GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Fire managers say residents who were forced from their homes by a wildfire burning southeast of Glenwood Springs will be allowed to return Friday morning.
Fire officials say pre-evacuation notices also will be lifted at 9 a.m. Friday.
The 390-acre Red Canyon Fire had threatened 20 structures. Fire officials say the fire didn't grow Thursday and is now 75 percent contained.
Authorities believe lightning may have started the blaze on Monday, but the cause is under investigation.
Petition against proposed Gaylord hotel rejected
DENVER (AP) — Hotels that sought to overturn $81.4 million in state incentives awarded to a hotel proposed near the Denver airport have lost their bid.
State officials awarded the incentives last year to the 1,500-room hotel that Gaylord Entertainment proposed building in Aurora. Gaylord later said it was re-examining its plans, and a new owner for the project was identified last spring.
Some hotels petitioned for the incentives to be revoked.
The Denver Post reported Thursday that (http://bit.ly/15L8Q3Q) the state's first assistant attorney general, Leeann Morrill, wrote in a letter to attorneys for the existing hotels that the petitioners didn't seek judicial review before the statute of limitations expired. The petition was rejected.
Canon City man arrested in Otero County slaying
CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a Canon City man in connection with a slaying in Otero County last year.
The Pueblo Chieftain reports (http://bit.ly/1cHGYY9) former Florence funeral home director Anthony Wright was arrested Thursday in connection with the death of Byron Griffy, who was director of a funeral home in Fowler. Griffy was found shot in his home Oct. 12. An autopsy says he was shot in the head.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation says Wright was arrested on a warrant listing charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
His bond is set at $1 million.
An arrest affidavit in the case is sealed, and details haven't been released on what led to Wright's arrest.
Colorado schools tax campaign begins in earnest
LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — A campaign to raise income taxes to pay for public school upgrades is getting started in earnest.
Gov. John Hickenlooper helped launch the public campaign for Initiative 22 Thursday at Green Mountain High School in Lakewood.
It would increase income taxes nearly $1 billion a year to pay for school improvements including statewide full-day kindergarten.
Hickenlooper said it would be an investment in the economic development of Colorado, which he said would still remain a low tax state.
Supporters have already turned in signatures to petition the question onto ballots in November.
If voters approve the schools tax, they'll also enact an education funding overhaul that includes new accountability tracking.
The schools measure would join a marijuana tax question about excise and sales taxes on the newly legal drug.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1777, American forces won the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington.
In 1812, Detroit fell to British and Indian forces in the War of 1812.
In 1858, a telegraphed message from Britain’s Queen Victoria to President James Buchanan was transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.
In 1861, President Abraham Lincoln issued Proclamation 86, which prohibited the states of the Union from engaging in commercial trade with states in rebellion — i.e., the Confederacy.
In 1937, the American Federation of Radio Artists was chartered.
In 1948, baseball legend Babe Ruth died at age 53 in New York.
In 1954, Sports Illustrated was first published by Time Inc.
In 1956, Adlai E. Stevenson was nominated for president at the Democratic national convention in Chicago.
In 1962, The Beatles fired their original drummer, Pete Best, replacing him with Ringo Starr.
In 1977, Elvis Presley died at age 42 at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tenn.
In 1987, 156 people were killed when Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed while trying to take off from Detroit; the sole survivor was 4-year-old Cecelia Cichan. People worldwide began a two-day celebration of the “harmonic convergence,” which heralded what believers called the start of a new, purer age of humankind.
In 1993, New York police rescued business executive Harvey Weinstein from a covered 14-foot-deep pit, where he’d been held nearly two weeks for ransom. Actor Stewart Granger died at age 80 in Santa Monica, Calif.
Ten years ago: The Midwest and Northeast were almost fully recovered from the worst power outage in U.S. history. A car driven by U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow ran a stop sign on a rural road in South Dakota and collided with motorcyclist Randy Scott, who died. Idi Amin, the former dictator of Uganda, died in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia; he was believed to have been about 80.
Five years ago: At the Beijing Olympics, Michael Phelps touched the wall a hundredth of a second ahead of Serbia’s Milorad Cavic to win the 100-meter butterfly, giving Phelps his seventh gold medal of the Games, tying Mark Spitz’s performance in the 1972 Munich Games.
One year ago: A U.S. military helicopter crashed during a firefight with insurgents in southern Afghanistan, killing seven Americans and four Afghans. Character actor William Windom, 88, died in Woodacre, Calif.
-- Summer Bag Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thrift House of the Episcopal Church Women, 1027 S. Tejon St., fill a bag for $6.
-- Anti-Bullying Back-to-School Fashion Event, with fashion tips, giveaways, American Idol Finalist Devyn Rush and Singer-Songwriter Brian Jarvis and Ashley Berry, a 13-year-old anti-bullying advocate6-8 p.m., The Citadel, 750 Citadel Drive East, free.
-- Paul Demer, 7 p.m., Jives Coffee Lounge, 19 Colbrunn Court, free.