BOULDER — U.S. Bicycling Hall of Famer Dale Stetina is continuing to improve from a head injury after crashing his bike in Lefthand Canyon near Boulder.
KMGH-TV reports Wednesday (http://goo.gl/ux5hkz ) that Stetina's condition has been upgraded to serious after being listed as critical. Authorities say Stetina crashed Saturday when he swerved and braked trying to avoid an SUV that pulled into his lane.
His family was initially concerned about possible paralysis but Stetina has continued improving. The television station reports his family said through Twitter on Wednesday that Stetina was able to respond to a nurse's commands.
The 57-year-old was a member of the 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympic teams and won more than 200 domestic and international bike races during a career from 1965 to 1983.
He is being treated at Boulder Community Hospital.
Early voting begins in Sen. Morse recall election
(AP) Voters in El Paso County can start casting ballots in the state's first legislative recall election.
Early voting begins Thursday for voters represented by Democratic Sen. John Morse and will continue through Monday. Polling places will be open on Tuesday for Election Day voting but there are no mail ballots for this election.
Early voting started last Friday in Pueblo County, where voters are being asked whether to recall Sen. Angela Giron over her support for stricter gun laws.
Only voters who live in Morse's and Giron's districts can vote in the recall elections.
The Natiional Weather Service forecasts a high of 87 Thursday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 60.
Weld getting $100K as part of Abound settlement
DENVER (AP) — Weld County will get $100,000 for the $1.8 million in property taxes it was owed by bankrupt Abound Solar as part of a settlement.
The Denver Post reports (http://goo.gl/zalG7q ) the settlement was approved Wednesday in a meeting by Weld County commissioners.
Loveland-based Abound filed for Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy in July 2012 after the price solar panels collapsed. Hundreds lost their jobs as a result.
The government awarded Abound a $400 million federal loan guarantee in 2010. The company had used about $70 million of it when it closed.
CU may add politics to nondiscrimination policy
BOULDER (AP) — A proposal to bar discrimination on the basis of political affiliation at the University of Colorado system is headed back to the Board of Regents after a subcommittee vote Tuesday.
The proposal to amend the university nondiscrimination policy will go before the regents at their Sept. 16-17 meeting.
The proposal stems from concern among some regents that the system has a liberal bias, especially in Boulder, the university's biggest and best-known campus, the Boulder Daily Camera reported Wednesday (http://tinyurl.com/n7whahe).
A similar resolution went before the full board in June, but regents asked for more information.
The nine-member board is elected and currently has a Republican majority.
Allegations of liberal bias are occasionally raised against the university.
Tax proposal for schools makes ballot
DENVER (AP) — A proposal to increase Colorado income taxes to pay for school upgrades will appear on the November ballot after election officials determined Wednesday that proponents gathered enough signatures for the petition.
The tax increase barely got enough valid signatures even though supporters turned in nearly twice as many as required. The Colorado secretary of state's office announced that 89,820 signatures were valid. That's 3,715 more than what's needed to get on the ballot.
Supporters of the tax increased had turned in 165,710 signatures, but many were invalid.
The tax proposed would raise nearly $1 billion a year for education upgrades including expanded kindergarten and preschool, and more attention for disabled students and students learning English. Voter approval of the tax is required before a new school-funding overhaul law takes effect.
The taxes would also pay for what supporters call the nation's first tracking software allowing voters to see how their local district spends every dollar on teacher salaries, pensions, classroom instruction, tutoring and other expenses.
Supporters of the proposed changes say additional money is needed to implement them. Colorado's current income tax rate of 4.63 percent would be raised to 5 percent on earnings up to $75,000 a year and 5.9 percent for earnings above that threshold.
A person with a taxable income of $45,000 would pay an additional $166.50 a year. Someone with a taxable income of $100,000 a year would pay an extra $595 annually.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1774, the first Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia.
In 1793, the Reign of Terror began during the French Revolution as the National Convention instituted harsh measures to repress counter-revolutionary activities.
In 1836, Sam Houston was elected president of the Republic of Texas.
In 1913, fire devastated Hot Springs, Ark., destroying some 60 blocks.
In 1914, the First Battle of the Marne, resulting in a French-British victory over Germany, began during World War I.
In 1939, four days after war had broken out in Europe, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation declaring U.S. neutrality in the conflict.
In 1945, Japanese-American Iva Toguri D’Aquino, suspected of being wartime broadcaster “Tokyo Rose,” was arrested in Yokohama. (D’Aquino was later convicted of treason and served six years in prison; she was pardoned in 1977 by President Gerald R. Ford.)
In 1957, the novel “On the Road,” by Jack Kerouac, was first published by Viking Press.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed legislation making aircraft hijackings a federal crime.
In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford escaped an attempt on his life by Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a disciple of Charles Manson, in Sacramento, Calif.
In 1986, four hijackers who had seized a Pan Am jumbo jet on the ground in Karachi, Pakistan, opened fire when the lights inside the plane failed; a total of 22 people were killed in the hijacking.
In 1997, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II broke the royal reticence over Princess Diana’s death, delivering a televised address in which she called her former daughter-in-law “a remarkable person.” Mother Teresa died in Calcutta, India, at age 87; conductor Sir Georg Solti died in France at age 84.
10 years ago: Israeli commandos killed a Hamas bombmaker in a firefight and pulverized the West Bank apartment building in which he had been hiding. Hurricane Fabian slammed into Bermuda, killing four people.
5 years ago: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice became the highest-ranking American official in half a century to visit Libya, where she met Moammar Gadhafi. Publishing giant Robert Giroux, who’d guided and supported dozens of great writers from T.S. Eliot and Jack Kerouac to Bernard Malamud and Susan Sontag, died in Tinton Falls, N.J., at age 94.
1 year ago: In an impassioned speech that rocked the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., former President Bill Clinton proclaimed, “I know we’re coming back” from the worst economic mess in generations, and he appealed to hard-pressed Americans to stick with Barack Obama for a second term in the White House.
-- Afternoon Adventures Children’s program with crafts, games and more, 3-4:30 p.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free. Children 11 and younger must be accompanied by an adult or child 12 and older, free.
-- BRAS Open Stage Headlined by Out of Nowhere, 8 p.m., Pikes Perk Coffee and Tea House, 14 S. Tejon St., $4-$7.