Breaking News: Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Judge appoints board to sort out polygamous homes

By The AP

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah judge has appointed a board of trustees to sort out the redistribution of more than 700 homes in a polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border where Warren Jeffs’ sect is based. State Judge Denise Lindberg’s order Wednesday gives the panel limited power, though. The five-person board still must get final approval from the court in deciding who should get which homes. Many are expected to have multiple claims from people who have at one point ...

Colorado pot law challeged in court

By Charles Ashby

The attorneys general in Nebraska and Oklahoma announced today that they planned to filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s voter-approved law legalizing recreational marijuana. The two attorneys general say that Colorado’s law violates the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, and that Attorney General Eric Holder has failed to uphold the Constitution. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said he would defend the law. For more ...

Gardner: Interior needs less federal approach to sage grouse

By Gary Harmon

Congress made it clear that states should take the lead role in protecting the sage grouse in the western United States, Sen.-elect Cory Gardner, R-Colo., said today. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell “would be well advised to work with the states” instead of trying to “federalize” the handling of two sage-grouse species, Gardner said during a stop today in Grand Junction to thank supporters after his election to the Senate in November. Congress was clear in the ...

Burns man who killed intruder jailed for menacing

By The AP

EAGLE — An Eagle County man who shot and killed an alleged masked intruder last week is behind bars after later allegedly pointing a rifle at detectives driving up to his home. Douglas Behrends says he shot 32-year-old Brooks Hampton Friday night after Hampton kicked open the door of his house in Burns and started screaming at him. On Monday, detectives in an unmarked vehicle accompanied Hampton’s relatives to Behrends’ house to pick up Hampton’s car. The Vail ...

Lockheed pledges 850 high-paying jobs in JeffCo

By The AP

DENVER — Lockheed Martin Space Systems will receive nearly $17 million in tax rebates from Jefferson County over 15 years in exchange for a pledge to create 850 high-paying jobs at its Waterton Canyon facility. The Denver Post reports county commissioners approved the business personal property tax rebates Tuesday. Lockheed is the county’s largest private-sector employer and has been an economic force in the area for more than 60 years. The incentive is in addition to one ...

Pedestrian hit, killed by truck SE of Denver

By The AP

DENVER — The Colorado State Patrol is investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed by a pickup truck on E-470 southeast of Denver. Trooper Nate Reid tells The Denver Post someone called the Patrol on Wednesday evening saying there was debris on the roadway near Quincy Avenue. The pedestrian was hit about 10 minutes later. Reid says investigators are trying to determine whether the report and the crash are related. The pedestrian’s name and age have not been ...

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