<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> travel]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/travel Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:48:12 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Almost 3M visitors to South Florida national parks in 2014]]> http://gazette.com/almost-3m-visitors-to-south-florida-national-parks-in-2014/article/feed/226983?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/almost-3m-visitors-to-south-florida-national-parks-in-2014/article/feed/226983?custom_click=rss HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The National Park Service says almost 3 million visitors to South Florida's national parks generated over $231 million for the local economy last year.

Federal officials say over 1.1 million people visited Everglades National Park, spending over $104 million in nearby communities. Over half a million people visited Biscayne National Park, spending over $32 million.

Dry Tortugas National Park had over 64,000 visitors who spent over $3 million in the Florida Keys and other South Florida communities. The Big Cypress National Preserve saw over a 1.1 million visitors who spent over $91 million.

According to the park service, visitors to South Florida's national parks supported 3,380 jobs. Across the

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]]> HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The National Park Service says almost 3 million visitors to South Florida's national parks generated over $231 million for the local economy last year.

Federal officials say over 1.1 million people visited Everglades National Park, spending over $104 million in nearby communities. Over half a million people visited Biscayne National Park, spending over $32 million.

Dry Tortugas National Park had over 64,000 visitors who spent over $3 million in the Florida Keys and other South Florida communities. The Big Cypress National Preserve saw over a 1.1 million visitors who spent over $91 million.

According to the park service, visitors to South Florida's national parks supported 3,380 jobs. Across the ]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:47:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Peace museum to honor Ohio conscientious objector]]> http://gazette.com/peace-museum-to-honor-ohio-conscientious-objector/article/feed/226982?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peace-museum-to-honor-ohio-conscientious-objector/article/feed/226982?custom_click=rss DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio conscientious objector killed 44 years ago in Vietnam is being honored by the Dayton International Peace Museum.

The museum is honoring Ted Studebaker with an exhibit that opens Sunday and with the Peace Heroes Walk on May 2.

Museum officials say Studebaker was killed April 26, 1971, during an attack by North Vietnamese soldiers on the headquarters of the Vietnam Christian Service. Officials say the graduate of Milton-Union High School in southwest Ohio had joined the volunteer organization as part of his service requirement after seeking classification as a conscientious objector. Studebaker had married another volunteer days before he was killed.

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]]> DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio conscientious objector killed 44 years ago in Vietnam is being honored by the Dayton International Peace Museum.

The museum is honoring Ted Studebaker with an exhibit that opens Sunday and with the Peace Heroes Walk on May 2.

Museum officials say Studebaker was killed April 26, 1971, during an attack by North Vietnamese soldiers on the headquarters of the Vietnam Christian Service. Officials say the graduate of Milton-Union High School in southwest Ohio had joined the volunteer organization as part of his service requirement after seeking classification as a conscientious objector. Studebaker had married another volunteer days before he was killed.]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:47:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Fairbanks Museum to honor Leahy]]> http://gazette.com/fairbanks-museum-to-honor-leahy/article/feed/226977?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fairbanks-museum-to-honor-leahy/article/feed/226977?custom_click=rss ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is being honored by the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury.

Museum officials on Saturday will present Leahy with their annual Franklin Fairbanks Award, which recognizes "outstanding achievements by an individual that have significantly enriched regional or national awareness and understanding of our cultural heritage or the natural world."

The museum says Leahy is the longest serving Senate Regent on the Smithsonian Institution's Board of Regents, the governing board of the museums, research facilities and historical collections based in Washington.

The Franklin Fairbanks Award was created in 1988 and is named after the museum's founder. Leahy will be pres

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]]> ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is being honored by the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury.

Museum officials on Saturday will present Leahy with their annual Franklin Fairbanks Award, which recognizes "outstanding achievements by an individual that have significantly enriched regional or national awareness and understanding of our cultural heritage or the natural world."

The museum says Leahy is the longest serving Senate Regent on the Smithsonian Institution's Board of Regents, the governing board of the museums, research facilities and historical collections based in Washington.

The Franklin Fairbanks Award was created in 1988 and is named after the museum's founder. Leahy will be pres]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:30:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Museum to honor "Flying Housewife" who flew around the world]]> http://gazette.com/museum-to-honor-flying-housewife-who-flew-around-the-world/article/feed/226963?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/museum-to-honor-flying-housewife-who-flew-around-the-world/article/feed/226963?custom_click=rss NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio museum is going to honor the first woman to fly solo around the world.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1GmdcUp ) reports that The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology in Newark announced plans for a permanent exhibit that will commemorate Jerrie Mock, who flew from Columbus around the world. She returned 29 days and 23,000 miles later.

Mock was born in Newark and died in September at 88. She was dubbed the "Flying Housewife."

The exhibit is expected to be on the second floor of the museum when it opens in the spring of 2016.

It will include a touch-screen tour of her flight with Mock's commentary along with a flight simulator and a possible replica of her pla

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]]> NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio museum is going to honor the first woman to fly solo around the world.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1GmdcUp ) reports that The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology in Newark announced plans for a permanent exhibit that will commemorate Jerrie Mock, who flew from Columbus around the world. She returned 29 days and 23,000 miles later.

Mock was born in Newark and died in September at 88. She was dubbed the "Flying Housewife."

The exhibit is expected to be on the second floor of the museum when it opens in the spring of 2016.

It will include a touch-screen tour of her flight with Mock's commentary along with a flight simulator and a possible replica of her pla]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 06:15:24 -0600 <![CDATA[National Park Service plans prescribed burn on South Rim]]> http://gazette.com/national-park-service-plans-prescribed-burn-on-south-rim/article/feed/226953?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/national-park-service-plans-prescribed-burn-on-south-rim/article/feed/226953?custom_click=rss GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service plans a prescribed burn on part of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in the coming week.

Park officials announced Friday that the Shosone prescribed fire treatment is intended to decrease risks to life, resources and property.

If allowed by weather and fuel moisture conditions, the treatment would involve 1.6 square miles comprised primarily of pinion juniper and ponderosa pine.

According to park officials, specific objectives include improving defensible space in the wildland-urban interface within the South Rim's developed area.

The burn will produce smoke visible along the South Rim and State Route 64, also known as East Rim Drive.

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]]> GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service plans a prescribed burn on part of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in the coming week.

Park officials announced Friday that the Shosone prescribed fire treatment is intended to decrease risks to life, resources and property.

If allowed by weather and fuel moisture conditions, the treatment would involve 1.6 square miles comprised primarily of pinion juniper and ponderosa pine.

According to park officials, specific objectives include improving defensible space in the wildland-urban interface within the South Rim's developed area.

The burn will produce smoke visible along the South Rim and State Route 64, also known as East Rim Drive.]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 05:00:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Sculpture to honor Air Force Academy POWs in Vietnam captures 'spirit of defiance']]> By Tom Roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/sculpture-to-honor-air-force-academy-pows-in-vietnam-captures-spirit-of-defiance/article/1550324?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sculpture-to-honor-air-force-academy-pows-in-vietnam-captures-spirit-of-defiance/article/1550324?custom_click=rss

There's a hidden message in the Air Force Academy's newest sculpture that alumni who became prisoners of war say is as profound as it is profane.

The 1-ton bronze depicts life at the Hanoi Hilton, Vietnam's infamous prisoner of war camp. The prisoner shown in the work is bound at the legs, elbows and wrists, placed in a position of supplication by interrogators.

But there's something else.

"We captured that spirit of defiance," said retired Gen. Ron Yates, who drove fundraising for the effort to honor 33 academy graduates captured in Vietnam.

Nineteen of the 33 former prisoners were at the academy Friday for the sculpture's unveiling. They like the work's hidden feature.

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]]> There's a hidden message in the Air Force Academy's newest sculpture that alumni who became prisoners of war say is as profound as it is profane.

The 1-ton bronze depicts life at the Hanoi Hilton, Vietnam's infamous prisoner of war camp. The prisoner shown in the work is bound at the legs, elbows and wrists, placed in a position of supplication by interrogators.

But there's something else.

"We captured that spirit of defiance," said retired Gen. Ron Yates, who drove fundraising for the effort to honor 33 academy graduates captured in Vietnam.

Nineteen of the 33 former prisoners were at the academy Friday for the sculpture's unveiling. They like the work's hidden feature.]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 04:10:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Las Vegas bullish on Mayweather-Pacquiao megafight]]> http://gazette.com/las-vegas-bullish-on-mayweather-pacquiao-megafight/article/feed/226794?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/las-vegas-bullish-on-mayweather-pacquiao-megafight/article/feed/226794?custom_click=rss

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Interested in coming to Vegas to be part of the matchup to end all matchups that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are selling? It's gonna cost you.

One night next weekend at the MGM Grand, the fight venue, is running $1,600 on Friday or Saturday night. That's more than 13 times the going rate on Sunday.

Or there's a $180 room on the California-Nevada state line at Whiskey Pete's hotel and casino just a 40-minute drive from the action.

Las Vegas is filling up fast ahead of the much-anticipated May 2 megafight and the city is headed for a big payday from what might be the most lucrative boxing match ever held.

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]]> LAS VEGAS (AP) — Interested in coming to Vegas to be part of the matchup to end all matchups that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are selling? It's gonna cost you.

One night next weekend at the MGM Grand, the fight venue, is running $1,600 on Friday or Saturday night. That's more than 13 times the going rate on Sunday.

Or there's a $180 room on the California-Nevada state line at Whiskey Pete's hotel and casino just a 40-minute drive from the action.

Las Vegas is filling up fast ahead of the much-anticipated May 2 megafight and the city is headed for a big payday from what might be the most lucrative boxing match ever held.]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:45:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Bears: Remote area of Wash. national park closed to camping]]> http://gazette.com/bears-remote-area-of-wash.-national-park-closed-to-camping/article/feed/226909?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bears-remote-area-of-wash.-national-park-closed-to-camping/article/feed/226909?custom_click=rss PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Olympic National Park says it has closed a remote area to camping after recent visitor reports of black bears approaching hikers and eating human food.

Spokeswoman Barb Maynes says several visitors to the Enchanted Valley have reported seeing at least one bear eating human food and trash. Others have described seeing bears that seemed unafraid of people.

Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum said Friday that bears that eat human food consider people as a food source "and are extremely dangerous."

The park says the Enchanted Valley area is closed to all camping between Pyrites Creek and the O'Neill Pass trail junction. The six-mile section of trail between the two locations remains open for hi

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]]> PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Olympic National Park says it has closed a remote area to camping after recent visitor reports of black bears approaching hikers and eating human food.

Spokeswoman Barb Maynes says several visitors to the Enchanted Valley have reported seeing at least one bear eating human food and trash. Others have described seeing bears that seemed unafraid of people.

Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum said Friday that bears that eat human food consider people as a food source "and are extremely dangerous."

The park says the Enchanted Valley area is closed to all camping between Pyrites Creek and the O'Neill Pass trail junction. The six-mile section of trail between the two locations remains open for hi]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:45:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Vegas airport passenger count ticks up 1.8 percent in March]]> http://gazette.com/vegas-airport-passenger-count-ticks-up-1.8-percent-in-march/article/feed/226860?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vegas-airport-passenger-count-ticks-up-1.8-percent-in-march/article/feed/226860?custom_click=rss LAS VEGAS (AP) — Passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport increased a modest 1.8 percent last month, compared with the same month in 2014.

Monthly numbers released Friday showed about 67,000 more passengers arrived and departed the Las Vegas airport in March 2015.

International traffic increased 5.6 percent year-to-year, and domestic traffic topped 3.5 million for the month.

American and Southwest led the airlines in percentage increases, followed by a 0.5 percent increase for United.

Delta and Allegiant reported fewer passengers in March 2015 than March 2014.

Nearly 43 million travelers passed through McCarran last year, the fourth consecutive year of growth and the most since 44 million in 200

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]]> LAS VEGAS (AP) — Passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport increased a modest 1.8 percent last month, compared with the same month in 2014.

Monthly numbers released Friday showed about 67,000 more passengers arrived and departed the Las Vegas airport in March 2015.

International traffic increased 5.6 percent year-to-year, and domestic traffic topped 3.5 million for the month.

American and Southwest led the airlines in percentage increases, followed by a 0.5 percent increase for United.

Delta and Allegiant reported fewer passengers in March 2015 than March 2014.

Nearly 43 million travelers passed through McCarran last year, the fourth consecutive year of growth and the most since 44 million in 200]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:30:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Thorough sweep of Statue of Liberty turns up no explosives]]> http://gazette.com/thorough-sweep-of-statue-of-liberty-turns-up-no-explosives/article/feed/226740?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thorough-sweep-of-statue-of-liberty-turns-up-no-explosives/article/feed/226740?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — A bomb threat made by an anonymous 911 caller forced the evacuation of hundreds of tourists Friday from the Statue of Liberty, but a thorough sweep of the landmark by investigators turned up no explosives.

The caller made the threat late Friday morning, "stating they were going to blow up the Statue of Liberty," the National Park Service said in a statement.

Federal police, including two canine units, investigated and the dogs found "an area of interest" in a locker area at the statue's base, the agency said. Law enforcement then decided to evacuate the island as a precaution.

Nothing harmful was found in the lockers, according to New York Police Department spokesman Steve Davis.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — A bomb threat made by an anonymous 911 caller forced the evacuation of hundreds of tourists Friday from the Statue of Liberty, but a thorough sweep of the landmark by investigators turned up no explosives.

The caller made the threat late Friday morning, "stating they were going to blow up the Statue of Liberty," the National Park Service said in a statement.

Federal police, including two canine units, investigated and the dogs found "an area of interest" in a locker area at the statue's base, the agency said. Law enforcement then decided to evacuate the island as a precaution.

Nothing harmful was found in the lockers, according to New York Police Department spokesman Steve Davis.]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:03:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Smithsonian hosts symposium on Ferguson, race, police force]]> http://gazette.com/smithsonian-hosts-symposium-on-ferguson-race-police-force/article/feed/226694?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/smithsonian-hosts-symposium-on-ferguson-race-police-force/article/feed/226694?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — After several cases of police shooting unarmed black men have drawn protests and national scrutiny, the Smithsonian Institution is examining this moment in American history.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is holding a daylong symposium Saturday on "History, Rebellion and Reconciliation: Communities Mobilized for Social Change." Since the museum is still under construction, the symposium will be held at the National Museum of the American Indian.

The symposium will include several panels and discussions with experts, artists and journalists. The morning session will focus on lessons learned from Ferguson, Missouri, moderated by Juan Williams of Fox News.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — After several cases of police shooting unarmed black men have drawn protests and national scrutiny, the Smithsonian Institution is examining this moment in American history.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is holding a daylong symposium Saturday on "History, Rebellion and Reconciliation: Communities Mobilized for Social Change." Since the museum is still under construction, the symposium will be held at the National Museum of the American Indian.

The symposium will include several panels and discussions with experts, artists and journalists. The morning session will focus on lessons learned from Ferguson, Missouri, moderated by Juan Williams of Fox News.]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:04:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Tourism season off to a strong start on SC's Grand Strand]]> http://gazette.com/tourism-season-off-to-a-strong-start-on-scs-grand-strand/article/feed/226680?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tourism-season-off-to-a-strong-start-on-scs-grand-strand/article/feed/226680?custom_click=rss CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — The 2015 tourism season is off to a strong start on South Carolina's Grand Strand.

Tourism researchers at Coastal Carolina University say that during the six weeks from March 8 through the middle of April almost 61 percent of the lodging properties the university samples were occupied.

That's up about 6 percent compared with the same period last year. A key indicator of industry health, the amount of revenue per available room, was up more than 18 percent during the period.

Researchers at the university's Brittain Center for Resort Tourism are also predicting that average occupancy this weekend on the Grand Strand will run about 70 percent.

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]]> CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — The 2015 tourism season is off to a strong start on South Carolina's Grand Strand.

Tourism researchers at Coastal Carolina University say that during the six weeks from March 8 through the middle of April almost 61 percent of the lodging properties the university samples were occupied.

That's up about 6 percent compared with the same period last year. A key indicator of industry health, the amount of revenue per available room, was up more than 18 percent during the period.

Researchers at the university's Brittain Center for Resort Tourism are also predicting that average occupancy this weekend on the Grand Strand will run about 70 percent.]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:01:12 -0600 <![CDATA[NPS: report shows 23 million visited Va. attractions]]> http://gazette.com/nps-report-shows-23-million-visited-va.-attractions/article/feed/226576?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nps-report-shows-23-million-visited-va.-attractions/article/feed/226576?custom_click=rss RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The National Park Service says its Virginia attractions saw nearly 23 million visitors in 2014.

A report released Thursday by the park service shows that those visitors spent nearly $1 billion in the state, resulting in 14,753 jobs.

The sesquicentennial of the Civil War was marked at many national parks in Virginia, including Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Richmond National Battlefield Park and Manassas National Battlefield Park.

Nationwide, the report says about 30 percent of visitor spending was for lodging, followed by food and beverages at about 20 percent.

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Online:

Parks economic benefit report: www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.

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]]> RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The National Park Service says its Virginia attractions saw nearly 23 million visitors in 2014.

A report released Thursday by the park service shows that those visitors spent nearly $1 billion in the state, resulting in 14,753 jobs.

The sesquicentennial of the Civil War was marked at many national parks in Virginia, including Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Richmond National Battlefield Park and Manassas National Battlefield Park.

Nationwide, the report says about 30 percent of visitor spending was for lodging, followed by food and beverages at about 20 percent.

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Online:

Parks economic benefit report: www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:03:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Ohio Military Hall of Fame honors veterans]]> http://gazette.com/ohio-military-hall-of-fame-honors-veterans/article/feed/226577?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ohio-military-hall-of-fame-honors-veterans/article/feed/226577?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor is inducting its 2015 class of veterans honored for going above and beyond the call of duty and performing heroically in combat situations.

This year's class includes veterans who served in World War II and in conflicts in Vietnam and Afghanistan. Hall officials say the annual induction ceremony Friday in the Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse brings the total number of Military Hall of Fame members to 287. Six of its members have received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The nonprofit Hall of Fame was established in 2000 to honor Ohio veterans who received medals for valor while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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]]> COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor is inducting its 2015 class of veterans honored for going above and beyond the call of duty and performing heroically in combat situations.

This year's class includes veterans who served in World War II and in conflicts in Vietnam and Afghanistan. Hall officials say the annual induction ceremony Friday in the Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse brings the total number of Military Hall of Fame members to 287. Six of its members have received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The nonprofit Hall of Fame was established in 2000 to honor Ohio veterans who received medals for valor while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:03:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Pipeline survey approved in part of national forest in W.Va.]]> http://gazette.com/pipeline-survey-approved-in-part-of-national-forest-in-w.va./article/feed/226578?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pipeline-survey-approved-in-part-of-national-forest-in-w.va./article/feed/226578?custom_click=rss CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has approved a permit to survey part of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia for a proposed natural gas pipeline.

The temporary permit for the survey involves 17 miles of forest through Randolph and Pocahontas counties.

The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/1DES8Ez) reports the yearlong survey will include studies of plants and animals, wetlands, water, soil and cultural resources.

Dominion Resources Inc. and its partners in the 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline are proposing to deliver natural gas from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to the Southeast. The pipeline would run from West Virginia to North Carolina, with much of its path through Virginia.

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]]> CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has approved a permit to survey part of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia for a proposed natural gas pipeline.

The temporary permit for the survey involves 17 miles of forest through Randolph and Pocahontas counties.

The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/1DES8Ez) reports the yearlong survey will include studies of plants and animals, wetlands, water, soil and cultural resources.

Dominion Resources Inc. and its partners in the 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline are proposing to deliver natural gas from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to the Southeast. The pipeline would run from West Virginia to North Carolina, with much of its path through Virginia.]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:03:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Frazier History Museum plans bourbon exhibit]]> http://gazette.com/frazier-history-museum-plans-bourbon-exhibit/article/feed/226596?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/frazier-history-museum-plans-bourbon-exhibit/article/feed/226596?custom_click=rss LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Frazier History Museum in Louisville is planning to develop an expanded bourbon history exhibit and experience.

The museum is working with the Kentucky Distillers' Association on the project. The museum says its initial plans call for bourbon-related exhibits and visitor experiences that focus on the history and cultural developments of one of Kentucky's signature industries.

Museum officials say consideration of an expanded bourbon presence at the museum began nearly a year ago, when the Frazier and the KDA partnered on a bourbon history exhibit. That exhibit included the actual congressional resolution declaring bourbon to be America's native spirit.

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]]> LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Frazier History Museum in Louisville is planning to develop an expanded bourbon history exhibit and experience.

The museum is working with the Kentucky Distillers' Association on the project. The museum says its initial plans call for bourbon-related exhibits and visitor experiences that focus on the history and cultural developments of one of Kentucky's signature industries.

Museum officials say consideration of an expanded bourbon presence at the museum began nearly a year ago, when the Frazier and the KDA partnered on a bourbon history exhibit. That exhibit included the actual congressional resolution declaring bourbon to be America's native spirit.]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:03:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Gazette travel: Finding, savoring the 'old' Japan]]> By Kate Shefte kate.shefte@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/gazette-travel-finding-savoring-the-old-japan/article/1549955?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gazette-travel-finding-savoring-the-old-japan/article/1549955?custom_click=rss

I tried to keep my expectations low after booking a flight to Tokyo. But when does that ever work?

I wanted bright Torii gates and towering pagodas at every corner. I pictured willowy cherry blossom trees dipping delicate branches into dark, rocky ponds filled with koi. I longed to see ladies in beautiful kimonos playing harps by the side of said mystical zen pond, and if they happened to have a kimono in my size - about a foot longer than theirs - and invite me to join their jam session - keeping perfect pitch, of course! - well, how could I say no?

(This might have been where my imagination started to run wild.)

But Tokyo is a large, crowded, gleaming city.



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I tried to keep my expectations low after booking a flight to Tokyo. But when does that ever work?

I wanted bright Torii gates and towering pagodas at every corner. I pictured willowy cherry blossom trees dipping delicate branches into dark, rocky ponds filled with koi. I longed to see ladies in beautiful kimonos playing harps by the side of said mystical zen pond, and if they happened to have a kimono in my size - about a foot longer than theirs - and invite me to join their jam session - keeping perfect pitch, of course! - well, how could I say no?

(This might have been where my imagination started to run wild.)

But Tokyo is a large, crowded, gleaming city.

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<![CDATA[Colorado travel calendar starting April 12, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-april-12-2015/article/1549542?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-april-12-2015/article/1549542?custom_click=rss Colorado Calendar

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.

Thursday-Saturday - Denver, Bryan Callen, 8 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Comedy Works Downtown, 1225 15th St., Denver, $14-$22; comedyworks.com.

Thursday-Saturday - Greenwood Village, Marlon Wayans, 7:15 p.m. Thursday, 7:15 p.m. and and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Comedy Works South, 5345 S. Landmark Place, $30-$35; comedyworks.com.

Friday - Durango, Bluegrass Meltdown, 11 a.m.-midnight, downtown; durango.org.

Friday - Morrison, The Disco Biscuits, with Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzman,

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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.

Thursday-Saturday - Denver, Bryan Callen, 8 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Comedy Works Downtown, 1225 15th St., Denver, $14-$22; comedyworks.com.

Thursday-Saturday - Greenwood Village, Marlon Wayans, 7:15 p.m. Thursday, 7:15 p.m. and and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Comedy Works South, 5345 S. Landmark Place, $30-$35; comedyworks.com.

Friday - Durango, Bluegrass Meltdown, 11 a.m.-midnight, downtown; durango.org.

Friday - Morrison, The Disco Biscuits, with Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzman,]]> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 04:25:05 -0600