<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/local Sun, 01 Mar 2015 14:01:05 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![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 <![CDATA[Governor: Oil, gas rules must protect mineral owners' rights]]> http://gazette.com/governor-oil-gas-rules-must-protect-mineral-owners-rights/article/feed/209252?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/governor-oil-gas-rules-must-protect-mineral-owners-rights/article/feed/209252?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Any attempt to give local governments more control over oil and gas drilling in Colorado must protect the rights of people who own underground mineral rights, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Friday.

Some people have owned or leased those rights for decades, long before Colorado's growing cities spread onto land above rich oil and gas deposits, Hickenlooper said in an interview with The Associated Press.

"What right does government have to take that person's lease away from them?" he said. "Through no fault of their own, the march of suburbanization, suddenly their lease is worth less than it was."

Surface owners' property rights should also be protected, Hickenlooper said, adding that energy companies are re

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Any attempt to give local governments more control over oil and gas drilling in Colorado must protect the rights of people who own underground mineral rights, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Friday.

Some people have owned or leased those rights for decades, long before Colorado's growing cities spread onto land above rich oil and gas deposits, Hickenlooper said in an interview with The Associated Press.

"What right does government have to take that person's lease away from them?" he said. "Through no fault of their own, the march of suburbanization, suddenly their lease is worth less than it was."

Surface owners' property rights should also be protected, Hickenlooper said, adding that energy companies are re]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:22:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Denver breaks record for snowiest February with 22.2 inches]]> http://gazette.com/denver-breaks-record-for-snowiest-february-with-22.2-inches/article/feed/209052?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-breaks-record-for-snowiest-february-with-22.2-inches/article/feed/209052?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Denver has broken the record for its snowiest February.

The National Weather Service says Thursday's snowfall pushed the monthly accumulation to a tenth of an inch over the old record of 22.1 inches set in 1912. There's still a chance of more snowfall Friday and Saturday before March — the city's snowiest month — begins.

Boulder has also set a record for its snowiest February, with over 50 inches of snowfall. That smashed the previous record of 32.1 inches set in 2012.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Denver has broken the record for its snowiest February.

The National Weather Service says Thursday's snowfall pushed the monthly accumulation to a tenth of an inch over the old record of 22.1 inches set in 1912. There's still a chance of more snowfall Friday and Saturday before March — the city's snowiest month — begins.

Boulder has also set a record for its snowiest February, with over 50 inches of snowfall. That smashed the previous record of 32.1 inches set in 2012.]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:01:38 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado turns to toll roads to make up funding gap]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-turns-to-toll-roads-to-make-up-funding-gap/article/feed/207017?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-turns-to-toll-roads-to-make-up-funding-gap/article/feed/207017?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — As funding for highway construction and upkeep dwindles, Colorado has increasingly turned toward a once-unthinkable way to fund road expansion: tolls.

The federal highway trust fund gave the state nearly 9 percent less last year than in 2008 after adjusting for inflation, mirroring a nationwide dwindling of earmarked funds for road maintenance. But in Colorado, state budget woes and a unique tax limitation law have exacerbated the trend, according to transportation officials. The state's Department of Transportation said it now spends $1.2 billion on roads when in 2007 it spent today's equivalent of $1.7 billion.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — As funding for highway construction and upkeep dwindles, Colorado has increasingly turned toward a once-unthinkable way to fund road expansion: tolls.

The federal highway trust fund gave the state nearly 9 percent less last year than in 2008 after adjusting for inflation, mirroring a nationwide dwindling of earmarked funds for road maintenance. But in Colorado, state budget woes and a unique tax limitation law have exacerbated the trend, according to transportation officials. The state's Department of Transportation said it now spends $1.2 billion on roads when in 2007 it spent today's equivalent of $1.7 billion.]]> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:48:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Rally planned at Denver police memorial that was defaced]]> http://gazette.com/rally-planned-at-denver-police-memorial-that-was-defaced/article/feed/206991?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rally-planned-at-denver-police-memorial-that-was-defaced/article/feed/206991?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Denver, state and national police groups are endorsing a pro-law enforcement rally Saturday at a memorial to fallen officers.

During a Feb. 14 protest against police use of force, demonstrators threw red paint, since cleaned off, on the memorial at Denver police headquarters. Two men were later charged with vandalism.

Some officers have criticized Chief Robert White for not allowing them to try to stop the vandalism during the protest, while others have supported White and a policy of avoiding confrontation to keep officers safe.

Supporters of police have been leaving flowers, candles and flags at the memorial since last week's protest.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Denver, state and national police groups are endorsing a pro-law enforcement rally Saturday at a memorial to fallen officers.

During a Feb. 14 protest against police use of force, demonstrators threw red paint, since cleaned off, on the memorial at Denver police headquarters. Two men were later charged with vandalism.

Some officers have criticized Chief Robert White for not allowing them to try to stop the vandalism during the protest, while others have supported White and a policy of avoiding confrontation to keep officers safe.

Supporters of police have been leaving flowers, candles and flags at the memorial since last week's protest.]]> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 06:15:39 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado rejects limit on open-space land seizures]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-rejects-limit-on-open-space-land-seizures/article/feed/205552?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-rejects-limit-on-open-space-land-seizures/article/feed/205552?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — A bipartisan group of Colorado senators rejected a proposal Tuesday to limit government seizures of private land for open space.

The bill would have prevented counties from using eminent-domain laws to seize private land for open space, parks, conservation or preservation of views.

The measure was inspired by a Summit County family that sold a 10-acre parcel on an old mining claim last year after a long court battle with the county. The county used eminent domain to acquire the parcel.

"Personal property rights are so ingrained in this country that we should never be taking land for open space," said the sponsor of the measure, Sen. Larry Crowder, R-Alamosa.

A Democrat who voted against the proposa

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]]> DENVER (AP) — A bipartisan group of Colorado senators rejected a proposal Tuesday to limit government seizures of private land for open space.

The bill would have prevented counties from using eminent-domain laws to seize private land for open space, parks, conservation or preservation of views.

The measure was inspired by a Summit County family that sold a 10-acre parcel on an old mining claim last year after a long court battle with the county. The county used eminent domain to acquire the parcel.

"Personal property rights are so ingrained in this country that we should never be taking land for open space," said the sponsor of the measure, Sen. Larry Crowder, R-Alamosa.

A Democrat who voted against the proposa]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:18:38 -0700 <![CDATA[Man accidentally shot at Canon City home]]> http://gazette.com/man-accidentally-shot-at-canon-city-home/article/feed/203453?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-accidentally-shot-at-canon-city-home/article/feed/203453?custom_click=rss CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — Canon City police say a shooting that happened during what was initially reported as a home intrusion turned out to be accidental.

Investigators called to the scene Monday afternoon say the victim, an 18-year-old man, told them a masked man entered his home through a basement window and shot him during a confrontation. That prompted police to send out a notice to nearby residents to alert them that an armed suspect might be loose in the area.

Investigators later determined there was no intruder and the shooting was an accident. The man who was shot was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

No other details have been released.

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]]> CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — Canon City police say a shooting that happened during what was initially reported as a home intrusion turned out to be accidental.

Investigators called to the scene Monday afternoon say the victim, an 18-year-old man, told them a masked man entered his home through a basement window and shot him during a confrontation. That prompted police to send out a notice to nearby residents to alert them that an armed suspect might be loose in the area.

Investigators later determined there was no intruder and the shooting was an accident. The man who was shot was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

No other details have been released.]]> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 23:16:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Pedestrian hit by train in northern Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/pedestrian-hit-by-train-in-northern-colorado/article/feed/203455?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pedestrian-hit-by-train-in-northern-colorado/article/feed/203455?custom_click=rss FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a pedestrian was struck by a train in northern Colorado.

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office says the pedestrian, whose name and age have not been released, was hit in Wellington just before 5 p.m. Monday. Investigators have not said why the victim was on the tracks.

The pedestrian, whose condition has not been released, has only been identified as a female. No other information was available Monday night.

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]]> FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a pedestrian was struck by a train in northern Colorado.

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office says the pedestrian, whose name and age have not been released, was hit in Wellington just before 5 p.m. Monday. Investigators have not said why the victim was on the tracks.

The pedestrian, whose condition has not been released, has only been identified as a female. No other information was available Monday night.]]> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 23:15:59 -0700 <![CDATA[Memorial service for Grand County deputy killed in crash]]> http://gazette.com/memorial-service-for-grand-county-deputy-killed-in-crash/article/feed/202834?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/memorial-service-for-grand-county-deputy-killed-in-crash/article/feed/202834?custom_click=rss GRANBY, Colo. (AP) — A memorial service is being held Saturday for an off-duty sheriff's deputy who was killed in a crash in Grand County.

Officials plan a procession of public safety officers from the Grand County Sheriff's Office to the YMCA where the services are being held.

Authorities say 30-year-old Alycia Riggs was killed in a two-vehicle accident north of Granby. Investigators believe slick roads played a role.

Before joining the Grand County Sheriff's Office in September, Riggs was a member of the Sterling Police Department and the Adams State University Police Department.

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]]> GRANBY, Colo. (AP) — A memorial service is being held Saturday for an off-duty sheriff's deputy who was killed in a crash in Grand County.

Officials plan a procession of public safety officers from the Grand County Sheriff's Office to the YMCA where the services are being held.

Authorities say 30-year-old Alycia Riggs was killed in a two-vehicle accident north of Granby. Investigators believe slick roads played a role.

Before joining the Grand County Sheriff's Office in September, Riggs was a member of the Sterling Police Department and the Adams State University Police Department.]]> Sat, 07 Feb 2015 11:34:11 -0700