SUNRISE: 8 arrested in sale of drugs at Acacia Park

Staff reports Updated: November 8, 2012 at 12:00 am • Published: November 8, 2012

Colorado Springs police arrested eight people Thursday for the alleged sale of drugs at downtown's Acacia Park.

The CSPD's metro vice narcotics unit, tactical enforcement unit and Gold Hill patrol conducted the search warrant at 4111 Husted Mill Court, where the arrest of six men and two women was made along with the roundup of drugs.

A total of  3.4 grams of methamphetamine, 543.8 grams of high-grade marijuana, 4.3 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and $2,001 was seized.

Arrested were: Brandi Alejandro, Robert Rivera, Karen Conner, Devian Thompson, James Holley, Keith Galbearth, Isaac Gurule and Jeffrey Olsen.

  

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 64 degrees Friday in Colorado Springs with an overnight low of 38. Get ready for change over the weekend. On Saturday, there's a 30 percent chance of rain with a high of 47. The rain turns to snow overnight, with a low of 20 expected. On Sunday, temps stay low. The weather service forecasts a high of 28 and a 30 percent chance of snow.

    

AROUND COLORADO

Federal marijuana response awaited

DENVER (AP) — The marijuana measure passed by Colorado voters this week is in direct violation of federal law and Colorado's governor expects to hear what the federal government plans to do about it Friday afternoon.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper plan an afternoon conference call to talk about the constitutional amendment passed by Colorado voters Tuesday. The amendment would allow adults over 21 to possess small amounts of marijuana.

Hickenlooper has said the federal government probably won't allow large-scale commercial marijuana sales. The Justice Department has issued statements saying federal law bans marijuana and that the marijuana measures passed in Colorado and Washington are under review.

Hickenlooper announced no plans to address the public Friday after his call with Holder.

Breckenridge Ski Resort opening for season

BRECKENRIDGE (AP) — The Breckenridge Ski Resort is kicking off its season, joining other Colorado resorts that are already open.

The resort is counting on a big storm bringing more than a foot of snow beginning Friday to some areas on the Western Slope.

Copper Mountain and Keystone Resort are now open, giving skiers and snowboarders more options of where to make turns in Colorado. Arapahoe Basin and Loveland opened in October.

The Colorado ski industry is hoping to bounce back from last season, when snowfall in large parts of the state was below average.

Oil and gas industry claims plot to stop drilling

GLENWOOD SPRINGS (AP) — Oil and gas industry supporters say environmentalists, government officials and sympathetic federal agencies are conspiring to sabotage the industry's plans to drill on federal lands in Thompson Divide.

According to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent (http://tinyurl.com/bj7lrrt ), two gas industry trade groups sent a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management claiming the agency's review process for drilling rights is being deliberately delayed, forcing gas leases to expire.

The Thompson Divide includes 220,000 acres of federal land from Carbondale to McClure Pass crossing Pitkin, Gunnison, Garfield, Mesa and Delta counties.

Conservationists want the Thompson Divide protected from drilling. Lawmakers are working on legislation to prevent future mineral leasing in the area and offer companies reimbursement if they trade in existing leases.

More homeless veterans seeking help

DENVER (AP) — Nearly 600 homeless veterans are seeking help in Colorado this year.

Many of them showed up Thursday at the Homeless Veterans Stand Down in Denver for an event organized by a national nonprofit coalition.

The coalition is offering food, medical care, clothing and housing.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/ad9d3ys ), many of those evaluated have mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder caused by trauma from their military service.

Independence Pass closing for season Friday

ASPEN (AP) — Independence Pass is scheduled to close for the season Friday afternoon.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says a big storm is expected to arrive in western Colorado late Friday, bringing snow to the mountains. The National Weather Service says up to 16 inches of snow is expected by Sunday.

Colorado Department of Transportation officials say it's time to close Colorado Highway 82 over the pass with the storm on its way.

Senators urge USDA action to curb wildfire risk

DENVER (AP) — Senators from Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota are encouraging federal officials to use the timber industry to help thin forests prone to wildfires, like ones that raged across their states this summer.

In a letter Thursday to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the senators said overgrown forests, drought, vast stretches of trees killed by beetles, and more people living in fire zones have left the West at a critical juncture. They expressed support for thinning more acres near critical infrastructure and in areas where urban areas are up against forests. The senators also urged Vilsack to prioritize timber sales.

The letter was signed by Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet of Colorado; Mike Enzi and John Barrasso of Wyoming; and Tim Johnson and John Thune of South Dakota.

Woman sentenced to prison in Denver baby's death

DENVER (AP) — A woman accused of wrapping a baby in a blanket and putting him in a closet with his face covered to muffle his crying has been sentenced to four years in prison in his death, with credit for time served.

Frances Garcia was sentenced Thursday in the death of 10-month-old Adam Gonzales last year. She had pleaded guilty to child abuse negligently causing death.

The child's mother, Amanda Lujan, has pleaded guilty to accessory to child abuse resulting in death. She is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 6.

Washington DC-bound plane escorted by military jet

DENVER (AP) — A United Airlines flight from Denver has landed safely in Washington, D.C., after its crew reported an emergency because a passenger began praying in an aisle.

KUSA-TV reports (http://on9news.tv/RLS8NO) the plane was escorted by military jets after the crew declared the emergency. The plane landed Thursday at Dulles International Airport.

The Denver TV station reports that the crew made the decision because a male passenger started praying in the middle of an aisle.

United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy says a passenger wasn't following flight attendant instructions for landing.

Lakewood authorities say gunman killed by police

LAKEWOOD (AP) — Authorities in Lakewood say a gunman has been shot and killed by police.

The shooting occurred after police responded to a report early Friday of shots being fired in a residential area.

According to KUSA-TV (http://tinyurl.com/d49utk4 ), police from at least four agencies were looking for the shooter and more shots were heard more than an hour later.

   

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1620, the passengers and crew of the Mayflower sighted Cape Cod.

In 1872, fire destroyed nearly 800 buildings in Boston.

In 1938, Nazis looted and burned synagogues as well as Jewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and Austria in a pogrom that became known as “Kristallnacht.”

In 1953, Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, 39, died in New York.

In 1961, U.S. Air Force Maj. Robert M. White became the first pilot to fly an X-15 rocket plane at six times the speed of sound. The Beatles’ future manager, Brian Epstein, first saw the group perform at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.

In 1965, the great Northeast blackout occurred as a series of power failures lasting up to 13½ hours left 30 million people in seven states and part of Canada without electricity.

In 1967, a Saturn V rocket carrying an unmanned Apollo craft blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a successful test flight.

In 1989, communist East Germany threw open its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West; Germans danced atop the Berlin Wall.

    

HAPPENINGS

-- “Cool Crafts,” children in grades 1-5 can make pumpkin decorations and jewelry, 3-4 p.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.

-- “Bee Vradenburg Foundation 10th Anniversary Celebration,” 5-7 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., free.

-- “The Manitou Incline - From Utility to Attraction” exhibit opening, 5:17 p.m., Manitou Springs Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, donations accepted.

-- “Special Nutrition Concerns for Children with Food Allergies,” hosted by Colorado Springs Mothers of Severely Allergic Infants, 7-9 p.m., Penrose Cancer Center, 2222 N. Nevada Ave., free.

-- “Visiting Writers Series,” with roger Mitchell, 7 p.m., Colorado College, Gates Common Room, third floor of Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., free.

-- Matt Giordano, 7 p.m., Colorado College, Richard F. Celeste Theatre, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., free.

-- Black Rose Acoustic Society Rockabilly Jam, 7-9 p.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., free, donations accepted.

-- “Salsa and Rhythm Thursdays,” 8 p.m.-2 a.m., The Thirsty Parrot, 32 N. Tejon St., $5 cover includes one free drink.

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