Updated: March 29, 2013 at 12:00 am
City Forestry is again offering to help Colorado Springs residents add some green in front of their properties.
The street tree planting program returns spring and there are approximately 80 trees to give away. The trees are free, but residents have to pick them up and plant them on their own.
There is usually room for a street tree if there is 25 to 35 feet between current street trees. Planting and watering instructions will be provided.
The deadline to apply for a tree is April 11, although the trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information of to apply for a tree, call City Forestry at 385-5942. Pickup dates and times will be posted on www.SpringsGov.com/forestry.
The trees were purchased through Trees Across Colorado with the Tree City USA fund.
Colorado could be forced to repay federal funds
GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — Colorado is among western states that could be forced to repay millions of dollars in federal funds locked up in the national budget debate.
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, a Republican from Colorado, says the Obama administration has advised the state that money from timber sales and mineral royalties are subject to the budget debate and the state could receive a bill for repayment of funds already distributed to counties.
According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, communities rely on those revenues for public schools, public-works repairs, emergency services and other programs.
Golden police arrest man after wife found dead
GOLDEN (AP) — Golden police have arrested a man who went missing after his wife was found dead.
Relatives called police on Monday to check on David Reathman, saying said they were concerned because he is terminally ill and might be dead. When officers arrived, they went into the home and found the body of his wife, Barbara.
Police say David Reathman is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder after he turned himself in on Thursday.
Federal judge sentences man for growing marijuana
DENVER (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Denver man who pleaded guilty to operating an illegal marijuana grow house to the time he has already spent in jail and reminded him that the drug remains illegal under federal law.
Hai Manh Do ran a dispensary that was closed by state medical-marijuana regulators after they determined the business wasn't properly licensed by the state.
According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/d3tbza3 ), U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn said Wednesday that Colorado laws allowing marijuana dispensaries do not apply to federal law.
Do, who could have received up to 60 months in prison, pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly manufacturing, distributing and possessing marijuana. He spent three days in jail.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1613, King James I granted a charter officially designating the Irish city of Derry as “Londonderry.”
In 1638, Swedish colonists settled in present-day Delaware.
In 1790, the tenth president of the United States, John Tyler, was born in Charles City County, Va.
In 1812, the first White House wedding took place as Lucy Payne Washington, the sister of first lady Dolley Madison, married Supreme Court Justice Thomas Todd.
In 1871, the Royal Albert Hall in London was opened by Queen Victoria.
In 1882, the Knights of Columbus was chartered in Connecticut.
In 1912, British explorer Robert Falcon Scott, his doomed expedition stranded in an Antarctic blizzard after failing to be the first to reach the South Pole, wrote the last words of his journal: “For Gods sake look after our people.”
In 1943, World War II rationing of meat, fats and cheese began.
In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. (They were executed in June 1953.) The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The King and I” opened on Broadway.
In 1962, Jack Paar hosted NBC’s “Tonight” show for the final time, although the network aired a repeat the following night. (Johnny Carson debuted as host in October.)
In 1971, Army Lt. William L. Calley Jr. was convicted of murdering 22 Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai massacre. (Calley served three years under house arrest.) A jury in Los Angeles recommended the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers for the 1969 Tate-La Bianca murders. (The sentences were later commuted.)
In 1973, the last United States combat troops left South Vietnam, ending America’s direct military involvement in the Vietnam War. In an address to the nation, President Richard Nixon declared, “For the first time in 12 years, no American military forces are in Vietnam.”
In 1993, “Unforgiven” won the Academy Award for best picture as well as best director for Clint Eastwood.
Ten years ago: In Iraq, a bomber posing as a taxi driver blew up his vehicle, killing himself and four American soldiers.
Five years ago: Anti-American Shiite militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his followers to defy orders from the Iraqi government to surrender their weapons. Zimbabweans voted in an election seen as the biggest test of Robert Mugabe’s 28-year rule. (Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai claimed victory, but the Election Commission ordered a runoff; Mugabe claimed victory in that contest, which was widely denounced as a sham.)
One year ago: A divided House approved a $3.6 trillion Republican budget recasting Medicare and imposing sweeping cuts in domestic programs.
-- “Spring Break with the Burros,” meet two burro mascots, tours and more, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 225 N. Gate Blvd., $8 for adults, $7 for military and AAA, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for ages 3-12, free for children younger than 3.
-- “Storytime,” read “This is Not My Hat” by Jon Klassen, 10:30 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East.
-- “Neil McIntyre’s Hip Hop for Kids,” 10:30 a.m., Rockrimmon Library Branch, 832 Village Center Drive, free.
-- Magic with Science Matters,” 2 p.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., free.
-- Geology of the Region: A Panel Discussion, 4 p.m., Colorado College, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, Screening Room, 825 N. Cascade Ave., free.
-- “Sunrise Worship and Arts Harvest of Sorrow Cantata” 7 p.m., Sunrise United Methodist Church, 2655 Briargate Blvd., free.
-- “King of Glory” Easter performance, 7 p.m., The Masters House, 124 N. Delaware Drive, free.
-- Faculty recital, with Evan Shelton and Yale Work, 7 p.m., Colorado College, Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., free.
-- Paul Myrow, CD release performance, 7 p.m., Front Range Barbeque, 2330 W. Colorado Ave., free.
-- Jeff Sempek, 8:30 p.m., Wyatt’s Pub and Grill, 806 Village Center Drive.
-- Cous and The Brotherhood, 9 p.m.-midnight, Meadow Muffins, 2432 W. Colorado Ave., free cover.