October 1, 2012
With a few weeks left before the Nov. 6 presidential election, the candidates are focused, in part, on the undecided voters.
Are you one of them? If so, we want to hear from you.
And we’re hosting a watch party for the Wednesday presidential debate just for undecided voters. Come watch the debate with Gazette reporters, who want to hear your views and opinions about the race and the candidates for our election coverage.
The watch party will begin at 6:15 p.m. at The Gazette, 30 S. Prospect St. You must RSVP at 636-0267.
The National Weather Services forecasts a high temperature of 67 with mostly sunny skies Monday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 43.
Memorial being held for slain prison worker
ORDWAY (AP) — A public memorial is being held for a Colorado prison worker killed in an assault involving an inmate while breakfast was being prepared at the Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility.
The memorial is being held Monday in Ordway near the prison.
Sgt. Mary Ricard died last week during an assault. Sgt. Lori Gann was seriously injured in the incident.
Miguel Alonso Contreras-Perez, who was serving 35 years to life for kidnapping and sexual assault, has been named a person of interest in Ricard's death.
Theater shooting victim featured in TV ad
DENVER (AP) — A man wounded in the shootings at a suburban Denver movie theater is appearing in an ad aimed at getting voters' attention before the first presidential debate.
Stephen Barton was among the 58 people injured in the July 20 attack in Aurora that also killed 12 people.
In a 30-second spot that television viewers will see nationwide beginning Monday, Barton urges people to ask themselves during the debates which candidate has a plan to stop gun violence.
The ad says it was paid for by United Against Illegal Guns Support Fund. Barton works for Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are set to debate Wednesday in Denver.
Romney heading to state for rally
DENVER (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is headed to Colorado for a rally ahead of his first debate with President Barack Obama.
Romney will attend a Victory Rally at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver on Monday. Obama is huddling with top advisers at a desert resort in Nevada.
The debate on Wednesday is expected to give Romney one of his best opportunities to stem Obama's momentum and convince the public to back his vision for the nation's future.
Longmont solar savings fall short
LONGMONT (AP) — Longmont officials are disappointed with the meager savings from its solar panels.
The city paid about $410,000 for the solar arrays, which are used to help heat pool water. The city also got federal funds to help pay for the system.
According to the Longmont Times-Call (http://tinyurl.com/92k479z ), the city hoped to save $32,000 from the solar panels in the first year, but the actual savings were half that amount.
Congressional candidates debate in Westminster
WESTMINSTER (AP) — It's October in an election year, which means political debates are heating up.
At least four Denver-area congressmen are headed to Westminster on Monday for a candidate forum at the Metro North Chamber of Commerce. Democratic Reps. Ed Perlmutter and Jared Polis are scheduled to appear and debate their Republican challengers, Joe Coors and Kevin Lundberg.
Republican Rep. Cory Gardner will face Democrat Brandon Shaffer, and Republican Rep. Mike Coffman will also appear. Coffman's Democratic opponent, Joe Miklosi, declined to attend, citing a scheduling conflict.
Colorado's seven-seat House delegation is now held by four Republicans and three Democrats. That means that any seat changing hands could give Democrats control of the House delegation from Colorado.
2 of 3 fugitive siblings set to change pleas
VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — Two of three siblings accused of robbing a south Georgia bank during a crime spree that started in Florida and ended with a shootout in Colorado plan to enter new pleas in a Georgia court.
Ryan Dougherty and Lee Grace Dougherty are to appear Monday in federal court in Valdosta for a change of plea hearing. Their brother, Dylan Stanley-Dougherty, is not scheduled to enter a new plea.
All three pleaded not guilty in May to Georgia bank robbery and gun charges.
The siblings pleaded guilty to Colorado charges last August. Ryan Dougherty got 18 years, Lee Dougherty received 24 years and Dylan Stanley-Dougherty got 32 years for those charges.
They still face charges in Florida, where authorities say they shot at an officer during a high-speed chase.
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