State Briefs

COLORADO SPRINGS | More than 1,700 of Colorado’s highest-paid state employees are making more than $100,000 a year. The Colorado Springs Gazette ( ) says an analysis of state employee compensation shows the judicial branch tops the list with nearly 500 employees in that salary range. The Colorado Department of Transportation has about 160 employees making six […]

DENVER  | Decorators are getting Colorado governor’s mansion ready for the holidays. Members of the American Society of Interior Designers are decking the halls at the Boettcher (BETCH’-er) Mansion in Capitol Hill on Monday. This year, different rooms in the mansion will be decorated to reflect Colorado’s range of lifestyles — urban, artistic, skiing, mountain and […]

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK | Searchers have recovered the body of a Colorado man who was reported missing after he told friends he planned to climb the highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park. Park officials say 25-year-old Peter Jeffris’ body was spotted by a helicopter search crew Thursday about 200 feet below a popular route up […]

PUEBLO | A judge has reduced bail from $1 million to $150,000 for a Rocky Ford police officer who was charged with second-degree murder after he shot and killed a 27-year-old man. KRDO-TV reports ( ) 41-year-old officer James Ashby’s bail was reduced Wednesday, and he is scheduled to appear in court again Dec. 22. Ashby was […]

GRAND JUNCTION | Mesa County authorities have arrested a 15-year-old boy in the shooting death of another 15-year-old over the weekend. The Daily Sentinel reports ( ) the boy faces a felony count of manslaughter and two misdemeanor charges. His arrest was announced Wednesday. The victim, Brandon Crawford, died Sunday of a single gunshot wound to the […]

COLORADO SPRINGS | An El Paso county man faces 60 charges animal cruelty, neglect and mistreatment — one for each of the 60 cats that died on his property or were euthanized shortly after rescue. The Gazette reports ( ) that 54-year-old Dennis Craven was charged with the misdemeanor counts earlier this month. The Humane Society of […]

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK | A search continues Wednesday for a Broomfield man who didn’t return from a climbing trip in Rocky Mountain National Park. More than 30 rescuers found no clues Tuesday in their search for 25-year-old Peter Jeffris. Jeffris reportedly left Sunday to summit Longs Peak, then did not arrive at work Monday. His car […]