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Thu, Jul 17, 2014 - 11:38 AM

Summer is here! And Colorado is a summer playground for natives, residents and visitors from around the world. The state, with its hot Springs, fine dining and endless adventures, appeals to all five senses in so many ways. Smell. Hear. Taste. Feel. See. Indulge in all that Colorado has to...

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  • AROUND TOWN: Picnic at Benet Hill honors military

    For the fifth year the Benedictine Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery invited the public to their wooded retreat in Black Forest for a 
Sunday afternoon of natural beauty combined with face painting, basketball shooting, pony rides, climbing on firetrucks and shopping for bargains from Sisters Thrift and Boutique.

  • AROUND TOWN: ReStore, Habitat say farewell to boss

    Accolades have come over the years for Paul Johnson, executive director of Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity, but the one from Leadership Pikes Peak in 2008 for "Modeling the Way" still nails it, attested his employees and volunteers at Johnson's July 17 retirement party.

  • Rain to bring Colorado mosquito baby boom

    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 virus to humans. “With all the precipitation, you’re...

  • Food & Wine Classic in Aspen attracts top-notch chefs who show off new culinary trends

    With 50 speakers giving presentations over three days, it was hard to decide who would win my attention and precious little time at the 32nd Food & Wine Classic in Aspen in June. I zeroed in on four cooking demonstrations: "World of Eggs" by Jacques and Claudine Pepin, "Bitter Is the New Black" by Andrew Zimmern, "Global Vegetarian" by...

  • 60th annual Colorado Springs-area Parade of Homes starts Aug. 1

    Colorado Springs' Parade of Homes will mark its 60th year next week - a period over which homebuilding has changed almost as much as the community. Sixty years ago, smaller, ranch-style homes of roughly 1,000 square feet dominated many post-World War II neighborhoods in Colorado Springs, with traditional floor plans offering homeowners a...

  • Video: Get your pork shank on

    The smells of something awesome cooking on the grill permeated The Warehouse Restaurant at 25 West Cimarron St. in Colorado Springs. Food Editor Teresa Farney and I had the pleasure of watching Executive Chef and Owner Chip Johnson prepare a smoked orange chipotle barbecued pork shank. This tasty entrée is a mix of sweet and spicy rolled...

  • Legal marijuana milestone heads for Seattle museum

    SEATTLE (AP) — The first recreational marijuana sold legally in Seattle will be put on display at the city's Museum of History and Industry after a woman donated part of her purchase Tuesday. Deb Greene, a 65-year-old retiree, waited all night to be first in line at the Cannabis City store when legal pot sales began in Washington on July 8....

  • Dear Donna: On a date? Time to sever link with phone

    Dear Donna, I met a man at a networking event a few weeks ago. We have seen each other four times and he always wears his earpiece for his iPhone, even when we're out for a nice dinner. He rarely responds to anyone when we're together, but he constantly is clicking on his phone while he continues to have a conversation with me. I find it...

  • Photos: Sox the Fox wants to be mascot of the year but needs your help

    The annual Mascot Mania contest in minor league baseball is underway and Sox the Fox, the lovable acrobat of Security Service Field, is competing for Pacific Coast League Mascot of the Year. If Sox the Fox wins, he advances to the championship round (Aug. 4-11) against all the league champions. Here is his bio as told to Mike Hobson: ...

  • The art of health: In search of common ground

    One common anxiety- producing experience in a person’s daily life may be navigating differences of opinion with others and negotiating resolution without feeling as if they are on the losing end. Poor conflict resolution skills can result in the end of a job or a friendship, the beginning of a poor relationship with a neighbor and many...

  • Gay pride festival largest in Colorado Springs history

    Gay pride broke a record in Colorado Springs this weekend. More than 50,000 people came to America the Beautiful Park for cosPRIDE-FEST 24, Colorado Springs' annual gay pride festival, Saturday and Sunday according to police tally. Last year, 35,000 people attended. "I think the general attitude of Colorado Springs is changing," said Jack...

  • Local doctor chronicles encounters behind bars

    Murderers and psychopaths aren't a physician's usual patients, but for Dr. William Wright, they're part of his daily practice. In his book, "Maximum Insecurity," Wright explains his experience with some of the most ruthless and dangerous offenders in the country as the physician at the Colorado State Penitentiary. "It started as a journal...

  • Add zing to notebooks, store-bought or DIY

    When it's time to start stocking the school backpack, it's easy to grab a stack of plain, boring notebooks. But since kids have to tote these things to and fro every day, why not trade the standard-issue ones for something snazzy and personalized? There are plenty of eye-catching options to buy or to make yourself. At Zazzle and Cafepress,...

  • Hidden in cracks and crevices, Miller moths once again invade Colorado homes

    For my middle-of-the-night visits to our home's smallest room, I'm usually alone. But not lately. Nocturnal moths have invaded our home. Sometimes hidden in a hung towel or closet crack, these inch-long moths are everywhere. Yesterday one burst upward at my son from beneath a closed toilet seat lid. Yikes! Well, at least he was lifting the...

  • Pet notes: Colorado Springs-area calendar of events starting July 21, 2014

    ADOPTION FAIRS 9-Lives Rescue Inc. - For cats, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 2965 New Center Point; 591-4640; colorado 9lives.com. Dreampower - For dogs, cats and small caged pets, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and noon-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Pet-Smart, 571 N. Academy Blvd.; 390-7838; dreampower.org . LookWhatTheCatBroughtIn - Cats and kittens, 10...

  • Half of Colorado voters back Hobby Lobby ruling

    DENVER — A new poll says half of Colorado voters support the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling allowing some religiously oriented business to opt out of contraception coverage for their employees. The Quinnipiac (KWIHN'-ih-pee-ak) University poll released Monday found that 50 percent of voters support the court's Hobby Lobby decision while...

  • Billy Graham has shaped evangelical life in Colorado Springs, world

    Billy Graham likely will be remembered as the world's greatest evangelist, having preached to live audiences of nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and having persuaded millions to accept his offer of salvation through Jesus Christ. Nearly a decade after his last major public appearance, the ailing 95-year-old remains...

  • El Paso County Fair kicks off with animals and fun

    The El Paso County Fair opened bright and early Saturday morning with a 4-H dog show and a breeding Boer goat show. The fair in Calhan dubbed "Cowboy Boots & Country Roots" went on non-stop until 9 p.m. with gunfighters, comedians a kids' tractor pull and a homebrew contest. The seven-day festival has been part of county history since...

  • Must See Must Do: What's happening this weekend around Colorado Springs

    Here's a look at some of the best bets for fun and entertainment over the next few days in the Pikes Peak region: Even the goofy-foots will go for big air this weekend at the Rocky Mountain AM Jam at Memorial Park Skateboard Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave. It's all about skateboarding, and it's for amateurs of all ages. Action starts at 9 a.m....

  • Keeping documents, artifacts safe when disaster hits

    Tim Blevins and Dennis Daily, who manage the special collections at the Penrose Library, carry small pocket-size planners at all times. When unfurled, they have access to everything they need to know in case of disaster - how to call FEMA and first responders, facilities layouts, location of building shutoffs and fire extinguishers, and how to...

  • Being Billy Graham's daughter a blessing and a burden

    he couldn't find any razor blades. She had run home as soon as Sunday morning services had ended to commit suicide. She had planned this. For years, Ruth Graham had suffered silently the pain of infidelity and divorce. For years, she had put on a smile and told everyone that yes, she had it all together. She felt ashamed and humiliated, and...

  • Heart pounds, eyes close on tallest waterslide

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Halfway up the 264 stairs leading to the top of the world's tallest waterslide, it was clear this was the most breathtaking ride I'd ever encountered. And that was before I stepped foot in the raft. Two-thirds of the way up the circular stairs is a sign that says I've reached the height of the Statue of Liberty. A few...

  • 65 years ago, Altoona, Penn., was Billy Graham's crucible

    In the fall of 1949, the Rev. Billy Graham led an eight-week series of revival meetings in Los Angeles, drawing multitudes and making converts of celebrities and commoners. He rocketed into the headlines and hasn't left them since, even today at age 95 and in frail health. But there almost was no Los Angeles, no epochal career preaching to...

  • Map motifs represent the romance of travel

    With the rise of the GPS, the old-fashioned map has been reduced to an app. Yet nothing is as attractive to a die-hard traveler (other than a boarding pass) as the old blue-and-green classroom atlas or a nautical chart. Maps represent a respite from routine, the romance of the journey and the road yet traveled. The inherent design element also...

  • Plant of the week: Blue false indigo

    Common name: Blue false indigo Scientific name: Baptisia australis Type: Herbaceous perennial Height: 3-4 feet Width: 3-4 feet Blooms: May to June Where to plant: Full sun to partial shade Water requirement: Moderate, drought-tolerant once established Preparing the soil: Average soil, prefers well-drained areas Hardy: Zone 3...

  • Grow from cuttings, but do research first

    Take your gardening efforts to the next level and propagate plants from stem cuttings. Stem cuttings can be taken any time the plant is healthy and actively growing. If you have a favorite plant, one of the advantages of growing from stem cuttings is you will have a new plant that's identical to the parent. Also, the stem cutting plant may...

  • Floral aromas a lure for insects

    Wave after wave of scent has filled the air since my garden awakened in spring. Most prominent have been the aromas from daffodil blossoms, plum, flowering currant and now dame's rocket, pinks and roses. Of course, it's not for us that flowers waft those sometimes delectable aromas. Evolutionarily speaking, we don't return the favor with...

  • When it comes to pet burials, there are several unique options

    More pets are buried in U.S. backyards than any other place, but that is becoming illegal in more and more places. For those who want something unique, though, the sky's the limit. From companies that will send your pet's remains to the heavens to those who will turn them into a gemstone for your favorite broach, there's a vast array of...

  • Cooking up a color-happy kitchen

    Kitchens in traditional and vintage homes often are dressed in conservative garb: neutral hues, stainless steel, white-on-white or beige-on-beige. Historically, however, kitchens were actually pretty peppy, said Deborah Baldwin, editor of This Old House magazine. "Pastel greens, blues, creams and peaches reigned until the early 1930s, when...

  • Ken Moon: Don't bother to replace 21-year-old furnace; it's still a youngster

    Dear Ken: I have a 21-year-old furnace. We are getting new central air, and I want to know if I should replace the furnace at the same time? - Dave Answer: I would not. A furnace of that age was built under guidelines - promulgated in the early '90's - that require at least 80 percent efficiency. So a new one wouldn't gain you anything in...

  • Pikes Peak Permaculture endorse designs by nature

    Permaculture is all about channeling Mother Nature. The practice is more than 40 years old, said Becky Elder, owner of Blue Planet Earthscapes and co-director of the Pikes Peak Permaculture guild, and was developed in the 1970s by Bill Mollison from Tasmania and David Holmgren from Australia. Its name comes from the idea of permanent...

  • Seductive images expose dark side of America's diet

    It wasn't simply one commercial. It was a childhood awash in them. Like most of our childhoods, more or less. Printmaker Sam Cikauskas has channeled the sweet myth making of Mountain Dew, Heinz ketchup, Coca-Cola and other products into a series of lithographs. "I guess it's my response to growing up eating these products and kind of...

  • TERROR-dactyl: Anxiety, fear and joy on new Colorado Springs ride

    My day began with a text from my mom reminding me to bring an extra pair of pants to work - she knew I would be riding the TERROR-dactyl. On Thursday, Cave of the Winds unveiled the ride, which sits 200 feet above the floor of Williams Canyon and reaches speeds near 100 mph. I'm afraid of heights so watching videos of passengers dropping...

  • Rethinking a healthy breakfast: a meal in a muffin

    When fall rolls around and it's back to school and work, wouldn't you love to start your day with something tastier and more substantial than that all-too-typical bowl of cold cereal? It's so boring day after day. And that's apart from the fact that most cereals will fail to tide you over until lunchtime. Here, then, is a meal in a muffin, a...

  • El Paso County Fair opens Saturday with several 'characters'

    A man with a thousand voices is one of the stars at this summer's El Paso County Fair. OK, maybe not a thousand, but definitely at least a dozen. Joe Gandelman, a ventriloquist from San Diego, will perform daily with about 12 of his characters at the fair in Calhan. It opens Saturday and runs through July 26. "I always like performing,"...

  • Native American Intertribal Festival and Traditional Powwow opens Saturday

    10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Grand Entry, Freedom Financial Services Expo Center, 3650 N. Nevada Ave., $2 adults, Native Americans in full regalia and children age 12 and younger free, bring chairs as seating is limited; 329-0251, onenationwt.org Powwow etiquette: Don't touch or photograph a Native American performer or instrument...

  • AROUND TOWN: Mounds of shrimp a Cheyenne Village favorite

    The shrimp boats were a-comin' - apologies to the 1950s "Shrimp Boats" song - across the lake at Cheyenne Mountain Resort on July 10. Actually, the mounds of shrimp arrived from the kitchen steaming hot in huge shrimp boil pans, tossed with potatoes, sausage and corn on the cob. Afterwards, it was off to the fire pits for dessert s'mores....

  • AROUND TOWN: Opening night for The Mezzanine

    Onlookers downtown may have been puzzled on July 11 as people headed toward the same back alley and what had been the nondescript rear of a building that had been, in busy city-alley fashion, lined with overflowing trash containers, broken glass and delivery trucks. It was opening night for The Mezzanine, also known as The MZ and The Mez, and a...

  • Manitou Chamber Music Festival and String Quartet Program opens Tuesday

    Opening performance of Manitou Chamber Music Festival, with music by Telemann, Martinu, Beethoven and Brahms, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 800 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, $10-$20; 632-9534, manitouchambermusicfestival.com Something else: Festival runs through Aug. 3 OK, you classical music addicts: You'll certainly...

  • Amateur Pianists International turns 14

    7 p.m. Friday, David Korevaar in recital, event runs through Sunday, Packard Hall, Colorado College, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., $5-$20, 577-4556, coloradosprings conservatory.org Chuck Cabell turned 78 last week. His brainchild, the Colorado Springs-based Amateur Pianists International, turns 14 this summer. This "youngster" became too much...

  • Colorado Springs fashion design business makes the cut for Phoenix show

    It takes moxie for fledgling fashion designers to apply for a national runway show four days after the deadline. But the founders of a Colorado Springs business apparently had the talent and persistence to pull it off. Blackberry Maverick is one of 14 emerging design companies chosen from 300 applicants to stride into national focus at...

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

    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," my friend said, tongue firmly planted in self-avowed redneck...

  • Cutting-edge breast cancer radiation procedure debuts at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs

    For some breast cancer patients, treatment at Memorial Hospital will now be a lot easier and more convenient. Memorial Hospital performed its first intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) on June 24. For 79-year-old Emilie Fiedler, the medical center's first IORT patient, the procedure replaced weeks of coming to the hospital every weekday...

  • Caponata (Eggplant, Tomato and Raisin Relish)

    Caponata(Eggplant, Tomato and Raisin Relish) - Yield: 4 servings 1 large globe eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunksKosher salt3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil1 medium yellow onion, diced2 garlic cloves, minced4 plum tomatoes, diced1 sprig fresh oregano3 large celery ribs, diced2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted2...

  • Table Talk video: Bacon-Cheddar Pinwheels

    Who doesn't go wild over crispy crescent rolls dolled up with bacon, cheese and ranch dressing? It's a real crowd-pleaser. Visit gazette.com or scan the QR code below the recipe to watch a demonstration. Teresa J. Farney, The Gazette Bacon-Cheddar Pinwheels - Yield: 16 rolls 1 can (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 1 can...

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