OURAY — Red Mountain Pass is back open after being closed for four hours following a mudslide Wednesday night.
The Colorado Department of Transportation said Thursday the slide closed a six-mile stretch of U.S. 550 during a rainstorm in southwest Colorado.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for south central Ouray County that expired at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The National Weather Service forecasts sunny skies and a high of 89 Thursday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 61.
San Luis Valley cashing in as solar hotspot
ALAMOSA (AP) — The San Luis Valley is cashing in on its reputation as a solar hotspot with several auctions of federal land.
The county already has four solar farms and the federal government is looking to boost domestic energy production between potato fields and rangeland.
According to the Alamosa Valley Courier (http://tinyurl.com/okmt48t ), two solar zone auctions in October will be the first of many Bureau of Land Management competitive auctions for designated public lands stemming from 2012 federal legislation.
Aaron Neville to be in Civic Center Park in Denver
DENVER (AP) — Aaron Neville is still hitting the high notes.
When asked his routine for caring for his distinctive voice and falsetto, the 72-year-old said, "Pray a lot. Just sing around the house, keep hitting the notes, not letting them get away."
Neville performs Saturday night at A Taste of Colorado at Civic Center Park in Denver as he tours to promote his doo-wop album "My True Story." MC Hammer and America also are among those scheduled to perform at the free-admission festival that runs Friday through Monday.
When asked what else he'd still like to do in his career, Neville said: "I just want to keep on singing 'til the year 3000. Until God tells me, 'Break it up. It's time to come home.' Until then."
Police say family disturbance linked to shooting
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Aurora police are searching for suspect after a woman was killed in a shooting linked to a family disturbance.
Police say they found a woman in serious condition Wednesday night after someone called to report a domestic fight. The woman later died.
According to KMGH-TV (http://tinyurl.com/q4734o4 ), police sent emergency notifications to neighbors telling them to stay in their homes.
Adams County cities frustrated over jail cap
BRIGHTON (AP) — Mayors from seven Adams County communities are demanding the sheriff lift a cap on the number of inmates that will be accepted or they will take the sheriff to court.
The county commissioners allowed the sheriff to limit the number of city inmates held at the jail last year because of budget problems. The commission later rescinded the cap, but the sheriff continues to enforce it.
According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/pyz2dhs ), the mayors say the county commissioners have the authority to make the decision, not the sheriff.
2 suspended after Lakewood police officer's death
DENVER (AP) — Lakewood's police chief says in a letter to staff that two supervisors who handled a call that led to the fatal shooting an officer by another officer have received "lengthy suspensions."
KUSA-TV in Denver reports (http://on9news.tv/1ciMZH8) Chief Kevin Paletta's letter says the supervisors also were required to undergo retraining. A police spokesman declined to disclose the length of the suspensions.
KUSA reports internal memos it obtained indicate the officer who fired the fatal shot won't face suspension and will gradually return to duty.
Officer Devaney Braley fatally shot James Davies early Nov. 9 after mistaking him for a suspect as he and others responded to a report of shots fired. Prosecutors declined to criminally charge Braley.
A review panel found several missteps, including some by Davies, contributed to his death.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1533, the last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa, was executed on orders of Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro.
In 1862, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing began operations at the United States Treasury.
In 1877, the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Brigham Young, died in Salt Lake City at age 76.
In 1944, 15,000 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris as the French capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis.
In 1952, 4’33” (“Four Minutes, Thirty-three Seconds”), a composition by avant-garde composer John Cage, had its premiere in Woodstock, N.Y., as pianist David Tudor sat at a piano and, for a total of four minutes and 33 seconds, played ... nothing.
In 1953, an early version of the animated cartoon character Speedy Gonzales made his debut in the Warner Bros. cartoon “Cat-Tails for Two.”
In 1957, the Senate gave final congressional approval to a Civil Rights Act after South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond, then a Democrat, ended a filibuster that had lasted 24 hours.
In 1958, pop superstar Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Ind.
In 1982, Academy Award-winning actress Ingrid Bergman died in London on her 67th birthday.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, La., bringing floods that devastated New Orleans. More than 1,800 people in the region died.
Ten years ago: A bombing at the Imam Ali Shrine in Najaf, Iraq, killed at least 85 people, including Shiite leader Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim. Six nations trying to defuse a standoff over North Korea’s nuclear program ended their talks in Beijing with an agreement to keep talking. South Dakota congressman Bill Janklow was charged with felony manslaughter in a car accident that claimed the life of motorcyclist Randolph E. Scott. (Janklow was later convicted and served 100 days in jail.)
Five years ago: Republican presidential nominee John McCain picked Sarah Palin, a maverick conservative who had been governor of Alaska for less than two years, to be his running mate.
One year ago: Seizing the Republican National Convention spotlight in Tampa, Fla., vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan promised Mitt Romney would “not duck the tough issues” if he were to win the White House and that their party would move forcefully to solve the nation’s economic woes. The NFL announced it would open the regular season with replacement officials.
-- Colorado State Fair, noon-11 p.m., Colorado State Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, $7-$10.
-- Black Rose Acoustic Society Rockabilly Jam, 7-9 p.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., free, donations accepted.