<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Wed, 10 Feb 2016 23:30:06 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Cañon City police receive $10,000 grant to fund K-9 program]]> http://gazette.com/caon-city-police-receive-10000-grant-to-fund-k-9-program/article/1569773?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/caon-city-police-receive-10000-grant-to-fund-k-9-program/article/1569773?custom_click=rss

As Cañon City police's lone crime-fighting dog, Duke has been called to plenty of volatile situations.

Sgt. Clint Robertson recalls one that involved a man who barricaded himself inside a home. The ordeal lasted just 3 minutes because the man gave up almost as soon as Duke arrived.

"He brought a much faster resolution," Robertson said.

The department hopes to keep Duke around. And now, financial assistance has arrived to keep him healthy.

Cañon City police's K-9 program recently received a $10,000 grant from Vested Interest in K9s Inc. - a nonprofit in East Taunton, Mass. - to cover Duke's injuries suffered in the line of duty, illness, diagnostic testing and therapies.

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]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:15:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Divine Redeemer students create compassion kits to give to anyone who needs one]]> http://gazette.com/divine-redeemer-students-create-compassion-kits-to-give-to-anyone-who-needs-one/article/1569735?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/divine-redeemer-students-create-compassion-kits-to-give-to-anyone-who-needs-one/article/1569735?custom_click=rss

Some students at Divine Redeemer Catholic School think they have a pretty good idea of the definition of the word "mercy."

"It means we're trying to be more faithful to God," says 12-year-old Giuliana Renda, a seventh-grade student.

"It means be nice," said first grader Luke Howery.

All students soon will understand what mercy looks like in action with a service project unlike any other the school has ever done.

Following Pope Francis' decree of a special holy year of mercy, the school's 203 kindergarten through eighth grade students assembled 635 "compassion kits" on Wednesday. It also was the first day of the Christian observance of Lent, a spiritual countdown to Easter.

On Dec.



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Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:03:40 -0700
<![CDATA[Cheyenne Mountain Zoo hopes Mexican gray wolves will find love]]> http://gazette.com/cheyenne-mountain-zoo-hopes-mexican-gray-wolves-will-find-love/article/1569705?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cheyenne-mountain-zoo-hopes-mexican-gray-wolves-will-find-love/article/1569705?custom_click=rss

Moments after a Cheyenne Mountain Zoo keeper set out a couple clumps of ground meat, LightHawk emerged from a small snow shelter nestled next to a pine tree.

The zoo's newest edition sniffed around for a few minutes Wednesday morning then made her way to the food, nibbling the morsels as male wolf Leopold kept his distance. Leopold eventually took a bite, then retreated back up the snow-covered hill in the Mexican gray wolf exhibit.

Kristen Cox, an animal keeper at the zoo for the last decade, said the pair were "doing real well, actually" after their introduction less than a day before.

LightHawk was flown from Scottsdale, Ariz., on Tuesday to fill the void left when her sister, Weeko, died of cancer in January.



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<![CDATA[Fort Carson's female Ranger, male classmate share spotlight on post]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carsons-female-ranger-male-classmate-share-spotlight-on-post/article/1569734?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carsons-female-ranger-male-classmate-share-spotlight-on-post/article/1569734?custom_click=rss

Lt. Shaye Haver and Staff Sgt. Michael Calderon had a hard time making it through the Army's elite Ranger School last summer.

Grueling weeks included near-starvation, sleep deprivation and physical exertion that took them to their breaking point. Trainers said it would make them leaders.

No one told them they would become celebrities.

"It's been a little bit fun," admitted Haver, a Fort Carson attack helicopter pilot who says she can't stop by the post exchange for a cup of coffee without a half-hour detour to chat about her Ranger experience.

"It's cool to meet people," said Calderon, a sniper in the post's 2nd Brigade Combat Team who also finds himself getting quizzed by troops about the training.

The two



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Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:03:09 -0700
<![CDATA[Coronado High guard accused of sex crime remains employee of D-11, officials say]]> http://gazette.com/coronado-high-guard-accused-of-sex-crime-remains-employee-of-d-11-officials-say/article/1569756?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coronado-high-guard-accused-of-sex-crime-remains-employee-of-d-11-officials-say/article/1569756?custom_click=rss

A 28-year-old Coronado High School security guard accused of having a seven-month sexual relationship with a teenager is technically still an employee of School District 11, according to a district spokeswoman.

Tyler Hamilton is not on the list of employee terminations for the school district's board members to consider at Wednesday night's regular meeting because he is in jail, said district spokeswoman Devra Ashby.

He has not posted his $15,000 bond as of Wednesday afternoon, according to court records.

Hamilton's name could appear on the agenda for termination by the board at the next meeting, on Feb. 24. He started working as a full-time security guard for the district three months ago, Ashby said.



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Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:09:09 -0700
<![CDATA[Smoke alarms made 'big difference' in weekend Colorado Springs fires]]> http://gazette.com/smoke-alarms-made-big-difference-in-weekend-colorado-springs-fires/article/1569757?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/smoke-alarms-made-big-difference-in-weekend-colorado-springs-fires/article/1569757?custom_click=rss In October 2014, a team of Colorado Springs Fire Department employees, Air Force cadets and community volunteers installed 99 smoke alarms at Canterbury Mobile Home Park in southeast Colorado Springs during Fire Prevention Week.

Sixty more smoke detectors were handed to homeowners for self-installation.

Three years later, it's possible that one of the Fire Department-issued devices helped prevent property damage, serious injuries and perhaps even death during a fire at the mobile home park over the weekend.

"That absolutely is important for us, that this is a success story," said Capt. Steve Oswald, a Fire Department spokesman.

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]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:30:02 -0700 <![CDATA[PHOTOS: Beautiful Colorado sky pictures from readers]]> http://gazette.com/photos-beautiful-colorado-sky-pictures-from-readers/article/1569745?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/photos-beautiful-colorado-sky-pictures-from-readers/article/1569745?custom_click=rss

Take a look at some of the best Colorado sky pictures submitted to us by our readers.



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Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:59:10 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs judge: Guolee arrest documents must be unsealed]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-judge-guolee-arrest-documents-must-be-unsealed/article/1569752?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-judge-guolee-arrest-documents-must-be-unsealed/article/1569752?custom_click=rss

A judge on Wednesday agreed to unseal arrest papers for a Colorado Springs man once questioned as a person of interest in the slaying of Colorado's top prison official.

Fourth Judicial District Judge Gregory Werner ruled that releasing an arrest affidavit will not prevent Thomas Guolee from receiving a fair trial, as argued by his court-appointed attorneys.

Guolee, 34, was wounded Dec. 30 after exchanging gunfire with Colorado Springs following a botched burglary attempt, authorities said. An affidavit detailing allegations against him was sealed upon his arrest to protect the investigation, but prosecutors said in court the measure is no longer necessary.

A version redacting names of witnesses and victims will be

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]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:45:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Buyouts might be only option for Colorado Springs homes damaged by landslides]]> http://gazette.com/buyouts-might-be-only-option-for-colorado-springs-homes-damaged-by-landslides/article/1569578?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/buyouts-might-be-only-option-for-colorado-springs-homes-damaged-by-landslides/article/1569578?custom_click=rss

The number of homes damaged by landslides in Colorado Springs continues to grow while their property values plummet, potentially leaving dozens of homeowners with little recourse beyond a buyout.

The El Paso County Assessor's Office has confirmed landslide damage at 46 homes on the city's southwest side, mostly on Zodiac and Broadmoor Bluffs drives. At least 20 homeowners have told city officials they will accept a buyout, and the city is poised to apply for millions of dollars in federal aid to purchase as many homes as it can.

Nearly all of the homes will lose at least half of their value, said Assessor Steve Schleiker, who expects to add more damaged properties to his list.

"It's bad," Schleiker said Monday.



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Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:01:35 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado College, wanting to better tell its story, has a new logo]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-college-wanting-to-better-tell-its-story-has-a-new-logo/article/1569681?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-college-wanting-to-better-tell-its-story-has-a-new-logo/article/1569681?custom_click=rss

Banners flashing a new institutional logo for Colorado College have appeared on poles along Uintah, Cascade and Nevada avenues in recent weeks.

"We felt like we could develop a mark that could better tell our story," said Jane Turnis, vice president for communications at CC, a liberal arts college north of downtown Colorado Springs.

A square, a triangle and a circle are incorporated in the updated look. The square represents CC's block plan, the academic schedule in which students take only one class every three-and-a-half weeks. The triangle symbolizes CC's place in the Rocky Mountain west, and the circle points to the fullness of the student body and staff.



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<![CDATA[Water-main break under repair in east Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/water-main-break-under-repair-in-east-colorado-springs/article/1569721?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/water-main-break-under-repair-in-east-colorado-springs/article/1569721?custom_click=rss

A water-main break Wednesday afternoon shut down a dozen water service lines in an eastern Colorado Springs neighborhood, according to Colorado Springs Utilities.

It is unknown when the problem will be fixed. It was reported just after noon on South Murray Boulevard between Byron Drive and Eastcrest Circle, said Utilities spokeswoman Natalie Eckhart. A 45-year-old, 8-inch cast-iron pipe might have caused the water-main break, she added.

An aging, blow valve caused a geyser to erupt momentarily before crews shut down the water line, Utilities said in a tweet. Water service is expected to be restored by 7 p.m.

One lane in each direction on South Murray Boulevard will closed down through the evening as crews conduct

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]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:45:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado mountain bike dog attack suit settled for $1M]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-mountain-bike-dog-attack-suit-settled-for-1m/article/1569732?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-mountain-bike-dog-attack-suit-settled-for-1m/article/1569732?custom_click=rss EAGLE, Colo. — Lawyers for a woman attacked by two sheep dogs during a Colorado mountain bike race say they've settled a lawsuit against the dogs' owners for $1 million.

Renee Legro was mauled by two Great Pyrenees dogs while riding her bike at Camp Hale, a former Army training camp in Eagle County, in 2008. Sheep rancher Sam Robinson, who pastured sheep on surrounding national forest land, was twice convicted of owning a dangerous dog, a misdemeanor, but Legro and her husband also sued Robinson and his wife.



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<![CDATA[Colorado agency: Fraud checks could delay some tax refunds]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-agency-fraud-checks-could-delay-some-tax-refunds/article/1569720?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-agency-fraud-checks-could-delay-some-tax-refunds/article/1569720?custom_click=rss DENVER — Colorado officials are carefully reviewing tax returns after seeing an increase in fraud, meaning taxpayers might have to wait longer than usual for refunds, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The state Department of Revenue faced a similar challenge last year and responded by mailing paper checks to addresses on record instead of directly depositing some refunds.

The procedure — costly in terms of time as well as money — was prompted by an increase in stolen identity information used to file fraudulent tax returns.

The federal Internal Revenue Service and other states are seeing similar problems, said Verenda Smith, deputy director of the Federation of Tax Administrators, an information-sharing



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Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:58:57 -0700
<![CDATA[VA secretary grilled over Colorado Springs clinic's woes]]> http://gazette.com/va-secretary-grilled-over-colorado-springs-clinics-woes/article/1569717?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-secretary-grilled-over-colorado-springs-clinics-woes/article/1569717?custom_click=rss

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald was grilled about problems at the Colorado Springs VA clinic during a House budget hearing Wednesday.

The VA leader worked to blunt calls for discipline for workers at the Fillmore Street facility in the wake of last week's report that found the clinic wasn't delivering timely care and had falsified appointment days.

"Firing does not lead to excellence in an organization," McDonald said during an exchange with U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman over discipline in Colorado Springs.

During the hearing, VA officials revealed that the supervisor responsible for the scheduling flap was reassigned within the clinic, but kept their VA job.

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]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:46:52 -0700 <![CDATA[Probation for woman linked to overdose death of Colorado Springs teen]]> http://gazette.com/probation-for-woman-linked-to-overdose-death-of-colorado-springs-teen/article/1569719?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/probation-for-woman-linked-to-overdose-death-of-colorado-springs-teen/article/1569719?custom_click=rss

A woman police say supplied an illegal street drug that killed a 17-year-old Colorado Springs girl will get one more chance at rehabilitation, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Marjorie Elizabeth Dietrich, 23, was sentenced to six years on unsupervised probation after pleading guilty in December to drug distribution.

In acknowledging guilt, Dietrich admitted that she was the source of MDMA - known as Molly - that her boyfriend, Ryan Kollman, allegedly sold to a friend of 17-year-old Megan Pacheco, who died July 7 after taking the drug.

Dietrich wasn't directly charged in the death.

But to Enrique and Tina Pacheco, the girl's parents, justice couldn't be done without taking action against Dietrich and Kollman.

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]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:45:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Mesa County deputy shot while responding to teen with gun]]> http://gazette.com/mesa-county-deputy-shot-while-responding-to-teen-with-gun/article/feed/314998?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mesa-county-deputy-shot-while-responding-to-teen-with-gun/article/feed/314998?custom_click=rss GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says one of its deputies was shot while responding to a report of a suspicious person with a gun in Grand Junction.

Investigators say Derek Geer was trying to take the 17-year-old boy into custody Monday morning when the suspect opened fire, hitting the deputy multiple times. The teenager ran away from the scene but has since been arrested.

Geer, a Navy veteran who has worked for the sheriff's office since 2001, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. He is married and has two children, ages 13 and 11.

Charges are pending against the teenager, whose name has not been released.

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]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:22:36 -0700 <![CDATA[Man injured by fire while sitting on tractor]]> http://gazette.com/man-injured-by-fire-while-sitting-on-tractor/article/feed/313936?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-injured-by-fire-while-sitting-on-tractor/article/feed/313936?custom_click=rss NORTHGLENN, Colo. (AP) — Police in Northglenn are trying to determine how a man was injured in a fire while sitting on his tractor.

The police department said in an email that authorities were called to a parking lot on Thursday after a witness saw the man and rushed to his aid.

The witness grabbed a fire extinguisher from his truck and smothered the flames.

The unidentified man was taken to a hospital, where the extent of his injuries was not available.

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]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 13:16:06 -0700 <![CDATA[No arrests made after Denver brawl between biker clubs]]> http://gazette.com/no-arrests-made-after-denver-brawl-between-biker-clubs/article/feed/312790?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-arrests-made-after-denver-brawl-between-biker-clubs/article/feed/312790?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — A heated argument among as many as 30 members of two biker clubs preceded a weekend brawl at a Denver motorcycle show that left one dead and seven others injured, an attorney who witnessed the commotion said Monday.

Wade Eldridge said he walked past the crowd, preferring not to get involved, when he heard at least one gunshot and saw a man pointing a handgun while bystanders yelled for him to put the weapon down.

Eldridge, an attorney for the Council of Clubs, recognized the gunman's patch identifying him as a member of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club, a biker group made up largely of law enforcement and military.

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]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 20:17:09 -0700 <![CDATA[Strip clubs team up with authorities to bust sex traffickers]]> http://gazette.com/strip-clubs-team-up-with-authorities-to-bust-sex-traffickers/article/feed/312807?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/strip-clubs-team-up-with-authorities-to-bust-sex-traffickers/article/feed/312807?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dwayne Angebrandt wasn't all that surprised when his bosses at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security asked their expert on sex trafficking to put together a public presentation on how to spot its signs.

What really took him aback was the audience he was asked to deliver it to: a group of strip-club operators.

For years, law enforcement had suspected such a group would likely be made up of some of the very people who are quietly selling women into prostitution. Or at the least, acting as middle men for people who do.

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]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 11:48:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Drug traffickers seek safe haven amid legal marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/drug-traffickers-seek-safe-haven-amid-legal-marijuana/article/feed/311591?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/drug-traffickers-seek-safe-haven-amid-legal-marijuana/article/feed/311591?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Seeking a safe haven in Colorado's legal marijuana marketplace, illegal drug traffickers are growing weed among the state's sanctioned pot warehouses and farms, then covertly shipping it elsewhere and pocketing millions of dollars from the sale, according to law enforcement officials and court records consulted by The Associated Press.

In one case, the owner of a skydiving business crammed hundreds of pounds of Colorado pot into his planes and flew the weed to Minnesota, where associates allegedly sold it for millions of dollars in cash. In another, a Denver man was charged with sending more than 100 pot-filled FedEx packages to Buffalo, New York, where drug dealers divvied up the shipment.

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]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:17:53 -0700 <![CDATA[Austrian police: Autopsy inconclusive in US woman's death]]> http://gazette.com/austrian-police-autopsy-inconclusive-in-us-womans-death/article/feed/311232?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/austrian-police-autopsy-inconclusive-in-us-womans-death/article/feed/311232?custom_click=rss

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian police say an autopsy has not revealed the cause of death of a 25-year old woman from Colorado whose body was found in her Vienna apartment.

Police spokesman Thomas Keiblinger said Thursday that investigators are now awaiting the results of toxicological tests over the next few days.

U.S. authorities have identified her as Lauren Mann.

Police and firefighters who forced open her door Tuesday evening found the half-naked body on a mattress in the bedroom. Mann had been working as an au pair, and police were alerted by Mann's employer after she did not show up for work.

Mann graduated in 2012 from the University of Colorado-Boulder's College of Music.

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]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:59:31 -0700 <![CDATA[Major mine expansions in West test moratorium on coal sales]]> http://gazette.com/major-mine-expansions-in-west-test-moratorium-on-coal-sales/article/feed/311005?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/major-mine-expansions-in-west-test-moratorium-on-coal-sales/article/feed/311005?custom_click=rss

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An Obama administration move to overhaul coal sales from public lands will be put to its first test this week as companies seek to advance two major mining projects in the Western U.S.

Cloud Peak Energy and Lighthouse Resources Inc. want to mine a combined 644 million tons of coal from government-controlled reserves in Montana and Wyoming.

Federal and state officials meet Wednesday in Casper, Wyoming, to consider the requests and recommend whether the U.S. Interior Department should continue to process them.

The meeting comes less than two weeks after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell ordered a moratorium on the government's $1 billion-a-year coal leasing program to address climate change and ensu

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]]> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 18:21:13 -0700 <![CDATA[Broncos heap praise on Panthers leading up to Super Bowl 50]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-heap-praise-on-panthers-leading-up-to-super-bowl-50/article/feed/310816?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-heap-praise-on-panthers-leading-up-to-super-bowl-50/article/feed/310816?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Nothing but compliments for Cam Newton after completely bashing Tom Brady.

And no, this nasty Denver Broncos defense hasn't suddenly turned soft. They're simply playing nice with the Super Bowl still two weeks away.

The pleasantries seem tame after all the trash talking Denver did before the New England game. The Broncos called Brady a crybaby for complaining to the officials over calls. They also accused tight end Rob Gronkowski of constantly pushing off to get open.

On Sunday, they backed up their words by constantly harassing Brady in a 20-18 win over the Patriots to earn a spot in Super Bowl 50 against Carolina (17-1).

Now, the Broncos (14-4) are pulling out the respect card, especial

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]]> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 01:14:34 -0700 <![CDATA[Avalanche educators target safety message at younger crowds]]> http://gazette.com/avalanche-educators-target-safety-message-at-younger-crowds/article/feed/310802?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/avalanche-educators-target-safety-message-at-younger-crowds/article/feed/310802?custom_click=rss

MOUNT BAKER, Wash. (AP) — Walker Smith has been skiing in-bounds at resorts since he was young, but lately the Seattle teen has become more interested "in getting tracks where no one else has really gone."

He knows backcountry travel comes with avalanche risks, he said. So under a brilliant blue sky one Saturday, he and a dozen teens hiked out into the snowy landscape outside the boundaries of Mount Baker ski resort to learn how to identify avalanche terrain and spot warning signs.

"It's not 100 percent safe in the backcountry so you have to know about all the dangers," said Smith, 17, a member of the Mountaineers Adventure Club, a Seattle-based teen program that partnered with Northwest Avalanche Center to organize the ava

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]]> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 00:30:00 -0700 <![CDATA[10 die in avalanches across West in 10 days]]> http://gazette.com/10-die-in-avalanches-across-west-in-10-days/article/feed/310685?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/10-die-in-avalanches-across-west-in-10-days/article/feed/310685?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Ten people have died in avalanches across the West in the last 10 days, making this month the deadliest January for slides in nearly 20 years.

Eleven people have died in slides throughout the whole month, including four over the weekend, for a total of 14 so far this snow season, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, which tracks slides across the country.

On Sunday, one person was killed and another was injured in Washington state in an avalanche near the Mount Baker ski area and two skiers died in Wyoming after being caught in a slide just outside the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in a popular place for out-of-bounds skiing. A third skier who was trapped survived.

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]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:39:30 -0700 <![CDATA[Battleground Colorado enters 2016 with abortion debates]]> http://gazette.com/battleground-colorado-enters-2016-with-abortion-debates/article/feed/309826?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/battleground-colorado-enters-2016-with-abortion-debates/article/feed/309826?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Republicans could be forgiven for thinking that several years of fiery political contests over abortion and reproductive rights, which helped Democrats win several elections in this socially liberal swing state, were behind them.

Then, last year a pregnant woman close to giving birth was gruesomely attacked with a knife, and a few months later an anti-abortion zealot opened fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, killing three.

Think those cases won't affect the 2016 races? Think again.

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]]> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:25:37 -0700 <![CDATA[Mountain snows that feed Colorado River look good so far]]> http://gazette.com/mountain-snows-that-feed-colorado-river-look-good-so-far/article/feed/309029?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mountain-snows-that-feed-colorado-river-look-good-so-far/article/feed/309029?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Snowpack in the mountains that feed the Colorado River was slightly above the long-term average on Wednesday — welcome news in the drought-stricken Southwest.

But water and weather experts said it's too early to predict how deep the snow will get or how much of it will make its way into the river and on to Lake Powell in Utah and Arizona, one of two major reservoirs on the Colorado.

"We are cautiously optimistic, but nature has a way of doing what it wants," said Chris Watt, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Reclamation, which manages the water in Lake Powell.

The Colorado River serves about 40 million people and 6,300 square miles of farmland in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, U

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]]> Wed, 20 Jan 2016 16:52:00 -0700 <![CDATA[More coal mining in Colorado gets regulators' preliminary OK]]> http://gazette.com/more-coal-mining-in-colorado-gets-regulators-preliminary-ok/article/feed/309199?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/more-coal-mining-in-colorado-gets-regulators-preliminary-ok/article/feed/309199?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Federal regulators have given the initial go-ahead to more coal extraction at a western Colorado site under a plan that calls for the mining company to donate 4,500 acres for the greater sage grouse.

On Wednesday, the Bureau of Land Management and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement released their assessment of the environmental impact of a proposal by Colowyo Coal to continue working reserves in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties for which the first BLM leases were made in 1982. The agencies found the project would have no significant impact.

A first draft of the proposal had led to concerns about the impact on the greater sage grouse, a ground dwelling bird whose numbers are declining.

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]]> Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:28:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Police: Woman jumps in SUV, stabs Denver fire chief]]> http://gazette.com/police-woman-jumps-in-suv-stabs-denver-fire-chief/article/feed/308944?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-woman-jumps-in-suv-stabs-denver-fire-chief/article/feed/308944?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Authorities say a woman stabbed Denver's fire chief after jumping into his vehicle near the department's headquarters.

Police spokesman Doug Schepman says the woman jumped into Chief Eric Tade's (TAYD) black SUV on Tuesday afternoon and stabbed him in the hand and leg.

Tade, who ran into fire headquarters for help, was hospitalized with minor injuries and was released Tuesday evening.

Police say 42-year-old Marlene Zacevich-Rodriguez was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, and that witnesses identified her.

Police are still investigating a motive, and Schepman says investigators do not know whether the chief and the woman knew each other.

Booking documents do not indicate if Zacevich

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]]> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 21:34:57 -0700 <![CDATA[These Broncos are accustomed to close games _ and wins]]> http://gazette.com/these-broncos-are-accustomed-to-close-games-and-wins/article/feed/308622?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/these-broncos-are-accustomed-to-close-games-and-wins/article/feed/308622?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos don't get tight when their games get that way.

Their 23-16 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday was their 10th by seven points or fewer, tying the 1978 Houston Oilers for most such triumphs in a single season in NFL history.

With 14 of their games going down to the wire, "we're battled-tested," defensive end Derek Wolfe said.

"We've been in these situations so many times that you don't even panic anymore," receiver Emmanuel Sanders said. "You just know that we're going to come through."

Against Pittsburgh, cornerback Bradley Roby forced a fumble for the game's only turnover, DeMarcus Ware recovered and Peyton Manning drove Denver downfield for its only TD with three minutes re

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