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Bill Vogrin

Side Streets Columnist

  • Side Streets: All-black baseball team 'finally' earns spot in Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame

    Updated: 41 min ago

    Sylvester Smith seemed stunned and asked me to repeat what I said. So I told him again: The Brown Bombers, an all-black team he played on 65 years ago that won back-to-back City Baseball League championships in 1949-50, stunning their all-white opponents, had been elected to the...

  • Side Streets: Willing Colorado Springs-area landscaper frustrated by red tape

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Danielle Keenan takes pride in her home in Claremont Ranch, an unincorporated subdivision of more than 1,000 homes just northeast of the Colorado Springs Airport on the city's eastern edge. And so it has bugged her that the entrance to the neighborhood looks so bad. Ever since she...

  • Side Streets Extra: Gazette's Pulitzer Prize award result of dogged quest to right a wrong

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Something very special happened Monday in Colorado Springs. Absolutely amazing, frankly. A Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, the most prestigious honor in all of journalism, was bestowed on The Gazette and Dave Philipps. It was recognition of his three-day series "Other than...

  • Side Streets: Disaster nothing new for area so be prepared

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Disasters are a very real part of life in Colorado. - Things here burn. And flood. And they slide down mountainsides. And once in a while things shake. We even get the occasional twister. - Today's special pull-out section of The Gazette shows how locals can prepare for the disasters...

  • Side Streets: Babe Ruth visit part of Colorado Springs' baseball history

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    As the Sky Sox prepare for their home opener Friday evening at Security Service Field, it's a good time to go into extra innings talking baseball in Colorado Springs. My recent column about Melvin Barhite winning a 1949 Gazette Telegraph-sponsored contest to name the new minor league...

  • Side Streets: Wagon Man’s treatment evidence of Aspenization in Manitou Springs

    Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Alas, it turns out Wagon Man was, in fact, too funky for Manitou Springs. In December, I asked if Manitou - the mountainside tourist hamlet that embraced Homer the Duck, Emma Crawford and her runaway coffin, bizarre fruitcake-tossing contests and other quirky festivals and...

  • Side Streets: School has 140 years of teaching deaf, blind students

    Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Don't be fooled by the imposing old stone buildings of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind standing tall atop the hill at Institute Street east of downtown Colorado Springs. They only look old from the outside. You might be surprised at what's inside the 17 buildings on...

  • Side Streets: Sky Sox have Melvin Barhite to thank for name

    Updated: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    In recent days, baseball players for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox came north from spring training in Arizona and began the 2014 season. About the same time, Melvin Barhite returned to his home in Calhan after a winter visit to Phoenix. But Barhite was not among the fans who flock to...

  • Side Streets: Pat on the rump to public servants doing the right thing

    Updated: Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Who doesn't like an attaboy now and then? I sure do and I like giving them out. So here we go. I've got a high-five for Mike Chaves, a senior civil engineer for the city of Colorado Springs. And I've got celebratory pats on the rump for the Manitou Springs School District and Mayor...

  • Side Streets: This Colorado Springs building is worth restoring

    Updated: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    It's no secret that I love the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. I love the building, which opened in May 1903 as the El Paso County Courthouse. And I love its contents - the collection of 40,000 items ranging from Van Briggle pottery and American Indian artifacts to the personal...