<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Fri, 29 May 2015 18:35:28 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Planned consolidation of military suicide prevention programs irks some in Pikes Peak region]]> http://gazette.com/planned-consolidation-of-military-suicide-prevention-programs-irks-some-in-pikes-peak-region/article/1552770?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/planned-consolidation-of-military-suicide-prevention-programs-irks-some-in-pikes-peak-region/article/1552770?custom_click=rss A suicide prevention program run by a former Fort Carson commander will shut down in August as the Pentagon trims costs and merges the work into another program.

Retired Maj. Gen. Mark Graham, a vocal suicide prevention advocate when he led Fort Carson from 2007-09, helped set up the New Jersey-based Vets 4 Warriors call center, providing peer counseling for troubled troops nationwide and referrals for services. All the call takers at the 24-hour center are veterans trained to help troops overcome life struggles. The program, begun in 2012, has averaged more than 20,000 calls per year.

Ed Anderson, a retired Army lieutenant general who runs the National Homeland Defense Foundation in Colorado Springs, said cutting the program



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A suicide prevention program run by a former Fort Carson commander will shut down in August as the Pentagon trims costs and merges the work into another program.

Retired Maj. Gen. Mark Graham, a vocal suicide prevention advocate when he led Fort Carson from 2007-09, helped set up the New Jersey-based Vets 4 Warriors call center, providing peer counseling for troubled troops nationwide and referrals for services. All the call takers at the 24-hour center are veterans trained to help troops overcome life struggles. The program, begun in 2012, has averaged more than 20,000 calls per year.

Ed Anderson, a retired Army lieutenant general who runs the National Homeland Defense Foundation in Colorado Springs, said cutting the program

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Fri, 29 May 2015 18:27:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Mexican mine operated by Colorado Springs company shut down by protest]]> http://gazette.com/mexican-mine-operated-by-colorado-springs-company-shut-down-by-protest/article/1552769?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mexican-mine-operated-by-colorado-springs-company-shut-down-by-protest/article/1552769?custom_click=rss Gold Resource Corp. said Friday that its mining operations in Mexico were shut down Thursday by an "illegal protest and work stoppage" involving 80 to 100 union members.

However, the Colorado Springs-based company said, the stoppage was not condoned or supported by the union.

The company said the protesters - who represented up to a third of the union's membership at the Oaxaca mine and mill - blocked access as a response to the annual bonus amount being less in the than the previous year. Gold Resource said the smaller bonus was "a reflection of the continued weakness in precious and base metal prices." The company said protest ended, and it is working to return the mine and mill to "normal operations.



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Gold Resource Corp. said Friday that its mining operations in Mexico were shut down Thursday by an "illegal protest and work stoppage" involving 80 to 100 union members.

However, the Colorado Springs-based company said, the stoppage was not condoned or supported by the union.

The company said the protesters - who represented up to a third of the union's membership at the Oaxaca mine and mill - blocked access as a response to the annual bonus amount being less in the than the previous year. Gold Resource said the smaller bonus was "a reflection of the continued weakness in precious and base metal prices." The company said protest ended, and it is working to return the mine and mill to "normal operations.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 18:15:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Wintry month still wreaking havoc on Pikes Peak Highway, Colorado high mountain roads]]> http://gazette.com/wintry-month-still-wreaking-havoc-on-pikes-peak-highway-colorado-high-mountain-roads/article/1552760?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wintry-month-still-wreaking-havoc-on-pikes-peak-highway-colorado-high-mountain-roads/article/1552760?custom_click=rss

Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park opened for the season Friday, but icy conditions have restricted its debut.

The road will be closed daily at 8 p.m. and opened the next morning only if conditions allow, park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said in a news release. Road crews and park rangers will make an assessment each day.

Trail Ridge Road usually opens by Memorial Day, but those plans were scuttled by snowy and wet weather. In 2014, the road opened for the season May 23. The latest opening was June 26, in 1943.

Plow operators began clearing the road in mid-April, when they encountered snow drifts ranging from 18 feet to 22 feet, Patterson said.

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Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park opened for the season Friday, but icy conditions have restricted its debut.

The road will be closed daily at 8 p.m. and opened the next morning only if conditions allow, park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said in a news release. Road crews and park rangers will make an assessment each day.

Trail Ridge Road usually opens by Memorial Day, but those plans were scuttled by snowy and wet weather. In 2014, the road opened for the season May 23. The latest opening was June 26, in 1943.

Plow operators began clearing the road in mid-April, when they encountered snow drifts ranging from 18 feet to 22 feet, Patterson said.

Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in

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Fri, 29 May 2015 18:10:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Three new DOD contracts help Colorado Springs company diversify]]> http://gazette.com/three-new-dod-contracts-help-colorado-springs-company-diversify/article/1552756?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/three-new-dod-contracts-help-colorado-springs-company-diversify/article/1552756?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs-based military contractor Vectrus Inc. has won three U.S. Department of Defense contracts in the past two months, helping it to continue its efforts to diversify as its work dwindles in the Middle East.

The company won a $62.2 million, one-year extension of an Air Force contract it holds for maintenance, resource management, communications, information technology and operations at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

Vectrus also was among many bidders awarded contracts under the Army's $1.1 billion Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Strategic Service Solutions maintenance, repair and overhaul program, and the Navy's $5.3 billion-a-year SeaPort Enhanced services procurement program.



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Colorado Springs-based military contractor Vectrus Inc. has won three U.S. Department of Defense contracts in the past two months, helping it to continue its efforts to diversify as its work dwindles in the Middle East.

The company won a $62.2 million, one-year extension of an Air Force contract it holds for maintenance, resource management, communications, information technology and operations at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

Vectrus also was among many bidders awarded contracts under the Army's $1.1 billion Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Strategic Service Solutions maintenance, repair and overhaul program, and the Navy's $5.3 billion-a-year SeaPort Enhanced services procurement program.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 17:27:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Document details text messages in case of Colorado Springs teacher accused of sexual assault]]> http://gazette.com/document-details-text-messages-in-case-of-colorado-springs-teacher-accused-of-sexual-assault/article/1552747?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/document-details-text-messages-in-case-of-colorado-springs-teacher-accused-of-sexual-assault/article/1552747?custom_click=rss

An arrest affidavit for a 30-year-old Colorado Springs high school teacher accused of sexual assault lays out a string of text messages - several sexually graphic - that he allegedly exchanged with a 17-year-old student.

Vista Ridge High teacher Christopher Brett Markham was arrested May 22 on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust. He was an English teacher at Vista Ridge High School until December, when he was reassigned to Stetson Hills Elementary to be a paraprofessional at the school's library, Colorado Springs police said. Both schools are in Falcon School District 49.

Markham was placed on paid administrative leave when he was arrested, District 49 said in a news release last week.



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An arrest affidavit for a 30-year-old Colorado Springs high school teacher accused of sexual assault lays out a string of text messages - several sexually graphic - that he allegedly exchanged with a 17-year-old student.

Vista Ridge High teacher Christopher Brett Markham was arrested May 22 on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust. He was an English teacher at Vista Ridge High School until December, when he was reassigned to Stetson Hills Elementary to be a paraprofessional at the school's library, Colorado Springs police said. Both schools are in Falcon School District 49.

Markham was placed on paid administrative leave when he was arrested, District 49 said in a news release last week.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 17:18:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Must See Must Do: Top entertainment options in the Colorado Springs area this weekend]]> http://gazette.com/must-see-must-do-top-entertainment-options-in-the-colorado-springs-area-this-weekend/article/1552683?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/must-see-must-do-top-entertainment-options-in-the-colorado-springs-area-this-weekend/article/1552683?custom_click=rss

There's music downtown in the alley Friday with Waterbear and Eros and the Eschaton. Waterbear is a group of familiar local musicians and Eros and the Eschaton are ready to release their first album in August. Check them out at 8:30 p.m. at The Modbo and SPQR, 17C E. Bijou St. $5 suggested donation, themodbo.com, 633-4240.

After their flyover at the Air Force Academy graduation, the Air Force Thunderbirds will be the highly anticipated headliners at this weekend's Rocky Mountain Airshow, Friday through Sunday at Aurora Reservoir, 5800 S. Powhaton Road. Opening ceremony is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday featuring a twilight air show and fireworks; gates open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.



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There's music downtown in the alley Friday with Waterbear and Eros and the Eschaton. Waterbear is a group of familiar local musicians and Eros and the Eschaton are ready to release their first album in August. Check them out at 8:30 p.m. at The Modbo and SPQR, 17C E. Bijou St. $5 suggested donation, themodbo.com, 633-4240.

After their flyover at the Air Force Academy graduation, the Air Force Thunderbirds will be the highly anticipated headliners at this weekend's Rocky Mountain Airshow, Friday through Sunday at Aurora Reservoir, 5800 S. Powhaton Road. Opening ceremony is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday featuring a twilight air show and fireworks; gates open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 16:42:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Authorities: Windsor bicyclist's killing, I-25 shooting are linked]]> http://gazette.com/authorities-windsor-bicyclists-killing-i-25-shooting-are-linked/article/1552759?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/authorities-windsor-bicyclists-killing-i-25-shooting-are-linked/article/1552759?custom_click=rss

WINDSOR — Authorities said Friday the killing of a 48-year-old bicyclist in Windsor earlier this month and the April shooting of a woman driving on Interstate 25 through Larimer County are connected.

The announcement was made at the Windsor Police Department headquarters.

John Jacoby, a part-time park caretaker well-known around the small town of Windsor, was killed May 18. He was found dead along Weld County Road 15, a sparsely traveled highway lined with farm fields.

The FBI has said it is assisting Windsor police in their investigation. Jacoby was found by a passing motorist and pronounced dead at the scene. Officials say he was shot twice.

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WINDSOR — Authorities said Friday the killing of a 48-year-old bicyclist in Windsor earlier this month and the April shooting of a woman driving on Interstate 25 through Larimer County are connected.

The announcement was made at the Windsor Police Department headquarters.

John Jacoby, a part-time park caretaker well-known around the small town of Windsor, was killed May 18. He was found dead along Weld County Road 15, a sparsely traveled highway lined with farm fields.

The FBI has said it is assisting Windsor police in their investigation. Jacoby was found by a passing motorist and pronounced dead at the scene. Officials say he was shot twice.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 16:21:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Pentagon approves Fort Carson's Piñon Canyon plan to use Strykers]]> http://gazette.com/pentagon-approves-fort-carsons-pion-canyon-plan-to-use-strykers/article/1552743?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pentagon-approves-fort-carsons-pion-canyon-plan-to-use-strykers/article/1552743?custom_click=rss

The Pentagon has signed off on an environmental impact statement that will allow Fort Carson units to train at Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site with eight-wheeled Stryker vehicles.

Fort Carson sought the new environmental rules last year to update a three-decades old plan for training at the 235,000-acre site east of Trinidad. The decision will allow the Army to use Strykers on the site along with drone aircraft.

"This alternative best meets the Army's need to conduct realistic and coordinated large scale training," the Pentagon wrote in its decision, released this week.

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The Pentagon has signed off on an environmental impact statement that will allow Fort Carson units to train at Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site with eight-wheeled Stryker vehicles.

Fort Carson sought the new environmental rules last year to update a three-decades old plan for training at the 235,000-acre site east of Trinidad. The decision will allow the Army to use Strykers on the site along with drone aircraft.

"This alternative best meets the Army's need to conduct realistic and coordinated large scale training," the Pentagon wrote in its decision, released this week.

The ruling comes as the post's 1st Brigade Combat Team kicks off two weeks of training at Piñon Canyon after sending 643 vehicles on a 150-mile convoy to

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Fri, 29 May 2015 15:32:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Deputy cleared in shooting at Colorado Springs Hobby Lobby]]> http://gazette.com/deputy-cleared-in-shooting-at-colorado-springs-hobby-lobby/article/1552755?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/deputy-cleared-in-shooting-at-colorado-springs-hobby-lobby/article/1552755?custom_click=rss

An El Paso County sheriff's deputy was justified in shooting a man earlier this month inside a Hobby Lobby store in west Colorado Springs, the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office announced Friday.

Sgt. Shane Mitchell's use of force was "reasonable, appropriate and justified" during the May 8 shooting of Brian Lowe, man who had been wanted for escape for three days, the district attorney's office said in a news release.

Mitchell and another deputy, Keith Duda, went to the store after being told by another law enforcement agent that Lowe was there, according to the release. The other agent's name, as well as jurisdiction, was not released.

When the two deputies tried to arrest Lowe a struggle ensued.



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An El Paso County sheriff's deputy was justified in shooting a man earlier this month inside a Hobby Lobby store in west Colorado Springs, the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office announced Friday.

Sgt. Shane Mitchell's use of force was "reasonable, appropriate and justified" during the May 8 shooting of Brian Lowe, man who had been wanted for escape for three days, the district attorney's office said in a news release.

Mitchell and another deputy, Keith Duda, went to the store after being told by another law enforcement agent that Lowe was there, according to the release. The other agent's name, as well as jurisdiction, was not released.

When the two deputies tried to arrest Lowe a struggle ensued.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 15:21:41 -0600
<![CDATA[One dead in shooting at home in Colorado Springs, police say]]> http://gazette.com/one-dead-in-shooting-at-home-in-colorado-springs-police-say/article/1552754?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/one-dead-in-shooting-at-home-in-colorado-springs-police-say/article/1552754?custom_click=rss

A man was killed and two women were taken to a hospital Friday afternoon after a shooting at a home in north-central Colorado Springs, according to Colorado Springs police.

The women were not shot but police would not divulge details on their involvement in the incident. Sgt. Joel Kern said police believe that all three people lived at the home.

The shooting report came in about 1:15 p.m. Friday for a shooting in the 4100 block of Edwinstowe Avenue, in a neighborhood south of Garden of the Gods Road and North Chestnut Street.

Shortly after police arrived, a woman ran toward the house and cried out, "My daughter! My daughter! I don't know what's going on."

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A man was killed and two women were taken to a hospital Friday afternoon after a shooting at a home in north-central Colorado Springs, according to Colorado Springs police.

The women were not shot but police would not divulge details on their involvement in the incident. Sgt. Joel Kern said police believe that all three people lived at the home.

The shooting report came in about 1:15 p.m. Friday for a shooting in the 4100 block of Edwinstowe Avenue, in a neighborhood south of Garden of the Gods Road and North Chestnut Street.

Shortly after police arrived, a woman ran toward the house and cried out, "My daughter! My daughter! I don't know what's going on."

A police officer prevented her from going past the crime

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Fri, 29 May 2015 14:42:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Mountaineers finally summit, ski Colorado's 100 tallest peaks]]> http://gazette.com/mountaineers-finally-summit-ski-colorados-100-tallest-peaks/article/1552750?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mountaineers-finally-summit-ski-colorados-100-tallest-peaks/article/1552750?custom_click=rss

The celebration was short when Aspen ski mountaineers Ted Mahon, Christy Mahon and Chris Davenport reached the summit of the remote Jagged Peak in the heart of the Weminuche Wilderness on Wednesday afternoon.

It was their 100th peak, capping a multi-year effort to ski not just all the state's 14,000 peaks, but the 47 next highest 13,000-foot mountains, too. In that moment, they became the first known first people to climb and ski Colorado's 100 highest peaks.

But, as old mountaineers say, the summit is optional — the bottom is mandatory. There was a technical descent ahead, and then a three-mile slog through rotten snow and downed trees.



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The celebration was short when Aspen ski mountaineers Ted Mahon, Christy Mahon and Chris Davenport reached the summit of the remote Jagged Peak in the heart of the Weminuche Wilderness on Wednesday afternoon.

It was their 100th peak, capping a multi-year effort to ski not just all the state's 14,000 peaks, but the 47 next highest 13,000-foot mountains, too. In that moment, they became the first known first people to climb and ski Colorado's 100 highest peaks.

But, as old mountaineers say, the summit is optional — the bottom is mandatory. There was a technical descent ahead, and then a three-mile slog through rotten snow and downed trees.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 12:41:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Aurora state Rep. Buckner dies from respiratory illness]]> http://gazette.com/aurora-state-rep.-buckner-dies-from-respiratory-illness/article/1552749?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aurora-state-rep.-buckner-dies-from-respiratory-illness/article/1552749?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Democratic Aurora state Rep. John Buckner, who worked as an educator for decades, has died after battling a respiratory illness. He was 67.

Buckner died Thursday from sarcoidosis (sahr-coy-DOE'-sis), which causes inflammation of the body's tissues, the House Democrat's press office said.

Buckner dealt with the illness during the past legislative session and missed the last week of the term, which concluded May 6. In the letter he sent to colleagues informing them of his absence, he vowed to return.

"Don't think for a moment that you've run me off!" he said.

Buckner was elected in 2012.



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DENVER — Democratic Aurora state Rep. John Buckner, who worked as an educator for decades, has died after battling a respiratory illness. He was 67.

Buckner died Thursday from sarcoidosis (sahr-coy-DOE'-sis), which causes inflammation of the body's tissues, the House Democrat's press office said.

Buckner dealt with the illness during the past legislative session and missed the last week of the term, which concluded May 6. In the letter he sent to colleagues informing them of his absence, he vowed to return.

"Don't think for a moment that you've run me off!" he said.

Buckner was elected in 2012.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 12:34:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Black Forest woman found guilty of 8 counts of animal cruelty]]> http://gazette.com/black-forest-woman-found-guilty-of-8-counts-of-animal-cruelty/article/1552748?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/black-forest-woman-found-guilty-of-8-counts-of-animal-cruelty/article/1552748?custom_click=rss

UPDATE: Sherri Brunzell has been found guilty of eight counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals. She was found not guilty of six counts.

The jury returned a verdict shortly after 6 p.m. Friday.

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A jury began deliberating Friday morning in the case of a woman accused of mistreating 10 horses and four llamas at her Black Forest property.

Sherri Brunzell, 63, was charged with 14 counts of animal cruelty after authorities in September found the animals to be too thin or overweight, and having overgrown hooves, oral ulcers and sharp teeth that made it difficult to eat.

The animal barn is near Burgess and Milam roads in Black Forest.

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The jury returned a verdict shortly after 6 p.m. Friday.

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Earlier story:

A jury began deliberating Friday morning in the case of a woman accused of mistreating 10 horses and four llamas at her Black Forest property.

Sherri Brunzell, 63, was charged with 14 counts of animal cruelty after authorities in September found the animals to be too thin or overweight, and having overgrown hooves, oral ulcers and sharp teeth that made it difficult to eat.

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LONGMONT — A Longmont charter school is being criticized for blocking a class valedictorian from delivering a graduation speech in which he planned to come out as gay.

Eighteen-year-old Evan Young told the Daily Camera (http://bit.ly/1FefRfm) that he agreed to make some suggested changes to his speech but wouldn't remove the disclosure about his sexuality. Young says he wasn't notified until just a few minutes before the May 16 ceremony that he wouldn't be allowed to speak or be recognized as valedictorian.

The school says Young didn't submit a revised version of the speech and that a graduation speech is not the time for a student to "push his personal agenda on a captive audience.



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LONGMONT — A Longmont charter school is being criticized for blocking a class valedictorian from delivering a graduation speech in which he planned to come out as gay.

Eighteen-year-old Evan Young told the Daily Camera (http://bit.ly/1FefRfm) that he agreed to make some suggested changes to his speech but wouldn't remove the disclosure about his sexuality. Young says he wasn't notified until just a few minutes before the May 16 ceremony that he wouldn't be allowed to speak or be recognized as valedictorian.

The school says Young didn't submit a revised version of the speech and that a graduation speech is not the time for a student to "push his personal agenda on a captive audience.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 11:59:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Live Aurora theater shooting trial video: James Holmes says God would care about shootings]]> http://gazette.com/live-aurora-theater-shooting-trial-video-james-holmes-says-god-would-care-about-shootings/article/1552601?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-aurora-theater-shooting-trial-video-james-holmes-says-god-would-care-about-shootings/article/1552601?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL — Here's the latest from the Aurora theater shooting trial and livestream coverage Friday.

10:55 a.m. (MDT)

The man who opened fire in a Colorado theater, killing 12, says he believes God might care about those killed.

James Holmes described God as "everything" in an interview with a state-appointed psychiatrist that was shown at Holmes' death penalty trial on Friday. Holmes said that as "everything," God would care about the shootings only because they changed something. Pressed further, he said, "He might care that people were dying."

Jurors heard Holmes' remarks in a video of his interview with Dr. William Reid.



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CENTENNIAL — Here's the latest from the Aurora theater shooting trial and livestream coverage Friday.

10:55 a.m. (MDT)

The man who opened fire in a Colorado theater, killing 12, says he believes God might care about those killed.

James Holmes described God as "everything" in an interview with a state-appointed psychiatrist that was shown at Holmes' death penalty trial on Friday. Holmes said that as "everything," God would care about the shootings only because they changed something. Pressed further, he said, "He might care that people were dying."

Jurors heard Holmes' remarks in a video of his interview with Dr. William Reid.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 11:48:16 -0600
<![CDATA[VA: Denver construction will stop if Congress doesn't act]]> By DAN ELLIOTT http://gazette.com/va-denver-construction-will-stop-if-congress-doesnt-act/article/feed/234826?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-denver-construction-will-stop-if-congress-doesnt-act/article/feed/234826?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Construction on the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital will stop if Congress doesn't authorize more spending on the project within a week, the Veterans Affairs Department said Monday.

VA Secretary Robert McDonald told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in a memo that his department has identified $150 million it could funnel to the project from this year's budget to keep the work moving, but Congress must first raise the spending limit by $200 million to $1 billion.

The spending limit is separate from the $730 million the VA has asked Congress to appropriate to finish the project.

McDonald also told the committee the VA was willing to scale back the project, delaying construction of a nursing hom

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VA Secretary Robert McDonald told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in a memo that his department has identified $150 million it could funnel to the project from this year's budget to keep the work moving, but Congress must first raise the spending limit by $200 million to $1 billion.

The spending limit is separate from the $730 million the VA has asked Congress to appropriate to finish the project.

McDonald also told the committee the VA was willing to scale back the project, delaying construction of a nursing hom]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 22:31:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Feds to help farmers, ranchers in Ogallala Aquifer region]]> http://gazette.com/feds-to-help-farmers-ranchers-in-ogallala-aquifer-region/article/feed/234159?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/feds-to-help-farmers-ranchers-in-ogallala-aquifer-region/article/feed/234159?custom_click=rss CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials say farmers and ranchers who depend on the Ogallala Aquifer will benefit from $6.5 million in funding.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that it would be investing in projects in a handful of states with the goal of conserving billions of gallons of water to extend the life of the aquifer.

Underlying eight states, the Ogallala supports nearly one-fifth of the U.S. wheat, corn, cotton and cattle production. It has long been the main water supply for communities throughout the Great Plains and is being depleted at an unsustainable rate.

In eastern New Mexico, the Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to work with farmers to convert irrigated cropland to d

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that it would be investing in projects in a handful of states with the goal of conserving billions of gallons of water to extend the life of the aquifer.

Underlying eight states, the Ogallala supports nearly one-fifth of the U.S. wheat, corn, cotton and cattle production. It has long been the main water supply for communities throughout the Great Plains and is being depleted at an unsustainable rate.

In eastern New Mexico, the Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to work with farmers to convert irrigated cropland to d]]> Sat, 16 May 2015 11:30:56 -0600 <![CDATA[CDOT employee killed in multi-vehicle crash near Monarch]]> http://gazette.com/cdot-employee-killed-in-multi-vehicle-crash-near-monarch/article/feed/234116?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cdot-employee-killed-in-multi-vehicle-crash-near-monarch/article/feed/234116?custom_click=rss MONARCH, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a state transportation employee was killed in a multi-vehicle crash near the base of Monarch Pass.

The Colorado State Patrol says the driver of a tractor-trailer heading east down the pass on U.S. Highway 50 caused the crash in an active construction zone Friday afternoon.

Eastbound traffic was stopped so the westbound traffic could proceed through a construction site. The tractor-trailer did not stop, and instead crossed into the westbound lane, hitting a passenger truck and a dump truck. Another vehicle was hit after the initial crash.

The driver of the dump truck, who worked for the Colorado Department of Transportation, was killed and the tractor-trailer driver was seriously i

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]]> MONARCH, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a state transportation employee was killed in a multi-vehicle crash near the base of Monarch Pass.

The Colorado State Patrol says the driver of a tractor-trailer heading east down the pass on U.S. Highway 50 caused the crash in an active construction zone Friday afternoon.

Eastbound traffic was stopped so the westbound traffic could proceed through a construction site. The tractor-trailer did not stop, and instead crossed into the westbound lane, hitting a passenger truck and a dump truck. Another vehicle was hit after the initial crash.

The driver of the dump truck, who worked for the Colorado Department of Transportation, was killed and the tractor-trailer driver was seriously i]]> Sat, 16 May 2015 00:15:39 -0600