Updated: July 18, 2013 at 7:16 am
DENVER - Lawmakers who supported Colorado's new law allowing state residents to receive in-state tuition even if they are in the country without legal permission are celebrating the registration of new students qualifying for the rate.
Four events are planned around Colorado Thursday morning. Six Democrats and one Republican are attending events in Colorado Springs, Aurora, Longmont and Westminster, according to the Associated Press.
The new law grants in-state tuition for Colorado high school graduates regardless of their immigration status. To qualify, students must also sign an affidavit saying they are seeking, or will seek, legal status in the United States.
In April, Colorado became the fourteenth state to allow immigrants who graduate from state high schools to attend colleges at the tuition rate other in-state students pay, rather than a higher rate paid by out-of-state students.
The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 87 with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms Thursday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 63. On Friday, the forecast high is 80 with a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms in the region.
Report says state lab supervisor biased
DENVER (AP) - A state report says a former supervisor at the state's toxicology lab repeatedly boasted to employees that her testimony about blood tests for alcohol and drugs was designed to go after defendants.
According to the Denver Post http://tinyurl.com/lkuqvb5 ), the internal report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment raised questions among defense attorneys about potentially tainted testimony in scores of criminal cases.
Since the report was released by the attorney general's office in June, the state lab has suspended all blood-alcohol and blood-drug tests and outsourced samples to six private labs. The supervisor has retired.
ID confirmed of pilot killed in crash
CORTEZ (AP) - A coroner is confirming that a helicopter pilot who died after crashing in southwest Colorado is from Billings, Mont.
The Dolores County coroner confirmed Wednesday that AJ Blain died in the crash Tuesday east of Dove Creek.
Sheriff's officials say the helicopter was owned by Billings Flying Service, which was his employer.
Federal agencies are investigating the crash. Sheriff's officials have said witnesses reported hearing a loud "pop" before the helicopter plunged.
Authorities say the helicopter was helping a subcontractor do seismic exploration for the energy company Kinder Morgan.
Minor injuries after plane goes off runway
BROOMFIELD (AP) - Two people are safe after a small plane ran off the runway at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport near Broomfield.
The plane was landing Wednesday evening when the accident occurred. The pilot and passenger suffered minor injuries. They were not identified.
The North Metro Fire Rescue District says the plane had moderate damage to the propeller, engine and wings.
The National Transportation Safety Board and Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport officials are investigating.
Colorado Capitol going geothermal
DENVER (AP) - The new geothermal heating and cooling system at the Colorado state Capitol is being brought on-line this week.
State officials hope underground wells tapping into an aquifer will bring hefty savings on utility bills.
The Denver Post reports (http://tinyurl.com/mzt76uw ) the system is expected to save an estimated $100,000 in heating and cooling costs in the first year.
Gun rally, theater shooting remembrance coincide
DENVER (AP) - A gun owners group has scheduled a counter-rally for the same time and place as an event to remember those killed or injured in the attack on an Aurora movie theater last year.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns plans to hold its remembrance at noon Friday at the Smoky Hill Shelter in Cherry Creek State Park. The event is meant to be an opportunity for people to remember the 12 people killed and 70 people injured in the theater attack on July 20, 2012.
The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/11Y5YW7 ) the Windsor-based Rocky Mountain Gun Owners has planned a counter-rally at noon Friday in the same spot. The gun owners group says its rally will be peaceful.
Congress urged to take action on Colorado River
DURANGO (AP) - Government officials are urging Congress to consider solutions to deal with possible water shortages in the Colorado River basin that could include finding ways to reduce demand, conservation and better management of water supplies. Other solutions being considered include reuse of water and augmentation from other water sources.
At a congressional hearing on Tuesday, officials said a two-year study by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation found the river will not be able to provide enough water for its nearby communities in 50 years. The Colorado River basin and its tributaries supply water to nearly 40 million people in seven states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.
"We need to make every drop count," Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., said at the Water and Power Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C.
Mike Connor, commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, told lawmakers the federal government needs help from each state if plans to save the river are going to work.
Executive Director Kathleen Ferris of Arizona Municipal Water said federal assistance is not necessary now.
She said if states need federal or congressional help, states will ask for it, but she said she is not sure that point has been reached.
The basin has a $26 billion recreational economy, with more than 5 million people visiting each year and supplying about 234,000 jobs across seven states, said Taylor Hawes, the Nature Conservancy's Colorado River program director.
La Plata Canyon mine ordered to fix illegal road
DURANGO - The owners of a La Plata Canyon gold mine have been ordered to fix a road that the previous owner built illegally.
The state mining board on Wednesday ordered Wildcat Mining to stabilize the road that cuts steeply to the bottom of La Plata Canyon and provides access to the Mayday mine.
Wildcat's lawyer Penfield Tate said the company agrees with the board's action.
According to the Durango Herald (http://tinyurl.com/q4tv65b ), state mining officials are worried about the environmental and safety impact of not fixing the road.
4th suspect arrested in attack of Broncos draft pick
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The fourth and final person charged in an attack on Denver Broncos draft pick and former Badgers running back Montee Ball is in custody.
Twenty-eight-year-old Karlis Griffin was arrested on a warrant in Chicago last week. Griffin is in the Dane County Jail.
A criminal complaint says Griffin stomped on Ball's head during last summer's attack as Ball was walking home with three friends in Madison at bar time. Ball suffered a concussion and says he doesn't remember the attack.
The State Journal (http://bit.ly/17nmxJo ) says Griffin has a prior felony battery conviction in Wisconsin.
Ball was taken in the second round of the National Football League draft by the Broncos.
Colorado hires Texas Rangers exec as AD
Rick George helped build the University of Colorado into a football powerhouse in the early 1990s. Now, he's going back to his roots in a bid to buttress the entire athletic department.
The 53-year-old resigned from his role as a Texas Rangers executive Wednesday to become the school's athletic director, effective Aug. 12.
He's returning to the campus where he served as the Buffaloes' assistant athletic director for football operations from 1987-91 during Hall of Fame coach Bill McCartney's tenure. He first joined McCartney's staff as a recruiting coordinator."When I was here (before), it was Ralphie II," George said, referring to the school's buffalo mascot. "Today it's Ralphie V, so I've been gone a while. As you can imagine, I've lost a little of my hair, I've gained a little weight. The one thing I haven't lost is my passion for CU and CU athletics."
George will make $700,000 a year over five years, plus incentives that could push his annual pay well over $1 million, pending approval by the board of regents in its meeting the first week of August. His predecessor, Mike Bohn, made $306,640 in his final year plus $100,000 in incentives.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In A.D. 64, the Great Fire of Rome began.
In 1536, the English Parliament passed an act declaring the authority of the pope void in England.
In 1792, American naval hero John Paul Jones died at age 45 in Paris.
In 1863, during the Civil War, Union troops spearheaded by the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, made up of black soldiers, charged Confederate-held Fort Wagner on Morris Island, S.C. The Confederates were able to repel the Northerners, who suffered heavy losses; the 54th's commander, Col. Robert Gould Shaw, was among those who were killed.
In 1913, comedian Red Skelton was born in Vincennes, Ind.
In 1940, the Democratic National Convention at Chicago Stadium nominated President Franklin D. Roosevelt for an unprecedented third term in office.
In 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed a Presidential Succession Act, which placed the speaker of the House and the Senate president pro tempore next in the line of succession after the vice president.
In 1969, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., left a party on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha's Vineyard with Mary Jo Kopechne, 28; Kennedy's car went off a bridge into the water. (Kennedy was able to escape, but Kopechne drowned.)
In 1976, at the Montreal Olympics, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci received the first perfect score of 10 with her routine on uneven parallel bars. (Comaneci would go on to receive six more 10s at Montreal.)
In 1984, gunman James Huberty opened fire at a McDonald's in San Ysidro, Calif., killing 21 people before being shot dead by police. Walter F. Mondale won the Democratic presidential nomination in San Francisco.
In 1988, Texas Treasurer Ann Richards, delivering the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, skewered presumed Republican nominee George H.W. Bush as having been "born with a silver foot in his mouth."
Ten years ago: Basketball star Kobe Bryant was charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman at a Colorado spa; Bryant denied the charge, saying he was guilty only of adultery. (Prosecutors dropped the case.)
Five years ago: The epic Batman sequel "The Dark Knight," starring Christian Bale as the caped crusader and Heath Ledger as the Joker, premiered.
One year ago: A bus bombing at the Burgas airport in Bulgaria killed five Israeli tourists, the bus driver and the alleged perpetrator.
-- Comedy, Magic, Juggling with Dino Girl, Ann Lincoln children's program, 10:30 a.m., Cheyenne Mountain Branch Library, 1785 S. 8th St., free.
-- Oh, Give Me a Home - A Dog's Tail children's program, 10:30 a.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., free.
-- Dig into Drought with Colorado Springs Utilities, children's program, 10:30 a.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., free.
-- Dig in with Kathy's Kritters children's program, 10:30 a.m., High Prairie Library, 7035 Old Meridian Road, Falcon, free.
-- 7-UP - Drawing for Kids, for ages 7 and older, learn to draw different kinds of animals, 2 p.m., Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point, free.
-- Andy Clifton, 6:30 p.m., Back East Bar and Grill, 9474 Briar Village Point, Suite 168.
-- Pictures on the Promenade - Brave, 7 p.m., The Promenade Shops at Briargate, 1885 Briargate Parkway, free.