<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> travel]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/travel Tue, 26 May 2015 05:51:25 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Wyoming tourism director foresees good summer season]]> By BOB MOEN http://gazette.com/wyoming-tourism-director-foresees-good-summer-season/article/feed/237131?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wyoming-tourism-director-foresees-good-summer-season/article/feed/237131?custom_click=rss CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — State tourism executive director Diane Shober says lower gas prices and other indicators point to plenty of out-of-state visitors coming to Wyoming to enjoy its attractions this summer.

Shober notes that gas prices are about $1 lower than they were at this time last year, which means more money for travelers.

She says advance reservations to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, response to state advertising campaigns, Cheyenne Frontier Day ticket sales and international bookings are all strong.

A record 10.1 million people visited Wyoming last year.

The Wyoming Office of Tourism has an annual budget of about $14 million, much of which is spent on advertising to entice people to visit

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]]> CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — State tourism executive director Diane Shober says lower gas prices and other indicators point to plenty of out-of-state visitors coming to Wyoming to enjoy its attractions this summer.

Shober notes that gas prices are about $1 lower than they were at this time last year, which means more money for travelers.

She says advance reservations to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, response to state advertising campaigns, Cheyenne Frontier Day ticket sales and international bookings are all strong.

A record 10.1 million people visited Wyoming last year.

The Wyoming Office of Tourism has an annual budget of about $14 million, much of which is spent on advertising to entice people to visit]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 06:31:26 -0600 <![CDATA[For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate's heart]]> By SARAH EL DEEB http://gazette.com/for-an-is-fighter-a-paid-honeymoon-in-caliphates-heart/article/feed/237096?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/for-an-is-fighter-a-paid-honeymoon-in-caliphates-heart/article/feed/237096?custom_click=rss

BEIRUT (AP) — The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria's war. In the capital of the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate," Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting online. They married, then passed the days dining on grilled meats in Raqqa's restaurants, strolling along the Euphrates River and eating ice cream.

It was all made possible by the marriage bonus he received from the Islamic State group: $1,500 for him and his wife to get started on a new home, a family — and a honeymoon.

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]]> BEIRUT (AP) — The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria's war. In the capital of the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate," Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting online. They married, then passed the days dining on grilled meats in Raqqa's restaurants, strolling along the Euphrates River and eating ice cream.

It was all made possible by the marriage bonus he received from the Islamic State group: $1,500 for him and his wife to get started on a new home, a family — and a honeymoon.]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 05:02:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Recovery teams look for 12 lost in massive Texas flooding]]> By PAUL J. WEBER http://gazette.com/recovery-teams-look-for-12-lost-in-massive-texas-flooding/article/feed/237100?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/recovery-teams-look-for-12-lost-in-massive-texas-flooding/article/feed/237100?custom_click=rss

WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — The vacation house where two families came for Memorial Day weekend was already gone, swept down the swollen Blanco River, when Carissa Smith's husband arrived. All he found was a Chevrolet Suburban slammed against a tree, the engine running.

Authorities say recovery teams Tuesday morning will resume looking for as many as a dozen people who were staying at the two-story house in this small town in the Texas Hill Country, where punishing rains and other severe weather have destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 homes and killed at least four people statewide over the long holiday weekend. Meteorologists say storms that have been virtually parked over Texas for weeks are not yet through, raising the prospect

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]]> WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — The vacation house where two families came for Memorial Day weekend was already gone, swept down the swollen Blanco River, when Carissa Smith's husband arrived. All he found was a Chevrolet Suburban slammed against a tree, the engine running.

Authorities say recovery teams Tuesday morning will resume looking for as many as a dozen people who were staying at the two-story house in this small town in the Texas Hill Country, where punishing rains and other severe weather have destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 homes and killed at least four people statewide over the long holiday weekend. Meteorologists say storms that have been virtually parked over Texas for weeks are not yet through, raising the prospect ]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 05:02:02 -0600 <![CDATA[National Trails Day event set June 6 in Smoky Mountains]]> http://gazette.com/national-trails-day-event-set-june-6-in-smoky-mountains/article/feed/237110?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/national-trails-day-event-set-june-6-in-smoky-mountains/article/feed/237110?custom_click=rss GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is celebrating National Trails Day next week with a work day event to maintain the park's trail system.

The park said in a news release it is working with the Friends of the Smokies, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Regional Office and the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club for the event on June 6.

Volunteers will help with projects ranging from cleaning and replacing water bars and rehabilitating steps and turnpikes to improving trail tread on sections of the Appalachian Trail.

A picnic will be held at the end of the day at Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area for those who register, and they will also receive a commemorative T-shirt. The registration fee supports trai

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]]> GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is celebrating National Trails Day next week with a work day event to maintain the park's trail system.

The park said in a news release it is working with the Friends of the Smokies, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Regional Office and the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club for the event on June 6.

Volunteers will help with projects ranging from cleaning and replacing water bars and rehabilitating steps and turnpikes to improving trail tread on sections of the Appalachian Trail.

A picnic will be held at the end of the day at Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area for those who register, and they will also receive a commemorative T-shirt. The registration fee supports trai]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 05:01:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Shirley Temple exhibit coming to Louisville museum]]> http://gazette.com/shirley-temple-exhibit-coming-to-louisville-museum/article/feed/237112?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shirley-temple-exhibit-coming-to-louisville-museum/article/feed/237112?custom_click=rss LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Louisville museum is opening an exhibit devoted to 1930s Hollywood child star Shirley Temple.

The Frazier History Museum will put about 200 items on display from the actress' personal collection of costumes, dolls and mementos.

The "Love, Shirley Temple" exhibit runs for a short time, from July 3 to July 8.

The collection includes autograph books, signed letters and photos from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Marlene Deitrich and Orson Welles. It will also have her costumes from the movies "Stand Up and Cheer" and "Wee Willie Winkie."

The presentation is traveling to other sites from New York To California. The Frazier Museum is the last stop.

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]]> LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Louisville museum is opening an exhibit devoted to 1930s Hollywood child star Shirley Temple.

The Frazier History Museum will put about 200 items on display from the actress' personal collection of costumes, dolls and mementos.

The "Love, Shirley Temple" exhibit runs for a short time, from July 3 to July 8.

The collection includes autograph books, signed letters and photos from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Marlene Deitrich and Orson Welles. It will also have her costumes from the movies "Stand Up and Cheer" and "Wee Willie Winkie."

The presentation is traveling to other sites from New York To California. The Frazier Museum is the last stop.]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 05:01:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Astronaut from Tennessee being inducted into Hall of Fame]]> http://gazette.com/astronaut-from-tennessee-being-inducted-into-hall-of-fame/article/feed/237111?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/astronaut-from-tennessee-being-inducted-into-hall-of-fame/article/feed/237111?custom_click=rss MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An alumna of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine is being inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame this week.

Dr. Margaret Rhea Seddon is a 1973 graduate of the medical school and one of NASA's first female astronauts.

The public ceremony will be held Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Seddon is a three-time space shuttle astronaut. She was selected by NASA in 1978 as one of the first six women to enter the astronaut program. She spent a total of 30 days in space.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis said from 1996 to 2007, Seddon was assistant chief medical officer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in N

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]]> MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An alumna of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine is being inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame this week.

Dr. Margaret Rhea Seddon is a 1973 graduate of the medical school and one of NASA's first female astronauts.

The public ceremony will be held Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Seddon is a three-time space shuttle astronaut. She was selected by NASA in 1978 as one of the first six women to enter the astronaut program. She spent a total of 30 days in space.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis said from 1996 to 2007, Seddon was assistant chief medical officer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in N]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 05:01:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Channeling Batman, Versailles: Macau's new wave of resorts]]> By KELVIN CHAN http://gazette.com/channeling-batman-versailles-macaus-new-wave-of-resorts/article/feed/237089?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/channeling-batman-versailles-macaus-new-wave-of-resorts/article/feed/237089?custom_click=rss

MACAU (AP) — Macau is doubling down even as the odds change. The world's casino capital this week welcomes the first of a new wave of lavish casino resorts for its up-and-coming Cotai Peninsula.

It's a $20 billion bet by casino operators amid an extended losing streak in the tiny Chinese enclave. Gambling revenue growth has been falling for nearly a year as wealthy mainland Chinese high-rollers stay home as a result of President Xi Jinping's corruption crackdown.

Macau's casino operators are undaunted. None have backed off their expansion plans which will unfold over the next two years, sticking to a belief that the downturn is temporary and the decline in VIPs will bottom out soon.

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]]> MACAU (AP) — Macau is doubling down even as the odds change. The world's casino capital this week welcomes the first of a new wave of lavish casino resorts for its up-and-coming Cotai Peninsula.

It's a $20 billion bet by casino operators amid an extended losing streak in the tiny Chinese enclave. Gambling revenue growth has been falling for nearly a year as wealthy mainland Chinese high-rollers stay home as a result of President Xi Jinping's corruption crackdown.

Macau's casino operators are undaunted. None have backed off their expansion plans which will unfold over the next two years, sticking to a belief that the downturn is temporary and the decline in VIPs will bottom out soon.]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 02:33:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Orange County to unveil tour guide for railroad enthusiasts]]> http://gazette.com/orange-county-to-unveil-tour-guide-for-railroad-enthusiasts/article/feed/237083?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/orange-county-to-unveil-tour-guide-for-railroad-enthusiasts/article/feed/237083?custom_click=rss ORANGE, Va. (AP) — A new tour guide aims to connect railroad enthusiasts with Orange County's rail history and today's railroad presence in the county.

The "Tracks Through Time" tour guide is scheduled to be launched on Tuesday at the Orange County Visitor Center in the restored Orange County Train Depot.

Orange County tourism manager Leigh Mawyer says in a news release that the guide has hundreds of notes on 27 sites.

The guide also includes a map and GPS waypoint references to each site. Each site is visible from public rights-of-way.

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]]> ORANGE, Va. (AP) — A new tour guide aims to connect railroad enthusiasts with Orange County's rail history and today's railroad presence in the county.

The "Tracks Through Time" tour guide is scheduled to be launched on Tuesday at the Orange County Visitor Center in the restored Orange County Train Depot.

Orange County tourism manager Leigh Mawyer says in a news release that the guide has hundreds of notes on 27 sites.

The guide also includes a map and GPS waypoint references to each site. Each site is visible from public rights-of-way.]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 02:16:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Horses return to Mackinac Island in rite of spring]]> By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER http://gazette.com/horses-return-to-mackinac-island-in-rite-of-spring/article/feed/237078?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/horses-return-to-mackinac-island-in-rite-of-spring/article/feed/237078?custom_click=rss

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Automobiles are not permitted on Michigan's Mackinac Island. Horses most certainly are.

In fact, the equines are vital. Without them, transportation on the island would be virtually nonexistent.

But most of the 500 horses that haul people and cargo around the northern tourist hotspot each summer don't live there in the cold-weather months — they overwinter on farms elsewhere in the state.

When April and May roll around and the Coast Guard clears away all the remaining ice from the Straits of Mackinac, the horses return to Mackinac via ferry, around a dozen at a time.

It's an annual rite of spring that longtime Mackinac Island livery worker Mark "Beau" Bielinski says "leads to the

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]]> MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Automobiles are not permitted on Michigan's Mackinac Island. Horses most certainly are.

In fact, the equines are vital. Without them, transportation on the island would be virtually nonexistent.

But most of the 500 horses that haul people and cargo around the northern tourist hotspot each summer don't live there in the cold-weather months — they overwinter on farms elsewhere in the state.

When April and May roll around and the Coast Guard clears away all the remaining ice from the Straits of Mackinac, the horses return to Mackinac via ferry, around a dozen at a time.

It's an annual rite of spring that longtime Mackinac Island livery worker Mark "Beau" Bielinski says "leads to the ]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 01:16:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Stunning 36 percent rise in US visits to Cuba since January]]> By BETH J. HARPAZ http://gazette.com/stunning-36-percent-rise-in-us-visits-to-cuba-since-january/article/feed/237070?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stunning-36-percent-rise-in-us-visits-to-cuba-since-january/article/feed/237070?custom_click=rss

HAVANA (AP) — The thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba has led to a stunning 36 percent increase in visits by Americans to the island, including thousands who are flying into Cuba from third countries like Mexico in order to sidestep U.S. restrictions on tourism.

The dramatic rise was seen in the number of Americans with no family ties to Cuba who visited between Jan. 1 and May 9 of this year compared to the same period in 2014, according to statistics provided to The Associated Press by a University of Havana professor.

In addition to the boom in American visitors, Cuba has seen a 14 percent jump in arrivals from around the world between January and early May compared to the same period last year.

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]]> HAVANA (AP) — The thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba has led to a stunning 36 percent increase in visits by Americans to the island, including thousands who are flying into Cuba from third countries like Mexico in order to sidestep U.S. restrictions on tourism.

The dramatic rise was seen in the number of Americans with no family ties to Cuba who visited between Jan. 1 and May 9 of this year compared to the same period in 2014, according to statistics provided to The Associated Press by a University of Havana professor.

In addition to the boom in American visitors, Cuba has seen a 14 percent jump in arrivals from around the world between January and early May compared to the same period last year.

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HAVANA (AP) — "Is travel to Cuba for tourist activities permitted? No." That's what the U.S. Treasury Department website says. And yet Havana is loaded with Americans, from the Floridita bar, where they pose for photos with a bust of Ernest Hemingway, to the Rum Museum, where they swig rum samples after trudging through dim displays of old casks.

Sure, some Americans follow the rules on sanctioned travel — bringing supplies to Cuban churches or synagogues, for example, on a religious activities license. Others come on approved group tours known as "people-to-people" trips with themed itineraries like the arts.

But the 36 percent increase in American visitors here since U.S.

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]]> HAVANA (AP) — "Is travel to Cuba for tourist activities permitted? No." That's what the U.S. Treasury Department website says. And yet Havana is loaded with Americans, from the Floridita bar, where they pose for photos with a bust of Ernest Hemingway, to the Rum Museum, where they swig rum samples after trudging through dim displays of old casks.

Sure, some Americans follow the rules on sanctioned travel — bringing supplies to Cuban churches or synagogues, for example, on a religious activities license. Others come on approved group tours known as "people-to-people" trips with themed itineraries like the arts.

But the 36 percent increase in American visitors here since U.S.]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 00:18:07 -0600 <![CDATA[12 missing after flood sweeps away vacation home in Texas]]> By PAUL J. WEBER http://gazette.com/12-missing-after-flood-sweeps-away-vacation-home-in-texas/article/feed/237028?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/12-missing-after-flood-sweeps-away-vacation-home-in-texas/article/feed/237028?custom_click=rss WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — Crews searched Monday for 12 people reported missing after a vacation home was swept away by flash flooding along a rain-swollen river that destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 homes in Central Texas.

Emergency crews rescued several people who were stranded by the torrential rains that swelled the Blanco River over the weekend in and around Wimberley, an area known for its bed-and-breakfast inns and rental weekend cottages. Statewide, at least four people have died from the recent flooding.

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]]> WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — Crews searched Monday for 12 people reported missing after a vacation home was swept away by flash flooding along a rain-swollen river that destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 homes in Central Texas.

Emergency crews rescued several people who were stranded by the torrential rains that swelled the Blanco River over the weekend in and around Wimberley, an area known for its bed-and-breakfast inns and rental weekend cottages. Statewide, at least four people have died from the recent flooding.]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 00:16:08 -0600 <![CDATA[List: Top 10 attractions for visitors to see around Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/list-top-10-attractions-for-visitors-to-see-around-colorado-springs/article/1551823?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/list-top-10-attractions-for-visitors-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. To assist out out-of-town visitors in deciding what to visit while here, here's a list of favorites:



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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. To assist out out-of-town visitors in deciding what to visit while here, here's a list of favorites:

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<![CDATA[Summer fun: coasters, pop culture rides and Orlando Eye]]> http://gazette.com/summer-fun-coasters-pop-culture-rides-and-orlando-eye/article/1552488?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/summer-fun-coasters-pop-culture-rides-and-orlando-eye/article/1552488?custom_click=rss

A dark, submarine-inspired thrill ride in California and swank new offerings at Downtown Disney all top the summer's must-do list for theme park and amusement fans.

For those who want more extreme summer adventures, a hybrid wood-steel coaster in Massachusetts and a spinning wing coaster based on Batman in Texas are also new for 2015.

"Pop culture really stands out this summer," said Colleen Mangone, spokeswoman for the Virginia-based International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. "It's allowing fans to experience pop culture in a whole new way."

"Star Wars," Justice League, "Fast and Furious" - all are represented in different ways and in different parks this summer.



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A dark, submarine-inspired thrill ride in California and swank new offerings at Downtown Disney all top the summer's must-do list for theme park and amusement fans.

For those who want more extreme summer adventures, a hybrid wood-steel coaster in Massachusetts and a spinning wing coaster based on Batman in Texas are also new for 2015.

"Pop culture really stands out this summer," said Colleen Mangone, spokeswoman for the Virginia-based International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. "It's allowing fans to experience pop culture in a whole new way."

"Star Wars," Justice League, "Fast and Furious" - all are represented in different ways and in different parks this summer.

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Mon, 25 May 2015 23:10:15 -0600
<![CDATA[West Yellowstone ponders $1.4M forest land purchase]]> By BRETT FRENCH http://gazette.com/west-yellowstone-ponders-1.4m-forest-land-purchase/article/feed/237018?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/west-yellowstone-ponders-1.4m-forest-land-purchase/article/feed/237018?custom_click=rss WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. (AP) — How does a town expand when it's surrounded by federal land?

West Yellowstone city officials are facing that very question as they contemplate spending more than $1.4 million to acquire 80 acres of Custer Gallatin National Forest land adjacent to the community, which is located about 90 miles south of Bozeman.

"We're landlocked here," said Brad Schmier, West Yellowstone mayor. "There's not any private land around the town that could become part of the town."

"West Yellowstone is entirely surrounded by Yellowstone Park and National Forest System land," said Mariah Leuschen-Lonergan, forest information officer.

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]]> WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. (AP) — How does a town expand when it's surrounded by federal land?

West Yellowstone city officials are facing that very question as they contemplate spending more than $1.4 million to acquire 80 acres of Custer Gallatin National Forest land adjacent to the community, which is located about 90 miles south of Bozeman.

"We're landlocked here," said Brad Schmier, West Yellowstone mayor. "There's not any private land around the town that could become part of the town."

"West Yellowstone is entirely surrounded by Yellowstone Park and National Forest System land," said Mariah Leuschen-Lonergan, forest information officer.]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 16:45:45 -0600 <![CDATA[National Park Service surveying Reconstruction sites]]> By BRUCE SMITH http://gazette.com/national-park-service-surveying-reconstruction-sites/article/feed/236951?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/national-park-service-surveying-reconstruction-sites/article/feed/236951?custom_click=rss

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Now that its observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War is over, the National Park Service is turning its attention to the Reconstruction era after the war.

The agency is embarking on a yearlong study to inventory sites throughout the South and beyond that are important to telling the story of Reconstruction.

During that time, 4 million former slaves were beginning new lives as free people, and there was some backlash from white southerners dealing with the defeat of the Confederacy.

Chief historian Robert Sutton of the National Park Service says the agency will identify sites that are nationally important to the Reconstruction story and some will be nominated for designation as natio

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]]> CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Now that its observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War is over, the National Park Service is turning its attention to the Reconstruction era after the war.

The agency is embarking on a yearlong study to inventory sites throughout the South and beyond that are important to telling the story of Reconstruction.

During that time, 4 million former slaves were beginning new lives as free people, and there was some backlash from white southerners dealing with the defeat of the Confederacy.

Chief historian Robert Sutton of the National Park Service says the agency will identify sites that are nationally important to the Reconstruction story and some will be nominated for designation as natio]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 11:30:47 -0600 <![CDATA[21 New Hampshire museums free for military families]]> http://gazette.com/21-new-hampshire-museums-free-for-military-families/article/feed/236947?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/21-new-hampshire-museums-free-for-military-families/article/feed/236947?custom_click=rss CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — There are 21 museums in New Hampshire offering free admission to military families from Memorial Day through Labor Day under the Blue Star Museums program.

The New Hampshire museums are among 2,000 nationwide taking part in the program.

The museums range from the Moffett House Museum and Genealogy Center in Berlin to the Wright Museum of World War II and New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro.

The program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America.

The complete listing for New Hampshire and other states can be seen online at http://arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums .

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]]> CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — There are 21 museums in New Hampshire offering free admission to military families from Memorial Day through Labor Day under the Blue Star Museums program.

The New Hampshire museums are among 2,000 nationwide taking part in the program.

The museums range from the Moffett House Museum and Genealogy Center in Berlin to the Wright Museum of World War II and New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro.

The program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America.

The complete listing for New Hampshire and other states can be seen online at http://arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums .]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 11:15:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Theme parks turning aging coasters into new thrill rides]]> http://gazette.com/theme-parks-turning-aging-coasters-into-new-thrill-rides/article/1552495?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/theme-parks-turning-aging-coasters-into-new-thrill-rides/article/1552495?custom_click=rss Bigger, faster and more extreme are what count when it comes to roller coasters.

So what's an amusement park to do with aging coasters when those record-breaking crowd pleasers from years ago are being overshadowed by today's scream machines?

A coaster makeover, of course.

A handful of roller coasters are reopening this year after undergoing extensive rehabs that follow innovations in the design of coaster tracks and trains.

The coasters should begin to attract more riders and cost less to maintain. Plus, it's cheaper than building a coaster from the ground up.

Until the last few years, there weren't a lot of options for overhauling outdated roller coasters, especially those with wood tracks that had become

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]]> Bigger, faster and more extreme are what count when it comes to roller coasters.

So what's an amusement park to do with aging coasters when those record-breaking crowd pleasers from years ago are being overshadowed by today's scream machines?

A coaster makeover, of course.

A handful of roller coasters are reopening this year after undergoing extensive rehabs that follow innovations in the design of coaster tracks and trains.

The coasters should begin to attract more riders and cost less to maintain. Plus, it's cheaper than building a coaster from the ground up.

Until the last few years, there weren't a lot of options for overhauling outdated roller coasters, especially those with wood tracks that had become]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 04:10:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Gazette travel: Washington D.C. an ideal place to take teens during summer]]> http://gazette.com/gazette-travel-washington-d.c.-an-ideal-place-to-take-teens-during-summer/article/1552368?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gazette-travel-washington-d.c.-an-ideal-place-to-take-teens-during-summer/article/1552368?custom_click=rss

he nation's capital is overrun with strollers in summer. Families with young children navigate the Metro platforms, wind their way through Smithsonian museums and, laden with drinks and snacks, work their way along the National Mall.

But Washington, D.C., is arguably a better destination for those with teens, not toddlers.

Fresh off U.S. history classes in school, teens take in the sights and culture of D.C. in a way that young children can't. They have the stamina required to cram as many museums and cultural sites as possible into one day. And, let's be honest: it's a lot easier to descend the impossibly long escalators into a Metro station with teens than it is with youngsters in tow.

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he nation's capital is overrun with strollers in summer. Families with young children navigate the Metro platforms, wind their way through Smithsonian museums and, laden with drinks and snacks, work their way along the National Mall.

But Washington, D.C., is arguably a better destination for those with teens, not toddlers.

Fresh off U.S. history classes in school, teens take in the sights and culture of D.C. in a way that young children can't. They have the stamina required to cram as many museums and cultural sites as possible into one day. And, let's be honest: it's a lot easier to descend the impossibly long escalators into a Metro station with teens than it is with youngsters in tow.

For the ultimate summer trip,

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<![CDATA[Go for the food: Santa Fe, N.M.]]> http://gazette.com/go-for-the-food-santa-fe-n.m./article/1552440?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/go-for-the-food-santa-fe-n.m./article/1552440?custom_click=rss

Harry's Roadhouse, Sante Fe

There is no shortage of good food in this northern New Mexico town, where the many casual and gourmet takes on the state's trademark chile dishes are almost as big a draw as the city's art galleries and festivals.

The question typically is not where to go, but where can you get a table.

So while the tourists are lining up at the Plaza's dining hot spots, a popular respite for locals is Harry's Roadhouse, Santa Fe's upscale version of the roadside diner.

Tucked along the Interstate 25 service road at the edge of the capital, Harry's offers a little bit for everyone, both in its menu selections and seating options.

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There is no shortage of good food in this northern New Mexico town, where the many casual and gourmet takes on the state's trademark chile dishes are almost as big a draw as the city's art galleries and festivals.

The question typically is not where to go, but where can you get a table.

So while the tourists are lining up at the Plaza's dining hot spots, a popular respite for locals is Harry's Roadhouse, Santa Fe's upscale version of the roadside diner.

Tucked along the Interstate 25 service road at the edge of the capital, Harry's offers a little bit for everyone, both in its menu selections and seating options.]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 04:15:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Photo contest: Be part of 'Quintessential Colorado' 2015]]> http://gazette.com/photo-contest-be-part-of-quintessential-colorado-2015/article/1552371?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/photo-contest-be-part-of-quintessential-colorado-2015/article/1552371?custom_click=rss

Living in a photogenic state, full of photogenic landscapes and people doing photogenic things, can be tough on a photographer.

When every shot (save accidental selfies) seems worthy of postcard treatment, how do you pick a favorite?

Send us your best "Quintessential Colorado" photo - or your 10 best, or your 100 best - and The Gazette will do the picking. Photos can be of anything that sums up what the Centennial State means to you.

To enter the contest, simply download the free Instagram app on your smartphone or tablet, create a profile and post your photos with #gazphotocontest to add them to our growing collage on gazette.com. All Colorado residents are eligible to win, but photos must be uploaded by June 21.

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When every shot (save accidental selfies) seems worthy of postcard treatment, how do you pick a favorite?

Send us your best "Quintessential Colorado" photo - or your 10 best, or your 100 best - and The Gazette will do the picking. Photos can be of anything that sums up what the Centennial State means to you.

To enter the contest, simply download the free Instagram app on your smartphone or tablet, create a profile and post your photos with #gazphotocontest to add them to our growing collage on gazette.com. All Colorado residents are eligible to win, but photos must be uploaded by June 21.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 13:25:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Poster featuring the Front Range on sale at Gazette]]> http://gazette.com/poster-featuring-the-front-range-on-sale-at-gazette/article/1552369?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/poster-featuring-the-front-range-on-sale-at-gazette/article/1552369?custom_click=rss

A new printing of The Gazette's award-winning poster featuring Colorado's Front Range is on sale.

Five thousand copies of the approximately 6-foot-by-1-foot illustration were printed and are available at The Gazette, 30 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 100, and online at gazette.com/poster. The price is $32.95 plus tax and shipping and handling, said Brad Howard, general manager and chief revenue officer of The Gazette.

The poster is also available at MacVan Map Store, 1045 Garden of the Gods Road, Suite B.

The poster initially was released in June 1994, the result of two months of work by former Gazette illustrator John Wagner. Mini essays by former Gazette reporter Deb Acord chronicle the history, geology and culture of the

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Five thousand copies of the approximately 6-foot-by-1-foot illustration were printed and are available at The Gazette, 30 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 100, and online at gazette.com/poster. The price is $32.95 plus tax and shipping and handling, said Brad Howard, general manager and chief revenue officer of The Gazette.

The poster is also available at MacVan Map Store, 1045 Garden of the Gods Road, Suite B.

The poster initially was released in June 1994, the result of two months of work by former Gazette illustrator John Wagner. Mini essays by former Gazette reporter Deb Acord chronicle the history, geology and culture of the]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 13:22:05 -0600 <![CDATA[For Colorado hot springs maven, it's all about the soak]]> http://gazette.com/for-colorado-hot-springs-maven-its-all-about-the-soak/article/1552025?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/for-colorado-hot-springs-maven-its-all-about-the-soak/article/1552025?custom_click=rss

Call it a collective case of sour grapes, but Deborah Frazier is accustomed to getting guff about her job. She's the hot springs maven - the lady who tests the waters for the rest of us, as spiritually demanding as that sounds.

"I constantly take ragging for it," said the former Rocky Mountain News reporter- turned-mineral water sleuth and author of "Colorado's Hot Springs," whose third edition hit book shops in November. "(People say) 'Oh, tough work! Tough assignment! How'd you get to do that?'

"I tell them it's all for the love of warm water."

Readers of her book are well positioned to share her laid-back enthusiasm.



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Call it a collective case of sour grapes, but Deborah Frazier is accustomed to getting guff about her job. She's the hot springs maven - the lady who tests the waters for the rest of us, as spiritually demanding as that sounds.

"I constantly take ragging for it," said the former Rocky Mountain News reporter- turned-mineral water sleuth and author of "Colorado's Hot Springs," whose third edition hit book shops in November. "(People say) 'Oh, tough work! Tough assignment! How'd you get to do that?'

"I tell them it's all for the love of warm water."

Readers of her book are well positioned to share her laid-back enthusiasm.

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Sun, 17 May 2015 20:16:28 -0600
<![CDATA[New exhibits and theater mark 20th anniversary of Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center]]> http://gazette.com/new-exhibits-and-theater-mark-20th-anniversary-of-garden-of-the-gods-visitor-nature-center/article/1551722?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-exhibits-and-theater-mark-20th-anniversary-of-garden-of-the-gods-visitor-nature-center/article/1551722?custom_click=rss

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., free; 634-6666, gardenofgods.com.

The Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center got a multimillion dollar makeover just in time for its 20th birthday.

A free anniversary celebration on Saturday will show off the new exhibits and building improvements in the center, which attracts more than 600,000 visitors every year, according to Dolores Davis, community relations coordinator for the center.

"This renovation and exhibit project really has transformed the visitor center into a world-class museum," she says, "more than just a visitor and nature center."

Renovations on the center began in October 2013 with internationally



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9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., free; 634-6666, gardenofgods.com.

The Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center got a multimillion dollar makeover just in time for its 20th birthday.

A free anniversary celebration on Saturday will show off the new exhibits and building improvements in the center, which attracts more than 600,000 visitors every year, according to Dolores Davis, community relations coordinator for the center.

"This renovation and exhibit project really has transformed the visitor center into a world-class museum," she says, "more than just a visitor and nature center."

Renovations on the center began in October 2013 with internationally

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