Breaking News: Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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Interior: No Colowyo appeal

By Dennis Webb

The Interior Department said Tuesday it won’t appeal a court decision regarding the Colowyo mine between Meeker and Craig. Colorado officials including Gov. John Hickenlooper, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner had urged Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to consider an appeal, out of concerns including the court ruling’s potential impact on the coal mine’s future. A federal judge in May ruled that the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and ...


UPDATED: Flood advisory in place for Mesa County

By Staff

The monsoon season appears to have arrived in the Grand Valley a little early this year — much like last year. Heavy rain is falling in Mesa County this afternoon, and more storm cells appear to be pushing up from the southwest behind it. The National Weather Service has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory until 5:30 p.m. for northwestern Mesa County. At 3:31 p.m., radar indicated moderate to heavy rain due to thunderstorms, according to forecasters, who said normally ...


Expert: Theater shooter still thinks killing increases worth

By The AP

CENTENNIAL — The Colorado theater shooter still believes killing people increases his self-worth, three years after he opened fire at a crowded midnight movie premiere, a nationally known schizophrenia expert testified Tuesday. Holmes continues to suffer from the bizarre delusions that preoccupied him before he killed 12 people and wounded 70, including that murder would raise his “human capital,” said Dr. Raquel Gur, head of neuropsychiatry at the University of ...


Kansas man drowns on Clear Creek rafting trip

By The AP

IDAHO SPRINGS — Authorities have identified a 20-year-old Kansas man who died Saturday afternoon while rafting on Clear Creek. Daniel Cheong, of Wichita, Kansas, was pulled from the river by authorities responding to reports of a man in the river. The U.S. Geological Survey said Clear Creek was running about 300 cubic feet per second Saturday afternoon, which is 130 percent of its normal median flow. The sheriff’s office says Cheong was on a commercial trip operated by ...


Canadian wildfire smoke prompts health warning in Colorado

By The AP

DENVER — Smoke drifting south from wildfires burning in Canada has spread into Colorado, prompting a health warning for the eastern half of the state. A smoke advisory was issued for northeastern Colorado Monday and expanded to include all counties east of the Continental Divide Tuesday. Christopher Dann of the state’s air pollution control division says small particles of debris from the fires that is in the air poses the biggest threat to people with lung disease, older ...


Bus driver in crash that killed boy, 3, won’t face charges

By Staff

Prosecutors have declined to file charges against the driver of a Grand Valley Transit bus who hit and killed a 3-year-old boy in May. Grand Junction police this morning announced the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office decision, saying prosecutors don’t believe a jury would find the driver acted in a careless or imprudent manner. The boy, 3-year-old Virgil Stansbury, died May 19 after he attempted to cross North Avenue at 29 Road and was hit by the bus, which was turning ...


Fort Collins cyclist dies after being struck by dump truck

By The AP

FORT COLLINS — A 59-year-old man who was struck by a dump truck while riding his bike has died. The Coloradoan reports that Steve Studt died Sunday at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland. He was taken there after he was struck by a Freightliner dump truck June 26. The truck was traveling in the same direction and attempted to pass Studt on a two-lane road by moving into the eastbound lane, but oncoming vehicles caused the driver to move back into the westbound lane. The ...


Arizona woman gets probation for stealing from Aspen stores

By The AP

ASPEN — An Arizona woman is spending a year on probation for stealing $3,000 in clothes and shoes from downtown Aspen shops. The Aspen Times reports prosecutors yanked a plea deal that would have removed a felony charge when they learned Kimberly Ann Gardner also has theft charges pending in California for arrests made months after the Colorado incident. Gardner denies involvement in the California cases. Police arrested Gardner after she was identified in surveillance footage as a ...


UPDATE: Water service has been restored to the homes in Riverbend Subdivision

By Staff

UPDATE 4:40 p.m.: The Clifton Water District says water has been restored to the homes in the Riverbend Subdivision. Approximately 100 homes are without water this morning due to a waterline break south of D Road between 31 and 31 1/2 Roads. The Clifton Water District said streets without service include Sunnyside Circle, Bristol Drive, Dryfork Way, Castle Court and Dryfork Court. Repair to the waterline is expected to take between four and six hours.  ...


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