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Immigrants' low-paid work in detention centers called voluntary but unfair 3.8.2015 LA Times: Nation
Delmi Cruz fled Honduras in September with her son Alexis, 11, illegally crossing the border into the U.S. and ending up at a family detention center in rural Texas.
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City of Steamboat devotes two parking spaces on 10th Street to new electric car charger 16.7.2015 Steamboat Pilot
A pair of brightly painted parking spots in downtown Steamboat Springs make it difficult to overlook the city’s first electric vehicle (EV) charge station and perhaps an emerging trend. Naturally, the parking spots on 10th Street adjacent to City Hall are painted bright green and reserved for electric cars, whose owners who are welcome to charge their vehicles at no cost. A city spokesperson wrote in an email Wednesday that the new charge station supports City Council’s goals to demonstrate leadership in sustainability with regard to air quality, energy use and transportation. The city of Steamboat Springs supplied a $1,615 match to a $6,260 Charge Ahead Colorado grant from the Colorado Energy Office to fund installation of the new charge station. The juice will be free to users, but Steamboat resident Jeff Troeger, who owns a Nissan Leaf, pointed out that, in order to use the charger, people will need to first establish an account, at no charge, with Charge Point. Without a card from Charge Point, they ...
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Private Prison Company Forced Immigrants To Work For Free, Lawsuit Says 10.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
When Alejandro Menocal got locked up in an immigrant detention center in Aurora, Colorado, last year, he volunteered to work in the recreation yard. A Mexican-born migrant who has lived in the United States since 1973, Menocal said he enjoyed the exercise. He later took a job at the detention center serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to some 60 detainees and helping to clean the dining room, he says. The GEO Group, the private prison contractor that runs the detention center as a for-profit enterprise, paid Menocal $1 per day for his work -- a common practice across the United States, where many detainees toil for days in order to earn enough money to buy a phone card. But Menocal's job at the cafeteria wasn’t the only job he was expected to do. Each day, guards selected six detainees to clean each “pod” -- a cell containing roughly 60 migrants -- for no pay at all. One day, the six people chosen for pod cleaning duty refused to work. The guards swapped their orange jumpsuits for red ones, Menocal says, ...
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Detained immigrants sue over getting $1 a day for work 10.7.2015 Yahoo: Politics
DENVER (AP) — Immigrants who were detained at a suburban Denver facility while they awaited deportation proceedings are suing the private company that held them, alleging they were paid $1 a day to do janitorial work, sometimes under threat of solitary ...
Lawsuit: Immigrants got $1 a day for work at private prison 10.7.2015 AP Business
DENVER (AP) -- Immigrants who were detained at a suburban Denver facility while they awaited deportation proceedings are suing the private company that held them, alleging they were paid $1 a day to do janitorial work, sometimes under threat of solitary confinement....
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Lawsuit: Immigrants got $1 a day for work at private prison 10.7.2015 Yahoo: US National
DENVER (AP) — Immigrants who were detained at a suburban Denver facility while they awaited deportation proceedings are suing the private company that held them, alleging they were paid $1 a day to do janitorial work, sometimes under threat of solitary confinement.
Colorado Springs police, wildlife officials work to remove tree-hugging bear 8.7.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Police and wildlife officials in Colorado Springs were working Wednesday morning to remove a black bear from a tree in a residential ...
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Trap set for bear that's been breaking into Aspen homes 29.6.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Wildlife officials are trying to catch a bear that's been breaking into homes in an Aspen neighborhood.
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U.S. appeals court backs claim under state law in Rocky Flats saga 24.6.2015 World
By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday a decades-old pollution case over nuclear weapons production in Colorado should be sent back to the district court which in 2006 ordered companies that ran the facility to pay damages of $353 million. "This long lingering litigation deserves to find resolution soon," wrote one of the judges, Neil Gorsuch, about a case dating back to the 1980s, when Dow Chemical Co. [DOW.N] and a unit of Rockwell Automation Inc [ROK.N] were involved in operating the Rocky Flats plant. After a four-month trial nine years ago, a federal jury awarded the nine-figure damages to 12,000 property owners who said their land was contaminated by the facility, which made triggers for nuclear bombs 16 miles (25.7 km) northwest of downtown Denver.
CGI attendees enjoy Clintons, each other and host city 10.6.2015 Denver Post: Local
An always-ready business card, a deep admiration of Bill Clinton and a desire to tackle tough issues — while making some good connections on the way — was the common currency ...
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Community Ag Alliance: A unique opportunity for mountain irrigators 29.5.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Recent research conducted by the Colorado Energy Office suggests Colorado farmers spend an annual average of $33,000 on electricity, $16,000 on diesel fuel and $8,000 on gasoline costs necessary to run their day-to-day operations. In many cases, a significant portion of this cost goes towards power to run irrigation pumps. While many irrigators in the Yampa Valley use flood irrigation to water their crops, rising costs of water, time and labor associated with flood irrigation practices have caused many producers to look into transitioning to a more efficient sprinkler system. This presents a unique opportunity for irrigators in mountainous terrains to use their surrounding environment to their advantage by installing microhydro turbines to power their sprinklers. In simple terms, the sprinkler uses the energy of falling water to drive and pressurize the center pivot. This eliminates the need for electricity or a diesel pump, which reduces annual operating expenses. Potential replication of these systems ...
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One year after fatal landslide, Mesa County issues warning to public 27.5.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
One year after a landslide in Mesa County near Grand Junction that killed three people, new concerns have led officials to initiate a Level One response.
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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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