<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> travel]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/travel Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:09:51 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth]]> http://gazette.com/ap-investigation-olympic-teams-to-swim-boat-in-rios-filth/article/feed/256756?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-investigation-olympic-teams-to-swim-boat-in-rios-filth/article/feed/256756?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found.

An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues — results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea.

It is the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:45:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Wildlife activist concern over oil on Uganda-Congo border]]> http://gazette.com/wildlife-activist-concern-over-oil-on-uganda-congo-border/article/feed/256853?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wildlife-activist-concern-over-oil-on-uganda-congo-border/article/feed/256853?custom_click=rss KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Activists are urging Uganda's government to reverse a decision to open for oil drilling a wildlife park on Uganda's border with Congo.

Uganda's government is expected to announce next month which companies can bid for new oil blocks, including one in the Lake Edward basin inside Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park.

George Boden of the transparency group Global Witness said Thursday that drilling for oil on the Ugandan side of Lake Edward makes it "far more likely that there will be greater pressure to open up areas on the other side of the lake."

Congo's Virunga National Park, which encompasses part of Lake Edward, has been the subject of a major campaign to protect it from oil drilling.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:34:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Environmentalists, unions protest Pacific trade pact in Maui]]> http://gazette.com/environmentalists-unions-protest-pacific-trade-pact-in-maui/article/feed/256713?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/environmentalists-unions-protest-pacific-trade-pact-in-maui/article/feed/256713?custom_click=rss

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — About 400 protesters blew conch shells on a Hawaii beach to demonstrate against a trade agreement being negotiated by ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations.

The demonstrators blew into their shells in unison on Wednesday on the sand in front of the Westin Maui resort on Kaanapali Beach, where ministers were meeting this week to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.

Protest organizers say the trade agreement would benefit a few major corporations while sacrificing protections for public health, the environment, local jobs and indigenous rights.

"It's pilau, pilau, pilau," said veteran Hawaii activist Walter Ritte, using the Hawaiian word for rotten.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 04:12:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Va. tourism to air TV ads during Richmond bicycle race]]> http://gazette.com/va.-tourism-to-air-tv-ads-during-richmond-bicycle-race/article/feed/256804?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va.-tourism-to-air-tv-ads-during-richmond-bicycle-race/article/feed/256804?custom_click=rss RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia tourism officials will use television commercials to promote the state as a travel destination during an upcoming international bicycle race in Richmond.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the partnership Wednesday between the Virginia Tourism Corp. and organizers of the September race. Thirty-second commercials will air on networks broadcasting the UCI Road World Championships.

The commercials will promote travel experiences such as outdoor recreation, beaches, mountains, Virginia wine and oysters.

The race will be held Sept. 19 to 27 and is being held in the United States for the first time since 1986.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:13:11 -0600 <![CDATA[How to find healthy eats at Florida theme parks, zoos]]> http://gazette.com/how-to-find-healthy-eats-at-florida-theme-parks-zoos/article/feed/256794?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/how-to-find-healthy-eats-at-florida-theme-parks-zoos/article/feed/256794?custom_click=rss TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Don't stress if you're trying to eat healthy while on summer vacation. Florida health officials are highlighting some guilt-free options for you at theme parks and zoos.

The Healthiest Weight Florida initiative highlights healthy choices in theme parks and zoos throughout the state on its website and provides a downloadable brochure. The project includes meal options at dozens of attractions around the state, including Gatorland, Palm Beach Zoo, Dinosaur World and Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark.

For example, Legoland does not offer sodas with their children's meals and serves all children's meals with a side of fruit.


Online: www.HealthiestWeightFL.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:01:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Hikers drawn to geological gem along Arizona-Utah border]]> http://gazette.com/hikers-drawn-to-geological-gem-along-arizona-utah-border/article/feed/256792?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hikers-drawn-to-geological-gem-along-arizona-utah-border/article/feed/256792?custom_click=rss

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A richly colored geological upheaval along the Arizona-Utah border is one of the most sought-after hikes in the West.

But The Wave isn't without dangers. Officials with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management have implemented a series of safety measures following three deaths in 2013.

A new proposal to change the way permits are doled out and increase fees also could free up more people to focus on giving visitors safety advice.

Only 20 people are allowed to visit The Wave within the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument each day. The BLM wants to shift a walk-in lottery for 10 of the permits online and have visitors apply twice a year, instead of monthly, for the other 10.

The public comment per

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 01:57:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Las Vegas attempts to tame rowdy Fremont Street experience]]> http://gazette.com/las-vegas-attempts-to-tame-rowdy-fremont-street-experience/article/feed/256563?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/las-vegas-attempts-to-tame-rowdy-fremont-street-experience/article/feed/256563?custom_click=rss

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A bawdy gauntlet of street performers and tip-seeking costumed characters crowding Las Vegas' Fremont Street have been driving tourists away, city leaders said Wednesday as they moved toward imposing new rules to rein in the rowdy atmosphere.

Sin City already has banned people from drinking alcohol out of glass bottles and aluminum cans on the downtown street. Now, officials have proposed an ordinance that would set aside specific areas for performers to use between 3 p.m. and 2 a.m., requiring registration with the city.

Fremont Street is the original Vegas gambling hotspot, where casinos got their start before the Strip grew about 2 miles south.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:29:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Wynn Resorts profit drops 72 percent in 2nd quarter]]> http://gazette.com/wynn-resorts-profit-drops-72-percent-in-2nd-quarter/article/feed/256694?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wynn-resorts-profit-drops-72-percent-in-2nd-quarter/article/feed/256694?custom_click=rss LAS VEGAS (AP) — Wynn Resorts Ltd.'s profit fell 72 percent in the second quarter, stymied by an on-going decline in the Asian gambling enclave of Macau and fewer high-roller Chinese baccarat players in Las Vegas.

CEO Steve Wynn said Wednesday that the numbers should come as no surprise.

"Macau continues to be more of a question than a certainty," he said.

The casino hub has been beset by losses, especially among VIP gamblers, amid a corruption crackdown by the Chinese government.

Still, Wynn said the company is on pace to open its $4.1 billion 1,700-room Wynn Palace casino resort on the Cotai strip area of Macau by March 25.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:24:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Appeals court reinstates 'Roadless Rule' for Tongass]]> http://gazette.com/appeals-court-reinstates-roadless-rule-for-tongass/article/feed/256674?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/appeals-court-reinstates-roadless-rule-for-tongass/article/feed/256674?custom_click=rss JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A divided federal appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a lower-court decision that reinstates prohibitions on road-building and timber harvests in roadless areas of the nation's largest national forest.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 6-5 decision, found the U.S. Department of Agriculture did not give a reasoned explanation for reversing course and creating a special exemption to the so-called "Roadless Rule" for the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska. The majority ruled the Tongass exemption invalid, handing a victory to the village of Kake and conservation groups in the long-running litigation. The U.S. Forest Service falls under the Department of Agriculture.

In a dissent, joined

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]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:53:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Detroit art museum says 'thanks' to Michigan with programs]]> http://gazette.com/detroit-art-museum-says-thanks-to-michigan-with-programs/article/feed/256569?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/detroit-art-museum-says-thanks-to-michigan-with-programs/article/feed/256569?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Institute of Arts is showing its gratitude to the people of Michigan for the state's help in preserving the internationally renowned collection during the city's passage through bankruptcy.

The institute announced a series of programs Wednesday, including the exhibition of one of its most popular oil paintings in Flint and Midland and the extension of its services and outreach efforts across Michigan.

"It's wonderful to be able to share the DIA throughout our amazing state," Annmarie Erickson, the museum's chief operating officer, told The Associated Press in an email.

During last year's bankruptcy proceedings, some creditors pushed for the city to look into the sale of assets, including cit

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]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:30:28 -0600 <![CDATA[New director named for Atlanta's High Museum of Art]]> http://gazette.com/new-director-named-for-atlantas-high-museum-of-art/article/feed/256594?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-director-named-for-atlantas-high-museum-of-art/article/feed/256594?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's High Museum of Art has a new director.

The museum said in a news release Wednesday that Randall Suffolk will succeed Michael E. Shapiro, who's stepping down on Friday after 15 years leading the High. Suffolk is currently director and president of the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Suffolk is set to step into his new role on Nov. 2. He has more than two decades of experience as a museum professional, including 15 years as a director.

He was selected though an international search overseen by a committee appointed by the museum's board.

Before joining Philbrook, Suffolk was the director of The Hyde Collection Art Museum in Glens Falls, New York, from 1999 through 2007.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:28:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Philadelphia museum seeking nominees for award ceremony]]> http://gazette.com/philadelphia-museum-seeking-nominees-for-award-ceremony/article/feed/256540?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/philadelphia-museum-seeking-nominees-for-award-ceremony/article/feed/256540?custom_click=rss PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia museum is seeking nominations for its annual Awards of Valor ceremony honoring living police officers, correctional officers and firefighters in the region.

The National Liberty Museum's 10th annual award ceremony shares the "inspirational" stories of local heroes and community role models.

Nominations must be submitted before Aug. 10. Citizens, police and fire chiefs, newspaper editors, community activists, town administrators, and community members are encouraged to participate.

The winners will be announced at the ceremony on Sept. 30 at the museum. Their stories will be displayed in the museum's conflict to harmony gallery for one year.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:13:08 -0600 <![CDATA[State won't investigate failure of theme park ride]]> http://gazette.com/state-wont-investigate-failure-of-theme-park-ride/article/feed/256541?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-wont-investigate-failure-of-theme-park-ride/article/feed/256541?custom_click=rss WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (AP) — The state won't investigate the failure of a ride at a Wisconsin Dells theme park.

Earlier this month, a large cable snapped on the Catapult ride just seconds before it was supposed to launch two people into the air at Mount Olympus Water and Theme Park.

The state Department of Safety and Professional Services will not investigate the failure, saying it only looks into accidents that involve injury or death. The agency was going to make sure the ride had been repaired properly, but that was scrapped once the Catapult was taken down.

Despite several minor violations in the past, the ride did pass its most recent safety inspection in June.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:11:00 -0600 <![CDATA[USM dedicates 'Ray Guy Way' on Hattiesburg campus]]> http://gazette.com/usm-dedicates-ray-guy-way-on-hattiesburg-campus/article/feed/256536?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usm-dedicates-ray-guy-way-on-hattiesburg-campus/article/feed/256536?custom_click=rss HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A street on the University of Southern Mississippi campus has been renamed in honor of USM football legend and NFL Hall of Fame punter Ray Guy.

"Ray Guy Way" runs outside the Duff Athletic Center on the Hattiesburg campus. It was previously called Black and Gold Boulevard.

Guy installed one of the new street signs himself Tuesday.

Guy is retiring this week after five years as director of the "M'' Club at USM.

He was a standout punter and defensive back at Southern Miss in the 1970s and he went on to a stellar career with the Oakland Raiders.

In 2014, he became the first punter to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:03:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Summer snow turns Wyoming mountains into winter wonderland]]> http://gazette.com/summer-snow-turns-wyoming-mountains-into-winter-wonderland/article/feed/256528?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/summer-snow-turns-wyoming-mountains-into-winter-wonderland/article/feed/256528?custom_click=rss

TETON VILLAGE, Wyo. (AP) — The middle of summer looked like the middle of winter in the mountains of western Wyoming.

A cold front that moved through Monday afternoon dumped heavy rain on the valleys and snow above 9,000 feet.

Officials at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort say they saw the storm coming and shut down their tram before it hit. Resort spokeswoman Anna Olson she didn't hear of any problems from the snowy weather.

She says an inch accumulated at most, but some stuck around until Tuesday.

Photos of the snow posted by the resort on Facebook triggered excitement among skiers — with four months to go yet until ski season.

Olson says snow in July isn't unheard of but she hasn't seen it for several year

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]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:36:54 -0600 <![CDATA[List: Eight places to see animals in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/list-eight-places-to-see-animals-in-colorado/article/1555883?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/list-eight-places-to-see-animals-in-colorado/article/1555883?custom_click=rss

Butterfly Pavilion: Spread your wings with more than 1,600 butterflies - and sea creatures and Rosie the tarantula - at this education center in Westminster, the first stand-alone zoo of its type in the nation, founded to foster appreciation of the planet's invertebrates. More info: butterflies.org

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: The beautiful setting of this amazing zoo - perched above Colorado Springs at 6,800 feet - sets it apart. Founded nearly a century ago by Spencer Penrose, this zoo has been wowing visitors for decades. Its large giraffe herd will be a hit with the kids. More info: cmzoo.

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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:45:34 -0600
<![CDATA[LIST: Eight restaurants to visit in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/list-eight-restaurants-to-visit-in-colorado/article/1556255?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/list-eight-restaurants-to-visit-in-colorado/article/1556255?custom_click=rss

Here's eight must-visit restaurants in Colorado.

Casa Bonita: It's a restaurant. It's dinner theater. It's a funhouse for kids. Order Mexican food and then sit back and watch the show, including dives from a 30-foot waterfall, gunfights and more. An arcade and puppet shows round off your visit to Lakewood. More info: casabonitadenver.com

Pass Key Restaurant: Locals call it a Pueblo tradition, and with three locations the family-style eatery must be doing something right. Folks rave about the Pass Key special - a sandwich featuring Italian sausage made in-house. More info: passkeyrestaurant.com

Juniper Valley Ranch: The menu hasn't changed since opening day in 1951. Why? Because the food that is served is just that

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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:42:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Quintessential Colorado: a look at the winning photo entries]]> http://gazette.com/quintessential-colorado-a-look-at-the-winning-photo-entries/article/1556283?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/quintessential-colorado-a-look-at-the-winning-photo-entries/article/1556283?custom_click=rss

Several weeks ago, we requested photos displaying what the Centennial State means to you.

And you responded with nearly 15,000 submissions via an Instagram contest sponsored by Mike's Camera.

Today, less than a week before Colorado's birthday, we unveil the winners of Quintessential Colorado.

Check out all the entries at https://instagram.com/explore/tags/gazphotocontest.

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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:34:47 -0600
<![CDATA[List: Top 10 attractions to see around Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/list-top-10-attractions-to-see-around-colorado-springs/article/1551823?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/list-top-10-attractions-to-see-around-colorado-springs/article/1551823?custom_click=rss

You will never know how much cool stuff there is to do and see in the Pikes Peak region until you’re asked to list just 10 of them. Here's a list of favorites:

Cave of the Winds - 100 Cave of the Winds Road, Manitou Springs, off U.S. 24; 685-5444. Terror-dactyl aerial dive, zip line, cave tours, Wind Walker Challenge Course. 

- Bat-A-Pult takes flight at Cave of the Winds

- VIDEO: TERROR-Dactyl ride opens at Cave of the Winds


Cheyenne Mountain Zoo - 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road; 633-9925. More than 950 different animals and about 180 species. See the animals, ride an antique carousel, eat a gourmet lunch at the Grizzly Grill, then ride the Mountaineer Sky Ride to the zoo's

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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:02:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Gazette travel: Not just for spring break: South Padre Island a great family getaway]]> http://gazette.com/gazette-travel-not-just-for-spring-break-south-padre-island-a-great-family-getaway/article/1555863?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gazette-travel-not-just-for-spring-break-south-padre-island-a-great-family-getaway/article/1555863?custom_click=rss

South Padre Island off the tip of Texas is not a good vacation destination in March and the first half of April. Unless, of course, you are a college student. In that case, South Padre Island is the place to be.

For decades, the small barrier island, flanked on the west by Laguna Madre Bay and to the east by the Gulf of Mexico, has had a reputation as a wild spring break fling for young adults seeking beach time, booze and booty.

But the other 46 weeks of the year, South Padre Island is a great getaway for couples, families and groups of friends.

The call of the ocean is particularly strong for landlocked Coloradans because when you live in the mountains, the sea seems like a natural place to leave reality behind.

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Sun, 19 Jul 2015 07:59:27 -0600
<![CDATA[8 scenic drives in colorful Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/8-scenic-drives-in-colorful-colorado/article/1553303?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/8-scenic-drives-in-colorful-colorado/article/1553303?custom_click=rss

Drives worth the gas in Colorado:

Grand Mesa Scenic Byway: Experience a Western Slope sunset while tracing the largest mesa in the world from Mesa to Cedaredge, where apple orchards and fruit stands lure curious travelers. Visitors also can take in spectacular views of forests and lakes. More info: grandmesabyway.com

Top of the Rockies National Scenic and Historic Byway: This 115-mile stunner near Leadville twice traverses the Continental Divide. Wildflowers and wildlife abound on this journey over 12,095-foot Independence Pass. Stop and savor the experience. More info: topoftherockiesbyway.org

Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway: Glimpse the boisterous Clear Creek Falls on this drive between mountain towns

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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 17:56:21 -0600
<![CDATA[8 great places to relive history in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/8-great-places-to-relive-history-in-colorado/article/1555424?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/8-great-places-to-relive-history-in-colorado/article/1555424?custom_click=rss

A look at eight great places to relive history in Colorado:

Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave: Stop by the legendary beer town of Golden to raise a glass to the legendary American whose Wild West show encapsulated and defined the Frontier Age. True West magazine's museum of the year for 2010 is open daily through October. More info: www.buffalobill.org

Ute Indian Museum: The indigenous inhabitants of the Great Basin region once spread from Colorado to Utah, and even inspired the latter's state name. This museum in Montrose is home to the most extensive collection of Ute artifacts in the nation. More info: www.historycolorado.org/museums

Stanley Steam Car Museum: The "Stanley Steamer" was the first auto used for

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Mon, 13 Jul 2015 19:42:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Wet spring means a stunning landscape for Crested Butte Wildflower Festival]]> http://gazette.com/wet-spring-means-a-stunning-landscape-for-crested-butte-wildflower-festival/article/1555385?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wet-spring-means-a-stunning-landscape-for-crested-butte-wildflower-festival/article/1555385?custom_click=rss

The wildflowers of Crested Butte are ablaze.

The scenic mountain town less than four hours west of Colorado Springs - which credibly bills itself as the state's wildflower capital - is welcoming visitors to witness the annual pageantry of summer blooms in the fullness of their expression.

After a wet spring, the action is only ramping up.

"We are having a tremendous season, just fabulous," said Erica Mueller, spokeswoman for Crested Butte Mountain Resort, whose summer offerings include ski lift-assisted, guided wildflower hikes - one of many efforts to keep visitors dazzled.

Wildflowers will be the star of the show at the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, held Monday to July 19 as displays are expected to peak.

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Sun, 12 Jul 2015 10:31:26 -0600