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Wednesday, 25 February 2015 17:49

Disney Ups Ticket Prices

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

 

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If you have not heard, a trip to Disney just got pricier.

Details here.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:22

Go Wild With Colorful Pasta

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

Rainbow pasta

Tired of winter? Color your world! Go off the grid and go wild for dinner with this recipe offered by the cheery folks at Happier.com.

Break out the food coloring and make some crazy rainbow pasta so cool even the grownups will fight over who’s going to Instagram it first. Here’s how to do it:

Cook your pasta al dente according to package instructions.

Dilute 20 drops of food coloring in 2 Tbs. of water and add to a large Ziploc bag. Repeat with other colors/bags for as many colors as you want.

Drain pasta and divide among the bags.

  • Distribute color by gently shaking bags. (Killer Katy Perry dance-track optional for this step, but highly recommended.)
  • One color at a time, transfer pasta back into colander to remove excess liquid.
  • Toss all the colors together and poof! Deliciously crazy dinner is served.
  • Grab your phone and shoot fast. 

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Jack Frost is definitely hanging around this winter with more biting winds and drifting snow.  This non-stop cold is not only a nuisance and danger to us, but also to our furry friends.  So, what to do to keep our pets safe and warm? The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has provided some tips to keep pets healthy when the cold just keeps on coming.

Limit your time outside

It’s best to keep your pet indoors if you can when the thermometer gets very low.  If you’re out and about with your pet in freezing or below freezing weather, avoid leaving them outside for long periods of time.  Many people believe that pets’ fur will prevent the animal from freezing but that’s not the case. Animals can get frostbite and hypothermia just like humans. If you’re making the trek outside, an animal sweater or coat will help, as will booties, just make sure the sweater or coat is dry.

Watch out for poisonous materials

Sidewalks are full of chemicals during the snowy season, from antifreeze to salt. Wipe down your pet after you come in from a walk. Dangerous chemicals can get stuck on paws, legs and bellies. If you don’t wash it off, the pets can ingest them, which can be toxic.  Also, don’t leave chemicals like antifreeze lying around. If you spill, clean it up immediately.

Pay attention to the signs

If your pet starts to whine, limp, slow down, etc., they might be trying to tell you to bring them indoors. Pay close attention to your pet when you’re out in the cold to help determine when they’ve had enough.  If your pet shows signs of hypothermia, like shivering, immediately seek help from a vet. Frostbite is harder to detect, but also just as serious, so keep a close watch.

Cars can also be dangerous

Outdoor pets tend to find shelter under cars, and that car could be yours. So, before you put your car in reverse or drive, check under it for any animals. Also, a cold car can be just as dangerous as outside for your furry buddy, so  don’t leave your pet locked in for any stretch of time.

Prepare for storms/power outages

Blizzards and ice storms can cause power outages, so always have extra food, water and medicine on hand for your pet in case of an emergency. The AVMA suggests you have of these items to last you through at least five days. Stock up before and after each storm.

With cold weather continuing to batter north and south, it pays to be prepared.

For more information about cold weather safety for your pets, visit AVMA.org.

Monday, 23 February 2015 13:26

Powder Time in Colorado

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

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A powerful weekend snowstorm left all 21 Colorado Ski Country USA ski areas and resorts with fresh powder and great conditions.  

Sixteen resorts recorded more than a foot of new snow in recent days, with resorts in southwest Colorado especially hard-hit by this storm. Wolf Creek Ski Area has received 34 inches of new snow since the storm arrived on Friday, with potentially another foot and a half still to come. Monarch and Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort each recorded 21 inches, Silverton measured 20 inches, and Telluride received 18 inches. 

Colorado’s central mountains also saw heavy accumulation from the multi-day storm, as Snowmass recorded 19 inches of powder. Aspen Mountain and Sunlight Mountain resort each measured 15 inches, and Crested Butte, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk all saw 13 inches of new snow.  

Further north, Steamboat accumulated 21 inches of powder over the course of the storm, while Howelsen and Eldora each received 12 inches. Winter Park recorded 10.5 inches of new snow, and Ski Granby Ranch measured a storm total of 9 inches so far. 

Along the I-70 corridor, Copper Mountain and Loveland each welcomed a foot of fresh powder while Powderhorn saw 9 inches and Arapahoe Basin and Ski Cooper each measured 8 inches. 

Conditions throughout Colorado Ski Country will remain excellent all week, as new snow is in the forecast every day through Friday, Feb. 27. 

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015 11:12

Traveling With Your Pet?

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

Considering a family vacation that includes your pet?

Check out these tips from the Humane Society.

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