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Want a Pikes Peak Christmas tree? Permits on sale

News: Local News Sat, Nov 22, 2014 - 4:15 AM 0

Planning on cutting down your Christmas tree in the forest? Tree-cutting permits for the Pike National Forest's Pikes Peak District will be available starting Dec. 1, the U.S. Forest Service said Friday in a news...

Deck the halls: Start with the living room

Dec 13, 2014

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

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  • 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...

  • Looking for gardening gifts? Here are some ideas sure to grow a smile

    Poinsettias or amaryllis plants often come to mind as holiday gifts for our gardener friends, but what about something more interesting or practical? Independently owned, local nurseries are a great resource for unique garden treasures. There are several outstanding garden centers in town that carry gift items to delight the gardener. Here...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting Nov. 29, 2014

    HOME AND GARDEN 
CALENDAR Thursday Simple Toilet Repairs - 10-11:30 a.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., $4. Registration: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. Dec. 6 Home Buying - 10 a.m.-noon, Ent Federal Credit Union, 4545 Galley Road, free. Registration: 574-1100, ext. 6670, ent.com. Dec. 6 and 7 Tweeds Holiday...

  • Around the House: Moisture if trouble for walls

    Dear Ken: My house is 85 years old and the basement walls are crumbling. What can I do about this? By the way, we installed gutters several years ago. - Carey Answer: That would have been my first suggestion. The concrete walls in these older houses are challenging. First, the concrete mixture was probably short on cement and long on sand....

  • Bargain-hunting can lower renovation costs

    FORT COLLINS - I've never visited the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel in Denver, but I can pretend. That's because I have a stainless steel soaking tub in my master bathroom that's made by the same company that built the custom tub for the Four Seasons spa. It's not that I have a limitless budget, but I temper my expensive taste in bathrooms...

  • LED lights the next big thing in holiday lighting

    hursday might say Thanksgiving on the calendar, but it's also unofficially known as "the national it's OK to turn your lights on day," said Brian Zakavec, owner of High Altitude Holiday Lighting. That gives you five days to locate the boxes of lights, unsnarl them, check that they work and string them along the rooftop and trees. It also...

  • Coming Friday: The Gazette's holiday lights map

    Tis the season to shine your lights! We would love to showcase your hard work, whether you're a novice or the next Clark Griswold. Starting Friday, The Gazette will launch its interactive holiday lights map at gazette.com/holidaylights. So nominate yourself or a friend. Even that neighbor who has been planning his display for 12 months. If...

  • Around the House: Itchy skin not only thing that will benefit from humidifying house

    Dear Ken: We need a humidifier. We are tired of itchy skin and being stuffed up all the time. Can you tell us what to look for? - Lucy Answer: The newest versions of whole house humidifiers are self-cleaning and have no moving parts. Gone are those old rotating foam drums and reservoirs that were a haven for bacteria and mold spores. Now we...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting Nov. 22

    HOME AND 
GARDEN 
CALENDAR TUESDAY Fall Floral Class - Learn how to make a centerpiece for holiday table and table décor, 3-4:30 p.m., Garden of the Gods Gourmet, 410 S. 26th St., $40 Registration: 471-2799. Dec. 4 Simple Toilet Repairs - 10-11:30 a.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., $4. Registration: 387-6000,...

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