DENVER (Reuters) – A majority of U.S. hunters in Western states where greater sage grouse live support restrictions on activities in important habitats to avoid having the birds listed as an endangered species, a poll by a conservation group said on Wednesday.
Last week, U.S. wildlife authorities designated the much-rarer Gunnison sage grouse as threatened, provoking criticism from activists who wanted it given a higher level of protection, and politicians who did not want the federal government involved.
By Keith Coffman and Daniel Wallis
CENTENNIAL Colo. (Reuters) – Lawyers in the Colorado movie theater massacre case argued on Tuesday over whether jurors should see disturbing crime scene video and hundreds of gruesome photos of the July 2012 rampage.
Attorneys for accused gunman James Holmes said the images could inflame jurors, while prosecutors countered that they are needed to prove the case.
DENVER (Reuters) – Thousands of Denver-area high school students skipped state-mandated science and social studies tests this week and some staged street protests in the latest dispute to hit Colorado education since a flare-up over history curricula.
Nearly 1,900 high school seniors in Douglas County failed to take the newly introduced Colorado Measures of Academic Success tests, while about 1,500 pupils missed them in each of two other districts, Boulder Valley and Cherry Creek, media reports said.
(Reuters) – A Utah truck driver who wore vampire-fang dentures and is charged with sexually abusing and beating two women who he held captive in his vehicle as he traveled the country had four more victims, federal prosecutors have said.
Timothy Jay Vafeades, 54, was arrested in Minnesota late last year after a weigh station officer saw bruises on a 19-year-old hostage’s face and intervened. Another woman later came forward to say she, too, was held and abused by the man.
DENVER (Reuters) – U.S. wildlife authorities listed the Gunnison sage grouse as threatened on Wednesday, disappointing environmental activists who wanted the species given greater protection, and politicians who did not want the federal government involved.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last year proposed giving the ground-dwelling bird, which only exists in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah, the more at-risk designation of “endangered.”
(Reuters) – Archaeologists working in Alaska’s remote interior have discovered the burial site of an Ice Age infant and a late-term fetus believed to be the youngest remains found in the Americas dating from that period.
The burials, found underneath the cremated remains of an Ice Age toddler, date to about 11,500 years ago and provide new insights into mortuary practices of the people who lived in the area of the Upward Sun River site at the time.
DENVER (Reuters) – A conservative group that successfully pushed an Arizona school district to tamp down its sexual education curriculum has now filed suit in Colorado, accusing a high school of unlawfully blocking student efforts to gather together for prayer.
The group, the Alliance Defending Freedom, said school officials cited the separation of church and state when they banned religious speech during recess and other “open periods” at Pine Creek High School, north of Colorado Springs.
DENVER, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Colorado’s attorney general
announced settlements on Thursday with three more Colorado law
firms accused of inflating foreclosure costs charged to
John Suthers already sued the state’s two largest
foreclosure law firms earlier this year, saying they defrauded
homeowners, investors and taxpayers by grossly inflating costs
and padding bills with unauthorized expenses.
DENVER (Reuters) – Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has won re-election after a tense battle with former Republican U.S. Representative Bob Beauprez, handing Democrats a rare victory after they were pummeled in U.S. midterm elections on Tuesday.
More than 20 hours after polling centers closed, Beauprez told supporters on Wednesday there was no way he could catch the first-term incumbent and that he had called Hickenlooper to congratulate him on a hard-fought race.
DENVER (Reuters) – Colorado’s Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper declared victory on Wednesday in a tight re-election race against his Republican challenger, former U.S. Representative Bob Beauprez, even as ballots from 11 counties remained outstanding.
But Beauprez, who had led narrowly against the former Denver mayor in early results, refused to concede on the grounds that some 120,000 votes still had to be counted, the Denver Post reported.