1-70 CRASH KILLS TWO

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Two peo­ple died and sev­eral oth­ers were in­jured Sun­day morn­ing when a pickup veered into east­bound traf­fic on In­ter­state 70 near Mor­ri­son, ac­cord­ing to the State Pa­trol. The truck was head­ing west when it strayed into the east­bound lanes and hit sev­eral ve­hi­cles, Trooper Nate Reid said. The driver of that truck and a woman in an east­bound ve­hi­cle died at the scene, and six oth­ers were taken to a hos­pi­tal. The ac­ci­dent hap­pened at mile marker 259. Troop­ers say it’s not clear why the truck crossed into wrong­way traf­fic.

23-year-old man ar­rested for homi­cide at bar.

Po­lice on Sun­day ar­rested a 23-year-old man in con­nec­tion with a shoot­ing that left one per­son dead out­side the Tierra Maya Sports Bar and Grill at 455 Ha­vana St.

Miguel An­gel Li­cona-Ortega is be­ing held in the Aurora De­ten­tion Cen­ter, fac­ing a charge of first-de­gree mur­der. Po­lice haven’t iden­ti­fied the vic­tim.

Po­lice re­sponded to the bar, at 455 Ha­vana Street in north­west Aurora, at 7:06 p.m. Sat­ur­day.

When they ar­rived they found the vic­tim out­side the front door.

The man, who was in his 20s, was taken to a hos­pi­tal, where he died.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors from the homi­cide unit are fol­low­ing leads and in­ter­view­ing wit­nesses to de­ter­mine what events led to the shoot­ing.

The iden­tity of the vic­tim will be re­leased by the Ara­pa­hoe County coroner’s of­fice once he has been iden­ti­fied and rel­a­tives have been no­ti­fied.

Air Force of­fi­cials say ser­vice has no au­thor­ity to re­im­burse for Wide­field con­tam­i­na­tion.

De­spite a new study’s con­clu­sion that toxic fire­fight­ing foam at Peter­son Air Force Base po­ten­tially fouled drink­ing wa­ter in Se­cu­rity, Wide­field and Foun­tain, Air Force of­fi­cials have no plans to re­im­burse those com­mu­ni­ties for $6 mil­lion spent re­spond­ing to the cri­sis.

More than 70 per­cent of those checks is­sued by those wa­ter dis­tricts to deal with toxic chem­i­cals con­tam­i­nat­ing the Wide­field Aquifer prob­a­bly will not be re­im­bursed, Air Force of­fi­cials sig­naled last week. And those un­com­pen­sated costs are ex­pected to bal­loon, with the dis­tricts prob­a­bly on the hook for $11 mil­lion of their $12.7 mil­lion re­sponse tab by the end of 2018.

Cor­nell Long, a chemist with the Air Force Civil En­gi­neer Cen­ter, dis­puted the cen­ter’s abil­ity to re­im­burse com­mu­ni­ties for their costs, say­ing, “We don’t back-pay. We can­not re­im­burse.”

A fol­low-up re­quest by The Gazette for clar­i­fi­ca­tion on re­im­burse­ment was for­warded to Air Force lawyers, who had not re­sponded Fri­day.

How­ever, an email Fri­day from the cen­ter said, “The Air Force does not have the au­thor­ity to re­im­burse com­mu­ni­ties for costs in­curred in deal­ing with en­vi­ron­men­tal con­tam­i­na­tion is­sues.”

The as­ser­tion high­lighted a sin­gu­lar theme ac­com­pa­ny­ing the Air Force’s new re­port on its role in the con­tam­i­na­tion. De­spite more than a year hav­ing passed since the dis­cov­ery, real an­swers about the toxic chem­i­cals — their ori­gin, their ef­fect on res­i­dents’ health and who should pay to re­move them — are likely years away.

City will al­low jury tri­als for mi­nor cases af­ter com­plaint.

DU­RANGO» City of­fi­cials will al­low jury tri­als for mi­nor of­fenses af­ter a civil-lib­er­ties or­ga­ni­za­tion said deny­ing de­fen­dants the right to trial vi­o­lates the state’s con­sti­tu­tion.

The Du­rango Her­ald re­ports that city of­fi­cials agreed to re­write its mu­nic­i­pal codes af­ter re­ceiv­ing a let­ter from the ACLU.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sented Fort Lewis Col­lege as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor An­thony No­cella, who was ac­cused of ob­struct­ing streets and parad­ing with­out a per­mit.

No­cella had de­manded a jury trial, but the city said he wasn’t en­ti­tled to one be­cause the pros­e­cu­tor wasn’t seek­ing jail time. The city has since dropped the charges. Mark Sil­ver­stein of the Colorado ACLU says that even when a de­fen­dant is not fac­ing jail time, that per­son has a right to a jury trial.

City of­fi­cially listed to na­tional his­tor­i­cal reg­istry.

FLORENCE» On July 14, a cor­ri­dor of Florence was rec­og­nized to be on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places.

For months the city’s His­tor­i­cal Preser­va­tion Com­mit­tee and the City Plan­ner have been work­ing to earn the his­tor­i­cal des­ig­na­tion.

City Plan­ner Wade Broad­head said the des­ig­na­tion is mostly hon­orific.

“Ob­vi­ously, we can put a sign on the high­way,” Broad­head said, adding the city has been in con­tact with the Colorado Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion about in­stalling a sign on U.S. 50.

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