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Vice President Mike Pence campaigns in Colorado

Jul. 22, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is in Colorado to campaign for his and President Donald Trump's re-election, as well as for Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner. Pence arrived at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport in Loveland Monday. He was scheduled to appear at a luncheon for Gardner in Aurora....

Climber killed during descent from Colorado peak identified

Jul. 13, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Colorado authorities have released the identity of a man who fell to his death while descending from a mountain peak near Aspen. Pitkin County Coroner Steve Ayers said 61-year-old James Hasse died of blunt force trauma to the head during Wednesday's accident. The Aspen Daily News...

Climber falls 200 feet to death during Colorado peak descent

Jul. 11, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Rescue personnel are working to retrieve the body of a man who fell to his death on a Colorado peak. The Aspen Daily News reports the 61-year-old climber fell about 200 feet (61 meters) Wednesday on South Maroon Peak in the Elk Mountains near Aspen. Authorities declined to identify the...

Avalanche debris could attract beetle threat

Jul. 4, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Avalanche debris in Colorado's high country could provide fresh breeding grounds for the forest-destroying bark beetle, but a U.S. Forest Service supervisor says there's little the agency can do to mitigate the threat. Heavy snowpack unleashed a series of avalanches over the winter that...

2 sentenced for starting destructive Colorado wildfire

Jul. 2, 2019 2:00 AM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A man and woman who pleaded guilty to starting a wildfire that destroyed three homes in western Colorado have each been sentenced to 45 days in jail. The Aspen Times reports Allison Marcus and Richard Miller were sentenced Monday and also must complete 1,500 hours of community service...

Zuckerberg says company 'evaluating' deepfake video policy

Jun. 26, 2019 8:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company is evaluating how it should handle "deepfake" videos created with artificial intelligence and high-tech tools to yield false but realistic clips. In an interview at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado on Wednesday, Zuckerberg said it might...

Town approves Colorado ski resort's housing project

Jun. 26, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Officials have signed off on a Colorado ski resort's plans to build affordable housing that will primarily serve its employees. The Aspen Times reports the Basalt Town Council voted 4-2 Tuesday to approve the project by Aspen Skiing Co. The company plans to construct a...

Colorado city adopts 6-month delay for scooter, e-bike firms

Jun. 18, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado city has enacted a waiting period for companies that provide scooter and e-bike services. The Aspen Times reports that the Aspen City Council approved a six-month delay for dockless mobility companies Monday. Officials say the city wants to work with businesses and the public...

Bear loving man gets probation for bear killing retaliation

Jun. 18, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man who enjoyed the presence of a bear on his property and tried to burn his neighbor's ranch down after a hunter legally killed the bear has been sentenced to two years of probation. The Aspen Daily News reports 69-year-old Thomas Andersen was sentenced Monday after pleading...

2 people injured after rafts overturn on Colorado river

Jun. 17, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say two people were taken to the hospital for minor injuries after rafts overturned on Colorado's Roaring Fork River. The Aspen Daily News reports Roaring Fork Fire Rescue crews responded to the river in Basalt after three rafts in a nine-raft group overturned Sunday...