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  • Girl Scouts help save teen boys on Pikes Peak

    Teens Rebecca Clark, Jordan Wilson and Tristina Altman began preparing for their Aug. 23 hike to the summit of Pikes Peak long before the first step. As Girl Scouts, they knew never to take nature - especially Colorado nature, at altitude - for granted. Weather on high is stormy and mercurial, and the slog to the top up Barr Trail, with its...

  • Seasonal Halloween stores already scaring up business in Colorado Springs

    It happens every year about this time. Football? Lower temperatures? Aspen leaves getting ready to change? Nah. We're talking about the arrival of seasonal Halloween stores scaring up business in late August, even before the calendar turns to Labor Day. Two of the most widely recognized national chains, Spirit Halloween and Halloween...

  • Parks Service hosting program to hear elk bugling

    The National Parks Service will be hosting an opportunity to participate in a Rocky Mountain tradition: listening to the bugling of the bull elk (wapiti). The gatherings will be at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument on Sept. 20-21 and 26-27 from 5-7:30 p.m. and Oct. 3 and 5 from 4:45-7:15 p.m. The programs will include a brief...

  • VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Experience and fine tuning make 'Madden 15' as successful as the rest of the series

    What is it? "Madden NFL 15" is the 26th edition of one of gaming's most popular sports franchises. That's right: "Madden" football titles have been around for 26 seasons. Of course, there's a reason for that. This series has been one of the most consistent and reliable in video game history and as longtime "Madden" fans would expect, this...

  • 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...

  • Colorado State Fair's livestock auction bittersweet for youth

    Some might call Jammer a cash cow. After all, the 1,200-pound steer fetched $4,250 at the Junior Livestock Sale on Tuesday at the Colorado State Fair. But he meant much more than dollar signs to Sierra Churchill, who has spent virtually all her free time with the steer since getting him as a 6-month-old calf last October. She got up every...

  • 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...

  • '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...

  • Woodland Park to vote on community pool

    Residents in Woodland Park will decide in November whether the city will pay for a community pool. The City Council voted unanimously Thursday to include a question in the Nov. 4 election asking voters whether Woodland Park should increase its debt to pay for aquatic facilities in the Teller County town of more than 7,500 people. If approved,...

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