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  • Runners, walkers and actual turkeys rule the day at YMCA Turkey Trot

    Fortunately for Raina Watson and friend Gillian Conley, time was not a priority at the 17th annual Turkey Trot early Thanksgiving morning near the Briargate YMCA. That's what happens when you're pulling two actual turkeys in a cage through the streets of northeastern Colorado Springs. And people of all ages want to look. And ask questions....

  • Colorado mastodon bones show ancient warmer Earth

    DENVER - A trove of ancient bones from gigantic animals discovered in the Colorado mountains is providing scientists with a fascinating look at what happened about 120,000 years ago when the Earth got as warm as it is today. Evidence left behind by mastodons, mammoths, giant sloths and huge bison - along with insects, plants, pollen and other...

  • Forest Service sets Christmas tree cutting dates

    LAKEWOOD — The U.S. Forest Service is planning to open five Christmas tree cutting areas along the Front Range next month. Areas on the Pike, Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests will be open for cutting between Dec. 6 and Dec. 14. A $10 permit per tree is required before entering a tree cutting area, with a limit of five permits per...

  • List: Thanksgiving events and closures around Colorado Springs

    Banks and credit unions: Closed Thursday. Buses (Metro Transit): No bus service Thursday. Government offices: Federal offices closed Thursday. City, county, state offices closed Thursday and Friday. Libraries: All Pikes Peak District Library branches will close at 6 p.m. Wednesday and are closed Thursday. Postal Service: Offices closed and...

  • More Colorado ski areas opening Thanksgiving weekend

    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — More Colorado ski areas are opening for Thanksgiving weekend. Steamboat, Crested Butte and Beaver Creek opened Wednesday with fresh snow. Steamboat says it's had 21 inches in the last three days while Crested Butte says it's gotten that much over the last week. Steamboat is starting the season with the most terrain it's...

  • Colorado fishing report for Nov. 27, 2014

    Conditions Northeast Colorado Eleven Mile - Trout (fair): Large fish hitting crawlers and PowerBait (chartreuse and pink working the best). Wooly Buggers, tube jigs and Tasmanian Devils (pink and black) are still doing well. Nice trout are still being seen at Lazy Boy, Rocking Chair and Witchers Cove in the early morning. North Shore and...

  • Colorado Springs area outdoor events starting Nov. 27, 2014

    ALMANAC Cycling ONGOING The Joy Ride - Family-friendly 5- to 6-mile bike ride, meet between 5-6 p.m. Wednesdays, McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon St.; tinyurl.com/bzpmq8p. Hiking ONGOING Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center sponsored hikes - 1805 N. 30th St., free; 219-0108.
- Get Fit at the Garden - A Walk for Wellness, 9 a.m....

  • Glow Run 5K to benefit Empty Stocking Fund

    Show your shining support for red-nosed reindeer - and The Gazette-El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund - at the first Holiday 5K Glow Run, 5 p.m. Dec. 6 in downtown Colorado Springs. Get your glow on by donning reflective gear and headlamps and carrying glow sticks; lighted gloves will be distributed to participants as long as supplies...

  • Colorado Springs City Council moves to give Jones Park to county

    A 1,200-acre swath of Pikes Peak forestland known as Jones Park is on a course to be donated to El Paso County's park system. The Colorado Springs City Council on Monday tamped down fears of a potential sale of the historic property by agreeing to draft a resolution stating the land will be given to El Paso County, provided it's preserved as...

  • Skiing cheaper than you think, industry leaders maintain

    DENVER - In 2010, the price of walk-up, single-day lift ticket at Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts topped $100. Aspen quickly followed suit, and ticket prices at resorts across the country have consistently increased in the years since. The trend has raised a question that has dogged the ski industry for years: Is the sport becoming...

  • Hunter dies after accidentally shooting himself

    WEST WINDSOR, N.J. — Authorities say a New Jersey goose hunter who was out with his father died after he accidentally shot himself in the head and neck. The accident occurred around 4:15 p.m. Saturday in a wooded area of West Windsor. Earlier reports indicated the older man had accidentally shot his son. But police say the man was killed...

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