<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Sun, 01 Feb 2015 11:11:09 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has earthquake plan]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/oil-and-gas-conservation-commission-has-earthquake-plan/article/1545580?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oil-and-gas-conservation-commission-has-earthquake-plan/article/1545580?custom_click=rss

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission now has a plan for future earthquakes after two small quakes rattled an area in Weld County that officials later determined were likely caused by a nearby injection well.

The commission said NGL Water Solutions was not in violation of its state permit or any state rules at the time of the earthquakes, which occurred on May 31 and June 23.

Immediately after the second quake, the commission asked the company to shut down the operation while a study was conducted. The solution was a system to monitor wells for seismic activity so injection can be shut down or temporarily halted if the monitors detect inclined seismic activity.



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GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission now has a plan for future earthquakes after two small quakes rattled an area in Weld County that officials later determined were likely caused by a nearby injection well.

The commission said NGL Water Solutions was not in violation of its state permit or any state rules at the time of the earthquakes, which occurred on May 31 and June 23.

Immediately after the second quake, the commission asked the company to shut down the operation while a study was conducted. The solution was a system to monitor wells for seismic activity so injection can be shut down or temporarily halted if the monitors detect inclined seismic activity.

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Sun, 01 Feb 2015 09:06:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Manitou Springs fruitcake toss returns in style after one-year absence]]> By rich laden rich.laden@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/manitou-springs-fruitcake-toss-returns-in-style-after-one-year-absence/article/1545544?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manitou-springs-fruitcake-toss-returns-in-style-after-one-year-absence/article/1545544?custom_click=rss

It wasn't the Super Bowl, and these weren't footballs they were throwing - deflated or otherwise.

But Saturday's return of Manitou Springs' silly, but revered, Great Fruitcake Toss after a one-year absence brought out MVP performances in dozens of eager participants, some of whom came from as far as Boulder and suburban Denver.

"It's entertaining," said Colorado Springs resident Mike Gunther, who has been coming to the fruitcake toss since 2007. "You get rid of something you don't necessarily want. You get to toss it."

Several hundred people attended the three-hour event in Manitou's Memorial Park amid chilly, but not unbearable, temperatures and occasional light snow flurries.

"I think it was great," organizer



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It wasn't the Super Bowl, and these weren't footballs they were throwing - deflated or otherwise.

But Saturday's return of Manitou Springs' silly, but revered, Great Fruitcake Toss after a one-year absence brought out MVP performances in dozens of eager participants, some of whom came from as far as Boulder and suburban Denver.

"It's entertaining," said Colorado Springs resident Mike Gunther, who has been coming to the fruitcake toss since 2007. "You get rid of something you don't necessarily want. You get to toss it."

Several hundred people attended the three-hour event in Manitou's Memorial Park amid chilly, but not unbearable, temperatures and occasional light snow flurries.

"I think it was great," organizer

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Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:20:23 -0700
<![CDATA[Common Core, budgets spur discussion between Pikes Peak region legislators, constituents]]> By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/common-core-budgets-spur-discussion-between-pikes-peak-region-legislators-constituents/article/1545545?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/common-core-budgets-spur-discussion-between-pikes-peak-region-legislators-constituents/article/1545545?custom_click=rss The first week of Paul Lundeen's term as a state legislator was so busy that he could manage only a few hours of sleep after commuting back and forth from Denver to his home in Monument.

The former chairman of the state Board of Education decided he couldn't keep up with the exhausting schedule and got a place closer to the state Capitol in case he didn't want to make the return drive home.

Judging by the feedback he and three other Republican state legislators representing residents across the region received at a town hall meeting Saturday morning, it's only going to get busier.

About 60 people listened to, asked questions of and urged state Sen. Kent Lambert and state Reps.

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]]> The first week of Paul Lundeen's term as a state legislator was so busy that he could manage only a few hours of sleep after commuting back and forth from Denver to his home in Monument.

The former chairman of the state Board of Education decided he couldn't keep up with the exhausting schedule and got a place closer to the state Capitol in case he didn't want to make the return drive home.

Judging by the feedback he and three other Republican state legislators representing residents across the region received at a town hall meeting Saturday morning, it's only going to get busier.

About 60 people listened to, asked questions of and urged state Sen. Kent Lambert and state Reps.]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:20:22 -0700 <![CDATA[Alcohol redefined as 'weapon' in sexual assault cases by prosecutors, military officials]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/alcohol-redefined-as-weapon-in-sexual-assault-cases-by-prosecutors-military-officials/article/1545538?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/alcohol-redefined-as-weapon-in-sexual-assault-cases-by-prosecutors-military-officials/article/1545538?custom_click=rss The alcohol - rum, vodka, wine and hard cider - listed in the latest allegation of sexual assault between Air Force Academy cadets is being viewed in a new way by the military and civilian prosecutors.

Alcohol for years has been seen as a contributing factor in rapes, and it is thought to play a role in nearly half of the almost 6,000 sexual assaults reported across the Defense Department last year. But the role alcohol plays has been succinctly redefined.

"It's a weapon," said Katharina Booth, chief trial deputy and chief of the Boulder District Attorney's Office sexual assault unit.

Booth said the change comes from the realization that perpetrators are more likely to use alcohol to subdue their sexual assault victims

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Alcohol for years has been seen as a contributing factor in rapes, and it is thought to play a role in nearly half of the almost 6,000 sexual assaults reported across the Defense Department last year. But the role alcohol plays has been succinctly redefined.

"It's a weapon," said Katharina Booth, chief trial deputy and chief of the Boulder District Attorney's Office sexual assault unit.

Booth said the change comes from the realization that perpetrators are more likely to use alcohol to subdue their sexual assault victims]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:20:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Invisible population: Hidden homeless camps are scattered throughout Pikes Peak region]]> By jakob rodgers and stephen hobbs The Gazette - http://gazette.com/invisible-population-hidden-homeless-camps-are-scattered-throughout-pikes-peak-region/article/1545540?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/invisible-population-hidden-homeless-camps-are-scattered-throughout-pikes-peak-region/article/1545540?custom_click=rss

Outreach workers visiting a cave along west Fountain Creek last week could hardly breathe without sucking in bugs and dust that clotted the air. A towel, discarded clothes and bedding lay about 75 feet inside.

This used to be someone's home.

Five years into a Colorado Springs-wide camping ban, homeless camps may be gone from Monument Creek. But elaborate campsites and abandoned tents like this one remain commonplace miles from Colorado Springs' City Hall.

They rest near trickling creek beds, alongside businesses and across undeveloped private property stretching to the city's eastern boundary and beyond. One tattered tent was roughly 200 yards behind the Colorado Springs Police Department's training academy, where new



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Outreach workers visiting a cave along west Fountain Creek last week could hardly breathe without sucking in bugs and dust that clotted the air. A towel, discarded clothes and bedding lay about 75 feet inside.

This used to be someone's home.

Five years into a Colorado Springs-wide camping ban, homeless camps may be gone from Monument Creek. But elaborate campsites and abandoned tents like this one remain commonplace miles from Colorado Springs' City Hall.

They rest near trickling creek beds, alongside businesses and across undeveloped private property stretching to the city's eastern boundary and beyond. One tattered tent was roughly 200 yards behind the Colorado Springs Police Department's training academy, where new

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Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:20:19 -0700
<![CDATA[Side Streets: Sound effects make Murphy brothers' mural come to life in homage to Colorado Springs' railroad roots]]> Bill Vogrin http://gazette.com/side-streets-sound-effects-make-murphy-brothers-mural-come-to-life-in-homage-to-colorado-springs-railroad-roots/article/1545565?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/side-streets-sound-effects-make-murphy-brothers-mural-come-to-life-in-homage-to-colorado-springs-railroad-roots/article/1545565?custom_click=rss

First came the distinctive hissing of the steam locomotive's brakes releasing.

Next was the chugging of the engine roaring to life, its huge pistons firing, sending power to large steel drive wheels. Squealing sounds signaled the spinning of those wheels as they grabbed for traction against steel rails.

A conductor shouted: "All aboard!"

Then a long whistle blasted, followed by the groaning and creaking of railroad cars rocking down the tracks as the train pulled from the station. The chugging intensified as the train picked up speed, followed by long blasts of the horn.

I heard those sounds last week as I stood along Platte Avenue between Cascade Avenue and Tejon Street. They lasted about two minutes. Then they

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]]> First came the distinctive hissing of the steam locomotive's brakes releasing.

Next was the chugging of the engine roaring to life, its huge pistons firing, sending power to large steel drive wheels. Squealing sounds signaled the spinning of those wheels as they grabbed for traction against steel rails.

A conductor shouted: "All aboard!"

Then a long whistle blasted, followed by the groaning and creaking of railroad cars rocking down the tracks as the train pulled from the station. The chugging intensified as the train picked up speed, followed by long blasts of the horn.

I heard those sounds last week as I stood along Platte Avenue between Cascade Avenue and Tejon Street. They lasted about two minutes. Then they]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:20:16 -0700 <![CDATA[Wife of former Fort Carson officer steps her way to Army volunteer award]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/wife-of-former-fort-carson-officer-steps-her-way-to-army-volunteer-award/article/1545564?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wife-of-former-fort-carson-officer-steps-her-way-to-army-volunteer-award/article/1545564?custom_click=rss Jennifer Antonia didn't know she was walking her way toward a top Army honor while her husband was in Iraq.

The wife of retired Col. Bruce Antonia, former Fort Carson chief of staff, she earned the Army's Mary E. Walker Award for volunteer service. She earned it in steps.

"I was humbled," she said at a ceremony to receive a medallion that comes with the award.

When Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division had soldiers in Iraq in 2011, Antonia led spouses in Fort Carson's "Walk to Iraq and Back."

Wives, husbands and children of soldiers overseas worked out their nerves and loneliness with lengthy hikes in Fort Carson's Iron Horse Park, together logging enough mileage to nearly circle the planet.

"The biggest thing

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]]> Jennifer Antonia didn't know she was walking her way toward a top Army honor while her husband was in Iraq.

The wife of retired Col. Bruce Antonia, former Fort Carson chief of staff, she earned the Army's Mary E. Walker Award for volunteer service. She earned it in steps.

"I was humbled," she said at a ceremony to receive a medallion that comes with the award.

When Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division had soldiers in Iraq in 2011, Antonia led spouses in Fort Carson's "Walk to Iraq and Back."

Wives, husbands and children of soldiers overseas worked out their nerves and loneliness with lengthy hikes in Fort Carson's Iron Horse Park, together logging enough mileage to nearly circle the planet.

"The biggest thing]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:20:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Organizers expand El Paso County's annual homeless survey]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/organizers-expand-el-paso-countys-annual-homeless-survey/article/1545539?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/organizers-expand-el-paso-countys-annual-homeless-survey/article/1545539?custom_click=rss

This year's Point-In-Time homeless survey may be El Paso County's most comprehensive.

Organizers of the annual survey, led by the Pikes Peak United Way, say that they expanded the reach of this year's effort to get a more accurate picture of how many homeless people live in El Paso County.

Surveyors ask people where they stayed one night of the year - in this case, the night of Jan. 25 - while also gathering loads of demographic information. For example, people are asked whether they've been the victim of domestic violence or whether they suffer from alcoholism or a mental illness.

Over the next several months, responses are tallied and checked for duplicates (one person was surveyed five times in 2014).

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Organizers of the annual survey, led by the Pikes Peak United Way, say that they expanded the reach of this year's effort to get a more accurate picture of how many homeless people live in El Paso County.

Surveyors ask people where they stayed one night of the year - in this case, the night of Jan. 25 - while also gathering loads of demographic information. For example, people are asked whether they've been the victim of domestic violence or whether they suffer from alcoholism or a mental illness.

Over the next several months, responses are tallied and checked for duplicates (one person was surveyed five times in 2014).]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:20:08 -0700 <![CDATA[A big difference between jail and prison? Visitation, for one]]> BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/a-big-difference-between-jail-and-prison-visitation-for-one/article/1545543?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-big-difference-between-jail-and-prison-visitation-for-one/article/1545543?custom_click=rss Take whatever image you have of what it's like to visit an inmate in jail - particularly if that image comes from "Orange is the New Black," which is about prison - and throw it out the window.

Even if your imagination accurately distinguishes prison from jail - they have different purposes and are quite different places - chances are, it's nothing like reality at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center.

These days, visitation is all done by video.

In 2005, CJC started using a video visitation system that allows people to chat with inmates via screens in a different building. It significantly reduces the time it takes for deputies to prepare inmates for visitation, said Sgt. Greg White of the El Paso County Sheriff's

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]]> Take whatever image you have of what it's like to visit an inmate in jail - particularly if that image comes from "Orange is the New Black," which is about prison - and throw it out the window.

Even if your imagination accurately distinguishes prison from jail - they have different purposes and are quite different places - chances are, it's nothing like reality at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center.

These days, visitation is all done by video.

In 2005, CJC started using a video visitation system that allows people to chat with inmates via screens in a different building. It significantly reduces the time it takes for deputies to prepare inmates for visitation, said Sgt. Greg White of the El Paso County Sheriff's]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:20:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Moose kill triggers tighter restrictions for Colorado hunters]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/moose-kill-triggers-tighter-restrictions-for-colorado-hunters/article/1545552?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/moose-kill-triggers-tighter-restrictions-for-colorado-hunters/article/1545552?custom_click=rss NEDERLAND — The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission is setting limits on moose hunting around Brainard Lake near Nederland after a bow hunter shot and killed a moose near a wildlife viewing area.

The rule bars moose hunting for a quarter-mile from the lake as long as the area is open to the public.

The Boulder Daily Camera reports (http://tinyurl.com/pcuwywz ) there was a public outcry after a bow hunter shot a bull moose in September and it died near people there to watch wildlife.

The hunter had a valid tag to shoot a moose in the area and Parks and Wildlife officials said it was a legal kill.



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NEDERLAND — The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission is setting limits on moose hunting around Brainard Lake near Nederland after a bow hunter shot and killed a moose near a wildlife viewing area.

The rule bars moose hunting for a quarter-mile from the lake as long as the area is open to the public.

The Boulder Daily Camera reports (http://tinyurl.com/pcuwywz ) there was a public outcry after a bow hunter shot a bull moose in September and it died near people there to watch wildlife.

The hunter had a valid tag to shoot a moose in the area and Parks and Wildlife officials said it was a legal kill.

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Sat, 31 Jan 2015 21:10:53 -0700
<![CDATA[Cab driver gets stiffed at gunpoint after drive from Denver to Colorado Springs]]> By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/cab-driver-gets-stiffed-at-gunpoint-after-drive-from-denver-to-colorado-springs/article/1545547?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cab-driver-gets-stiffed-at-gunpoint-after-drive-from-denver-to-colorado-springs/article/1545547?custom_click=rss A cab driver was robbed of a fare at gunpoint after driving a passenger to Colorado Springs from Denver, Colorado Springs police said.

The cab driver was dropping a female off near the 400 block of north Corona Street when a male came to the vehicle and pointed a handgun at the cab driver while the passenger exited the cab without paying, police said.

Police said the female passenger left with the male and another female.

An investigation is ongoing and police did not provide additional details.



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A cab driver was robbed of a fare at gunpoint after driving a passenger to Colorado Springs from Denver, Colorado Springs police said.

The cab driver was dropping a female off near the 400 block of north Corona Street when a male came to the vehicle and pointed a handgun at the cab driver while the passenger exited the cab without paying, police said.

Police said the female passenger left with the male and another female.

An investigation is ongoing and police did not provide additional details.

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Sat, 31 Jan 2015 19:21:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Watch: Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region Puppy Bowl]]> The Gazette http://gazette.com/watch-humane-society-of-the-pikes-peak-region-puppy-bowl/article/1545549?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/watch-humane-society-of-the-pikes-peak-region-puppy-bowl/article/1545549?custom_click=rss The Big Game came early in Colorado Springs, well, at least for these pups. The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region posted its Puppy Bowl Saturday on YouTube. The 3-minute video had almost 300 views Saturday night. Watch it here.



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The Big Game came early in Colorado Springs, well, at least for these pups. The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region posted its Puppy Bowl Saturday on YouTube. The 3-minute video had almost 300 views Saturday night. Watch it here.

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Sat, 31 Jan 2015 19:15:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Some icy roads reported as scattered light snow, rain continue in Pikes Peak region]]> By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/some-icy-roads-reported-as-scattered-light-snow-rain-continue-in-pikes-peak-region/article/1545529?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/some-icy-roads-reported-as-scattered-light-snow-rain-continue-in-pikes-peak-region/article/1545529?custom_click=rss Cooler temperatures and light snow returned to the Pikes Peak region this weekend, but for this time of year, it's not that bad.

"This is more March or April-like," said Brian Bledsoe, chief meteorologist for Gazette news partner KKTV. "It's pretty benign."

Woodland Park, Palmer Lake and Colorado Springs are likely to see some rain and snow into Saturday evening.

That precipitation was causing some icy roads by 6 p.m. Saturday. The Colorado State Patrol tweeted that there had been three crashes in 30 minutes in Black Forest, north of the Springs, and that El Paso County's Transportation Department was being requested to put down sand.

At least one crash occurred on Vollmer Road, near Kirk Drive in Black Forest,



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Cooler temperatures and light snow returned to the Pikes Peak region this weekend, but for this time of year, it's not that bad.

"This is more March or April-like," said Brian Bledsoe, chief meteorologist for Gazette news partner KKTV. "It's pretty benign."

Woodland Park, Palmer Lake and Colorado Springs are likely to see some rain and snow into Saturday evening.

That precipitation was causing some icy roads by 6 p.m. Saturday. The Colorado State Patrol tweeted that there had been three crashes in 30 minutes in Black Forest, north of the Springs, and that El Paso County's Transportation Department was being requested to put down sand.

At least one crash occurred on Vollmer Road, near Kirk Drive in Black Forest,

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Sat, 31 Jan 2015 18:36:25 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has earthquake plan]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-oil-and-gas-conservation-commission-has-earthquake-plan/article/1545536?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-oil-and-gas-conservation-commission-has-earthquake-plan/article/1545536?custom_click=rss GREELEY — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission now has a plan for future earthquakes after two small quakes rattled an area in Weld County that officials later determined were likely caused by a nearby injection well.

The commission said NGL Water Solutions was not in violation of its state permit or any state rules at the time of the earthquakes, which occurred on May 31 and June 23.

Immediately after the second quake, the commission asked the company to shut down the operation while a study was conducted. The solution was a system to monitor wells for seismic activity so injection can be shut down or temporarily halted if the monitors detect inclined seismic activity.



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GREELEY — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission now has a plan for future earthquakes after two small quakes rattled an area in Weld County that officials later determined were likely caused by a nearby injection well.

The commission said NGL Water Solutions was not in violation of its state permit or any state rules at the time of the earthquakes, which occurred on May 31 and June 23.

Immediately after the second quake, the commission asked the company to shut down the operation while a study was conducted. The solution was a system to monitor wells for seismic activity so injection can be shut down or temporarily halted if the monitors detect inclined seismic activity.

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Sat, 31 Jan 2015 16:23:14 -0700
<![CDATA[Ice climber falls to death in Colorado]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/ice-climber-falls-to-death-in-colorado/article/1545530?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ice-climber-falls-to-death-in-colorado/article/1545530?custom_click=rss SILVERTON — An ice climber has fallen to his death in Silverton's Eureka Canyon.

According to the Durango Herald (http://tinyurl.com/mosb2s3 ), Mark Miller was guiding clients up a well-known route called First Gully and at some point was climbing near his rope when he fell on Friday evening.

The 50-year-old climber was an Ouray County emergency medical technician and a member of Ouray Mountain Rescue.



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SILVERTON — An ice climber has fallen to his death in Silverton's Eureka Canyon.

According to the Durango Herald (http://tinyurl.com/mosb2s3 ), Mark Miller was guiding clients up a well-known route called First Gully and at some point was climbing near his rope when he fell on Friday evening.

The 50-year-old climber was an Ouray County emergency medical technician and a member of Ouray Mountain Rescue.

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Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:22:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Denver police investigate fatal stabbing near state capitol]]> http://gazette.com/denver-police-investigate-fatal-stabbing-near-state-capitol/article/feed/196593?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-police-investigate-fatal-stabbing-near-state-capitol/article/feed/196593?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Police are asking for the public's help in finding the person who stabbed a man to death in Denver.

Officers were called to a disturbance near the state capitol at about 5 a.m. Friday and found the victim on the sidewalk. The man, whose name and age have not been released, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

No other information was released.

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Officers were called to a disturbance near the state capitol at about 5 a.m. Friday and found the victim on the sidewalk. The man, whose name and age have not been released, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

No other information was released.]]> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 21:16:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado theater shooting defense seeks another trial delay]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-theater-shooting-defense-seeks-another-trial-delay/article/feed/193785?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-theater-shooting-defense-seeks-another-trial-delay/article/feed/193785?custom_click=rss CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case are again asking a judge to delay the trial, less than two weeks before jury selection is set to begin.

James Holmes' lawyers said in court filings Wednesday that they need more time to review the massive amounts of evidence they continue to receive from prosecutors. They said they have been handed more than 1,600 pages of documents as well as new CDs and DVDS in the past month alone.

The defense lawyers are asking for at least four to six weeks to research three new prosecution witnesses and said they could hire additional experts of their own.

"There will be no opportunity for this preparation given how busy counsel will be once jury se

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James Holmes' lawyers said in court filings Wednesday that they need more time to review the massive amounts of evidence they continue to receive from prosecutors. They said they have been handed more than 1,600 pages of documents as well as new CDs and DVDS in the past month alone.

The defense lawyers are asking for at least four to six weeks to research three new prosecution witnesses and said they could hire additional experts of their own.

"There will be no opportunity for this preparation given how busy counsel will be once jury se]]> Wed, 07 Jan 2015 21:06:10 -0700 <![CDATA[Partisan gridlock could dog 2015 Colorado Legislature]]> http://gazette.com/partisan-gridlock-could-dog-2015-colorado-legislature/article/feed/193330?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/partisan-gridlock-could-dog-2015-colorado-legislature/article/feed/193330?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — The legislative session that begins Wednesday in Colorado promises no shortage of juicy debates — from gun control and marijuana, to end-of-life decisions and new limits on oil and gas drilling.

But it's an open question whether a Legislature sharply divided between Republicans and Democrats will manage to agree on those proposals.

After two years of Democratic control, the Legislature is newly divided. Republicans control the Senate by a single seat, and Democrats hold the House by just three seats.

"We're spending a lot of time reaching across the aisle to find out, where are the places we can find common ground?" said incoming Senate President Bill Cadman, a Colorado Springs Republican.

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But it's an open question whether a Legislature sharply divided between Republicans and Democrats will manage to agree on those proposals.

After two years of Democratic control, the Legislature is newly divided. Republicans control the Senate by a single seat, and Democrats hold the House by just three seats.

"We're spending a lot of time reaching across the aisle to find out, where are the places we can find common ground?" said incoming Senate President Bill Cadman, a Colorado Springs Republican.]]> Tue, 06 Jan 2015 15:18:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Hazardous snow conditions on Colorado plains]]> http://gazette.com/hazardous-snow-conditions-on-colorado-plains/article/feed/192668?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hazardous-snow-conditions-on-colorado-plains/article/feed/192668?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Blowing and drifting snow is moving across the northeast Colorado plains.

The National Weather Service said Saturday visibility will drop as the wind picks up causing whiteout conditions.

Snow along the Eastern Plains is expected to end by midnight with up to four inches of new powder.

The drive along Interstate 70 west of Denver will also be snowy at times. The heaviest snow will fall around the Flattops and Park and Elkhead Mountains where accumulations could hit 4 to 8 inches.

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The National Weather Service said Saturday visibility will drop as the wind picks up causing whiteout conditions.

Snow along the Eastern Plains is expected to end by midnight with up to four inches of new powder.

The drive along Interstate 70 west of Denver will also be snowy at times. The heaviest snow will fall around the Flattops and Park and Elkhead Mountains where accumulations could hit 4 to 8 inches.]]> Sat, 03 Jan 2015 16:00:41 -0700