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Gazette Premium Content SUNRISE: Enrollment nears for kindergarten students

Staff reports Updated: December 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

It’s nearly time to enroll youngsters in kindergarten for next fall in Colorado Springs School District 11. Enrollment will be open at elementary schools Jan. 7 to Feb. 28, according to the district website.

Along with a district enrollment form, parents should bring proofs of a child’s birthdate, immunization records and proof of residency. If a child is not living with both parents, proof of custody may be required.

Kindergartners must be 5 years old by Oct. 1, 2013.

For more information on schools and preparing a child for kindergarten, visit the D-11 website at d11.org.

   

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 28 degrees and mostly sunny skies Friday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 5. On Saturday, temperatures rebound with a high of 40.

   

AROUND COLORADO

2-megawatt solar farm proposed in Grand Junction

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — The City Council of Grand Junction is considering whether to approve using city property for a solar energy farm.

Xcel Energy and Ecoplexus would initiate and run the proposed 2-megawatt solar farm.

Energy generated at the solar farm would be divided up among subscribers like School District 51 and Colorado Mesa University.

The Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/UwHdL8) that according to a city report on the project, construction is expected to occur next.

Woman shot killed in Denver area parking garage

GREENWOOD VILLAGE (AP) — Police say a woman in her 20s was fatally shot in an apartment building garage in suburban Denver after an apparent struggle, and a person sought by police after the shooting has been found dead after a standoff with a SWAT team.

The woman was found Thursday morning at the Promenade Place Apartments in Greenwood Village near the Denver Tech Center. Authorities didn't immediately release her name.

SWAT team officers then went to the apartment of a 51-year-old man described as a person of interest in the shooting. After a three-hour standoff, they entered to find Robert Lewis dead with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head Thursday evening. Police say he was recently fired after harassing the woman at work.

2 robberies of Denver-area mail carriers reported

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is investigating two robberies of letter carriers.

KUSA-TV in Denver reports (http://on9news.tv/W4AC6S) investigators have no indication yet that the robberies are connected. One carrier was robbed at knifepoint around 6:40 p.m. Dec. 24 in Englewood. The other robbery happened Dec. 17 in Denver.

A reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

Woman shot killed in Denver area parking garage

GREENWOOD VILLAGE (AP) — Police say a woman in her 20s was fatally shot in an apartment building garage in suburban Denver after an apparent struggle, and a person sought by police after the shooting has been found dead after a standoff with a SWAT team.

The woman was found Thursday morning at the Promenade Place Apartments in Greenwood Village near the Denver Tech Center. Authorities didn't immediately release her name.

SWAT team officers then went to the apartment of a 51-year-old man described as a person of interest in the shooting. After a three-hour standoff, they entered to find Robert Lewis dead with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head Thursday evening. Police say he was recently fired after harassing the woman at work.

Body found in Aurora identified as 22-year-old man

AURORA (AP) — Coroner's officials say the death of a man whose body was found near a trash bin near an Aurora business was likely related to exposure to the cold.

The Arapahoe County coroner's office identified the man Thursday as 22-year-old Marcellus Xavier Scott. His body was found around 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/TsrL0r ) Scott wasn't homeless, and there were no obvious signs of physical injury. Results of toxicology tests are pending.

Aggressive coyotes reported on Boulder Creek Path

BOULDER (AP) — Wildlife officials have received at least two reports of coyotes acting aggressively toward people on the eastern portion of the Boulder Creek Path in Boulder County in the past week.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill says on Monday, a woman walking a poodle reported that a coyote "came after her." The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/V7oPpM ) that on Thursday, a cyclist was chased on the path on the north side of the creek, just east of Foothills Parkway.

Boulder urban wildlife coordinator Val Matheson says coyotes may be chasing cyclists in the area due to curiosity, being territorial, or because someone on a bicycle has been feeding them, but the exact reason isn't known.

Appeals court blocks Jefferson Parkway swap

BOULDER (AP) — A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked a land swap needed for the Jefferson Parkway toll road in Jefferson County, days after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the deal.

The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/W77MCY) a panel of 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges issued a temporary injunction Wednesday, after WildEarth Guardians and Rocky Mountain Wild filed an emergency motion to block the swap.

It comes as the groups appeal a judge's decision last week that the exchange from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority is legal.

The groups and the cities of Golden and Superior had argued an environmental assessment of the deal wasn't thorough enough.

The swap has a year-end deadline for completion.

Many Western states see more acres burned in 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two massive wildfires raced across tinder dry forests in southern New Mexico in 2012, setting records for the largest and most destructive fires in the state's recorded history.

In Colorado, the worst fire season in a decade has yet to be fully extinguished. Dense pockets within Rocky Mountain National Park continue to smolder just days before the new year.

Statistics from the National Interagency Fire Center show more than 9.2 million acres have been charred by wildfire so far this year.

Colorado, California, Idaho and several Western states saw more land burned in 2012 than the previous year.

There is some good news despite the records set in New Mexico and the dry weather and above-average temperatures felt across the region. The statistics show Arizona, New Mexico and Texas had substantially fewer acres blackened this year than in 2011.

BLM posts decision on West Elk Mine expansion

DENVER (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has posted its decision allowing Arch Coal Inc.'s West Elk coal mine in Somerset to expand operations.

The BLM posted its record of decision online Thursday. It expands federal coal leasing on 1,721 acres underlying national forest land adjacent to existing federal coal leases operated by the mine.

The mine employs 378 people and provides about $2 million in annual tax revenue to Gunnison County.

The BLM says its decision will allow up to 19 million more tons of coal to be recovered and extend operations at the mine for up to three years.

Conservation groups had expressed concerns that expanding the mine would bring industrial activity to roadless areas.

  

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1612, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei observed the planet Neptune, but mistook it for a star. (Neptune wasn’t officially discovered until 1846 by Johann Gottfried Galle.)

In 1832, John C. Calhoun became the first vice president of the United States to resign, stepping down because of differences with President Andrew Jackson.

In 1846, Iowa became the 29th state to be admitted to the Union.

In 1856, the 28th president of the United States, Thomas Woodrow Wilson, was born in Staunton, Va.

In 1897, the play “Cyrano de Bergerac,” by Edmond Rostand, premiered in Paris.

In 1917, the New York Evening Mail published “A Neglected Anniversary,” a facetious, as well as fictitious, essay by H.L. Mencken recounting the history of bathtubs in America.

In 1937, composer Maurice Ravel died in Paris at age 62.

In 1945, Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance.

In 1961, the Tennessee Williams play “Night of the Iguana” opened on Broadway. Former first lady Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, the second wife of President Woodrow Wilson, died in Washington at age 89.

In 1972, Kim Il Sung, the premier of North Korea, was named the country’s president under a new constitution.

In 1982, Nevell Johnson Jr., a black man, was mortally wounded by a police officer in a Miami video arcade, setting off three days of race-related disturbances that left another man dead.

In 1987, a mass killing came to light as the bodies of 14 relatives of Ronald Gene Simmons were found at his home near Dover, Ark., after Simmons shot and killed two other people in Russellville. (Simmons was executed in 1990.)

   

HAPPENINGS

-- “Storytime,” children’s program, read “Snow,” by Cynthia Rylant, 10:30 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East.

-- “Stay and Play Storytime,” children’s program, 10:30 a.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.

-- NOOK Class, 2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East.

-- “Snowball Fun,” children’s program, 2 p.m., High Prairie Library, 7035 Old Meridian Road, Falcon, free.

-- “Let’s Play Chess,” children’s program, 3:30-5 p.m., Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point, free.

-- “Fabulous Friday Fun,” children’s program, 4 p.m., Monument Library Branch, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, free.

-- “Full Moon Parade of Lights Hike,” 6:30 p.m., Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center sponsored hikes, 1805 N. 30th St. $5 for adults, $2 for ages 16 and younger or $12 for families.

-- Adam Gang Jazz Trio, 7:30-10 p.m., Rico’s Coffee, Chocolate And Wine Bar, 322 N. Tejon St., free.

-- 6035, 9 p.m., SouthSide Johnny’s, 528 S. Tejon St., no cover.

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