<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:43:23 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Man who accidentally started El Paso County fire was visiting from Denver area]]> BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/man-who-accidentally-started-el-paso-county-fire-was-visiting-from-denver-area/article/1548828?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-who-accidentally-started-el-paso-county-fire-was-visiting-from-denver-area/article/1548828?custom_click=rss

An out-of-town man was cited for causing an El Paso County fire that forced evacuations on Saturday.

The fire in eastern El Paso County near Peyton, was caused when a man visiting friends or family started a brush fire and apparently left the property, allowing the fire to get out of control, said Jackie Kirby, a spokeswoman for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Jeremy Walker, 44, who Kirby said was apparently visiting from Wheatridge, was cited for fourth-degree arson. Having a permit for burning brush wouldn't have made a difference because a permit doesn't protect someone from allowing a fire to get out of control, Kirby said.

Walker did not intend for the fire to get so big, Kirby said, and no structures were



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An out-of-town man was cited for causing an El Paso County fire that forced evacuations on Saturday.

The fire in eastern El Paso County near Peyton, was caused when a man visiting friends or family started a brush fire and apparently left the property, allowing the fire to get out of control, said Jackie Kirby, a spokeswoman for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Jeremy Walker, 44, who Kirby said was apparently visiting from Wheatridge, was cited for fourth-degree arson. Having a permit for burning brush wouldn't have made a difference because a permit doesn't protect someone from allowing a fire to get out of control, Kirby said.

Walker did not intend for the fire to get so big, Kirby said, and no structures were

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:37:25 -0600
<![CDATA[The Country Life: Ready to start a chicken flock? The chicks are waiting]]> BY BILL RADFORD bill.radford@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/the-country-life-ready-to-start-a-chicken-flock-the-chicks-are-waiting/article/1548831?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-country-life-ready-to-start-a-chicken-flock-the-chicks-are-waiting/article/1548831?custom_click=rss

Hear that chirping?

Spring is back - and so are baby chicks.

If you're looking to start or replenish your chicken flock, now's a prime time. But if you're going to be a chicken owner for the first time, do your homework first.

"Don't be afraid," says Herbert Aparicio, who's teaching a class on "Raising Backyard Chickens" on April 18 at Venetucci Farm in Colorado Springs. "It's not like a commitment to raise a child; it's very simple."

Still, he said, it's important to study up and make sure you know what you're getting into. See if raising chickens will fit into your lifestyle. Make sure you're not going to rile the neighbors. (In Colorado Springs, you're allowed 10 chickens, but no roosters.



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Hear that chirping?

Spring is back - and so are baby chicks.

If you're looking to start or replenish your chicken flock, now's a prime time. But if you're going to be a chicken owner for the first time, do your homework first.

"Don't be afraid," says Herbert Aparicio, who's teaching a class on "Raising Backyard Chickens" on April 18 at Venetucci Farm in Colorado Springs. "It's not like a commitment to raise a child; it's very simple."

Still, he said, it's important to study up and make sure you know what you're getting into. See if raising chickens will fit into your lifestyle. Make sure you're not going to rile the neighbors. (In Colorado Springs, you're allowed 10 chickens, but no roosters.

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:30:38 -0600
<![CDATA[GOP leaders remove Klingenschmitt, despite his apology, from Colorado statehouse committee]]> By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/gop-leaders-remove-klingenschmitt-despite-his-apology-from-colorado-statehouse-committee/article/1548824?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gop-leaders-remove-klingenschmitt-despite-his-apology-from-colorado-statehouse-committee/article/1548824?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Republican leadership removed Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt from one of his committee assignments Monday in response to the lawmaker's comments about a pregnant woman who was attacked in Longmont.

"I was very disturbed by Rep. Klingenschmitt's comments last week, and want to reiterate that his comments do not represent our caucus and he does not speak for our caucus," House GOP Leader Brian DelGrosso. R-Loveland, said. "Rep. Klingenschmitt's conduct warranted his removal from the committee."

Klingenschmitt apologized Monday in an online video for calling the Longmont attack on a pregnant woman and her unborn child a "curse of God."

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DENVER - Republican leadership removed Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt from one of his committee assignments Monday in response to the lawmaker's comments about a pregnant woman who was attacked in Longmont.

"I was very disturbed by Rep. Klingenschmitt's comments last week, and want to reiterate that his comments do not represent our caucus and he does not speak for our caucus," House GOP Leader Brian DelGrosso. R-Loveland, said. "Rep. Klingenschmitt's conduct warranted his removal from the committee."

Klingenschmitt apologized Monday in an online video for calling the Longmont attack on a pregnant woman and her unborn child a "curse of God."

"My words were not compassionate, and therefore, I apologize," the freshman

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:02:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Manitou Springs' second recreational marijuana shop opens this week]]> BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/manitou-springs-second-recreational-marijuana-shop-opens-this-week/article/1548823?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manitou-springs-second-recreational-marijuana-shop-opens-this-week/article/1548823?custom_click=rss

It's no April Fool's joke: A new recreational pot shop plans to open its doors in Manitou Springs on Wednesday.

Emerald Fields, the second store for a company that first opened in Glendale, calls itself a "cannaboutique," and has the interior designers to prove it.

The designers went for a "funky industrial" feel and gave the new shop a chic look that sets it aside from many other dispensaries.

The Emerald Fields "pot fairy" logo is visible everywhere in the store - from the branded T-shirts hanging in the waiting area and non-pot-gift shop, to the tamper-proof tape that will seal special jars allowing customers to smell and get a close, magnified look at the cannabis before they choose what kind to buy.



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It's no April Fool's joke: A new recreational pot shop plans to open its doors in Manitou Springs on Wednesday.

Emerald Fields, the second store for a company that first opened in Glendale, calls itself a "cannaboutique," and has the interior designers to prove it.

The designers went for a "funky industrial" feel and gave the new shop a chic look that sets it aside from many other dispensaries.

The Emerald Fields "pot fairy" logo is visible everywhere in the store - from the branded T-shirts hanging in the waiting area and non-pot-gift shop, to the tamper-proof tape that will seal special jars allowing customers to smell and get a close, magnified look at the cannabis before they choose what kind to buy.

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:55:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Infighting blamed for shut down of Colorado Springs' NAACP office]]> BY JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/infighting-blamed-for-shut-down-of-colorado-springs-naacp-office/article/1548797?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/infighting-blamed-for-shut-down-of-colorado-springs-naacp-office/article/1548797?custom_click=rss

The NAACP's Colorado Springs branch recently suspended all meetings and activities amid political infighting that has threatened to unravel the organization.

The local branch is "unable to operate" until at least the end of May and has sought help from the NAACP's headquarters in becoming compliant with the national organization's rules, according to branch president Henry Allen Jr.

The announcement has highlighted a division between past and current presidents of the local affiliate, and infighting appears to have been brewing for more than two years, branch leaders said.

Allen, who became president in January 2013, said he does not know how many members are a part of his branch, because the former secretary has



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The NAACP's Colorado Springs branch recently suspended all meetings and activities amid political infighting that has threatened to unravel the organization.

The local branch is "unable to operate" until at least the end of May and has sought help from the NAACP's headquarters in becoming compliant with the national organization's rules, according to branch president Henry Allen Jr.

The announcement has highlighted a division between past and current presidents of the local affiliate, and infighting appears to have been brewing for more than two years, branch leaders said.

Allen, who became president in January 2013, said he does not know how many members are a part of his branch, because the former secretary has

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:49:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Malcom's arrest doesn't end saga for Cascade water customers]]> By Ryan Maye Handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/malcoms-arrest-doesnt-end-saga-for-cascade-water-customers/article/1548815?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/malcoms-arrest-doesnt-end-saga-for-cascade-water-customers/article/1548815?custom_click=rss Cascade residents might be relieved by Friday's arrest of Terry Malcom, who allegedly embezzled about $800,000 from the Cascade Metropolitan District, but the town has a long way to go before issues surrounding its water service are solved.

Residents have complained about the quality of their water, unreasonable rates and the fact that, in the past, very few residents served on the local utility board.

But things have started to change. Residents have been put on the board and the district is looking to repair its old infrastructure in hopes that it can reduce rates and eventually be taken over by Colorado Springs Utilities.

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Cascade residents might be relieved by Friday's arrest of Terry Malcom, who allegedly embezzled about $800,000 from the Cascade Metropolitan District, but the town has a long way to go before issues surrounding its water service are solved.

Residents have complained about the quality of their water, unreasonable rates and the fact that, in the past, very few residents served on the local utility board.

But things have started to change. Residents have been put on the board and the district is looking to repair its old infrastructure in hopes that it can reduce rates and eventually be taken over by Colorado Springs Utilities.

With an outside accountant looking over the district's books, the latest financial audit showed

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:40:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Cub Scouts show their compassion for animals]]> BY Eric Singer eric.singer@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-cub-scouts-show-their-compassion-for-animals/article/1548813?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-cub-scouts-show-their-compassion-for-animals/article/1548813?custom_click=rss A large dose of compassion was doled out Monday by Cub Scout Pack 807 at Harrison School District 2's Giberson Elementary School.

Eric Perenyi, 7, and five other Pack 807 Cub Scouts collected items for care packages to be donated to the Animal Hospital of Colorado Springs. Eric, a first-grader, is proud to have been part of the effort.

"I'm interested in animals, 100 percent," he said. "If the animals could talk, they'd say thank you, I appreciate it."

The packages for cats, puppies and older dogs included training pads, treats and chew toys. Den leader Lydia Perenyi discussed the importance of compassion with the Scouts and helped spearhead the effort.

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Eric Perenyi, 7, and five other Pack 807 Cub Scouts collected items for care packages to be donated to the Animal Hospital of Colorado Springs. Eric, a first-grader, is proud to have been part of the effort.

"I'm interested in animals, 100 percent," he said. "If the animals could talk, they'd say thank you, I appreciate it."

The packages for cats, puppies and older dogs included training pads, treats and chew toys. Den leader Lydia Perenyi discussed the importance of compassion with the Scouts and helped spearhead the effort.

"It's giving back to our community and teaching these young]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:10:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Legislators changes course on audit of Colorado's tourism incentive program]]> BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/legislators-changes-course-on-audit-of-colorados-tourism-incentive-program/article/1548799?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/legislators-changes-course-on-audit-of-colorados-tourism-incentive-program/article/1548799?custom_click=rss DENVER - Colorado lawmakers backed away from an audit of the millions of dollars pledged to developments through the Regional Tourism Act on Monday and instead are asking economic development officials to come before the joint Audit Committee in June.

Rep. Dan Nordberg, R-Colorado Springs, said there wasn't enough time to complete a full audit before the program awards its last round of tax incentives and expires later this year.

Instead, the Audit Committee asked that staff from the Office of Economic Development and International Trade come before it to answer questions about how the incentives were awarded.

The issue ended up before the committee because of a project in Aurora, where a hotel developer was promised

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Rep. Dan Nordberg, R-Colorado Springs, said there wasn't enough time to complete a full audit before the program awards its last round of tax incentives and expires later this year.

Instead, the Audit Committee asked that staff from the Office of Economic Development and International Trade come before it to answer questions about how the incentives were awarded.

The issue ended up before the committee because of a project in Aurora, where a hotel developer was promised]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:10:27 -0600 <![CDATA[El Paso County Sheriff's Office issues cause for Donner Pass fire]]> BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-sheriffs-office-issues-cause-for-donner-pass-fire/article/1548818?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-sheriffs-office-issues-cause-for-donner-pass-fire/article/1548818?custom_click=rss The cause of a grass fire in a grassy area well-known for illegal target shooting has been ruled undetermined, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

The 2-to-3-acre fire near the Pikes Peak International Raceway March 23 was the second in about a week.

On March 15, the Donner Pass fire burned about 50 acres of grass in the same area. The fire was initially reported to be more than double that size.

The Donner Pass fire was caused when someone shot a plastic Mountain Dew bottle with Tannerite in it, according to EPSO spokeswoman Jackie Kirby. Tannerite is a compound that causes targets to explode when hit. The company's website states it doesn't cause fires when used properly. Kirby was unsure if anything



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The cause of a grass fire in a grassy area well-known for illegal target shooting has been ruled undetermined, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

The 2-to-3-acre fire near the Pikes Peak International Raceway March 23 was the second in about a week.

On March 15, the Donner Pass fire burned about 50 acres of grass in the same area. The fire was initially reported to be more than double that size.

The Donner Pass fire was caused when someone shot a plastic Mountain Dew bottle with Tannerite in it, according to EPSO spokeswoman Jackie Kirby. Tannerite is a compound that causes targets to explode when hit. The company's website states it doesn't cause fires when used properly. Kirby was unsure if anything

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:17:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Suspect in Colorado Springs cellphone store robberies arrested while in jail]]> BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/suspect-in-colorado-springs-cellphone-store-robberies-arrested-while-in-jail/article/1548826?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/suspect-in-colorado-springs-cellphone-store-robberies-arrested-while-in-jail/article/1548826?custom_click=rss A man in jail on suspicion of other crimes was pegged as the suspect in two robberies at a Colorado Springs cellphone store, police said Monday.

Rodney Lane Williams-Freeman, 21, was accused of robbing the Metro PCS at 4343 Airport Road on March 20 and March 23. Witness statements and video surveillance led police to believe the same man held up the store both times.

He was booked into El Paso County jail Friday night and is being held on $27,000 bond.

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Rodney Lane Williams-Freeman, 21, was accused of robbing the Metro PCS at 4343 Airport Road on March 20 and March 23. Witness statements and video surveillance led police to believe the same man held up the store both times.

He was booked into El Paso County jail Friday night and is being held on $27,000 bond.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:00:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Social media buzz helps reunite retired war dog, owner]]> Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette http://gazette.com/social-media-buzz-helps-reunite-retired-war-dog-owner/article/1548817?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/social-media-buzz-helps-reunite-retired-war-dog-owner/article/1548817?custom_click=rss

Social media was abuzz this past weekend to find a missing war hero.

When Blackie the Belgian Malamois was in Afghanistan, he was a bomb detection dog for the military. Blackie came to Colorado Springs to live out his retirement years. After his owner gave him a bath on Thursday night at their home in the Broadmoor Bluffs area, he may have caught a scent and took off when his owner turned her back. He headed into the dark night without his collar and all of his information.

As the word got out through various social media that a war dog was missing, a search party was organized on Sunday by Ruby Ridpath and they combed the area armed with squeak toys and balls.



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Social media was abuzz this past weekend to find a missing war hero.

When Blackie the Belgian Malamois was in Afghanistan, he was a bomb detection dog for the military. Blackie came to Colorado Springs to live out his retirement years. After his owner gave him a bath on Thursday night at their home in the Broadmoor Bluffs area, he may have caught a scent and took off when his owner turned her back. He headed into the dark night without his collar and all of his information.

As the word got out through various social media that a war dog was missing, a search party was organized on Sunday by Ruby Ridpath and they combed the area armed with squeak toys and balls.

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:38:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs organizations hit the streets to encourage voters to cast ballots]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-organizations-hit-the-streets-to-encourage-voters-to-cast-ballots/article/1548816?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-organizations-hit-the-streets-to-encourage-voters-to-cast-ballots/article/1548816?custom_click=rss Volunteers from two local organizations knocked on doors around Colorado Springs on Monday in an effort to get out the vote.

For weeks, volunteers from the Citizens Project and Pikes Peak Equality Coalition - both nonpartisan civic organizations - have been sending post cards and making phone calls to encourage people to vote in the city's election April 7.

Monday, they hit the streets.

"We are not telling anyone how to vote," said Sarah Musick, Pikes Peak Equality Coalition regional coordinator. "We are reminding them to vote and handing out material with drop off locations, dates and times."

Their goal, Musick said, is to increase voter participation. About 28,000 ballots - out of the 227,240 that were mailed



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Volunteers from two local organizations knocked on doors around Colorado Springs on Monday in an effort to get out the vote.

For weeks, volunteers from the Citizens Project and Pikes Peak Equality Coalition - both nonpartisan civic organizations - have been sending post cards and making phone calls to encourage people to vote in the city's election April 7.

Monday, they hit the streets.

"We are not telling anyone how to vote," said Sarah Musick, Pikes Peak Equality Coalition regional coordinator. "We are reminding them to vote and handing out material with drop off locations, dates and times."

Their goal, Musick said, is to increase voter participation. About 28,000 ballots - out of the 227,240 that were mailed

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:23:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Pipe bomb found in El Paso County rendered safe]]> BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/pipe-bomb-found-in-el-paso-county-rendered-safe/article/1548814?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pipe-bomb-found-in-el-paso-county-rendered-safe/article/1548814?custom_click=rss A pipe bomb found in an industrial area shut down a block of Valley Street Monday afternoon, but the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said it was rendered safe and the area is clear.

The bomb was found on the 600 block of Valley Street, near Peterson Air Force Base and the intersection of East Platte Avenue and North Powers Boulevard.

Jackie Kirby, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office, said she could not release the exact location of where the bomb was found or whether any suspects were being sought because the investigation is ongoing.



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A pipe bomb found in an industrial area shut down a block of Valley Street Monday afternoon, but the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said it was rendered safe and the area is clear.

The bomb was found on the 600 block of Valley Street, near Peterson Air Force Base and the intersection of East Platte Avenue and North Powers Boulevard.

Jackie Kirby, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office, said she could not release the exact location of where the bomb was found or whether any suspects were being sought because the investigation is ongoing.

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:14:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Man turns to Facebook before jumping off Royal Gorge Bridge]]> By Jesse Paul, The Denver Post http://gazette.com/man-turns-to-facebook-before-jumping-off-royal-gorge-bridge/article/1548803?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-turns-to-facebook-before-jumping-off-royal-gorge-bridge/article/1548803?custom_click=rss A man committed suicide Saturday afternoon by jumping off the Royal Gorge Bridge, according to a Monday afternoon press release by the Cañon City Police Department.

At 3:41 p.m., three minutes before RGB officials called police to report the suicide, an individual called dispatch and said a friend had made a Facebook post that stated he was going to jump off the bridge, according to a CCPD press release.

The body was recovered in the gorge by officers, officials said.



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A man committed suicide Saturday afternoon by jumping off the Royal Gorge Bridge, according to a Monday afternoon press release by the Cañon City Police Department.

At 3:41 p.m., three minutes before RGB officials called police to report the suicide, an individual called dispatch and said a friend had made a Facebook post that stated he was going to jump off the bridge, according to a CCPD press release.

The body was recovered in the gorge by officers, officials said.

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<![CDATA[Colorado bill to regulate powdered alcohol becomes law]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-bill-to-regulate-powdered-alcohol-becomes-law/article/1548812?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-bill-to-regulate-powdered-alcohol-becomes-law/article/1548812?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed legislation to regulate the sale of powdered alcohol in Colorado.

The bill Hickenlooper signed into law Monday gives the state's liquor enforcement division authority to regulate powdered alcohol like liquid alcohol and to tax it.

The product called Palcohol is a powder to which water is added for the equivalent of a shot of vodka or rum. This month, federal regulators approved its sale and the company that owns the product says it hopes to start selling it this summer.

Before its approval, at least five states passed legislation banning Palcohol.

Detractors warn of its ease to sneak into schools and public venues.



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DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed legislation to regulate the sale of powdered alcohol in Colorado.

The bill Hickenlooper signed into law Monday gives the state's liquor enforcement division authority to regulate powdered alcohol like liquid alcohol and to tax it.

The product called Palcohol is a powder to which water is added for the equivalent of a shot of vodka or rum. This month, federal regulators approved its sale and the company that owns the product says it hopes to start selling it this summer.

Before its approval, at least five states passed legislation banning Palcohol.

Detractors warn of its ease to sneak into schools and public venues.

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:56:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Man kills 3 pit bulls that attacked his dogs]]> http://gazette.com/man-kills-3-pit-bulls-that-attacked-his-dogs/article/feed/216099?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-kills-3-pit-bulls-that-attacked-his-dogs/article/feed/216099?custom_click=rss COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A man in Colorado Springs shot and killed three pit bulls that sneaked into his house through a doggie door and attacked his dogs.

Police say the attack occurred early Saturday.

The man told police he was asleep when he heard the dogs fighting. The man got a gun and shot the intruders.

Officers found the three pit bulls dead.

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Police say the attack occurred early Saturday.

The man told police he was asleep when he heard the dogs fighting. The man got a gun and shot the intruders.

Officers found the three pit bulls dead.]]> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:45:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado GOP chooses new leadership]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-gop-chooses-new-leadership/article/feed/213868?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-gop-chooses-new-leadership/article/feed/213868?custom_click=rss CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Republicans have ousted their state party chairman over concerns that the GOP should be in better shape.

GOP chairman Ryan Call lost re-election Saturday at the annual GOP convention in Centennial. Call was seeking a third term, but he lost to former gubernatorial candidate Steve House of Adams County.

Call issued a statement after the election, saying the state party has made great strides during the past few years.

"Not only did we take back the state Senate, increased our numbers in the state House, win three of the four statewide races, retained every Republican congressional seat, but we also defeated an incumbent U.S. senator," Mark Udall.

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GOP chairman Ryan Call lost re-election Saturday at the annual GOP convention in Centennial. Call was seeking a third term, but he lost to former gubernatorial candidate Steve House of Adams County.

Call issued a statement after the election, saying the state party has made great strides during the past few years.

"Not only did we take back the state Senate, increased our numbers in the state House, win three of the four statewide races, retained every Republican congressional seat, but we also defeated an incumbent U.S. senator," Mark Udall.]]> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 16:17:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado bills would study school violence, allow lawsuits]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-bills-would-study-school-violence-allow-lawsuits/article/feed/213754?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-bills-would-study-school-violence-allow-lawsuits/article/feed/213754?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Colorado schools could be sued for shootings under legislation introduced Friday by state lawmakers who say they are sending a directive to education officials to do more to keep students safe.

"It's about holding them liable for providing a direct duty to care for those kids in their charge," Republican Senate President Bill Cadman said.

The bill allows shooting victims or their relatives to collect up to $350,000 for violence "when the harm is reasonably foreseeable."

Another bill would create a legislative study committee to examine student violence. Such committees usually recommend legislation to be introduced.

The proposals are a response to the 2013 shooting death of Claire Davis, an Arapaho

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"It's about holding them liable for providing a direct duty to care for those kids in their charge," Republican Senate President Bill Cadman said.

The bill allows shooting victims or their relatives to collect up to $350,000 for violence "when the harm is reasonably foreseeable."

Another bill would create a legislative study committee to examine student violence. Such committees usually recommend legislation to be introduced.

The proposals are a response to the 2013 shooting death of Claire Davis, an Arapaho]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 23:01:15 -0600 <![CDATA[DUI enforcement stepped up for St. Patrick's Day weekend]]> http://gazette.com/dui-enforcement-stepped-up-for-st.-patricks-day-weekend/article/feed/213850?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dui-enforcement-stepped-up-for-st.-patricks-day-weekend/article/feed/213850?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — The Colorado State Patrol is stepping up DUI enforcement across the state this St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Patrol Chief Scott Hernandez is encouraging party-goers not to get behind the wheel if they have been drinking or using drugs. He says that for the last two years, the number of impaired driving arrests during the St. Patrick's Day enforcement period has stayed relatively consistent, with 486 reported arrests in 2013 and 484 in 2014.

The heightened DUI enforcement began Friday and will continue through Wednesday, the day after St. Patrick's Day.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — The Colorado State Patrol is stepping up DUI enforcement across the state this St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Patrol Chief Scott Hernandez is encouraging party-goers not to get behind the wheel if they have been drinking or using drugs. He says that for the last two years, the number of impaired driving arrests during the St. Patrick's Day enforcement period has stayed relatively consistent, with 486 reported arrests in 2013 and 484 in 2014.

The heightened DUI enforcement began Friday and will continue through Wednesday, the day after St. Patrick's Day.]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 22:00:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Construction begins on attack submarine USS Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/construction-begins-on-attack-submarine-uss-colorado/article/feed/211612?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/construction-begins-on-attack-submarine-uss-colorado/article/feed/211612?custom_click=rss NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams will represent the state at the keel laying ceremony for the attack submarine USS Colorado on Saturday.

The keel laying ceremony marks the official start of construction on a new vessel.

When complete, the USS Colorado will be a high-tech attack submarine.

It is the third Navy ship to bear the name Colorado. The first was an armored cruiser commissioned in 1905. The second USS Colorado was a battleship that took part in the invasion of Tarawa during World War II.

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]]> NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams will represent the state at the keel laying ceremony for the attack submarine USS Colorado on Saturday.

The keel laying ceremony marks the official start of construction on a new vessel.

When complete, the USS Colorado will be a high-tech attack submarine.

It is the third Navy ship to bear the name Colorado. The first was an armored cruiser commissioned in 1905. The second USS Colorado was a battleship that took part in the invasion of Tarawa during World War II.]]> Sat, 07 Mar 2015 06:15:32 -0700