October 4, 2012
The conservative group Americans For Prosperity will fund a gasoline discount for local drivers at a gas station on Thursday as a way to protest President Barack Obama’s energy policies.
From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., gasoline will cost $1.84 a gallon at the Acorn station at the southeast corner of South 8th Street and West Cimarron Street, just west of I-25.
Americans For Prosperity will subsidize the gas deal for the first 150 drivers to the station, and for 15 gallons only.
AFP spokesman Sean Paige said that $1.84 a gallon was the price of gas on the day Obama was inaugurated four years ago.
The group’s state director, Jeff Crank, said Obama’s “reckless opposition to domestic energy production has made America more dependent on foreign oil and drastically increased the cost of gasoline.”
“High gas prices have hurt Colorado families and it’s our goal today to help alleviate the pain at the pump, even if it’s just for one tank of gas,” Crank said.
The Colorado Springs Police Department has been notified of the event, and has coordinated with Americans For Prosperity to make sure traffic isn’t disrupted, Paige said.
The cooldown is here. The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 52 Thursday in Colorado with an overnight low of 29. Forecast temps the next few days: 49 on Friday, 37 on Saturday and 51 on Sunday.
Proposal would add dino quarries to Garden Park
CANON CITY (AP) — The public is getting time to comment on a proposal to expand the Garden Park Fossil Area north of Cañon City and designate it a national natural landmark.
The National Park Service says the existing boundaries of the 40-acre area don't include five significant dinosaur quarries, including ones where some of the most complete Stegosaurus skeletons have ever been found. Some of the first known remains of dinosaurs like Camarasaurus, Ceratosaurus and Diplodocus also have been found there.
Expanding the fossil area to include the quarries would increase its size to around 3,200 acres.
The Bureau of Land Management owns the areas that the National Park Service is considering adding.
The deadline for the public to comment on the proposal is Nov. 26.
Obama holding post-debate rally in Colorado
DENVER (AP) — A day after his first debate with GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Denver, President Barack Obama is holding a rally in Colorado.
Obama is encouraging people to meet voter registration deadlines and support his re-election bid at Thursday's campaign stop.
In Colorado, the deadline to register to vote is Tuesday.
Ann Romney holds fundraiser in Loveland
LOVELAND (AP) — Ann Romney added a quick campaign stop in Loveland to campaign for her husband in Colorado.
The wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney attended a fundraiser at a Loveland home on Tuesday after a public appearance in Littleton.
According to the Loveland Reporter-Herald (http://tinyurl.com/9sctqq3), more than 100 guests at the event paid from $1,000 per person to $25,000.
CU considering scandal reporting requirement
BOULDER (AP) — University of Colorado regents are considering a policy that would require school officials to notify the board of potential scandals.
The policy proposed Wednesday was prompted by a child sex abuse case at Penn State.
According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/8rgfqva ), the policy could include serious crimes and potential scandals that could harm the university's reputation or finances.
Officials cited serious mishandling by officials at Pennsylvania State University in the Jerry Sandusky scandal. An investigation by former FBI Director Louis Freeh found that the former chairman of the Penn State trustees board was briefed about the Sandusky case, but never shared that information with the entire board.
Group proposes Durango-Grand Junction bus route
GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — A nonprofit group associated with the Southern Ute Indian tribe is seeking grant funding to provide daily roundtrip bus service between Grand Junction and Durango.
The Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/QIx5wP) that if the Colorado Department of Transportation approves the funding through its Intercity Bus Program, the service could be running by May.
Southern Ute Community Action Programs Inc. applied for the grant. It already runs a smaller-scale transit service in La Plata County.
The proposed service would run daily from Durango to Cortez, then Telluride, Ridgway, Montrose, Delta and Grand Junction. Peter Tregillus of Southern Ute Community Action Programs says the trip would take about five hours one-way and cost $30 to $40 for the entire route.
Greyhound no longer runs a route through the area.
Denver police will have to pay traffic tickets
DENVER (AP) — Denver police officers are being told they will have to pay photo-radar or red-light tickets they receive while on routine duty.
In the past, officers got a reprimand after the first ticket and a written reprimand after the second.
According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/9syyov7 ), the new policy also applies to other city workers who are on duty.
Police will still have the option open to other drivers — they can go to court and challenge the ticket.
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-- “Mad Scientist,” children’s program, 3-4 p.m, Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.
-- “Things and Persons in Early Heidegger - A Kantian Exercise in Moral Ontology” lecture with James Reid, 3:30 p.m., Colorado College, Gaylord Hall, main floor of Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., free.
-- Black Rose Acoustic Society Hootenanny Jam, 7-9 p.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., donations accepted.
-- “The 2012 Election - Change or Continuity” lecture with Sunshine Hillygus, 7 p.m., Colorado College, Bemis Hall, 920 N. Cascade Ave., west of Cutler Hall, free.