<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - colorado]]> http://gazette.com/rss/colorado Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:07:16 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[US Skier Steven Nyman on a roll heading into world champs]]> http://gazette.com/us-skier-steven-nyman-on-a-roll-heading-into-world-champs/article/feed/200424?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-skier-steven-nyman-on-a-roll-heading-into-world-champs/article/feed/200424?custom_click=rss Just before the season, American skier Steven Nyman made a $20,000 investment to bankroll a 30-something downhiller he believed could still be one of the best in the world.

Maybe a risky expenditure to some, since this skier has been besieged by injury after injury in recent seasons, leading to erratic results and loss of funding by the U.S. Ski Team.

But Nyman strongly believed in himself. So he dug deep into his own pockets this season to pay for his expenses and prove he could climb back on top.

His stock is now soaring.

Nyman captured a World Cup downhill race in Val Gardena, Italy, in December.

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]]> Just before the season, American skier Steven Nyman made a $20,000 investment to bankroll a 30-something downhiller he believed could still be one of the best in the world.

Maybe a risky expenditure to some, since this skier has been besieged by injury after injury in recent seasons, leading to erratic results and loss of funding by the U.S. Ski Team.

But Nyman strongly believed in himself. So he dug deep into his own pockets this season to pay for his expenses and prove he could climb back on top.

His stock is now soaring.

Nyman captured a World Cup downhill race in Val Gardena, Italy, in December.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:02:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Booker, Colorado outduel USC 98-94 in triple overtime]]> http://gazette.com/booker-colorado-outduel-usc-98-94-in-triple-overtime/article/feed/200380?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/booker-colorado-outduel-usc-98-94-in-triple-overtime/article/feed/200380?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Askia Booker took the game over at its most critical moment just like he had done so many times before down the road at his high school gym.

Booker scored a career-high 43 points to lead Colorado to a 98-94 win against Southern California in triple overtime on Thursday.

Booker, a Los Angeles product from nearby Price High, scored eight points in the third overtime, including a jumper to put the Buffaloes (11-9, 4-4 Pac-12) ahead for good to win their first road game in seven tries this season. Booker made another long jumper for a 95-92 lead and two free throws with 13.4 seconds left in front of friends and family.

"Mom, dad, brothers, cousins, schoolteachers, friends from the neighborhood," said Bo

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]]> LOS ANGELES (AP) — Askia Booker took the game over at its most critical moment just like he had done so many times before down the road at his high school gym.

Booker scored a career-high 43 points to lead Colorado to a 98-94 win against Southern California in triple overtime on Thursday.

Booker, a Los Angeles product from nearby Price High, scored eight points in the third overtime, including a jumper to put the Buffaloes (11-9, 4-4 Pac-12) ahead for good to win their first road game in seven tries this season. Booker made another long jumper for a 95-92 lead and two free throws with 13.4 seconds left in front of friends and family.

"Mom, dad, brothers, cousins, schoolteachers, friends from the neighborhood," said Bo]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:16:54 -0700 <![CDATA[Marshals arrest 3 convicted in $100B tax scheme]]> http://gazette.com/marshals-arrest-3-convicted-in-100b-tax-scheme/article/feed/200376?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marshals-arrest-3-convicted-in-100b-tax-scheme/article/feed/200376?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Three Colorado Springs residents convicted of numerous tax fraud counts stemming from a scheme in which they tried to defraud the government out of more than $100 billion have been arrested.

George Brokaw, John Pawelski and Mimi Vigil failed to show up for sentencing Wednesday, prompting a judge to issue warrants. They were arrested Thursday, and the judge delayed their sentencing until Feb. 10 after two of them asked for more time to review court documents. Prosecutors say the third defendant refused to interact with the court.

The trio had claimed documents they created seeking credit for more than $100 billion in tax payments were part of a political statement and not a real attempt to steal from the govern

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Three Colorado Springs residents convicted of numerous tax fraud counts stemming from a scheme in which they tried to defraud the government out of more than $100 billion have been arrested.

George Brokaw, John Pawelski and Mimi Vigil failed to show up for sentencing Wednesday, prompting a judge to issue warrants. They were arrested Thursday, and the judge delayed their sentencing until Feb. 10 after two of them asked for more time to review court documents. Prosecutors say the third defendant refused to interact with the court.

The trio had claimed documents they created seeking credit for more than $100 billion in tax payments were part of a political statement and not a real attempt to steal from the govern]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:16:39 -0700 <![CDATA[Randolph's double-double leads Grizzlies over Nuggets, 99-69]]> http://gazette.com/randolphs-double-double-leads-grizzlies-over-nuggets-99-69/article/feed/200368?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/randolphs-double-double-leads-grizzlies-over-nuggets-99-69/article/feed/200368?custom_click=rss

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies are winning by bigger margins lately because they have returned to locking down on defense.

"I just think we've got our rhythm back, and we're going back to our true identity, which is on the defensive end," guard Courtney Lee said after Memphis' 99-69 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.

"We're playing through our bigs, and they are making the right reads."

Zach Randolph, one of those bigs, had 15 points and 17 rebounds. Jeff Green finished with 13 points as Memphis built an early lead and won its fifth straight, holding the Nuggets to 11 points in the first quarter and never getting threatened the rest of the way.

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]]> MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies are winning by bigger margins lately because they have returned to locking down on defense.

"I just think we've got our rhythm back, and we're going back to our true identity, which is on the defensive end," guard Courtney Lee said after Memphis' 99-69 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.

"We're playing through our bigs, and they are making the right reads."

Zach Randolph, one of those bigs, had 15 points and 17 rebounds. Jeff Green finished with 13 points as Memphis built an early lead and won its fifth straight, holding the Nuggets to 11 points in the first quarter and never getting threatened the rest of the way.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:01:52 -0700 <![CDATA[North Dakota edges Denver in overtime 61-54]]> http://gazette.com/north-dakota-edges-denver-in-overtime-61-54/article/feed/200372?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/north-dakota-edges-denver-in-overtime-61-54/article/feed/200372?custom_click=rss FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Lawrence Alexander scored 21 points and Paul Miller sank the go-ahead 3-pointer to lead North Dakota State to a 61-54 comeback win over Denver in overtime on Thursday night.

Trailing by 10 at the break, North Dakota State (14-7, 6-2 Summit League) forced overtime when Dexter Werner went 1 of 2 from the line to tie the game at 47 with 56 seconds left. Both teams missed shots in the final seconds.

Paul Miller hit the go-ahead 3-pointer to make it 52-49 with 3:53 left in OT, then Alexander and Kory Brown both went 2 of 2 at the free throw line to extend the lead as the Bison held Denver (9-12, 3-5) scoreless for over three minutes in the extra period.

Brown finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds and W

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]]> FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Lawrence Alexander scored 21 points and Paul Miller sank the go-ahead 3-pointer to lead North Dakota State to a 61-54 comeback win over Denver in overtime on Thursday night.

Trailing by 10 at the break, North Dakota State (14-7, 6-2 Summit League) forced overtime when Dexter Werner went 1 of 2 from the line to tie the game at 47 with 56 seconds left. Both teams missed shots in the final seconds.

Paul Miller hit the go-ahead 3-pointer to make it 52-49 with 3:53 left in OT, then Alexander and Kory Brown both went 2 of 2 at the free throw line to extend the lead as the Bison held Denver (9-12, 3-5) scoreless for over three minutes in the extra period.

Brown finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds and W]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:47:11 -0700 <![CDATA[Northern Colorado rallies to beat Idaho State 79-76]]> http://gazette.com/northern-colorado-rallies-to-beat-idaho-state-79-76/article/feed/200370?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/northern-colorado-rallies-to-beat-idaho-state-79-76/article/feed/200370?custom_click=rss GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Cameron Michael scored 24 points, including a career-high 6 of 8 3-pointers, Jordan Wilson scored 17 with six assists, and Northern Colorado rallied to beat Idaho State 79-76 on Thursday.

Tevin Svihovec added 13 and Dominique Lee scored 12 with nine rebounds for the Bears (10-9, 5-3 Big Sky Conference).

Michael put the Bears up 24-21 with a jumper, and then Wilson hit a 3 for a 38-37 lead. Chris Hansen made a layup with 32 seconds left and the Bengals led 39-38 at halftime.

Svihovec hit 10-straight points and the Bears led 45-41 early in the second half, and then led 71-62 late on a layup by Dominique Lee.

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]]> GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Cameron Michael scored 24 points, including a career-high 6 of 8 3-pointers, Jordan Wilson scored 17 with six assists, and Northern Colorado rallied to beat Idaho State 79-76 on Thursday.

Tevin Svihovec added 13 and Dominique Lee scored 12 with nine rebounds for the Bears (10-9, 5-3 Big Sky Conference).

Michael put the Bears up 24-21 with a jumper, and then Wilson hit a 3 for a 38-37 lead. Chris Hansen made a layup with 32 seconds left and the Bengals led 39-38 at halftime.

Svihovec hit 10-straight points and the Bears led 45-41 early in the second half, and then led 71-62 late on a layup by Dominique Lee.]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:31:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Man sentenced to 40 years for role in fatal police chase]]> http://gazette.com/man-sentenced-to-40-years-for-role-in-fatal-police-chase/article/feed/200369?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-sentenced-to-40-years-for-role-in-fatal-police-chase/article/feed/200369?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — A man involved in a shooting spree and chase that left a Denver police sergeant injured and another man dead has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

The Denver District Attorney's Office says 23-year-old Jude Montoya was sentenced Thursday for attempted first-degree murder. He was one of several people in a pickup involved in a police chase Jan. 16, 2013.

Investigators say the pursuit started when another man, John Montoya held a relative at gunpoint in Thornton. At least one of the vehicle's occupants fired shots at bystanders and officers during the chase.

Denver police Sgt. Robert Motyka was shot in the shoulder, and officers then shot and killed John Montoya.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — A man involved in a shooting spree and chase that left a Denver police sergeant injured and another man dead has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

The Denver District Attorney's Office says 23-year-old Jude Montoya was sentenced Thursday for attempted first-degree murder. He was one of several people in a pickup involved in a police chase Jan. 16, 2013.

Investigators say the pursuit started when another man, John Montoya held a relative at gunpoint in Thornton. At least one of the vehicle's occupants fired shots at bystanders and officers during the chase.

Denver police Sgt. Robert Motyka was shot in the shoulder, and officers then shot and killed John Montoya.]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:16:47 -0700 <![CDATA[Missing hiker found in Rocky Mountain National Park]]> http://gazette.com/missing-hiker-found-in-rocky-mountain-national-park/article/feed/200238?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/missing-hiker-found-in-rocky-mountain-national-park/article/feed/200238?custom_click=rss ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — Rangers in Rocky Mountain National Park have found a New York man who disappeared this week while hiking over a closed snow-covered mountain road wearing only tennis shoes, pants and a jacket.

Jay Starr Jr., 34, of Cohoes, New York, was found Thursday afternoon on Trail Ridge Road, park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said. Starr was flown by helicopter to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland.

Kelly Tracer, a spokeswoman for the medical center, said he was listed in fair condition Thursday evening.

Despite warnings from park rangers, Starr set out this week on the high-altitude road without a hat or gloves. He carried only a plastic grocery bag.

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]]> ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — Rangers in Rocky Mountain National Park have found a New York man who disappeared this week while hiking over a closed snow-covered mountain road wearing only tennis shoes, pants and a jacket.

Jay Starr Jr., 34, of Cohoes, New York, was found Thursday afternoon on Trail Ridge Road, park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said. Starr was flown by helicopter to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland.

Kelly Tracer, a spokeswoman for the medical center, said he was listed in fair condition Thursday evening.

Despite warnings from park rangers, Starr set out this week on the high-altitude road without a hat or gloves. He carried only a plastic grocery bag.]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:01:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado lawmakers touring marijuana dispensaries]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmakers-touring-marijuana-dispensaries/article/feed/200347?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmakers-touring-marijuana-dispensaries/article/feed/200347?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — A marijuana industry group is taking Colorado lawmakers on a tour of some Denver dispensaries to show them how the pot business works.

The tour is sponsored by a new industry group called the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce.

They'll be loading up a handful of lawmakers Friday afternoon to tour some dispensaries and see how they operate.

The Legislature is considering more measures to regulate the newly legal drug this year. A revised proposal to re-do the state's medical marijuana regulations is up for a committee vote next week.

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Online:

http://www.cannabischamberofcommerce.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — A marijuana industry group is taking Colorado lawmakers on a tour of some Denver dispensaries to show them how the pot business works.

The tour is sponsored by a new industry group called the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce.

They'll be loading up a handful of lawmakers Friday afternoon to tour some dispensaries and see how they operate.

The Legislature is considering more measures to regulate the newly legal drug this year. A revised proposal to re-do the state's medical marijuana regulations is up for a committee vote next week.

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Online:

http://www.cannabischamberofcommerce.]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:33:46 -0700 <![CDATA[Chief: Not clear how officer was hurt when teen was killed]]> http://gazette.com/chief-not-clear-how-officer-was-hurt-when-teen-was-killed/article/feed/200010?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chief-not-clear-how-officer-was-hurt-when-teen-was-killed/article/feed/200010?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — A Denver police officer involved in the deadly shooting of a 17-year-old girl may have been injured trying to get out of the way of a stolen car the teenager was driving, the police chief said Thursday.

The possibility raised during a preliminary investigation of the shooting clouded Chief Robert White's initial statement that two of his officers opened fire after one was struck by the car.

The shooting occurred early Monday after the officers found Jessica Hernandez and four other teenagers inside the car in an alley. White said the officers told the teens several times to get out of the vehicle.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — A Denver police officer involved in the deadly shooting of a 17-year-old girl may have been injured trying to get out of the way of a stolen car the teenager was driving, the police chief said Thursday.

The possibility raised during a preliminary investigation of the shooting clouded Chief Robert White's initial statement that two of his officers opened fire after one was struck by the car.

The shooting occurred early Monday after the officers found Jessica Hernandez and four other teenagers inside the car in an alley. White said the officers told the teens several times to get out of the vehicle.]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:46:27 -0700 <![CDATA[Partisan divide evident over Colorado birth control program]]> http://gazette.com/partisan-divide-evident-over-colorado-birth-control-program/article/feed/200307?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/partisan-divide-evident-over-colorado-birth-control-program/article/feed/200307?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Democrats and Republicans are headed toward a clash over Colorado funding for long-acting reversible contraception such as intrauterine devices, which the governor and health officials credit for reducing the state's teen pregnancy rate.

Legislation expected to be introduced Friday would allocate $5 million to continue a program that lets low-income teens access birth control, like the devices known as IUDs, and hormone implants for free or little cost at 68 clinics in Colorado.

So far the program's cost has been supported by a $25 million private donation, and government officials say state funding is required to continue the program.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Democrats and Republicans are headed toward a clash over Colorado funding for long-acting reversible contraception such as intrauterine devices, which the governor and health officials credit for reducing the state's teen pregnancy rate.

Legislation expected to be introduced Friday would allocate $5 million to continue a program that lets low-income teens access birth control, like the devices known as IUDs, and hormone implants for free or little cost at 68 clinics in Colorado.

So far the program's cost has been supported by a $25 million private donation, and government officials say state funding is required to continue the program.]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:51:34 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado DA admits to mishandling cases, could be suspended]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-da-admits-to-mishandling-cases-could-be-suspended/article/feed/200182?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-da-admits-to-mishandling-cases-could-be-suspended/article/feed/200182?custom_click=rss TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP) — A southern Colorado district attorney has admitted to mishandling more than a dozen criminal cases and will spend the rest of his term under close supervision, the head of the state office that supervises lawyers said Thursday.

James Coyle told The Associated Press that his Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel had been prepared to go to court in March to pursue its complaint against Frank Ruybalid in connection with the collapse of murder, assault, child abuse and other cases in Las Animas and Huerfano counties because of allegations prosecutors failed to provide evidence to defense attorneys.

Instead, following mediation, Ruybalid admitted to failing in his responsibilities to share information and

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]]> TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP) — A southern Colorado district attorney has admitted to mishandling more than a dozen criminal cases and will spend the rest of his term under close supervision, the head of the state office that supervises lawyers said Thursday.

James Coyle told The Associated Press that his Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel had been prepared to go to court in March to pursue its complaint against Frank Ruybalid in connection with the collapse of murder, assault, child abuse and other cases in Las Animas and Huerfano counties because of allegations prosecutors failed to provide evidence to defense attorneys.

Instead, following mediation, Ruybalid admitted to failing in his responsibilities to share information and ]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:20:54 -0700 <![CDATA[New bike-trail funding plan fails in Colorado legislature]]> http://gazette.com/new-bike-trail-funding-plan-fails-in-colorado-legislature/article/feed/200011?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-bike-trail-funding-plan-fails-in-colorado-legislature/article/feed/200011?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Colorado needs more recreational bike trails — just not a change to how they're paid for, lawmakers from both parties agreed Thursday as they voted down a bill to direct more Colorado Lottery money to bike trails along state highways.

A senator from rural Alamosa County suggested a bill to use Colorado Lottery money for recreational bike trails. As cyclists before the Senate finance committee agreed Thursday, Alamosa is one of the worst areas for highway cycling in the state.

Sen. Larry Crowder argued that his bill could help lay new cycling paths in his area. He cited the popular Pedal The Plains summer cycling event in rural eastern Colorado, saying similar cycling events aren't feasible in his county beca

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Colorado needs more recreational bike trails — just not a change to how they're paid for, lawmakers from both parties agreed Thursday as they voted down a bill to direct more Colorado Lottery money to bike trails along state highways.

A senator from rural Alamosa County suggested a bill to use Colorado Lottery money for recreational bike trails. As cyclists before the Senate finance committee agreed Thursday, Alamosa is one of the worst areas for highway cycling in the state.

Sen. Larry Crowder argued that his bill could help lay new cycling paths in his area. He cited the popular Pedal The Plains summer cycling event in rural eastern Colorado, saying similar cycling events aren't feasible in his county beca]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:03:20 -0700 <![CDATA[Lawmakers propose funding for teen pregnancy prevention]]> http://gazette.com/lawmakers-propose-funding-for-teen-pregnancy-prevention/article/feed/200113?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawmakers-propose-funding-for-teen-pregnancy-prevention/article/feed/200113?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers want the state to help fund a counseling program aimed at helping prevent teen pregnancy and reducing high-school dropout rates.

The bill got initial approval Thursday on a 10-1 vote in a House committee.

The program is currently operating only on the Western Slope. But the measure seeks to expand it statewide with the help of federal and state funds. It also extends the program's repeal date from 2016 to 2020.

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing oversees the program, which emphasizes abstinence and teaches teens how to avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. No birth-control is provided.

The proposal, which has bipartisan support, must still cl

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers want the state to help fund a counseling program aimed at helping prevent teen pregnancy and reducing high-school dropout rates.

The bill got initial approval Thursday on a 10-1 vote in a House committee.

The program is currently operating only on the Western Slope. But the measure seeks to expand it statewide with the help of federal and state funds. It also extends the program's repeal date from 2016 to 2020.

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing oversees the program, which emphasizes abstinence and teaches teens how to avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. No birth-control is provided.

The proposal, which has bipartisan support, must still cl]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:08:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Editorial Roundup]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-editorial-roundup/article/feed/109071?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-editorial-roundup/article/feed/109071?custom_click=rss A sampling of recent editorials from Colorado newspapers:

The Gazette, Jan. 28, on an unconstitutional fracking ban:

A federal court ruling last week should put a stop to the war on fracking - a counterproductive movement that threatens the economic security of every man, woman and child in Colorado.

The Gazette has said it routinely in recent years. Fracking bans stomp on private property rights, which are protected by the federal and state constitutions. A city or county has no more authority to control and devalue mineral and surface rights than it has to suppress religion or free expression. Property rights are a cornerstone of freedom that trumps a community's quest for more collective control.

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]]> A sampling of recent editorials from Colorado newspapers:

The Gazette, Jan. 28, on an unconstitutional fracking ban:

A federal court ruling last week should put a stop to the war on fracking - a counterproductive movement that threatens the economic security of every man, woman and child in Colorado.

The Gazette has said it routinely in recent years. Fracking bans stomp on private property rights, which are protected by the federal and state constitutions. A city or county has no more authority to control and devalue mineral and surface rights than it has to suppress religion or free expression. Property rights are a cornerstone of freedom that trumps a community's quest for more collective control.]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:03:50 -0700