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DENVER (AP) — Fifty sheriffs in Colorado, including Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario have written to the White House to oppose any plan to move detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention center to prisons in the state. The letter says that Colorado would be in danger if the Pentagon sends Guantanamo detainees to either of two prisons under consideration in the central part of the state.

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia is stepping down to run a higher education commission. Garcia said today he’s leaving the administration to be president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Garcia was elected lieutenant governor in 2010. Before that, he was president of Colorado State University-Pueblo. Gov. John Hickenloooper will name a replacement, who must be confirmed by the Legislature.

COLORADO SPRINGS. (AP) — A study of the 2012 Waldo Canyon wildfire recommends that crews fighting similar fires that spread into urban areas be trained in both structure protection and traditional wildland firefighting tactics. The study found dual-trained fire crews saved dozens of homes in the ember storms that descended on Colorado Springs neighborhoods. U.S. Forest Service firefighters were trained to protect structures, and city firefighters were trained to extinguish grassfires.

ASPEN (AP) — A Snowmass man has pleaded guilty to attacking a man in Basalt while making disparaging remarks about Mexicans and President Barack Obama. The Aspen Times reports that police say Jerry Cunico was arrested Aug. 23 after he opened the car door of the victim and started punching him. Cunico is accused of yelling obscenities about minorities during the attack.

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