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  • Free antique appraisals and host of HGTV's 'Room Crashers' at Springs Home and Landscaping Show

    Longtime antique appraiser Michael Amosson once helped a man earn $335,000 for a stack of 150 old letters bearing signatures of the major generals of the Civil War. The man thought they were worth about $5,000. "It was life changing," Amosson says. "He had no idea what he had. I've talked to him on the phone a couple times since then, and he...

  • Voice of the Consumer: sewer backup protection

    I heard from a couple of people last week who received mailers from companies that sell sewer backup repair plans. They wanted to know if they need that kind of protection and, if so, what businesses are best. It's an important issue and something every homeowner should consider. Yes, you want to make sure you're covered if the sanitary...

  • Test for deadly gas common to Colorado Springs area

    Radon - a gas second only to cigarette smoke in its ability to cause lung cancer - can't be seen, smelled or tasted. But now might be the perfect time to detect it. Colorado public health officials are urging residents this month to test for the noxious gas, which exists at high levels across Colorado and, in particular, the Pikes Peak...

  • Around the House: Flooding from a broken washing machine hose

    Dear Ken: We had a basement flood from a broken washing machine hose a while back. What do you recommend to prevent this in the future?

  • Around the House: Options for combustion air ducts

    Dear Ken: When we got a new furnace, they installed two big ducts through the outside wall. I’m thinking of blocking them up because they let in so much cold air. Brrrrrr. Is this really required? Can I cover them up for now?

  • Deck the halls: Start with the living room

    It’s time to break out the garland and dress up your living room for Christmas!

  • Tree talk: Keep your Christmas tree fresh through the holidays

    Christmas comes but once a year, and spending family time picking out the right tree and thoughtfully trimming it with treasured knickknacks, serves up lifelong memories.

  • Around the House: Replacing Old Hardboard Siding

    Dear Ken: I have that old hardboard siding that has seen better days. What are my options for replacing it with vinyl, stucco or other kinds? Larna

  • The Country Life: No dirt, no weeds - is aquaponics the future of farming?

    No dirt. No tractors. And no weeds! In a warehouse on the east side of Colorado Springs, Gavin Vitt and his wife, Marshea, have started a business focused on what they see as the future of farming: aquaponics. So I was intrigued when the first thing I saw when I entered the lobby of Daily Harvest Aquaponics was a tribute to farming's past....

  • Gifts you can use - and use up

    The holiday catalogs and gift guides are starting to pour in, full of wonderful stuff to wrap for friends and family. But what about those who don't want more stuff? Small-space dwellers don't have room for much. Seniors might not either, or might not want the burden of more things at this stage in life. Instead, think about giving...

  • Host first holiday party like a champ

    Hosting your first holiday party can be similar to public speaking and going to the dentist - anxiety-provoking. There are so many bits and pieces to consider that forgoing the whole kit and caboodle might sound like a better idea. "I realize how nervous people get," said Michelle Talarico, owner of Cravings Five Star Events. "I can throw...

  • Holiday gifts for the home and garden

    Gifts for the home and the home gardener are handier, speedier and more efficient than ever. Not only that, they're more colorful and often just plain cute. In the kitchen, coffee makers grind and brew whole bean blends in one operation and George Foreman grills now have removable grills for cleaning. And how cool is this hot idea: TEMPerfect...

Life: Food

In honor of Famous Potato Bowl, a tribute to the spud

Wed, Dec 17, 2014 - 8:41 AM

In honor of Air Force's appearance in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday, we write in praise of the rough-and-ready tuber. According to the Idaho Potato...

Life: Food

A chocolatey rich coconut cream pie for Christmas

Wed, Dec 17, 2014 - 7:50 AM

Coconut is my family's must-have sweet during the holidays. Usually we have a fresh coconut cake, but my mom has been known to sneak a Mounds bar - her favorite candy...