<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> travel]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/travel Sat, 30 Jul 2016 05:26:48 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Officials encourage travelers not to shun Florida for Zika]]> http://gazette.com/officials-encourage-travelers-not-to-shun-florida-for-zika/article/feed/378875?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/officials-encourage-travelers-not-to-shun-florida-for-zika/article/feed/378875?custom_click=rss

MIAMI (AP) — Florida mosquitoes have likely spread the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time, and Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio says the tourism-dependent state may face an economic crisis if visitors start canceling plans to come here.

But officials in Miami and Orlando caution against panic, and the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are no plans to recommend limiting travel to South Florida.

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs says potential visitors to Florida shouldn't think twice about coming to the Sunshine State.

Jacob's jurisdiction covers the Orlando area's major theme parks in the Orlando area.

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]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 02:31:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Clinton roars against Trump as a hacking distraction arises]]> http://gazette.com/clinton-roars-against-trump-as-a-hacking-distraction-arises/article/feed/378455?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/clinton-roars-against-trump-as-a-hacking-distraction-arises/article/feed/378455?custom_click=rss

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Fresh off a spirited convention, Hillary Clinton told prospective voters Friday they face a "stark choice" in November and pressed ahead with the scalding rhetoric against her Republican rival that marked many of the speeches in Philadelphia. Another distraction arose, however, as her aides acknowledged that a hacking attack that exposed Democratic Party emails also reached into a computer system used by her own campaign.

Rallying in Colorado, Donald Trump denounced Clinton's convention speech as "full of lies" and said he's starting to agree with those calling for Clinton to be locked up.

Not long after, the intrusion into a system used by the Clinton campaign came to light, first reported by Reuters.

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:45:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Flight info screens at Vietnam's 2 major airports hacked]]> http://gazette.com/flight-info-screens-at-vietnams-2-major-airports-hacked/article/feed/378548?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flight-info-screens-at-vietnams-2-major-airports-hacked/article/feed/378548?custom_click=rss HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Screens displaying flight information and the public address system at Vietnam's two major airports were hacked with derogatory messages against Vietnam and the Philippines in their territorial row against China in the South China Sea.

After the hacking Friday evening, authorities switched off the screens and the sound systems at Hanoi's Noi Bai airport and the Tan Son Nhat airport in southern Ho Chi Minh City, the online VnExpress said.

The website of the national carrier, Vietnam Airlines, was also briefly hacked, it said.

The site quoted Vice Minister of Transport Nguyen Nhat as saying the incidents did not affect the security or air traffic control at the airports.

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:57:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Arab and Chaldean Festival returns to Detroit for 45th year]]> http://gazette.com/arab-and-chaldean-festival-returns-to-detroit-for-45th-year/article/feed/378817?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/arab-and-chaldean-festival-returns-to-detroit-for-45th-year/article/feed/378817?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — Thousands are expected to attend the 45th annual Arab and Chaldean (kal-DEE'-uhn) Festival this weekend in Detroit.

The festival, billed as the largest of its kind in North America, will be held Saturday and Sunday at Hart Plaza. Admission is free.

Planned highlights include a history of Arab medicine, folklore customs, a fashion show and children's fair. Musical and dance performances also are part of the festivities.

The event started in 1972 as the Arab World Festival.

Both U.S. Arabs and Chaldeans trace their roots to the Middle East. The Detroit area has large, well-established Arab and Chaldean communities.

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:36:37 -0600 <![CDATA['Zika is now here': Mosquitoes now spreading virus in US]]> http://gazette.com/zika-is-now-here-mosquitoes-now-spreading-virus-in-us/article/feed/378571?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/zika-is-now-here-mosquitoes-now-spreading-virus-in-us/article/feed/378571?custom_click=rss

MIAMI (AP) — Mosquitoes have apparently begun spreading the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time, health officials said Friday, a long-feared turn in the epidemic that is sweeping Latin America and the Caribbean.

Four recently infected people in the Miami area — one woman and three men — are believed to have contracted the virus locally through mosquito bites, Gov. Rick Scott said.

No mosquitoes in Florida have actually been found to be carrying Zika, despite the testing of 19,000 by the state lab. But other methods of Zika transmission, such as travel to a stricken country or sex with an infected person, have been ruled out.

"Zika is now here," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers f

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:55:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Feds to cancel energy leases in White River National Forest]]> http://gazette.com/feds-to-cancel-energy-leases-in-white-river-national-forest/article/feed/378742?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/feds-to-cancel-energy-leases-in-white-river-national-forest/article/feed/378742?custom_click=rss GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The federal government on Friday said it will cancel 25 oil and gas leases in central Colorado's White River National Forest, reversing what it called faulty environmental reviews on the leases that were issued between 1995 and 2012.

The Bureau of Land Management said it was canceling leases in the Thompson Divide — an area southwest of Aspen that has been the subject of aggressive lobbying by groups and municipalities that depend on the outdoor recreation industry.

The agency said it would apply new stipulations for other leases on forest land that are not currently producing oil or gas, and make minor or no adjustments to producing leases.

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:23:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Drugs, heat blamed in woman's death after music festival]]> http://gazette.com/drugs-heat-blamed-in-womans-death-after-music-festival/article/feed/378689?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/drugs-heat-blamed-in-womans-death-after-music-festival/article/feed/378689?custom_click=rss LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 20-year-old California woman who collapsed in a parking lot after the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas last month died from drug intoxication and high heat, the Clark County coroner said Friday.

Kenani Kaimuloa died of the combined effects of cocaine and the club drug ecstasy, along with environmental heat stress, according to medical examiners' findings. Her death was ruled an accident.

Kaimuloa's father, Dane Kaimuloa of Temecula, California, acknowledged Friday that there were drugs in his daughter's system when she died.

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:30:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Washington Monument reopens; elevator bearings replaced]]> http://gazette.com/washington-monument-reopens-elevator-bearings-replaced/article/feed/378617?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/washington-monument-reopens-elevator-bearings-replaced/article/feed/378617?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Monument has reopened after being closed for nearly a week because of problems with its elevator.

National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst said the monument opened on time Friday morning. The monument closed last Saturday.

This week's work on the elevator included replacing two sheave, or pulley, bearings. Officials say one of the bearings had failed.

Litterst has said officials have started the design process to modernize and upgrade the control system and other equipment to the often-malfunctioning elevator.

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This story has been corrected to show that monument closed Saturday.

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:30:07 -0600 <![CDATA['Zika is now here': Mosquitoes now spreading virus in US]]> http://gazette.com/zika-is-now-here-mosquitoes-now-spreading-virus-in-us/article/feed/378704?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/zika-is-now-here-mosquitoes-now-spreading-virus-in-us/article/feed/378704?custom_click=rss

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Mosquitoes have apparently begun spreading the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time, health officials said Friday, a long-feared turn in the epidemic that is sweeping Latin America and the Caribbean.

Four recently infected people in the Miami area — one woman and three men — are believed to have contracted the virus locally through mosquito bites, Gov. Rick Scott said.

No mosquitoes in Florida have actually been found to be carrying Zika, despite the testing of 19,000 by the state lab. But other methods of Zika transmission, such as travel to a stricken country or sex with an infected person, have been ruled out.

"Zika is now here," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. C

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:12:53 -0600 <![CDATA[What's troubling athletes arriving in Rio? No 'Pokemon Go']]> http://gazette.com/whats-troubling-athletes-arriving-in-rio-no-pokemon-go/article/feed/378741?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/whats-troubling-athletes-arriving-in-rio-no-pokemon-go/article/feed/378741?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — So the plumbing and electricity in the athletes' village took several days to fix. Who cares?

But no "Pokemon Go"? That's an outrage!

If there were ever a more "First World problem" for the Zika-plagued, water-polluted Rio Olympics, it's Brazil's lack of access to the hit mobile game, which has united players the world over.

Since debuting to wild adulation in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand this month, the game from Google spinoff Niantic Inc. has spread like wildfire, launching in more than 30 countries or territories — but not Brazil.

For athletes and other visitors caught up in the wave, not having access is just one more knock against an Olympics that officials are racing to get

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:12:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Alaska whale-watchers rescue swimming deer in distress]]> http://gazette.com/alaska-whale-watchers-rescue-swimming-deer-in-distress/article/feed/378719?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/alaska-whale-watchers-rescue-swimming-deer-in-distress/article/feed/378719?custom_click=rss JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska whale-watching cruise turned into a rescue mission for an unusual aquatic species — a distressed, swimming deer.

The 18-passenger tour vessel from Gastineau Guiding Co. lassoed the struggling deer on Wednesday, pulled it on board and gave it a ride to an island, Juneau radio station KTOO (http://bit.ly/2aD9xf6 ) reported.

Naturalist Audrey Benson said visitors and crew were watching whales when the boat received a radio transmission that deer were swimming in the saltwater on the west side of Shelter Island.

"We heard that there were two deer that were swimming across in the water," Benson said.

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:18:26 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Senator seeks reconvening of Congress over Zika]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-senator-seeks-reconvening-of-congress-over-zika/article/feed/378729?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-senator-seeks-reconvening-of-congress-over-zika/article/feed/378729?custom_click=rss

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Zika virus in Florida (all times local):

4 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to reconvene Congress so lawmakers can pass an emergency spending bill to fight the spread of the Zika virus.

Nelson sent McConnell a letter Friday after health officials confirmed four people in South Florida likely contracted Zika from mosquito bites. It is the first local transmission in the U.S. mainland.

The Republican-controlled Congress left on a seven-week vacation without giving the Obama administration any of the $1.9 billion it sought for mosquito control, vaccine development and other steps to battle Zika.

Nelson, a Florida Democrat, says

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:40:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Tourists urged not to panic about Zika's spread in Florida]]> http://gazette.com/tourists-urged-not-to-panic-about-zikas-spread-in-florida/article/feed/378703?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tourists-urged-not-to-panic-about-zikas-spread-in-florida/article/feed/378703?custom_click=rss

MIAMI (AP) — There's no official warning to stay clear of Florida, but the crowds that usually wander among the bold street murals in Miami's trendy Wynwood arts district may be thinner after reports that mosquitoes in the area have spread the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time.

Officials are trying to reassure tourists they'll be safe when visiting Florida's theme parks and urban arts districts. But some Miami residents said Friday they were stocking up on mosquito repellent and planning to bring lunches to work instead of sitting at outdoor cafe tables under Wynwood's bright murals.

"I'm freaking out ...

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:21:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Declaration helps Florida mosquito control]]> http://gazette.com/declaration-helps-florida-mosquito-control/article/feed/378654?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/declaration-helps-florida-mosquito-control/article/feed/378654?custom_click=rss

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Zika virus in Florida (all times local):

2:20 p.m.

Puerto Rico health officials are reporting a total of 7,296 Zika cases in the U.S. territory that include 788 pregnant women.

Friday's announcement comes as Puerto Rico prepares to use the organic larvicide Bti to fight the mosquito-borne virus that can cause birth defects.

Health Secretary Ana Rius said 74 people have been hospitalized including 23 diagnosed with a temporary paralysis condition known as Guillain-Barre that has been linked to Zika.

She said all 78 of the island's municipalities have reported Zika cases.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that hundreds of children cou

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:26:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Thousands rush to see Kilauea lava flow reach ocean]]> http://gazette.com/thousands-rush-to-see-kilauea-lava-flow-reach-ocean/article/feed/378619?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thousands-rush-to-see-kilauea-lava-flow-reach-ocean/article/feed/378619?custom_click=rss HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The lava flow from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano vent has attracted thousands of visitors since it began oozing down in May and finally reached the ocean this week.

Keaka Hunter, a security guard patrolling the area, said about 2,000 people came to see the flow Monday night, hours before the lava entered the ocean for the first time in nearly three years. Previous days drew an average of about 1,000 people.

The U.S. Geological Survey is cautioning visitors about safety risks, which include flying debris and acidic plume containing fine volcanic particles that can irritate the eyes, skin and lungs. The new land may also be unstable because it's built on unconsolidated lava fragments and sand, which can easily

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:37:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Gazette travel: Design your own artist retreat in Taos]]> http://gazette.com/gazette-travel-design-your-own-artist-retreat-in-taos/article/1581034?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gazette-travel-design-your-own-artist-retreat-in-taos/article/1581034?custom_click=rss

Taos, N.M. - D.H. Lawrence, Willa Cather, Georgia O'Keeffe, Ansel Adams, Carl Gustav Jung.

The siren song of Mabel Dodge Luhan pulled me to this tiny town, much as it did to a cadre of artists, writers and thinkers a century ago, when Luhan lured them to her sprawling adobe home at the base of Taos Mountain. They came at her insistent bidding and stayed when they saw the muse of the sage scrub-covered plains and the wide blue skies show up in their work.

Luhan was a New York socialite, heiress and arts patron who moved to Taos in 1917 and met Tony Lujan (later anglicized to Luhan), a chief in the nearby pueblo, who convinced her to purchase a small house and land on the edge of town.



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<![CDATA[Colorado travel calendar starting July 24, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-july-24-2016/article/1581068?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-july-24-2016/article/1581068?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 Aug. 7 - Larkspur, Colorado Renaissance Festival, Saturdays and Sundays; coloradorenaissance.com.

Monday - Glendale, Monday Movie Madness - "Mrs. Doubtfire," 8 p.m., Infinity Park, free; moviesatinfinity park.com.

Tuesday-Saturday - Akron, Eastern Colorado Round-Up Carnival and Rodeo, Washington County Fairgrounds; coloradodirectory.com/rounduprodeo.

Wednesday-July 31 - Telluride, Playwrights Festival; visittelluride.com.

Wednesday-July 31 - Greeley, Weld County Fair; weldcountyfair.com.

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]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:15:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorful Colorado: Hidden in the mountains, a town proud of silence]]> http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-hidden-in-the-mountains-a-town-proud-of-silence/article/1580534?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-hidden-in-the-mountains-a-town-proud-of-silence/article/1580534?custom_click=rss

RED CLIFF - A bluesy voice could be faintly heard over the river rushing through this town, tucked in a pocket of the White River National Forest. It was Clarence "Frogman" Henry singing from the satellite radio of a Dodge Ram: "I don't know why I love you, but I do."

In his workman jeans, Bill Squires, 72, cleaned the truck parked in his gravel driveway, off one of the town's six streets. He was tuned into an oldies station. "I just like this stuff," he said.

It was a clear afternoon that lent a quaintness to this place surrounded by green hills. Sunlight danced on Eagle River, winding through the neighborhood, the small, saltbox houses that dangle American flags.



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<![CDATA[Colorado travel calendar starting July 17, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-july-17-2016/article/1580571?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-july-17-2016/article/1580571?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 Aug. 7 - Larkspur, Colorado Renaissance Festival, flash back to the 16th century and journey through a medieval city, Saturdays and Sundays; coloradorenaissance.com.

Through Aug. 13 - Fraser, High Country Stampede Rodeo, Saturdays, John Work Arena; highcountrystampede.com.

Through Aug. 17 - Snowmass Village, Snowmass Rodeo, Wednesdays, Snowmass Rodeo Grounds; tinyurl.com/oz5v5uc.

Through Aug. 18 - Carbondale, Wild West Rodeo, Thursdays;

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