Around Aurora

Bruce Abel, assistant general manager of the Bus Operations Department for the Regional Transportation District, demonstrates the new smart card technology, Dec. 31 at the Denver Union Station light rail platform. RTD launched its new program on Jan. 1 that uses an embedded chip that instantaneously process information when boarding buses and light rails.  (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

“The other day I went on the light rail with my partner Downtown. It cost us $16. My car gets 40 miles to the gallon. I think the prices are really a discouragement,” said Andrea Chiriboga-flor, a transit organizer with Colorado 9to5, a group that advocates on behalf of working women

FILE - In this  July 19, 2013 file photo, four-year-old Jake Richards watches as his sister Stephanie makes signs reading "Remember Aurora," during a remembrance event at which the names of people killed by gun violence in America over the previous year were read aloud, at Cherry Creek State Park in Aurora, Colo. Two years have passed since a man wearing police-style armor killed 12 and wounded 70 during a midnight movie screening. For many of the survivors, the trauma is still fresh. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

At Potter’s House Church, elected officials including Gov. John Hickenlooper and Mayor Steve Hogan joined with church leaders to unveil Hope Park, a stand of trees dedicated to the people killed in the shootings at the Aurora Century 16 Theatre on July 20, 2012

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“Perhaps James Holmes would not have been able to purchase a 100-round magazine,” Herpin responded. “As it turns out, that was maybe a good thing, that he had a 100-round magazine, because it jammed. If he had instead had four, five, six 15-round magazines, there’s no telling how much damage he could’ve done until a good guy with a gun showed up.”

DENVER | Passengers flying out of Denver could see some delays because of frigid weather but the airport isn’t expecting any big impact from the ice storm in Texas. Airport spokesman Heath Montgomery says passengers may have to wait 15 to 30 minutes for their planes to be deiced after boarding on Friday. Denver is […]

Bobbi Stark tattoos Kelsie Robbins with a heart bearing the Colorado state flag July 20. True Blue Tattoo in Lakewood held a fundraising event for Aurora Rise, tattooing people to raise money for the nonprofit to benefit theater victims and their families. (Aaron Cole/Aurora Sentinel)

On the one-year anniversary of the theater shooting, Aurora resident Amanda Mason got a flock of black bats tattooed behind her ear. She said the permanently inked image will remind her how much strength she’s seen in the wake of the tragedy.

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