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UCCS' Janice Gould named Pikes Peak Poet Laureate

News: Education Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

Janice Gould, associate professor of Women's and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, has been named 2014-16 Pikes Peak Poet Laureate.

One in 4 asthma patients refered to Denver hospital didn't have asthma

Life: Health Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

It's estimated that one in 12 Americans suffers from some form of asthma, a chronic but reversible lung disease that causes inflammation and constriction of the airways.

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  • AROUND TOWN: Welcoming sister city Ancient Olympia

    Colorado Springs' newest sister city, Ancient Olympia, Greece, was welcomed April 8 with a reception at Penrose House, wrapping up a busy visit as officials toured the city, learned local history at the Pioneers Museum, met with U.S. Olympic Committee representatives and had lunch with representatives from Colorado Springs Sister Cities...

  • Researchers using math to whittle away at jet lag

    Lots of apps claim they can help you fight jet lag. Now Michigan researchers say mathematical formulas suggest it's possible to adjust to new time zones a bit faster than previously thought, and they created their own free app to help. Doctors have long said exposure to light is key. But how much, and when? "If you get light in the wrong...

  • Dogs bring comfort to victims of local, national tragedies

    It has been said that a dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. In Loveland, Colo., a child strokes the willing golden retriever's soft fur while she talks of her family's loss of everything in the flooding. She seems thrilled to be, for a short while at least, in an easier place as she sits and pets one of...

  • Myth vs. Truth: How to train your kitten

    Kittens are lovable, fun and easy to care for, right? Not always! You can turn your sweet, purring baby into a frightened scaredy-cat with just a few wrong moves in a matter of weeks. The good news is you can make sure your kittens remain loving, confident companions with a few simple techniques. MYTH: Kittens should be adopted alone and as...

  • Soria Kellogg: January 8, 1999 - March 8, 2014

    Soria Kellogg dedicated almost all of her 13 years to serving others. Whether it was listening to a story read aloud by a young student, being by the side of a homeless child, or comforting a nursing home resident, her life meant service. Soria was a yellow Labrador retriever. In January 2012, Soria was given one-six months to live due to...

  • People's Pharmacy: Doctors cling to secret code

    Once upon a time, physicians used Latin to communicate with each other and with pharmacists. It was a handy way of having a secret language that patients could not penetrate. Vestiges of this code persist to this day. For example, doctors frequently write "q.d." to mean take one a day. This is derived from the Latin quaque die, which means...

  • Colorado Springs Comic and Toy Con draws thousands

    More than 2,000 people got to hang out with Darth Vader and Chewbacca on Saturday and Sunday at the Colorado Springs Comic and Toy Con, the fourth biannual show of its kind and the most successful. This spring's convention hosted 60 vendors and 100 tables filled with toys, memorabilia and comic books at Embassy Suites Hotel on Commerce Center...

  • The Art of Health: After breaking bad habit, it still might return

    Last month, I wrote about what it takes to break bad habits. Since then, the U.S. Taekwondo Center participated in the seventh annual Kids in the Kitchen event, assisting children in breaking a bad habit and enlisting parental support to do so. Children considered what habit they would like to break, wrote that habit on a pine board and, with...

  • Dieters move past calories; food makers follow

    bsessing over calories alone has left dieters with an empty feeling. The calorie counting that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, such as the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients. That is chipping away at the popularity of products such as Diet Coke, Lean Cuisine and Special K, which became...

  • Live Well: A yoga twist on speed dating

    You're single. You like yoga. You'd like to meet a partner who's interested in yoga and/or the mindful living lifestyle that tends to go along with it. I hear you, brothers and sisters. I dived into the speed dating trend about 12 years ago and even wrote a story for The Gazette about my experience. No great love ever came of it, or even a...

  • The Country Life: Loving the long ears, aka mules and donkeys

    It was a "little renegade" of a mule that got Linda Geist hooked on mules. Her first love was horses: "I've always been a horse person, since I was a little girl," Geist said. After her husband got a mule, the Geists were invited to the inaugural meeting of the Pikes Peak Long Ears Association - a group of people with a passion for mules and...

  • Apple orchards dodge a weather bullet, growers say

    The spring storm that passed over Colorado Springs didn't leave behind as much snow as originally predicted, but enough to make 2013-2014 the snowiest season in 13 years, according to the National Weather Service. The official report from the Colorado Springs Airport was 1.5 inches, putting the season's total at 34.4 inches, said...

  • Total lunar eclipse to be visible in Colorado Monday night

    Total eclipses of the moon are unusual, but not rare. Someone on the Earth gets to see one almost every year, but from any given location, you can expect to see a total lunar eclipse about once every 2 1/2 years on average. The last one seen from Colorado was Dec. 21, 2010, so we’ve been in a bit of an eclipse lull. That’s about to change,...

  • Drive-thru review: Pizza Hut gets wings right with new deep fryers

    Pizza Hut has installed deep fryers in 5,000 of its restaurants, so I opted for an eight-piece order of Crispy Bone-In Buffalo Burnin' Hot wings. Here's the blueprint: breaded chicken wings, deep-fried and tossed in your favorite sauce, wrapped in foil and delivered warm to your door. Pizza Hut wings are available bone-in (normal wings, as...

  • Face the flat facts: Many styles of low-heeled shoes are popular this year

    It wasn't that long ago that ballet flats ruled. Now flats in almost every style imaginable are demanding their share of attention. Take your pick from ankle boots, menswear-style loafers, pointed-toe skimmers, oxfords, sling-backs, jellies, ankle-wrap sandals, sleek sneakers, espadrilles and a new generation of slip-ons. Details include...

  • Dear Donna: Woman makes going out to eat a bit of an ordeal

    Dear Donna, I've started dating a lovely lady whose company I enjoy except for one aspect. She is very picky about how her food is prepared at restaurants. I appreciate that she is a wonderful cook, but it seems as though each time we dine out her instructions on how to prepare the food become more detailed and the first 15 minutes is spent...

  • Subscription sample boxes shake up beauty routines

    It's a beauty product fan's dream: a monthly box sent to the door filled with samples of lip glosses, face creams, hair treatments and nail polishes. The trend started a few years ago with companies such as Birch Box charging between $10 and $15 a month for subscriptions. But it's recently taken off with dozens of options. There are high-end...

  • Transforming bread dough into lemony sticky buns

    Maybe it's the bright color. Maybe it's the fresh, vibrant taste. Whatever the reason, Easter has become inextricably linked to lemon. So we decided to do a refresh of the conventional breakfast cinnamon bun, infusing it with lemony goodness three different ways. We start by replacing the cinnamon sugar with sugar spiked with lemon zest. Then...

  • We stuff Turkey Day birds so why not Easter hams?

    At Thanksgiving, we stuff turkeys. At Easter, we stuff ... hams! It's not as crazy as it sounds. And it's much easier than you think. We created a delicious and beautiful baked ham that is stuffed with layer upon layer of sweet potato slices. The trick is to use a spiral-cut ham. All those slices are the perfect place to insert a bit of flavor...

  • Table Talk video: Endive adds an interesting taste to salads

    Pronounced "on-deev" and not "in-dive," endive is a versatile veggie in the kitchen. It's delicious in this salad combination, which is perfect for an Easter dinner side dish. Visit gazette.com or scan the QR code to watch a demonstration. Teresa J.

  • Navajo families receive electricity for first time

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Life has become a little easier for Margie and Alvin Tso. The couple who raised eight children in the LeChee area of the Navajo Nation did so without a power line running to their home. For Margie Tso, that meant laundering clothes in a tub with a washboard and cooking food on a wood stove. The children did homework under...

  • Revelry on the rooftop at Coors Field

    Denver - One thing's for sure, you can't beat the scenery from The Rooftop at Coors Field. The Front Range, the Denver skyline. And of course there's baseball, if you're into that sort of thing. "I've got a great view of the action," said Leonard Eilers, a retiree from Aurora who attended Wednesday's game between the Colorado Rockies and...

  • Making heaven real: Child's account leads to book- and now a movie

    During his six years as a literary agent for Colorado Springs-based Alive Communications, Joel Kneedler has helped publish a hundred books. He also has broken the hearts of hundreds of aspiring authors. "I have conversations where people are bawling, or saying I don't appreciate their life story, or accusing me of not cooperating with God's...

  • Deacons with local ties to be ordained at Notre Dame

    Two deacons of the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers who served in the Colorado Springs area will be ordained to the priesthood April 26 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The Revs. Adam D.P. Booth and Patrick E. Reidy will be ordained by Bishop Kevin...

  • Plant of the week: Forsythia

    Deciduous shrub grown for its vibrant yellow flowers that announce the arrival of spring; shrubs around town will be blooming for the next few weeks. Bright yellow, bell-shaped flowers emerge before leaves and cover branches from ground to tip. Depending on the variety, they can be compact specimen plants or tall (8-10 feet) informal hedges....

  • A light and airy fruit pudding from America's past

    Snow pudding is a great American recipe that dates to pioneer days, back when resourceful home cooks hankering for a treat had to rely on whatever they had - things such as gelatin, lemons, sugar and eggs. In fact, the first edition of Fanny Farmer's "Boston Cooking School Cookbook" in 1896 featured a recipe for snow pudding. My paternal...

  • AROUND TOWN: Historic Day Nursery's 117th anniversary

    Passers-by often wonder about the huge Tudor building at the corner of Rio Grande and Tejon streets. An old church turned school? A mining baron's mansion?

  • AROUND TOWN: Leadership Pikes Peak gives a big Yee-Haw at ProRodeo

    Following tradition, Leadership Pikes Peak graduates set out to blaze new trails. Every year, Executive Director Susan Saksa searches out a site for the program's awards celebration that might be a fresh adventure or educational experience for many participants.

  • Book review: "Updike"

    During his lifetime, John Updike was acclaimed as one of the greater writers of his generation, the poet laureate of middle-class, small-town, Protestant America. From the time he was a boy, submitting articles and drawings to school newspapers in his beloved hometown of Shillington, Pa., until his 2009 death at age 76, he produced an endless...

  • Death Valley in spring: Beautiful and not that hot

    FURNACE CREEK, Calif. - The perception of Death Valley is that it's hot and desolate. The hot part is right, at least in the summer, when Death Valley is one of the hotter places on earth. Even in spring, it's about as hot as many other places are come August, with April and May temperatures ranging from the 70s to just more than 100. As...

  • Colorado Springs nonprofit going bigger with new thrift store location

    The Assistance League of Colorado Springs is moving its Bargain Box thrift store to a larger location to offer more clothing and other items - and raise more money to help its charities. The league plans to open its new location at 405 S. Nevada Ave. on May 3. The nonprofit will hold a private party Thursday to show invited supporters the...

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

    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 individuals - had grown too corporate, too Aspenized, for a man and...

  • Colorado Springs chef turned life around with dedication to food

    You might think that someone named Brother Luck would have his way with the world. But that is not the story of this 30-year-old chef who was on a path that could have ended, as he says, "with serious consequences." When Luck was 10, his father died. His mother went through hard times and spent much of his teen and young adult years in...

  • The first Instagram photo from space is of Colorado astronaut

    The first Instagram from space has been logged, and it’s courtesy of an American astronaut. Take that, RUSSIA. Steven R. Swanson is the subject of the first space Insta, and his backdrop is a little more exciting than sunset on the Santa Monica peer: it’s the Earth. The Earth, the giant planet on which we dwell, is just casually hanging...

  • Did Gordon Ramsay drive Colorado restaurant owners to make drastic changes after 'Kitchen Nightmares?'

    Gordon Ramsay came to Colorado. He growled at restaurateurs. Now the results of the host of Fox television's "Kitchen Nightmares" season six is scheduled for airing. You can see if Ramsay's grumbling actually rejuvenated the struggling eateries with all the behind-the-scenes drama. Here's the show schedule 6 to 8 p.m. on Fox. April 11 - Amy's...

  • AROUND TOWN: They were wearing the green at Catholic Charities

    Catholic Charities' St. Patrick's Day Gala regularly sets the gold standard for fundraiser auctions, and the 13th annual celebration March 15 didn't disappoint.

  • 'Blood Relatives:' Murder is all in the family for Colorado Springs-area woman

    Dianna Taylor would describe herself as "knee high to a grasshopper." When she worked for Manatee County Sheriff Charlie Wells in Florida as supervisor of forensic crime scene section, he called her "Little Bit." At 4-foot-11-inches, she may be tiny. Don't let it fool you. She is as big as they come. Taylor, 59, will appear on the...

  • The Country Life: Windmills still have a job to do

    I often admire the windmills that sprout from the prairie, standing majestically in pastures and yards. I had a windmill when I lived in town - a flimsy, 6-foot-tall one that was a Christmas present from my wife and quickly fell apart. The ones in the country are the real deal - towering symbols of the Old West. Windmills were key to...

  • More than just a goal: Find your passion

    Passion is a powerful producer of progress. No, I'm not trying to throw a tongue twister on you this morning, but I was reminded recently of the power of passion. One of my high school friends posted this status on Facebook: "Yikes, I think I am becoming a tennis addict. I simply love it. I've played every day since Wednesday. I am heading to...

  • Food companies create soy-free tofu, egg-less mayo and reduced calorie chips

    Innovative food companies continue to release products targeted at helping those with unique dietary needs. Here are some that have caught my eye. Let's say you're a vegetarian who relies on tofu as a source of protein. Then one day you find you have an intolerance to soy, the base of tofu. What to do? Create a different tofu base, of course....

  • Egg whites work magic to make filling omelet for two

    Leaving aside anything made with powdered eggs (which don't count as eggs in my book), I've never met an egg dish I didn't like. But at the top of my list of favorites is the edible magic trick known as the souffled omelet. The magic is built into the whites of the egg. A three-egg omelet made the usual way is a substantial meal for one...

  • People's Pharmacy: Study sinks sat-fat prohibition

    Nutrition experts have egg on their faces. For years, public health policy has been to discourage consumption of saturated fat - or most any fat at all. The diet-heart hypothesis got its start in the 1950s. Ancel Keys, Ph.D., and his colleagues collected epidemiological data from around the world and decided that they showed a connection...

  • Versatile, fresh mini cakes fit for Easter dessert

    Chocolate seems to reign supreme when it comes to Easter. And while it's hard to deny the appeal of cocoa, this spring holiday also begs for something fresh with a citrus twist. So we created these dairy-free mini cakes that are rich with olive oil and lemon juice - in fact, 1 cup of each. The tender cakes - which deliver a delicious punch of...

  • Table Talk video: Cut fat, calories from guacamole with peas

    This tasty mixture is a light alternative to traditional guacamole, with about half of the calories. Teresa J. Farney, The Gazette MOCK GUACAMOLE - Yield: 1 2/3 cups 1 1/2 cups frozen peas2 tablespoons water1/3 cup fat-free sour cream1/2 mashed ripe avocado1 tablespoon lemon juice1 garlic clove, minced1/2 teaspoon ground cumin1...

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