<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life Fri, 27 Nov 2015 04:53:29 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Utah man passes airport security with stolen boarding pass]]> http://gazette.com/utah-man-passes-airport-security-with-stolen-boarding-pass/article/feed/294411?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/utah-man-passes-airport-security-with-stolen-boarding-pass/article/feed/294411?custom_click=rss

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A sex offender with a stolen boarding pass got through airport security in Salt Lake City and checked in at a gate for a flight to California before he was caught earlier this month, authorities have disclosed.

Michael Salata, 61, was arrested on Nov. 5 after boarding the Southwest Airlines flight, according to jail records obtained Thursday.

He had grabbed a boarding pass that a woman accidently left at a check-in kiosk and used it to get through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint, said Craig Vargo, chief of airport police.

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]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 17:20:58 -0700 <![CDATA[Tourist ticketed for flying drone in Central Park]]> http://gazette.com/tourist-ticketed-for-flying-drone-in-central-park/article/feed/294431?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tourist-ticketed-for-flying-drone-in-central-park/article/feed/294431?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a 41-year-old Russian tourist and his 14-year-old son were flying a drone in Central Park and the father was ticketed.

The device was captured on police cameras and officers traced it to the two in Central Park during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday morning.

Flying a drone in the city is illegal. The father said he didn't know what the rules were because he was from out of town. Police ticketed him and released him. No criminality was suspected.

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]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 16:26:45 -0700 <![CDATA[Utah man passes airport security with stolen boarding pass]]> http://gazette.com/utah-man-passes-airport-security-with-stolen-boarding-pass/article/feed/294383?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/utah-man-passes-airport-security-with-stolen-boarding-pass/article/feed/294383?custom_click=rss

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A sex offender with a stolen boarding pass got through airport security in Salt Lake City and checked in at a gate for a flight to California before he was caught earlier this month, authorities have disclosed.

Michael Salata, 61, was arrested on Nov. 5 after boarding the Southwest Airlines flight, according to jail records obtained Thursday.

He had grabbed a boarding pass that a woman accidently left at a check-in kiosk and used it to get through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint, said Craig Vargo, chief of airport police.

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]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:23:08 -0700 <![CDATA[This turkey story has happy (and tasty) ending for Colorado Springs family]]> http://gazette.com/this-turkey-story-has-happy-and-tasty-ending-for-colorado-springs-family/article/1564305?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/this-turkey-story-has-happy-and-tasty-ending-for-colorado-springs-family/article/1564305?custom_click=rss

Never mind the politics, religion, weather, bragging about kids or fish tales. The winning topic at the Dudley-Tackett Thanksgiving table will be a turkey story.

While they gobble their meal with family on Thursday, Ashley Dudley-Tackett, her husband and their toddler daughter will recount how they picked out a plump, 15-pound tom turkey at the Gusty Ridge Ranch in Calhan last weekend.

Then, with the help of ranch owner Lisa Maggard, they processed the bird so they could enjoy the tasty, organic, free-range meat during this year's traditional feast.

The experience couldn't have been better, said Dudley-Tackett, who lives in northern Colorado Springs.

"It was exhilarating," she said.

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Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:33:31 -0700
<![CDATA[Calipari, No. 1 Kentucky to meet former assistant Antigua]]> http://gazette.com/calipari-no.-1-kentucky-to-meet-former-assistant-antigua/article/feed/294387?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/calipari-no.-1-kentucky-to-meet-former-assistant-antigua/article/feed/294387?custom_click=rss MIAMI (AP) — Moments before Kentucky was to play Boston University earlier this week, Wildcats coach John Calipari had someone stationed nearby to give him a report on another game that was winding down.

He got the signal: Thumbs-up.

That meant South Florida won. Calipari won't need anyone to give him updates on the Bulls' next game, with South Florida set to face No. 1 Kentucky on Friday in the Hoophall Miami Invitational, presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Bulls are coached by Orlando Antigua, a former Calipari assistant and the reason why the Kentucky coach has such an affinity for their program.

"I wanted to know that he won that game," Calipari said. "Again, I hope he loses the next o

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]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:40:09 -0700 <![CDATA[How to participate in The Gazette's Turkey Coloring Contest]]> http://gazette.com/how-to-participate-in-the-gazettes-turkey-coloring-contest/article/1564373?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/how-to-participate-in-the-gazettes-turkey-coloring-contest/article/1564373?custom_click=rss

Hey, kids! Welcome to The Gazette's Turkey Coloring Contest. While the real bird is roasting, grab some art supplies and go wild decorating this turkey. Use almost anything - paint, glitter, colored pencils - to dress it up. A four-pack to Sky Zone Trampoline Park will be awarded in three age groups.

Award-winning entries will be published in The Gazette's Home and Family section Dec. 7.


1. Entries will be judged in three categories: ages 4 and younger; ages 5-8; and ages 9-12.

2. Drop off artwork at The Gazette, 30 E. Pikes Peak Ave., by 4 p.m. Monday. The front desk is staffed 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Monday. Or mail it to The Gazette Newsroom, 30 E. Pikes Peak Ave,

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Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:33:41 -0700
<![CDATA[Russia strikes back at Turkey with economic sanctions]]> http://gazette.com/russia-strikes-back-at-turkey-with-economic-sanctions/article/feed/294315?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russia-strikes-back-at-turkey-with-economic-sanctions/article/feed/294315?custom_click=rss

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia plans to retaliate against Turkey for the downing of a warplane by imposing sanctions, cutting economic ties and scrapping major investment projects.

Since the plane was shot down Tuesday on the Syria-Turkey border, Russia has already restricted tourism, left Turkish trucks stranded at the border and confiscated large quantities of Turkish food imports.

On Thursday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered his government to also draft sanctions against Turkey within two days in response to what he described as an "act of aggression against our country.

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]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:59:52 -0700 <![CDATA[Forecast lowered for air travel on slower China growth]]> http://gazette.com/forecast-lowered-for-air-travel-on-slower-china-growth/article/feed/294373?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/forecast-lowered-for-air-travel-on-slower-china-growth/article/feed/294373?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — A weaker global economy — and a slowdown in China — will likely dampen some of the growth in air travel over the next two decades.

The International Air Transport Association says the number of airline passengers is expected to double to 7 billion by 2034. That figure marks a decrease from a prior forecast of passengers totaling 7.4 billion in 2034, reflecting lower economic growth in China that will likely reduce demand for travel and potentially limit airplane orders for manufacturers Boeing and Airbus.

Despite the lower forecast, China is expected to add 758 million new passengers for a total of 1.2 billion flyers. Those gains would likely mean that China surpasses the United States as the world's l

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]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:37:54 -0700 <![CDATA[Win a day on the slopes through The Gazette's Thanksgiving Weekend Scavenger Hunt]]> http://gazette.com/win-a-day-on-the-slopes-through-the-gazettes-thanksgiving-weekend-scavenger-hunt/article/1564135?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/win-a-day-on-the-slopes-through-the-gazettes-thanksgiving-weekend-scavenger-hunt/article/1564135?custom_click=rss

Sure, it's Turkey Day, but nothing written in stone says you should spend it on the couch.

What better way to shake off that tryptophan daze than by lacing up your boots for The Gazette's Thanksgiving Weekend Scavenger Hunt?

It's easy. First, get your uncle another helping of pie and point his chair in the direction of the endless football on TV. Next, make a run for it - but not before you gather up enough snacks, water and weather-appropriate gear for an afternoon or two of silly, pointless tasks.

You'll want plenty of gas in your vehicle and a notepad and pen or pencil to jot down answers. Please take your smartphone as well because selfies are required (sorry).

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Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:06:58 -0700
<![CDATA[Outspoken Miss World Canada denied entry to China]]> http://gazette.com/outspoken-miss-world-canada-denied-entry-to-china/article/feed/294314?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/outspoken-miss-world-canada-denied-entry-to-china/article/feed/294314?custom_click=rss

HONG KONG (AP) — Canada's outspoken Miss World contestant said she was barred Thursday from entering China to take part in this year's pageant and accused Beijing of overreach in extending its campaign of censorship even to beauty contests.

Chinese-born Anastasia Lin said she was unable to board her connecting flight from Hong Kong to the southern island province of Hainan after a Chinese official told her by telephone that she would not be granted a visa on arrival.

Lin is an outspoken critic of Chinese religious policy and a follower of the Falun Gong meditation practice, which was outlawed by China's ruling Communist Party in 1999.

"If they start to censor beauty pageants — how pathetic is that?" Lin said in Hong

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]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:31:50 -0700 <![CDATA[Trail talk: Reflecting on strides made for Colorado Springs hikers, bikers]]> http://gazette.com/trail-talk-reflecting-on-strides-made-for-colorado-springs-hikers-bikers/article/1564136?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trail-talk-reflecting-on-strides-made-for-colorado-springs-hikers-bikers/article/1564136?custom_click=rss

For the past few years, The Gazette has run my November column on Thanksgiving - and for that, I'm thankful. It's the ideal time to reflect on a season's worth of great trail projects and success stories.

Let's start with Issue 2D. As I shared the pros and cons of the initiative with fellow trail enthusiasts, they generally rolled their eyes and called it a "no-brainer." Forgo an $11 credit/refund to provide $2.1 million for eight critical trail projects? Well, while the region's trails are immensely popular (according to polling and local trail counters), to have 71 percent of the ballots cast in support of the measure was very gratifying for those who worked on the campaign.

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Thu, 26 Nov 2015 07:29:36 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Nov. 26, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-nov.-26-2015/article/1564361?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-nov.-26-2015/article/1564361?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.

Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescue - For dogs under 15 pounds, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 5020 N. Nevada Ave.; 266-1224.

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

Look What the Cat Brought In - 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 2129 E. Boulder St.; lookwhat thecatbroughtin.org.

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

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]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 04:15:17 -0700 <![CDATA[Retirees deciding whether new lifestyle will include pets]]> http://gazette.com/retirees-deciding-whether-new-lifestyle-will-include-pets/article/1564360?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/retirees-deciding-whether-new-lifestyle-will-include-pets/article/1564360?custom_click=rss

Denise and John Stevens have had pets their whole lives - then they retired.

"After our last dog passed away, we decided not to get another one. We like the freedom from worrying about her," Denise Stevens, 63, said of the New York couple's last dog, a Jack Russell terrier that died last year.

Baby boomers are retiring in record numbers, and many wonder whether a dog or cat belongs in their golden years. Some seniors want the companionship, but others worry about declining health, failing to outlive a new pet, moving to a facility that doesn't allow animals and tighter budgets. Some, such as the Stevenses, want a break from the responsibility of owning a pet.

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]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 04:15:07 -0700 <![CDATA[Ohio air travelers choose Florida for holidays, site says]]> http://gazette.com/ohio-air-travelers-choose-florida-for-holidays-site-says/article/feed/294299?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ohio-air-travelers-choose-florida-for-holidays-site-says/article/feed/294299?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The travel website Priceline.com says Florida is the top out-of-state destination for Ohio residents who are flying somewhere for the holidays.

The analysis of thousands of airline ticket purchases found that the Sunshine State is the top choice for air travelers from Ohio at both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

At Thanksgiving, the next most popular destinations for Ohioans traveling by air are Texas, California and New York, in that order.

Over the Christmas holidays, Florida is followed by locations in California, Asia and South America.

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]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 02:02:20 -0700 <![CDATA[Australian wildfire kills at least 2 and injures 13 others]]> http://gazette.com/australian-wildfire-kills-at-least-2-and-injures-13-others/article/feed/294002?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/australian-wildfire-kills-at-least-2-and-injures-13-others/article/feed/294002?custom_click=rss ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Firefighters contained a large wildfire Thursday that had caused at least two deaths, 13 injuries and destroyed at least 16 homes near the southern Australian city of Adelaide, officials said.

Two bodies of a 56-year-old woman and a 69-year-old man were recovered on Wednesday, South Australia state Premier Jay Weatherill said. Their names were not released.

At least two firefighters were among the 13 people hospitalized on Wednesday by the fast-moving blaze that had scorched 85,000 hectares (210,000 acres) of farm and woodland and threatened several towns near Adelaide, the state's capital and largest city, Weatherill said.

Five of the injured were in critical or serious conditions with burn

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]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 19:02:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Travelers take to the roads and the skies for Thanksgiving]]> http://gazette.com/travelers-take-to-the-roads-and-the-skies-for-thanksgiving/article/feed/293966?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/travelers-take-to-the-roads-and-the-skies-for-thanksgiving/article/feed/293966?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The big Thanksgiving getaway went into full swing Wednesday with drivers delighted by the lowest November gas prices in years and many airline passengers undaunted by terrorism fears and long lines at security checkpoints.

At the White House, President Barack Obama said there is no "specific and credible" intelligence indicating a plot against the U.S. and assured anxious Americans: "While the threat of terrorism is a troubling reality of our age, we are both equipped to prevent attacks and we are resilient in the face of those who would try to do us harm."

"And that's something we can all be thankful for," he added as one of the biggest travel periods of the year got under way.

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]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:12:36 -0700 <![CDATA[Nat Geo Wild's 'Big Cat Week' includes live African safaris]]> http://gazette.com/nat-geo-wilds-big-cat-week-includes-live-african-safaris/article/feed/294213?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nat-geo-wilds-big-cat-week-includes-live-african-safaris/article/feed/294213?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As a chaser to the Thanksgiving feast and football, consider heading out on an African safari.

There's strictly armchair travel involved for Nat Geo Wild's live telecasts from Sabi Sands, a private game reserve in South Africa's Kruger National Park that's likely to dazzle even from a distance.

The no-sweat safaris, which begin Friday night, will offer "a real-time experience transporting viewers to a place they all want to go but may not have the opportunity," said Geoff Daniels, head of Nat Geo Wild.

"That we can beam audiences half a world away into the African bush is magical and stunning," said Daniels.

It's hard to fault his enthusiasm.

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]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:51:55 -0700 <![CDATA[Ill waterpark owner fails to find investors, descends tower]]> http://gazette.com/ill-waterpark-owner-fails-to-find-investors-descends-tower/article/feed/294193?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ill-waterpark-owner-fails-to-find-investors-descends-tower/article/feed/294193?custom_click=rss

CANDIA, N.H. (AP) — The owner of a New Hampshire waterpark who chained himself to a slide tower 17 days ago to try to prevent the park's auction has ended his quest because of failing health and the lack of a financial savior.

Kevin Dumont climbed the slide at Liquid Planet on Nov. 9 in a bid to attract investors interested in saving the business. He said Wednesday on Facebook there were no takers and that a doctor believes he is developing pneumonia.

"Dear friends and supporters, it is with profound sadness that I must tell you that my attempts to find a partner in time to save the waterpark from auction has failed," he wrote. "I had a number of interested parties but there just wasn't enough time to get the details worked

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]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:43:57 -0700 <![CDATA[Hotel and airline bookings for Paris down following attacks]]> http://gazette.com/hotel-and-airline-bookings-for-paris-down-following-attacks/article/feed/294209?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hotel-and-airline-bookings-for-paris-down-following-attacks/article/feed/294209?custom_click=rss Occupancy rates at some Paris hotels have plunged by more than 30 percent in the days since the Nov. 13 terror attacks.

That's according to STR Global, a company that tracks hotel industry data. It says that compared to the same dates a year ago, occupancy rates were 39 percent lower last Saturday and 33 percent lower last Sunday.

The day after the attacks, there was a 14 percent drop from the same date a year earlier, followed by decreases in the 20 and 30 percent range Nov. 15 to 20.

STR Global cautioned that the report only represents 37 percent of its monthly sample for Paris hotels, so the data is not definitive. But it does confirm anecdotal and other reports of a downturn in leisure travel to France.

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]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:32:03 -0700 <![CDATA[More snow headed to Colorado mountains, Front Range]]> http://gazette.com/more-snow-headed-to-colorado-mountains-front-range/article/feed/294059?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/more-snow-headed-to-colorado-mountains-front-range/article/feed/294059?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — More snow is set to follow a cold front that has moved into Colorado.

The snow is forecast to move into the mountains and the Front Range Wednesday evening and continue into Thanksgiving Day and Friday, dropping up to 10 inches of snow in the mountains and up to 8 inches in the Denver area.

The National Weather Service warns that the snow could initially be mixed with freezing drizzle in eastern Colorado and create difficult driving conditions before changing over to all snow overnight.

Security lines have been long at Denver International Airport but no problems have been reported.

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]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:28:23 -0700 <![CDATA[The Latest: Paris hotel business hit hard by attacks]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-paris-hotel-business-hit-hard-by-attacks/article/feed/293979?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-paris-hotel-business-hit-hard-by-attacks/article/feed/293979?custom_click=rss

BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on the attacks in Paris and security alert in Brussels. All times local:

9:15 p.m.

Occupancy rates at some Paris hotels have plunged by more than 30 percent in the days since the Nov. 13 attacks, according to a company that tracks hotel industry data.

STR Global said that compared with the same dates in 2014, occupancy rates were 39 percent lower last Saturday and 33 percent lower on Sunday, the two most recent days in the STR report.

Restaurants, small shops, department stores and tourist sites have also been affected. The French government said after a Cabinet meeting Wednesday that businesses that had suffered a financial hit could get extensions on tax and loan payments as a means

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]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:15:41 -0700 <![CDATA[Use winter downtime to learn a new pastime]]> http://gazette.com/use-winter-downtime-to-learn-a-new-pastime/article/1564323?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/use-winter-downtime-to-learn-a-new-pastime/article/1564323?custom_click=rss The holidays can be hectic, but if you make the time, it might be the perfect opportunity to take up a new hobby. Take sewing, for example. “More people definitely get their machines out during the winter when they’re home relaxing with family,” said Tim Myers, owner of Myers Sewing Center. “If someone has patience and enjoys a real sense of accomplishment, then sewing might just be for them.” Myers cited the calming effect sewing can have on stitchers of all ages and skill levels. “It’s cheaper than therapy,” he said.

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Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:38:40 -0700
<![CDATA[From bike trails to zoo trips, beat winter doldrums with outdoor activities]]> http://gazette.com/from-bike-trails-to-zoo-trips-beat-winter-doldrums-with-outdoor-activities/article/1564319?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/from-bike-trails-to-zoo-trips-beat-winter-doldrums-with-outdoor-activities/article/1564319?custom_click=rss The rest of the country might retreat indoors after fall’s first snow fall, but this is Colorado – a little cold can’t stop us. “We live in a climate where it can snow storm one day and then be 60 degrees out and sunny the next,” said Ed Johnson, owner of Colorado Springs Bike Shop, 622 W. Colorado Avenue. “I always tell people not to put their bikes away, there’s still plenty of beautiful days to ride in the winter.”

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Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:56:05 -0700
<![CDATA[Blog: Free admission at state parks on Black Friday]]> http://gazette.com/blog-free-admission-at-state-parks-on-black-friday/article/1564286?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blog-free-admission-at-state-parks-on-black-friday/article/1564286?custom_click=rss

Seriously, step away from the shopping cart and the crazy hordes of people who want the latest Kindle on Black Friday, the deadliest shopping day of the year. 

Step into the cool quiet of a forest instead. 

Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office will offer free access to all 42 Colorado state parks on Friday, Nov. 27 -- "Fresh Air Friday." 

GOCO will cover the cost of vehicle access to the parks so Colorado residents and visitors can wander freely far, far away from the madding crowd.

The outdoor agencies join the likes of REI, who this year chose to close all 143 of its sporting goods and outdoor outlets across the

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Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:15:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting Nov. 25, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-nov.-25-2015/article/1564277?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-nov.-25-2015/article/1564277?custom_click=rss WHAT'S COOKING



Black Bear Bourbon Bar - 10375 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls; 684-9648, 964-2990, chefmatthews@aol.com. - Basic Bourbon Training, 8-10 p.m. Fridays. Cost is minimal and varies.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Registration: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. - Fast Appetizers, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 14, $10, plus $10 for materials and supplies.

Colorado State University Cooperative Extension - 701 Court Street, Suite C, Pueblo; 719-583-6566. - Gifts in a Jar, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 7, $10. Registration required by Dec. 3.

The French Kitchen - 2515 Oak Hills Drive. Call for cost. Registration: 694-4016, tfkcc.com. - Fix and Feast 5, 9

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Wed, 25 Nov 2015 04:15:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area religious events starting Nov. 29, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-religious-events-starting-nov.-29-2015/article/1564144?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-religious-events-starting-nov.-29-2015/article/1564144?custom_click=rss




Taylor Memorial Concert: Advent Lessons and Carols - 3 p.m., Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon St.; 328-1125, gssepiscopal.org.

Service of Lessons and Carols - Musical ensembles and Monument Hill Brass, 5 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave.; 471-8522, fumc-cs.org.

Messiah Sing-Along - Led by the Chamber Singers from the Colorado Springs Chorale, 7 p.m., First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., free-will offering; 633-8888.

DEC. 6

"Messiah" - Chancel Choir, Orchestra and Soloists, 3 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., $5-$10. Advance tickets: 471-8522, ext. 222,

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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:45:13 -0700
<![CDATA[In with the old: Churches minister to growing elderly population]]> http://gazette.com/in-with-the-old-churches-minister-to-growing-elderly-population/article/1564143?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-with-the-old-churches-minister-to-growing-elderly-population/article/1564143?custom_click=rss

America is experiencing an elder boom, with 43 million people over age 65 in 2012. That number is expected to grow to 83 million by 2050.

Local churches aren't waiting 'til tomorrow. They're serving aging members of the Baby Boomer generation now, involving them in classes, activities, service opportunities and groups with names such as Keenagers, Juvenile Geriatrics, Amazing Graces and Primer Timers.

"We want to make seniors feel like they belong," says Barbara Gaston, volunteer coordinator at Sunrise United Methodist Church in Briargate. "We want to seek them out instead of them having to worry about seeking us. We want to make them feel like they're worth it."

Sunrise United Methodist has a full slate of elderly

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]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:45:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area outdoor events starting Nov. 26, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-outdoor-events-starting-nov.-26-2015/article/1564131?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-outdoor-events-starting-nov.-26-2015/article/1564131?custom_click=rss




The Colorado Springs Cycling Club - For all ages and abilities; bikesprings.org.

Pizzeria Rustica Cycling Club - 2 p.m. second Sundays, Pizzeria Rustica 2527 W. Colorado Ave.; pizzeriarustica.com.



Fountain Creek Nature Center hikes - 320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain. Reservations: 520-6745. - Thanksgiving Wetland Wildlife Walk, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, $4.

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center - 4729 Twin Rocks Road, Divide. Call for times and cost. Reservations: 687-9742, wolfeducation.org. - Full Moon Feeding Tours, Friday and Sunday. - Full Moon Tours, 4 p.m. Saturday.



Nature programs at Fountain

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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 15:55:02 -0700
<![CDATA[For all your gift giving needs - The best food books of 2015]]> http://gazette.com/for-all-your-gift-giving-needs-the-best-food-books-of-2015/article/1564127?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/for-all-your-gift-giving-needs-the-best-food-books-of-2015/article/1564127?custom_click=rss

Have you ordered your copy of the latest five-ingredient-paleo-gluten-free-Nordic-kale smoothie cookbook yet? Me either.

You know why? Because nobody outside hipster man bun-loving enclaves in Brooklyn and Los Angeles actually eats that way. Just don't tell the publishing industry, which forever seems to trip over itself to get into ink whatever outrageous culinary fad crosses the editors' Facebook feeds. Surely there's a better way...

Until then, we're left to sift through the thousands of food books spewed forth each year. And we do it with particular fervor during this season of gifting as we search for books to satiate the foodies on our lists.

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]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 15:05:34 -0700 <![CDATA[Want a better pork chop? Add a bit of bourbon and some flame]]> http://gazette.com/want-a-better-pork-chop-add-a-bit-of-bourbon-and-some-flame/article/1564126?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/want-a-better-pork-chop-add-a-bit-of-bourbon-and-some-flame/article/1564126?custom_click=rss

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Fred Noe, the seventh-generation master distiller who literally grew up at the Jim Beam distillery in the middle of Kentucky. We met over a tasting of country ham and bourbon during which I discovered some new hams and whiskeys to add to my growing list of favorite things to eat and drink. Not surprisingly, I also found out that he and I share a love of grilling.

Many bourbon lovers know Booker's, but what they might not know is that the bourbon is named after its creator, Booker Noe, Jim Beam's sixth-generation distiller and Fred Noe's father.

According to his son, Booker's bourbon was quite literally "his baby," and he made everyone promise not to mess with it once he retired. It is

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