News, July 12th

ARMED MAN FOUND IN EAGLE COUNTY

Dotsero—The armed and dangerous man trying to elude police in western Eagle County was caught this morning.  The 28 year old man, who’s name has not been released was taken into custody near Dotsero.  Authorities have not revealed why he was fleeing or what charges he faces. 

GARFIELD COUNTY ARGUING LAND MANAGEMENT WITH STATE, FEDERAL AGENCIES

Glenwood Springs—Garfield County officials are trying to make their case against state and federal agencies’ plans to expand protection for a rarely seen bird.  County planners say BLM and Parks and Wildlife maps to protect the Greater Sage Grouse go overboard and restrict energy development.  The county has come up with it’s own map.

SENATE RACE-UDALL

Republicans begin lining up to challenge Udall

DENVER (AP) — Republicans have begun lining up to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in his first re-election bid in 2014.Republicans see Udall as a vulnerable target because of Congress’ unpopularity. But he’s far from an easy target. Already he’s hauled in nearly $1.6 million this year for his campaign. The GOP contenders so far have the type of conservative record Democrats have shown they like to pounce on. Colorado Springs freshman state Sen. Owen Hill announced his candidacy earlier this week. He proposed an unsuccessful anti-abortion measure that would’ve expanded Colorado’s existing ban on the use of public funds for the procedure. And state Sen. Randy Baumgardner of Hot Sulphur Springs pitched an Arizona-style immigration law for Colorado two years ago, but voluntarily withdrew it before a vote. His campaign launches Friday.

COLORADO SHOOTING-ANNIVERSARY

Gun violence protest set for theater anniversary

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A gun violence protest and vigil are planned on the anniversary of the mass shootings at an Aurora movie theater. Mayors Against Illegal Guns says the event will start with a news conference at noon on July 19. Participants will read the names of gun violence victims until 12:38 a.m. on July 20, the time of the shootings began.The group says a survivor of the 2012 shootings and family members of victims will participate.The event will be at Cherry Creek State Park. Twelve people were killed and 70 injured when a gunman opened fire in the theater. James Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of murder and attempted murder.Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Holmes’ trial is scheduled to start in February.

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