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SUNRISE: Final day to comment on Ultra's drilling applications

January 17, 2012
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The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved the city of Colorado Springs’ request to give citizens more time to comment on Ultra Resources’ applications to drill on Banning Lewis Ranch.

But the deadline to submit comments is Tuesday.

You can leave comments and review Ultra’s applications on the commission’s website by clicking on “permits” and then by searching “pending applications” in El Paso County.

Thursday was the deadline to submit applications to serve on the committee.

Council members Val Snider, who will chair the committee, and Angela Dougan and Brandy Williams, will be the only voting members of the committee.

Committee meetings, scheduled every Thursday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., are slated to begin Jan. 26.

Give, and get, maternity and baby clothes this weekend

The holidays are over, but the need for donated clothing is not. If you couldn’t get your hands on some maternity, baby, or small child clothing in December, Sunday is your chance.

The Original Maternity, Baby, Kid Clothing Gear & Swap will be at Aerials Gymnastics East, 1459 Woolsey Heights, in Colorado Springs.

You can bring what items you, or your kids, aren’t using, and take what you need. Leftovers go to local charities and families in need, through Goodwill Industries.

Register online for the $5 admission. Drop off and pick up times are 2 to 3 p.m., and again at 3:30 to 5 p.m. Email for more information and visit the local website to register.

Wikipedia to blackout Wednesday
Wednesday is not the day to do research on Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. The website is planning a blackout to protest two bills in Congress, SOPA and PIPA, which target the illegal copying and sharing of music and movies on the Internet.

A few other websites are planning a similar move.


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On this day in 1912, the Rio Grande railroad ran a special train from Pueblo to Colorado Springs and return January 26 in order to accommodate Pueblo music lovers who desired to hear Mrs. Schumann-Heink. The celebrated singer appeared at the opera house here the night of January 26.

Colorado Springs residents who were up before 8:15 a.m. Tuesday were greeted by scattered snowflakes. But those are the last you’ll see down in town for the next week.

As usual, weather in the lower elevations will be cold, but with no snow. The National Weather Service predicts a high of 33 degrees Tuesday, with an overnight low of 15 degrees.

Snow will be falling in the mountains, with possible strong gusts raging across the Continental Divide Tuesday night. Wind on Interstate 25 and the eastern plains might pose a hazard this week, with predicted 60 mph gusts, so keep your ears tuned to the weather forecast.


Storm prompts closure of 2 roads in Colorado
DENVER (AP) — A storm that has dumped up to a foot of snow in the high country moved into the Front Range and central mountains late Monday, prompting authorities to temporarily close two major highways into Wyoming and New Mexico.

Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Stacey Stegman says authorities closed Interstate 25 from Wellington to the Wyoming border because of blowing snow and icy roads. Authorities also closed U.S. 285 at the New Mexico border because of blowing snow and low visibility.

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid said troopers investigated at least two crashes involving injuries as well as assisting motorists who had slid off the road.

Snowfall totals were not immediately available. Authorities also closed Colorado 13 north of Glenwood Springs because of severe weather.

Police: Man killed when mistaken for intruder

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a family member who was mistaken for an intruder was stabbed to death at a suburban Denver home.

Littleton police say the man died at a hospital after he was stabbed late Saturday. Police and the Arapahoe County district attorney's office are investigating. No charges have been filed.

FBI seeks help finding Montana teacher's body

(AP) — Authorities are staying tight-lipped about their investigation into a Montana teacher who is missing and presumed dead, as they call on landowners in North Dakota's northwest corner and in far northeast Montana to look for her buried body.

Williston, N.D., Police Chief Jim Lokken said at a news conference Monday that officials are asking "landowners and landowners only" to search for signs of 43-year-old Sherry Arnold. He says they should be on the lookout for soil or grasses that appear disturbed — especially in areas with lines of mature or rotted trees.

The Billings Gazette reports authorities said little of the two Colorado men believed to be involved in the Jan. 7 disappearance of the Sidney, Mont., math teacher.

The two — 47-year-old Lester Vann Waters Jr. and 22-year-old Michael Keith Spell — are awaiting extradition to Montana.

Waters was arrested in Williston, and Spell was arrested in Rapid City, S.D.

Denver mayor wears Patriots jersey to settle bet
DENVER (AP) — Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has made good on his bet on the Broncos-Patriots playoff game with Boston Mayor Tom Menino, wearing a Patriots jersey during a Denver Nuggets game.

The Denver Post reports Hancock wore the jersey during halftime of the Nuggets' home game against the Utah Jazz Sunday night.

Denver lost Saturday's playoff game 45-10 to New England. Hancock is also sending Menino 40 pounds of Colorado beef, including some "Tebow tenderloins."


-- Susan G. Komen for the Cure fundraiser, 4-10 p.m. Jan. 17, Texas Roadhouse, 3120 N. Powers Blvd. Ten percent of funds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

-- “Teen Movie - Moneyball,” 4:30 p.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.

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