• Bear Euthanized A bear has been euthanized after it pounced on a tent at a campground in southern Colorado. A woman inside the tent was bruised and traumatized by the bear Tuesday night when it jumped on the tent at the Aspen Acres Campground in Rye, about 40 miles southwest of Pueblo. The estimated 350-pound bear didn’t bite ...
  • CDOT Wildlife/Traffic Survey Data from a new Colorado Department of Transportation road kill survey says drivers in Colorado killed nearly 7,000 wild animals last year, resulting in two human deaths and almost 400 injuries. Those numbers represent a roughly 50 percent increase in wildlife collisions over the past four years. Data shows the recent construction of several wildlife crossings on ...
  • Fatal Morrison Crash Authorities are still looking for the reason that a pickup truck veered into oncoming traffic on I-70 near Morrison and smashed into several vehicles yesterday, leaving two people dead and snarling traffic for hours. Colorado State Patrol trooper Nate Reed says the pickup truck, driven by 54-year-old Jeffery Stumpf of Evergreen was headed westbound on 70 ...
  • Carnival Ride Dismantled A ride similar to one that broke apart with deadly consequences at the Ohio State Fair this week has been removed from a county fair in suburban Denver. The director of Arapahoe County Open Spaces, Shannon Carter, says that the “Freak Out” ride was dismantled early Friday “out of an abundance of caution and out of ...
  • Steamboat Mining Request The Bureau of Land Management has to decide if it will allow an energy company to mine over 4 million more tons of coal near Steamboat Springs. Peabody Energy has applied to lease 1 more square mile of federal coal west of Steamboat as part of an ongoing mining operation. The BLM says it will make the ...
  • Life Sentence for Cell Phone Murder A Colorado Springs man who shot a 14-year-old boy over a missing cellphone has been sentenced to life in prison. 33-year-old Riccardo Kirven was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder and immediately sentenced for the July 2015 death of Desmond Smith. Prosecutors say Kirven’s 18-year-old nephew asked him for help retrieving a phone that he said had been ...
  • Mesa County Cows Shot Authorities say five cows valued at nearly $8,000 were shot in western Colorado in a case of felony criminal mischief. Two Mesa County residents say someone shot five of their cows, and the cows later died July 15 on Grand Mesa. According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, someone used a small-caliber rifle to shoot the cows, ...
  • Outdoor Show Moving to Colorado Hundreds of outdoor recreation industry representatives rallied at the Utah state capitol yesterday to show their support for preserving public lands in an event that sends one final reminder why they’re moving their lucrative trade show next year to Denver. They wore hats and held signs that read, “This  land is our land” in the Thursday ...
  • Rocky Ford Shooting Settlement The small front range town of Rocky Ford will pay $1.3 million to the family of a man whom the Colorado Bureau of Investigation says was wrongly shot to death by a police officer. The settlement includes payments to Jack Jacquez’s three minor children and his mother. Officer James Ashby was on-duty when he chased Jacquez into ...
  • ‘No Break’ Policy Scrubbed State officials say a “no-breaks” message to employees at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo has been revoked. Staff at the institute contacted a Pueblo newspaper numerous times over the weekend to complain about the administration. Employees say administrators told them no breaks would be allowed in any units that were under-staffed. The hospital’s acting superintendent, ...