Signing day ends recruiting sagas for QB Rashada, CB McClain
Also in the Pac-12, Cormani McClain, previously committed to Miami, signed with Colorado to make it two straight years that coach Deion Sanders has landed a five-star cornerback. Last year, Sanders made recruiting history when he swayed five-star cornerback Travis Hunter to renege on a verbal commitment to Florida State and sign with Jackson State. The rest of the top 10 were LSU, Miami, Oregon, Tennessee and Notre Dame. Florida State, 16.017. Florida State, 2019.wftv.com
New Mexico considers roasted chile as official state aroma
Now one state lawmaker says it's time for everyone to wake up and smell the chile. Sen. Bill Soules' visit with fifth grade students in his southern district sparked a conversation about the savory hot peppers and the potential for New Mexico to become the first state in the nation to proudly have an official state aroma, a proposal now being considered by lawmakers. “It’s very unique to our state,” the Las Cruces Democrat said of roasting chile. It's at the center of the official state question — "Red or green?" We like to call that memory a person’s ‘chile story,’ and each of us as New Mexicans have a chile story," said Travis Day, executive director of the New Mexico Chile Association.wftv.com
Judge: Colorado supermarket shooting suspect unfit for trial
BOULDER, Colo. — (AP) — A man charged with killing 10 people at a Colorado supermarket nearly two years ago remains mentally incompetent to stand trial, a judge said Friday. Bakke said the latest report from the hospital finding Alissa incompetent also said he has a “reasonable likelihood” of reaching competency, an outlook also expressed in previous reports. Concerns about Alissa’s mental health were raised by his defense immediately after the March 2021 shooting. Competency is a different legal issue than a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, which involves whether someone’s mental health prevented them from understanding right from wrong when a crime was committed. They said Alissa passed a background check to legally buy a Ruger AR-556 pistol six days before the shooting.wftv.com
Colorado man accused of ‘intentionally’ driving truck into police station lobby
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A Colorado man is accused of intentionally driving his truck into the lobby of the Grand Junction Police Department on Wednesday, authorities said. >> Read more trending newsNathan David Chacon, 45, of Grand Junction, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted assault, reckless endangerment, attempted vehicular homicide, criminal mischief and attempted vehicular assault while driving in a reckless manner, according to Mesa County online jail records. While there were multiple employees in the building at the time of the crash, there were no injuries, according to the news release. “So he chose to drive into the lobby,” Raber wrote. “He advised he knew it was dumb but he knew what he needed to do in order to be heard.”©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
AI wildfire detection bill gets initial approval in Colorado
Boulder County had partnered with an AI wildfire detection company called Pano AI, and the software had alerted authorities of the fire around the time the first 911 call arrived, Miller said. Still, Blankinship noted that “these cameras, even with AI, are only one component of the actual solution that is working." When a vote was called to send the bill forward, committee member Republican state Sen. Rod Pelton was enthusiastic. "I do not want to be the bucket of water on this bill so I will be a fiery, ‘Yes'," he said. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.wftv.com
Colorado baker loses appeal over transgender birthday cake
DENVER — (AP) — The Colorado baker who won a partial U.S. Supreme Court victory after refusing to make a gay couple's wedding cake because of his Christian faith lost an appeal Thursday in his latest legal fight, involving his rejection of a request for a birthday cake celebrating a gender transition. The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that that the cake Autumn Scardina requested from Jack Phillips and Masterpiece Cakeshop, which was to be pink with blue frosting, is not a form of speech. Phillips, who is represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, maintains that the cakes he creates are a form of speech and plans to appeal. Scardina, an attorney, attempted to order her cake on the same day in 2017 that the Supreme Court announced it would hear Phillips’ appeal in the wedding cake case. Phillips then filed a federal lawsuit against Colorado, accusing it of a “crusade to crush” him by pursuing the complaint.wftv.com
Colorado baker loses appeal over transgender birthday cake
The Colorado baker who won a partial U.S. Supreme Court victory after refusing to make a gay couple’s wedding cake because of his Christian faith lost an appeal Thursday in his latest legal fight, involving his rejection of a request for a birthday cake celebrating a gender transition. The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that that the cake Autumn Scardina requested from Jack Phillips and Masterpiece Cakeshop, which was to be pink with blue frosting, is not a form of speech. Relying on the findings of a Denver judge in a 2021 trial in the dispute, the appeals court said Phillips' shop initially agreed to make the cake but then refused after Scardina explained that she was going to use it to celebrate her transition from male to female.news.yahoo.com
Colorado lawmakers look to AI to detect wildfires earlier
An artificial intelligence program developed by a private company would analyze the images and sounds from cameras with 10-mile (about 16-kilometer) radiuses with the aim of detecting something that could signal the start of a blaze. There are hundreds of such cameras scattered across California, Nevada and Oregon, and even casual viewers can remotely watch wildfires in real time. Thursday's hearing will include testimony from a AI wildfire detection company called Pano AI. Their stations include two cameras mounted on a high vantage point, rotating at 360 degrees and connected to the company's AI software. Still, Blankinship noted that “these cameras, even with AI, are only one component of the actual solution that is working."wftv.com
Colorado man arrested after police say he "intentionally" drove his truck into police station
A 45-year-old Colorado man has been arrested after police said he "intentionally" drove his pickup truck into the Grand Junction Police Department's building. He's now facing multiple charges that include attempted murder, attempted assault and reckless endangerment.news.yahoo.com
Colorado lawmakers look to AI to detect wildfires early
An artificial intelligence program developed by a private company would analyze the images and sounds from cameras with 10-mile (about 16-kilometer) radiuses in hopes of detecting something that could signal the start of a blaze. There are hundreds of such cameras scattered across California, Nevada and Oregon, and even casual viewers can remotely watch wildfires in real time. Thursday's hearing will include testimony from a AI wildfire detection company called Pano AI. Their stations include two cameras mounted on a high vantage point, rotating at 360 degrees and connected to the company's AI software. Still, Blankinship noted that “these cameras, even with AI, are only one component of the actual solution that is working."wftv.com
Wisconsin man accused in shooting incident falls out of attic in Colorado home, police say
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A Wisconsin man accused of firing a gun inside a Colorado home was arrested Saturday after he fell out of an attic, police said. >> Read more trending newsAccording to a news release from the Grand Junction Police Department, Neil Patrick Veitch, 32, of Madison, Wisconsin, was arrested early Sunday. Police attempted several times to make contact with Veitch, who refused to cooperate, authorities said. A SWAT unit was sent to the scene, and police eventually made contact with the suspect, KKCO reported. “After several hours, officers were able to contact Mr. Veitch, who fell out of the attic,” the news release stated.wftv.com
5-star cornerback Cormani McClain commits to play for Deion Sanders at Colorado
Last year, he managed to sway Travis Hunter away from Florida State and bring him to Jackson State. Now at Colorado, Sanders landed a commitment from five-star cornerback Cormani McClain on Thursday night. McClain was previously committed to Miami, but he never signed his national letter of intent with the Hurricanes during the early signing period. And now he’s headed to the Pac-12 to play for Sanders, the Hall of Fame cornerback now entering his first season at Colorado. Additionally, 18 high school prospects signed with the Buffs during the early signing period, including four-star running back Dylan Edwards, who flipped from Notre Dame.wftv.com
Colorado girl, 13, arrested after 100 mph highway chase
Nebraska state troopers arrested a 13-year-old driver from Colorado after a chase that topped 100 mph along an interstate highway earlier this week. A state trooper spotted an SUV driving about 35 mph on Interstate 80 near the city of Kearney on Monday night, but the driver sped up and fled east when the trooper tried to pull her over. The chase continued at speeds over 100 miles (161 kph) until another state trooper put out stop sticks, the Nebraska State Patrol said in a news release.news.yahoo.com
Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office investigating alleged Taco Bell tampering after investigators say rat poison found in customer's food
The investigation is categorized as an attempted homicide, but the case hinges on who put the rat poison in the food, when and where. The restaurant manager says the customer, who got sick after eating his food six hours after receiving it, comes in often and has caused problems before.cbsnews.com
2nd Colorado library closes due to meth contamination
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — (AP) — For the second time in a month, a Colorado library has closed its doors to clean up methamphetamine contamination. The city of about 33,000 just south of Denver decided to test for the drug after officials in the nearby college town of Boulder closed its main library after finding meth contamination, Harguth said. They also pointed out that standards for how much meth contamination is acceptable were developed with an eye toward homes, where frequent exposure is more likely than in public buildings. The Englewood library has made some changes to help homeless people who go there. However after some library users said they did not feel safe, the city hired security guards last year, she said.wftv.com
2nd Colorado library closes due to meth contamination
For the second time in a month, a Colorado library has closed its doors to clean up methamphetamine contamination. Officials in the Denver suburb of Englewood shut down the city library last week within a couple of hours of getting test results Wednesday showing that the contamination in the facility's restrooms exceeded state thresholds, city spokesman Chris Harguth said. The city of about 33,000 just south of Denver decided to test for the drug after officials in the nearby college town of Boulder closed its main library after finding meth contamination, Harguth said.news.yahoo.com
Police: Repeat stowaway arrested at Las Vegas airport after bypassing security
LAS VEGAS — A Colorado woman is accused of bypassing airport security in Las Vegas and flying as a stowaway to Los Angeles, authorities said. STOWAWAY ARRESTED: A woman reportedly bypassed airport security and flew as a stowaway from Los Angeles to Las Vegas before her arrest, documents say. According to a police report, Rice allegedly told officers that she had taken a bus from Colorado to Salt Lake City, KLAS reported. She then breached airport security and took a flight to Los Angeles. Officials added that Rice sneaked through TSA security on Jan. 7, then waited in a gate area for a day before boarding the flight to Las Vegas, KLAS reported.wftv.com
Rare ringtail evades capture for 3 weeks in shoe department at Kohl’s in Colorado
LITTLETON, Colo. — After three weeks, authorities in Colorado were able to catch a rare ringtail that had made its home in the shoe department of a Kohl’s store. The nocturnal ringtail, although native to Colorado, is a rare sight to see - but don't touch; they are wild. Take a photo instead 📸 pic.twitter.com/zqwWzMGZ3N — Jeffco Sheriff (@jeffcosheriffco) January 9, 2023In a Facebook post on Monday, the sheriff’s office said the nocturnal animal was been caught and relocated to nearby woods. Ringtails are native to Colorado but are still rarely seen, KUSA-TV reported. “The nocturnal ringtail, although native to Colorado, is a rare sight to see, but don’t touch; they are wild,” the sheriff’s office tweeted.wftv.com
Arizona State forfeits 2 games due to lack of healthy players
The Sun Devils women's basketball program was forced to cancel its next two games, scheduled against Utah on Friday and Colorado on Sunday, due to not having enough healthy players, the team announced Wednesday. Our plan is to get our team healthy over the course of this week and be ready when we host Arizona Jan. The team's next game will come against Arizona on Jan. 22, assuming the team is healthy by then. Arizona State didn't say which players were out, but Isadora Sousa, Maggie Besselink, Imogen Greenslade, Morasha Wiggins and Jaylah Robinson were all reportedly dealing with injuries as of last week. Admittedly this is a very unusual situation, one that requires us keeping the health of both injured and healthy players as the main focus."wftv.com
Judge denies sanctions bid over leak in shooting case
They asked Judge Robin Chittum to hold the office in contempt and order it to pay $10,000 in fines and train staff on the records sealing law. But Chittum, siding with lawyers for the sheriff's office, said the defense had not presented facts that showed that the sheriff's office was the source of the information. Chittum said that could have been done by members of a number of local or national law enforcement agencies. “I’m loaded and ready.”The charges filed against Aldrich in the 2021 case were dropped after the grandparents refused to cooperate with prosecutors and testify. She said the “profound” public interest in the case outweighed Aldrich’s privacy rights.wftv.com
Leaked report about Colorado Springs shooter to be discussed
Lawyers for Anderson Aldrich, who is charged with killing five people and wounding 17 others at Club Q in Colorado Springs in November, accuse the El Paso County Sheriff's Office of leaking documents in the old case to the media. But the sheriff's office says that Aldrich's lawyers have not presented any facts showing that the sheriff's office leaked the documents, noting that Aldrich's lawyers have also said that courthouse staff could have been the source of the information. However, Colorado Springs television station KKTV obtained documents that showed details of the allegations against Aldrich in the old case. The documents were later verified as authentic to The Associated Press by a law enforcement official who was not authorized to discuss the sealed case and kept anonymous. Judge Chittum said the "profound" public interest in the case outweighed Aldrich's privacy rights.wftv.com
New admission rules could spark 'Prime Time' at Colorado
As much as facilities, Folsom Field or the allure of trying to pull off a seemingly impossible rebuild, it was likely the fine print that brought Deion Sanders to Colorado. College football's most electric coaching candidate, the Hall of Fame player now known as “Coach Prime,” almost certainly wouldn't have taken his talents to Boulder without a thorough review and rewriting of admissions rules at Colorado, an area in which the Buffs struggled to adapt to the new realities of the transfer portal. In the new landscape of college football, players can move from school to school via the portal without having to sit out one season.news.yahoo.com
Club Q shooting survivors press Congress to act on guns
Survivors of last month’s deadly mass shooting at a Colorado gay nightclub have testified to Congress about the onslaught of threats and violence against members of the LGBTQ community as they urged lawmakers to pass a law banning some semiautomatic weapons.
'Happy' and 'mad': 2 visions in Colorado governor's race
Colorado's Democratic governor, Jared Polis, has emphasized in his reelection campaign his efforts to ease inflation’s burdens on families and fight crime while touting first-term triumphs in health care affordability, public education funding and climate policy.
Man gets prison for threatening Colorado election official
A Nebraska man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for online threats he made last year against Colorado’s top elections official in one of the first cases brought by a federal task force devoted to protecting elections workers across the U.S. who have been subject to increasing threats since the 2020 presidential election.
Colorado baker fighting ruling over gender transition cake
The Colorado baker who won a partial Supreme Court victory after refusing on religious grounds to make a wedding cake for a gay couple a decade ago is challenging a separate ruling that he violated the state’s anti-discrimination law — this time over complaints he refused to make a birthday cake celebrating a gender transition.
Breaches of voting machine data raise worries for midterms
The revelation earlier this week that federal prosecutors are involved in investigations of suspected voting system breaches across the U.S. is fueling questions about the security of voting machines just two months before the midterm elections.
Trump legal adviser ordered to testify in Ga. election probe
A judge in Colorado on Tuesday ordered a legal adviser for former President Donald Trump’s campaign to travel to Georgia to testify before a special grand jury that’s looking into whether Trump and others illegally tried to influence the 2020 election in Georgia.
Kadri scores in OT in return, Avs move to brink of title
Nazem Kadri scored at 12:02 of overtime — perhaps with too many Colorado players on the ice — and the Avalanche beat Tampa Bay 3-2 on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final to move within a victory of dethroning the two-time defending champion Lightning.