Category Archives: State / Local

Morgan County Fair judge offers tips to kids on how to win

Ft. Morgan Times — The 4-H kids and teens who raised hogs for the showmanship competition got a bit of a treat during Monday’s competition when the judge offered them advice on how to win during the show. Swine judge … Continue reading

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Disabled Ft. Collins man disputes police ticket

Ft. Collins Coloradoan – Bulging scar tissue marks the right side of Steven Hodges’ forehead, a place vulnerable to bumps when he collapses into disorienting seizures. It was still taped from a previous injury last May, when the mentally disabled … Continue reading

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After 40 years, Bertha Lynn signs off KMGH 7 News

Brush News Tribune – Bertha Lynn will sign off from 7News on Friday after 37 years on Denver television, the last 29 with KMGH. Lynn will become executive director of the Children’s Diabetes Fund. The 11 a.m. broadcast on Friday … Continue reading

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Fighting obesity on several fronts to reverse trend in state

Colorado was one of three states where obesity rates among low-income preschoolers increased between 2009 and 2011, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but state officials say they managed to reverse that trend last … Continue reading

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Sheriffs speak out against gun control bills

(Brush News-Tribune) — Seven Colorado sheriffs, including Morgan County Sheriff Jim Crone, spoke passionately at a July 17 rally regarding a lawsuit recently filed by Colorado sheriffs against two gun control measures. The rally, held at Brush’s rodeo arena, drew … Continue reading

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Colorado Springs set to ban medical marijuana

(Coloradoan) – Colorado’s second-largest city is poised to ban recreational marijuana stores. The Colorado Springs City Council plans to vote Tuesday on allowing retail marijuana stores. Four of nine council members have said they’ll vote against retail pot, and even … Continue reading

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Pueblo recall supporters facing “thug” tactics for signing petition

By Jack Minor –   Colorado voters attempting to recall two state lawmakers who helped pass a rash of draconian gun control laws that were rammed through the legislature now charge that Chicago-style thug tactics are being used to get … Continue reading

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Aurora VA hospital builder claims cost overrun of $1 billion

(Ft. Morgan Times) — The builder of Colorado’s troubled Veterans Affairs hospital says overruns bring the cost above $1 billion, far higher than the red ink already acknowledged, and has asked for the right to quit the project.   The … Continue reading

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Feds investigating lightning strike on Wellington farm workers

(Coloradoan) — Federal workplace-safety inspectors are investigating after lighting struck nine farm workers in a field north of Fort Collins last week. The workers were in organic fields in Wellington when the massive storm rolled through Thursday afternoon. A bolt … Continue reading

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Police detain 5, arrest 1 in Friday drug raid

(Coloradoan) — Fort Collins police detained five men and arrested a sixth following a series of drug raids around the city Friday morning.   Five men were taken into custody and held on behalf of the U.S. Marshal’s Service. They … Continue reading

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Weather conditions keeping state uncharacteristically hot, humid

(Brush News Tribune) — It is hot and unusually humid, a rarity for Colorado that may last a couple more days.   A large high-pressure system over the eastern part of the country is keeping a low-pressure system over Texas … Continue reading

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Lawmakers celebrate law giving special tuition rates for illegals

By Jack Minor –   Lawmakers who supported Colorado’s new law allowing illegal aliens in the state to receive a lower tuition rate than American citizens in other states are celebrating the registration of new students qualifying for the reduced … Continue reading

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Officials urge Congress to take action on Colorado River

(Brush News-Tribune) — Government officials are urging Congress to consider solutions to deal with possible water shortages in the Colorado River basin that could include finding ways to reduce demand, conservation and better management of water supplies. Other solutions being … Continue reading

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Fracking critics driving up home heating costs state regulator says

(Ft. Collins Coloradoan)  — Colorado’s chief oil and gas regulator said critics of fracking and public officials trying to regulate the energy industry are working hard to drive up the cost of home heating and cooling. When residents “storm city … Continue reading

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Sterling man arrested following chase on I-76

Sterling Journal Advocate — A Sterling man was arrested Saturday after leading Logan County Sheriff’s deputies on a chase along I-76 and into rural Logan County. The LCSO responded to a REDDI (report every drunk driving incident) report on eastbound … Continue reading

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AG acknowledges Colorado Sheriff’s right on magazine ban

By Peter Grady –   The Colorado Attorney General’s office has tacitly acknowledged that Weld County Sheriff John Cooke as well as a majority of the state’s sheriffs are right when they attempted to warn that a proposed magazine ban … Continue reading

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Weld freshman noted for conservative stance

By Jack Minor –   Freshman state legislators from Weld County have said they are honored to have the distinction of being known among the most conservative elected officials at the state house.   A recent column in the Denver … Continue reading

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Emergency personnel help boy trapped under wood pile

Emergency responders were requested to a rural residence near the intersections of WCR 41 and WCR 8 on Wednesday evening. An 8 year old boy was found by his parents pinned under a pile of wood that he had been … Continue reading

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Weld DA tells how cancer helped his family draw closer to God, each other

In an exclusive interview with the Northern Colorado Gazette, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck explains how his recent bout with cancer and what he terms a miracle in being cured of the disease.   I think it helped my … Continue reading

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Is IRS afraid of this Colorado man?

by Jack Minor —   Amid an unusual spotlight on IRS conduct, a Colorado businessman contends his  case is one the government particularly wants to keep hidden, because it could  cause the whole federal agency to self-destruct.   Jeff Maehr, … Continue reading

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Sheriff candidate says office needs to shift focus from tickets to catching bad guys

by Jack Minor —   A local law-enforcement official, who is one of the candidates in the running to replace Weld County Sheriff John Cooke says he believes the department is more concerned with raising revenue from writing traffic tickets … Continue reading

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Armored car spills coins on Hwy 66

Weld County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the report of a Brink’s armored car that was parked in a lane of traffic on Hwy 66 near WCR 7. The armored car looked as if it had spilled something from the … Continue reading

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Local doctor warns Greeley residents of danger from contaminated drugs

A Colorado psychiatrist and talk show host has been warning people that generic  drugs from some foreign sources are having dangerous reactions in patients due to lack quality control standards by manufacturers.   Dr. Russell Johnson, a psychiatrist in Greeley, … Continue reading

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Isaia Aricayos to announce run against Young for HD 50

Republican Isaia Aricayos is formally announcing his intention to challenge Democrat Dave Young for the House District 50 seat following a series of votes in favor of controversial bills including restrictions on Second Amendment rights and a bill that would … Continue reading

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Colorado facing economic backlash on multiple fronts over Dems “war on guns”

Colorado Democrats have control of the state Senate, House and governor’s  office. So this year, under pressure from the White House, they launched into a  war on guns, adopting one regulation, restriction and rule after another.   Now the piper … Continue reading

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Parents to get information on student educational options

GREELEY – Parents of children who reside in the Greeley/ Ft. Collins area will have an opportunity to hear about the multiple educational opportunities and schooling options available to their children during an expo in June.   Local radio station, … Continue reading

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Cooke, other sheriffs sue Colorado over gun control laws

by Jack Minor —   Revealing the disconnect between Colorado politicians and the law enforcement  officers who are charged with making sure the state’s laws are followed, more  than half of the sheriffs in the state are planning to file … Continue reading

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Cooke backs Maketa over emails pressuring sheriffs to change stance on gun bills

GREELEY — Weld County Sheriff John Cooke has confirmed claims by the El Paso County sheriff that emails were sent strongly suggesting that a pay raise bill was tied to them dropping their support of the Second Amendment and stop … Continue reading

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Cooke, Moreno reelection decision could wait until next year

by Jack Minor –   The question of whether Weld County’s clerk and recorder, and sheriff can seek another two terms may not be decided until next year, the county attorney said.   “This concept of saying have a judge … Continue reading

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“Through with chew” week encourages tobacco users to quit

GREELEY – Weld County residents who use smokeless tobacco products and have tried to quit know that quitting tobacco can be very difficult.  There are a couple of events going on to help those who use smokeless tobacco products to … Continue reading

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Dem lawmakers tell Christians: Keep your religion inside church walls

Colorado Senate Democrats by Jack Minor –   Democrats in the Colorado state house reportedly have unanimously stood behind comments by Democratic Senate leader Pat Steadman, who  essentially told Christian’s if they wanted to oppose homosexuality they had best do … Continue reading

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Civil union bill could force churches to conduct same-sex ceremonies

by Jack Minor —   The civil union bill being debated in the Colorado state legislature discriminates against Christians and others and could open the door to churches being forced to allow same-sex ceremonies to be performed in their facilities. … Continue reading

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February is American Heart Month

GREELEY — The numbers are telling: every minute someone dies from coronary heart disease making heart disease the leading cause of death in the United States. More than 630,000 people die from heart disease each year – representing more than … Continue reading

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Sandi Patty to share life through music in Greeley

  by Jack Minor –       Multi-platinum contemporary Christian artist Sandi Patty says she is looking forward to coming to Greeley this Friday where she plans to offer a message of hope as she brings a story through … Continue reading

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CSI Weld County: Weld gets first of its kind crime lab

by Jack Minor –   Weld County, the only county in the state to be debt-free took the first steps to achieving another first in the state with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new regional crime lab on Wednesday.   … Continue reading

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