Colorado News Roundup: Colorado Olympic Museum faces more delays (06.25.16)
June 25, 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The opening of the U.S. Olympic Museum proposed for Colorado Springs is unlikely to happen by February 2018 as planned.
The date was chosen by organizers who wanted to dedicate the museum to coincide with the winter Olympics.
Museum board chairman Dick Celeste says organizers still need to raise about $10 million for the museum, which is expected to cost more than $70 million.
According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, organizers want a place to showcase for the nation's Olympic and Paralympic events using interactive exhibits and artifacts, including documents like training schedules, photographs, scrapbooks, medals, ribbons, uniforms and old training equipment.
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Rafter missing since Friday in Dinosaur National Monument
DINOSAUR, Colo. — A woman is missing after a commercial raft flipped near the Utah border.
The woman was last seen Friday around 5 p.m. at Disaster Falls in Dinosaur National Monument.
Park official Dan Johnson said the missing woman was the only rafter who did not make it to shore.
Johnson said the raft was pinned to a rock by the force of water flowing through the Green River.
The woman is not being identified pending notification of her family.
NY police: Colorado man arrested after meeting LI teenager
MERRICK, N.Y. — Police say a Colorado man traveled to Long Island and made inappropriate sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl.
Luke A. Tilsley of Denver was arrested Friday by Nassau County Police at the Long Island Rail Road station in Merrick.
Police say Tilsley began communicating online with the teenager in October. He traveled twice to Merrick in April and allegedly touched the girl in an inappropriate manner.
When the teenager was seen with the 36-year-old Tilsley again on Friday, he was arrested.
He faces arraignment Saturday on two counts of forcible touching, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of third-degree sexual abuse.
The name of an attorney to speak on Tilsley's behalf was not immediately available.
Boulder settles with former employee claiming discrimination
The Daily Camera reports that city officials on Friday said Boulder has reached an agreement with former Parks and Recreation employee Sally Dieterich, and will make a payment for emotional distress damages and attorney fees. Both sides agreed not to disparage one another.
The settlement ends a lawsuit filed in March in U.S. District Court that claims a former supervisor began treating Dieterich differently after she announced she had married her partner. The lawsuit, now dropped, claimed that the supervisor asked Dieterich to stop working with her and led to her being placed on paid leave.
The settlement must be approved by the City Council.
Judge dismisses theater shooting lawsuits against Cinemark
AURORA, Colo. — A federal judge has dismissed a consolidated group of lawsuits brought against the owner of the Colorado movie theater where a gunman killed 12 people and wounded 70 others.
The Aurora Sentinel reports that Judge R. Brooke Jackson on Friday dismissed the lawsuits brought against Cinemark by several victims of the July 20, 2012, attack. The judge wrote that any inaction by the theater owner was not "a substantial factor in causing this tragedy."
Each of the plaintiffs said the theater did not do enough to ensure their safety on the night of the shooting.
In May, jurors in a similar lawsuit found that Cinemark was not liable for the rampage, rejecting arguments that the theater should have foreseen the possibility of violence at a crowded midnight premiere.
Tunnel work begins near Cameron Pass
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A tunnel boring machine has begun digging into a mountainside near Cameron Pass as part of a project to restore Michigan Ditch.
So far, the project has cut more than 90 feet into the mountain.
According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, a slow-moving landslide damaged a pipe section of Michigan Ditch. The ditch carries water to Joe Wright Reservoir, which is owned by the city.
The city hopes to have the project finished in time for spring runoff next year.