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Gazette Premium Content SUNRISE: Council to hear panhandling ordinance Tuesday

Staff reports Updated: November 13, 2012 at 12:00 am

A proposed ordinance to outlaw panhandling in downtown Colorado Springs could be in place before the holiday shopping season.

After lingering for weeks, the proposed no-solicitation zone will be up for a City Council vote Tuesday. The council will hear public testimony beforehand. The council meeting begins at 1 p.m.

The council had scheduled the proposal only for discussion but moved it up for what is called “first reading” at the request of Mayor Steve Bach, council President Scott Hente said last week.

The ordinance requires two readings. If approved Tuesday, the proposal would go before council for second reading and a final vote Nov. 27.

Read more here about the proposed ordinance.

    

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 50 degrees Tuesday in Colorado Springs with an overnight low of 24.

    

AROUND COLORADO

Windsor school principal on leave after arrest

WINDSOR (AP) — The principal of Windsor Middle School is on paid administrative leave following an arrest in what police say was a domestic violence dispute at his home.

Court records show Doug Englert was arrested last week on suspicion of charges including harassment and domestic violence. Police Sgt. Rick Klinek says Englert's son was present during the incident but wasn't injured. He says no weapons were involved.

Other details weren't immediately available Monday, when many Weld County offices were closed for Veterans Day.

A message left at a phone number listed for Englert wasn't immediately returned.

Accidental dental school shooting injures 2

AURORA (AP) — Campus police are investigating an accidental shooting at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

KUSA-TV in Denver reports (http://on9news.tv/TWB36g ) two people sustained minor injuries that didn't require hospitalization after a gun went off accidentally in an office at the dental school Friday.

A university spokesman says the gun owner is a CU employee who had a concealed carry permit for it. He says the employee is on administrative leave.

Campus Police Chief Doug Abraham says there is no threat to campus safety or security.

Oil and gas supporters fight regulations

DENVER (AP) — Several Colorado communities are rallying against a measure approved by Longmont voters banning on oil and gas drilling in their city.

Officials in Aurora, Commerce City, Denver, Fort Collins, Lafayette and Louisville are fighting similar bans. They plan to hold a rally Tuesday at the state Capitol.

Colorado Oil and Gas Association officials said Monday that Longmont's ban ignores community needs for oil and gas products, including electricity, commerce and transportation.

The state is currently fighting Longmont's drilling rules. At issue is whether the state alone has the power to regulate oil and gas drilling.

Environmentalists say there is no safe way to drill without risking contaminating water supplies.

Ski resorts subsidize airline costs

DENVER (AP) — Colorado ski resorts are paying more to airlines for consistent flights into regional mountain airports.

Airlines say they need the subsidies because of rising fuel prices and financially strapped vacationers.

The Telluride Tourism Board is helping Crested Butte Mountain Resort with a $650,000 revenue-guarantee deal with Allegiant Air to bring twice-weekly flights from Oakland and Phoenix to Montrose all winter.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/bawh3t7 ), Steamboat, Crested Butte and Vail are also paying more to airlines for consistent flights.

Nonprofit group to transform Aspen fire vehicles

ASPEN (AP) — About 30 fire, rescue and ambulance vehicles in the Aspen area will be getting a makeover.

The nonprofit group Portraits of Hope says it has approval to transform the vehicles with art created by children in hospitals and schools in the Roaring Fork Valley, Denver, and Los Angeles over the next several months. Hundreds of children will paint panels that will later be installed on the vehicles for display next year.

Portraits of Hope says it works to involve people who are coping with adversity in creative projects as a means of therapy.

Investors worry about bank sale

DENVER (AP) — The sale of struggling Mile High Banks could leave investors in the bank's holding company high and dry.

Big Sandy Holding Co., the Longmont-based bank's owner, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month after announcing it had signed a deal to sell to a Texas banking group for $5.5 million.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/c8et9pc), holders of about $44 million in unsecured debts are worried that they'll end up losing their investments.

The sale can be approved only after a public auction, scheduled to close Dec. 6.

Another buyer would have to beat the amount offered by El Paso-based Strategic Growth Bancorp. The buyers said they will provide as much as $90 million in additional capital. They have already loaned $1 million in working capital.

Wolf Creek, Winter Park ski areas to open Wed.

PAGOSA SPRINGS (AP) — The Wolf Creek ski area in southwest Colorado plans to open for the season Wednesday after reporting 20 inches of snow from a recent storm.

Wolf Creek was reporting an 18-inch base at mid-mountain as of Monday.

Winter Park Resort also plans to start its season Wednesday, and Eldora Mountain Resort is scheduled to open Friday.

Resorts have been welcoming snow after going through a drier-than-normal season in much of the state last winter.

It's not clear what this season will look like. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center said in October that the odds favor warmer-than-average temperatures across Colorado from now until January. The Climate Prediction Center's last U.S. Drought Outlook said drought is likely to persist over the next few months.

Calif. company to bring solar to military housing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of military homes in southern New Mexico and West Texas will be fitted with solar panels as part of a $1 billion plan by a California company to bring solar to military installations across the country.

SolarCity on Tuesday announced it will be installing photovoltaic panels on homes at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico and Texas' Fort Bliss.

The company is already working with housing managers at bases in Arizona, California, Colorado and Hawaii.

In all, SolarCity aims to install photovoltaic systems on as many as 120,000 military homes over five years.

Company officials say the systems at Fort Bliss and White Sands will be capable of offsetting more than half of the electricity typically used in each community.

Army officials say Fort Bliss has a goal of being energy self-sufficient by 2018.

    

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter to a friend, Jean-Baptiste Leroy: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

In 1927, the Holland Tunnel opened to the public, providing access between lower Manhattan and New Jersey beneath the Hudson River.

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure lowering the minimum draft age from 21 to 18.

In 1956, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws calling for racial segregation on public city and state buses.

   

HAPPENINGS

-- “Lunch and a Movie,” bring your lunch and watch Moonrise Kingdom,” noon-2:30 p.m., Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., free.

-- “Learn Japanese,” 6-7:30 p.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., free.

Reading with authors Rawi Hage and Madeleine Thien, 7 p.m., Colorado College, Bemis Hall, 920 N. Cascade Ave., west of Cutler Hall, free.

-- Lanner Faculty Artist Concert Series, 7:30 p.m., Colorado College, Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., free.

-- Book Group, “Farenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, 7:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East.

-- Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes, with Briffaut, 8 p.m., The Modbo, 17C Bijou St., $7 suggested donation.

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