November 27, 2012
DURANGO — Authorities have ended their search for a missing 13-year-old Colorado Springs boy for now.
Sheriff's officials say a two-day search of the Vallecito reservoir in southwest Colorado turned up no sign of Dylan Redwine, who has been missing for a week.
La Plata County sheriff's spokesman Dan Bender says no more searches are planned Tuesday, but sheriff's officials and FBI agents are still investigating, according to an Associated Press report.
The boy lives in Colorado Springs with his mother but was in Vallecito for a court-ordered Thanksgiving break visit with his father.
The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 64 degrees with sunny skies Tuesday in Colorado Springs. The warm trend is expected to continue well into the week. Forecast high temps: 61 on Wednesday, 61 on Thursday and 60 on Friday.
Effort to block mining near Crested Butte stalls
DENVER (AP) — A deal for U.S. Energy Corp. to scrap its plans to mine molybdenum near Crested Butte appears stalled.
The High Country Citizens' Alliance and others have opposed the Riverton, Wyo.-based company's plans to mine at Mount Emmons.
U.S. Energy said this spring it was in talks with the groups to return its mining claims to the federal government in exchange for something of comparable value. The swap would likely require help from Congress.
This month, the company said the swap effort was suspended in June, primarily because of uncertainty over what Congress would look like after the November elections.
The company says it is focusing now on a mine operations plan. High Country Citizens' Alliance is opposing the plan while remaining open to talks.
May trial set for accused firefighter impersonator
FORT COLLINS (AP) — A trial for a man accused of impersonating a firefighter during the High Park Fire in Larimer County has been scheduled for May.
The Loveland Reporter-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/Smnxs3 ) Michael Stillman Maher of Denver pleaded not guilty Monday to impersonating a firefighter, theft, obstructing officials and attempting to influence a public servant. A trial was set for the week of May 6.
Sheriff's officials say Maher was dressed as a firefighter when he entered an area where access was restricted due to the High Park Fire in June. They say he had phony credentials and a truck with stolen government plates. He also is accused of taking food and supplies from crews.
He is accused of similar offenses in Jefferson County during the Lower North Fork fire in March.
Boulder County cuts mobile needle program
BOULDER (AP) — Boulder County's Board of Health says budget cuts are forcing the elimination of a mobile needle exchange program and the layoffs of three employees.
The board said Monday HIV infection rates are down and the money is needed elsewhere.
The county will continue to operate the program in three fixed sites and partner with the Boulder County AIDS Project to offer needle exchanges at its two office locations.
According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/cramuae ), the county's needle exchange was one of only a few in the country when it started in 1989.
DA wants recount of November election
ASPEN (AP) — Pitkin County District Attorney Martin Beeson is asking for a recount of the November election after losing by 184 votes.
Final election counts in Pitkin, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties on Monday showed Beeson trailing Democratic challenger Sherry Caloia.
Caloia's margin of victory is more than 100 more than the amount that would have required an automatic recount, which means Beeson will have to pay for the recount cost unless the results change the race's outcome.
Beeson is hoping he has enough leftover campaign funds to cover the cost.
Grand Junction police investigate stabbing
GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — Grand Junction police are investigating an early-morning stabbing.
Police say the stabbing occurred about 3 a.m. Tuesday. They say after the stabbing, the victim walked across the street to Community Hospital.
Police say the 22-year-old man's injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
Firms win contracts to thin forests in Colo., Wyo.
DENVER (AP) — Two Colorado companies have won contracts to thin national forests in Wyoming and Colorado, with some of the wood likely going toward heating homes.
The U.S. Forest Service said Monday that the 10-year stewardship contracts will help reduce threats of catastrophic wildfires on at least 20,000 acres.
Kremmling-based Confluence Energy won a $4.75 million contract to remove beetle-killed trees in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests. Confluence will pay for material that could be used for commercial purposes.
West Range Reclamation, of Hotchkiss, has an $8.66 million contract to remove trees susceptible to infestation in the White River National Forest. It is developing uses for the trees with Eagle Valley Clean Energy, which plans a biomass power plant in Gypsum with financing from a $40 million loan guarantee from the USDA.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1901, the U.S. Army War College was established in Washington, D.C.
In 1939, the play “Key Largo” opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York.
In 1962, the first Boeing 727 was rolled out at the company’s Renton Plant.
In 1970, Pope Paul VI, visiting the Philippines, was slightly wounded at the Manila airport by a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest.
In 1973, the Senate voted 92-3 to confirm Gerald R. Ford as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew, who’d resigned.
In 1989, a bomb blamed on drug traffickers destroyed a Colombian Avianca Boeing 727, killing all 107 people on board.
-- Eiko and Koma - “Residue” exhibit reception, 4:30 p.m., Colorado College, I.D.E.A. Space, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., free.
-- “Learn Japanese,” 6-7:30 p.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., free.
-- “Brutiful Music,” featuring Molly Boyles, Teddy Nazario, Jon Janssen and Bryant Jones, 8 p.m., CK Comics and Collectibles, 719 Manitou Ave., Suite B, Manitou Springs, free.