<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:35:36 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Spencer Museum of Art prepares for closing for renovation]]> http://gazette.com/spencer-museum-of-art-prepares-for-closing-for-renovation/article/feed/218924?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spencer-museum-of-art-prepares-for-closing-for-renovation/article/feed/218924?custom_click=rss LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Spencer Museum of Arts on the University of Kansas campus is planning a series of events before it closes for renovations.

The museum says the "Last Look" events will end with a closing party on April 12. Renovations are expected to begin in May and be completed in 2016.

The first phase of the project, expected to cost $5 million, will overhaul the main lobby and central court. It will include an elevator and staircase connecting the museum's two floors of gallery space and a floor-to-ceiling window.

On April 12, the museum and the university's Natural History Museum will host a "Day of Creativity," with performances, demonstrations and other activities, followed by a closing party.

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The museum says the "Last Look" events will end with a closing party on April 12. Renovations are expected to begin in May and be completed in 2016.

The first phase of the project, expected to cost $5 million, will overhaul the main lobby and central court. It will include an elevator and staircase connecting the museum's two floors of gallery space and a floor-to-ceiling window.

On April 12, the museum and the university's Natural History Museum will host a "Day of Creativity," with performances, demonstrations and other activities, followed by a closing party.]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:32:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Social media buzz helps reunite retired war dog, owner in Colorado Springs]]> Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette http://gazette.com/social-media-buzz-helps-reunite-retired-war-dog-owner-in-colorado-springs/article/1548817?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/social-media-buzz-helps-reunite-retired-war-dog-owner-in-colorado-springs/article/1548817?custom_click=rss

Social media was abuzz this past weekend to find a missing war hero.

When Blackie the Belgian Malinois was in Afghanistan, he was a bomb detection dog for the military. Blackie came to Colorado Springs to live out his retirement years. After his owner gave him a bath on Thursday night at their home in the Broadmoor Bluffs area, he may have caught a scent and took off when his owner turned her back. He headed into the dark night without his collar and all of his information.

As the word got out through various social media that a war dog was missing, a search party was organized on Sunday by Ruby Ridpath and they combed the area armed with squeak toys and balls.



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Social media was abuzz this past weekend to find a missing war hero.

When Blackie the Belgian Malinois was in Afghanistan, he was a bomb detection dog for the military. Blackie came to Colorado Springs to live out his retirement years. After his owner gave him a bath on Thursday night at their home in the Broadmoor Bluffs area, he may have caught a scent and took off when his owner turned her back. He headed into the dark night without his collar and all of his information.

As the word got out through various social media that a war dog was missing, a search party was organized on Sunday by Ruby Ridpath and they combed the area armed with squeak toys and balls.

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:26:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Water therapy: Benefits of floatation tanks touted]]> By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/water-therapy-benefits-of-floatation-tanks-touted/article/1548833?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/water-therapy-benefits-of-floatation-tanks-touted/article/1548833?custom_click=rss

Our fair city is home to its first two flotation tanks, thanks to Kenna Herrmann, owner of IsoFloat in Old Colorado City.

Now some of you, upon hearing the words sensory deprivation tank, might flash back to the 1980 science-fiction/horror film "Altered States." William Hurt starred as a professor who experimented on himself by taking drugs and floating. That didn't work out too well for him.

Put that fear-driven association aside. These days, tanks (minus the drugs) are known for providing numerous positive side effects, including pain management, increased creativity, reduced stress and improved athletic performance.

"It's the weightlessness," Herrmann said. "When you're lying in bed at night, there's pressure on your



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Our fair city is home to its first two flotation tanks, thanks to Kenna Herrmann, owner of IsoFloat in Old Colorado City.

Now some of you, upon hearing the words sensory deprivation tank, might flash back to the 1980 science-fiction/horror film "Altered States." William Hurt starred as a professor who experimented on himself by taking drugs and floating. That didn't work out too well for him.

Put that fear-driven association aside. These days, tanks (minus the drugs) are known for providing numerous positive side effects, including pain management, increased creativity, reduced stress and improved athletic performance.

"It's the weightlessness," Herrmann said. "When you're lying in bed at night, there's pressure on your

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:22:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Hawaii internment camp to be dedicated as national monument]]> http://gazette.com/hawaii-internment-camp-to-be-dedicated-as-national-monument/article/feed/218895?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hawaii-internment-camp-to-be-dedicated-as-national-monument/article/feed/218895?custom_click=rss WAIPAHU, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii's largest internment camp where Japanese-Americans and others were held during World War II is being dedicated as a national monument.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join Hawaii Gov. David Ige and other officials for a dedication ceremony Tuesday of the Honouliuli National Monument.

President Barack Obama established the new monument in February.

Honouliuli was opened in 1943. It was the largest and longest used World War II confinement site in Hawaii, holding 320 internees, mostly second-generation Japanese-Americans.

The National Park Service says it also held German and Italian nationals.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says preservation of the camp as a nati

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]]> WAIPAHU, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii's largest internment camp where Japanese-Americans and others were held during World War II is being dedicated as a national monument.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join Hawaii Gov. David Ige and other officials for a dedication ceremony Tuesday of the Honouliuli National Monument.

President Barack Obama established the new monument in February.

Honouliuli was opened in 1943. It was the largest and longest used World War II confinement site in Hawaii, holding 320 internees, mostly second-generation Japanese-Americans.

The National Park Service says it also held German and Italian nationals.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says preservation of the camp as a nati]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:15:40 -0600 <![CDATA[New research says Anne Frank likely died a month earlier]]> http://gazette.com/new-research-says-anne-frank-likely-died-a-month-earlier/article/feed/218836?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-research-says-anne-frank-likely-died-a-month-earlier/article/feed/218836?custom_click=rss THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank likely died of typhus in a Nazi concentration camp about a month earlier than previously thought, the Amsterdam museum that honors her memory said Tuesday on the 70th anniversary of the officially recognized date of her death.

Anne likely died, aged 15, at Bergen-Belsen camp in February 1945, said Erika Prins, a researcher at the Anne Frank House museum.

Frank's diary about hiding from the Nazis in the occupied Netherlands during World War II was published after the war. It became an international best-seller and made her an enduring symbol of Holocaust victims.

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]]> THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank likely died of typhus in a Nazi concentration camp about a month earlier than previously thought, the Amsterdam museum that honors her memory said Tuesday on the 70th anniversary of the officially recognized date of her death.

Anne likely died, aged 15, at Bergen-Belsen camp in February 1945, said Erika Prins, a researcher at the Anne Frank House museum.

Frank's diary about hiding from the Nazis in the occupied Netherlands during World War II was published after the war. It became an international best-seller and made her an enduring symbol of Holocaust victims.]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:00:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Infighting blamed for shutdown of Colorado Springs' NAACP office]]> BY JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/infighting-blamed-for-shutdown-of-colorado-springs-naacp-office/article/1548797?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/infighting-blamed-for-shutdown-of-colorado-springs-naacp-office/article/1548797?custom_click=rss

The NAACP's Colorado Springs branch recently suspended all meetings and activities amid political infighting that has threatened to unravel the organization.

The local branch is "unable to operate" until at least the end of May and has sought help from the NAACP's headquarters in becoming compliant with the national organization's rules, according to branch president Henry Allen Jr.

The announcement has highlighted a division between past and current presidents of the local affiliate, and infighting appears to have been brewing for more than two years, branch leaders said.

Allen, who became president in January 2013, said he does not know how many members are a part of his branch, because the former secretary has



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The NAACP's Colorado Springs branch recently suspended all meetings and activities amid political infighting that has threatened to unravel the organization.

The local branch is "unable to operate" until at least the end of May and has sought help from the NAACP's headquarters in becoming compliant with the national organization's rules, according to branch president Henry Allen Jr.

The announcement has highlighted a division between past and current presidents of the local affiliate, and infighting appears to have been brewing for more than two years, branch leaders said.

Allen, who became president in January 2013, said he does not know how many members are a part of his branch, because the former secretary has

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<![CDATA[Joshua Tree climbing area closed while raptors nest]]> http://gazette.com/joshua-tree-climbing-area-closed-while-raptors-nest/article/feed/218835?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/joshua-tree-climbing-area-closed-while-raptors-nest/article/feed/218835?custom_click=rss JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A rock climbing area at Joshua Tree National Park has been temporarily closed because two nesting raptors have made it their home.

The park said in a statement Monday that the climbing area known as the "Towers of Uncertainty" has been shut down and the closure may last until June.

The park says the pair appears to have finished building a nest and the closure is meant to ensure the protection of the species until they abandon it.

The closure is unlikely to last past June 15.

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]]> JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A rock climbing area at Joshua Tree National Park has been temporarily closed because two nesting raptors have made it their home.

The park said in a statement Monday that the climbing area known as the "Towers of Uncertainty" has been shut down and the closure may last until June.

The park says the pair appears to have finished building a nest and the closure is meant to ensure the protection of the species until they abandon it.

The closure is unlikely to last past June 15.]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:00:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Tourism agency responds to religious objection law]]> http://gazette.com/tourism-agency-responds-to-religious-objection-law/article/feed/218838?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tourism-agency-responds-to-religious-objection-law/article/feed/218838?custom_click=rss INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis tourism agency is boosting its LGBT-friendly content as Indiana receives national criticism for its new religious objections law that opponents say could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.

A message on the home page of www.visitindy.com says that all are welcome to visit the city, and a separate page highlights some of the businesses that supportive the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community.

The campaign is part of an effort to separate Indianapolis from a contentious law signed by Gov. Mike Pence last week and protect the city's tourism and convention business. One convention announced Monday it was cancelling its Indianapolis meeting.

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]]> INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis tourism agency is boosting its LGBT-friendly content as Indiana receives national criticism for its new religious objections law that opponents say could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.

A message on the home page of www.visitindy.com says that all are welcome to visit the city, and a separate page highlights some of the businesses that supportive the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community.

The campaign is part of an effort to separate Indianapolis from a contentious law signed by Gov. Mike Pence last week and protect the city's tourism and convention business. One convention announced Monday it was cancelling its Indianapolis meeting.]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:01:01 -0600 <![CDATA[State police giving away high-visibility motorcycle vests]]> http://gazette.com/state-police-giving-away-high-visibility-motorcycle-vests/article/feed/218837?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-police-giving-away-high-visibility-motorcycle-vests/article/feed/218837?custom_click=rss LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State police are giving out specially designed high-visibility vests to motorcyclists who complete a rider training class this year.

The state says it's part of a pilot project to increase the number of motorcyclists using high-visibility clothing or gear. Money comes from a federal grant.

The state police's Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says it expects about 9,000 will have the vests by summer's end.

The office says that scientific studies show a bright yellow-green color is the most noticeable to the eye. It's used in safety clothing for construction workers, police and emergency medical services personnel for many years.

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]]> LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State police are giving out specially designed high-visibility vests to motorcyclists who complete a rider training class this year.

The state says it's part of a pilot project to increase the number of motorcyclists using high-visibility clothing or gear. Money comes from a federal grant.

The state police's Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says it expects about 9,000 will have the vests by summer's end.

The office says that scientific studies show a bright yellow-green color is the most noticeable to the eye. It's used in safety clothing for construction workers, police and emergency medical services personnel for many years.]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:01:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs Cub Scouts show their compassion for animals]]> BY Eric Singer eric.singer@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-cub-scouts-show-their-compassion-for-animals/article/1548813?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-cub-scouts-show-their-compassion-for-animals/article/1548813?custom_click=rss A large dose of compassion was doled out Monday by Cub Scout Pack 807 at Harrison School District 2's Giberson Elementary School.

Eric Perenyi, 7, and five other Pack 807 Cub Scouts collected items for care packages to be donated to the Animal Hospital of Colorado Springs. Eric, a first-grader, is proud to have been part of the effort.

"I'm interested in animals, 100 percent," he said. "If the animals could talk, they'd say thank you, I appreciate it."

The packages for cats, puppies and older dogs included training pads, treats and chew toys. Den leader Lydia Perenyi discussed the importance of compassion with the Scouts and helped spearhead the effort.

"It's giving back to our community and teaching these young

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]]> A large dose of compassion was doled out Monday by Cub Scout Pack 807 at Harrison School District 2's Giberson Elementary School.

Eric Perenyi, 7, and five other Pack 807 Cub Scouts collected items for care packages to be donated to the Animal Hospital of Colorado Springs. Eric, a first-grader, is proud to have been part of the effort.

"I'm interested in animals, 100 percent," he said. "If the animals could talk, they'd say thank you, I appreciate it."

The packages for cats, puppies and older dogs included training pads, treats and chew toys. Den leader Lydia Perenyi discussed the importance of compassion with the Scouts and helped spearhead the effort.

"It's giving back to our community and teaching these young]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:10:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area To Do Today calendar for March 31, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-to-do-today-calendar-for-march-31-2015/article/1548834?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-to-do-today-calendar-for-march-31-2015/article/1548834?custom_click=rss Events

"Molybdenum and the History of the Climax Mine" - 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd. Reservations: 488-0880, rsvp@wmmi.org.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center - "How to Make the Job Fair Work for You," 2-4 p.m., Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, free. Registration: ppwfc.org.

Bars and Bling - Wine, food and more, to benefit the Humane Society of Pikes Peak Region, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Hotel Eleganté, 2886 S. Circle Drive, $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Registration: hsppr.org.

Gallery Talk - IDEA Cabaret - "ReOrientations" - 4:30 p.m., Colorado College, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.; 389-6607.

On

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"Molybdenum and the History of the Climax Mine" - 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd. Reservations: 488-0880, rsvp@wmmi.org.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center - "How to Make the Job Fair Work for You," 2-4 p.m., Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, free. Registration: ppwfc.org.

Bars and Bling - Wine, food and more, to benefit the Humane Society of Pikes Peak Region, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Hotel Eleganté, 2886 S. Circle Drive, $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Registration: hsppr.org.

Gallery Talk - IDEA Cabaret - "ReOrientations" - 4:30 p.m., Colorado College, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.; 389-6607.

On]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:10:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Celery root: It's not pretty, but it's pretty tasty in slaw]]> By MELISSA D'ARABIAN The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/celery-root-its-not-pretty-but-its-pretty-tasty-in-slaw/article/1548835?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/celery-root-its-not-pretty-but-its-pretty-tasty-in-slaw/article/1548835?custom_click=rss

It wasn't until I lived in France that I fully appreciated how underused celeriac - also called celery root - is here in the U.S.

In France, this knobby root cousin of the celery we are more familiar with is used in soups, as a puree and raw in salads, as well as in a typical French slawlike dish called "celeri remoulade."

Celery root imparts a celerylike flavor that softens when cooked. In purees (peel, cube, boil and mash), try pairing it with other tubers, such as a potato or yam, to balance the celery flavor. Raw celeriac works best when thinly sliced, julienned or grated.

In the produce aisle, look for a bumpy small globe about the size of a large softball.

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]]> It wasn't until I lived in France that I fully appreciated how underused celeriac - also called celery root - is here in the U.S.

In France, this knobby root cousin of the celery we are more familiar with is used in soups, as a puree and raw in salads, as well as in a typical French slawlike dish called "celeri remoulade."

Celery root imparts a celerylike flavor that softens when cooked. In purees (peel, cube, boil and mash), try pairing it with other tubers, such as a potato or yam, to balance the celery flavor. Raw celeriac works best when thinly sliced, julienned or grated.

In the produce aisle, look for a bumpy small globe about the size of a large softball.]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:10:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting March 31, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-march-31-2015/article/1548832?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-march-31-2015/article/1548832?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Basic Sign Language Course, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 7-May 19, $125. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 11 a.m. April 9, Cañon City, $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Body, Mind, Spirit Celebration - Readings, lectures, holistic exhibitors and more, 1-8 p.m. April 10, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 11, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. April 12, Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., $5 admission; bmscelebration.com.

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Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Basic Sign Language Course, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 7-May 19, $125. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 11 a.m. April 9, Cañon City, $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Body, Mind, Spirit Celebration - Readings, lectures, holistic exhibitors and more, 1-8 p.m. April 10, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 11, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. April 12, Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., $5 admission; bmscelebration.com.]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:10:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Rep. Joe Heck updates Legislature on drones, tourism efforts]]> http://gazette.com/rep.-joe-heck-updates-legislature-on-drones-tourism-efforts/article/feed/218774?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rep.-joe-heck-updates-legislature-on-drones-tourism-efforts/article/feed/218774?custom_click=rss CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Republican Congressional Rep. Joe Heck says he's working on several federal bills designed to help Nevada.

The former state senator told members of the Nevada Legislature on Monday that he's working on Nevada-specific policy goals including advancing drone technology and increasing international tourism.

Heck said he's also working on bills to reduce the state's doctor shortage and fund career and technical education.

The congressman specifically called out regulations on the drone industry and said that overly burdensome rules would stifle development. Heck said he's introducing a bill making it easier for foreign travelers to obtain a tourism visa.

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The former state senator told members of the Nevada Legislature on Monday that he's working on Nevada-specific policy goals including advancing drone technology and increasing international tourism.

Heck said he's also working on bills to reduce the state's doctor shortage and fund career and technical education.

The congressman specifically called out regulations on the drone industry and said that overly burdensome rules would stifle development. Heck said he's introducing a bill making it easier for foreign travelers to obtain a tourism visa.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:45:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Endangered bighorn sheep moved to Yosemite, Sequoia parks]]> http://gazette.com/endangered-bighorn-sheep-moved-to-yosemite-sequoia-parks/article/feed/218700?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/endangered-bighorn-sheep-moved-to-yosemite-sequoia-parks/article/feed/218700?custom_click=rss

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — For the first time in a century, endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are back on their ancestral range and headed toward recovery, wildlife officials said Monday.

During an ongoing relocation effort, dozens of bighorns have been captured with nets dropped from helicopters then moved to Yosemite and Sequoia national parks.

"We've got the sheep where we want them on a broad geographic basis, which is a huge milestone," California Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Tom Stephenson said. "We've still got to get their numbers up a bit."

Thousands of the sheep once roamed the Sierra Nevada but overhunting and disease spread by domesticated sheep herds caused near-extinction.

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During an ongoing relocation effort, dozens of bighorns have been captured with nets dropped from helicopters then moved to Yosemite and Sequoia national parks.

"We've got the sheep where we want them on a broad geographic basis, which is a huge milestone," California Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Tom Stephenson said. "We've still got to get their numbers up a bit."

Thousands of the sheep once roamed the Sierra Nevada but overhunting and disease spread by domesticated sheep herds caused near-extinction.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:00:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Business Highlights]]> http://gazette.com/business-highlights/article/feed/101094?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/business-highlights/article/feed/101094?custom_click=rss ___

Small investors blame bad advice from brokers for big losses

NEW YORK (AP) — Susan Bernardo trusted her stockbroker. She wound up losing a fortune.

Her broker, David Harris, advised her to sell $400,000 worth of relatively safe municipal bonds, she says, and sink the proceeds into real estate and energy partnerships in hopes of earning more income. She had received the money from a settlement after her husband died in an accident and needed it to raise her small son.

More than six years later, those investments are in trouble. The stream of interest payments she used for living expenses has mostly dried up and the value of her portfolio is half of what it was, according to a financial planner who helped her

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Small investors blame bad advice from brokers for big losses

NEW YORK (AP) — Susan Bernardo trusted her stockbroker. She wound up losing a fortune.

Her broker, David Harris, advised her to sell $400,000 worth of relatively safe municipal bonds, she says, and sink the proceeds into real estate and energy partnerships in hopes of earning more income. She had received the money from a settlement after her husband died in an accident and needed it to raise her small son.

More than six years later, those investments are in trouble. The stream of interest payments she used for living expenses has mostly dried up and the value of her portfolio is half of what it was, according to a financial planner who helped her ]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:00:46 -0600 <![CDATA[National parks call on Americans to 'Find Your Park']]> http://gazette.com/national-parks-call-on-americans-to-find-your-park/article/feed/218512?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/national-parks-call-on-americans-to-find-your-park/article/feed/218512?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — After nearly 100 years, the National Park Service holds some of the country's most beautiful and historic places, though it also suffers from an $11 billion backlog of unfunded maintenance and a visitor base that's aging and mostly white.

With its centennial approaching in 2016, the park service is launching a campaign Thursday to raise support and court a younger, more diverse visitor base. First lady Michelle Obama and former first lady Laura Bush will co-chair the campaign, calling on Americans to "Find Your Park."

Sustaining the parks and keeping them relevant to visitors far into the future is a challenge, park officials said.

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With its centennial approaching in 2016, the park service is launching a campaign Thursday to raise support and court a younger, more diverse visitor base. First lady Michelle Obama and former first lady Laura Bush will co-chair the campaign, calling on Americans to "Find Your Park."

Sustaining the parks and keeping them relevant to visitors far into the future is a challenge, park officials said.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:45:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Blog: To arm balance or not to arm balance]]> By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/blog-to-arm-balance-or-not-to-arm-balance/article/1548804?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blog-to-arm-balance-or-not-to-arm-balance/article/1548804?custom_click=rss

I don't particularly like, nor am I all that good at, arm balances in yoga. There, I said it. 

I'm probably supposed to love them because I'm a teacher, but I just don't right now. When I first started doing yoga, I watched with awe all the yogis in class who could do unbelievable things with their bodies. They balanced their torsos on the backs of their arms while scissoring their legs out to the sides. They were able to pick their entire bodies off the mat by simply balancing on their elbows shoved into their mid-section.

It was a whole new frontier, and I eventually grew strong and flexible enough to do some of them adequately. I was never a master by any means.

But now my compulsion to stick firefly has



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I don't particularly like, nor am I all that good at, arm balances in yoga. There, I said it. 

I'm probably supposed to love them because I'm a teacher, but I just don't right now. When I first started doing yoga, I watched with awe all the yogis in class who could do unbelievable things with their bodies. They balanced their torsos on the backs of their arms while scissoring their legs out to the sides. They were able to pick their entire bodies off the mat by simply balancing on their elbows shoved into their mid-section.

It was a whole new frontier, and I eventually grew strong and flexible enough to do some of them adequately. I was never a master by any means.

But now my compulsion to stick firefly has

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:15:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Feds receive thousands of comments on Atlantic drilling]]> http://gazette.com/feds-receive-thousands-of-comments-on-atlantic-drilling/article/feed/218677?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/feds-receive-thousands-of-comments-on-atlantic-drilling/article/feed/218677?custom_click=rss CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Thousands of opinions poured in Monday as the deadline approached for commenting on the contentious issue of drilling for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean.

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management was receiving comments through midnight Monday on what should be studied in an environmental impact statement of offshore drilling, which later this decade could include the Atlantic.

The agency earlier held public meetings along the coast. By early afternoon, its website showed almost 15,000 comments had been submitted, with more than 3,700 filed Monday alone.

Supporters said offshore drilling could mean thousands of jobs and new revenue. Opponents warned that spills could endanger fisheries an

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The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management was receiving comments through midnight Monday on what should be studied in an environmental impact statement of offshore drilling, which later this decade could include the Atlantic.

The agency earlier held public meetings along the coast. By early afternoon, its website showed almost 15,000 comments had been submitted, with more than 3,700 filed Monday alone.

Supporters said offshore drilling could mean thousands of jobs and new revenue. Opponents warned that spills could endanger fisheries an]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:31:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Tunisian museum reopens after deadly attack against tourists]]> http://gazette.com/tunisian-museum-reopens-after-deadly-attack-against-tourists/article/feed/218546?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tunisian-museum-reopens-after-deadly-attack-against-tourists/article/feed/218546?custom_click=rss

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's National Bardo Museum reopened to the public Monday again for the first time since extremist gunmen opened fire on foreign tourists earlier this month, killing 22 people in the country's worst attack on civilians in 13 years.

The government says the man considered the "operational chief" of the assault was killed in a security raid Saturday. Two gunmen were killed the day of the March 18 attack in Tunis, which was a blow to Tunisia's fledgling democracy and its tourism industry.

"Welcome to Bardo" read a large sign at the museum entrance in Arabic, English and French at its reopening Monday.

A small but steady flow of visitors came, walking past flowers laid in honor of the victims and

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The government says the man considered the "operational chief" of the assault was killed in a security raid Saturday. Two gunmen were killed the day of the March 18 attack in Tunis, which was a blow to Tunisia's fledgling democracy and its tourism industry.

"Welcome to Bardo" read a large sign at the museum entrance in Arabic, English and French at its reopening Monday.

A small but steady flow of visitors came, walking past flowers laid in honor of the victims and ]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:02:28 -0600 <![CDATA[List: Easter egg hunts are a challenge for the ages]]> By Stephanie Earls stephanie.earls@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/list-easter-egg-hunts-are-a-challenge-for-the-ages/article/1548777?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/list-easter-egg-hunts-are-a-challenge-for-the-ages/article/1548777?custom_click=rss

Get eggs (from chickens or L'eggs; fake is fine).

Hide eggs.

Release the children.

That's how it's been done, more or less, for centuries in Europe, where the tradition of egg hunts celebrated Christianity's most important holiday in a manner and context that was oh so spring.

"Back in the Victorian days, the kids would have been really really dressed up in their best dresses, or best suits, and traditionally they probably would have gone to church and then gone back to their homes and done some kind of Easter egg hunt, probably using real eggs. Ours are plastic," said Jennifer Walters, administrative assistant at Miramont Castle Museum in Manitou Springs, which hosts its Victorian Easter egg hunt and tea Saturday.



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Get eggs (from chickens or L'eggs; fake is fine).

Hide eggs.

Release the children.

That's how it's been done, more or less, for centuries in Europe, where the tradition of egg hunts celebrated Christianity's most important holiday in a manner and context that was oh so spring.

"Back in the Victorian days, the kids would have been really really dressed up in their best dresses, or best suits, and traditionally they probably would have gone to church and then gone back to their homes and done some kind of Easter egg hunt, probably using real eggs. Ours are plastic," said Jennifer Walters, administrative assistant at Miramont Castle Museum in Manitou Springs, which hosts its Victorian Easter egg hunt and tea Saturday.

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:58:19 -0600
<![CDATA[4-year-old girl rides Philly bus searching for 3 a.m. snack]]> http://gazette.com/4-year-old-girl-rides-philly-bus-searching-for-3-a.m.-snack/article/feed/218559?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/4-year-old-girl-rides-philly-bus-searching-for-3-a.m.-snack/article/feed/218559?custom_click=rss PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 4-year-old Philadelphia girl has been returned safely to her parents after slipping out of her house at 3 a.m. and getting on a transit bus in search of a snack.

Bus driver Harlan Jenifer said the girl swung her legs as she chanted, "All I want is a slushie."

Surveillance video showed the preschooler sitting on the bus early Friday, chatting to other passengers. Jenifer stopped the bus and called police.

The police took the girl to a hospital, where she was reunited with her mother.

The girl's father, Timothy Ridgeway, says, "Thank God for the bus driver stopping."

Authorities say the girl's family didn't know she woke up and unlocked the back door before starting her trek through a d

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]]> PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 4-year-old Philadelphia girl has been returned safely to her parents after slipping out of her house at 3 a.m. and getting on a transit bus in search of a snack.

Bus driver Harlan Jenifer said the girl swung her legs as she chanted, "All I want is a slushie."

Surveillance video showed the preschooler sitting on the bus early Friday, chatting to other passengers. Jenifer stopped the bus and called police.

The police took the girl to a hospital, where she was reunited with her mother.

The girl's father, Timothy Ridgeway, says, "Thank God for the bus driver stopping."

Authorities say the girl's family didn't know she woke up and unlocked the back door before starting her trek through a d]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:02:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Combine edamame and walnuts for savory vegan taco "meat"]]> http://gazette.com/combine-edamame-and-walnuts-for-savory-vegan-taco-meat/article/feed/218565?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/combine-edamame-and-walnuts-for-savory-vegan-taco-meat/article/feed/218565?custom_click=rss

For my daughter's 10th birthday, I took 15 giggling girls to dinner at a Japanese steakhouse.

Let that sink in for a moment. Because I probably could stop right here and let this column just explore the wisdom of that parenting decision. And in case you were wondering what the right number of fourth graders is to take out for a teppanyaki dinner, the answer is not 15.

If you've been to a teppanyaki restaurant, you know that the chefs put on a spectacle for the diners, cooking the meal tableside on giant griddles — spinning knives, tossing utensils, drumming out rhythmic beats with oversized salt and pepper shakers, and dazzling the crowd with their stacks of onions lit into volcanos.

But the exciting theatrics were no

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]]> For my daughter's 10th birthday, I took 15 giggling girls to dinner at a Japanese steakhouse.

Let that sink in for a moment. Because I probably could stop right here and let this column just explore the wisdom of that parenting decision. And in case you were wondering what the right number of fourth graders is to take out for a teppanyaki dinner, the answer is not 15.

If you've been to a teppanyaki restaurant, you know that the chefs put on a spectacle for the diners, cooking the meal tableside on giant griddles — spinning knives, tossing utensils, drumming out rhythmic beats with oversized salt and pepper shakers, and dazzling the crowd with their stacks of onions lit into volcanos.

But the exciting theatrics were no]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:15:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado girl stars in 'Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy' at The Broadmoor World Arena]]> By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-girl-stars-in-disney-on-ice-worlds-of-fantasy-at-the-broadmoor-world-arena/article/1548773?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-girl-stars-in-disney-on-ice-worlds-of-fantasy-at-the-broadmoor-world-arena/article/1548773?custom_click=rss

The queen of the fairies is stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Should Madison Mahoney start school this fall at the University of Colorado or re-sign her contract with "Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy" for a second year of touring?

The 18-year-old from Louisville has a few months to decide, but knowing that next year's tour will head to Europe is quite a draw.

Mahoney plays Queen Clarion in the Tinker Bell portion of the ice-skating extravaganza, along with other ensemble roles. The show comes to The Broadmoor World Arena starting Thursday.

"As the queen, I really have to hold myself with prestige," she says. "When I'm skating that role, I must be elegant and flow-y.



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The queen of the fairies is stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Should Madison Mahoney start school this fall at the University of Colorado or re-sign her contract with "Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy" for a second year of touring?

The 18-year-old from Louisville has a few months to decide, but knowing that next year's tour will head to Europe is quite a draw.

Mahoney plays Queen Clarion in the Tinker Bell portion of the ice-skating extravaganza, along with other ensemble roles. The show comes to The Broadmoor World Arena starting Thursday.

"As the queen, I really have to hold myself with prestige," she says. "When I'm skating that role, I must be elegant and flow-y.

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:11:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Ancient Petra sees few visitors as Jordan tourism declines]]> http://gazette.com/ancient-petra-sees-few-visitors-as-jordan-tourism-declines/article/feed/218486?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ancient-petra-sees-few-visitors-as-jordan-tourism-declines/article/feed/218486?custom_click=rss

PETRA, Jordan (AP) — It's high season in Petra, an ancient city hewn from rose-colored rock and Jordan's biggest tourist draw. Yet nearby hotels stand virtually empty these days and only a trickle of tourists make their way through a landmark canyon to the Treasury building where scenes of one of the "Indiana Jones" movies were filmed.

Petra's slump is part of a sharp decline in tourism as Jordan's economy pays a price for regional turbulence and its high-profile role in the U.S.-led battle against Islamic State militants next door.

Jordan's involvement in the anti-Islamic State coalition drew worldwide attention earlier this year, when it stepped up airstrikes against targets in Syria after the militants burned to death a

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]]> PETRA, Jordan (AP) — It's high season in Petra, an ancient city hewn from rose-colored rock and Jordan's biggest tourist draw. Yet nearby hotels stand virtually empty these days and only a trickle of tourists make their way through a landmark canyon to the Treasury building where scenes of one of the "Indiana Jones" movies were filmed.

Petra's slump is part of a sharp decline in tourism as Jordan's economy pays a price for regional turbulence and its high-profile role in the U.S.-led battle against Islamic State militants next door.

Jordan's involvement in the anti-Islamic State coalition drew worldwide attention earlier this year, when it stepped up airstrikes against targets in Syria after the militants burned to death a ]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:00:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Patriotic till the end: Colorado Springs veteran, 87, dies building flagpole]]> BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/patriotic-till-the-end-colorado-springs-veteran-87-dies-building-flagpole/article/1548660?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/patriotic-till-the-end-colorado-springs-veteran-87-dies-building-flagpole/article/1548660?custom_click=rss

Age was no barrier for Richard "Dick" French, who, at 87, set out to build a 20-foot flagpole in the yard of his Colorado Springs home to show off his immense patriotism.

For months, he talked up the project to family members and couldn't wait for the weather to warm up so he could get started. On Easter, he planned to hold a ceremony for his family and raise a large American flag and flags for each of the military branches for which he served as a photographer in the 1940s.

He got to work March 21, but the project was left unfinished when he suffered what was called a sudden "cardiac event" and died.

"It was exactly the way he wanted to go," said his granddaughter, Laurel Barrett, 27. "It was a shock. My mom and I were

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]]> Age was no barrier for Richard "Dick" French, who, at 87, set out to build a 20-foot flagpole in the yard of his Colorado Springs home to show off his immense patriotism.

For months, he talked up the project to family members and couldn't wait for the weather to warm up so he could get started. On Easter, he planned to hold a ceremony for his family and raise a large American flag and flags for each of the military branches for which he served as a photographer in the 1940s.

He got to work March 21, but the project was left unfinished when he suffered what was called a sudden "cardiac event" and died.

"It was exactly the way he wanted to go," said his granddaughter, Laurel Barrett, 27. "It was a shock. My mom and I were]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:05:22 -0600 <![CDATA[DIY ideas for the Easter brunch table]]> The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/diy-ideas-for-the-easter-brunch-table/article/1548776?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/diy-ideas-for-the-easter-brunch-table/article/1548776?custom_click=rss

Make the most of your Easter celebration by preparing a brunch table with a few easy, handcrafted items.

"A couple of special touches will make it feel like a more special gathering," says Taryn Mohrman, senior lifestyle editor at Woman's Day magazine.

She recommends keeping things simple, adding only one or two decorative items to the table - for example, a centerpiece and place cards. And pick projects you'll enjoy.

"As long as you're having fun doing them, then they're going to be worth it," Mohrman says.

It's a great season for including children in DIY projects because so many Easter crafts "are just so cute: adorable bunnies, chicks and colorful eggs," says Mary Giles, deputy editor of FamilyFun Magazine.

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]]> Make the most of your Easter celebration by preparing a brunch table with a few easy, handcrafted items.

"A couple of special touches will make it feel like a more special gathering," says Taryn Mohrman, senior lifestyle editor at Woman's Day magazine.

She recommends keeping things simple, adding only one or two decorative items to the table - for example, a centerpiece and place cards. And pick projects you'll enjoy.

"As long as you're having fun doing them, then they're going to be worth it," Mohrman says.

It's a great season for including children in DIY projects because so many Easter crafts "are just so cute: adorable bunnies, chicks and colorful eggs," says Mary Giles, deputy editor of FamilyFun Magazine.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:05:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Dear Donna: Woman should keep dating options open]]> By Donna Shugrue Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/dear-donna-woman-should-keep-dating-options-open/article/1548775?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dear-donna-woman-should-keep-dating-options-open/article/1548775?custom_click=rss

Dear Donna,

I met a man who I was very excited about getting to know. After three dates, he asked me if I was dating anyone else. I told him there is another man I met recently who I likely was going to see again. I could tell he was not happy about my response, but he dropped the subject. Later, he told me he did not date anyone who also was dating someone else. He said he would like to see me again if I agreed to date him exclusively. I am more attracted to and interested in this man, but I am not comfortable that he has put me in this position. How would you suggest I handle this? - Fran

Dear Fran,

One of the bigger mistakes people make is not meeting anyone else after developing an interest in someone.



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Dear Donna,

I met a man who I was very excited about getting to know. After three dates, he asked me if I was dating anyone else. I told him there is another man I met recently who I likely was going to see again. I could tell he was not happy about my response, but he dropped the subject. Later, he told me he did not date anyone who also was dating someone else. He said he would like to see me again if I agreed to date him exclusively. I am more attracted to and interested in this man, but I am not comfortable that he has put me in this position. How would you suggest I handle this? - Fran

Dear Fran,

One of the bigger mistakes people make is not meeting anyone else after developing an interest in someone.

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:05:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area events for seniors starting March 30, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-events-for-seniors-starting-march-30-2015/article/1548772?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-events-for-seniors-starting-march-30-2015/article/1548772?custom_click=rss SENIOR

CALENDAR

Unless noted, events take place at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., and registration is required: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. If cost not listed, call Senior Center for information.

Tuesday

Internet Safety - 9-11 a.m., $10

Tuesday-April 14

Creative Critters - 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays, $40

Wednesday

What to Eat - 10-11 a.m., $1

Wednesday-April 22

Further Adventures in Knitting - 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, $53

Tatting For Everyone - 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays, $35

Wednesday-April 29

Country 2-Step III - 1-1:45 p.m. Wednesdays, $30

Cha Cha I - 1:45-2:30

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CALENDAR

Unless noted, events take place at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., and registration is required: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. If cost not listed, call Senior Center for information.

Tuesday

Internet Safety - 9-11 a.m., $10

Tuesday-April 14

Creative Critters - 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays, $40

Wednesday

What to Eat - 10-11 a.m., $1

Wednesday-April 22

Further Adventures in Knitting - 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, $53

Tatting For Everyone - 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays, $35

Wednesday-April 29

Country 2-Step III - 1-1:45 p.m. Wednesdays, $30

Cha Cha I - 1:45-2:30]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:05:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Send your questions about disaster preparation and recovery to The Gazette]]> By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/send-your-questions-about-disaster-preparation-and-recovery-to-the-gazette/article/1548161?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/send-your-questions-about-disaster-preparation-and-recovery-to-the-gazette/article/1548161?custom_click=rss It's that time of year again, when residents around El Paso County should gear up for wildfire and flood season in Colorado.

While no one can predict disasters - and it's still too early to tell if the county might have a bad wildfire year - it's never to early to prepare.

Do you know how to protect your house from a wildfire, or flood? What about insurance - how do you know that your homeowners insurance policy has been updated? And for those looking to get financial help from disaster recovery, do you know what kind of grants you can get?

The Gazette plans to answer these questions and others in an upcoming story on disaster preparedness. In the meantime, we'd like to know your most frequently asked questions about



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It's that time of year again, when residents around El Paso County should gear up for wildfire and flood season in Colorado.

While no one can predict disasters - and it's still too early to tell if the county might have a bad wildfire year - it's never to early to prepare.

Do you know how to protect your house from a wildfire, or flood? What about insurance - how do you know that your homeowners insurance policy has been updated? And for those looking to get financial help from disaster recovery, do you know what kind of grants you can get?

The Gazette plans to answer these questions and others in an upcoming story on disaster preparedness. In the meantime, we'd like to know your most frequently asked questions about

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