<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> travel]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/travel Wed, 02 Sep 2015 02:38:20 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Is N. Korean airline world's worst? It may be the quirkiest]]> http://gazette.com/is-n.-korean-airline-worlds-worst-it-may-be-the-quirkiest/article/feed/267329?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/is-n.-korean-airline-worlds-worst-it-may-be-the-quirkiest/article/feed/267329?custom_click=rss

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — If an Air Koryo passenger ignores its no-photography rule, a flight attendant might take the camera and delete the pictures herself. Crumpling up a newspaper bearing the image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can earn travelers a stern lecture, or worse.

Those are among many quirks that may help explain why North Korea's airline has earned a singular distinction: It's been ranked the world's worst airline for four straight years.

Air Koryo is the only carrier to have been awarded just one star in rankings released recently by the UK-based SkyTrax consultancy agency. More than 180 airlines are included in the five-star ranking system, which is widely considered the global benchmark of airline

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]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:50:13 -0600 <![CDATA[In climate bid, Obama stares down melting Alaska glacier]]> http://gazette.com/in-climate-bid-obama-stares-down-melting-alaska-glacier/article/feed/266970?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-climate-bid-obama-stares-down-melting-alaska-glacier/article/feed/266970?custom_click=rss

SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change.

From a distance, Exit Glacier appears as a river of white and blue flowing down through the mountains toward lower terrain. In fact, it's just the opposite. The 2-mile-long chock of solid ice has been retreating at a faster and faster pace in recent years — more than 800 feet since 2008, satellite tracking shows.

"This is as good of a signpost of what we're dealing with when it comes to climate change as just about anything," Obama said with the iconic glacier at his back.

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]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:25:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Hawaii aims to reduce immigration lines at Honolulu airport]]> http://gazette.com/hawaii-aims-to-reduce-immigration-lines-at-honolulu-airport/article/feed/267274?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hawaii-aims-to-reduce-immigration-lines-at-honolulu-airport/article/feed/267274?custom_click=rss HONOLULU (AP) — The state of Hawaii plans to install machines to reduce the time travelers have to wait in immigration lines when they arrive at Honolulu International Airport.

The machines should reduce the time visitors spend in long lines by having the passengers scan their passports and fingerprints, quickening the immigration process, officials said.

"Visitors get to their destination on a more timely basis — hotels, beaches, wherever they want to get to," said Ross Higashi, deputy director of the state Department of Transportation, said Tuesday.

Many foreign visitors wait in long lines because many flights arrive from Asia around the same time each day. Peak arrival hours are between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:35:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Hiker who died in Grand Canyon park ID'd as Flagstaff man]]> http://gazette.com/hiker-who-died-in-grand-canyon-park-idd-as-flagstaff-man/article/feed/267271?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hiker-who-died-in-grand-canyon-park-idd-as-flagstaff-man/article/feed/267271?custom_click=rss GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities have identified a hiker who died last week in Grand Canyon National Park.

Park officials say the hiker was 51-year-old Daniel Sarr of Flagstaff.

The Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a satellite phone call about 5 p.m. Friday reporting that a man had fallen while hiking the Fence Fault Route near Colorado River Mile 29.

No other details were released Tuesday.

Park officials say the death is being investigated by the National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:09:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Hiker lost 9 days in forest says she regrets leaving group]]> http://gazette.com/hiker-lost-9-days-in-forest-says-she-regrets-leaving-group/article/feed/267244?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hiker-lost-9-days-in-forest-says-she-regrets-leaving-group/article/feed/267244?custom_click=rss FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A hiker missing for nine days in California's Sierra Nevada with broken legs and forced to endure freezing temperatures at night said Tuesday that she regretted her decision to leave her group of backpackers.

Miyuki Harwood released a one-page letter from her hospital bed, saying that she shouldn't have attempted to return to her base camp alone as it was getting dark. The decision led her to fall off a cliff, landing on both feet and breaking her left leg, right ankle and causing a compression in her back. After the fall, Harwood took off her boots and stayed in place overnight.

"The next morning I realized that I could not stand up with either leg," said the 62-year-old Folsom woman.

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:22:36 -0600 <![CDATA['Jurassic National Monument' proposal gets local support]]> http://gazette.com/jurassic-national-monument-proposal-gets-local-support/article/feed/267175?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jurassic-national-monument-proposal-gets-local-support/article/feed/267175?custom_click=rss SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposal from two congressmen to convert a central Utah dinosaur fossil quarry rich in Jurassic-period bones into a national monument gained a key endorsement Tuesday from county officials.

The Emery County public lands council voted unanimously to back a plan that would elevate the Cleveland-Lloyd dinosaur fossil quarry to what could be known as the "Jurassic National Monument," said Randy Johnson, Emery County's public lands adviser. The Emery County commission is also expected to back the idea.

The quarry was designated a national natural landmark in 1966, and it is a mecca for paleontologists who have been coming since the 1920s to dig in what the Bureau of Land Management says is the densest con

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:40:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Hungary bars migrants from trains; smugglers wait in wings]]> http://gazette.com/hungary-bars-migrants-from-trains-smugglers-wait-in-wings/article/feed/266978?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hungary-bars-migrants-from-trains-smugglers-wait-in-wings/article/feed/266978?custom_click=rss

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary stunned migrants and European partners Tuesday by blocking asylum-seekers from its westbound trains, a move that raised new challenges for the EU's passport-free travel zone and could drive many into the reckless hands of cross-border smugglers.

Hungary's right-wing nationalist government defended its U-turn — just days after it started permitting migrants on the trains without any coherent immigration controls at all — as necessary to send a get-tough signal. Cabinet ministers told lawmakers that the nation, struggling to cope with more than 150,000 arrivals this year, was determined to seal its borders to unwelcome travelers from the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:05:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Las Vegas has Eiffel Tower, Sphinx and now a urinating boy]]> http://gazette.com/las-vegas-has-eiffel-tower-sphinx-and-now-a-urinating-boy/article/feed/267203?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/las-vegas-has-eiffel-tower-sphinx-and-now-a-urinating-boy/article/feed/267203?custom_click=rss LAS VEGAS (AP) — Already home to replicas of the Eiffel Tower and Sphinx, Las Vegas now has its own copy of Belgium's Manneken-Pis, a statue of a naked little boy relieving himself into a fountain.

The D Las Vegas casino-hotel on Fremont Street revealed the 500-pound replica Tuesday that will sit in the property's valet area coyly saying the 100-year renewable contract with the inanimate little man amounted to the longest entertainer residency in Las Vegas history.

Derek Stevens with The D Las Vegas says he and his brother Greg are of Belgian descent and often visited the original 17th century Brussels statue said to be translated to "Little Man Pee.

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:32:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Hikers behaving badly: Appalachian Trail partying raises ire]]> http://gazette.com/hikers-behaving-badly-appalachian-trail-partying-raises-ire/article/feed/266503?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hikers-behaving-badly-appalachian-trail-partying-raises-ire/article/feed/266503?custom_click=rss

BAXTER STATE PARK, Maine (AP) — When Jackson Spencer set out to tackle the Appalachian Trail, he anticipated the solitude that only wilderness can bring — not a rolling, monthslong frat party.

Shelters where he thought he could catch a good night's sleep while listening to the sounds of nature were instead filled with trash, graffiti and people who seemed more interested in partying all night, said Spencer, who finished the entire trail last month in just 99 days.

"I wanted the solitude. I wanted to experience nature," he said. "I like to drink and to have a good time, but I didn't want that to follow me there.

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:16:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Consumer panel: Airlines should disclose fees, seat size]]> http://gazette.com/consumer-panel-airlines-should-disclose-fees-seat-size/article/feed/267063?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/consumer-panel-airlines-should-disclose-fees-seat-size/article/feed/267063?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Airlines should clearly disclose the cost of change and cancellation fees, as well as the size of the plane's seats, before a passenger buys a ticket, a federal panel said Tuesday.

Hotels should also be required to include any mandatory fees in their room rates, the Transportation Department's Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protections recommended.

Some hotels have begun adding mandatory resort and other fees to bills even though customers say they weren't informed of them when they booked their rooms. The panel's recommendation on hotels was directed to the Federal Trade Commission, which has been investigating such so called drip pricing.

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:45:37 -0600 <![CDATA[FIFA scandal becomes exhibit at Mob Museum in Las Vegas]]> http://gazette.com/fifa-scandal-becomes-exhibit-at-mob-museum-in-las-vegas/article/feed/266995?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fifa-scandal-becomes-exhibit-at-mob-museum-in-las-vegas/article/feed/266995?custom_click=rss

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Al Capone, with raised eyebrows, appeared to be taking a curious sideways glance at the two-minute video of soccer playing and talk about corruption and crooks.

The same Las Vegas museum that has chronicled Sin City's mob beginnings led by the likes of Bugsy Siegel hopes to score with a new exhibit looking at the wide-ranging criminal investigation into soccer's governing body, FIFA.

The Mob Museum debuted the exhibit Tuesday morning, the first of a rotating crop of exhibits to explore more modern examples of possible organized crime that may not involve fedora-wearing wiseguys and tommy guns.

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:32:06 -0600 <![CDATA[New Hampshire's Flume Gorge a slice of the geological past]]> http://gazette.com/new-hampshires-flume-gorge-a-slice-of-the-geological-past/article/feed/267064?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-hampshires-flume-gorge-a-slice-of-the-geological-past/article/feed/267064?custom_click=rss

LINCOLN, N.H. (AP) — At the Flume Gorge in the heart of the New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest, vertical walls of darkened Conway granite stretch nine stories skyward and 800 feet (245 meters) long toward the base of Mount Liberty.

If there aren't too many people around, the only sound is the gurgling rush of the Flume Brook as it carries on its millennia-old job slowly carving its way into the gorge. Looking up, the canopy of American beeches, sugar maples, hemlocks and spruce shrouds the gorge in cool shade.

To get to the gorge, visitors leave the spacious visitor's center for a short warm-up that takes them past a 300-ton boulder and over the Pemigewasset River as it passes under a covered bridge that dates t

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:33:27 -0600 <![CDATA[4th graders can now get free annual national park passes]]> http://gazette.com/4th-graders-can-now-get-free-annual-national-park-passes/article/feed/267094?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/4th-graders-can-now-get-free-annual-national-park-passes/article/feed/267094?custom_click=rss

Your fourth grader is your family's free pass to the nation's national parks.

Starting Tuesday, the federal government is giving annual passes to fourth graders and their families, an effort to get kids into the national park system to experience the outdoors and learn a little history and culture. Families without a fourth grader must pay $80 for the annual pass, unless the family includes a senior citizen or member of the military.

To get your free pass, go to http://www.everykidinapark.gov and have your fourth grader answer a few fun questions about outdoor adventures. After that, you'll get a paper pass that you can print out and use — or trade in for a plastic annual pass that is the size of a credit card.

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:07:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Hilton dips toe in 'sharing economy' with Uber partnership]]> http://gazette.com/hilton-dips-toe-in-sharing-economy-with-uber-partnership/article/feed/267049?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hilton-dips-toe-in-sharing-economy-with-uber-partnership/article/feed/267049?custom_click=rss

Hilton is hailing the ride sharing service Uber to help guests reach its hotels and then explore the city where they are staying.

The companies said Tuesday that Hilton guests will be able to set up automatic notifications to request Uber rides to and from the chain's hotels worldwide. Members of the company's HHonors program also will be to use a digital guide of restaurants and nightlife spots most frequented by Uber riders.

The companies plan to launch this option later this month in 20 U.S. cities as a feature within the Hilton HHonors mobile app.

Uber connects riders and drivers through a smartphone application and has launched in more than 300 cities.

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:39:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Europe's passport free travel area explained]]> http://gazette.com/europes-passport-free-travel-area-explained/article/feed/267068?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/europes-passport-free-travel-area-explained/article/feed/267068?custom_click=rss

BRUSSELS (AP) — Desperate to halt the flow of migrants fleeing conflict or poverty, some European countries have begun erecting fences and tightening border controls. But the crackdown, as people leave Greece and Italy to move deeper into the European Union, has raised questions about whether Europe's passport-free area is viable.

The no-checks zone, known as the Schengen area, does not only allow individuals to travel freely across borders. It also permits the smooth flow of goods, services and business expertise — in a vital boost to the European economy.

Here are a few things about it to bear in mind:



Schengen is named for the Luxembourg village where the border treaty was signed

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:53:50 -0600 <![CDATA[6 tips for finding cheap airline fares]]> http://gazette.com/6-tips-for-finding-cheap-airline-fares/article/1558136?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/6-tips-for-finding-cheap-airline-fares/article/1558136?custom_click=rss


— Travel during off-peak times. Two of the slowest periods for air travel are Dec. 1 to Dec. 14 and then Jan. 4 to Feb. 15.

— Fly on slow days. Planes tend to have the most empty seats on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

— Do a flexible date search. Sites like ITA Software and Cheapair.com let travelers pull up a calendar with the cheapest days to fly between two airports.

— Consider nearby airports. Driving an extra 50 miles might save $100 per person.

— Look for routes flown by Frontier, Southwest and Spirit. Other airlines are matching or beating their fares.

— Take advantage of the 24-hour rule. Passengers have 24 hours after

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Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:23:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado travel calendar starting Aug. 23, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-aug.-23-2015/article/1557899?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-aug.-23-2015/article/1557899?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 - Morrison, Incubus and Deftones, 6:30 p.m., Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway, $49.50-$99.50; axs.com.

Monday - Littleton, Boyz II Men, 6:30 p.m., Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, $27-$37; altitudetickets.com.

Thursday - Morrison, 1964 The Tribute, 8 p.m., Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway, $35; ticketmaster.com.

Friday - Castle Rock, Clifford the Big Red Dog, with food and games, a costume gift card giveaway, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Outlets at Castle

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Sun, 23 Aug 2015 14:50:56 -0600
<![CDATA[LIST: 8 great watering holes to find a drink in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/list-8-great-watering-holes-to-find-a-drink-in-colorado/article/1557920?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/list-8-great-watering-holes-to-find-a-drink-in-colorado/article/1557920?custom_click=rss

Here's a look at eight of the best bars, breweries and wineres in Colorado:

- Left Hand Brewing: This Longmont brewer was the first to bottle a nitrogen beer without using a widget. If you're a beer geek, you know just how big a deal that is. Visit the brewery's tasting room to sample suds straight from the source. More info: lefthandbrewing.com

- Amicas Pizza & Microbrewery: A spot for suds popular with locals and visitors to Salida, patrons can sip on one of Amicas' rotating lineup of microbrews while eating wood-fired pizza. More info: facebook.com/amicaspizzaandbrewery

- Ivywild School: Celebrate urban renewal and local craft beer at this repurposed 1916 schoolhouse in Colorado Springs.

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Sun, 23 Aug 2015 14:33:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Denver Botanic Gardens says corpse flower is starting to die]]> http://gazette.com/denver-botanic-gardens-says-corpse-flower-is-starting-to-die/article/1557812?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-botanic-gardens-says-corpse-flower-is-starting-to-die/article/1557812?custom_click=rss

After two days and roughly 22,000 visitors, the Denver Botanic Gardens says there's only a limited time left to see the corpse flower— ironically — alive.

Erin Bird, a spokeswoman for the gardens, said the 15-year-old corpse flower, native to Indonesia, is almost completely "closed back up" and will start drying up and decomposing in a few days. She called the flower's death its "grand finale."

Bird said the flower typically has a life span of only 24 to 48 hours after blooming, adding that its infamous stench is now gone.

The gardens had a record 12,000 paid visitors on Wednesday and 9,000 on Thursday.

Read more here.

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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:26:42 -0600
<![CDATA[List: Top 10 attractions to see around Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/list-top-10-attractions-to-see-around-colorado-springs/article/1551823?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/list-top-10-attractions-to-see-around-colorado-springs/article/1551823?custom_click=rss

You will never know how much cool stuff there is to do and see in the Pikes Peak region until you’re asked to list just 10 of them. Here's a list of favorites:

Cave of the Winds - 100 Cave of the Winds Road, Manitou Springs, off U.S. 24; 685-5444. Terror-dactyl aerial dive, zip line, cave tours, Wind Walker Challenge Course. 

- Bat-A-Pult takes flight at Cave of the Winds

- VIDEO: TERROR-Dactyl ride opens at Cave of the Winds


Cheyenne Mountain Zoo - 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road; 633-9925. More than 950 different animals and about 180 species. See the animals, ride an antique carousel, eat a gourmet lunch at the Grizzly Grill, then ride the Mountaineer Sky Ride to the zoo's

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Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:51:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Hillside, Colorado: New life for a tiny town]]> http://gazette.com/hillside-colorado-new-life-for-a-tiny-town/article/1557472?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hillside-colorado-new-life-for-a-tiny-town/article/1557472?custom_click=rss

Hillside - If it's not Sunday, the ranchers arrive in waves of two or three early each morning. They park trucks in the gravel lot outside and open the post office's front door with a long creak. They can smell the coffee brewing because there's always a pot or two in the back - Barb Koch makes sure of it. As longtime postmistress, it's part of her job.

"Everybody is really busy. If they didn't stop what they were doing to come into the post office, they wouldn't see each other," Koch says.

Before the men return to their ranches, spread out over a few miles on either side of Colorado Highway 69 in the Wet Mountain Valley, they come here. In between sips of coffee, they complain about too much rain or not enough.

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Mon, 17 Aug 2015 06:05:54 -0600
<![CDATA[LIST: 8 places for adventure in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/list-8-places-for-adventure-in-colorado/article/1557475?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/list-8-places-for-adventure-in-colorado/article/1557475?custom_click=rss

Hike to Hanging Lake/Spouting Rock: This 1-mile trail near Glenwood Springs includes 1,000 feet of elevation gain. The destination - an amazingly clear lake filled by a waterfall - is worth the effort. Once at the lake, take the short trek to Spouting Rock. More info: hikingincolorado.org/hang

Float the Yampa River: Flee the dog days of summer with a lazy day on the only free-flowing river in the state. While the mild waters through Steamboat Springs might not provide white-knuckle thrills, this adventure is a local favorite, so grab a tube and enjoy the ride. More info: steamboat-chamber.

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Sun, 16 Aug 2015 17:34:10 -0600
<![CDATA[LIST: 8 spots families must visit in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/list-8-spots-families-must-visit-in-colorado/article/1557079?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/list-8-spots-families-must-visit-in-colorado/article/1557079?custom_click=rss

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park: Cave tours, thrill rides and attractions are packed into one Glenwood Springs park. In 2014, USA Today listed the park's Alpine Coaster among the "10 best roller coaster rides of your life." The Giant Canyon Swing is also a blast. More info: glenwoodcaverns.com

Breck Summer Fun Park: You know a park's going to be good when you have to take a gondola to get there. The Breckenridge attraction offers the Breckenridge Alpine Coaster, Alpine SuperSlide, TenMile Flyer Zipline, 4x4 tours, Mineshaft Maze and more. More info: breckenridge.com

Arcade Amusements Inc.: Break the piggy bank. Check under the couch cushions. But by all means grab some coin and go to Manitou Springs, where spare change is

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Sat, 15 Aug 2015 14:08:28 -0600