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At­tor­ney Stan Gar­nett will not seek the death penalty against Gar­rett Cough­lin, ac­cused of fa­tally shoot­ing three peo­ple in Coal Creek Canyon in April. Cough­lin, 24, has been charged with three counts of first-de­gree mur­der af­ter de­lib­er­a­tion and three counts of felony mur­der in the deaths of Wal­lace White, 54, Kelly Sloat-White, 56, and Emory Fraker, 39.

He also is charged with one count of ag­gra­vated rob­bery.

While the mur­der charges are felonies that are el­i­gi­ble for the death penalty, Gar­nett said Tues­day he would not pur­sue it.

Gar­nett has been a vo­cal op­po­nent of the death penalty in Colorado but pre­vi­ously said in this case that he would con­sider it.

Sal­ida-bound Ger­man ex­change stu­dents get the boot by U.S. im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials.

Eight Ger­man ex­change stu­dents headed for Sal­ida got a taste of in­creas­ing po­lit­i­cal ten­sions re­gard­ing im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy in the U.S. dur­ing the week­end.

Be­fore be­ing de­tained at Den­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port, im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials “in­sisted (the stu­dents) were com­ing in and tak­ing work away from U.S. cit­i­zens, which is il­le­gal since they have no work visa,” Su­san Master­son, who has co­or­di­nated the ex­change pro­gram for six years, told the Sal­ida Moun­tain Mail. She was at the air­port when the stu­dents were de­tained.

The stu­dents, who planned to spend three weeks in the south­ern Colorado moun­tain town, spent Friday night in a de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity be­fore they were de­ported to Ger­many. Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials said the stu­dents were at­tempt­ing to en­ter the coun­try us­ing the wrong visa, a tourist visa.

Wa­ter fil­ter ar­rives amid cost con­cerns.

This city has re­ceived the sec­ond of two Air Force­sup­plied wa­ter fil­ters aimed at re­mov­ing toxic chem­i­cals foul­ing an un­der­ground aquifer.

The de­liv­ery Wed­nes­day of the gran­u­lar-ac­ti­vated car­bon fil­ters marked an­other mile­stone in Foun­tain’s ef­forts to avoid the fouled Wide­field Aquifer, which is con­tam­i­nated with chem­i­cals linked to a Peter­son Air Force Base fire­fight­ing foam.

But it also came amid deep con­cern by lo­cal lead­ers about the lack of fur­ther Air Force aid, es­pe­cially as lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties spend mil­lions of dol­lars ad­dress­ing the issue.

Foun­tain last used the aquifer in 2015, and res­i­dents have been asked to con­serve wa­ter while the city re­lies solely on the Pue­blo Reser­voir.

ElPa­soCoun­ty­pay­ing $68,000 to set­tle sex­ual ha­rass­ment com­plaint.

El Paso County will pay nearly $68,000 to set­tle a sex­ual ha­rass­ment com­plaint made by a sher­iff’s em­ployee who claimed she faced re­tal­i­a­tion af­ter re­port­ing it.

The pay­out, ap­proved by com­mis­sion­ers last week, marks the first time the county will spend tax­payer money on a set­tle­ment for em­ploy­ment-re­lated claims against Sher­iff Bill El­der’s of­fice, ac­cord­ing to spokesman Dave Rose.

The de­tails of the charge, filed with the U.S. Equal Em­ploy­ment Op­por­tu­nity Com­mis­sion in April, are not pub­lic record.


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