• Wallaby Walkabout at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

    Fri, May 31, 2013 by Kristina Iodice with no comments

    The two young wallabies at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo still spend time each day on docents' laps, being fed by bottles and enjoying gentle attention. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

    The two young wallabies at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo still spend time each day on docents’ laps, being fed by bottles and enjoying gentle attention. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

    Walk with the wallabies.

    Really.

    Adult wallabies can be shy, so the zoo hopped at the chance to borrow some young ones for the summer, said Erica Meyer, zoo public relations manager. Although young, they’re too old for their mothers’ pouches.

    The two Wallaby joeys had mixed reactions to the camera, hiding at times or poking into the equipment.

    Zoo guests can find the two little wallabies – Munchkin and Peanut – in Wallaby Walkabout. When not sitting on docents’ laps, they are in their own enclosure. Click here for the entire story and a video. The two are from Harper, Texas.

    Click here for photos of all the recent arrivals that are out and about.

  • Colorado Springs soldier conquers competition in England on Memorial Day

    Wed, May 29, 2013 by Kristina Iodice with no comments

    Army veteran Kenny Rackers traveled thousands of miles to roll down a hill in England.

    Photo from Facebook

    Photo from Facebook

    The annual “Cheese Roll” races were Monday May 27 at Cooper’s Hill near Gloucestershire.

    “I put it on my bucket list and today it was to win and that’s what I did,” Rackers said.

    Competitors take part in the annual Cheese Rolling event at Coopers Hill near Brockworth, Gloucestershire, England, Monday May 27, 2013. (AP Photo/PA, Tim Ireland)

    (AP Photo/PA, Tim Ireland)

    Rackers donned red, white and blue for the competition, which is simple: contestants toss a wheel of cheese down a hill then tumble after it. It’s also risky, and some contestants break legs or arms in the process.

    Watch Rackers win his downhill race here.

    If that’s not enough, click here for more details, as well as photos and video.

    The event has been unofficial since 2010, with “rebel rollers” chasing the cheese. Local cheese makers were warned against selling wheels of cheese.

  • UCCS ahead of other CU campuses on list for return on investment

    Tue, May 28, 2013 by Kristina Iodice with no comments

    Forbes.com releases its annual list of best colleges this summer, but the publication released a shortlist on a related topic this week May 20.

    Its “25 Colleges With the Best Return on Investment” includes only one school from Colorado, but Colorado School of Mines appears on the list twice – for in-state and out-of-state students.

    The school was ranked No. 6 and No. 8. The article on Forbes.com (click here to read it) tapped information from another website.

    Payscale.com released a list of more than 1,500 schools measured by the 30-year return on investment for Bachelor’s degrees. Click here for current and past lists.

    One local school also placed fairly high up. The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs ranked No. 281 and No. 340. That’s past the Boulder campus but far ahead of Colorado College, which came in at No. 1,159.

    Engineers tend to do well, UCCS spokesman Tom Hutton said. The UCCS engineering dean brags that most UCCS graduates in that department didn’t even interview for jobs – they were hired directly after completing internships at prestigious companies at good salaries.

    Hutton was not surprised that the School of Mines placed so high on the list.

    “It’s a state school (so reasonable in its costs) and engineering focused in its curriculum. Engineers tend to have high earnings,” he said. “That’s pretty easy math.”

  • Bear tales will travel

    Fri, May 24, 2013 by Kristina Iodice with no comments

    This bear was pulled from his lofty perch in a Colorado Springs tree Sunday evening. (Photo courtesy of the Colorado Springs Fire Department)

    This bear was pulled from his lofty perch in a Colorado Springs tree Sunday evening. (Photo courtesy of the Colorado Springs Fire Department)

    Bears in trees make for good stories.

    The International Business Times recently picked up a story on a Colorado Springs bear lifted out of a tree with a crane on Sunday. The Colorado Springs Fire Department and the Colorado Division of Wildlife worked together on the rescue.

    The Times is a digital global news publication that delivers international business news.

    Checkout photos by Gazette photographer Michael Ciaglo here.

    The bear was sedated before it was lifted out of the tree. The next day, the animal was released about 100 miles away. Read more about the story here.

  • Colorado Springs dog seeks votes for hero award

    Tue, May 21, 2013 by Kristina Iodice with no comments

    Photos courtesy of Ruby Ridpath

    Photos courtesy of Ruby Ridpath

     

    Many animal owners know that pets can be heroes. A national contest is seeking to find out the top canine heroes.

    Explosive Detection Dog CWD Carlos lives with his family in Colorado Springs. He is one of a large group of heroic canines seeking top honors in the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.

    Carlos retired in 2011 as an 8-year-old after spending about five years working with U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces. He was assign052113 Carlos EDD faceed to the U.S. Army’s 3rd and 4th Infantry Divisions in Baghdad for more than two years, and then went to Afghanistan to work with U.S. Special Forces.

    The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards were created in 2010. Anyone 18-years-old and older may nominate a heroic hounds in one of eight categories: Law Enforcement & Arson Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Guide Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Hearing Dogs; and Emerging Hero Dogs (for ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things).

    Eight finalists are selected with online voting. The first round of voting ends July 30. Individuals may vote for one dog per category every 24 hours. The awards ceremony is set for Oct. 5 in Los Angeles.

    You may cast your vote for Carlos here.

    Carlos’ Charity Partner is Military Working Dog Adoptions and he serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for the group.

  • Prince Harry squeezes in some uncle practice

    Fri, May 17, 2013 by Kristina Iodice with no comments

    Prince Harry salutes as the US and British national anthems are played at the opening ceremony of the Warrior Games 2013 on Saturday, May 11, 2103. (Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

    Prince Harry salutes as the US and British national anthems are played at the opening ceremony of the Warrior Games 2013 on Saturday, May 11, 2103. (Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

    A little fan at the Warrior Games this month in Colorado Springs received some royal attention.

    At a pre-Games brunch, Prince Harry spent some time with 10-month-old Sebastian Wilkowski, People Magazine reports.

    “He came closer and did a little small talk with the baby, and he just reached out and then made a little raspberry and funny faces,” Sebastian’s mom, Julia told the magazine.

    Click here to see photos from his Colorado Springs visit.

    Prince Harry, 28, is the youngest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana. As third in line to the British throne, he is regarded as one of the world’s most eligible bachelors.

    Harry’s older brother, Prince William and Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, announced in December that that they are expecting a baby.

    Colorado Springs was not the only American destination during Harry’s  American tour. Click here to see photos from earlier in his trip.

  • French star looks to conquer Pikes Peak

    Thu, May 16, 2013 by Kristina Iodice with no comments

    Sebastien Loeb Photo COURTESY COLORADO SPRINGS SPORTS CORP.

    Sebastien Loeb Photo COURTESY COLORADO SPRINGS SPORTS CORP.

    Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb sets his sights high, 14,115 feet high to be exact. The 39-year-old French star has only been to the United States once, and never to Pikes Peak.

    According to a story here, Loeb will watch videos while propping for the race. Expectations are his car – Pikes Peak Peugeot 208 T16 – will dazzle on the course on June 30. Video online shows the car in action.

    “Tarmac I think is more complicated because it’s really fast,” he said. “The car will be really fast in the corner.”

    Will the car be fast enough? Japan’s Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima was the first to break the 10-minute barrier in 2011. A different driver shaved off even more time last year.

    Loeb is also well aware of the big drops that come with a mountainside course.

    “I don’t want to see the drops!”

    It’s not too early to start planning for the event. Tickets are now available, and the annual pre-race celebration is set for June 28.

    Click here for more details on Loeb’s car, and Hill Climb events. Check out photos from last year’s competition here.

  • National Dog Bite Prevention Week not just for letter carriers

    Wed, May 15, 2013 by Kristina Iodice with no comments

    Many people in Colorado love dogs. U.S. Postal Service workers might have a different opinion depending on where they live.

    According to the U.S. Postal Service, Los Angeles was the worst city in America for dog attacks on letter carriers last year. Read more on that story here.

    Colorado Springs didn’t make the list. There were only two dog attacks in Colorado Springs in 2012, said David Rupert, postal spokesman for Colorado. Across the state, there were 43 attacks but only half required medical treatment.

    “A loose dog doesn’t care if you’re wearing a uniform,” he said. The U.S. Postal Service tracks the numbers each year.

    Out of the top 14 cities on the list, Denver was ranked No. 12 with 23 dog attacks against letter carriers in 2012

    That’s actually an improvement. In 2011, Denver was No. 11 on the list with 35 attacks.

    The report was released as a prelude to National Dog Bite Prevention Week in an effort to encourage pet owners to help reduce the incidence of dog bites to letter carriers.

    “This is not just about letter carriers,” he said. “A restrained dog is safe for everybody.”

    Every year 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs, and more than half are children. Only a small number of those bitten are letter carriers. The U.S. Postal Service, the medical community, veterinarians and the insurance industry aim to educate the public that dog bites are avoidable by declaring May 19-25 as National Dog Bite Prevention Week

  • Hello world!

    Wed, May 15, 2013 by Kristina Iodice with no comments

    I’ll be wandering the World Wide Web and digging into my email box to see what others around the planet are saying about Colorado Springs and the greater Pikes Peak region. I’ll also be blogging about people with connections – past and present – to the area.

    The best part is that there is a lot of flexibility in what I’ll be covering. However, there is only so much time in the day. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas and emails. I can be reached at kristina.iodice@gazette.com.

    Thanks!