<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - colorado]]> http://gazette.com/rss/colorado Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:17:07 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Martinez throws 6 shutout innings, Rangers beat Rockies 6-3]]> http://gazette.com/martinez-throws-6-shutout-innings-rangers-beat-rockies-6-3/article/feed/217849?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/martinez-throws-6-shutout-innings-rangers-beat-rockies-6-3/article/feed/217849?custom_click=rss SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Nick Martinez threw six scoreless innings, Leonys Martin homered and the Texas Rangers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 on Thursday night.

Martinez, competing for the final vacancy in the Rangers' rotation, allowed five hits and walked one. He struck out four, throwing 54 strikes in 74 pitches, and lowered his ERA to 0.84 in three spring appearances. He has allowed one run over 9 2-3 innings.

Martinez went 5-12 with a 4.55 ERA as a rookie last year, making 24 starts and five relief appearances.

Martin homered in the third with Robinson Chirinos aboard. Chirinos was hit by a pitch from Chad Bettis.

Ed Lucas, Nate Schierholtz and Adam Rosales delivered run-producing hits in a four-run eighth.

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]]> SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Nick Martinez threw six scoreless innings, Leonys Martin homered and the Texas Rangers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 on Thursday night.

Martinez, competing for the final vacancy in the Rangers' rotation, allowed five hits and walked one. He struck out four, throwing 54 strikes in 74 pitches, and lowered his ERA to 0.84 in three spring appearances. He has allowed one run over 9 2-3 innings.

Martinez went 5-12 with a 4.55 ERA as a rookie last year, making 24 starts and five relief appearances.

Martin homered in the third with Robinson Chirinos aboard. Chirinos was hit by a pitch from Chad Bettis.

Ed Lucas, Nate Schierholtz and Adam Rosales delivered run-producing hits in a four-run eighth.]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:15:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Avalanche end 3-game skid, top Canucks 4-1]]> http://gazette.com/avalanche-end-3-game-skid-top-canucks-4-1/article/feed/217852?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/avalanche-end-3-game-skid-top-canucks-4-1/article/feed/217852?custom_click=rss

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Gabriel Landeskog and Alex Tanguay each had a goal and an assist, and Reto Berra made 33 saves to lead the Colorado Avalanche past the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Thursday night.

Jarome Iginla also scored and Ryan O'Reilly added two assists as Colorado snapped a three-game losing streak. John Mitchell added a late empty-net goal.

Yannick Weber scored his third goal in as many games for Vancouver, which had won three in a row, but came out flat before rebounding in the third period with 18 shots.

Eddie Lack stopped 34 shots in taking the loss.

Berra, who hadn't won in the NHL since Nov. 6 and hadn't started since Nov.

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]]> VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Gabriel Landeskog and Alex Tanguay each had a goal and an assist, and Reto Berra made 33 saves to lead the Colorado Avalanche past the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Thursday night.

Jarome Iginla also scored and Ryan O'Reilly added two assists as Colorado snapped a three-game losing streak. John Mitchell added a late empty-net goal.

Yannick Weber scored his third goal in as many games for Vancouver, which had won three in a row, but came out flat before rebounding in the third period with 18 shots.

Eddie Lack stopped 34 shots in taking the loss.

Berra, who hadn't won in the NHL since Nov. 6 and hadn't started since Nov.]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:15:48 -0600 <![CDATA[No murder charge for woman accused of cutting baby from womb]]> http://gazette.com/no-murder-charge-for-woman-accused-of-cutting-baby-from-womb/article/feed/217839?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-murder-charge-for-woman-accused-of-cutting-baby-from-womb/article/feed/217839?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — A Colorado woman accused of luring an expectant mother to a basement and cutting the baby from her belly will not be charged with murder, prosecutors said Thursday night.

Catherine Olguin, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney's Office, said prosecutors won't bring the charge in the baby's death. But she declined to say why or what charges Dynel Lane, 34, will face.

Investigators say Lane lured Michelle Wilkins, 26, to her Longmont home March 18 with an ad on Craigslist offering baby clothes. Inside, police say, Lane attacked Wilkins and extracted her unborn baby girl.

Lane's husband found the infant in a bathtub and rushed the child to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — A Colorado woman accused of luring an expectant mother to a basement and cutting the baby from her belly will not be charged with murder, prosecutors said Thursday night.

Catherine Olguin, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney's Office, said prosecutors won't bring the charge in the baby's death. But she declined to say why or what charges Dynel Lane, 34, will face.

Investigators say Lane lured Michelle Wilkins, 26, to her Longmont home March 18 with an ad on Craigslist offering baby clothes. Inside, police say, Lane attacked Wilkins and extracted her unborn baby girl.

Lane's husband found the infant in a bathtub and rushed the child to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:31:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Nevada coach Musselman gets 5-year, $2M deal; Pack will run]]> http://gazette.com/nevada-coach-musselman-gets-5-year-2m-deal-pack-will-run/article/feed/217815?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nevada-coach-musselman-gets-5-year-2m-deal-pack-will-run/article/feed/217815?custom_click=rss

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The state Board of Regents approved a five-year contract worth $2 million Thursday for new Nevada basketball coach Eric Musselman, a two-time former NBA coach who says he's already on the recruiting trail and is planning to run a high-octane offense.

Nevada athletic director Doug Knuth formally introduced Musselman at the Lawlor Events Center on the Reno campus shortly after the regents in Las Vegas approved the deal that offers additional incentives, including $10,000 for winning the Mountain West Conference title and another $10,000 for making the NCAA tournament.

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]]> RENO, Nev. (AP) — The state Board of Regents approved a five-year contract worth $2 million Thursday for new Nevada basketball coach Eric Musselman, a two-time former NBA coach who says he's already on the recruiting trail and is planning to run a high-octane offense.

Nevada athletic director Doug Knuth formally introduced Musselman at the Lawlor Events Center on the Reno campus shortly after the regents in Las Vegas approved the deal that offers additional incentives, including $10,000 for winning the Mountain West Conference title and another $10,000 for making the NCAA tournament.]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:16:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado moving to standardize pot-testing labs]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-moving-to-standardize-pot-testing-labs/article/feed/217504?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-moving-to-standardize-pot-testing-labs/article/feed/217504?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Colorado is moving to establish another marijuana first — the world's first government standards for marijuana testing.

A bill approved 12-1 by its first committee in the state Legislature Thursday would create statewide laboratory standards for the state's 18 pot-testing labs.

Currently the labs are certified by state health authorities, but they don't have uniform rules for testing pot for potency and contaminants, as required by state law.

Lab owners say they need the standards because different labs now produce very different results. Existing pot tests generally just look for whether the drug is present, not how strong it is.

The bill was amended to remove hemp-testing standards.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Colorado is moving to establish another marijuana first — the world's first government standards for marijuana testing.

A bill approved 12-1 by its first committee in the state Legislature Thursday would create statewide laboratory standards for the state's 18 pot-testing labs.

Currently the labs are certified by state health authorities, but they don't have uniform rules for testing pot for potency and contaminants, as required by state law.

Lab owners say they need the standards because different labs now produce very different results. Existing pot tests generally just look for whether the drug is present, not how strong it is.

The bill was amended to remove hemp-testing standards.]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:03:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Execs from Montana's largest mining company moving to Denver]]> http://gazette.com/execs-from-montanas-largest-mining-company-moving-to-denver/article/feed/217759?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/execs-from-montanas-largest-mining-company-moving-to-denver/article/feed/217759?custom_click=rss BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Top executives from Montana's largest mining company are relocating to Denver and plan to close its corporate offices in Billings, two years after a leadership struggle in which the company's former chief executive was sharply criticized for spending too much time outside the state.

Stillwater Mining Co. Chief Executive Officer Michael McMullen told The Associated Press on Thursday that he is among five senior company officials who will make the move to Colorado this summer. About 15 corporate staff will relocate to Columbus, Montana, site of the company's smelter and refinery and home of its registered headquarters.

The moves will save the 1,600-employee company more than $20,000 per month, a Stillwa

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]]> BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Top executives from Montana's largest mining company are relocating to Denver and plan to close its corporate offices in Billings, two years after a leadership struggle in which the company's former chief executive was sharply criticized for spending too much time outside the state.

Stillwater Mining Co. Chief Executive Officer Michael McMullen told The Associated Press on Thursday that he is among five senior company officials who will make the move to Colorado this summer. About 15 corporate staff will relocate to Columbus, Montana, site of the company's smelter and refinery and home of its registered headquarters.

The moves will save the 1,600-employee company more than $20,000 per month, a Stillwa]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:30:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado governor signs microbead ban into law]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-governor-signs-microbead-ban-into-law/article/feed/217803?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-governor-signs-microbead-ban-into-law/article/feed/217803?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Gov. John Hickenlooper has made Colorado the third state to ban on tiny plastic particles from soaps and cosmetic products.

The bill signed into law Thursday bans microbeads by 2020.

The microbeads turn up in face scrubs, acne treatments and toothpaste. The particles are too fine to be caught in wastewater treatment plants, and the plastic bits can pollute lakes and rivers.

The microbeads are about the size of fish eggs and can be swallowed by aquatic life.

The ban has the backing of large personal-care product manufacturers including Johnson & Johnson.

Illinois and New York have already enacted bans, and other states are considering bans.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Gov. John Hickenlooper has made Colorado the third state to ban on tiny plastic particles from soaps and cosmetic products.

The bill signed into law Thursday bans microbeads by 2020.

The microbeads turn up in face scrubs, acne treatments and toothpaste. The particles are too fine to be caught in wastewater treatment plants, and the plastic bits can pollute lakes and rivers.

The microbeads are about the size of fish eggs and can be swallowed by aquatic life.

The ban has the backing of large personal-care product manufacturers including Johnson & Johnson.

Illinois and New York have already enacted bans, and other states are considering bans.

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House Bill 1144: http:/]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:02:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Bill to allow birth certificate gender change wins support]]> http://gazette.com/bill-to-allow-birth-certificate-gender-change-wins-support/article/feed/217789?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bill-to-allow-birth-certificate-gender-change-wins-support/article/feed/217789?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — A bill to allow transgender people to change the gender listings on their birth certificates without undergoing gender-reassignment surgery passed its first test Thursday in the Colorado Legislature.

The bill would also allow people to have their original birth certificates sealed, instead of having them marked to say that the gender has been changed.

"This new birth certificate is about respecting the privacy of the individual," said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City.

The bill passed 8-5, but not before some uncomfortable moments when a conservative Republican said that changing gender on a birth certificate without surgery is fraud.

"It's one thing to ask someone to preten

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]]> DENVER (AP) — A bill to allow transgender people to change the gender listings on their birth certificates without undergoing gender-reassignment surgery passed its first test Thursday in the Colorado Legislature.

The bill would also allow people to have their original birth certificates sealed, instead of having them marked to say that the gender has been changed.

"This new birth certificate is about respecting the privacy of the individual," said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City.

The bill passed 8-5, but not before some uncomfortable moments when a conservative Republican said that changing gender on a birth certificate without surgery is fraud.

"It's one thing to ask someone to preten]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:46:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Role of pot candy probed in apparent suicide in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/role-of-pot-candy-probed-in-apparent-suicide-in-colorado/article/feed/217781?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/role-of-pot-candy-probed-in-apparent-suicide-in-colorado/article/feed/217781?custom_click=rss BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — Authorities in Colorado are investigating whether marijuana candy played a role in the suspected suicide of a 22-year-old Oklahoma man.

Luke Gregory Goodman of Tulsa died Tuesday at a hospital after apparently shooting himself in the head. Witnesses say he ate several marijuana candies before the shooting while on vacation at the Keystone ski resort.

Summit County Coroner Regan Wood released a statement Thursday saying the circumstances surrounding Goodman's death are consistent with a suicide. But he said toxicology reports, which would confirm the presence of marijuana in his system and its possible role in his death, would take about three weeks to complete.

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]]> BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — Authorities in Colorado are investigating whether marijuana candy played a role in the suspected suicide of a 22-year-old Oklahoma man.

Luke Gregory Goodman of Tulsa died Tuesday at a hospital after apparently shooting himself in the head. Witnesses say he ate several marijuana candies before the shooting while on vacation at the Keystone ski resort.

Summit County Coroner Regan Wood released a statement Thursday saying the circumstances surrounding Goodman's death are consistent with a suicide. But he said toxicology reports, which would confirm the presence of marijuana in his system and its possible role in his death, would take about three weeks to complete.]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:45:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Unprecedented sage grouse protection deal signed in Nevada]]> http://gazette.com/unprecedented-sage-grouse-protection-deal-signed-in-nevada/article/feed/217644?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/unprecedented-sage-grouse-protection-deal-signed-in-nevada/article/feed/217644?custom_click=rss RENO, Nev. (AP) — An unprecedented attempt to protect sage grouse habitat across parts of more than 900 square miles of privately owned land in Nevada will begin under a deal Thursday involving the federal government, an environmental group and the world's largest gold mining company.

The agreement comes as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approaches a fall deadline for a decision on whether to protect the greater sage grouse, a bird roughly the size of a chicken that ranges across the West, under the Endangered Species Act.

Commercial operations, including mining companies and oil and gas producers, are entering into such deals in an effort to keep the bird off the threatened or endangered list because the classification

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]]> RENO, Nev. (AP) — An unprecedented attempt to protect sage grouse habitat across parts of more than 900 square miles of privately owned land in Nevada will begin under a deal Thursday involving the federal government, an environmental group and the world's largest gold mining company.

The agreement comes as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approaches a fall deadline for a decision on whether to protect the greater sage grouse, a bird roughly the size of a chicken that ranges across the West, under the Endangered Species Act.

Commercial operations, including mining companies and oil and gas producers, are entering into such deals in an effort to keep the bird off the threatened or endangered list because the classification]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:00:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Congressman: Cancel VA bonuses, use them for Denver hospital]]> http://gazette.com/congressman-cancel-va-bonuses-use-them-for-denver-hospital/article/feed/217613?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/congressman-cancel-va-bonuses-use-them-for-denver-hospital/article/feed/217613?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Congress should cancel all VA employee bonuses and use the money to finish the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital, Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman said Thursday.

Coffman and other lawmakers are angry that the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded thousands of dollars in bonuses to its top construction official, Glenn Haggstrom, even though hospitals in Denver, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Orlando, Florida, racked up huge cost overruns and fell far behind schedule.

Haggstrom retired Wednesday amid an internal investigation into the problems at the Denver hospital, the VA said. No phone listing for him could be found to seek comment.

Coffman and Colorado Sen.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Congress should cancel all VA employee bonuses and use the money to finish the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital, Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman said Thursday.

Coffman and other lawmakers are angry that the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded thousands of dollars in bonuses to its top construction official, Glenn Haggstrom, even though hospitals in Denver, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Orlando, Florida, racked up huge cost overruns and fell far behind schedule.

Haggstrom retired Wednesday amid an internal investigation into the problems at the Denver hospital, the VA said. No phone listing for him could be found to seek comment.

Coffman and Colorado Sen.]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:33:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Vail gets approval for lift connecting 2 Utah ski resorts]]> http://gazette.com/vail-gets-approval-for-lift-connecting-2-utah-ski-resorts/article/feed/217755?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vail-gets-approval-for-lift-connecting-2-utah-ski-resorts/article/feed/217755?custom_click=rss SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Vail Resorts Inc. says it has received approval from Park City planning officials to build a high-speed gondola that would connect two ski resorts it owns in Utah.

The company said in a news release Thursday that the linking lift will join Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort to make it the largest ski area in the United States.

Vail announced plans for the connecting lift in December as part of $50 million in investments at the two resorts. Vail purchased Park City Mountain Resort in September for $182.5 million.

Other plans include major upgrades of two lifts, new and improved restaurants and better snowmaking.

The projects are expected to be ready by the 2015-2016 ski season.

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]]> SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Vail Resorts Inc. says it has received approval from Park City planning officials to build a high-speed gondola that would connect two ski resorts it owns in Utah.

The company said in a news release Thursday that the linking lift will join Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort to make it the largest ski area in the United States.

Vail announced plans for the connecting lift in December as part of $50 million in investments at the two resorts. Vail purchased Park City Mountain Resort in September for $182.5 million.

Other plans include major upgrades of two lifts, new and improved restaurants and better snowmaking.

The projects are expected to be ready by the 2015-2016 ski season.]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:01:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Documents: Illegal pot ring shipped tons out of Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/documents-illegal-pot-ring-shipped-tons-out-of-colorado/article/feed/217568?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/documents-illegal-pot-ring-shipped-tons-out-of-colorado/article/feed/217568?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is doing a good job keeping legal marijuana from spilling beyond state borders despite a newly unsealed indictment alleging 32 people earned millions of dollars by illegally exporting tons of the drug to other states, the state's Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said Thursday.

The group falsely posed as licensed medical marijuana caregivers and small business owners and moved as much as 400 pounds of pot outside of Colorado, mostly to Minnesota, each month, according to the indictment.

Couriers returned to Denver with hundreds of thousands of dollars at a time, making about $12 million over four years.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Colorado is doing a good job keeping legal marijuana from spilling beyond state borders despite a newly unsealed indictment alleging 32 people earned millions of dollars by illegally exporting tons of the drug to other states, the state's Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said Thursday.

The group falsely posed as licensed medical marijuana caregivers and small business owners and moved as much as 400 pounds of pot outside of Colorado, mostly to Minnesota, each month, according to the indictment.

Couriers returned to Denver with hundreds of thousands of dollars at a time, making about $12 million over four years.]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:49:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Owner of Denver's beloved Tatter Cover bookstorse retiring]]> http://gazette.com/owner-of-denvers-beloved-tatter-cover-bookstorse-retiring/article/feed/217730?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/owner-of-denvers-beloved-tatter-cover-bookstorse-retiring/article/feed/217730?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — The longtime owner of Denver's beloved Tattered Cover bookstores is retiring and her successors are two prominent industry figures.

According to a Tattered Cover statement Thursday, Len Vlahos and his wife Kristen Gilligan are moving to Denver from Stamford, Conn. and over the next two years will take control of the business Joyce Meskis has owned since 1974.

Under Meskis, Tattered Cover grew from one outlet to four. It has hosted such authors as Joyce Carol Oates and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Vlahos is an author, executive director of the Book Industry Study Group, a national non-profit that supports the book publishing industry, and former chief operating officer of the American Booksellers Association.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — The longtime owner of Denver's beloved Tattered Cover bookstores is retiring and her successors are two prominent industry figures.

According to a Tattered Cover statement Thursday, Len Vlahos and his wife Kristen Gilligan are moving to Denver from Stamford, Conn. and over the next two years will take control of the business Joyce Meskis has owned since 1974.

Under Meskis, Tattered Cover grew from one outlet to four. It has hosted such authors as Joyce Carol Oates and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Vlahos is an author, executive director of the Book Industry Study Group, a national non-profit that supports the book publishing industry, and former chief operating officer of the American Booksellers Association.]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:16:41 -0600 <![CDATA[More murder charges filed in Routt County missing man case]]> http://gazette.com/more-murder-charges-filed-in-routt-county-missing-man-case/article/feed/217731?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/more-murder-charges-filed-in-routt-county-missing-man-case/article/feed/217731?custom_click=rss STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Routt County District Attorney's Office has filed murder charges against a woman accused of participating in killing longtime Routt County resident Edward Zimmerman.

Kristen Johnson is charged with first-degree murder during a burglary, theft and possession of marijuana.

Prosecutors say her husband, Lucas Johnson, broke into Zimmerman's home and stole Zimmerman's marijuana worth up to $20,000.

Lucas Johnson is charged with murder and possession with intent to manufacture or distribute more than 50 pounds of marijuana or marijuana concentrate.

Authorities say Zimmerman was shot in the face, strangled and beaten.

Zimmerman was reported missing Feb. 28 after he did not show

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]]> STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Routt County District Attorney's Office has filed murder charges against a woman accused of participating in killing longtime Routt County resident Edward Zimmerman.

Kristen Johnson is charged with first-degree murder during a burglary, theft and possession of marijuana.

Prosecutors say her husband, Lucas Johnson, broke into Zimmerman's home and stole Zimmerman's marijuana worth up to $20,000.

Lucas Johnson is charged with murder and possession with intent to manufacture or distribute more than 50 pounds of marijuana or marijuana concentrate.

Authorities say Zimmerman was shot in the face, strangled and beaten.

Zimmerman was reported missing Feb. 28 after he did not show]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:16:41 -0600