Breaking News: Thursday, November 20, 2014

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Roan settlement announcement expected

By Dennis Webb

State and federal authorities are planning an announcement Friday regarding the Roan Plateau, amid anticipation that a lawsuit settlement on oil and gas development there is imminent. “I think it’s pretty much a done deal,” Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said of the settlement. Gov. John Hickenlooper, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Bureau of Land Management director Neil Kornze plan to be at the 1 p.m. ...

Outfitter who maimed big cats to help hunters gets 27 months

By Staff

A Mack outfitter charged in a scheme to capture and maim mountain lions and bobcats, which allowed for an easier hunt for paying clients, was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison today in a Denver courtroom. Chris Loncarich, 55, faced a maximum possible five years in federal prison, and a fine up to $250,000, after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act. He was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello. Loncarich and a co-conspirator were ...

Hearing set for teen accused in Utah girl’s death

By The AP

SALT LAKE CITY — Prosecutors want a 17-year-old accused in the 2012 death of his girlfriend to be tried an adult. The Colorado boy appeared in a Utah courtroom Thursday with his hands shackled in front of him as a judge set a preliminary and adult certification hearing for March 2. Prosecutor Patricia Cassell says the violent nature of the allegation should bring the case out of juvenile court. Defense attorneys declined to comment. The body of 15-year-old Anne Kasprzak ...

10 Things to know for Thursday, Nov. 20

By The AP

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. OBAMA TO USE EXECUTIVE POWERS TO SHIELD AS MANY AS 5 MILLION FROM DEPORTATION   Republicans vehemently oppose the president’s immigration plan but are deeply divided on how to respond.OBAMA-IMMIGRATION2. COSBY TO AP ON ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS: “WE DON’T ANSWER THAT.”   In a recent interview, the comedian refused to comment on the accusations he is facing ...

Update: Victims identified in Meeker crash

By Staff

UPDATE: A single-vehicle rollover crash Wednesday afternoon west of Meeker injured five young people, some with critical injuries, authorities said. The Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Office said a Ford Explorer with five occupants rolled about 4.5 miles west of Meeker on Colorado Hwy. 64. One person, Gabrielle Garzon, 21, was ejected from the sport-utility vehicle, which was found by law enforcement on its roof some 85 feet from the roadway. The driver, Jessica Johns, 19, and two passengers, ...

Resolution near in Sen. Steve King’s felony case, attorneys say

By Paul Shockley

Attorneys in the felony fraud case against state Sen. Steve King said today they’re close to resolution, signaling progress on a plea agreement. District Judge Valerie Robison told both sides she expects a plea “one way or another” at the next hearing Jan. 23. King, 56, shaven, notably graying in his hair and dressed in a black suit, sat alone at the defendant’s table this morning as his attorney, David Kaplan, and Assistant 18th Judicial District Attorney Mark ...

Man charged in wife’s death planned fatal hike

By The AP

DENVER — A suburban Denver man charged with pushing his wife to her death off a cliff in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park could not explain to investigators why he had a park map with an “X’’ drawn at the spot where she fell. Newly unsealed court documents say Harold Henthorn denied using the map during the deadly Sept. 29, 2012, hike. But he told friends that he scouted out the park’s steep and craggy terrain at least six times, trying to find ...

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