<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:49:45 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ring-a-ding-ding: Snowy day means freebies for Colorado Springs jewelry store customers]]> By debbie kelley debbie.kelley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/ring-a-ding-ding-snowy-day-means-freebies-for-colorado-springs-jewelry-store-customers/article/1547270?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ring-a-ding-ding-snowy-day-means-freebies-for-colorado-springs-jewelry-store-customers/article/1547270?custom_click=rss

About 160 people in the Pikes Peak region won a Jack Frost jackpot, thanks to 5 inches of snow that fell at the Colorado Springs Airport on Feb. 21.

Under a Snow and Ice promotion put on by Luisa Graff Jewelers, customers who purchased items at full price between Jan. 17 and Feb. 14 would get them for free if it snowed more than 3 inches at the airport Feb. 21.

This week, the store began telling the customers that they'll be refunded the cost of their rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and other purchases.

"I've never won anything, ever," said Tracy Crane, who went to Luisa Graff Jewelers to buy a replacement for a lost wedding ring set. "It was amazing when we heard a storm was coming."

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About 160 people in the Pikes Peak region won a Jack Frost jackpot, thanks to 5 inches of snow that fell at the Colorado Springs Airport on Feb. 21.

Under a Snow and Ice promotion put on by Luisa Graff Jewelers, customers who purchased items at full price between Jan. 17 and Feb. 14 would get them for free if it snowed more than 3 inches at the airport Feb. 21.

This week, the store began telling the customers that they'll be refunded the cost of their rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and other purchases.

"I've never won anything, ever," said Tracy Crane, who went to Luisa Graff Jewelers to buy a replacement for a lost wedding ring set. "It was amazing when we heard a storm was coming."

Crane said she and her

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<![CDATA[Ugly Colorado Springs commute ahead as 2 snow pulses arrive overnight; military, some schools on delayed starts]]> Kassondra Cloos, The Gazette http://gazette.com/ugly-colorado-springs-commute-ahead-as-2-snow-pulses-arrive-overnight-military-some-schools-on-delayed-starts/article/1547237?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ugly-colorado-springs-commute-ahead-as-2-snow-pulses-arrive-overnight-military-some-schools-on-delayed-starts/article/1547237?custom_click=rss

Many military personnel and some students in the Colorado Springs area are on delayed starts Wednesday because of the latest round of winter weather.

9:41 p.m. Tuesday update:

The Pikes Peak region are under a winter weather advisory snow until midday Wednesday, the National Weather Service in Pueblo announced Tuesday night.

The advisory went into effect at 7:50 p.m.

Freezing drizzle is expected in southern El Paso County. The northern half of the county is expecting 3 to 6 inches of snow, according to the Weather Service, and other parts of the region could get 4 to 8.

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Many military personnel and some students in the Colorado Springs area are on delayed starts Wednesday because of the latest round of winter weather.

9:41 p.m. Tuesday update:

The Pikes Peak region are under a winter weather advisory snow until midday Wednesday, the National Weather Service in Pueblo announced Tuesday night.

The advisory went into effect at 7:50 p.m.

Freezing drizzle is expected in southern El Paso County. The northern half of the county is expecting 3 to 6 inches of snow, according to the Weather Service, and other parts of the region could get 4 to 8.

Colorado Springs road crews were on full call-out Tuesday night to coat roads with anti-icing liquid, liquid and granular de-icers and

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<![CDATA[Bigger things in store for Colorado Springs outdoors retailer]]> By lance benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/bigger-things-in-store-for-colorado-springs-outdoors-retailer/article/1547261?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bigger-things-in-store-for-colorado-springs-outdoors-retailer/article/1547261?custom_click=rss

At Mountain Equipment Recyclers, part of the proceeds from sales of used and donated gear goes back to the community, and a running tally of goodwill - now exceeding $60,000 - is posted in chalk behind the register for all to see.

Soon, a bigger chalkboard might be in order.

Starting this week, the 4-year-old outdoors retailer at 1024 S. Tejon St. will begin work on an expansion that will double its size to roughly 5,000 square feet.

"Year over year, we keep seeing growth, and it's just energizing," said owner Mike Mazzola, who opened up shop in 2010 to sell used outdoor gear on consignment and later expanded to offer new and donated merchandise.

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]]> At Mountain Equipment Recyclers, part of the proceeds from sales of used and donated gear goes back to the community, and a running tally of goodwill - now exceeding $60,000 - is posted in chalk behind the register for all to see.

Soon, a bigger chalkboard might be in order.

Starting this week, the 4-year-old outdoors retailer at 1024 S. Tejon St. will begin work on an expansion that will double its size to roughly 5,000 square feet.

"Year over year, we keep seeing growth, and it's just energizing," said owner Mike Mazzola, who opened up shop in 2010 to sell used outdoor gear on consignment and later expanded to offer new and donated merchandise.]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:20:37 -0700 <![CDATA[El Paso County says it's not liable for damages sought in lawsuit by Sheriff's Office employees]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-says-its-not-liable-for-damages-sought-in-lawsuit-by-sheriffs-office-employees/article/1547283?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-says-its-not-liable-for-damages-sought-in-lawsuit-by-sheriffs-office-employees/article/1547283?custom_click=rss

El Paso County says it sought to protect Sheriff's Office employees when allegations surfaced of hostile behavior by former Sheriff Terry Maketa and former Undersheriff Paula Presley and it should not have to pay damages sought by five employees who have filed a lawsuit.

The federal lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Denver. It was brought by Lt. Cheryl Peck, Sgt. Rob Stone and three commanders who were put on administrative leave by Maketa hours after they filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint in May 2014. Cmdrs. Rodney Gehrett and Rob King and now-Chief Mitch Lincoln had alleged that Maketa was a hostile boss who ran an office rampant with sexual favoritism and discrimination.

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The federal lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Denver. It was brought by Lt. Cheryl Peck, Sgt. Rob Stone and three commanders who were put on administrative leave by Maketa hours after they filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint in May 2014. Cmdrs. Rodney Gehrett and Rob King and now-Chief Mitch Lincoln had alleged that Maketa was a hostile boss who ran an office rampant with sexual favoritism and discrimination.]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:15:20 -0700 <![CDATA[Giving stray cat a home turned into 'scary' experience for Colorado Springs family]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/giving-stray-cat-a-home-turned-into-scary-experience-for-colorado-springs-family/article/1547278?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/giving-stray-cat-a-home-turned-into-scary-experience-for-colorado-springs-family/article/1547278?custom_click=rss

A 6-month-old kitten that recently was diagnosed with rabies had been checked by a veterinarian and received rabies shots a couple of weeks before showing symptoms of the deadly virus, its owner said Tuesday.

But the checkup came too late.

The kitten, named Jello, was a stray found in early February that became the first rabid domestic cat to test positive for the virus in El Paso County since 1966. Twenty people must take a series of preventative shots after being exposed to the virus, which is deadly once symptoms arise.

Justine Jovel, 23, said she got the cat from a person on Craigslist, who had found the kitten near Union Boulevard and Woodmen Road about 12 hours earlier.

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But the checkup came too late.

The kitten, named Jello, was a stray found in early February that became the first rabid domestic cat to test positive for the virus in El Paso County since 1966. Twenty people must take a series of preventative shots after being exposed to the virus, which is deadly once symptoms arise.

Justine Jovel, 23, said she got the cat from a person on Craigslist, who had found the kitten near Union Boulevard and Woodmen Road about 12 hours earlier.]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:15:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs crews fill thousands of potholes, can't keep up with deteriorating roads]]> By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-crews-fill-thousands-of-potholes-cant-keep-up-with-deteriorating-roads/article/1547280?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-crews-fill-thousands-of-potholes-cant-keep-up-with-deteriorating-roads/article/1547280?custom_click=rss

If you think you have been dodging more cracks and holes on Colorado Springs roadways so far in 2015, it's true.

"We're on course to do a record number of potholes this year," said Corey Farkas, division manager for the city's streets division.

City crews filled 6,281 potholes in January and February, an increase of more than 3,600 over the same period in 2014, he said.

The streets division has spent $27,547 on potholes, Farkas said, more than 16 percent of its allocated budget for repairs.

"It's been seething under the surface, if you will, for a long, long time," he said.

Max Kirschbaum, operations manager for the El Paso County Public Services Department, said the case is different for the roads under his

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]]> If you think you have been dodging more cracks and holes on Colorado Springs roadways so far in 2015, it's true.

"We're on course to do a record number of potholes this year," said Corey Farkas, division manager for the city's streets division.

City crews filled 6,281 potholes in January and February, an increase of more than 3,600 over the same period in 2014, he said.

The streets division has spent $27,547 on potholes, Farkas said, more than 16 percent of its allocated budget for repairs.

"It's been seething under the surface, if you will, for a long, long time," he said.

Max Kirschbaum, operations manager for the El Paso County Public Services Department, said the case is different for the roads under his]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:15:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Affidavit: Fort Carson soldier siphoned refund money from inflated tax returns]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/affidavit-fort-carson-soldier-siphoned-refund-money-from-inflated-tax-returns/article/1547279?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/affidavit-fort-carson-soldier-siphoned-refund-money-from-inflated-tax-returns/article/1547279?custom_click=rss A Fort Carson soldier accused of pilfering thousands of dollars through inflated tax refunds appeared to carry out the scheme through an off-post side business, according to an arrest affidavit.

Spc. Jeremy Roberson, 27, is accused of stealing more than $22,000 from tax returns for 2012 and 2013 that he filed on behalf of at least 15 people, according to the affidavit.

A married couple suspected something was amiss when one of them tried to take out a student loan, according to the affidavit. During that process, the couple learned that the tax refund was higher than first thought.

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Spc. Jeremy Roberson, 27, is accused of stealing more than $22,000 from tax returns for 2012 and 2013 that he filed on behalf of at least 15 people, according to the affidavit.

A married couple suspected something was amiss when one of them tried to take out a student loan, according to the affidavit. During that process, the couple learned that the tax refund was higher than first thought.]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:15:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Seeking 'something special']]> Bill Vogrin http://gazette.com/seeking-something-special/article/1547296?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/seeking-something-special/article/1547296?custom_click=rss

ennifer Speer and Marianne Horvath live on opposite sides of the Cragmor neighborhood, and each is staring down the barrel of large apartment buildings proposed by private, out-of-state developers to house students at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Neither woman is thrilled by the projects taking aim on Cragmor, a community of 3,500 modest homes that neighbors say is rapidly transitioning from a quiet, family area into a haven for hard-partying college students in rentals.

As longtime residents die or move, investors are converting homes to rentals, responding to demand for student housing as UCCS' enrollment has exploded to about 11,200 and dormitory construction has failed to keep up.

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]]> ennifer Speer and Marianne Horvath live on opposite sides of the Cragmor neighborhood, and each is staring down the barrel of large apartment buildings proposed by private, out-of-state developers to house students at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Neither woman is thrilled by the projects taking aim on Cragmor, a community of 3,500 modest homes that neighbors say is rapidly transitioning from a quiet, family area into a haven for hard-partying college students in rentals.

As longtime residents die or move, investors are converting homes to rentals, responding to demand for student housing as UCCS' enrollment has exploded to about 11,200 and dormitory construction has failed to keep up.]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:15:05 -0700 <![CDATA[One Colorado Springs mayoral candidate raises more money than all other candidates combined]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/one-colorado-springs-mayoral-candidate-raises-more-money-than-all-other-candidates-combined/article/1547276?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/one-colorado-springs-mayoral-candidate-raises-more-money-than-all-other-candidates-combined/article/1547276?custom_click=rss

John Suthers continued to add to his fundraising lead in the mayor's race, while money from political action committees and developers made a big difference for four City Council candidates, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

Suthers raised $37,880 from 81 donors between Feb. 11 and Monday, increasing his total for the campaign to $279,023. His fundraising total to date is more than the combined total raised by the 19 other candidates for mayor and the council, combined, with more than $40,000 to spare, according to reports filed with the Colorado Springs City Clerk's Office.

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]]> John Suthers continued to add to his fundraising lead in the mayor's race, while money from political action committees and developers made a big difference for four City Council candidates, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

Suthers raised $37,880 from 81 donors between Feb. 11 and Monday, increasing his total for the campaign to $279,023. His fundraising total to date is more than the combined total raised by the 19 other candidates for mayor and the council, combined, with more than $40,000 to spare, according to reports filed with the Colorado Springs City Clerk's Office.]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:15:04 -0700 <![CDATA[Mayoral candidate Makepeace says collaboration, leadership key to improving Colorado Springs]]> By Monica Mendoza monica.mendoza@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/mayoral-candidate-makepeace-says-collaboration-leadership-key-to-improving-colorado-springs/article/1547287?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mayoral-candidate-makepeace-says-collaboration-leadership-key-to-improving-colorado-springs/article/1547287?custom_click=rss

Mary Lou Makepeace hosted a series of roundtable discussions to talk with people about the issues important to them in Colorado Springs.

She did that when she was mayor in 1997. And she did that in recent weeks after she announced her intention to run for mayor again.

"I'm a very collaborative kind of person," she said.

But don't mistake good manners for weaknesses, she said.

"I don't back down if I don't think it's an appropriate thing to do," she said.

Makepeace broke the news in September to her political science class at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs that she was running for mayor. There was an instant buzz and questions of would she or wouldn't she.

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]]> Mary Lou Makepeace hosted a series of roundtable discussions to talk with people about the issues important to them in Colorado Springs.

She did that when she was mayor in 1997. And she did that in recent weeks after she announced her intention to run for mayor again.

"I'm a very collaborative kind of person," she said.

But don't mistake good manners for weaknesses, she said.

"I don't back down if I don't think it's an appropriate thing to do," she said.

Makepeace broke the news in September to her political science class at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs that she was running for mayor. There was an instant buzz and questions of would she or wouldn't she.]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:15:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs mayoral debate set for Wednesday evening]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-mayoral-debate-set-for-wednesday-evening/article/1547293?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-mayoral-debate-set-for-wednesday-evening/article/1547293?custom_click=rss At least five of six mayoral candidates are expected to debate Wednesday evening in Broadmoor Hall at The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave.

The debate, 6:30 to 8 p.m., is sponsored by El Pomar Foundation's Forum for Civic Advancement, The Broadmoor and KOAA-TV. It will be moderated by KOAA's Rob Quirk.

The first 30 minutes of the debate will be televised live on KOAA5, and the entire debate will be live-streamed at koaa.com.

The event is free and open to the public.

Candidates who have confirmed their participation are Tony Carpenter, Amy Lathen, Mary Lou Makepeace, Joel Miller and John Suthers. Candidate Lawrence Martinez also was invited.

A reception will follow, 8 to 9 p.m. in the Carriage House Museum, 11 Lake

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The debate, 6:30 to 8 p.m., is sponsored by El Pomar Foundation's Forum for Civic Advancement, The Broadmoor and KOAA-TV. It will be moderated by KOAA's Rob Quirk.

The first 30 minutes of the debate will be televised live on KOAA5, and the entire debate will be live-streamed at koaa.com.

The event is free and open to the public.

Candidates who have confirmed their participation are Tony Carpenter, Amy Lathen, Mary Lou Makepeace, Joel Miller and John Suthers. Candidate Lawrence Martinez also was invited.

A reception will follow, 8 to 9 p.m. in the Carriage House Museum, 11 Lake]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:50:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado lawmakers seek penalties on using drones to invade privacy]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmakers-seek-penalties-on-using-drones-to-invade-privacy/article/1547236?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmakers-seek-penalties-on-using-drones-to-invade-privacy/article/1547236?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Colorado lawmakers want to criminalize the use of drones when they're used to monitor someone without their consent.

The proposal up for a House committee vote Tuesday would make it a crime of first-degree trespassing to take images of someone when they have an expectation of privacy. Drone users could also be charged with harassment if they use the technology to monitor someone's movements.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says a handful of states have passed laws creating penalties for the use of drones to invade someone's privacy.

A half-dozen states have also passed limits and guidelines on how law enforcement use drones, but a Colorado bill to limit government use of drones failed



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DENVER — Colorado lawmakers want to criminalize the use of drones when they're used to monitor someone without their consent.

The proposal up for a House committee vote Tuesday would make it a crime of first-degree trespassing to take images of someone when they have an expectation of privacy. Drone users could also be charged with harassment if they use the technology to monitor someone's movements.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says a handful of states have passed laws creating penalties for the use of drones to invade someone's privacy.

A half-dozen states have also passed limits and guidelines on how law enforcement use drones, but a Colorado bill to limit government use of drones failed

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Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:04:54 -0700
<![CDATA[Man pleads guilty to kidnapping teen in Colorado Springs park]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/man-pleads-guilty-to-kidnapping-teen-in-colorado-springs-park/article/1547281?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-pleads-guilty-to-kidnapping-teen-in-colorado-springs-park/article/1547281?custom_click=rss A 25-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to kidnapping for helping someone kidnap a teen from a Colorado Springs park to get information about some stolen items, said a 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office spokeswoman.

Nicholas Archuleta will be sentenced on April 28, said Lee Richards, a district attorney's spokeswoman.

Archuleta was one of two people who kidnapped a teenager from Cottonwood Park in June 2014, according to an arrest affidavit. After being held at gunpoint and questioned about stolen property, the teen was returned to the park uninjured, the affidavit said.

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Nicholas Archuleta will be sentenced on April 28, said Lee Richards, a district attorney's spokeswoman.

Archuleta was one of two people who kidnapped a teenager from Cottonwood Park in June 2014, according to an arrest affidavit. After being held at gunpoint and questioned about stolen property, the teen was returned to the park uninjured, the affidavit said.]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:15:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Upcoming job fair brings in100-plus employers with perhaps 3,000 positions to fill]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/upcoming-job-fair-brings-in100-plus-employers-with-perhaps-3000-positions-to-fill/article/1547273?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/upcoming-job-fair-brings-in100-plus-employers-with-perhaps-3000-positions-to-fill/article/1547273?custom_click=rss

From AAFSE to Zurich, more than 100 companies will be at a Colorado Springs job fair from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 2 at the Hotel Eleganté Conference and Event Center, 2886 S Circle Drive.

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center says there are "potentially" more than 3,000 open positions available at its spring job fair.

The event opens early, at 9:30 a.m., to veterans, transitioning military and their spouses.

Job seekers need to pre-register at www.ppwfc.org; attend the Make the Job Fair Work for You! Workshop; research companies; and apply online before the fair.

To see a list of employers, go to http://bit.ly/1F6SUN1.



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From AAFSE to Zurich, more than 100 companies will be at a Colorado Springs job fair from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 2 at the Hotel Eleganté Conference and Event Center, 2886 S Circle Drive.

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center says there are "potentially" more than 3,000 open positions available at its spring job fair.

The event opens early, at 9:30 a.m., to veterans, transitioning military and their spouses.

Job seekers need to pre-register at www.ppwfc.org; attend the Make the Job Fair Work for You! Workshop; research companies; and apply online before the fair.

To see a list of employers, go to http://bit.ly/1F6SUN1.

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<![CDATA[TruTV’s first scripted show to be set in Denver]]> Terry Terrones http://gazette.com/trutvs-first-scripted-show-to-be-set-in-denver/article/1547265?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trutvs-first-scripted-show-to-be-set-in-denver/article/1547265?custom_click=rss

The TruTV network is dipping its toes into scripted television, greenlighting its first comedy with a Colorado connection, “Those Who Can't.” The comedy centers on a trio of frustrated high school teachers who work at the ficitional Buchanan High School. The series stars show creators Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy, members of the Denver-based comedy troupe The Grawlix. TruTV has ordered 10 episodes of the show, with plans to launch by early 2016.



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The TruTV network is dipping its toes into scripted television, greenlighting its first comedy with a Colorado connection, “Those Who Can't.” The comedy centers on a trio of frustrated high school teachers who work at the ficitional Buchanan High School. The series stars show creators Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy, members of the Denver-based comedy troupe The Grawlix. TruTV has ordered 10 episodes of the show, with plans to launch by early 2016.

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<![CDATA[Denver International Airport celebrates 20th anniversary]]> http://gazette.com/denver-international-airport-celebrates-20th-anniversary/article/feed/209360?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-international-airport-celebrates-20th-anniversary/article/feed/209360?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Denver International Airport celebrated its 20th anniversary on Saturday.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said the airport is a growing hub for international air traffic with new nonstop flights to Tokyo and Panama City. Airport officials also said it's time to look to the future of the airport, which is seen as one of the top economic engines in Colorado.

The airport is now trying to find partners from the private sector for potential redevelopment of the Great Hall inside Jeppesen Terminal in an effort to relocate airport security and connect to a new hotel and transit center.

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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said the airport is a growing hub for international air traffic with new nonstop flights to Tokyo and Panama City. Airport officials also said it's time to look to the future of the airport, which is seen as one of the top economic engines in Colorado.

The airport is now trying to find partners from the private sector for potential redevelopment of the Great Hall inside Jeppesen Terminal in an effort to relocate airport security and connect to a new hotel and transit center.]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:15:47 -0700 <![CDATA[Governor: Oil, gas rules must protect mineral owners' rights]]> http://gazette.com/governor-oil-gas-rules-must-protect-mineral-owners-rights/article/feed/209252?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/governor-oil-gas-rules-must-protect-mineral-owners-rights/article/feed/209252?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — 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 re

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]]> DENVER (AP) — 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 re]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:22:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Denver breaks record for snowiest February with 22.2 inches]]> http://gazette.com/denver-breaks-record-for-snowiest-february-with-22.2-inches/article/feed/209052?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-breaks-record-for-snowiest-february-with-22.2-inches/article/feed/209052?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Denver has broken the record for its snowiest February.

The National Weather Service says Thursday's snowfall pushed the monthly accumulation to a tenth of an inch over the old record of 22.1 inches set in 1912. There's still a chance of more snowfall Friday and Saturday before March — the city's snowiest month — begins.

Boulder has also set a record for its snowiest February, with over 50 inches of snowfall. That smashed the previous record of 32.1 inches set in 2012.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Denver has broken the record for its snowiest February.

The National Weather Service says Thursday's snowfall pushed the monthly accumulation to a tenth of an inch over the old record of 22.1 inches set in 1912. There's still a chance of more snowfall Friday and Saturday before March — the city's snowiest month — begins.

Boulder has also set a record for its snowiest February, with over 50 inches of snowfall. That smashed the previous record of 32.1 inches set in 2012.]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:01:38 -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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]]> 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.]]> 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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]]> 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.]]> 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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]]> 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]]> 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