Woman accused of ruining art released
LOVELAND (AP) A woman accused of destroying a controversial piece of artwork in northern Colorado is out of jail.
Fifty-six-year-old Kathleen Folden of Kalispell, Mont., was released on $350 bond Thursday. She was arrested the day before at the Loveland Museum/Gallery after witnesses say she smashed the glass shielding a print and then tore part of it up.
Critics say it shows Jesus engaged in a sex act. The artist says its not Christ but a collage aimed at showing how the church has corrupted spirituality.
Folden declined comment about the case to reporters but said, Just remember, God is real before leaving.
Montrose DA first to submit DNA sample
MONTROSE (AP) The first person to submit a DNA sample under a new state law in Montrose County was the countys district attorney.
Meryl Serra was arrested on suspicion of unlawful sexual contact, a felony, on Sept. 30. Thats the day Colorados Katies Law took effect, requiring all people arrested on suspicion of a felony to submit a DNA sample.
Sheriff Rick Dunlap told the Montrose Daily Press that Serra was the first person to comply with the law.
Under the law, if no felony charges are filed, DNA samples are destroyed after a year.
Details in the case have been sealed.
Previous court records show that a woman who said she had dated Serra asked for two restraining orders against him but both were denied.
State marks 600th home weatherized
DENVER (AP) Gov. Bill Ritter is recognizing efforts to make Colorado homes more energy efficient by marking a milestone the 600th home to be weatherized in Denver and Jefferson County.
Ritter planned to visit the Denver home Friday. The Governors Energy Office has contracted with Veterans Green Jobs to weatherize 1,700 homes in 18 months.
The energy office says weatherizing homes creates jobs and lower utility bills. The office says upgrading insulation, sealing air leaks and installing high-efficiency appliances can save homeowners an average of $437 in utility costs annually.
Havasupai Tribe closes Havasu Canyon
SUPAI VILLAGE, Ariz. (AP) Havasu Canyon on the western end of the Grand Canyon is closed until at least Nov. 1 because of flooding.
The Havasupai Tourism Office says on its Web site it will not be taking reservations until that time.
The Arizona Daily Sun says flooding has caused damage to trails as well as the campground.
A tourism office worker says they are in the process of calling people who made reservations to let them know of the closure.