• Vermont House defeats $2 hotel occupancy fee

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House has soundly rejected a proposal to raise about $10 million in new revenue with new $2 occupancy fee on hotel rooms. Rep. Susan Davis of Washington proposed the amendment as part of a revenue bill, saying the money would enable the state to...

  • Snowcast: Fresh powder unlikely for Colorado's high country

    By Brian Bledsoe KKTV 11 News -
    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    The weather pattern for the next week will bring more warmth. Even at high elevations, snow looks unlikely. The weekend features plenty of sun, with not much chance for moisture. By early to mid next week, a couple of smaller systems will move through the area. They likely will favor...

  • Trail Talk: Effort to close Colorado Springs trail gap finally pays off

    By Susan Davies Special to The Gazette -
    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Remember "The Tortoise and the Hare?" It's one of Aesop's Fables with a simple moral lesson: slow and steady wins the race. Slow and steady is a requirement when a trail project involves a railroad. The Rock Island Trail is one of the Pikes Peak region's key trails but for years has...

  • Freshness, not thickness, matters when buying asparagus

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    When shopping for asparagus, people often focus on the wrong thing — how thick the stalks are. They think thinner is better. Truth is, asparagus can be delicious regardless of how thick it is. More important is how fresh the asparagus is. That's where the flavor is. Freshly-harvested...

  • Colorado's legalization spurred early run of gay marriage, but rate has slowed

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Toni and Katy Morrison soon will celebrate their six-month anniversary, and so will Colorado's legalization of same-sex marriage. The lesbian couple was among the first to officially tie the knot in El Paso County after a U.S. Supreme Court decision on Oct. 6, 2014 cleared the way...

  • New Colorado Springs balloon event will offer variety

    BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    A wakeboarding exhibition, beer garden and a food truck competition could join hot air balloons at Memorial Park this Labor Day weekend. Scott Appelman, organizer of the inaugural Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off, said those attractions and others are being considered as part of...

  • Colorado Springs area outdoor events starting March 26, 2015

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    ALMANAC Cycling ONGOING The Colorado Springs Cycling Club - For all ages and abilities; bikesprings.org. Pizzeria Rustica Cycling Club - 2 p.m. second Sundays, Pizzeria Rustica 2527 W. Colorado Ave.;...

  • Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting March 26, 2015

    By Carlotta Olson -
    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    ADOPTION FAIRS 9-Lives Rescue Inc. - For cats, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 2965 New Center Point; 591-4640; colorado9lives.com. Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescue - For dogs less than 15 pounds, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 5020 N. Nevada Ave.; 266-1224. Dreampower -...

  • Pet of the week: Doodlebug

    The Gazette -The Gazette -
    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Name: Doodlebug Breed: Jack Russell Terrier Owner: Beth Cutter Doodlebug's story: Eight years ago this month, I adopted my Jack Russell Terrier Doodlebug from an animal rescue group in Bristow, Okla. Up to then, I had been indifferent to dogs (including all the hunting dogs my...

  • Teton motorists asked to be careful of migrating wildlife

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Motorists in and around Grand Teton National Park are being asked to be cautious over the next few weeks as wildlife migrate from wintering areas toward summer ranges. Park officials say that with the receding snowpack, elk on the National Elk Refuge have begun to...

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