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  • State to launch new Colorado-wide child abuse hotline

    A Colorado-wide hotline for reporting child abuse or neglect is on track to open Jan. 1, state officials said Tuesday. The hotline - the first of its kind to launch across Colorado - aims to offer Coloradans a single, easy-to-remember number to call amid the state's current patchwork of phone lines, which can vary from county to county, said...

  • Admission for a day of family fun on southern Colorado railway: a donated toy

    All aboard for the North Pole. There's a wintry new stop this year on southern Colorado's Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway, and the price of admission is a toy for the needy. On Sunday, families who bring donations for the Toys for Tots campaign - one donation per adult passenger - will be treated to a complimentary train ride and a...

  • Report cites toys for potential hazards

    A sheriff's badge toy set and a Piglet figurine made a list of items that a consumer advocacy group said could be dangerous to children. Twenty-four toys made the list compiled by the Federation of State Public Interest Research Groups, which Colorado organizers announced on Cyber Monday - the first Monday after Thanksgiving when companies...

  • 'Far Cry 4' one of the year's best video games

    The game "Far Cry 4" is the fourth installment of the "Far Cry" series, which began in 2004. In this latest iteration of the action-
adventure first-person shooter, players visit the fictional country of Kyrat, based on the Chinese region of Tibet. Gamers take on the role of Ajay Ghale, an American visiting his homeland to mourn the death of...

  • Colorado Springs area events for seniors starting Dec. 1, 2014

    Unless noted, events take place at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., and registration is required: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. If cost not listed, call Senior Center for information. Tuesday Stress-Free for the Holidays - 1-2 p.m., $1. Wednesday Lighting Up the Holidays - Decorated trees, music and more, to...

  • AROUND TOWN: Koats 4 Kids warms up 485 elementary students

    When cold weather hit this fall, 485 youngsters at Pinello Elementary School in Widefield School District 3 were warm and toasty in new coats. At the same time, $10,000 became available for scholarships for aspiring young musicians at the Colorado Springs Conservatory. Music and coats are the two parts of the 8-year-old Koats 4 Kids project....

  • Finding the family tree takes diligence, patience and a love of research

    You've always wanted to know if your mother's great-great-grandmother died in a Colorado Springs tuberculosis sanitarium. You may be in luck This is the "Year of the Obituaries." Hundreds of thousands of genealogy volunteers worldwide, including many in Colorado Springs, have been working with FamilySearch.org to enter information from...

  • Colorado mastodon bones show ancient warmer Earth

    DENVER - A trove of ancient bones from gigantic animals discovered in the Colorado mountains is providing scientists with a fascinating look at what happened about 120,000 years ago when the Earth got as warm as it is today. Evidence left behind by mastodons, mammoths, giant sloths and huge bison - along with insects, plants, pollen and other...

  • Forest Service sets Christmas tree cutting dates

    LAKEWOOD — The U.S. Forest Service is planning to open five Christmas tree cutting areas along the Front Range next month. Areas on the Pike, Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests will be open for cutting between Dec. 6 and Dec. 14. A $10 permit per tree is required before entering a tree cutting area, with a limit of five permits per...

  • Colorado Springs restaurant celebrating Thanksgiving by serving up free meals

    No family or friends around for Thanksgiving, or can't afford to make a holiday dinner? The north location of Amanda's Fonda is preparing to fill in as surrogate chef and host this year. Normally closed on Thanksgiving, Amanda's Fonda at 8050 N. Academy Blvd. will open its doors from noon to 
3 p.m. Thursday to anyone who wants to stop by for...

  • Old Colorado City offers walk through time with 20th annual Holiday Tour

    Old Colorado City is perhaps best known for its charming cafes and inviting, brick-lined storefronts. But for the neighborhood's most ardent fans, it's the ghosts of history that give the place life. Reviving and celebrating those "ghosts" is the aim of the 20th annual Holiday Tour hosted by the Old Colorado City Historical Society. The...

  • 10 home-video releases to give for the holidays

    NEW YORK - Are you worried there will be nothing to look at once the holiday decorations come down? Here, in no particular order, is a list of 10 home-video goodies to fill the gap. They may not fit so well in loved ones' stockings, but they'll look just great on a video screen. (More good news: All can be purchased online and are typically...

  • Fresh selection of holiday picture books for kids

    Looking to keep the kids entertained during long holiday car rides or dinners? Tell all your gift-buying elves to wrap up a book. Among this year's Christmas selections: Board books - "Maisy's Christmas Tree," by Lucy Cousins: Maisy the mouse and pals Cyril and Tallulah prepare for the holiday, from trimming the tree to singing carols. One...

  • Great gifts for the gamers in your life

    Chances are you have at least one child or adult video gamer (or someone who's a combination of both) in your family. How do you buy them something great without giving the surprise away? Let The Gazette's gaming gift guide point you in the right direction. With a little something for every type of player, the excellent titles listed here are...

  • Kids give first lady sarcastic "thanks" on Twitter

    School kids are giving thanks to first lady Michelle Obama just in time for the holiday — with a sarcastic Twitter hashtag about unappealing school lunches.

  • How to get Santa to reply to your kid's letter, with a North Pole postmark

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. The Postal Service can help parents prove it when Santa replies to a child’s letter to Santa — complete with a North Pole postmark. Here are the steps for children to get a letter back from Santa: Have your child write a letter to Santa and seal it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole....

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