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Gazette Premium Content SUNRISE: Body found on Lookout Mountain

The Gazette - Updated: July 8, 2013 at 7:38 am

GOLDEN - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is investigating after hikers found a body on Lookout Mountain.

Spokeswoman Jacki Kelley says it appears the body had been there for some time. She says it was in a remote location.

The coroner's office has been called in after the body was found on Sunday.

  

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 91 Monday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 63.

  

AROUND COLORADO

Passengers delayed after trains stop at DIA

DENVER (AP) - Automatic trains that carry passengers between concourses at Denver International Airport left passengers temporarily stranded after the trains broke down on Sunday.

Airport spokeswoman Laura Coale says drivers had to be called in to take over and get the trains moving again.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/l8qj48q ), drivers had all six of the four-car trains operating within 10 minutes.

Rollover crash on Interstate 70 kills four

ARRIBA (AP) - A single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 70 in Lincoln County has killed four and left four more injured.

KUSA-TV reports that eight people were in the 2004 Chevy Tahoe Saturday evening (http://on9news.tv/16gssOf ).

Authorities say the Tahoe was traveling westbound on I-70 when it came off the left side of the road and struck a road sign. The driver overcorrected, went across the road, then came off the right side of the road and rolled.

Colorado State Patrol says all eight people were ejected. None was wearing a seatbelt. The driver, an adult male, along with another male passenger and two female passengers died on scene.

One man in the car was hospitalized with "moderate" injuries. Three juvenile male passengers suffered minor injuries.

The victims were not immediately identified.

Weld Co. commissioner's grandson injured in ATV accident

LITTLETON (AP) - A 3-year-old boy has suffered a serious head injury in an all-terrain vehicle accident now being investigated by authorities as felony child abuse.

The boy, whose name wasn't released, is the grandson of Weld County commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer.

Kirkmeyer released a statement to KUSA-TV (http://on9news.tv/12eE2vn ) Sunday saying the boy was hurt at a family gathering Saturday. She says she immediately took him to Children's Hospital "for what we now know is a head injury."

Authorities say they didn't learn about the accident until late Saturday, when a hospital representative called. Kirkmeyer says family members are cooperating with all agencies, including Social Services.

Jefferson County Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley says the incident is being investigated as child abuse.

Kirkmeyer called it a "horrible accident" and appreciates the positive thoughts and prayers.

Man drowns on Colorado River float trip

PALISADE (AP) - A 45-year-old man drowned Saturday afternoon in the Colorado River near Palisade.

The (Grand Junction) Daily Sentinel reports that the man hasn't been identified (http://bit.ly/16gnzVa). He was floating with at least two other people down the Colorado River Saturday afternoon.

When authorities arrived, they found the man about 25 feet from the riverbank in less than 2 feet of water, where two of his companions were attempting cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Emergency personnel were also unable to revive him.

None of the three adults was wearing a life vest, and authorities believe alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

Aspen wants to increase municipal fines

ASPEN (AP) - The Aspen City Attorney's Office is asking the city council to increase top fines for municipal code violations from $1,000 to $2,650.

Municipal-code violations cover minor offenses that include running a noisy club, petty theft and trespassing.

According to the Aspen Times (http://tinyurl.com/kvtre2l ), Aspen's home rule charter allows the city to set its own fines for violating local ordinances.

Bomb-making materials seized in Grand Junction

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) - Authorities in Grand Junction are investigating after bomb-making materials were found near an apartment complex.

Grand Junction police say a backpack containing canisters with gunpowder and fuses was found on Sunday.

According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (http://tinyurl.com/n8y7bn7 ), police say the devices were homemade, but authorities would not say if the devices could have exploded.

Private labs take over Colorado crime blood tests

DENVER (AP) - Colorado defense attorneys are concerned because private labs are taking over blood-alcohol tests and blood-drug samples normally sent to a state lab.

Beginning Monday, only three labs are certified to begin processing blood-drug specimens.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/lcgd3gv ), the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment suspended state tests on June 28 after defense attorneys exposed an internal report by the health and environment department they say revealed potentially tainted lab results.

Forgotten cemetery uncovered in Igancio

IGNACIO (AP) - Human remains from 26 bodies have been uncovered by school construction in Igancio, and officials aren't sure what will happen to the remains or whose they are.

The Durango Herald reported Sunday that the bones could be a century old and that the land appears to have been a multi-ethnic burial ground (http://bit.ly/12aYABx ). The first bones were discovered by construction workers in March.

Since construction workers uncovered the first human remains while laying a sewage line, the school district has been in a balancing act: On the one hand, it had to persevere with the $14.9 million construction project for a new elementary school that is expected to open in August.

On the other, it has had to comply with state law pertaining to newly rediscovered cemeteries - a process that guarantees exhumation - while honoring Southern Ute beliefs about death and reburial, which hold that death is not the end of a human being.

Jann Smith, La Plata County coroner, said it appears the cemetery is multi-ethnic and dates to 100 years ago. She said some of the bodies were determined to be Native American.

Ignacio was home to Hispanics, Anglos and Native Americans a century ago.

The school district has included the Southern Ute tribe in the excavation. A spokeswoman for the Southern Ute Tribal Council declined to comment.

    

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1663, King Charles II of England granted a Royal Charter to Rhode Island.

In 1853, an expedition led by Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in Yedo Bay, Japan, on a mission to seek diplomatic and trade relations with the Japanese.

In 1889, The Wall Street Journal was first published.

In 1907, Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first "Follies," on the roof of the New York Theater.

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson received a tumultuous welcome in New York City after his return from the Versailles Peace Conference in France.

In 1947, demolition work began in New York City to make way for the new permanent headquarters of the United Nations.

In 1950, President Harry S. Truman named Gen. Douglas MacArthur commander-in-chief of United Nations forces in Korea. (Truman ended up sacking MacArthur for insubordination nine months later.)

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower began a visit to Canada, where he conferred with Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and addressed the Canadian Parliament.

In 1962, just after midnight local time, Alitalia Flight 771, a DC-8, crashed as it was approaching Bombay (Mumbai), India, killing all 94 people on board.

In 1972, the Nixon administration announced a deal to sell $750 million in grain to the Soviet Union. (However, the Soviets were also engaged in secretly buying subsidized American grain, resulting in what critics dubbed "The Great Grain Robbery.")

In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford announced he would seek a second term of office.

In 1994, Kim Il Sung, North Korea's communist leader since 1948, died at age 82.

Ten years ago: In Senegal at the start of a five-nation tour of Africa, President George W. Bush called American slavery one of history's greatest crimes as he stood at the very spot where hundreds of thousands of Africans had been bought and sold like cargo. A factory worker opened fire at a Lockheed Martin plant in Meridian, Miss., leaving five dead before committing suicide. A triple-deck ferry capsized in Bangladesh; more than 500 people drowned. A Sudanese Boeing 737 crashed on the northeastern Red Sea coast, killing 117 people.

Five years ago: A well-organized assault by gunmen on horseback on a United Nations-African Union patrol in Darfur left seven peacekeepers dead and 22 wounded.

   

HAPPENINGS

-- 7-UP - Drawing for Kids, for ages 7 and older, create a still-life with tempera paint, 2 p.m., Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave; 3 p.m., Manitou Springs Library, 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, free.

-- Good Ol' Summertime Ice Cream Social and Pie Baking Contest, 5:30-8 p.m., Soda Springs Park, 1016 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, $2 pie slice, $1 ice cream scoops.

-- 101st Army Band, 7 p.m., Mesa Ridge High School, 6070 Mesa Ridge Parkway, free.

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