NEW RAYMER — Sen. Michael Bennet is on the road touring communities on Colorado's Eastern Plains to discuss resources and issues.
Bennet says rural schools are facing unique challenges, including limited resources, funding and difficulty attracting teachers, according to the Associated Press.
The trip that begins Monday includes stops in New Raymer, Lamar, Holly, Walsh and Limon.
The National Weather Service forecasts mostly sunny skies and a high of 87 Monday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 60.
Airplane runs off Eagle County Airport runway
EAGLE (AP) — An investigation is underway after a private plane went off the side of a runway after landing at Eagle County Regional Airport.
The replica Spitfire aircraft crashed at about 10:40 a.m. Sunday, damaging the nose cone and propeller. The pilot, who was the only person on board, was not injured.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash, which closed the runway for about 45 minutes.
The weather at the time was high overcast and calm.
Pueblo man gets 57 years for fatal shooting
PUEBLO (AP) — A 20-year-old Pueblo man convicted of killing one person and wounding another during a shooting last year has been sentenced to 57 years in prison.
The Pueblo Chieftain reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/1dDI6Ke ) that Jerrid Lee Salazar was sentenced for killing 22-year-old Caleb Cosby and injuring 39-year-old Shannon Carter in Bessemer in June 2012. Cosby was convicted in June of second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and attempted manslaughter.
Salazar says he was defending himself from an angry group of people when he fired into the crowd of people standing outside a home. But prosecutors say he fired indiscriminately at the crowd and there was no justification for the shooting.
Man found strangled to death at Pueblo hotel
PUEBLO (AP) — Police are looking for a man suspected in a strangling death at a Pueblo hotel.
The Pueblo Chieftain reports (http://bit.ly/17bcgl4 ) a warrant was issued for 36-year-old David Vernon Dennis, who is wanted on a charge of first-degree murder after a man's body was found in a room at the Clarion Hotel on the city's North Side on Thursday. The 64-year-old victim's name has not been released.
Dennis is described as white, 6-foot-1, 180 pounds with brown hair.
Hay prices growing as drought continues
DENVER (AP) — Colorado ranchers won't be getting a break on hay prices despite recent rains.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says prices have increased about 54 percent in the last five years, from $6.50 a bale to $10 a bale.
According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/n8cllsn ), demand from states like Texas and Oklahoma is pushing hay prices up because ranchers in those states are buying up Colorado supplies at a premium.
CU regents mull changes to chairman election
BOULDER (AP) — After a drawn-out chairman election earlier this summer, the University of Colorado regents might reconsider how they choose a leader for the nine-member board.
The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/1fc69Ou ) chairman Michael Carrigan, D-Denver, wants the chairman to serve for two years instead of one. Whoever is chosen wouldn't be eligible for re-election after that. Carrigan also wants the chairman and vice chairman to be of different political affiliations unless only a couple of regents are in the minority party on the board.
Carrigan met with other members of the board's laws and policies subcommittee Friday.
The board failed in June to elect a chairman, voting 14 times over a 90-minute period before deciding to adjourn. Regents reconvened a couple of weeks later and elected Carrigan to a second term as chairman.
Leaders to hear plan to rebuild Royal Gorge park
CANON CITY (AP) — Canon City leaders want to hear about a plan to rebuild the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.
The city council will meet Monday with the owner of the 360-acre tourist attraction and the company that was selected to rebuild the park following a wildfire.
The Royal Gorge Fire started June 11 and burned more than 3,000 acres. It also destroyed 48 of the park's 52 buildings, but left the bridge nearly unscathed.
Monte Vista lumber mill fire cause identified
MONTE VISTA (AP) — Fire investigators say electrical and mechanical problems caused a fire at Pleasant Lumber in Monte Vista.
The fire began Thursday near electrical equipment on the second floor of the mill. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to lumber and sawdust outside the building.
Monte Vista Fire Chief Charles Archer tells the Alamosa Valley Courier (http://tinyurl.com/n26buxx) the Colorado of Bureau of Investigation helped with the investigation.
Authorities ID tow truck driver killed in crash
DENVER (AP) — Authorities have identified a tow truck driver who was killed in a crash that also injured a Colorado State Patrol trooper in southern Weld County.
Patrol Sgt. Mike Baker says 47-year-old Martin Braden of Aurora was clearing debris from an earlier crash on U.S. Highway 85 north of Denver on Saturday afternoon when he was struck and killed by a pickup truck. The truck also hit a patrol car, injuring Trooper Scott Rendfrey.
Investigators are trying to determine if the 61-year-old pickup driver was speeding or distracted at the time of the crash.
Rendfrey was treated at a nearby hospital and released late Saturday.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1883, the island volcano Krakatoa began cataclysmic eruptions, leading to a massive explosion the following day.
In 1913, the newly completed Keokuk Dam in Iowa was dedicated.
In 1936, the Anglo-Egyptian Treaty, calling for most British troops to leave Egypt, was signed in Montreux, Switzerland. (It was abrogated by Egypt in 1951.)
In 1958, Alaskans went to the polls to overwhelmingly vote in favor of statehood.
In 1961, the original Hockey Hall of Fame was opened in Toronto.
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated for a term of office in his own right at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.
In 1968, the Democratic National Convention opened in Chicago.
In 1971, New Jersey Gov. William T. Cahill announced that the New York Giants football team had agreed to leave Yankee Stadium for a new sports complex to be built in East Rutherford.
In 1972, the summer Olympics games opened in Munich.
In 1978, Cardinal Albino Luciani (al-BEE’-noh loo-CHYAH’-nee) of Venice was elected pope following the death of Paul VI. The new pontiff took the name Pope John Paul I. (However, he died just over a month later.)
In 1986, in the so-called preppie murder case, 18-year-old Jennifer Levin was found strangled in New York’s Central Park; Robert Chambers later pleaded guilty to manslaughter and served 15 years in prison.
In 1993, Dorothea Puente was convicted in Monterey, Calif., of murdering three of her boardinghouse tenants; she was later sentenced to life without parole. (Puente died in prison in 2011, at age 82.)
Ten years ago: In the face of criticism, President George W. Bush defended his handling of the war and reconstruction of Iraq, telling an American Legion conference in St. Louis the fight was essential to the U.S. campaign against terrorism. Investigators concluded that NASA’s overconfident management and inattention to safety doomed the space shuttle Columbia as much as damage to the craft when it burned up on re-entry in February 2003.
Five years ago: Hillary Rodham Clinton closed the book on her 2008 presidential bid by telling the Democratic National Convention in Denver the election wasn’t about her and declaring herself a “proud supporter of Barack Obama.”
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