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  • Date of Manitou Incline closure tentatively set

    Manitou Incline fiends, prepare to go without your fix. The milelong march up jumbled railroad ties in Manitou Springs is on pace to close Aug. 18 for four months' worth of improvements. The date's not official - yet - but the city of Colorado Springs plans to begin its $1.6 million overhaul a day after the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon...

  • SudSisters: Unusual ingredients in beer cater to about every taste

    These days, nothing is off-limits for brewers. Pickles, avocados, oysters, bananas, even pizza. If you can taste it, most likely you can brew it. Recently, I stumbled upon the most unique ingredient I'd seen in beer. To verify that it was indeed unusual, I set out on a quest. My search took me to a liquor store that carries many varieties...

  • Woodland Park man overcomes disability on 2,663-mile trek

    Wesley Trimble hikes with a unique cadence and sets his own pace. When he started on the Pacific Crest Trail in Southern California in mid-April, fellow hikers saw his loping gait and assumed Trimble had developed a "hiker hobble," a euphemism for the body's revolt after going too hard, too soon. But three months later and more than 1,700...

  • Then and Now: Photographs re-create days gone by for friends and families

    We laughed. We cried. We clicked back and forth between your original and re-created photos in our Then and Now contest. We received dozens of entries last month, including shots of puppies morphing into elderly dogs, a truck and even a 1950s aerial photo of Glockner-Penrose Hospital that's now Penrose Hospital. And the winner is local...

  • Eat Well: App feeds kids' interest in healthy eating

    Not that you should need an excuse to eat well, but August is Kids Eat Right Month and I've got just the ticket to help you jump on the bandwagon. It's an app for iPads and iPhones by Bean Sprouts titled "Cooking Fun For Kids: Healthy Playful Recipes, Food Games, and Videos for Kids in the Kitchen." The app comes courtesy of the same women...

  • Moving the Future: Why are we so afraid of muscle?

    Why are we so afraid of muscle? Do we not like to lift heavy stuff? Are women so bothered by the hackneyed "looking like a man" idiom that they'd rather have a fragile frame for their adult lives? Unless bodybuilding or fitness modeling or competing in a world's strongest behemoth contest is a means for putting clothes on our backs, food on...

  • HEALTH NOTES FROM THE COLORADO SPRINGS AREA

    Listings appear on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits and at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202. Buddy Walk - To benefit the Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Association, 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 23, Norris-Penrose Events Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp...

  • Museum comes to Santa Fe

    SANTA FE, N.M. - Santa Fe's famed summer market season opens this weekend with the International Folk Market, the world's largest folk art market and one dedicated to helping artisans from impoverished nations start their own businesses. And as the popular market celebrates its 11th anniversary, it is drawing more than just tourists and...

  • AROUND TOWN: ReStore, Habitat say farewell to boss

    Accolades have come over the years for Paul Johnson, executive director of Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity, but the one from Leadership Pikes Peak in 2008 for "Modeling the Way" still nails it, attested his employees and volunteers at Johnson's July 17 retirement party.

  • AROUND TOWN: Picnic at Benet Hill honors military

    For the fifth year the Benedictine Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery invited the public to their wooded retreat in Black Forest for a 
Sunday afternoon of natural beauty combined with face painting, basketball shooting, pony rides, climbing on firetrucks and shopping for bargains from Sisters Thrift and Boutique.

  • 56th annual rocket event encourages science, engineering interests

    Some people loved rockets when they were children. Others picked up the hobby as adults, sharing the fun with their own kids. For Dr. Warren B. Layfield, rocketry has been a lifelong passion that was strengthened after working as an engineer with NASA for a decade. About 300 amateur rocket builders and designers from around the country...

  • Drive-thru review: 'Heroes in a half shell' join forces with Pizza Hut

    Pizza Hut's Cheesy Bites Pizza is back. You remember the pie with 28 pull-apart puffs loaded with cheese circling the pie. As if Pizza Hut was lacking for places to hide more cheese, now even stuffed crust isn't the pole-sitter. Here's the Cheesy Bites Pizza breakdown: a large, one-topping, 14-inch pizza surrounded by 28 cheese puffs instead...

  • Tinseltown Talks: Constance Towers, 81 recalls 2 John Ford classics; finds acting 'seductive'

    Few actors could name Whitefish, Mont., as their show business origin, much less while attending first grade. Constance Towers remembers the day, around 1940, when visitors arrived at her school in search of radio talent. "They wanted someone to play a little boy for Northwest Theatre, so I raised my hand," recalled Towers from her home in Los...

  • Colorado Springs woman writes of life at the homefront in new memoir, 'No Man's War'

    For Angela Ricketts, the life-changing epiphany came in the middle of the night on Nov. 21, 2010. She woke up with pain in her back and shoulders. It's just a panic attack, she thought as sweat rolled down her neck. The pain got uglier, and she started thinking about going to the emergency room on post. But an ambulance wasn't an option...

  • Cowboy church in Westcliffe bucks tradition

    Westcliffe - If Jesus had a man cave, this might be it. "Welcome to Cabella's," says the cowboy preacher as he sweeps you into his Wild West Cowboy Church, a church unlike any other in a town of many churches. The cowboy church isn't a tourist ploy, though pastor Larry Smith happily welcomes passers-through. It's a real working church for...

  • Side Streets: Longtime tuner works on 15,000th piano as he nears end of accidental career

    All these years later, George King vividly recalls the exact moment he knew he had become a piano tuner. It was 1963 and he was a young apprentice trying to learn the craft from a relative. "To tune a piano, you have to tune the beats out, smooth it out," King explained as he demonstrated with a tuning hammer on a near-century-old Steinway...

  • Colorado Springs pastor ponders heeding the call of the gospel (and God) in new book, 'The Unfinished Church'

    Rob Bentz laughs kindly at the question. When did you know you were called to God? It turns out that being chosen by God isn't a Cecil B. DeMille production: puffy clouds, rays of golden light, angels playing harps and a wise, bearded deity reaching out to shake Bentz's hand. Bentz - a pastor at Woodmen Valley Chapel - was called by simply...

  • That strip of land between the street and the sidewalk can be beautiful and low maintenance

    They go by many names - parkways, medians, berms - but probably the term that best describes the isolated strip of garden space sandwiched between sidewalk and street? Hellstrip. "It's very hot, there's a lot of foot traffic and there's usually no irrigation," said Pat Sullivan, a Colorado Springs horticulturist and landscape designer who...

  • Agility competition training can help boost animals' self-confidence and behavior

    Melian stood confidently at the start of the dog agility course at the Rocky Mountain State Games, legs quivering in anticipation. She waited anxiously to respond to the call of her owner, LeNore Ralston. But just a few years ago, Melian quivered when a branch fell off a tree, a car drove past or another dog came into sight. The black lab...

  • PLANT OF THE WEEK: Winecups

    Common Name: Winecups, poppy mallow Scientific name: Callirhoe involucrata Type: Perennial Height: 5-8 inches Width: 20-30 inches Blooms: Summer to frost Where to plant: Full sun to partial shade Water requirement: Moderate to dry, Drought tolerant once established Preparing the soil: Average soils, sandy, clay Hardy: Zone 3...

  • YEAR ROUND GARDENING: Maybe these are lazy days of summer, but there's still work to be done in the garden

    "Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability." - Sam Keen August in the garden can be more relaxed than other times in the growing season. We have the opportunity to step back and really look at what the garden is . and enjoy it. However, there's always something to be done. It's a garden, after all. What follows are the basics....

  • KEN MOON: Eradicate those foul summer orders

    Dear Ken: My dishwasher smells pretty bad. Is this normal? Or do I need a plumber? - Shirley Answer: This can be a smelly time of year around the house. Warm temperatures accelerate the growth of bacteria in hidden spaces inside not only the dishwasher, but the disposal and clothes washer, too. There is a hidden reservoir of water in the...

  • Wahl siblings a bit 'frustrated' by delay but ready to attempt historic swim on Sunday

    Danielle, Devin and Dustin Wahl are delayed in their bid to make history. The Wahls want to become the first three siblings to each swim across the 21-mile English Channel at the same time, but their attempts to swim have been repeatedly put off since Tuesday. "So far the weather has been the biggest problem," Devin said Friday by email....

  • Swimwear on Miami Beach runway goes sporty chic

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Surf's up next summer. From rash guards to zipper-brief bottoms, sporty-chic looks made waves on the runway in Miami Beach for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, which celebrated its 10th year with more than a dozen shows ending Monday. The shows previewed summer 2015 swimwear. "Sport luxe is making a big impact into...

  • Side Streets: Colorado Springs neighborhood sends messages into future, teaches us about community

    The dining room table in Vic Appugliese's Old North End home is covered with the history of the neighborhood north of downtown Colorado Springs. There are dozens of photos and typed stories of neighbors past and present. On the floor, by the table, is a 6-foot-long PVC tube that Appugliese is filling with similar photos and stories. On...

  • Colorado Springs to hold 61st Korean War Armistice celebration

    A ceremony commemorating the 61st anniversary of the Korean War Armistice is Saturday at 10:30 a.m.at Memorial Park, located south of East Pikes Peak Avenue. The event, hosted by a local chapter of the Korean War Veteran's Association, will feature The Korean Consul General to the U.S. and a representative from the Air Force. Veterans of the...

  • Rain to bring Colorado mosquito baby boom

    Monsoon-like weather this spring and summer could spell something of a mosquito baby boom in the weeks to come, said El Paso County Public Health supervisor Lee Griffen, who’s experienced a recent uptick in calls from citizens concerned about the insects, which can transmit West Nile virus to humans. “With all the precipitation, you’re going...

  • That bites: Mosquitoes might be more attracted to you than others

    Do mosquitoes seem to find you particularly tasty? Though scientists aren’t sure why, research supports what many have long suspected: Some people — about 20 percent — are simply more appetizing to the airborne bloodsuckers, now swarming the Front Range in the wake of an unusually wet summer. “There are a lot of theories out there about who...

  • 60th annual Colorado Springs-area Parade of Homes starts Aug. 1

    Colorado Springs' Parade of Homes will mark its 60th year next week - a period over which homebuilding has changed almost as much as the community. Sixty years ago, smaller, ranch-style homes of roughly 1,000 square feet dominated many post-World War II neighborhoods in Colorado Springs, with traditional floor plans offering homeowners a...

  • Video: Get your pork shank on

    The smells of something awesome cooking on the grill permeated The Warehouse Restaurant at 25 West Cimarron St. in Colorado Springs. Food Editor Teresa Farney and I had the pleasure of watching Executive Chef and Owner Chip Johnson prepare a smoked orange chipotle barbecued pork shank. This tasty entrée is a mix of sweet and spicy rolled up...

  • Legal marijuana milestone heads for Seattle museum

    SEATTLE (AP) — The first recreational marijuana sold legally in Seattle will be put on display at the city's Museum of History and Industry after a woman donated part of her purchase Tuesday. Deb Greene, a 65-year-old retiree, waited all night to be first in line at the Cannabis City store when legal pot sales began in Washington on July 8....

  • Dear Donna: On a date? Time to sever link with phone

    Dear Donna, I met a man at a networking event a few weeks ago. We have seen each other four times and he always wears his earpiece for his iPhone, even when we're out for a nice dinner. He rarely responds to anyone when we're together, but he constantly is clicking on his phone while he continues to have a conversation with me. I find it...

  • Photos: Sox the Fox wants to be mascot of the year but needs your help

    The annual Mascot Mania contest in minor league baseball is underway and Sox the Fox, the lovable acrobat of Security Service Field, is competing for Pacific Coast League Mascot of the Year. If Sox the Fox wins, he advances to the championship round (Aug. 4-11) against all the league champions. Here is his bio as told to Mike Hobson: ...

  • The Country Life: The strange life of the spadefoot toad

    I was walking last week through our pasture, which had been transformed into swampland by days of relentless rain, when something jumped from the weeds. I squinted my eyes and spotted a tiny toad on the muddy ground. I scooped it up, and my wife and I studied it. It was, we believe, a spadefoot toad — likely a plains spadefoot — but lacking...

  • Production of world's lightest camping hammock a family affair for Monument man

    or Chris Loidolt of Monument, designing what he bills as the world's lightest-production camping hammock was a snap. Getting his product in the hands of consumers is shaping up to be a family affair. Loidolt, 21, launched Hummingbird Hammocks from his family's home, and with the help of his parents, brother and other relatives, he's...

  • The art of health: In search of common ground

    One common anxiety- producing experience in a person’s daily life may be navigating differences of opinion with others and negotiating resolution without feeling as if they are on the losing end. Poor conflict resolution skills can result in the end of a job or a friendship, the beginning of a poor relationship with a neighbor and many things...

  • Local doctor chronicles encounters behind bars

    Murderers and psychopaths aren't a physician's usual patients, but for Dr. William Wright, they're part of his daily practice. In his book, "Maximum Insecurity," Wright explains his experience with some of the most ruthless and dangerous offenders in the country as the physician at the Colorado State Penitentiary. "It started as a journal...

  • Add zing to notebooks, store-bought or DIY

    When it's time to start stocking the school backpack, it's easy to grab a stack of plain, boring notebooks. But since kids have to tote these things to and fro every day, why not trade the standard-issue ones for something snazzy and personalized? There are plenty of eye-catching options to buy or to make yourself. At Zazzle and Cafepress,...

  • Hidden in cracks and crevices, Miller moths once again invade Colorado homes

    For my middle-of-the-night visits to our home's smallest room, I'm usually alone. But not lately. Nocturnal moths have invaded our home. Sometimes hidden in a hung towel or closet crack, these inch-long moths are everywhere. Yesterday one burst upward at my son from beneath a closed toilet seat lid. Yikes! Well, at least he was lifting the...

  • Pet notes: Colorado Springs-area calendar of events starting July 21, 2014

    ADOPTION FAIRS 9-Lives Rescue Inc. - For cats, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 2965 New Center Point; 591-4640; colorado 9lives.com. Dreampower - For dogs, cats and small caged pets, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and noon-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Pet-Smart, 571 N. Academy Blvd.; 390-7838; dreampower.org . LookWhatTheCatBroughtIn - Cats and kittens, 10...

  • Half of Colorado voters back Hobby Lobby ruling

    DENVER — A new poll says half of Colorado voters support the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling allowing some religiously oriented business to opt out of contraception coverage for their employees. The Quinnipiac (KWIHN'-ih-pee-ak) University poll released Monday found that 50 percent of voters support the court's Hobby Lobby decision while...

  • Seductive images expose dark side of America's diet

    It wasn't simply one commercial. It was a childhood awash in them. Like most of our childhoods, more or less. Printmaker Sam Cikauskas has channeled the sweet myth making of Mountain Dew, Heinz ketchup, Coca-Cola and other products into a series of lithographs. "I guess it's my response to growing up eating these products and kind of...

  • Rethinking a healthy breakfast: a meal in a muffin

    When fall rolls around and it's back to school and work, wouldn't you love to start your day with something tastier and more substantial than that all-too-typical bowl of cold cereal? It's so boring day after day. And that's apart from the fact that most cereals will fail to tide you over until lunchtime. Here, then, is a meal in a muffin, a...

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