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UCCS' Janice Gould named Pikes Peak Poet Laureate

News: Education Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

Janice Gould, associate professor of Women's and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, has been named 2014-16 Pikes Peak Poet Laureate.

One in 4 asthma patients refered to Denver hospital didn't have asthma

Life: Health Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

It's estimated that one in 12 Americans suffers from some form of asthma, a chronic but reversible lung disease that causes inflammation and constriction of the airways.

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  • Plant or the week: Bleeding heart

    This favorite, old-fashioned shade perennial with delicate flowers resembles hearts with a drop of blood at the base. Flowers appear in early spring and dangle along arching stems. Prefers moist, well-drained soil in a shady spot, protected from direct afternoon sun. Benefits from a top dressing of compost every year to keep its roots cool...

  • Year-round gardening: Three trees for Colorado Springs

    Finding tree species that do well in compacted clay soil can be a challenge. If you have alkaline soils, it further complicates the process. Species selection is critical to long-term success of city trees. Here are three common trees that are more tolerant of compacted or alkaline soils: - Hawthorn trees (Crataegus sp.) - Trees range in size...

  • Find a flair for flea markets

    The arrival of spring means that flea markets are reopening for business around the country. Shoppers will hunt for treasures amid acres of used goods. A few will come home with just the right vintage art or quirky piece of furniture to make their home more beautiful. Many interior designers and decorators will be joining the flea-market...

  • Calmer, potty-trained old dogs find new homes

    Erin O'Sullivan wants to change lives by finding new homes for old dogs. Visitors to her popular Facebook page say she has done that by helping them discover the pets they didn't know they were missing. O'Sullivan's page tells stories about pooches past their prime that need loving homes and taps into the wellspring of animal lovers seeking...

  • Bonfils offers other ways to help 10-year-old who needs bone marrow transplant

    Gazette readers who wish to help 10-year-old Aden Knar, who suffers from lymphoblastic leukemia, but cannot make it to the bone marrow drive this weekend have other opportunities to help. The Gazette published Wednesday ( about the...

  • Coalition of Colorado faith leaders steps up to support same-sex marriage equality

    The day before oral arguments began Thursday in an Oklahoma same-sex marriage lawsuit, a coalition of 215 faith leaders - including representatives from Colorado Springs - spoke up in support of marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. The announcement Wednesday by the group, Faithful Voices for Strong Families, punctuated a two-week...

  • AROUND TOWN: Firefighters light up night to help Women's Resource Agency

    After a year's hiatus, Women's Resource Agency brought back its popular Fashion to the Rescue fundraiser on April 4 at the Antlers Hilton, teaming with first responders who signed firefighter calendars, escorted runway models and introduced Colorado Bracelets

  • Recipe: Ma-Ma's deviled eggs

    Ma-Ma's Deviled Eggs - Yield: 12 halves 6 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and halved, yolks mashed in a bowl2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons mayonnaise1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or to tastePaprika for garnish Procedure: Combine thoroughly...

  • Recipe: Picnic egg salad

    Picnic Egg Salad - Yield: 8 servings 12 eggs1/2 cup mayonnaise1 teaspoon grated lemon peel1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper3/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon black pepper Procedure: Chop eggs in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well blended. Cover and chill at least one hour before serving. Source: mrfood.

  • Recipe: Martha's favorite egg salad sandwich

    Martha's Favorite Egg Salad Sandwich - Yield: 6 servings 10 hard-boiled egg whites2 hard-boiled egg yolks1/2 avocado, mashed, plus 1/2 avocado roughly chopped2 to 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice1 teaspoon Dijon mustardCoarse salt and freshly ground pepperBoston lettuce, arugula, and tomato slices...

  • Recipe: Basic tomato sauce

    Basic Tomato Sauce - Yield: 4 cups 1 cup panchetta, diced1 medium onion, diced2 carrots, diced2 shallots, minced5 cloves garlic, chopped12 Roma tomato, peeled, diced2 cups white wineSachet: 1 bay leaf, 10 black peppercorns, 4 parsley stems, 2 thyme sprigs, 4 basil leavesWater or chicken stock as needed Procedure: In a saucepot start...

  • New Italian restaurant at The Broadmoor will serve authentic foods from different regions of the boot

    The Broadmoor's chefs have all but changed their names to Luigi and Giuseppe in preparation for the grand opening of Ristorante del Lago. "We are so excited about the new restaurant," said Brian Wallace, a sous chef at the resort. "It's going to be very Italian. We have a huge pasta-making machine that we will use to make fresh pasta...

  • Hard cooked eggs need a gentle hand when being cooked

    On Sunday, any Peter Cottontail worth his carrots will be looking at an Easter basket full of colored, hard-cooked eggs. So what to do with this bounty of protein? Eat them, of course! Before hopping to work on the recipes, take time to peruse these cooking and safety tips. The 'hard cooking' First things first: Hard-cooked eggs are not...

  • AROUND TOWN: Welcoming sister city Ancient Olympia

    Colorado Springs' newest sister city, Ancient Olympia, Greece, was welcomed April 8 with a reception at Penrose House, wrapping up a busy visit as officials toured the city, learned local history at the Pioneers Museum, met with U.S. Olympic Committee representatives and had lunch with representatives from Colorado Springs Sister Cities...

  • Researchers using math to whittle away at jet lag

    Lots of apps claim they can help you fight jet lag. Now Michigan researchers say mathematical formulas suggest it's possible to adjust to new time zones a bit faster than previously thought, and they created their own free app to help. Doctors have long said exposure to light is key. But how much, and when? "If you get light in the wrong...

  • Dogs bring comfort to victims of local, national tragedies

    It has been said that a dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. In Loveland, Colo., a child strokes the willing golden retriever's soft fur while she talks of her family's loss of everything in the flooding. She seems thrilled to be, for a short while at least, in an easier place as she sits and pets one of...

  • Myth vs. Truth: How to train your kitten

    Kittens are lovable, fun and easy to care for, right? Not always! You can turn your sweet, purring baby into a frightened scaredy-cat with just a few wrong moves in a matter of weeks. The good news is you can make sure your kittens remain loving, confident companions with a few simple techniques. MYTH: Kittens should be adopted alone and as...

  • Soria Kellogg: January 8, 1999 - March 8, 2014

    Soria Kellogg dedicated almost all of her 13 years to serving others. Whether it was listening to a story read aloud by a young student, being by the side of a homeless child, or comforting a nursing home resident, her life meant service. Soria was a yellow Labrador retriever. In January 2012, Soria was given one-six months to live due to...

  • People's Pharmacy: Doctors cling to secret code

    Once upon a time, physicians used Latin to communicate with each other and with pharmacists. It was a handy way of having a secret language that patients could not penetrate. Vestiges of this code persist to this day. For example, doctors frequently write "q.d." to mean take one a day. This is derived from the Latin quaque die, which means...

  • Colorado Springs Comic and Toy Con draws thousands

    More than 2,000 people got to hang out with Darth Vader and Chewbacca on Saturday and Sunday at the Colorado Springs Comic and Toy Con, the fourth biannual show of its kind and the most successful. This spring's convention hosted 60 vendors and 100 tables filled with toys, memorabilia and comic books at Embassy Suites Hotel on Commerce Center...

  • The Art of Health: After breaking bad habit, it still might return

    Last month, I wrote about what it takes to break bad habits. Since then, the U.S. Taekwondo Center participated in the seventh annual Kids in the Kitchen event, assisting children in breaking a bad habit and enlisting parental support to do so. Children considered what habit they would like to break, wrote that habit on a pine board and, with...

  • Dieters move past calories; food makers follow

    bsessing over calories alone has left dieters with an empty feeling. The calorie counting that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, such as the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients. That is chipping away at the popularity of products such as Diet Coke, Lean Cuisine and Special K, which became...

  • Live Well: A yoga twist on speed dating

    You're single. You like yoga. You'd like to meet a partner who's interested in yoga and/or the mindful living lifestyle that tends to go along with it. I hear you, brothers and sisters. I dived into the speed dating trend about 12 years ago and even wrote a story for The Gazette about my experience. No great love ever came of it, or even a...

  • The Country Life: Loving the long ears, aka mules and donkeys

    It was a "little renegade" of a mule that got Linda Geist hooked on mules. Her first love was horses: "I've always been a horse person, since I was a little girl," Geist said. After her husband got a mule, the Geists were invited to the inaugural meeting of the Pikes Peak Long Ears Association - a group of people with a passion for mules and...

  • Apple orchards dodge a weather bullet, growers say

    The spring storm that passed over Colorado Springs didn't leave behind as much snow as originally predicted, but enough to make 2013-2014 the snowiest season in 13 years, according to the National Weather Service. The official report from the Colorado Springs Airport was 1.5 inches, putting the season's total at 34.4 inches, said...

  • Total lunar eclipse to be visible in Colorado Monday night

    Total eclipses of the moon are unusual, but not rare. Someone on the Earth gets to see one almost every year, but from any given location, you can expect to see a total lunar eclipse about once every 2 1/2 years on average. The last one seen from Colorado was Dec. 21, 2010, so we’ve been in a bit of an eclipse lull. That’s about to change,...

  • Drive-thru review: Pizza Hut gets wings right with new deep fryers

    Pizza Hut has installed deep fryers in 5,000 of its restaurants, so I opted for an eight-piece order of Crispy Bone-In Buffalo Burnin' Hot wings. Here's the blueprint: breaded chicken wings, deep-fried and tossed in your favorite sauce, wrapped in foil and delivered warm to your door. Pizza Hut wings are available bone-in (normal wings, as...

  • Face the flat facts: Many styles of low-heeled shoes are popular this year

    It wasn't that long ago that ballet flats ruled. Now flats in almost every style imaginable are demanding their share of attention. Take your pick from ankle boots, menswear-style loafers, pointed-toe skimmers, oxfords, sling-backs, jellies, ankle-wrap sandals, sleek sneakers, espadrilles and a new generation of slip-ons. Details include...

  • Dear Donna: Woman makes going out to eat a bit of an ordeal

    Dear Donna, I've started dating a lovely lady whose company I enjoy except for one aspect. She is very picky about how her food is prepared at restaurants. I appreciate that she is a wonderful cook, but it seems as though each time we dine out her instructions on how to prepare the food become more detailed and the first 15 minutes is spent...

  • Subscription sample boxes shake up beauty routines

    It's a beauty product fan's dream: a monthly box sent to the door filled with samples of lip glosses, face creams, hair treatments and nail polishes. The trend started a few years ago with companies such as Birch Box charging between $10 and $15 a month for subscriptions. But it's recently taken off with dozens of options. There are high-end...

  • Transforming bread dough into lemony sticky buns

    Maybe it's the bright color. Maybe it's the fresh, vibrant taste. Whatever the reason, Easter has become inextricably linked to lemon. So we decided to do a refresh of the conventional breakfast cinnamon bun, infusing it with lemony goodness three different ways. We start by replacing the cinnamon sugar with sugar spiked with lemon zest. Then...

  • We stuff Turkey Day birds so why not Easter hams?

    At Thanksgiving, we stuff turkeys. At Easter, we stuff ... hams! It's not as crazy as it sounds. And it's much easier than you think. We created a delicious and beautiful baked ham that is stuffed with layer upon layer of sweet potato slices. The trick is to use a spiral-cut ham. All those slices are the perfect place to insert a bit of flavor...

  • Table Talk video: Endive adds an interesting taste to salads

    Pronounced "on-deev" and not "in-dive," endive is a versatile veggie in the kitchen. It's delicious in this salad combination, which is perfect for an Easter dinner side dish. Visit or scan the QR code to watch a demonstration. Teresa J.

  • Navajo families receive electricity for first time

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Life has become a little easier for Margie and Alvin Tso. The couple who raised eight children in the LeChee area of the Navajo Nation did so without a power line running to their home. For Margie Tso, that meant laundering clothes in a tub with a washboard and cooking food on a wood stove. The children did homework under...

  • Revelry on the rooftop at Coors Field

    Denver - One thing's for sure, you can't beat the scenery from The Rooftop at Coors Field. The Front Range, the Denver skyline. And of course there's baseball, if you're into that sort of thing. "I've got a great view of the action," said Leonard Eilers, a retiree from Aurora who attended Wednesday's game between the Colorado Rockies and...

  • Making heaven real: Child's account leads to book- and now a movie

    During his six years as a literary agent for Colorado Springs-based Alive Communications, Joel Kneedler has helped publish a hundred books. He also has broken the hearts of hundreds of aspiring authors. "I have conversations where people are bawling, or saying I don't appreciate their life story, or accusing me of not cooperating with God's...

  • Deacons with local ties to be ordained at Notre Dame

    Two deacons of the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers who served in the Colorado Springs area will be ordained to the priesthood April 26 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The Revs. Adam D.P. Booth and Patrick E. Reidy will be ordained by Bishop Kevin...

  • Plant of the week: Forsythia

    Deciduous shrub grown for its vibrant yellow flowers that announce the arrival of spring; shrubs around town will be blooming for the next few weeks. Bright yellow, bell-shaped flowers emerge before leaves and cover branches from ground to tip. Depending on the variety, they can be compact specimen plants or tall (8-10 feet) informal hedges....

  • A light and airy fruit pudding from America's past

    Snow pudding is a great American recipe that dates to pioneer days, back when resourceful home cooks hankering for a treat had to rely on whatever they had - things such as gelatin, lemons, sugar and eggs. In fact, the first edition of Fanny Farmer's "Boston Cooking School Cookbook" in 1896 featured a recipe for snow pudding. My paternal...

  • AROUND TOWN: Historic Day Nursery's 117th anniversary

    Passers-by often wonder about the huge Tudor building at the corner of Rio Grande and Tejon streets. An old church turned school? A mining baron's mansion?

  • AROUND TOWN: Leadership Pikes Peak gives a big Yee-Haw at ProRodeo

    Following tradition, Leadership Pikes Peak graduates set out to blaze new trails. Every year, Executive Director Susan Saksa searches out a site for the program's awards celebration that might be a fresh adventure or educational experience for many participants.

  • Book review: "Updike"

    During his lifetime, John Updike was acclaimed as one of the greater writers of his generation, the poet laureate of middle-class, small-town, Protestant America. From the time he was a boy, submitting articles and drawings to school newspapers in his beloved hometown of Shillington, Pa., until his 2009 death at age 76, he produced an endless...

  • Death Valley in spring: Beautiful and not that hot

    FURNACE CREEK, Calif. - The perception of Death Valley is that it's hot and desolate. The hot part is right, at least in the summer, when Death Valley is one of the hotter places on earth. Even in spring, it's about as hot as many other places are come August, with April and May temperatures ranging from the 70s to just more than 100. As...