• College Courses Open to Ninth Graders GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – Two new laws are opening school district-funded college courses to 9th-graders beginning this fall. The courses will also be open to people as old as 21. The new laws passed two years by the state legislature changed the rules to allow a greater range of students to test college before leaving high ...
  • Blue River Considers Adopting Forest Service Trails BLUE RIVER, Colo. (AP) – Blue River officials are considering adopting trails from the U.S. Forest Service because of budget cuts that are forcing closure of almost all the trails around the small community. Mayor Lindsay Backas says the Board of Trustees is considering asking voters to approve a new town sales tax to keep the ...
  • Breckenridge Suing Over Uncollected Taxes BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) – Breckenridge has filed a class-action lawsuit against more than 20 online travel companies claiming the agencies failed to pay the full lodging and sales taxes owed to the town for rooms the sites have sold. Breckenridge says companies like Expedia have been purchasing rooms from local hotels and then selling them to ...
  • Fugitive Arrested in Montrose Will Fight Extradition MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) – A longtime fugitive who was captured in western Colorado says he would be in danger from other inmates if he returns to prison in Florida because he saved the lives of three guards during a race riot. Sixty-year-old Frederick Barrett told a judge Thursday he'll fight extradition. Barrett was serving a life term ...
  • Surveillance Video Backs up Sheriff's Claim GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – Surveillance videos in the lobby of the Mesa County Sheriff's Department show visitors and employees having coughing fits after a pepper-sprayed fugitive was delivered by Duane “Dog” Chapman. The videos back up claims by Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey that Chapman excessively pepper-sprayed the fugitive during a scuffle on July 20 ...
  • Special Ops Leader Says Beware al-Qaida 2.0 ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – The top commander of U.S. special operations forces says the al-Qaida of Osama bin Laden is bloodied and “nearing its end,” describing bin Laden's killing in a special operations raid as an upper cut to the group's jaw. But Admiral Eric T. Olson says he's worried about what he called al-Qaida 2.0, ...
  • Man Arrested After 32 Years on the Run MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) – A man convicted of murder in Florida spent 32 years on the run until he was captured in western Colorado, where authorities say he was living in a cabin outside the town of Montrose. Sixty-year-old Frederick Barrett was arrested Wednesday by officers posing as forest rangers who wanted to talk about wildfire ...
  • Hickenlooper Economic Tour DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is touring Colorado to promote an economic initiative he unveiled last week that aims to help the state recover from the recession. Hickenlooper is visiting businesses in Durango, Grand Junction and Hayden on Friday to talk about his “Colorado Blueprint” plan. It outlines dozens of goals for Colorado ...
  • Four Dead in Three Separate Colorado Springs Shootings COLORADO SPRINGS. Colo (AP) – Police say four people are dead in two separate shootings in Colorado Springs. Sergeant David Edmondson says the violence occurred late Wednesday night. Details are still sketchy. He says three men were killed near Montebello and Mira Loma Circle in central Colorado Springs. When police arrived to investigate shots being fired, they found ...
  • Appeals Court: Copper Mountain not Responsible for 2006 Accident DENVER (AP) – An appeals court has ruled in favor of Copper Mountain Resort in a lawsuit filed by a doctor who says he was injured after unwittingly skiing off an unmarked cornice. Rajeev Kumar accused Copper Mountain of negligence after the 2006 accident. A federal judge ruled for the resort and a federal appeals court ...