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  • 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...

  • Wildflower students having fun on the playground they helped pay for

    The 506 students at Wildflower Elementary School are very proud of their new $27,000 playground. They ought to be. They paid for it themselves. For two years, Wildflower students brought in pennies and quarters and dollar bills to fill their Pennies for Playground jugs. They cajoled everyone they knew to buy gift wrapping and chocolate...

  • School memorabilia on display Saturday in Manitou Springs

    School memorabilia from as far back as 1872 will be on display Saturday at Manitou Springs Elementary School. The free public Heritage Hall Tour is sponsored by the Manitou Springs Heritage Center. In 1997 the Heritage Center received an endowment to keep up the collection housed in the school's Heritage Hall. It is open for touring once a...

  • A Message From Sensei Eric: The Top 5 Ways to Prepare yourself to be a Back 2 School Super Mom

    It has arrived! The moment every parent rejoices in the back 2 school season. Although it might get a little busy for you in the next few weeks, afterwards you will enjoy a moment of quiet solitude. This has been the thing we as parents have been dreaming of since school got out back in May. And then it dawns on you “Are you prepared???”

  • Christmas is already here for at least one Colorado Springs retailer

    Christmas in July is a marketing gimmick for some retailers. But Christmas in August? It's for real. The Sam's Club at Academy Boulevard and Woodmen Road in northern Colorado Springs already has Christmas/holiday merchandise for sale in its store: artificial trees, including a display model decorated with glowing lights; wreaths; and...

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