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  • Friday Military Salute: Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Big Results

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado-Pikes Peak has a healthy base of military mentors in Colorado Springs to help children learn from a positive role model and stay out of trouble. Takia Christensen, 23, is stationed at Peterson Air Force Base and is the big sister to for 17-year-old Paige Taylor. In the nearly two years they have been...

  • Science experiment gives Colorado Springs students a unique lesson

    What happens to a grape when it travels to the edge of space and back? Jacob Wilson, a student in Misty Garland's advanced eighth-grade science class at Jenkins Middle School, thought it might explode. Or turn into a raisin, said Jacob's science partner, Kevin Beaudin. "I wanted to have something cool happen," Kevin said. The boys were...

  • 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...

  • GOP bill expanding parental control over education fails

    DENVER — Democrats on Tuesday rejected a Republican bill that would have given parents broad authority over their children's school curriculum and medical treatment. The measure would have allowed parents to exempt their children from "any learning material or activity." Republican sponsors have called it a needed check on government. The...

  • Many spring break options for Pikes Peak region kids

    Next week is spring break for all local public schools and most private schools in the Pikes Peak region. While some families plan annual vacations around their children's time off, others look for staycation choices. There are several opportunities, from daylong camps at community centers and fitness clubs to special programs at libraries, for...

  • Ziplines, new hiking trail in store at Seven Falls

    Western-themed restaurant evoking Colorado's gold rush past won't be the only new amenity at Seven Falls when it reopens this summer. Among the new perks slated for the popular tourist spot is a "canopy-soaring experience," or a series of ziplines that will allow paying visitors to soar from treetop to treetop beginning at a location off Old...

  • 'Fast & Furious’ franchise coming to Xbox in video game form

    Launching on March 27, 2015, “Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious” is a stand-alone expansion to “Forza Horizon 2” for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The new expansion will put players behind the wheel of vehicles from the “Fast & Furious” film series, including new cars appearing in “Furious 7,” in theaters April 3. Players do...

  • AROUND TOWN: Imagination Library brings books to area children's mailboxes

    "The Little Engine That Could" is chuga-chugaing its way into thousands of of area homes, teaching kids "I think I can. I think I can" as it brings them the magic of books. This is the first book in a program that mails books monthly to 8,000 children from newborn to 5 years old all across El Paso and Teller counties, thanks to Pikes Peak...

  • Summer job fairs scheduled for those ages 16 through 21

    Three Pikes Peak-area job fairs for those ages 16 through 21 are coming in April as part of the annual Governor’s Summer Job Hunt, the Pikes Peak Workforce Center said this week. The fairs are: • 1-6 p.m. April 9 at the Doubletree Hotel in Colorado Springs • 1-4 p.m. April 23 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park • 11 a.m.-3...

  • New 'Cinderella' excels with old-fashioned charm

    In this age of revisionist, modernized Disney fairy tales, where we've learned that some of our favorite characters really aren't what they seemed, the striking thing about the studio's sumptuous new live-action "Cinderella" may not be what it is, but what it isn't. It isn't revisionist. It isn't modernized. The good guys are still good, the...

  • Toddler rescued from El Paso County sump pump hole

    A toddler who fell into a sump pump hole Wednesday afternoon was quickly rescued by emergency responders, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. The boy, 2, was playing outside on the 3500 block of Red Baron Drive and fell in the hole, according to Jackie Kirby, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office. He was in there for about 20...

  • Red Cross Hometown Heroes: Girl Scouts honored with youth award

    "On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times And to live by the Girl Scout Law." Recited at every meeting, the Girl Scout Promise is a reminder to each member that her mission doesn't end when it's time to go home. For three members of Girl Scout Troop 931 in Colorado Springs, those words became deeds...

  • Ruining the athlete: Parents, coaches err by forcing children into just one sport

    Soapbox in place. Stepping onto it. We should be ashamed of ourselves. Early specialization among our young sports enthusiasts is bordering on an epidemic. Call it the systematic killing of the great athlete. And we are the culprits. "We" refers to the adults among us who force children to play one sport, forsaking all others; guilt,...

  • Praise can foster brain development

    One way to express admiration and approval is through praise. Sometimes, such as with coaching or parenting, praise is used to promote a recurrence of behavior. Other times, it is used to foster positive feelings and provide encouragement. Not all praise is created equal. When used in a growth mindset, praise can foster brain development....

  • Finish line is just the beginning for Girls on the Run

    There's nothing sissy or wimpy about running like a girl in an after-school sports and character-building program that's celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Words like "strong," "brave," "empowered" and "dedicated" more accurately describe members of Girls on the Run of the Rockies. "It gets you more active, and it's fun to get to...

  • Five reasons why your kid should collect stamps

    Even avid collectors will tell you: Stamp collecting is not the flashiest of hobbies. It isn't trendy. It doesn't speed past you at the breakneck pace of a video game or offer the manic energy of a Cartoon Network television show. It rewards patience and persistence, teaching those who embrace it about everything from ancient history to modern...

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