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  • VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Experience and fine tuning make 'Madden 15' as successful as the rest of the series

    What is it? "Madden NFL 15" is the 26th edition of one of gaming's most popular sports franchises. That's right: "Madden" football titles have been around for 26 seasons. Of course, there's a reason for that. This series has been one of the most consistent and reliable in video game history and as longtime "Madden" fans would expect, this...

  • New Colorado Springs D-11 executive chef tasked with creating 'awesomeness' in schools

    Nathan Dirnberger has been driven to follow his dream to be a leader - and he's getting his chance. Dirnberger, 27, is the newly hired executive chef for School District 11. But it hasn't been an easy journey for this young chef. His parents divorced when he was 5, leaving his mom to raise him and three older siblings. "She was doing the...

  • Colorado State Fair's livestock auction bittersweet for youth

    Some might call Jammer a cash cow. After all, the 1,200-pound steer fetched $4,250 at the Junior Livestock Sale on Tuesday at the Colorado State Fair. But he meant much more than dollar signs to Sierra Churchill, who has spent virtually all her free time with the steer since getting him as a 6-month-old calf last October. She got up every...

  • Boulder puts off anti-pot 'lab rat' campaign

    BOULDER — A provocative anti-marijuana campaign aimed at Colorado youths has angered marijuana activists for its tag line, "Don't Be a Lab Rat." Now, a Colorado city is holding off on displaying a human-size cage used in the campaign after a school district raised concerns. The city of Boulder said Tuesday it is putting off the campaign. The...

  • Dancing Groot, Howard the Duck figures coming this holiday

    Funko, the company that makes adorable pop culture figures, recently announced that they’ll be adding two new characters this December – Howard the Duck and Dancing Groot (Vin Diesel voice over not included). If you’ve seen “Guardians of the Galaxy,” you’re familiar with the scene below and probably the recall the short post credit cameo by...

  • Young skiers, snowboarders can get free access to Colorado mountains

    In the Colorado outdoors, there's no better time for learning than fifth grade. Colorado Ski Country USA announced Tuesday that it will once again offer free or discounted access to 20 of the state's ski resorts through its Passport Programs. The 5th Grade Passport allows fifth-graders to ski or ride at no charge for three days at...

  • 'Love for Luna Day' to help recovering Colorado Springs baby

    When Colorado Springs Dutch Bros. franchise owner Travis Pickern learned that two regular customers were struggling after their daughter was born with a severe heart defect, the emotional story hit home. Six years ago, Travis and Rita Pickern's youngest son was born with a heart condition that required multiple surgeries and a two-month stay...

  • Woodland Park to vote on community pool

    Residents in Woodland Park will decide in November whether the city will pay for a community pool. The City Council voted unanimously Thursday to include a question in the Nov. 4 election asking voters whether Woodland Park should increase its debt to pay for aquatic facilities in the Teller County town of more than 7,500 people. If approved,...

  • Robotics program gets a financial boost

    The Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Company recently donated $4,500 to the robotics programs taught throughout Woodland Park School District RE-2. The donation will pay for laptop computers and Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotic kits needed for programs at Columbine and Gateway Elementary schools. “It is going to be huge to have these kits...

  • The survey says: Gen Xers favor homeschooling more than other parents

    A recent survey by Spectrem Group's Millionaire Corner shows that Gen Xers, ages 41-50, are the biggest supporters of home schooling, over adults of other ages. Of the 56 percent of survey respondents with a net worth of less than $100,000 who said they approved of home schooling children, 53 percent were in Gen X age range. Just 39 percent...

  • Greek Festival offers culinary, cultural treats

    Running out of food is a sign of a good party, or at least that was what folks said at the Pikes Peak region's 16th annual Greek Festival that culminated Sunday, when every pound of lamb, chicken and gyro meat had sold out an hour before the event was scheduled to end. More than 1,500 people indulged in food, music and dance at the Archangel...

  • Pediatricians' prescription for schools: Later start times

    CHICAGO — Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens. Delaying the start of the school day until at least 8:30 a.m. would help curb their lack of sleep, which has been linked with poor health, bad grades, car crashes and other problems, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a new policy. The...

  • Denver Zoo celebrates hippo's 58th birthday

    DENVER — The Denver Zoo is celebrating the birthday of its longest resident — a 58-year-old hippo named Bertie. KMGH-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1p4cjnK ) the hippo moved in Dec. 16, 1958, after zoo supporters Arthur and Helen Johnson bought him at an auction for $2,450 plus tax and arranged to have him shipped to Denver. The zoo began...

  • Colorado Springs man part of project aiding Haitian children

    The Spirit Airlines red-eye from Denver to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, connects through Miami, one of the richest cities in the world, and two hours later touches down in one of its poorest. "If you want to help people, there's an opportunity and you don't have to go to Africa or New Guinea," said Chad Traxler, of Colorado Springs. "Haiti is just...

  • Superintendent wants to end standardized testing in D-11

    A renegade attempt by the area's largest public school district to pull back from the pack of standardized testing stalled before it got legs. But one part of the movement will proceed. At a work session Wednesday night, Colorado Springs School District 11 Superintendent Nicholas Gledich told the school board that he had intended to ask...

  • More than $150,000 can be refunded to state fair visitors

    More than $150,000 deposited onto preloaded "cashless cards" at the Colorado State Fair last year went unused and can now be refunded, organizers said. Last year, fair-goers were able to buy snacks, drinks and tickets at the Pueblo fairgrounds with a pre-loaded smart card. This year, it's back to cash. The cashless system, which debuted...

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