News, March 26th

EAGLE COUNTY MAN SENTENCED, FINED FOR SMUGGLING FOSSILS

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – A Colorado man has been sentenced to two years of supervised probation after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to smuggle fossils from China into the U.S.  Rick Rolater of Eagle was also fined $25,000 for selling fossils through two galleries, one of them in Avon. He agreed to forfeit fossils to the government, including a Tyrannosaurus skull that authorities say will likely be returned to Mongolia.

COLORADO ATTY. GEN. ENDORSES MEXICO MONEY LAUNDERING BAN

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The top prosecutors from five states including Colorado have signed an agreement with the National Banking and Securities Commission of Mexico to fight the illegal transfer of money across international boundaries. California’s Attorney General says the letter of intent calls for officials from the countries to form a working group to fight money-laundering.

HOBBY LOBBY MOCKED BY DENVER PROTESTORS

DENVER (AP) – A group of Denver supporters of the federal birth control employer mandate took out their arts and crafts supplies to protest Attorney General John Suthers’ involvement in the Hobby Lobby case. The activists demonstrated near Suther’s office yesterday with signs including replicas of birth control packets made with glitter and construction paper. Suthers has filed legal briefs supporting companies that provide health insurance to their employees, but object to covering certain methods of birth control that they say violate their religious beliefs.

GRAND JUNCTION GIRL ALLOWED BACK IN SCHOOL WITH SHAVED HEAD

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – A third-grader who shaved her head to support a friend with cancer is being allowed to return to classes.  A Colorado charter school had previously told Kamryn Renfro that she violated the dress code and couldn’t return. The Caprock Academy board of directors voted yesterday 3-1 to let her stay in the school.

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