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  • 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...

  • NORAD ready for busy Christmas Eve of Santa tracking

    Santa tracking has gone fully mobile for 2014, the experts at North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs report. When they fire up the tracking devices at noradsanta.org, kids will be able to get the latest updates on the jolly old elf's coordinates on smartphones, tablets and anything else that can connect to the Internet,...

  • Map: See the best Pikes Peak region holiday lights, and add yours

    We know you're busy during the holiday season, but hope you'll get the chance to enjoy the bounty of holiday lights! We've highlighted more than two dozen shining addresses in the Pikes Peak region on our interactive holiday lights map. Click gazette.com/holidaylights for instructions on how to upload your photos and to see a...

  • Holiday village expands, in miniature, in Colorado Springs

    Just before their first Christmas together as a married couple in 1976, Barbara and George Millholland purchased three houses, a church, a post office and a grocery store - miniature versions, that is. The decorative pieces went up inside their home in Maryland as a celebration of the season. "After that, when we saw a house or a building that...

  • Turn toys into Christmas tree ornaments

    From tractors and trains to cats and knights, my son's evolving obsessions find a place on our Christmas tree. Like many families, we buy a new ornament each year, and I often seek out something that represents my son's current interests, in hopes that he'll enjoy looking back as an adult and remembering the year he loved spaceships or Legos....

  • Annual gift giveaway to be held Saturday

    A venerable giveaway spanning more than three decades and helping thousands of children each holiday season will return this year, five days before Christmas. The giveaway began in 1983 and has since ballooned into an hours-long spectacle helping thousands of people each year. Upon entering the event, children ages newborn to 17 are allowed...

  • New DLC trailer for 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' features Exo Zombies

    Today Activision released the Exo Zombies DLC teaser trailer for “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.” It’ll be released in January of 2015 and stars John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan and Jon Bernthal. Gamers may remember the Call of the Dead zombie DLC that was released in 2011 that was part of “Call of Duty: Black Ops.” It featured the...

  • List: Colorado Springs in the holiday spirit, and it's 'Frozen' in time

    Feeling like you're prepared for Christmas with the holiday less than a week away? Perhaps it's not a surprise, according to e-commerce retailer Zulily. Colorado Springs ranked sixth in recent weeks for places in the country where "holiday spirit is in full swing." Miami, even with its beaches and warm temperatures, was ranked No. 1....

  • Skate with Olympians downtown on Monday

    Olympians Jason Brown and Rachael Flatt will be on hand to meet fans when U.S. Figure Skating hosts a free SkateFest for all ages and skill levels Monday, Dec. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Acacia Park outdoor skating rink in downtown Colorado Springs.  The event will be taped by NBC Sports to be broadcast in...

  • Colorado audit finds foster care check problems

    DENVER — Counties aren't properly conducting background checks before placing foster children in the care of relatives, according to a first-of-its-kind review by the Colorado Department of Human Services. Social workers are required to do four background checks on people in the homes of relatives who have been asked to take care of children...

  • Whodunnit: Murder mystery dinner theater a popular local choice in entertainment

    Detectives. Dead bodies that rise and hand clues to cops. Lying witnesses. And dinner. Don't forget dinner. Most Saturday nights you can find a throng of people champing at the bit for a taste of the mystery life, alongside a four-course dinner. They gather in an Antlers Hilton banquet room, eager for The Dinner Detective to begin. Murder...

  • Understanding the ecosystem at Audubon Christmas Bird Count

    The number of grackles, Canada geese, several types of doves and one type of hummingbird is growing in the region. The rusty blackbird, however, is diminishing in numbers. That's the kind of information regular bird counts can provide about southern Colorado. On Saturday, the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count takes place at Bear Creek Park....

  • Norman Bridwell, 'Clifford, the Big Red Dog' creator, dead at 86

    Norman Bridwell, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the Big Red Dog, has died at 86. Bridwell, who lived for decades in a house with a bright red door on Martha's Vineyard off Cape Cod in Massachusetts, died Friday at Martha's Vineyard...

  • IT'S YOUR MONEY: Give your adult kids the gift of financial wisdom

    This year, the best Christmas gift for your adult children might be the gift of financial wisdom. Unfortunately, most young adults graduate from school without a practical understanding of personal finance. Starting them out with a solid foundation and some smart financial habits can help your children live a happier, more fulfilling life....

  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo gives baby orangutan a new name

    ust like any new mom, Hadiah blatantly showed off her new, hairy baby Thursday, striking poses for cameras and leaning right up against the glass at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Her 1-month-old Bornean orangutan was born just before Halloween and finally has a name that fits perfectly. Ember, once called Bucket, has stolen the hearts of zoo...

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