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Fed­eral of­fi­cials have given a gi­ant air­tanker ap­proval to fight wild­fires in the U.S., but a lack of con­tracts lim­its the air­craft to Cal­i­for­nia and Dou­glas County.

The U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture’s In­ter­a­gency Air­tanker Board is­sued the 17-month in­terim ap­proval on Tues­day for the air­craft ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing 19,200 gal­lons of liq­uid.

CEO Jim Wheeler said Wed­nes­day that Colorado Springs-based Global Su­perTanker Ser­vices is close to sign­ing a con­tract with two states. “The next step is for us to try to get a con­tract with the For­est Ser­vice,” he said.

Such a con­tract would al­low a state to be re­im­bursed by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment if the air­craft fought fires in that state. Wheeler said he hopes to get such a con­tract this year so the air­craft can fight fires across the West.

Rocker Nu­gent en­dorses Brauch­ler for gover­nor.

The self-pro­claimed “Mo­tor City Mad­man,” rock mu­si­cian Ted Nu­gent, is sup­port­ing Colorado gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date Ge­orge Brauch­ler.

Nu­gent, who plays guitar and is a fierce pro­po­nent of the Se­cond Amend­ment, an­nounced Mon­day on Face­book that Brauch­ler, the district at­tor­ney for Colorado’s 18th Ju­di­cial District, is his choice.

Brauch­ler pros­e­cuted Aurora the­ater shooter James Holmes, who was sen­tenced in April 2016 to life in pri­son for the mur­ders of 12 peo­ple.

Nu­gent, a po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist who re­sides in Waco, Texas, cited the the­ater shoot­ing in declar­ing sup­port for Brauch­ler, a Repub­li­can. Brauch­ler’s cam­paign, @GB4CO on Twit­ter, wel­comed Nu­gent’s en­dorse­ment.

Mean­while, Colorado Democrats re­sponded by re­fer­ring to sev­eral con­tro­ver­sial com­ments at­trib­uted to Nu­gent over the years: “Brauch­ler cel­e­brated an en­dorse­ment from Ted Nu­gent, who called for Sec­re­tary Clin­ton to be hung, Pres­i­dent Obama to be shot, and thought Amer­ica would have been bet­ter off if the Con­fed­er­acy had won the Civil War,” the Democrats’ news re­lease said.

Sher­iff: Street-rac­ing teen driver eludes deputy, crashes.

A teenage driver street rac­ing in Fort Collins eluded a deputy and crashed his car a short time later, the Larimer County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said.

The in­ci­dent un­folded about 8:55 p.m. Tues­day when a deputy spot­ted two ve­hi­cles at a red light, north­bound on Col­lege Av­enue, with both driv­ers revving their en­gines, ac­cord­ing to a sher­iff’s news re­lease.

When the light turned green, both ve­hi­cles took off at a high speed. The deputy ac­ti­vated emer­gency lights to make a traf­fic stop. One ve­hi­cle slowed and be­gan to pull over, the re­lease said. The other ve­hi­cle, a Subaru WRX, con­tin­ued to speed away.

The Subaru, speed­ing north­bound on Col­lege, turned east onto Conifer Street and north again on Le­may Av­enue, hit­ting speeds up to 80 mph. The Subaru crashed near the in­ter­sec­tion of Le­may and Lin­den Gate, clip­ping an­other ve­hi­cle, as the speed­ing teenager tried to pass it. The Subaru flipped be­fore com­ing to a stop on its wheels.

Suspect in Long­mont Wal­mart shoot­ing ar­rested.

LOVELAND» A man wanted in con­nec­tion with the fa­tal shoot­ing of a man out­side a Wal­mart park­ing lot in east Long­mont was ar­rested af­ter a traf­fic stop in Loveland on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Long­mont po­lice Sgt. Matt Cage said that Joseph An­der­son, 34, was picked up about 5 p.m.

An­der­son was wanted on sus­pi­cion of sec­ond­de­gree mur­der and pos­ses­sion of a weapon by a pre­vi­ous of­fender in con­nec­tion to the death of 33-year-old Keith David Wil­liams in the park­ing lot of Wal­mart, 2285 E. Ken Pratt Blvd., early Sun­day.

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