News, January 3rd

BALLOT DRIVE UNDERWAY TO BAN CONCEALED WEAPONS FROM COLLEGE CAMPUSES

Undated—Concealed weapons on college campuses in Colorado will be banned one day if a group of supporters get their way.  Supporters of the campus ban will spend the next few months gathering signatures to put the issue on the November ballot after getting the green light for the petition process.  Colorado and Utah are the only states where concealed weapons are allowed on college campuses.  State lawmakers debated the issue last year but failed to pass a ban. Supporters of a campus ban need about 86 thousand signatures to get the measure on the ballot.

COLORADO DUI ENFORCEMENT TO FOCUS ON PREVENTION

Denver—The heat will always be on in Colorado when it comes to keeping drunk or drugged drivers off the road.  However, in 2014, the Colorado State Patrol will focus heavily on DUI prevention.  Nate Reid with the CSP says enforcement operations will be tailored to each individual community.  He says there will also be added emphasis this year on education.  Reid says troopers will interact more with high schools and youth programs about the dangers of intoxicated or impaired driving.

ROCKIES CO-OWNER PLEADS GUILTY TO DUI

Greeley—Colorado Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort pled guilty today to DUI in his hometown of Greeley.  Monfort’s blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit when he was busted November 5th.  He expressed remorse and sorrow for his actions and said everyday is a battle when dealing with alcoholism.  Monfort was sentenced to two years probation.  Monfort got the same sentence in 1999 after being arrested in Greeley for impaired driving.

PRIVATE PLANE IN “HIJACK” MODE LANDS SAFELY AT SARDY FIELD

Aspen—Pitkin County authorities got a hijack scare early yesterday afternoon when a private jet landed at Sardy Field.  According to reports from the Sheriff’s Office, the Gulfstream jet, with two pilots and a flight attendant on board was in “Hijack Mode” in it’s approach to the airport and was unable to communicate with the control tower.  A half-dozen Pitkin County Deputies, one Airport Rescue Firefighting vehicle and airport operations officials responded to the scene after the plane landed.  Deputies searched the plane and discovered the transponder was put in hijack mode accidentally.