<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:18:30 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Victim's family refuses Klingenschmitt donation]]> Brandon Rittiman, KUSA http://gazette.com/victims-family-refuses-klingenschmitt-donation/article/1548650?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/victims-family-refuses-klingenschmitt-donation/article/1548650?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The family of the pregnant Longmont woman who was brutally attacked is rejecting a donation from Colorado state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt (R-Colorado Springs,) who said the incident amounted to punishment from God for laws allowing abortion.

When confronted about his controversial remarks, Klingenschmitt pointed out Thursday that his charity made a $1,000 donation to the family of Michelle Wilkins.

"My charity has donated $1,000 to the Wilkins family," Klingenschmitt said on Thursday afternoon. "To help them in their healing, to help them recover. I have challenged all the members of the legislature to join me in donating not $1,000, like my charity did, but just $5 to stand in solidarity.



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DENVER - The family of the pregnant Longmont woman who was brutally attacked is rejecting a donation from Colorado state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt (R-Colorado Springs,) who said the incident amounted to punishment from God for laws allowing abortion.

When confronted about his controversial remarks, Klingenschmitt pointed out Thursday that his charity made a $1,000 donation to the family of Michelle Wilkins.

"My charity has donated $1,000 to the Wilkins family," Klingenschmitt said on Thursday afternoon. "To help them in their healing, to help them recover. I have challenged all the members of the legislature to join me in donating not $1,000, like my charity did, but just $5 to stand in solidarity.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:35:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Forest Service stands behind Wolf Creek land swap]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/forest-service-stands-behind-wolf-creek-land-swap/article/1548645?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/forest-service-stands-behind-wolf-creek-land-swap/article/1548645?custom_click=rss

DURANGO — The U.S. Forest Service is standing behind its decision to allow a land swap that would provide access to a proposed village near the Wolf Creek Ski Area in southwestern Colorado.

The agency announced Thursday that Deputy Regional Forester Maribeth Gustafson affirmed the decision, announced in November, following a review of objections from project opponents.

The fight isn't over yet though. The Durango Herald (http://bit.ly/19YyaOi) reports that environmental organizations have filed two federal lawsuits seeking Forest Service records related to the land swap.

It would give billionaire B.J. McCombs' development group about 200 acres of forest land, allowing it to build a road connecting the proposed



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DURANGO — The U.S. Forest Service is standing behind its decision to allow a land swap that would provide access to a proposed village near the Wolf Creek Ski Area in southwestern Colorado.

The agency announced Thursday that Deputy Regional Forester Maribeth Gustafson affirmed the decision, announced in November, following a review of objections from project opponents.

The fight isn't over yet though. The Durango Herald (http://bit.ly/19YyaOi) reports that environmental organizations have filed two federal lawsuits seeking Forest Service records related to the land swap.

It would give billionaire B.J. McCombs' development group about 200 acres of forest land, allowing it to build a road connecting the proposed

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:31:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado GOP appalled over Klingenschmitt's act-of-God comment in baby's death]]> BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-gop-appalled-over-klingenschmitts-act-of-god-comment-in-babys-death/article/1548605?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-gop-appalled-over-klingenschmitts-act-of-god-comment-in-babys-death/article/1548605?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Colorado Springs Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt said in an online video that a pregnant woman in Longmont who had her baby cut from her womb was the result of "a curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb."

Republicans and Democrats lambasted the statement Thursday as insensitive and wrong.

Klingenschmitt, a Republican, said his words were being twisted.

He runs the for-profit activist ministry "Pray in Jesus Name" and recently posted a "PIJN News" video online about the Longmont case. He concludes by reading a Bible passage about the pregnant women of Samaria being ripped open.



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DENVER - Colorado Springs Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt said in an online video that a pregnant woman in Longmont who had her baby cut from her womb was the result of "a curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb."

Republicans and Democrats lambasted the statement Thursday as insensitive and wrong.

Klingenschmitt, a Republican, said his words were being twisted.

He runs the for-profit activist ministry "Pray in Jesus Name" and recently posted a "PIJN News" video online about the Longmont case. He concludes by reading a Bible passage about the pregnant women of Samaria being ripped open.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:20:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Man head-butts Colorado Springs officer while in custody, police say]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/man-head-butts-colorado-springs-officer-while-in-custody-police-say/article/1548644?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-head-butts-colorado-springs-officer-while-in-custody-police-say/article/1548644?custom_click=rss A man head-butted a Colorado Springs police officer in the face early Friday morning while detained on suspicion of assaulting a man with a chain, police say.

Bobby Joe Harris Jr., 48, swung a metal chain into the face of a man walking his dog near the intersection of North Academy Boulevard and East Uintah Street around 1 a.m. Friday, according to police. The victim fought back, punching Harris in the face, and both men received minor injuries. A police sergeant witnessed the fight and detained both men for further investigation. While at the Sand Creek substation in southeast Colorado Springs, Harris head-butted an officer in the face, injuring him. He was arrested on suspicion of assault on a peace officer and second-degree



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A man head-butted a Colorado Springs police officer in the face early Friday morning while detained on suspicion of assaulting a man with a chain, police say.

Bobby Joe Harris Jr., 48, swung a metal chain into the face of a man walking his dog near the intersection of North Academy Boulevard and East Uintah Street around 1 a.m. Friday, according to police. The victim fought back, punching Harris in the face, and both men received minor injuries. A police sergeant witnessed the fight and detained both men for further investigation. While at the Sand Creek substation in southeast Colorado Springs, Harris head-butted an officer in the face, injuring him. He was arrested on suspicion of assault on a peace officer and second-degree

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:11:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Friday Military Salute: Jennifer Choate clears big hurdle in major competition]]> eric singer eric.singer@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/friday-military-salute-jennifer-choate-clears-big-hurdle-in-major-competition/article/1548618?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/friday-military-salute-jennifer-choate-clears-big-hurdle-in-major-competition/article/1548618?custom_click=rss

A Friday Military Salute follow-up to a young woman who hopes to receive a major military-related honor.

You first met Jennifer Choate in February on our Friday Military Salute segment. The 16-year old is Peterson Air Force Base's entrant for Military Youth of the Year. Jennifer was preparing to compete at the state level on Monday, March 23rd with other youth including those from Buckley Air Force Base, the Air Force Academy and Fort Carson.

She won that competition and received a $9,000 college scholarship and a laptop. Jennifer is now on to the regionals which happen at the end of May and first week of June.



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A Friday Military Salute follow-up to a young woman who hopes to receive a major military-related honor.

You first met Jennifer Choate in February on our Friday Military Salute segment. The 16-year old is Peterson Air Force Base's entrant for Military Youth of the Year. Jennifer was preparing to compete at the state level on Monday, March 23rd with other youth including those from Buckley Air Force Base, the Air Force Academy and Fort Carson.

She won that competition and received a $9,000 college scholarship and a laptop. Jennifer is now on to the regionals which happen at the end of May and first week of June.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:34:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado moving to standardize pot-testing labs]]> By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-moving-to-standardize-pot-testing-labs/article/1548643?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-moving-to-standardize-pot-testing-labs/article/1548643?custom_click=rss DENVER — Colorado is moving to establish another marijuana first — the first government standards for marijuana testing.

A bill approved by its first committee in the state Legislature Thursday would create statewide laboratory standards for the state's 18 pot-testing labs.

Currently the labs are certified by state health authorities, but they don't have uniform rules for testing pot for potency, homogeneity and contaminants, as required by state law.

Lab owners say they need the standards because different labs now produce very different results. Existing pot tests generally just look for whether the drug is present, not how strong it is.



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DENVER — Colorado is moving to establish another marijuana first — the first government standards for marijuana testing.

A bill approved by its first committee in the state Legislature Thursday would create statewide laboratory standards for the state's 18 pot-testing labs.

Currently the labs are certified by state health authorities, but they don't have uniform rules for testing pot for potency, homogeneity and contaminants, as required by state law.

Lab owners say they need the standards because different labs now produce very different results. Existing pot tests generally just look for whether the drug is present, not how strong it is.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:21:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Lint caused Colorado Springs house fire]]> BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/lint-caused-colorado-springs-house-fire/article/1548607?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lint-caused-colorado-springs-house-fire/article/1548607?custom_click=rss

A house fire that displaced three families comprised of nine people and killed four dogs on Constitution Avenue Wednesday evening was caused by a buildup of lint in the home's dryer vent pipe, according to Colorado Springs fire investigators.

The fire, reported around 6 p.m. at 4806 Constitution Ave., was ruled accidental, said fire department spokesman Capt. Steve Oswald.

Constitution between North Murray Boulevard and Oro Blanco Drive was shut down as crews worked to put out the blaze, which started in the basement of the home.



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A house fire that displaced three families comprised of nine people and killed four dogs on Constitution Avenue Wednesday evening was caused by a buildup of lint in the home's dryer vent pipe, according to Colorado Springs fire investigators.

The fire, reported around 6 p.m. at 4806 Constitution Ave., was ruled accidental, said fire department spokesman Capt. Steve Oswald.

Constitution between North Murray Boulevard and Oro Blanco Drive was shut down as crews worked to put out the blaze, which started in the basement of the home.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:47:02 -0600
<![CDATA[No murder charge for Colorado woman accused of cutting baby from womb]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/no-murder-charge-for-colorado-woman-accused-of-cutting-baby-from-womb/article/1548615?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-murder-charge-for-colorado-woman-accused-of-cutting-baby-from-womb/article/1548615?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Prosecutors say a Colorado woman accused of removing a baby from an expectant mother's belly will not face murder charges, but they have not explained the decision or disclosed what charges she will face.

Investigators say Dynel Lane lured Michelle Wilkins, 26, to her Longmont home March 18 with an ad on Craigslist offering baby clothes. Inside, police say, Lane attacked Wilkins and cut the unborn baby girl from her belly.

Lane's husband found the infant in a bathtub and rushed the child to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Wilkins survived the attack and was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday.



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DENVER — Prosecutors say a Colorado woman accused of removing a baby from an expectant mother's belly will not face murder charges, but they have not explained the decision or disclosed what charges she will face.

Investigators say Dynel Lane lured Michelle Wilkins, 26, to her Longmont home March 18 with an ad on Craigslist offering baby clothes. Inside, police say, Lane attacked Wilkins and cut the unborn baby girl from her belly.

Lane's husband found the infant in a bathtub and rushed the child to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Wilkins survived the attack and was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:31:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado to defend marijuana law for 1st time]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-to-defend-marijuana-law-for-1st-time/article/1548641?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-to-defend-marijuana-law-for-1st-time/article/1548641?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Colorado is defending its pot law for the first time Friday in a filing due to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Friday is the deadline for Colorado to respond to a legal challenge from Oklahoma and Nebraska.

The lawsuit challenges Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana and is one of four lawsuits that aim to dismantle the young industry.

Colorado's neighbors claim that the 2012 pot legalization vote has sent the drug flooding across Colorado's borders.

Three other lawsuits have been filed since Nebraska and Oklahoma sued.

One was filed by a hotel owner in Colorado who argues legal weed is hurting his business. Another is from a southern Colorado landowner who says legal weed is hurting



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DENVER — Colorado is defending its pot law for the first time Friday in a filing due to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Friday is the deadline for Colorado to respond to a legal challenge from Oklahoma and Nebraska.

The lawsuit challenges Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana and is one of four lawsuits that aim to dismantle the young industry.

Colorado's neighbors claim that the 2012 pot legalization vote has sent the drug flooding across Colorado's borders.

Three other lawsuits have been filed since Nebraska and Oklahoma sued.

One was filed by a hotel owner in Colorado who argues legal weed is hurting his business. Another is from a southern Colorado landowner who says legal weed is hurting

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:18:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Senate Education Committee approves test opt-out bill]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-senate-education-committee-approves-test-opt-out-bill/article/1548640?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-senate-education-committee-approves-test-opt-out-bill/article/1548640?custom_click=rss

The Senate Education Committee approved a bill Thursday that would explicitly allow opting students out of required assessments, though its political prospects moving forward are questionable.

The result of an alliance of conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats, Senate Bill 223 would shield teachers, principals, districts and schools from consequences if test participation drops below required levels because of parents opting their children out.

The committee approved the bill 8-1, with Sen. Michael Johnston of Denver the lone dissenter.

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The Senate Education Committee approved a bill Thursday that would explicitly allow opting students out of required assessments, though its political prospects moving forward are questionable.

The result of an alliance of conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats, Senate Bill 223 would shield teachers, principals, districts and schools from consequences if test participation drops below required levels because of parents opting their children out.

The committee approved the bill 8-1, with Sen. Michael Johnston of Denver the lone dissenter.

Regardless of what happens in the Senate or House, Gov. John Hickenlooper's office has signaled the governor will not support opt-out legislation that would put

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:00:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Man accused of threatening girlfriend, children in Colorado Springs]]> BY STEpHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/man-accused-of-threatening-girlfriend-children-in-colorado-springs/article/1548608?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-accused-of-threatening-girlfriend-children-in-colorado-springs/article/1548608?custom_click=rss

A 33-year-old man is accused of telling his girlfriend he would "kill her children" and threatening her with a knife and gun, according to an arrest affidavit.

Michael David Young was taken into custody Tuesday night on suspicion of kidnapping and felony assault. He is being held without bond at the El Paso County jail after officers arrested him near Barnes Road and Oro Blanco Drive on a warrant related to the accusations. Young is suspected of threatening his girlfriend to pick him up in the area of 7755 Kaleb Grove, near the south gate of the Air Force Academy, and smashing her cellphone when she arrived, according to the affidavit. The woman said Young accused her of calling police for a previous incident, the affidavit says.

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Michael David Young was taken into custody Tuesday night on suspicion of kidnapping and felony assault. He is being held without bond at the El Paso County jail after officers arrested him near Barnes Road and Oro Blanco Drive on a warrant related to the accusations. Young is suspected of threatening his girlfriend to pick him up in the area of 7755 Kaleb Grove, near the south gate of the Air Force Academy, and smashing her cellphone when she arrived, according to the affidavit. The woman said Young accused her of calling police for a previous incident, the affidavit says.]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:10:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado expanded snow tire requirement passes toughest test]]> By KRISTEN WYATT The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/colorado-expanded-snow-tire-requirement-passes-toughest-test/article/1548612?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-expanded-snow-tire-requirement-passes-toughest-test/article/1548612?custom_click=rss

DENVER - A bill to require all motorists to use snow tires or chains during snowy months on Colorado's major mountain highway has passed its toughest test in the state Legislature.

The measure cleared the Senate Transportation Committee 5-0 - but not before the committee chairman and other Republicans on the committee expressed doubts about how effective the requirement would be in improving jammed Interstate 70.

"The largest problem here is volume," not drivers with improper tires, said Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction.

The head of the committee - Sen. Randy Baumgardner - warned he may try to change the bill when it gets to the Senate floor.

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The measure cleared the Senate Transportation Committee 5-0 - but not before the committee chairman and other Republicans on the committee expressed doubts about how effective the requirement would be in improving jammed Interstate 70.

"The largest problem here is volume," not drivers with improper tires, said Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction.

The head of the committee - Sen. Randy Baumgardner - warned he may try to change the bill when it gets to the Senate floor.]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:10:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Insights at Large: Longinos Gonzalez Jr.]]> By BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/insights-at-large-longinos-gonzalez-jr./article/1548606?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/insights-at-large-longinos-gonzalez-jr./article/1548606?custom_click=rss

Longinos Gonzalez Jr. naturally opposes sales of recreational drugs, having done counter-drug work during half of his 20-year stint in the Air Force.

And Gonzalez's opposition to marijuana in Colorado also appears to be tied to his concern for children and teens. He has taught science in middle and high schools over the past year.

As one of 13 candidates vying for three at-large Colorado Springs City Council seats in the April 7 election, he notes that he has handled Air Force budgets, owns seven properties and paid off three of them on a military salary.

"That was all budgeting and planning," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez's parents were farmworkers who insisted that their children focus on education, resulting in his

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And Gonzalez's opposition to marijuana in Colorado also appears to be tied to his concern for children and teens. He has taught science in middle and high schools over the past year.

As one of 13 candidates vying for three at-large Colorado Springs City Council seats in the April 7 election, he notes that he has handled Air Force budgets, owns seven properties and paid off three of them on a military salary.

"That was all budgeting and planning," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez's parents were farmworkers who insisted that their children focus on education, resulting in his]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:10:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Eagle man arrested in Vail in connection with Colorado Springs crime]]> BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/eagle-man-arrested-in-vail-in-connection-with-colorado-springs-crime/article/1548613?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eagle-man-arrested-in-vail-in-connection-with-colorado-springs-crime/article/1548613?custom_click=rss A 33-year-old man was arrested in Vail on suspicion of a recent sexual assault committed in Colorado Springs, police said.

Oscar Saucedo Lopez, of Eagle, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of kidnapping and sexual assault, Colorado Springs police said. An investigation involving officers from Colorado Springs, Avon, and Vail led to his arrest, police said.

Lopez was booked into the Eagle County jail, police said.

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Oscar Saucedo Lopez, of Eagle, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of kidnapping and sexual assault, Colorado Springs police said. An investigation involving officers from Colorado Springs, Avon, and Vail led to his arrest, police said.

Lopez was booked into the Eagle County jail, police said.]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:20:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Denver Zoo welcomes newborn anteater named Salvador]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/denver-zoo-welcomes-newborn-anteater-named-salvador/article/1548610?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-zoo-welcomes-newborn-anteater-named-salvador/article/1548610?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The Denver Zoo is welcoming its latest addition with the birth of a southern tamandua, which is a type of anteater.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1HRyGrR ) Salvador was born earlier this month as part of an ongoing effort to ensure healthy populations and genetic diversity among zoo animals.

Salvador, the second southern tamandua to be born at the zoo, is bonding with his mother, Rio, and won't be part of the general exhibit.

Southern tamanduas live in South America and have tongues that are up to 16 inches long so they can reach termites and ants.



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DENVER — The Denver Zoo is welcoming its latest addition with the birth of a southern tamandua, which is a type of anteater.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1HRyGrR ) Salvador was born earlier this month as part of an ongoing effort to ensure healthy populations and genetic diversity among zoo animals.

Salvador, the second southern tamandua to be born at the zoo, is bonding with his mother, Rio, and won't be part of the general exhibit.

Southern tamanduas live in South America and have tongues that are up to 16 inches long so they can reach termites and ants.

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

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

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

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Denver International Airport celebrated its 20th anniversary on Saturday.

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

The airport is now trying to find partners from the private sector for potential redevelopment of the Great Hall inside Jeppesen Terminal in an effort to relocate airport security and connect to a new hotel and transit center.]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:15:47 -0700