DENVER (AP) – A challenge to Colorado’s law allowing concealed
gun permits for residents only is going before a federal appeals
court. Arguments are scheduled Monday afternoon before a three-judge
panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a case involving
Washington resident Gray Peterson. A federal judge last year tossed
out Peterson’s lawsuit filed against Denver and the state’s
Department of Public Safety. Peterson claims that being denied a
concealed weapons permit because he’s not a Colorado resident
violates his Second Amendment rights to bear firearms.
According to gun rights groups, Colorado is one of 23 states,
plus the District of Columbia to not honor a concealed weapons
permit from Washington state.
A law pending in Congress would require states permitting
concealed weapons laws to honor permits from other states.

DE BEQUE, Colo. (AP) – A teenage girl has died and two other
people were injured in a fiery crash near De Beque.
The Colorado State Patrol says witnesses watched a car speed off
the road into a median on Interstate 70 early Sunday.
Troopers say 19 year old Christina Flager died in the crash. The
driver, Anthony Bracamontes, and Erick Fernandez were injured.
The state patrol says several people pulled the victims from the
car as it burst into flames.

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – A remorseful drunk has returned a bike with
a handwritten note of apology after it was stolen for a ride home.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office says the bike was left near
the sheriff’s office and police department. The note said “Sorry.
I stole this bike. I rode it home. Please give it back.” It was
signed “Drunk.” Police say there were no witnesses. Police say they are now trying to find the owner of the bike.

DENVER (AP) – Colorado lawmakers are hoping for good news as
state economists prepare to release their quarterly tax forecast.
Lawmakers are hopeful that Monday’s numbers will show enough
improvement in the economy that they won’t have to make as many
painful cuts as they’ve made in the past. Some economists are predicting tax receipts are $50 million to $70 million higher than what state economists predicted in December.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – More bears are hitting the road
in Colorado as warmer weather begins sweeping across the state.
The latest bear reports are in Colorado Springs and Teller
County. Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife
officials say they set a record last year with more than 1,000
calls about bears.