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  • Regional poetry contest open to students in grades 9-12

    Fountain Valley School of Colorado is calling for entries for the seventh annual Athenaea Poetry Competition for high school students in the Pikes Peak region. All students in grades 9-12 may enter. Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Janice Gould will judge the entries. Students can submit up to three original and previously unpublished poems in English...

  • Obama proposes publicly funded community college for all

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama wants publicly funded community college available to all Americans, a sweeping, multibillion-dollar proposal that would make higher education as accessible as a high school diploma to boost weak U.S. wages and skills for the modern workforce. The program is expected to cost the federal government $60...

  • Manitou Springs school bus hit, students transferred to another bus

    A vehicle slid into a Manitou Springs School District 14 bus Friday morning, but school officials said none of the elementary school students were injured. Russ Vogel, principal of Manitou Springs Elementary School, said in an email to families that the students were taken to school on another bus. Administrators and counseling staff were...

  • For world's sake, get younger generation outdoors

    Challenges facing outdoors enthusiasts in many cases are the same challenges, on a grander scale, the world faces. Example: North American hunters and anglers have led the charge over the past century and a half to conserve the continent's water, habitat and wildlife. Some of this has occurred for selfish reasons: Sportsmen and women want...

  • Top 5 things adults need to know about going back to college

    Top five things adults need to know about going to college From Colorado Technical University      1. It’s all about a shift in priorities. If college is a priority, you can make time for it. That may mean movin other priorities or removing them altogether. 2. You won’t be the oldest one in the class. The...

  • High-profile cases put spotlight on domestic violence

    In the U.S., domestic violence is reported to police thousands of time every day. But sometimes it takes a year of high-profile cases, such as the video showing former NFL running back Ray Rice knocking out his then fiancee, to thrust the matter into a national spotlight. Several popular sports figures were accused of domestic abuse in 2014....

  • Drive-thru review: Laying the McNuggets 'pink slime' rumor to rest

    McNuggets have been around since the 1970s. They're the children's favorite. But the global brand took a hit about 10 years ago when a rumor, complete with a photo of unknown origin, swept the world's palate, claiming that McDonald's made its McNuggets from something unpleasantly called "pink slime." Or "pink goop," which isn't any more...

  • List: Winter festivals fill the weekends in Colorado

    Baby, it's cold outside. Don't worry, you'll stay warm amid all the frivolity at the state's abundant list of winter festivals. Colorado's tiny ski town and villages sure know how to reignite the cheer after the holiday season. Here are a few events woth the drive. OURAY ICE FESTIVAL Thursday-Jan. 11, Ouray, 1-970-325-4288,...

  • Officials tell family to scale back luxe treehouse

    GRANITE BAY, Calif. (AP) — Northern California authorities are telling a Placer County couple to prune back their deluxe treehouse. Mike and Pat Splinter's 500-square-foot treehouse features a full kitchen, a bathroom and all the plumbing. The Animal Planet cable network highlighted the structure last month in the show "Treehouse Masters." The...

  • Oh, baby: Couple's first child is also first birth of 2015 in Colorado Springs

    Just hours before her first child was born early Thursday, a stranger stopped Angila Washington during a trip to the bank on Wednesday. "The Lord told me your son's going to be born today," the woman told her. Washington, 25, didn't quite know how to respond to that. How did this woman even know she was going to have a boy? And he wasn't...

  • Man gets 5 years for keeping 4 sons in filthy home

    DENVER — A father whose four young sons could communicate only in grunts when authorities rescued them from a filthy Denver apartment was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday by a judge who said he hoped it would send a message to parents that they can't treat their children like pets. Judge J. Eric Elliff said Wayne Sperling, 67, made...

  • Colorado Springs businessmen app-ly themselves to helping parents, foster and otherwise

    Foster parents spend a lot of time waiting. Waiting while their foster children are at appointments. Waiting while the kids are visiting their birth parents. Jon Bell and Mike Ruman want to help foster parents spend that time doing something more productive than surfing the web or checking their Twitter feed. Through their business,...

  • Sky Zone, other sites help kids stay on the move

    t's Friday afternoon and 10-year-old Sarah Kaczmarek is bouncing off the walls and getting away with it. She's not alone. At Sky Zone Colorado Springs, a 33,000-square-foot indoor trampoline park that opened in June, stunts that might lead to a stern word and a "timeout" in school or at home are simply part of the price of admission. That...

  • How adoption has forced evangelicals to grapple with race relations

    Before she and her husband adopted a son and daughter from Ethiopia, popular evangelical blogger Jen Hatmaker said she had a different view about race in America. "A couple years ago, I would've said we're moving to a post-racial society because I was so underexposed to people of color and the issues they deal with on a daily basis," said the...

  • Interchange project in northeast Colorado Springs to impact high school traffic

    Construction of the interchange at Colorado 21/Powers Boulevard at Old Ranch Road will cause noticeable changes for drivers early next year, especially those trying to get in and out of Pine Creek High School. The $11.3 million job is expected to start in January and will convert the busy intersection into an interchange, with Old Ranch going...

  • Tips for filling out the FAFSA, the free college financial aid application

    Jan. 1 is approaching, and that means… time to fill out the FAFSA, the federal government’s free financial aid application for college-bound students. An estimated 21 million students will complete the FAFSA form, which asks for information about income, assets and family demographics in order to calculate a family’s expected contribution to...

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