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  • Flying W chuck-wagon dinners to return to Colorado Springs

    The Flying W Ranch plans to rebuild on its old ranch site that was ravaged by the Waldo Canyon fire and once again serve its chuck-wagon dinners, Executive Director Aaron Winter said this week. The Flying W Ranch Foundation has not made a final offer to a contractor, but expects to break ground on a new building by Memorial Day. With any...

  • Colorado Springs Cub Scouts show their compassion for animals

    A large dose of compassion was doled out Monday by Cub Scout Pack 807 at Harrison School District 2's Giberson Elementary School. Eric Perenyi, 7, and five other Pack 807 Cub Scouts collected items for care packages to be donated to the Animal Hospital of Colorado Springs. Eric, a first-grader, is proud to have been part of the effort. "I'm...

  • List: Easter egg hunts are a challenge for the ages

    Get eggs (from chickens or L'eggs; fake is fine). Hide eggs. Release the children. That's how it's been done, more or less, for centuries in Europe, where the tradition of egg hunts celebrated Christianity's most important holiday in a manner and context that was oh so spring. "Back in the Victorian days, the kids would have been really...

  • DIY ideas for the Easter brunch table

    Make the most of your Easter celebration by preparing a brunch table with a few easy, handcrafted items. "A couple of special touches will make it feel like a more special gathering," says Taryn Mohrman, senior lifestyle editor at Woman's Day magazine. She recommends keeping things simple, adding only one or two decorative items to the table...

  • Obama urges expansion of 'take child to work' day

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the White House will open next month's annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day to children whose parents don't work in the building. He's also asking private businesses to include kids who are left out of the experience because they don't have a workplace to visit. Obama says in a video...

  • Young 9-1-1 heroes honored by El Paso County Sheriff

    Two children were recognized on Friday by El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder with 9-1-1 Hero Awards. On Feb. 6, 11-year-old Rachel Reyes called 9-1-1 because her mother was choking in their home. She had the presence of mind to stay on the line for 12 minutes and give dispatchers updates to help medical crews deal with the crisis when they...

  • Local Boy Scouts Council gets donation to help all interested youth join

    The Pikes Peak Council of Boy Scouts of America has received a $50,000 Daniels Fund grant to support its Scoutreach Program, which helps low-income youth join Boy Scouts and participate in activities.   The Pikes Peak Council has been serving youth for more than 100 years and encompasses Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, Monument Canon...

  • Denver Zoo welcomes newborn anteater named Salvador

    DENVER — The Denver Zoo is welcoming its latest addition with the birth of a southern tamandua, which is a type of anteater. The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1HRyGrR ) Salvador was born earlier this month as part of an ongoing effort to ensure healthy populations and genetic diversity among zoo animals. Salvador, the second...

  • Local school district again makes top-10 list for technological advancements

    Colorado Springs School District 11 placed fourth of the top 10-ranked large school districts in the annual Digital School Districts Survey by the Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association. D-11 first made the list in 2009, when it placed 10th and has ranked consistently in the top 10 since then. Last year, it...

  • New Colorado Springs balloon event will offer variety

    A wakeboarding exhibition, beer garden and a food truck competition could join hot air balloons at Memorial Park this Labor Day weekend. Scott Appelman, organizer of the inaugural Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off, said those attractions and others are being considered as part of the new version of the festival to be held Sept. 5-7. "The...

  • Blog: Free admission for kids at Denver Art Museum

    Time to get some culture in the littles.  The Denver Art Museum will now offer free general admission to ages 18 and younger for the next five years. It's thanks to a five-year gift from Scott Reiman and the Reiman Foundation. Kaiser Permanente provided a one-year grant that also supports the Free for Kids program. Free admission also...

  • 13 Pikes Peak region Girl Scouts earn top Gold Award

    Thirteen area Girl Scouts are among 50 statewide who will receive the 2014-2015 Gold Award, the organization's highest honor that reflects participants' commitment to community service, leadership abilities and citizenship skills. The award culminates with a final project girls in grades 9-12 must complete. They come up with a...

  • Interactive: Want to entertain the kids over Spring Break? Here are some solutions around Colorado Springs

    A tour of Spring Break activities in Colorado Springs

  • Buddy system helps blind Colorado Springs girl feel at home in the water

    Three years ago, Kelsey Shelton was a scaredy cat in the water. She was too afraid to put her face in and blow bubbles like other beginner swimmers. She thought she might drown. Today, 18-year-old Kelsey, a junior at Rampart High School, is as home in the water as a duck or a fish. Why does she like to swim? "Because I laugh," answers...

  • Fundraiser launched to help Colorado Springs school district buy local beef after price hikes

    Rising beef prices and new government regulations led to a tough decision for one of the region's leading advocates for locally sourced food. And, now, a fundraising drive has launched to try to reverse the course. Rick Hughes, director of food and nutrition services for Colorado Springs School District 11, last month began looking for...

  • Side Streets: Manitou Springs history told through artifacts carried in the pockets of pioneers

    Atop a large granite boulder in Manitou Springs' Memorial Park stands a statue of a World War I doughboy. To most park visitors, it's just a typical, weathered war memorial. But once a "History Pockets" project is completed, this summer, visitors to the Manitou Springs Heritage Center will understand why the statue and the park represent an...

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