Colorado News Roundup: Colorado Parks and Wildlife euthanizes 14 bears this year (06.11.16)
Here’s what’s going on around Colorado today:
DENVER — Colorado wildlife officials are reminding the public to secure food and trash as they have already had to euthanize 14 black bears this year.
The Denver Post reports that Colorado Parks and Wildlife typically relocates about 100 bears each year and euthanizes another 100. Spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill says with 14 bears euthanized the agency is on par with that average.
Most recently, a young female bear was euthanized this week after she was found wandering through Golden and Arvada looking for food. Officials say residents tried to take photos with the bear, which did not help.
Parks and Wildlife officials say the public needs to be proactive to keep bears away. People should not leave out trash or birdfeeders and should refrain from feeding wildlife.
Berthoud man arrested after body found during search
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Colorado authorities searching for a missing woman arrested her ex-boyfriend Friday after they found the 18-year-old man’s truck and a body.
The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office would not say where the body was found or whether it is that of Ashley Doolittle, whose vehicle was found abandoned in northern Colorado on Thursday.
Her ex-boyfriend, Tanner George Flores, of Berthoud, was arrested after someone spotted his truck in Mesa County, about 270 miles from where Doolittle’s car was found, according to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.
Doolittle’s family reported her missing when she didn’t return home Thursday evening as expected. Her vehicle was found near the Lon Hagler Reservoir southwest of Loveland that night.
Investigators said her family told them that Doolittle, also 18, recently ended a yearlong relationship with Flores and he was distraught over the breakup.
Jail records do not indicate if Flores has hired an attorney, and specific charges have not been announced.
No other information was released.
Sports Authority moves to hire firm to sell naming rights
DENVER — Sports Authority is pushing ahead with a bid to sell the naming rights to the Denver Broncos’ stadium.
The company asked a bankruptcy judge on Tuesday for permission to hire Massachusetts-based Hilco Streambank to help it sell the naming rights as well its brands, customer data and patents. It would be paid on commission — 2 percent for proceeds up to $10 million and 3 percent on anything above that.
An announcement of the deal says bids are due June 23.
The Broncos and the officials appointed to run the taxpayer-built stadium say they want out of the sponsorship deal because Sports Authority hasn’t paid $2.1 million in quarterly payments this year. They’ve also said they have the right to review and veto any deal to transfer the naming rights.
THE HIGH COUNTRY
Aspen council backs away from plan to renovate city building
ASPEN, Colo. — The Aspen City Council is no longer supporting plans for renovating a building, once the longtime home of the Aspen Art Museum and currently the temporary space of the Pitkin County Library.
Supporters wanted to use the building for a beer garden, restaurant, TV studio and event space on the ground floor, with a cut-rate, 65-space office setting on the second floor. The building is owned by the city.
Some residents complained that serving alcohol would hurt their quality of life and property values.
“The reality is, this has become an exceptionally complicated and divisive issue unexpectedly,” Mayor Steve Skadron told three key people behind the project — Duncan Clauss, David Cook and Spencer McKnight.
The mayor wants to use the building as a temporary city office space while the municipal government works on plans to build a new City Hall.
The reaction from supporters was muted, the Aspen Times reported.
“We’re tremendously disappointed with the outcome,” Cook said. “We care about this town, and you guys are the stewards of the DNA in this town, and we appreciate everything.”
Nonprofit organizations were also competing for the building.
The group’s proposed lease would have required the city to pay as much as $1.3 million for building improvements that would include new air conditioning, better water and sewer service and possible replacement of the building’s roof and windows.
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