Breaking News: Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Utah fire brings smoke across region

By Charles Ashby

Smoke from the Brian Head fire in southcentral Utah is what’s causing the orange skies in western Colorado, the folks at the U.S. Weather Service say. But not to worry. While that fire has spread over nearly 11,000 acres, a shift in the wind pattern will clear out the smoke over the Grand Valley by this evening, said forecaster Julie Malingowski. Malingowski said the smoke also may prevent the valley from seeing the expected 100-degree temperatures today, which are expected to ...

Justice Gorsuch has Colorado home for sale for $1.675M

By The AP

BOULDER — Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has his Colorado home on the market for $1.675 million. The nearly 6,000-square-foot home in Boulder County has four bedrooms and five bathrooms and sits on three acres. The home’s listing says it has a heated pool, media room, home gym, billiards room and a three-stall barn. The Boulder Daily Camera reports Gorsuch purchased the house north of Gunbarrel for just over $1million a decade ago. Luxury broker David Carner says last ...

Sex offender with parole violation jumped 11 floors to death

By The AP

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Authorities say a man who jumped to his death from an 11th-floor apartment building in New York was a sex offender who was being taken into custody at the time for a parole violation. The Post-Standard reports that the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision issued a statement Wednesday night identifying the parolee as 37-year-old Jason Jock. Syracuse police say parole officers had taken Jock into custody in his residence at the Skyline Apartments ...

D’back’s 10-run 4th keys 16-5 win over Rockies

By The AP

DENVER — Wanting to give his team a little bit of a break on a broiling day in Denver following a tough loss the night before, Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo had his players skip pregame batting practice in favor of staying inside to do individual work in the batting cages. And when they finally took the field, they came out swinging. Taijuan Walker pitched six solid innings and slapped an RBI single during Arizona’s biggest inning ever on the road — a 10-run ...

Study links legalized pot with increase in car crash claims

By The AP

DENVER — A recent insurance study links increased car crash claims to legalized recreational marijuana. The Highway Loss Data Institute, a leading insurance research group, said in study results released Thursday that collision claims in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon went up 2.7 percent in the years since legal recreational marijuana sales began when compared with surrounding states. Legal recreational pot sales in Colorado began in January 2014, followed six months later in ...

Bad weather hampers search for missing US climber

By The AP

MOSCOW — The Russian Emergencies Ministry says the search for a missing American climber has been hampered by adverse weather on Russia’s highest peak. Steven Beare, a police officer from Littleton, Colorado, went missing while climbing Russia’s Mount Elbrus on June 16. Mount Elbrus’ summit is at 5,642 meters (18,510 feet). The regional branch of the emergencies ministry said rescuers have been searching for Beare, but the effort has been repeatedly suspended due ...

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