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  • ‘Dial 988’ FCC votes to set up 3-digit suicide hotline number like 911

    U.S. regulators are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline in order to make it easier to seek help and reduce the stigma associated with mental health. Similar to 911 for emergencies, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help once it’s implemented. Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline uses a 10-digit number, 800-273-TALK. Callers are routed to one of 163 crisis centers. Thursday’s vote by the Federal Communications Commission starts the months-long […]

  • Man who started Skyline Wildfire near Fort Collins ‘out of rage’ sentenced

    FORT COLLINS–  A 34-year-old Colorado man accused of starting a wildfire near Fort Collins “out of rage and resentment” last September has pleaded guilty to an arson charge. The Coloradoan reports that Robert McGehee, of Fort Collins, pleaded guilty to second-degree arson and criminal mischief. He received a deferred sentence as well as community service and probation. McGehee must also pay nearly $500 in fees. Investigators say McGehee lit a patch of grass on fire in the Horsetooth Reservoir on Sept. […]

  • Denver man gets 4-year prison sentence after 13th DUI

    DENVER — A man was sentenced to four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to his 13th DUI, the Denver District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday. Maynard Rome, 60, received his first DUI in 1986. He received his latest DUI on June 14, 2019 following a crash. He received most of the DUIs in the Denver metro area. The DA’s office argued that the community was not safe from Rome and that it was a “miracle” that he had not […]

  • Conservatives hit Hickenlooper with FEC complaint

    DENVER — A conservative watchdog group filed a complaint Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission alleging that Democratic Senate candidate John Hickenlooper improperly used footage from ads shot for his 2014 reelection campaign as Colorado governor in a video in August. The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust alleges that the use of the prior footage amounts to a donation from Hickenlooper’s gubernatorial campaign to his new Senate bid that was never reported to the FEC. The brief clips of […]

  • Wyoming deputies lasso, rescue deer that fell through iced-over pond

    SUBLETTE COUNTY, Wyo. — Two Wyoming sheriff’s deputies used their rodeo skills to help save a deer that fell through ice. Sublette County sheriff’s deputies responded Tuesday to a report of a deer in a pond near the small ranching town of Daniel. Because the ice was too thin to walk on, deputies Justin Hays and Joshua Peterson lassoed the deer and pulled it to shore. The deer was then taken to a near blacktop driveway so it could warm […]

  • Top BLM employees face deadline on Grand Junction HQ move

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Thursday is the deadline for career staff at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to tell the agency whether they’ll relocate from the nation’s capital to new posts in the West. That includes about 24 positions at the BLM’s new national headquarters in Grand Junction. Colorado Public Radio reports that the deadline affects nearly 200 high-level agency employees. It’s all part of the Trump administration’s decision to move bureau headquarters to the West, closer to the […]

  • Pueblo pot grower advances sales despite $7M loss in snowstorm

    PUEBLO–  A Pueblo-based marijuana grower has estimated it lost about $7 million in an early winter storm but still expects to harvest more than last year for the extraction market. Marijuana Business Daily reports that Pueblo-based Los Suenos Farms lost about 20,000 plants because of subfreezing temperatures and several inches of snow in October. Officials say the Colorado market was concerned because retailers and processors would have likely faced higher wholesale cannabis prices for extraction if the farm lost its […]

  • Tennessee T-shirt sales raise over $950,000 for anti-bullying group

    TENNESSEE–  Sales of a University of Tennessee T-shirt designed by a bullied fourth-grade boy in Florida have raised over $950,000 for an anti-bullying organization. The fourth-grader had designed his own University of Tennessee logo to put over an orange T-shirt for his school’s college colors day this fall. In a Facebook post that went viral, the boy’s teacher said he was teased by classmates over his shirt with the homemade design. Tennessee’s VolShop website then created its own Tennessee shirt […]

  • Colorado Springs anticipates arrival of new U.S. Space Force

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– Colorado Springs is anticipating the arrival of the new U.S. Space Force under a defense policy bill making its way through Congress. The Gazette reports that the bill also earmarks $322 million for construction at military bases in the city. The Space Force will take over from the existing Air Force Space Command as the newest armed forces branch charged with defending satellites and conducting other military initiatives in space. The Space Force is a longtime priority […]

  • Man dies in fire at Loveland Fine Arts Gallery

    LOVELAND, Colo.–  One person is dead, another injured in a fire at an art gallery in west Loveland. The Loveland Reporter-Herald reports that the fire at the Loveland Fine Arts Gallary was reported at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday. Loveland fire division Chief Greg Ward says when firefighters arrived there was fire coming out of two windows. Firefighters found a man on the second floor. He and woman found outside the building were taken to a hospital where the man was pronounced […]

  • cryptocurrency

    2 Colorado men indicted in $722 million cryptocurrency scam, victims sought

    NEWARK, N.J. — Three men who ran a cryptocurrency mining scheme that took in some $722 million have been charged with fraud conspiracy. The U.S. attorney’s office says Matthew Brent Goettsche, 37, of Lafayette, Colorado, was arrested Tuesday in that state. Jobadiah Sinclair Weeks, 38 of Arvada, Colorado, was arrested in Florida. Joseph Frank Abel of California was arrested there. It’s unclear whether they have attorneys. The men were indicted in New Jersey for allegedly running a business called BitClub […]

  • 6 killed in New Jersey gunbattle, including police officer

    JERSEY CITY, NJ — Six people, including a police officer and three bystanders, were killed in a furious gunbattle Tuesday that filled the streets of Jersey City with the sound of heavy gunfire for hours, authorities said. The dead included two suspects, Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly said. The shooting took place at two scenes, starting at a cemetery, where the officer was gunned down, and continuing at a kosher supermarket, where five more bodies were found, Kelly said. […]

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