Colorado Springs police say they are investigating a Tuesday night shooting at an apartment complex on the city's east side.
About 10 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to the Pine Creek Village Apartments on the 800 block of Chapman Drive - near Airport Road and Murray Boulevard - to investigate several reports of shots fired. Officers checked the area, but did not locate victims nor suspects.
Less than an hour later, police were called to Memorial Hospital Central about a shooting victim.
Police say the victim was shot in the parking lot, but has non-lifethreatening injuries.
Police do not have a suspect in custody.
The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 64 degrees and partly sunny skies Wednesday in Colorado Springs.
Anti-fracking activists delay Boulder County rules
BOULDER (AP) — Anti-fracking activists have forced Boulder County commissioners to delay a decision on oil and gas drilling regulations.
Opponents want the county to ban fracking, saying the procedure blasting water, sand and chemicals underground to free oil and natural gas is unsafe.
Supporters say the procedure is safe and the state has sufficient regulations in place to protect the public.
According to the Longmont Times-Call (http://tinyurl.com/by92e7h , commissioners put off acting on the proposed rules until at least Dec. 13 because of questions over the regulations.
Earthquake and drilling link prompts review
DENVER (AP) — A new report says earthquakes in Colorado and elsewhere may have been caused by a drilling procedure to dispose of wastewater.
In a report being announced Wednesday, geophysicists say an increase in earthquakes on the Raton Basin in Colorado, northern New Mexico and elsewhere has been tied to disposal wells where oil and gas drilling wastewater is injected.
Drilling companies use disposal wells to bury brine water and chemical waste that result from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
Colorado drilling regulators said more study is needed on the link between drilling waste disposal and the increase in earthquakes, but they have already started to look for seismic risk in permit reviews.
Larimer County approves panhandling restrictions
FORT COLLINS (AP) — Asking for money along roads, after dark, with fighting words or on restaurant patios will soon be forbidden in unincorporated Larimer County under a new panhandling ordinance.
The Coloradoan reports (http://noconow.co/TN7Bw5 ) county commissioners approved the measures Tuesday. It takes effect in 30 days. Violators face up to $1,000 fines.
The measure doesn't ban panhandling but restricts where and how it can happen. It prohibits panhandlers from knowingly asking the elderly, those with disabilities or children for money. County Commissioner Lew Gaiter says the ordinance aims to get panhandlers out of places where they pose a safety threat to themselves and the public.
Colorado Springs also recently adopted panhandling restrictions.
National park fire evacuees begin to return home
ESTES PARK (AP) — Some residents who live near a wildfire in Rocky Mountain National Park are being allowed to return home, but they aren't out of the woods yet.
The U.S. Forest Service says some people can go home Wednesday, but they will remain under a pre-evacuation notice for the near future.
The Forest Service says the fire has been burning for nearly two months and scorched about six square miles. It is only 40 percent contained.
The fire has burned at least one cabin and forced the evacuation of several areas in and around the park.
Denver police blame cutbacks for delays
DENVER (AP) — Denver police are blaming budget and staff cuts for delays responding to emergency calls.
This year, the average time it takes a Denver police officer to respond to an emergency call is nearly 16 minutes, an increase of nearly two minutes over the past three years.
Police officials say the department is reacting to the problem by moving more officers from desk jobs to patrol jobs.
According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/ajanly9 ), the police force has dropped by more than 70 sworn officer positions to about 1,400 officers this month.
Aspen Highlands opening delayed by lack of snow
ASPEN (AP) — Aspen Skiing Co. says Aspen Highlands won't open for the season Saturday as planned because there's not enough snow.
The resort company said Tuesday that Aspen Highlands needs at least eight more inches of natural snow to open.
A new opening date hasn't been announced yet.
Aspen Skiing Co. opened Aspen Mountain and Snowmass on Thanksgiving Day, as scheduled. It plans to open Buttermilk on Dec. 15.
Elsewhere in Colorado, Monarch Mountain has yet to open after originally planning to start its season in mid-November. It relies on natural snow rather than manmade flakes and says nature hasn't been cooperating.
Lyons poised for moratorium on new marijuana shops
LYONS (AP) — The town board of Lyons has given preliminary approval to a moratorium on any new marijuana businesses, until the state can draft regulations for commercial pot sales.
The Times-Call reports (http://bit.ly/XoaJov) the moratorium also must pass a vote Dec. 17. It would stay in place until 90 days after the state develops marijuana regulations.
For years, Colorado has allowed limited use of marijuana for medical reasons. In November, Colorado voters approved an amendment allowing for recreational use. Regulations on commercial sales of marijuana without a doctor's recommendation still have to be written.
The drug is still illegal under federal law.
Lyons has three medical marijuana dispensaries.
Grand County OKs permit for Windy Gap project
FORT COLLINS (AP) — Grand County commissioners approved a permit Tuesday for a project designed to provide more water to about 825,000 people as northeast Colorado grows, with conditions included to mitigate the project's environmental impacts.
The Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District's Windy Gap Firming Project would include building Chimney Hollow Reservoir west of Carter Lake near Loveland. It is meant to shore up existing reservoirs and infrastructure to make better use of existing water rights.
The project still needs approval from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which is expected to issue a final decision next year.
Conservation groups including Trout Unlimited had complained that the project's plans to divert more Colorado River water from western Colorado to Front Range cities would deplete the river and lead to higher stream temperatures that could threaten trout.
They also worried about the loss of "flushing flows" strong enough to wash away sediment and algae from the river bottom.
The permit approved Tuesday advances an agreement for Northern Water to study whether building a bypass channel through or around Windy Gap Reservoir can help improve river health. It would spend $2 million on a bypass if the study shows it could help.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1776, the first scholastic fraternity in America, Phi Beta Kappa, was organized at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
In 1782, the eighth president of the United States, Martin Van Buren, was born in Kinderhook, N.Y.; he was the first chief executive to be born after American independence.
In 1791, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died at age 35 in Vienna, Austria.
In 1792, George Washington was re-elected president; John Adams was re-elected vice president.
In 1848, President James K. Polk triggered the Gold Rush of ’49 by confirming that gold had been discovered in California.
In 1932, German physicist Albert Einstein was granted a visa, making it possible for him to travel to the United States.
In 1933, national Prohibition came to an end as Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing the 18th Amendment.
In 1955, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to form the AFL-CIO under its first president, George Meany.
In 1962, the United States and the Soviet Union announced a bilateral space agreement on exchanging weather data from satellites, mapping Earth’s geomagnetic field and cooperating in the experimental relay of communications.
In 1994, Republicans chose Newt Gingrich to be the first GOP speaker of the House in four decades.
-- “Skate in the Park,” 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave., free, donations accepted to benefit the Empty Stocking Fund.
-- -- “Holiday Ringing” with the Pikes Peak Youth Ringers, 5-8 p.m., Subway, 131 N. Tejon St., free.
Pikes Peak Blues Wang Dang Doodle, annual holiday party and jam for the Pikes Peak Blues Community, 7 p.m., Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive. Bring your instruments, free.
-- Brian Parton, 7-11 p.m., Meadow Muffins, 2432 W. Colorado Ave., no cover.
-- “Visiting Writers Series” with Andrew Pyper, 7 p.m., Colorado College, Gates Common Room, third floor of Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., free.
-- Music Theatre Ensemble, 7:30-9 p.m., Osborn Theatre, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, free.
-- “Success, Balance and Responsibility - Life After CC” lecture, 7:30 p.m., Colorado College, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., free.
-- Rawbert and I, 7:30-10:30 p.m., SouthSide Johnny’s, 528 S. Tejon St.