• Beatles and Smurf cartoonist coming to The Modbo in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Wed, Aug 16, 2017

    Ron Campbell remembers sitting in a movie theater with friends watching Tom chase Jerry on the big screen. The raffish cat and crafty mouse scurried after each other with exaggerated animation, and Campbell was mystified. "I couldn't figure out what they were," he said. "Until one...

  • Beautiful writing

    Updated: Sun, Aug 13, 2017

    At the glass table in her basement studio, Cecelia Harris dips a calligraphy nib into green gouache. The glue-like substance smears across the page with each stroke, broad, thin, broad, thin. She writes the first three letters of the alphabet in a fancy print, something you might see...

  • After a near-death experience, photography helped this Colorado Springs man heal

    Updated: Wed, Aug 9, 2017

    Bryce Yamashita had been in the hospital five days when he told his wife he wanted to die. Bacterial meningitis ravaged his spine and mind, allergic reactions to the medicine wracked his already weak body, and doctors didn't seem to have a solution. He told his wife, Dawn Yamashita,...

  • Deep in Yukon Territory, a legendary river race and a severed toe

    Updated: Sun, Aug 6, 2017

    The toe sat dehydrated, blackened and frayed on the plate in front of me. The man dressed as a pirate took my name and home state, then read the rules: Your lips must touch the toe. The toe cannot go past your lips. The fine is $2,500 for swallowing the toe - accident or not. (A toe...

  • Happy Trails: Ute Valley Park Loop Trail

    Updated: Fri, Jul 28, 2017

    HAPPY TRAILS: UTE VALLEY PARK LOOP TRAIL Fantastic mountain views meet city panoramas at the family friendly Ute Valley Park Loop Trail. Social trails web through the park, but the wide sandy path will take you on a loop featuring mild inclines and a wooded walk across a ridgeline....

  • Senior National Parks pass to increase by $70 in August

    Updated: Mon, Jul 24, 2017

    Adventurers ages 62 and over should get a $10 lifetime pass from the National Park Service before the price climbs to $80 on Aug. 28. Last December, Congress passed legislation that increased the price by 700 percent, making the senior pass cost equal to that of the annual "America...

  • Running great distances: annual 5k race builds community from Colorado Springs to Africa

    Updated: Mon, Jul 24, 2017

    Steve Flannery remembers the little boy sucking on a tube of toothpaste. He remembers how the dispensary director thought hand sanitizer was something to drink. He remembers the young men who wanted to go back to school and the women who had their babies in the dirt. It was 2007 in...

  • Pikes Pick: Wrap up summer with books for your kids

    Published: Sun, Jul 23, 2017

    Books your kids and teens will love: "Caraval" by Stephanie Garber, a novel of dangerous games and sisterhood; "Revenge of the Star Survivors" by Michael Merschel, an excellent middle-grade debut set in Colorado; "Everything, Everything" by Nicola Yoon, a bestseller turned film and a...

  • Meet the piano men of Colorado Springs

    Updated: Sat, Jul 22, 2017

    Two great beasts sit gutted in Don Shoffner's piano repair shop. Strings leap in spirals from their wooden bellies, spruce shavings coiling from cracks. A mallet, some screwdrivers and a metal tuner lay in the gaping holes where the keys should be. Nine men gather on a circle of...

  • Pro wakeboard tour to make waves in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Wed, Jul 19, 2017

    Nic Rapa lives in endless summer. The 19-year-old professional wakeboarder stays in his native Australia for part of the year and spends the rest in Florida, always dodging winter in one hemisphere or the other. The migration schedule allows him to take challenges year-round. This...

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