Breaking News: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Conference: Wildfire costs higher than realized

By Dennis Webb

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The costs of wildfire go far beyond firefighting and property damage and extend to everything from environmental tolls on landscapes to emotional tolls on humans. That’s according to speakers Wednesday at the Colorado Wildland Fire Conference 2014. It continues today in Glenwood Springs, where 14 firefighters died on Storm King Mountain 20 years ago this July 6 and some 30 homes were destroyed by the Coal Seam Fire of 2002. The many wildlfire costs add to ...


Grand Avenue bridge back open after leak probe

By Staff

The eastbound lanes of the Grand Avenue bridge were closed for a period of time this afternoon as authorities investigated a reported gas leak in the area. A road crew working in the area reported a small gas line breach around 4:15 p.m. Traffic was routed away from the bridge for more than a half-hour. Authorities re-opened the bridge to both lanes of traffic just after 4:45 p.m.  ...


Beauprez makes GOP guv ballot

By Charles Ashby

Former congressman and one-time gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez will be on the June GOP primary ballot. The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office announced today that Beauprez turned in enough signatures to qualify for the June 24 primary. He will face former congressman Tom Tancredo, who also petitioned onto the ballot, and Secretary of State Scott Gessler and former state Sen. Mike Kopp, both of whom won places on the ballot at last Saturday’s Republican Party State ...


Police: Utah woman gave birth at home

By The AP

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah woman accused of concealing seven pregnancies before strangling or suffocating her newborns gave birth each time in her home, authorities said Wednesday. Investigators have determined that Megan Huntsman, 39, did not go to a hospital to have the babies, Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Mike Roberts said. He didn’t say if anybody helped her give birth. After her estranged husband discovered one of the infant corpses in the garage this past weekend, Huntsman ...


Officials investigate response time in 911 killing

By The AP

DENVER — Authorities are investigating whether Denver police responded quickly enough to a woman who was fatally shot nearly 15 minutes into a 911 call about her husband, who she said was hallucinating and asking her to shoot him. According to court documents, a detective who listened to the 911 call said he could hear her scream and then a gunshot. Authorities say Richard Kirk of Denver confessed to shooting 44-year-old Kristine Kirk in the head Monday night. Police arrived just ...


4 arrested after I-70 mountain chase

By The AP

DENVER — Two men and two women have been arrested after state troopers in Eagle County pursued a vehicle reported stolen at gunpoint in Denver. The chase began Wednesday after a trooper spotted a driver making an illegal lane change and found out the car was reported carjacked in Denver several days ago. According to the Denver Post stop sticks were laid out on the highway and stopped the car. Authorities say one man was caught when he tried to run and the other three ...


East Middle School evacuated, ‘small explosion’ reported

By Staff

School officials evacuated East Middle School for a time this morning, after what was described by responders as a “small explosion” in a mechanical area of the school. Smoke was allegedly visible as well, according to scanner traffic. No injuries have been associated with the explosion report. School District 51 reported around 11:45 a.m. this morning that students have been allowed back into class. Check back as more details become available, or read the full story in the ...


Woman dies after Glenwood shooting

By Dennis Webb

A Glenwood Springs woman who was critically wounded in a shooting early Tuesday morning has died of her injuries. Audrey Lowndes, 40, had been shot in the back of her head at a trailer on South Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs, Glenwood police say. She was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. James McCabe Mallin, 28, was arrested in the incident. He is being held in the Garfield County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond. Lowndes was Mallin’s girlfriend, and ...


Sinkhole repaired along US Highway 40 overnight

By The AP

GOLDEN — U.S. Highway 40 has reopened after a sinkhole forced an overnight closure for repairs. The sinkhole was described by the Colorado Department of Transportation as 8-feet wide. It closed the highway in both directions from Soda Creek to El Rancho around noon Tuesday. It was reportedly caused by a rusty culvert that gave way due to runoff. According to KMGH-TV, crews replaced the pipe with a new one capable of handling more water. Drivers headed to Evergreen had to take ...


10 Things to know for Wednesday, April 16

By The AP

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. MOSCOW STILL WILLING TO MEET UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS AT TALKS   Despite rising tensions in eastern Ukraine, Russia says it will attend international talks on Thursday aimed at ending the crisis. UKRAINE 2. END OF NYPD DEMOGRAPHICS UNIT APPLAUDED The controversial program tracked the daily lives of Muslims — where they lived, shopped, worked and prayed — in an effort to ...


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