- Anniversary of Big Thompson Flood
DRAKE, Colo. (AP) – A 35th anniversary remembrance service for more than 140 people who lost their lives in the Big Thompson flood of 1976 is planned Sunday evening at a memorial marker near Drake.
The flash flood on the Big Thompson River on July 31, 1976, swept away cars, flooded Loveland and washed out roads ...
- Lawsuit Challenges Education Funding
DENVER (AP) – Attorneys suing the Colorado government over education funding argue the system is inadequate and affecting students in the poorest communities.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in 2005 claim the Colorado Legislature’s method of funding schools violates the state constitution’s promise to provide a “thorough and uniform” education system.
The trial began Monday and ...
- Bank Failures
DENVER (AP) – Banking regulators say five Colorado bank failures this year could cost the nation’s deposit insurance fund slightly more than $1 billion.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. spokesman Greg Hernandez says that represents a fifth of the $5 billion in overall losses to the fund from bank failures through July 22.
That $1 billion exceeds the ...
- Wildlife Wandering Farther Than Expected
DENVER (AP) – Tracking devices show Colorado wildlife are wandering farther than expected.
The radio collars are being used on mountain lions, lynx, wolves and other wild mammals
The GPS devices show a dozen of the 218 lynx transplanted into Colorado walked as far as Kansas, Iowa and Alberta, Canada.
A wolf collared near Yellowstone wandered hundreds of ...
- College Courses Open to Ninth Graders
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – Two new laws are opening school district-funded college courses to 9th-graders beginning this fall.
The courses will also be open to people as old as 21.
The new laws passed two years by the state legislature changed the rules to allow a greater range of students to test college before leaving high ...
- Blue River Considers Adopting Forest Service Trails
BLUE RIVER, Colo. (AP) – Blue River officials are considering adopting trails from the U.S. Forest Service because of budget cuts that are forcing closure of almost all the trails around the small community.
Mayor Lindsay Backas says the Board of Trustees is considering asking voters to approve a new town sales tax to keep the ...
- Breckenridge Suing Over Uncollected Taxes
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) – Breckenridge has filed a class-action lawsuit against more than 20 online travel companies claiming the agencies failed to pay the full lodging and sales taxes owed to the town for rooms the sites have sold.
Breckenridge says companies like Expedia have been purchasing rooms from local hotels and then selling them to ...
- Fugitive Arrested in Montrose Will Fight Extradition
MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) – A longtime fugitive who was captured in western Colorado says he would be in danger from other inmates if he returns to prison in Florida because he saved the lives of three guards during a race riot.
Sixty-year-old Frederick Barrett told a judge Thursday he’ll fight extradition.
Barrett was serving a life term ...
- Surveillance Video Backs up Sheriff’s Claim
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – Surveillance videos in the lobby of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department show visitors and employees having coughing fits after a pepper-sprayed fugitive was delivered by Duane “Dog” Chapman.
The videos back up claims by Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey that Chapman excessively pepper-sprayed the fugitive during a scuffle on July 20 ...
- Special Ops Leader Says Beware al-Qaida 2.0
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – The top commander of U.S. special operations forces says the al-Qaida of Osama bin Laden is bloodied and “nearing its end,” describing bin Laden’s killing in a special operations raid as an upper cut to the group’s jaw.
But Admiral Eric T. Olson says he’s worried about what he called al-Qaida 2.0, ...