September 13, 2012
One person was arrested and five allegedly stolen vehicles recovered Wednesday, according to Colorado Springs police.
Police arrested Marvin Lee Hostetler late Wednesday afternoon at 3708 Venice Grove without incident after he was served a warrant by a newly formed motor vehicle task group.
Two Ford trucks, one Harley-Davidson motorcycle and two sport bikes were recovered in the investigation. Police also recovered one handgun and numerous items indicating possible identity theft crimes.
Judge puts hold on Over the River project
DENVER (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the artist Christo cannot begin construction of his Arkansas River project until the outcome of a lawsuit seeking to block the project is decided.
According to the Pueblo Chieftain (http://tinyurl.com/8sdw9m9), U.S. District Judge John Kane on Wednesday granted a request by Christo's company to intervene in the lawsuit.
Intervening allows Christo to protect his interests by joining the U.S. Bureau of Land Management as a defendant.
Rags Over the Arkansas River Inc., a group opposed to the Over the River project, sued BLM in February to block it. There was no comment from the opponents.
Christo wants to hang six miles of luminous fabric for two weeks in 2015 above the river in eight sections along 42 miles between Canon City and Salida.
We'll dry out and begin a warmup Thursday in Colorado Springs. The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 61 as skies begin to clear after Wednesday's rain. Expect an overnight low of 41. The forecast high Friday is 72 and Saturday 78.
Trader Joe's aims to open store in Denver in 2013
DENVER (AP) — Trader Joe's says it has signed a lease to open a grocery store in Denver.
The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/PcGOJN) the company is aiming to open the store next year at Eighth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.
The company said earlier this year it planned to open a store in Boulder, also in 2013.
It doesn't have any stores in Colorado yet.
CU approves revised gun policy
BOULDER (AP) — The University of Colorado Board of Regents has approved a revised gun policy allowing people with permits to bring guns almost anywhere on the Boulder campus.
In March, the Colorado Supreme Court upheld an appeals court ruling that said CU can't ban permit holders from bringing guns to campus. On Wednesday, regents voted to comply with that ruling.
According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/9derlen ), guns are still banned from ticketed events, including football games at Folsom Field and concerts in Macky Auditorium.
Families fighting rules for victims fund
AURORA (AP) — Family members of some of the people killed in the Colorado theater shootings are still concerned that money collected by a fundraising campaign is not getting to the victims.
Representatives say after three meetings of a financial oversight committee, they believe the money is not going to be given to victims in a timely manner. They plan to air their concerns Thursday.
Some families have said the campaign collected more than $5 million using the victims' names and images but gave no more than $5,000 each to families facing expenses including medical bills.
The 7/20 Recovery Committee responded late Wednesday that it's committed to honoring the input of all victims, not just the voices of a few.
Twelve people were killed and 58 were wounded in the July 20 shootings.
Hickenlooper says he opposes pot legalization
DENVER (AP) — After months of silence on marijuana legalization, Colorado's governor says he opposes making pot legal for recreational use.
Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a prepared statement Wednesday afternoon that making marijuana legal would send the wrong message about drug use. Colorado is one of three states considering ballot measures this fall to legalize pot in defiance of federal drug law.
"Colorado is known for many great things — marijuana should not be one of them," Hickenlooper wrote.
Hickenlooper has previously avoided taking a position on the marijuana proposal. The measure would allow adults over 21 to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana.
The governor said Wednesday that legalizing marijuana without a doctor's recommendation would send the wrong message about pot.
Legalization "has the potential to increase the number of children using drugs and would detract from efforts to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation," Hickenlooper concluded.
Colorado is currently one of 17 states that allow marijuana use by people with certain medical conditions. Two other states, Oregon and Washington, are also considering ballot measures to make recreational pot legal. Colorado voters rejected recreational pot in 2006.
Hickenlooper's announcement wasn't unexpected, but it was still a blow to marijuana activists. They have been trying to argue that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol and would be better kept from children if it were regulated.
Boulder may add 20-cent fee on plastic, paper bags
BOULDER (AP) — The city of Boulder is asking residents for feedback on a proposal to charge shoppers a 20-cent fee to use a plastic or paper disposable bag at the grocery store.
The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/OrpyDv ) the City Council plans to vote this fall on the first reading of an ordinance establishing the fee. As proposed, the fee would apply to all disposable checkout bags at grocery and convenience stores. If approved, it would take effect in July.
The goal is to get shoppers to use reusable bags.
The City Council had voted in May to adopt an unspecified fee on plastic and paper disposable bags.
Aspen is among towns that have adopted a similar fee.
Election watchdogs want Boulder ballot changes
BOULDER (AP) — A Boulder watchdog group is trying to block printing of Boulder County ballots because of a new system for numbering them.
The group Citizen Center has filed a request for a federal restraining order to stop the printing of Boulder County's ballots with distinguishing serial numbers. A hearing on the request is scheduled for Sept. 21.
Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall says the new system will improve efficiency counting ballots while still protecting voter identities.
According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/8qnfuyz ), Hall has contingency plans if a federal judge grants the restraining order, but she declined to discuss the details.
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-- “Cool Crafts,” children’s program, we will make yarn into flowers and pompon animals to take home, 3-4 p.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.
-- Manitou Springs Heritage Center annual volunteer membership BBQ and meeting, 5:30 p.m., 517 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. Bring a side or dessert to share.
-- Black Rose Acoustic Society Rockabillly Jam, 7-9 p.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., donations accepted.
-- “Sondermann Presidential Symposium - Nate Silver,” 7 p.m., Colorado College, Jerome P. McHugh Commons, above Preserve, in the Western Ridge Housing Complex, 1090 N. Cascade Ave., free.
-- Mike Nelson Group with Kirwan Brown and Stefan Flores, 7:15 p.m., Motif, 2432 S. Cucharras St.-- Ethyl and the Regulars, 9 p.m., SouthSide Johnny’s, 528 S. Tejon St.
-- Redline Stinger Band, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Meadow Muffins, 2432 W. Colorado Ave., ages 21 and older, free cover.