Allard proposes solution to mineral rights dilemma at Rocky Flats
June 15, 2005
BROOMFIELD ” Legislation introduced Wednesday by Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., marks one more step toward turning Rocky Flats into a national wildlife national refuge.
The bill is aimed at resolving the issue over privately owned mineral rights on the grounds of the former nuclear weapons plant northwest of Denver. A disagreement over mineral rights has delayed the transfer of the 6,240-acre site to the Interior Department from the Energy Department.
DENVER ” Colorado Rep. Bob Beauprez plans to introduce a bill that would block $66 million in aid to Mexico if the country fails to extradite, without condition, people accused of killing police officers.
Beauprez, a Republican, began work on the bill with Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., after the May 8 killing of Denver Police Detective Donald Young and wounding of Detective John “Jack” Bishop, according to Wednesday’s Rocky Mountain News. The man wanted in the shooting, Raul Gomez-Garcia, is in Mexico jail, facing charges of second-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. He faces up to 96 years in prison if convicted.
Beauprez’s bill would cut off foreign aid to any country that doesn’t follow extradition treaties in cases of those accused of killing federal, state and local law enforcement officers.
Mexico has said it wouldn’t extradite its citizens to the United States if they could face the death penalty. The Mexican Supreme Court also has blocked extradition of suspects facing life in prison without the possibility of parole.