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1 year 1 week ago

Feds charge 150 accused in online wildlife sales

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 150 people face federal and state charges after authorities disrupted online wildlife trafficking operations involving tiger, leopard and jaguar pelts, elephant ivory and live birds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the arrests Thursday after an undercover operation that included officers from 16 states,...

1 year 4 months ago

Trading for marijuana: Is this legal?

Marijuana users are getting creative when it comes to getting their hands on pot. They're using web sites like Craigslist to trade merchandise for marijuana. Plug in "marijuana" on Craigslist and a laundry list of postings will appear. People are looking to trade anything and everything from cell phones...

3 years 2 months ago

Congressman pitches feds on Fort Lyon

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado congressman is pushing for the federal government to find a new purpose for a Bent County state prison due to be closed next year because of state budget cuts. Republican Rep. Cory Gardner has written a letter to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs urging...

3 years 2 months ago

Requested firefighting funds down for FY 2012

DENVER (AP) - The national budget for fighting wildfires may be cut next fiscal year with fire season well under way in Colorado. For fiscal 2011, which began Oct. 1, President Barack Obama's administration requested nearly $3.6 billion in appropriations and discretionary funds for the U.S. Forest Service and...

3 years 3 months ago

Experts in Colo. debate fed budget woes in forum

DENVER (AP) - Bridging the political divide dominated the discussion at a Colorado forum on taming the federal deficit. The partisan back-and-forth in the nation's capital prevented the two senators who assembled the panel from attending their own event in person. Democratic Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet were...

3 years 3 months ago

Springs military bases brace for shutdown

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Prior to the congressional agreement to keep the government running, the military said food and other services for troops in war zones wouldn't have been interrupted by a shutdown. Col. Robert McLaughlin, the Fort Carson garrison commander, said prior to Friday night's compromise that...

3 years 3 months ago

Suit filed over Colorado clean energy standard

DENVER (AP) - Two groups and a Morrison businessman are challenging Colorado's renewable energy standard. They said Monday that they've filed a lawsuit in federal court asking a judge to declare the law unconstitutional. They argue the Colorado law mandating that larger utilities get 30 percent of their energy...

3 years 5 months ago

Job of the Day: 2 electricians

Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs has two openings for civilian electricians. You'll be federal employees with benefits. The deadline to apply is Monday. Starting pay is $20.15 - $23.53 /hour. MORE INFORMATION

3 years 6 months ago

Florence inmate convicted in U.S. Court

An inmate at the federal prison complex at Florence was found guilty today of assaulting an officer with a weapon. Timothy Young, 52, an inmate at the Administrative Maximum Security institution was found guilty today by a jury on a charge of assault on a federal officer with a...

3 years 7 months ago

Walkaway captured in Pueblo

An inmate who walked away from a federal prison camp in Florence Wednesday has been captured in Pueblo. Robert Muzny, a minimum security inmate serving time for a drug conviction, walked away Wednesday from the federal prison complex south of Florence. He was arrested last night in Pueblo and...

3 years 7 months ago

Fugitive sentenced in 1995 case

DENVER (AP) - A former Colorado Springs man and a longtime fugitive has been sentenced to about 14 years in federal prison for drug and weapons crimes - and failure to show up for his sentencing in 1995. The U.S. attorney's office for Colorado says 49-year-old Ronald Thrasher was...

3 years 8 months ago

U.S. Chamber likes budget cutting ideas

WASHINGTON (AP) - There's finally some praise for the deficit-cutting ideas that were put forward by the leaders of President Barack Obama's bipartisan panel. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it agrees that "any solution will require commitment and sacrifice on both the spending and revenue fronts." But the...

3 years 10 months ago

Federal disaster declared for farmers

Fremont County farmers should be harvesting a huge crop of apples right now, but a late freeze damaged the crop. On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared Fremont County a natural disaster area. The freeze occurred between April 30 and May 3. Also included in the disaster...

3 years 10 months ago

Colorado Springs gets chunk of $100 million grant

The Air Force Academy and Colorado College will benefit from a $100 million federal grant to upgrade broadband in Colorado. Colleges, universities, libraries, schools and underserved communities will all receive high-speed internet access. Gov. Bill Ritter will announce details at a Monday afternoon news conference. According to the...

3 years 10 months ago

FAA close to proposing pilot fatigue rule

Aviation officials are on the verge of proposing new rules governing the number of hours airline pilots may work in an effort to prevent tired flight crews from making fatal errors. The Federal Aviation Administration has taken 15 months to propose the rules despite promises of swift action from...

3 years 10 months ago

Montana plane crash revives 'lap child' debate

Federal transportation safety officials are using the crash of an overloaded plane in Montana to revive a debate about whether infants and toddlers should be allowed to travel on the laps of adults. The National Transportation Safety Board is asking the Federal Aviation Administration to require children under 2...

3 years 10 months ago

Canon City man arrested on firearms charges

A Canon City man has been arrested on several federal firearms charges, including possessing a machine gun. John Joseph Waldron, 34, was arrested by the Fremont County Combined Investigations Response Team in cooperation with the ATF and the CBI. Charges include possession of a firearm by a felon,...

3 years 10 months ago

Former Colorado Springs executives indicted

Three former executives of a Colorado Springs medical equipment company and a consultant are named in a federal indictment claiming that they imported medical devices that weren't cleared for use by the federal government. The U.S. attorney's office in Denver said Monday that the former Spectranetics Corp. officials have...

3 years 10 months ago

Colorado summit on stimulus spending

Denver city auditor Dennis Gallagher says the federal stimulus program is working, but it presents unprecedented challenges to auditors keeping track of the money. Gallagher says most financial audits examine spending after the money has been spent. He said Colorado is one of 16 states under a microscope by...

3 years 11 months ago

Colorado weighs changes to fingerprint program

Colorado is considering possible changes to a growing federal program that uses fingerprints to catch illegal immigrants. Several groups have written Governor Bill Ritter to say they worry the program will intimidate crime victims and lead to racial profiling. Ritter spokesman Evan Dreyer said Friday the concerns have prompted the...

3 years 11 months ago

Worst unemployment report of the year released

New applications for unemployment insurance reached the half-million mark last week for the first time since November, a sign that employers are likely cutting jobs again as the economy slows. The Labor Department said Thursday that initial claims for jobless benefits rose by 12,000 last week to 500,000, the...

3 years 11 months ago

BP to begin forcing cement down well

BP officials say they plan to begin forcing cement down the blown-out Gulf oil well today. The announcement came last night shortly after their plan was approved by the federal official in charge of the oil spill. The company plans to shove cement down from pipes attached to ships...

3 years 11 months ago

Pueblo postal worker indicted for embezzlement

Another postal worker in Pueblo is in hot water. Gil Trujillo has been indicted by a U.S. federal court for embezzlement of funds. That's according to Al Desarro, Public Information Officer for the Unites States Postal Service's western region. According to Desarro, Trujillo has worked at the main post office...

3 years 11 months ago

Pueblo council split on immigration reform vote

On Monday, Pueblo city council has passed a resolution urging Colorado lawmakers to support comprehensive federal immigration reform. The resolution passed 5 to 2, with council members Vera Ortegon and Judy Weaver voting against it. The resolution reads as follows: The Pueblo City Council urges our United States Senators for...

4 years 1 month ago

Fake collection agency calls may come from overseas

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said Tuesday his office has received reports of fraudulent and threatening debt-collection calls. The calls often involve a supposed payday loan debt consumers have allegedly incurred. The callers, who resort to threatening tactics, use a variety of business names and have even invoked the Office...

4 years 1 month ago

Federal regulators adopt bank bonus policy

Federal regulators have adopted a plan to ensure that banks' pay policies don't encourage employees to take reckless gambles like those that contributed to the recent financial crisis. The plan, originally proposed by the Federal Reserve last year, was also endorsed by other key banking regulators - the Federal...

4 years 1 month ago

Colorado murder ordered by drug dealer

Federal authorities say a Littleton man who was gunned down after opening his apartment door was ordered killed by an alleged drug dealer in Michigan. Authorities say Franco Gonzalo Sierra-Rodriguez is the suspected hit man and police arrested him Wednesday night in Houston. He is suspected of shooting Joaquin...

4 years 1 month ago

Hispanic ranchers lawsuit drags on

U.S. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet say they want a resolution soon on a 2000 federal lawsuit filed by Hispanic farmers and ranchers who allege unfair treatment during the distribution of disaster loans. The senators' statements Friday came during the week the government began discussions to resolve the...

4 years 2 months ago

Paying for the peaks: hiking charges considered

Hikers who tackle some of Colorado's highest peaks could soon face a toll beyond the physical. The federal government is considering charging hikers up to $20 to access popular mountaintops. The U.S. Forest Service says it will consider permit fees to cover trail improvements at some of Colorado "fourteeners"...

4 years 2 months ago

Analyst: Fed to show confidence in recovery

One analyst predicts Federal Reserve policymakers will come out of today's meeting confident, yet cautious. The chief economist at John Hancock says the Fed will let the public know it has more confidence in the country's economic recovery. But Bill Cheney says Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues will...

4 years 3 months ago

New federal law forces 2,500 layoffs

A new law that cuts banks out of the federal student loan business is costing 2,500 workers at Sallie Mae their jobs. The nation's largest student lender has told 1,200 staffers in service centers in Killeen, Texas, and Panama City, Fla., they will lose their jobs by year-end. The...

4 years 3 months ago

Taxpayers got even bigger windfall from Fed

A new report shows taxpayers got a record $47.4 billion last year in earnings from the Federal Reserve. The payment to the Treasury Department is slightly higher than the $46.1 billion first estimated in January. The new figure is based on more complete information contained in audited financial statements for...

4 years 3 months ago

Need more time?

Do you need more time? Whether you've procrastinated or you have a complicated tax return that's taking longer to prepare than expected, you still have a deadline to meet on Thursday. Applications for extensions are due the same due date as tax returns. It's easy to file, and...

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