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SUNRISE: One Colorado town aiming for 90 percent recycling of trash

THE GAZETTE - Updated: June 17, 2013 at 7:39 am

FORT COLLINS - Fort Collins residents and businesses are recycling about 50 percent of their trash, and officials hope to push that to 90 percent or higher.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports (http://tinyurl.com/n3fcpuk) Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewing and some other major businesses have already reached the 90 percent level of recycling.

Stephen Gillette, director of the Larimer County Solid Waste Department, says getting the entire community to that level won't be easy. He says it requires more effort and a different mindset.

The city set a goal in 1999 of reaching a recycling rate of 50 percent.

Susie Gordon, a senior environmental planner with the city, says Fort Collins now recycles between 43 and 58 percent of its waste, depending on how the rate is calculated.

  

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 79 Monday in Colorado Springs. The weather service says there's a 30 percent chance of scattered showers and severe thunderstorms, mainly after 4 p.m. West winds ranging 5 to 10 mph are expected. An overnight low of 54 is forecast.

  

AROUND COLORADO

Judge says 3,500 could be summoned for Holmes jury

DENVER (AP) - As many as 3,500 prospective jurors will be summoned when Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes goes on trial, another measure of the complexity and sensitivity of the case.

Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. included the estimate in a ruling dated Friday. The ruling granted a defense request to have all prospective jurors fill out questionnaires before they are questioned by lawyers.

Holmes is charged with more than 160 counts of murder and attempted murder. He is accused of planning and executing an assault on a packed movie theater in a Denver suburb in July, killing 12 people and injuring 70.

Among the dead were a 51-year-old father who had gone to the theater with his two teenage children. They escaped with no physical injuries.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and will undergo a mental evaluation at the state hospital before the trial.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

The trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 3, and since jurors will wield life-and-death power over Holmes, jury selection is likely to be slow, painstaking and contentious.

Man found dead after 7-hour standoff

SUGAR CITY (AP) - Authorities say a man was found dead nearly seven hours after he allegedly fired at a deputy and then hid inside a vacant home in the southeastern Colorado town of Sugar City.

Crowley County Sheriff Miles Clark says the man died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound after the standoff Saturday.

Clark didn't release the man's name but says he was 34 and was wanted on an arrest warrant. Clark didn't identify the charge in the warrant.

The sheriff says deputies surrounded the house and repeatedly ordered the man to leave. Clark says the man didn't respond to a negotiator.

Clark says deputies released tear gas into the home before a SWAT team entered and found the body.

Sugar City is about 50 miles east of Pueblo.

Aspen tries keeping higher flows in Roaring Fork

ASPEN (AP) - Aspen is testing a plan to ensure sufficient flows in the Roaring Fork River by reducing the amount of water the city diverts from the stream.

The Aspen Times reports (http://tinyurl.com/kssfh6e ) the City Council approved the one-year pilot project last week in an agreement with the Colorado Water Trust.

The program is designed to minimize environmental impacts of drought on the river.

The city will reduce its diversions when flows in the Roaring Fork fall below 32 cubic feet per second.

To accommodate the cutback, Aspen will lease less water to third parties, reduce outdoor water use and redirect other water supplies.

Radio, TV stations win broadcast awards

GOLDEN (AP) - Television stations in Denver and Colorado Springs, as well as radio stations in Greeley and Glenwood Springs won Outstanding News Operation Awards at the Colorado Associated Press Broadcasters Association annual meeting Saturday in Golden.

Denver's KUSA-TV won the award for the Metro Denver market and KRDO-TV, Colorado Springs, won the award for stations outside of Denver. In radio, KUNC-FM, Greeley, won the award for large market stations and KMTS-FM, Glenwood Springs, won for small market stations.

KUSA's Cheryl Preheim, KRDO's Jaclyn Rostie, KUNC's Grace Hood and KMTS's Ron Milhorn won awards for best reporter.

Best newscast awards went to KCFR-FM, KMTS-FM, KRDO-TV, and KUSA-TV.

AP-member broadcasters in Minnesota judged Colorado stations' entries, which were broadcast between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2012.

Boulder Reservoir beach reopens after water tests

BOULDER (AP) - The swim beach at Boulder Reservoir is back open following a two-day closure put in place after tests revealed elevated levels of E. coli bacteria in the water.

Boulder Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Jennifer Bray tells The Daily Camera (http://bit.ly/1997uo5 ) the beach was closed Wednesday evening and reopened Friday afternoon. She says the water must be tested every seven days.

It's unclear what caused the E. coli spike, but the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says on its website that bacteria can originate from runoff, malfunctioning septic systems or waste from other swimmers, pets or birds.

The beach was closed for six days in a row last summer because of heightened bacteria levels attributed to animal waste that had washed into the water.

Fruita police fatally shoot man after traffic stop

FRUITA (AP) - Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting during a traffic stop in the western Colorado town of Fruita.

Mesa County Sheriff's spokeswoman Heather Benjamin tells The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/17OumLz ) three officers stopped the man for a traffic violation at about 12:40 a.m. Saturday.

Benjamin says the man was fired upon after he fled on foot and because the officers thought he was armed. It's unclear how many of the three officers fired their weapons or how many times the man was shot.

His name has not been released.

Cortez city employees getting raises

CORTEZ (AP) - Cortez Police Department employees and others on the city payroll are getting raises after a survey found they were earning less than the recommended minimum.

The Cortez Journal reports (http://tinyurl.com/kbk9he5 ) that nearly half the city's 100 employees will get raises ranging from 1.25 to 5 percent starting July 1.

Mayor Dan Porter says Cortez sometimes loses police officers to higher-paying departments after the city provides them with the certification they need.

Police Chief Roy Lane says higher pay will help attract better-qualified officers.

The wage survey by Mountain States Employers Council found that raising all employee wages to the recommended minimum will cost the city more than $100,000 annually.

City officials commissioned the survey to address high turnover.

Southwestern Colo. fires prompt health warning

PAGOSA SPRINGS (AP) - Two backcountry wildfires in southwestern Colorado are expected to continue sending smoke into nearby towns, including Pagosa Springs.

The largest is the West Fork Fire, which was estimated to be burning on 1,700 acres in the Weminuche (wehm-ih-NOO'-chee) Wilderness on Sunday. The nearby Windy Pass Fire, southwest of Wolf Creek Pass, is burning on about 100 acres.

The state health department says smoke could move into South Fork, Del Norte, Saguache (suh-WAHCH') and the Rio Grande National Forest through Monday evening. It says the very young, the elderly and those with respiratory illnesses should stay indoors if moderate to heavy smoke develops.

1 in custody after problem aboard Denver flight

DENVER (AP) - Officials say one person was taken into custody following a "possible security threat" on a Denver-bound flight.

Denver International Airport spokeswoman Laura Coale says Frontier Airlines flight 601 from Knoxville, Tenn., landed safely at 7:30 p.m. MDT Friday and was moved to a remote location.

She says in a recorded statement that the FBI and police responded due to "a possible security threat on board," and one person was taken into custody.

Coale says a police bomb squad also responded, but did not provide any more information on the nature of the possible threat.

Other passengers were interviewed by authorities.

Media reports say there were 136 passengers and five crew members aboard.

  

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1397, the Treaty of Kalmar was signed, creating a union between the kingdoms of Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

In 1775, the Revolutionary War Battle of Bunker Hill resulted in a costly victory for the British, who suffered heavy losses.

In 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor aboard the French ship Isere (ee-SEHR').

In 1928, Amelia Earhart embarked on a trans-Atlantic flight from Newfoundland to Wales with pilots Wilmer Stultz and Louis Gordon, becoming the first woman to make the trip as a passenger.

In 1930, President Herbert Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, which boosted U.S. tariffs to high levels, prompting foreign retaliation.

In 1933, the "Kansas City Massacre" took place outside Union Station in Kansas City, Mo., as a group of gunmen attacked law enforcement officers escorting federal prisoner Frank Nash; four of the officers were killed, along with Nash.

In 1940, France asked Germany for terms of surrender in World War II.

In 1953, residents of East Berlin rebelled against the communist East German government, which forcefully suppressed the uprising. U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas stayed the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, originally set for the next day, the couple's 14th wedding anniversary. (They were put to death June 19.)

In 1961, Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected to the West while his troupe was in Paris.

In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon's downfall began with the arrest of five burglars inside Democratic national headquarters in Washington, D.C.'s Watergate complex.

In 1987, Charles Glass, a journalist on leave from ABC News, was kidnapped in Lebanon. (Glass escaped his captors in August 1987.)

In 1992, President George H.W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed a breakthrough arms-reduction agreement.

Ten years ago: A federal appeals court ruled the government properly withheld names and other details about hundreds of foreigners who were detained in the months after the September 11 attacks. The Justice Department issued a directive banning routine racial and ethnic profiling at all 70 federal agencies with law enforcement powers.

 

HAPPENINGS

-- "Music of Midday," noon, Colorado College, Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., free.

-- "7-UP Matisse" children's program, create your own Matisse collage, 2 p.m., Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. and 3 p.m., Manitou Springs Library, 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, free.

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