State Briefs

Royal Gorge park to offer tours amid fire repairs

Royal Gorge park to offer tours amid fire repairs

The first phase includes a 14,000 square-foot visitors center, a passenger train and a large children's play area

Colorado makes child abuse information public

DENVER | Colorado has created a website that provides the public with child-protection and child-abuse information for each county following a number of child deaths. The new website is part of a series of reforms for the state’s child protection …

Montana inmate dies at Colorado prison

Prison spokeswoman Linda Moodry says 38-year-old Timothy DeHerrera was found unresponsive in his cell late Saturday afternoon.

Castle Rock council approves open carry election

Members of the public say open carry is a Second Amendment right, while those against the repeal say it is a safety and intimidation issue.

Cantaloupe or peaches? Lawmaker says, both

DENVER  | Cantaloupe or peaches? Alamosa Republican state Sen. Larry Crowder wants both to be Colorado’s official state fruits. Crowder said Friday that he will attempt to add Rocky Ford cantaloupe to a bill introduced in the Legislature to make …

Search for missing Minnesota hikers called off

Search for missing Minnesota hikers called off

"It won't continue on any official basis ever, unless we find some evidence that warrants us being out there," Alpine Rescue Team spokesman Steve Wilson said of the search. "We feel that we haven't left any stone unturned."

Elizabeth looks to bow hunting to curb deer population

DENVER | Wildlife officials are consulting with leaders of the small town of Elizabeth about allowing bow hunting to curb the growing population of deer in the area. KUSA-TV in Denver ( ) reports deer have recently caused car accidents and …

Blood hound next 'mayor' of small Colorado town

Blood hound next ‘mayor’ of small Colorado town

COLORADO SPRINGS |A soulful-eyed blood hound named Pa Kettle has been elected mayor of the Colorado mountain town of Divide. The town doesn’t have a human mayor. So instead, 11 animals competed for the unofficial title in an online race …

Search narrowed for missing Minnesota hikers

Barwick said relatives of 51-year-old Damian McManus and 18-year-old Evan McManus are now in Colorado, but were not taking part in the search because of dangerous conditions.

Colorado to start spending pot taxes

Voters have already decided to spend the first $40 million on school construction, but anything beyond that is up to lawmakers to appropriate.