<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> travel]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/travel Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:44:15 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[There they are: 52 Miss America contestants in Atlantic City]]> http://gazette.com/there-they-are-52-miss-america-contestants-in-atlantic-city/article/feed/391500?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/there-they-are-52-miss-america-contestants-in-atlantic-city/article/feed/391500?custom_click=rss

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — There they are: the 52 Miss America contestants, on the Atlantic City Boardwalk — and not a moment too soon for a city that could use a happy diversion.

The hopefuls were welcomed to the seaside resort Tuesday afternoon to kick off two weeks that will culminate in the crowning of the 2017 Miss America on Sept. 11.

They arrived as Atlantic City faces yet another imminent casino closing — the Trump Taj Mahal is due to shut down on Oct. 10 — as well as a threatened state takeover of its finances and decision-making power.

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 17:07:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Mexico issues transit visas to surge of African migrants]]> http://gazette.com/mexico-issues-transit-visas-to-surge-of-african-migrants/article/feed/391880?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mexico-issues-transit-visas-to-surge-of-african-migrants/article/feed/391880?custom_click=rss MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican immigration authorities say 424 migrants from African countries arrived at the southern state of Chiapas over two days last week.

The National Migration Institute said Tuesday that it has issued them 20-day transit visas that will allow the migrants to reach the U.S.-Mexico border, where they plan to request asylum.

Officials call it an unusual surge and say most of the migrants first went to Brazil or Ecuador to start their journey through Latin America.

Most of the Africans presented themselves voluntarily to immigration officials in the Chiapas town of Tapachula. They did not specify their nationalities.

Immigration support staff in Tijuana has been aiding migrants from the Congo, S

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 17:06:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Skyscraper-filled Dubai burnishes arts scene with new opera]]> http://gazette.com/skyscraper-filled-dubai-burnishes-arts-scene-with-new-opera/article/feed/391644?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/skyscraper-filled-dubai-burnishes-arts-scene-with-new-opera/article/feed/391644?custom_click=rss

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Already filled with towering skyscrapers, Dubai will soon offer soaring arias inside a new opera house.

The city-state is opening the Dubai Opera on Wednesday night, in the shadow of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.

This isn't the first opera house built on the Arabian Peninsula, as Oman opened the Royal Opera House Muscat in 2011. But the arrival of the performance center comes as part of a greater push by the United Arab Emirates, already home to engineering marvels, into the world of the fine arts.

"It certainly couldn't be said that Dubai has no culture; it's got an enormous amount of culture," Dubai Opera's chief executive Jasper Hope told The Associated Press on

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:30:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Prayer or politics? Evangelist rallies Christians in Boston]]> http://gazette.com/prayer-or-politics-evangelist-rallies-christians-in-boston/article/feed/391499?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/prayer-or-politics-evangelist-rallies-christians-in-boston/article/feed/391499?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — The son of famed evangelist Billy Graham urged a gathering on the historic Boston Common on Tuesday to vote in the November election, but stressed that he was taking no sides publicly in the U.S. presidential race.

The event was the latest stop on the Rev. Franklin Graham's 50-state "Decision America" tour, during which he asked Christians to take a pledge to support, whenever possible, candidates who uphold biblical principles.

Making no direct reference in his remarks to Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton, Graham said the nation was in trouble spiritually, economically and politically and neither major party could turn that around.

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:28:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Hurricane to pass 'dangerously close' to Hawaii's Big Island]]> http://gazette.com/hurricane-to-pass-dangerously-close-to-hawaiis-big-island/article/feed/391436?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hurricane-to-pass-dangerously-close-to-hawaiis-big-island/article/feed/391436?custom_click=rss HONOLULU (AP) — Residents of Hawaii's Big Island are bracing for what could be the first hurricane to make landfall in the state in decades.

Hurricane Madeline, now a major Category 3 storm, is expected to weaken but likely to remain a hurricane as it passes the state, said meteorologist Chevy Chevalier of the National Weather Service on Tuesday.

Forecasters are expecting Madeline to pass just south of the Big Island around 2 a.m. Thursday. But if the storm track shifts slightly to the north, it could hit land.

Chevalier says the last hurricane to make landfall in Hawaii was Hurricane Iniki in 1992, which hit Kauai Island.

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:13:48 -0600 <![CDATA[House panel seeks briefing on scandals at Effigy Mounds]]> http://gazette.com/house-panel-seeks-briefing-on-scandals-at-effigy-mounds/article/feed/391819?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/house-panel-seeks-briefing-on-scandals-at-effigy-mounds/article/feed/391819?custom_click=rss IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A U.S. congressional committee is seeking more information about decades of mismanagement at Effigy Mounds National Monument in northeast Iowa.

Rep. Rob Bishop, chairman of the House natural resources committee, sent a letter Tuesday to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell seeking a briefing by Sept. 9.

The Republican from Utah says it's troubling that mismanagement went on for two decades at the monument with "little to no oversight" by the National Park Service.

Bishop's letter comes in response to a National Park Service report that said the agency itself was "astonished" by what happened.

One superintendent oversaw an illegal $3.4 million building spree that erected a boardwalk system throu

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:04:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Ouray hot springs to close for renovations]]> http://gazette.com/ouray-hot-springs-to-close-for-renovations/article/1584002?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ouray-hot-springs-to-close-for-renovations/article/1584002?custom_click=rss

OURAY — The hot springs pool in Ouray will be closed until May while the city completes renovations.

The Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/2c88rVE ) that the 89-year-old pool will close Sept. 6 for the first part of a $10.6 million renovation and the addition of a new two-story bathhouse.

The first phase of the project is scheduled to keep the pool closed until Memorial Day weekend in 2017.

Talks of renovating the pool, which has been open since 1927, began in 2012 when a number of leaks were noticed. Last year a master plan was approved and it includes a soaking pool, a hot pool with islands, a lap pool and a climbing wall with a diving platform.

The bathhouse will not be built until fall 2107.



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<![CDATA[Yellowstone south entrance reopens Tuesday]]> http://gazette.com/yellowstone-south-entrance-reopens-tuesday/article/feed/391661?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/yellowstone-south-entrance-reopens-tuesday/article/feed/391661?custom_click=rss

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The south entrance to Yellowstone National Park reopened Tuesday after being closed for more than a week because of a wildfire in neighboring Grand Teton National Park.

"There's probably been a lot of people putting off a visit due to the inconvenience of the extended drive," Yellowstone fire spokesman Bill Swartley said. "Now with that roadway open I would expect more visitors to come to the park."

A 10-mile stretch of U.S. 89/191/287 was shut down on Aug. 22 when a wind-driven wildfire burned across the highway on the northeast side of Grand Teton park. The highway is the only road leading into the south entrance of Yellowstone.

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:49:58 -0600 <![CDATA[New coach, and basically a new defense for Miami as well]]> http://gazette.com/new-coach-and-basically-a-new-defense-for-miami-as-well/article/feed/391811?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-coach-and-basically-a-new-defense-for-miami-as-well/article/feed/391811?custom_click=rss

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Of Miami's 11 offensive starters from last season's bowl game, it seems likely that 10 will play when the Hurricanes open the season this weekend.

That's the good news.

Here's the other side of that coin: Only three of the defensive starters from that game are back. Graduation ended the Miami careers of four defensive starters from that Sun Bowl loss to Washington State, cornerback Artie Burns left Miami a year early to become a first-round NFL draft pick and all three starters at linebacker in the bowl game departed in an extra-benefits mess surrounding access to luxury rental cars.

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:43:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Alaska agency turns to crowdfunding for park project]]> http://gazette.com/alaska-agency-turns-to-crowdfunding-for-park-project/article/feed/391797?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/alaska-agency-turns-to-crowdfunding-for-park-project/article/feed/391797?custom_click=rss

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — With Alaska's fiscal crisis drying up funding for a number of state projects, officials hope a crowdfunding campaign will raise $50,000 toward shoring up a crumbling riverbank creeping toward century-old buildings at a state park.

Alaska is among a growing list of governments and civic organizations across the country going that route as traditional revenue sources shrink.

The riverbank project marks the state's debut in the increasingly popular practice of financing ventures through small payouts from large numbers of people.

In recent years, funding sites such as Citizinvestor and Spacehive have provided cash-generating platforms for those public entities, tweaking the formula of private pio

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:39:28 -0600 <![CDATA[The new downtown: Lower Manhattan reborn 15 years after 9/11]]> http://gazette.com/the-new-downtown-lower-manhattan-reborn-15-years-after-911/article/feed/391791?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-new-downtown-lower-manhattan-reborn-15-years-after-911/article/feed/391791?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Fifteen years after the Sept. 11th attacks, Lower Manhattan has been reborn.

The revitalization of the city's downtown, powered by $30 billion in government and private investment, includes not just the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site, but also two new malls filled with upscale retailers, thousands of new hotel rooms and dozens of eateries ranging from a new Eataly to a French food hall, Le District.

The statistics alone are stunning. There are 29 hotels in the neighborhood, compared to six before 9/11. More than 60,000 people live downtown, nearly triple the number in 2000. And last year, the area hosted a record 14 million visitors, according to the Alliance for Downtown New York.

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:22:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Airline adds flights to Texas, Puerto Rico from Pittsburgh]]> http://gazette.com/airline-adds-flights-to-texas-puerto-rico-from-pittsburgh/article/feed/391792?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/airline-adds-flights-to-texas-puerto-rico-from-pittsburgh/article/feed/391792?custom_click=rss IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) — Allegiant Air is adding flights to Austin, Texas and San Juan, Puerto Rico from Pittsburgh International Airport, where the low-cost carrier also plans to base a second passenger plane and add 30 jobs.

The Las-Vegas based airline plans to add twice-weekly flights to Austin beginning on Dec. 16 and once-weekly seasonal flights to San Juan beginning the following day.

The San Juan flights will run until late April.

Pittsburgh hasn't had a nonstop flight to Austin since 1997. There has been no service to San Juan since 2008.

Introductory fares will start at $44 one way to Austin and $79 one way to San Juan.

The airline will fly to nine destinations from Pittsburgh with the addition of the

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:03:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Intoxicated in the air: drunk pilots make news but are rare]]> http://gazette.com/intoxicated-in-the-air-drunk-pilots-make-news-but-are-rare/article/feed/391692?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/intoxicated-in-the-air-drunk-pilots-make-news-but-are-rare/article/feed/391692?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Every few months, a pilot somewhere in the world is stopped before a jet takes off because of suspicion of drunkenness. It makes headlines and gives nervous travelers another reason to avoid flying.

Despite their notoriety, such cases are extremely rare.

Each day, there are 90,000 flights around the world, carrying more than 8 million people. And the overwhelming majority of pilots in those cockpits are sober.

Pilots take being fit to fly seriously and act accordingly," says former US Airways pilot John M. Cox, now CEO of the consulting firm Safety Operating Systems. "Pilots know they are one of the most carefully monitored professions and therefore, are very conservative."

There are occasional l

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:46:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Las Vegas, Asian investors bet on Sin City's Chinese tourism]]> http://gazette.com/las-vegas-asian-investors-bet-on-sin-citys-chinese-tourism/article/feed/391536?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/las-vegas-asian-investors-bet-on-sin-citys-chinese-tourism/article/feed/391536?custom_click=rss

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sin City and Asian investors are going all in on Chinese tourism as some of Las Vegas' latest developments on and off the Strip target Chinese nationals and Chinese-Americans.

The Chinese have been regulars along the resort corridor for decades. Now, officials and developers intent on capitalizing on burgeoning Chinese wealth and Asian-American population growth are courting them in a major way.

Nonstop flights from mainland China are planned for the first time, and two Asian-themed casinos will be among the first post-recession additions to Sin City's glittering skyline.

The new hotel-casinos boast of plans for what some other resorts such as the MGM Grand, Wynn and Venetian have quietly offered for

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:40:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Hundreds arrested during London's Notting Hill Carnival]]> http://gazette.com/hundreds-arrested-during-londons-notting-hill-carnival/article/feed/391547?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hundreds-arrested-during-londons-notting-hill-carnival/article/feed/391547?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — London police arrested 454 people during the two-day Notting Hill Carnival as stabbings and drug offenses marred the Caribbean-inspired street party.

The Metropolitan Police reported Tuesday that the arrests were the highest number in more than a decade and attributed the increase to tighter laws on psychoactive drugs, including nitrous oxide.

Authorities said there were 15 violent injuries involving a knife or a blade.

A 14-year-old boy was among those facing charges for a string of knife attacks starting Sunday. Among the wounded were three teenage boys and a 20-year-old man.

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:49:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Georgia governor plans Ireland trade trip]]> http://gazette.com/georgia-governor-plans-ireland-trade-trip/article/feed/391624?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/georgia-governor-plans-ireland-trade-trip/article/feed/391624?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal and other officials are traveling to Ireland for a brief trade mission, including the Georgia Tech football team's game in Dublin this weekend.

Deal and other representatives of Georgia agencies leave for Dublin on Wednesday and return to Atlanta on Sunday.

Deal will participate in a coin flip before Georgia Tech's game against Boston College on Saturday.

The trip agenda also includes visits to several companies with ties to or interest in Georgia and a Friday evening reception promoting tourism.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development says more than 12,000 people visited the state from Ireland last year.

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:26:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Meet the man behind Bishop Castle, whose Colorado creation is a source of public envy and private ruin]]> http://gazette.com/meet-the-man-behind-bishop-castle-whose-colorado-creation-is-a-source-of-public-envy-and-private-ruin/article/1583840?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/meet-the-man-behind-bishop-castle-whose-colorado-creation-is-a-source-of-public-envy-and-private-ruin/article/1583840?custom_click=rss

Editor's note: This story contains offensive language.

Custer County

Jim Bishop is not dead. That's the first thing he wants people to know.

The cancer that was supposed to kill him did not. So, when people come to his castle, they can stop already with the questions about when he passed. Merkel cell carcinoma was no match for him. "Carcinoma means incurable," the 72-year-old says, hauling rock one recent afternoon. "Incurable, my ass!"

The second thing he'd like people to know is they can find him here, at his castle, Bishop Castle, which, by the way, is his castle and nobody else's. That legal dispute from last year? That man who made headlines for becoming the new owner while Bishop was dying? A judge



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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:32:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Natural wonders - plus bears and other dangers - await at majestic Yellowstone National Park]]> http://gazette.com/natural-wonders-plus-bears-and-other-dangers-await-at-majestic-yellowstone-national-park/article/1583767?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/natural-wonders-plus-bears-and-other-dangers-await-at-majestic-yellowstone-national-park/article/1583767?custom_click=rss

Real adventure requires real risk, and Yellowstone has that in spades. The week before I took my son to the park, there were two "geyser accidents": one involving injuries severe enough for hospitalization and one resulting in death.

Over the past decade, 16 people have been burned badly enough at Yellowstone that they've had to be helicoptered to the burn unit at the University of Utah. Lots of minor burns go unreported.

And geothermal dangers are only the start. There are steep cliffs and switchbacks on hiking trails. The driving can be harrowing, too. I've been through all 50 states, and Yellowstone's Dunraven Pass (elevation - 8,878 feet; lanes - two; guardrails - none) ranks high on the list of roads I never want to



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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:52:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado travel calendar starting Aug. 28, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-aug.-28-2016/article/1583868?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-aug.-28-2016/article/1583868?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.

Wednesday - Pueblo, PRCA Ram Rodeo - Girls Night Out, 7 p.m., Colorado State Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, $10; altitudetickets.com.

Thursday-Saturday - Ridgway, Ouray County Fair; ridgwaycolorado.com/calendar.

Friday-Sept. 4 - Silverton, Western Film Festival, showing of Western movies filmed in and around Silverton; silvertoncolorado.com.

Friday-Sept. 5 - Denver, Taste of Colorado, food, music, arts and crafts and more, Civic Center Park; atasteofcolorado.com.

Friday-Sept.

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]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 04:15:01 -0600 <![CDATA[The most hippie town in all 50 states: Manitou No. 1 in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/the-most-hippie-town-in-all-50-states-manitou-no.-1-in-colorado/article/1583511?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-most-hippie-town-in-all-50-states-manitou-no.-1-in-colorado/article/1583511?custom_click=rss

Hippies have become kind of hard to define. Once upon a time they were the flower-power counterculture that dropped acid, drove inexplicably operative VW buses, and protested the bejeezus out of the Greatest Generation. You may recognize them from those pictures you found of your parents that you really wish you could unsee. 

And while Eric Cartman still hates them all, they all need a place to call home. Every state's got its eclectic hippie haven, whether it's a farm commune in Missouri or an artists colony in Mississippi. We've rounded up the hippiest of the hippie from all 50.



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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:08:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Rocky Mountain National Park packs plenty of magnificence into its 400 square miles]]> http://gazette.com/rocky-mountain-national-park-packs-plenty-of-magnificence-into-its-400-square-miles/article/1583338?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rocky-mountain-national-park-packs-plenty-of-magnificence-into-its-400-square-miles/article/1583338?custom_click=rss

The ranger had organized a little briefing after a woman asked him, nervously, about the chances that she and her companion, while on the hike they had planned, might, you know, run into ... a bear.

So seven or eight of us stood outside the Beaver Meadows visitor center while he conducted a helpful course on bears in general and, specifically, the black bears of Rocky Mountain National Park. "The black bear is a territorial animal and each one needs a fairly large territory. There is enough territory in this park - about 400 square miles - to support about 30 bears."

"That's all?" the woman said. She meant the number of bears, not the size of the park.

"Yes," the ranger replied.

The woman found that reassuring.

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]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 04:16:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado travel calendar starting Aug. 21, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-aug.-21-2016/article/1583337?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-aug.-21-2016/article/1583337?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.

Friday-Aug. 28 - Nederland, Nedfest, outdoor music, arts and microbrew festival; facebook.com/nedfest.

Friday-Sept. 5 - Pueblo, Colorado State Fair, Colorado State Fairgrounds; coloradostatefair.com.

Saturday - Pueblo, Car Racing, 6 p.m., I-25 Speedway, $5 and up; i25speedway.com.

Saturday - Denver, Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Rams, preseason, 7 p.m., Sports Authority Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St.; denverbroncos.com.

Saturday and Aug.

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]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 04:16:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Grand Canyon still that 'one great sight which every American should see']]> http://gazette.com/grand-canyon-still-that-one-great-sight-which-every-american-should-see/article/1583335?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/grand-canyon-still-that-one-great-sight-which-every-american-should-see/article/1583335?custom_click=rss

"For each man sees himself in the Grand Canyon - each one makes his own Canyon before he comes, each one brings and carries away his own Canyon." - Carl Sandburg

If you have not seen it, you will be told by anyone who has that there is no way you can prepare yourself, that when you first gaze upon it, it is impossible not to be stunned by its glory. You might have seen photos, read the literature and imagined it in your mind. Still ... there is just no way.

I'd heard that and discounted it as hyperbole. My companion on my first visit had worked for the National Park Service as a firefighter on the North Rim. He loved the Grand Canyon so fervently that he got to be something of a bore. So I was determined not to be

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]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 04:15:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Blue majesty of Crater Lake a sight to behold]]> http://gazette.com/blue-majesty-of-crater-lake-a-sight-to-behold/article/1582752?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blue-majesty-of-crater-lake-a-sight-to-behold/article/1582752?custom_click=rss

Coming into the park from any direction, you pass through vast, old-growth forests. These stands of imposingly large trees are impressive enough to make the drive into the interior of Oregon worth the trip.

There are very few places in the Lower 48 where the forests look like this - where you feel the sense of being in a dark and solemn cathedral of nature. And this is not even the main attraction.

You will begin to notice, as you make your way higher and deeper into the park, that the trees are less imposing and that the stands of them are more irregular and less dense, suggesting, now, a garden in need of fertilizer.

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]]> Sun, 14 Aug 2016 04:20:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado travel calendar starting Aug. 14, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-aug.-14-2016/article/1582751?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-aug.-14-2016/article/1582751?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-Wednesday - Denver, Colorado Rockies vs. Washington Nationals, 6:40 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 1:10 p.m. Wednesday, Coors Field, 2001 Blake St.; colorado rockies.com.

Wednesday-Aug. 21 - Rocky Ford, Arkansas Valley Fair; arkvalleyfair.com.

Thursday-Aug. 21 - Telluride, Mushroom Festival, celebrates the many uses of fungi, Historic Sheridan Opera House; visittelluride.com.

Thursday-Aug. 21 - Hayden, Routt County Fair; routtcountyfair.org.

Thursday-Aug. 21 - Durango, Railrocker Festival, celebrating

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]]> Sun, 14 Aug 2016 04:20:55 -0600 <![CDATA[IONAZtojourney]]> http://gazette.com/ionaztojourney/article/1582750?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ionaztojourney/article/1582750?custom_click=rss

"Oh, wow," a voice up ahead on the trail said, "look at that. A perfect view of the Altar of Sacrifice."

Well, the park is called Zion. So there is logic behind the biblical names of its most imposing and impressive features. In addition to the Altar of Sacrifice, there are the Three Patriarchs - Abraham Peak, Isaac Peak and Jacob Peak. Abraham Peak is the tallest at 6,890 feet. Then there is the Great White Throne, Angels Landing and more.

The naming was done by the early Mormon settlers who came to farm this part of Utah and who considered the valley of the Virgin River a place of safety. Before the coming of the Mormons in the mid-19th century, this had been the country of the Southern Paiute Indians.

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