Updated: February 15, 2013 at 12:00 am
Judge: Veteran's dog, Dutch, should be euthanized
MONTROSE (AP) — A municipal judge says a military veteran's dog should be put down after biting its former owner in November, but he says no action should occur until appeals are complete.
KKCO-TV in Grand Junction reports (http://bit.ly/Ybm5H9 ) the dog's current owner, Jeremy Aguilar, was ordered Thursday to pay fines and serve two days in jail for having a vicious dog. His lawyer plans to appeal.
Montrose Animal Control says Aguilar left his dog, Dutch, in the care of its former owner while he was out. Animal control officers said the woman was trying to break up a fight between Dutch and another dog when Dutch bit her. Aguilar argued the former owner had struck Dutch.
Dutch was registered as Aguilar's service dog after the attack.
Tax holiday on disaster supplies rejected
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Democrats rejected a Republican proposal for a sales-tax holiday on disaster preparedness items like first aid kits, flashlights and bottled water.
The proposal would have created a state sales tax holiday on the first weekend in September this year and the following two years for disaster preparedness items. Democrats on a House committee defeated the proposal Thursday on a 7-6 party-line vote.
Colorado Springs Republican Rep. Dan Nordberg says his bill would've encouraged people to be prepared in case of an emergency. Democrats like the idea, but worry about the sales taxes the state would lose while the economy is recovering.
Bill drafters say Alabama and Virginia have similar tax holidays on emergency supplies. Florida and Louisiana created temporary tax holidays in recent years for such items.
Enviro. groups want to join Longmont drilling case
LONGMONT (AP) — Two environmental groups want to help defend Longmont's oil and gas regulations, which are stricter than new rules passed by state regulators this week.
Earthworks and the Sierra Club said their lawyers filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit on Thursday. Lawyer Eric Huber said they're asking to become defendants in the case brought by Colorado regulators against Longmont.
The move comes three days after the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved rules generally requiring that new wells be 500 feet from homes and buildings. The Longmont Times-Call reports that the city's regulations, passed in July, require fast-tracked wells to be at least 750 feet from occupied buildings.
An industry group, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, has already been allowed to intervene in the lawsuit.
Dozens wed, renew vows at Loveland Ski Area
GEORGETOWN (AP) — There was a ski helmet with sequins and a veil, plus suit jackets worn over snow vests.
Loveland Ski Area's Valentine's Day mountaintop wedding ceremony drew even more couples than last year to exchange and renew vows as snow fell Thursday.
The Colorado ski area says 88 couples showed up to ride a lift to 12,050 feet for the mass ceremony before skiing or snowboarding down the slope. Some wore formalwear over their snow gear. A tutu, a wig and a fairy costume also were spotted.
Last year, about 60 couples wed or renewed their vows at the annual ceremony.
Couples who pre-registered for this year's event got 2-for-1 lift tickets and admission to a post-wedding reception with wedding cake and drinks.
Iron Horse bike race reports credit card concerns
DURANGO (AP) — Officials with the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic say dozens of people who registered for race events may have had their credit cards compromised.
The Durango Herald reports (http://bit.ly/XQJxLM ) at least 20 people have reported fraudulent activity on their cards since Sunday. Iron Horse Bicycle Classic co-founder Ed Zink was among those whose credit cards had fraudulent activity.
Race officials are working to identify the cause of the breach.
They estimate 2,500 credit cards were used by people registering for the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic events over Memorial Day weekend.
People who registered are encouraged to notify their credit card companies of a possible breach and to ask them to watch for suspicious activity.
Wait time for gun background check falls
DENVER (AP) — The wait for Colorado gun buyers to get a required background check has fallen to less than three days.
The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/Ukaj1h ) the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's InstaCheck staff said Thursday that the backlog of checks waiting to be done has fallen from an average of 10,000 applications in the queue to about 2,600. CBI spokesman Karl Wilmes says staffing resources have been temporarily shifted to help reduce the backlog.
The check once took less than an hour on average, but the wait time soared along with requests for background checks after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., in December. At one point, the wait was more than nine days.
Vice President Biden in state this weekend
SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Colorado over Presidents Day weekend.
The White House said Thursday that Biden will visit Snowmass with his family Friday through Monday. No public events are scheduled.
Shaffer, Morales named to State Board of Parole
DENVER (AP) — Gov. John Hickenlooper has appointed former Colorado Senate President Brandon Shaffer to the State Board of Parole, along with former Colorado Department of Public Safety Executive Director Joe Morales.
Shaffer, of Longmont, was appointed to serve as vice chair of the state board, which considers applications for parole. Hickenlooper's office said Thursday that Shaffer was appointed to serve as a citizen representative for a term expiring July 1, 2016.
Morales, of Silverthorne, was appointed to serve as a law-enforcement representative on the board until July 1, 2016. He is a past Summit County sheriff but most recently worked in Jordan and Afghanistan in various security and training positions.
Fossils go on display
DENVER (AP) — If you didn't get a chance to see fossils from the 2010 dig near Snowmass Village, you will have another chance beginning this weekend.
A traveling exhibit is coming to Denver on Friday, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is contributing a selection of pieces from the Colorado excavation.
It will be the first time the majority of the pieces are on display.
The Colorado exhibit will include a bison skull, mastodon bones and giant ground-sloth fossils.
The exhibit runs through May 27.
Greeley police say car explosion suspicious
GREELEY (AP) — Greeley police say they don't believe a car explosion that sent a man to the hospital with severe burns was an accident.
The explosion happened Friday night in a car parked in front of a home in west Greeley.
According to the Greeley Tribune (http://tinyurl.com/cwcmfhd ), the man was sitting in the car when the explosion occurred. The identity of the victim was not available.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1764, the city of St. Louis was established by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau.
In 1898, the U.S. battleship Maine mysteriously blew up in Havana Harbor, killing more than 260 crew members and bringing the United States closer to war with Spain.
In 1933, President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami that mortally wounded Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak; gunman Giuseppe Zangara was executed more than four weeks later.
In 1942, the British colony Singapore surrendered to Japanese forces during World War II.
In 1952, a funeral was held at Windsor Castle for Britain’s King George VI, who had died nine days earlier.
In 1953, Tenley Albright became the first American woman to win the world figure skating championship, held in Davos, Switzerland.
In 1961, 73 people, including an 18-member U.S. figure skating team en route to the World Championships in Czechoslovakia, were killed in the crash of a Sabena Airlines Boeing 707 in Belgium.
In 1965, Canada’s new maple-leaf flag was unfurled in ceremonies in Ottawa.
In 1971, Britain and Ireland “decimalised” their currencies, making one pound equal to 100 new pence instead of 240 pence.
In 1982, 84 men were killed when a huge oil-drilling rig, the Ocean Ranger, sank off the coast of Newfoundland during a fierce storm.
In 1989, the Soviet Union announced that the last of its troops had left Afghanistan, after more than nine years of military intervention.
In 1992, a Milwaukee jury found that Jeffrey Dahmer was sane when he killed and mutilated 15 men and boys. Benjamin L. Hooks announced plans to retire as executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
In 2002, a private funeral was held at Windsor Castle for Britain’s Princess Margaret, who had died six days earlier at age 71.
Ten years ago: Millions of people around the world demonstrated against the prospect of a U.S. attack on Iraq.
Five years ago: Business tycoon Steve Fossett, 63, was declared dead by a judge in Cook County, Ill., five months after his small plane vanished after taking off from an airstrip near Yerington, Nev. (Fossett’s remains were discovered in late October 2008 in California’s Sierra Nevada.)
One year ago: Congressional negotiators sealed an agreement on legislation to renew a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for millions more. Iran said it was dramatically closer to mastering the production of nuclear fuel even as the U.S. weighed tougher pressure on the Tehran government.
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