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Bill Vogrin

Side Streets Columnist

  • Side Streets: Trash-raiding bear in Manitou a big reminder for many

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    Sybil Knighten was lying in bed Saturday night when she heard a noise outside the century-old home where she lives in Manitou Springs. It was a smashing sound she recognized as a bear rustling through the trash. "I listened to the crashing and banging and knew he was out there,"...

  • Side Streets: The rest of the story on the 1964 Pikes Peak Highway crash

    Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    Dean Yowell wants to set the record straight. Once and for all. After 50 years. So here goes. He and his best buddy, Emil Knoepke, did not cause the head-on wreck with race car driver Tommy Jamison on the Pikes Peak Highway on June 30, 1964, that injured four and sent Yowell...

  • Side Streets: For Colorado Springs pool proprietor, reopening a relief after much frustration

    Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    For 42 years, Rose Rook taught children to swim in her Village 7 Swim Club pool. Two years ago, she retired and sold the pool she had run since 1970. Or so she thought. As she approaches her 86th birthday on Monday, Rook once again finds herself going to the pool every day. But...

  • Side Streets: A salute to Buffalo Soldiers with statue

    Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Black soldiers, many of them freed slaves, played a huge role in opening the West after the Civil War. But since most were illiterate, there is little written record of the so-called Buffalo Soldiers. Few know of their cavalry regiments that fought Indians, Mexican revolutionaries,...

  • Side Streets: A special night at the zoo

    Updated: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    Clad in a ballcap and fashionable tennis shoes, Vivianna Stewart breezed from the giraffe exhibit to the meerkats and then to the elephant enclosure, pausing between text messages on her phone to admire the animals before moving on to the next exhibit. In many ways, Vivianna was like...

  • Side Streets: Church is packed for Peggy's big party

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Hallelujah for Side Streets readers. You made Peggy Shivers' 75th birthday one to remember. Let me refresh your memories. On June 6, I asked readers to give Peggy a birthday present to thank her for all she and her late husband, Clarence Shivers, have done for Colorado Springs....

  • Side Streets: Let's give bike share a spin in the Springs

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    In case any of you were wondering, I spent much of the past two weeks in the Old Country, touring Europe by riverboat (imagine Huck Finn with a gourmet chef and flat-screen TV) and traveling within a few hundred miles of my grandfather's village in Slovenia. I have so many stories to...

  • Side Streets: A private Colorado Springs man and his '67 Corvette

    Updated: Sun, Jun 22, 2014

    This started out as a story of buried treasure. Then it turned into the story of mystery and intrigue. And buried treasure. But it's mostly about a man given up for adoption as an infant, who found himself alone late in life when his adopted parents died and his short marriage...

  • Buried treasure actually story of mystery, intrigue revolving around eccentric Colorado Springs man

    Updated: Sun, Jun 22, 2014

      This started out as a story of buried treasure. Then it turned into the story of mystery and intrigue. And buried treasure. But it’s mostly about a man given up for adoption as an infant, who found himself alone late in life when his adopted parents died and his short marriage...

  • Side Streets: Retired Colorado Springs parks director sculpts nicest lawn in city

    Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Doesn't it seem like there's always one guy in the neighborhood whose lawn puts all others to shame? You know the type. These people create tsunamis on their yards and pile on more manure than I use in my Side Streets columns to produce a lush green carpet you'd expect to see in a...

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