<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> travel]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/travel Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:58:30 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Amtrak train hits rocks on track, derails in central Vermont]]> http://gazette.com/amtrak-train-hits-rocks-on-track-derails-in-central-vermont/article/feed/278249?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/amtrak-train-hits-rocks-on-track-derails-in-central-vermont/article/feed/278249?custom_click=rss

NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — An Amtrak train headed from Vermont to Washington, D.C., on Monday hit rocks that had fallen onto the track from a ledge, spilling the locomotive and a passenger car down an embankment, derailing three other cars and injuring seven people, authorities said.

The Vermonter train, carrying 98 passengers and four crew members, derailed around 10:30 a.m. in Northfield, 20 miles southwest of Montpelier, they said.

"This was a freak of nature," Gov. Peter Shumlin said.

One of the injured people was airlifted to a New Hampshire hospital and was evaluated in its emergency room. The six others went to a local hospital with injuries including neck, back and shoulder pains and lightheadedness.

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 20:11:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Correction: Aspen Trees-Disease story]]> http://gazette.com/correction-aspen-trees-disease-story/article/feed/277762?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/correction-aspen-trees-disease-story/article/feed/277762?custom_click=rss FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — In a story Oct. 3 about a disease affecting aspen trees, The Associated Press erroneously reported the names of a forest entomologist and an eastern Arizona forest. The entomologist is John Anhold, not Ahold. The forest is the Apache-Sitgreaves.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Aspen stands in Southwest suffering from fungal disease

Patches of aspen stands in Southwest suffering from disease causing brown, blotchy spots


Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Visitors marveling at the fall foliage in national forests might find that some of the aspen leaves are brown and blotchy or gone already.

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:05:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Passholders face higher prices or limits at Disneyland]]> http://gazette.com/passholders-face-higher-prices-or-limits-at-disneyland/article/feed/278250?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/passholders-face-higher-prices-or-limits-at-disneyland/article/feed/278250?custom_click=rss ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Disney is raising prices for annual pass holders to its Disneyland and California Adventure parks.

An anytime pass, which used to cost $779, now costs $1,049. That pass comes with free parking and unlimited downloads of park photos.

Disney spokeswoman Suzi Brown told the Los Angeles Times a restricted version of the pass sells for $849 but has two weeks of blackout days, including the Christmas and New Year's holiday seasons, the park's most popular dates. The park says the move is meant to prevent overcrowding.

Prices of most other annual passes also went up.

The anytime-anywhere pass, good any day at parks in Anaheim, California, and Florida, rose 31 percent to $1,439.

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 10:29:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Pennsylvania priest's attorney wants new sex tourism trial]]> http://gazette.com/pennsylvania-priests-attorney-wants-new-sex-tourism-trial/article/feed/278208?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pennsylvania-priests-attorney-wants-new-sex-tourism-trial/article/feed/278208?custom_click=rss JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The attorney for a Roman Catholic priest wants a federal judge to grant a new trial on charges the cleric traveled to Honduras to molest poor street children during missionary trips.

The 70-year-old priest, the Rev. Joseph Maurizio was convicted of charges that he had sex with two of three alleged victims identified by federal prosecutors in Johnstown. The third boy recanted his claims that he was molested.

The priest's attorney, Steven Passarello, says the boys' testimony contradicted one another with regard to dates and the priest's alleged behavior, and that prosecutors prejudiced the jury by noting the defense did not cross-examine the one alleged victim who changed his story.

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 08:42:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Disney raises prices on Walt Disney World passes]]> http://gazette.com/disney-raises-prices-on-walt-disney-world-passes/article/feed/278127?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/disney-raises-prices-on-walt-disney-world-passes/article/feed/278127?custom_click=rss LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Walt Disney World has revamped its annual and season pass system, raising their prices and making changes.

Multiple news outlets report that Disney has increased prices, with the passes including new benefits, such as free parking for annual pass holders. Disney now sells two passes with blackout dates, with the pricier one allowing people to visit more days.

The $329 seasonal pass is now gone. Instead there are gold and silver passes, costing $549 and $389, respectively for Florida residents. The platinum plus pass, which has no blackout dates, is now $729 for state residents, and includes admission to four Walt Disney World theme parks, two water parks and other attractions.

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 07:24:56 -0600 <![CDATA[NPS approves Yellowstone trail and overlook improvements]]> http://gazette.com/nps-approves-yellowstone-trail-and-overlook-improvements/article/feed/278165?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nps-approves-yellowstone-trail-and-overlook-improvements/article/feed/278165?custom_click=rss YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The National Park Service has approved a project to repair and improve many of the overlooks and trails located along the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park.

The agency found that the project would not cause any harm to historic and cultural resources in the area.

The overlooks and trails in the area have been deteriorating.

The project will improve them as well as improve accessibility, pedestrian flow and safety.

Areas where work will be done include the Brink of the Upper Falls, the Brink of Lower Falls, Uncle Tom's, Inspiration Point, Red Rocks Point and Crystal Falls.

Work is expected to begin next spring.

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:30:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Bruno Mars returns to The Cosmopolitan for New Year's Eve]]> http://gazette.com/bruno-mars-returns-to-the-cosmopolitan-for-new-years-eve/article/feed/278158?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bruno-mars-returns-to-the-cosmopolitan-for-new-years-eve/article/feed/278158?custom_click=rss LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bruno Mars couldn't stay away from The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas for long.

The high-energy Grammy-winning pop star is returning New Year's Eve to The Chelsea where he was the venue's debut performer at the casino-hotel two years ago.

Mars performed New Year's Eve during The Chelsea's grand opening weekend in 2013 returning for several more appearances in 2014, the same year he headlined the Super Bowl halftime show.

This past May, he brought hits "Uptown Funk!" and "Treasure" to the Rock in Rio USA music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.

Mars is performing at The Cosmopolitan for one-night only with his eight-piece band The Hooligans.

Ticket costs start at $150 and go on sale Friday at 10 a

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:15:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Gatlinburg teen wins award for volunteer park service]]> http://gazette.com/gatlinburg-teen-wins-award-for-volunteer-park-service/article/feed/278136?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gatlinburg-teen-wins-award-for-volunteer-park-service/article/feed/278136?custom_click=rss GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Sterling Fisher started volunteering at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park when he was only 6 years old.

On Friday, the now-18-year-old was recognized as the recipient of the National Park Service's Hartzog Youth Volunteer Award.

The Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/1JNbhXF) the young man from Gatlinburg had already contributed 300 hours of service to the park by the time he was 16. In high school, he organized a junior chapter of Friends of the Smokies whose 20 members have completed more than 400 hours of volunteer service.

Also recognized on Friday was longtime volunteer Tom Harrington. He has been a park volunteer for 17 years and has contributed more than 20,000 hours of service.

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 03:20:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Indiana-born space pioneer Silverstein gets posthumous honor]]> http://gazette.com/indiana-born-space-pioneer-silverstein-gets-posthumous-honor/article/feed/278137?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/indiana-born-space-pioneer-silverstein-gets-posthumous-honor/article/feed/278137?custom_click=rss TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana-born space pioneer who played key roles in the Mercury and Apollo programs has been posthumously inducted into National Aviation Hall of Fame.

Terre Haute native Abe Silverstein was inducted Friday into the Dayton, Ohio-based hall of fame.

Silverstein, who died in 2001 at age 92, served as NASA's first director of space flight programs from 1958 to 1969.

The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology graduate directed efforts which led to America's Mercury space flights. He also chose the name Apollo for NASA's missions that first put men on the moon in 1969.

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 03:05:20 -0600 <![CDATA[$45M arts, entertainment museum going up in Meridian]]> http://gazette.com/45m-arts-entertainment-museum-going-up-in-meridian/article/feed/278005?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/45m-arts-entertainment-museum-going-up-in-meridian/article/feed/278005?custom_click=rss MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — The $45 million museum being built in Meridian will open in 2017 as the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience, officials say.

Ground was broken Saturday for the 58,500-square-foot museum, the Meridian Star reports (http://bit.ly/1OfXVLj ).

It's another step in Mississippi's effort to strengthen cultural tourism and inspire a new generation of top artists, The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/1PdpYKL) reported.

Congressman Gregg Harper said it's a chance to show people around the world Mississippi's influence on the all of the arts.

Officials say it will feature Mississippi artists in film, literature, music, arts, dance, theater and visual arts.

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]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 17:40:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Hundreds gather at museum for Yogi Berra memorial event]]> http://gazette.com/hundreds-gather-at-museum-for-yogi-berra-memorial-event/article/feed/278006?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hundreds-gather-at-museum-for-yogi-berra-memorial-event/article/feed/278006?custom_click=rss

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. (AP) — Several hundred fans of late New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra have gathered in northern New Jersey to pay tribute to him.

The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Little Falls staged a memorial event on Sunday. Among those attending was Berra's son Larry Berra, who shared stories about him and his life.

Berra was a longtime New Jersey resident. He died Sept. 22 at age 90.

His namesake museum offers children's educational programs that focus on sportsmanship and social justice along with baseball exhibits and memorabilia.

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]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 15:58:23 -0600 <![CDATA[New MFA exhibit examines 17th century Dutch social structure]]> http://gazette.com/new-mfa-exhibit-examines-17th-century-dutch-social-structure/article/feed/277999?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-mfa-exhibit-examines-17th-century-dutch-social-structure/article/feed/277999?custom_click=rss BOSTON (AP) — Boston's Museum of Fine Arts is opening a new exhibition this month that looks at the social structure of the Netherlands in the 1600s through art.

It includes two Vermeer works on display at the museum simultaneously for the first time.

The Vermeer works are The Astronomer, on loan from the Louvre, and A Lady Writing, on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

Museum members can see the works starting Tuesday.

The exhibition opens to the general public on Oct. 11. It runs through Jan. 18.

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]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 15:31:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Montana man's body recovered from Longs Peak]]> http://gazette.com/montana-mans-body-recovered-from-longs-peak/article/feed/277993?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/montana-mans-body-recovered-from-longs-peak/article/feed/277993?custom_click=rss ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — Rescuers have recovered the body of a Montana man after he failed to return from a climbing trip in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The man was identified as 26-year-old Spencer Veysey, of Missoula, Mont. He had been planning to summit Longs Peak. It was unclear what route he was intending to take to the summit.

Park rangers searched the area on Saturday and found Veysey's body at the bottom of Lambs Slide on the east face of Longs Peak. Rangers stayed at the Chasm Shelter, near his body, on Saturday night because of bad weather.

The body was recovered on Sunday and turned over to the Boulder County Coroner.

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]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 14:39:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Walking the Americas: Woman preps for 5-year trek]]> http://gazette.com/walking-the-americas-woman-preps-for-5-year-trek/article/feed/277879?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/walking-the-americas-woman-preps-for-5-year-trek/article/feed/277879?custom_click=rss

SMITHVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The night before Bethany Hughes started on the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,650-mile hike from Mexico to Canada, she was so wired that she kept rifling through her bags.

Everyone else was asleep, but Hughes thought a "real" backpacker knew where to find anything she needed. So she kept pulling out gear, then repacking it. Over and over, all night.

Eventually, another hiker said, "You're like a 5-year-old the night before Christmas," and her trail name of "Fidgit" was born.

It has never fit better.

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]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 12:20:00 -0600 <![CDATA[R&B organization to honor artists at Detroit ceremony]]> http://gazette.com/rb-organization-to-honor-artists-at-detroit-ceremony/article/feed/277898?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rb-organization-to-honor-artists-at-detroit-ceremony/article/feed/277898?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — Recognition for another round of rhythm and blues artists is coming to Detroit.

The Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled to be presented Sunday evening in the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Inductees include Aretha Franklin, Martha Reeves, The Miracles, The Spinners, Jimmy Ruffin, Melba Moore and Ray Charles.

Organizers call this the "second half" of 2015's induction ceremony. The first was held in June in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

The organization is seeking a permanent home and looking at potential sites in Detroit. Officials also have considered primary or "satellite" sites elsewhere, including Clarksdale.

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]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 11:30:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado travel calendar starting Oct. 4, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-oct.-4-2015/article/1560584?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-oct.-4-2015/article/1560584?custom_click=rss Colorado Calendar

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 Nov. 1 - Littleton, Corn Maze, Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, go online for dates, times and ticket prices: tinyurl.com/nwb73ew.

Tuesday and Wednesday - Commerce City, CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying, 5 p.m., Dick's Sporting Goods Park, $25 and up; altitudetickets.com.

Thursday - Denver, Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild, 7 p.m., Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle; avalanche.nhl.com.

Friday - Denver, Denver's First Cemetery Walking Tour, 6-8 p.m., Cheesman Park. Reservations:

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]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 04:25:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Mountain Metro Transit services give Springs seniors leg up on health, independence]]> http://gazette.com/mountain-metro-transit-services-give-springs-seniors-leg-up-on-health-independence/article/1560376?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mountain-metro-transit-services-give-springs-seniors-leg-up-on-health-independence/article/1560376?custom_click=rss Sponsored: We’ve always done it bigger in the West, but urban sprawl and demand for more roads, wider lanes and multiple family vehicles has its downfalls, especially for Colorado Springs seniors.

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<![CDATA[Colorado travel calendar starting Sept. 20, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-sept.-20-2015/article/1559662?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-sept.-20-2015/article/1559662?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 Nov. 1 - Littleton, Corn Maze, Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, go online for dates, times and ticket prices: tinyurl.com/nwb73ew.

Monday - Cherry Hills Village, Exotic Car Show, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Cherry Hills Village Elementary School, Quincy and University; cherryhills village.com.

Monday-Thursday - Denver, Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 6:40 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 1:10 p.m. Thursday, Coors Field, 2001 Blake St., go online for ticket prices;

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