DE BEQUE, Colo. (AP) – A 62-year-old man has died from a fall
while he was mountain biking in western Colorado. The Mesa County
Coroner’s office says Rifle resident Steven D. Chesley died from a
blunt-force neck injury after the accident Friday near De Beque.
Authorities say Chesley was an accomplished mountain biker and was
wearing a helmet but hit his head with significant force.

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – A 22-year-old man who crashed into a
7-year-old while snowboarding in Snowmass in March was acquitted of
reckless endangerment and third-degree assault charges. Prosecutors
alleged that Travis Lee Huffman was a risk-taker who was not
concerned for others’ safety. His attorney says it was an accident
and not a criminal act. The boy was learning to ski when the
incident happened. His father recorded the crash on his video

BASALT, Colo. (AP) – A Basalt resident is gathering signatures
to try to overturn a town ordinance imposing a 20-cent fee on paper
and plastic grocery bags. Council members approved the fee last
month and the measure is scheduled to go into effect in May.
Resident Roy Chorbajian says he believes people are tired of
government regulation.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – Opponents of a Fort Collins November
ballot measure that would ban medical marijuana businesses in the
city say it could hurt patients. Two medical marijuana centers that
operate just outside Fort Collins city limits say they cannot
handle a crush of new patients expected if the measure is approved.
Supporters of the ban say Fort Collins has become a sanctuary city
for marijuana use.

AURORA, Colo. (AP) – A Denver attorney says she is filing a
federal lawsuit against Aurora police alleging officers assaulted
an unconscious man who suffered a seizure. Attorney Mari Newman
says three police officers attacked Rickey Burrell last December
and left him with a broken wrist. Newman said today the city has
fostered a culture where unconstitutional behavior is allowed.
Aurora police did not respond to a call seeking comment.

DENVER (AP) – A wave of abuse against the elderly has advocates
pushing for mandatory reporting. Crimes against the elderly
reported last year included financial crimes, as well as physical
and sexual abuse. The American Bar Association’s Commission on Law
and Aging says Colorado is one of four states that do not require
social workers, physicians and other caregivers to report suspected
elder abuse to police or adult protective services.

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