• Southern Colorado cliffs become hot rock climbing destination

    By LANCE BENZEL lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Shelf Road Climbing Area, north of Cañon City - Long before dusty touring vans and sticker-laden Subarus swarmed these pitted limestone cliffs, the Shelf Road climbing area was ground zero in a hidden war. It was the early 1980s, and tensions were boiling between rival bands of rock...

  • Wildlife activists concerned over Uganda-Congo border oil

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Activists on Thursday urged Uganda's government to reverse a decision to open for oil drilling a wildlife park on Uganda's border with Congo, saying the move puts pressure on the region's fragile ecosystems. Uganda's government is expected to announce next month...

  • Environmentalists, unions protest Pacific trade pact in Maui

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — About 400 protesters blew conch shells on a Hawaii beach to demonstrate against a trade agreement being negotiated by ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations. The demonstrators blew into their shells in unison on Wednesday on the sand in front of the Westin Maui...

  • Pet of the week: Griffon

    The Gazette -
    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Name: Griffon Breed: German Wirehaired Pointer Owner: Robert Erickson Griffon's story: He was on his way to the pound after several aggressive incidents. We rescued him a year ago and with the help of Camp Bow Wow on Northpark he is now a really well behaved dog and a joy to own.

  • Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting July 30, 2015

    By Carlotta Olson -
    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    ADOPTION FAIRS 9-Lives Rescue Inc. - For cats and kittens, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 2965 New Center Point; 591-4640; colorado9lives.com. Dreampower - For dogs, cats and small caged pets, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and noon-3:30 p.m. Sunday, PetSmart, 571 N. Academy...

  • Colorado Springs area outdoor events starting July 30, 2015

    By Carlotta Olson -
    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    ALMANAC Cycling ONGOING Gunnison-Crested Butte - Go online for information gunnison crestedbutte.com. - Crested Butte Big Mountain Enduro, Friday-Sunday. Hiking ONGOING Bear Creek Nature Center hikes - 245 Bear Creek Road. Reservations: 520-6387. - Sustainability Series - Wild...

  • Va. tourism to air TV ads during Richmond bicycle race

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia tourism officials will use television commercials to promote the state as a travel destination during an upcoming international bicycle race in Richmond. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the partnership Wednesday between the Virginia Tourism Corp. and...

  • How to find healthy eats at Florida theme parks, zoos

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Don't stress if you're trying to eat healthy while on summer vacation. Florida health officials are highlighting some guilt-free options for you at theme parks and zoos. The Healthiest Weight Florida initiative highlights healthy choices in theme parks and...

  • Hikers drawn to geological gem along Arizona-Utah border

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A richly colored geological upheaval along the Arizona-Utah border is one of the most sought-after hikes in the West. But The Wave isn't without dangers. Officials with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management have implemented a series of safety measures following...

  • Las Vegas attempts to tame rowdy Fremont Street experience

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A bawdy gauntlet of street performers and tip-seeking costumed characters crowding Las Vegas' Fremont Street have been driving tourists away, city leaders said Wednesday as they moved toward imposing new rules to rein in the rowdy atmosphere. Sin City already has...

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