Denver firefighters fight flames, bedbugs
DENVER (AP) Denver firefighters ran into more than the normal hazards at a house fire.
Crews responding to the blaze Wednesday also had to battle bedbugs, the bloodsucking insects quickly becoming the scourge of households and businesses across the country.
Lt. Phil Champagne of the Denver Fire Department tells The Denver Post that firefighters had to be decontaminated after going into an attic where items were infested with bedbugs.
The bugs scurried away from the flames and latched on to firefighters equipment and gear. Some of the gear had to be bagged so the bugs wouldnt get a free ride to the firehouse.
Firefighters put out the blaze in about 45 minutes. There were no injuries, but the home was declared uninhabitable.
Colo. Springs OKs land purchase
COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) The Colorado Springs City Council has voted to spend $4.12 million on land the city has leased for four decades from the state.
The Gazette in Colorado Springs reports that the council voted unanimously Tuesday to buy the 640-acre parcel thats between Bear Creek Canon Park and Red Rock Canyon Open Space. Most of the money to buy the land will come from the citys open-space sales tax.
Colorado Springs negotiated for more than a decade with the Colorado State Land Board to acquire the parcel. One of the sticking points was the mineral rights.
Zion National Park resumes tunnel fees
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Zion National Park is reinstating special fees for large vehicles that travel through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel.
The $15 fee has been temporarily waived since August 17 because of work on the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway Reconstruction Project. The park will begin collecting the fee again on Monday.
The Canyon Overlook parking lot, which has been closed for the construction, will also open Monday.
The Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel was completed in 1930 and was not designed wide or tall enough to accommodate large vehicles such as motor homes and buses in one lane. The park charges large vehicles for two trips through the tunnel in a seven day period.
Bike thieves strike Flagstaff
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) Bike thieves are riding high on the campus of Northern Arizona University and Flagstaff.
Police statistics show bicycle thefts in the city so far this year are already above the total stolen last year. On the NAU campus, bike thefts continue to present a significant enough problem that they are tracked separately by campus police.
Flagstaff police Sgt. James Jackson tells the Arizona Daily Sun that bike theft is one of the most common because its a crime of opportunity often committed by people on drugs.
Police suggest documenting the serial number of the bicycle and taking a photo to have the information available for officers in the event it is stolen.
Bush, Cheney may speak in Colo. Springs
COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) Former President George W. Bush and his Vice President Dick Cheney are listed as featured speakers at an insurance forum in Colorado Springs.
The 97th annual Insurance Leadership Forum, held by The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers, lists Cheney as the keynote speaker Monday. The Gazette of Colorado Springs reports that also on the schedule Monday is Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former top commander in Afghanistan.
Bush is listed on the insurance groups website as speaking on Tuesday.
A spokesman for Bush says that as a matter of practice, he doesnt confirm Bushs schedule.