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Gazette Premium Content SUNRISE: Mountain Shadows celebration on Wednesday

The Gazette - Updated: June 26, 2013 at 6:48 am

Mountain Shadows residents will be getting together on Wednesday to celebrate the rebirth of Mountain Shadows, the community hit by the Waldo Canyon fire last summer. The community event, which has been in the works for months, is also a tribute to the Black Forest fire survivors, who are welcome to attend.

Several things will be going on, including dinner, live music, and the unveiling of the Mountain Shadows Park memorial, dedicated to Bill and Barbara Everett, who died in last summer's fire.

Food will be provided by Flying W Ranch-the ranch's classic chuck wagon dinner. There will be live music from the Flying W Wranglers, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Mango fan Django (gypsy jazz), and the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale.

The show starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. Those residents who live nearby are encouraged to bike or walk to Mountain Shadows Park, at Flying W Ranch Road between Ramsgate and Champagne Drive. Those who drive can park at the Verizon building, Garden of the Gods Rd. and 30th St, and take a free shuttle to the park.

  

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 93 with sunny skies Wednesday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 63.

  

AROUND COLORADO

Japanese courted to increase Colorado tourism

DENVER (AP) - Japanese business leaders are descending on Denver this week in a visit aimed at increasing Colorado tourism.

The visit is largely sponsored by United Airlines as a way to sustain the airline's new nonstop route between Denver International Airport and Tokyo's Narita International Airport by promoting tourist travel.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/npz7n9n ), organizers hope journalists on the trade mission will write about the state as an attractive destination.

Voters asked to increase taxes for schools

DENVER (AP) - Colorado voters are being asked to approve an income tax hike that would raise an additional $950 million to fund public schools.

Education advocates reached an agreement on a plan that would provide decreased class sizes, increased access to kindergarten and bolstered special education programs.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/ntj336d ), the proposed measure would tax income of more than $75,000 at a higher rate, which drew opposition from some people who argued for a flat tax increase.

Supporters still have to collect signatures of 86,105 registered Colorado voters by Aug. 5 to get the measure on the ballot.

Aurora police say DNA evidence destroyed in error

AURORA (AP) - Preliminary information shows the Aurora Police Department mistakenly destroyed DNA evidence in 48 alleged sexual assault cases from 2009, including one case in which no one had been charged yet, Police Chief Daniel Oates said Tuesday night.

Oates publicly announced the errors after first apologizing in person to the accuser in the active case for the "grievous" mistake. He said the meeting at the accuser's home was difficult but that she was gracious and understanding.

The problem came to light after a detective who found a DNA match in a 2009 case found that other evidence was gone, the police department said.

A subsequent investigation found that in 30 cases, an injured officer assigned to light duty apparently destroyed evidence in error, Oates said. In 18 other cases, after a lead detective determined evidence could be destroyed, a technician in the property and evidence unit didn't follow department protocol and review that recommendation to see whether it was allowed under the law.

The department is investigating whether other cases besides alleged sexual assaults were affected.

Oates said Tuesday that an expert panel will analyze what led the department to mistakenly destroy DNA in the 48 alleged sexual assault cases from 2009. The panel is being asked to produce a public report with recommendations by Nov. 1.

The review panel includes retired Colorado Springs Police Chief Richard Myers, a former commissioner at the national Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies

Drilling regulators update wildlife maps

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is reviewing maps to minimize the impact the industry has on wildlife.

The meeting Wednesday marks the start of the formal rulemaking process required to update the maps.

State regulations require that the habitat maps be periodically updated.

Lake Loveland beach closed

LOVELAND (AP) - Loveland officials have shut down the swim beach at Lake Loveland after tests showed high levels of bacteria.

Loveland Recreation Supervisor Tim Larkin says the beach was shut down Tuesday following the discovery of high levels of E. coli bacteria.

E. coli is a type of bacteria that can cause symptoms including nausea, vomiting, stomachache, diarrhea, headache and fever. The bacteria can originate from water runoff, malfunctioning septic systems, improperly disposed diapers or waste from other swimmers, pets and birds.

CU reviews live animal experiments

BOULDER (AP) - The University of Colorado is reconsidering the use of live animals in classroom science experiments.

Animal rights activists say computer simulations could replace the use of animals in some cases.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/pfcbmte ), the review comes after the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals filed a formal complaint last fall with the Boulder campus, claiming the experiments are cruel.

RTD board agrees to move I-225 rail line station

DENVER (AP) - Transportation officials have agreed to relocate a planned light rail station along Interstate 225, so that vibrations and electromagnetic interference won't affect sensitive research equipment at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

The Regional Transportation District said Tuesday that its board of directors had approved the university's request to move the planned Montview Station to a new location at Fitzsimons Parkway.

The 10.5-mile I-225 rail line will travel through Aurora, with connections to the Anschutz Medical Campus and the future Veterans Affairs hospital.

Lafayette rejects video council meetings

LAFAYETTE (AP) - The Lafayette City Council has rejected a plan that would have allowed its elected leaders to attend council meetings and vote on ordinances by video conference.

Council members decided to let the measure die last week after opponents said representative government deserves full participation.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/pfdx4x7), council members wanted to help elected officials with their busy schedules, demanding day jobs and family emergencies.

Drowning of man in Basalt ditch ruled accidental

BASALT (AP) - Coroner's officials say the death of a man found in an irrigation ditch in Basalt last month was an accident.

Pitkin County coroner's officials say Daniel Perez Mejia (meh-HEE'-uh) drowned, and cocaine and alcohol were contributing factors in his death. Landscapers found his body May 27.

It's still unclear how Mejia ended up in the ditch after getting off a bus. Basalt Police Chief Greg Knott says an autopsy found no signs of injury to Mejia's body.

   

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1483, Richard III began his reign as King of England (he was crowned the following month at Westminster Abbey).

In 1870, the first section of Atlantic City, N.J.'s Boardwalk was opened to the public.

In 1915, after a whirlwind courtship, poet T.S. Eliot married Vivienne Haigh-Wood in London. (The marriage proved disastrous, but the couple never divorced.)

In 1925, Charlie Chaplin's classic comedy "The Gold Rush" premiered at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for a second term of office by delegates to the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia.

In 1945, the charter of the United Nations was signed by 50 countries in San Francisco.

In 1948, the Berlin Airlift began in earnest after the Soviet Union cut off land and water routes to the isolated western sector of Berlin.

In 1950, President Harry S. Truman authorized the Air Force and Navy to enter the Korean conflict.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy visited West Berlin, where he delivered his famous speech expressing solidarity with the residents, declaring: "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner).

In 1973, former White House counsel John W. Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee about an "enemies list" kept by the Nixon White House.

In 1988, three people were killed when a new Airbus A320 jetliner carrying more than 130 people crashed into a forest during a demonstration at an air show in Mulhouse, France.

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush went back on his "no-new-taxes" campaign pledge, conceding that tax increases would have to be included in any deficit-reduction package worked out with congressional negotiators.

In 1993, President Bill Clinton announced the U.S. had launched missiles against Iraqi targets because of "compelling evidence" Iraq had plotted to assassinate former President George H.W. Bush.

Ten years ago: The U.S. Supreme Court, in Lawrence v. Texas, struck down, 6-3, state bans on gay sex.

Five years ago: The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a handgun ban in the District of Columbia as it affirmed, 5-4, that an individual right to gun ownership existed.

One year ago: Twelve-time All-Star Joe Sakic was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, joining Mats Sundin, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates as the newest class of inductees.

  

HAPPENINGS

-- "Tween/Teen Gaming," 2-4 p.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., free.

-- Homeschool Book Club, teen program, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., free.

-- "Wii Gaming" teen program, 3-5 p.m., Sand Creek Library Branch, 1821 S. Academy Blvd., free.

-- "Colorado Springs Together," 6-10 p.m., Mountain Shadows Park, 5151 Flying W Ranch Road.

-- "2013 Wolf Ranch Summer concert Series" with Air Force Academy Band's Falconaires Jazz Ensemble, 6-8 p.m., Gateway Park, Wolf Ranch, North Powers Boulevard and Research Parkway, free.

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