shortest time possible,” Reck said. “So if your horse is losing traction because the dirt is too deep or too shallow, that will cost them time and possibly money.” Keeping the land clean and free of debris and rocks is also a priority. That’s why the popular demolition derby takes place after the rodeo events are over. “We have to be pretty meticulous about picking up everything, especially metal and small metal objects like screws and nails,” Reck said. “We need to leave the arena better than we got it and things like that can hurt the animals and the riders.” Working the land doesn’t stop when the Stampede leaves town. City gardeners come every week and till the soil, remove rocks and other debris, and keep the land clean until next year’s Greeley Stampede. GREELEY, CO – MAY 18: Maintenance staff use a device to remove additional rocks from the ground surface of the arena prior to the Stampede during a tour of the arena and the new permanent stage at the Greeley Stampede arena in the Park. Regional Island Grove in Greeley on May 18, 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer) Reck and his field staff aren’t just responsible for taking care of the land in the arena. The group also helps clean up the stands after the event and when the arena and park flooded last year before Dwight Yoakam’s concert, Reck and the crew were the ones running around frantically trying to pump out the water so fans could attend. To the concert. and carnival. Reck was on his way to the Stampede when it started to rain. “I was sitting in Justin’s office and we just stared at each other for about two hours trying to come up with a game plan. After about the third hour of rain, he finally stopped,” Reck said. “I made phone calls and set things up to do things when we could and however we could. It was enough to clear the sand, for the most part. Unfortunately, we only have a quarter of the carnival open.” Reck was able to find 10 to 12 pump trucks to help pump the water out of the arena and carnival area. There were areas of water up to 4 feet deep in some places at the carnival. “We were surprised that we had anything open that night,” he added. The JBS Arena Stage project began three years ago and will cost more than $2.5 million once completed. (Photo courtesy of Greeley Stampede) In preparation for any rain at this year’s event, Reck has partnered with Big Creek Resources to stand by in case they need help pumping water. “They can move water even faster than trucks. God forbid we have another flood and need their services, they are on standby,” Reck said. What about that half-eaten chicken wing you decided to throw on the floor next to your seat? Well, there is a crew that comes after each event and cleans the stands so that the next group of visitors can enjoy a concert or rodeo event in a clean arena. “We work with the city of Greeley, they help us with their employees and we have other volunteer programs,” Reck explained. “The Northern Colorado Wrestling Club will be a great help to us this year. They will come in and clean up after hours or the next morning. They will empty the trash cans, replace the bags and clean the parking lots.” The great thing about the Greeley Stampede volunteer program is that the groups that participate in it earn money for your organization. The program experienced a volunteer shortage last year, so committee members were picking up trash and helping to clean up the grounds. “We learned that it was a great job, a fun job to do because the committee after the concerts and rodeos, we were out there picking up trash on the ground and in the stands,” Reck said, laughing. “It is not an easy job and it makes us appreciate those who show up and take care of what we need.” GREELEY, CO – MAY 18: The new permanent stage is seen at the Greeley Stampede arena at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley on May 18, 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer) Whether you’re attending a concert, rodeo or demolition derby or No, you can’t miss Greeley Stampede Arena’s newest attraction: the JBS Arena Stage. The project initially began three years ago when Stampede staff decided the event and arena needed to upgrade their stage to help attract bigger acts to the event. At 120 feet by 80 feet and standing 55 feet from the ground, the new stage is almost twice the size of the old one. Unlike the previous stage which was mobile, the new stage sits on a concrete base that took several sessions to build. The stage is completely enclosed and the bay doors can be opened or closed to protect the interior of the stage from inclement weather. Ramps and two large bay doors on the right side of the stage will allow bands to bring in gear while rodeo events are still taking place. “I think Brad Paisley has a great production, so having this new stage is going to be a lot easier for everyone,” Reck said. “You have five or six different semis that come with equipment. You get all these bigger acts that have that kind of thing and that’s what they want for their show. Now we have a stage that can provide that.” The new stage will offer musicians access to state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, and audience members on the arena floor and in the stands will be able to watch the performances on two large LED screens located on each side of the structure. . GREELEY, CO – MAY 18: Maintenance staff use a device to remove additional rocks from the ground surface of the arena prior to the Stampede during a tour of the arena and the new permanent stage at the Greeley Stampede arena in the Park. Regional Island Grove in Greeley on May 18, 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer) The location of the stage also allows for a new ramp direction and expanded corrals for rodeo cattle. While much of the structure is complete, the green rooms, restrooms, and other amenities are still in the works. “Eventually it will be two floors, but we are just trying to do this first and in the future start with the other floor,” Reck said. “It was important for us to do this for the 100th issue as a gift to the community.” The project was funded through a partnership between JBS, the City of Greeley and Weld County. Once completed, the project will cost more than $2.5 million. Reck, who has held the field position on the committee for six years, will withdraw rake from him and hand over the lead to Jerod Lichtenberg after the 2022 event is over. “I will have a little more open summers or fewer meetings. Who knows, I’ll probably find something else to do. I’m kind of a busy body, so I’ll find something to occupy my time,” Reck said, laughing. “I enjoy our committee and the people who sit around that table. I can say, unequivocally, that everyone sitting around that table is here for this event and it’s amazing to be a part of it. We’re all in this together, getting dirty together.” For more information on the 100th Greeley Stampede, event schedule, tickets and more, visit www.greeleystampede.org.

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Meow Wolf’s Vortex Music Festival at a Sun Valley Junkyard This August

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Meow Wolf will hold its Vortex music festival on what is now an industrial lot in Denver’s Sun Valley neighborhood, putting an end to speculation about where the signature public event would take place when it first arrives in town this year. It will be the first event to be held at The Junk Yard, which is a new downtown open-air venue run by music promoter Live Nation. The site, at 2323 Mulberry Place, is about a mile south of Meow Wolf’s permanent immersive installation, Convergence Station, in an industrial neighborhood just east of I-25. The event, from Aug. 5-7, will include three days of music for all ages, food trucks and other entertainment, Live Nation said in a statement last week. The Denver-based mega-developer described the property’s owners as “family friends from Live Nation.” Publicists for Meow Wolf and Live Nation did not immediately respond to questions about the capacity of the venue, or who the “family friends of Live Nation” are. “The new owners of The Junk Yard saw a tremendous opportunity to transform a junkyard into a multi-faceted music festival in the heart of the city,” the statement read. “The new venue will undergo a dramatic metamorphosis into another world for Vortex 2022, a transition that is common for many Meow Wolf events and activations, with two impressive stages (Viscera Stage and Atria Stage), art installations… and comfortable rest areas. .” Since the location is in a tangle of off-grid cul-de-sacs, Meow Wolf has included suggested routes on their experience planning page. That includes the closest bus stop (West 8th Avenue and Wyandot Street); the Light Trail station at 10th and Osage streets; and other RTD and bike share options. (Or, it’s a 45-minute walk to the center of town.) There is extremely limited parking in the area, authorities said. Meow Wolf announced in April that the festival would be coming to Denver for the first time this year, having previously been based in Taos, NM, but had not disclosed the location. Meow Wolf opened its convergence station in Denver in September 2021. Previously announced acts include Toro y Moi, 100 gecs, Bob Moses, Neil Frances, Duke Dumont and Maya Jane Coles. Local musicians scheduled to perform include Neon the Bishop, Mr. Frick, Send/Receive and Peer Review. A one-day general admission ticket for the festival is $69.50 per day, while three-day general admission is $198.75, via ticketmaster.com. Tickets are now on sale. Meow Wolf Denver last year opened its Convergence Station facility to praise and buzz, having first cornered the market on “immersive experiences” years ago from its Santa Fe home base. Meow Wolf said it ticked the customer location number one million on June 15. Sign up for our weekly newsletter, In The Know, to get entertainment news delivered straight to your inbox.

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Coloradans May Be Asked To Legalize Psilocybin In The November 2022 Election

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Imagine if Coloradans suffering from anxiety or PTSD had a legal way to treat their ailments with psychedelic mushrooms. Advocates say it’s not that far away. Residents could vote in November to legalize psilocybin and psilocin, the psychoactive compounds in magic mushrooms, for use in therapeutic settings after advocates said they had collected enough signatures to qualify the ballot question. On Monday, Kevin Matthews and Veronica Perez of Natural Medicine Colorado, the campaign behind the legalization effort, submitted a petition with 222,648 signatures supporting Initiative 58, also known as the Natural Medicine Health Act, to the Secretary of State’s office. The state still needs to verify signatures, so it’s not a done deal yet, but since it requires about 125,000 valid signatures, Natural Medicine Colorado thinks the question will be in front of voters this fall. If passed, the Natural Medicine Health Act would lay the groundwork for a legal mushroom market by tasking Colorado regulators with creating rules on growing, manufacturing, testing, transporting, selling and buying of psilocybin and psilocin. While the measure restricts sales to designated “healing centers” that are licensed by the state, so you wouldn’t be allowed to walk into a store or dispensary and buy “mushrooms without a prescription,” it also expands decriminalization for possession, use and gifts throughout the state. Because it establishes a new framework for treatment centers, regulators would also define the necessary qualification, education and training requirements for facilitators who administer the substances. Kevin Matthews led the effort to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms in Denver in 2019. He is now considering legalization statewide. On June 27, Natural Medicine Colorado submitted a petition with 222,648 signatures in support of Initiative 58, also known as the Natural Medicine Health Act, to the Secretary of State’s office. The measure asks voters to legalize psilocybin and psilocin, the psychoactive compounds in magic mushrooms, for use in therapeutic settings. “The most important thing that I hope people understand is that these natural medicines have been used by humans for 10,000 years and in the last 20 to 25 years there has been a significant amount of clinical research at universities like Johns Hopkins and UCLA that really show the effectiveness. of natural medicines,” Matthews, who led Denver’s decriminalization initiative in 2019, said by phone. “Coloradons truly deserve to have access to these amazing healing options because we are facing a mental health crisis in the state right now.” With regard to decriminalization, the measure means that locals would not be arrested for possessing, using or growing a “personal amount” of psilocybin or psilocin, or giving mushrooms to adults over the age of 21. (The term personal quantity is not defined, and as a local rabbi recently discovered, growing more than 30 strains of psychedelic mushrooms can still result in criminal charges.) That ensures more Coloradans have access to these emerging drugs, Pérez said. RELATED: Mushroom Rabbi Grows Ceremonial Psilocybin For Denver Congregation, But Is That Legal? “There are many people in Colorado who have been harmed by the health care system and they will not be the ones who can access through the healing centers. They want to sit with a wisdom keeper or nanny in their home. So we also have a regulated model for those who want the railings,” he said. “That’s what makes the move so beautiful: We meet the most people where they are.” The measure calls for regulations to be put in place and for the state to begin accepting license applications by September 30, 2024, and also establishes a Natural Medicine Advisory Board to consult with lawmakers throughout the process. If adopted, Colorado would be the second state to legalize mushrooms after Oregon. On June 27, Natural Medicine Colorado submitted a petition with 222,648 signatures in support of Initiative 58, also known as the Natural Medicine Health Act, to the Secretary of State’s office. Initiative 58 builds on recent enthusiasm for psilocybin, which has shown promising results in treating depression, PTSD, anxiety among the terminally ill, and even nicotine addiction in college studies. And he’s not alone: ​​Decriminalize Nature Colorado advocates have been campaigning in support of a competing ballot measure, Initiative 61, which aims to decriminalize entheogenic plants and mushrooms, including psilocybin, dimethyltryptamine (DMT), and ibogaine, without establishing a legal market. . Nicole Foerster, campaign leader in competition, was not immediately available for comment, but she expressed concern about who would be left behind by a regulated market earlier this year when they introduced the proposed initiative. It is unclear how many signatures Initiative 61 has collected so far. “Without decriminalization and security that allows affected communities to organize more effectively, regulatory models will make it difficult for the most disadvantaged groups of our population to continue to access the natural medicines that they safely use to heal themselves,” Foerster said in a statement. January release. . “To address this, we are advocating for a simple change to existing laws on these controlled substances.” The original draft of Initiative 58 included the legalization of other psychedelics, such as mescaline, DMT, and ibogaine; however, the current measure only covers mushrooms, at least until June 1, 2026. Thereafter, the aforementioned substances could be added to the regulated system. Matthews and Perez said their goal is to start gradually and not overwhelm regulators with additional substances that require different approaches. “This is new to Colorado. I think two years for (the Department of Regulatory Agencies) and the advisory board to develop something for psilocybin is an excellent time frame,” Pérez said. “Loading DORA with five different substances with different applications, that’s a lot. Let’s start with one, make sure you have a good solid foundation.” Sign up for our weekly newsletter, In The Know, to get entertainment news delivered straight to your inbox.

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Governor Polis Takes Action to Address Lifeguard Shortage at Colorado Public Pools

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Gov. Jared Polis is jumping into the water in an effort to help rescue some of Colorado’s public pools that have been unable to open or have had to reduce hours due to a significant lifeguard shortage. Pools in Denver, Aurora, Thornton and Boulder have struggled to find enough employees this summer, part of a nationwide lifeguard problem. Aurora Governor and Mayor Mike Coffman appeared Tuesday at the Aurora Central Recreation Center to lay out Polis’ three-pronged approach. First, he is enacting an emergency measure that will allow 16- and 17-year-old staff members to work overtime if they choose. Those lifeguards could earn up to $24 an hour. He also announced a $25,000 grant program that area aquatic centers can apply for starting July 1 to potentially use to pay their staff more or put toward recruiting efforts. “This additional funding from the state of Colorado … will allow us to hire the talent, train the talent necessary to keep all of our pools open this summer,” Coffman said. The final piece is a program that will allow aspiring lifeguards to be paid $1,000 for a week of lifeguard training. Several of the state’s public pools have delayed the start of swimming season and/or operated on limited hours this summer after facing staffing shortages, particularly a lack of lifeguards and supervisors. A statewide survey, Polis said, found that only 57 percent of Colorado pools are fully open. “Opening our pools is really a watershed moment for our state, and trust me, it’s not a cakewalk: we’re getting it done,” Polis said. In Aurora, all six of the city’s outdoor pools opened on May 28, but only on a limited basis due to lifeguard shortage issues. Aurora lifeguards Kenzie Mayotte, 18, and Briseis Medina, 16, said that when they needed to cover a shift, it was often hard to get someone. “It’s that you don’t have hours or you have too many,” Mayotte said, “and you can’t find coverage.” Medina said that she could take advantage of the extra hours now that she is on summer vacation and the two agreed that they believe the governor’s announcement will definitely encourage more lifeguards to work longer hours. “I’m pretty sure it will help our staff to really hit the ground running knowing it’s time and a half and making more money for the summer,” Mayotte said. Ella sign up for our weekly newsletter, In The Know, to get entertainment news delivered straight to your inbox.

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