<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:27:16 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Kaiser Permanente joins list of insurers for some care at UCCS' Lane Center]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/kaiser-permanente-joins-list-of-insurers-for-some-care-at-uccs-lane-center/article/1547076?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kaiser-permanente-joins-list-of-insurers-for-some-care-at-uccs-lane-center/article/1547076?custom_click=rss

A new insurance company has agreed to cover care offered at the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences, but only for a portion of its HealthCircle.

Kaiser Permanente clients ages 18 and older will be covered for visits to the center's Primary Care Clinic, the company and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs announced Friday.

The move brings another insurance giant into the fold at the UCCS center, which has agreements with Medicare and several carriers, including Anthem, United Healthcare and Cigna.

The center opened in early 2014 with the aim of offering a new level of integrated health care by placing numerous services in one building and easing the lines of communication between them.



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A new insurance company has agreed to cover care offered at the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences, but only for a portion of its HealthCircle.

Kaiser Permanente clients ages 18 and older will be covered for visits to the center's Primary Care Clinic, the company and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs announced Friday.

The move brings another insurance giant into the fold at the UCCS center, which has agreements with Medicare and several carriers, including Anthem, United Healthcare and Cigna.

The center opened in early 2014 with the aim of offering a new level of integrated health care by placing numerous services in one building and easing the lines of communication between them.

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:55:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Sheriff's Office arrests man who allegedly posed as mail carrier to steal identities]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/sheriffs-office-arrests-man-who-allegedly-posed-as-mail-carrier-to-steal-identities/article/1547081?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sheriffs-office-arrests-man-who-allegedly-posed-as-mail-carrier-to-steal-identities/article/1547081?custom_click=rss

The discovery of a cloned Colorado license plate led El Paso County Sheriff's Office deputies to a man they say used a postal worker's uniform to steal mail.

Jesse D. Williams was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of unlawful possession with intent, two counts of identity theft and first-degree criminal trespass.

The Sheriff's Office says Williams created a fictitious license plate by filing an old one down and using stencils to copy a valid plate number onto the metal. The fake plate, copied from a 2014 black Dodge Challenger, was put on a stolen 2014 gray Dodge Challenger.

The car was reported stolen from an Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Englewood.

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Jesse D. Williams was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of unlawful possession with intent, two counts of identity theft and first-degree criminal trespass.

The Sheriff's Office says Williams created a fictitious license plate by filing an old one down and using stencils to copy a valid plate number onto the metal. The fake plate, copied from a 2014 black Dodge Challenger, was put on a stolen 2014 gray Dodge Challenger.

The car was reported stolen from an Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Englewood.]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:35:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Discomfort comes with leadership, VA undersecretary tells Air Force Academy cadets]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/discomfort-comes-with-leadership-va-undersecretary-tells-air-force-academy-cadets/article/1547068?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/discomfort-comes-with-leadership-va-undersecretary-tells-air-force-academy-cadets/article/1547068?custom_click=rss

Allison Hickey told an Air Force Academy crowd Friday that her time as a cadet there taught her how to be uncomfortable.

And learning that skill, the undersecretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs said, made her the leader she became.

Hickey was the recipient of the academy's 2015 Character and Leadership Award and the final speaker of the school's National Character and Leadership Symposium. A 1980 graduate, she was a member of the first class of women at the academy and quickly became known as a trailblazer for women's rights there.

"That was uncomfortable," she told a capacity crowd in the school's Arnold Hall auditorium.



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Allison Hickey told an Air Force Academy crowd Friday that her time as a cadet there taught her how to be uncomfortable.

And learning that skill, the undersecretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs said, made her the leader she became.

Hickey was the recipient of the academy's 2015 Character and Leadership Award and the final speaker of the school's National Character and Leadership Symposium. A 1980 graduate, she was a member of the first class of women at the academy and quickly became known as a trailblazer for women's rights there.

"That was uncomfortable," she told a capacity crowd in the school's Arnold Hall auditorium.

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:25:36 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs medical team braves snowstorm to help Alamosa newborns]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-medical-team-braves-snowstorm-to-help-alamosa-newborns/article/1547075?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-medical-team-braves-snowstorm-to-help-alamosa-newborns/article/1547075?custom_click=rss

Sleeping soundly on Friday morning, Kolton neared the moment when doctors could remove a tube that had helped him breathe for five days.

Call it a moment of calm after the storm of his nearly week-old life.

On Sunday, Kolton, who suffers from a respiratory disorder, was one of two newborns who needed critical care at an Alamosa hospital during a statewide snowstorm. His condition - as well as the birth of a baby who came three months early - led a medical team from St. Francis Medical Center in northeast Colorado Springs to make two harried, 300-plus-mile trips to get them in ambulances.

Five days later, the babies were more stable, and doctors took Kolton off a ventilator on Friday night. That opened the possibility



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Sleeping soundly on Friday morning, Kolton neared the moment when doctors could remove a tube that had helped him breathe for five days.

Call it a moment of calm after the storm of his nearly week-old life.

On Sunday, Kolton, who suffers from a respiratory disorder, was one of two newborns who needed critical care at an Alamosa hospital during a statewide snowstorm. His condition - as well as the birth of a baby who came three months early - led a medical team from St. Francis Medical Center in northeast Colorado Springs to make two harried, 300-plus-mile trips to get them in ambulances.

Five days later, the babies were more stable, and doctors took Kolton off a ventilator on Friday night. That opened the possibility

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:15:38 -0700
<![CDATA[Homeland Security budget issues could impact Colorado Springs command]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/homeland-security-budget-issues-could-impact-colorado-springs-command/article/1547071?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/homeland-security-budget-issues-could-impact-colorado-springs-command/article/1547071?custom_click=rss

The Homeland Security budget showdown will be felt at U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, but won't impact the command's ability to protect America from threats, including terrorism, a spokesman said Friday.

Northern Command, formed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to protect American soil and provide Defense Department support in civilian disasters, has a sizable contingent of Homeland Security workers from the agency itself and its departments, including the Secret Service, Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Coast Guard.

Those workers "will be forced to go on furlough or work without pay," command spokesman Army Lt. Col. Mike Jazdyk said Friday.



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The Homeland Security budget showdown will be felt at U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, but won't impact the command's ability to protect America from threats, including terrorism, a spokesman said Friday.

Northern Command, formed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to protect American soil and provide Defense Department support in civilian disasters, has a sizable contingent of Homeland Security workers from the agency itself and its departments, including the Secret Service, Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Coast Guard.

Those workers "will be forced to go on furlough or work without pay," command spokesman Army Lt. Col. Mike Jazdyk said Friday.

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:30:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Snow provides plenty of options near and in Colorado Springs for winter fun]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/snow-provides-plenty-of-options-near-and-in-colorado-springs-for-winter-fun/article/1547074?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/snow-provides-plenty-of-options-near-and-in-colorado-springs-for-winter-fun/article/1547074?custom_click=rss

Pikes Peak region residents have two options for the weekend: stay cozy, warm and voluntarily snowed-in, or go outside in search of great winter adventures.

The abundance of snow that has graced the region, according to outdoor enthusiasts, has made winter adventures easier to reach than usual.

Snow cover makes local sites such as Bear Creek and Monument Valley parks great for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, outdoor retailers say.

Act quickly, though, if you don't own your own gear: as of mid-afternoon Friday, most snowshoes and skis were rented out for the weekend.

Mountain Chalet was out of rental cross-country skis and only had two pairs of snowshoes for rent left as of 3:15 on Friday.



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Pikes Peak region residents have two options for the weekend: stay cozy, warm and voluntarily snowed-in, or go outside in search of great winter adventures.

The abundance of snow that has graced the region, according to outdoor enthusiasts, has made winter adventures easier to reach than usual.

Snow cover makes local sites such as Bear Creek and Monument Valley parks great for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, outdoor retailers say.

Act quickly, though, if you don't own your own gear: as of mid-afternoon Friday, most snowshoes and skis were rented out for the weekend.

Mountain Chalet was out of rental cross-country skis and only had two pairs of snowshoes for rent left as of 3:15 on Friday.

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:23:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado's marijuana businesses growing less than they could]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorados-marijuana-businesses-growing-less-than-they-could/article/1547073?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorados-marijuana-businesses-growing-less-than-they-could/article/1547073?custom_click=rss DENVER — Colorado's marijuana industry is producing a lot less than it could, according to a state report released Friday.

Although state laws limit how many plants a business can cultivate, the monthly average for medical marijuana businesses last year ranged from a third to about half of what they could have produced, according to the annual update released Friday by the marijuana enforcement division of the Department of Revenue. The division estimates retail cultivation averaged 40 percent or less of the production limit.

Other highlights of the report:

-- Of Colorado's 312 cities and towns, 228 prohibit medical and retail licenses. Still, the places that allow sales include the state's population centers,



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DENVER — Colorado's marijuana industry is producing a lot less than it could, according to a state report released Friday.

Although state laws limit how many plants a business can cultivate, the monthly average for medical marijuana businesses last year ranged from a third to about half of what they could have produced, according to the annual update released Friday by the marijuana enforcement division of the Department of Revenue. The division estimates retail cultivation averaged 40 percent or less of the production limit.

Other highlights of the report:

-- Of Colorado's 312 cities and towns, 228 prohibit medical and retail licenses. Still, the places that allow sales include the state's population centers,

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:40:11 -0700
<![CDATA[CU professor claims 'witch hunt' over global warming testimony]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/cu-professor-claims-witch-hunt-over-global-warming-testimony/article/1546993?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cu-professor-claims-witch-hunt-over-global-warming-testimony/article/1546993?custom_click=rss

DENVER — A University of Colorado environmental studies professor says he is the target of a congressman's "witch hunt" because he expressed doubt in congressional testimony about whether climate change is making natural disasters worse.

Roger Pielke Jr. made his comment this week after Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., asked whether he had any undisclosed funding from fossil fuel companies.

In a letter dated Tuesday, Grijalva, a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, asked the University of Colorado for a list of Pielke's external funding sources. Grijalva cited Pielke's testimony before a U.S. Senate panel in 2013 in which Pielke said it was wrong to blame greenhouse gases for worsening disasters.



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DENVER — A University of Colorado environmental studies professor says he is the target of a congressman's "witch hunt" because he expressed doubt in congressional testimony about whether climate change is making natural disasters worse.

Roger Pielke Jr. made his comment this week after Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., asked whether he had any undisclosed funding from fossil fuel companies.

In a letter dated Tuesday, Grijalva, a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, asked the University of Colorado for a list of Pielke's external funding sources. Grijalva cited Pielke's testimony before a U.S. Senate panel in 2013 in which Pielke said it was wrong to blame greenhouse gases for worsening disasters.

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:13:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Bill to address SWAT pranks rejected]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/bill-to-address-swat-pranks-rejected/article/1547072?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bill-to-address-swat-pranks-rejected/article/1547072?custom_click=rss

DENVER — A bill to make it easier to catch kids who call in false bomb threats and prank others with phony threats failed Friday in the Colorado Senate.

The measure would have modified Colorado's anonymous threat hotline, called Safe2Tell. The hotline was enacted after the 1999 Columbine High School shootings to give students an anonymous way to report threats.

Officials say the hotline has saved lives. But the anonymity has made Safe2Tell a bullying tool for some.

The sponsor of the measure, Sen. Owen Hill, said that the word "Safe2Tell" has become a verb for bullies to threaten others with falsely reporting that the target is considering suicide or hurting others.



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DENVER — A bill to make it easier to catch kids who call in false bomb threats and prank others with phony threats failed Friday in the Colorado Senate.

The measure would have modified Colorado's anonymous threat hotline, called Safe2Tell. The hotline was enacted after the 1999 Columbine High School shootings to give students an anonymous way to report threats.

Officials say the hotline has saved lives. But the anonymity has made Safe2Tell a bullying tool for some.

The sponsor of the measure, Sen. Owen Hill, said that the word "Safe2Tell" has become a verb for bullies to threaten others with falsely reporting that the target is considering suicide or hurting others.

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:11:47 -0700
<![CDATA[El Niño may be to blame for all the snow dumping on Colorado Springs]]> Kassondra Cloos, The Gazette http://gazette.com/el-nio-may-be-to-blame-for-all-the-snow-dumping-on-colorado-springs/article/1546865?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-nio-may-be-to-blame-for-all-the-snow-dumping-on-colorado-springs/article/1546865?custom_click=rss

Note: Click here for an updated list of school, military and other closings/delays Friday. 

Click here for flight information at Colorado Springs Airport.

Click here for information at Denver International Airport. 

Click here for Colorado Springs area traffic cameras

 

The sun-stealing snow is expected to keep coming off and on through early next week, meteorologists say, likely causing traffic hazards.

It’s part of a weather pattern change that is pulling in moisture from the West Coast.



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Note: Click here for an updated list of school, military and other closings/delays Friday. 

Click here for flight information at Colorado Springs Airport.

Click here for information at Denver International Airport. 

Click here for Colorado Springs area traffic cameras

 

The sun-stealing snow is expected to keep coming off and on through early next week, meteorologists say, likely causing traffic hazards.

It’s part of a weather pattern change that is pulling in moisture from the West Coast.

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:06:14 -0700
<![CDATA[Centennial-based health-care technology group expanding into Colorado Springs]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/centennial-based-health-care-technology-group-expanding-into-colorado-springs/article/1547059?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/centennial-based-health-care-technology-group-expanding-into-colorado-springs/article/1547059?custom_click=rss

Prime Health Collaborative, a Centennial-based group that works to build links between Colorado's technology and health care industries, will meet next month in Colorado Springs to expand those efforts to southern Colorado.

Up to 75 health care industry executives, doctors, investors and entrepreneurs are expected to attend the group's first local meeting on March 18 in the offices of CodeBaby Corp., which develops virtual online assistants for health insurers, financial services firms and government agencies.

The free meeting will feature presentations by representatives from the collaborative, CodeBaby, Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo and local venture capital fund manager PV Ventures LLC.



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Prime Health Collaborative, a Centennial-based group that works to build links between Colorado's technology and health care industries, will meet next month in Colorado Springs to expand those efforts to southern Colorado.

Up to 75 health care industry executives, doctors, investors and entrepreneurs are expected to attend the group's first local meeting on March 18 in the offices of CodeBaby Corp., which develops virtual online assistants for health insurers, financial services firms and government agencies.

The free meeting will feature presentations by representatives from the collaborative, CodeBaby, Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo and local venture capital fund manager PV Ventures LLC.

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:56:53 -0700
<![CDATA[Autopsy: Teen killed by Denver police had 4 gunshot wounds]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/autopsy-teen-killed-by-denver-police-had-4-gunshot-wounds/article/1547070?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/autopsy-teen-killed-by-denver-police-had-4-gunshot-wounds/article/1547070?custom_click=rss

DENVER — An autopsy shows a 17-year-old girl who was killed by Denver police officers while driving a stolen car suffered four gunshot wounds.

In a report released Friday, the Denver medical examiner's office said Jessica Hernandez also had marijuana and a small amount of alcohol in her system during the Jan. 26 shooting that sparked protests and calls for an outside investigation.

The shooting came during a national debate about police use of force after racially charged killings in Missouri and New York.

Police say two Denver officers fired at Hernandez after she drove toward one of them. The case remains under investigation by the district attorney.

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DENVER — An autopsy shows a 17-year-old girl who was killed by Denver police officers while driving a stolen car suffered four gunshot wounds.

In a report released Friday, the Denver medical examiner's office said Jessica Hernandez also had marijuana and a small amount of alcohol in her system during the Jan. 26 shooting that sparked protests and calls for an outside investigation.

The shooting came during a national debate about police use of force after racially charged killings in Missouri and New York.

Police say two Denver officers fired at Hernandez after she drove toward one of them. The case remains under investigation by the district attorney.

Two bullets entered through the left side of her

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:53:57 -0700
<![CDATA[Court: Colorado crime suspects can search victims' homes]]> By Sadie Gurman, Associated Press http://gazette.com/court-colorado-crime-suspects-can-search-victims-homes/article/1547061?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/court-colorado-crime-suspects-can-search-victims-homes/article/1547061?custom_click=rss

DENVER — An appeals court added Colorado to the list of states that can allow criminal suspects to search victims' homes to bolster their defense — a move that raised concerns among prosecutors and victims' advocates.

The Colorado judges wrote in their Thursday decision that courts in California, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Massachusetts have determined a defendant's right to a fair trial sometimes outweighs privacy interests.

Victims' rights advocates strongly objected to the decision.

"It's going to have a re-victimizing effect in a criminal justice process that is already very re-victimizing," said Boulder-based victims' rights attorney John Clune.



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DENVER — An appeals court added Colorado to the list of states that can allow criminal suspects to search victims' homes to bolster their defense — a move that raised concerns among prosecutors and victims' advocates.

The Colorado judges wrote in their Thursday decision that courts in California, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Massachusetts have determined a defendant's right to a fair trial sometimes outweighs privacy interests.

Victims' rights advocates strongly objected to the decision.

"It's going to have a re-victimizing effect in a criminal justice process that is already very re-victimizing," said Boulder-based victims' rights attorney John Clune.

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:48:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Struggling Colorado Springs middle school gets one-year reprieve]]> By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/struggling-colorado-springs-middle-school-gets-one-year-reprieve/article/1547064?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/struggling-colorado-springs-middle-school-gets-one-year-reprieve/article/1547064?custom_click=rss

Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy is in what Principal James Nason calls "an interesting place."

The magnet middle school in Colorado Springs School District 11 with a special focus on aviation is one of 30 schools across the state in its fifth consecutive year of low academic performance. Under Colorado's accreditation rating system, those schools are considered to be failing.

"It means you have to look at what you are doing and see whether it's working," Nason said. "If it's not, what changes will you make and how you will you mentor those changes?"

Struggling schools that don't improve could face closure, state takeover or mandatory conversion to a different type of school, under a 2009 law.



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Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy is in what Principal James Nason calls "an interesting place."

The magnet middle school in Colorado Springs School District 11 with a special focus on aviation is one of 30 schools across the state in its fifth consecutive year of low academic performance. Under Colorado's accreditation rating system, those schools are considered to be failing.

"It means you have to look at what you are doing and see whether it's working," Nason said. "If it's not, what changes will you make and how you will you mentor those changes?"

Struggling schools that don't improve could face closure, state takeover or mandatory conversion to a different type of school, under a 2009 law.

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:25:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Governor: Oil, gas rules must protect mineral owners' rights]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/governor-oil-gas-rules-must-protect-mineral-owners-rights/article/1547067?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/governor-oil-gas-rules-must-protect-mineral-owners-rights/article/1547067?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Any attempt to give local governments more control over oil and gas drilling in Colorado must protect the rights of people who own underground mineral rights, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Friday.

Some people have owned or leased those rights for decades, long before Colorado's growing cities spread onto land above rich oil and gas deposits, Hickenlooper said in an interview with The Associated Press.

"What right does government have to take that person's lease away from them?" he said. "Through no fault of their own, the march of suburbanization, suddenly their lease is worth less than it was."

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DENVER — Any attempt to give local governments more control over oil and gas drilling in Colorado must protect the rights of people who own underground mineral rights, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Friday.

Some people have owned or leased those rights for decades, long before Colorado's growing cities spread onto land above rich oil and gas deposits, Hickenlooper said in an interview with The Associated Press.

"What right does government have to take that person's lease away from them?" he said. "Through no fault of their own, the march of suburbanization, suddenly their lease is worth less than it was."

Surface owners' property rights should also be protected, Hickenlooper said, adding that energy companies are

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:09:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado turns to toll roads to make up funding gap]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-turns-to-toll-roads-to-make-up-funding-gap/article/feed/207017?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-turns-to-toll-roads-to-make-up-funding-gap/article/feed/207017?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — As funding for highway construction and upkeep dwindles, Colorado has increasingly turned toward a once-unthinkable way to fund road expansion: tolls.

The federal highway trust fund gave the state nearly 9 percent less last year than in 2008 after adjusting for inflation, mirroring a nationwide dwindling of earmarked funds for road maintenance. But in Colorado, state budget woes and a unique tax limitation law have exacerbated the trend, according to transportation officials. The state's Department of Transportation said it now spends $1.2 billion on roads when in 2007 it spent today's equivalent of $1.7 billion.

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The federal highway trust fund gave the state nearly 9 percent less last year than in 2008 after adjusting for inflation, mirroring a nationwide dwindling of earmarked funds for road maintenance. But in Colorado, state budget woes and a unique tax limitation law have exacerbated the trend, according to transportation officials. The state's Department of Transportation said it now spends $1.2 billion on roads when in 2007 it spent today's equivalent of $1.7 billion.]]> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:48:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Rally planned at Denver police memorial that was defaced]]> http://gazette.com/rally-planned-at-denver-police-memorial-that-was-defaced/article/feed/206991?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rally-planned-at-denver-police-memorial-that-was-defaced/article/feed/206991?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Denver, state and national police groups are endorsing a pro-law enforcement rally Saturday at a memorial to fallen officers.

During a Feb. 14 protest against police use of force, demonstrators threw red paint, since cleaned off, on the memorial at Denver police headquarters. Two men were later charged with vandalism.

Some officers have criticized Chief Robert White for not allowing them to try to stop the vandalism during the protest, while others have supported White and a policy of avoiding confrontation to keep officers safe.

Supporters of police have been leaving flowers, candles and flags at the memorial since last week's protest.

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During a Feb. 14 protest against police use of force, demonstrators threw red paint, since cleaned off, on the memorial at Denver police headquarters. Two men were later charged with vandalism.

Some officers have criticized Chief Robert White for not allowing them to try to stop the vandalism during the protest, while others have supported White and a policy of avoiding confrontation to keep officers safe.

Supporters of police have been leaving flowers, candles and flags at the memorial since last week's protest.]]> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 06:15:39 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado rejects limit on open-space land seizures]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-rejects-limit-on-open-space-land-seizures/article/feed/205552?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-rejects-limit-on-open-space-land-seizures/article/feed/205552?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — A bipartisan group of Colorado senators rejected a proposal Tuesday to limit government seizures of private land for open space.

The bill would have prevented counties from using eminent-domain laws to seize private land for open space, parks, conservation or preservation of views.

The measure was inspired by a Summit County family that sold a 10-acre parcel on an old mining claim last year after a long court battle with the county. The county used eminent domain to acquire the parcel.

"Personal property rights are so ingrained in this country that we should never be taking land for open space," said the sponsor of the measure, Sen. Larry Crowder, R-Alamosa.

A Democrat who voted against the proposa

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The bill would have prevented counties from using eminent-domain laws to seize private land for open space, parks, conservation or preservation of views.

The measure was inspired by a Summit County family that sold a 10-acre parcel on an old mining claim last year after a long court battle with the county. The county used eminent domain to acquire the parcel.

"Personal property rights are so ingrained in this country that we should never be taking land for open space," said the sponsor of the measure, Sen. Larry Crowder, R-Alamosa.

A Democrat who voted against the proposa]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:18:38 -0700 <![CDATA[Jury prospects questioned about Colorado mass shooting case]]> http://gazette.com/jury-prospects-questioned-about-colorado-mass-shooting-case/article/feed/203870?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jury-prospects-questioned-about-colorado-mass-shooting-case/article/feed/203870?custom_click=rss CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A Vietnam veteran, an attorney and an art director were among the first people questioned directly about their views on the death penalty and mental illness as the second phase of jury selection began Wednesday in the Colorado theater shooting case.

In the weeks ahead, hundreds of people who were not excused after filling out lengthy questionnaires will be asked about their beliefs and background and what they know about the case.

Among the five people Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. excused Wednesday was a Vietnam War veteran who said he had post-traumatic stress disorder and cannot view graphic images without suffering symptoms.

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]]> CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A Vietnam veteran, an attorney and an art director were among the first people questioned directly about their views on the death penalty and mental illness as the second phase of jury selection began Wednesday in the Colorado theater shooting case.

In the weeks ahead, hundreds of people who were not excused after filling out lengthy questionnaires will be asked about their beliefs and background and what they know about the case.

Among the five people Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. excused Wednesday was a Vietnam War veteran who said he had post-traumatic stress disorder and cannot view graphic images without suffering symptoms.]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 22:01:48 -0700 <![CDATA[Man accidentally shot at Canon City home]]> http://gazette.com/man-accidentally-shot-at-canon-city-home/article/feed/203453?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-accidentally-shot-at-canon-city-home/article/feed/203453?custom_click=rss CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — Canon City police say a shooting that happened during what was initially reported as a home intrusion turned out to be accidental.

Investigators called to the scene Monday afternoon say the victim, an 18-year-old man, told them a masked man entered his home through a basement window and shot him during a confrontation. That prompted police to send out a notice to nearby residents to alert them that an armed suspect might be loose in the area.

Investigators later determined there was no intruder and the shooting was an accident. The man who was shot was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

No other details have been released.

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]]> CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — Canon City police say a shooting that happened during what was initially reported as a home intrusion turned out to be accidental.

Investigators called to the scene Monday afternoon say the victim, an 18-year-old man, told them a masked man entered his home through a basement window and shot him during a confrontation. That prompted police to send out a notice to nearby residents to alert them that an armed suspect might be loose in the area.

Investigators later determined there was no intruder and the shooting was an accident. The man who was shot was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

No other details have been released.]]> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 23:16:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Pedestrian hit by train in northern Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/pedestrian-hit-by-train-in-northern-colorado/article/feed/203455?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pedestrian-hit-by-train-in-northern-colorado/article/feed/203455?custom_click=rss FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a pedestrian was struck by a train in northern Colorado.

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office says the pedestrian, whose name and age have not been released, was hit in Wellington just before 5 p.m. Monday. Investigators have not said why the victim was on the tracks.

The pedestrian, whose condition has not been released, has only been identified as a female. No other information was available Monday night.

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]]> FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a pedestrian was struck by a train in northern Colorado.

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office says the pedestrian, whose name and age have not been released, was hit in Wellington just before 5 p.m. Monday. Investigators have not said why the victim was on the tracks.

The pedestrian, whose condition has not been released, has only been identified as a female. No other information was available Monday night.]]> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 23:15:59 -0700 <![CDATA[Memorial service for Grand County deputy killed in crash]]> http://gazette.com/memorial-service-for-grand-county-deputy-killed-in-crash/article/feed/202834?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/memorial-service-for-grand-county-deputy-killed-in-crash/article/feed/202834?custom_click=rss GRANBY, Colo. (AP) — A memorial service is being held Saturday for an off-duty sheriff's deputy who was killed in a crash in Grand County.

Officials plan a procession of public safety officers from the Grand County Sheriff's Office to the YMCA where the services are being held.

Authorities say 30-year-old Alycia Riggs was killed in a two-vehicle accident north of Granby. Investigators believe slick roads played a role.

Before joining the Grand County Sheriff's Office in September, Riggs was a member of the Sterling Police Department and the Adams State University Police Department.

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]]> GRANBY, Colo. (AP) — A memorial service is being held Saturday for an off-duty sheriff's deputy who was killed in a crash in Grand County.

Officials plan a procession of public safety officers from the Grand County Sheriff's Office to the YMCA where the services are being held.

Authorities say 30-year-old Alycia Riggs was killed in a two-vehicle accident north of Granby. Investigators believe slick roads played a role.

Before joining the Grand County Sheriff's Office in September, Riggs was a member of the Sterling Police Department and the Adams State University Police Department.]]> Sat, 07 Feb 2015 11:34:11 -0700