State transferring land for wildlife refuge
DENVER (AP) The Colorado State Land Board expects to gain $9.4 million from a deal to transfer land to the federal government for the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge.
The State Land Board manages the states mineral rights to generate money for public schools and other institutions.
Board commissioners Friday approved the initiation of the land transfer. The board says that under a subsequent transaction, it will give aggregate mineral rights from the land to the Bureau of Land Management in exchange for comparably valued property elsewhere in the state.
The refuge site once was home to the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant.
The land being transferred sits along Colorado Highway 93. It is a key migration corridor for elk and deer and contains critical habitat for the threatened Prebles meadow jumping mouse.
Aspen, Arapahoe Basin still welcoming skiers
ASPEN (AP) Aspen Mountain is offering late spring skiing again this weekend.
The resort reopened for skiing on Memorial Day weekend. The plan is to offer weekend skiing through July 4 if conditions allow.
About 1,700 skiers and snowboarders visited the mountain the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.
Arapahoe Basin still is open, too, and it plans to be open Friday through Sunday for at least two more weekends after this.
A-Basin says it will offer weekend skiing through July 4 if the snow is still good.
Police seeking help to nab copper thieves
COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) Colorado Springs police say thieves have made off with copper worth hundreds of thousands of dollars over the last year and theyre asking for help in nabbing them.
Police say copper has been ripped off from businesses, schools and parks to sell as scrap metal. City officials estimate about $300,000 in copper wire has been stolen from streetlights alone.
Authorities say Colorado Springs Utilities crews maintain the streetlights, and anyone else tampering with the lights is likely a thief.
Two men were arrested in May on suspicion of stealing backflow valves and copper pipes from homes, businesses and parks. Five others arrested last December are believed responsible for $2 million in stolen metal and damage.