Colorado

  • Colorado marijuana laws go into effect Jan. 1

    12/31/13 5:34 PM

    olice were adding extra patrols around pot shops in eight Colorado towns that plan to allow recreational sales to anyone over 21 on Jan. 1.

  • Claire Davis in a coma after Arapahoe High School shooting

    12/16/13 10:44 AM

    Colorado's governor asked the nation Sunday for prayers for Claire Davis, the 17-year-old girl who was critically wounded by a classmate at her suburban Denver high school.

  • Arapahoe High School shooting: Police seek motive

    12/15/13 3:21 PM

    A Colorado teenager who may have been nursing a grudge against a high school teacher since September intended to harm that teacher and inflict numerous other casualties when he entered his school and shot a student at point-blank range.

  • Arapahoe High School rampage lasted less than 2 minutes

    12/15/13 7:39 AM

    A Colorado teenager intended to harm a teacher and inflict numerous other casualties when he entered his school and shot a student at point-blank range before killing himself, authorities said.

  • Karl Halverson Pierson is Arapahoe High School gunman

    12/13/13 11:28 PM

    A Colorado sheriff says a student who shot two others before apparently killing himself at a Denver-area high school is believed to have acted alone.

  • Hunter Yelton has sexual harassment removed from permanent record

    12/12/13 10:07 AM

    The Colorado 6-year-old who was disciplined - perhaps too strongly - for kissing a girl on the hand at his elementary school will have the words "sexual harassment" expunged from his record.

     

  • Hunter Yelton suspended for kissing girl on hand during school

    12/10/13 1:53 PM

    The mother of a 6-year-old Colorado boy is furious that her son was suspended from school for kissing another young girl on the hand, something school officials called sexual harassment.

  • Colorado boy starts petition to restore funding to NASA

    12/9/13 2:54 PM

    The Colorado boy thought that donating his allowance and savings to save NASA - upwards of $10.41 - would help, but his parents convinced him that starting a petition would likely work better.

  • Aron Rolston, hiker dramatized in 127 Hours, accused of domestic violence

    12/8/13 3:52 PM

    Aron Ralston, the man whose ordeal was dramatized in the film 127 hours, was arrested Sunday on one count of assault and another of wrongs to minors, the Denver Post reports.

  • James Holmes Colorado shooting trial postponed indefinitely

    11/21/13 2:15 PM

    The judge in the Colorado theater shootings case has indefinitely postponed the trial of suspect James Holmes so attorneys can argue whether he should undergo another psychiatric evaluation.

  • Colorado mining accident: 2 killed, 20 injured

    11/17/13 6:38 PM

    Two workers were killed and 20 others were injured in a mining accident near the southwestern Colorado town of Ouray.

  • Capitals lose to Colorado Avalanche, 4-1

    11/11/13 5:37 AM

    The Capitals couldn't get escape Colorado with a win, falling 4-1 Sunday night against the Avalanche.

  • Denver school standoff: Two in custody at armed middle school break in

    11/5/13 7:55 AM

    Police in Denver are caught in a standoff with two armed men who entered a middle school early Tuesday morning.

  • Colorado teacher has students brew beer to learn fermentation process

    10/31/13 3:19 PM

    A high school teacher in Colorado has coming under fire for introducing a unique way of teaching a standard scientific lesson that at least one parents finds to be inappropriate.

  • JonBenet Ramsey's parents were indicted in 1999 but never charged

    10/25/13 11:48 AM

    The parents of JonBenet Ramsey were indicted in 1999 with several counts of child abuse in connection with their daughters death, the Denver Post reports, but were never charged.

  • University of Colorado tells students to choose Halloween costumes wisely

    10/24/13 12:59 PM

    The University of Colorado's dean of students wants students to dress in appropriate costumes for Halloween this year in an effort to discourage the community from dressing in what the school deems as culturally inappropriate garb.

  • Blizzard coats South Dakota, Wyoming with rare autumn snow

    10/4/13 4:25 PM

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Blizzards rolled into parts of Wyoming and South Dakota on Friday, bringing the snow-savvy states to an unseasonably early winter standstill and even forcing a tourist town to cancel its annual Octoberfest's polka-dancing bar crawl.

    A foot of snow had fallen in western South Dakota's scenic Black Hills by early Friday, though residents were bracing for as much as 3 feet of snow and wind gusts of up to 70 mph. The storm system also spawned a tornado in Nebraska, blanketed Colorado's northern mountains with snow and was threatening to push strong thunderstorms as far east as Wisconsin.

    Julie Lee said she and fellow members of her White Rose Band were accustomed to snow, just "not for the fourth of October." They had barely unloaded their instruments in South Dakota's Old West casino town of Deadwood before the wet, heavy snow started falling and closed part of Interstate 90, the area's only interstate.

    "Our car is like an igloo," said Lee, who sings and plays the clarinet and saxophone for her North Dakota-based polka band. "I'm glad we got everything out."

    The weather, which even forecasters acknowledged was rare, prompted Deadwood officials to postpone their annual Octoberfest, including Friday night's dancing-and-singing pub crawl and Saturday's Wiener Dog Races and Beer Barrel Games. But Lee said she and her accordion-playing husband, who had planned to set up in a casino bar, still planned to entertain stranded guests because "you can only gamble for so long."

    Officials were warning drivers to stay off the roads in the Black Hills and in eastern Wyoming, where reports of 5 to 10 inches of snow were common. Forecasters urged people trying to travel to carry survival kits and to stay in their vehicles if they get stranded.

    "I've lived in Wyoming my whole life and I've never seen it like this this early," Patricia Whitman, shift manager at the Flying J truck stop in Gillette, said in a telephone interview Friday morning. She said her truck stop's parking lot was full of travelers waiting out the storm.

    "I know several of the businesses nearby are completely closed because they can't even get workers into work - it's pretty nasty," she said.

    The snow also snapped tree limbs that knocked out power lines in parts of the state, causing thousands of people to lose power.

    It was a similar scene at the typically bustling Pilot Travel Center in western South Dakota near Rapid City, about 40 miles southwest of Deadwood. It was like a ghost town Friday morning, which store general manager John Barton attributed to drivers likely heeding forecasters' warnings to stay off the roads.

    The blowing snow was picking up outside the truck stop along Interstate 90, which was closed for about 30 miles because of the weather. Conditions were expected to deteriorate throughout the day.

    "Yesterday we were really busy," Barton said. "I think a lot of people got ahead of it."

    Although early October snowfalls aren't unusual for the region, a storm of such magnitude happens only once every decade or two on the Plains, National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Trimarchi said.

    "I couldn't say when the last time we've had one like this. It's been quite a while," Trimarchi said.

    Large hail and powerful winds were forecast to hit northwest Oklahoma later Friday, while heavy rain settled in parts of Iowa and was expected to swoop northeast across the region into Wisconsin.

    In Nebraska, a tornado that touched down Thursday night damaged homes and businesses in several communities, knocked out power and toppled trees. But no injuries have been reported.

    Snow also was still falling across northern Colorado on Friday, though no major problems were being reported. Forecasters expect snow to be the heaviest in the higher mountains, while the Denver metropolitan area was reporting rain turning into snow.

  • Colorado flooding death toll reaches 8 after 79-year-old woman found

    9/23/13 1:58 PM

    Officials say 79-year-old woman found dead in Colorado flood; death toll reaches 8.

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