More Carol McGraw Articles

  • Retired teachers put 'good intentions' to work in gift for Waldo Canyon fire victim

    By Carol McGraw carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Jane Neff calls them "good intentions" - all those pieced blocks and tops that quilters hope to finish someday, but never do. Most of such craft work disappears into closets never to be seen again until they end up in a garage sale or maybe an antique store. Neff, a retired teacher,...

  • Keeping documents, artifacts safe when disaster hits

    by carol mcgraw carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Tim Blevins and Dennis Daily, who manage the special collections at the Penrose Library, carry small pocket-size planners at all times. When unfurled, they have access to everything they need to know in case of disaster - how to call FEMA and first responders, facilities layouts,...

  • UCCS MPA program gets benchmark accreditation

    by carol mcgraw carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    The Master of Public Administration program at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has been independently accredited. The accreditation is for seven years, the longest possible time, Terry Schwartz, interim dean, said Thursday in an email announcement. The accrediting agency,...

  • Same sex couples thrilled to get married in Pueblo County

    by carol mcgraw carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    It was a historic moment filled with tears, cheers, red roses, and two weddings Friday as Pueblo County followed Boulder and Denver in issuing same-sex marriage licenses for the first time in Colorado. "I love her so. I would marry her a hundred times," said Bea Gallegos smiling at...

  • Girl of the West a time-honored tradition for Pikes Peak Rodeo

    by carol mcgraw carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    There's a bit of explaining to do here. Don't call them rodeo queens. They are Girls of the West - ambassadors for the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo that runs through Saturday at the Norris-Penrose Event Center. Kate Watson, 22, has the title. Rachael Braaten is Watson's aide this...

  • Pioneers exhibit offers unique look at Penrose-Tutt partnership

    by carol mcgraw carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Where in the world is Spencer Penrose's bloodshot prosthetic eyeball? It's with the artifacts in the unique exhibit at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum called "The Midas Touch: the Penrose & Tutt Partnership." The exhibit opened on June 28 and runs through December. As the...

  • Gun-toting marchers draw cheer from Westcliffe parade crowd

    by carol mcgraw carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    WESTCLIFFE - It was a day of guns, God and Old Glory Friday at Westcliffe's July 4 parade. There were the usual cowhorses, rodeo queens, fire engines and political candidates waving to the delighted crowd. But the largest group of participants - and the one that got some of the...

  • Civil Rights Act: Colorado Springs woman's prejudices evaporate through experiences

    by carol mcgraw carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    Lucy Bell was not an avid protest marcher during the civil rights demonstrations that ignited a nation in the mid-1960s. But prejudices she learned in childhood dissolved as her life's journey included teaching minority students, marrying a black man against her parents' wishes and...

  • Civil Rights Act: Long-time Colorado Springs NAACP volunteers continue work for social justice

    by CAROL MCGRAW carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    Floyd Young traveled to Africa in 2003 to see where his family began, and where civil rights for blacks were laid to ruin by the slave trade. Young, now 82, said, "I put my feet on the continent. There was a beautiful sunset. I raised my hands to the sky to thank the old man in our...

  • Civil Rights Act: Colorado woman knew the pain, but never stopped fighting for equality

    by carol mcgraw carol.mcgraw@gazette com -
    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Polly Baca has lived the civil rights movement up close in all its triumphs and sorrows. She was there for the March on Washington, the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the rally in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles the night Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. Later, she...

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