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The Gazette - Updated: August 21, 2013 at 7:13 am

DENVER — Some marijuana patients on Colorado's registry are putting paper bags over their heads and protesting a Board of Health meeting on Wednesday.

The patients are calling for the state to shut down its list of about 107,000 people who have cards that allow them to buy marijuana at dispensaries, according to the Associated Press.

The patients want the registry shut down because of security breaches. The state's medical marijuana registry is supposed to be confidential, with limited exceptions for law enforcement, but a state audit two months ago revealed the state health department hasn't kept the records secret. The audit criticized the department for sharing the list with contractors without requiring confidentiality agreements.

The health department has agreed to improve security, but the protesters want to see quicker action.

  

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts partly sunny skies with a high of 86 Wednesday in Colorado Springs. There's a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms, with the best chance after 5 p.m. Expect an overnight low of 60.

  

AROUND COLORADO

West Nile infections continue to climb

FORT COLLINS (AP) — Larimer County health officials say this year's outbreak of the West Nile virus is the worst in two decades.

Health officials say 30 people have been infected with virus so far this year and those numbers are expected to climb.

Human infections from the mosquito-borne disease can occur without symptoms or can cause mild or severe illness, fever and aches. Infections can also lead to disability and even death.

Peach prices up sharply

DENVER (AP) — Frost damage means higher prices and fewer Palisade peaches for customers on the Front Range this year.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/lv8462x ), it has been the worst weather year for peaches on the Western Slope in more than two decades.

Palisade growers say they are harvesting only 20 to 40 percent of their normal crops. Unusual April freezes killed the rest.

Colorado Internet tax jumps hurdle

DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled Colorado's law requiring large online retailers to collect millions of dollars in state taxes on Internet sales is legal.

The court ruled Tuesday a lower court overstepped its jurisdiction in tossing out the law last year.

The law passed in 2010 requires Internet companies to collect Colorado's 2.9 percent tax on purchases.

The Denver Post reports (http://tinyurl.com/lzrmsjy ) the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted a permanent injunction issued by a lower court last year.

Residents not happy with Steamboat night ski plan

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS (AP) — The Steamboat Springs City Council has voted to approve a plan by the Steamboat Ski Area to add night skiing this winter.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the resort's plan to light 1,100 vertical feet of terrain on the lower mountain for skiing after the sun goes down, Steamboat Today reported (http://bit.ly/169rKSc).

The ski area plans to initially offer night skiing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, extending those hours to 9:30 p.m. in the spring and to 11 p.m. for some special events.

Supporters said night skiing could revitalize the base area, which usually seems deserted after dark. But other residents near the ski area said they are concerned about light and noise pollution.

Mark Booth said he thought the base of the Steamboat Ski Area would be the perfect place to live fulltime during his retirement, but the ski area's plan to illuminate 1,000 vertical feet of the lower mountain for night skiing has him less enthusiastic about his new home.

"The noise and light pollution issues will be significant," the condominium owner wrote in a letter to the City Council. "Simply put, I would have never made this significant investment knowing my front yard would be a three-ring circus every night all winter long. It will not only severely compromise a standard of living, it will also reduce the value of any slope-side facing unit."

The Planning Commission earlier this month voted unanimously to approve the ski area's development plan.

Denver airport reaches another record high

DENVER (AP) — Denver International Airport has reached another record high temperature.

The National Weather Service says it was 99 degrees at the airport Tuesday afternoon, beating the previous high of 98 degrees on the same date in 1987.

The airport tied a record high of 98 degrees Sunday, matching a high last set on the same date in 2011.

The airport broke a temperature record Saturday when it reached 97 degrees, topping the previous high of 96 that was last reached on Aug. 17, 1994.

Greeley, Weld, Air Guard plan accident drill

GREELEY (AP) — Greeley and Weld County emergency responders are conducting an accident response drill with the Colorado Air National Guard.

The exercise is taking place Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

National Guard officials say residents may see unusual activity in areas near the Greeley Air National Guard Station.

Loveland man accused of poaching bear sentenced

FORT COLLINS (AP) — A Loveland man accused of poaching a black bear and several other animals has been sentenced to 18 months in a halfway house.

The Coloradoan reports (http://noconow.co/19HOLEa ) Paul Detwiler was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in July to one felony of illegally possessing a gun and three lesser charges.

Detwiler was arrested in January after he and undercover game warden Robert Pope hunted together several times. Detwiler has said he was set up and that he shot the bear from a porch because he feared for the safety of his daughters.

Crews fully contain Jefferson County wildfire

GOLDEN (AP) — Firefighters have fully contained a small wildfire burning in the foothills of Jefferson County.

The Glencoe Valley Fire burned about six acres and was fully contained Tuesday.

Evacuation orders went out Monday evening for residents in a subdivision northwest of Ralston Reservoir but were lifted at 8 p.m. Monday.

A helicopter helped attack the fire, and it didn't grow overnight.

Charges filed against Broomfield nursing assistant

BROOMFIELD (AP) — A nursing assistant accused of sexually assaulting two women at a Broomfield nursing home where he worked has been criminally charged.

Prosecutors have charged 41-year-old Antonio Nieto with two counts of sexual assault on an at-risk adult and four counts of sexual assault involving two female patients at Broomfield Skilled Nursing.

The charges allege Nieto sexually assaulted a 73-year-old patient on Aug. 14 and a 59-year-old patient between July 10 and July 19.

Nieto was being held Tuesday, with bond set at $100,000. He is due in court Thursday to be advised of the charges.

It wasn't known if he had an attorney who could comment on the allegations on his behalf.

Boulder authorizes purchase of Xcel assets

BOULDER (AP) — The Boulder City Council has authorized the purchase of Xcel Energy's assets as it moves toward creating a municipal electric utility.

The plan approved Tuesday requires the utility to offer more renewable energy than Xcel at similar or lower rates.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/l6tcaag ), the vote gives city officials the authority they need to start negotiations with Xcel to purchase the poles and wires that distribute electricity around Boulder, six substations and a high-voltage transmission line that circles the city.

Jury convicts former sheriff's deputy

BRIGHTON (AP) — Jurors have convicted a former Adams County sheriff's deputy of striking a 15-year-old boy in the face while responding to a disturbance call in 2011.

Thirty-year-old David Morrow was convicted Monday of second-degree assault, third-degree assault and child abuse.

Records show Morrow was responding to a disturbance call early June 12, 2011, in which a teen who appeared highly intoxicated was taken by ambulance to a hospital. Witnesses said the teen was verbally combative. Prosecutors say the teen was restrained on an ambulance gurney when Morrow passed by and struck the boy in the face with his fist.

Morrow was later fired.

He faces five to 16 years in prison at a sentencing hearing set for Oct. 7.

Ex-Qwest CEO Nacchio seeks $18 million tax refund

DENVER (AP) — Imprisoned former Qwest Communications International Inc. CEO Joseph Nacchio is seeking a nearly $18 million tax refund.

Nacchio was convicted in 2007 of selling $52 million in stock of Denver-based Qwest based on inside information. He was ordered to forfeit $44 million and to pay a $19 million fine. He also was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison.

Nacchio and his wife say in court documents that they want a refund of $18 million in taxes they paid on the $52 million they gained from the stock sales, since the court ordered Nacchio to forfeit that gain.

Attorneys for Nacchio and the U.S. government made verbal arguments in a Washington courtroom Tuesday. KUSA-TV in Denver reports it's not clear when a judge will rule.

   

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1831, Nat Turner led a violent slave rebellion in Virginia resulting in the deaths of at least 55 white people. He was executed.

In 1858, the first of seven debates between Illinois senatorial contenders Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took place.

In 1863, pro-Confederate raiders attacked Lawrence, Kan., massacring the men and destroying the town’s buildings.

In 1911, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. The painting was recovered two years later in Italy.

In 1912, the Boy Scouts of America named its first Eagle Scout, Arthur Rose Eldred of Troop 1 in Rockville Centre, N.Y.

In 1940, exiled Communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky died in a Mexican hospital from wounds inflicted by an assassin.

In 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order making Hawaii the 50th state.

In 1963, martial law was declared in South Vietnam as police and army troops began a violent crackdown on Buddhist anti-government protesters.

In 1972, the Republican National Convention opened in Miami Beach.

In 1983, Philippine opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino Jr., ending a self-imposed exile in the United States, was shot dead moments after stepping off a plane at Manila International Airport. The musical play “La Cage Aux Folles” opened on Broadway.

In 1991, the hard-line coup against Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev collapsed in the face of a popular uprising led by Russian Federation President Boris N. Yeltsin.

In 1993, in a setback for NASA, engineers lost contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft as it was about to reach the red planet on a $980 million mission.

Ten years ago: Alabama’s top judge, Chief Justice Roy Moore, refused to back down in his fight to keep a Ten Commandments monument and lashed out at his colleagues who’d ordered it removed from the rotunda of the state judicial building.

Five years ago: At the Summer Olympics, Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor won their second consecutive gold medal in beach volleyball. The U.S. women’s soccer team won the gold medal by beating Brazil 1-0 in extra time.

One year ago: An insurgent rocket attack damaged the plane of the top U.S. general as it sat at a coalition base in Afghanistan; U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was unhurt.

     

HAPPENINGS

-- 2013 Wolf Ranch Summer concert Series with Manuel Molina World Music Trio, 6-8 p.m., Gateway Park, Wolf Ranch, North Powers Boulevard and Research Parkway, free.

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