Colorado’s News Roundup: Detectives continue search after remains found at ski resort (06.02.16)
Here’s what’s going on around Colorado today:
BOULDER, Colo. — Detectives in Colorado are ruling out for now the possibility that human remains found inside a snow boot at a ski resort belong to a man who disappeared in January.
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Cmdr. Mike Wagner says a 20-year-old man from Lafayette who worked for the resort remains missing. He disappeared after leaving work.
Investigators resumed their search for more remains Thursday but reported no new findings.
Wagner says an employee at Eldora Mountain Resort west of Boulder called police Wednesday after finding the size 13 boot in a clearing near the base of the mountain. Wagner says detectives searched the area but didn’t find any additional remains that night.
Wagner also says detectives don’t know how long the remains were in the clearing.
Ault cop arrested in suspected road rage crash that killed 1
PLATTEVILLE, Colo. — A police officer is suspected of causing a fatal crash in an apparent case of road rage in northern Colorado.
Forty-eight-year-old Blair Jackson, an off-duty Ault police officer, was arrested Wednesday after the crash with a pickup between Platteville and Gilcrest. The Weld County Sheriff’s Office says the Ford Ranger rolled and the driver later died at the scene.
Jackson is being held in jail and it’s not clear if he has a lawyer yet.
The sheriff’s office and Platteville police are asking for any witnesses to come forward.
Northern Colorado residents warned of lead in water
BERTHOUD, Colo. — Residents of a northern Colorado town have been warned that elevated levels of lead have been found in the drinking water.
The Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald reports that Berthoud officials notified residents Wednesday that five of 40 samples tested for lead and copper showed higher-than standard levels of lead.
Workers from the town of Berthoud found high levels of lead and copper in water samples in late 2014 and 2015, leading officials to change treatment facility procedures and change the drinking water source.
Officials attribute the high lead levels to plumbing in older homes. Larimer County’s Department of Health and Environment spokeswoman Katie O’Donnelly says the water testing barely exceeded the maximum allowed level and that Berthoud officials are working to fix the problem.
Mandatory water restrictions in Rifle
RIFLE, Colo. — Residents in Rifle are under mandatory water restrictions after a pipeline that provides water broke.
Police say water may not be used for any outdoor purposes until further notice.
According to KJCT-TV, there is no estimate when it will be repaired.
Officials say there is a limited amount of water in the community water tank.
Amtrak train hits truck in Colorado; no passengers hurt
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — Crews have contained a fuel spill that was caused when an Amtrak train with 191 passengers hit a pickup in western Colorado.
Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the westbound California Zephyr train, which runs between Chicago and San Francisco, hit the truck at a crossing just west of Glenwood Springs on Tuesday afternoon. None of the passengers were injured, and the driver of the truck had climbed out of his vehicle by the time emergency crews arrived. He was treated for minor injuries.
Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Gary Tillotson tells the Post Independent a 500-gallon fuel tank on the lead locomotive was ruptured. The fuel was contained to the rail bed and had not spilled into the nearby Colorado River.
Some passengers walked away from the train and tried to arrange other transportation.
Denver Post names 1st woman editor in 124-year history
DENVER — Lee Ann Colacioppo has been named editor of The Denver Post, becoming the first woman to hold the position in the newspaper’s nearly 124-year history.
The Post reports Colacioppo has worked in several roles during her 17-year tenure, including city editor, investigations editor and news editor. She also was a leader during the newspaper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Aurora theater shooting.
Colacioppo, who was named to the post Tuesday, graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and was previously an editor at The Des Moines Register. She succeeds Gregory L. Moore, who resigned in April after 14 years as editor.
Colacioppo’s promotion comes amid economic turmoil among newspapers in general and during the reinvention for The Post newsroom, which recently offered buyouts to employees.
Fall of Sports Authority reignites fight over Mile High name
DENVER — The demise of Sports Authority has reignited a fight in Colorado over the future of the Denver Broncos’ stadium, a place long tied to the city’s identity.
Sports Authority hopes to sell off its naming rights, but the Broncos and officials appointed to run the taxpayer-built stadium are fighting that in bankruptcy court. They say they have the right to review and veto any deal, but they haven’t said whether they would insist on keeping Mile High in the name.
State Rep. Dan Pabon failed to pass a bill requiring the Mile High name stay in some form this year. Even as newcomers loyal to other teams and pastimes continue to flock to Denver, he says it’s a perfect time to make sure that piece of history is preserved.
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