<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> travel]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/travel Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:44:19 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Texas A&M president decries reports of racial harassment]]> http://gazette.com/texas-am-president-decries-reports-of-racial-harassment/article/feed/316420?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/texas-am-president-decries-reports-of-racial-harassment/article/feed/316420?custom_click=rss COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M University is still trying to determine which students may have shouted a racial slur and referenced the Confederate flag to a group of black and Latino high school students touring the campus.

About 60 students from a southwest Dallas charter school reported they were taunted by students on campus during a visit Tuesday.

Two black high school students said they were approached by a white A&M student wearing Confederate flag earrings, state Sen. Royce West said Thursday. Others in the tour group said they heard white A&M students telling them to "Go back where you came from," and using an anti-black slur, said West, who said he was contacted by university officials.

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:53:14 -0700 <![CDATA[US, Cuba to sign agreement on restarting commercial flights]]> http://gazette.com/us-cuba-to-sign-agreement-on-restarting-commercial-flights/article/feed/316484?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-cuba-to-sign-agreement-on-restarting-commercial-flights/article/feed/316484?custom_click=rss

HAVANA (AP) — The United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, starting the clock on dozens of new flights operating daily by next fall, U.S. officials said Friday.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is scheduled to fly to Havana on Tuesday to cement the deal. Barring other major announcements, it would be the most significant development in U.S.-Cuba trade since Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro announced in late 2014 that they would begin normalizing ties after a half-century of Cold War opposition.

The Obama administration is eager to make rapid progress on building trade and diplomatic ties with Cuba before the president leaves

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:12:35 -0700 <![CDATA[Tour operators say Zika could be bad for Olympics business]]> http://gazette.com/tour-operators-say-zika-could-be-bad-for-olympics-business/article/feed/316376?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tour-operators-say-zika-could-be-bad-for-olympics-business/article/feed/316376?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — If the Zika virus — or fear of it — keeps spreading, the head of a sports travel agency handling tour packages for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics fears for her business.

"It could be catastrophic," Jerri Roush, director of operations of Cartan Tours, told The Associated Press. "It's uncharted territory."

Hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors are expected for the Olympics in August, and there are concerns that some may stay away, frightened off by the mosquito-borne virus that is being linked to birth defects.

There has been a "very small decrease" in foreign tourists, the Brazilian tourist board said this week, though world health authorities have no restrictions on travel to the country.

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:24:31 -0700 <![CDATA[Animal rights protest scrapped after "greased pig" dust-up]]> http://gazette.com/animal-rights-protest-scrapped-after-greased-pig-dust-up/article/feed/316386?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/animal-rights-protest-scrapped-after-greased-pig-dust-up/article/feed/316386?custom_click=rss

NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) — An international animal advocacy group launched a protest against a New Hampshire winter carnival event billed as a "Greased Pig on Ice," but withdrew it after learning there's no pig in the act — just a man on skates in a pig costume with dollar bills tied to his tail.

Steve Smith, an organizer of the 100th Newport Winter Carnival, said People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, launched its alert last week despite his reassurances that no pigs would be harmed during the Saturday event. Smith said he received about 100 emails from concerned animal lovers.

PETA spokeswoman Daphna Nachminovitch said Smith did not clarify what the event would entail. She said the updated information is excell

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:10:52 -0700 <![CDATA[Feds: Remove 3 California foxes from endangered species list]]> http://gazette.com/feds-remove-3-california-foxes-from-endangered-species-list/article/feed/316271?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/feds-remove-3-california-foxes-from-endangered-species-list/article/feed/316271?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal wildlife officials recommended Friday that three fox subspecies native to California's Channel Islands be removed from the endangered species, saying their populations have made an historic recovery.

The foxes on islands lying just off the state's southern coast were once on the brink of extinction.

"We've been able to stop impairment and recover a species," said Russell Galipeau, superintendent of Channel Islands National Park, which encompasses five of the archipelago's eight islands.

Four fox subspecies that live on San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz and Santa Catalina islands were placed on the endangered species list in 2004. Disease and predators had dramatically reduced their populati

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:33:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Stage version of 'Frozen' to kick off in Denver in 2017]]> http://gazette.com/stage-version-of-frozen-to-kick-off-in-denver-in-2017/article/feed/316384?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stage-version-of-frozen-to-kick-off-in-denver-in-2017/article/feed/316384?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney has announced that Denver will be the place where it tests its upcoming "Frozen" musical.

Disney Theatrical Productions said it will mount the show at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in August 2017. It is expected to land on Broadway in 2018 alongside its hits "Aladdin" and "The Lion King."

The show will be directed by Alex Timbers, a two-time Tony Award nominee who directed "Peter and the Starcatcher," ''Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," ''The Pee-Wee Herman Show" and "Rocky" on Broadway.

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:30:20 -0700 <![CDATA[New York City officials decide it's too cold for ice fest]]> http://gazette.com/new-york-city-officials-decide-its-too-cold-for-ice-fest/article/feed/316408?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-york-city-officials-decide-its-too-cold-for-ice-fest/article/feed/316408?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — It's too cold in New York City for the annual Central Park Ice Festival.

The Central Park Conservancy says Saturday's event has been canceled.

The National Weather Service predicts temperatures in the teens on Saturday for New York. But wind chills could drop to between zero and minus-10, and wind gusts could reach around 44 mph.

The free event was to feature ice-carving artists and music.

Last month, Central Park's free winter sports day called Winter Jam was canceled due to a major snowstorm.

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:30:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Lawmakers: National Park director doesn't address concerns]]> http://gazette.com/lawmakers-national-park-director-doesnt-address-concerns/article/feed/316358?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawmakers-national-park-director-doesnt-address-concerns/article/feed/316358?custom_click=rss PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A letter from the National Park Service director to U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin has done little to allay concerns that President Barack Obama's administration could create a national monument on privately owned land east of Baxter State Park.

Jonathan Jarvis, park service director, didn't address the president's intentions in his letter this month to the lawmakers, who urged the president in November to reconsider designating the land as a monument.

In the letter, Jarvis thanked the lawmakers for sharing their concerns but didn't divulge whether the Obama administration supported the idea or intended to move forward.

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:33:24 -0700 <![CDATA[Coast Guard to decide if storm-damaged cruise ship can sail]]> http://gazette.com/coast-guard-to-decide-if-storm-damaged-cruise-ship-can-sail/article/feed/316330?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coast-guard-to-decide-if-storm-damaged-cruise-ship-can-sail/article/feed/316330?custom_click=rss

BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — The Coast Guard on Friday inspected a cruise ship that was battered and damaged by an intense winter storm to determine if it will be able to set sail as scheduled on a weekend voyage.

Royal Caribbean was forced to cancel Anthem of the Seas' seven-day cruise to the Bahamas, and the ship returned to Bayonne on Wednesday night after a storm packing hurricane-force winds and waves as high as 30 feet damaged part of its propulsion system and left 4,500 passengers hunkered down in their cabins.

The 1,141-foot ship's left azipod was rendered inoperable during the storm, Coast Guard spokesman Charles Rowe said. An azipod is a propeller that is mounted to a steerable pod that contains an electric motor.

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:12:03 -0700 <![CDATA[WHO: Zika vaccines at least 18 months away from broad trials]]> http://gazette.com/who-zika-vaccines-at-least-18-months-away-from-broad-trials/article/feed/316273?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/who-zika-vaccines-at-least-18-months-away-from-broad-trials/article/feed/316273?custom_click=rss

GENEVA (AP) — Possible Zika vaccines are at least 18 months away from large-scale trials, the World Health Organization said Friday as it advised pregnant women to consider delaying travel to areas where the mosquito-borne virus has turned up amid concerns it may be linked to abnormally small heads in newborns.

Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO's assistant director-general for health systems and innovation, says the U.N. health agency's response is "proceeding very quickly" and that 15 companies or groups have been identified as possible participants in the hunt for vaccines.

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:43:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Dominion outlines new national forest route for pipeline]]> http://gazette.com/dominion-outlines-new-national-forest-route-for-pipeline/article/feed/316357?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dominion-outlines-new-national-forest-route-for-pipeline/article/feed/316357?custom_click=rss RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Energy companies behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have carved a new proposed route through parts of West Virginia and Virginia in response to federal concerns about the national gas pipeline's initial path through sensitive national forest areas.

The alternate released Friday by Dominion Resources Inc. would reduce by one-third the pipeline's footprint through the George Washington and Monongahela national forests, but add 30 miles to the 550-mile project. The alternate route would also affect 249 new landowners in both states, Dominion said.

Dominion said it worked extensively with the U.S.

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:52:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Obama moves to protect 1.8 million acres of Calif. desert]]> http://gazette.com/obama-moves-to-protect-1.8-million-acres-of-calif.-desert/article/feed/316257?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-moves-to-protect-1.8-million-acres-of-calif.-desert/article/feed/316257?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama granted national monument status Friday to nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic Southern California desert, a move the White House says will maintain in perpetuity the region's fragile ecosystem and natural resources, as well as provide recreational opportunities for hikers, campers, hunters and others.

Obama, in California this week for a fundraising swing, signed proclamations establishing three regions as national monuments — Mojave Trails, Castle Mountains (both in the Mojave Desert) and Sand to Snow in the Sonoran Desert.

The White House says the designations will nearly double the amount of public land that Obama has designated as national monument status since taking office.

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:49:42 -0700 <![CDATA[Senate leader calls for audit of Kentucky Horse Park]]> http://gazette.com/senate-leader-calls-for-audit-of-kentucky-horse-park/article/feed/316402?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senate-leader-calls-for-audit-of-kentucky-horse-park/article/feed/316402?custom_click=rss FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A leading Senate Republican is calling for a new audit of the Kentucky Horse Park to review what he claims has been mismanagement at the popular tourist attraction in the state's bluegrass region.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer made the accusations in a Senate speech Friday. Thayer also introduced a bill to revamp the membership of a commission that oversees the horse park.

Thayer says a previous audit by the state Finance and Administration Cabinet found flaws in the awarding of hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of contracts by the horse park.

Thayer says he believes taxpayer money has been wasted.

A horse park spokeswoman referred questions to the state Tourism, Arts and

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:42:08 -0700 <![CDATA[National Park Service announces Virginia battlefield grants]]> http://gazette.com/national-park-service-announces-virginia-battlefield-grants/article/feed/316255?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/national-park-service-announces-virginia-battlefield-grants/article/feed/316255?custom_click=rss RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The National Park Service says $5.3 million in preservation funding is heading to 17 Civil War battlefields, primarily in Virginia.

The Park Service says the federal dollars from the Land and Water Conservation Fund will help preserve 1,640 battlefield acres in six other states besides Virginia. The primary source of that funding is from fees paid by oil and gas companies drilling in offshore waters.

Among the Virginia battlefields receiving the preservation funding are Appomattox Court House, Fredericksburg, Brandy Station, Gaines Mill and Sailor's Creek.

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:30:11 -0700 <![CDATA[Indiana University of Pennsylvania reassigns questioned dean]]> http://gazette.com/indiana-university-of-pennsylvania-reassigns-questioned-dean/article/feed/316403?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/indiana-university-of-pennsylvania-reassigns-questioned-dean/article/feed/316403?custom_click=rss INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — Indiana University of Pennsylvania has reassigned one of its deans after a newspaper questioned more than $35,000 in spending linked to him.

The state-owned university is moving Mark Correia from dean of the College of Health and Human Services to "special assistant to the provost for curriculum development," the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first reported. The transition occurs Feb. 19.

The move comes two months after the newspaper questioned a $32,000 consulting contract for Correia's wife and more than $3,400 Correia spent traveling with a female instructor to Washington state in April.

Correia, 48, wasn't listed in the university's online directory Friday, and a call to a cellphone listed in the c

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:19:59 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado travel calendar starting Feb. 7, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-feb.-7-2016/article/1569483?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-feb.-7-2016/article/1569483?custom_click=rss Colorado Calendar

Be sure to call before you go. Many events are free; some charge admission or require tickets. Events are subject to change. Phone numbers without a designated area code are 719.

Tuesday - Denver, Colorado Avalanche vs. Vancouver Canucks, 7 p.m., Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle; avalanche.nhl.com.

Tuesday - Breckenridge, Mardi Gras, Main Street; gobreck.com.

Wednesday and Saturday - Loveland, Colorado Eagles vs. Rapid City Rush, 7:05 p.m., Budweiser Event Center, 5290 Arena Circle, $16-$30; coloradoeagles.com.

Thursday - Denver, Adam Sandler, with David Spade, Norm MacDonald, Rob Schneider, 8 p.m., Bellco Theatre, Denver, $49.50-$89.50; axs.com.

Thursday-Feb. 14 - Telluride,

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]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 04:20:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Woodland Park's 125th anniversary celebration evokes memories of dusty small town]]> http://gazette.com/woodland-parks-125th-anniversary-celebration-evokes-memories-of-dusty-small-town/article/1568896?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woodland-parks-125th-anniversary-celebration-evokes-memories-of-dusty-small-town/article/1568896?custom_click=rss

Woodland Park - Lifelong friends Barb Morris and Marilyn Cummins painted a fading picture of Woodland Park as they reminisced Tuesday in Morris' home of more than 50 years.

The women described a setting from the 1940s and 1950s with narrow dirt streets, rodeo arenas, ranches for vacationers, the bustling Midland Railroad and a culture of lumbering and illegal gambling.

"Everybody was friendly. Everybody knew everybody," Morris said, remembering riding her horse "everywhere we went" in town and tying the animal to hitching posts along the then-dusty U.S. 24.

The friends will attend a lunch celebration Sunday to commemorate and kick off a year's worth of events for the 125th anniversary of Woodland Park's incorporation.

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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 11:49:23 -0700
<![CDATA[Iconic waterfalls in Grand Canyon not easy to reach, but it's worth the effort]]> http://gazette.com/iconic-waterfalls-in-grand-canyon-not-easy-to-reach-but-its-worth-the-effort/article/1568979?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iconic-waterfalls-in-grand-canyon-not-easy-to-reach-but-its-worth-the-effort/article/1568979?custom_click=rss

Supai, Ariz. - This tiny village deep in the heart of the Grand Canyon is as much a gateway to some of the world's more beautiful and inviting waterfalls as it is an improbable man-made wonder of a town.

To reach Havasu Falls and other iconic sites on the Havasupai Reservation, visitors must hike 8 miles on a dusty trail alongside mules carrying boxes filled with canned beans, potato chips, U.S. mail and gear too heavy, too bulky or too unnecessary for tourists to carry on their backs.

When at last you stumble upon Supai Village, it's hard to believe your eyes - seemingly a mirage in the barren desert. But it's real, and tired travelers are greeted immediately with signs advertising the annual rodeo, a shop selling breakfast

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<![CDATA[Colorado travel calendar starting Jan. 31, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-jan.-31-2016/article/1568978?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-jan.-31-2016/article/1568978?custom_click=rss Colorado Calendar

Be sure to call before you go. Many events are free; some charge admission or require tickets. Events are subject to change. Phone numbers without a designated area code are 719.

Through Feb. 7 - Breckenridge, International Snow Sculpture Championships; gobreck.com.

Monday - Denver, Denver Nuggets vs. Toronto Raptors, 7 p.m., Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle; nba.com/nuggets.

Tuesday - Denver, Colorado Avalanche vs. Chicago Blackhawks, 7 p.m., Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle; avalanche.nhl.com.

Wednesday-Feb. 7 - Steamboat Springs, Winter Carnival, ski jumping, shovel rides and more, various locations; steamboat-chamber.com.

Thursday - Telluride, Art Walk, 5-8 p.m.,

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]]> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 04:35:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado travel calendar starting Jan. 24, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-jan.-24-2016/article/1568475?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-jan.-24-2016/article/1568475?custom_click=rss Colorado Calendar

Be sure to call before you go. Many events are free; some charge admission or require tickets. Events are subject to change. Phone numbers without a designated area code are 719.

Monday - Denver, Denver Nuggets vs. Atlanta Hawks, 7 p.m., Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle; nba.com/nuggets.

Tuesday-Feb. 7 - Breckenridge, International Snow Sculpture Championships; gobreck.com.

Wednesday - Loveland, Colorado Eagles vs. Utah Grizzlies, 7:05 p.m., Budweiser Event Center, 5290 Arena Circle, $16-$30; coloradoeagles.com.

Thursday - Loveland, "Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie's Doorway to Magic," 6:30 pm., Budweiser Event Center, 5290 Arena Circle, $25-$50;

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