The house of steel

DENVER (AP) – Convention isn’t Andrew McMullin’s strong suit. He became a contractor after receiving a degree in creative writing. To get to the tip of South America, he rode his bike. From...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

10-year-old makes ‘mind-blowing’ contribution

COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – Amber Cote has seen corporate book drives pull in 100 to 500 books for Success by 6, the early childhood initiative she heads through Pikes Peak United Way.So imagine her...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Piece of Americana uncovered in Greeley

GREELEY (AP) – A 12-year study into a piece of Americana led one Virginia resident to Greeley recently via a 1912 Sears catalog.In the catalog, which was one of the chief ways of getting goods at...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Denver kids find room to grow in WILD outdoors

DENVER (AP) – Six years ago, Jackie Luevano and Ale Basquez were wandering. Abandoning schoolwork. Acting up. Heading down a dangerous path.Today, the friends are preparing for college and working...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2012 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

No easy ending to tribute song for missing daughter

GREELEY (AP) – Preserving the memory of his only daughter in song brought Paul Sacco to an emotional crossroads that he wasn’t prepared to face.Every time the Greeley attorney thought he was done...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2012 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

It takes a cool hand

LONGMONTJess Parrish’s foray into ice carving started with a very different kind of medium: wood.A case of mononucleosis kept Parrish, then 12, at home – and largely confined to static activities –...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2012 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Raptors, not gas, to rid Denver of prairie dogs

DENVER (AP) – Denver parks managers who recently gassed hundreds of prairie dogs near Central Park in the Stapleton neighborhood are trying a different tack to protect city green spaces.They’ll...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2012 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Making bones a hands-on approach to grasping genocide

COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – In a little more than a week, Doherty High School students transformed pounds of lumpy clay into physical reminders of genocide.Eventually, the more than 2,000 bones made by...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2012 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

A chilling scream: Is saloon really haunted?

SANTA FE (AP) – It was shortly after closing time one cool, dark night earlier this month at the Legal Tender. Cindy Lu and Phillip Heard were sitting with their spouses at a table at the Lamy...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2012 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

A powerful look at power

He hangs nonchalantly from a steel cable, gazing at the camera while sitting on a wooden trolley, his spectacles reflecting the icy Animas River below. It is an unselfconscious portrait, probably...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2012 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Colorado Springs company curtails casket cost

COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – When Sue Fletcher was helping her husband arrange his grandmother’s funeral, she was astonished at the casket’s cost – more than $3,000. Then, when her mother-in-law found...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2012 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Tried and true, Joe saves day at state fair

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – It’s good to have an old friend you can count on when problems occur, even if you and that friend have not spent a lot of time together recently.For Ashley Leigh of Grand...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2012 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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