<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:23:38 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[AFA: Cadet dies in weekend skiing incident]]> BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/afa-cadet-dies-in-weekend-skiing-incident/article/1545245?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/afa-cadet-dies-in-weekend-skiing-incident/article/1545245?custom_click=rss A weekend of celebration turned tragic for the Air Force Academy after a freshman cadet died in a skiing accident during a gathering for airmen at a Summit County resort.

Cadet John "Jack" Lindsey was pronounced dead by the Summit County coroner after a Saturday incident, the academy said Monday. Lindsey was in Keystone with as many as 4,000 airmen, retirees and family members to join in SnoFest at Keystone Resort, an annual weekend of fun for airmen from Colorado and Wyoming.

"The Academy is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own. Our most sincere condolences go out to Jack's family," Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, the academy's superintendent, said in a statement.



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A weekend of celebration turned tragic for the Air Force Academy after a freshman cadet died in a skiing accident during a gathering for airmen at a Summit County resort.

Cadet John "Jack" Lindsey was pronounced dead by the Summit County coroner after a Saturday incident, the academy said Monday. Lindsey was in Keystone with as many as 4,000 airmen, retirees and family members to join in SnoFest at Keystone Resort, an annual weekend of fun for airmen from Colorado and Wyoming.

"The Academy is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own. Our most sincere condolences go out to Jack's family," Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, the academy's superintendent, said in a statement.

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:29:58 -0700
<![CDATA[Federal inmate convicted of threatening prison guards in Colorado]]> BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/federal-inmate-convicted-of-threatening-prison-guards-in-colorado/article/1545266?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/federal-inmate-convicted-of-threatening-prison-guards-in-colorado/article/1545266?custom_click=rss A federal inmate in Florence has been convicted of using letters to threaten prison guards and their families, the U.S. Attorney's office in Denver said Monday.

A jury found 59-year-old Theron Maxton guilty on four counts of threatening a federal officer, Justice Department spokesman Jeffrey Dorschner said in a news release.

Maxton was an inmate at the Florence Correctional Complex when he made the threats, according to Dorschner. Maxton will be sentenced May 1. Each count carries a maximum of 10 years behind bars.

Best known for its "SuperMax" facility used to house the nation's most dangerous prisoners, the federal Florence Correction Complex also houses medium- and high-security inmates including Maxton.



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A federal inmate in Florence has been convicted of using letters to threaten prison guards and their families, the U.S. Attorney's office in Denver said Monday.

A jury found 59-year-old Theron Maxton guilty on four counts of threatening a federal officer, Justice Department spokesman Jeffrey Dorschner said in a news release.

Maxton was an inmate at the Florence Correctional Complex when he made the threats, according to Dorschner. Maxton will be sentenced May 1. Each count carries a maximum of 10 years behind bars.

Best known for its "SuperMax" facility used to house the nation's most dangerous prisoners, the federal Florence Correction Complex also houses medium- and high-security inmates including Maxton.

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:17:16 -0700
<![CDATA[New Colorado Springs school building was a collaborative effort]]> BY DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/new-colorado-springs-school-building-was-a-collaborative-effort/article/1545277?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-colorado-springs-school-building-was-a-collaborative-effort/article/1545277?custom_click=rss

Parents and teachers weren't the only ones who got a say in the design of Rocky Mountain Classical Academy's new building. It's pretty obvious that students did, too.

A giant twirly slide twists from the second floor to the first floor in the open cafeteria that doubles as seating for concerts, plays and other performances.

It's not a free-for-all, though. The slide is reserved for students who win awards or are celebrating birthdays.

A majority of a student vote - more than 90 percent of the kindergartners through eighth-graders - determined the blue and turquoise color scheme of new playground equipment.



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Parents and teachers weren't the only ones who got a say in the design of Rocky Mountain Classical Academy's new building. It's pretty obvious that students did, too.

A giant twirly slide twists from the second floor to the first floor in the open cafeteria that doubles as seating for concerts, plays and other performances.

It's not a free-for-all, though. The slide is reserved for students who win awards or are celebrating birthdays.

A majority of a student vote - more than 90 percent of the kindergartners through eighth-graders - determined the blue and turquoise color scheme of new playground equipment.

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:49:53 -0700
<![CDATA[How much impact does oil and gas tax revenue have on the Colorado Springs area?]]> BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/how-much-impact-does-oil-and-gas-tax-revenue-have-on-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1545287?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/how-much-impact-does-oil-and-gas-tax-revenue-have-on-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1545287?custom_click=rss Every year, El Paso County gets a couple of hundred thousand in tax dollars from oil and gas and mineral extraction - which might seem odd, since the county has very little of either.

But thanks to annual state severance tax and federal mineral leases, slivers of municipal budgets all over El Paso County come from energy operators, few though they may be in an area with a smattering of oil wells and no active coal mining permits.

In 2014, El Paso County got $104,103.49 in severance taxes, which was distributed to nine local governments for the 2015 fiscal year, according to records released Monday by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Within the county, the city of Colorado Springs got the most - $57,003.



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Every year, El Paso County gets a couple of hundred thousand in tax dollars from oil and gas and mineral extraction - which might seem odd, since the county has very little of either.

But thanks to annual state severance tax and federal mineral leases, slivers of municipal budgets all over El Paso County come from energy operators, few though they may be in an area with a smattering of oil wells and no active coal mining permits.

In 2014, El Paso County got $104,103.49 in severance taxes, which was distributed to nine local governments for the 2015 fiscal year, according to records released Monday by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Within the county, the city of Colorado Springs got the most - $57,003.

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:40:08 -0700
<![CDATA[6 minors rescued from sex trafficking around Western Stock Show]]> BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/6-minors-rescued-from-sex-trafficking-around-western-stock-show/article/1545269?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/6-minors-rescued-from-sex-trafficking-around-western-stock-show/article/1545269?custom_click=rss Six minors were rescued from commercial sex trafficking before and during the recent National Western Stock Show in Denver, the FBI said Monday. Two unnamed traffickers were also arrested.

Major events such as the stock show can attract people trying to profit from criminal activity such as juvenile sex trafficking, special agent Thomas Ravenelle said in a news release.

"This will not be tolerated, and law enforcement will continue to use any such event as an opportunity to identify and rescue trafficked minors, prosecute those who exploit these children, and increase the public's awareness of commercial sexual exploitation involving children," he said.



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Six minors were rescued from commercial sex trafficking before and during the recent National Western Stock Show in Denver, the FBI said Monday. Two unnamed traffickers were also arrested.

Major events such as the stock show can attract people trying to profit from criminal activity such as juvenile sex trafficking, special agent Thomas Ravenelle said in a news release.

"This will not be tolerated, and law enforcement will continue to use any such event as an opportunity to identify and rescue trafficked minors, prosecute those who exploit these children, and increase the public's awareness of commercial sexual exploitation involving children," he said.

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:15:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs gas prices headed back up]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-gas-prices-headed-back-up/article/1545276?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-gas-prices-headed-back-up/article/1545276?custom_click=rss It looks as if it's time to mute the celebration over low gas prices.

According to an industry analyst, the Colorado Springs area is unlikely to see a continued drop in the cost of gas, at least for the next few months.

In fact, the average price for a gallon of gasoline in the Colorado Springs area rose to $1.80 from $1.72 a week ago, when the area had the fourth-lowest price among the 166 U.S. metropolitan areas tracked by GasBuddy.com.

"Prices are inching up and the lowest prices have vaporized," Patrick DeHaan, a GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst, said Monday.

"The lowest prices in the country are always the first to disappear because they are operating with the lowest profit margins.

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According to an industry analyst, the Colorado Springs area is unlikely to see a continued drop in the cost of gas, at least for the next few months.

In fact, the average price for a gallon of gasoline in the Colorado Springs area rose to $1.80 from $1.72 a week ago, when the area had the fourth-lowest price among the 166 U.S. metropolitan areas tracked by GasBuddy.com.

"Prices are inching up and the lowest prices have vaporized," Patrick DeHaan, a GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst, said Monday.

"The lowest prices in the country are always the first to disappear because they are operating with the lowest profit margins.]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:15:27 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs gets close, but misses record temp]]> BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-gets-close-but-misses-record-temp/article/1545253?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-gets-close-but-misses-record-temp/article/1545253?custom_click=rss

A 33-year-old high-temperature record for Colorado Springs was almost broken Monday, but the sun didn't shine quite warm enough.

The record-high temperature for Jan. 26 in the city was set with a balmy 68 degrees in 1982.

Monday's high of 66 degrees was reached by 
midafternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

The warmth is because of a ridge of high pressure in the Pikes Peak region that's expected to stick around into Wednesday.

Other places that flirted with record-high temperatures Monday included Lamar and Pueblo, the weather service said.

Tuesday is expected to bring more record-threatening heat. The warmest temperature recorded in Colorado Springs for Jan. 27 came in 1970,

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The record-high temperature for Jan. 26 in the city was set with a balmy 68 degrees in 1982.

Monday's high of 66 degrees was reached by 
midafternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

The warmth is because of a ridge of high pressure in the Pikes Peak region that's expected to stick around into Wednesday.

Other places that flirted with record-high temperatures Monday included Lamar and Pueblo, the weather service said.

Tuesday is expected to bring more record-threatening heat. The warmest temperature recorded in Colorado Springs for Jan. 27 came in 1970,]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:15:25 -0700 <![CDATA[Coquette's Bistro & Bakery expanding its downtown Colorado Springs location]]> By rich laden rich.laden@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/coquettes-bistro-bakery-expanding-its-downtown-colorado-springs-location/article/1545272?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coquettes-bistro-bakery-expanding-its-downtown-colorado-springs-location/article/1545272?custom_click=rss

oquette's Bistro & Bakery has come a long way from the 1,600-square-foot location that opened more than five years ago in Manitou Springs.

The family-run business, whose gluten-free offerings and homemade products have developed a loyal following, is growing again - expanding its nearly year-old downtown Colorado Springs location and broadening its sales at Whole Foods Market stores.

"We have just been growing and growing," said Michelle Marx, who - along with daughter Turu Marx-Eurich - owns and operates Coquette's.

The business opened at 321 N. Tejon St. in April and is taking over the next-door space recently vacated by Smiley's Bakery and Cafe, Marx said. When the expansion is completed around March 1, Coquette's

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]]> oquette's Bistro & Bakery has come a long way from the 1,600-square-foot location that opened more than five years ago in Manitou Springs.

The family-run business, whose gluten-free offerings and homemade products have developed a loyal following, is growing again - expanding its nearly year-old downtown Colorado Springs location and broadening its sales at Whole Foods Market stores.

"We have just been growing and growing," said Michelle Marx, who - along with daughter Turu Marx-Eurich - owns and operates Coquette's.

The business opened at 321 N. Tejon St. in April and is taking over the next-door space recently vacated by Smiley's Bakery and Cafe, Marx said. When the expansion is completed around March 1, Coquette's]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:15:25 -0700 <![CDATA[The Country Life: Snowstorms can isolate folks out in the country]]> BY BILL RADFORD bill.radford@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/the-country-life-snowstorms-can-isolate-folks-out-in-the-country/article/1545295?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-country-life-snowstorms-can-isolate-folks-out-in-the-country/article/1545295?custom_click=rss

Though winter appears to be taking a break this week, it'll be back. And recent snowstorms - including one that kept me holed up in a downtown hotel overnight instead of venturing home - have had me thinking about emergency preparedness.

While I was stuck in town, my wife, Margaret, was home, so there was someone there to keep an eye on the house and all the critters. But what if we were both stranded away from home? Or what if we were stuck AT home?

It could easily happen. As the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan for El Paso County, in its chapter on winter storms, notes: "In rural areas, homes and farms may be isolated for days."

We lived in town when the October 1997 blizzard struck, but my late sister-in-law, Stevie, had

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While I was stuck in town, my wife, Margaret, was home, so there was someone there to keep an eye on the house and all the critters. But what if we were both stranded away from home? Or what if we were stuck AT home?

It could easily happen. As the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan for El Paso County, in its chapter on winter storms, notes: "In rural areas, homes and farms may be isolated for days."

We lived in town when the October 1997 blizzard struck, but my late sister-in-law, Stevie, had]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:15:08 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs council may flush Mayor Steve Bach's stormwater plan]]> BY MONICA MENDOZA monica.mendoza@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-council-may-flush-mayor-steve-bachs-stormwater-plan/article/1545285?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-council-may-flush-mayor-steve-bachs-stormwater-plan/article/1545285?custom_click=rss It appears that Colorado Springs City Council will let Mayor Steve Bach's capital improvement proposal for stormwater projects, roads and parks go down the drain.

The council is set to vote Tuesday on whether to put a $160 million bond issue on the April 7 ballot, but it does not appear Bach has the five votes he needs - despite a last-minute phone and email campaign by the newly formed Colorado Springs Forward group to drum up council and citizen support.

Two alternative proposals by council members surfaced Monday, and the proposal advanced by Councilwoman Jan Martin for a "pay as we go" stormwater plan could be the one that gains council's favor.

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The council is set to vote Tuesday on whether to put a $160 million bond issue on the April 7 ballot, but it does not appear Bach has the five votes he needs - despite a last-minute phone and email campaign by the newly formed Colorado Springs Forward group to drum up council and citizen support.

Two alternative proposals by council members surfaced Monday, and the proposal advanced by Councilwoman Jan Martin for a "pay as we go" stormwater plan could be the one that gains council's favor.]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:10:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Point-In-Time workers attempt to tally Colorado Springs homeless]]> BY JAKOB RODGERS AND STEPHEN HOBBS The Gazette - http://gazette.com/point-in-time-workers-attempt-to-tally-colorado-springs-homeless/article/1545288?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/point-in-time-workers-attempt-to-tally-colorado-springs-homeless/article/1545288?custom_click=rss Trudging through a muddy field, Andrew Phelps and a cadre of outreach workers approached a trash-strewn camp where it appeared that two people were living in a tent.

They came bearing socks, candy and a simple request: Can we count you?

About 100 people fanned out across El Paso County for the annual Point-In-Time survey - a census of the region's homeless population that focused on where people stayed Sunday night into Monday morning.

Organized by Pikes Peak United Way, the effort runs through Wednesday and aims to offer the best snapshot possible of the area's homeless population. Some information is required for the region to seek millions in federal funds to combat homelessness.

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They came bearing socks, candy and a simple request: Can we count you?

About 100 people fanned out across El Paso County for the annual Point-In-Time survey - a census of the region's homeless population that focused on where people stayed Sunday night into Monday morning.

Organized by Pikes Peak United Way, the effort runs through Wednesday and aims to offer the best snapshot possible of the area's homeless population. Some information is required for the region to seek millions in federal funds to combat homelessness.]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:10:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Pueblo County Sheriff's Office IDs man killed by police]]> BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/pueblo-county-sheriffs-office-ids-man-killed-by-police/article/1545274?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pueblo-county-sheriffs-office-ids-man-killed-by-police/article/1545274?custom_click=rss A man who was killed by Pueblo police in a shootout on Sunday has been identified by the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office.

Orlando Lopez, 26, was shot while exchanging gunfire with police, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office. Police pursued Lopez and Roberto Rodriquez-Garcia, 26, after an alleged attempted home invasion. Garcia was arrested on suspicion of menacing and burglary.

Video of the shooting was captured on police body and dashboard cameras, and the 10th Judicial District Critical Incident Team, or CIT, is reviewing the footage as evidence. The team has substantiated witness statements that Lopez shot at officers and more than one officer shot back, according to the release.



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A man who was killed by Pueblo police in a shootout on Sunday has been identified by the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office.

Orlando Lopez, 26, was shot while exchanging gunfire with police, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office. Police pursued Lopez and Roberto Rodriquez-Garcia, 26, after an alleged attempted home invasion. Garcia was arrested on suspicion of menacing and burglary.

Video of the shooting was captured on police body and dashboard cameras, and the 10th Judicial District Critical Incident Team, or CIT, is reviewing the footage as evidence. The team has substantiated witness statements that Lopez shot at officers and more than one officer shot back, according to the release.

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:27:15 -0700
<![CDATA[13-year-old killed in skiing accident at Crested Butte]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/13-year-old-killed-in-skiing-accident-at-crested-butte/article/1545290?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/13-year-old-killed-in-skiing-accident-at-crested-butte/article/1545290?custom_click=rss MONTROSE — Authorities say a 13-year-old boy was killed when he hit a tree while skiing at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1uV5v65 ) Luis Olide was skiing Lower Treasury, an intermediate trail, when he crashed at about 2 p.m. Friday. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The Gunnison County coroner's office says the boy, who was wearing a helmet, died of multiple upper-body injuries.

The Montrose Daily Press reports he was a student at Olathe Middle School.

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MONTROSE — Authorities say a 13-year-old boy was killed when he hit a tree while skiing at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1uV5v65 ) Luis Olide was skiing Lower Treasury, an intermediate trail, when he crashed at about 2 p.m. Friday. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The Gunnison County coroner's office says the boy, who was wearing a helmet, died of multiple upper-body injuries.

The Montrose Daily Press reports he was a student at Olathe Middle School.

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:08:40 -0700
<![CDATA[Denver police shoot, kill teen girl who struck officer with car]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/denver-police-shoot-kill-teen-girl-who-struck-officer-with-car/article/1545243?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-police-shoot-kill-teen-girl-who-struck-officer-with-car/article/1545243?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Two Denver police officers shot and killed a young woman who struck and injured one of the officers in a stolen car, authorities said Monday.

Few other details were immediately released after the shooting early Monday in an alley in a Denver residential neighborhood. The four other people in the car were not injured by the gunfire, and all were being questioned as part of the investigation, police said. It was not clear whether any had been arrested.

Police Chief Robert White, speaking to reporters at the scene, said an officer had been called to check on a car that had raised suspicions. After the officer checked the car's license plate and determined it had been reported stolen, another officer arrived.



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DENVER — Two Denver police officers shot and killed a young woman who struck and injured one of the officers in a stolen car, authorities said Monday.

Few other details were immediately released after the shooting early Monday in an alley in a Denver residential neighborhood. The four other people in the car were not injured by the gunfire, and all were being questioned as part of the investigation, police said. It was not clear whether any had been arrested.

Police Chief Robert White, speaking to reporters at the scene, said an officer had been called to check on a car that had raised suspicions. After the officer checked the car's license plate and determined it had been reported stolen, another officer arrived.

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:05:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado lawmakers consider banning powdered alcohol]]> IVAN MORENO, Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmakers-consider-banning-powdered-alcohol/article/1545251?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmakers-consider-banning-powdered-alcohol/article/1545251?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Colorado lawmakers will consider whether to ban powdered alcohol before the product arrives in stores amid worries that its convenience will make it easy to sneak into schools and sporting events.

Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana, South Carolina and Vermont have already banned the product, which is pending approval from federal regulators. A bill to join those states will be considered Monday in a Colorado House committee.

The product called "Palcohol" is an ounce of rum or vodka in powdered form in a plastic bag. Water is mixed in to the bag, and each serving is the equivalent of a shot of liquor, according to Lipsmark, the company that owns the product.

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DENVER — Colorado lawmakers will consider whether to ban powdered alcohol before the product arrives in stores amid worries that its convenience will make it easy to sneak into schools and sporting events.

Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana, South Carolina and Vermont have already banned the product, which is pending approval from federal regulators. A bill to join those states will be considered Monday in a Colorado House committee.

The product called "Palcohol" is an ounce of rum or vodka in powdered form in a plastic bag. Water is mixed in to the bag, and each serving is the equivalent of a shot of liquor, according to Lipsmark, the company that owns the product.

The Denver Broncos agree with the proposal to ban

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:40:30 -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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]]> 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.]]> Sat, 03 Jan 2015 16:00:41 -0700