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  • Selfie on a airport runway? Yes, please.

    Wed, July 23, 2014 by Dalton Walker with no comments

    Who doesn’t want to take a selfie on an airport runway? Sign me up.

    DIA has a Twitter promotion to do just that. All you need to do is tweet @DENairport on why you think its America’s favorite connecting hub and use #LoveDIA.

    One winner will rule them all. Winner will be selected July 31 and be notified via Twitter, of course.

    If you can’t pass a security background check don’t bother because it’s required of the winner.

    Good luck and send me your photo if you win.


  • Map: How hot will Colorado Springs be in 2100?

    Mon, July 21, 2014 by Dalton Walker with no comments

    (via http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/09/hot-summer_n_5571512.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000044)

    (via http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/09/hot-summer_n_5571512.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000044)

    If you think it’s hot out in Colorado Springs now just wait until 2100.

    Odds are I won’t be around (alive) to feel it.

    HuffingtonPost.com posted an interesting interactive map earlier this month showing how it will be in 2100. Colorado Springs and 1,000 other U.S. cities are part of the interactive. Climate change is no joke and predictions for a warm up are real. Yikes.

    By 2100, summers in Colorado Springs will feel more like Beaumont, Texas, roughly an increase of 10 degrees, or on average, 91 degrees, according to the interactive.

    Oh, you’re moving to Denver? Denver will be hotter, around 96 degrees.

    If you’re still around, you probably can cool off on the top of Pikes Peak.

    Here’s an interesting paragraph from the article:

    “In fact, by the end of this century, summers in most of the 1,001 cities we analyzed will feel like summers now in Texas and Florida (in temperatures only, not humidity). And in Texas, most cities are going to feel like the hottest cities now in the Lone Star State, or will feel more like Phoenix and Gilbert in Arizona, among the hottest summer cities in the U.S. today.”

    Your initial reaction?

  • Map: Is Colorado a dog or a cat state?

    Mon, July 21, 2014 by Dalton Walker with no comments

    Via http://www.businessinsider.com. Dog owners in orange, cat owners in purple.

    Via http://www.businessinsider.com. Dog owners in orange, cat owners in purple.

    I don’t think anyone in Colorado is surprised that our state is a dog state. We love our pets, especially our dogs. Yes, I know you love your cat(s). Settle down.

    Using a 2012 study by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Business Insider breaks it down for dog and cat lovers across the U.S.

    Overall, based on a survey of over 50,000 households, nine states prefer cats over dogs. Most of the states are in the northeast.

    Roughly 40 percent of people in Colorado own a dog, according to the study. Are you surprised? I’m a dog owner. I’ve been one for most of my life. I grew up with cats and will probably own another one soon.

    In high school, I had a chow named Bandit and a cat named Kitty. Both were outside pets. Growing up in Northern Minnesota, especially rural Minnesota, this was the norm. When it was cold, Kitty would lay on top of Bandit to stay warm. Who says cats and dogs don’t get along?

  • DIA listed amongst most beautiful airports

    Sun, July 20, 2014 by Dalton Walker with no comments

    Kudos to the Denver International Airport for being named one of the 10 most beautiful airports in the world, according to Vanity Fair France.

    @DENAirport sent out the tweet Sunday morning and being the Colorado on the Web guy, I clicked on the link. The link is in French and I like most of you, I don’t speak French. I spotted out ‘Denver’ and ‘Colorado’ so I knew I was on the right page. It’s always nice for international publications to list you amongst the best.


  • Looking for a ‘Great American Road Trip’? Colorado has at least one

    Sun, July 20, 2014 by Dalton Walker with no comments



    I’ve never actually been on a road trip. Sure, I’ve driven tons and traveled through more than a fair share of the U.S.

    A road trip to me is a leisure adventure with time not an obstacle. I’ve always driven because I had to get to a destination at a specific time for a specific reason.

    Perhaps one day I’ll set out across the country, stop anywhere I want, relax, grab a cold beverage, explore and not worry about my next destination.

    I’ll start by saving this handy list of 21 great American road trips, according to Distractify.com

    The San Juan Highway and the Million Dollar Skyway in southwestern Colorado is one of the 21.

    “The Rocky Mountains deserve to be experienced this way. It’s a winding road-filled trip, but it will give you more time to ogle at the incredible rock formations that nature has kindly made.”

    Distance: 160 miles.

    Where to stop: Mesa Verde National Park in Durango and the Silverton Museum in Telluride.

    Have you driven it? If so, share your memories.

    Click here to see which other routes made the list.

  • Must-see: World Lacrosse Championships in Denver; event ends Saturday

    Wed, July 16, 2014 by Dalton Walker with no comments

    The FIL World Lacrosse Championships are in the Denver area this week and to no one surprise Team USA rolled through its power division to claim the No. 1 seed in the knockout stage.

    The United States earned a bye with its 5-0 record. The Americans next play in Thursday’s semifinal at 4:30 in Commerce City. The championship is Saturday and I’ll be shocked if Team USA fails to qualify.

    Did you drive up to Commerce City to catch any of the action? Games have been going on since July 10.

    I hope to catch Iroquois Nationals before the tournament is over. The U.S. beat the Nationals 18-5 Wednesday in a game that was over before halftime. The teams potentially could meet again in the championship, but the Nationals need to beat Scotland and Canada. The Canadians scored late Sunday night to beat the Nationals 9-8. Canada, like the U.S., earned a bye.

    The World Lacrosse Championships only happen every four years. We don’t get to see this type of lacrosse talent often in the Centennial State. Take advantage if you can.

    Representatives for the Iroquois Nationals during the Opening Ceremony. Photo via Laxallstars.com

    Representatives for the Iroquois Nationals during the Opening Ceremony. Photo via Laxallstars.com


  • Colorado Springs-area gems featured on national TV show

    Wed, July 16, 2014 by Dalton Walker with no comments

    Lauren Sullivan / TODAY


    PHOTO: Producer Chemene Pelzer speaks to locals before their 2,000-foot hike up the Manitou Springs Incline. Lauren Sullivan/TODAY


    A national TV audience is getting a taste of what us Colorado Springs-area residents get to see every day with little to no effort

    Today Show crews are in the area filming Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods, according to web post on Today.com

    @VisitPikesPeak on Twitter tweeted that Today Show crews are at Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs for a Thursday shoot. Today’s Natalie Morales and Jenna Bush Hager are expected to launch live from TERROR-dactyl

    You can follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #TodayTakesOff



  • CC connection to my predicted World Lacrosse Championship winner

    Wed, July 9, 2014 by Dalton Walker with no comments

    Iroquois Nationals. (photo via http://iroquoisnationals.org/)

    Iroquois Nationals. (photo via http://iroquoisnationals.org/)

    For those familiar with my Colorado on the Web blog, you know I’m a fan of the Iroquois Nationals, a Native American lacrosse team.

    The Nationals, along with Team USA, are scheduled to compete in this month’s World Lacrosse Championships in Denver. Action starts July 10. I’m not going out on a limb when I predict the Nationals will leave Colorado with the gold.

    A reader sent me an email the other day with a fun news tip about the Nationals. (Thanks, George!) The coach for the Nationals, Steve Beville, used to coach Colorado College lacrosse. Cool stuff.

    Beville coaches at Cortland State University and the world championships will be his first as head coach of the Nationals. He was an assistant in 2012 when the Nationals U19 team took Bronze.

    Beville was a coach early in his career at CC for 10 years where he had a record of 100-49, according to his biography on the Cortland athletics website.

    Best of luck coach Beville.

  • I was in Rifle and I stopped by Shooters Grill (sort of)

    Tue, July 8, 2014 by Dalton Walker with no comments

    I’m on my way to a conference in California and my route included Interstate 70. I was in a hurry but wanted to stop in Rifle to gas up at the very least, perhaps grab a quick bite at Colorado’s latest media gem, Shooters Grill.

    Shooters has been profiled by national media, including a story in USA Today that caught everyone’s attention. If you don’t know, servers at Shooters are armed. Is that a big deal? Depends on who you ask.

    I did stop in Rifle for fuel and found Shooters Grill after a few Google map searches, but unfortunately I didn’t have time to go in for food. I was in a hurry and on a time crunch. I took a quick photo tho and went on my way. Next time, Shooters.

    Shooters in Rifle. Photo by Dalton Walker, The Gazette.

    Shooters in Rifle. Photo by Dalton Walker, The Gazette.

  • Iroquois Nationals in Colorado for World Lacrosse Championships; team to hang out with fans Monday

    Mon, July 7, 2014 by Dalton Walker with no comments

    The Iroquois Nationals first practice in Denver last night. Today, July 7th, there will be a meet and greet with fans at 4pm at Denver East H.S. Come meet the team! First games against England is Friday, July 11, 8 pm on ESPN3. (Photo by Clark Tallbull) #NativeAthletes #IroquoisNationals #WorldLax2014 photo via NDNSPORTS

    The Iroquois Nationals first practice in Denver last night.  First games against England is July 11, 8 pm on ESPN3. (Photo by Clark Tallbull) #NativeAthletes #IroquoisNationals #WorldLax2014 photo via NDNSPORTS

    My favorite lacrosse team is in Colorado for the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships

    The Iroquois Nationals will be part of a meet-and-greet Monday at Denver East High School starting at 4 p.m.

    I can’t make it but I wish I could.

    Here’s a news release about Monday’s event and more. The tournament starts July 10.

    Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team Media Day for World Lacrosse Championships

    Field Blessing and Practice Session Monday, July 7at 4 p.m. at Denver East HS

    DENVER, CO – The Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse team will host a media day and field blessing ahead of a team practice and meet-and-greet with members of the Denver-area Native American community at Denver East High School on Monday, July 7th at 4 p.m. The event is part of the Iroquois team’s preparation for the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, which begins Thursday, July 10.

    Four years ago, the Iroquois were barred entry into the United Kingdom for the 2010 tournament when the host nation failed to recognize Iroquois’ passports even after the U.S. State Department granted the team a travel waiver. For the 2014 tournament, the Iroquois will play in the top “Blue Division,” along with the United States, Japan, England, Canada and Australia.

    WHAT: Media interviews; traditional field blessing; practice session and meeting with Denver’s Native American community

    WHO: Coaches and players from the 2014 Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse team, including brothers Lyle and Miles Thompson, co-winners of 2014 Tewaaraton Award for most outstanding college player, and Associate Head Coach Cam Bomberry

    WHEN: Monday, July 7th at 4 p.m. Mountain Time

    WHERE: Denver East High School Lacrosse Field, 1600 City Park Esplanade

    The Iroquois, also known as the Six Nations or “Haudenosaunee”, represent the indigenous people that originally occupied extensive lands in what is now New York State, southern Quebec and Ontario, Canada.  The Iroquois are the originators of the modern day game of Lacrosse, which was played among the confederacy before Europeans arrived in North America.

    The World Lacrosse Championships are held once every four years and have not been hosted by the United States since 1998 in Baltimore.

    For information on the Iroquois Nationals, visit http://iroquoisnationals.org/.

    For information on the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships, visit: http://www.worldlacrosse2014.com/landing/index.