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  • Moving the future: To move forward, welcome your failures and nuture your passions

    Look in the mirror when you finish reading this. The person looking back is the only person on the planet who can get you into those jeans and reppin' this summer's hottest looks. The opposite holds true, too. That mirror image is the only person with the uncanny ability to make you loaf more when you probably should be lifting. We are often...

  • Americans most motivated to clean house for company

    The world might hold fewer neatniks than observation alone would have us believe. A recent survey commissioned by the CLR cleaning product company revealed what professional house cleaners long have known: A majority of Americans (64 percent) are most motivated to clean when company's coming to visit. "Some people don't care. For them it's...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting April 25, 2015

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR Saturday Landscape Installation Workshop - 9-11 a.m., Conservation and Environmental Center, 2885 Mesa Road, free. Registration: 668-8232. Growing Great Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, Beans, Squash and More - 10-11:30 a.m., Horace Mann Middle School, 1001 E. Van Buren St., $10. Registration: tinyurl.com/pt4kdrx....

  • Tricks, tools for organizing the kitchen

    If you've lived with your kitchen for a while, chances are you've got drawers of stuff you rarely use and cupboards you hate. Wouldn't it be nice to have a well-organized spot that makes food preparation a breeze? Some of the latest ideas and products for whipping a kitchen into shape: Divide and conquer: Kitchens function best when divided...

  • Concrete gains ground as decorative material

    The Pantheon. The Panama Canal. The Hoover Dam. When you think of concrete, you might imagine great feats of engineering, or at least highway overpasses and other sturdy, stolid structures. But concrete has become a stylish medium in the home, thanks to interior designers and artisans. "Concrete is such an amazing and cheap material. I can...

  • Sculpture to honor Air Force Academy POWs in Vietnam captures 'spirit of defiance'

    There's a hidden message in the Air Force Academy's newest sculpture that alumni who became prisoners of war say is as profound as it is profane. The 1-ton bronze depicts life at the Hanoi Hilton, Vietnam's infamous prisoner of war camp. The prisoner shown in the work is bound at the legs, elbows and wrists, placed in a position of...

  • Best and Brightest 2015: Teen aims to merge interests in science, art

  • Around the house: Now might be time to replace old water heater

    Dear readers: I wrote about new water heater regulations several weeks ago that will require manufacturers to install more efficient insulation around the tank to save energy. The retail cost will increase between $200 and $300, according to my friends in the plumbing industry. So if your water heater is older than 15 years, it might be a good...

  • Year-round gardening: It's May so get those garden tools ready

    May is one of the busier months in the garden. Here's a look at some activities you should start planning. Early May - Clean and sharpen garden tools. - Change oil in lawnmower and sharpen blade and replace air filter if needed. - Mugo pines might be the first pruning challenge of season. Pinch or cut out two-thirds the length of the...

  • Blog: World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is Saturday

    Even if you know nothing about tai chi or qigong, the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs invites you to participate in World Tai Chi and Qigong Day at America the Beautiful Park. Beginning in New Zealand, the event will spread time zone by time zone across 60 countries and six continents. The idea is to promote calm and wellness around...

  • Side Streets: Colorado Springs man offers no defense for accumulated junk cars, quickly convicted

    A five-year battle that pitted one man against his neighborhood and city code enforcement officers over unlicensed and junk vehicles and debris he collected at his Pulpit Rock home ended with a whimper Wednesday. A year after being issued four summons for his junk cars and debris, Greg Heskin finally faced a judge in Colorado Springs...

  • Group asks Colorado Supreme Court to reverse Christo artwork decision

    Rags Over the Arkansas River, also known as ROAR, has filed a brief asking the Colorado Supreme Court to reverse its decision to allow an art installation that would cover six miles of the river with fabric panels. ROAR argued in its brief that the Colorado Parks Board's actions and Court of Appeals decision to support them threatens the...

  • Giddyap: Manitou Springs' restaurant will ride again

    Manitou Springs' historic Stagecoach Inn, closed since February after decades of serving hearty American fare, is set to ride again. Local restaurateur Paul Jakubczyk, owner of PJ's Bistro since 2002, has contracted to buy the Stagecoach Inn property at 702 Manitou Ave. and is targeting a Memorial Day reopening for the longtime restaurant...

  • Longtime Colorado Springs firefighter remembered as a 'problem solver'

    Harry Sievers, a veteran firefighter and former chief of the Colorado Springs Fire Department who helped create the department's first 911 system, died Wednesday at age 86. The Nebraska native joined the department in 1953 as a rookie after a tour with the Army in Korea. He became chief in 1978. Before he became chief, Sievers oversaw the...

  • Best and Brightest 2015: Simple hug changes teen's outlook on community service

    This is the fifth of 20 profiles about The Gazette's Best and Brightest Class of 2015. Devon Klingman helped a girl and her family load a bicycle into their car at a Christmas giveaway, then headed back inside to finish her volunteer shift. "I was surprised by a giant hug the girl had run up to give me," she said. Although Klingman has...

  • Colorado Springs area To Do Today calendar for April 24, 2015

    On TV "Bruce Jenner - The Interview," 8 p.m., ABC: The former Olympian chats with Diane Sawyer. TRIBUNE NEWS sERVICE Birthdays Shirley MacLaine is 81. Actor-singer Michael Parks is 75. Barbra Streisand is 73. Country singer Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys is 72. Actor Eric Bogosian is 62. Actor Michael O'Keefe...

  • Table Talk: Colorado Springs coffee shop expanding food menu

    Eric Umenhofer, owner of Colorado Coffee Merchants, 302 E. Fillmore St. is stepping up the food game at his coffee house and roasting facility. He has opened up the east side of his store to make room for a diner bar. That, in part, is because since January, Stephanie Lyman, owner of Steffi's Confections, has expanded her candy making at the...

  • Blog: Meditation workshop in Peyton

    I struggle with meditation. Not so much with the sitting quietly part, but more with the actually getting myself to sit down and do it.  And I know it's great for me. I also know how good it makes me feel almost every time I do it. I can't lie. It doesn't always leave me feeling great. Sometimes my brain is particularly busy and I feel...

  • Movie on runner and tribe of 'superathletes' coming to town

    The tale of a Boulder ultrarunner who befriended a tribe of Mexican Indian "superathletes" is coming to the big screen in Colorado Springs. "Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco," which will be shown April 30 at Stargazers Theatre, depicts the reclusive Tarahumara tribe of Mexico's Copper Canyons, whose members were capable of covering...

  • Trail Talk: Political season prime time to talk about trails, bike lanes

    I recently led a discussion on the politics of trails for a class at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where the trail system is being expanded. If you don't believe the topic of trails can be political, attend the next public meeting as El Paso County Parks attempts to finish the last segment of Ute Pass Regional Trail. If...

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