<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> travel]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/travel Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:37:51 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Albuquerque airport beginning 15-month renovation project]]> http://gazette.com/albuquerque-airport-beginning-15-month-renovation-project/article/feed/446969?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/albuquerque-airport-beginning-15-month-renovation-project/article/feed/446969?custom_click=rss ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque's airport is beginning a renovation project to refurbish and upgrade the terminal's ticketing and baggage claims areas as well as its exterior.

Albuquerque International Sunport officials say the $30 million project is expected to take approximately 15 months.

Officials say the project will be completed in phases and that much of the work will be done night so passengers should see little disruption.

Mayor Richard Berry says it's been nearly 30 years since the areas to be upgraded had any major improvements and that it's important to keep up what he calls New Mexico's "front porch.

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]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:25:30 -0700 <![CDATA[Italy vows to be ready in time to host G-7 in Sicilian town]]> http://gazette.com/italy-vows-to-be-ready-in-time-to-host-g-7-in-sicilian-town/article/feed/446786?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/italy-vows-to-be-ready-in-time-to-host-g-7-in-sicilian-town/article/feed/446786?custom_click=rss

TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) — Italy still needs to build two helicopter landing pads and repave miles of road, but a top government official promised Friday that everything will be ready for the May 26-27 G-7 summit being held in a stunning Sicilian town overlooking the sea.

The annual summit will see U.S. President Donald Trump and the leaders of six other major industrial democracies confer on world issues in Taormina, a hilltop resort town with an ancient Greek theater.

Concern has been growing that logistics could be a disaster, since no major construction work has yet begun.

But Government Undersecretary Maria Elena Boschi, who toured the site Friday, said the helipad work will begin Monday and promised it will go "rap

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:03:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Trump tower opens in Vancouver but the welcome isn't warm]]> http://gazette.com/trump-tower-opens-in-vancouver-but-the-welcome-isnt-warm/article/feed/446788?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-tower-opens-in-vancouver-but-the-welcome-isnt-warm/article/feed/446788?custom_click=rss

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The furies unleashed by Donald Trump's rise to the U.S. presidency are shaking Vancouver, where a gleaming new Trump International Hotel and Tower is about to open.

The mayor wants its name changed. A city councilman calls it "over the top, glitz and glamor" that clashes with Canadian values. And the property developer who built it sounds traumatized by the whole affair.

The 69-story building designed by one of Canada's most renowned architects has drawn praise for its sleek, twisting design. Prices for the condominiums have set records.

But Trump's politics, especially his criticism of immigrants, has caused such outrage that the mayor won't attend the grand opening next week.

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:30:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Montana landowners say government botched arsenic cleanup]]> http://gazette.com/montana-landowners-say-government-botched-arsenic-cleanup/article/feed/446720?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/montana-landowners-say-government-botched-arsenic-cleanup/article/feed/446720?custom_click=rss

OPPORTUNITY, Mont. (AP) — George Niland wonders whether he should wear a respirator when he mows his lawn. Serge Myers laments not being able to garden in his backyard. Rob Phillips puzzles over why his 22 acres have been marked as an unblemished island surrounded by a sea of contamination.

The three men all live in the shadow of a 585-foot-tall smokestack that has been preserved as a state park that nobody can visit because of pollution at the site. Visitors are guided to a viewing area about a mile away to see the stack, which is taller than the Washington Monument.

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:45:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Nevada plans July pot sales despite warning of US crackdown]]> http://gazette.com/nevada-plans-july-pot-sales-despite-warning-of-us-crackdown/article/feed/446816?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nevada-plans-july-pot-sales-despite-warning-of-us-crackdown/article/feed/446816?custom_click=rss

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada still plans to launch recreational marijuana sales in July despite warnings this week of a federal crackdown by the administration of President Donald Trump, state officials said Friday.

Marijuana possession and sales are illegal under federal law, but Nevada voters decided in November to allow people age 21 or older to use pot recreationally — becoming one of eight states to do so.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday that the United States Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal laws prohibiting recreational — not medical — marijuana. No immediate action accompanied the statement, which came in response to a reporter's question.

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:41:37 -0700 <![CDATA[With a helicopter as your ski lift, not even the sky's the limit]]> http://gazette.com/with-a-helicopter-as-your-ski-lift-not-even-the-skys-the-limit/article/1597559?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/with-a-helicopter-as-your-ski-lift-not-even-the-skys-the-limit/article/1597559?custom_click=rss

I'm airborne. Powder swirls around my body. I dart through the spaces between giant spruce trees. Somehow, my brain calculates the pitch of the slope and my balance holds. Seconds after hurtling off a small cliff deep in the Canadian backcountry, I land, carve a few turns and come to a dramatic stop.

"J'ai la patate!" I exclaim, heart racing, adrenaline surging. "I have the potato!"

This is my new motto, bestowed upon me by my two new Frenchmen friends at Galena Lodge, Fabrice and Sebastian, who told me I had the potato (a French idiom that means being in top form) after our first run.

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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:51:51 -0700
<![CDATA[New Mexico panel backs special chile pepper license plate]]> http://gazette.com/new-mexico-panel-backs-special-chile-pepper-license-plate/article/feed/446608?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-mexico-panel-backs-special-chile-pepper-license-plate/article/feed/446608?custom_click=rss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With red and green chile saturating nearly every facet of life in New Mexico, a legislative panel on Thursday put its support behind a measure that calls for the creation of a special license plate adorned with the hot peppers.

The House Transportation and Public Works Committee gave a favorable recommendation to the legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. Cathrynn Brown of Carlsbad.

Brown told fellow lawmakers that most New Mexicans can't go a day without enjoying chile and a new license plate would help to recognize the popular peppers and their connection to New Mexico's culture and history.

"Chile is an iconic product of New Mexico," she said.

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]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:48:50 -0700 <![CDATA[Low-cost Norwegian Air promises bargain flights to Europe]]> http://gazette.com/low-cost-norwegian-air-promises-bargain-flights-to-europe/article/feed/446527?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/low-cost-norwegian-air-promises-bargain-flights-to-europe/article/feed/446527?custom_click=rss WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle is promising to boost traffic at smaller airports on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean when it starts service to Europe this summer from Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York's Hudson Valley.

Norwegian Air announced Thursday that it's opening new flight crew bases and plans to hire pilots and flight attendants at Rhode Island's T.F. Green Airport and Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York. Year-round flights from those airports to Edinburgh, Scotland, begin in June, and to four airports in Ireland and Northern Ireland in July.

There also will be flights to Edinburgh from Connecticut's Bradley International Airport, near Hartford.

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]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:24:38 -0700 <![CDATA[Lawmakers renew push for drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge]]> http://gazette.com/lawmakers-renew-push-for-drilling-in-alaska-wildlife-refuge/article/feed/446511?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawmakers-renew-push-for-drilling-in-alaska-wildlife-refuge/article/feed/446511?custom_click=rss

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski in 2001 gave a speech urging colleagues to approve oil drilling in America's largest wildlife refuge. The Alaska Republican held up a blank sheet of paper to illustrate his point.

The field of white, he said, was all you could see each winter on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, implying that such a barren landscape would not be harmed by oil rigs.

Sixteen years later, Murkowski's daughter is trying again. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is sponsoring legislation to open the refuge that takes up Alaska's northeast corner and is larger than West Virginia and Connecticut combined. With a Republican Congress and president, she's hopeful that the timing

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]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:51:56 -0700 <![CDATA[Spirit Airlines CEO dismisses new, cheaper fares by rivals]]> http://gazette.com/spirit-airlines-ceo-dismisses-new-cheaper-fares-by-rivals/article/feed/446470?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spirit-airlines-ceo-dismisses-new-cheaper-fares-by-rivals/article/feed/446470?custom_click=rss DALLAS (AP) — The CEO of discount carrier Spirit Airlines says he isn't worried about competing against new, cheaper fares from American and United.

The "basic economy" fares from American and United are designed to attract the kind of thrifty fliers that have helped Spirit double in revenue in four years.

Spirit has always been known as a low-fare, high-fees carrier — the fees made it one of the most complained-about airlines in the industry.

At least Spirit passengers know what they're getting for what the airline calls a "bare fare," CEO Robert Fornaro said Wednesday. He said American and United customers are going to be disappointed when they find out they can't upgrade their seat or bring a rolling carry-on bag

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:45:47 -0700 <![CDATA[LePage asks Trump 'to make Maine woods great again']]> http://gazette.com/lepage-asks-trump-to-make-maine-woods-great-again/article/feed/446438?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lepage-asks-trump-to-make-maine-woods-great-again/article/feed/446438?custom_click=rss

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The governor has asked Republican President Donald Trump to undo Democratic former President Barack Obama's designation of a national monument and give back the land that was donated for it.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage asked Trump to take the unprecedented step of returning land in the northern part of the state to private ownership in a Feb. 14 letter.

Burt's Bees co-founder Roxanne Quimby's foundation last August donated 87,000 acres to the federal government for the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine's North Woods. Burt's Bees is a personal care products company that calls itself "Earth friendly" and says it has a triple bottom line: people, profit, planet.

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:41:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Security breach at Kennedy Airport unnerves some travelers]]> http://gazette.com/security-breach-at-kennedy-airport-unnerves-some-travelers/article/feed/446416?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/security-breach-at-kennedy-airport-unnerves-some-travelers/article/feed/446416?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — A breach that allowed 11 people to walk through an unattended security checkpoint lane at one of the nation's busiest airports has some travelers scratching their heads about how this could happen even with the enhanced security measures put in place after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The incident Monday at New York's Kennedy Airport is being investigated by the Transportation Security Administration, the agency that was created to protect the nation's airports after the 2001 attacks. The TSA said three passengers did not receive required secondary screening after they set off the metal detector at the unmanned checkpoint lane.

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:23:56 -0700 <![CDATA[American Airlines resolves computer troubles in Philadelphia]]> http://gazette.com/american-airlines-resolves-computer-troubles-in-philadelphia/article/feed/446285?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/american-airlines-resolves-computer-troubles-in-philadelphia/article/feed/446285?custom_click=rss PHILADELPHIA (AP) — American Airlines says its computers are again working at Philadelphia International Airport and the airline has also lifted a ground stop that kept its flights from heading to the city for hours.

American spokeswoman Katie Cody says Wednesday's problems began when American's system did not return after the airport conducted a planned internet outage overnight.

American had to manually check in passengers and halted all flights heading to Philadelphia until the problem was fixed.

There is no word yet what caused the problem.

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:02:53 -0700 <![CDATA[Manga, Mario and now ninja: Japan's hopes for wooing tourism]]> http://gazette.com/manga-mario-and-now-ninja-japans-hopes-for-wooing-tourism/article/feed/446259?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manga-mario-and-now-ninja-japans-hopes-for-wooing-tourism/article/feed/446259?custom_click=rss

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is turning to those hooded samurai-era acrobatic spies known as ninja to woo tourism.

The Japan Ninja Council, a government-backed organization of scholars, tourism groups and businesses, said Wednesday that it's starting a Ninja Academy to train people in the art of ninja, and building a new museum in Tokyo devoted to ninja, set to open in 2018.

"The art of ninja is made up of various elements, such as combat, survival techniques and astronomy," Jinichi Kawakami, known as "the last ninja" and a master of the Koga ninja school, told reporters at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan. "We hope this will appeal to people all over the world.

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:00:47 -0700 <![CDATA[Baseball's Hall of Fame to honor 'The Simpsons' on May 27]]> http://gazette.com/baseballs-hall-of-fame-to-honor-the-simpsons-on-may-27/article/feed/446233?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/baseballs-hall-of-fame-to-honor-the-simpsons-on-may-27/article/feed/446233?custom_click=rss COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Baseball's Hall of Fame will honor "The Simpsons" on May 27 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the show's "Homer at the Bat" episode.

First televised on Feb. 20, 1992, "Homer at the Bat" featured future Hall of Famers Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey Jr. and Ozzie Smith among the ringers on Homer Simpson's Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team. Voices of actual players were used in the episode, which also included Jose Canseco, Roger Clemens, Don Mattingly, Steve Sax, Mike Scioscia and Darryl Strawberry.

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]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:59:27 -0700 <![CDATA[United, American begin selling cheaper economy-class fare]]> http://gazette.com/united-american-begin-selling-cheaper-economy-class-fare/article/feed/446159?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/united-american-begin-selling-cheaper-economy-class-fare/article/feed/446159?custom_click=rss

DALLAS (AP) — American and United have started selling cheaper "basic economy" fares as they battle discount airlines for the most budget-conscious travelers.

American announced early Tuesday that it began selling the new fares for flights starting March 1 on 10 different routes from its hub airports in Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia and Charlotte, North Carolina.

United followed suit later in the day, posting reduced fares on some flights from Minneapolis to seven of its hub cities including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles for travel starting April 18.

Basic economy fares come with severe restrictions. Buyers can't pick a seat when they buy the ticket, they're in the last group to board, and they can only carry a smal

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]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:24:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado's national parks, monuments offering free admission on Presidents Day]]> http://gazette.com/colorados-national-parks-monuments-offering-free-admission-on-presidents-day/article/1597055?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorados-national-parks-monuments-offering-free-admission-on-presidents-day/article/1597055?custom_click=rss

If you're looking for a scenic way to spend Presidents Day, check out one of the state's national parks.

Temperatures are expected to be mild across the state, and admission won't cost you a dime as visitors will receive free park access Monday in honor of the holiday. However, other fees such as reservations, camping, tours and concessions will be charged.

Among the locations offering free admission in Colorado are Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Rocky Mountain National Park and Florissant Fossil Beds.

Florissant Fossil Beds is about a 45-minute drive west of Colorado Springs off U.S. 24. The monument offers 14 miles of hiking trails.

Other fee-free days this year are

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:43:59 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorful Colorado: Despite bust after bust, Leadville and its history breathe on]]> http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-despite-bust-after-bust-leadville-and-its-history-breathe-on/article/1597153?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-despite-bust-after-bust-leadville-and-its-history-breathe-on/article/1597153?custom_click=rss

Leadville - The blustery storm did not faze James Duke. There he was amid the raging snow that piled up on his black top hat and froze his white beard. He shoveled the old downtown storefronts, looking appropriately like someone from yester-century.

"I want people to see what people may have looked like walking down these streets in the 1880s," he said.

After all, he is the official town greeter, and he feels this appearance is part of his responsibility. He hasn't shaved since the mayor bestowed the title upon him.

"Here, come in, come in," said Duke, urging me to take refuge inside the Silver Dollar Saloon. "Check this out."

The saloon is among the establishments that appear untouched from the 19th-century

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:21:44 -0700
<![CDATA[Renowned sculptor returns to Cripple Creek Ice Festival with big ideas]]> http://gazette.com/renowned-sculptor-returns-to-cripple-creek-ice-festival-with-big-ideas/article/1596586?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/renowned-sculptor-returns-to-cripple-creek-ice-festival-with-big-ideas/article/1596586?custom_click=rss

Cripple Creek - Thomas Barlow laid out his sketches on a table: an elephant head with a sloping trunk; a replica of Disney's Tree of Life, with engraved animal faces and a flock of swallows bursting from the side; and two battling crocodiles, with splashes of water encircling them.

Barlow, 52, analyzed the drawings and decided how he would make them come to life.

For the 10th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, he would have at his disposal 170 blocks measuring roughly 20 by 40 inches. And the sculptor of 25 years sounded confident that his imagination would lead to reality again.

"It's gonna be sick," he said over the crocodile sketch, his grand plan for next weekend, the last days of the safari-themed fest that

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Sun, 12 Feb 2017 12:38:06 -0700
<![CDATA[In Guatemala, a treacherous hike to one of the world's most active volcanoes]]> http://gazette.com/in-guatemala-a-treacherous-hike-to-one-of-the-worlds-most-active-volcanoes/article/1596625?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-guatemala-a-treacherous-hike-to-one-of-the-worlds-most-active-volcanoes/article/1596625?custom_click=rss

Santiaguito roared throughout the night - a thunderous pop and a rumble followed by low, deep hissing every hour or so.

Our guide, Carlos, rose from his snoring slumber every time, opening the flap of the tent to watch the volcano spit lava, smoke and ash.

My husband, Jay, and I were lying next to Carlos, only 400 yards from one of the most active volcanoes in the world. At times clouds drifted in, making its fits of rage audible but not visible.

The three of us did not leave the campsite during the dark night for fear of being hit by flying rocks or tripping over loose ones on the ground.

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Sun, 12 Feb 2017 07:30:52 -0700