DENVER — The Colorado health department says independent tests so far have confirmed the reliability of blood-alcohol testing by a state toxicology lab, which suspended blood-alcohol and -drug testing after a report raised questions about its work.
Defense attorneys questioned the lab's reliability after a consultant's report noted complaints by some lab workers about blood samples kept in unlocked refrigerators and a supervisor making statements suggesting a bias favoring prosecutors.
The Associated Press reports that the state lab sent about 800 of the thousands of specimens it has tested in the last 12 months to Indianapolis-based AIT Labs to be retested. The health department said Monday that initial results from 265 specimens found essentially what the state lab found, confirming the reliability of the state's tests.
Results from remaining samples are expected in early September.
The National Weather Service forecasts mostly sunny skies and a high of 87 Tuesday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 61.
Garfield County says no to marijuana industry
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Garfield County commissioners are saying no to the recreational marijuana industry.
The commission voted 2-to-1 on Monday to ban recreational marijuana growing, product manufacturing facilities, testing facilities and retail stores in unincorporated areas.
According to the Aspen Daily News (http://tinyurl.com/k9n85v8 ), the ban will prevent 10 current medical marijuana growers from converting their businesses to supply the recreational market.
Wildfire burns in Jefferson County foothills
GOLDEN (AP) — Crews are monitoring a wildfire in the foothills of Jefferson County that prompted evacuations for a few hours.
Sheriff's officials say evacuation orders went out Monday evening to 252 phones for residents in Blue Mountain Estates, northwest of Ralston Reservoir. The evacuations were lifted at 8 p.m.
It's not clear how many people were told to leave, since some homes receive notices to more than one phone number.
A helicopter helped firefighters on the ground.
There was no immediate word on what caused the fire.
Denver airport adding 10 car charging stations
DENVER (AP) — Denver International Airport plans to add 10 charging stations for electric vehicles in its parking garages.
Visitors who park their plug-in electric vehicles in the garages can use the charging stations for free. The stations are scheduled to be installed this fall.
Denver aviation manager Kim Day says travelers driving electric vehicles to the airport have been plugging them in to existing electrical outlets. She says the new charging stations will be more convenient, safer and designed to work specifically with electric and plug-in vehicles.
The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/1eXGadw ) Waukegan, Ill.-based Telefonix Inc. is providing the stations, listed at $1,495 apiece, to the airport for free.
The airport says the stations can provide a full charge to most plug-in vehicles in about eight hours.
Jail for Greeley man who left son with stranger
GREELEY (AP) — A Greeley man accused of taking his infant son from the baby's mother and leaving him with a stranger has been sentenced to 360 days in jail.
Prosecutors say the sentence Alvin Padilla received Monday will be served at the same time as a 30-month sentence for unrelated convictions for forgery and attempt to introduce first-degree contraband.
Padilla's sentence Monday dealt with crimes against his child's mother. He pleaded guilty previously to third-degree assault in connection with an assault in March and to violating a protection order, after he was accused of taking his son from the baby's mother in July and leaving the baby with a stranger as he ran from police.
Woman accused of giving gun to Ebel denied bond
DENVER (AP) — The woman accused of providing the gun used to kill Colorado's prisons chief will be held behind bars as she awaits trial in federal court.
U.S. Magistrate Boyd Boland denied bond for 22-year-old Stevie Marie Vigil Monday, calling her a danger to the community and a flight risk.
Vigil has been charged with giving a gun to a felon, Evan Ebel, the only suspect named in the March 19 slaying of state corrections chief Tom Clements. Authorities also believe Ebel was involved in the shooting death of computer technician and pizza deliveryman Nathan Leon two days before Clements was killed answering the door of his home.
Ebel, 28, was killed in a shootout with law enforcement officers in Texas days after Clements was killed.
Vigil's new lawyer, federal public defender Daniel T. Smith, entered a not guilty plea on her behalf on Monday. Smith said he couldn't comment on the reports because he hasn't reviewed evidence in the case.
New challenge for Boulder-run utility
BOULDER (AP) — Boulder is facing a new challenge over plans to create a municipal electric utility.
The state Office of Consumer Counsel wants the Public Utilities Commission to determine who will provide electricity to 5,800 county households and businesses that Boulder has identified as potential future customers of its proposed municipal utility.
The Office of Consumer Counsel represents residential, small business and agricultural utility customers as a class and represents their interests before the Public Utilities Commission, which regulates the state's private utilities.
The Boulder Daily Camera reports (http://tinyurl.com/m8hkglw ) the city intends to condemn two substations that serve both city and county customers.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1833, Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States, was born in North Bend, Ohio.
In 1862, the New York Tribune published an open letter by editor Horace Greeley calling on President Abraham Lincoln to take more aggressive measures to free the slaves and end the South’s rebellion.
In 1866, President Andrew Johnson formally declared the Civil War over, months after fighting had stopped.
In 1882, Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” had its premiere in Moscow.
In 1910, a series of forest fires swept through parts of Idaho, Montana and Washington, killing at least 85 people and burning some 3 million acres.
In 1940, during World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill paid tribute to the Royal Air Force before the House of Commons, saying, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”
In 1953, the Soviet Union publicly acknowledged it had tested a hydrogen bomb.
In 1955, hundreds of people were killed in anti-French rioting in Morocco and Algeria.
In 1972, the Wattstax concert took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
In 1977, the U.S. launched Voyager 2, an unmanned spacecraft carrying a 12-inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature.
In 1988, a cease-fire in the war between Iraq and Iran went into effect. Eight British soldiers were killed by an Irish Republican Army land mine that destroyed a military bus near Omagh, County Tyrone in Northern Ireland.
Ten years ago: Opponents of Hugo Chavez turned in 2.7 million signatures to demand a referendum on ending his tumultuous presidency.
Five years ago: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski signed a deal to put a U.S. missile defense base in Poland. Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players Association, died near California’s Lake Tahoe at age 63.
One year ago: In a historic change at one of the world’s most exclusive golf clubs, Augusta National invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become the first female members; both women accepted.
-- Free Public Day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St.
-- Wholistic Networking Community Event, learn about holistic wellness, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 20, Woodland Park Public Library, 218 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, free.
-- Bristol Brewing Company Karma Night to benefit Silver Key with $1 donation of all pints of beer sold and donations, 4-10 p.m., Ivywild School, 1647 S. Tejon St.