More Stephanie Earls Articles

  • 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...

  • Cowboy church in Westcliffe bucks tradition

    Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Westcliffe - If Jesus had a man cave, this might be it. "Welcome to Cabella's," says the cowboy preacher as he sweeps you into his Wild West Cowboy Church, a church unlike any other in a town of many churches. The cowboy church isn't a tourist ploy, though pastor Larry Smith...

  • That strip of land between the street and the sidewalk can be beautiful and low maintenance

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    They go by many names - parkways, medians, berms - but probably the term that best describes the isolated strip of garden space sandwiched between sidewalk and street? Hellstrip. "It's very hot, there's a lot of foot traffic and there's usually no irrigation," said Pat Sullivan, a...

  • Rain to bring Colorado mosquito baby boom

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Monsoon-like weather this spring and summer could spell something of a mosquito baby boom in the weeks to come, said El Paso County Public Health supervisor Lee Griffen, who’s experienced a recent uptick in calls from citizens concerned about the insects, which can transmit West Nile...

  • That bites: Mosquitoes might be more attracted to you than others

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Do mosquitoes seem to find you particularly tasty? Though scientists aren’t sure why, research supports what many have long suspected: Some people — about 20 percent — are simply more appetizing to the airborne bloodsuckers, now swarming the Front Range in the wake of an unusually...

  • What exactly is a craft beer? It can depend on who you ask

    Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    I was back home in West Virginia for the Fourth of July and made plans to join a friend for drinks at a new-to-me spot, The Mountaineer, in "downtown" Berkeley Springs, a half-mile stretch of main street bounded by two of the town's three stoplights. "Best nonredneck place in town,"...

  • Former Springs teacher and coach pens pooch-inspired book

    Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    In her 33 years as a teacher at Mitchell and Doherty high schools, and an even longer career coaching swimming and running at the high school and college levels, Sandra Allen Badger saw dedication and passion triumph in countless ways, in scholars and in athletes. She learned that...