<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> travel]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/travel Sun, 01 Feb 2015 09:46:04 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[US arts agency official to visit Detroit's cultural area]]> http://gazette.com/us-arts-agency-official-to-visit-detroits-cultural-area/article/feed/200911?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-arts-agency-official-to-visit-detroits-cultural-area/article/feed/200911?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — The chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts is scheduled to visit Detroit's cultural center area, including the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Jane Chu's planned tour on Monday includes the Sugar Hill Arts District and the Woodward Garden Block. She's also set to visit the art museum and speak with reporters there.

Other participants include U.S. State Department senior adviser Julie Egan, DIA Chief Operating Officer Annmarie Erickson and John Bracey. He's the executive director of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

The federal agency funds local arts programs produced by groups nationwide.

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]]> DETROIT (AP) — The chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts is scheduled to visit Detroit's cultural center area, including the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Jane Chu's planned tour on Monday includes the Sugar Hill Arts District and the Woodward Garden Block. She's also set to visit the art museum and speak with reporters there.

Other participants include U.S. State Department senior adviser Julie Egan, DIA Chief Operating Officer Annmarie Erickson and John Bracey. He's the executive director of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

The federal agency funds local arts programs produced by groups nationwide.]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 10:45:33 -0700 <![CDATA[No place for SkyMall in cloud-based world?]]> BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/no-place-for-skymall-in-cloud-based-world/article/1545577?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-place-for-skymall-in-cloud-based-world/article/1545577?custom_click=rss

Late last month, the parent company of in-flight uber-retailer SkyMall filed for bankruptcy protection, likely signaling the demise of the seat-back pocket catalog that's kept airsick bags company - and an estimated 88 percent of domestic air travelers entertained - for 25 years.

Future generations of passengers might never know what they're missing: the joys that come along with browsing through a grab-bag Catalog-of-Misfit-Toys, time-saving devices, novelties and objets d'art ranging from decorative 16th-century Italian armor to dog beds, sports memorabilia and lightweight flood control solutions.

"I absolutely love the catalog of clever gadgets and life-made-easier inventions. There is nothing else like it," said Dorease

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]]> Late last month, the parent company of in-flight uber-retailer SkyMall filed for bankruptcy protection, likely signaling the demise of the seat-back pocket catalog that's kept airsick bags company - and an estimated 88 percent of domestic air travelers entertained - for 25 years.

Future generations of passengers might never know what they're missing: the joys that come along with browsing through a grab-bag Catalog-of-Misfit-Toys, time-saving devices, novelties and objets d'art ranging from decorative 16th-century Italian armor to dog beds, sports memorabilia and lightweight flood control solutions.

"I absolutely love the catalog of clever gadgets and life-made-easier inventions. There is nothing else like it," said Dorease]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:25:10 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado travel calendar starting Feb. 1, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-feb.-1-2015/article/1545572?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-feb.-1-2015/article/1545572?custom_click=rss Be sure to call before you go. Many events are free; some charge admission or require tickets. Events are subject to change. Phone numbers without a designated area code are 719.

Monday - Denver, WWE Monday Night Raw, 5:30 p.m., Pepsi Center, 100 Chopper Circle Denver, $20 and up; altitudetickets.com.

Wednesday - Pueblo, Sesame Street's "Let's Dance," 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Pueblo Memorial Hall, $15-$20; pueblomemorialhall.com.

Wednesday-Feb. 8 - Steamboat Springs, Winter Carnival, shovel races, donkey jumps, day and night events; steamboat-chamber.com.

Thursday - Denver, Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings, 7 p.m., Pepsi Center, 100 Chopper Circle. Go online for ticket prices:

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

Monday - Denver, WWE Monday Night Raw, 5:30 p.m., Pepsi Center, 100 Chopper Circle Denver, $20 and up; altitudetickets.com.

Wednesday - Pueblo, Sesame Street's "Let's Dance," 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Pueblo Memorial Hall, $15-$20; pueblomemorialhall.com.

Wednesday-Feb. 8 - Steamboat Springs, Winter Carnival, shovel races, donkey jumps, day and night events; steamboat-chamber.com.

Thursday - Denver, Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings, 7 p.m., Pepsi Center, 100 Chopper Circle. Go online for ticket prices:]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:25:04 -0700 <![CDATA[Museum, hospital collaborate in scan of mummified remains]]> http://gazette.com/museum-hospital-collaborate-in-scan-of-mummified-remains/article/feed/200806?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/museum-hospital-collaborate-in-scan-of-mummified-remains/article/feed/200806?custom_click=rss CINCINNATI (AP) — Museum officials in Ohio hope medical scans will reveal more about the mummified remains of a child that may have lived over 500 years ago in Peru.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and hospital staff donated time and equipment to help in the collaborative effort with the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Museum officials hope 3D scans performed this week at the hospital will provide information including gender, age and cause of death. The mummy is part of "Mummies of the World: The Exhibition" currently on display at the museum.

A museum official says the body wasn't intended to be mummified but it was found in an extraordinarily dry, high-altitude location.

The museum hopes to know resul

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]]> CINCINNATI (AP) — Museum officials in Ohio hope medical scans will reveal more about the mummified remains of a child that may have lived over 500 years ago in Peru.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and hospital staff donated time and equipment to help in the collaborative effort with the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Museum officials hope 3D scans performed this week at the hospital will provide information including gender, age and cause of death. The mummy is part of "Mummies of the World: The Exhibition" currently on display at the museum.

A museum official says the body wasn't intended to be mummified but it was found in an extraordinarily dry, high-altitude location.

The museum hopes to know resul]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 12:31:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Fees increasing at Theodore Roosevelt National Park]]> http://gazette.com/fees-increasing-at-theodore-roosevelt-national-park/article/feed/200736?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fees-increasing-at-theodore-roosevelt-national-park/article/feed/200736?custom_click=rss MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota is increasing entrance and campground fees.

The National Park Service says the increases will be phased in, starting Sunday, to lessen their impact.

Acting Superintendent Wendy Ross says the majority of the 29 responses the park received during a public comment period supported the increases. She says the additional money will be used for projects to benefit park visitors, such as trail upgrades and improvements to museum exhibits.

The per-vehicle cost to enter the park will go from $10 to $20, and eventually to $25 in 2017. Annual park passes will rise from $20 to $40, and eventually to $50 in 2017. Campground fees also will increase in vary

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]]> MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota is increasing entrance and campground fees.

The National Park Service says the increases will be phased in, starting Sunday, to lessen their impact.

Acting Superintendent Wendy Ross says the majority of the 29 responses the park received during a public comment period supported the increases. She says the additional money will be used for projects to benefit park visitors, such as trail upgrades and improvements to museum exhibits.

The per-vehicle cost to enter the park will go from $10 to $20, and eventually to $25 in 2017. Annual park passes will rise from $20 to $40, and eventually to $50 in 2017. Campground fees also will increase in vary]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:30:29 -0700 <![CDATA[Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown plans 10 new exhibits]]> http://gazette.com/fenimore-art-museum-in-cooperstown-plans-10-new-exhibits/article/feed/200771?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fenimore-art-museum-in-cooperstown-plans-10-new-exhibits/article/feed/200771?custom_click=rss COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Works by such well-known artists as Marc Chagall and Maxfield Parish are among the highlights of the lineup of exhibits planned this year at the Fenimore Art Museum in upstate New York.

The museum located near the shores of Otesaga Lake in Cooperstown has announced its schedule of 10 new exhibitions running from April through the end of December.

Six exhibitions open the season on April 1, including "Chagall's Magic Flute: Highlights from the Metropolitan Opera" and "Masterpieces of American Indian Art from the Thaw Collection."

An exhibit featuring the works of Maxfield Parish opens May 23 and runs through Sept. 7.

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]]> COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Works by such well-known artists as Marc Chagall and Maxfield Parish are among the highlights of the lineup of exhibits planned this year at the Fenimore Art Museum in upstate New York.

The museum located near the shores of Otesaga Lake in Cooperstown has announced its schedule of 10 new exhibitions running from April through the end of December.

Six exhibitions open the season on April 1, including "Chagall's Magic Flute: Highlights from the Metropolitan Opera" and "Masterpieces of American Indian Art from the Thaw Collection."

An exhibit featuring the works of Maxfield Parish opens May 23 and runs through Sept. 7.]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 08:15:32 -0700 <![CDATA[Beijing Winter Olympics bid highlights skiing, hockey growth]]> http://gazette.com/beijing-winter-olympics-bid-highlights-skiing-hockey-growth/article/feed/200734?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/beijing-winter-olympics-bid-highlights-skiing-hockey-growth/article/feed/200734?custom_click=rss

CHONGLI, China (AP) — Clad in neon-green from head to toe, Chinese snowboarder He Qiang is part of a growing cohort of middle-class enthusiasts in a country with little tradition of winter sports but that is now seeking to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The 28-year-old escapes his office job in the Chinese capital for the skiing mecca of Chongli, nestled in mountains near the Great Wall where Beijing hopes to stage Nordic skiing and other events in its bid to become the first city to hold both winter and summer Olympics.

"Snowboarding is just such an awesome feeling," He said, as a rare snow storm swirled around him and frigid wind gusts whistled along the edges of his ski lift's wind shield. "I can only imagine how much fa

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]]> CHONGLI, China (AP) — Clad in neon-green from head to toe, Chinese snowboarder He Qiang is part of a growing cohort of middle-class enthusiasts in a country with little tradition of winter sports but that is now seeking to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The 28-year-old escapes his office job in the Chinese capital for the skiing mecca of Chongli, nestled in mountains near the Great Wall where Beijing hopes to stage Nordic skiing and other events in its bid to become the first city to hold both winter and summer Olympics.

"Snowboarding is just such an awesome feeling," He said, as a rare snow storm swirled around him and frigid wind gusts whistled along the edges of his ski lift's wind shield. "I can only imagine how much fa]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:09:21 -0700 <![CDATA[NC History Museum marks 86 years of State Highway Patrol]]> http://gazette.com/nc-history-museum-marks-86-years-of-state-highway-patrol/article/feed/200746?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nc-history-museum-marks-86-years-of-state-highway-patrol/article/feed/200746?custom_click=rss RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's history museum is giving patrons an opportunity to look back at nearly 90 years of the state Highway Patrol.

An exhibit opening Saturday highlights the patrol's history and showcases vehicles and other artifacts since the organization's founding in 1929 to address the increase of motor vehicle traffic and resulting deaths on the state's highways.

On display at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh are instruments that catch speeders ranging from a speed-timing watch used in the 1950s and '60s to radar used until a decade ago.

Admission to the exhibition is free. It runs until August.

Nearly 1,800 troopers work statewide.

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]]> RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's history museum is giving patrons an opportunity to look back at nearly 90 years of the state Highway Patrol.

An exhibit opening Saturday highlights the patrol's history and showcases vehicles and other artifacts since the organization's founding in 1929 to address the increase of motor vehicle traffic and resulting deaths on the state's highways.

On display at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh are instruments that catch speeders ranging from a speed-timing watch used in the 1950s and '60s to radar used until a decade ago.

Admission to the exhibition is free. It runs until August.

Nearly 1,800 troopers work statewide.]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:01:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Elliott headlines 5 drivers in NASCAR Hall of Fame class]]> http://gazette.com/elliott-headlines-5-drivers-in-nascar-hall-of-fame-class/article/feed/200719?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/elliott-headlines-5-drivers-in-nascar-hall-of-fame-class/article/feed/200719?custom_click=rss

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bill Elliott headlined the sixth class of inductees into NASCAR's Hall of Fame, a group that included three champions, the first African-American winner and a driver with movie star looks.

"Awesome Bill From Dawsonville" was NASCAR's 1988 champion, a 44-race winner and the first driver to win the Winston Million bonus in 1985 for winning three NASCAR crown jewel races.

A 16-time winner of NASCAR's most popular driver award, Elliott won two Daytona 500s and the Southern 500 three times.

His induction came one day after his 19-year-old son, Chase, was named by Hendrick Motorsports as the driver who will replace four-time champion Jeff Gordon in the iconic No. 24.

Introduced by Kasey Kahne, w

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]]> CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bill Elliott headlined the sixth class of inductees into NASCAR's Hall of Fame, a group that included three champions, the first African-American winner and a driver with movie star looks.

"Awesome Bill From Dawsonville" was NASCAR's 1988 champion, a 44-race winner and the first driver to win the Winston Million bonus in 1985 for winning three NASCAR crown jewel races.

A 16-time winner of NASCAR's most popular driver award, Elliott won two Daytona 500s and the Southern 500 three times.

His induction came one day after his 19-year-old son, Chase, was named by Hendrick Motorsports as the driver who will replace four-time champion Jeff Gordon in the iconic No. 24.

Introduced by Kasey Kahne, w]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:17:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Kitschy treasure trove of Elvis tribute items up for auction]]> http://gazette.com/kitschy-treasure-trove-of-elvis-tribute-items-up-for-auction/article/feed/200631?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kitschy-treasure-trove-of-elvis-tribute-items-up-for-auction/article/feed/200631?custom_click=rss

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Die-hard Elvis memorabilia collectors can get their fix of ruffle-front dress shirts, life-sized cardboard Elvis cutouts and even a non-functioning electric chair made in tribute to "Jailhouse Rock" at an auction this weekend in north Mississippi.

The kitschy stuff didn't belong to Elvis Presley, but to the late Paul MacLeod, an eccentric Elvis super-fan who ran Graceland Too, a roadside museum dedicated to the king of rock 'n' roll.

MacLeod died last summer, and his estate is selling the thousands of things he collected, including albums, guitars, ceramic figurines, commemorative plates, lamps, polyester ruffle-front dress shirts, leather jackets and beaded jumpsuits.

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]]> JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Die-hard Elvis memorabilia collectors can get their fix of ruffle-front dress shirts, life-sized cardboard Elvis cutouts and even a non-functioning electric chair made in tribute to "Jailhouse Rock" at an auction this weekend in north Mississippi.

The kitschy stuff didn't belong to Elvis Presley, but to the late Paul MacLeod, an eccentric Elvis super-fan who ran Graceland Too, a roadside museum dedicated to the king of rock 'n' roll.

MacLeod died last summer, and his estate is selling the thousands of things he collected, including albums, guitars, ceramic figurines, commemorative plates, lamps, polyester ruffle-front dress shirts, leather jackets and beaded jumpsuits.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:16:58 -0700 <![CDATA[China-Guam charter flights planned for Lunar New Year]]> http://gazette.com/china-guam-charter-flights-planned-for-lunar-new-year/article/feed/200645?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/china-guam-charter-flights-planned-for-lunar-new-year/article/feed/200645?custom_click=rss HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A U.S.-based airline plans to operate charter flights for Chinese tourists to visit Guam's white beaches and warm waters during the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays.

Dynamic Airways will fly 15 flights to Guam from Beijing, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Shenyang and Chengdu using a Boeing 767 plane.

The flights are expected to bring about 3,000 Chinese tourists to the U.S. territory between Feb. 10 and March 6, the Pacific Daily News (http://bit.ly/1wIyJ1W) reported Friday.

Dynamic also flew charters to Guam during the same busy travel season last year.

United Airlines launched twice weekly flights direct from Shanghai to Guam last year. It is the only airline that operates regularly scheduled direct f

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]]> HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A U.S.-based airline plans to operate charter flights for Chinese tourists to visit Guam's white beaches and warm waters during the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays.

Dynamic Airways will fly 15 flights to Guam from Beijing, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Shenyang and Chengdu using a Boeing 767 plane.

The flights are expected to bring about 3,000 Chinese tourists to the U.S. territory between Feb. 10 and March 6, the Pacific Daily News (http://bit.ly/1wIyJ1W) reported Friday.

Dynamic also flew charters to Guam during the same busy travel season last year.

United Airlines launched twice weekly flights direct from Shanghai to Guam last year. It is the only airline that operates regularly scheduled direct f]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:16:41 -0700 <![CDATA[Yosemite park fee hikes coming in March]]> http://gazette.com/yosemite-park-fee-hikes-coming-in-march/article/feed/200621?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/yosemite-park-fee-hikes-coming-in-march/article/feed/200621?custom_click=rss SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Visitors to Yosemite National Park will pay more to enter and camp overnight, under fee hikes that start March 1.

Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher says the park received more than 3,600 emails and Facebook comments and took those into consideration when revising the park fee hikes.

A seven-day pass for each car entering Yosemite will rise from $20 to $25 or $30, depending on the season.

Between April and October, entrance fees will be the higher price. Motorcycle fees will also rise slightly.

Officials say the last entrance fee increase in the park was in 1997.

The park's annual pass will increase from $40 to $60.

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]]> SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Visitors to Yosemite National Park will pay more to enter and camp overnight, under fee hikes that start March 1.

Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher says the park received more than 3,600 emails and Facebook comments and took those into consideration when revising the park fee hikes.

A seven-day pass for each car entering Yosemite will rise from $20 to $25 or $30, depending on the season.

Between April and October, entrance fees will be the higher price. Motorcycle fees will also rise slightly.

Officials say the last entrance fee increase in the park was in 1997.

The park's annual pass will increase from $40 to $60.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:33:25 -0700 <![CDATA[Craig Biggio 'kind of speechless' after Hall of Fame visit]]> http://gazette.com/craig-biggio-kind-of-speechless-after-hall-of-fame-visit/article/feed/200599?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/craig-biggio-kind-of-speechless-after-hall-of-fame-visit/article/feed/200599?custom_click=rss

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Craig Biggio was "kind of speechless" after completing his pre-induction tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

"This is crazy!" Biggio said Friday, sitting in the Plaque Gallery of the hall. "I'm kind of speechless. It's an overwhelming feeling, incredible feeling. I don't know what to say right now."

That's understandable, given it's been less than a month since he was elected to the Hall of Fame. Perhaps it all hasn't quite sunk in yet.

Biggio was elected Jan. 6, joining Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, who made the 75 percent threshold by big margins on their first tries to become the first trio of pitchers voted in together by baseball writers.

Biggio received 82.

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]]> COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Craig Biggio was "kind of speechless" after completing his pre-induction tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

"This is crazy!" Biggio said Friday, sitting in the Plaque Gallery of the hall. "I'm kind of speechless. It's an overwhelming feeling, incredible feeling. I don't know what to say right now."

That's understandable, given it's been less than a month since he was elected to the Hall of Fame. Perhaps it all hasn't quite sunk in yet.

Biggio was elected Jan. 6, joining Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, who made the 75 percent threshold by big margins on their first tries to become the first trio of pitchers voted in together by baseball writers.

Biggio received 82.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:49:29 -0700 <![CDATA[University museum to host Black History Month lecture]]> http://gazette.com/university-museum-to-host-black-history-month-lecture/article/feed/200583?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/university-museum-to-host-black-history-month-lecture/article/feed/200583?custom_click=rss JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas State University Museum is hosting a Black History Month celebration featuring a lecture by Ethel Tompkins, who will speak about her experiences as a young student attending the Hoxie School District.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Hoxie School District was among the first to racially integrate in 1955 — two years before the crisis at Central High School in Little Rock. 

For the remaining Tuesdays during Black History Month — Feb. 10, 17 and 24 —the museum will show the documentary, "Hoxie: The First Stand," which tells the story of the Hoxie school integration.

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]]> JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas State University Museum is hosting a Black History Month celebration featuring a lecture by Ethel Tompkins, who will speak about her experiences as a young student attending the Hoxie School District.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Hoxie School District was among the first to racially integrate in 1955 — two years before the crisis at Central High School in Little Rock. 

For the remaining Tuesdays during Black History Month — Feb. 10, 17 and 24 —the museum will show the documentary, "Hoxie: The First Stand," which tells the story of the Hoxie school integration.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:19:58 -0700 <![CDATA[Number of Las Vegas visitors in 2014 climbs to 41.1 million]]> http://gazette.com/number-of-las-vegas-visitors-in-2014-climbs-to-41.1-million/article/feed/200567?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/number-of-las-vegas-visitors-in-2014-climbs-to-41.1-million/article/feed/200567?custom_click=rss LAS VEGAS (AP) — A record 41.1 million visitors descended on Las Vegas last year.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority confirmed Friday what it had already been anticipating: 41.1 million visitors, up 3.7 percent from 39.7 million in 2013, stayed overnight at the destination in 2014. The total visitor volume is the most the destination has ever seen in one year.

Of those, 5.2 million visitors attended one or more of the 22,103 conventions held last year. Both figures are up compared with the year prior.

The agency says 3.1 million visitors came to Sin City in December, up 5.5 percent. Conventions held and meeting attendance dropped in December, as did the average daily rate and revenue per available room in

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]]> LAS VEGAS (AP) — A record 41.1 million visitors descended on Las Vegas last year.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority confirmed Friday what it had already been anticipating: 41.1 million visitors, up 3.7 percent from 39.7 million in 2013, stayed overnight at the destination in 2014. The total visitor volume is the most the destination has ever seen in one year.

Of those, 5.2 million visitors attended one or more of the 22,103 conventions held last year. Both figures are up compared with the year prior.

The agency says 3.1 million visitors came to Sin City in December, up 5.5 percent. Conventions held and meeting attendance dropped in December, as did the average daily rate and revenue per available room in]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:19:58 -0700 <![CDATA[Massachusetts, Washington museums make Super Bowl bet]]> http://gazette.com/massachusetts-washington-museums-make-super-bowl-bet/article/feed/200528?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/massachusetts-washington-museums-make-super-bowl-bet/article/feed/200528?custom_click=rss WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The Seattle Art Museum and the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, are wagering valuable pieces of artwork on Sunday's Super Bowl.

No, the loser won't give away a masterpiece — just a three-month loan. All shipping and expenses will also be paid by the losing museum.

If the New England Patriots win, the Seattle museum will loan Albert Bierstadt's 1870 landscape, "Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast" to the Clark.

If the Seattle Seahawks win, the Clark will lend Winslow Homer's 1900 masterpiece depicting the rocky Maine coast, "West Point, Prout's Neck."

Clark Director Michael Conforti points out that Bierstadt was raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, so his piece will s

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]]> WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The Seattle Art Museum and the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, are wagering valuable pieces of artwork on Sunday's Super Bowl.

No, the loser won't give away a masterpiece — just a three-month loan. All shipping and expenses will also be paid by the losing museum.

If the New England Patriots win, the Seattle museum will loan Albert Bierstadt's 1870 landscape, "Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast" to the Clark.

If the Seattle Seahawks win, the Clark will lend Winslow Homer's 1900 masterpiece depicting the rocky Maine coast, "West Point, Prout's Neck."

Clark Director Michael Conforti points out that Bierstadt was raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, so his piece will s]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:33:25 -0700 <![CDATA[Gilcrease Museum transfers Declaration of Independence copy]]> http://gazette.com/gilcrease-museum-transfers-declaration-of-independence-copy/article/feed/200529?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gilcrease-museum-transfers-declaration-of-independence-copy/article/feed/200529?custom_click=rss TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Gilcrease Museum has transferred its copy of the Declaration of Independence to a new home in the most secure section of the recently opened Helmerich Center for American Research.

The Tulsa World reports (http://bit.ly/18Covfl ) the nearly 240-year-old artifact —believed to be the only certified copy of the Declaration of Independence in existence —was moved Thursday.

The museum has been transferring more than 100,000 items that make up its archival collection to the center since it opened last September.

Thomas Gilcrease purchased the declaration, along with other colonial American documents, in 1950.

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]]> TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Gilcrease Museum has transferred its copy of the Declaration of Independence to a new home in the most secure section of the recently opened Helmerich Center for American Research.

The Tulsa World reports (http://bit.ly/18Covfl ) the nearly 240-year-old artifact —believed to be the only certified copy of the Declaration of Independence in existence —was moved Thursday.

The museum has been transferring more than 100,000 items that make up its archival collection to the center since it opened last September.

Thomas Gilcrease purchased the declaration, along with other colonial American documents, in 1950.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:33:25 -0700 <![CDATA[Ice caves at Colorado park a winter jewel]]> By Jon Mitchell, Glenwood Springs Post Independent - http://gazette.com/ice-caves-at-colorado-park-a-winter-jewel/article/1545193?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ice-caves-at-colorado-park-a-winter-jewel/article/1545193?custom_click=rss

RIFLE - Walls of limestone tower above Rifle Creek as it runs through Rifle Mountain Park. Water flows down from the top of these cliffs, but not all of it reaches the creek right away, especially at this time of year.

It's from December until the end of February, typically, that walls of ice form, creating caves thanks to the daily cycles of warmth and bitter cold.

"It's all as a result of the freeze and thaw cycles in the park," said Wayne Edgeton, the assistant director of Rifle Parks and Recreation. "And plenty of people make their way to see them.



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RIFLE - Walls of limestone tower above Rifle Creek as it runs through Rifle Mountain Park. Water flows down from the top of these cliffs, but not all of it reaches the creek right away, especially at this time of year.

It's from December until the end of February, typically, that walls of ice form, creating caves thanks to the daily cycles of warmth and bitter cold.

"It's all as a result of the freeze and thaw cycles in the park," said Wayne Edgeton, the assistant director of Rifle Parks and Recreation. "And plenty of people make their way to see them.

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<![CDATA[Colorado travel calendar starting Jan. 25, 2015]]> The Gazette http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-jan.-25-2015/article/1545192?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-jan.-25-2015/article/1545192?custom_click=rss Colorado Calendar

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

Monday - Broomfield, Sam Smith, 7:30 p.m., 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, $35-$75 and up; altitudetickets.com.

Tuesday - Denver, Eric Church, with Dwight Yoakam and Halestorm, 7 p.m., Pepsi Center, 100 Chopper Circle Denver, $29 and up; 
altitudetickets.com.

Tuesday-Feb. 8 - Breckenridge, Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships; gobreck.com.

Wednesday-Feb. 1 - Durango, Snowdown 2015, Durango's annual winter celebration with a costume party, parade and more; durango.com.



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

Monday - Broomfield, Sam Smith, 7:30 p.m., 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, $35-$75 and up; altitudetickets.com.

Tuesday - Denver, Eric Church, with Dwight Yoakam and Halestorm, 7 p.m., Pepsi Center, 100 Chopper Circle Denver, $29 and up; 
altitudetickets.com.

Tuesday-Feb. 8 - Breckenridge, Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships; gobreck.com.

Wednesday-Feb. 1 - Durango, Snowdown 2015, Durango's annual winter celebration with a costume party, parade and more; durango.com.

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<![CDATA[Sand dunes, camels and clay castles in Moroccan desert]]> By GIOVANNA DELL'ORTO The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/sand-dunes-camels-and-clay-castles-in-moroccan-desert/article/1544857?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sand-dunes-camels-and-clay-castles-in-moroccan-desert/article/1544857?custom_click=rss

ERG CHEBBI, Morocco - The silhouettes of our three-camel caravan shone against a sand dune like a background drawing of the three kings in a nativity scene.

While Georgie, as I had nicknamed my blond dromedary camel, plodded through this corner of Morocco at the edge of the Saharan Desert, I was transfixed by our reflection - because it was well past sunset and there was no moon.

With the complete lack of artificial lights, the vault of stars was bright enough to cast shadows, but I was struck by how this desert constantly upends expectations.

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While Georgie, as I had nicknamed my blond dromedary camel, plodded through this corner of Morocco at the edge of the Saharan Desert, I was transfixed by our reflection - because it was well past sunset and there was no moon.

With the complete lack of artificial lights, the vault of stars was bright enough to cast shadows, but I was struck by how this desert constantly upends expectations.]]> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:40:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado travel calendar starting Jan. 18, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-jan.-18-2015/article/1544812?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-jan.-18-2015/article/1544812?custom_click=rss Call before you go. Many events are free; some charge admission or require tickets. Events are subject to change. Phone numbers without a designated area code are 719.

Monday-Feb. 8 - Breckenridge, International Snow Sculpture Championships, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave., free; 1-877-864-0868, gobreck.com.

Thursday-Jan. 25 - Golden, Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering, American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St. Go online for ticket prices: coloradocowboy gathering.com.

Friday and Saturday - Denver, Winter Brew Fest, Mile High Station, 2027 W. Lower Colfax Ave., $45-$50; denverbrewfest.com/winter.

Saturday and Jan. 25 - Winter Park, Carnival and Mary Jane's Birthday, live music, snow-sculpture

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Monday-Feb. 8 - Breckenridge, International Snow Sculpture Championships, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave., free; 1-877-864-0868, gobreck.com.

Thursday-Jan. 25 - Golden, Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering, American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St. Go online for ticket prices: coloradocowboy gathering.com.

Friday and Saturday - Denver, Winter Brew Fest, Mile High Station, 2027 W. Lower Colfax Ave., $45-$50; denverbrewfest.com/winter.

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