Last summer, bands like Alabama Shakes, Trey Anastasio Band, ODESZA and more flocked to Buena Vista, Colorado for the inaugural Vertex Festival. The event was an all-around success, championed by Madison House Presents and attended by thousands of local music fans. Unfortunately, it looks like the festival will not be happening next year, thanks in part to the slowness of the local government to reissue permits.A new Denver Post feature details the full situation. According to their report, the permits for Vertex 2017 were just passed, pushing Madison House “well past original planning timelines.” That was mentioned in a statement released by Vertex, which says:“The recent approval of the permit for Vertex in 2017 is much appreciated, and displays the collective intentions to discover a great path forward. Buena Vista’s relationship with a world-class festival has amazing potential. Rushing forward could compromise the quality of the festival and is not in the best interest of Buena Vista or Vertex. We look forward to ongoing productive discussions with the community so that we can best plan the dream of what Vertex can become.”Their statement did leave room for the festival to potentially return in the future, much like Madison House Presents did when they took a year off to rebrand Rothbury as Electric Forest. However, numerous problems – including noise complaints and subsequent noise limitations – thwarted their ability to put on the festival properly. It will be interesting to see what happens to Vertex in the future, but unfortunately this report definitely puts an end to the festival’s return in 2017.
By Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaTo be certain children have a safe trip to school each day, trythese safety tips from the National Highway Traffic SafetyAdministration:* Make sure children get to the stop on time, wait far away fromthe road and avoid rough play.* Teach your child to ask the driver for help if he dropssomething near the bus. If a child stoops to pick up something,the driver can’t see him. Then he could be hit by the bus. A bookbag or backpack helps keep loose items together.* Make sure clothing has no loose drawstrings and backpack strapsare short, so they don’t get caught in the handrail or bus door.* If you think a bus stop is in a dangerous place, talk with yourschool office or transportation director about changing thelocation. Teach your child to get on and off the bus safely:1. When getting on, stay away from the danger zone near the busand wait for the driver’s signal. Board the bus single file.2. When getting off, look before stepping off the bus to be sureno cars are passing on the shoulder. Move away from the bus.3. Before crossing the street, take five “giant steps” out fromthe front of the bus, or until the child can see the driver’sface. Wait for the driver to signal that it’s safe to cross.4. Look left-right-left when coming to the edge of the bus tomake sure traffic is stopped. Continue to watch for traffic whencrossing.Other motorists pose the greatest threat to children traveling toschool. Most children are injured at bus stops by cars illegallypassing the bus.Drivers coming to a school bus from either direction must stopwhen the bus displays flashing red warning lights and extends thestop-signal arm. These signals show that children are getting onor off the school bus.Don’t pass until the flashing red lights and signals are turnedoff.Drivers traveling in the same direction as the bus are alwaysrequired to stop. In some states, but not in Georgia, driversmoving in the opposite direction on a divided roadway are alsorequired to stop.Never pass on the right side of the bus, where children enter orexit. This is illegal and can have tragic results.For more information, call the NHTSA Auto Safety Hotline(1-888-DASH-2-DOT) or visit the NHTSA Web site(www.nhtsa.dot.gov).
Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros HOUSTON — Shohei Ohtani spent nearly three months working toward a return to the mound that lasted less than three innings and left many observers on both sides of the globe concerned.But after the Angels’ 4-2 loss to the Houston Astros had ended on Sunday night, Manager Mike Scioscia said Ohtani’s drop in velocity toward the end of his 49-pitch outing was unrelated to the ulnar collateral ligament injury that kept the two-way star off the mound all summer.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Ohtani had put his bare hand up to try to grab a comebacker in the second inning, and his ring finger started to hurt in the third, Scioscia said. Between the second and third innings, Ohtani also felt some back stiffness.“I think the thing that obviously set him back for the last couple months was his elbow and his elbow felt fine,” Scioscia said. “The peripheral things, stiffness in his back and taking the ball off his ring finger, that will dissipate. We’re excited and we’re happy we saw the stuff you would hope to see from Shohei.” Action began immediately in the Angels bullpen.At one point, Ohtani threw seven of eight offspeed pitches, including a slider that George Springer hit over the left-field fence for a two-run homer. Ohtani stuck around for a few more pitches to retire José Altuve, and then his night was over.“He felt good as far as his elbow and pitching, but just didn’t feel like he could drive into his pitches (because of his back),” Scioscia said. “That was enough.”Scioscia said they may have been able to get Ohtani to about 60 pitches — 10 more than in his last simulated game — but when he had the stiff back, they decided he’d done enough.In 2-1/3 innings, Ohtani gave up two runs on two hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.While the velocity dip in the third inning certainly created questions, Ohtani had shown no issues in the first two innings. He retired six of the first eight hitters, with Springer poking an opposite-field single and Carlos Correa taking a close pitch for a walk. Marwin Gonzalez hit a comebacker that deflected off Ohtani’s hand to third baseman Taylor Ward.Ohtani threw as hard as 99, and mostly around 95-97 mph. He threw a few splitters, including one that struck out Yuli Gurriel. He threw 33 pitches in the first two innings.“The first two innings were electric,” Scioscia said.Ohtani said he actually came out throwing harder than he’d planned, because of the adrenaline of being back on a major league mound.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Ohtani was cautiously optimistic about assessing his physical condition.“I have to wait till tomorrow to see how my body reacts,” he said through his interpreter. “As of now, my body feels fine. At this point, my elbow feels fine.”Ohtani also said he couldn’t commit to his next start until seeing how he rebounds, but Scioscia had earlier said he was anticipating Ohtani would be able to make his next start, which won’t be before next Sunday, in Chicago. Scioscia also said they’d monitor his back over the next day or two to determine when he can hit again, not before Tuesday.All of that was better news that what the situation may have been.After throwing fastballs at 95-99 mph in the first two innings, Ohtani threw an 88.9 mph fastball to start the third inning. He threw six more in the inning and he didn’t crack 93 mph. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone After Ohtani left the game on Sunday night with the Angels down 2-0, they had the rest of the night to try to salvage a victory.Despite a lineup that included just three players from the opening day lineup, the Angels had six hits, three walks and a hit batter against Gerrit Cole. They couldn’t make much out of that, though. For the game, they were 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position and left 12 runners on base. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error