<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - colorado]]> http://gazette.com/rss/colorado Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:34:02 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Hickenlooper not sure feds could shut down pot industry]]> http://gazette.com/hickenlooper-not-sure-feds-could-shut-down-pot-industry/article/feed/447151?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hickenlooper-not-sure-feds-could-shut-down-pot-industry/article/feed/447151?custom_click=rss Days after the Trump administration said the Department of Justice was going to step up enforcement of laws prohibiting the recreational use of marijuana, Gov. John Hickenlooper said he wasn't sure the federal government could take such action in Colorado.

Hickenlooper, in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," told moderator Chuck Todd on Sunday that Colorado's regulations allowing the personal use of marijuana are part of the state's constitution.

Hickenlooper says Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner spoke with Sen. Jeff Sessions before he was confirmed as attorney general and that he was led to believe marijuana enforcement wasn't going to be a priority, but things might have changed with Thursday's announcement by White Ho

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]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:46:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Ku Klux Klan fliers distributed in Grand Junction]]> http://gazette.com/ku-klux-klan-fliers-distributed-in-grand-junction/article/feed/447134?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ku-klux-klan-fliers-distributed-in-grand-junction/article/feed/447134?custom_click=rss GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A national campaign to recruit members to the Ku Klux Klan reached Grand Junction, with fliers distributed in at least three neighborhoods during the week of Valentine's Day.

The fliers advised people to "love your own RACE," and to "stop homosexuality & race mixing."

The fliers say they come from the Loyal White Knights KKK and include a phone number and website for those interested in joining the white supremacy group.

Mark Potok, a senior fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center, says the KKK has been passing out leaflets for the past two years, with efforts picking up in the last six months or so. He says it's legal for the group to distribute the fliers.

Potok says similar fl

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]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:30:23 -0700 <![CDATA[Portions of Southern Plains face critical wildfire risk]]> http://gazette.com/portions-of-southern-plains-face-critical-wildfire-risk/article/feed/447131?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/portions-of-southern-plains-face-critical-wildfire-risk/article/feed/447131?custom_click=rss NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Forecasters say residents in the southern and central plains states will face a critical risk of wildfires on Monday.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, said Sunday sustained southwesterly winds from 20-30 mph and low humidity are likely from southeastern Colorado, along the border between Texas and New Mexico and in far western Texas. The wildfire danger will also be elevated in western Oklahoma.

Forecasters say wildfire conditions will remain critical Tuesday across western Oklahoma and western north Texas due to warm, dry, and breezy conditions.

Elevated fire weather conditions will also be possible Wednesday through Friday across western Oklahoma and western north Texas.

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]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:16:36 -0700 <![CDATA[Jeremy Smith gets first NHL win as Avalanche beat Sabres 5-3]]> http://gazette.com/jeremy-smith-gets-first-nhl-win-as-avalanche-beat-sabres-5-3/article/feed/447064?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jeremy-smith-gets-first-nhl-win-as-avalanche-beat-sabres-5-3/article/feed/447064?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — As the clock ticked down, Colorado Avalanche goalie Jeremy Smith sweated out his first NHL win Saturday night.

After trimming an early three-goal deficit to one, the Buffalo Sabres made a late push to tie the game. But then Gabriel Landeskog took off on a breakaway and scored his second goal of the night into an empty net with 41 seconds remaining, sealing a 5-3 victory for Smith and the struggling Avalanche.

Smith, who finished with 34 saves, watched intently as Landeskog sped down the ice in the final minute.

"When I saw him get the puck, he's a fast skater, so it was like, I hope he skates," Smith said. "Just a sigh of relief."

Buffalo came back from its bye week and squandered a chance to make

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]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 01:22:10 -0700 <![CDATA[Trump administration blocks changes on coal mining royalties]]> http://gazette.com/trump-administration-blocks-changes-on-coal-mining-royalties/article/feed/446999?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-administration-blocks-changes-on-coal-mining-royalties/article/feed/446999?custom_click=rss

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Interior Department has put on hold changes to how the federal government values huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the Western United States, after mining companies challenged the agency in federal court.

The move by the Trump administration means current rules governing the industry will remain in place pending decisions in the courts, according to an agency notification due to be published Monday in the Federal Register.

The changes, crafted under the administration of President Barack Obama, were aimed at ensuring companies don't shortchange taxpayers on coal sales to Asia and other markets. Coal exports surged over the past decade even as domestic sales declined.

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]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:56:17 -0700 <![CDATA[Hot-shooting Utah State routs Air Force 89-58]]> http://gazette.com/hot-shooting-utah-state-routs-air-force-89-58/article/feed/447054?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hot-shooting-utah-state-routs-air-force-89-58/article/feed/447054?custom_click=rss LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Jalen Moore scored 24 points and Utah State shot nearly 60 percent from the field in an 89-58 rout of Air Force on Saturday night.

Moore made 8 of 12 shots, including five 3-pointers. Quinn Taylor added 13 points for the Aggies (13-15, 7-10 Mountain West), who shot 34 of 57 (59.6 percent) overall and 52 percent (13 of 25) from 3-point range. Sam Merrill chipped in 12 points and nine assists.

Hayden Graham scored 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting to lead Air Force (11-18, 4-12), which has lost seven of its last eight games.

Utah State had a double-digit lead nine minutes in and built a 46-26 halftime advantage. Moore scored 13 points and had two rebounds and an assist in the first half.

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]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:43:50 -0700 <![CDATA[North Dakota needs OT to top Northern Colorado, 84-81]]> http://gazette.com/north-dakota-needs-ot-to-top-northern-colorado-84-81/article/feed/447055?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/north-dakota-needs-ot-to-top-northern-colorado-84-81/article/feed/447055?custom_click=rss GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Cortez Seales scored seven of his 23 points in overtime as North Dakota held on to beat Northern Colorado 84-81 to hold onto first place in the Big Sky Conference Saturday night.

The victory keeps the Fighting Hawks (18-8, 13-3) one game ahead of second-place Eastern Washington with two games left in the regular season.

Kai Edwards hit two free throws and Jordan Davis knocked down a jumper to give the Bears the lead, 76-72. Geno Crandall and Seales each hit two free throws to tie the score with 3:01 left and Seales put the Fighting Hawks in front with a jumper with just under two minutes left. D.J. Miles gave Northern Colorado the lead, 79-78 with two free throws but Seales put North Dakota in front fo

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]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:41:16 -0700 <![CDATA[Omogbo 3 puts Colorado State over San Diego St. 56-55]]> http://gazette.com/omogbo-3-puts-colorado-state-over-san-diego-st.-56-55/article/feed/447051?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/omogbo-3-puts-colorado-state-over-san-diego-st.-56-55/article/feed/447051?custom_click=rss FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Emmanuel Omogbo hit a 3-pointer with four seconds to play to give Colorado State a 56-55 win over San Diego State on Saturday night.

Omogbo — who finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds — sank the winning shot after San Diego State went up 55-53 with 23 seconds left.

The win places the Rams (20-9, 12-4) in a tie with Nevada for first place in the Mountain West Conference standings.

Gian Clavell added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Rams and Prentiss Nixon had 10 points.

Colorado State trailed 33-21 at the break and through most of the second half. Clavell hit a 3-pointer and a jumper back-to-back to even it up at 52 with 3:07 to go. San Diego State went ahead 55-53 on a Dakarai A

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]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:14:04 -0700 <![CDATA[Ryan Dungey wins AMA Supercross race in Atlanta]]> http://gazette.com/ryan-dungey-wins-ama-supercross-race-in-atlanta/article/feed/447048?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ryan-dungey-wins-ama-supercross-race-in-atlanta/article/feed/447048?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — Ryan Dungey raced to his second AMA Supercross victory of the season and 33rd overall 450SX Class win Saturday night at the Georgia Dome.

The KTM star from Minnesota increased his lead in the season standings to 25 points over KTM's Marvin Musquin and 27 in front of Kawasaki's Eli Tomac.

"The start (was key), for sure. I was really able to drive off the gate good and held it into the corner" Dungey said. "As all the guys shot wide I was able to tuck under and get the holeshot. This track was key for that, it was very hard to really make a lot of time on guys. I wanted to get out front and we did that. I saw Eli coming at the end, but wanted to just keep things easy (on myself). A win is a win."

Dungey w

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]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:00:34 -0700 <![CDATA[Daum nets 30 in South Dakota State's win over Denver]]> http://gazette.com/daum-nets-30-in-south-dakota-states-win-over-denver/article/feed/447039?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/daum-nets-30-in-south-dakota-states-win-over-denver/article/feed/447039?custom_click=rss BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Mike Daum scored 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting and made three 3-pointers to help South Dakota State beat Denver 88-64 on Saturday.

A.J. Hess added 14 points. Chris Howell and Skyler Flatten added 11 each for the Jackrabbits (15-16, 8-8 Summit).

South Dakota State had a 25-8 run to build a 41-24 lead late in the first half and led by at least 17 throughout the second.

Joe Rosga had 15 points and C.J. Bobbitt had 13 for the Pioneers (16-13, 8-8). Denver's bench outscored the Jackrabbits 64-21.

South Dakota State made 14 of 28 from 3-point range and 33 of 58 (56.9 percent) overall. Denver made 41.7 percent from both the arc and the field.

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]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:05:46 -0700 <![CDATA[Body found in Arkansas River in Pueblo]]> http://gazette.com/body-found-in-arkansas-river-in-pueblo/article/feed/447032?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/body-found-in-arkansas-river-in-pueblo/article/feed/447032?custom_click=rss PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body floating in the Arkansas River in Pueblo.

The Pueblo Chieftan reported (http://bit.ly/2miDEO0 ) that the body was found Saturday afternoon near Santa Fe Avenue.

The body, believed to be that of a man, was not immediately removed from the water.

Pueblo Police Sgt. Shelly Taylor said first responders were approaching the scene with caution in order to avoid disturbing potential evidence.

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]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:05:31 -0700 <![CDATA[McClure's 12 blocks help lift WSU to 67-56 win over Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/mcclures-12-blocks-help-lift-wsu-to-67-56-win-over-colorado/article/feed/447027?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mcclures-12-blocks-help-lift-wsu-to-67-56-win-over-colorado/article/feed/447027?custom_click=rss PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Nike McClure set a school record and tied a Pac-12 record with 12 blocks shots and grabbed 12 rebounds and Washington State's defense stymied Colorado to hold the Buffaloes to 29 percent shooting in a 67-56 win on Saturday.

With her first career double-double, the 6-foot-3 McClure bested her previous school record of seven blocks she set against Arizona on Feb. 12. As a team, Washington State (11-18, 6-12) broke its previous school record of 120 blocks in a season set last year.

Colorado (15-14, 5-13) closed to 43-40 with a pair of Makenzie Ellis free throws with 1:39 left in the third quarter but couldn't get closer. Washington State led the entire way and raced to a 16-0 lead to start the game.

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]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:17:27 -0700 <![CDATA[Ebert County deputy sought in poaching case]]> http://gazette.com/ebert-county-deputy-sought-in-poaching-case/article/feed/446981?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ebert-county-deputy-sought-in-poaching-case/article/feed/446981?custom_click=rss KIOWA, Colo. (AP) — A former Colorado sheriff's deputy wanted for allegedly poaching deer near Elbert is being sought on a nationwide warrant.

Former Elbert County deputy Steve Few was arrested December 20 in Georgia, where he had lived prior to Colorado.

Authorities say Few bonded out following his arrest and has not returned to Colorado for a court appearance. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

He faces charges including two counts of destruction of wildlife, trespassing, shooting from a road, hunting with a light and two felony counts of attempting to influence a public servant.

Few had been with the sheriff's office for about 2-1/2 months at the time of the alleged incident.

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]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:59:52 -0700 <![CDATA[New EPA chief delays mining rule after industry objects]]> http://gazette.com/new-epa-chief-delays-mining-rule-after-industry-objects/article/feed/446902?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-epa-chief-delays-mining-rule-after-industry-objects/article/feed/446902?custom_click=rss BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration has delayed consideration of a proposal to require companies to prove they have the financial wherewithal to clean up polluted mining sites after a pushback from industry groups and Western-state Republicans.

Companies in the past have avoided cleanups of many mining sites by declaring bankruptcy. That prompted the Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama to pursue changes that would prevent taxpayers from getting stuck with cleanup bills.

But newly sworn-in EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt directed his staff on Friday to delay consideration of the Obama-era proposal for four months, in order to gather more public comment.

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]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:27:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement]]> http://gazette.com/pre-existing-conditions-complicate-health-care-replacement/article/feed/446977?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pre-existing-conditions-complicate-health-care-replacement/article/feed/446977?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: the guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

Under the health care law, insurance companies are required to cover people with serious medical problems. President Donald Trump has said he wants to "keep pre-existing conditions" but has not said how he would do it.

Some Republicans favor state-based solutions, including high-risk pools, where people without other options can turn for coverage. More than 30 states ran high-risk pools in 2011 before the law took full effect, but they had net losses of more than $1.2 billion

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