SPRINGS-BASED AIR TANKER GETS INTERIM APPROVAL
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.