• Bleisure: Table for one? Dining alone on a business trip

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A business trip might leave you too tired to venture out for dinner. But if you're up for something beyond room service or hotel restaurants, a good meal out is one way to brighten up long days spent in meetings. Here are some strategies for dining out while traveling...

  • 2015 summer bucket list: Ten things to do before fall arrives

    By Amanda Hancock The Gazette -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Attention: The end of summer is (sadly) almost here. Consider this your warm-weather wakeup call. Now that July is over, your days of mountain climbing, grilling out and seeing high temperatures on your phone's weather app are numbered. Read on for 10 ideas that'll make the rest of...

  • Colorado Springs couple transforms area summits into temporary radio stations

    By lance benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Stuck on the summit without a signal? Stay calm and reach for the breath mints - at least that's the unlikely advice that Frank and Lynn Skinner might offer. The husband and wife from Colorado Springs spend weekends hunting for radio signals on summits across the Pikes Peak region....

  • Soft-shell crabs have a narrow window of delicious. Seize it

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The first time I tasted soft-shell crabs I was as a little girl attending the 1964 New York World's Fair. Looking back, I don't know where I found the courage. Not only wasn't I a fan of seafood or shellfish, but this weird new item looked like a giant spider. Let's say, then, that I...

  • Blog: Tickets on sale for Dalai Lama appearance

    By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The Dalai Lama will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the University of Colorado Boulder. Group tickets are on sale now for $100 at DalaiLamaColorado.com.  Single ticket sales, $60-$100, begin Aug. 3 at 8:30 a.m. Tickets include a morning teaching session and afternoon...

  • Attendance at Springfield-area historic sites so far in 2015

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois saw an increase in tourism last year but most of the historic sites in the Springfield area saw a decline in attendance during the first half of this year. Here's a look at the numbers behind the trend from January through June of 2015 compared to the...

  • Southern Colorado cliffs become hot rock climbing destination

    By LANCE BENZEL lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    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: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    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: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    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.

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