Colorado’s News Roundup: Road to Mount Evans’ summit opens (06.01.16)
Here’s what’s going on around Colorado today:
DENVER — The highway leading to the summit of Mount Evans is finally open after more than a month of clearing snow.
The road opened to Summit Lake on Friday and opened all the way to the top on Wednesday.
Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park is also open on a day-by-day basis during daylight hours as long conditions are good.
Report: Pilot who crashed in Colorado may have been hypoxic
DENVER — Investigators say an air traffic controller believes a pilot who fatally crashed his plane in eastern Colorado may have been oxygen-deprived.
The Denver Post reports that an initial National Transportation Safety Board report shows that the controller told the pilot to fly at a lower altitude after radar showed his plane making erratic movements.
The report says the pilot, 64-year-old John Lee Stubblefield of Meridian, Idaho, crashed his Cessna P210 in a field near the Colorado-Kansas border on May 18.
The NTSB report says the air traffic controller noticed the Cessna making turns, climbs and descents in the opposite direction of its destination and radioed Stubblefield to let him know he might be disoriented because of a lack of oxygen.
Cost of parking in downtown Aspen going up
ASPEN, Colo. — The cost of parking a vehicle in downtown Aspen is going up.
Parking is going up 50 percent as part of an experiment, with the exception of a parking garage. The city hopes to raise a total of $150,000 in parking fees in June, July and August.
According to the Aspen Times, the money will be used to provide free taxi service this summer, a shuttle service, free bike tuning and other benefits for Aspen residents.
The city also is encouraging local workers not to park in the center of town during the busy tourist season.
Man convicted of stalking held in girlfriend’s death
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A man convicted of stalking his girlfriend in Colorado Springs is being held in connection with her slaying.
Forty-four-year-old Glen Galloway turned himself in Tuesday after being sought by police in the death of 28-year-old Janice Nam.
She was found dead in her home Monday evening.
KKTV reports that Nam filed several restraining orders against Galloway and he was convicted of stalking and violating protection orders, among other charges, in October. His ankle bracelet was cut off the day before he was set to be sentenced in January and he disappeared.
Galloway is being held in jail and it’s not clear if he has a lawyer.
Judge sentences northern Colorado woman in underage pot case
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A judge has sentenced a Fort Collins woman to 30 days in jail after her 19-year-old son ate a pot brownie she had purchased and then jumped from a third-story window, suffering serious injuries.
The Coloradoan reports a jury in April found 39-year-old Julieane Jablonski guilty of a misdemeanor charge of providing marijuana to someone younger than 21. A year earlier, Jablonski’s son hurled himself from an apartment after eating a brownie she had purchased from a dispensary for his roommate. The 19-year-old roommate told police Jablonski told him to lie about how he got the brownie, but jurors did not convict her of felony witness tampering.
At her sentencing, Jablonski said her son would never try marijuana again, and that she would never again give marijuana to anyone.
Suspected burglar shot by Grand County sheriff pleads guilty
HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS, Colo. — A man who was shot by the Grand County sheriff last year has pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree assault.
District Attorney Brett Barkey says Connor MacLaird pleaded guilty Tuesday under a plea deal that calls for him to service between five and 12 years in prison.
Sheriff Brett Schroetlin shot MacLaird after a robbery was reported at a liquor store in Tabernash in September. At the time, investigators say he rushed at sheriff with a knife. A grand jury found the shooting was justified and decided there was enough evidence to charge MacLaird with several crimes.
He will be sentenced Aug. 15.
Governor kicks off petition drive on Colorado’s Constitution
AURORA, Colo. — Gov. John Hickenlooper helped launch a petition drive for a ballot initiative that would make it harder to amend Colorado’s Constitution.
Hickenlooper told a kickoff event in Aurora on Wednesday that proposed Proposition 96 would ensure the constitution isn’t held captive by special interests.
Supporters say it would encourage citizens to seek statutory law changes that can be modified, if needed, by the Legislature, rather than amendments to a constitution that’s one of the easiest to change in the nation.
Some of the document’s 150-plus amendments conflict, including requirements directing how tax dollars should be spent.
Getting a proposed amendment to the ballot would require the signatures of at least 2 percent of voters in each of Colorado’s 35 state senate districts to ensure there is some statewide buy-in.
There’s no such requirement currently.
A 55 percent yes vote, rather than a simple majority, would be needed to pass an amendment.
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