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  • 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...

  • Colorado Springs children show support for Ferguson with music video

    Upset about the recent violence in Ferguson, Mo., after last week's police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old, three local home-schoolers turned a music lesson into their first recording and an important message for young and old alike. Jon Martinez's sons, 10-year-old Able, 9-year-old Mason and 7-year-old Stevin, helped Martinez write and...

  • Parents urged to get kids vaccinated for meningitis

    An Aurora-based nonprofit is reminding parents as they send their children back to school to get educated about the risks of acquiring meningitis and other dangerous diseases. The Colorado Academy of Family Physicians says vaccinations help children avoid most illness, including meningitis, a health condition which can lead to death or...

  • Video Game Haiku Review - 'Metro Redux'

    Title: Metro Redux Format: Xbox One, PS4, PC Price: $24.99 (individual) or $49.99
(bundle) Publisher: Deep Silver Developer: 4A Games
 ESRB Rating: M (Mature 17+)
 The Grade: A- Metro Redux Haiku Review Revisit Russia  Apocalyptic shooter  Looks good in HD What’s it all about: The year is 2033 (or 2034...

  • What’s the value of $100 in Colorado compared to other states?

    So you have $100 and you live in Colorado. Well, you may have the money in your account or in your wallet, you really don’t. Weird, I know. Why? Well, read on. A $100 bucks isn’t a $100 in Colorado, apparently, according to a recent post by Tax Foundation.The rate is based on the average prices for similar goods per state. The relative...

  • 13 kids hospitalized after visiting Colorado hotel pool

    DENVER — Thirteen children were briefly hospitalized Monday after complaining of burning eyes and itchy throats after swimming in a hotel pool. The boys and girls were aged 6 to 17. All swallowed water from a pool Sunday at a Homewood Suites near Denver International Airport. KUSA-TV reports (http://on9news.tv/1yPhzl4) that the kids were...

  • Love of bikes bonds father, son despite distance

    If you were a kid in a certain neighborhood in Minneapolis about 15 years ago, and you had an old, ratty, snaggle-spoke bike so broke no repair guy wanted to touch it, Dean Carr was the bike man for you. Carr loved bikes, especially the ones that needed it the most. "Dean loved working on the old, tattered bikes that most of us in the shop...

  • Back-to-school safety top priority for Colorado Springs police

    Thousands of elementary school-aged children in Colorado Springs return to school Monday and police will try to keep them all safe as they cross streets, walk through intersections and ride school buses. Since last week, motorcycle officers have made school-zone safety their top priority, actively watching for speeders and distracted drivers,...

  • CASA has helped thousands of El Paso County children over its first 25 years

    An infant, left bound and nearly dead in a shower spewing cold water, needed a legion of doctors and specialists to help her recover from that day's harrowing abuse. But it was a volunteer, a retired nurse in Manitou Springs, who sought to help ensure the girl's next home would be nothing like her last. Advocates like Jan Altman, the...

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