<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - government]]> http://gazette.com/rss/government Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:30:06 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Klingenschmitt removed from statehouse committee]]> By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/klingenschmitt-removed-from-statehouse-committee/article/1548824?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klingenschmitt-removed-from-statehouse-committee/article/1548824?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Republican leadership removed Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt from one of his committee assignments Monday in response to the lawmaker's comments about a pregnant woman who was attacked in Longmont.

"I was very disturbed by Rep. Klingenschmitt's comments last week, and want to reiterate that his comments do not represent our caucus and he does not speak for our caucus," House GOP Leader Brian DelGrosso. R-Loveland, said. "Rep. Klingenschmitt's conduct warranted his removal from the committee."

Klingenschmitt apologized Monday in an online video for calling the Longmont attack on a pregnant woman and her unborn child a "curse of God."

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DENVER - Republican leadership removed Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt from one of his committee assignments Monday in response to the lawmaker's comments about a pregnant woman who was attacked in Longmont.

"I was very disturbed by Rep. Klingenschmitt's comments last week, and want to reiterate that his comments do not represent our caucus and he does not speak for our caucus," House GOP Leader Brian DelGrosso. R-Loveland, said. "Rep. Klingenschmitt's conduct warranted his removal from the committee."

Klingenschmitt apologized Monday in an online video for calling the Longmont attack on a pregnant woman and her unborn child a "curse of God."

"My words were not compassionate, and therefore, I apologize," the freshman

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:35:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs organizations hit the streets to encourage voters to cast ballots]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-organizations-hit-the-streets-to-encourage-voters-to-cast-ballots/article/1548816?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-organizations-hit-the-streets-to-encourage-voters-to-cast-ballots/article/1548816?custom_click=rss Volunteers from two local organizations knocked on doors around Colorado Springs on Monday in an effort to get out the vote.

For weeks, volunteers from the Citizens Project and Pikes Peak Equality Coalition - both nonpartisan civic organizations - have been sending post cards and making phone calls to encourage people to vote in the city's election April 7.

Monday, they hit the streets.

"We are not telling anyone how to vote," said Sarah Musick, Pikes Peak Equality Coalition regional coordinator. "We are reminding them to vote and handing out material with drop off locations, dates and times."

Their goal, Musick said, is to increase voter participation. About 28,000 ballots - out of the 227,240 that were mailed



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Volunteers from two local organizations knocked on doors around Colorado Springs on Monday in an effort to get out the vote.

For weeks, volunteers from the Citizens Project and Pikes Peak Equality Coalition - both nonpartisan civic organizations - have been sending post cards and making phone calls to encourage people to vote in the city's election April 7.

Monday, they hit the streets.

"We are not telling anyone how to vote," said Sarah Musick, Pikes Peak Equality Coalition regional coordinator. "We are reminding them to vote and handing out material with drop off locations, dates and times."

Their goal, Musick said, is to increase voter participation. About 28,000 ballots - out of the 227,240 that were mailed

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:23:11 -0600
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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:39:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado bill to regulate powdered alcohol becomes law]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-bill-to-regulate-powdered-alcohol-becomes-law/article/1548812?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-bill-to-regulate-powdered-alcohol-becomes-law/article/1548812?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed legislation to regulate the sale of powdered alcohol in Colorado.

The bill Hickenlooper signed into law Monday gives the state's liquor enforcement division authority to regulate powdered alcohol like liquid alcohol and to tax it.

The product called Palcohol is a powder to which water is added for the equivalent of a shot of vodka or rum. This month, federal regulators approved its sale and the company that owns the product says it hopes to start selling it this summer.

Before its approval, at least five states passed legislation banning Palcohol.

Detractors warn of its ease to sneak into schools and public venues.



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DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed legislation to regulate the sale of powdered alcohol in Colorado.

The bill Hickenlooper signed into law Monday gives the state's liquor enforcement division authority to regulate powdered alcohol like liquid alcohol and to tax it.

The product called Palcohol is a powder to which water is added for the equivalent of a shot of vodka or rum. This month, federal regulators approved its sale and the company that owns the product says it hopes to start selling it this summer.

Before its approval, at least five states passed legislation banning Palcohol.

Detractors warn of its ease to sneak into schools and public venues.

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:56:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Legislators changes course on audit of Colorado's tourism incentive program]]> By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/legislators-changes-course-on-audit-of-colorados-tourism-incentive-program/article/1548799?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/legislators-changes-course-on-audit-of-colorados-tourism-incentive-program/article/1548799?custom_click=rss Colorado lawmakers backed away from an audit of the millions of dollars pledged to developments through the Regional Tourism Act on Monday and instead are asking economic development officials to come before the joint Audit Committee in June.

Rep. Dan Nordberg, R-Colorado Springs, said there wasn't enough time to complete a full audit before the program awards its last round of tax incentives and expires later this year.

Instead the Audit Committee asked that staff from the Office of Economic Development and International Trade come before it to answer questions about how the incentives were awarded.

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Colorado lawmakers backed away from an audit of the millions of dollars pledged to developments through the Regional Tourism Act on Monday and instead are asking economic development officials to come before the joint Audit Committee in June.

Rep. Dan Nordberg, R-Colorado Springs, said there wasn't enough time to complete a full audit before the program awards its last round of tax incentives and expires later this year.

Instead the Audit Committee asked that staff from the Office of Economic Development and International Trade come before it to answer questions about how the incentives were awarded.

The issue ended up before the committee because of a project in Aurora, where a hotel developer was promised $81.4

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:48:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Cascade residents live in fear of being washed away below Waldo Canyon burn scar]]> BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/cascade-residents-live-in-fear-of-being-washed-away-below-waldo-canyon-burn-scar/article/1548768?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cascade-residents-live-in-fear-of-being-washed-away-below-waldo-canyon-burn-scar/article/1548768?custom_click=rss

Tom Harris never sleeps when it rains in Cascade. He listens to the rain and knows that if he can hear the water coming down the mountain, it's too late.

"Two weeks ago, when it rained all night up here, we didn't sleep all night," said Harris, who says he is shellshocked by memories of post-wildfire flooding along Ute Pass. "That's the way our life is up here right now."

After a lifetime in Cascade and 40 years in a home he built himself, the 62-year-old Harris is ready to leave his property on Topeka Avenue at a moment's notice.

Harris is one of four Cascade homeowners whose properties were flagged for being in extreme danger from floodwaters coursing off the Waldo Canyon burn scar.



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Tom Harris never sleeps when it rains in Cascade. He listens to the rain and knows that if he can hear the water coming down the mountain, it's too late.

"Two weeks ago, when it rained all night up here, we didn't sleep all night," said Harris, who says he is shellshocked by memories of post-wildfire flooding along Ute Pass. "That's the way our life is up here right now."

After a lifetime in Cascade and 40 years in a home he built himself, the 62-year-old Harris is ready to leave his property on Topeka Avenue at a moment's notice.

Harris is one of four Cascade homeowners whose properties were flagged for being in extreme danger from floodwaters coursing off the Waldo Canyon burn scar.

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:10:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Events in and around Colorado Springs this week]]> The Gazette http://gazette.com/events-in-and-around-colorado-springs-this-week/article/1548764?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/events-in-and-around-colorado-springs-this-week/article/1548764?custom_click=rss El Pomar Foundation's Forum for Civic Advancement is hosting a lecture on international threat assessment from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Penrose House Conference Center, 1661 Mesa Ave. Retired Air Force generals Gene Renaurt and Kevin P. Chilton will give their assessment on current and potential threats to the United States and its allies. Space is limited and an RSVP is required by calling Jordan Miranda at 577-7071 or emailing jmiranda@el pomar.org.

The El Paso County Democratic Party is hosting a caucus planning meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 22 E. Rio Grande St. For information, email info@peakdems.org or call 473-8713.



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El Pomar Foundation's Forum for Civic Advancement is hosting a lecture on international threat assessment from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Penrose House Conference Center, 1661 Mesa Ave. Retired Air Force generals Gene Renaurt and Kevin P. Chilton will give their assessment on current and potential threats to the United States and its allies. Space is limited and an RSVP is required by calling Jordan Miranda at 577-7071 or emailing jmiranda@el pomar.org.

The El Paso County Democratic Party is hosting a caucus planning meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 22 E. Rio Grande St. For information, email info@peakdems.org or call 473-8713.

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:02:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado attorney general worried over legal marijuana lawsuit]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-attorney-general-worried-over-legal-marijuana-lawsuit/article/1548761?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-attorney-general-worried-over-legal-marijuana-lawsuit/article/1548761?custom_click=rss GRAND JUNCTION — A lawsuit filed by Oklahoma and Nebraska that asks the U.S. Supreme court to curtail Colorado's new recreational marijuana law could have dire consequences for all three states, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said.

Colorado argued in a response to the lawsuit that Nebraska and Oklahoma were trying to reach across their borders and selectively invalidate state laws with which they disagree.

Coffman said if the U.S. Supreme Court sides with the two states that border Colorado, the decision would take away the regulatory system that Colorado has built, but leave the legalization vote intact. Details of the potential impact on the hard-fought regulations on the marijuana industry were not



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GRAND JUNCTION — A lawsuit filed by Oklahoma and Nebraska that asks the U.S. Supreme court to curtail Colorado's new recreational marijuana law could have dire consequences for all three states, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said.

Colorado argued in a response to the lawsuit that Nebraska and Oklahoma were trying to reach across their borders and selectively invalidate state laws with which they disagree.

Coffman said if the U.S. Supreme Court sides with the two states that border Colorado, the decision would take away the regulatory system that Colorado has built, but leave the legalization vote intact. Details of the potential impact on the hard-fought regulations on the marijuana industry were not

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Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:18:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado lawmakers start debating annual state budget]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmakers-start-debating-annual-state-budget/article/1548762?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmakers-start-debating-annual-state-budget/article/1548762?custom_click=rss DENVER — Colorado budget writers have spent months assembling the state's spending plan for next year, and this week their fellow lawmakers will begin debating, tinkering, and voting on it. The process will begin in the Senate. By Thursday, the chamber is expected to pass it over to the House. Here are some highlights from the budget, which will take effect beginning July 1.

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REFUNDS

One sign of Colorado's improving economy since the Great Recession is the state is collecting enough tax revenue that they have to issue refunds under the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights. The voter-approved constitutional amendment requires refunds when revenue exceeds the combined rate of inflation and population growth.



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DENVER — Colorado budget writers have spent months assembling the state's spending plan for next year, and this week their fellow lawmakers will begin debating, tinkering, and voting on it. The process will begin in the Senate. By Thursday, the chamber is expected to pass it over to the House. Here are some highlights from the budget, which will take effect beginning July 1.

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REFUNDS

One sign of Colorado's improving economy since the Great Recession is the state is collecting enough tax revenue that they have to issue refunds under the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights. The voter-approved constitutional amendment requires refunds when revenue exceeds the combined rate of inflation and population growth.

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Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:22:27 -0600
<![CDATA[New buses, routes, times coming to Colorado Springs]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/new-buses-routes-times-coming-to-colorado-springs/article/1548709?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-buses-routes-times-coming-to-colorado-springs/article/1548709?custom_click=rss

New bus routes kick in April 6, with more frequent stops for some, Mountain Metropolitan Transit has announced.

Route 5, which connects the downtown terminal with The Citadel transfer center, will have stops every 15 minutes instead of 30 minutes, and Saturday service will be restored on Route 4 (Broadmoor/Eighth Street to downtown), Route 6 (Wahsatch/Citadel) and Route 8 (downtown to The Citadel via Cache La Poudre/Galley).

Mountain Metro will run 33 buses instead of 31, said director Craig Blewitt. That number will increase to 35 buses when the Manitou Springs Summer Shuttle starts in mid-May.

The Colorado Springs transit service now provides 22 routes on weekdays, including eight that run later than 6:45 p.m.

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Route 5, which connects the downtown terminal with The Citadel transfer center, will have stops every 15 minutes instead of 30 minutes, and Saturday service will be restored on Route 4 (Broadmoor/Eighth Street to downtown), Route 6 (Wahsatch/Citadel) and Route 8 (downtown to The Citadel via Cache La Poudre/Galley).

Mountain Metro will run 33 buses instead of 31, said director Craig Blewitt. That number will increase to 35 buses when the Manitou Springs Summer Shuttle starts in mid-May.

The Colorado Springs transit service now provides 22 routes on weekdays, including eight that run later than 6:45 p.m.]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:41:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs candidates trumpet transit needs, spurring high hopes]]> By BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-candidates-trumpet-transit-needs-spurring-high-hopes/article/1548707?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-candidates-trumpet-transit-needs-spurring-high-hopes/article/1548707?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Springs bus system is "a joke" to many people who depend on it, but city election candidates have inspired hope among the disillusioned.

"I'm very optimistic that all the front-runners are aware of the issue and the situation ... I'm optimistic we'll get there in this next administration," said Jim Godfrey, chairman of the Citizen Advisory Committee of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority. "At least I hope so.

"I don't know that (city governance) could get a whole hell of a lot worse. Anything will be better than what we've got."

"Many, if not most, of the people running for office are interested, sympathetic and want to see (transit) improve," said Jim Egbert, who serves on the same PPRTA panel.

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"I'm very optimistic that all the front-runners are aware of the issue and the situation ... I'm optimistic we'll get there in this next administration," said Jim Godfrey, chairman of the Citizen Advisory Committee of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority. "At least I hope so.

"I don't know that (city governance) could get a whole hell of a lot worse. Anything will be better than what we've got."

"Many, if not most, of the people running for office are interested, sympathetic and want to see (transit) improve," said Jim Egbert, who serves on the same PPRTA panel.]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:35:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Steamboat police chief and deputy chief put on leave]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/steamboat-police-chief-and-deputy-chief-put-on-leave/article/1548701?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/steamboat-police-chief-and-deputy-chief-put-on-leave/article/1548701?custom_click=rss

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Chief Bob DelValle have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations by former Detective Dave Kleiber that his bosses created "a hostile work environment" with "heavy-handed policing."

Steamboat Springs City Manager Deb Hinsvark said it was a joint decision between herself, Rae and DelValle. "We all agreed that this was the best way to move forward at this time," Hinsvark said.

"Chief Rae and Chief DelValle and I have agreed that it would be better to give this investigation a clear and unimpeded path," Hinsvark wrote in an email. "As a result, they have been placed on administrative leave for the term of the



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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Chief Bob DelValle have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations by former Detective Dave Kleiber that his bosses created "a hostile work environment" with "heavy-handed policing."

Steamboat Springs City Manager Deb Hinsvark said it was a joint decision between herself, Rae and DelValle. "We all agreed that this was the best way to move forward at this time," Hinsvark said.

"Chief Rae and Chief DelValle and I have agreed that it would be better to give this investigation a clear and unimpeded path," Hinsvark wrote in an email. "As a result, they have been placed on administrative leave for the term of the

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Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:45:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Victim's family refuses Klingenschmitt donation]]> Megan Schrader, The Gazette http://gazette.com/victims-family-refuses-klingenschmitt-donation/article/1548650?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/victims-family-refuses-klingenschmitt-donation/article/1548650?custom_click=rss

The family of Michelle Wilkins, the pregnant Longmont woman whose baby girl was cut out of her body, gave back a donation from Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt Friday after the Colorado Springs Republican called the attack “a curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb.”

A Gofundme.com page for Wilkins has generated more than $84,000 for the 34-year-old, who survived being stabbed and having the 7-month-old fetus removed from her womb. Klingenschmitt donated money to the fund, but a post on the website page on Friday said “Just wanted everyone to know: Payment Refunded. A refund of $1,000.00 has been issued for a payment made by Gordon Klingenschmitt.”

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The family of Michelle Wilkins, the pregnant Longmont woman whose baby girl was cut out of her body, gave back a donation from Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt Friday after the Colorado Springs Republican called the attack “a curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb.”

A Gofundme.com page for Wilkins has generated more than $84,000 for the 34-year-old, who survived being stabbed and having the 7-month-old fetus removed from her womb. Klingenschmitt donated money to the fund, but a post on the website page on Friday said “Just wanted everyone to know: Payment Refunded. A refund of $1,000.00 has been issued for a payment made by Gordon Klingenschmitt.”

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Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:01:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado law kept Boulder DA from charging Lane with murder]]> BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-law-kept-boulder-da-from-charging-lane-with-murder/article/1548672?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-law-kept-boulder-da-from-charging-lane-with-murder/article/1548672?custom_click=rss

DENVER - A woman accused of brutally cutting an unborn child from the womb of a woman who was 7 months pregnant will not face homicide charges - even though the infant did not survive the attack.

Republican lawmakers say the lack of a homicide charge in the case proves there is a gap in state law. News that a bill to create fetal homicide charges in Colorado was being drafted prompted a swift response from Democrats, who say they addressed the issue in 2013 without risking prosecution for decisions women make for both prenatal medical care and elective abortions.

Dynel Lane, 34, was charged with attempted murder, assault and unlawful termination of pregnancy, Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett announced Friday.

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Republican lawmakers say the lack of a homicide charge in the case proves there is a gap in state law. News that a bill to create fetal homicide charges in Colorado was being drafted prompted a swift response from Democrats, who say they addressed the issue in 2013 without risking prosecution for decisions women make for both prenatal medical care and elective abortions.

Dynel Lane, 34, was charged with attempted murder, assault and unlawful termination of pregnancy, Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett announced Friday.]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:10:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Woodland Park gets grant of more than $870k for equipment upgrade]]> BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/woodland-park-gets-grant-of-more-than-870k-for-equipment-upgrade/article/1548677?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woodland-park-gets-grant-of-more-than-870k-for-equipment-upgrade/article/1548677?custom_click=rss Woodland Park was awarded more than $870,000 Friday for an upgrade of a fleet maintenance facility, according to a news release.

The project includes a 6,250-square-foot addition to a 2,215-square-foot facility and plans to make its doors large enough for modern equipment, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs said in an email.

The total amount awarded for the Woodland Park project is $874,733, according to the news release.

More than $34 million in grants were awarded for 40 projects across the state from the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund.

Money for the grants comes from the state severance tax on energy and mineral production, the release says, and funds paid to the federal government for



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Woodland Park was awarded more than $870,000 Friday for an upgrade of a fleet maintenance facility, according to a news release.

The project includes a 6,250-square-foot addition to a 2,215-square-foot facility and plans to make its doors large enough for modern equipment, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs said in an email.

The total amount awarded for the Woodland Park project is $874,733, according to the news release.

More than $34 million in grants were awarded for 40 projects across the state from the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund.

Money for the grants comes from the state severance tax on energy and mineral production, the release says, and funds paid to the federal government for

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