Colorado News Roundup: Candidates square off in debate for Colorado US Senate race (09.10.16) | SummitDaily.com

Colorado News Roundup: Candidates square off in debate for Colorado US Senate race (09.10.16)

ELECTION

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Three candidates for Colorado's U.S. Senate race will share the stage Saturday for a debate in Grand Junction.

Colorado's Senate race pits fast-rising Democratic star Sen. Michael Bennet against conservative Air Force veteran Darryl Glenn, who surprised establishment Republicans earlier this year by besting several better-known candidates in a crowded primary.

Joining Bennet and Glenn at the debate will be Libertarian candidate Lily Tang Williams, a real estate investor from suburban Denver who grew up in China and frequently talks about Communism's evils.

The debate is sponsored by Club 20, a policy group representing the Western Slope.

AIR FORCE

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New Castle honoring Air Force pilot killed in combat

NEW CASTLE, Colo. — New Castle officials are dedicating a monument to an Air Force pilot who died in 2014 during a combat mission in the Middle East.

A sculpture of Capt. William DuBois will be unveiled at noon on Saturday.

DuBois died when his plane crashed while he was flying in support of the military campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, DuBois was flying in the dark and lost track of his altitude.

Air Force Academy pilots jumping out of blimp for game day

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Three Air Force Academy cadets from Colorado are planning to jump out of a blimp at the Bristol, Tennessee, Motor Speedway on Saturday before a college football game.

College GameDay is part of a college football pregame show Saturday before the Battle at Bristol for the matchup of Virginia Tech and No. 17 Tennessee.

The Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue Parachute Demonstration and Competition Team will be part of that show.

CRIME

Police evacuate woman, children during standoff

EVANS, Colo. — Evans police evacuated a woman and four children Saturday when a man barricaded himself in a motel room during a felony warrant arrest.

Police say they were trying to arrest David Blanco, 28, on a warrant out of Kansas accusing him of burglary and drug possession. An officer fired one shot when police reported seeing a gun.

Weld County authorities fired tear gas and the man was arrested. The man and the evacuees were not injured.

No attorney was listed for Blanco in Colorado court records.

TRAGEDY

Body found in Pitkin County identified as Longmont teacher

LONGMONT, Colo. — The body of a Longmont man that was found near the top of McClure Pass in Pitkin County has been identified as that of a well-liked teacher at Longs Peak Middle School.

The Daily Times-Call reports that the body of 49-year-old Matthew Barz was found Monday near the top of the pass. Authorities say he was camping when he accidentally fell about 30 feet off of his cliff-side site.

Friends say one of the U.S. history teacher's passions was spending time in the mountains.

Barz taught at Longs Peak for more than 20 years. The news of his death has inspired tributes at the school, where he taught social studies, language arts, literacy and health classes during his tenure and coached boys basketball, girls basketball, wrestling and track.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Experts baffled by northern Colorado West Nile cases

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Experts are trying to determine why a county in northern Colorado has a high number of West Nile virus cases, compared with Los Angeles, Dallas and Phoenix, which also have a high number of cases.

Larimer County had 28 human cases this year as of Tuesday, the most in the state.

Researchers say weather, a large number of infected birds and problems caused by humans are common factors.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports studies show more mosquitoes become infected with West Nile during warmer periods, and Larimer County has had a hotter-than-usual summer.

Initial human symptoms of West Nile virus can include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, weakness and rash. More severe symptoms can include stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, vision loss and paralysis.