Colo. skydiver dies in swooping accident
LONGMONT (AP) The Boulder County coroners office is investigating the death of a skydiver who hit the ground while practicing swooping maneuvers in Longmont.
The coroner said Monday that 38-year-old Denver lawyer Emily Berkeley died after Saturdays accident at Vance Brand Municipal Airport.
In swooping, skydivers glide horizontally above the ground in low-altitude parachute maneuvers before hitting a designated spot.
Airport manager Tim Barth told the Longmont Times-Call that Berkeley was making her third and final practice jump when she apparently failed to complete a turn. He said she was about 200 feet above the ground at the time.
Berkeley is the sixth person to die while skydiving at the airport since 1995 and the second to die while swooping.
Air Force folds Tacos into special operations
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AP) The Tacos have a new mission.
Air Force officials on Monday incorporated the New Mexico Air National Guards 150th Fighter Wing, known as the Tacos, into the command of the 58th Special Operations Wing, an active duty unit at Kirtland Air Force Base that performs combat search and rescue missions.
The new associate unit will fly training missions for HC/MC-130P, HH-60, and UH-1 aircraft. The New Mexico guardsmen also will add secondary missions involving rapid deployable engineering, power production and intelligence targeting.
The Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Norton Schwartz, says the association maintains a stock of qualified flight instructors and preserves the New Mexico Air National Guards manpower for state emergencies.
Group urges court to toss gun lawsuit
DENVER (AP) A group that opposes guns on campus filed an argument with the Colorado Supreme Court urging the justices to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to give students the right to carry firearms at colleges.
The Washington, D.C.-based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence said in a brief filed Monday that the Court should protect students and faculty from the severe risks posed by guns.
In April, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a gun-rights group that sued the University of Colorado. The group argued that the universitys 1994 policy banning concealed weapons violates state gun laws.
The Colorado Supreme Court has agreed to take up the case.
Gay-straight alliances increase in Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The number of gay-straight alliance clubs has tripled in Utah high schools this year.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported Monday that 27 GSA clubs have formed to provide safe environments and help prevent gay teen suicides, according to Utah Pride Centers GSA Network.
Students are working to open clubs next year at schools in Pleasant Grove, Vernal, Grantsville, Sandy and South Jordan.
Network officials say The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2009 endorsement of Salt Lake Citys anti-discrimination protections for gay and transgender people was a turning point. The church opposes gay marriage and teaches that same-sex relationships are sinful but has grown increasingly vocal in urging compassion toward such individuals and condemning mistreatment.