• National parks have billions in delayed maintenance work

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As the National Park Service approaches its centennial, it is facing billions of dollars in delayed maintenance projects — including a $278 million backlog in Utah. The cost of delayed projects nationwide came to $11.49 billion for 2014, according to a report...

  • Van Gogh exhibit to feature artist's nature paintings

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. (AP) — An exhibit featuring 50 paintings and drawings of nature by Vincent Van Gogh will open in western Massachusetts in June. "Van Gogh and Nature" is the first exhibit devoted to the artist's exploration of nature. It will open at the Clark Art Institute in...

  • Popular Yosemite National Park lookout opens early in season

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A road leading to spectacular views of California's Yosemite National Park opened to drivers on Saturday, marking the earliest date for the occasion in at least 20 years. Glacier Point Road takes drivers to a lookout perched at 3, 214 feet above...

  • The Big Unit takes in BB Hall of Fame

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Randy Johnson was like all the rest — speechless at the thought of being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. "It hasn't quite sunk in yet. It really hasn't," Johnson said Saturday after taking his pre-induction tour of baseball's shine. "I'm honored and...

  • W&L's Lee Chapel and Museum reopening following renovations

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — Washington and Lee University in Lexington says the Lee Chapel and Museum is reopening following several renovations and upgrades. The school says the chapel and museum will reopen on Monday. It had closed last December as part of Washington and Lee's continuing...

  • Rabid dead bat found at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — A dead bat found at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has tested positive for rabies. The county's Health and Human Services Agency said in a statement Friday that the bat — which was not one of the zoo's animals — was found on a public walkway between the Gorilla...

  • Around the house: Leave mitigation of radon to the experts

    By Ken Moon Special to The Gazette -
    Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Dear Ken: I have a 40-year-old, ranch-style home. The radon level in the basement bedroom is 7.8. How can I mitigate this? - Ed Answer: Mitigation can get complicated, so you need to leave it up to the experts. It depends a great deal on your foundation's configuration and how much...

  • Spring fever means it's time to scratch that gardening itch

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Mary Jane Ray's hands were quivering, and her nose twitched like a rabbit's. She almost could feel and smell the damp, fertile earth awakening from its winter nap. When spring fever hits, look out. Although Ray is longing to reconnect with the loam that's calling, it's too early to...

  • Year-round gardening: Spring is here and there's work to be done

    By Eileen Tully Colorado Master Gardener -
    Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    It's spring, and there's lots to do in the garden. Here's a primer for next month: Early April Vegetables outdoors - Plant asparagus crowns (roots) in trenches 6 inches deep. Then, as plants grow, gradually fill with soil. In established asparagus beds, work nitrogen fertilizer...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting March 28, 2015

    Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR Saturday Kids Class: Egg Heads - 10 a.m., Phelan Gardens, 4955 Austin Bluffs Parkway, free. Registration: 574-8058. Plant Start Swap - During the Colorado Farm and Art Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave.; farmandartmarket.com....

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