NAVAJO NA­TION FILES $160M CLAIM OVER GOLD KING

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST -

win­dow rock, ariz.» The Navajo Na­tion has sub­mit­ted a claim of more than $160 mil­lion to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment over last year’s mine waste spill that fouled rivers in three states.

A cleanup team led by the U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency trig­gered the Au­gust 2015 spill while work­ing at the Gold King Mine near Sil­ver­ton.

The 3 mil­lion-gal­lon blowout tainted rivers in Colorado, New Mex­ico and Utah with tons of toxic heavy met­als in­clud­ing ar­senic, mer­cury and lead.

In a let­ter Mon­day to the EPA, at­tor­neys say the tribe still awaits more than $3 mil­lion in un­re­im­bursed ex­penses for costs through Sept. 30 to deal with the spill that con­tam­i­nated the San Juan River.

Man steals shot­gun from po­lice ve­hi­cle. A shot­gun,

a tac­ti­cal vest and pos­si­bly part of an of­fi­cer’s uni­form were stolen from a marked po­lice ve­hi­cle parked at a sher­iff’s of­fice train­ing fa­cil­ity in Adams County.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened Mon­day morn­ing at 4201 E. 72nd Ave., ac­cord­ing to the Adams County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice. The items were stolen while the vic­tim was at­tend­ing a class.

A 2005 brown Ford F-150 pickup was spot­ted af­ter the theft and was pur­sued. The chase was called off be­cause of the flee­ing driver’s dan­ger­ous ac­tions.

The truck was stolen Fri­day in Ne­braska. It had a Colorado li­cense plate QTG-450. If any­one spots the truck, he or she should not ap­proach — but call 911.

Den­ver home­less peo­ple, ad­vo­cates de­cry “sweeps.”

Be­fore the sea­son’s first ma­jor plunge in tem­per­a­tures, ad­vo­cates for the home­less stood up be­fore the Den­ver City Coun­cil on Mon­day, one by one, and de­cried at­tempts to clear en­camp­ments. Shan­non Wolf and Dianne Thiel were among 13 peo­ple who spoke pas­sion­ately, dur­ing a pub­lic com­ment ses­sion, against re­cent cleanup ac­tions by pub­lic works crews and po­lice. Be­fore the ses­sion, ad­vo­cacy group Home­less Out Loud also had a rally out­side the City and County Build­ing to draw at­ten­tion to the is­sue.

The speak­ers put spe­cial fo­cus on a cause that goes back four years now: re­peal­ing the ur­ban camp­ing ban ap­proved by the coun­cil in 2012. City of­fi­cials say the re­cent sweeps of en­camp­ments down­town and in other ar­eas have not used that law, in­stead re­ly­ing on a much older or­di­nance that al­lows the re­moval of items block­ing a side­walk or other pub­lic place.

Friends re­mem­ber teen killed in crash

B west­min­ster» A 16year-old Legacy High School stu­dent and band mem­ber died when a driver hit him as the boy stood on a me­dian at 112th Av­enue and Fed­eral Boule­vard on Satur­day, po­lice said.

The driver sideswiped a ve­hi­cle in the 10300 block of Fed­eral be­fore run­ning into Joren Coates, who was killed in­stantly, po­lice said.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing and haven’t de­ter­mined the cause of the crash, po­lice spokes­woman Cheri Spot­tke said Mon­day. The woman who was driv­ing the ve­hi­cle has not been is­sued a sum­mons, Spot­tke said.

“He was an amaz­ing 16year-old,” said Cherie Coates, a friend of his fam­ily but not re­lated. “He had a huge smile on his face ev­ery time you saw him.”

A ju­nior at the school, Joren played sax­o­phone and loved mu­sic. “He was in jazz band and wind en­sem­ble,” Cherie said. He also played in the march­ing band. Staff and wire re­ports

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