<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:10:22 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Be better than Betty Crocker, or how to make your own baking mixes like a pro]]> http://gazette.com/be-better-than-betty-crocker-or-how-to-make-your-own-baking-mixes-like-a-pro/article/1611993?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/be-better-than-betty-crocker-or-how-to-make-your-own-baking-mixes-like-a-pro/article/1611993?custom_click=rss

In the 1950s, it was said that when an elderly woman died, the "flour and shortening" business lost a customer, while when a young woman married, the cake-mix industry gained one. In short, two constituencies: those who baked and those who faked. Today, there's an audience that falls somewhere in the middle and proves the value of a different kind of mix - the kind that is versatile, ready to go and additive-free. The kind you make yourself.

Here's what convinced me: I received a recent email touting "the first and only baking mix brand in the category to sustainably source clean, regenerative and socially-aware organic ingredients." How preposterous, I thought, that those who are so deeply invested in the quality and origin of

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:02:22 -0600
<![CDATA[An oniony tarte tatin is one-pan heaven]]> http://gazette.com/an-oniony-tarte-tatin-is-one-pan-heaven/article/1611995?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/an-oniony-tarte-tatin-is-one-pan-heaven/article/1611995?custom_click=rss

Here's an ease-into-fall appetizer that will make you look like a culinary rock star - even with entry-level skills and not much time to spend in the kitchen. You build the dish from the bottom up, starting the caramelization of onions on the stove top. Pinches of pungent cheese nestle into the background of sweet, meaty walnuts and mushrooms under a blanket of puff pastry that becomes the crisped, golden base once you invert the tart for serving.

Tip: Dufour brand puff pastry is made with butter and works best in this recipe. It is available at Balducci's stores and at Whole Foods Markets.


4 to 6 servings

If you're serving this as a main course, pair it with a green salad.

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]]> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:55:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs-area events calendar: Wednesday, Sept. 27]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-events-calendar-wednesday-sept.-27/article/1611758?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-events-calendar-wednesday-sept.-27/article/1611758?custom_click=rss

Here's a look at what's going on Wednesday in the Colorado Springs area:



“Through the Looking Glass” — Commonwheel Artists Co-op, 102 Canon Ave., Manitou Springs. Exhibit runs through Oct. 16; commonwheel.com/through-the-looking-glass .html.
“The Disappearing Mining Landscape of Grant County, New Mexico” — Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 2225 North Gate Blvd. Exhibit runs through Dec. 9; wmmi.org.

Pikes Peak Community College Faculty Art Show — Through Sept. 28, Pikes Peak Community College, Downtown Studio Campus, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.; 502-3135.
“Fall Out of Summer” — Works Reveille Kennedy and

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:51:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Manitou Springs art gallery houses a gourmet food shop too]]> http://gazette.com/manitou-springs-art-gallery-houses-a-gourmet-food-shop-too/article/1611990?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manitou-springs-art-gallery-houses-a-gourmet-food-shop-too/article/1611990?custom_click=rss

Some yummy food finds come from a seemingly unlikely spot: Cherokee's of Manitou, an art gallery at 351 Manitou Ave.

Owner Sharon Dahlen is an artist and entrepreneur who sells her paintings and other artists' paintings, jewelry, carvings and glass work.

But her daughter-in-law, Cari Allen Thomason, is a cheesemonger who has worked in high-end grocery stores as a merchandising specialist.

So the women carved out some space at the gallery to create a cheese shop. A couple of refrigerated cases are filled with gourmet cheeses, meats and condiments, which complement other specialty foods they stock.

Although Thomason is away for a year, Dahlen is running the cheese store and continues to increase the inventory.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:47:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Trail etiquette ensures happy hikers]]> http://gazette.com/trail-etiquette-ensures-happy-hikers/article/1611954?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trail-etiquette-ensures-happy-hikers/article/1611954?custom_click=rss

A walkabout through the woods is one of my happy-makers.

For the most part.

I hit the trails for exercise, fresh air, the chance sightings of swooping red-tailed hawks, blue jays and hummingbirds and blissful quiet, where few humans lurk. Sorry, fellow humans. I love you, but I need some time away from y'all on a regular basis.

But sometimes when I embark on that forest path, I'm confused and occasionally agitated by the people I encounter, and I'd like some answers to questions that occasionally cross my mind as I mosey along.

1. Why no smile? At least half the people I pass, either on the way up or the way down, don't seem to know I'm there. I try to make eye contact and say hello.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:44:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Intermittent fasting offers benefits beyond weight loss]]> http://gazette.com/intermittent-fasting-offers-benefits-beyond-weight-loss/article/1611952?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/intermittent-fasting-offers-benefits-beyond-weight-loss/article/1611952?custom_click=rss

An increasingly trendy way of eating is making its way across the health and wellness industry, and it involves drastically slashing your daily caloric intake.

It's intermittent fasting, and though it has many methods, the most popular is 5:2: five days of normal eating and two non-consecutive days of a 600-calorie diet.

"Six hundred calories will keep your metabolism running," said Melainia Bjorklund, a registered dietitian for Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, "but not put you into starvation mode."

Fasting has been part of human history, for cultural or religious reasons, since the beginning of time. Jews, Mormons, Muslims and many other religious folks regularly fast.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:35:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting Sept. 27, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-sept.-27-2017/article/1611991?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-sept.-27-2017/article/1611991?custom_click=rss

Cooking classes and other culinary events in and around Colorado Springs beginning Sept. 27, 2017.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:17:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Something crumby makes pasta even better]]> http://gazette.com/something-crumby-makes-pasta-even-better/article/1611992?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/something-crumby-makes-pasta-even-better/article/1611992?custom_click=rss

Carb lovers, this one's for you. In the vein of potato pizza and squash risotto, it's a carb-on-carb treatment that is also one of the best, time-honored pantry-friendly dishes I can think of: pasta with bread crumbs.

But not just any bread crumbs. These are fresh ones (save the dry ones for another day) that you pan-fry while the pasta is boiling away. Trust me, as soon as the smell of bread-meets-garlic-meets-olive-oil starts hitting the air in your kitchen, your intended eaters will feel the pull to the kitchen. Those crumbs deliver to a bowl of whole-grain pasta an all-important crunch, along with garlicky flavor enlivened with a little lemon zest.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:15:05 -0600
<![CDATA[An easy omelet for dinner, made sweeter with figs]]> http://gazette.com/an-easy-omelet-for-dinner-made-sweeter-with-figs/article/1611989?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/an-easy-omelet-for-dinner-made-sweeter-with-figs/article/1611989?custom_click=rss

My neighbors' offer of plump, purple-blush figs from their tree sent me searching for savory ways to use them. Devotees of the lush fruit know its late-summer/early-fall season is upon us, and they can mobilize faster than a pack of ravenous squirrels when a basketful is within reach.

This recipe allows us to enjoy them two ways: fresh and jammy. Quartered and tossed with arugula, olive oil and a splash of lime juice, the fresh figs counterbalance the peppery green salad that goes on top. Paired with a pungent brie, the jam makes the kind of instant omelet filling you can appreciate on a weeknight or for a weekend brunch.

The sweet omelet might be new to you; try it, and you'll partake in culinary tradition.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:07:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Capsules of players being inducted into golf's Hall of Fame]]> http://gazette.com/capsules-of-players-being-inducted-into-golfs-hall-of-fame/article/feed/496452?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/capsules-of-players-being-inducted-into-golfs-hall-of-fame/article/feed/496452?custom_click=rss

A capsule look at the four players being inducted Tuesday into the World Golf Hall of Fame:


Country: United States.

Worldwide victories: 23.

Majors: 1997 PGA Championship.

First victory: 1987 MCI Heritage Golf Classic.

Last victory: 2015 Wyndham Championship.

Signature moment: The rainbow coming out at Winged Foot as he birdied the final hole of the 1997 PGA Championship.

Notable: The son of a respected club pro who died in a plane crash in 1988, he achieved lifetime status on the PGA Tour with his 20th victory in 2008 at Disney, and then added another victory at the Wyndham Championship when he was 51. He played six times apiece in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup and holed

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]]> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 12:33:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Trail Talk: Waldo Canyon reopening a 'when,' not an 'if']]> http://gazette.com/trail-talk-waldo-canyon-reopening-a-when-not-an-if/article/1611890?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trail-talk-waldo-canyon-reopening-a-when-not-an-if/article/1611890?custom_click=rss

Order PSICC 16-30. I'm betting you have no idea the power that one acronym and two numbers hold. Order 16-30 is the most recent Pike National Forest restriction on one of this region's favorite canyons, Waldo. Since the fire of 2012, the U.S. Forest Service has been issuing closure orders to "protect natural resources and public safety due to impacts of the Waldo Canyon Fire." Each lasts one year. When it's about to expire, a new one is issued.

Order 16-30 took effect Oct. 5, 2016. It expires Oct. 5, 2017. Many of us thought another one would take its place.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:09:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Long wait for Pikes Peak region's 2nd most-famous trail could be reaching end]]> http://gazette.com/long-wait-for-pikes-peak-regions-2nd-most-famous-trail-could-be-reaching-end/article/1611228?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/long-wait-for-pikes-peak-regions-2nd-most-famous-trail-could-be-reaching-end/article/1611228?custom_click=rss

Hikers' long wait to ascend the Pikes Peak region's second most-famous peak could end next summer - as long as an unexpected land issue gets sorted out.

A quarter-mile gap remains on the Dixon Trail, which will stretch 3 miles and gain roughly 2,000 feet to the top of Cheyenne Mountain once finished. An easement is needed to fill it.

"We still have a private property (issue) we're attempting to resolve," said Mitch Martin, manager of Cheyenne Mountain State Park. "If something happens and that were to fall through, we're looking at a plan B of going around the property, which could lengthen the opening time.

"However, I think 2018 is definitely the year we'll be looking at getting that trail open.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:04:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Broadmoor's new executive chef is 'young,' but David Patterson brings his own history of excellence]]> http://gazette.com/broadmoors-new-executive-chef-is-young-but-david-patterson-brings-his-own-history-of-excellence/article/1611456?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broadmoors-new-executive-chef-is-young-but-david-patterson-brings-his-own-history-of-excellence/article/1611456?custom_click=rss

If name-dropping were part of chef David Patterson's MO, he could do it with ease. Patterson was an executive sous chef under famed chef Alain Ducasse for nine years. He worked his way up to executive sous chef at the prestigious Maisonette in Cincinnati - a restaurant that held Mobil Travel Guide's longest-running (42 consecutive years) five-star rating. In 2012, he joined The Broadmoor resort after executive chef Bertrand Bouquin recruited him to be the executive sous chef.

The modest, soft-spoken Kentucky native was promoted to executive chef at The Broadmoor in late June. Patterson says he is humbled to be only the sixth executive chef at the resort since it opened in 1918 - and probably the youngest, at age 40.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:03:52 -0600
<![CDATA[The race is on to open Colorado's ski season]]> http://gazette.com/the-race-is-on-to-open-colorados-ski-season/article/1611913?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-race-is-on-to-open-colorados-ski-season/article/1611913?custom_click=rss

The race is on.

Hopes are high at Loveland Ski Area to open Colorado's season after operators fired up the snow guns late Sunday. They worked past midnight for eight or nine hours, said marketing director John Sellers, adding to the 4 inches of natural powder that fell on the mountain over the weekend.

Loveland aims to best friendly foe Arapahoe Basin by running lifts first. The Summit County ski area won the race last year, hosting skiers on Oct. 21. A-Basin has kicked off the season four of the past five years, tying with Loveland on Oct. 29, 2015.

Opening-day celebrations at the ski area off Interstate 70 were last held on Oct. 7, 2009, and also year later on Oct. 24.

"It means a lot," Sellers said of

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:39:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs-area events calendar: Tuesday, Sept. 26]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-events-calendar-tuesday-sept.-26/article/1611757?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-events-calendar-tuesday-sept.-26/article/1611757?custom_click=rss

Here's a look at what's going on Tuesday in the Colorado Springs area:



“Through the Looking Glass” — Commonwheel Artists Co-op, 102 Canon Ave., Manitou Springs. Exhibit runs through Oct. 16; commonwheel.com/through-the-looking-glass .html.
“The Disappearing Mining Landscape of Grant County, New Mexico” — Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 2225 North Gate Blvd. Exhibit runs through Dec. 9; wmmi.org.

Pikes Peak Community College Faculty Art Show — Through Sept. 28, Pikes Peak Community College, Downtown Studio Campus, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.; 502-3135.
“Fall Out of Summer” — Works Reveille Kennedy and

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:49:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Qatar Airways orders 6 Boeing aircraft despite Gulf standoff]]> http://gazette.com/qatar-airways-orders-6-boeing-aircraft-despite-gulf-standoff/article/feed/496314?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/qatar-airways-orders-6-boeing-aircraft-despite-gulf-standoff/article/feed/496314?custom_click=rss DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar Airways, one of the Middle East's biggest carriers, has announced it ordered six new Boeing aircraft in a deal valued at nearly $2.2 billion.

Qatar's national carrier says the purchases represent the airline's continued growth. Analysts, however, estimate that a political standoff between Qatar and four Arab states will cost the airline heavily this year.

Since June, the airline has been barred from flying to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, after the four countries cut ties with Qatar and blocked direct flights with the country.

Qatar Airways said Tuesday the purchase includes two cargo 747-8 freighters and four long-haul passenger 777-300ERs.

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]]> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:44:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Sept. 26, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-sept.-26-2017/article/1611955?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-sept.-26-2017/article/1611955?custom_click=rss


9-Lives Rescue Inc. - For cats and kittens, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 2965 New Center Point; 591-4640; colorado9lives.com.

Four Paws Rescue - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Wag N' Wash, 1625 W. Uintah St.; 475-9274, wagnwash.com.

New Hope Rescue Inc. - Dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 1650 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.; newhoperescue.homestead.com.

SAINT Animal Rescue - For dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and small caged animals, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 3060 N. Powers Blvd.; 541-3099, saintanimalrescue.org.

SLV Animal Welfare Society - 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 5020 N. Nevada Ave.; 587-9663, woof@slvaws.org.




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]]> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:20:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Cunard is planning 4th cruise ship to join its fleet]]> http://gazette.com/cunard-is-planning-4th-cruise-ship-to-join-its-fleet/article/feed/496190?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cunard-is-planning-4th-cruise-ship-to-join-its-fleet/article/feed/496190?custom_click=rss Cunard is planning a fourth ship to join its fleet, according to an announcement Monday from the brand's parent company Carnival Corp.

The unnamed cruise ship will launch in 2022. It will carry 3,000 guests and will be built in Italy by Fincantieri.

Once the new vessel joins Cunard's other ships, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, it will mark the first time since 1998 that Cunard has four ships in service simultaneously.

The new ship will be the 249th vessel to fly the Cunard flag since the company's founding in 1839. It will also be Cunard's first new ship in 12 years.

Cunard ships have transported mail across the ocean, ferried troops in wartime and hosted glamorous guests from Hollywood stars to

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:31:37 -0600 <![CDATA[No more flying with reindeer: Unique Alaska planes to retire]]> http://gazette.com/no-more-flying-with-reindeer-unique-alaska-planes-to-retire/article/feed/496011?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-more-flying-with-reindeer-unique-alaska-planes-to-retire/article/feed/496011?custom_click=rss

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Claire Richardson remembers taking off in an airplane uniquely configured for Alaska when a horrible smell seeped into the passenger area.

The captain soon came on the speaker to apologize for the odor, which was coming from 70 skittish baby reindeer headed for Texas.

"Guess they all pooped as we lifted off from the runway," said Richardson, a Jesuit volunteer at a Nome radio station during the 1980s flight who is now chief of staff for Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.

Those days will be coming to a close as the special plane that hauls people, goods and even animals on the same flight is taken out of service in a state with few roads.

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:58:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Public invited to vote on Main Street preservation projects]]> http://gazette.com/public-invited-to-vote-on-main-street-preservation-projects/article/feed/496027?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/public-invited-to-vote-on-main-street-preservation-projects/article/feed/496027?custom_click=rss

A preservation group is inviting the public to vote on projects to improve Main Streets around the U.S.

Twenty-five cities from Seattle to Miami are vying for funding to preserve or improve theaters, parks, landmarks and other venues in downtowns, historic neighborhoods and cultural districts.

One proposal would create a park for vintage neon signs in Casa Grande, Arizona. Another would preserve the Formosa Cafe on Route 66 in West Hollywood, California. Several cities seek funding to preserve historic theaters, like the Woodward Theater in Cincinnati and the Yale Theatre in Oklahoma City.

The program, called Partners in Preservation: Main Streets, is supported by American Express, the National Trust for Historic Preser

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:52:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Airbnb launches local tours in NYC with Sarah Jessica Parker]]> http://gazette.com/airbnb-launches-local-tours-in-nyc-with-sarah-jessica-parker/article/feed/496026?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/airbnb-launches-local-tours-in-nyc-with-sarah-jessica-parker/article/feed/496026?custom_click=rss

Airbnb is launching local tours and other experiences in New York City this week, with one listing promising "an unforgettable shoe-shopping experience" led by a New Yorker whose bio describes her as "an actor, producer, businesswoman ... and a proud New Yorker."

That host is Sarah Jessica Parker. Each participant will get a pair of shoes from her SJP Collection at Bloomingdale's, with a stop at the department store's Forty Carrots cafe for frozen yogurt before the guests head off to the ballet.

The listing for Parker's Oct. 6 experience will go live Tuesday morning, with four spaces bookable at $400 each, first come, first served. The money will go to the New York City Ballet, where Parker is a board member.

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:49:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Berliners back call for city's Tegel Airport to stay open]]> http://gazette.com/berliners-back-call-for-citys-tegel-airport-to-stay-open/article/feed/495785?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/berliners-back-call-for-citys-tegel-airport-to-stay-open/article/feed/495785?custom_click=rss

BERLIN (AP) — Voters in the German capital have backed a proposal to keep operating Berlin's Tegel Airport even after the city's much-delayed big international airport opens, officials said Monday.

With 2,436 out of 2,439 voting districts in Sunday's referendum counted, officials said a majority of 56.1 percent voted in favor of keeping the airport in the northwest of Berlin open. Some 41.7 percent rejected the proposal, with the remainder of the votes being invalid.

Tegel was meant to be closed six months after Berlin's new airport began service. But the opening of the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport, or BER, south of the capital has been delayed repeatedly since 2011 due to technical problems.

The outcome of the refe

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]]> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:30:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Average US gas price drops 7 cents as refineries bounce back]]> http://gazette.com/average-us-gas-price-drops-7-cents-as-refineries-bounce-back/article/feed/495858?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/average-us-gas-price-drops-7-cents-as-refineries-bounce-back/article/feed/495858?custom_click=rss CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline fell 7 cents nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.62.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the drop comes as flooded refineries continue to come back online after devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Lundberg says she expects prices will continue to fall in the next few weeks.

Gas in San Francisco was the highest in the contiguous United States at an average of $3.18 a gallon. The lowest was in St. Louis at $2.19 a gallon.

The U.S. average diesel price is $2.51, down 2 cents from two weeks ago.

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]]> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:59:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Scientists: Desert turtle endangered, 100 left in Arizona]]> http://gazette.com/scientists-desert-turtle-endangered-100-left-in-arizona/article/feed/495776?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/scientists-desert-turtle-endangered-100-left-in-arizona/article/feed/495776?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — It may not be surprising that an "aquatic desert" turtle faces long odds in life, but environmentalists and biologists still welcomed this week's endangered species designation for the Sonoyta mud turtle.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the designation Wednesday, citing threats from climate change to loss of habitat for the southern Arizona animal, whose numbers are believed to have dwindled to as low as 100 turtles.

"The Sonoyta mud turtle is clearly in danger of extinction," Steve Spangle, a field supervisor with Fish and Wildlife's Arizona Ecological Services, said in a release announcing the listing.

"Protecting it under the Endangered Species Act will marshal increased attention and

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]]> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 02:05:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Expansion work closes busiest US-Mexico border crossing]]> http://gazette.com/expansion-work-closes-busiest-us-mexico-border-crossing/article/feed/495546?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/expansion-work-closes-busiest-us-mexico-border-crossing/article/feed/495546?custom_click=rss

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Detoured traffic into Mexico from the busiest border crossing with the United States was unusually light Saturday as motorists heeded calls to avoid freeways during a weekend shutdown for southbound cars.

There were no significant delays on the first day of a 57-hour closure of all Mexico-bound car traffic at the San Ysidro border crossing, where about 50,000 cars and 20,000 pedestrians go back and forth on weekdays.

Motorists who were directed east to the much-smaller Otay Mesa crossing posted photos to social media celebrating near-empty lanes through late morning.

"People aren't coming across," Anthony Kleppe, senior asset manager at the U.S.

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]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:15:28 -0600 <![CDATA[First airline flights land in Puerto Rico since Maria hit]]> http://gazette.com/first-airline-flights-land-in-puerto-rico-since-maria-hit/article/feed/495315?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/first-airline-flights-land-in-puerto-rico-since-maria-hit/article/feed/495315?custom_click=rss The first airline flights to hurricane-battered Puerto Rico arrived Friday, but difficult conditions at the island's main airport caused airlines to scale back plans for more flights over the weekend.

Two American Airlines planes from Miami and one from Philadelphia arrived at San Juan's Luis Munoz Marin International Airport Friday morning. The flights carried relief supplies and federal airport screeners to help staff security checkpoints at the airport, an airline spokesman said.

Another plane got halfway to Puerto Rico before returning to Miami because the San Juan airport couldn't handle another plane.

President Donald Trump tweeted thanks to American and CEO Doug Parker "for all of the help you have given to the U

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]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:15:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Archaeologists: More protections needed for Chaco region]]> http://gazette.com/archaeologists-more-protections-needed-for-chaco-region/article/feed/495361?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/archaeologists-more-protections-needed-for-chaco-region/article/feed/495361?custom_click=rss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Archaeologists, professors and other researchers on Friday called for more protections of an expansive area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park, saying increased oil and gas development has the potential to destroy parts of the landscape that could provide a better understanding of the ancient civilization that once inhabited the region.

In their report , the scientists point to new technology that has uncovered previously indiscernible sections of roads that connect sites throughout northwestern New Mexico to the heart of Chaco park. They say they have only begun using new satellite and laser-imaging tools to document the area and that more discoveries are possible.

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]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:05:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Closure at busy US-Mexico border crossing promises headaches]]> http://gazette.com/closure-at-busy-us-mexico-border-crossing-promises-headaches/article/feed/495167?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/closure-at-busy-us-mexico-border-crossing-promises-headaches/article/feed/495167?custom_click=rss

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The busiest border crossing in the United States will close this weekend to the more than 40,000 cars that pass through it daily to Mexico.

The closure between San Diego and Tijuana for work on a $741 million expansion project presents a monumental headache for border businesses, workers, tourists and Christopher Enjambre. His band, Minor Gems, plays gigs in Tijuana.

"It's already hectic now, so ... damn," he said, shaking his head in disbelief. "It's going to be crazy."

Travelers have been enduring hours-long waits on the Mexican side of the border to enter the U.S. with the constant addition of security measures since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:13:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Delta: Mysterious website tricks people who put pets on jets]]> http://gazette.com/delta-mysterious-website-tricks-people-who-put-pets-on-jets/article/feed/495330?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/delta-mysterious-website-tricks-people-who-put-pets-on-jets/article/feed/495330?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — A website is tricking people into thinking they're dealing with Delta Air Lines when arranging for their pets to fly on jets, the Atlanta-based company maintains in a new federal lawsuit.

The site — DeltaPetTransit.com — is designed to look like a Delta site and uses the airline's logos and pictures of its planes, Delta said in the lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Georgia. But the site isn't affiliated with the airline and has no right to use its trademarks the complaint says.

The website solicits pet-shipment payments while posing as Delta, but offers no services, Delta maintains.

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]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:24:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Lawsuit filed to stop mining near Yellowstone in Montana]]> http://gazette.com/lawsuit-filed-to-stop-mining-near-yellowstone-in-montana/article/feed/495373?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawsuit-filed-to-stop-mining-near-yellowstone-in-montana/article/feed/495373?custom_click=rss BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Opponents of mining near Yellowstone National Park filed a lawsuit Friday challenging a decision by Montana environmental regulators to allow a Canadian company to explore for precious metals just north of the park.

The Park County Environmental Council and Greater Yellowstone Coalition sued the Montana Department of Environmental Quality and Lucky Minerals, Inc. in state district court in Montana's Park County.

Lucky Minerals was given approval to drill on private land in the Absaroka Mountains to assess its prospects for mining of copper, gold, silver and molybdenum deposits.

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