<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - colorado]]> http://gazette.com/rss/colorado Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:33:51 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Plans for Colorado shelter for immigrant children scrapped]]> http://gazette.com/plans-for-colorado-shelter-for-immigrant-children-scrapped/article/feed/316451?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/plans-for-colorado-shelter-for-immigrant-children-scrapped/article/feed/316451?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — The federal government is abandoning plans to open a temporary shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children in suburban Denver, saying it would take too much time and money to get the site ready.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Friday that it would cost an estimated $28 million to $37 million and take about a year to transform a warehouse at the sprawling Federal Center into a shelter for up to 1,000 children.

The department wants to be ready to handle an expected surge in Central American children crossing the border starting this spring. It's already opened temporary shelters at Holloman Air Force in New Mexico and near Dallas, and is set to open another one in late February in Homestea

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:34:26 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado's newest pot shop tied to strip club and mayor]]> http://gazette.com/colorados-newest-pot-shop-tied-to-strip-club-and-mayor/article/feed/316443?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorados-newest-pot-shop-tied-to-strip-club-and-mayor/article/feed/316443?custom_click=rss

GLENDALE, Colo. (AP) — Colorado's newest pot shop has some wondering whether strippers and weed are too closely aligned on a busy highway just east of downtown Denver.

The Smokin Gun Apothecary opened on a site formerly occupied by the Denver area's best known strip club, Shotgun Willie's. The strip club hasn't gone away — it's moved just across the parking lot, testing ethical and potentially legal issues about the state's growing legal recreational pot industry.

Beyond banning the sale of pot and alcohol in the same shop, Colorado has no regulation regarding marijuana and other adult businesses. Colorado's rules about using pot are hazier. The state bans public marijuana consumption, but allows local governments to deci

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:21:18 -0700 <![CDATA[US rig count drops 30 this week to 541; Texas down 14]]> http://gazette.com/us-rig-count-drops-30-this-week-to-541-texas-down-14/article/feed/316427?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-rig-count-drops-30-this-week-to-541-texas-down-14/article/feed/316427?custom_click=rss HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 30 this week to 541.

The Houston company said Friday 439 rigs sought oil and 102 explored for natural gas amid depressed energy prices. A year ago, 1,358 rigs were active.

Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas declined by 14 rigs, New Mexico and Oklahoma each dropped four and North Dakota was down three. Colorado, Pennsylvania and Wyoming lost two apiece and Kansas was off by one.

California and Louisiana gained one rig each.

Alaska, Arkansas, Ohio, Utah and West Virginia were all unchanged.

The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:36:46 -0700 <![CDATA[Black Hills Corp. completes purchase of SourceGas Holdings]]> http://gazette.com/black-hills-corp.-completes-purchase-of-sourcegas-holdings/article/feed/316417?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/black-hills-corp.-completes-purchase-of-sourcegas-holdings/article/feed/316417?custom_click=rss RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota-based Black Hills Corp. says it has completed its purchase of Colorado-based SourceGas Holdings.

Black Hills Corp. serves 792,000 natural gas and electric utility customers in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

SourceGas is a natural gas utility serving about 425,000 customers in Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming. Utility commissions in those states approved the deal.

The purchase also includes a 512-mile natural gas pipeline in Colorado.

The deal was for about $1.9 billion, including Black Hills Corp.'s assumption of $760 million of debt.

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:50:58 -0700 <![CDATA[Stage version of 'Frozen' to kick off in Denver in 2017]]> http://gazette.com/stage-version-of-frozen-to-kick-off-in-denver-in-2017/article/feed/316384?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stage-version-of-frozen-to-kick-off-in-denver-in-2017/article/feed/316384?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney has announced that Denver will be the place where it tests its upcoming "Frozen" musical.

Disney Theatrical Productions said it will mount the show at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in August 2017. It is expected to land on Broadway in 2018 alongside its hits "Aladdin" and "The Lion King."

The show will be directed by Alex Timbers, a two-time Tony Award nominee who directed "Peter and the Starcatcher," ''Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," ''The Pee-Wee Herman Show" and "Rocky" on Broadway.

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:11:59 -0700 <![CDATA[Alleged Aspen chairlift pusher identified, getting treatment]]> http://gazette.com/alleged-aspen-chairlift-pusher-identified-getting-treatment/article/feed/316359?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/alleged-aspen-chairlift-pusher-identified-getting-treatment/article/feed/316359?custom_click=rss ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A man accused of pushing a snowboarder off an Aspen chairlift has been publicly identified and arrested nearly a month later.

Thirty-one-year-old Thomas Proesel appeared in court Thursday after being treated at a psychiatric hospital in Grand Junction. He was released on $10,000 bond and allowed to go to a psychiatric treatment facility in Tennessee accompanied by his father and uncle.

His lawyer, prominent Denver defense attorney Pamela Mackey, said the facility will notify her if he leaves. She promised to provide the court updates on his treatment.

Police say Proesel pushed Seth Beckton on Jan. 17, causing him to fall about 25 feet into deep snow.

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:54:17 -0700 <![CDATA[King helps Colorado beat Washington St. 88-81 in double OT]]> http://gazette.com/king-helps-colorado-beat-washington-st.-88-81-in-double-ot/article/feed/316234?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/king-helps-colorado-beat-washington-st.-88-81-in-double-ot/article/feed/316234?custom_click=rss

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — George King's teammates razzed him about having a blank stare on his face as he let go of a last-gasp, long-range jumper.

Blank stare? Try picture of calm in a chaotic moment.

King scored 21 points, none bigger than his buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the first overtime, and grabbed a pivotal rebound late in the second OT to help Colorado hold off Washington State 88-81 on Thursday night.

As he started to talk about his clutch jumper, Wesley Gordon interrupted with a question: "Why were you so lackadaisical on that last shot?" he asked.

"People keep saying that. Was it really? I'm going to look at it," King said.

It's the second time in his life he's hit a shot like that at the

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:45:33 -0700 <![CDATA[Straughan's 23 sparks Idaho past Northern Colorado, 73-67]]> http://gazette.com/straughans-23-sparks-idaho-past-northern-colorado-73-67/article/feed/316232?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/straughans-23-sparks-idaho-past-northern-colorado-73-67/article/feed/316232?custom_click=rss MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Jake Straughan came off the bench to knock down 6 of 7 3-point attempts to score 23 points, including three straight free throws in the final 10 seconds to wrap up a 73-67 Big Sky Conference win over Northern Colorado Tuesday night.

The Vandals, who had a two-game win streak snapped at Northern Arizona, bounced back with a strong finish against the Bears. Down 34-32 at intermission, Straughan hit a pair of 3-pointers to give the Vandals the lead for good with 9:16 left. Chris Sarbaugh missed his first free throw, then converted his next 12 attempts to keep Idaho in the lead.

Straughan's 23 points is one shy of his season high for Idaho (15-10, 7-5). Sarbaugh finished with 14 points and Chad Sherwood con

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]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:43:42 -0700 <![CDATA[Iginla scores twice, Avalanche beat Senators 4-3]]> http://gazette.com/iginla-scores-twice-avalanche-beat-senators-4-3/article/feed/316221?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iginla-scores-twice-avalanche-beat-senators-4-3/article/feed/316221?custom_click=rss

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche solidified their standing on the playoff bubble. The Ottawa Senators fell even further behind in a crowded pack.

Jarome Iginla had two goals on the power play and an assist, Blake Comeau had a goal and an assist and the Avalanche beat the Senators 4-3 on Thursday night to end a four-game losing streak.

Nathan MacKinnon also scored for the Avalanche, and Carl Soderberg and Tyson Barrie each had two assists. Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves to help Colorado stay in position for the first of two wild-card spots in the Western Conference.

Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman scored in the second period to cut Colorado's lead to 3-2.

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]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:56:04 -0700 <![CDATA[Western Illinois grabs lead late, tops Denver 63-60]]> http://gazette.com/western-illinois-grabs-lead-late-tops-denver-63-60/article/feed/316229?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/western-illinois-grabs-lead-late-tops-denver-63-60/article/feed/316229?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Jalen Chapman scored 26 points and Western Illinois grabbed the lead in the final four minutes and held on to beat Denver, 63-60 in a Summit League battle Thursday night.

Fouled in the backcourt by Jake Pemberton, Garrett Covington sank three straight free throw attempts to give the Leathernecks a 60-58 lead and Chapman padded it with a layup with 3:13 left.

Denver could add only a Nate Engesser layup in the final three minutes and Western Illinois added a Mike Miklusak free throw with five seconds remaining.

The Leathernecks took a 31-26 lead into intermission, but Denver stayed close. Pemberton gave the Pioneers the lead, 51-50 with 7:09 left in the game.

Covington added 11 points and Tate Stensg

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]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:52:00 -0700 <![CDATA[GOP Senate hopefuls optimistic ahead of Colorado caucuses]]> http://gazette.com/gop-senate-hopefuls-optimistic-ahead-of-colorado-caucuses/article/feed/316178?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gop-senate-hopefuls-optimistic-ahead-of-colorado-caucuses/article/feed/316178?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — A crowded slate of Colorado Republicans launched their effort to defeat Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet with a surprising tone of optimism in their first and last forum before meeting voters.

Seven candidates who met for a forum at the University of Denver on Thursday laid out a common theme: We may not be well-known, but we can win.

"I think we can do it. Hell yes, we can do it," retired Air Force computer programmer Charlie Ehler said to cheers from the crowd of about 100.

Not everyone believes the GOP has a shot against Bennet, who is seeking a second term. That's because none of the GOP candidates has held federal office before, and none has anywhere close to Bennet's bankroll.

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]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:39:22 -0700 <![CDATA[Cosby cases prompt Colorado bill extending time for charges]]> http://gazette.com/cosby-cases-prompt-colorado-bill-extending-time-for-charges/article/feed/316022?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cosby-cases-prompt-colorado-bill-extending-time-for-charges/article/feed/316022?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado House committee on Thursday unanimously approved a bill prompted by claims against Bill Cosby that would double a 10-year statute of limitations for seeking charges in sexual assault cases.

Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred and two Colorado women who claim Cosby assaulted them decades ago testified that the bill would empower traumatized victims by giving them more time to come forward.

"The shame and the silence of being a victim of sexual assault has to end," said Beth Ferrier of Denver, who alleges that Cosby assaulted her in 1986.

Heidi Thomas of Castle Rock said it took 30 years for her to come forward after she was assaulted by Cosby in 1984 in Reno, Nevada.

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]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 20:34:47 -0700 <![CDATA[Records: Man eyed in prison chief killing attempted break-in]]> http://gazette.com/records-man-eyed-in-prison-chief-killing-attempted-break-in/article/feed/316144?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/records-man-eyed-in-prison-chief-killing-attempted-break-in/article/feed/316144?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — A man who was questioned but not charged in the killing of Colorado's prisons chief later brazenly tried to break into the home of a former corrections employee and exchanged gunfire with police, court documents unsealed Thursday show.

Thomas Guolee, 34, parked a stolen car in the man's driveway and told a neighbor he was there to drop it off but had lost his key to the garage and needed to find the residents, according to the arrest affidavit that gave the first details about the Dec. 30 incident.

A judge ordered the affidavit released after a successful legal effort by The Associated Press and other news outlets.

It does not say whether the incident was linked to the shooting death of prisons chief Tom

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]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:36:59 -0700 <![CDATA[Group questions Peabody Energy's coal mine self-bonding]]> http://gazette.com/group-questions-peabody-energys-coal-mine-self-bonding/article/feed/316149?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/group-questions-peabody-energys-coal-mine-self-bonding/article/feed/316149?custom_click=rss CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — An environmental group is formally questioning Peabody Energy's ability to fully bond its coal mines in Wyoming and elsewhere in the Rocky Mountain region, saying the St. Louis-based company has insufficient funding to qualify for self-bonding.

Bonding helps ensure funding is in place to fill in mines that close and restore them to a natural state. Self-bonding exempts companies from posting conventional bond in exchange for showing they have sufficient resources to pay for all potential mine reclamation.

St. Louis-based Peabody has almost $900 million in self-bonding obligations in Wyoming. They cover three big open-pit mines in the Powder River Basin, a region that supplies almost 40 percent of the n

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]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:59:27 -0700 <![CDATA[Police-related bills introduced in Colorado legislature]]> http://gazette.com/police-related-bills-introduced-in-colorado-legislature/article/feed/316076?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-related-bills-introduced-in-colorado-legislature/article/feed/316076?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — A Colorado House committee unanimously passed a bill Thursday that would require police agencies to videotape interrogations of suspects in certain felony cases as a way to prevent false confessions.

The bill is one of five being introduced in the Democrat-led House that lawmakers said are designed to increase public confidence in police. The others:

—Would ban police use of chokeholds, except in circumstances threatening the safety of police or bystanders;

—Expunge arrest records in cases that don't result in conviction, so those wrongly arrested aren't tarnished when applying for jobs;

—Ban police profiling based on race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and other factors. Rep.

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