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  • New Colorado Springs D-11 executive chef tasked with creating 'awesomeness' in schools

    Nathan Dirnberger has been driven to follow his dream to be a leader - and he's getting his chance. Dirnberger, 27, is the newly hired executive chef for School District 11. But it hasn't been an easy journey for this young chef. His parents divorced when he was 5, leaving his mom to raise him and three older siblings. "She was doing the...

  • Young skiers, snowboarders can get free access to Colorado mountains

    In the Colorado outdoors, there's no better time for learning than fifth grade. Colorado Ski Country USA announced Tuesday that it will once again offer free or discounted access to 20 of the state's ski resorts through its Passport Programs. The 5th Grade Passport allows fifth-graders to ski or ride at no charge for three days at...

  • Colorado town to become Bud Lite's 'Whatever' town

    DENVER — Some people in normally laid back Crested Butte are not up for "Whatever" — a secretive Bud Lite plan to paint their mountain town blue and turn it into a fantasy town for an online and television ad campaign. The company has agreed to pay the town $250,000 to fence off its main street and bring in more than 1,000 revelers to the...

  • 'Love for Luna Day' to help recovering Colorado Springs baby

    When Colorado Springs Dutch Bros. franchise owner Travis Pickern learned that two regular customers were struggling after their daughter was born with a severe heart defect, the emotional story hit home. Six years ago, Travis and Rita Pickern's youngest son was born with a heart condition that required multiple surgeries and a two-month stay...

  • SURVIVAL DOCTOR: Answers to the most frequently asked ebola questions

    Lately, I've been flooded with media inquiries about Ebola. I'm sure you've read the headlines: Africa is having an unprecedented outbreak of this horrible disease. Here are my answers to the most common questions. 1) What is Ebola, and why is it so feared? It's a virus, found in Africa, that causes high fever, diarrhea and vomiting, plus...

  • EAT WELL: Colorado Springs backyard gardeners can sell their nutritious produce to restaurants

    How does your garden grow? For many gardeners, backyard plots are producing nicely - so nicely, in fact, that some folks might be trying to think of ways to ditch their abundance of zucchini on unsuspecting neighbors' porches. When it comes to vegetables, it is impossible to overstate the virtue of freshness. Plants begin to lose nutrients...

  • Calendar of events starting Aug. 26, 2014

    HEALTH NOTES 
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Bet on SET Casino Night - Las Vegas-style gaming, hor d'ouvers and drinks to benefit SET Family Medical...

  • Side Streets: Hit me with your best shot - of icy water

    By now, the entire nation knows about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It's the viral social media campaign designed to raise awareness and money for research for ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an incurable degenerative disease that slowly cripples its victims and ends in death. In video after video, people are getting doused with ice...

  • Study: Do dogs get jealous?

    LOS ANGELES - When Shetland sheepdog Maggie comes home from the groomer, her owners praise and pet her shiny coat, much to the chagrin of pit bull Stormy, who will head-butt her until their family cuts out the compliments. "Stormy's jealous," said owner Amy Putnam, who lives 45 miles east of Los Angeles. "You know how you're supposed to...

  • University of ICU

    Lauren Davies had a desperate thought while stuck in traffic as she frantically drove upstate to reach her 19-year-old. "If I drive on the shoulder and a cop stops me, will he believe me when I tell him I think my daughter's dying in a hospital?" The sophomore had fallen so ill from an out-of-control sinus infection that she was in a...

  • DEAR MS. KITTY: Help cats' later years be golden

    Dear Ms. Kitty, I have an incredible tuxedo cat named Ranger. He will be 14 years old this fall and is very healthy for his age. Even so, I'm wondering if there is anything I need to watch out for now that he's a "senior" kitty. Dear reader, Thanks for being a responsible, concerned cat guardian. According to the American Animal Hospital...

  • Drive-thru review: Blizzards and Chips Ahoy! - a match made in heaven

    Are you kidding? Chips Ahoy!, the top-
selling chocolate chip cookie in supermarkets, swirled into Dairy Queen's iconic soft serve? We don't stand a prayer. I'll take a large for eating at the restaurant, a medium for the drive home and a small for the fridge. Way, way in the back of the fridge, where it'll be safe until, oh, about 3 a.m.,...

  • New Colorado Springs faith-based magazine honors 'mountaintop moments'

    When Jeffrey Holmquist moved to Colorado Springs a year ago, he noticed a niche that he had the skills to fill. Despite the city's large religious community, there was no faith-based newspaper. So Holmquist quit his job at the Pueblo Chieftain in June and decided to go off on his own, using his 30 years of newspaper experience to start The...

  • Solo in Peru: hiking, climbing, good food and fantastic vistas

    "Did you go to Machu Picchu?" Typically, this is the first question that I get when I mention that I went to Peru. No, I did not visit the iconic city of the Incan Empire, the 500-year-old archaeological treasure trove of clues about what life was like in the area before the arrival of the conquistadors. I climbed 18,000-foot glaciated...

  • Pet-friendly dating sites match up people, pooches

    On these dating sites, a passion for pets will help you find more than just puppy love. Sites like PetsDating.com and YouMustLoveDogsDating.
com have found a new niche as singles flock to computers and smartphones to find relationships, connecting dog owners to potential mates who enjoy long walks in the dog park and slobbery canine kisses as...

  • Tap the soothing sounds of water for home

    What do you imagine when you think of fountains? Maybe the amazing 24-ton, four-
story silver loop Julie Penrose Fountain in America the Beautiful Park that is said to be a bridge between earth and sky? It may be inspirational. But alas, it won't fit on your patio. The sound of water is said to be one of the most popular sounds worldwide....

  • Retreats should reflect a casual glamour, says Dallas decorator

    From airy beach houses filled with light to rustic retreats tucked into the mountains, vacation homes can lead to inspired decorating. "You love that place; that's why you're there. That's the place you want to go to relax," says Dallas interior designer Jan Showers, author most recently of "Glamorous Retreats" (Harry N. Abrams, 240 pages,...

  • YEAR-ROUND GARDENING: Annoying fungus gnats are easy to defeat

    Shoo! Swap! Smash! Fungus gnats! I received a good luck charm in the form of a shamrock plant around St. Patrick's Day in March. When I repotted it in a slightly larger pot, to encourage longevity and prosperity, the fungus gnats appeared. These very small flies congregate around houseplants and adjacent windows. They are harmless to...

  • KEN MOON: Running a humidifier and the A/C a formula for a moist house

    Dear readers: A listener was complaining to me that the humidity in her house was high, even though she has central air. It didn't take long to figure out that she was running her furnace humidifier and the A/C at the same time. This is a big no-no. Air conditioning condenses water vapor out of the air as it cools. Meantime, the humidifier is...

  • Colorado Springs gardeners can dig into food sale, harvest festival

    
Thursdays and 
Saturdays Harlan Wolfe Ranch Pick 'n Pay - Spinach, lettuce, argula, kale, herbs and more available, 9 a.m.-noon, Harlan Wolfe Ranch, 915 W. Cheyenne Road; ppugardens.org. Sept. 6 Family Fun Cornhole Tournament - To benefit Abundant Harvest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainable farming and community...

  • Service to be held Saturday for Korean War veteran, POW Lester Stroup

    A Colorado Springs veteran who spent more than 1,000 days in a North Korean prisoner of war camp will be remembered at a memorial service Saturday. Retired Army 1st Sgt. Lester Stroup died Sunday. He was 84. Stroup joined the Army in 1949 as an alternative to life as a farm laborer and wound up in an artillery outfit of the Army's 2nd...

  • 'Soiled Dove' an entrepreneur

    What: Summer Speaker Series, "Think You Know History," with Pearl de Vere (portrayed by actor Colette Labate) Connection to Colorado Springs: Pearl de Vere was born of a comfortably-appointed Chicago family, but, by her mid-teens, she was working as a prostitute in Denver and then Cripple Creek, after the notorious mining town boomed in what...

  • Humane Society pleased despite possibility it will miss lofty adoption goal

    The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region may not meet its ambitious goal of saving nearly 4,000 cats and dogs to win the ASPCA's $100K Rachael Ray Challenge this summer, but a spokeswoman said the shelter still came out on top. In May, the nonprofit was chosen along with 50 shelters across the country to compete for a $100,000 grant from...

  • 'A vision to serve every child in need'

    CASA of the Pikes Peak Region is among the biggest and brightest CASA programs in the country. It's such a force that sometimes it implements cutting-edge programs "almost before we think of them," said national CASA CEO Michael Piraino, chuckling. The head of Court Appointed Special Advocates since 1977 was among the several hundred guests...

  • Colorado chef takes food for the road to a 'real' new level

    Biju Thomas is a Colorado chef with a strong connection to cycling. So it's no wonder his brand of cooking is high on nutrition and low on processed foods. Instead of trying to be cutting edge, Thomas cuts to the chase with one simple demand: Eat real food. For the professional cyclists with whom Thomas works, the logic makes perfect sense....

  • Three food-centric movies will leave you hungry

    Warning: Don't even think about seeing one of the following movies on an empty stomach. A collection of recent foodie flicks have scenes so mouthwatering you'll be starved by the time the show ends. "Chef" "Chef" had me salivating for a Cuban sandwich before the final credits rolled. Even a simple grilled cheese sandwich was made to look so...

  • Colorado Springs native battles it out on Food Network's 'The Great Food Truck Race'

    Colorado Springs native Nicole Hoffman, a graduate of Doherty High School, moves on to the second stage of "The Great Food Truck Race." The fifth season airs Sunday on the Food Network channel. Hosted by celebrity chef Tyler Florence, the series features eight teams of rookie food truck operators who travel from California to Florida. Each...

  • MLB rankings, in beer-speak

    Washington Post survey ranks teams based on ballpark beer offerings

  • Keep Labor Day healthy with grilled chicken salad

    Labor Day, summer's last hurrah, is a feast day. And mostly, we tend to overdo it. Ribs, steaks, burgers and hot dogs? Check, check, check and check! Vegetables and other light fare? Not so much. The standard routine amounts to the summer version of Thanksgiving, except that after the meal everyone collapses onto the lawn rather than a couch....

  • Classic Colorado rides: 7 alternatives to Pro Cycling Challenge's seven challenging stages

    As cycling fans worldwide tune in to this week's USA Pro Challenge, all eyes will be on Colorado. Fortunately, when it comes to one-of-a-kind cycling, the Centennial State has plenty to hold their interest. "You have a huge variety of terrain and experiences," said Dan Grunig, executive director of Bicycle Colorado, describing the sense of...

  • JON KLEIS: Take steps to prevent the spread of New Zealand mudsnails

    Some of you might have noticed signs posted along parking areas of the South Platte River that read: "New Zealand mudsnails have been found here." Most of the signs have a photo and description of this invasive species. Many of you might be wondering what the big deal is and what you can do to prevent the spread of this aquatic nuisance....

  • Competing at altitude no joke for cyclists, other endurance athletes

    Competing at high altitudes is no joke for endurance athletes. Kiel Reijnen, a professional cyclist from Boulder, knows all about it. "There's a shortness of breath, and it's easy to get dehydrated. Staying hydrated is one of the biggest things people miss," said Reijnen, 28. "You're used to your legs giving out before your lungs; now your...

  • Fishing report: Aug. 19-25

    FISHING REPORT CONDITIONS NORTHEAST COLORADO Eleven Mile State Park: Trolling is becoming more and more difficult as floating and submerged weed beds get in the way. You simply won't catch if you are dragging even a little weed. Make sure to check your line often. Down riggers are less likely to be effected. Needlefish and Tasmanian...

  • Breathe in, breathe out: It's worth practicing

    Breathing seems like a simple thing: Inhale, exhale, repeat. That might be true if you're sitting down watching television, but it isn't true if you're an athlete or even if you're merely doing something athletic. If you're active, the secret to success is to work on your breathing. Many athletes think that practicing breathing is only for...

  • No-fly list rules get changes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. The decision comes after a federal judge's ruling that there was no meaningful way to challenge the designation, a situation deemed unconstitutional. In response, the...

  • Fresh summer salsa that requires no tomatoes, chopping

    We generally assume two things about salsa that we shouldn't. First, that it must involve tomatoes. Second, that the ingredients should be chopped. While chopped tomato salsas are delicious, you don't want those to be your only experience. There are so many other ways to enjoy fresh salsa. To prove the point, I offer this shaved grapefruit...

  • THE WINE GUY: End of summer sipping

    As a wine writer, I receive a lot of samples from wineries hoping I will like their wine enough to write about it in one of my columns. And sometimes I look over my tasting notes only to find wines I want to recommend but for various reasons haven't fit into the theme of any of my previous columns. That scenario just played out again a few...

  • AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. The decision comes after a federal judge's ruling that there was no meaningful way to challenge the designation, a situation deemed unconstitutional. In response, the...

  • Blog: I Dirty Dashed and lived

    I did it. I survived a three mile run with obstacles in the mud. And now I want more, more, I tell you! I can see how those races get addictive. Saturday morning, instead of trotting off to teach a vinyasa yoga class at CorePower Yoga, I cruised down the interstate with my bestie from high school to the Pikes Peak International Raceway. We...

  • The Country Life: Combating the No. 1 killer of horses

    It was a Sunday night and we were getting ready to go to bed when we heard the first whinny from Nikki, our horse. When she whinnied a second time, my wife and I grabbed flashlights and went out back to investigate, worried that perhaps an animal was in the pasture and upsetting Nikki. We saw nothing, told her good night and went back inside....

  • El Paso County flags to fly half-staff in honor of former commissioner

    Born and raised on a ranch in Rush where he lived until he died, Loren Whittemore was a cowboy in every sense of the word.
The former El Paso County commissioner, writer, rancher and civic leader died Sunday of a heart attack. He was 79.
Whittemore served three terms on the Board of El Paso County Commissioners from 1985-1997 and was a familiar...

  • Live Well: Oil pulling draws fans, skeptics in Colorado Springs

    Oil pulling is all the rage these days. The practice of swishing coconut, sesame or sunflower oil around in your mouth for up to 20 minutes makes frequent headlines on covers of natural health magazines and in my Facebook feed. And when people ask me what I think, my answer seems to surprise them: "No, thanks. Gross." But I know others who...

  • Moving the Future: Lessons from decades at the gym

    The year was 1979. It was August. I remember because school was close to starting, and my mom was going to take me shopping for my "school clothes" after we went to a place called the gym. We walked in. Basketballs bouncing in one room. Racquetballs screeching off the floor in another. People were running on a small track. I could smell the...

  • Health notes: Calendar of events starting Aug. 19, 2014

    HEALTH NOTES Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202. Bines and Brews Hopfest - With local breweries, food and more, to benefit Tri-Lakes Advocacy Partners and...

  • Bike movies and movies with bikes inspire, amuse

    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. "You don't see James Bond very often on a bike," said Michelle...

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