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  • 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...

  • Teens show up for event at Colorado Springs park site they lobbied for as third graders

    After a five-year letter writing campaign by hundreds of children and residents from the Briargate neighborhood, the Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation board approved a multimillion-dollar park project called John Venezia Community Park. The children went wild with happiness. "We did it," they shouted inside their elementary school,...

  • New 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' trailer features virtual Kevin Spacey and a new co-op mode

    This week Activision released another trailer to get gamers prepped for November's newest "Call of Duty" offering. This time you'll get a peek at an eerily accurate looking virtual Kevin Spacey (in full on angry Frank Underwood mode) and you'll view some of the action in Exo-Survival, "Advanced Warfare's" four-person co-op mode.  You can...

  • Doherty High School student's mother looks forward by keeping son's memory alive

    On Sept. 10, Jake Crookston had dinner with his dad and watched TV. The slight 15-year-old, described as gentle and quiet by his mom, seemed happy. Early the next morning, Jake headed off as usual to Doherty High School. But instead of going to class, he went into a bathroom and fatally shot himself with a handgun he had taken from a safe in...

  • Free Love and Logic parenting classes coming to Colorado Springs

    Catholic Charities of Central Colorado is offering a free six-week series of Love and Logic parenting classes, starting next month. The classes - which can cost $80 or more - will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 15 through Nov. 19, at the nonprofit's Marian House, 14 W. Bijou Street. Course materials are provided. Registration...

  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo wins prestigious award for exhibit

    Cheyenne Mountain Zoo received top design honors from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for its Encounter Africa exhibit, a 
$13.5 million, 10-acre addition that opened in 2013 to showcase elephants, lions, meerkats and black rhinoceros. The prestigious award - bestowed this month as part of an annual list of distinctions considered "the...

  • Rock Ledge Ranch Traditional Powwow set to make history Saturday

    Native American veterans in headdresses. Rattling gourds. Traditional Native American drumming. And a new princess. History will be made Saturday at the Fifth Annual Garden of the Gods Rock Ledge Ranch Traditional Powwow. For the first time in almost four decades, a powwow princess will be crowned - 14-year-old Shauna Jackson, who attends...

  • Service plays matchmaker between task seekers, task-doers in Colorado Springs

    In a busy world, who has time to mow the lawn, stand in line for the latest iPhone or Black Friday purchase, or bake a special dessert? On the premise that someone inevitably has the time and inclination to perform tasks that others are too time-strapped or unable to take on themselves, University of Colorado graduate Aric Franzmeier started...

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