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SUNRISE: Report to look at Colorado medical pot industry

The Gazette - Updated: July 15, 2013 at 9:08 am 0

DENVER — Colorado auditors are looking at the state health department and its oversight of the medical marijuana patient registry.

Pot is now legal for everyone over 21 in Colorado, but the state still maintains a medical-marijuana registry. An audit to be released Monday will examine the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, which oversees the registry.

In March, Colorado auditors gave blistering criticism to the Department of Revenue, which regulates pot shops to make sure they pay their appropriate taxes. That audit accused the department of overspending on things like cars and office furniture before it began running out of money to enforce marijuana production.

  

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 70 and a 70 percent chance of rain Monday - mostly before 1 p.m. - in Colorado Springs. A flash flood watch is in effect until noon. Expect an overnight low of 53.

   

AROUND COLORADO

GOP state senator launches governor challenge

PARKER (AP) — A Republican state senator known for gun-rights advocacy is challenging Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper next year.

Sen. Greg Brophy of Wray said Sunday easing new gun control laws and limiting government are among his top priorities.

Brophy joins a Republican slate hoping to challenge Hickenlooper, who is expected to run for re-election.

Former Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo is also in the race, and Secretary of State Scott Gessler and Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler have said they're considering running.

CU regents take on prioritizing academic programs

BOULDER — The University of Colorado Board of Regents is scheduled to meet this week to discuss how to prioritize academic programs.

The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/1aCPNRU ) the regents will convene for their summer retreat Thursday and Friday at CU President Bruce Benson's mountain ranch near Kremmling.

Robert Dickeson, former president of the University of Northern Colorado and former senior vice president of Lumina Foundation for Education, will join the group. He wrote the book "Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services," which is based on his consulting experiences at colleges and corporations.

The discussion comes as the Boulder campus plans for two new colleges — one focused on media, communication and information to replace the shuttered traditional journalism school; plus a second college that gives environmental and sustainability education room to grow.

Crews clean up fire-ravaged Royal Gorge park

CANON CITY (AP) — Work crews at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park are cleaning up piles up debris and downed cables after a wildfire destroyed all but four buildings at the popular tourist destination.

John Lafferty, owner of Alpine Cable and Construction Company, oversaw the removal of the 2,200-foot aerial tramway that has transported millions of passengers across the gorge 1,178 feet above the Arkansas River since it began operation in 1969.

He tells The Canon City Daily Record (http://bit.ly/17bMBqO ) "this story is finished when a new tram is running."

The tramway cables over the gorge had fallen into the river after they were burned in the Royal Gorge Fire, which started June 11 and burned more than 3,000 acres. The fire, which was contained June 17, also destroyed 48 of the park's 52 buildings.

Man convicted of sexually assaulting young girl

DENVER (AP) — A 48-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl over a period of six years beginning in 1998 has been convicted.

The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/1dsWJwV ) James Guerrero was found guilty Friday of five counts of sexual assault on a child. He faces between 10 years and life in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 3.

Prosecutors say Guerrero repeatedly assaulted the girl in Castle Rock from 1998 to 2004. The woman revealed the abuse 15 years later, when she was 26 years old.

Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler says "here, justice may have been delayed, but it was not denied."

Man dies after cardiac arrest in Summit County Jail

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a 33-year-old Leadville man who experienced cardiac arrest at the Summit County Jail while deputies were trying to stop him from harming himself has died.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office says Zackary Dean Moffitt collapsed Tuesday morning and was taken to a nearby hospital. He was flown to a hospital in Lakewood and taken off life support Saturday at the request of his family.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office will investigate the death.

Moffitt was being held on an outstanding warrant and for violation of a civil protection order. The charges originated in Lake County.

Buckley airman fatally shot in downtown Denver

DENVER (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a Buckley Air Force Base airman was shot to death and another was injured in a popular area of downtown Denver as nearby bars were closing for the night.

Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said in a news release that officers were called to the area of 15th and Market streets just after 2 a.m. Saturday and found a man with a gunshot wound. The victim, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Jackson says the man was shot during a "disturbance" involving a large group of people. He did not release any information about a suspect.

A news release from Buckley Air Force Base east of Denver confirmed the death and injury, but did not release any names.

  

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1806, Zebulon Pike began his journey to explore the Southwest

In 1870, Georgia became the last Confederate state to be readmitted to the Union. Manitoba entered confederation as the fifth Canadian province.

In 1916, Boeing, originally known as Pacific Aero Products Co., was founded in Seattle.

In 1932, President Herbert Hoover announced he was slashing his salary by 20 percent, from $75,000 to $60,000 a year; he also cut Cabinet members’ salaries by 15 percent, from $15,000 to $12,750 a year.

In 1943, the Diligenti Quintuplets — three girls and two boys — were born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In 1948, President Harry S. Truman was nominated for another term of office by the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

In 1964, Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona was nominated for president by the Republican National Convention in San Francisco.

In 1971, President Richard Nixon delivered a televised address in which he announced that he had accepted an invitation to visit the People’s Republic of China.

In 1976, a 36-hour kidnap ordeal began for 26 schoolchildren and their bus driver as they were abducted near Chowchilla, Calif., by three gunmen and imprisoned in an underground cell. (The captives escaped unharmed.)

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter delivered his “malaise” speech in which he lamented what he called a “crisis of confidence” in America.

In 1983, eight people were killed when a suitcase bomb planted by Armenian extremists exploded at the Turkish Airlines counter at Orly Airport in Paris.

In 1992, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton was nominated for president at the Democratic National Convention in New York.

In 2010, after 85 days, BP stopped the flow of oil from a blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico using a 75-ton cap lowered onto the wellhead earlier in the week.

Ten years ago: The Bush administration dramatically raised its budget deficit projections to $455 billion for fiscal year 2003 and $475 billion for fiscal 2004, record levels fed by the limp economy, tax cuts and the battle against terrorism. Scott McClellan assumed his duties as White House press secretary. Philadelphia’s archbishop, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, retired. Tex Schramm, who’d turned the Dallas Cowboys into “America’s Team,” died at age 83. American-born singer Elisabeth Welch, 99, died in London. The American League beat the National League in the All-Star game 7-6.

  

HAPPENINGS

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