<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life Sat, 25 Jun 2016 02:43:07 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[A year after Taiwan water park explosion, recovery continues]]> http://gazette.com/a-year-after-taiwan-water-park-explosion-recovery-continues/article/feed/365404?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-year-after-taiwan-water-park-explosion-recovery-continues/article/feed/365404?custom_click=rss

MONT VERNON, N.H. (AP) — A year ago and far away from his hometown in New Hampshire, Alex Haas was fighting for his life after suffering burns to over 90 percent of his body at a water park party in Taiwan.

A flammable, colored powder was sprayed from a stage onto the audience of college-age people dancing in a drained pool. In an instant, the powder turned into a fireball that scattered burning dust onto Haas and many others. Investigators believe it came into contact with intense heat from the stage lighting and ignited.

Nearly 500 people were hurt on June 27, 2015. Fifteen of them died. Since then, the party organizer was sentenced to nearly five years in jail.

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:27:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Young grizzly bear charges at visitors to national park]]> http://gazette.com/young-grizzly-bear-charges-at-visitors-to-national-park/article/feed/365405?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/young-grizzly-bear-charges-at-visitors-to-national-park/article/feed/365405?custom_click=rss DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska (AP) — Denali National Park says staff members are searching for a young grizzly bear that charged at visitors and vehicles in a parking lot and on a trail.

Park officials say in a statement that the grizzly bear approached humans and vehicles Wednesday and earlier in the week.

The officials say that early this week, the bear charged vehicles near the Primrose area and chased visitors in the Savage River area along Denali Park Road. They add that on Wednesday, the same bear approached and charged several hikers on Savage Alpine Trail.

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:19:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Arizona Memorial dock replacement to take 2 extra days]]> http://gazette.com/arizona-memorial-dock-replacement-to-take-2-extra-days/article/feed/365364?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/arizona-memorial-dock-replacement-to-take-2-extra-days/article/feed/365364?custom_click=rss HONOLULU (AP) — The National Park Service says the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor will be closed to visitors for an extra two days while its dock is replaced.

The Park Service had planned for the new dock to be finished on Sunday. But it now says it won't be complete until Tuesday.

Visitors are taken on a boat ride to a spot near the memorial while the replacement work is underway. But they aren't allowed to disembark and get on the memorial. The memorial will reopen to visitors on Wednesday.

The memorial is built over the Arizona, which sank after Japanese planes bombed the battleship on Dec. 7, 1941.

More than 2,400 sailors, Marines and soldiers were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor, including more t

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:13:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Youngest victim of Orlando massacre remembered in funeral]]> http://gazette.com/youngest-victim-of-orlando-massacre-remembered-in-funeral/article/feed/365149?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/youngest-victim-of-orlando-massacre-remembered-in-funeral/article/feed/365149?custom_click=rss PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The youngest of the 49 victims of the Florida nightclub massacre was remembered Friday at a funeral service attended by about 600 people, many who wore red, her favorite color, as a tribute.

Akyra Murray, 18, was recalled as a gifted athlete, an accomplished student and person with a positive spirit, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported (http://bit.ly/28WFoVp ).

"She just wanted to be the best," said her brother, Alex Murray. "She will truly be missed. I love you, Kirra."

Members of the West Catholic Prep basketball squad she played on attended in team jerseys. Mayor Jim Kenney suggested her teammates organize a tournament in her honor.

"Wrap yourself around something in her name and keep her m

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:21:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Lucas abandons plan to build museum in Chicago after lawsuit]]> http://gazette.com/lucas-abandons-plan-to-build-museum-in-chicago-after-lawsuit/article/feed/365247?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lucas-abandons-plan-to-build-museum-in-chicago-after-lawsuit/article/feed/365247?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — "Star Wars" creator George Lucas announced Friday that he has abandoned plans to build his art museum in Chicago, blaming delays over a lawsuit from a parks group opposed to development along the city's prized lakefront.

The filmmaker said in a statement he would take his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to his home state of California, but he did not name a specific location. He blamed Chicago's Friends of the Parks group for suing to stop construction on what is currently a parking lot for the NFL football stadium Soldier Field.

"No one benefits from continuing their seemingly unending litigation to protect a parking lot," Lucas said. Friends of the Parks said it was unfortunate that Lucas wouldn't consider an

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:37:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Dad: Daughter dead after Electric Daisy Carnival took drugs]]> http://gazette.com/dad-daughter-dead-after-electric-daisy-carnival-took-drugs/article/feed/365286?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dad-daughter-dead-after-electric-daisy-carnival-took-drugs/article/feed/365286?custom_click=rss LAS VEGAS (AP) — The father of a 20-year-old California woman who died this week after collapsing in a parking lot at the Electric Daisy Carnival acknowledged Friday that his daughter took drugs during the dusk-to-dawn music and entertainment festival in Las Vegas.

But Dane Kaimuloa of Temecula, California, said he believes heat stroke and dehydration killed his daughter, Kenani Kaimuloa.

"Yes there (were) drugs in her system and they also contributed to her death," the grieving father said in an email to The Associated Press. "But it was not just the drugs that killed her. She was at the EDC Las Vegas for the whole 3 days in the record breaking hot weather. That alone could kill anyone.

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:16:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Mill closure a punch in the gut for northwest Montana]]> http://gazette.com/mill-closure-a-punch-in-the-gut-for-northwest-montana/article/feed/365287?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mill-closure-a-punch-in-the-gut-for-northwest-montana/article/feed/365287?custom_click=rss KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The expected loss of about 200 jobs in northwestern Montana resulting from timber giant Weyerhaeuser's purchase of Plum Creek Timber will be a punch in the gut for a community that was starting to recover from the 2009 closure of an aluminum plant, officials said.

Weyerhaeuser officials said Wednesday it will permanently close the Columbia Falls lumber and plywood mill that was part of its $8.44 billion purchase of Plum Creek this spring.

Weyerhaeuser will continue to operate three Montana mills, including a medium-density fiberboard mill in Columbia Falls, and the net job loss is expected to be about 100.

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:13:48 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Parks group says Lucas decision 'unfortunate']]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-parks-group-says-lucas-decision-unfortunate/article/feed/365245?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-parks-group-says-lucas-decision-unfortunate/article/feed/365245?custom_click=rss CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on filmmaker George Lucas withdrawing his plans to build an art museum in Chicago (all times local):

2 p.m.

The group that sued to block construction of George Lucas' art museum on Chicago's lakefront says it's unfortunate the film director has decided to take the museum to California rather than pick a different site within the city.

The Friends of the Parks says choosing from several alternative sites away from the lakefront would have been a "true win-win."

The filmmaker announced earlier Friday that he was abandoning plans to locate his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago.

Friends of the Parks argued that the museum plans violated laws restricting development along Lake M

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:12:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Kentucky pays Noah's ark attorney fees in tax break suit]]> http://gazette.com/kentucky-pays-noahs-ark-attorney-fees-in-tax-break-suit/article/feed/365278?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kentucky-pays-noahs-ark-attorney-fees-in-tax-break-suit/article/feed/365278?custom_click=rss FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is paying $190,000 in attorney fees to the Christian group that won a tourism tax benefit for a Noah's ark attraction that will open soon in central Kentucky.

The state was on the losing side of a federal ruling in January that awarded a tourism sales tax incentive to the Ark Encounter worth up to $18 million. Officials under former Gov. Steve Beshear rejected the project's application in 2014 for the tax benefit, saying state tourism funds "cannot be used to fund religious indoctrination."

The Christian group building the ark, Answers in Genesis, challenged that decision in federal court and won. The ark opens to tourists July 7.

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:06:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival takes over Cañon City this weekend]]> http://gazette.com/royal-gorge-whitewater-festival-takes-over-caon-city-this-weekend/article/1578830?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/royal-gorge-whitewater-festival-takes-over-caon-city-this-weekend/article/1578830?custom_click=rss

The Arkansas River begins its almost 1,500-mile journey to the Mississippi with a wild ride, dropping some 4,600 feet - in 120 miles - from headwaters near Leadville to feed Fremont County's famed whitewater corridor through the Royal Gorge.

By the time the waters arrive in Cañon City about a dozen miles to the east, they're in a different mood entirely - leveled out, calmer and pretty as a picture, you might say.

In these parts, though, the Arkansas River's not just for looking at.

"It's not enough to have a festival and have people come and watch. We encourage people to get involved and engaged," said Kyle Horne, co-chair of the annual Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival.



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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:00:23 -0600
<![CDATA[The Latest: EDC organizer offers condolences in girl's death]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-edc-organizer-offers-condolences-in-girls-death/article/feed/365246?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-edc-organizer-offers-condolences-in-girls-death/article/feed/365246?custom_click=rss LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the death of a 20-year-old California woman who collapsed after attending the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas (all times local):

10:50 a.m.

Festival organizers are offering condolences to friends and family of a 20-year-old California woman who died this week after collapsing early Monday in a shuttle bus waiting area at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.

A statement from Insomniac calls the death of Kenani Kaimuloa of Temecula, California, a tragedy.

It also notes that the cause of her death hasn't been determined.

Kaimuloa's father, Dane Kaumuloa, blames heat stroke and dehydration, but acknowledges that he was told his daughter also took drugs during the three-

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:51:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs pastor set for final sermon after 48 years]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-pastor-set-for-final-sermon-after-48-years/article/1578927?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-pastor-set-for-final-sermon-after-48-years/article/1578927?custom_click=rss

The numbers alone are staggering: 1,314 baptisms, 539 weddings, 596 memorial services and more than 7,000 sermons; almost 50,000 home and hospital visits and more than 9,000 televised daily devotionals.

Pastoring is the parenthood of professions - a literal full-time job - and after a half-century at the pulpit, on Sunday the Rev. Paul Peel delivers a message that is a first of its kind for the longtime senior pastor at Colorado Springs' First Lutheran Church: his farewell.

"Every pastor enjoys preaching and applying the Word of God to people's lives, but what I've enjoyed most of all is ministering to people.



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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:44:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Israeli archaeologists rush to dig at Cave of Skulls before looters take everything]]> http://gazette.com/israeli-archaeologists-rush-to-dig-at-cave-of-skulls-before-looters-take-everything/article/1578926?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/israeli-archaeologists-rush-to-dig-at-cave-of-skulls-before-looters-take-everything/article/1578926?custom_click=rss

NAHAL TZE'ELEM, Israel - Amir Ganor is an Israeli cop, but not the kind who chases car thieves or bank robbers. Ganor is a Jewish Indiana Jones, an archaeologist gumshoe. But instead of a coiled bullwhip at his side, he shoves a pistol into his pants and manhandles jeeps through seemingly impassable goat trails.

The investigator's beat is the antiquities bazaars of the Holy Land and the remote caves of the Judean Desert, where hinky Israeli dealers, Palestinian tomb raiders and Bedouin guides conspire to traffic in the world's oldest merchandise, especially the loot unearthed from the time of Roman legions and Jewish rebels and Jesus of Nazareth.



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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:10:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area religious events starting June 26, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-religious-events-starting-june-26-2016/article/1578928?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-religious-events-starting-june-26-2016/article/1578928?custom_click=rss

RELIGION CALENDAR

Music/Drama

SUNDAY

Yumiko Fitzgibbons - 2 p.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4125 Constitution Ave., free-will offering; 596-0661.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

"The Pirates of Penzance, or the Slave of Duty" - Village Arts of Colorado Springs, 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Village Seven Presbyterian Church, 4040 S. Nonchalant Circle, $15, $10 for students, $5 for ages 6-12, free for children 5 and younger. Advance tickets: 345-ARTS, villageartscs.org.

FRIDAY

The Broadmoor Recital Series - With The Vogts Sisters, 4 p.m., The Broadmoor, Pauline Chapel, 2 Park Ave.; tinyurl.com/hjdhbxm.

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:25:54 -0600 <![CDATA[No TSA PreCheck on your boarding pass? This might be why]]> http://gazette.com/no-tsa-precheck-on-your-boarding-pass-this-might-be-why/article/feed/365182?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-tsa-precheck-on-your-boarding-pass-this-might-be-why/article/feed/365182?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of fliers enrolled in trusted traveler programs such as PreCheck aren't getting the expedited screening they paid for because of clerical errors with their reservations.

The most common problem is that their date of birth or government "known traveler number" has been entered incorrectly into a reservation. Other times, the name on the itinerary doesn't match the name used to enroll in PreCheck, Global Entry or one of the other government programs. This is particularly a problem when bookings are made through travel agents who might transpose information, airlines say.

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:12:40 -0600 <![CDATA[US Embassy in Mexico warns about travel to Oaxaca state]]> http://gazette.com/us-embassy-in-mexico-warns-about-travel-to-oaxaca-state/article/feed/365166?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-embassy-in-mexico-warns-about-travel-to-oaxaca-state/article/feed/365166?custom_click=rss

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The United States Embassy in Mexico has warned its citizens about travel to Oaxaca, a southern state convulsed by protests in recent weeks.

The message was issued after eight people were killed in a weekend clash between protesters and police in Nochixtlan. The embassy tells government employees they may only travel by air to the beach resort towns of Huatulco and Puerto Escondido.

That excludes the state's scenic capital, also named Oaxaca, popular among tourists who flock to its rich culinary and craft offerings.

Foreign tourists were scarce in the capital this week. Hotels complained of cancelled bookings, sidewalk cafes that grace the city's central square were empty.

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:51:59 -0600 <![CDATA['Walking Dead' prepares to live year-round at Universal]]> http://gazette.com/walking-dead-prepares-to-live-year-round-at-universal/article/feed/365139?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/walking-dead-prepares-to-live-year-round-at-universal/article/feed/365139?custom_click=rss

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — It's all hands on deck at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Behind double doors with the phrases "DON'T OPEN" and "DEAD INSIDE" scrawled across them in black paint, a team of workers is carefully positioning 12 creepy robotic hands as nearby crew members paint animatronic zombie heads and construct a hospital waiting room.

After a few minutes, the mechanical paws are ominously — and repeatedly — reaching through the crack between the doors. The iconic image is the first that will greet visitors when they enter the theme park's new attraction based on the zombie apocalypse drama "The Walking Dead.

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:22:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Catoctin Mountain Park lifts restrictions on bouldering]]> http://gazette.com/catoctin-mountain-park-lifts-restrictions-on-bouldering/article/feed/365053?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/catoctin-mountain-park-lifts-restrictions-on-bouldering/article/feed/365053?custom_click=rss THURMONT, Md. (AP) — The National Park Service is lifting restrictions on boulder-climbing at Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont.

Park Superintendent Rick Slade said in a statement Thursday that park managers worked with climbing groups to reverse a permit rule that was implemented in the spring of 2014.

Bouldering is a form of rock climbing without ropes or harnesses.

The new policy no longer requires bouldering enthusiasts to obtain permits. Slade says permits are still required for technical climbing with ropes.

Bouldering enthusiast Chris Irwin of Mid Atlantic Climbers says members of his group are eager to take advantage of the restored climbing access.

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:35:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Dock diving a joy for dogs and owners alike]]> http://gazette.com/dock-diving-a-joy-for-dogs-and-owners-alike/article/1578833?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dock-diving-a-joy-for-dogs-and-owners-alike/article/1578833?custom_click=rss

VAIL - It was hard to tell who was more eager: Yvet Montiel, preparing the video on her iPhone as she stood beside the 40-foot pool, or Trouble, the Dutch shepherd who bounced about as he readied to dash and dive from the dock above.

Blaring over the speakers at the GoPro Mountain Games' DockDogs Big Air event was "You Ain't Nothing But A Hound Dog." Spectators surrounded the pool, holding their phones toward Trouble.

On the end of the dock, he crouched at the command of Rich Schafer, Montiel's husband. Holding a toy, Schafer took 15 steps ahead near the edge of the pool. He placed his feet squarely. He looked at Trouble.



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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 22:15:55 -0600
<![CDATA[AP reporter's terrifying trip on 1,000-foot-high glass slide]]> http://gazette.com/ap-reporters-terrifying-trip-on-1000-foot-high-glass-slide/article/feed/364955?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-reporters-terrifying-trip-on-1000-foot-high-glass-slide/article/feed/364955?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — I've jumped out of a plane from 13,000 feet. I've ridden 400-foot-tall roller coasters that top speeds of 100 mph, and I once found myself using my fingernails to clutch the side of a rock face way too steep to climb without gear.

Heights have never fazed me. Until the Skyslide, a terrifying glass tube on the outside of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles. It's open to the public Saturday, and journalists were given an early chance to try it out.

Perched 1,000 feet above the ground on the side of the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi, the 360-degree glass slide is utterly terrifying.

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]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 22:03:57 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: For Beth Bowlen Wallace, 'This One's for Pat,' is her dad's struggle with Alzheimer's]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-for-beth-bowlen-wallace-this-ones-for-pat-is-her-dads-struggle-with-alzheimers/article/1578394?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-for-beth-bowlen-wallace-this-ones-for-pat-is-her-dads-struggle-with-alzheimers/article/1578394?custom_click=rss

"This one's for Pat" was the cheer as the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50, and it's on the team's huge championship rings.

Pat is Broncos owner Pat Bowlen.

Now, when his daughter, Beth Bowlen Wallace, director of special projects for the Broncos, says, "This one's for Pat," it's with tears in her eyes. This "one" is for her father's fight with Alzheimer's and the road his family walks with him. It's why they volunteer and share their story to raise money for research.

After several years of noticeable diminishing memory, Pat Bowlen gave up control of his beloved Broncos in 2014, admitting publicly he had Alzheimer's. His public appearances are rare.



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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:15:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Trail talk: Let's keep Colorado Springs beautiful]]> http://gazette.com/trail-talk-lets-keep-colorado-springs-beautiful/article/1578828?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trail-talk-lets-keep-colorado-springs-beautiful/article/1578828?custom_click=rss

Batman had Robin, and Superman had Jimmy Olsen. Many superheroes, in fact, had sidekicks who helped bring success. Local superhero and Colorado Springs founder Gen. William Jackson Palmer is no different.

Mayor John Robinson served from 1899 to 1902 and was a valued sidekick to Palmer. Robinson encouraged Palmer to acquire a portion of Austin Bluffs for a public park that eventually became Palmer Park. Perhaps the good general would have come to the same conclusion on his own, but the mayor's letter was very persuasive.



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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:27:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Area search and rescue teams yearn to explore, save]]> http://gazette.com/area-search-and-rescue-teams-yearn-to-explore-save/article/1578832?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/area-search-and-rescue-teams-yearn-to-explore-save/article/1578832?custom_click=rss

Four-wheel-drive vehicles fill the small parking lot and line the curbs of a side street. The drivers arrive in business attire and outdoor wear. They are doctors and dog breeders, landscapers and car dealers, professors and mechanics.

It's Wednesday training at the El Paso County Search and Rescue base in northeast Colorado Springs. But before the session begins, it's story time. The teammates are gathered in a classroom. They've heard this one before, but they listen because it's a good one: Skee Hipszky, 61, is talking about April 25, 1995.

Four men were skiing the east face of Pikes Peak when an avalanche flowed after them. One died, two were injured and one managed to reach Barr Camp to call for help. Sheriff's deputies



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<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting June 23, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-june-23-2016/article/1578829?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-june-23-2016/article/1578829?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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]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 04:15:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area outdoor events starting June 23, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-outdoor-events-starting-june-23-2016/article/1578827?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-outdoor-events-starting-june-23-2016/article/1578827?custom_click=rss

ALMANAC

Cycling

FRIDAY-JUNE 30

Mavic Hatue Route Rockies - Amateur race through Colorado, starting in Boulder, ending in Colorado Springs. Registration: tinyurl.com/zvqsaok.

Hiking

ONGOING

UpaDowna Hikes - 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. third Sunday, Registration: upadowna.org/programs.

Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center sponsored hikes - 1805 N. 30th St., free; 219-0108. - Bat Walk, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Reservations.

Fountain Creek Nature Center hikes - 320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain. Reservations: 520-6745. - Firefly Celebration and Night Hike, 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $5.

Mueller State Park hikes - 21045 Colorado 67, Divide. Day pass $7 per vehicle; 687-2366. -



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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 04:15:03 -0600
<![CDATA[New boutique offers vintage finds in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/new-boutique-offers-vintage-finds-in-colorado-springs/article/1578713?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-boutique-offers-vintage-finds-in-colorado-springs/article/1578713?custom_click=rss

A 245-square-foot space downtown is now filled with decades-old items from around the world - all of which are for sale.

Thrift Junkie, a vintage boutique run by Lauren Salant, opened June 10 at 522 N. Tejon St. A rainbow of clothing from the 1930s through the '90s lines a wall of the space, which Salant designed to resemble her Pinterest board.

Some of the items, which she hand-picks, made their way to Colorado Springs after the Missouri native's time abroad, fostering the uniqueness she wants to promote.

"Everything you find here is going to be one of a kind. You will be the only person in this city wearing it, the only person in this state and possibly the only person in the country, because I picked up items when I



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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:30:10 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Cowgirls & Cocktails breaks pink tradition, invites the cowboys]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-cowgirls-cocktails-breaks-pink-tradition-invites-the-cowboys/article/1578778?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-cowgirls-cocktails-breaks-pink-tradition-invites-the-cowboys/article/1578778?custom_click=rss

For the first time, cowpokes were invited to join the gals at Cowgirls & Cocktails, the bright pink annual celebration to raise funds for local women fighting breast cancer.

The first half of the night was about the ladies as they dressed Western, shopped at a record number of vendors' booths, sipped signature cocktails and enjoyed a girls' night out.

At 8 p.m., the fellows were invited into the Norris-Penrose Event Center Indoor Arena for a lively auction and barn dance featuring Ashlee Tatum and the Longshot Revival.

For nine years, a volunteer committee has continued building this popular event, following the tradition set by beloved founder Cindy Fowler. Each Cowgirls & Cocktails begins with a toast to Fowler, who



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<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Komen Colorado South survivors celebrate their day]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-komen-colorado-south-survivors-celebrate-their-day/article/1578777?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-komen-colorado-south-survivors-celebrate-their-day/article/1578777?custom_click=rss

More than 250 people in pink were on hand for the Komen Colorado South Survivors Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Antlers Hotel.

The attendees last month ranged from those recently diagnosed with breast cancer to a 50-year survivor.

The happy event featured shopping, spring plants from Phelan Gardens and a fashion show with survivors serving as models.

This Komen chapter serves a 14-county area and the honorary chair announced for this year was Fremont County's Colleen Kelly-Brown from Penrose.

During this heavy Komen think-pink season, they're playing golf and tennis and participating in a long list of other activities to raise donations. The culmination is the Race for the Cure in Garden of the Gods on Sept. 11.



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Jackson Ziwak's family likes to say he's "of his right mind." The 11-year-old had a surgery in 2011 that disconnected the halves of his brain, leaving the right side dominant.

The operation, a functional hemispherectomy, came when Jackson was facing more than 75 seizures a day. Jackson's mother, Tina Ziwak, said the family opted for surgery at the recommendation of doctors from Children's Hospital Colorado in Denver, where the procedure was performed.

Now, Jackson returns regularly for checkups. While Tina praised the hospital for its successful efforts with her son, she said she would love to find care closer to home.



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The Rev. Tim McConnell grew up in Colorado Springs and graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School in 1991. He recalls visits to his mom's workplace on East Woodmen Road when he was a teenager, at a time when that teeming thoroughfare marked the city's "distant outskirts."

"You'd look north and there was nothing," McConnell said. "It's not like that anymore."

After 25 years away, pursuing a path in ministry, raising a family, teaching and pastoring churches in New Jersey, Virginia and Georgia, McConnell is back in the city where his faith first was catalyzed, to lead one of its larger and more historic downtown congregations at First Presbyterian Church.



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