• Pikes Peak's South Slope reopens to chilly fanfare

    By lance benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: 6 hr ago

    The South Slope Recreation Area on Pikes Peak is open for the season, but count on a chilly reception if you have early reservations. Visitors to the city-owned chain of lakes, which opened Saturday, report that McReynolds and Mason reservoirs are iced over and that trails are...

  • Future of Las Vegas travel may include underground trains

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A light-rail train traveling below the Las Vegas Strip is among options transportation leaders are looking at as the destination prepares for millions more tourists in the next 10 to 20 years. The group representing nearly every transportation interest in Southern...

  • New Barr Camp caretakers keeping it all in the family

    By lance benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    atering to weary travelers at Barr Camp soon will be a family affair, courtesy of the first brother-and-sister team of caretakers in the camp's history. "It's so ironic," said Ashley Miller, half of the sibling duo. "I kept telling people all I want to do is make pancakes and have...

  • Pet of the week: Tres

    The Gazette -
    Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Name: Tres Breed: Paint Owner: Sally Ruport Tres' story: Tres was the prize in an essay contest conducted by Renee's Friends back in 2007. Here's an excerpt from The Gazette on March 10, 2007: "Some contests give away a car or a cruise. But the prize Lenora Kater won in an...

  • Cats chat with us through meows, blinks and roving whiskers

    By SUE MANNING The Associated Press -
    Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    When it comes to cats, those meows mean a lot of things. With each purr, yowl or even blink, felines are saying, "Hello," "Let's snuggle" or "Beat it, Mom." For the increasing number of pet owners who want to connect with their often-aloof fur babies, experts say there's something to...

  • Trail talk: Don't let rain dampen desire to support Colorado Springs-area trails

    By Susan Davies Special to The Gazette -
    Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Who likes May in Colorado? We get whispers of spring in March and April. Then just as tulips and lilacs begin blooming, a freak snow or hard freeze brings scents and colors to an abrupt end. Days later, summer arrives. After these past couple of weeks, baking weather would be...

  • Colorado Springs area outdoor events starting May 28, 2015

    By Carlotta Olson -
    Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    ALMANAC Cycling Sunday Cafe Velo Gran Fondo - Pikes Peak Brewing Co., 1756 Lake Woodmoor Drive. Go online for times, costs and registration: tinyurl.com/nlxwnfs. Hiking Saturday Clear Springs Ranch Walk - 5K or 10K, start between 8 a.m. and noon, Clear Springs Ranch, off Exit...

  • Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting May 28, 2015

    By Carlotta Olson -
    Published: Thu, May 28, 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. AWR Cat Tails Rescue - 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Pet Pantry, 5148 N. Academy Blvd.; 369-5107, awrcattailsrescue.com. Dreampower - For dogs,...

  • Recent youth suicides a 'terrifying situation' that must be addressed, El Paso County official says

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: 15 hr ago

    In what an official from the El Paso County Coroner's Office calls "a terrifying situation," two students from West Middle School committed suicide in the past few weeks. "It is a problem in our society that we don't properly deal with, and every effort should be made with prevention...

  • Paint Mines Interpretive Park, Colorado Springs bug museum to be featured

    By lance benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: 22 hr ago

    Tucked away in the plains east of Colorado Springs, Paint Mines Interpretive Park is one of the world's "fantastical places" - a one-of-a-kind attraction whose whimsical, colored hoodoos have lured awestruck humans for thousands of years. That's the verdict of AtlasObscura.com - an...

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