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Gov. John Hick­en­looper dis­pelled the pos­si­bil­ity of seek­ing the pres­i­dency along­side Re­pub­li­can Ohio Gov. John Ka­sich in the 2020 elec­tion.

“We’re in a two-party sys­tem, and that kind of a cam­paign gen­er­ally dis­tracts. It’s sym­bolic, and I can un­der­stand the point of that,” said Hick­en­looper, who is term-lim­ited and will leave the state Capi­tol in 2018. “I don’t think it’s in the cards.”

Ka­sich and Hick­en­looper have been lead­ing ef­forts by a group of U.S. gover­nors to urge con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans and Democrats to work to­gether on health care over the past sev­eral months.

Aspen area’s Elk Moun­tains are some of Colorado’s dead­li­est.


Capi­tol Peak is con­sid­ered one of the tough­est hikes among Colorado’s four­teen­ers, but some of its neigh­bors in Pitkin County re­main more deadly.

Two hik­ers have died at dif­fer­ent places un­der dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances on Capi­tol Peak this sum­mer.

“The bot­tom line is none of the Elks is easy, and all of them have in­her­ent risks,” said Lloyd At­hearn, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Colorado Four­teen­ers Ini­tia­tive.

Some of the more tech­ni­cal four­teen­ers are in the Elk Range. Cas­tle and Co­nun­drum Peaks are eas­ier to scale, but Ma­roon Peak, North Ma­roon Peak, Pyra­mid Peak, Snow­mass Moun­tain and Capi­tol Peak are among the most treach­er­ous for in­ci­dents and fa­tal­i­ties, At­hearn said.

Div­ing spot off lim­its af­ter fa­tal fall.


The U.S. For­est Ser­vice has banned ac­cess to a pop­u­lar cliff jump­ing spot, the site of a death last week and an at­trac­tion that has been grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity and keep­ing first re­spon­ders busy with res­cues. Last week James Cum­mings of Den­ver died af­ter jump­ing from the cliffs around 4:45 p.m. and not resur­fac­ing. Tem­po­rary signs were put in place not­ing that the area is now closed in­def­i­nitely to climb­ing, jump­ing and div­ing.

Pair ar­rested in il­le­gal pot grow.


Two sus­pects have been ar­rested in connection with a large-scale il­le­gal mar­i­juana grow in El Paso County. Mar­itza BorgesAlmeida, 44, and Sil­vio Mar­quez, 48, were ar­rested Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff’s of­fice.

On Thurs­day mem­bers of the sher­iff’s of­fice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at a prop­erty in the 4500 block of South Cal­han High­way. In­ves­ti­ga­tors seized 149 mar­i­juana plants, pro­cessed mar­i­juana, cash and firearms, val­ued at about $125,000.

Busi­ness owner’s sign blasts Iron­man event.

LONG­MONT» The co-owner of a Long­mont wood pro­cess­ing yard told the Iron­man 70.3 ex­actly what he thought Satur­day — in big, red let­ters. Raul Bus­ta­mante is the co-owner of United Wood Prod­ucts Inc. along the Di­ag­o­nal High­way be­tween Air­port Road and Ni­wot Road. Bus­ta­mante grew frus­trated last year when use of the high­way for the Iron­man 70.3 half-triathlon made ac­cess to his busi­ness be­come nearly im­pos­si­ble.

This year, Bus­ta­mante reached out to lo­cal law en­force­ment ask­ing if or­ga­niz­ers could put up a sign let­ting passers-by know lo­cal busi­nesses along the road would still be open dur­ing the race. Af­ter chat­ting with the Boul­der County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and State Pa­trol, Bus­ta­mante felt re­as­sured that would be a sim­ple fix.

But when he called to dou­ble-check with Iron­man race or­ga­niz­ers that ev­ery­thing was set, his

Sfrus­tra­tions bal­looned.

“She told me she was too busy and that she couldn’t do that,” he said of an Iron­man rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

That’s when Bus­ta­mante de­cided to hang a yel­low sign across the length of his pickup truck that read, “Thanks Boul­der Iron Man” with “Go To Hell” spelled out in red let­ters.

Dave Chris­ten, op­er­a­tions man­ager for Iron­man, said he sent staffers out to en­sure peo­ple could ac­cess the busi­ness.

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