<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> travel]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/travel Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:59:52 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[No elevator service at Carlsbad Caverns for 10 days in Feb.]]> http://gazette.com/no-elevator-service-at-carlsbad-caverns-for-10-days-in-feb./article/feed/439951?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-elevator-service-at-carlsbad-caverns-for-10-days-in-feb./article/feed/439951?custom_click=rss CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — There will be no elevator service at Carlsbad Caverns National Park for 10 days next month because of scheduled safety maintenance.

Park officials say the secondary elevator system will be taken out of service to replace steel hoist cables.

Both secondary elevator cars have eight cables, used to raise and lower the elevator cars in and out of the cavern.

The cable replacement on each car will require at least five days of work.

Officials say there will be no elevator service on Feb. 6-10 and Feb. 13-17.

They say the elevators are scheduled to be back in service on Feb. 18.

While elevator service is temporarily suspended, visitors may still access the cavern by hiking in and out

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]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:10:34 -0700 <![CDATA[Q&A: Denver law will allow pot in public, details up in air]]> http://gazette.com/qa-denver-law-will-allow-pot-in-public-details-up-in-air/article/feed/439800?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/qa-denver-law-will-allow-pot-in-public-details-up-in-air/article/feed/439800?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Denver has started work on the nation's first law allowing marijuana clubs and use in public places such as coffee shops or art galleries. But the details about what those pot clubs would look like are very much in the air. Here's what we know, and don't know, about the looming pot clubs headed to Denver:

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WHEN WILL THE POT CLUBS OPEN?

Applications are available Friday, but the city has no deadline for issuing the licenses, which will cost $2,000 a year. An informal workgroup made up of police, restaurants, state health authorities and marijuana activists is meeting to suggest regulations for the city licensing authority, but the final call will be made by city regulators.

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HOW WILL THE

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]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:49:12 -0700 <![CDATA[Spanish tourist towns post 1st snowfalls in decades]]> http://gazette.com/spanish-tourist-towns-post-1st-snowfalls-in-decades/article/feed/439811?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spanish-tourist-towns-post-1st-snowfalls-in-decades/article/feed/439811?custom_click=rss

MADRID (AP) — Officials have placed more than half of Spain's 50 provinces under alert for heavy snow and sleet storms, with southern tourist towns reporting their first snowfalls in decades.

Authorities in the southeastern resort town of Torrevieja say that emergency services are on alert for flooding. Intense sleet storms came hours after the first snowfalls in more than 90 years coated the town's beaches white.

In the nearby resort town of Denia, classes were suspended as rain storms followed the first snowfalls in more than three decades.

Classes were also suspended in the mountainous southwestern tourist town of Ronda as up to 40 centimeters (15 inches) of snow cut off two access roads.

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]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:26:59 -0700 <![CDATA[Bagwell, Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame]]> http://gazette.com/bagwell-raines-ivan-rodriguez-elected-to-hall-of-fame/article/feed/439728?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bagwell-raines-ivan-rodriguez-elected-to-hall-of-fame/article/feed/439728?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short.

Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were passed over for the fifth straight year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. But they received a majority of votes for the first time and could be in position to gain election in coming years.

Bagwell , on the ballot for the seventh time after falling 15 votes short last year, received 381 of 442 votes for 86.2 percent. Players needed 75 percent, which came to 332 votes this year.

"Anxiety was very, very high," Bagwell said. "I wrote it on a ball tonight. It was k

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]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:50:33 -0700 <![CDATA[American Airlines to sell restricted 'basic economy' ticket]]> http://gazette.com/american-airlines-to-sell-restricted-basic-economy-ticket/article/feed/439615?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/american-airlines-to-sell-restricted-basic-economy-ticket/article/feed/439615?custom_click=rss

DALLAS (AP) — The evolution of a caste system in the economy cabin of jetliners is deepening, with passengers divided and treated differently based on how much they are willing to pay the airline.

American Airlines announced Wednesday that passengers will be able to buy "basic economy" tickets starting next month that will be similar to bare-bones fares already offered by Delta Air Lines and soon to be matched by United Airlines.

If you want to get the cheapest fare on American or United, you will have to leave that rolling carry-on bag at home. Passengers who pay basic-economy rates on those carriers will be limited to one item that fits under their seat — no wheeled bags that take up space in the overhead bins.

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]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:28:12 -0700 <![CDATA[A look at events and attractions surrounding Super Bowl LI]]> http://gazette.com/a-look-at-events-and-attractions-surrounding-super-bowl-li/article/feed/439616?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-look-at-events-and-attractions-surrounding-super-bowl-li/article/feed/439616?custom_click=rss

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston is the nation's fourth largest city, a sprawling metropolis larger than some small states. But the good news for those visiting for Super Bowl LI is that most of the events surrounding the game will be concentrated downtown, making it easy to visit a number of attractions.

There are thousands of hotel rooms downtown where fans can stay, and from there it's about 11 miles to NRG Stadium , home of the Houston Texans, where the Feb. 5 game will be played.

SUPER EVENTS

Super Bowl LIVE is a free fan festival that stretches from Discovery Green across from the George R. Brown Convention Center to Root Park near the Toyota Center, where the Houston Rockets play. The festival, which runs from Jan. 28-Fe

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]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:52:20 -0700 <![CDATA[Airbnb, others sued in France for alleged unfair practices]]> http://gazette.com/airbnb-others-sued-in-france-for-alleged-unfair-practices/article/feed/439554?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/airbnb-others-sued-in-france-for-alleged-unfair-practices/article/feed/439554?custom_click=rss PARIS (AP) — A group of French hoteliers and real estate agents has launched a lawsuit targeting accommodation-rental platforms, including Airbnb, arguing that their practices amount to unfair competition.

Lawyer Guillaume Navarro said they want French authorities to impose the same rules on them as those regulating the traditional rental market.

The group, which targets other vacation rental portals like HomeAway and Wimdu, is accusing the platforms of offering a string of tourism services, including tour operator and insurance services, without proper authorization.

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]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:14:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Airlines increase on-time arrivals, reduce canceled flights]]> http://gazette.com/airlines-increase-on-time-arrivals-reduce-canceled-flights/article/feed/439370?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/airlines-increase-on-time-arrivals-reduce-canceled-flights/article/feed/439370?custom_click=rss

The chances that your flight will be on time and won't get canceled appear to be looking up.

The federal Department of Transportation reported Tuesday that 86.5 percent of U.S. flights in November arrived on time, an improvement over both the previous month and November 2015.

Less than one-third of 1 percent of domestic flights on the busiest 12 airlines were canceled, the lowest rate in any month since the department started keeping comparable records in 1995. The previous low was set in September.

And the rate of bags that got lost, delayed or damaged was the lowest in figures that go back to 1987, the department said.

Hawaiian Airlines and Delta Air Lines posted the best rates for on-time arrivals, over 90 perc

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:03:45 -0700 <![CDATA[Champ's artistic side to be displayed at Muhammad Ali Center]]> http://gazette.com/champs-artistic-side-to-be-displayed-at-muhammad-ali-center/article/feed/439368?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/champs-artistic-side-to-be-displayed-at-muhammad-ali-center/article/feed/439368?custom_click=rss

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — When Muhammad Ali wasn't jabbing or dancing in the ring, he sometimes liked dabbling as an artist.

Now, 15 drawings created by The Greatest are being donated to the Muhammad Ali Center in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The Ali originals are coming from the foundation created by the artist LeRoy Neiman and his wife. Ali gave the artwork to Neiman, his longtime friend, as gifts.

On what would have been Ali's 75th birthday, the LeRoy Neiman Foundation said Tuesday it will donate 21 Ali-related works of art valued at more than $500,000 to the Ali Center. The three-time heavyweight champion and humanitarian died last June after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:59:09 -0700 <![CDATA[Hawaiian, Delta top on-time ratings for US airlines]]> http://gazette.com/hawaiian-delta-top-on-time-ratings-for-us-airlines/article/feed/439372?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hawaiian-delta-top-on-time-ratings-for-us-airlines/article/feed/439372?custom_click=rss Here are the government's rankings of the leading U.S. airlines and their on-time performance for November. The federal government counts a flight as on time if it arrives within 14 minutes of schedule.

1. Hawaiian Airlines, 91.5 percent

2. Delta Air Lines, 91.4 percent

3. Alaska Airlines, 88.0 percent

4. Frontier Airlines, 87.5 percent

5. Spirit Airlines, 86.4 percent

6. United Airlines, 86.1 percent

7. Southwest Airlines, 86.1 percent

8. American Airlines, 85.4 percent

9. SkyWest, 85.2 percent

10. JetBlue Airways, 84.3 percent

11. ExpressJet, 82.8 percent

12. Virgin America, 81.4 percent

Total for all covered airlines: 86.5 percent

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Source: U.S

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:21:45 -0700 <![CDATA[Malaysia Air on rebound as missing flight search called off]]> http://gazette.com/malaysia-air-on-rebound-as-missing-flight-search-called-off/article/feed/439275?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/malaysia-air-on-rebound-as-missing-flight-search-called-off/article/feed/439275?custom_click=rss

HONG KONG (AP) — Nearly three years after twin disasters took it to the brink of financial collapse, Malaysia Airlines' new CEO says the airline's recovery is going better than expected.

The search for the airline's Flight 370 that went missing in March 2014 with 239 people on board was suspended Tuesday.

Speaking before the search was called off, CEO Peter Bellew called the disaster an "awful tragedy."

"There's people I work with every day who lost some of their friends, so they're living with that," he said when asked about it Tuesday.

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:09:44 -0700 <![CDATA[National park visits hits record high for 3rd straight year]]> http://gazette.com/national-park-visits-hits-record-high-for-3rd-straight-year/article/feed/439179?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/national-park-visits-hits-record-high-for-3rd-straight-year/article/feed/439179?custom_click=rss

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Visits to U.S. national parks set a record in 2016 for the third consecutive year as landmarks such Zion, Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain experienced historic levels of popularity that brought collateral headaches stemming from overcrowded roads and trails and increasing visitor misbehavior.

At many parks, visitors waited an hour or more in cars to get through entrance gates and then spent the day trying to outmaneuver fellow visitors for parking spots and room on popular trails. They left behind enormous amounts of trash and sometimes, human waste.

Encountering a crowded, Disneyland-like situation when people were expecting peaceful serenity can lead to aggression and bad decisions, park officials said

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:14:54 -0700 <![CDATA[Rule easing public lands transfer concerns hunters, others]]> http://gazette.com/rule-easing-public-lands-transfer-concerns-hunters-others/article/feed/439203?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rule-easing-public-lands-transfer-concerns-hunters-others/article/feed/439203?custom_click=rss

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A change in U.S. House rules making it easier to transfer millions of acres of federal public lands to states is worrying hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts across the West who fear losing access.

Lawmakers earlier this month passed a rule eliminating a significant budget hurdle and written so broadly that it includes national parks.

President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Interior secretary, Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke, voted for the rule change as did many other Republicans. The Senate would have to weigh in on public land transfers as well.

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]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:33:04 -0700 <![CDATA[On ballot for final time, Tim Raines hopes for Hall entry]]> http://gazette.com/on-ballot-for-final-time-tim-raines-hopes-for-hall-entry/article/feed/439119?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/on-ballot-for-final-time-tim-raines-hopes-for-hall-entry/article/feed/439119?custom_click=rss

MONTREAL (AP) — The 1982 All-Star Game at Olympic Stadium was the first outside the United States, the host Montreal Expos giving the event a distinctive international flair.

As Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn looked on, center fielder Andre Dawson, catcher Gary Carter and left fielder Tim Raines were among five players wearing that tri-color hat of the hometown team.

On Wednesday, Raines is likely to join Dawson and Carter as Expos in the Hall of Fame, expected to be voted the honor in his 10th and final year of eligibility.

"If I get in, that's the team I deserve to go in for, regardless if they no longer have a team," Raines said in a phone interview from his home in Phoe

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]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:30:52 -0700 <![CDATA[Neighborliness flows at Rock Cut Brewing in Estes Park]]> http://gazette.com/neighborliness-flows-at-rock-cut-brewing-in-estes-park/article/1594355?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/neighborliness-flows-at-rock-cut-brewing-in-estes-park/article/1594355?custom_click=rss

ESTES PARK - Happy birthday, D.S. If you haven't already laid claim, you've got beers waiting at Rock Cut Brewing Co.

"There were, like, four people who called and bought him a beer," said "beertender" T.J. Manspeaker, who swears that's his real name.

The pay-it-both-ways concept flows freely at this riverfront craft brewery, opened 16 months ago by longtime residents Matthew Heiser and Tracy Goodemote. If you want to give a liquid gift, to say "welcome to town," "thank you" or just "cheers" for no special reason, all you have to do is call or come in, pay the tab and have the lucky someone's name or title added to the chalkboard - assuming there's room.



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<![CDATA[Repaired and ready: Venue where a young Dylan played reopens]]> http://gazette.com/repaired-and-ready-venue-where-a-young-dylan-played-reopens/article/feed/439011?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/repaired-and-ready-venue-where-a-young-dylan-played-reopens/article/feed/439011?custom_click=rss

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Bob Dylan would surely still recognize the low-ceilinged room in Caffe Lena where he played a couple of gigs almost 60 years ago.

But just about everything else about a venue that bills itself as the nation's oldest continuously operating coffeehouse has undergone some major upgrades as part of a $2 million renovation project bankrolled in part by folk music performers themselves.

Dylan performed twice there early in his career, when the young singer born in Minnesota as Robert Zimmerman was just making his way onto New York City's folk scene. The same brown wooden shutters bracket the windows and the same exposed brick wall provides background for the corner where he sang and played acoustic g

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]]> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:06:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Mineral hot springs and rivers draw outdoor enthusiasts to mountain town of Glenwood Springs]]> http://gazette.com/mineral-hot-springs-and-rivers-draw-outdoor-enthusiasts-to-mountain-town-of-glenwood-springs/article/1593904?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mineral-hot-springs-and-rivers-draw-outdoor-enthusiasts-to-mountain-town-of-glenwood-springs/article/1593904?custom_click=rss

Glenwood Springs - Water and good health grew this mountain town at the nexus of the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers, a spot famed for its mineral hot springs and as a destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes.

Given that, I guess it's only fitting that city ordinance forbids smoking downtown between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m., so as I stood on the sidewalk of Restaurant Row, not smoking, I had an unpolluted view of the many ways in which Glenwood Springs has capitalized on and paid homage to the terrestrial forces that put it on the map.



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Sun, 08 Jan 2017 16:47:08 -0700
<![CDATA[A carefree, carless weekend trip to Glenwood Springs aboard the California Zehpyr]]> http://gazette.com/a-carefree-carless-weekend-trip-to-glenwood-springs-aboard-the-california-zehpyr/article/1593907?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-carefree-carless-weekend-trip-to-glenwood-springs-aboard-the-california-zehpyr/article/1593907?custom_click=rss

The icy Colorado River carves through the canyon below as the westbound California Zehpyr weaves through the Rocky Mountains toward the town of Kremmling, and its final stop in California's Bay Area.

A fresh blanket of snow covers the cliffs and riverbed below. The scene paints a winter wonderland from the lounge car of the Amtrak train with its aquariumlike view through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

My girlfriend, her son and I boarded the train at Denver's Union Station for a weekend getaway to Glenwood Springs in western Colorado. We took the train to avoid the skiing rush hour on Interstate 70 and the possible stress of driving through a winter storm.



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<![CDATA[Where to go in 2017: Best destinations around the world]]> http://gazette.com/where-to-go-in-2017-best-destinations-around-the-world/article/1593434?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/where-to-go-in-2017-best-destinations-around-the-world/article/1593434?custom_click=rss

Where should you travel in 2017? Maybe you want to witness the U.S. solar eclipse, take advantage of great exchange rates or get in on the hoopla for anniversaries in places such as Alaska, Germany, Canada or Finland. Perhaps you're looking for a Zika- free beach or a destination unscathed by terrorism.

The Associated Press looked at events, trends and recommendations from travel agents, magazines, publishers and others to compile this list of where to go in 2017.

Events and anniversaries

- On Aug. 21, a total eclipse of the sun lasting for more than two minutes will darken afternoon skies across a narrow strip of the U.S. stretching from South Carolina to Oregon. Nashville, Tenn.



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