SUNRISE: 1 killed, 1 injured in avalanche

Staff reports Updated: March 4, 2013 at 12:00 am • Published: March 4, 2013

DENVER — One snowboarder was killed and another was seriously injured in an avalanche near Cameron Pass in north-central Colorado.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says the snowboarders, whose names and ages have not been released, were navigating backcountry terrain when they were caught in the slide in the Paradise Bowl on the west side of the pass Saturday. Scott Toepfer, a forecaster with CAIC, says the injured snowboarder was flown to a Fort Collins-area hospital by helicopter.

The Denver Post reports ( ) the Jackson County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team is looking for the other snowboarder. CAIC investigators also were at the scene Sunday, but the size of the avalanche has not been released.

CAIC says there have been four avalanche deaths in Colorado this season.



The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 39 in Colorado Springs on Monday. Expect an overnight low of 14. Along the way, there's a 60 percent chance of rain or snow in the region. On Tuesday, the precipitation clears out and the Springs can expect sunny skies with a high of about 43.



Aspen property sales drop following tax changes

ASPEN (AP) — Real estate sales in Pitkin County are down sharply this year and Aspen-area agents are blaming changes to federal capital-gains tax laws.

County officials say sales were down $15 million in January, or 15 percent, from January 2012.

The sales slump continued in February, with dollar volume down another $9 million, or 20 percent.

According to the Aspen Times ( ), the 10 percent increase in the capital-gains tax this year is being blamed for taking a toll on sales.

Longmont man arrested after broom attack

LONGMONT (AP) — Boulder County sheriff's deputies used a stun gun on a Longmont man after he charged them with a broom when they went to his home to arrest his daughter on a traffic warrant.

John Sena is facing charges of menacing and second-degree assault on a peace officer after the incident on Saturday.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera ( ), deputies were forced to retreat to the edge of the man's yard before they were able to arrest him. Deputies say the girl escaped while they battled with her father.

Investigators blame hospital for lack of treatment

LITTLETON (AP) — Federal investigators say Littleton Adventist Hospital failed to properly screen patients for psychiatric problems in its emergency room and may have sent some of them to jail, detox or other medical facilities.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services investigates patient-dumping complaints because it provides much of a hospital's revenue. Regulators have ordered corrections and threatened to withhold future payments.

Centura Health, the nonprofit organization that owns Littleton Adventist and other hospitals, says it has changed its policies, and told Medicare it will no longer transfer patients before completing evaluations.

According to the Denver Post ( ), hospital officials said they cannot comment on specific cases because of patient confidentiality.

Population at youth corrections facilities drops

DENVER (AP) — State officials say a focus on rehabilitation has led to a 44 percent decrease in the number of juveniles committed to the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections over the past seven years.

John Gomez, director of youth corrections, tells The Denver Post ( ) Colorado will remove 189 beds from seven state-run and community based facilities during the next year. He says his office has successfully combined programs designed to help adolescents before they enter the justice system and has tried to stop released juveniles from returning.

Early-intervention programs have helped expand services to children and teens before they enter the justice system, reducing the number of juvenile arrests in Colorado.

With fewer detained juveniles, the Department of Human Services has asked lawmakers to move nearly $8 million from youth corrections to child welfare services.

Chairmen re-elected to state GOP, Democratic Party

DENVER (AP) — Ryan Call has been re-elected chairman of the Republican Party in Colorado.

The Denver Post reports ( ) Call defeated former Douglas County GOP chairman Mark Baisley on Saturday in what observers said was an unexpectedly strong showing. The election took place during the state party's reorganization meeting held at Cherry Creek High School in Denver.

Democrats meeting in downtown Denver re-elected Rick Palacio as chairman of their party. He ran unopposed.

Call and Palacio will serve two-year terms and lead their parties through the 2014 election.

Campus gun bans divisive, hard to enforce

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado Senate committee will consider a gun control bill this week that would ban concealed carry on public college campuses, reversing a state Supreme Court ruling last year that forced colleges to accommodate students with concealed carry permits.

Chances are, however, few students would notice any change.

Boulder Democratic Rep. Claire Levy's bill comes as majority Democrats in both legislative chambers push gun control measures that include an assault weapons ban, universal background checks and limits on gun magazines. But campus police and some students say any change on concealed carry likely would have little impact.

"It's a difficult ban to enforce, because we have so many entrances and exits to this campus," said Ryan Huff, a spokesman for the University of Colorado Police Department.

Nevertheless, faculty have raised concerns about the potential presence of guns since the March court ruling, which said that only the legislature could create exceptions to the state's concealed carry law. Levy, whose district is home to the main campus of the University of Colorado, said it was those fears that prompted her to propose the bill.

"It wasn't so much a concerns that someone might use a weapon, but that not knowing if there was a weapon would be intimidating and inhibiting," Levy said.

Levy's concealed carry ban passed the House last month and is expected to go before the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee on Monday.



In 1789, the Constitution of the United States went into effect as the first Federal Congress met in New York. (The lawmakers then adjourned for lack of a quorum.)

In 1791, Vermont became the 14th state.

In 1813, President James Madison was inaugurated for a second term of office.

In 1861, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th president of the United States. The U.S. Government Printing Office began operation. The Confederate States of America adopted as its flag the original version of the Stars and Bars.

In 1863, the Idaho Territory was created.

In 1888, legendary college football coach Knute Rockne was born in Voss, Norway.

In 1913, just before leaving office, President William Howard Taft signed legislation replacing the Department of Commerce and Labor with separate departments of Commerce and Labor. The “Buffalo nickel” officially went into circulation.

In 1913, Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as the 28th president of the United States.

In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt took office as America’s 32nd president.

In 1943, “Mrs. Miniver” won six Academy Awards, including best picture and best actress for Greer Garson (whose 5½-minute acceptance speech became the butt of industry jokes). James Cagney won best actor for “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”

In 1952, Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis were married in San Fernando Valley, Calif.

In 1963, American poet William Carlos Williams, 79, died in Rutherford, N.J.

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan addressed the nation on the Iran-Contra affair, acknowledging that his overtures to Iran had “deteriorated” into an arms-for-hostages deal.

Ten years ago: The Army’s oldest armored division, “Old Ironsides,” got orders to head for the Persian Gulf as the total of U.S. land, sea and air forces arrayed against Iraq or preparing to go neared 300,000. A bomb in a backpack killed 22 people at an airport terminal in the Philippines.

Five years ago: Republican John McCain clinched his party’s presidential nomination. Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton won primary victories in Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island, while Barack Obama prevailed in Vermont. Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax died at age 69 in Lake Geneva, Wis.

One year ago: President Barack Obama said he didn’t want war but insisted he would attack Iran if that were the only option left to stop that nation from getting a nuclear weapon. Vladimir Putin scored a decisive win in Russia’s presidential election to return to the Kremlin and extend his hold on power for six more years.



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