<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:52:51 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Obama creates world's largest marine protected area]]> http://gazette.com/obama-creates-worlds-largest-marine-protected-area/article/feed/390254?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-creates-worlds-largest-marine-protected-area/article/feed/390254?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday expanded a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating a safe zone for tuna, sea turtles and thousands of other species in what will be the world's largest marine protected area.

Obama's proclamation quadrupled in size a monument originally created by President George W. Bush in 2006. The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument will contain some 582,578 square miles, more than twice the size of Texas.

The president is slated to travel to the monument next week to mark the new designation and cite the need to protect public lands and waters from climate change. The president was born in Hawaii and spent much of his childhood there.

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:39:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Online fishing, hunting license sales halted in Northwest]]> http://gazette.com/online-fishing-hunting-license-sales-halted-in-northwest/article/feed/390445?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/online-fishing-hunting-license-sales-halted-in-northwest/article/feed/390445?custom_click=rss BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho, Oregon and Washington have shutdown online sales of hunting and fishing licenses amid concerns a vendor's computer system has been hacked and personal information is at risk.

Washington state on Friday announced free fishing through Tuesday because it has gone a step further than the other two states and halted all license sales.

The states each use the same vendor, Dallas, Texas,-based Active Network to handle online license sales.

It's not clear what prompted concerns of a computer breach on Thursday or if one has actually taken place.

Active Network on its website says more than 42,000 organizers use its event and activity management software nationally. The company didn't respond t

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:05:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Forecasts favor fire growth in Yellowstone, Grand Teton]]> http://gazette.com/forecasts-favor-fire-growth-in-yellowstone-grand-teton/article/feed/390406?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/forecasts-favor-fire-growth-in-yellowstone-grand-teton/article/feed/390406?custom_click=rss

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARKS, Wyo. (AP) — As visitors enjoyed free entry to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks on Friday firefighters in both parks prepared for an expected increase in fire activity over the weekend.

Weather forecasts predicted warmer temperatures, lower humidity and increased wind, all of which means fires in the two parks will likely become more active Saturday and Sunday.

Yellowstone fire spokesman Bill Swartley said the unknown factor is how strong the wind will be this weekend.

"These fires, for the past 24 hours and today, the fire weather conditions are just kind of holding in check, bedding down so to speak, creeping, crawling, smoldering a little bit," Swartley said Friday.

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:01:12 -0600 <![CDATA[US wants to force lower speeds on truck and bus drivers]]> http://gazette.com/us-wants-to-force-lower-speeds-on-truck-and-bus-drivers/article/feed/390370?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-wants-to-force-lower-speeds-on-truck-and-bus-drivers/article/feed/390370?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. is seeking to forcibly limit how fast trucks, buses and other large vehicles can travel on the nation's highways.

A new proposal Friday would impose a nationwide limit by electronically capping speeds with a device on newly made U.S. vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds. Regulators are considering a cap of 60, 65 or 68 mph, though that could change. Whatever the speed limit, drivers would be physically prevented from exceeding it. The proposal does not force older heavy vehicles to add the speed-limiting technology, but regulators are still considering it.

The government said capping speeds for new large vehicles will reduce the 1,115 fatal crashes involving heavy trucks that occur each year a

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:23:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Quake damaged roads threaten access to Italy town]]> http://gazette.com/quake-damaged-roads-threaten-access-to-italy-town/article/feed/390240?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/quake-damaged-roads-threaten-access-to-italy-town/article/feed/390240?custom_click=rss

AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — Strong aftershocks damaged two key access roads into quake-struck Amatrice on Friday, threatening to isolate the tiny hilltop town as hopes dimmed that firefighters would find any more survivors from the earthquake that killed at least 267 people.

Some crumbled buildings in Amatrice cracked even further after the biggest aftershock of Friday morning struck at 6:28 a.m., one of more than 1,000 that have hit the area since Wednesday's quake. The U.S. Geological Service said it had a magnitude of 4.7, while the Italian geophysics institute measured it at 4.8.

The shaking ground also damaged a key access bridge to Amatrice, forcing emergency crews to close it.

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:22:34 -0600 <![CDATA[The Colonel's famous recipe (maybe, maybe not)]]> http://gazette.com/the-colonels-famous-recipe-maybe-maybe-not/article/feed/390428?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-colonels-famous-recipe-maybe-maybe-not/article/feed/390428?custom_click=rss Social media is lighting up on the possibility that, at long last, Col. Sanders' 11 herbs and spices have been revealed. KFC says it hasn't, and the original source, a relative, now says he doesn't know. Anyway, here it is.

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:22:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Turkey unveils 3rd Istanbul bridge linking Europe with Asia]]> http://gazette.com/turkey-unveils-3rd-istanbul-bridge-linking-europe-with-asia/article/feed/390430?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/turkey-unveils-3rd-istanbul-bridge-linking-europe-with-asia/article/feed/390430?custom_click=rss

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey opened one of the world's largest bridges Friday designed to allow traffic to cross the Bosphorus Strait between Europe and Asia and ease congestion in Istanbul.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan oversaw a ceremony inaugurating the $3 billion Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, which is touted by its Turko-Italian developers as the world's broadest suspension bridge at 58.4 meters (192 feet) wide.

The toll bridge, spanning 1,408 meters (4,620 feet) over the Bosphorus, features 10 lanes, including two rail lines. At 322 meters (1,056 feet), officials say the bridge's 322-meter (1,056-foot) towers are also the tallest in the world.

It becomes Istanbul's third bridge spanning the strategic strait.

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:15:38 -0600 <![CDATA[The colonel's secret recipe revealed? Not so fast, says KFC]]> http://gazette.com/the-colonels-secret-recipe-revealed-not-so-fast-says-kfc/article/feed/390420?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-colonels-secret-recipe-revealed-not-so-fast-says-kfc/article/feed/390420?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Has Col. Sanders' nephew inadvertently revealed to the world the secret blend of 11 herbs and spices behind KFC's fried chicken empire?

The company says the recipe published in the Chicago Tribune is not authentic. But that hasn't stopped rampant online speculation that one of the most legendary and closely guarded secrets in the history of fast food has been exposed.

KFC — which is a subsidiary of Yum Brands Inc. — calls its recipe "one of the biggest trade secrets in the world."

The Louisville, Kentucky-based company says that the original recipe from 1940 handwritten by Sanders is locked up in a digital safe that's encased in two feet of concrete and monitored 24 hours a day by a video and motio

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:13:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Top of the church shopper's list: Strong preaching]]> http://gazette.com/top-of-the-church-shoppers-list-strong-preaching/article/1583744?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/top-of-the-church-shoppers-list-strong-preaching/article/1583744?custom_click=rss

Top-notch preaching most attracts people looking for a new place to pray.

That's the conclusion of a Pew Research Center study, released last week, which asked 5,000 people about their search for a new church or other house of worship.

"This is what people value in a congregation - a good message, a good homily that resonates with them and gives them guidance," said Greg Smith, Pew's associate director for religion research.

More than 4 in 5 people (83 percent) put preaching at the top of their checklist. Preaching was followed by clergy and lay leaders who make them feel welcome (79 percent) and an appealing style of service (74 percent).

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:12:54 -0600
<![CDATA[AP EXPLAINS: Why burkini swimsuits are causing controversy]]> http://gazette.com/ap-explains-why-burkini-swimsuits-are-causing-controversy/article/feed/390394?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-explains-why-burkini-swimsuits-are-causing-controversy/article/feed/390394?custom_click=rss

PARIS (AP) — France's top court has ruled that banning burkini swimsuits violates people's fundamental rights, setting a legal precedent after a swimsuit crackdown that elicited shock and anger in other countries. The Associated Press explains the core of the controversy:


Burkinis, which cover the head, torso and limbs — much like a wetsuit with a hood — are a recent retail invention, not a religious requirement. An Australian woman designed the burkini to allow Muslim women to keep their bodies covered while working as lifeguards. The word combines bikini and burqa, a full-body covering with only a mesh screen for the eyes.

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:12:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Pokemon doughnuts, exercise classes tap game's popularity.]]> http://gazette.com/pokemon-doughnuts-exercise-classes-tap-games-popularity./article/feed/390389?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pokemon-doughnuts-exercise-classes-tap-games-popularity./article/feed/390389?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Weeks into the "Pokemon Go" craze, demand remains strong for "Poke Ball"-shaped treats made by a high-end doughnut company, one of many businesses and organizations coming up with creative ways to lure players in their search for the elusive "pocket monsters."

Even on sweltering summer days, the popular smartphone game has gotten throngs of players out of their homes to real-world locations designated as "PokeStops" and "Gyms." Theme parks, bars and even a county animal shelter are among those trying to capitalize on that surge in foot traffic.

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:55:53 -0600 <![CDATA[A classic love tail: Man rescues dog. Dog rescues man.]]> http://gazette.com/a-classic-love-tail-man-rescues-dog.-dog-rescues-man./article/1583641?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-classic-love-tail-man-rescues-dog.-dog-rescues-man./article/1583641?custom_click=rss

It's a classic love tail: Broken man meets broken dog and together they make life good again.

Colin Campbell was a regular guy living a regular life in 2008. He had a nice job, a nice house and a beautiful wife until, as heartache often happens, he returned from a business trip to learn his beautiful wife didn't want to be married anymore.

"I really struggled" is Campbell's short description of what went down. "I was shocked. There were no second chances. No discussion about it."

With Campbell living in Toronto and working hard as he always had, his friends grew concerned, suggesting he do something that he never had done: get a dog.

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:04:43 -0600
<![CDATA[U.S. gets its first Hindu stamp]]> http://gazette.com/u.s.-gets-its-first-hindu-stamp/article/1583745?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/u.s.-gets-its-first-hindu-stamp/article/1583745?custom_click=rss

It took petitions by everyone from schoolchildren to members of Congress, and 12 years of waiting. Soon, a long-hoped-for goal will be a stickum-backed reality of less than a square inch: a new postage stamp recognizing the holiday of Diwali.

The stamp will be the first stamp honoring the Hindu religion, joining U.S. postage that has marked Christian, Jewish and Muslim holidays in the past.

What's the value of an old-fashioned stamp in a society that uses less and less snail mail? "Stamps are miniature pieces of art that reflect the American experience," Mark Saunders at the U.S. Postal Service said.

Members of the Hindu community and their supporters have asked for years to join the long list of themes that have

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:50:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area religious events starting Aug, 28, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-religious-events-starting-aug-28-2016/article/1583743?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-religious-events-starting-aug-28-2016/article/1583743?custom_click=rss




SEPT. 10

Organ Spectacular - Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, 7-9 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., $5-$25. Advance tickets: chamberorchestraofthesprings.org.

SEPT. 11

Steve Green - 6-8:30 p.m., Village Seven Presbyterian Church, 4055 Nonchalant Circle South, $17 and up. Advance tickets: mefmusic.org.



Downtown Discourse Contemporary Issues Series - "Fight or Convert: ISIS vs. Jesus" - Presented by Dave Garrison, 7 p.m., St. George's Anglican Church, 217 E. Pikes Peak Ave.; stgac. org.


Events are free unless noted. Send information at least two

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:50:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Aug. 25, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-aug.-25-2016/article/1583640?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-aug.-25-2016/article/1583640?custom_click=rss ADOPTION FAIRS

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 less than 15 pounds, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Pet Pantry, 5148 N. Academy Blvd. Check event calendar for changes: chihuahua-smalldogrescue.org.

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.; lookwhatthecatbroughtin.org.

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

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:41:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Office for new national monument opens in Millinocket]]> http://gazette.com/office-for-new-national-monument-opens-in-millinocket/article/feed/390288?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/office-for-new-national-monument-opens-in-millinocket/article/feed/390288?custom_click=rss MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — The first office for Maine's new national monument has opened its doors just 24 hours after the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument was dedicated by President Obama.

The Portland Press Herald reports two National Park Service staff members reported to the new Penobscot Avenue office in Millinocket Thursday to begin building community relations.

Tim Hudson, the monument's superintendent, says curious locals have already visited the office and have been very welcoming in town.

Obama used his executive authority to designate 87,500 acres east of Baxter State Park as a national monument on Wednesday. The land was donated by conservationist and Burt's Bees co-founder Roxanne Quimby earlier

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:01:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Stranded loggerhead sea turtle rescued on Vero Beach]]> http://gazette.com/stranded-loggerhead-sea-turtle-rescued-on-vero-beach/article/feed/390263?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stranded-loggerhead-sea-turtle-rescued-on-vero-beach/article/feed/390263?custom_click=rss VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An adult loggerhead sea turtle has been rescued after it was stranded on Vero Beach.

Florida Atlantic University clinical veterinarian Annie Page-Karijan tells the Palm Beach Post (http://pbpo.st/2bmOgWR ) that the 300-pound female turtle was discovered Wednesday morning and has been transported to SeaWorld, where it will be diagnosed and undergo rehabilitation.

The turtle did not appear to have any external injuries.

Page-Karijan says that when sea turtles feel sick, they do not eat, causing dehydration and starvation.

Officials say the sea turtle was in stable condition when it was rescued. There have not been any updates regarding its diagnosis and rehabilitation at SeaWorld.

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:11:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Tourist describes death, harrowing month in New Zealand bush]]> http://gazette.com/tourist-describes-death-harrowing-month-in-new-zealand-bush/article/feed/390197?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tourist-describes-death-harrowing-month-in-new-zealand-bush/article/feed/390197?custom_click=rss

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Pavlina Pizova says she couldn't free her partner after he slipped down an icy bank and became wedged between rocks and branches. After he died, she stayed with him through the freezing night.

It would take almost another month before Pizova would be rescued from the New Zealand wilderness in an ordeal she described Friday as "harrowing."

The tourist from the Czech Republic, who was rescued Wednesday from a park warden's hut on the snowed-in Routeburn Track near Queenstown, broke down in tears as she read aloud her account in halting English. Czech Consul Vladka Kennett provided more details.

Pizova's comments came soon after rescuers retrieved the body of her partner, 27-year-old Ondrej

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:46:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Obama plans to create world's largest marine protected area]]> http://gazette.com/obama-plans-to-create-worlds-largest-marine-protected-area/article/feed/390205?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-plans-to-create-worlds-largest-marine-protected-area/article/feed/390205?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says that President Barack Obama will expand a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world's largest marine protected area.

Obama's proclamation will quadruple in size a monument originally created by President George W. Bush in 2006. The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument will contain some 582,578 square miles, more than twice the size of Texas.

Obama will travel to the monument next week to mark the designation and cite the need to protect public lands and waters from climate change.

The designation bans commercial fishing and any new mining, as is the case within the existing monument.

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:33:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Park Service marks centennial with new citizens, monument]]> http://gazette.com/park-service-marks-centennial-with-new-citizens-monument/article/feed/390049?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/park-service-marks-centennial-with-new-citizens-monument/article/feed/390049?custom_click=rss

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday on Thursday with events across the U.S. including the creation of a giant, living version of its emblem in Washington, D.C., a naturalization ceremony on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and an outdoor concert at Yellowstone National Park.

The centennial comes as the agency that manages national parks as well as historic places welcomes a new national monument and nature forces some changes in the party in the West.


Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says all Americans deserve the chance to experience the national parks.

Speaking below the Roosevelt Arch in Gardiner, Montana on Thursday night, Jewell said Americans from all walks of life sho

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:08:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Home Care Assistance – Changing the Way the World Ages]]> http://gazette.com/home-care-assistance-changing-the-way-the-world-ages/article/1583581?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/home-care-assistance-changing-the-way-the-world-ages/article/1583581?custom_click=rss

It’s no secret that most seniors prefer to live in their home for as long as possible. It’s familiar and where we are most comfortable. Everyone likes the feeling of independence and the thought of an assisted living facility can be daunting.

Sometimes, however, accomplishing daily living tasks like dressing, bathing, driving or grocery shopping become more and more difficult and build frustration.

In-home care is an opportunity for seniors to remain independent and safely in their own home, with care professionals helping ease the burden of those daily hindrances.

Home Care Assistance is working to change the way the world ages.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:47:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Are national parks lacking diversity? Inclusion a point of emphasis as National Park Service celebrates 100 years]]> http://gazette.com/are-national-parks-lacking-diversity-inclusion-a-point-of-emphasis-as-national-park-service-celebrates-100-years/article/1583603?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/are-national-parks-lacking-diversity-inclusion-a-point-of-emphasis-as-national-park-service-celebrates-100-years/article/1583603?custom_click=rss

Recently, a group of African-American teens stepped off a bus for a day of trail maintenance at a Denver-area nature zone. They arrived to find another group of students, "a bunch of white kids," said Jes Ward, executive director of the Denver-based nonprofit cityWILD, dedicated to connecting marginalized youth with the outdoors.

"They were very little," she said, "and when we got off the bus, they very excitedly said, 'Oh my God! Black people!' Our students got really upset.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:53:22 -0600
<![CDATA[8 national parks and monuments in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/8-national-parks-and-monuments-in-colorado/article/1583651?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/8-national-parks-and-monuments-in-colorado/article/1583651?custom_click=rss

Here's a look at the eight national parks and monuments in Colorado.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:14:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs parks, open spaces are seeing improvements but issues remain]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-parks-open-spaces-are-seeing-improvements-but-issues-remain/article/1583604?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-parks-open-spaces-are-seeing-improvements-but-issues-remain/article/1583604?custom_click=rss

Many of you might notice something different in some of the region's open spaces and parks.

The Trails, Open Space and Parks program - that "mighty" one penny for every $10 spent within Colorado Springs - is investing roughly $600,000 in stewardship dollars this summer to improve TOPS parks and open spaces.

That means dollars for removing invasive weeds that harm native plants and wildlife. It means dollars for trail rehabilitation and fence installation. And it means dollars to clean up some of the homeless camps and offer more maintenance for trails.

Because area park rangers oversee multiple properties, your chances of seeing one are pretty slim.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:13:36 -0600
<![CDATA[The most hippie town in all 50 states: Manitou No. 1 in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/the-most-hippie-town-in-all-50-states-manitou-no.-1-in-colorado/article/1583511?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-most-hippie-town-in-all-50-states-manitou-no.-1-in-colorado/article/1583511?custom_click=rss

Hippies have become kind of hard to define. Once upon a time they were the flower-power counterculture that dropped acid, drove inexplicably operative VW buses, and protested the bejeezus out of the Greatest Generation. You may recognize them from those pictures you found of your parents that you really wish you could unsee. 

And while Eric Cartman still hates them all, they all need a place to call home. Every state's got its eclectic hippie haven, whether it's a farm commune in Missouri or an artists colony in Mississippi. We've rounded up the hippiest of the hippie from all 50.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:08:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area outdoor events starting Aug. 25, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-outdoor-events-starting-aug.-25-2016/article/1583602?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-outdoor-events-starting-aug.-25-2016/article/1583602?custom_click=rss




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



Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Woodland Park - 10 a.m. Saturdays, Museum Center in History Park, 231 E. Henrietta Ave., Woodland Park, free; 686-7512, utepasshistorical society.org.

Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center sponsored hikes - 1805 N. 30th St., free; 219-0108. - Daily Guided Nature Walks, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., meet at the trailhead off the Garden of the Gods main parking lot, reservations not required.

Mueller State Park hikes - 21045 Colorado 67, Divide. Day pass $7 per

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]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:30:03 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Colorado Springs' new fire chief's team cooks way to TESSA Pasta in the Park crown]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-colorado-springs-new-fire-chiefs-team-cooks-way-to-tessa-pasta-in-the-park-crown/article/1583600?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-colorado-springs-new-fire-chiefs-team-cooks-way-to-tessa-pasta-in-the-park-crown/article/1583600?custom_click=rss

When Colorado Springs firefighters boast of their prowess in the fire station kitchens, believe them.

A "Three Alarms" team led by new Fire Chief Ted Collas took on all comers at the annual TESSA Pasta in the Park cookoff and earned top prize with their "Spicy Vodka Sauce with Italian Sausage."

The chief shared cooking duties with Angela Hines, Diane Dillinger and Collas's wife, Stacy.

Gold-coin votes were cast by the almost-500 pasta-loving attendees.

Taking second and third prizes were "Local Relic Beer Bolognese" by the Partners in Housing team led by Common Cause Catering's Jeff Zearfoss and Melissa Lofton and Ziebelli's Cucina's "Enchantment Under the Sea(food) Lobster Cream Sauce" created by Merri and

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:27:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Pike's Pub: When ordering a beer flight, ask bartender for guidance on which to sample first]]> http://gazette.com/pikes-pub-when-ordering-a-beer-flight-ask-bartender-for-guidance-on-which-to-sample-first/article/1583476?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pikes-pub-when-ordering-a-beer-flight-ask-bartender-for-guidance-on-which-to-sample-first/article/1583476?custom_click=rss

You step into a new brewery and order a flight of beer - a handful of samples, each a few ounces and each a different style.

The question is: Which do you try first?

The answer is complicated.

Properly attacking a flight is key to noticing every beer's flavor and to ensuring that no brews overpower the next in line. Try the wrong beer first and you could ruin your palate for each ensuing sample.

"For each individual, they might not want to go through the effort of doing all that, but I think it's going to help them enjoy the experience better," said Taylor Donner, assistant brewer of soon-to-be-opened Cerberus Brewing Co., 702 W. Colorado Ave.

Misconceptions abound on the correct order to try beers, and I've

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:51:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Around the House: New insulation will soon pay for itself]]> http://gazette.com/around-the-house-new-insulation-will-soon-pay-for-itself/article/1583384?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-the-house-new-insulation-will-soon-pay-for-itself/article/1583384?custom_click=rss

Dear Ken: I'm going to have insulation added to my attic. I've been offered both fiberglass and cellulose. What are the differences and what do you recommend? - Kate

Answer: The differences are pretty arcane. Cellulose is basically ground-up paper products plus some added chemicals for fireproofing. Fiberglass is glass fibers heated and spun into a cotton candy- like state that entrains lots of air. It's that trapped air that gives insulation its resistance to heat flow.

There is a small difference in the R-value per inch for these materials: cellulose is the more effective (it'll take less of it to achieve a given insulation value). But I'm partial to fiberglass, principally because it tends to settle less over time.

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:50:33 -0600
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With the eagerly anticipated corn season in full swing, farmers markets and stores shelves are full, and locals are in full swoon. If all you've ever done is boil corn the old-fashioned way, we offer today some inspiration to think outside the husks.

First, let's talk about finding a good ear of sweet corn. Unless you grow your own, you'll get the best-tasting selection at a farmers market. Sweet corn is so tender it must be picked by hand. Most of the corn you see in grocery stores is mechanically harvested, so it is a less sweet variety. Plus, even when it comes from our state, you don't know how long the corn has been in transport - and the longer the corn is kept after being picked, the less sugary sweetness it will have.

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