Aurora seeks to join a lawsuit to protect Arkansas River interests |

Aurora seeks to join a lawsuit to protect Arkansas River interests

DENVER – The city of Aurora has filed a motion seeking to intervene in a lawsuit filed against the government in a water deal.The Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District filed a lawsuit in October in an effort to block a deal that would allow Aurora to continue storing and purchasing water from the Arkansas River basin for the next 40 years.The conservancy district is concerned the deal, which allows Aurora to store water in Fryingpan-Arkansas Project reservoirs, could strain resources for an already choked river basin.Defendants in the district’s lawsuit included the Bureau of Reclamation and Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, but it did not name Aurora.The city said in court documents filed Monday in U.S. District Court that the district and defendants did not object.Man accused in stabbing of student to be re-evaluatedBOULDER – A man accused of slashing a University of Colorado student’s throat is scheduled to be re-evaluated in 90 days to see whether he is competent to stand trial.Boulder District Judge John Stavely made an initial finding in October that Kenton Astin, 39, was incompetent to stand trial. Stavely again found Astin incompetent Monday but said he would re-evaluate the suspect’s condition in 90 days to see if a new regime of psychiatric drugs helps his condition.Astin, who is charged with attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault, is accused of slashing Michael Knorps on campus Aug. 27 before stabbing himself.Astin was transferred to the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo after his arrest.In 2001, Astin pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to stabbing a Longmont man and spent five years at a state mental hospital before being released.Third suspect arrested in Denver girl’s deathDENVER – Denver police have arrested a third person in an investigation into the shooting death of a 10-year-old girl.Police say 19-year-old Juvencio Hernandez was arrested Sunday for investigation of first-degree murder in the death of Auralia Cisneros.She was killed the night of Nov. 26. Investigators say Auralia may have been caught in gunfire exchanged between her father and suspects who may have been trying to rob him.Police earlier had arrested 19-year-olds Trivi Trujillo and Joshua Rojas on suspicion of first-degree murder in the case.Diver rescues dogs GREELEY – A fire department diver has rescued two shivering, struggling dogs that broke through the ice in a pond in Greeley.The diver, whose name was not released, wore a cold-water rescue suit and was tethered to rope rigging for the Sunday rescue.When the diver reached the dogs, he grabbed them and crews on land hauled them ashore. The dogs were reunited with their owner.- The Associated Press

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