• New York parks advocates applaud Cuomo's funding proposal

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A group that advocates for parks and trails across New York says it likes what it sees in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal released this week. Albany-based Parks & Trails New York says Cuomo's spending plan for the 2015-16 fiscal year includes $110 million for...

  • Dozens of volunteers brave winter weather to count eagles

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    MIDDLEBURY, Conn. (AP) — It was about 10 degrees outside, a few minutes before sunrise, when 63-year-old Tom Zissu pulled his 2005 Toyota Camry into a dormant amusement park along Lake Quassapaug Saturday. A biting wind made it feel much colder. Zissu drove past colorful rides dusted...

  • Expanded Blackbeard exhibit opens at museum in Beaufort

    Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    BEAUFORT, N.C. (AP) — A newly expanded exhibit about Blackbeard and his ship is opening at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. The exhibit includes new artifacts from the ship, Queen Anne's Revenge, and a new conservation laboratory. It opens Saturday. Staff members from...

  • Blog: Playing the edge

    By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Class theme No. 345: Playing your edge. Go to enough yoga classes, and you'll probably hear a teacher tell you to "Come to your edge." And no, she's not talking about mountain climbing. She means find that point in a posture where you're challenged, but not so challenged that...

  • Friday Military Salute: Fort Carson soldier makes special gate 'delivery'

    By Eric Singer, eric.singer@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    A military police officer at Fort Carson had the most unusual special delivery of her life. Pfc. Laryn Rodgers, 19, was just getting off shift from her duties at Gate 20 on Jan. 14 when Sgt. Dominik Marciano, 22, and his 21-year-old wife Lindsay drove up. "Hey my wife is having a...

  • Side Streets: Being Colorado native no longer a draw as Springs club fades

    By Bill Vogrin, The Gazette -
    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Back in the 1970s and '80s, a bumper sticker became popular on cars across Colorado. It resembled the state license plate with its silhouette of the mountains. But instead of numbers, it bore the word "NATIVE" in big block letters. The bumper stickers declared the driver not just a...

  • Forget fuss and focus on comfort food this Valentine's Day

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    The notion that a great Valentine's Day dinner should be fancy or somehow over-the-top is way overrated. I'll take delicious comfort food over a fussy meal any day, regardless of the romance quotient. And when I want real comfort — deep down, rich, winter night snuggling comfort — I...

  • Flight 93 Memorial superintendent going to Washington post

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A National Park Service official who managed the development of the Flight 93 Memorial in southwestern Pennsylvania has been promoted to a job in Washington, D.C. Jeff Reinbold worked in Washington when he was sent to be project manager of the memorial project...

  • Bronx and Havana museums to exchange artworks

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Bronx Museum of Art and Cuba's National Museum of Fine Arts have launched an art exchange initiative that will include two major exhibitions. The cooperation began long before the recent thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations. The Bronx Museum calls it the most ambitious...

  • Burn planned at Denali National Park and Preserve

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The National Park Service is planning a fire at Denali National Park and Preserve at the end of the month. The park service plans to burn trees and brush between Jan. 26 and Feb. 6 near the entrance to the park as part of its fire prevention efforts. According...

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