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Gazette Premium Content Here comes the heat: Record high possible week

MATT STEINER Updated: June 28, 2011 at 12:00 am

Tuesday's brief break from the heat will be but a memory by Wednesday.

The National Weather Service expects sweltering conditions to roll in over the next couple of days. One record high might even be in jeopardy.

Tuesday’s high is forecast at about 85 degrees in the Colorado Springs area. Then, look out: The weather service is calling for 96 degrees Wednesday, just three degrees off the record for June 29. The mark of 99 came in 1990.

Winds are expected to increase to 15 to 20 mph later Tuesday.

Overnight lows will fall to about 60 degrees before the heat rolls in to accompany fewer clouds Wednesday.

 

THE REST OF THE TUESDAY SUNRISE REPORT

AROUND COLORADO

Wildfire near Boulder 40 percent contained
(AP) — Cooler weather has helped crews contain 40 percent of a 60-acre wildfire in a canyon northwest of Boulder.

The fire was previously estimated at 100 acres, but fire managers got a better look Monday.

Residents of 340 homes are still on standby to evacuate. Fire officials say warmer and windier weather expected Tuesday could hamper their efforts.

Authorities say the Maxwell fire started Sunday near a shooting range but the cause of the fire hasn't been determined.

In southern Colorado, crews are still fighting a wildfire burning on 7 square miles. The Duckett fire grew a bit over the weekend in hot, windy conditions but isn't threatening any homes.

Most the growth has been in a steep, rugged terrain in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.


Last defendant pleads guilty in fatal crash

(AP) — The last of four people charged in a hit-and-run crash that killed a Denver man has pleaded guilty.

The Denver district attorney's office said Eliu Montes-Garcia, 28, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of being an accessory for helping hide the vehicle involved in the crash. He will be sentenced July 25.

Garcia was alleged to have owned the pickup truck that hit Jose Medina, 21, while he was working as a valet at a Denver nightclub in January.

Authorities say Norma Vera-Nolasco, 31, was driving the truck. She pleaded guilty last week to vehicular homicide and faces up to 12 years in prison when she's sentenced Sept. 19.

 

Two others pleaded have pleaded guilty to aiding escape and face being placed on probation.


Records: woman in fatal crash on probation for DUI

(AP) — A 32-year-old Boulder woman suspected of causing a car wreck that killed a 33-year-old man has been arrested and is being held on $1 million bond.

Court records obtained by the Longmont Times-Call show that 32-year-old Lisa Norton pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and was sentenced to 12 months of probation just two days before Saturday's accident.

The Colorado State Patrol says a pickup truck driven by Norton collided with a car driven by Gabriel Nielsen of Boulder near a lake in Longmont. The patrol says Norton tried to escape by swimming across the lake, but was retrieved by boaters.

The Times-Call reports Norton was arrested on several charges, including suspicion of DUI-related vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, DUI and driving with a revoked license.


Suspected toilet peeper faces more charges

(AP) — A Colorado man suspected of hiding in the tank of a portable toilet is also accused of spying on women in bathrooms at several Boulder businesses.

Boulder police spokeswoman Kim Kobel said Monday that 30-year-old Luke Ivan Chrisco faces four charges of burglary. Police say they found peepholes in businesses where Chrisco is suspected of spying.

Police are checking other sites.

Vail police arrested Chrisco on June 23 while investigating an unrelated complaint, saying he resembled the man accused of hiding in a toilet at a Boulder yoga festival June 17. He faces charges of unlawful sexual contact and criminal invasion of privacy in that case.

Police say Chrisco was being transferred Monday from Vail to Boulder, where his bond was set at $250,000.

It's unclear whether he has a lawyer.


Southeastern
Colorado farmers eligible for drought assistance
(AP) — Federal officials have declared a drought-related disaster in southeastern Colorado, making farmers and ranchers eligible for emergency help.

Sen. Mark Udall said Monday that the Department of Agriculture's declaration covers Baca, Crowley and Otero counties. Farmers there can apply can apply for emergency loans.

Farmers have eight months to apply.

Gov. John Hickenlooper had requested drought assistance for southeast Colorado and added nine counties to the list Monday: Bent, Chaffee (CHAY'-fee), Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Prowers and Pueblo

He's also seeking help for Fremont County apple producers, who lost 60 percent of their crop after two freezes.


Group to support school district in voucher fight

(AP) — Parents and a Virginia-based group are joining forces to support the Douglas County School District as it defends its voucher program against a lawsuit.

The Institute for Justice and a group of Douglas County parents are announcing plans Tuesday to intervene in the legal challenge on behalf of the school district.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado and two other groups are suing the district, saying the voucher program is unconstitutional because it will use public funds for religious schools. The ACLU also argues the plan would improperly divert public money to private schools.

The Institute for Justice says it has intervened in support of other school voucher programs across the country and the Douglas County program is similar to ones that have survived court challenges.


Bill aims to speed up oil, gas permitting process

(AP) — Colorado Republican Rep. Mike Coffman has introduced legislation to streamline the process for getting oil and gas drilling permits on leases of federal land.

The trade groups Western Energy Alliance and Colorado Oil and Gas Association support Coffman's bill.

The Bureau of Land Management has said it takes on average 206 days to process a drilling permit application. Coffman's bill would require the permit process be completed in 180 days for the 200 onshore leases with the highest energy potential.

Coffman says the U.S. could reduce energy costs by developing its resources.

The watchdog group Checks and Balances Project says the BLM processed more permit applications than it received last year.

Interior Department officials say that since 2008, U.S. oil and gas production has risen and oil imports have fallen.


Greeley
lawmaker tapped as insurance commissioner
(AP) — State Rep. Jim Riesberg of Greeley has been named Colorado's new insurance commissioner.

Gov. John Hickenlooper said Monday that the Democratic lawmaker will start work July 1. He will replace John Postolowski, who was appointed as interim commissioner in December.

Postolowski will return to his position as deputy director.

Riesberg will resign his House seat June 30. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2004. He is the ranking member of the Health and Environment Committee and is a member of the Appropriations Committee.

Riesberg has lived in Greeley for 30 years and has worked for 24 years at various insurance and human resource companies.

 

HAPPENINGS

- “Hip Hop for Kids,” 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point, free.

- “Preparing for the Interview,” 10 a.m.-noon, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., free.

- “Palmer Lake Knitting Group,” 10 a.m.-noon, Palmer Lake Library Branch, 66 Lower Glenway, Palmer Lake, free.

- “Animals Around the World” children’s program, 10:30 a.m., Ruth Holley Library Branch, 685 N. Murray Blvd., free.

- “African Beat - Drummer Bob Hall” children’s program, 10:30 a.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.

- “Road Trip USA” children’s program, 10:30 a.m., Monument Library Branch, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, free.

- “Socrates Café” adult discussion group, 1 p.m., Monument Library Branch, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, free.

- “Teen Spectacular - You are Here Craft-a-Rama,” 2 p.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.

- “Ticket to Australia” for ages 7 and older, 2 p.m., High Prairie Library, 7035 Old Meridian Road, Falcon, free.

- Farmers market, 3-7 p.m., Fountain City Square, 116 S. Main St.

- “Scribes and Bards” writer’s workshop for students in middle school through college, 3:30-5:30 p.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., free.

- Mango Fan Django, 6-7:30 p.m., Manitou Springs Public Library, 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, free.

- “Sand Creek Writing Group,” 6-8 p.m., Sand Creek Library Branch, 1821 S. Academy Blvd., free.

- “Summer Film Series - Coal Miner’s Daughter,” 6:30 p.m., Colorado College, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., free.

- Two Hour Delay, 7-9 p.m., Secret Garden 420 S. 19th St., $5.

- “Entertainment in the Park Series” with Gary Bennett, 7-9 p.m., Veterans’ Park, Cañon City, free.

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