Today: Firefighters upset at gag order, fracking vote, Ravens in Denver
Aurora firefighters fighting gag order on theater shooting stories
Thirteen months after the Aurora theater shooting, some members of the Aurora Fire Department are expressing their frustration about not being allowed to discuss the events that happened on that fateful July 2012 night with the public. Particularly, these firefighters are frustrated because their chief is openly discussing the shooting response, while actively preventing his crews from doing the same.
West Nile virus kills Colorado man
A Longmont man is the first in Coloradan to die of West Nile virus this year. His widow described the painful process of his death, and is now one of many urging Coloradans to consider a slew of safety measures to prevent the spread of the virus for the rest of this summer.
Contentious fracking vote scheduled to take place in Broomfield
The Broomfield City Council will be voting Tuesday night on whether to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with oil and gas operators that would permit drilling and fracking before a November moratorium vote. As many as 31 new wells could reportedly be approved within Broomfield’s city limits before the moratorium vote takes place.
Denver City Council sends 3.5 percent marijuana tax to voters
The Denver City Council finally settled on a proposed tax rate for recreational marijuana sales on Monday night, setting that rate at 3.5 percent. But the ultimate decision will come from the voters in the November election.
Rough day for several Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos will make more cuts on Tuesday as they continue to trim their roster of 75 players down to the necessary 53 by Saturday. But today won’t just be a rough day for a few players. Team executive Matt Russell is also scheduled to appear in court Tuesday on his DUI charge.
Broncos fans unhappy with Baltimore Ravens insignia about town
Many Broncos fans are up in arms about the Baltimore Ravens insignia that has popped up across downtown ahead of the team’s season-opening game next Thursday against the defending Super Bowl champions. All the signs and banners — including the massive poster of Ravens quarterback Joel Flacco at Sports Authority Field — were put in place by NBC to promote the broadcast.
Summer not ready to end in Colorado
Hot afternoons will be the trend for the rest of the week, with high temperatures running five to 10 degrees above normal. Near record highs are possible Tuesday through Thursday. Tuesday’s record is 98, set last year. This Tuesday’s high is expected to be 94. Wednesday might provide the best chance to tie or break record, with the record high being 94 degrees.
Fort Collins named safest-driving city in nation
The Allstate Insurance Company released its ninth annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report” on Monday night. The report, based on Allstate claims data, ranks America’s 200 largest cities. And it just so happens that Fort Collins ranked No. 1 in terms of safe driving among those 200 cities.
‘Undeniable’ evidence of chemical weapons in Syria, U.S. strike may follow
Amid growing calls for a military response to the country’s suspected use of chemical weapons, Syria’s foreign minister denied his nation is hindering inspectors and cautioned against an outside attack on Tuesday. Days after the United States moved warships armed with cruise missiles into the region, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said on that forces were ready to carry out a strike if ordered.
Firefighters making headway on massive, dangerous Yosemite wildfire
The Rim Fire, which has devoured nearly 161,000 acres, is now threatening San Francisco’s key water and power sources. Thankfully for those in the blaze’s path, fire crews were able to get a better handle of the fire as of Tuesday morning, gaining a 20-percent level of containment.