<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - colorado]]> http://gazette.com/rss/colorado Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:05:16 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Alzheimer's patient won't be charged in killing before exam]]> http://gazette.com/alzheimers-patient-wont-be-charged-in-killing-before-exam/article/feed/209865?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/alzheimers-patient-wont-be-charged-in-killing-before-exam/article/feed/209865?custom_click=rss LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors will not file charges against an 87-year-old Alzheimer's patient accused of killing his roommate at an assisted living facility until they know if he is competent to stand trial.

A Monday court hearing for Homer Castor was canceled by a judge, who gave prosecutors until June 1 to bring charges against him in the death of 76-year-old Gerald Propp. Police say Castor beat Propp to death on Feb. 21 in the room they shared at Atria Applewood in the Denver suburb of Lakewood.

Police say Castor was difficult to understand and known to wander the facility at night. An earlier encounter between the roommates left Propp, a fellow dementia sufferer, with scratches on his neck.

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]]> LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors will not file charges against an 87-year-old Alzheimer's patient accused of killing his roommate at an assisted living facility until they know if he is competent to stand trial.

A Monday court hearing for Homer Castor was canceled by a judge, who gave prosecutors until June 1 to bring charges against him in the death of 76-year-old Gerald Propp. Police say Castor beat Propp to death on Feb. 21 in the room they shared at Atria Applewood in the Denver suburb of Lakewood.

Police say Castor was difficult to understand and known to wander the facility at night. An earlier encounter between the roommates left Propp, a fellow dementia sufferer, with scratches on his neck.]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:01:25 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado revenue department sees increase in fraud]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-revenue-department-sees-increase-in-fraud/article/feed/209895?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-revenue-department-sees-increase-in-fraud/article/feed/209895?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Concerns about fraud are leading the Colorado Department of Revenue to change the way it issues some tax refunds this year.

In a statement Monday, the department says it has seen an increase over the last month of stolen identity information being used to file fraudulent tax returns. As a result, some refunds will be issued as paper checks instead of via direct deposit. Taxpayers who get checks will receive a letter directing them to contact a fraud hotline if they have not filed a return or are not expecting a refund

The department calls the change a major undertaking, but would not say how many checks were being sent.

The department says its systems have not been compromised and fraudsters are getting

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Concerns about fraud are leading the Colorado Department of Revenue to change the way it issues some tax refunds this year.

In a statement Monday, the department says it has seen an increase over the last month of stolen identity information being used to file fraudulent tax returns. As a result, some refunds will be issued as paper checks instead of via direct deposit. Taxpayers who get checks will receive a letter directing them to contact a fraud hotline if they have not filed a return or are not expecting a refund

The department calls the change a major undertaking, but would not say how many checks were being sent.

The department says its systems have not been compromised and fraudsters are getting ]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:01:07 -0700 <![CDATA[Powdered alcohol ban advancing in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/powdered-alcohol-ban-advancing-in-colorado/article/feed/209888?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/powdered-alcohol-ban-advancing-in-colorado/article/feed/209888?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — A powdered alcohol ban is advancing in the state Legislature, though sponsors insist the ban is more of a "time-out" to figure out how to regulate a product that doesn't exist yet.

The Senate voted 28-7 Monday for a bill to ban the sale of a product called Palcohol. The ban would automatically go away if federal regulators approve powdered alcohol.

The product is still in developments. It's a powder to which water is added for the equivalent of a shot of vodka or rum.

The bill has passed the House but isn't ready for the governor's desk yet. Senators amended the bill to require powdered alcohol to be taxed like liquor, not like beer. That means the bill must return to the House.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — A powdered alcohol ban is advancing in the state Legislature, though sponsors insist the ban is more of a "time-out" to figure out how to regulate a product that doesn't exist yet.

The Senate voted 28-7 Monday for a bill to ban the sale of a product called Palcohol. The ban would automatically go away if federal regulators approve powdered alcohol.

The product is still in developments. It's a powder to which water is added for the equivalent of a shot of vodka or rum.

The bill has passed the House but isn't ready for the governor's desk yet. Senators amended the bill to require powdered alcohol to be taxed like liquor, not like beer. That means the bill must return to the House.

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Online: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:49:36 -0700 <![CDATA[More heavy snow, wind for Colorado mountains]]> http://gazette.com/more-heavy-snow-wind-for-colorado-mountains/article/feed/209889?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/more-heavy-snow-wind-for-colorado-mountains/article/feed/209889?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — More heavy snow is forecast across Colorado's mountains, where several feet of snow have already fallen in the last week.

Winter storm warnings are in effect from Rocky Mountain National Park to the state's southwestern corner through Tuesday.

Coal Bank Pass received 2.5 feet of snow over the weekend while 5 feet of snow have been reported at Wolf Creek Pass in the last week.

The National Weather Service says winds could gust up to 55 mph on Wolf Creek Pass and in the eastern San Juan Mountains, causing large drifts of snow and making travel very hazardous.

Snow isn't expected to move into the Denver area until Tuesday morning.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — More heavy snow is forecast across Colorado's mountains, where several feet of snow have already fallen in the last week.

Winter storm warnings are in effect from Rocky Mountain National Park to the state's southwestern corner through Tuesday.

Coal Bank Pass received 2.5 feet of snow over the weekend while 5 feet of snow have been reported at Wolf Creek Pass in the last week.

The National Weather Service says winds could gust up to 55 mph on Wolf Creek Pass and in the eastern San Juan Mountains, causing large drifts of snow and making travel very hazardous.

Snow isn't expected to move into the Denver area until Tuesday morning.]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:47:47 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado oil, gas agency to vote on flood protection rules]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-oil-gas-agency-to-vote-on-flood-protection-rules/article/feed/209774?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-oil-gas-agency-to-vote-on-flood-protection-rules/article/feed/209774?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — The commission that oversees oil and gas regulations in Colorado is expected to vote Monday on new rules designed to limit spills in the event of major flooding like what hit the Front Range and eastern plains in 2013.

The proposals before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission include a requirement that all new wells be equipped with technology allowing them to be shut down remotely.

Other rules include anchoring new and existing oil field tanks and some other equipment to resist toppling or floating away and installing berms made of steel or some other strong material to contain spills.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — The commission that oversees oil and gas regulations in Colorado is expected to vote Monday on new rules designed to limit spills in the event of major flooding like what hit the Front Range and eastern plains in 2013.

The proposals before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission include a requirement that all new wells be equipped with technology allowing them to be shut down remotely.

Other rules include anchoring new and existing oil field tanks and some other equipment to resist toppling or floating away and installing berms made of steel or some other strong material to contain spills.]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:50:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Democrats expected to fend off GOP renewable energy bill]]> http://gazette.com/democrats-expected-to-fend-off-gop-renewable-energy-bill/article/feed/209828?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/democrats-expected-to-fend-off-gop-renewable-energy-bill/article/feed/209828?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Democrats are expected to vote down a GOP plan to lower Colorado's renewable energy mandates.

A bill to lower the mandates has passed the Republican state Senate and awaits its first hearing in a House committee Monday.

That committee is controlled by Democrats and is expected to reject the idea.

The bill would cut in half the percentage of renewable energy required of large utilities by 2020, from 30 percent to 15 percent. It would also reduce the renewable energy mandate on rural electricity co-ops, from 20 percent to 15 percent by 2020.

Republicans say the renewable energy mandates go too far and burden ratepayers. Democrats say the mandates have created jobs in the renewable-energy sector.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Democrats are expected to vote down a GOP plan to lower Colorado's renewable energy mandates.

A bill to lower the mandates has passed the Republican state Senate and awaits its first hearing in a House committee Monday.

That committee is controlled by Democrats and is expected to reject the idea.

The bill would cut in half the percentage of renewable energy required of large utilities by 2020, from 30 percent to 15 percent. It would also reduce the renewable energy mandate on rural electricity co-ops, from 20 percent to 15 percent by 2020.

Republicans say the renewable energy mandates go too far and burden ratepayers. Democrats say the mandates have created jobs in the renewable-energy sector.]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:17:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Hearing for Air Force cadet on sex misconduct charges]]> http://gazette.com/hearing-for-air-force-cadet-on-sex-misconduct-charges/article/feed/209820?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hearing-for-air-force-cadet-on-sex-misconduct-charges/article/feed/209820?custom_click=rss AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — The Air Force Academy is holding a hearing to determine whether a cadet should face a military trial on modified charges of sexual misconduct.

The hearing is scheduled Monday for junior Brock W. Mangum.

Mangum was charged last year with sexual assault and abusive sexual contact against a female cadet.

The female cadet testified last year that she had fallen asleep while watching TV with Mangum and awoke to find him assaulting her. The Gazette (http://bit.ly/1B1TnQ0 ) reports that the case stalled after she told a military hearing officer that she considered Mangum a friend and didn't want him to face a court martial.

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]]> AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — The Air Force Academy is holding a hearing to determine whether a cadet should face a military trial on modified charges of sexual misconduct.

The hearing is scheduled Monday for junior Brock W. Mangum.

Mangum was charged last year with sexual assault and abusive sexual contact against a female cadet.

The female cadet testified last year that she had fallen asleep while watching TV with Mangum and awoke to find him assaulting her. The Gazette (http://bit.ly/1B1TnQ0 ) reports that the case stalled after she told a military hearing officer that she considered Mangum a friend and didn't want him to face a court martial.

The Air Force says the modified charges include allegations of s]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:48:47 -0700 <![CDATA[Fort Carson female soldier advances to Ranger training]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carson-female-soldier-advances-to-ranger-training/article/feed/209813?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-female-soldier-advances-to-ranger-training/article/feed/209813?custom_click=rss FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — An Apache helicopter pilot from Colorado's Fort Carson has a chance to become one of the first female Army Rangers.

The Army says that an unidentified first lieutenant from the post was the only one of 17 women to successfully complete the second gender-integrated Ranger Training Assessment Course, which ended last week. She can now participate in the first integrated full Ranger training in April, a grueling two-month combat school that is considered one of the first steps into the military special operations field.

Five women who completed the first integrated training assessment course are also eligible to participate in the Ranger training at Fort Benning, Georgia starting April 20.

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]]> FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — An Apache helicopter pilot from Colorado's Fort Carson has a chance to become one of the first female Army Rangers.

The Army says that an unidentified first lieutenant from the post was the only one of 17 women to successfully complete the second gender-integrated Ranger Training Assessment Course, which ended last week. She can now participate in the first integrated full Ranger training in April, a grueling two-month combat school that is considered one of the first steps into the military special operations field.

Five women who completed the first integrated training assessment course are also eligible to participate in the Ranger training at Fort Benning, Georgia starting April 20.]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:33:11 -0700 <![CDATA[Remains of missing 18-year-old found in Mesa County]]> http://gazette.com/remains-of-missing-18-year-old-found-in-mesa-county/article/feed/209786?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/remains-of-missing-18-year-old-found-in-mesa-county/article/feed/209786?custom_click=rss GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The remains of a Grand Junction teen missing since December have been found.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says the remains of 18-year-old Kelly Mae Myers were recovered Saturday in Cactus Park — a recreation area south of Grand Junction on the Uncompahgre (uhn-kuhm-PAH'-gray) Plateau. Investigators say her death is suspicious.

Myers' mother, Kim Lee, told KKCO-TV (http://bit.ly/1AP8rS8) in January that her daughter had been involved with drugs in the past and that there was a warrant for her arrest for failing to appear in court when she disappeared.

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]]> GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The remains of a Grand Junction teen missing since December have been found.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says the remains of 18-year-old Kelly Mae Myers were recovered Saturday in Cactus Park — a recreation area south of Grand Junction on the Uncompahgre (uhn-kuhm-PAH'-gray) Plateau. Investigators say her death is suspicious.

Myers' mother, Kim Lee, told KKCO-TV (http://bit.ly/1AP8rS8) in January that her daughter had been involved with drugs in the past and that there was a warrant for her arrest for failing to appear in court when she disappeared.]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:30:43 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado beats Arizona State 87-81 behind Booker's 29 points]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-beats-arizona-state-87-81-behind-bookers-29-points/article/feed/209688?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-beats-arizona-state-87-81-behind-bookers-29-points/article/feed/209688?custom_click=rss

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Was Askia Booker ever hot — both under the collar and on the court.

The senior shooting guard drew an early technical for trash-talking, then let his play do the rest in Colorado's 87-81 win Sunday night over Arizona State.

Booker's 29 points was his most ever at the Coors Events Center, and it came after Colorado coach Tad Boyle briefly benched him following his ever-so-rare technical.

"You can thank Gerry Blakes for that one," Booker said of the Sun Devils' junior guard. "He started off about an hour before the game. He was talking mess. It's a good friend of mine back home, played with him since I was 10 years old. So, when he started running his mouth, I took it very personal.

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]]> BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Was Askia Booker ever hot — both under the collar and on the court.

The senior shooting guard drew an early technical for trash-talking, then let his play do the rest in Colorado's 87-81 win Sunday night over Arizona State.

Booker's 29 points was his most ever at the Coors Events Center, and it came after Colorado coach Tad Boyle briefly benched him following his ever-so-rare technical.

"You can thank Gerry Blakes for that one," Booker said of the Sun Devils' junior guard. "He started off about an hour before the game. He was talking mess. It's a good friend of mine back home, played with him since I was 10 years old. So, when he started running his mouth, I took it very personal.

"And th]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:30:50 -0700 <![CDATA[Pelicans hold off Nuggets 99-92 for 5th straight win]]> http://gazette.com/pelicans-hold-off-nuggets-99-92-for-5th-straight-win/article/feed/209686?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pelicans-hold-off-nuggets-99-92-for-5th-straight-win/article/feed/209686?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Heal fast, Anthony Davis. In the meantime, know this: Your teammates are holding things down just fine until you're completely mended.

Tyreke Evans scored 22 points, Dante Cunningham drew a key charge late in the fourth quarter and the New Orleans Pelicans extended their winning streak to five games by holding off the struggling Denver Nuggets 99-92 on Sunday night.

Eric Gordon added some timely 3-pointers down the stretch and Omer Asik grabbed 16 rebounds for the Pelicans, who were without Davis for a fourth straight game after the All-Star forward re-injured his right shoulder on Feb. 21. The Pelicans are 4-0 in Davis' absence to remain in the playoff conversation.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Heal fast, Anthony Davis. In the meantime, know this: Your teammates are holding things down just fine until you're completely mended.

Tyreke Evans scored 22 points, Dante Cunningham drew a key charge late in the fourth quarter and the New Orleans Pelicans extended their winning streak to five games by holding off the struggling Denver Nuggets 99-92 on Sunday night.

Eric Gordon added some timely 3-pointers down the stretch and Omer Asik grabbed 16 rebounds for the Pelicans, who were without Davis for a fourth straight game after the All-Star forward re-injured his right shoulder on Feb. 21. The Pelicans are 4-0 in Davis' absence to remain in the playoff conversation.]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 23:45:52 -0700 <![CDATA[Kelly Clark wins snowboard halfpipe in US Grand Prix]]> http://gazette.com/kelly-clark-wins-snowboard-halfpipe-in-us-grand-prix/article/feed/209685?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kelly-clark-wins-snowboard-halfpipe-in-us-grand-prix/article/feed/209685?custom_click=rss

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Kelly Clark won the snowboard halfpipe in the U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday for her second FIS World Cup victory of the season, easily beating 18-year-old American teammate Arielle Gold.

The 31-year-old Clark, from West Dover, Vermont, had a 94.50-point run. She won the gold medal in Park City in the 2002 Olympics.

"I heard them announcing that 13 years ago was the Salt Lake Olympics. I have great memories of this place and it has a lot of big moments in my career," said Clark, who also took the overall U.S. Grand Prix title with this win. "I'm kind of in awe when I step back and look at it that I'm still able to do well in this sport and love this sport."

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]]> PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Kelly Clark won the snowboard halfpipe in the U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday for her second FIS World Cup victory of the season, easily beating 18-year-old American teammate Arielle Gold.

The 31-year-old Clark, from West Dover, Vermont, had a 94.50-point run. She won the gold medal in Park City in the 2002 Olympics.

"I heard them announcing that 13 years ago was the Salt Lake Olympics. I have great memories of this place and it has a lot of big moments in my career," said Clark, who also took the overall U.S. Grand Prix title with this win. "I'm kind of in awe when I step back and look at it that I'm still able to do well in this sport and love this sport."

Clark won the overall Sprint U.S. Grand Pri]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 22:46:33 -0700 <![CDATA[Katie Kempter wins first Symetra Tour title]]> http://gazette.com/katie-kempter-wins-first-symetra-tour-title/article/feed/209675?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/katie-kempter-wins-first-symetra-tour-title/article/feed/209675?custom_click=rss BEAUMONT, Calif. (AP) — Katie Kempter won the Volvik Championship at Morongo Golf Club in cold, wet conditions Sunday for her first Symetra Tour title, beating Lee Lopez with a par on the second hole of a playoff.

With the temperature in the low-40s with light rain and wind gusting to 20 mph, Kempter birdied the final three holes of regulation for a 1-under 71 and got in the playoff when Lopez bogeyed the final hole for a 72. They finished at 5-under 211.

"It is a little surreal," said Kempter, from Albuquerque, New Mexico. "I didn't know what to think when I realized I won, but this is very special."

They parred the par-4 18th on the first extra hole, and Kempter won on the hole a few minutes later when Lee lipped ou

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]]> BEAUMONT, Calif. (AP) — Katie Kempter won the Volvik Championship at Morongo Golf Club in cold, wet conditions Sunday for her first Symetra Tour title, beating Lee Lopez with a par on the second hole of a playoff.

With the temperature in the low-40s with light rain and wind gusting to 20 mph, Kempter birdied the final three holes of regulation for a 1-under 71 and got in the playoff when Lopez bogeyed the final hole for a 72. They finished at 5-under 211.

"It is a little surreal," said Kempter, from Albuquerque, New Mexico. "I didn't know what to think when I realized I won, but this is very special."

They parred the par-4 18th on the first extra hole, and Kempter won on the hole a few minutes later when Lee lipped ou]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 21:46:42 -0700 <![CDATA[Rockies add Axford to big league bullpen at $2.6 million]]> http://gazette.com/rockies-add-axford-to-big-league-bullpen-at-2.6-million/article/feed/209680?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockies-add-axford-to-big-league-bullpen-at-2.6-million/article/feed/209680?custom_click=rss SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Colorado Rockies have selected John Axford's contract, adding a veteran reliever with late-inning experience to their bullpen.

Axford, who agreed to a minor league deal last month, gets a $2.6 million, one-year contract with a chance to earn more in performance bonuses. The 31-year-old right-hander was 2-4 with a 3.95 ERA in 62 games with Cleveland and Pittsburgh last year.

In six major league seasons, Axford is 24-23 with a 3.40 ERA and 116 saves, including 10 for the Indians last year.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rockies placed right-hander Tyler Chatwood on the 60-day disabled list Sunday. Chatwood is recovering from Tommy John surgery last July.

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]]> SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Colorado Rockies have selected John Axford's contract, adding a veteran reliever with late-inning experience to their bullpen.

Axford, who agreed to a minor league deal last month, gets a $2.6 million, one-year contract with a chance to earn more in performance bonuses. The 31-year-old right-hander was 2-4 with a 3.95 ERA in 62 games with Cleveland and Pittsburgh last year.

In six major league seasons, Axford is 24-23 with a 3.40 ERA and 116 saves, including 10 for the Indians last year.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rockies placed right-hander Tyler Chatwood on the 60-day disabled list Sunday. Chatwood is recovering from Tommy John surgery last July.]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 21:15:47 -0700 <![CDATA[Hempen leads No. 10 Arizona State women past Colorado, 59-46]]> http://gazette.com/hempen-leads-no.-10-arizona-state-women-past-colorado-59-46/article/feed/209654?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hempen-leads-no.-10-arizona-state-women-past-colorado-59-46/article/feed/209654?custom_click=rss TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — There wasn't much riding on the regular-season finale between No. 10 Arizona State and Colorado. That didn't stop the Sun Devils from looking for some momentum going into the postseason.

Katie Hempen hit back-to-back 3-pointers during a key second-half stretch and scored 14 of her team-high 15 points in the second half to help Arizona State beat Colorado 59-46 on Sunday.

"She works as much as on her shooting as anybody on our team and man, she's come up huge for us all season long," Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne said.

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]]> TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — There wasn't much riding on the regular-season finale between No. 10 Arizona State and Colorado. That didn't stop the Sun Devils from looking for some momentum going into the postseason.

Katie Hempen hit back-to-back 3-pointers during a key second-half stretch and scored 14 of her team-high 15 points in the second half to help Arizona State beat Colorado 59-46 on Sunday.

"She works as much as on her shooting as anybody on our team and man, she's come up huge for us all season long," Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne said.

The Sun Devils (26-4, 15-3) were already locked into the second seed in the Pac-12 Conference tournament next week after Oregon State beat California on Saturday to win the]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 20:15:49 -0700 <![CDATA[Boulder waives snow removal fines]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/boulder-waives-snow-removal-fines/article/1547092?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/boulder-waives-snow-removal-fines/article/1547092?custom_click=rss

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Boulder authorities are temporarily waiving fines and fees for residents who do not clear their public sidewalks because of what they are calling extreme weather conditions.

Code enforcement supervisor Jennifer Riley says the city doesn't want people getting hurt trying remove thick ice and snow.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/mngvydc), the city usually gives residents 24 hours to clear their public sidewalks, beginning when the National Weather Service declares a snowstorm over.

Residents who fail to clear the sidewalks usually are liable for a civil penalty and the cost of a contractor to remove the snow.

By Friday morning, the city had seen nearly 55



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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Boulder authorities are temporarily waiving fines and fees for residents who do not clear their public sidewalks because of what they are calling extreme weather conditions.

Code enforcement supervisor Jennifer Riley says the city doesn't want people getting hurt trying remove thick ice and snow.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/mngvydc), the city usually gives residents 24 hours to clear their public sidewalks, beginning when the National Weather Service declares a snowstorm over.

Residents who fail to clear the sidewalks usually are liable for a civil penalty and the cost of a contractor to remove the snow.

By Friday morning, the city had seen nearly 55

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<![CDATA[Family: Man killed by light rail train had trouble walking]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/family-man-killed-by-light-rail-train-had-trouble-walking/article/1546395?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/family-man-killed-by-light-rail-train-had-trouble-walking/article/1546395?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The family of a man killed by a light rail train in Denver says a disability may have prevented him from moving out of the way.

Naythan Cordova died after his body was dragged under the train near the Colorado Convention Center on Thursday. It's unclear where he was hit or how far he was dragged.

According to KUSA-TV (http://tinyurl.com/q4lfcgo ), relatives say Cordova suffered from a walking disability after being involved in a car accident in 1997.

Police put up signs Friday warning pedestrians to watch for trains and stay off the tracks. Authorities are interviewing witnesses and looking at video from cameras in the area to determine what happened.



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DENVER — The family of a man killed by a light rail train in Denver says a disability may have prevented him from moving out of the way.

Naythan Cordova died after his body was dragged under the train near the Colorado Convention Center on Thursday. It's unclear where he was hit or how far he was dragged.

According to KUSA-TV (http://tinyurl.com/q4lfcgo ), relatives say Cordova suffered from a walking disability after being involved in a car accident in 1997.

Police put up signs Friday warning pedestrians to watch for trains and stay off the tracks. Authorities are interviewing witnesses and looking at video from cameras in the area to determine what happened.

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Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:40:46 -0700
<![CDATA[Denver police upset after memorial vandalized during protest]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/denver-police-upset-after-memorial-vandalized-during-protest/article/1546381?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-police-upset-after-memorial-vandalized-during-protest/article/1546381?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Denver police are upset after they were told not to interfere with protesters who vandalized a memorial for fallen police officers during a march against police brutality.

Denver Police Union President Nick Rogers says protesters went too far and officers should have been allowed to intervene when protesters threw red paint on the memorial located outside of the department's headquarters on Saturday.

According to KCNC-TV (http://cbsloc.al/1KY2jrS ), police Cmdr. Matt Murray told officers it is department policy not to engage protesters.

Two men were arrested and are facing charges of criminal mischief. They were not identified.



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DENVER — Denver police are upset after they were told not to interfere with protesters who vandalized a memorial for fallen police officers during a march against police brutality.

Denver Police Union President Nick Rogers says protesters went too far and officers should have been allowed to intervene when protesters threw red paint on the memorial located outside of the department's headquarters on Saturday.

According to KCNC-TV (http://cbsloc.al/1KY2jrS ), police Cmdr. Matt Murray told officers it is department policy not to engage protesters.

Two men were arrested and are facing charges of criminal mischief. They were not identified.

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<![CDATA[Boulder potty peeper gets 6 years for violating probation]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/boulder-potty-peeper-gets-6-years-for-violating-probation/article/1546317?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/boulder-potty-peeper-gets-6-years-for-violating-probation/article/1546317?custom_click=rss BOULDER — A man who hid in the tank of a portable toilet at a Boulder yoga festival to spy on women has been sentenced to six years in prison for violating the terms of his probation by refusing to take medication and failing to comply with sex-offender treatment.

The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/1DpbqRK ) District Judge Maria Berkenkotter sentenced Luke Chrisco on Friday, saying he is "an extreme danger to the community" without medication.

Boulder County's chief probation officer testified that Chrisco's unwillingness to take the medication led to the treatment program refusing him. His participation was a condition of his 10-year intensive supervised probation.



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BOULDER — A man who hid in the tank of a portable toilet at a Boulder yoga festival to spy on women has been sentenced to six years in prison for violating the terms of his probation by refusing to take medication and failing to comply with sex-offender treatment.

The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/1DpbqRK ) District Judge Maria Berkenkotter sentenced Luke Chrisco on Friday, saying he is "an extreme danger to the community" without medication.

Boulder County's chief probation officer testified that Chrisco's unwillingness to take the medication led to the treatment program refusing him. His participation was a condition of his 10-year intensive supervised probation.

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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 19:13:20 -0700
<![CDATA[State to tighten oil, gas rules after spills in 2013 flood]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/state-to-tighten-oil-gas-rules-after-spills-in-2013-flood/article/1546316?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-to-tighten-oil-gas-rules-after-spills-in-2013-flood/article/1546316?custom_click=rss DENVER — State regulators are preparing to impose new rules to keep oil and gas wells more secure after spills blamed on the catastrophic Colorado flood of 2013.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission released proposed rules Thursday, including a requirement that all new wells located within a 100-year flood plain be equipped with technology allowing them to be shut down remotely.

A public meeting on the regulations is set for Tuesday, and the commission is expected to vote on them March 2.



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DENVER — State regulators are preparing to impose new rules to keep oil and gas wells more secure after spills blamed on the catastrophic Colorado flood of 2013.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission released proposed rules Thursday, including a requirement that all new wells located within a 100-year flood plain be equipped with technology allowing them to be shut down remotely.

A public meeting on the regulations is set for Tuesday, and the commission is expected to vote on them March 2.

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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 19:08:21 -0700
<![CDATA[Lawmakers seek punishments for cyberbullying, including jail]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/lawmakers-seek-punishments-for-cyberbullying-including-jail/article/1546315?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawmakers-seek-punishments-for-cyberbullying-including-jail/article/1546315?custom_click=rss DENVER — A high school student who was the victim of repeated bullying on social media looked on from her wheelchair Friday as the Colorado House advanced legislation that would create new criminal penalties for online harassment.

The sponsor of the bill, Aurora Democratic Rep. Rhonda Fields, is naming her proposal after Kiana Arellano, a Douglas County high school cheerleader who tried to hang herself in 2013. Her father found her in their garage and tried to resuscitate her while waiting for emergency responders who eventually saved her.

But the oxygen deprivation resulted in a severe brain injury that has left her a paraplegic and unable to talk. As lawmakers debated the Fields' proposal, she watched from a side



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DENVER — A high school student who was the victim of repeated bullying on social media looked on from her wheelchair Friday as the Colorado House advanced legislation that would create new criminal penalties for online harassment.

The sponsor of the bill, Aurora Democratic Rep. Rhonda Fields, is naming her proposal after Kiana Arellano, a Douglas County high school cheerleader who tried to hang herself in 2013. Her father found her in their garage and tried to resuscitate her while waiting for emergency responders who eventually saved her.

But the oxygen deprivation resulted in a severe brain injury that has left her a paraplegic and unable to talk. As lawmakers debated the Fields' proposal, she watched from a side

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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 19:05:15 -0700