DENVER (AP) — Colorado Springs Fire Chief Rich Brown and his wife, Lori, were invited as Sen. Michael Bennet's guests to Pres. Barack Obama's State of the Union address.
And a Colorado doctor who created a health care app was among those sitting with the first lady. Peter Hudson of Evergreen co-founded iTriage. He helped create an app that people can use to find health care providers to treat them based on their symptoms.
Other Coloradans also were invited to hear Obama.
The mother and uncle of AJ Boik, who was killed in the Aurora movie theater shooting, received tickets from Reps. Ed Perlmutter and Diana DeGette. Obama made a reference to Aurora families in his address, saying they deserve a vote by Congress on gun proposals.
Expect sunny skies and a high near 47 Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Wednesday night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 21. Thursday, however, expect a big change with a 40 percent chance of snow after 11 a.m. and a high near 34.
Mesa County leaders pass gun rights resolution
GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — Mesa County leaders are joining those speaking out about attempts to restrict gun rights.
All three county commissioners voted on Monday to back a resolution which seeks to nullify any statutes, executive orders or other regulations that infringe on people's right to bear arms under the Second Amendment.
The Daily Sentinel (http://bit.ly/X5w7Ky ) reported that hearing room was packed for the vote, which drew a standing ovation.
Commissioners in El Paso and Weld counties have also passed resolutions supporting gun rights. Sheriffs in El Paso, Garfield, Larimer and Weld counties have also voiced their opposition to new gun restrictions.
Passenger declared dead after plane lands in Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Airport officials say a passenger was pronounced dead shortly after a plane from Denver landed in Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City airport spokeswoman Barbara Gann said Tuesday the passenger suffered a medical issue on the plane that arrived Sunday evening.
She says the person was assisted by paramedics and fellow passengers before being moved to a jetway and pronounced dead.
She corrected an earlier account from airline officials that the passenger collapsed on the jetway.
Army Reserve medic and passenger Jared Noall told KSL (http://bit.ly/Xyzedm ) he had heard loud snoring that later stopped but didn't realize something was wrong with the man until the plane landed.
Gann declined to release the passenger's identity. KSL says he appeared to be in his 30s.
Ball to end production at Elgin, Ill., plant
BROOMFIELD (AP) — Ball Corp. says it plans to end production at its food and aerosol packaging manufacturing plant in Elgin, Ill., in December.
The move affects 245 employees, who can apply for open positions within the company.
The Elgin plant makes aerosol cans, specialty steel cans, and flat steel sheet used by other Ball plants. Broomfield, Colo.-based Ball Corp. said Tuesday that customers will be supplied by other Ball facilities.
Ball expected to report an after-tax charge of about $21 million for the closure, with much of that being recorded in 2013.
The news comes months after the company said it was shutting down metal beverage packaging plants in Columbus, Ohio, and Gainesville, Fla.
Ball Corp. and its subsidiaries employ roughly 15,000 people worldwide.
Oil well near Fort Collins sprays flowback
FORT COLLINS (AP) — After nearly 30 hours, oil-laden fracking fluid has stopped spraying from an oil well east of Fort Collins.
The Coloradoan reports (http://noconow.co/12dbd3e) the well started spraying green-tinted fluid following a mechanical failure Monday morning. Ken Hall, who lives on property next to the well site, says workers stopped the leak around 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission spokesman Todd Hartman says that after equipment fell due to hydraulic failure, a valve broke, leading to the discharge of flowback, which refers to hydraulic fracturing fluid that has returned to the surface after being injected into a well.
The well operator, PDC Energy, says a berm contained the liquid.
State oil and gas regulators say there were no injuries and no threat of explosion.
Temporary ban on pot clubs in Windsor fails
GREELEY (AP) — The Town Board of Windsor has rejected an emergency measure that would have temporarily banned private marijuana clubs within commercial properties.
As an emergency ordinance, it needed five votes to pass. The Greeley Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/XIlKOi ) only four members voted for it Monday. Board member Myles Baker was absent.
Supporters had wanted to keep private pot clubs from setting up shop this year until lawmakers and local communities figure out how to handle marijuana following the passage of Amendment 64, which allowed for limited recreational use of the drug under state law.
Committee backs express lane option for C-470
HIGHLANDS RANCH (AP) — A committee has decided to focus on adding a tolled express lane on a 13-mile stretch of C-470 to relieve congestion on the highway south of Denver.
The C-470 Corridor Coalition Policy Committee on Monday unanimously backed the express lane option on C-470 between Interstate 25 and Kipling Street. It dismissed options to fund improvements through sales or property tax increases.
The coalition will now get costs estimates, refine designs, study traffic and potential revenue, and pursue funding.
It could still be two more years before any construction begins.
Douglas County High School teacher arrested
CASTLE ROCK (AP) — A Douglas County High School teacher has been arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Sheriff's officials said Timothy Martini of Castle Rock was arrested Tuesday. His bond was set at $50,000. School officials say Martini has been placed on administrative leave.
Details in the case have been sealed. It wasn't immediately known if he has a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.
Martini's arrest came within days of a Douglas County sheriff's deputy's arrest following an investigation into inappropriate text messages involving a juvenile. Robert M. French has since been fired from the sheriff's department. Like Martini, he faces possible charges of sexual exploitation of a child. Details in his case also haven't been disclosed.
Indictment accuses man of wire fraud, tax evasion
DENVER (AP) — An Arizona man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Durango, on charges of wire fraud and income tax evasion.
Brian K. Shoults, of Mesa, is free on a $50,000 unsecured bond. His attorney didn't immediately return an email seeking comment late Tuesday.
An indictment alleges Shoults tried to embezzle more than $250,000 from Office Outpost in Cortez, Colo., when he was its bookkeeper. The indictment alleges he wired money from Office Outpost accounts into his own and failed to pay income taxes on that money. Shoults had sole responsibility for reconciling the shop's bank accounts with its internal records.
Federal prosecutors say Shoults is charged with 123 counts of wire fraud and four counts of income tax evasion.
Repairs planned for dam at Beaver Creek Reservoir
SOUTH FORK (AP) — Colorado Parks and Wildlife plans to start repairing the dam at Beaver Creek Reservoir in the San Luis Valley this summer.
Costs of the two-year project are estimated at about $15 million.
The 4,400-acre-foot Beaver Creek Reservoir is used for irrigation, fishing recreation and to maintain wildlife habitat. It has been drawn down to about half of its capacity since problems with the 100-year-old dam structure were discovered in 2010.
Work to rebuild the spillway is scheduled to begin in July and be completed around the end of the year. Early next year, the reservoir will be drained completely to allow for more construction work.
The public has until March 8 to submit comments on the dam repair plan to U.S. Forest Service district ranger Tom Malecek.
Frederick couple accused of stealing from adoptee
FREDERICK (AP) — A Frederick couple is accused of stealing $65,000 from their former adopted daughter, who was given up to a social services agency 10 years ago.
Authorities say Gary Moore and Anna Moore used the money on a spending spree that included casinos and hotels in Blackhawk and buying a car.
According to KMGH-TV (http://bit.ly/XzDAor), the couple is facing theft charges.
CO may restrict concealed weapons on campuses
DENVER (AP) — Colorado is one of the few states where concealed weapons can be carried on college campuses.
A bill up for debate Wednesday would change that.
The bill pending in a Democratic House committee would repeal the right to carry concealed weapons on public college campuses or in stadiums. The campus gun bill comes a day after the same committee approved ammunition limits and expanded background checks for gun purchasers.
The gun control measures are Democratic proposals in the wake of mass shootings at a suburban Denver movie theater and an elementary school in Connecticut.
Democrats are also expected to propose a measure seeking to hold gun manufacturers liable for damage caused by their products. That liability measure would conflict with federal law.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1542, the fifth wife of England’s King Henry VIII, â€¨Catherine Howard, was â€¨executed for adultery.
In 1741, Andrew Bradford of Pennsylvania published the first American magazine. “The American Magazine, or A Monthly View of the Political State of the British Colonies” lasted three issues.
In 1861, Abraham Lincoln was officially declared winner of the 1860 presidential election as electors cast their ballots.
In 1920, the League of Nations recognized the perpetual neutrality of Switzerland.
In 1933, the Warsaw Convention, governing airlines’ liability for international carriage of persons, luggage and goods, went into effect.
In 1935, a jury in Flemington, N.J., found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of first-degree murder in the kidnap-slaying of the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. (Hauptmann was later executed.)
In 1943, during World War II, the U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve was established.
In 1945, during World War II, Allied planes began bombing the German city of Dresden. The Soviets captured Budapest, Hungary, from the Germans.
In 1972, the 11th Winter Olympics ended in Sapporo, Japan.
In 1980, the 13th Winter Olympics opened in Lake Placid, N.Y.
In 1988, the 15th winter Olympics opened in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
In 1991, during Operation Desert Storm, allied warplanes destroyed an underground shelter in Baghdad that had been identified as a military command center; Iraqi officials said 500 civilians were killed.
Ten years ago: Clara Harris, who’d run down her husband, David, with her Mercedes after catching him with his mistress, was convicted by a Houston jury of murder despite her claim that she’d hit him accidentally while in a heartsick daze. (Harris was sentenced to 20 years in prison.) A U.S. government plane carrying four Americans and a Colombian went down in rebel territory in southern Colombia; the executed bodies of an American and the Colombian were found in the wreckage (the other three Americans were held by rebels until they were rescued in July 2008).
Five years ago: Under oath and sometimes blistering questioning, seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens told Congress: “I have never taken steroids or HGH.” Hollywood writers ended their 100-day strike that had disrupted the TV season and canceled awards shows.
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