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EA­GLE» Colorado’s Supreme Court will de­cide if the judge in a teenager’s skier-death case will be re­placed.

Thir­teen-year-old Taft Con­lin died Jan. 22, 2012, in an avalanche on Prima Cor­nice on the front side of Vail Moun­tain.

A civil suit brought by Con­lin’s par­ents against Vail Re­sorts claim­ing neg­li­gence and the wrong­ful death of their son was sched­uled to be­gin on Aug. 7 in Pitkin County Dis­trict Court but will be post­poned as the Colorado Supreme Court sorts out a re­quest to dis­qual­ify the judge hear­ing the case.

Man gets life for killing teen over a phone.

SPRINGS» A twoweek COLORADO trial fo­cus­ing on the night a 14-year-old boy was fa­tally shot at Memo­rial Park in Colorado Springs over a miss­ing cell­phone ended Thurs­day with guilty ver­dicts against the man charged with pulling the trig­ger.

An El Paso County jury con­victed Riccardo Clin­ton Kir­ven, 33, on all charges, in­clud­ing mul­ti­ple counts of first-de­gree mur­der, in the July 2015 death of North Mid­dle School stu­dent Des­mond Smith.

Fourth Ju­di­cial Dis­trict Judge Larry E. Schwartz pro­ceeded di­rectly to sen­tenc­ing, im­pos­ing two life terms plus 48 years in prison. “This was a hor­ren­dous crime, and a re­ally pre­cious life was taken,” Schwartz said.

Road crew re­peat­edly spilled chem­i­cals.

A state high­way repaving project in Dil­lon has been the site of re­peated chem­i­cal spills, but state reg­u­la­tors have done lit­tle to put a stop to the prob­lem, said a whistle­blower close to the sit­u­a­tion.

On mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions over the past three months, the whistle­blower con­tacted the Colorado Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion, which is over­see­ing the project, and state health depart­ment. The source, who re­quested anonymity for fear of ret­ri­bu­tion, re­ported a lack of suf­fi­cient mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures in place on the resur­fac­ing of State High­way 9-U.S. High­way 6 project.

The source said be­cause CDOT-hired con­trac­tors didn’t fol­low proper prac­tices, pol­lu­tants were al­lowed to pass through Dil­lon drainages that even­tu­ally lead into the Blue River — a head­wa­ter trib­u­tary of the Colorado River.

Grand Junc­tion coun­cil­man pon­ders run for Congress.

A Grand Junc­tion city coun­cil­man says he is ex­plor­ing a run for U.S. Rep. Scott Tip­ton’s seat, pos­si­bly set­ting up a Demo­cratic pri­mary in the GOP-lean­ing dis­trict.

Chris Kennedy noted his in­ter­est ear­lier this week on Face­book and says he will de­cide be­fore the end of Au­gust whether to jump into the con­test as a Demo­crat.

State Rep. Di­ane Mitsch Bush, a Demo­crat from Steam­boat Springs, an­nounced her run for the seat in early July.

Bob Baer, a for­mer CIA of­fi­cer and fre­quent CNN con­trib­u­tor who lives in the Tel­luride area, is also re­port­edly ex­plor­ing whether to jump into the race.

Reward of­fered in ar­son case.

A $5,000 reward is be­ing of­fered for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest and con­vic­tion of a Den­ver ar­son­ist.

Video sur­veil­lance im­ages show a man in the area at 5:30 a.m., just be­fore the fire at Shepes Bar and Grill, 7800 E. Col­fax.

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