<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - colorado]]> http://gazette.com/rss/colorado Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:36:19 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Theater shooter's attorneys focus on his dazed, sullen look]]> http://gazette.com/theater-shooters-attorneys-focus-on-his-dazed-sullen-look/article/feed/248199?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/theater-shooters-attorneys-focus-on-his-dazed-sullen-look/article/feed/248199?custom_click=rss CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Attorneys for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes are showing video footage of him looking sullen and dazed after the attack in their effort to show he was insane.

Jurors on Tuesday saw an 11-minute video of Holmes during his first court appearance on July 23, 2012, three days after he killed 12 people and injured 70 during a midnight movie. Holmes has fiery orange hair and looks confused, sometimes squinting or looking downward.

Holmes' attorneys say he was in the grips of a psychotic episode during the shooting and his strange appearance reflects his mental state at the time. Prosecutors suggested he looked that way because he hadn't gotten much sleep.

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]]> CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Attorneys for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes are showing video footage of him looking sullen and dazed after the attack in their effort to show he was insane.

Jurors on Tuesday saw an 11-minute video of Holmes during his first court appearance on July 23, 2012, three days after he killed 12 people and injured 70 during a midnight movie. Holmes has fiery orange hair and looks confused, sometimes squinting or looking downward.

Holmes' attorneys say he was in the grips of a psychotic episode during the shooting and his strange appearance reflects his mental state at the time. Prosecutors suggested he looked that way because he hadn't gotten much sleep.]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:32:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Gray to miss start for A's vs. Rockies with illness]]> http://gazette.com/gray-to-miss-start-for-as-vs.-rockies-with-illness/article/feed/248183?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gray-to-miss-start-for-as-vs.-rockies-with-illness/article/feed/248183?custom_click=rss OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics scratched starter Sonny Gray because of an illness and brought up right-hander Chris Bassitt from Triple-A Nashville to face Colorado.

The A's announced that Gray will miss Tuesday's game because of flu-like symptoms. Gray (9-3) is the AL leader with a 2.09 ERA.

Bassitt joins the A's for the second time this season. He had a 3.38 ERA in five relief appearances earlier this season. He is 2-6 with a 3.71 ERA in 12 games for Nashville.

A corresponding roster move will be announced later Tuesday.

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]]> OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics scratched starter Sonny Gray because of an illness and brought up right-hander Chris Bassitt from Triple-A Nashville to face Colorado.

The A's announced that Gray will miss Tuesday's game because of flu-like symptoms. Gray (9-3) is the AL leader with a 2.09 ERA.

Bassitt joins the A's for the second time this season. He had a 3.38 ERA in five relief appearances earlier this season. He is 2-6 with a 3.71 ERA in 12 games for Nashville.

A corresponding roster move will be announced later Tuesday.]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:19:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Oregon growers look forward to new era of retail marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/oregon-growers-look-forward-to-new-era-of-retail-marijuana/article/feed/248120?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oregon-growers-look-forward-to-new-era-of-retail-marijuana/article/feed/248120?custom_click=rss

WILLIAMS, Ore. (AP) — On the third Thursday of each month, veteran medical marijuana growers and hopeful newbies gather in the old Williams Grange hall in a small rural Oregon valley long known for growing some of the best cannabis on the planet.

Since voters last fall made the state the fourth to legalize recreational marijuana, people have been flocking to the hall to get the latest update on lawmakers' progress on crafting rules for the new industry.

The entrepreneurs also share tips on how to produce happy and healthy marijuana plants.

"Why not come to the source to learn about growing?" says Gina Erdmann, director of the Oregon SunGrown Growers' Guild, as she lays out materials on the sign-in table outside the ha

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]]> WILLIAMS, Ore. (AP) — On the third Thursday of each month, veteran medical marijuana growers and hopeful newbies gather in the old Williams Grange hall in a small rural Oregon valley long known for growing some of the best cannabis on the planet.

Since voters last fall made the state the fourth to legalize recreational marijuana, people have been flocking to the hall to get the latest update on lawmakers' progress on crafting rules for the new industry.

The entrepreneurs also share tips on how to produce happy and healthy marijuana plants.

"Why not come to the source to learn about growing?" says Gina Erdmann, director of the Oregon SunGrown Growers' Guild, as she lays out materials on the sign-in table outside the ha]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:17:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Archaeologists call on feds to protect Chaco Canyon area]]> http://gazette.com/archaeologists-call-on-feds-to-protect-chaco-canyon-area/article/feed/248037?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/archaeologists-call-on-feds-to-protect-chaco-canyon-area/article/feed/248037?custom_click=rss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tucked away among northwestern New Mexico's sandstone cliffs and buttes are the remnants of an ancient civilization whose monumental architecture and cultural influences have been a source of mystery for years.

Scholars and curious visitors have spent more than a century trying to unravel those mysteries and more work needs to be done.

That's why nearly 30 top archaeologists from universities and organizations around the nation called on the U.S. Interior Department on Tuesday to protect the area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park from oil and gas development.

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]]> ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tucked away among northwestern New Mexico's sandstone cliffs and buttes are the remnants of an ancient civilization whose monumental architecture and cultural influences have been a source of mystery for years.

Scholars and curious visitors have spent more than a century trying to unravel those mysteries and more work needs to be done.

That's why nearly 30 top archaeologists from universities and organizations around the nation called on the U.S. Interior Department on Tuesday to protect the area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park from oil and gas development.]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:16:58 -0600 <![CDATA[AP News Guide: Oregon weed legal soon, but not legally sold]]> http://gazette.com/ap-news-guide-oregon-weed-legal-soon-but-not-legally-sold/article/feed/248158?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-news-guide-oregon-weed-legal-soon-but-not-legally-sold/article/feed/248158?custom_click=rss

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Come Wednesday, the pot stashes in Oregon are legal — up to 8 ounces. So is the homegrown, up to four plants a household.

The legalization of recreational marijuana on July 1 makes the state the fourth to do so, following Colorado, Washington state and Alaska. The nation's capital, Washington, D.C., also allows possession of personal amounts, though not sales.

Here's a look at Oregon's law and the legal pot movement:

WHAT CHANGES JULY 1 IN OREGON?

Not much, actually. In populous parts of the state that have long been tolerant of marijuana, police don't generally bust people using it in private. Most important, though, is that under the new law it's still illegal to sell recreational marij

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]]> PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Come Wednesday, the pot stashes in Oregon are legal — up to 8 ounces. So is the homegrown, up to four plants a household.

The legalization of recreational marijuana on July 1 makes the state the fourth to do so, following Colorado, Washington state and Alaska. The nation's capital, Washington, D.C., also allows possession of personal amounts, though not sales.

Here's a look at Oregon's law and the legal pot movement:

WHAT CHANGES JULY 1 IN OREGON?

Not much, actually. In populous parts of the state that have long been tolerant of marijuana, police don't generally bust people using it in private. Most important, though, is that under the new law it's still illegal to sell recreational marij]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:19:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Simon Shnapir, 2-time US pairs champion, retires]]> http://gazette.com/simon-shnapir-2-time-us-pairs-champion-retires/article/feed/248148?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/simon-shnapir-2-time-us-pairs-champion-retires/article/feed/248148?custom_click=rss COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Two-time U.S. pairs champion Simon Shnapir is retiring from figure skating.

The 27-year-old Shnapir said Tuesday he planned to coach and work in broadcasting. He won back-to-back national titles with Marissa Castelli in 2013 and '14, and they finished ninth at the Sochi Olympics, where they were part of the bronze medal-winning American squad in the team event. It was a homecoming for Shnapir, who was born in Russia before his family emigrated and settled outside Boston.

Shnapir and Castelli split a few months after the Olympics. Shnapir then teamed with DeeDee Leng, and they finished eighth at this year's U.S. championships as their partnership was hindered by injuries.

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]]> COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Two-time U.S. pairs champion Simon Shnapir is retiring from figure skating.

The 27-year-old Shnapir said Tuesday he planned to coach and work in broadcasting. He won back-to-back national titles with Marissa Castelli in 2013 and '14, and they finished ninth at the Sochi Olympics, where they were part of the bronze medal-winning American squad in the team event. It was a homecoming for Shnapir, who was born in Russia before his family emigrated and settled outside Boston.

Shnapir and Castelli split a few months after the Olympics. Shnapir then teamed with DeeDee Leng, and they finished eighth at this year's U.S. championships as their partnership was hindered by injuries.]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:46:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Body found in South Platte ID'd as missing motorcyclist]]> http://gazette.com/body-found-in-south-platte-idd-as-missing-motorcyclist/article/feed/248027?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/body-found-in-south-platte-idd-as-missing-motorcyclist/article/feed/248027?custom_click=rss CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — A body found in the South Platte River in Waterton Canyon has been identified as that of a missing motorcyclist.

The body was found Saturday. Robert Jacobs, 65, was reported missing June 8. He was last seen in Castle Rock on his way to Breckenridge.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding Jacobs' motorcycle — a Harley Davidson King with Colorado license plates 445UVU.

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]]> CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — A body found in the South Platte River in Waterton Canyon has been identified as that of a missing motorcyclist.

The body was found Saturday. Robert Jacobs, 65, was reported missing June 8. He was last seen in Castle Rock on his way to Breckenridge.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding Jacobs' motorcycle — a Harley Davidson King with Colorado license plates 445UVU.]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:00:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Ex-probation officer gets prison for Texas sex trafficking]]> http://gazette.com/ex-probation-officer-gets-prison-for-texas-sex-trafficking/article/feed/248006?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-probation-officer-gets-prison-for-texas-sex-trafficking/article/feed/248006?custom_click=rss EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A former juvenile probation officer in West Texas has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in a gang-related sex trafficking ring.

Timothy Keith McCullouch Jr. was sentenced Monday in federal court in El Paso.

Prosecutors say McCullouch was among four men convicted in January of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of persons. The other three were sentenced last week to prison terms ranging from 20 years to life behind bars.

Testimony indicated the men in 2012 and 2013 forced children and adults into prostitution. Investigators say the men used force, fraud and coercion to force the victims into having sex for money, then the gang members kept the cash.

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]]> EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A former juvenile probation officer in West Texas has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in a gang-related sex trafficking ring.

Timothy Keith McCullouch Jr. was sentenced Monday in federal court in El Paso.

Prosecutors say McCullouch was among four men convicted in January of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of persons. The other three were sentenced last week to prison terms ranging from 20 years to life behind bars.

Testimony indicated the men in 2012 and 2013 forced children and adults into prostitution. Investigators say the men used force, fraud and coercion to force the victims into having sex for money, then the gang members kept the cash.]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:45:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Rand Paul 1st major-party candidate to court pot donors]]> http://gazette.com/rand-paul-1st-major-party-candidate-to-court-pot-donors/article/feed/247945?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rand-paul-1st-major-party-candidate-to-court-pot-donors/article/feed/247945?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul is holding a groundbreaking fundraiser in Denver Tuesday afternoon.

The Kentucky senator is holding a fundraiser with the new marijuana industry, which is holding an industry convention this week.

Paul becomes the first major-party presidential candidate to publicly court donations from the pot industry. Though legal weed businesses owners have been active political donors for years, presidential candidates have shied away from holding fundraisers made up entirely of marijuana-related business owners.

Paul has joined Democrats in the Senate to sponsor a bill to end the federal prohibition of marijuana for medical reasons. The senator also backs a federal drug-sen

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul is holding a groundbreaking fundraiser in Denver Tuesday afternoon.

The Kentucky senator is holding a fundraiser with the new marijuana industry, which is holding an industry convention this week.

Paul becomes the first major-party presidential candidate to publicly court donations from the pot industry. Though legal weed businesses owners have been active political donors for years, presidential candidates have shied away from holding fundraisers made up entirely of marijuana-related business owners.

Paul has joined Democrats in the Senate to sponsor a bill to end the federal prohibition of marijuana for medical reasons. The senator also backs a federal drug-sen]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:05:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Rockies lose series opener to Athletics, 7-1]]> http://gazette.com/rockies-lose-series-opener-to-athletics-7-1/article/feed/247942?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockies-lose-series-opener-to-athletics-7-1/article/feed/247942?custom_click=rss

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — David Hale put the Colorado Rockies in an early hole they were unable to overcome.

Josh Reddick and Ike Davis hit two-run homers in the first inning to back seven scoreless innings from Kendall Graveman, and the Oakland Athletics snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Colorado 7-1 on Monday night.

"They came out swinging," Hale said. "I guess I left a few over the plate or something."

Billy Butler also homered off Hale (2-3) and scored three runs as power-starved Oakland matched its season high for homers. The power barrage helped the A's bounce back after getting swept in a three-game series by Kansas City to open a 10-game homestand.

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]]> OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — David Hale put the Colorado Rockies in an early hole they were unable to overcome.

Josh Reddick and Ike Davis hit two-run homers in the first inning to back seven scoreless innings from Kendall Graveman, and the Oakland Athletics snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Colorado 7-1 on Monday night.

"They came out swinging," Hale said. "I guess I left a few over the plate or something."

Billy Butler also homered off Hale (2-3) and scored three runs as power-starved Oakland matched its season high for homers. The power barrage helped the A's bounce back after getting swept in a three-game series by Kansas City to open a 10-game homestand.]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 02:45:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Reddick, Davis, Butler homer for A's in 7-1 win over Rockies]]> http://gazette.com/reddick-davis-butler-homer-for-as-in-7-1-win-over-rockies/article/feed/247926?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/reddick-davis-butler-homer-for-as-in-7-1-win-over-rockies/article/feed/247926?custom_click=rss

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Reddick and Ike Davis quickly helped the Oakland Athletics put a difficult weekend behind them.

Reddick and Davis hit two-run homers in the first inning to back seven scoreless innings from Kendall Graveman, and the A's snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Colorado Rockies 7-1 on Monday night.

"That was really big," Graveman said. "It set the tone for the whole game."

Billy Butler also homered off David Hale (2-3) and scored three runs as power-starved Oakland matched its season high for homers. The power barrage helped the A's bounce back after getting swept in a three-game series by Kansas City to open a 10-game homestand.

"It was a good day for the team offensively," D

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]]> OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Reddick and Ike Davis quickly helped the Oakland Athletics put a difficult weekend behind them.

Reddick and Davis hit two-run homers in the first inning to back seven scoreless innings from Kendall Graveman, and the A's snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Colorado Rockies 7-1 on Monday night.

"That was really big," Graveman said. "It set the tone for the whole game."

Billy Butler also homered off David Hale (2-3) and scored three runs as power-starved Oakland matched its season high for homers. The power barrage helped the A's bounce back after getting swept in a three-game series by Kansas City to open a 10-game homestand.

"It was a good day for the team offensively," D]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 02:16:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Woman pleads guilty after daughter found malnourished]]> http://gazette.com/woman-pleads-guilty-after-daughter-found-malnourished/article/feed/247894?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woman-pleads-guilty-after-daughter-found-malnourished/article/feed/247894?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — A Denver woman has pleaded guilty to a child abuse charge after her daughter was hospitalized for malnutrition three years ago.

Twenty-four-year-old Kathleen Sanchez faces 10 to 16 years in prison after she pleaded guilty Monday to one count of child abuse resulting in serious injury.

Her daughter, then 3 years old, weighed 19 pounds when she was hospitalized in 2012. An off-duty law officer saw the family in a store and reported the girl's condition.

Sanchez is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 4.

Her husband, 30-year-old Kenny Sanchez, is also charged in the case and is scheduled to appear in court July 6.

Authorities say the pair were scheduled to go on trial in July 2015 but failed to show

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]]> DENVER (AP) — A Denver woman has pleaded guilty to a child abuse charge after her daughter was hospitalized for malnutrition three years ago.

Twenty-four-year-old Kathleen Sanchez faces 10 to 16 years in prison after she pleaded guilty Monday to one count of child abuse resulting in serious injury.

Her daughter, then 3 years old, weighed 19 pounds when she was hospitalized in 2012. An off-duty law officer saw the family in a store and reported the girl's condition.

Sanchez is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 4.

Her husband, 30-year-old Kenny Sanchez, is also charged in the case and is scheduled to appear in court July 6.

Authorities say the pair were scheduled to go on trial in July 2015 but failed to show ]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:45:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Lightning on Colorado mountain sends 3 hikers to hospital]]> http://gazette.com/lightning-on-colorado-mountain-sends-3-hikers-to-hospital/article/feed/247701?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lightning-on-colorado-mountain-sends-3-hikers-to-hospital/article/feed/247701?custom_click=rss GEORGETOWN, Colo. (AP) — Lightning struck near the top of a more than 14,000-foot mountain popular with hikers, sending three people to hospitals and killing a dog, Colorado authorities said.

The victims were among about a dozen people who were just below the summit of Mount Bierstadt when lightning struck around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. A total of eight were injured, most of them knocked off their feet likely after being shocked indirectly by the lightning through the ground, said Dawn Wilson, a spokeswoman for Alpine Rescue, one of several groups that responded.

One hiker taken to the hospital was in serious condition Sunday while the two others were described as having non life-threatening injuries. Their conditions on Monday

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]]> GEORGETOWN, Colo. (AP) — Lightning struck near the top of a more than 14,000-foot mountain popular with hikers, sending three people to hospitals and killing a dog, Colorado authorities said.

The victims were among about a dozen people who were just below the summit of Mount Bierstadt when lightning struck around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. A total of eight were injured, most of them knocked off their feet likely after being shocked indirectly by the lightning through the ground, said Dawn Wilson, a spokeswoman for Alpine Rescue, one of several groups that responded.

One hiker taken to the hospital was in serious condition Sunday while the two others were described as having non life-threatening injuries. Their conditions on Monday ]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:46:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Authorities ID Boy Scout who died in New Mexico flash flood]]> http://gazette.com/authorities-id-boy-scout-who-died-in-new-mexico-flash-flood/article/feed/247516?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/authorities-id-boy-scout-who-died-in-new-mexico-flash-flood/article/feed/247516?custom_click=rss CIMARRON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities on Monday released the name of a Boy Scout who died after being swept away by a flash flood during a camping trip with his troop in northern New Mexico.

New Mexico State Police said 13-year-old Alden Brock of Sacramento, California, was one of eight Boy Scouts participating in a 12-day trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch when the flooding hit before dawn Saturday.

Floodwaters came through North Ponil Canyon around 4:30 a.m., State Police spokesman Chad Pierce said. The group was camping about 20 feet upslope from a small creek, but the water over-ran the campsite, taking four boys down the canyon.

The creek is normally two to three feet wide and less than a foot deep.

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]]> CIMARRON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities on Monday released the name of a Boy Scout who died after being swept away by a flash flood during a camping trip with his troop in northern New Mexico.

New Mexico State Police said 13-year-old Alden Brock of Sacramento, California, was one of eight Boy Scouts participating in a 12-day trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch when the flooding hit before dawn Saturday.

Floodwaters came through North Ponil Canyon around 4:30 a.m., State Police spokesman Chad Pierce said. The group was camping about 20 feet upslope from a small creek, but the water over-ran the campsite, taking four boys down the canyon.

The creek is normally two to three feet wide and less than a foot deep.]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:46:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Lightning starts wildfire in Dinosaur Monument in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/lightning-starts-wildfire-in-dinosaur-monument-in-colorado/article/feed/247882?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lightning-starts-wildfire-in-dinosaur-monument-in-colorado/article/feed/247882?custom_click=rss DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire sparked by lightning has burned just under 1 square mile in Dinosaur National Monument in northwestern Colorado.

Authorities said Monday the fire is burning in grass, brush and Ponderosa pine trees in a remote part of the monument. It was reported Saturday.

Ground crews and a helicopter are fighting the fire, and more firefighters and air support have been requested.

Officials say no structures or visitors are threatened.

The fire is in the Colorado portion of the 328-square-mile monument, which straddles the Utah-Colorado border.

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]]> DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire sparked by lightning has burned just under 1 square mile in Dinosaur National Monument in northwestern Colorado.

Authorities said Monday the fire is burning in grass, brush and Ponderosa pine trees in a remote part of the monument. It was reported Saturday.

Ground crews and a helicopter are fighting the fire, and more firefighters and air support have been requested.

Officials say no structures or visitors are threatened.

The fire is in the Colorado portion of the 328-square-mile monument, which straddles the Utah-Colorado border.]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:30:46 -0600