Good luck Chris Woodka — no one can replace your work on the water beat

Coyote Gulch

Chris Woodka photo via The High Country News Chris Woodka photo via The High Country News

FromThe Pueblo Chieftain:

Chris Woodka, a longtime editor and reporter at The Pueblo Chieftain, recently accepted the position of issues management program coordinator for the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District, effective Sept. 12. He will work with the district and Bureau of Reclamation on the Arkansas Valley Conduit and other projects.

Woodka, 61, has worked at The Chieftain since 1985. For the past 12 years, he has been on special assignment as a water reporter, as well as filling various relief roles for other editors and reporters. Over the years, he has received numerous awards from newspaper associations and various community groups.

Woodka will continue to write Monday Morning Special, which appears weekly in The Chieftain’s Life section.

Click here to read the Coyote Gulch post about Chris from Matt Jenkins writing in The High Country News: From the…

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Pueblo’s Pokemon potential

As the Pokemon Go phenomenon catches fire across the globe, Pueblo is not immune to its charms. Businesses all over are trying to capitalize on the fact that they’s suddenly become PokeStops and Pokemon Gyms. A few spots around town are emerging as Pokemon points of interest.

BINGO!

Pueblo’s Bingo Burger is near a PokeStop (a place where Pokemon Go players can replenish their supplies of items like Potions and the all-important PokeBalls used to catch virtual critters). But Bingo Burger isn’t just hoping that passing players will become patrons after using the PokeStop — they’re actually offering a 10% discount off your meal if you show them your Pokemon (something I wish I’d known before I bought yesterday’s lunch).

THE WILD …

The Pueblo Zoo is getting in on the act, too, posting a few screenshots of the augmented-reality game’s virtual Pokemon creatures mingling with the mooses, African painted dogs, owls and North American river otters on their Facebook page — and adding that non-member visitors can show the cashier that they have the Pokemon Go app on their phones to get $1 off the price of admission.

But, wait — there’s more! The paperboy statue right in front of The Pueblo Chieftain office at 825 W. Sixth St. is a PokeStop, too — so you can conveniently resupply whenever you have business here.

STAR POWER: Fanatics make midnight run for ‘Phantom’ toys

The Tribune

Sunday morning, Dan and April Wendt and their two sons were at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver, braving wet and windy 30-degree weather to feel the Force at the Star Wars Celebration.

By that night, they had joined about 300 other fans of George Lucas’ saga in line at Toys “R” Us at 1617 W. Southern Ave. in Mesa, hoping to be among the first in the Valley to get their hands on the new line of toys based on ‘Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace.’

“I want figures,” Dan Wendt said. “Figures, ships, Legos. Anything I can find.”

He wasn’t disappointed. Continue reading STAR POWER: Fanatics make midnight run for ‘Phantom’ toys

Power of the Force

‘Star Wars’ die-hards brave the elements, ridicule
to be the first in line for the film’s opening —
and to raise a little money for charity, too

Special to the State Press Magazine

The Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood is famous for the celebrity handprints and footprints in the Forecourt of the Stars outside.

But the footprints about 50 feet away from them are currently getting most of the attention. Continue reading “Power of the Force”