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  • No bees? Look for other pollinators

    The dramatic loss of honeybees to changing land use, viruses and pesticides is alarming, and they are irreplaceable as pollinators. But you can somewhat offset their loss by attracting alternative pollinators, such as beetles, butterflies and moths, dragonflies, feral bees, wasps and flower flies. Attracting these beneficial insects requires a...

  • Colorado Springs gardeners can harvest, divide, plant, transplant in September

    September is a time of transition. Days are noticeably shorter, nights are cooler, and the weather is usually stable. It's a good time to plant or transplant. - Harvest pears, apples and ever-bearing strawberries as they ripen. Cover new fruit on heritage raspberries with bird netting. - Continue to harvest tomatoes, peppers, onions and...

  • KEN MOON: Find second, third opinion when facing a critical diagnosis on furnace

    Dear Ken: I have been told by a heating contractor that I need a new furnace because the heat exchanger is bad. What's the next step here? - Karen Answer: First things first. Make sure you have a good working carbon monoxide detector. Some furnace companies - thankfully, very few - "over diagnose" a faulty heat exchanger. It can be an effort...

  • Fall decor does a Scottish fling

    Where fashion goes, decor follows. And this fall, the fashionistas are inspired by Scotland. Plaid capes, kilts and coats hit the fall catwalk for Saint Laurent and Stella McCartney. Marchesa showed tartan-printed lace, argyle and fur, and deconstructed kilt patterns in a dress collection. Maybe it's Scotland's referendum on independence...

  • Prices of huge TVs are down, which means the football season is looking up.

    Supersized isn't just for French fries. Americans increasingly are replacing their once-enviable 50-inch TVs with even bigger screens. Think: 65 inches and up. And what better time to expand your HD horizons than Saturday's official kickoff of college football and the NFL season start next weekend. People are snagging big screens -...

  • Think you know Pikes Peak region history? Meet Blanche Burton and Laura Belle McDaniel

    What: Summer Speaker Series, "Think You Know History," with Blanche Burton and Laura Belle McDaniel (portrayed by actors Dianne Hartshorn and Diana Hall) Blanche Burton Connection to Colorado Springs: A savvy businesswoman, Burton was the first madam to set up shop in the all-male gold boom town of Cripple Creek when she arrived in 1891....

  • AROUND TOWN: Citizen Soldier Connection

    The Citizen Soldier Connection, a group of local citizens stepping in to support military and their families stationed here, recently took to the links for a Friend-Raiser Golf Outing at Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course. Foursomes were made up of two soldiers and two local citizens. Prior to teeing up, members of the nonprofit Citizen Soldier...

  • A look back in Colorado Springs: Ready for football in 1904

    A group of young men pose on steps in front of an entrance to a stone building in Colorado Springs in 1904.  "Cutler Academy" is chiseled into the left pillar and the young men are identified as the academy's football team. Their uniforms include padded pants, striped jerseys and cleats. Some of them wear nose protectors around their...

  • Video: Monument's Miguel Dakota named 'America's Got Talent' finalist

    He has become “the heartthrob” of this season’s “America’s Got Talent” but Miguel Dakota’s vocals also swept him into the first six spots of the Top 12 on Wednesday night in New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. Dakota, 22, and his band Spiral Lion, will have a little time away from the stage because the show will choose another...

  • AROUND TOWN: Broadmoor gala wrapped up a cycling frenzy day at USA Pro Challenge

    He has covered the Tour de France and all the other major pro cycling events around the world, but for expert commentator Phil Liggett, the USA Pro Challenge, which flew through Colorado Springs on Aug. 21, "makes cycling cool." That was exactly the sentiment of the thousands of screaming, bell-clanging fans lining the streets and roads that...

  • North Cheyenne Canon Park roads close due to flooding

    Flood damage roiled access to North Cheyenne Cañon Park on Wednesday, though repairs are expected to be complete by this weekend. Rain gouged deep ruts into Gold Camp Road above Helen Hunt Falls, prompting a closure just below the parking lot at the High Drive gate, said Kurt Schroeder of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural...

  • Todd Martz remembered as an inspiring force of personality and love

    Everyone at Wooglin's Deli has a Todd Martz story, and it usually goes something like this: Customer enters the restaurant. Todd, a 42-year-old busboy, is usually standing near the cash register and calls out: "Hi, how ya doing? What are you gettin'?" Or maybe "How's your mom? How's your kids?" Sometimes he'd see a serious businessman...

  • Animal shelter cats out of quarantine and ready for adoption

    The Human Society of the Pikes Peak region resumed cat adoptions on Wednesday, about a week after quarantining its felines amid concerns of a virus outbreak. About 50 cats are available for adoption, and the rest can be adopted out once the nonprofit removes their quarantine - a process that varies for each cat, and could take a couple weeks,...

  • Area hops picking parties put fingers, elbows to work

    He grew it and they’ll brew it, but first you get to pick it — fresh-from-the-bine hops, that is. In the run-up to the “Top Hop” fresh hop beer contest, a central feature of the Sept. 20 Bines & Brews Hopfest in Monument, Rick Squires of The Twisted Bine hop farm is delivering orders of his newly harvested produce to competing Front...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Colorado town to become Bud Lite's 'Whatever' town

    DENVER — Some people in normally laid back Crested Butte are not up for "Whatever" — a secretive Bud Lite plan to paint their mountain town blue and turn it into a fantasy town for an online and television ad campaign. The company has agreed to pay the town $250,000 to fence off its main street and bring in more than 1,000 revelers to the...

  • '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...

  • People's Pharmacy: New recommendations turn diabetes diet upside down

    One of the more contentious topics in health care today revolves around diet. Should it be low fat or low carb? This question is especially pressing for people with diabetes. That's because the food they eat has an immediate impact on blood sugar. Before insulin, people with diabetes were treated with diet alone. A century ago, doctors told...


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