Colorado News Roundup: Orlando shooting vigils to continue in Denver (06.13.16)
Here’s what’s going on around Colorado today:
VIGILS PLANNED AROUND COLORADO FOR THOSE SLAIN IN ORLANDO
DENVER — Vigils to remember those killed in the attack on a dance club in Orlando are planned around Colorado on Monday.
One of the biggest is expected to be in Denver’s Cheesman Park starting at 8 p.m. Vigils are also scheduled in Durango and Fort Collins.
The Denver Post reports that about 1,500 people jammed into Tracks nightclub in Denver Sunday. They included Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders and political leaders like Mayor Michael Hancock and Sen. Michael Bennet.
Meanwhile, organizers of Denver’s PrideFest say they’re going ahead with their festival next weekend with tight security, including metal detectors and fences.
Flags on state buildings will be lowered in honor of the Orlando victims through Thursday.
GOP SENATE HOPEFULS SAY ORLANDO NOT ABOUT GUN CONTROL
DENVER — Colorado’s Republican U.S. Senate contenders are reacting with caution as the Orlando nightclub shooter’s motives are being investigated.
But they all agreed Monday that debate over policy should be about defeating radical Islam and its recruiting efforts — not about domestic gun control.
The candidates said the tragedy reinforced their respective messages on fighting terrorism —and keeping that fight abroad.
The primary’s winner will take on Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, who attended a Denver vigil Sunday night to support Orlando and condemn gun violence.
DENVER POLICE WOUND MAN WITH BB GUN ON APARTMENT BALCONY
DENVER — Denver police say officers wounded a man on an apartment balcony after they mistakenly thought he had opened fire.
The shooting happened downtown on Sunday night.
The man, who was on the third floor, previously told dispatchers he would hurt police. Police said Monday that one officer fired at the man from the ground below because he saw the man turning toward the street with what turned out to be a BB gun and thought he was going to shoot. Once he fired, other officer across the street opened fire likely because they thought the man was firing.
The man was wounded in the arm and is expected to survive. It’s not known which shots hit him.
3 PEOPLE, DOG RESCUED FROM BOAT FIRE NEAR FORT COLLINS
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Three people and a dog escaped a fire on the boat they were on in the Horsetooth Reservoir, near Fort Collins.
The Coloradoan reports that a nearby boat came alongside the burning craft shortly after the fire started on Sunday, rescuing the occupants.
Officials say there was a pop in the 1997 Watercraft boat’s engine before the blaze began. Multiple boaters called 911 to report the fire at the popular reservoir.
The occupants of the boat declined medical attention following their rescue, though one person reported light smoke inhalation.
The burning boat was towed into a cove where firefighters put out the flames. The boat is being inspected to find the cause of the fire.
US GIVES NAVAJOS $465,000 TO MONITOR RIVER AFTER MINE SPILL
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it’s giving the Navajo Nation $465,000 to monitor water quality in the San Juan River for contamination from a massive mine waste spill last August.
The EPA says the money is in addition to $1 million the agency agreed to give the tribe last October.
The new grant was announced Thursday.
An EPA-led cleanup crew inadvertently triggered the spill of 3 million gallons of acid mine waste from the Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado on Aug. 5. The spill tainted rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.
One of the rivers was the San Juan, which runs across Navajo land in New Mexico.
Navajo leaders have been highly critical of the EPA for causing the spill and for its response.
— The Associated Press
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