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  • Maternal marijuana use under microscope in Colorado

    DENVER — Colorado lawmakers struggling to make sense of incomplete scientific evidence about marijuana use by pregnant and nursing women have scrapped a bill to add warnings in pot shops about maternal marijuana use. Lawmakers rejected a bill that would have required dispensaries to post signs warning about "dangers to fetuses caused by...

  • Map Monday: See which school districts have the highest dropout rates

    Graduation and dropout rates tend to vary a lot from district to district in the Pikes Peak region. The above map highlights the on-time graduation rates for districts as well as their dropout rates.  Sound familiar? Debbie Kelley recently wrote about these rates for the class of 2014.  The data, released in January from the...

  • Photos: Touch-A-Truck in Colorado Springs

    It was the Super Bowl for toddlers at the annual Junior League fundraiser, Touch-A-Truck on Sunday in Colorado Springs. Here are photos from the event.

  • Manitou Springs fruitcake toss returns in style after one-year absence

    It wasn't the Super Bowl, and these weren't footballs they were throwing - deflated or otherwise. But Saturday's return of Manitou Springs' silly, but revered, Great Fruitcake Toss after a one-year absence brought out MVP performances in dozens of eager participants, some of whom came from as far as Boulder and suburban Denver. "It's...

  • Great Fruitcake Toss returns to Manitou Springs

    Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Memorial Park, 502 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs; free, with suggested nonperishable food item donation; fruitcake toss@gmail.com or Manitou Springs Great Fruitcake Toss on Facebook Fruitcakes the world over shed candied tears of joy this month when it was announced that The Great Fruitcake Toss would return to Manitou...

  • For the love of reading: Two unique libraries open for elementary students

    Widefield School District 3 has opened two unique libraries at two elementary schools. The Kingdom of Reading room opened Jan. 22 at Talbott Elementary, 401 Dean Drive. The kid-friendly space is designed to provide a welcoming and magical environment where children can read books when they have time available. Book clubs and an exchange...

  • Girls' STEM initiative launches program for local middle school students

    The Southern Colorado Girls’ STEM Initiative has launched a STEM program at Panorama Middle School in Harrison School District 2. The goal: to teach female students about careers and opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math fields and help meet the growing demand for women in professions in those fields. Teachers and other...

  • Colorado considers background checks for youth sports leagues

    DENVER — Colorado is considering becoming the first state to require background checks for people who work for youth sports organizations. Bill supporters argue that hairdressers and child care workers need criminal background checks, but not people going on overnight trips with young athletes. "Youth sports are growing so fast in Colorado,...

  • Looking for a winter hobby? Learning to knit can be easy

    When you're stuck inside during a long, cold winter, working on a knitting project can be fun and rewarding. And although sweaters and lacy shawls can seem daunting, knitting is a fairly easy hobby to adopt. Brand-new knitters have plenty of resources. Yarn stores and crafts retailers such as Michaels and Jo-Ann have classes; prices can range...

  • School Choice: Winners and losers in the battle for students in Pikes Peak region

    It's all about the fit. J.D. Elvrum needed to do school work at his own pace and be able to travel with his family, so he moved from a traditional school to an online school. Devon Klingman wanted to be around lots of students and more clubs, activities and academic choices, so she switched from a smaller, west side school to a larger one in...

  • New program dishes up Colorado Springs students' meals

    One of the Pikes Peak region's most impoverished school districts leads the state in the number of students eating free meals through a federal program that started last fall. Harrison School District 2, in which nearly three-quarters of its 11,441 students come from low-income households, offers free breakfast and lunch to all students in 19...

  • Program will help area families prepare tax returns for free

    Starting Saturday, low- to moderate-income families can get free tax return preparation assistance through the Tax Help Colorado program. Pikes Peak Community College is working with the Denver-based Piton Foundation to provide the service. IRS-certified PPCC students will prepare and e-file tax returns free of charge for taxpayers with...

  • Olympians help spread fencing exposure to area elementary teachers, students

    Youth interest in fencing has grown in recent years. Fencer Tim Morehouse is helping make sure it never slows. The two-time Olympian, who took home a 2012 silver medal in team fencing, and fellow national team member Jeff Spear launched the first fencing program for Colorado Springs elementary school students last week. They led school...

  • Girl, 4, dies after falling through ice on northern Colorado pond

    LOVELAND — Authorities say a 4-year-old girl is dead after she fell into an icy pond at a Loveland park. Police say the girl, whose name has not been released, was at the Loveland Sports Park with her family for soccer practice Wednesday evening. She was supposed to stay at a nearby playground but walked out onto the frozen pond and fell...

  • Sky High Ranch again to offer summer resident camps for girls

    Girl Scouts of Colorado is re-opening resident camp this summer at Sky High Ranch near Woodland Park, and registration has begun. Sessions are open to all girls over age 6 and include such activities as a zipline, archery, backpacking, photography and rock climbing. Resident camps run six days or two weeks. There also are mini, three-day...

  • Fountain man constructs doghouses to match owner's RVs

    Let's get this out of the way: My Buddy RVs are not for dolls. The miniature campers, modeled after their life-sized counterparts, are strictly for the dogs - and their owners. "This almost became a Barbie RV ... almost," said Bob Ruston, of Fountain, a former heavy line mechanic and street rod airbrush artist who's hoping to spin a love of...

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