More Stephanie Earls Articles

  • Bike movies and movies with bikes inspire, amuse

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Imagine a scene, one in which we first meet our dashing hero face-to-face as he emerges - unscathed, despite all odds - from dispatching a band of would-be marauders lurking over yonder rise. Our hero sweeps in, oozing tasteful chest hair and testosterone . on his Schwinn. Yeah....

  • Love of bikes bonds father, son despite distance

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    If you were a kid in a certain neighborhood in Minneapolis about 15 years ago, and you had an old, ratty, snaggle-spoke bike so broke no repair guy wanted to touch it, Dean Carr was the bike man for you. Carr loved bikes, especially the ones that needed it the most. "Dean loved...

  • The wrong tool for the job

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    When the right-now tool is wrong wrong wrong

  • New book designed to nurture Colorado's beginning gardeners

    Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Diana Maranhao grew up the daughter of gardeners in the Pacific Northwest, eating fruits and vegetables fresh from the picking. As for the picking itself, she was never a fan - not until she was grown and raising two young children in rural Southern California. Lucky for her, her...

  • Hops, elevated: Monument farmer grows local hops for local brews

    Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Last year, Rick Squires was in the Pacific Northwest buying supplies for his Monument hop yard, a decent-sized operation by Colorado standards with seven rows of bines growing on about a half acre of Squires' property. When he told a Willamette Valley farmer that his crops had yielded...

  • Pets, kids hardwired to take shelter when thunder signals that storms are coming

    Updated: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    In an early scene in the 1982 movie "Poltergeist," the father character (played by Craig T. Nelson) comforts his son, Robbie, during a storm by having the boy count aloud the seconds between lightning and thunder. If the interval between each flash-and-boom set gets longer, dad...

  • Your pets will tense up if you do

    Updated: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Your response to a rumble in the sky could be feeding your child's - and your pet's - anxiety, experts say. When a child is unsure how to respond in a new or uncomfortable situation, the child will seek cues from adults. "If parents tense up and run away from the rain, as they do,...

  • Girl Gone Wild: Rafter is wrung out after an afternoon on the Arkansas River's wet roller coaster

    Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    "Stop paddling!" This is the river guide command I know best, thanks to my sister, Shelby, who in her 20s spent several seasons living in a tent and guiding tourists on East Coast waterways. When I visited West Virginia in early July, she took me down the Shenandoah, a languid...

  • Colorado Springs Beer Fest hoists a cold one for a good cause

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive., $30, $50 VIP tickets get revelers in an hour early, available online, at the Bristol Pub at Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., and at the gate; 1-303-777-6887, From humble beginnings in a...

  • Gazette 'Cutest Kid' photo contest supports charity, Empty Stocking Fund

    Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Kids, they're just so. Darn. Cute. We know, if you had a dollar for every adorable child picture stored in your cellphone ... you'd donate it to charity, right? The Gazette's Cutest Kid Photo Contest invites readers to share their most awwww-inducing portraits for the chance at a...