NEWS

DOLORES, Colo. (AP) – Authorities are trying to determine the cause of a large fish kill at McPhee Reservoir near Dolores. Fishermen discovered hundreds of dead trout, kokanee salmon and carp on Friday. Colorado Parks and Wildlife fish biologist Jim White says there can be natural fish kills in shallow bodies of water because of ice and lack of oxygen this time of year. He says toxic pollution has been ruled out as a cause.

GRAND JUNCTION(AP) – Attorneys for the 17-year-old boy charged with killing a Mesa County sheriff’s deputy are seeking to have the case moved back to juvenile court. Austin Holzer is facing a first-degree murder charge in the Feb. 8 shooting that killed Deputy Derek Geer.

CORTEZ (AP) – Members of the Ute Mountain Ute tribe are calling for an independent investigation over concerns that some of the tribe’s money may have been misused. Members of the tribe say they are concerned after several staff members of the finance department were seen being escorted out of the tribal government offices by security officers. Federal authorities have jurisdiction over felony crimes committed on Native American reservations. They refused to provide details, but said no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.

DENVER (AP) – Denver is set to host the U.S. Department of Energy’s biennial Solar Decathlon competition in 2017. 16 collegiate teams from across the country and the world will compete after spending almost two years designing and building energy efficient houses that are powered by the sun. City officials say the winner will be the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.