<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - colorado]]> http://gazette.com/rss/colorado Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:27:17 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Police cameras, officer training under review in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/police-cameras-officer-training-under-review-in-colorado/article/feed/218818?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-cameras-officer-training-under-review-in-colorado/article/feed/218818?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — A measure to encourage police departments to buy body cameras for officers headlines another batch of law enforcement oversight bills up for debate at the Colorado Legislature.

A House committee starts work Tuesday on the body camera bill and three other measures aimed at increasing oversight in the wake of alleged police misconduct in Colorado and elsewhere.

The body-camera bill would create a grant program to pay for the cameras but not require all departments to buy them.

Another bill would revise officer training standards to include an anti-bias course and something called "de-escalation training" to try to prevent conflicts.

Three of the bills have bipartisan supporters. But one is backed onl

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]]> DENVER (AP) — A measure to encourage police departments to buy body cameras for officers headlines another batch of law enforcement oversight bills up for debate at the Colorado Legislature.

A House committee starts work Tuesday on the body camera bill and three other measures aimed at increasing oversight in the wake of alleged police misconduct in Colorado and elsewhere.

The body-camera bill would create a grant program to pay for the cameras but not require all departments to buy them.

Another bill would revise officer training standards to include an anti-bias course and something called "de-escalation training" to try to prevent conflicts.

Three of the bills have bipartisan supporters. But one is backed onl]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:46:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado trying again to add maternal warnings at pot shops]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-trying-again-to-add-maternal-warnings-at-pot-shops/article/feed/218817?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-trying-again-to-add-maternal-warnings-at-pot-shops/article/feed/218817?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — A proposal to require Colorado's pot shops to post warnings for pregnant customers is getting a second look in the state Legislature.

A state House committee starts work Tuesday on a bill to direct state health authorities to craft warnings to be posted in recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries. The warnings would tell pregnant women about "potential risks caused by marijuana."

The bill is slightly weaker than a warning bill lawmakers rejected in February. That version would have banned pot shops from recommending pot to pregnant women. The new version just forbids advertising aimed at pregnant women.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — A proposal to require Colorado's pot shops to post warnings for pregnant customers is getting a second look in the state Legislature.

A state House committee starts work Tuesday on a bill to direct state health authorities to craft warnings to be posted in recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries. The warnings would tell pregnant women about "potential risks caused by marijuana."

The bill is slightly weaker than a warning bill lawmakers rejected in February. That version would have banned pot shops from recommending pot to pregnant women. The new version just forbids advertising aimed at pregnant women.]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:46:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Schultz, Bachman help Oilers to 4-1 win over Avs]]> http://gazette.com/schultz-bachman-help-oilers-to-4-1-win-over-avs/article/feed/218792?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/schultz-bachman-help-oilers-to-4-1-win-over-avs/article/feed/218792?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — In the midst of a tough season, the Edmonton Oilers are finishing strong.

The Colorado Avalanche? Well, they dropped a game they could ill afford to lose.

Defenseman Justin Schultz broke a second-period tie and Richard Bachman stopped 29 shots, helping Edmonton snap a five-game road losing streak by beating Colorado 4-1 on Monday night.

Brandon Davidson scored his first NHL goal, while Nikita Nikitin and Taylor Hall scored empty-net goals 32 seconds apart to help the Oilers capture their first game away from home since Feb. 24 at Minnesota. Andrew Miller added three assists.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — In the midst of a tough season, the Edmonton Oilers are finishing strong.

The Colorado Avalanche? Well, they dropped a game they could ill afford to lose.

Defenseman Justin Schultz broke a second-period tie and Richard Bachman stopped 29 shots, helping Edmonton snap a five-game road losing streak by beating Colorado 4-1 on Monday night.

Brandon Davidson scored his first NHL goal, while Nikita Nikitin and Taylor Hall scored empty-net goals 32 seconds apart to help the Oilers capture their first game away from home since Feb. 24 at Minnesota. Andrew Miller added three assists.]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:45:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Vail Resorts to buy Australia's largest ski area for $136M]]> http://gazette.com/vail-resorts-to-buy-australias-largest-ski-area-for-136m/article/feed/218788?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vail-resorts-to-buy-australias-largest-ski-area-for-136m/article/feed/218788?custom_click=rss BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) — Vail Resorts Inc. says it's planning to buy its first international ski area — Perisher in New South Wales, Australia — for about $136 million.

Rob Katz, CEO of the Broomfield-based company, says the decision to buy the 3,000-acre resort is aimed at driving season pass sales and building loyalty with guests from around the world. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.

Katz acknowledged that not many people travel from the United States to Australia to ski, but he tells The Denver Post "there are huge amounts of Australians going to the U.S., and they tend to come for 10 to 14 days and travel in January, which is an off-peak time.

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]]> BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) — Vail Resorts Inc. says it's planning to buy its first international ski area — Perisher in New South Wales, Australia — for about $136 million.

Rob Katz, CEO of the Broomfield-based company, says the decision to buy the 3,000-acre resort is aimed at driving season pass sales and building loyalty with guests from around the world. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.

Katz acknowledged that not many people travel from the United States to Australia to ski, but he tells The Denver Post "there are huge amounts of Australians going to the U.S., and they tend to come for 10 to 14 days and travel in January, which is an off-peak time.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:01:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Motorcyclist run off road in suspected road rage case ID'd]]> http://gazette.com/motorcyclist-run-off-road-in-suspected-road-rage-case-idd/article/feed/218778?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/motorcyclist-run-off-road-in-suspected-road-rage-case-idd/article/feed/218778?custom_click=rss AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a motorcyclist who investigators say was forced off the highway during a road rage incident in Aurora.

Police identified the victim Monday as 26-year-old Jonathan Luna, of Thornton. Investigators say a passenger in the car, 25-year-old Michael Hall, was having a dispute with Luna and jerked the wheel of the car, crashing into the motorcycle and forcing both vehicles to roll over Saturday afternoon.

Luna was seriously injured in the crash. The driver of the car also was hurt.

Hall, who was not injured, was arrested on suspicion of assault and attempted homicide.

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]]> AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a motorcyclist who investigators say was forced off the highway during a road rage incident in Aurora.

Police identified the victim Monday as 26-year-old Jonathan Luna, of Thornton. Investigators say a passenger in the car, 25-year-old Michael Hall, was having a dispute with Luna and jerked the wheel of the car, crashing into the motorcycle and forcing both vehicles to roll over Saturday afternoon.

Luna was seriously injured in the crash. The driver of the car also was hurt.

Hall, who was not injured, was arrested on suspicion of assault and attempted homicide.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:15:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Lawrie hits 2 homers as A's rout Rockies 11-2]]> http://gazette.com/lawrie-hits-2-homers-as-as-rout-rockies-11-2/article/feed/218768?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawrie-hits-2-homers-as-as-rout-rockies-11-2/article/feed/218768?custom_click=rss MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Brett Lawrie had a pair of home runs and four RBIs, Drew Pomeranz pitched six scoreless innings and the Oakland Athletics routed the Colorado Rockies 11-2 Monday.

Lawrie hit a solo homer in the sixth off Ryan Arrowood for a 6-0 lead and capped a five-run sixth with a three-run homer against LaTroy Hawkins that made it 11-0.

Ben Zobrist had two hits and three RBIs, and Billy Butler had two hits and two RBIs for the Athletics, who are 13-1 at home in their first spring training at HoHoKam Stadium.

Pomeranz gave up two hits, struck out six and walked one. He has 25 strikeouts in 17 2-3 innings this spring training.

"It was a lot like last year the way we scored all those runs today," Pomeranz sai

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]]> MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Brett Lawrie had a pair of home runs and four RBIs, Drew Pomeranz pitched six scoreless innings and the Oakland Athletics routed the Colorado Rockies 11-2 Monday.

Lawrie hit a solo homer in the sixth off Ryan Arrowood for a 6-0 lead and capped a five-run sixth with a three-run homer against LaTroy Hawkins that made it 11-0.

Ben Zobrist had two hits and three RBIs, and Billy Butler had two hits and two RBIs for the Athletics, who are 13-1 at home in their first spring training at HoHoKam Stadium.

Pomeranz gave up two hits, struck out six and walked one. He has 25 strikeouts in 17 2-3 innings this spring training.

"It was a lot like last year the way we scored all those runs today," Pomeranz sai]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:45:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado lawmaker loses assignment over abortion comments]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmaker-loses-assignment-over-abortion-comments/article/feed/218773?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmaker-loses-assignment-over-abortion-comments/article/feed/218773?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — The Denver Post reports a Republican state lawmaker has lost a committee position as punishment for remarks he made about the case of a Colorado woman who allegedly cut an unborn child from her mother's belly.

Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso was quoted by the newspaper Monday (http://tinyurl.com/oqqs6pf ) as saying he removed fellow Republican Gordon Klingenschmitt from the Health, Insurance and Environment Committee because he believed disciplinary action was necessary.

Last week, Dynel Lane, who had told her husband she was pregnant, was charged with attempted first-degree murder. She was accused of cutting a baby girl, whom the coroner said never lived outside the womb, from an 8-month-pregnant woman, who s

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]]> DENVER (AP) — The Denver Post reports a Republican state lawmaker has lost a committee position as punishment for remarks he made about the case of a Colorado woman who allegedly cut an unborn child from her mother's belly.

Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso was quoted by the newspaper Monday (http://tinyurl.com/oqqs6pf ) as saying he removed fellow Republican Gordon Klingenschmitt from the Health, Insurance and Environment Committee because he believed disciplinary action was necessary.

Last week, Dynel Lane, who had told her husband she was pregnant, was charged with attempted first-degree murder. She was accused of cutting a baby girl, whom the coroner said never lived outside the womb, from an 8-month-pregnant woman, who s]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:32:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado bill to regulate powdered alcohol becomes law]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-bill-to-regulate-powdered-alcohol-becomes-law/article/feed/218748?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-bill-to-regulate-powdered-alcohol-becomes-law/article/feed/218748?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Powdered alcohol, a product marketed as a fast way to mix and carry drinks on the go, will be taxed and regulated like liquid booze in Colorado with a bill signed into law Monday by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

The bill Hickenlooper signed into law gives the state's liquor enforcement division authority to regulate powdered alcohol like other spirits, meaning it can't be sold to minors and it will be available only in places already authorized to sell alcohol.

The product, named Palcohol, is a powder in a small pouch to which water is added for the equivalent of a shot of vodka or rum. It's also produced in two cocktail varieties: Powderita and Cosmopolitan.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Powdered alcohol, a product marketed as a fast way to mix and carry drinks on the go, will be taxed and regulated like liquid booze in Colorado with a bill signed into law Monday by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

The bill Hickenlooper signed into law gives the state's liquor enforcement division authority to regulate powdered alcohol like other spirits, meaning it can't be sold to minors and it will be available only in places already authorized to sell alcohol.

The product, named Palcohol, is a powder in a small pouch to which water is added for the equivalent of a shot of vodka or rum. It's also produced in two cocktail varieties: Powderita and Cosmopolitan.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:17:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Demaryius Thomas says he'll skip offseason workouts]]> http://gazette.com/demaryius-thomas-says-hell-skip-offseason-workouts/article/feed/218727?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/demaryius-thomas-says-hell-skip-offseason-workouts/article/feed/218727?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning will have to do without his top target this offseason unless the Denver Broncos reach an agreement with Demaryius Thomas on a long-term contract.

The star receiver said Monday that without a deal, he'll skip the team's offseason workouts that begin April 13 and bypass Manning's annual passing camp next week at Duke.

Thomas said he'll stay in Georgia, where he'll continue rehabbing his right ankle, which was hurt Dec. 3 when a teammate stepped on him, hampering him down the stretch.

Thomas echoed general manager John Elway's recent assertion that the goal was to get a long-term deal done "as soon as possible." If the talks do reach an impasse, he said he'd sign the Broncos' $12.8

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]]> ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning will have to do without his top target this offseason unless the Denver Broncos reach an agreement with Demaryius Thomas on a long-term contract.

The star receiver said Monday that without a deal, he'll skip the team's offseason workouts that begin April 13 and bypass Manning's annual passing camp next week at Duke.

Thomas said he'll stay in Georgia, where he'll continue rehabbing his right ankle, which was hurt Dec. 3 when a teammate stepped on him, hampering him down the stretch.

Thomas echoed general manager John Elway's recent assertion that the goal was to get a long-term deal done "as soon as possible." If the talks do reach an impasse, he said he'd sign the Broncos' $12.8 ]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:33:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Correction: Carjacking Chase story]]> http://gazette.com/correction-carjacking-chase-story/article/feed/217043?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/correction-carjacking-chase-story/article/feed/217043?custom_click=rss GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — In a story March 24 about pleas in a car-theft and chase in suburban Denver, The Associated Press reported erroneously, based on information provided by prosecutors, one of the charges to which Christopher Sullivan pleaded guilty. The charge was pandering, not pandering of a minor.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Man charged after car-theft chase near Denver pleads guilty

Man accused in wild car-theft, hijacking spree near Denver pleads guilty to multiple charges

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — A man accused of hijacking one car, stealing two others and trying to take more during a wild chase west of Denver has pleaded guilty to multiple charges.

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]]> GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — In a story March 24 about pleas in a car-theft and chase in suburban Denver, The Associated Press reported erroneously, based on information provided by prosecutors, one of the charges to which Christopher Sullivan pleaded guilty. The charge was pandering, not pandering of a minor.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Man charged after car-theft chase near Denver pleads guilty

Man accused in wild car-theft, hijacking spree near Denver pleads guilty to multiple charges

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — A man accused of hijacking one car, stealing two others and trying to take more during a wild chase west of Denver has pleaded guilty to multiple charges.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:15:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Democrats advance minimum wage measures]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-democrats-advance-minimum-wage-measures/article/feed/218701?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-democrats-advance-minimum-wage-measures/article/feed/218701?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Democrats pushing to raise the minimum wage in Colorado achieved a couple of temporary victories Monday with measures addressing the issue, including one that would ask voters to incrementally increase wages.

They gave initial approval in the House to letting municipalities set their own minimum wage, and sending a question to voters to hike it from $8.23 per hour to $12.50 by 2020.

With Republicans who oppose the ideas in control of the Senate, neither proposal stands a chance of getting to the governor's desk. More than anything, the measures serve as a windup for Democrats hoping to set the stage for advocates outside the Capitol to launch a ballot campaign for 2016.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Democrats pushing to raise the minimum wage in Colorado achieved a couple of temporary victories Monday with measures addressing the issue, including one that would ask voters to incrementally increase wages.

They gave initial approval in the House to letting municipalities set their own minimum wage, and sending a question to voters to hike it from $8.23 per hour to $12.50 by 2020.

With Republicans who oppose the ideas in control of the Senate, neither proposal stands a chance of getting to the governor's desk. More than anything, the measures serve as a windup for Democrats hoping to set the stage for advocates outside the Capitol to launch a ballot campaign for 2016.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:32:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Fort Collins, ACLU agree to settle panhandling lawsuit]]> http://gazette.com/fort-collins-aclu-agree-to-settle-panhandling-lawsuit/article/feed/218713?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-collins-aclu-agree-to-settle-panhandling-lawsuit/article/feed/218713?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Fort Collins has agreed not to ticket people who peacefully panhandle under a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union Monday in a federal lawsuit challenging the city's crackdown on panhandling.

Under the deal, Fort Collins has also agreed to permanently drop some parts of its panhandling law, such as barring people from soliciting donations from anyone over 60 or near ATMs or bus stops. However, the city is keeping restrictions on aggressive panhandling. Panhandlers who try to intimidate people or touch or grab people while asking for money can still be ticketed.

Fort Collins maintained that its law never banned peaceful panhandling but the ACLU claimed the law was being unfairly enforced against h

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Fort Collins has agreed not to ticket people who peacefully panhandle under a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union Monday in a federal lawsuit challenging the city's crackdown on panhandling.

Under the deal, Fort Collins has also agreed to permanently drop some parts of its panhandling law, such as barring people from soliciting donations from anyone over 60 or near ATMs or bus stops. However, the city is keeping restrictions on aggressive panhandling. Panhandlers who try to intimidate people or touch or grab people while asking for money can still be ticketed.

Fort Collins maintained that its law never banned peaceful panhandling but the ACLU claimed the law was being unfairly enforced against h]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:46:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Senate gives nod to 1st police oversight measure]]> http://gazette.com/senate-gives-nod-to-1st-police-oversight-measure/article/feed/218685?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senate-gives-nod-to-1st-police-oversight-measure/article/feed/218685?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Senate has given unanimous approval to the first in a series of measures to increase oversight on law enforcement in reaction to state and national cases of suspected police misdeeds.

The bill approved Monday would allow law enforcement agencies to look at officers' job histories before hiring them to find out whether they have lied during an investigation or have been accused of using excessive force.

Currently, officers can negotiate nondisclosure agreements upon their departure from a job to block access to their personnel records.

The bill faces a more formal vote before heading to the House.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Senate has given unanimous approval to the first in a series of measures to increase oversight on law enforcement in reaction to state and national cases of suspected police misdeeds.

The bill approved Monday would allow law enforcement agencies to look at officers' job histories before hiring them to find out whether they have lied during an investigation or have been accused of using excessive force.

Currently, officers can negotiate nondisclosure agreements upon their departure from a job to block access to their personnel records.

The bill faces a more formal vote before heading to the House.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:02:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado votes to expand crowdfunding]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-votes-to-expand-crowdfunding/article/feed/218671?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-votes-to-expand-crowdfunding/article/feed/218671?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers have agreed to expand investment in private start-up companies by sending the governor a bill to expand the pool of potential investors.

A bill approved by the Senate Monday would make Colorado at least the 15th state to simplify regulations for resident who want to invest in Colorado companies through online intermediaries. The bill already passed the House.

Current Colorado law requires those investors to make at least $200,000 annually and have a $1 million net worth. The bar was established to protect smaller investors from potential risks.

Companies would be limited to raising $1 million through the new crowdfunding scheme.

The bill now awaits the signature of Gov. John Hick

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers have agreed to expand investment in private start-up companies by sending the governor a bill to expand the pool of potential investors.

A bill approved by the Senate Monday would make Colorado at least the 15th state to simplify regulations for resident who want to invest in Colorado companies through online intermediaries. The bill already passed the House.

Current Colorado law requires those investors to make at least $200,000 annually and have a $1 million net worth. The bar was established to protect smaller investors from potential risks.

Companies would be limited to raising $1 million through the new crowdfunding scheme.

The bill now awaits the signature of Gov. John Hick]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:01:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Denver studies need for, costs of public toilets downtown]]> http://gazette.com/denver-studies-need-for-costs-of-public-toilets-downtown/article/feed/218630?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-studies-need-for-costs-of-public-toilets-downtown/article/feed/218630?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — The Denver Post reports politicians are studying the need for and costs of putting public toilets downtown amid a debate about what to do about people urinating in the streets of the increasingly popular heart of the city.

The Post ( http://tinyurl.com/onaldgb ) said Monday that a report from a consulting firm looking into the questions for the city could be ready before an April 11 community meeting city council members have called.

At-large Councilwoman Robin Kniech linked the problem to Denver's growth, saying downtown has become a destination for arts and sporting events.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — The Denver Post reports politicians are studying the need for and costs of putting public toilets downtown amid a debate about what to do about people urinating in the streets of the increasingly popular heart of the city.

The Post ( http://tinyurl.com/onaldgb ) said Monday that a report from a consulting firm looking into the questions for the city could be ready before an April 11 community meeting city council members have called.

At-large Councilwoman Robin Kniech linked the problem to Denver's growth, saying downtown has become a destination for arts and sporting events.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:46:38 -0600