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Man, woman injured after stabbing report on Old Stage Road 16.5.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Two people were found injured after a report of a stabbing Saturday morning west of Evergreen, according to the Clear Creek Sheriff's ...
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Bear euthanized, suspected of ripping through garage door in Steamboat 13.5.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Colorado Division of Wildlife officers chose to euthanize a problem bear that was caught in a trap Monday night in Steamboat Springs. District Wildlife Manager Libbie Miller said they could not risk relocating the bear and then have it return to the city. The large male black bear is suspected of recently ripping through a shed door to get at trash inside. The incident happened on Buckskin Drive. Miller said the trash was properly stored, but bears habituated to eating trash will become more determined to get at their food source. Miller said wildlife officers consider the shed like a home, and when a bear shows that kind of aggressive behavior, Parks and Wildlife policies allow them to destroy the bear. “These are the bears we can’t risk relocating,” Miller said. Another shed was recently ripped open in the nearby Indian Trails neighborhood, but Miller said they do not know for sure whether the same bear was responsible. Earlier this spring, a bear was caught in a trap in the Tree Haus neighborhood. The ...
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State energy grants open up new horizons for electric car owners in Steamboat Springs 12.5.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Steamboat Springs might be on the frontier of electric vehicle use due to its geographic location, but new public EV (electric vehicle) charge points are coming to town. The city of Steamboat, Colorado Energy Office and Yampa Valley Electric Association are collaborating on a new charge point in the city’s parking lot at the corner of 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue across 10th from Bob’s Conoco. It would accommodate two cars at a time and become part of a string of charge points linking back to Denver via Kremmling and Winter Park. And already, a resort lodging company has quietly opened one EV charge point at the mountain area, with plans to build a second as soon as July. Most electric car owners can recharge their Leaf or Volt by plugging their vehicles into standard 120-volt electrical outlets providing they are able to wait 10 to 22 hours for a charge good for 38 to 84 miles of travel with the latest models. But the new charge points opening up in Steamboat are the faster, “level two” chargers. And ...
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Rep. Tipton pushes for clarity on grazing on national land 5.5.2015 Durango Herald
Bighorn sheep need protection from a highly contagious disease carried by domestic sheep. But the question, according to some lawmakers, is: How much?U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, and about 40 other lawmakers signed a letter to secretaries of the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in late April asking...
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Durango’s mining, safety office to close 2.5.2015 Durango Herald
DENVER – A mining and safety field office in Durango is expected to close its doors June 30.The director of the Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety – a branch of the Department of Natural Resources – confirmed that the office space at 691 County Road 233, in the Grandview Area, will close after the...
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Boaters in limbo as lawsuit snags Cherry Creek Reservoir marina season 24.3.2015 Denver Post: Local
Cherry Creek Reservoir opened to boating on March 13, but a legal battle over management of the marina and yacht club is leaving some users feeling high and ...
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Animal protection has new director 13.3.2015 Durango Herald
Gary Skiba, a six-month employee in the animal protection division of the La Plata County Humane Society, has been appointed to head the division.Skiba replaces Jon Plata, who retired after 12 years in the position.Skiba, a wildlife biologist, worked for the state Division of Wildlife, now Colorado Parks and Wildlife, for 24...
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District Attorney's Office plans to appeal chief judge's decision 11.3.2015 Steamboat Pilot
The Routt County District Attorney's Office has asked a district court judge to hold off on appointing a special prosecutor to prosecute a high-ranking Colorado official. The District Attorney's Office wants time to appeal Chief 14th Judicial District Judge Michael O’Hara's decision to appoint a special prosecutor. "The District Court's ruling has damaging implications that reach far beyond the present case," Routt County Chief Deputy District Attorney Matt Karzen wrote in a motion. The case in question involves Colorado Department of Natural Resources executive director Mike King. King was issued a citation in September 2013 for unlawfully entering private land in south Routt County to hunt, but in February 2014, the Routt County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to dismiss the case 30 minutes before the trial was supposed to begin because it could not prove that King knowingly entered private property to hunt. The District Attorney’s Office said there was some uncertainty as to whether the ...
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Judge appoints special prosecutor, criticizes DA for dropping case 8.3.2015 Steamboat Pilot
The decision by Routt County District Attorney Brett Barkey’s office to dismiss a case against a high-ranking Colorado official has been met with harsh criticism from the district’s top judge. “The court finds that the position of the Office of the District Attorney demonstrates that the decision to dismiss those charges was arbitrary and capricious,” Chief 14th Judicial District Judge Michael O’Hara wrote in his Feb. 27 ruling. “The bases for that decision are not supported by Colorado law.” O’Hara has ordered a special prosecutor from the 9th Judicial District to prosecute the case. The case involves Colorado Department of Natural Resources executive director Mike King. King was issued a citation in September 2013 for unlawfully entering private land in south Routt County to hunt, but in February 2014, the Routt County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to dismiss the case 30 minutes before the trial was supposed to begin because it could not prove that King knowingly entered private property to ...
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Research Details Deluge of Spending by Opponents of GMO Labeling 4.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Ohio Municipalities Can't Regulate Drilling And Fracking On Their Own, State Supreme Court Rules 17.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Certain local zoning laws aimed at limiting fracking can't be used to circumvent the state's authority over oil and gas drilling, a fiercely divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. In a 4-3 decision with three written dissents, the high court said that the home rule clause of Ohio's constitution doesn't allow a municipality to block drilling activities otherwise permitted by the state. The decision came in a case brought by the Akron suburb of Munroe Falls against Beck Energy Corp. over a 2004 state law that gives Ohio "sole and exclusive authority" to regulate the location of wells. Beck received a state-required permit from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in 2011 to drill a traditional well on private property in Munroe Falls. The city sued, saying the company illegally sidestepped local ordinances. The lawsuit has been closely watched nationally, raising a question in cities and towns where lucrative oil and gas is trapped in underground shale: Can regulations put in ...
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Soren Jespersen: Let’s keep our river safe 11.2.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Ten years ago, Friends of the Yampa participated in a process with the city of Steamboat Springs, Colorado Division of Wildlife, a citizens advisory committee and numerous other stakeholders to create the Yampa River Management Plan. This plan, finalized in 2003 and approved by City Council in 2004, laid out a forward-thinking framework for future policy recommendations and projects that would help us sustain the river that provides so much to our economy and way of life in the Yampa Valley. But 10 years have gone by, and it’s time to give the plan a modern update. That Yampa River Management Plan has largely been a success. In the last 10 years we’ve improved river access points, stabilized eroding banks, improved fish habitat, minimized conflicts between fishermen and floaters, created new play features and obtained a recreational in-stream water right to protect the flows. But the intervening 10 years have also revealed some issues. For one, we’ve been so successful that the Yampa River is now more ...
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Birds on the brain 11.2.2015 Durango Herald
Chickadees, nuthatches and woodpeckers flitting around outside your window all winter long are a small but important piece of bird populations that indicate changes in the environment.The Great Backyard Bird Count offers bird watchers around the world the opportunity to share bird counts that help compile a database researchers rely...
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Scientists urge deeper look at re-engineering climate to cool Earth 11.2.2015 Denver Post: Local
Government-backed scientists Tuesday called for research and testing of last-ditch "climate interventions" — to cool the planet by blocking sunlight or by capturing and burying carbon ...
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First purebred bison roam Larimer County since Civil War 11.2.2015 Denver Post: Local
FORT COLLINS — A rare herd of genetically pure bison will roam the plains in Larimer County later this year for the first time since the Civil War ...
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Gauge the weather: NWS seeks volunteers for rain, snow network 9.2.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The National Weather Service wants you, especially if you live in western Minnesota.
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Warmth gives ugly invasive fish brief reprieve from anglers 7.2.2015 Yahoo: US National
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Warm weather has helped grant a reprieve this year to a homely, eel-like and especially slimy invasive fish pursued by anglers as they compete for big money in two ice-fishing tournaments on the Wyoming-Utah ...
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Disease one danger in climate report 6.2.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado could see more incidents of infectious diseases, while the elderly and the poor are especially vulnerable to the potential impacts of future climate change, according to ...
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Study: Climate change could bring more disease, crop damage, fires to Colorado 4.2.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
Colorado could see more incidents of infectious diseases, while the elderly and people living in poverty are especially vulnerable to the potential impacts of future climate change, according to a comprehensive new report commissioned by the Colorado Energy Office.
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Thompson School District CFO dies after head-on crash in Fort Collins 1.2.2015 Denver Post: Local
Thompson School District chief financial officer Steve Towne died early Friday after a head-on crash in Fort Collins the night ...
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