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  • We want you: A spooky story in need of an ending

    Gazette reporter Stephanie Earls has written the beginning to a spooky tale. How it ends is up to you. Creative writers in grades 1 through 8 are invited to finish the story, in 250 words or less, for the chance to win Halloween-themed prizes and, for one overall winner, publication of his or her story ending in The Gazette. Entries can be...

  • Colorado parents upset over school cafeteria noise rules

    ASPEN — Parents in Aspen are upset after elementary school administrators put strict limits on noise in the cafeteria. Students at Aspen Elementary School have been told that loud talking and noises are prohibited and administrators will blow whistles if students violate the rules. According to the Aspen Times...

  • 'America's Got Talent' star Miguel Dakota comes home to alma mater a winner

    The last time 22-year-old Miguel Dakota performed at Lewis-Palmer High School was during a "battle of the bands" competition in his senior year. His band lost. On Friday, when the "America's Got Talent" finalist made a surprise appearance at his alma mater's homecoming assembly, it was clear he's a winner. Boisterous cheers resonated from...

  • Exhibit explores infinite possibilities of Legos

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In 1961, the first plastic Legos appeared on toy store shelves in America, and they have bedeviled vacuum cleaners and enchanted children ever since. Over the past half-century, the little multicolored interlocking bricklets have attracted the attention of grown-ups, both those who find themselves drawn to playing...

  • Cheyenne Mountain High School graduate in 'Gone Girl'

    Lisa Banes is a local girl gone Hollywood. The 1973 Cheyenne Mountain High School graduate stars in "Gone Girl," the thriller based on the 2012 novel by Gillian Flynn that opens Friday in theaters. Banes plays the distraught, angry mother of a woman who disappears. Ben Affleck stars as the woman's husband. "It has that zeitgeist feeling,...

  • Mark your October calendar: 2 eclipses come to Colorado's sky

    October will bring a full eclipse of the moon and a partial eclipse of the sun to Colorado skies.    The total lunar eclipse, when the Earth’s shadow is cast across the moon, will occur in the early morning hours of Oct. 8.  It is the second in a series of four consecutive total eclipses of the moon.  The first was in...

  • Colorado Springs school kids get moving to raise money, obesity awareness

    Instead of getting stars on their school work for a job well done, Howbert Elementary students earned stickers Wednesday for a different reason. They moved their bodies. For 45 minutes, the school's 285 kindergarten through fifth-grader pupils participated in the first Westside Walk-A-Thon, which the parent-teacher association organized....

  • Colorado schools counting on students on Wednesday

    Schools want every student to be in their seat when the bell rings Wednesday. Along with being National Homemade Cookie Day and National Fire Pup Day, Oct. 1 is "count day" in Colorado. That's the official pupil enrollment date for Colorado's 178 school districts to establish eligibility for state funding. For school districts, it's "pay...

  • Study: Recessions can postpone motherhood forever

    NEW YORK — When the economy tanks, women have fewer babies. But what happens in the following years, when conditions improve? A massive new study suggests that for some U.S. women, living through a recession can mean they will never have children. In fact, the authors project that among women who were in their early 20s in 2008 — early in...

  • Watch: Colorado Springs group researches, re-enacts medieval English combat arts

    In a few centuries, when reruns of "Game of Thrones" and "Lord of the Rings" spark an obsession with medieval English swordplay on campuses galaxy-wide, fans won't have to look far for a playbook. Those lucky future geeks will be able to turn to the compendiums of The Black Falcon School of Arms, founded way back in 2003 in Colorado Springs....

  • Lego blocks teach Palmer Elementary students new skills

    Every kid knows what Lego blocks are for. In no time, the colorful plastic bricks snap together and become castles, race cars, dinosaurs, robots and other fanciful creations that come from the minds of the young. Now, with the help of technology, Lego toys also are teaching children reading, writing, computer and teamwork skills. It's...

  • Drive-thru review: Skip Arby's secret menu in favor of its regular one

    It's no secret that most fast-food joints have a so-called secret menu, with items not found on the big board behind the cash register. Mostly they're mash-ups of ready menu favorites. But Arby's takes it to extremes. The Meat Mountain isn't only a couple of things - it's everything in Arby's meat locker. Let's break it down, bottoms up: bun,...

  • Video Game Review - Beautiful 'Forza Horizon 2' offers tons of driving fun

    Title: “Forza Horizon 2” Format: Xbox One Price: $59.99 Publisher: Microsoft Studios Developer: Playground Games ESRB Rating: E 10+ (Everyone 10 and older) The Grade: A  What is it? An open world racing game set in Europe. The action in “Forza Horizon” centers on the Horizon Festival, an automotive and music festival that has...

  • Northern Colorado corn maze pays tribute to friend

    LASALLE — For 15 years, Glen Fritzler has opened his yearly corn maze south of LaSalle to myriad emotions. The maze that has become one of Colorado's premier fall events has prompted laughter, excitement and even fear. However, it has never induced sorrow — until recently. There weren't many dry eyes at the farm's sneak peak event as...

  • Junior Rangers program helps kids learn about wildlife

    A mother's shriek broke the pleasant calm of an early afternoon hike Saturday in Cheyenne Mountain Stake Park. Some people gawked. "Amazing finding a big snake like that in the wild," Todd Seidenberg said. "Unreal," said his wife, Melissa Seidenberg, while cracking a smile. In fact, it proved to be just that - a plastic rattlesnake placed...

  • Side Streets: Colorado Springs' new Library 21c is on the cutting edge

    Armed with blocks of wood and a computer flash drive, Debi Sutherland went to the library to create graduation mementos for her daughter and nephew. She planned to use a laser cutter to etch the wood with the Liberty High School logo, senior photos and messages of love. And Debi was producing the keepsakes for little expense. At this...

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