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Colorado is about 1/2 the size of France.
(SSFC, 10/9/05, Par p.27)

150Mil BC    A small, chipmunk-sized mammal named Fruitafossor windscheffeli lived in Colorado. It developed heavy forearms for digging in the ground to feed on insects and termites.
    (SFC, 4/1/05, p.A4)
150Mil BC    Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation in Colorado has fossils of Apatosaurus, once known as Brontosaurus. Its name means headless lizard because early specimens lacked a head. It roamed forested plains and swamps in herds but probably spent most of its time in shallow waters. Tiny peg-like teeth were used for water weeds. It reached 20 m in size and weighed as much as 30 tons. A head was finally found in 1979 and was found to be quite long and slender. O.C. Marsh, paleontologist, described a large dinosaur in 1877 that he called Apatosaurus ajax (deceptive lizard) based on a newly discovered vertebral column. In 1879 he discovered the bones of a larger beast that he named Brontosaurus (thunder lizard). In 1903 Elmer Riggs showed that Apatosaurus was just a younger Brontosaurus.
    (TE-JB, p.64-65)(SFEC, 5/30/99, Par p.12)
150Mil BC    Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation in Colorado and Wyoming has fossils of Ceratosaurus. It is also found in East Africa. It was a flesh-eating carnosaur that stood on two feet with the body held forward and balanced by the long stiff tail. It had a battery of fierce teeth, a horn on its nose, heavy ridges above the eyes, and a jagged crest down the back. Great claws on the hind limbs and smaller ones on the fore limbs were used to kill its prey which it hunted in packs. It stood 6 m.
    (TE-JB, p.58)
150Mil BC    Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation in Colorado has fossils of Stegosaurus. The array of plates down its back were not attached to the main skeleton but only embedded in the skin and could have lain flat or upright, in pairs or alternate. Their function is not understood. It was 9 m long and stood 2.5 m at the hips.
    (TE-JB, p.73)
150Mil BC    The small dinosaur Fruitadens haagarorum lived about this time in Colorado. It weighed less than 2 pounds and measured 28 inches from its little jaws to the end of its tail. Its fossils were found in the late 1970s near Fruita, Colo.
    (SFC, 10/21/09, p.D2)

120000BC    In 2014 a bulldozer enlarging a reservoir near Snowmass, Colorado, uncovered a trove of fossil bones dating to about this time.
    (SFC, 11/27/14, p.A6)
c12000BC     In 2004 archaeologists in Kansas working near the Colorado-Kansas border reported radiocarbon dating results finished in February that showed mammoth and prehistoric camel bones dating back to about this time.
    (AP, 6/13/05)

350BC     First evidence of humans in southwest Colorado: corn pollen. Nomadic hunter-gatherers planted crops in the spring, then left to forage and hunt over the summer, returning in the fall to harvest and seek shelter in caves for the winter. They made baskets of yucca fibers, sometimes waterproofed with pitch from pińon pine.
    (HN, 2/11/97)
c350BC    The Anasazi were probably living in Colorado caves. Their present name comes from a Navajo word meaning "the ancient ones" or "the ancient enemy."
    (HNQ, 7/1/01)

550AD     Native peoples in southwest Colorado began building pit houses. Found the world over, these are rooms dug in the ground with roofs of mud and logs. To get in or out, people used a ladder through a hole in the roof that doubled as a smoke vent-unpleasant for humans but a good way to keep animals out. You can see several excavated pit houses at the National Park.
    (HN, 2/11/97)

c600-1300    Pueblo Indians built their Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde.
    (SFC, 7/25/00, p.A3)

750AD     Native peoples in southwest Colorado started building stone houses above ground, first one-story, then two. Ruins of these are scattered over the landscape and have the look of ones the Pueblo Indians-Hopi, Zuni and others-of the Southwest live in today. Added beans, an important source of protein, to their diets, and began making simple grayware pots. Had bows and arrows.
    (HN, 2/11/97)

c1150        A group of Anasazi villages in southwest Colorado were suddenly abandoned during a period of severe drought. In 2000 evidence showed that a raiding party had swept through the area, killed the inhabitants and ate their flesh.
    (SFC, 9/6/00, p.A3)

1200         The Anasazi in southwest Colorado began building their cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde about this time. The population thrived here for about 70 years making corrugated pottery and handsomely decorated black and white pottery.
    (HN, 2/11/97)(WSJ, 3/14/09, p.W12)

1250        The Anasazi in southwest Colorado fought a battle against unknown enemies. Number of kivas built greatly increased. Quality of workmanship in building decreased. People began to leave.
    (HN, 2/11/97)

1276        A 25-year drought began in the Four Corner region.
    (HN, 2/11/97)(AM, 9/01, p.44)

1280        By this time the Anasazi Indian culture of the American southwest, 15 to 20 thousand people, disappeared from the Four Corners region. All the Anasazi were gone from Mesa Verde. They probably moved south and broke up into present-day Pueblo tribes. Anasazi means enemy ancestors in Navajo. In 2017 DNA evidence revealed that the cliff-dwelling people had raised turkeys and migrated with them to the Rio Grande valley of northern New Mexico during a devastating drought.
    (SFC, 5/19/96, T-1)(HN, 2/11/97)(AM, 9/01, p.44)(SFC, 3/18/17, p.A8)

1300        The Arapaho and Cheyenne Indian Nations settled the Colorado area about this time.
    (Time, 1990s Almanac CD)

1540        Aug 25, Explorer Hernando de Alarcon traveled up the Colorado River.
    (MC, 8/25/02)

1778        Juan Bautista de Anza led a punitive expedition across New Mexico and Colorado against the Comanches. His forces cornered and killed Comanche Chief Cuerno Verde and other leaders at what later became Rye, Colo.
    (SFC, 6/7/00, p.A15)

1786         Spanish explorer Juan de Uribarri was the first European to "discover" the region. 1801 France regained possession of the state from Spain.
    (Time, 1990s Almanac CD)

1803         The United States gained the Colorado area through The Louisiana Purchase with France.
    (Time, 1990s Almanac CD)

1806        Nov 13, The 14,110-foot Pike's Peak was discovered, but not climbed, by Lieutenant Zebulon Montgomery Pike during an expedition to locate the source of the Mississippi. Explorations by Lt. Zebulon Pike and Kit Carson mapped out much of the state. [see Nov 15]
    (HN, 11/13/98)(Time, 1990s Almanac CD)

1806        Nov 15, Explorer Zebulon Pike discovered the Colorado mountaintop, originally called "The Long One" by Ute Indians, and now known as Pikes Peak. Lt. Pike was leading a survey party into the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase when he spotted the snowcapped peak in the distance. He didn’t climb it. [see Nov 13]
    (AP, 11/15/97)(HN, 11/15/98)(MC, 11/15/01)

1845        Dec 29, Texas (comprised of the present State of Texas and part of New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming) was admitted as the 28th state, with the provision that the area (389, 166 square miles) should be divided into no more than five states "of convenient size." Sam Houston insisted on maintaining control of offshore waters as a condition of joining the union. The annexation of Texas led Mexico and the US to prepare for war.
    (AP, 12/29/97)(Econ, 7/1/06, p.29)(SFC, 1/11/20, p.C2)

1848        Feb 2, US and Mexico signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Mexico ceded one-third of its territory to the US including most of Arizona, California, large portions of Colorado and Wyoming, New Mexico and all of Nevada and Utah. They agreed to the Rio Grande as the boundary between Texas and Mexico, which was awarded $15 million. 25,000 Mexicans and 12,000 Americans lost their lives in the 17-month old conflict.
    (SFC, 6/13/96, p.A17)(HN, 2/2/99)(SSFC, 11/28/21, p.J1)

1848        May 30, Mexico ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo giving US: New Mexico, California and parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona & Colorado in return for $15 million.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1848        Oct 19, John "The Pathfinder" Fremont moved out from near Westport, Missouri, on his fourth Western expedition with 33 volunteers. The goal was to find a railroad route across the Rocky Mountains. His failed attempt to open a trail across the Rocky Mountains along the 38th parallel ended with some of his men cannibalizing their comrades.
    (HN, 10/19/98)(SFEC, 2/13/00, BR p.6)(ON, 12/06, p.5)

1848        Nov 21, The John C. Fremont expedition, in search of a railraod route across the Rocky Mountains, reached Pueblo, Colorado. There Fremont hired Bill Williams (61), a mountaineer with 40 years experience.
    (ON, 12/06, p.5) 

1848         Present boundaries were set after completion of the Mexican War.
    (Time, 1990s Almanac CD)

1849        Jan, A relief party from Taos, New Mexico, rescued the remaining members of the John C. Fremont expedition in the Colorado Mountains. Ten men died from cold and starvation before the rescue.
    (ON, 12/06, p.7)

1851         The first permanent settlement was founded.
    (Time, 1990s Almanac CD)

1853        John C. Fremont began his 5th expedition west, his 2nd into the Colorado Mountains, and traveled across Kansas, southern Colorado and Utah in search of a railroad route over the Central Rockies. The group reached Mormon settlements in Utah. Fremont brought along photographer Solomon Nunes Carvalho, who took hundreds of daguerreotypes. Many of the images were lost in an 1881 NYC warehouse fire. In 1994 Robert Shlaer set out to recreate the images and in 2000 published "Sights Once Seen: Daguerreotyping Fremont’s Last Expedition Through the Rockies."
    (SFEC, 7/9/00, BR p.12)(ON, 12/06, p.7)

1858        Pay dirt [silver] was struck in the Pike’s Peak region of the Colorado Territory.
    (WW, 12/96)

1858        The city of Denver began as one of several prospecting camps on Cherry Creek in what is now downtown Denver. Gold-seeking settlers at the foot of the Rockies decided to call their settlement "Denver" after the governor of the Kansas Territory, in which the settlement was located.
    (HNQ, 4/4/00)

1859        Claire Brown was the first black woman to come to Colorado. She helped establish the Adriance Church, one of the state’s first churches.
    (Hem., 5/97, p.20)

1860        A US federal head count numbered 32,654 men and 1,577 women in Colorado.
    (SFEC, 1/30/00, Z1 p.2)

1861        Feb 28, The territory of Colorado was organized.
    (AP, 2/28/98)(HN, 2/28/98)

1861         Denver was incorporated as a city.
    (HNQ, 4/4/00)

1862        Fort Collins was established as a frontier outpost.
    (WSJ, 6/6/01, p.A8)

1863        Oct 10, The first telegraph line to Denver was completed.
    (HN, 10/10/98)

1864        Nov 29, In retaliation for an Indian attack on a party of immigrants near Denver, 750 members of a Colorado militia unit, led by Colonel John M. Chivington, attacked an unsuspecting village of Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indians camped on Sand Creek in present-day Kiowa County. Some 300 [163] Indians were killed in the attack, including women and children, many of whose bodies were mutilated. Ten soldiers died in the attack. The Sand Creek Massacre, as this incident came to be called, provoked a savage struggle between Indians and the white settlers. It also generated two Congressional investigations into the actions of Chivington and his men. The House Committee on the Conduct of the War concluded that Chivington had "deliberately planned and executed a foul and dastardly massacre which would have disgraced the varied and savage among those who were the victims of his cruelty."
    (HNPD, 11/29/98)(HN, 11/29/98)(SFC, 9/15/00, p.A9)(SSFC, 2/1/04, p.C13)

1864        The villages of Central City and Black Hawk, one mile apart on Route 119, were incorporated within a day of each other.
    (SFC, 12/26/98, p.B8)

1865        Jan 7, Cheyenne and Sioux warriors attacked Julesburg, Colo., in retaliation for the Sand Creek Massacre.
    (HN, 1/7/99)

1865        Apr 23, Dedicated Massachusetts abolitionist Silas Soule (b.1838) was shot and killed  near his home in Colorado by a soldier named Charles Squires. It is thought that Squires was hired by men loyal to Col. John Chivington to kill Soule. Soule's testimony against Chivington about the 1864 massacre at Sand Creek led, in part, the United States Congress to refuse the Army's request for thousands of men for a general war against the Native Americans of the Plains States.

1867        Dec 9, The capital of Colorado Territory was moved from Golden to Denver.
    (HN, 12/9/98)

1867        Dec 30, Simon Guggenheim, philanthropist and US Senator for Colorado, was born. He died aboard the Titanic.
    (HN, 12/30/98)(MC, 12/30/01)

1868        May 23, Kit Carson (b.1809), American scout and frontiersman, died at Fort Lyon, Colorado. In 1999 David Roberts authored "A Newer World: Kit Carson, John C. Freemont and the Claiming of the American West."
    (WUD, 1994, p.227)(SFEC, 2/13/00, BR p.5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kit_Carson)

1868        Sep 17, The Battle of Beecher's Island began, in which Major George "Sandy" Forsyth and 50 volunteers held off 500 Sioux and Cheyenne in eastern Colorado.
    (HN, 9/17/98)

1869        Dec 14, Nathan Meeker, agricultural editor of the New York Tribune, wrote a column appealing to readers of high moral character to join him in building a utopian community by the South Platte River near the foot of the Rocky Mountains. He selected 700 of some 3000 applicants and founded Greeley, Colo., named after his publisher Horace Greeley.
    (Sm, 2/06, p.99)

1871        The Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility was built and opened on the western edge of Cańon City.
    (SFC, 6/13/13, p.A8)(Econ, 8/12/17, p.22)

1873        Aug, The cannibalized remains of 5 men were found on the banks of the Gunnison River, Colorado. Alfred Packer (d.1907), one of a 6-man prospecting party, had emerged from the area 3 months earlier. Packer was arrested but escaped for 9 years. He then spent 18 years in jail and was paroled in 1901. [see Apr 13, 1883]
    (AM, 5/01, p.50)

1873        Adolph Coors selected the waters of Clear Creek for his dream of high producing a high quality beer.
    (SFEC, 4/30/00, BR p.4)

1874        Jun, In the Summer Willie Kennard, black Civil War veteran, was appointed the new Marshall at Yankee Hill, Colorado, after arresting Barney Casewit, rapist and murderer, and killing his 2 companions. Casewit was hung the next day after being tried and convicted under councilman Bert Corgan.
    (WW, 12/96)

1875        Spring, Billy McGeorge led a gang of outlaws that preyed on freight wagons and passenger stages around Yankee Hill, Colorado.
    (WW, 12/96)

1875        The town of Ouray, Colo., was built during the silver and gold rush.
    (SFC, 2/16/06, p.E2)

1876        Aug 1, Colorado was admitted as the 38th state.
    (AP, 8/1/97)

1876        Oct 3, John L. Routt, the Colorado Territory governor, was elected the first state governor of Colorado in the Centennial year of the U.S.
    (HN, 10/3/98)

1879        Independence, Colo., was founded as a mining camp. It was purchased by the Aspen Valley Land Trust in 2001 and transferred to the US Forest Service in 2004.
    (USAT, 1/30/04, p.7A)

1880        Caroline Romney hauled in printing presses to a tent with a sawdust floor and started the Record in Durango, Colo.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, BR p.6)

1881        Denver was made the capital of the state of Colorado. Denver was named after the governor of the Kansas Territory, James William Denver.
    (HNQ, 4/4/00)

1882        The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad was completed to haul gold, silver and other minerals.
    (SFEC,11/16/97, p.T5)

1882        Bat Masterson served as the town Marshall of Trinidad.
    (SFEC, 11/8/98, p.A6)

1883        Apr 13, Alfred Packer was convicted of cannibalism. [see Aug, 1873]
    (MC, 4/13/02)

1883        May 23, Douglas Fairbanks, actor, was born in Denver, CO.
    (HN, 5/23/98)(MC, 5/23/02)

1883        Mary Hallock Foote (b1847), American author and illustrator, published her first novel: “Led-Horse Claim: A Romance of a Mining Camp," written while living in Leadville, Colo.

1883         A fire raging in an underground Colorado coal field sent so much smoke pouring from cracks in the ground that the scene was likened to burning volcanoes and the state's first mining inspector deemed the blaze “impossible to extinguish".
    (AP, 1/30/22)s

1886        The Beaumont Hotel was built in Ouray, Colo.
    (SFC, 2/16/06, p.E2)

1887        Nov 8, Doc Holliday, who fought on the side of the Earp brothers during the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral sixty years earlier, died of tuberculosis in Glenwood Springs, Colo.
    (HN, 11/6/98)

1888        In Colorado Richard Wetherill and Charles Mason, cowboys looking for lost cattle, came upon the abandoned 150-room Cliff Palace of the Puebloan people, who had lived in the area from about 400-1300. In 1906 the area became Mesa Verde National Park.
    (SSFC, 4/2/06, p.F10)

1890        Mar 28, Paul Whiteman, orchestra leader (Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club), was born in Denver, Co.
    (MC, 3/28/02)

1892        The Brown Palace Hotel opened in Denver, Colorado.
    (WSJ, 6/24/08, p.D7)

1893        Jul 22, Katherine Lee Bates (1819-1910), Wellesley professor, wrote the words to the song "America the Beautiful," while atop Pike’s Peak during a trip to Colorado. It appeared in print on July 4, 1895. In 1904 Clarence Barbour adapted it to the melody of Samuel Ward’s “Materna" (1890). Bates’ final version was completed in 1911.
    (WSJ, 9/28/01, p.W13)(SSFC, 10/21/01, Par p.8)(AH, 10/04, p.26)

1893        Nov 7, The state of Colorado granted women residents the right to vote.
    (AP, 11/7/97)

1894        The Denver Press Club was founded. In 1996 it was the longest continually operating press club.
    (SFC, 10/24/96, p.A2)

1894        Cattlemen on the Roan Plateau of Colorado drove some 4,000 sheep of cliffs in a clash known as the Peach Day Massacre. This was such an outrage that the state legislature passed the Rees-Oldman Act to divide up Roan Plateau grazing rights between cattle and sheep operators.  Conflicts between cattle and sheep operators continued for several decades well into the 1930’s. It was later found that some 5.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas rested beneath the plateau.
    (USAT, 3/5/04, p.6A)(Internet)

1896        Apr 25, Fight in Central Dance Hall started a fire in Cripple Creek, Colorado.
    (SS, 4/25/02)

1901        Oct 19, Arleigh A. Burke, admiral (WW II, Solomon Islands, Navy Cross), was born in Colorado.
    (MC, 10/19/01)

1901        Artus Van Briggle (d.1904) and wife Anne opened their Van Briggle art pottery business in Colorado Springs, Colo. Their vases were used for flowers and lamp bases. His best known vases depicted a woman leaning on a lily, a man curled around the top, and a woman curled around an entire vase. Their Persian Rose glaze was produced from 1946-1968.
    (SFC, 9/7/05, p.G9)(www.collectics.com/education_vanbriggle.html)

1901        Colorado River water first flowed to California's arid southeast on the Alamo Canal, which dipped into Mexico. California farmers soon decided they needed a canal completely within the United States, leading to completion of the All-American Canal in 1942.
    (AP, 3/18/06)(Econ, 8/1/09, p.71)

1902        The 42-room Redstone Castle in the mountains near Aspen was completed by coal baron John Cleveland Osgood. He named it Cleveholm Manor.
    (AP, 3/19/05)

1905        Dec, Frank Steunenberg, former gov. of Idaho, was blown up by a booby-trapped gate in front of his home in Caldwell, Idaho. Three Western Federation of Miners leaders in Colorado, Charles Moyer, George Pettibone and William Haywood, were "legally kidnapped" to Idaho and put on trial for the murder. The event and surrounding circumstances were described by J. Anthony Lukas in his 1997 book: "Big Trouble."
    (SFEC, 10/5/97, BR p.1,6)

1907        Aug 3, Irene Tedrow, actress (Lucy-Dennis the Menace, Mr. Novak), was born in Denver, Colo.
    (SC, 8/3/02)

1908        Jul 7, The Democratic National Convention opened in Denver.
    (AP, 7/7/08)

1908        Jul 10, William Jennings Bryan was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
    (AP, 7/10/08)

1909        Jun, F.O. Stanley, the entrepreneur behind the Stanley Steamer automobile, opened the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park after he found the area good for his health.
    (SFEC, 9/3/00, p.T5)

1910        The first skiers ventured to Berthoud Pass, Colorado.
    (SFEC, 10/31/99, p.T16)

1913        Jun 13, Ralph Edwards (d.2005), radio and TV host (This is Your Life), was born in Merino, Colo.
    (www.imdb.com)(SFC, 11/17/05, p.B5)

1914        Apr 20, Soldiers killed 33 during mine strike in Ludlow, Colo. In the Ludlow Massacre 2 women and 11 children perished in a mining camp torched by Colorado militiamen called in by John D. Rockefeller Jr. to settle a strike. More than 75 people died during the Colorado coal strike with more than half of them being company guards. In 2007 Scott Martelle authored “Blood Passion: The Ludlow Massacre and Class War in the American West."
    (www.du.edu/anthro/ludlow/strike_000.html)(SFEC, 5/31/98, BR p.3)(SSFC, 8/5/07, p.M2)

1915        Jan 26, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Rocky Mountain National Park Act. The 415 square miles park, northwest of Denver, was created following a decade of lobbying by photographer and naturalist Enos Mills. During its first year the park drew some 31,000 visitors.
    (http://home.nps.gov/romo/historyculture/upload/chapter2.pdf)(SFC, 7/19/97, p.A2)(SFC, 1/26/15, p.A5)

1915        Oct 4, Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado and Utah was established. Pres. Woodrow Wilson established Dinosaur National Monument in Jensen, Utah.
    (SFEC, 3/14/99, p.T8)(MC, 10/4/01)

1915         The 4-story Colorado National Bank was built in Denver. In 2014 it was converted into the 8-story 230-room Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel.
    (SSFC, 6/8/14, p.P3)

1916        Jul 1, Dwight D. Eisenhower married Mary "Mamie" Geneva Doud in Denver.
    (AP, 7/1/97)

1916        Jul 2, Ken Curtis Lamar, actor (Ripcord, Festus-Gunsmoke), was born in Colorado.
    (SC, 7/2/02)

1917        Jun 8, Byron R. White (d.2002), later US Supreme Court Justice (1962-1993), was born in Fort Collins.
    (SFC, 4/16/02, p.A1)

1919        Sep 25, Pres. Wilson collapsed in Pueblo, Colorado. An ailing President Woodrow Wilson was faced with the possibility that the Senate might not ratify the Versailles Treaty ending World War I without substantial changes. Wilson embarked on a grueling railroad tour of America to sway public opinion in favor of his version of the Treaty, delivering 40 speeches in less than a week. He warned America that without the Treaty, "there will be another world war" within a single generation. He was rushed back to a White House sickroom but there suffered a stroke on October 2. For the five weeks Wilson's life was in danger, his doctor and Mrs. Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, shown here in a posed photograph taken after the crisis had passed, kept the president isolated, but did not declare him unfit to perform his presidential duties. By November 1, Wilson once again governed the country, although he was left partially paralyzed, weak and demoralized. In March 1920, the Senate finally rejected the Treaty of Versailles.
    (AP, 9/25/97)(HNPD, 9/25/98)

1921        A major flood on the Arkansas River caused Pueblo to divert the original river channel away from downtown. The channel became the setting for a 1998 riverfront project.
    (WSJ, 3/25/98, p.B10)

1922        The Colorado River Compact allocated 7.5 million acre-feet of water from the upper basin states (Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico) to be delivered to the lower basin states (California, Arizona and Nevada) plus the rights to divert another 1 million acre-feet from the river’s lower tributaries.
    (SFEC, 8/24/97, p.A10)(SFCM, 7/17/05, p.6)

1925        May 1, Malcolm Scott Carpenter, astronaut (Mercury 7-Aurora 7), was born in Boulder, Colo.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1927        Nov 21, Picketing strikers at the Columbine Mine in northern Colorado were fired on by state police; six miners were killed.
    (AP, 11/21/07)

1927        The "History of Colorado" was published by Linderman and Co.
    (HIR, 9/11/97, p.5A)

1928        The Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) was founded as an independent, nonprofit research station. It was headquartered in a former mining camp called Gothic in Colorado’s High Elk Corridor.
    (LP, Spring 2006, p.13)

1929        Construction began on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain Nat’l. Park. The road reached Grand Lake in 1938.
    (SFEC, 9/3/00, p.T5)

1929        Adolph Coors, founder of the Coors Brewery, died. In 2000 Dan Baum authored "Citizen Coors: An American Dynasty."
    (SFEC, 4/30/00, BR p.4)

1932        The Great Sand Dunes in Colorado were declared a national monument by Pres. Herbert Hoover.
    (AP, 9/12/04)

1932        The Cowles Commission for Research in Economics was founded by the businessman and economist, Alfred Cowles. It was dedicated to the pursuit of linking economic theory to mathematics and statistics. The Cowles Commission initially found its home in Colorado Springs under the directorship of Charles F. Roos.

1933        May 22, John Browning, pianist (Leventritt Award-1956), was born in Denver, Colorado.
    (MC, 5/22/02)

1934        May 13, A great dustbowl storm occurred. [see Apr 14, 1935]
    (SS, Internet, 5/13/97)

1935        Mar 12-1935 Mar 25, Colorado dust storms killed 6 people, suffocated livestock and covered the ground with up to 6 feet of dust.
    (SFC, 3/19/09, p.D8)

1935        Apr 14, A major sandstorm, dubbed “The Black Blizzard," ravaged the US Midwest. The Black Sunday was the worst day of the almost decade long Dust Bowl era. It ravaged Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. In 2005 Timothy Egan authored “The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl."
    (SSFC, 1/8/06, p.M1)(www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/depression/dustbowl.htm)(Sm, 3/06, p.111)

1935        Aug 3, Richard D. Lamm, Gov-D-Colo, was born.
    (SC, 8/3/02)

1935        Sep 17, Ken Kesey (d.2001), author, was born in La Junta, Colo. His novels included "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1962) and  "Sometimes a Great Notion" (1964).
    (HN, 9/17/00)(SSFC, 11/11/01, p.A16)

1937        The state's first rope tow for skiing was installed at Berthoud Pass.
    (SFEC, 10/31/99, p.)

1938        Jan 31, James G. Watt, US Secretary of Interior (1981-83), was born in Colorado.
    (MC, 1/31/02)

1938        Jun 29, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, and Olympic National Park, Washington, were founded.
    (HN, 6/29/01)

1939        Jan 6, Joe Arridy (23), a mentally disabled man, was executed in Colorado after being convicted of killing a Pueblo girl with a hatchet. Arridy appeared to have given a coerced confession and was likely not in Pueblo when Dorothy Drain (15) was killed on Aug 15, 1936. In 2011 outgoing Gov. Bill Ritter issued a posthumous pardon.
    (http://ccpl.lib.co.us/history_old/prisons/ArridyJoe.html)(SFC, 1/8/11, p.A5)

1940        Jul 30, Patricia Shroeder, Democratic congresswoman from Colorado, was born.
    (HN, 7/30/98)

1943        Dec 11, John Kerry, Massachusetts Senator and 2004 Democrat presidential candidate, was born in Denver, Colorado.
    (SSFC, 2/29/04, p.D2)

1947        The first chair lifts for skiing arrived at Berthoud Pass.
    (SFEC, 10/31/99, p.T17)

1950        Walter Paepcke, chairman of Container Corp. of America, founded the Aspen Institute in Colorado as a gathering place for business leaders, artists and philosophers to contemplate society’s underlying values: "a global forum for leveraging the power of leaders to improve the human condition;" "an educational institute that promotes leadership based on values."
    (WSJ, 1/31/03, p.W13)

1952        Dec 2, 1st human birth televised to public was on KOA-TV Denver, Colo.
    (MC, 12/2/01)

1952        Colorado’s Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, 16 miles northwest of Denver, began producing plutonium bombs and bomb parts. It was shut down in 1989.
    (SFC, 8/27/99, p.A3)(Econ, 2/26/05, p.32)

1954        Mar, Dorothy Gay Howard (18) of Phoenix, Arizona, was reported missing. Her nude and battered body was found on April 8 along a creek in Boulder, Colorado. She was buried as Jane Doe until her identity was established by DNA testing in 2009.

1954        Apr 1, U.S. Air Force Academy was founded in Colorado. President Dwight Eisenhower signed a bill authorizing the establishment of an Air Force Academy, similar to West Point and Annapolis. On July 11, 1955, the first class was sworn in at Lowry Air Force Base. The academy moved to a permanent site near Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1958.
    (HN, 4/1/98)(HNQ, 2/22/99)(MC, 4/1/02)

1955        May 29, Jerry Dengler, singer (Mason Dixon-Karen Comes Around), was born in Colorado Springs, CO.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1955        Jul 11, The Air Force Academy was dedicated at its temporary quarters, Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado.
    (AP, 7/11/05)

1955        Nov 1, A time bomb aboard United DC-6 killed 44 above Longmont, Colorado. Jack Gilbert Graham rigged a time bomb for the Denver to Seattle flight and put it into his mother’s suitcase in order to collect the insurance money. Graham was executed in the gas chamber Jan 11, 1957.
    (MC, 11/1/01)(AWC, 1982)

1956        The American opera "The Balled of Baby Doe" was written by Douglas Moore with the libretto by John Latouche. It was based on the 19th century real-life story of Colorado silver magnate Horace Tabor and his illicit affair with Elizabeth "Baby" Doe.
    (SFEC, 9/17/00, DB p.38)

1957        Mar 19, Pete Seibert (1924-2002) climbed to a summit in the Colorado Rockies with Earl Eaton, a uranium prospector, and beheld the area that he later turned into the Vail ski resort.
    (SFC, 7/29/02, p.B5)

1957        Jun 11, 12 died in a train crash in Vroman, Colo.
    (SC, 6/11/02)

1957        A fire at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant released some plutonium in the smoke. The fire was kept secret until 1969 when another fire released more plutonium.
    (SFC, 8/27/99, p.A3)

1959        Jan 22, The Adolph Coors Co. of Golden, Colombia, introduced the aluminum beer can.

1958        Aug 29, Air Force Academy, established in 1954, opened its doors near Colorado Springs, Colo.

1960        Feb 10, Adolph Coors, the beer brewer, was kidnapped in Golden, Colo.
    (HN, 2/10/97)

1962        Dec, Pete Seibert opened the Vail ski resort. He hired Ute Indians to perform a snow dance to lack of snow.
    (SFC, 7/29/02, p.B5)

1962         The Aspen Center for Physics opened this year and played host to 42 physicists. It was founded by George Stranahan (1931-2021), a graduate student in theoretical physics. After some years as a professor of physics in Michigan Stranahan opened the Woody Creek Tavern (1980) near Aspen. In 1990 he founded the Flying Dog Brewpub.
    (AP, 6/20/21)
1962        Yampa Valley College, founded by Lucile Bogue (d.2005), opened in Steamboat Springs, Colo. It eventually became Colorado Mountain College.
    (SFC, 2/15/05, p.B5)

1963        Aug 31, Dick Gibson (d.1998), jazz lover, held his first Gibson Colorado Jazz Party at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen. He flew in some of the world’s top jazz musicians and began an annual Labor Day weekend tradition that lasted 30 years.
    (WSJ, 3/20/07, p.D6)

1966        NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, opened its Cheyenne Mountain complex in Colorado.
    (SFC, 11/16/98, p.A3)

1967        Colorado’s Rep. Gov. John Love signed a bill making his state the first to loosen restrictions on abortion.
    (SFC, 4/26/17, p.A4)

1968        The $750 million federally designed Animas-La Platas Project was approved. It involved a dam in Durango fed by water pumped 500 feet uphill from the Animas River. The plan was later scaled back to $170 million with the water designated to Ute Indians who could then sell it. In 2000 it was still debated.
    (SFC, 1/17/00, p.A3,4)

1969        Jun 27, The 3-day Denver Pop Festival opened. The peak attendance was estimated at 50,000.

1970        Sep 7, Donald Boyles set a record for the highest parachute jump from a bridge by leaping off of 1,053 ft Royal George Bridge in Colorado.

1970        Oct 2, A plane carrying the Wichita State Univ. football team crashed near Silver Plume, Colorado,  killing 29 passengers as well as the Captain and Flight Attendant.

1970        Nov 3, King Peter II Karadjordjevic of Yugoslavia died in a hospital in Denver, Colorado. He had been forced into exile three weeks after his country was invaded by Nazi Germany. He was buried in the Liberty Easter Serbian Orthodox Monastery in Liberty, Illinois. He was the 1st European king or queen to die and be buried in the US. In 2013 his remains, and those of his wife, mother and brother, were interred in the family tomb at St. George church in Oplenac, central Serbia.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_II_of_Yugoslavia)(AP, 5/26/13)

1971        Jul 21, In Nederland, Colo., Marshal Renner Forbes pulled Guy Goughnor ("Deputy Dawg") from the Pioneer Inn tavern, drove to a remote area in Clear Creek County and shot him in the head. Goughnor’s body was found a month later but their was insufficient evidence to link the marshal to the killing. In 1997 Forbes at age 68 confessed to the murder.
    (SFC,10/24/97, p.A5)

1972        Jul 1, The first Rainbow Gathering began in Colorado’s Roosevelt National Forest. It has been held annually in the United States from July 1 - 7 every year on National Forest land.
    (SFC, 7/4/97, p.A3)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Gathering)

1972        Columbine High School in Littleton, 8 miles southwest of Denver, was built.
    (SFC, 4/22/99, p.A7)

1973        Jun 21, The US Supreme Court, in Keyes v. School District No. 1, ordered the complete desegregation of the Denver school system.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.A21)(http://law.jrank.org/pages/13362/Keyes-v-School-District-No-1.html)

1974        Aug 30, The Telluride Film Festival was started by Bill and Stella Pence, Tom Luddy and Jim Card in the town of Telluride, Colorado.
    (SFC, 9/2/10, p.E1)(www.telluridefilmfestival.org/photoscroller.html)

1974        Diane DiPrima joined Chogyam Trungpa, Allen Ginsberg, and others to found the Naropa Institute, a non-profit liberal arts college, in Boulder, Colo.
    (SFC, 5/26/96, Z1 p.3)(www.shambhalashop.com/archives/vidnaro.html)

1975        Mar 15, Ted Bundy victim Julie Cunningham (26) disappeared from Vail, Colo.

1975        Mar 26, Clela Rorex, Boulder, Colo., county clerk, allowed 6 same-sex couples to wed after changing the license application to read "person" rather than "male" and "female."
    (SFC, 2/14/04, p.A1)(www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/3/26/22117/6384)

1975        Apr 6, Bundy victim Denise Oliverson (25) disappeared from Grand Junction, Colo.

1975        Jun 30, Shelley Robertson, a Bundy victim, disappeared in Colorado.
    (MC, 6/30/02)

1976        Feb 4, The Winter Olympics were again held in Innsbruck, Austria, after Colorado rejected hosting the games. Ice dancing joined the program for the 1st time.
    (SSFC, 2/17/02, p.A19)(SFC, 7/31/21, p.B4)

1976        May 13, In game 6 the NY Nets beat the Denver Nuggets in 9th & final American Basketball Association (ABA) championship, 4 games to 2.

1976        Jun 28, The first women entered the U.S. Air Force Academy.
    (HN, 6/28/98)

1976        Nov 2, Tom Tancredo was elected to Colorado’s state house as a member of a group called “The Crazies" due to their fervent opposition to taxes.
    (www.tancredo.org/info/tom_tancredo_bio.html)(Econ, 4/8/06, p.36)

1977        Jul 16, The New World Liberation Front took responsibility for bombing a Coors beer distribution center at San Jose, Ca. NWLF said the bombing was an act of solidarity with the strikers in Golden Colo. Damage was estimated at $400.
    (SFC, 7/12/02, p.E9)

1977        Dec 30, Ted Bundy (1946-1989), serial killer, escaped from jail in Colorado. His absence was not noticed until the next day. He was re-captured in Florida on February 15, 1978, after 3 more murders.

1977        Dr. Elizabeth Williams of Fort Collins classified the endemic chronic wasting disease of local deer as a spongiform disease. It was found to be infectious 2 years later and then spread across to 8 states and Canada. Research later suggested that it could infect people.
    (WSJ, 5/24/02, p.A1)

1978        Colorado allowed the death penalty 2 years after the US Supreme Court ended a 40 year moratorium on capital punishment.
    (SFC, 10/13/97, p.A7)

1978        The US steel industry peeked in 1978 at over 137 million tons. Steel production slipped to less than 90 million tons in 1991. As the steel industry buckled in the 1980s Pueblo, Colorado, began to diversify its economy.
    (WSJ, 3/25/98, p.B10)(http://tinyurl.com/2ntm9k)

1979        The Colorado Supreme Court found that the public has no right to the use of waters overlying private lands for recreations purposes without the consent of the owner. In 1983 the attorney-general cited a 1977 legislative opinion that floating on rivers while staying off the banks of beds does not constitute trespass.
    (Econ, 7/23/05, p.31)

1979        Bob Charles, a McDonald’s franchisee in Colorado, helped create the Happy Meal when he added a toy to children’s orders at his restaurants.
    (WSJ, 1/30/06, p.B2)

1980        Jan 16, In Colorado Helene Pruszynski (21), a senior at Massachusetts's Wheaton College, was returning to her aunt’s home from an internship at a Denver radio station when she was stabbed to death. In 2019 the Douglas County sheriff announced the arrest of Florida truck driver, James Curtis Clanton, in the abduction, sexual assault and murder of Pruszynski. Analysis of DNA information shared on genealogy websites helped break the cold case.
    (NY Times, 12/17/19)(SFC, 12/17/19, p.A5)

1982        Jan 6, In Colorado two young women were shot and left to die near the mountain town of Breckenridge. In 2021 lan Lee Phillips (70) was charged with first-degree murder, assault and kidnapping in the killings of Annette Schnee (21) and Barbara Jo Oberholtzer (29) after DNA evidence linked him to their deaths.
    (NY Times, 5/28/21)

1982        May 2, A project to produce oil from shale rock in Colorado's Roan Plateau collapsed due to technical hurdles and falling oil prices. Exxon Mobil laid off 2,200 workers and cancelled its $5 billion Colony Oil Shale project near Parachute.
    (USAT, 3/5/04, p.6A)(Econ, 8/20/05, p.27)(SFC, 9/4/06, p.A8)

1984        Jan 10, In Colorado Patricia Louise Smith (50) was killed by a hammer blow in Lakewood. About a week later another hammer was used to kill Bruce and Debra Bennet and their daughter (7) in Aurora. In 2018 DNA evidence identified Alexander Christopher Ewing, a Nevada inmate, as the killer. In 2021 Ewing was convicted in the decades-old hammer and knife murders.
    (SFC, 8/11/18, p.A6)(Fox News, 8/7/21)

1984        Jun 18, Alan Berg, a Denver radio talk show host, was shot to death outside his home. Two white supremacists of the Aryan Nations Church were convicted of civil rights violations in the slaying in 1987.
    (AP, 6/18/97)(SFC, 2/20/98, p.A9)(SFC, 7/26/02, p.A26)

1984        Dec 20, Jonelle Matthews (12) disappeared from her home in Greeley, Colorado, after performing in a Christmas concert. Her remains were found in July 2019 in a rural area of Weld County, as crews were working on a pipeline. In 2020 Steven Pankey (69), who twice launched long-shot bids for governor, was arrested in Idaho after he was indicted by a Weld County, Colorado, grand jury on a first-degree murder charge and other counts.
    (NBC News, 10/13/20)

1984        Richard Lamm, later governor of Colorado, was quoted as saying: the elderly "have a duty to die and get out of the way."
    (SFC, 7/21/96, Z1, p.9)

1984        Robert Matthews, leader of the radical right group called "the Order," died in a shootout with federal agents after robbing a Brinks car in Mendocino and murdering Denver radio talk show host Allen Berg. Matthews was influenced by the William Pierce book, "The Turner Diaries."
    (SFC, 9/24/98, p.C6)

1985        In Colorado the US Army opened its 235,896 acre Pińon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS), 150 miles southeast of fort Carson. The land purchase was completed on September 17, 1983, at a cost of approximately $26 million. An additional $2 million was used for relocation of 11 landowners and for school bond relief. Approximately one half of the PCMS was acquired through the legal process of condemnation.
1985        In Colorado Monte Kim Miller (b.1954) founded his Concerned Christians sect. He preached against the evils of cults and New Age movements. The sect disappeared from their homes and jobs in October 1998 and had been the subject of a search. On January 3rd, 1999 they gained notoriety for being arrested and deported from Israel. The deportation was part of an Israeli effort to protect the Al-Aqsa mosque from extremist Christian groups.
    {Colorado, USA, Religion}
    (http://tinyurl.com/3aola5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concerned_Christians)(SFC, 10/16/98, p.A9)

1986        Jul 21, Gary Lee Davis (1944-1997) and his wife, Rebecca, abducted, raped and killed Virginia May in Byers, Colorado. After exhausting all appeals he was executed by lethal injection on Oct 13, 1997. Rebecca was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 10/13/97, p.A7)(SFC, 10/14/97, p.A3)

1987        Feb 11, Peggy Hettrick (37) in Fort Collins, Colorado, was murdered. Timothy Masters (15) was convicted and sentenced to life in 1999 for the crime. He served nine and a half years of a life sentence for the murder until DNA evidence from the body in 2008 was found to match the victim's ex-boyfriend and not the Masters.
    (Reuters, 1/22/08)

1987        Apr 13, Gary Hart announced his bid for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination.
    (AP, 4/13/97)

1987        May 3, The Miami Herald said its reporters had observed a young woman, later identified as Donna Rice, spending "Friday night and most of Saturday" at a Washington, D.C., townhouse belonging to Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart.
    (AP, 5/3/97)(SFEC, 12/19/99, p.C12)

1987        Jun 9, Near Denver, Colorado, lightning struck the so-called Tire Mountain and ignited a fire that burned some 2 million of the 6 million tires stored there.
    (SFC, 6/9/09, p.D8)(http://tvnews.vanderbilt.edu/siteindex/1987-6/)

1987        Sep 28, US Rep. Patricia Schroeder, D-Colo., announced in Denver that she would not run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
    (AP, 9/28/97)

1987        Nov 15, Twenty-eight of 82 people aboard a Continental Airlines DC-9, including the pilot and co-pilot, were killed when the jetliner crashed seconds after taking off from Denver's Stapleton International Airport.
    (AP, 11/15/97)

1987        Michael Gilliland and his wife, Elizabeth Cook, purchased a vegetarian food store in Boulder, Colo. In 1991 they opened their 1st supermarket-size store in Santa Fe, NM, and renamed the company Wild  Oats Vegetarian Market. They went public in 1996 and by 2006 had 114 stores in 24 states.
    (WSJ, 10/26/06, p.C1)

1988        Mar 11, Saying, "The people have decided," Gary Hart withdrew a second time from the race for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination. Gary Hart, former US Senator from Colorado campaigned for the democratic nomination for president until a photograph of himself with a woman named Donna Rice, not his wife, appeared. She sat on his lap aboard a boat named Monkey Business. In 1996 Hart wrote a book using Machiavelli’s "The Prince" format. It was titled: "The Patriot: An Exhortation to Liberate America From the Barbarians."
    (SFC, 7/14/96, p.C11)(AP, 3/11/98)

1988        The Timberline ski area at Berthoud Pass closed. It was purchased in 1992 by Jim Pearsall and Paul Wiebel and reopened in Jan 1998.
    (SFEC, 10/31/99, p.T17)

1990        Jan 28, The San Francisco 49ers routed the Denver Broncos, 55-10, in the 24th Super Bowl.
    (AP, 1/28/00)

1990        Aug 6, JonBenet Ramsey, little beauty queen, was born. She was murdered in 1996 at her home in Colorado.

1990        Aug 14, Denver voted for a 1% sales tax to pay for a baseball franchise.

1990        Voters approved limited stakes gambling with bets capped at $5.
    (SFC, 12/26/98, p.B8)

1991        Mar 3, 25 people were killed when a United Airlines Boeing 737 inexplicably crashed while approaching the airport in Colorado Springs, Colo.
    (AP, 3/3/98)

1992        Oct, The fear of violent protests by AIM members prompted organizers to cancel the annual Columbus Day parade just minutes before the start.
    (SFC, 10/6/00, p.A3)

1992        Colorado voters amended the state constitution and passed a taxpayer’s bill of rights (TABOR). It pegged government spending to the growth in population and consumer spending. Voters agreed to relax it in 2000 and 2005 after it almost bankrupted the state.
    (Econ, 10/8/05, p.40)(Econ, 11/3/07, p.39)

1993        Aug 8, Six people were killed when their balloon hit a power line near Aspen, Colorado, tearing off the basket and sending it plunging 30 meters to the ground.
    (AP, 2/26/13)

1993        Aug 12, Pope John Paul II began his third U.S. visit in Denver.
    (AP, 8/12/98)

1993        Aug 14, Pope John Paul II denounced abortion and euthanasia as well as sexual abuse by American priests in a speech at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver.
    (AP, 8/14/98)

1993        Aug 15, Pope John Paul II ended his four-day U.S. visit with a farewell address at Denver's Stapleton International Airport in which he denounced the "culture of death" of abortion and euthanasia.
    (AP, 8/15/98)

1993        Dec 14, A Colorado judge struck down the state's voter-approved Amendment Two prohibiting gay rights laws, calling it unconstitutional.
    (AP, 12/14/98)

1993        Southern Ute Indians launched Red Willow, a natural gas production operation. By 2003 the tribe had acquired $1.3 billion in assets.
    (WSJ, 6/13/03, p.A1)

1993        A spill of cyanide and acidic water from a gold-mining operation killed almost every living thing along a 17-mile stretch of the Alamosa River in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains. Summitville Consolidated Mining Corp. declared bankruptcy. The main officers fled the country and left taxpayers with a cleanup approaching $150 million.
    (SSFC, 1/7/01, p.A4)

1994        Jul 6, Fourteen firefighters were killed while battling a blaze on Storm King Mountain in Colorado.
    (AP, 7/6/99)(WSJ, 8/6/01, p.A11)

1994        Oct 11, The Colorado Supreme Court declared the state's anti-gay rights measure unconstitutional.
    (AP, 10/11/99)

1994        Oct 22, Colorado Springs opened a brand new airport with a 2.5 million annual passenger capacity, or about 7,000 people per day.
     (Hem, Dec. 94, p.138)

1995        Feb 28, Denver International Airport opened after 16 months of delays and $3.2 billion in budget overruns. A $250 million automated baggage handling system contributed to the delays. United Airlines gave up on the system in 2005.
    (AP, 2/28/98)(WSJ, 6/7/05, p.D5)

1995        Jul 2, In Denver, representatives of 34 countries ended an economic summit by endorsing an open-market zone throughout the Western Hemisphere—excluding Cuba.
    (AP, 7/2/00)(www.sice.oas.org/tunit/SGspeech.asp)

1995        The $60 million Supermax prison, formally called Administrative Maximum, was built in Florence, Colorado.
    (SSFC, 5/14/06, p.A3)

1995        The Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver, Colo.,. was closed under recommendation by the Pentagon’s Base Realignment and Closure Committee (BRAC).
    (Econ, 5/21/05, p.34)

1996        Nov 8, In Colorado Anna Gimmestad (16 months) died after drinking a bottle of Odwalla apple juice contaminated with E. coli. An epidemic broke out in Oct. due to the tainted juices. In 1998 Odwalla paid a government fine of 1.5 million.
    (SFC, 7/24/98, p.A17)

1996        Dec 26, In Boulder, Colorado, 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family home 8 hours after the mother discovered a ransom note demanding $118,000. In 1999 Lawrence Schiller authored A grand jury in 1999 completed its work and cited insufficient evidence to file charges." Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenet and the City of Boulder."
    (SFC, 5/10/97, p.A3)(AP, 12/26/97)(SFEC, 4/18/99, BR p.6)(SFC, 10/14/99, p.A3)

1996        Vincent Groves (42), serial killer, died in prison of natural causes while serving time for the murders of three women. In 2012 investigators in Denver said DNA evidence could link him to as many as 20 more killings.
    (SFC, 3/8/12, p.A7)(http://tinyurl.com/7j7l9xj)

1997        Apr 2, An Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt jet with four 500- pound bombs was lost over the Colorado Rockies. It was piloted by Capt. Craig Button (32). Wreckage of the plane was found Apr 20 on the sheer face of New York Mountain [Gold Dust Peak], 15 miles from Vail. It was later suspected that he committed suicide due to a possible revelation of homosexuality. A 1998 official report cited unrequited love for a former girlfriend and his mother's Christian pacifist faith.
    (SFE, 4/9/97, p.A16)(SFC, 4/21/97, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/21/97, p.A1)(SFC, 5/3/97, p.A3)(SFC, 12/25/98, p.A3)(SFC, 8/26/99, p.A3)

1997        May 1, In Colorado Ron Cole was arrested by the FBI at the Aurora House of Pancakes on charges of possession of illegal firearms and bomb materials.
    (Wired, 2/99, p.93)

1997        Jul 28, A flash flood hit Fort Collins, Colo., following torrential rains. At least 5 people were killed and 40 or more injured.
    (SFC, 7/30/97, p.A6)

1997        Sep 18, In Colorado Sabrina (31) Bebb-Jones was reported missing by employees of the Hotel Melrose in Grand Junction. Her husband, Marcus Bebb-Jones, a professional gambler, was later accused of dumping her on a mountain pass in northwestern Colorado. Her skull was found and positively identified in 2004. He returned to his native England, where he was arrested in 2009.
    (AP, 4/12/10)(http://tinyurl.com/y9wqjtr)

1997        Oct 8, A single-engine Cessna-208 was lost in Colorado with 8 employees of the federal Bureau of Reclamation. The plane was found in the Uncompahgre Plateau and all nine passengers were killed.
    (SFC, 10/10/97, p.A5)(SFC, 10/11/97, p.A2)

1997        Oct 13, Gary Lee Davis (b.1944) was executed by lethal injection in Colorado’s first execution since capital punishment was legalized in 1978.  He had exhausted all appeals and was denied clemency by Gov. Roy Romer for the 1986 abduction, rape and murder of Virginia May (32).
    (SFC, 10/13/97, p.A7)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Lee_Davis)

1997        Oct 25, A blizzard hit the western Plains and dropped up to 3 feet of snow. Colorado Gov. Roy Romer declared a state of emergency.
    (SFEC,10/26/97, p.A4)

1997        Nov 12, Policeman Bruce VanderJagt was killed in a shootout with a member of the Denver Skins. The suspect then killed himself with the officer’s gun.
    (SFC, 11/29/97, p.A3)

1997        Nov 19, In Denver Oumar Dia, a black man, was gunned down at a bus stop, and a nurse, Jeannie Vanvelkinburgh, who tried to help him, was shot in the back and left paralyzed. One of 2 suspects was arrested and described himself as a skinhead and said that he shot Dia because he was black. In 1999 jurors deadlocked in the trial of Nathan Thill over 1st vs. 2nd degree murder charges for the shooting of Dia. Thill pleaded guilty in Dec and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
    (SFC, 11/29/97, p.A3)(SFC, 12/3/99, p.A5)(SFC, 12/21/99, p.A14)

1997        Nov 27, In Denver five skinheads beat up a 26-year-old black woman who was shopping at a 7-Eleven. All 5 were captured and arraigned in court.
    (SFC, 11/29/97, p.A3)

1997        Dec 21, In Colorado Susannah Chase (23) was brutally attacked, abducted, sexually assaulted and beaten in Boulder. She died the following day of severe head injuries. In 2008 DNA evidence connected Diego Olmos Alcalde to the slaying, as he served time in Wyoming for a kidnapping. In 2009 Chilean citizen Diego Olmos Alcalde (39) was sentenced to life in prison for Chase’s murder.
    (SFC, 4/6/98, p.A3)(SFC, 6/30/09, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/nwtazu)

1997        Dec 31, Michael L. Kennedy, son of the late US Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was killed in a ski accident at Aspen, Colo.
    (SFC, 1/1/98, p.A1)

1998        Mar 29, In Denver 4 men beat a cabby, Mostapha Maarouf of Morocco, to death as people watched from their high-rise apartments. One person was arrested.
    (SFC, 3/30/98, p.A4)

1998        May 29, Three men shot and killed police officer Dale Claxton of Cortez, Colo., when he stopped them in a suspected stolen water truck. The body of Alan Pilon, a suspect in the murder, was found in the Utah desert in 1999.
    (SFC, 6/9/98, p.A6)(SFC, 11/3/99, p.A7)

1998        Jun 4, Robert Mason (26), one of 3 suspects in the May 29 killing of a Cortez police officer, was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head.
    (SFC, 6/5/98, p.A3)

1998        Aug 15, Some 34,000 union workers went on strike against US West.
    (SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A7)

1998        Aug 30, US West and its biggest union reached a tentative agreement after 15 days.
    (SFC, 8/31/98, p.A4)

1998        Sep 7, In Colorado 6 people were found shot to death at 3 locations in Aurora. Two teenagers killed 5 people and then one of the teens killed the other.
    (SFC, 9/8/98, p.A3)(SFC, 9/9/98, p.A3)

1998        Sep 10, In Aurora, Colorado, 2 men and one woman were found killed just 2 miles from a shooting spree that killed 6 on Labor Day.
    (SFC, 9/11/98, p.A3)

1998        Oct 12, Matthew Shepard (21), a gay student at the University of Wyoming, died in fort Collins, Colorado, five days after he was beaten and lashed to a fence; two men were charged with his murder. Russell Henderson later pleaded guilty to murder and kidnapping; a second suspect, Aaron McKinney, was convicted of felony murder, kidnapping and aggravated robbery. McKinney was sentenced to 2 life terms.
    (SFC, 10/13/98, p.A1)(AP, 10/12/99)(SFC, 11/4/99, p.A1)(SFC, 11/5/99, p.A1)

1998        Oct 19, In Colorado a series of arson fires were set at Vail. The Earth Liberation Front later claimed responsibility for the fires that caused $12 million in damage. In 2006 4 people were indicted for the Vail blaze. The same 4 had already been indicted for sabotage attacks in California, Oregon and Wyoming. 2 of the 4 were still at large.
    (SFC, 10/22/98, p.A3)(SFC, 5/19/06, p.A4)

1998        Oct 20, Gov. Roy Romer called the 7 weekend fires at Vail an "act of terrorism." The fires began following an 885-acre expansion project.
    (SFC, 10/21/98, p.A3)

1998        Dec 8, In Greeley, Colo., state transportation worker, Robert S. Helfer (50), killed one person during a disciplinary hearing and wounded another. He was killed by police while trying to escape.
    (SFC, 12/9/98, p.A6)

1998        The documentary film "Kosher Valley" by Chuck Davis was about Colorado cattle ranchers and a Baltimore rabbi.
    (SFEC, 9/20/98, DB p.50)

1998        Colorado voters elected Tom Tancredo to US Congress.

1999        Jan 3, In Israel police detained 8 adults and 6 children belonging to the Concerned Christians sect from Denver, Colo. Police said the group under Monte Kim Miller planned violent acts to hasten the 2nd coming of Christ. 11 of the members were ordered to be deported.
    (SFC, 1/4/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/5/99, p.A8)(SFC, 1/6/99, p.A1)

1999        Feb 3, The first of 110 Lynx cats was released near South Fork. The program to transfer the cats from BC was to cost $1.4 million.
    (SFC, 2/4/99, p.A3)

1999        Apr 20, In Littleton, Colo., 2 Columbine High School students, students Eric Harris (18) and Dylan Klebold (17), used guns and explosives to randomly kill 12 other students and one teacher before killing themselves: Cassie Bernall, Corey DePooter, Kelly Fleming, Matthew Kechter, Daniel Mauser, Daniel Rohrbough, Rachel Scott, Isaiah Shoels, John Tomlin, Lauren Townsend, Kyle Velasquez and teacher William "Dave" Sanders, were killed by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. They wounded 28 other students and were part of a small clique that identified themselves as the "Trench Coat Mafia." 30 homemade bombs attributed to Harris and Klebold were found at the school. Harris and Klebold had both worked at the Blackjack Pizza No. 2025. Klebold and Harris recorded 5 videos prior to the shooting in which they spoke of a bloodbath with hundreds killed. In 2001 it was reported that Daniel Rohrbough was shot and killed by police. An independent investigation in 2002 cleared the police. In 2004 it was reported that local police had 15 contacts with Harris and Klebold prior to the massacre.
    (SFC, 4/21/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/21/99, A1)(SFC, 4/22/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/23/99, p.A1)(SFC, 12/13/99, p.A3)(SFC, 12/28/01, p.A9)(SFC, 4/18/02, p.A4)(WSJ, 2/27/04, p.A1)

1999        Apr 21, The National Rifle Association scaled back its annual meeting in Denver from 3 days to one in response to the Littleton killings.
    (SFC, 4/22/99, p.A6)

1999        May 1, The NRA held its annual convention in Denver. Some 2,500 attended as 7,000 people protested outside.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A1)

1999        May 3, Mark Manes (22) was arrested for providing a TEC DC-9 pistol to either Eric Harris or Dylan Klebold. He was released on a $15,000 bond.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A3)

1999        May 4, In Denver Mayoral incumbent Wellington Webb won 81% of the vote, the 1st mayor to win without a runoff since 1979.
    (SFC, 5/5/99, p.A3)

1999        May 27, The parents of Isaiah Shoels (18), one of the students killed at Columbine, filed a $250 million suit against the parents of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.
    (SFC, 5/28/99, p.A3)

1999        Jun 23, In Castle Rock Simon Gonzales (30) opened fire on a police station in the early morning and was killed by police. His 3 daughters were found dead in his pickup truck.
    (SFC, 6/24/99, p.A6)

1999        Sep 8, Melvin Washington (47), a homeless man, was attacked and killed as he lay sleeping on a steam grate in Denver. In 2000 Christopher Ball, a homeless teenager, was found guilty of manslaughter in the killing. Ball and two others were accused in the attack.
    (SFC, 3/24/00, p.A8)

1999        Oct 13, In Boulder, Colorado, the JonBenet Ramsey grand jury was dismissed after 13 months of work with prosecutors saying there wasn’t enough evidence to charge anyone in the six-year-old’s strangulation.
    (AP, 10/13/00)

1999        Oct 22, In Englewood Carla June Hochhalter (48), mother of a girl partially paralyzed in the April 20 Columbine massacre, committed suicide in a pawnshop.
    (SFC, 10/23/99, p.A1)

1999        Nov 3, In Laramie, Wyoming, Aaron McKinney (22) was convicted of murder in the October 6-7, 1998, beating of gay Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard (21). Shepard died on October 12, 1998, at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado. McKinney and Russell Henderson, who pleaded guilty to kidnapping and murder, were sentenced to life in prison. McKinney had faced the possibility of being sentenced to death by lethal injection. A deal was reached after Shepard’s parents agreed to accept two life terms in prison for their son’s killer.
    (AP, 11/3/00)(www.cnn.com/US/9911/03/gay.attack.verdict.01/)

1999        Nov 18, In Denver police found the decapitated bodies of 2 homeless people in the same area where 5 homeless men had been beaten to death.
    (SFC, 11/19/99, p.A4)

1999        Nov 22, An 83 car pileup on I-70 left 2 people dead and 29 injured.
    (SFC, 11/23/99, p.A7)

1999        The Pepsi Center in Denver was completed for $160 million.
    (SFC, 5/21/01, p.A3)

1999        Edward Dorn, poet and educator, died at age 70. His work included the novel "The Rites of Passage" and the 5-volume poem "Gunslinger" (1968-1972).
    (SFC, 12/15/99, p.B2)

2000        Jan, In Littleton authorities found the body of Antonio Davalos (11) in a dumpster. The Denver boy had been missing for several days.
    (SFC, 2/15/00, p.A3)

2000        Feb 14, In Colorado 2 Littleton teens, Nicholas Kunselman (15) and Stephanie Hart (16), from Columbine High School were shot and killed in a sandwich shop near the school.
    (SFC, 2/15/00, p.A3)

2000        Apr 19, Candace Newmaker (10) died while undergoing "rebirthing" therapy at a clinic in Evergreen. In 2001 2 therapists were convicted of reckless child abuse.
    (SFC, 4/21/01, p.A7)

2000        May 4, Greg Barnes (17), a Columbine High School senior and basketball star, hanged himself to the music of "Adam’s Song" by the group Blink 182.
    (SFC, 5/6/00, p.A2)

2000        Oct 7, Over 140 people were arrested in Denver while protesting the Columbus Day parade, the 1st since 1991.
    (SFEC, 10/8/00, p.A2)

2000        Nov 2, A federal indictment was issued against 7 federal prison guards, part of a group called "The Cowboys," for inmate abuse that included mixing human waste into food.
    (SFC, 11/4/00, p.A7)

2000        Nov 7, George Bush won Colorado by 8% points. Ralph Nader took over 5% of the vote.
    (Econ, 8/28/04, p.30)

2001        Jan 9, It was reported that Amory Lovins (53) of Colorado was attempting to build a super-efficient sport-utility vehicle called the Hypercar with 99 mpg. It would be powered by fuel cells and built from carbon fiber.
    (WSJ, 1/09/01, p.A1)

2001        Jan 16, Bill Coleman, Silicon Valley entrepreneur and founder of BEA Systems, and his wife pledged to donate $250 million to the Univ. of Colorado. The donation over 5 years was believed to be the largest ever to a public US university.
    (WSJ, 1/17/01, p.B8)

2001        Jan 22, Police in Colorado caught 4 escaped Texas convicts. A 5th committed suicide. The 2 at large were caught a day later.
    (SFC, 1/23/01, p.A3)(SFC, 1/24/01, p.A2)

2001        Jan, Abdulaziz al-Kohaji, engineering student and son of a Saudi oilman, went missing from the Community College of Denver. His body was found in a landfill in Erie, 15 miles north of Denver, a month later and police said he had been taped to a chair and strangled before being thrown into a trash bin. Mishal al-Suwaidi, Tariq al-Dossary and al-Yousif, suspects in the murder, were acquaintances of al-Kohaji and prosecutors said the motive was robbery. Suwaidi and Dossary fled to Saudi Arabia. Yousif was convicted in the US and sentenced to life. In 2004 the family of Kohaji pardoned the Suwaidi and Dossary and save them from execution.
    (AP, 1/2/05)

2001        Mar 24, It was reported that 2 elderly Colorado patients had died from Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease (CJD) this year. The state averaged about 2 cases per year.
    (SFC, 3/24/01, p.C1)

2001        Mar 29, A chartered jet from southern California crashed near Aspen’s Sardy Field and all 18 people aboard were killed.
    (SFC, 3/30/01, p.A3)

2001        Jun 9, The Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup by defeating the defending champion New Jersey Devils 3-1 in game seven.
    (AP, 6/9/02)

2001        Jun 21, A hailstorm in Denver damaged 32 United jetliners.
    (WSJ, 6/22/01, p.A1)
2001        Jun 21, In Aurora police officer George Petrillo (40) was suspected to have killed his wife and 2 children before killing himself. 2 other sons, from a previous marriage, discovered the bodies.
    (SFC, 6/22/01, p.A7)
2001        Jun 21, In Cortez children found the badly decomposed body of Fred. C. Martinez Jr., (16). He had been teased for being a transvestite.
    (SFC, 8/25/01, p.A15)

2001        Sep 29, Joel and Michael Stovall (24), twin brothers, were caught following an all-day pursuit. They had been arrested the previous day for shooting a neighbor’s dog and then shot Deputy Jason Schwartz in the back of the head several times.
    (SFC, 10/1/01, p.A8)

2002        Jan 30, The Nature Conservancy announced a $31 million purchase of the 151-sq. mile Baca Ranch. It was a step towards the creation of a new national park with the adjacent Great Sand Dunes National Monument and Preserve.
    (SFC, 1/31/02, p.A2)

2002        Mar 23, It was reported that the Air Force Academy had implicated 38 cadets in a drug scandal that began in Dec 2000.
    (SFC, 3/23/02, p.A4)

2002        Mar 26, The bodies of 3 young people, David Bachman (26), Melinda Leippe (19) and Brenda White (19), from Littleton, Colorado, were found on Bonny Doon Beach, 5 miles north of Santa Cruz, Ca. A possible suicide pact was suspected.
    (SFC, 3/27/02, p.A19)(SFC, 3/28/02, p.A17)

2002        Apr 2, Koleen Brooks (37), a former stripper and mayor of Georgetown, was ousted in a recall election 339-176.
    (SFC, 4/3/02, p.A4)

2002        Apr 15, Byron R. White (b.1917), former Supreme Court Justice (1962-1993), died in Denver.
    (SFC, 4/16/02, p.A1)

2002        Apr 22, Linda Boreman, who starred as Linda Lovelace in the 1972 porno film "Deep Throat," died in Denver from Apr 3 car crash injuries. Boreman became an anti-porn advocate after the film and authored "Ordeal" in 1980.
    (SFC, 4/23/02, p.A18)

2002        May 6, Two mailbox pipe bombs were found in Colorado and one in Nebraska.
    (SFC, 5/7/02, p.A3)

2002        Jun 3, A wildfire destroyed 83 homes near Canon City.
    (SFC, 6/4/02, p.A2)

2002        Jun 8, The Hayman fire began and by June 16 burned 102,000 acres and destroyed at least 24 homes. It was later reported to have been accidentally set by Terry Lynn Barton (38), a forest service technician.
    (SFC, 6/17/02, p.A1)

2002        Jun 9, A 2-day-old wildfire covered 7,500 acres near Glenwood Springs. 40 structures including 20 homes were already destroyed.
    (SFC, 6/10/02, p.A4)

2002        Jun 10, The fire that began in Pike National Forest June 8 pushed toward Denver’s southern suburbs.
    (SFC, 6/11/02, p.A1)

2002        Jun 13, A federal judge blocked SC Gov. Jim Hodges’ suit to block a plutonium shipment from Rocky Flats in Colorado to the Savannah River Site nuclear facility for re-processing.
    (SFC, 6/14/02, p.A3,E6)

2002        Jul 2, The Hayman fire in Colorado was declared under control. It had burned 137,760 acres over 24 days.
    (SFC, 7/3/02, p.A5)

2002        Jul 19, ConAgra Beef Co. began recalling 19 million pounds of beef, manufactured in Greeley, Colo., over the last 3 months, due to possible E. coli contamination.
    (SFC, 7/20/02, p.A1)

2002        Jul 15, Pete Seibert (77), founder of the Vail ski resort (1962), died.
    (SFC, 7/29/02, p.B5)

2002        Colorado Republican Gov. Bill Owens, one of the country’s most conservative governors, won re-election.
    (Econ, 8/28/04, p.30)

2002        Dale Katechis, founder of Oskar Blues Brewery in Lyons, Colo., began canning his beer.
    (WSJ, 8/26/05, p.W7)

2003        Mar 18, A major snowstorm hit Colorado and Wyoming with over 3-6 feet of snow. The Denver Airport closed under the worst storm in 90 years.
    (SFC, 3/19/03, p.A3)(WSJ, 3/20/03, p.A1)(SSFC, 3/23/03, p.A3)

2003        Apr 16, Colorado Republican Gov. Bill Owens signed a law that established the 1st state school voucher program.
    (SFC, 4/17/03, p.A10)

2003        Apr 17, Denver police reached an agreement with the ACLU to end the practice of keeping files on protesters.
    (SFC, 4/18/03, p.A7)

2003        Jun 3, John Hickenlooper (b.1952) was elected mayor of Denver.
    (Econ, 11/3/07, p.39)(www.boomerstv.com/episodes_profile.php?lid=346)

2003        Jul 18, Basketball star Kobe Bryant was charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman at a Colorado spa; Bryant denied the charge, saying he was guilty only of adultery. Prosecutors later dropped the case.
    (AP, 7/18/08)

2003        Dec 3, A Colorado state judge in Denver declared the new school voucher plan to be unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 12/4/03, p.A3)

2004        May 11, NBA star Kobe Bryant pleaded not guilty in a Colorado court to a rape charge. Prosecutors later dropped the case.
    (AP, 5/11/05)

2004        May 15, In Golden, Colorado, a 40-ton steel bridge girder collapsed on I-70 near Golden and sheered off the top of an SUV killing its 3 passengers.
    (SSFC, 5/16/04, p.A2)(AP, 5/15/05)

2004        Jun 4, In Granby, Colo., Marvin Heemeyer, a muffler shop owner, tore through town in a plated bulldozer in anger over a zoning dispute, before shooting himself dead.
    (SFC, 6/5/04, A3)

2004        Aug 16, Colorado certified a ballot question that would make it the 1st state to award electoral votes by popular-vote percentages, not as winner take all.
    (WSJ, 8/17/04, p.A1)

2004        Sep 1, In Colorado the criminal trial against LA basketball player Kobe Bryant (26) ended in a dismissal after the woman (20), who filed a rape charge, decided not to testify. This saved Bryant’s $136 million contract with the Lakers. Bryant still faced civil charges.
    (SFC, 9/2/04, p.A1)

2004        Sep 13, Colorado became home to the country's newest national park as Interior Secretary Gale Norton officially reclassified the Great Sand Dunes National Monument. The dunes' foundation was laid about 25 million years ago through erosion of the San Juan Mountains. The sand dunes were declared a national monument in 1932 by President Herbert Hoover.
    (AP, 9/12/04)(SFC, 9/15/04, p.A3)

2004        Sep 14, Arizona, California and Nevada joined with the federal government to undertake a 50-year, $620 million project to restore wildlife habitat along 342 miles of the lower Colorado River.
    (SFC, 9/15/04, p.A8)

2004        Nov 2, Ken Salazar, Colorado’s Democratic attorney general, won a US Senate seat over Pete Coors.
    (Econ, 11/6/04, p.30)

2004        Nov 28, A private jet crashed while taking off in Montrose, Colo., killing 2 crewmen and Edward Ebersol (14), the son of NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol, who escaped with his other son Charles.
    (SFC, 11/30/04, p.A3)

2004        Amory Lovins, head of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), authored “Winning the Oil Endgame." Lovins offered a plan for reducing US oil use by 50% by 2025, and ending foreign oil dependency based on a study funded by the Pentagon.

2004        Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Arsenal was converted to a 17,000-acre wildlife refuge.
    (Econ, 2/26/05, p.32)

2005        Feb 16, A corporate jet crashed in Pueblo, Colo., and 8 people were killed.
    (WSJ, 2/17/05, p.A1)

2005        Feb 20, Hunter S. Thompson (b.1937), gonzo journalist, committed suicide at Owl Farm, Woody Creek, Colo. Thompson inserted himself into his accounts of America's underbelly and popularized a first-person form of journalism in books such as “The Rum Diary" (1998) and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (1972). His ashes were blown into the Colorado sky on Aug 20.
    (AP, 2/21/05)(SFC, 2/21/05, p.A8)(Econ, 2/26/05, p.86)(SSFC, 8/21/05, p.A6)(SSFC, 12/10/17, p.A12)

2005        Mar 19, The 42-room Redstone Castle in the mountains near Aspen was auctioned for $4 million, two years after the IRS seized the century-old mansion in a fraud investigation. It was completed in 1902 by coal baron John Cleveland Osgood, who died in the castle he named Cleveholm Manor.
    (AP, 3/19/05)
2005        Mar 19, In Colorado an explosion at the Electric Mountain Lodge, 230 miles SW of Denver, left 3 children dead. Propane gas was suspected.
    (SFC, 3/21/05, p.A3)

2005        Mar 28, The Colorado Supreme Court threw out the death penalty in a rape-and-murder case because five of the jurors had consulted the Bible and quoted Scripture during deliberations.
    (AP, 3/28/06)

2005        Apr 10, A blizzard hit eastern Colorado knocking out power and stranding travelers along highways and at the Denver airport.
    (SFC, 4/11/05, p.A3)

2005        Jun 13, Archaeologists in Kansas working near the Colorado-Kansas border reported radiocarbon dating results finished in February that showed mammoth and prehistoric camel bones dating back to 12,200 years ago.
    (AP, 6/13/05)

2005        Aug 5, In Indonesia Denver-based mining giant Newmont went on trial in a high-profile legal battle over charges its Indonesian unit, Newmont Minahasa Raya, dumped toxic waste and polluted Buyat Bay in North Sulawesi, causing health problems to residents.
    (AP, 8/5/05)

2005        Aug 20, Thomas Herrion (b.1981), San Francisco offensive lineman, collapsed in the locker room and died in Denver, shortly after the 49ers played the Denver Broncos in a preseason game. Herrion's was the NFL's first football-related death since Vikings tackle Korey Stringer died of heatstroke in 2001.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Herrion)(AP, 8/20/06)

2005        Nov 1, Residents of Denver, Colorado, voted to legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults. Authorities said state possession laws will be applied instead. State residents voted to suspend their Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights and gave up more than $3 billion in tax refunds to help the state deal with a recession.
    (AP, 11/2/05)(SFC, 11/3/05, p.A5)

2005        Nov 29, Broad areas of the Dakotas remained shut down by the Plains' first blizzard of the season, with highways closed by blowing, drifting snow and thousands of people without electricity as temperatures hit the low teens. In Colorado eastbound I-70 was closed.
    (AP, 11/29/05)(WSJ, 11/29/05, p.A1)

2006        Jan 8, Wildfires in the southwest US spread to Arkansas and Colorado destroying 9 more homes. Over the last 2 weeks the fires in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas have destroyed 475 homes and left 5 people dead.
    (SFC, 1/9/06, p.A3)

2006        Jan 21, In Colorado a military jury convicted Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr., an Army interrogator, of negligent homicide. During an interrogation on Nov 26, 2003, he put a sleeping bag over the head of Iraqi Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush and sat on his chest as the man suffocated.
    (AP, 1/22/06)(SSFC, 1/22/06, p.D4)

2006        Apr 3, Denver area transit workers went on strike for the 1st time in 24 years. A tentative contract was reached on April 5.
    (SFC, 4/4/06, p.A3)(SFC, 4/6/06, p.A18)

2006        Jun 22, Colorado's Gov. Bill Owens banned open burning and fireworks as a wildfire there grew to nearly 12,000 acres.
    (AP, 6/22/06)

2006        Jun 25, In Denver, Colorado, Michael Ford burst into a sprawling Safeway Inc. warehouse, killing one person, wounding five others and sending terrified workers fleeing the building. The attacker was later killed in a shootout with police.
    (AP, 6/26/06)

2006        Jul 5, Kenneth Lay (b.1942). Enron Corp. founder and chief executive, died of a heart attack at his vacation home in Colorado. He was convicted in May for his role in the in the Houston-based company's downfall.
    (Reuters, 7/5/06)(Econ, 7/8/06, p.81)

2006        Jul 10, Colorado Gov. Bill Owens cut a deal with Democratic leaders on a package of bills to deny some state services to illegal immigrants and to punish employers who hire them.
    (SFC, 7/12/06, p.A8)

2006        Jul 27, Robert Charles Browne, serving a life sentence in Colorado for murdering a teenage girl, claimed responsibility for as many as 48 slayings across the country dating back from 1970 until his arrest in 1995. The other claims include 17 murders in Louisiana, nine in Colorado, seven in Texas, five in Arkansas, three in Mississippi, two each in California, New Mexico and Oklahoma, and one in Washington state.
    (AP, 7/28/06)

2006        Aug 15, US officials arrested Edgar Alvarez Cruz on immigration violations in Denver. He was suspected of participating in the rapes and killings of at least 10 women in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, where more than 100 young women have been killed since 1993.
    (AP, 8/17/06)

2006        Aug 16, John Mark Karr (41), a former American school teacher, was arrested in Thailand for the December, 1996, murder JonBenet Ramsey in Boulder, Colo. He said he tried to kidnap JonBenet for a $118,000 ransom but that his plan went awry and he strangled her. Karr's confession that he had killed JonBenet was later discredited.
    (AP, 8/17/07)

2006        Aug 28, Prosecutors in Colorado abruptly dropped their case against John Mark Karr in the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey, saying DNA tests failed to put him at the crime scene despite his repeated insistence he'd killed the 6-year-old beauty queen.
    (AP, 8/28/07)

2006        Sep 18, The body of Luz Maria Franco-Fierros (49) was found dragged to death in Castle Rock, Colorado, leaving a trail of blood more than mile long. Police the next day arrested Jose Luis Rubi-Nava (36) as suspect in the murder.
    (SFC, 9/21/06, p.A20)(SFC, 9/22/06, p.A3)

2006        Sep 27, In Bailey, Colorado, Duane Morrison (53) held 6 girls hostage at Platte Canyon High School for hours before fatally wounding Emily Keyes (16). He sexually molested the girls and then killed himself as authorities stormed in.
    (AP, 9/28/06)(SFC, 9/28/06, p.A3)(AP, 9/29/06)(SFC, 10/6/06, p.A3)

2006        Oct 7, In Colorado the new 146,000-square-foot Denver Art Museum opened to the public. It was designed by Daniel Libeskind.
    (SFC, 10/7/06, p.A1)

2006        Oct 26, A big snowstorm in Colorado dumped 20 inches cutting power to thousands.
    (WSJ, 10/27/06, p.A1)

2006        Nov 2, In Denver, Colo., Rev. Ted Haggard, a leading evangelist and outspoken opponent of gay marriage, gave up his post as president of the National Association of Evangelicals while a church panel investigates allegations he paid a man for sex. Haggard later confessed he was guilty of sexual immorality.
    (AP, 11/3/06)(AP, 11/2/07)

2006        Nov 5, Saying that he was a "deceiver and liar" who had given in to his dark side, the Rev. Ted Haggard confessed to sexual immorality in a letter read from the pulpit of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo.
    (AP, 11/5/07)

2006        Nov 8, US Democrats took over Republican–held mansions in 6 states to boast 28 of the nation’s 50 governors. In Massachusetts Deval Patrick succeeded Mit Romney; in Ohio Ted Strickland won over Kenneth Blackwell by 24 percent; Bill Ritter won in Colorado.
    (Econ, 11/11/06, p.39)(Econ, 8/2/08, p.31)

2006        Nov 19, In Denver, Colorado, tens of thousands of people turned out for a celebration to welcome the city's newest addition to its mass transit system: a train. The new 19-mile-long commuter rail line, projected to carry at least 38,000 passengers each day, officially opened.
    (AP, 11/19/06)

2006        Dec 21, The Denver area was motionless for a second day after a powerful blizzard dumped 2 feet of snow on the region.
    (AP, 12/21/06)

2006        Dec 31, Colorado Gov. Bill Owens and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius declared statewide emergencies after a winter storm dumped as much as 3-feet of snow across much of the Plains. Snowdrifts reached 10 feet and 12 people died in 4 states.
    (SFC, 1/1/07, p.A5)(WSJ, 1/2/07, p.A1)

2006        The $7.2 billion cleanup of the 6,300-acre Rocky Flats weapons development site was scheduled for completion. It was to be transformed into a wildlife preserve in 2007.
    (SFC, 12/8/00, p.D3)(Econ, 2/26/05, p.32)

2006        Colorado’s foreclosure rate for this year was the highest in the country. In 2005 the state had ranked second.
    (Econ, 5/23/09, p.37)

2007        Jan 1, In Denver, Colorado, Broncos football player Darrent Williams was killed in a drive-by shooting in the early morning and two people with him were injured. On October 8, 2008, Willie D. Clark (25) was indicted for the murder.
    (Reuters, 1/1/07)(AP, 10/9/08)

2007        Jan 3, Hundreds of hay bales fell from the sky across Colorado's rangeland as military helicopter and cargo plane crews delivered food to cattle that have been stranded by heavy snow and high drifts for a week.
    (AP, 1/4/07)

2007        Jan 4, Pieces of a spent Russian rocket reentered the atmosphere over Colorado and Wyoming, showering parts of the western United States with space debris.
    (Reuters, 1/5/07)

2007        Jan 6, In Colorado a huge snow slide knocked two cars off the road in a high pass and buried them.
    (AP, 1/7/07)

2007        Feb 24, Broncos running back Damien Nash (24) collapsed and died after a charity basketball game in suburban St. Louis, less than two months after the slaying of teammate Darrent Williams.
    (AP, 2/25/07)

2007        May 1, John Hickenlooper (b.1952) was re-elected mayor of Denver with 86.3% of the vote.
    (Econ, 11/3/07, p.39)(www.citymayors.com/mayors/denver_mayor.html)

2007        Jun 26, The body of Alyssa Heberton-Morimoto, a summer intern for the Colorado Geologic Survey, was found in an isolated part of the San Isabel National Forest, 75 miles southwest of Denver. A suspect, who has used the names Dennis Cook, Dennis Lee Cook and Robert R. Amos, was arrested the next day and held for investigation of first-degree murder.
    (AP, 6/28/07)

2007        Jul 16, A man carrying a gun and declaring "I am the emperor" was shot and killed by security outside the offices of Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter.
    (AP, 7/16/08)

2007        Aug 31, The 34th annual Telluride Film Festival opened in Colorado.
    (SFC, 9/3/07, p.E1)

2007        Sep 6, Authorities in Colorado arrested Norman Hsu (56), a fugitive political fundraiser. Hsu had failed to appear in a Redwood City, Ca., courtroom on Sep 5, following bail over a 1992 fraud conviction. It was later reported that Hsu had recently received $40 million from Source Financing Investors LLC, an investment fund run by Joel Rosenman, one of the creators of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and that the money was missing. On Sep 19 the fund filed suit against Hsu.
    (SFC, 9/7/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/12/07, p.A1)(SFC, 9/20/07, p.A1)
2007        Sep 6, Martin Villegas, Mexican boot maker to world leaders, including President Bush and Vicente Fox, was arrested in Colorado along with two other Mexican nationals and two US residents following a three-year undercover operation by US Fish and Wildlife Service agents. The five allegedly made 25 illegal shipments of banned skins into the US since 2005.
    (AP, 9/22/07)

2007        Oct 2, In Colorado 5 workers trapped at least 1,500 feet underground survived an initial chemical fire at a hydroelectric plant near Georgetown, but died before emergency workers could rescue them.
    (AP, 10/3/07)

2007        Oct 28, In Denver the Boston Red Sox swept to their second World Series title in four years with a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies in Game 4.
    (AP, 10/29/07)

2007        Dec 9, In Arvada, Colorado, a suburb of Denver, a gunman walked into a training center dormitory for young Christian missionaries and opened fire, killing two of the center's staff members and wounding two others. 2 more people, including the gunman, were killed at the New Life megachurch in Colorado Springs. Matthew Murray, killed himself.
    (AP, 12/9/07)(AP, 12/10/07)(AP, 12/9/08)

2008        Jan 14, California officials confirmed that zebra mussels have been found in the San Justo Reservoir, a dam near Hollister. This type of mussel was first detected in the US in the Great lakes in 1989 and has spread like a plague. Colorado officials earlier this month confirmed zebra mussels in Lake Pueblo.
    (SFC, 1/25/08, p.B1)(http://tinyurl.com/2nojd2)

2008        Jan 24, Colorado’s House of Representatives voted 62-1 to censure Rep. Douglas Bruce, who kicked a newspaper reported taking his picture and refused to apologize.
    (SFC, 1/25/08, p.A4)

2008        Mar 19, Colorado health officials told residents of Alamosa to stop drinking and cooking with tap water, after tap water samples tested positive for salmonella contamination. By March 22 over 200 cases were reported.
    (AP, 3/24/08)

2008        Apr 16, In Colorado firefighters hoped rain and snow would help them stop wildfires that blazed through thousands of acres of grass, forced hundreds of residents to evacuate and left three people dead.
    (AP, 4/16/08)

2008        Apr 23, Vicorp Corp., the Denver-based owner of Bakers Square and Village Inn restaurants, said it had filed for Bankruptcy as it struggled amid a slowing economy and higher operating costs.
    (WSJ, 4/24/08, p.A1)

2008        May 22, A tornado hit northern Colorado killing one person.
    (WSJ, 5/23/08, p.A1)

2008        May, In Colorado landscapers in Boulder stumbled onto a cache of more than 83 ancient tools buried by the Clovis people, ice age hunter-gatherers, dating back 13,000 years.
    (AP, 2/27/09)

2008        Jun 3, A Denver, Colorado court fined Dow Chemical Co. and Boeing Co. a combined $926 million for property damages caused by plutonium contamination from a nuclear weapons plant. The initial trial had concluded in February 2006. Dow planned to appeal. The Rocky Flats plant was operated by Dow from 1953 to 1975, and then by defense contractor Rockwell until its closing in 1994; it supplied the plutonium triggers for the US nuclear bomb arsenal.
    (AFP, 6/4/08)

2008        Aug 13, Jack Weil (107), patriarch of western clothing, died. He created the western style shirt which sold after 1946 through his Denver-based company Rockmount Ranch Wear.
    (Econ, 8/30/08, p.82)

2008        Aug 25, The US Democratic Convention opened in the Pepsi Center of Denver, Colorado, where Sen. Edward Kennedy passed the party’s crown to Barack Obama.
    (SFC, 8/26/08, p.A1)

2008        Aug 26, In the 2nd day of the Democratic Convention in Denver Sen. Hillary Clinton endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for the US presidential nomination.
    (SFC, 8/27/08, p.A1)

2008        Aug 27, In Colorado Democrats officially made Barack Obama their presidential nominee and Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., their vice presidential nominee, following speeches by former Pres. Bill Clinton and Sen John Kerry, the Democrat’s 2004 presidential candidate. Obama made a surprise late visit to the convention, following Biden’s acceptance speech, to praise his wife, his former rival, and former President Bill Clinton for going to bat for him.
    (AP, 8/28/08)

2008        Sep 10, An internal government report said US Interior Department employees in Denver and Washington, who oversaw oil drilling on federal lands, had sex and used illegal drugs with workers at energy companies where they were conducting official business.
    (AP, 9/11/08)

2008        Sep 14, The Denver Broncos won 39-38 following a 2-point conversion after a mistaken call by NFL referee Ed Hochuli gave them the ball in the last minute of the game.
    (AP, 9/18/08)

2008        Nov 27, An SUV plunged off an overpass in northern Colorado and hit a concrete embankment in a fiery crash, killing all seven people inside it, including two young children.
    (AP, 11/27/08)

2008        Dec 27, It was reported that the mountain pine beetle was expected to kill virtually every mature lodgepole pine in Colorado. The beetle had already destroyed pine forests from Mexico to Canada.
    (WSJ, 12/27/08, p.A2)

2008        Dec 31, In Aspen, Colorado, James Chester Blanning (72), walked into two downtown banks afternoon and left gift-wrapped bombs made of gasoline and cell phone components. He had skied competitively as a teen but had grown bitter about his hometown. His bombs caused the evacuation of a 16-block area, which lasted until 4 a.m. Police found Blanning dead in his Jeep Cherokee a few hours later in a rural area east of Aspen.
    (AP, 1/2/09)

2008        Paul Polak, founder of International Development Enterprises (IDE) authored “Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail." The former Denver-based psychologist cashed out his business in 1981 and soon developed an irrigation treadle pump for poor farmers.
    (Econ, 2/23/08, p.103)(www.boulderweekly.com/?id_sub=16255&page_id=16255)

2009        Feb 25, US Interior Sec. Ken Salazar scrapped leases, created under the Bush administration, on federal land for oil-shale development in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.
    (AP, 2/26/09)

2009        Feb 26, In Colorado the 150-year-old Rocky Mountain News of Denver closed its doors after publisher E.W. Scripps failed to find a buyer.
    (WSJ, 2/27/09, p.B1)

2009        Mar 8, In Argentina Matthew Lizotte (25) of Aspen, Colorado, died while scaling the 11,411-foot (3,480-meter) Mount Tronador in Nahuel Huapi National Park. Two unidentified students were injured when the ice bridge they were crossing broke.
    (AP, 3/9/09)

2009        Apr 7, A lawsuit filed in US District Court in Denver by the SEC alleged that Shawn Merriman, an unlicensed broker, collected up to $20 million from investors in several states to support a lavish lifestyle. The former bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints allegedly operated a Ponzi scheme from his suburban Denver home for about 15 years, bilking investors out of millions of dollars to collect religious art and classic cars.
    (AP, 4/9/09)

2009        May 1, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter signed a state budget, overcoming a $1.4 billion deficit by taping into emergency reserve funds and cutting state services.
    (Econ, 5/23/09, p.37)

2009        May 18, In Colorado Springs Daniel Gudino (13) allegedly shot and killed his 9-year-old brother, Ulysses, and allegedly attempted to murder his mother, Maria Gudino (38). In 2010 a psychiatrist testified that the boy was sleepwalking.
    (www.coloradoconnection.com/news/story.aspx?id=301255)(SFC, 5/8/10, p.A5)

2009        Jun 17, The number of Nebraska cattle herds quarantined because of bovine tuberculosis concerns jumped to 42 and Colorado and South Dakota were warned the disease may have already spread there.
    (AP, 6/17/09)

2009        Jun 28, The US Agriculture Department said a Colorado meat company is expanding a recall of beef due to possible contamination by E.coli O157:H7 bacteria after an investigation found 18 illnesses may be linked to the meat.
    (Reuters, 6/28/09)
2009        Jun 28, It was reported that bark beetles were killing millions of pine trees from Colorado to Canada. Over 7 million acres of forest in the US have been declared all but dead. 22 million more acres were expected to die over the next 15 years.
    (SSFC, 6/28/09, p.A16)

2009        Jul 16, Michelle Cawthra, a former Colorado Dept. of Revenue supervisor, said love for her ex-boyfriend Hysear Randell led her to steal $11 million in unclaimed tax refunds from the state over a 2-year period. Randell was on trial in Denver for theft, forgery, computer crimes and racketeering.
    (SFC, 7/17/09, p.A6)

2009        Aug 20, In Colorado a Black Hawk helicopter crashed during training on Mount Massive, the state’s 2nd highest mountain. 4 soldiers were killed in the crash.
    (SFC, 8/21/09, p.A8)

2009        Sep 19, The FBI arrested Najibullah Zazi (24) of the Denver suburb of Aurora, Colorado, on charges of making false statements to federal agents in an ongoing terror investigation. Supporting documents contend the man admitted receiving weapons and explosives training from al-Qaida in Pakistan. Also arrested were Zazi's father, Mohammed Wali Zazi (53) in Denver; and an associate, Ahmad Wais Afzali (37) of Queens, NY. On Feb 22, 2010, Zazi pleaded guilty admitting that he had agreed to conduct an Al-Qaida-led “martyrdom operation" in NYC.
    (AP, 9/20/09)(SFC, 2/23/10, p.A6)

2009        Oct 15, In Colorado the flight of a home-made helium balloon touched off a frantic rescue attempt for the young boy thought to be aboard. It was later determined to have been a publicity-seeking hoax. On Nov 13 parents Richard and Mayumi Heene pleaded guilty to charges related to the hoax. In late December a judge sentenced Richard Heene to 90 days in jail, including 60 days of work release that will let him pursue work as a construction contractor while doing his time. Mayumi Heene was sentenced to 20 days in jail. In 2020 Gov. Jared Polis granted full and unconditional pardons to Richard and Mayumi Heene.
    (Reuters, 10/19/09)(SFC, 11/13/09, p.A8)(AP, 12/23/09)(SFC, 12/24/09, p.A4)(SFC, 12/26/20, p.A5)

2009        Oct 23, In Colorado Miguel Angel Caro Quintero (46), a Mexican drug kingpin, pleaded guilty in Denver to federal drug and racketeering charges. He had led the Sonora Cartel in the 1980s and faced up to 20 years in prison.
    (SFC, 10/24/09, p.A5)

2010        Feb 1, FBI agents arrested Mohammed Wali Zad, the father of terrorism suspect Najibullah Zazi, at his suburban Denver home. A new indictment accused him of conspiring with others to destroy or hide evidence in a foiled NYC terrorism plot.
    (SFC, 2/2/10, p.A4)

2010        Feb 4, In Denver Miguel Angel Caro Quintero (46) was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison for racketeering in Colorado and conspiracy to distribute marijuana in Arizona. His Sonora cartel was tied to the 1985 torture and killing of an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agent, Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Salazar.
    (AP, 2/5/10)

2010        Feb 6, In Colorado 2 small planes collided in flames over Boulder's outskirts and killed all three people aboard, while a glider under tow by one aircraft cut loose and flew through the fireball to safety.
    (AP, 2/7/10)

2010        Feb 23, In Littleton, Colorado, gunman Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood (32) wounded two students at Deer Creek Middle School before math teacher David Benke (57) subdued him.
    (AP, 2/24/10)(SFC, 2/25/10, p.A9)

2010        Mar 28, In Colorado Kayleah Wilson (12) went missing as she walked to a b-day party in Greeley. On May 19 police retrieved her decomposing body from an irrigation ditch about a mile and a half from her home.
    (SFC, 4/5/10, p.A4)(SFC, 5/21/10, p.A4)

2010        Sep 6, In Colorado a fire broke out near Boulder and over the next 6 days destroyed at least 169 homes.
    (SFC, 9/9/10, p.A11)(SFC, 9/13/10, p.A4)

2010        Nov 3, In Colorado Richard Paul (34) was arrested and federal agents seized five pounds of C-4 military explosives from his home in Durango. In Las Vegas Andrew Kaufman (36) was arrested. In San Diego Navy SEAL Nicholas Bickle (33) was arrested. They were accused of conspiring to smuggle and sell weapons to an undercover federal agent in Nevada and Colorado. Bickle, his close friend Paul, and their associate Kaufman allegedly sold machine guns for $1,300 to $2,400 each, and handguns for $300 to an undercover federal agent who told them they would be shipped to Mexico.
    (AP, 11/4/10)

2010        Nov 8, David Cordova (56), a retired Denver fire lieutenant, was among 35 alleged traffickers indicted by a US federal grand jury on suspicion of smuggling 20 kg (44 pounds) of cocaine a week from Mexico to Colorado. Cordova was arrested last week in a roundup of the alleged ring.
    (AP, 11/9/10)

2010        Nov 29, David Schmauder (48), a former Denver area postal worker, was sentenced to 2˝ years in federal prison for stealing over 11,000 packages and then selling their contents.
    (SFC, 12/1/10, p.A6)

2010        In Colorado a bulldozer enlarging a reservoir near Snowmass uncovered a trove of fossil bones dating back 120,000 years.
    (SFC, 11/27/14, p.A6)

2011        Apr 6, Dish Network Corp., based in Englewood, Colo., said that it won the auction for Blockbuster Inc. with a bid valued at $228 million in cash. The Dallas movie-rental chain had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September. Dish's bid was for $320 million, but the value decreased to $228 million after adjusting for available cash and inventory.
    (AP, 4/6/11)

2011        Apr 18, Two airline employees came to the aid of a woman that was being raped at Denver Int’l. Airport. Noel Bertrand (26) was later charged with sexual assault.

2011        Apr 20, In Colorado a pipe bomb and propane tanks were found planted at the Southwest Plaza Mall in Littleton, a suburb of Denver. On April 26 suspect Earl Albert Moore(65) was arrested.
    (SFC, 4/27/11, p.A8)

2011        Jun 7, In Colorado the new mayor of Denver is Democratic councilman Michael Hancock, who defeated his main challenger, former senator Chris Romer, in a runoff election (Hancock and Romer were the two biggest vote-getters in the city’s May 3rd election; they then faced each other in the runoff). Hancock will be sworn in on July 18th.
            (AP, 6/7/11)

2011        Jul 13, In Colorado a hail storm took almost a third of the Frontier Airlines Airbus fleet out of service forcing the airline to cancel numerous flights over the next week.
    (SSFC, 7/17/11, p.A7)

2011        Aug 7, Texas billionaire and philanthropist Charles Wyly (77) died after a car accident in western Colorado. His family has donated millions of dollars to Republican causes and Dallas arts projects. Charles Wyly had helped his brother run their startup computer software company, University Computing, and later founded and led several other companies including arts and crafts retail chain Michaels Stores Inc., which was sold in 2006. He also was a former member of a White House Advisory Council for Management Improvement. Last summer, the SEC accused Wyly and his brother of using offshore havens to hide more than a half-billion dollars in profits over 13 years of insider stock trading.
    (AP, 8/8/11)

2011        Aug 10, In Colorado 3 fugitive siblings wanted in connection with crimes in Florida and Georgia last week were taken into custody after shots were fired and a high-speed chase ended in a crash. Authorities had been searching since August 2 for Ryan Edward Dougherty (21), Dylan Dougherty Stanley (26), and Lee Grace E. Dougherty (29), who were accused of shooting at a Florida police officer and robbing a bank in Georgia on the same day. On April 30, 2012, Ryan was sentenced to 18 years in prison, Lee Grace to 24 years, and Dylan to 32 years. On Dec 17 a federal judge sentenced the 3 siblings to over 35 years in prison.
    (Reuters, 8/10/11)(SFC, 5/1/12, p.A6)(SFC, 12/18/12, p.A7)

2011        Sep 11, In Colorado a routine traffic stop led to the discovery of 220 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $10 million in the rental car of a California couple. Mark Bailey and Lisa Calderon, both of Sylmar, Ca., were arrested in Pueblo on suspicion of cocaine possession.
    (Reuters, 9/12/11)

2011        Sep 20, LeRoy Schweitzer (73), the former leader of the Montana Freemen, was found dead at the Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. The separatist group had held the FBI at bay for 81 days in 1996.
    (SFC, 9/21/11, p.A6)

2011        Sep 27, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 72 illnesses were linked to tainted Colorado cantaloupe. Colorado state and local officials said they are investigating three additional deaths that may be connected. Cantaloupes from Jensen Farms were recalled on Sep 10. The listeria outbreak left 33 people dead. On Sep 26, 2013, Eric and Ryan Jensen were arested on charges of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. On Oct 22, 2013, Eric and Ryan pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.
    (AP, 9/28/11)(SFC, 10/1/11, p.A6)(SFC, 9/27/13, p.A7)(SFC, 10/22/12, p.A5)

2011        Oct 13, In eastern Colorado a 5 children and man were killed when their van collided with a tractor-trailer.
    (SFC, 10/14/11, p.A6)

2011        Oct 29, In Colorado a tense standoff between protesters and authorities near the steps of the state Capitol erupted into a clash that resulted in a surge of demonstrators being met with police force that included reports of pepper spray and rubber bullets. 7 protesters were arrested, including two for assault and one for disobedience.
    (AP, 10/29/11)

2011        Dec 3, In Colorado a small plane with 4 people crashed in the mountains near Silverton.
    (SFC, 12/5/11, p.A6)

2011        Dec 19, Fierce winds and snow that caused fatal road accidents and shuttered highways in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. The storm was blamed for at least six deaths.
    (AP, 12/20/11)

2012        Jan 8, Brandy Fonteneaux (28), a US Army Specialist, was found dead in her room. She had been stabbed 74 times in her barracks on Fort Carson, Colorado, by fellow soldier Army Sgt. Vincinte Jackson (40). On Dec 13 Jackson was convicted of unpremeditated murder.
    (http://tinyurl.com/b4g9rec)(SFC, 12/14/12, p.A11)

2012        Feb 3, A storm swept across Colorado forcing the cancellation of some 600 flights at Denver’s airport. The storm dumped up to 6 feet of snow in some areas of eastern Colorado.
    (SFC, 2/4/12, p.A5)

2012        Feb 7, Rick Santorum won 3 victories in the race for the Republican presidential nomination by winning caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota and a primary in Missouri. Mit Romney came in 3rd in Minnesota with 17% of the vote.
    (SFC, 2/8/12, p.A6)(Econ, 2/11/12, p.32)

2012        Feb 27, Colorado’s sec. of state said enough signatures have bee collected to allow a measure for the legalization of marijuana for recreational use to go before voters in November.
    (SFC, 2/28/12, p.A5)

2012        Mar 5, The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the University of Colorado overstepped its authority when the school's board of regents imposed a ban on the carrying of concealed weapons at its four campuses.
    (Reuters, 3/5/12)

2012        Mar 21, It was reported that warm weather in Colorado was enabling the mountain pine beetles to churn out an extra generation of bugs each year with potentially devastating effect.
    (SFC, 3/21/12, p.A10)

2012        Apr 1, In Denver Jimma Reat (26), an immigrant from Sudan, reluctantly followed a 911 dispatcher's order to return to the scene of a road rage crime, where he was fatally shot while waiting for police.
    (ABC News, 4/3/12)

2012        Apr 30, Robert "Rider" Dewey, a Colorado man, was exonerated on the basis of new DNA evidence and set free after spending more than 16 years behind bars. He was wrongly convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the June, 1994, rape and murder of Jacie Taylor (19), who found strangled with a dog leash. New analysis showed DNA samples matched the DNA of Douglas Thames, who is serving a life sentence without parole for the 1989 rape and strangulation of Susan Doll (39) of Fort Collins.
    (Reuters, 4/30/12)

2012        Jun 16, In northern Colorado additional crews arrived to fight a wildfire that has scorched 85 sq. miles and destroyed at least 181 homes, the most in state history.
    (SSFC, 6/17/12, p.A10)

2012        Jun 24, Colorado Gov. said half the nation’s fire fighting fleet was battling fires in his state and that military planes would begin assisting the next day. 8 wildfires made this the worst state wildfire season in a decade.
    (SFC, 6/25/12, p.A5)
2012        Jun 24, In Colorado police Officer Celena Hollis (32) was shot and killed as she tried to break up a fight in a Denver city park. Police soon arrested suspect Rollen Oliver (21).
    (SFC, 6/26/12, p.A5)

2012        Jun 27, Firefighters struggled against the Waldo Canyon Fire at the edge of Colorado Springs that forced 32,000 people from their homes, prompted evacuations from the US Air Force Academy and consumed an unknown number of homes.
    (Reuters, 6/27/12)

2012        Jun 28, In Colorado Springs a body was found in one of the estimated 346 burned homes. Two people were reported missing. The Waldo Canyon Fire was only 15% contained. Another fire in the north has destroyed 257 homes.
    (SFC, 6/29/12, p.A11)

2012        Jul 13, Colorado police found the body of Christina Cornejo (30) in Colorado Springs. She had been stabbed multiple times. On July 17 Suspect and boyfriend Brian Hedglin (40) was found dead havinbg shot himself in the head after he crashed a plane at Utah’s St. George Municipal Airport.
    (SFC, 7/18/12, p.A8)

2012        Jul 20, James Holmes (24) dressed in riot gear burst into a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., during the early morning showing of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" and methodically began shooting patrons, killing at least 12 people and injuring at least 50.
    (AFP, 7/20/12)

2012        Jul 21, In Aurora, Colorado, bomb experts disarmed the booby-trapped apartment of James Holms, who killed 12 people in a movie theater on July 20.
    (SSFC, 7/22/12, p.A8)

2012        Sep 7, In a taped interview in Colorado Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said the federal government shouldn't interfere with states that have legalized medical marijuana.
    (AP, 9/7/12)

2012        Oct 3, Pres. Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney held their first public debate in Colorado. They agreed that the $2.8 trillion US healthcare system is broken, but neither candidate presented voters with a clear idea of how to fix it. Both praised the deficit-cutting plan known as Simpson-Bowles, but neither has made the politically painful choices put forward by that scheme.
    (Reuters, 10/4/12)

2012        Oct 5, In Colorado fifth-grader Jessica Ridgeway (10) never showed up at a nearby park where she was supposed to meet friends for the one-mile walk to her elementary school. On Oct 10 her body was found in an Arvada, Colo., park, just a few miles from where she went missing. On Oct 23 police arrested Austin Reed Sigg (17) in connection with the murder and sexual assault. Sigg confessed to killing Ridgeway. On Nov 19, 2013 Sigg, was sentenced to life in prison. 
    (SFC, 10/13/12, p.A5)(SFC, 10/26/12, p.A9)(SFC, 11/20/13, p.A6)

2012        Nov 6, Colorado voters approved Amendment 64 allowing adults over 21 to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, thought using the drug publicly would still be banned. Amendment 64 took effect in December.
    (SFC, 11/7/12, p.A10)(SFC, 3/14/14, p.A6)

2012        Nov 9, In Colorado police officer James Davies (35) died after he was shot by another officer while responding to a crime scene in Lakewood, a Denver suburb.
    (SFC, 11/10/12, p.A4)

2012        Nov 18, In Colorado Dylan Redwine (13) disappeared from his home in Vallecito, La Plata County. Some of his remains were found in June, 2013. On July 22, 2017, his father, Mark Redwine, was arrested in Bellingham, Wa., following an indictment for 2nd degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.
    (SFC, 7/24/17, p.A7)

2012        Dec 18, In Colorado Daniel Sanchez (31) killed three people, including his ex-girlfriend outside Longmont. He had just been released from jail on domestic violence charges.
    (AP, 12/19/12)

2013        Jan 1, Ten states kicked off the new year with a minimum wage rise of between 10 and 35 cents. The rises went into effect in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
    (Reuters, 1/1/13)

2013        Jan 5, In Colorado a gun man in Aurora, a suburb of Denver, fired shots at police before he was gunned down. Inside the home SWAT officers found the bodies of 3 adults.
    (SSFC, 1/6/13, p.A7)

2013        Mar 19, Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements (58) was shot and killed at his home in Monument.
    (AP, 3/22/13)

2013        Mar 21, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill recognizing same-sex civil unions. The law takes effect May 1.
    (SFC, 3/22/13, p.A7)
2013        Mar 21, Paroled Colorado inmate Evan Spencer Ebel (28), who may be linked to the slaying of the state's prison chief, led Texas deputies on a 100 mph car chase that ended after he crashed into a semi and then opened fire before being shot down by his pursuers.
    (AP, 3/21/13)

2013        Apr 20, In Colorado an estimated 80,000 individuals gathered in Denver’s Civic Center Park the as they celebrated a state voters’ decision to legalize the recreational use of cannabis last November. Gunshots were heard less than an hour after the rally's keynote address completed. 2 individuals were wounded.
    (SFC, 4/22/13, p.A5)
2013        Apr 20, In Colorado an avalanche near Loveland Pass killed 5 backcountry enthusiasts.
    (SFC, 4/22/13, p.A6)

2013        Apr 29, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation allowing immigrant students to pay at the tuition rate other in-state students pay at state colleges. Colorado became the 14th state to allow such payments.
    (AP, 4/30/13)

2013        Apr, Colorado and 14 other US states began reporting cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus. Up till now the virus was thought to exist only in Europe and China.
    (SFC, 7/11/13, p.A4)

2013        May 28, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law legislation on how recreational marijuana should be grown, sold and taxed.
    (SFC, 5/29/13, p.A6)

2013        Jun 4, A Colorado judge accepted James Holmes’ a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity in the July 20, 2012, rampage that left 12 people dead.
    (SFC, 6/5/13, p.A6)

2013        Jun 5, Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper signed a bill allowing illegal immigrants to apply for driving licenses.
    (Econ, 6/15/13, p.32)

2013        Aug 7, In Denver, at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association conference, meat producer JBS USA presented a video showing short clips of cows struggling to walk and displaying other signs of distress. It was shown as part of a panel discussion on the pros and cons of using a class of drugs known as beta-agonists - the additives fed to cattle in the weeks before slaughter to add up to 30 pounds to bodyweight and reduce fat content in the meat.
    (Reuters, 8/13/13)

2013        Aug 29, The US Justice Dept. said that states can let people use marijuana, license people to grow it and allow adults to buy it, as long as it is kept away from kids, the black market and federal property. Attorney-General Eric Holder told the governors of Colorado and Washington that the Dept. of Justice would not seek to block their experiments. 
    (SFC, 8/30/13, p.A6)(Econ, 9/14/13, p.30)

2013        Sep 12, In Colorado heavy rains and scarring from recent wildfires sent water crashing down mountainsides along the front range from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins. At least 4 people were killed.
    (SFC, 9/13/13, p.A8)(Reuters, 9/13/13)

2013        Sep 16, In Colorado 7 people were confirmed dead and at least 1,500 homes destroyed after a week of rare, torrential rains along the eastern slopes of the Rockies. Helicopter search-and-rescue flights resumed in flood-stricken areas.
    (Reuters, 9/16/13)

2013        Sep 20, In Colorado 4 new oil spills were discovered related to the recent flooding, bringing the total to estimated 25,000 gallons.
    (SSFC, 9/22/13, p.A8)

2013        Sep 30, In south-central Colorado 5 hikers were killed by a rockslide on a trail below Mount Princeton.
    (SFC, 10/1/13, p.A8)

2013        Oct 1, Colorado teenager Austin Reed Sigg (18), who confessed to abducting, killing and dismembering a 10-year-old girl last year, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, sexual assault and also to the botched kidnapping of a female jogger months before the killing.
    (Reuters, 10/1/13)

2013        Oct 7, A record-breaking storm dropped 4 feet of snow in parts of South Dakota and left over 22,000 homes and businesses without electricity. Tens of thousands of cattle died in South Dakota. The storm also buried parts of Wyoming and Colorado and spawned tornadoes in Nebraska and Iowa. At least 4 people died due to the storm.
    (SFC, 10/8/13, p.A5)(SFC, 10/14/13, p.A4)

2013        Nov 5, Colorado voters approved a tax rate for marijuana.
    (SFC, 11/5/13, p.A4)(AP, 11/6/13)

2013        Nov 14, US officials in Colorado destroyed over six tons of confiscated ivory tusks, carvings and jewelry, accumulated over the last 25 years at the National Wildlife Property Repository.
    (SFC, 11/15/13, p.A7)

2013        Nov 17, In Colorado two workers were killed in a mining accident at the Star Mine Operations near Ouray. The powder-smoke incident also injured 20 workers.
    (SFC, 11/18/13, p.A5)

2013        Nov 21, Federal agents raided an unknown number of marijuana dispensaries and growing sites in Colorado, confiscating piles of marijuana plants and cartons of cannabis-infused drinks just weeks before the state allows sellers of recreational marijuana to open their doors.
    (AP, 11/21/13)

2013        Nov 27, In Colorado 3 people were found dead in a burned home in Rye. On Dec 28 Harry Carl Mapps (59) was arrested in a motel in Roland, Ok. He was suspected of stealing check, killing 3 people and setting fire to their home in Rye, Colorado.
    (SFC, 12/30/13, p.A6)

2013        Dec 13, Colorado schoolboy Karl Pierson (18), armed with a shotgun, opened fire and wounded two fellow students at Arapahoe High School in Centennial before killing himself. Student Claire Davis (17), shot in the face, died on Dec 21 after eight days on life support. Pierson had been demoted from captain of the debate team and was believed to have been targeting the team coach.
    (AP, 12/14/13)(AFP, 12/22/13)(SSFC, 8/17/14, p.A7)

2013        Dec 27, In Colorado the first batch of Denver businesses approved to sell recreational marijuana received their licenses.
    (SFC, 12/28/13, p.A7)

2014        Jan 1, In Colorado the nation’s first recreational pot industry opened as business owners threw open their doors for shoppers at 8 am.
    (SFC, 1/2/14, p.A7)

2014        Jan 5, In Colorado a co-pilot was killed and two pilots injured when a private jet crashed and burst into flames at the airport that serves Aspen.
    (AFP, 1/5/14)

2014        Jan 27, In Colorado a boy (16) at a suburban Denver high school set himself on fire in an apparent suicide attempt.
    (SFC, 1/28/14, p.A5)

2014        Feb 2, The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII played in New Jersey.
    (SFC, 2/3/14, p.B1)

2014        Feb 15, In Colorado an avalanche killed two skiers and injured three others on Star Mountain near Leadville.
    (SFC, 2/17/14, p.A13)

2014        Feb 16, In Colorado 3 people were killed in a single-engine plan crash near Telluride.
    (SFC, 2/18/14, p.A5)

2014        Feb 26, In Colorado the body of Nancy Pfister (57) was found in a closet at her home in Aspen. Her parents had co-founded the Buttermilk ski area. William Styler III (65) and his wife Nancy (62) were arrested on March 3 on suspicion of murder. Katherine Carpenter (56) was arrested on March 14 also on suspicion of murder.
    (SFC, 3/17/14, p.A8)

2014        Mar 13, The Colorado Court of Appeals said people whose cases were under appeal when Amendment 64 took effect in Dec 1012, are eligible to have their convictions for possessing small amount of marijuana dismissed. The amendment allowed adults over 21 to possess up to an ounce of marijuana.
    (SFC, 3/14/14, p.A6)

2014        Mar 22, In southwestern Colorado a small plane crashed into the Ridgeway Reservoir. On March 24 the bodies of 5 people were found in the wreckage.
    (SFC, 3/24/14, p.A6)(SFC, 3/25/14, p.A5)

2014        Apr 20, In Colorado tens of thousands gathered to celebrate the first legal 4:20, the April 20 pot holiday, at Denver’s Civic Center Park.
    (SFC, 4/21/14, p.A8)

2014        May 7, Colorado lawmakers approved the world’s first financial system for the marijuana industry.
    (SFC, 5/8/14, p.A8)

2014        May 9, In Colorado a crude oil train derailed spilling some 6,500 gallons of oil near LaSalle.
    (SSFC, 5/11/14, p.A16)

2014        May 17, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the first state law to allow terminally ill patients to access experimental medications before federal approval.
    (SSFC, 5/18/14, p.A7)

2014        May 23, In Colorado a federal judge sentenced a former Ethiopian jail guard to 22 years in prison for immigration crimes. Kefelgn Alemu Worku was convicted of genocide in absentia in Ethiopia in 2000 and sentenced to death. He reportedly had tortured and killed dozens of people during government sponsored violence in the 1970s.
    (SFC, 5/24/14, p.A11)

2014        May 25, In western Colorado three men went missing after a half-mile stretch of ridge, saturated by rain, collapsed. The resulting mud slide in the Grand Mesa stretched for three miles.
    (SFC, 5/27/14, p.A12)

2014        May 31, In Colorado two men died when their small plane crashed northeast of Denver near Front Range Airport.
    (SSFC, 6/1/14, p.A10)

2014        Jun 5, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill regulating companies like Uber and Lyft that use ride service apps, making Colorado the first state to legitimize such Internet companies.
    (SFC, 6/7/14, p.D3)

2014        Jun 27, In Colorado police in Denver raided the Maryjane’s Social Club, one of dozens of private pot smoking clubs operating in a legal gray area. Officers handcuffed smokers, seized drug paraphernalia and ticketed the owner for violating a state law banning indoor cigarette smoking.
    (SFC, 7/4/14, p.A6)

2014        Jul 9, A Colorado judge ruled that the state’s 2006 voter-approved ban on gay marriage violates the state and federal constitutions. The ruling was immediately put on hold pending appeal.
    (SFC, 7/10/14, p.A8)

2014        Jul 18, Colorado's Supreme Court ordered the Denver County clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples pending the resolution of an appeal by the state's attorney general.
    (Reuters, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 18, Colorado state health officials said three more people have been diagnosed with the plague after coming in contact with an infected dog whose owner contracted a life-threatening form of the disease.
    (AP, 7/19/14)

2014        Jul 23, A US federal judge declared Colorado’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but put the ruling on hold pending a state appeal.
    (SFC, 7/24/14, p.A6)

2014        Aug 1, Colorado began issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to immigrants regardless of their legal status, underscoring a sea change in a state that less than a decade ago passed strict immigration enforcement laws.
    (AP, 8/1/14)

2014        Aug 9, In Colorado 2 people were killed when their small plane crashed near Steamboat Springs.
    (SFC, 8/11/14, p.A4)

2014        Sep 10, In Colorado Shannon Conley (19) pleaded guilty to trying to help the Islamic State. On Jan 23 she was sentenced to four years in prison even as she said that she has disavowed jihad.
    (SFC, 9/11/14, p.A6)(SFC, 1/24/15, p.A4)

2014        Sep 22, Colorado prosecutors said authorities have broken up a drug trafficking ring and seized 55 pounds of methamphetamine, ending an audacious network that was importing the drug from Mexico via California. 15 people were arrested and two others were being sought.
    (Reuters, 9/22/14)(SFC, 9/23/14, p.A5)

2014        Oct 4, In Colorado 2 people aboard a helicopter-like Xenon gyroplane were killed when it crashed into the Colorado River near Loma.
    (SFC, 10/6/14, p.A5)

2014        Nov 30, Colorado-based author Kent Haruf (71) died. He wrote "Plainsong" and several other novels set in small-town Colorado.
    (AP, 12/1/14)

2014        Dec 18, It was reported that Colorado plans to spend over $8 million to research marijuana’s medical potential.
    (SFC, 12/18/14, p.C6)

2014        Dec 22, Legendary British singer Joe Cocker (70) died at his home in Crawford, Colorado. His intense, gritty voice won him wide acclaim that spanned both rock and blues.
    (AFP, 12/22/14)

2014        Dec 30, In Denver, Colorado, Wayne Sperling (67), the father of four young sons, was sentenced to five years in prison for neglecting the boys to the point that they could not recognize food. The boys (2-6) could only communicate in grunts when they were found in October, 2013.
    (SFC, 12/31/14, p.A6)

2014        Dec, Kelly Mae Myers (18) was reported missing in the mountain town of Grand Junction, Co., by relatives who said she might have been trying to hitchhike to visit friends in the Salt Lake City area. Her remains were found in a suitcase in a remote park area in late February 2015. On March 24 Utah police identified two people of interest in her death. Raymond Cordova 47) and Eduardo Nasario Delacruz (30) were already in custody on unrelated charges.
    (AP, 3/25/15)

2015        Jan 26, In Colorado police in Denver shot and killed Jessica Hernandez (17) after she struck an officer with a stolen car. A passenger in the car said police fired first.
    (SFC, 1/28/15, p.A8)(SSFC, 2/8/15, p.A9)

2015        Mar 6, In Aurora, Colorado, police Officer Paul Jerothe shot and killed Naeschylus Carter Vinzant, an unarmed black man. Vinzant was on parole and had fled after beating his wife and taking their 2-month-old son. In 2016 the city of Aurora agreed to pay $2.6 million to settle a lawsuit by Vinzant’s relatives.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ngwempn)(SFC, 11/8/16, p.A6)

2015        Jun 15, The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that businesses can fire employees for using marijuana, even if they are smoking it off the clock and complying with state laws that have legalized the drug.
    (SFC, 6/16/15, p.A6)

2015        Jul 15, The Colorado Bard of health voted 6-2 against adding PTSD to the list of ailments eligible for treatment with marijuana.
    (SFC, 7/17/15, p.A6)

2015        Jul 16, In Colorado James Holmes was pronounced guilty of 165 counts of murder, attempted murder, and other charges relating to the July 20, 2012, massacre in a movie theater in Aurora.
    (SFC, 7/17/15, p.A6)

2015        Aug 5, In southern Colorado some 3 million gallons of sludge from the Gold King mine in the San Juan Mountains spilled into a creek and then to the Animas River, which connects to the Colorado River. Workers trying to staunch a leak accidentally opened a passage to the creek. On May 23, 2016, New Mexico became the first state to sue the federal government and owners of the two mines for environmental and economic damages caused by the spill.
    (SFC, 8/10/15, p.A5)(SFC, 5/23/16, p.A5)

2015        Aug 26, In Colorado James Holmes (28), the man convicted of killing 12 people  on July 20, 2012, at a movie theater in Centennial, was ordered to serve 12 consecutive life sentenced in prison without parole.
    (SFC, 8/27/15, p.A6)

2015        Sep 6, In Colorado a twin-engine Cessna 310-H went down in a remote section of the San Juan Mountains, part of the Rocky Mountain range. At least 4 people were killed.
    (Reuters, 9/7/15)

2015        Oct 31, In Colorado police shot down a gunman in Colorado Springs after he shot and killed 23 people.
    (SSFC, 11/1/15, p.A8)

2015        Nov 17, More than 100 flights were canceled at Denver International Airport early as a powerful storm system dropped snow over the Rocky Mountains.
    (Reuters, 11/17/15)

2015        Nov 27, In Colorado Robert Lewis Dear (57) entered a family planning clinic in Colorado Springs and opened fire, killing 3 people, including a police officer, and wounding nine others.
    (AFP, 11/28/15)

2015        Dec 15, In Colorado a storm dropped up to two feet snow in the mountains before hitting the plains prompting airlines to cancel 425 flights at the Denver airport.
    (SFC, 12/16/15, p.A8)

2015        Dec 22, Clarence Moses-El (60), who spent 28 years in prison after being convicted of a rape he says he didn’t commit, was released from the Denver County Jail on bond after a judge threw out the guilty verdict in the case.
    (AP, 12/22/15)

2016        Mar 23, In Colorado more than 300 flights were canceled at Denver International Airport on Wednesday after freezing snow on power lines from a blizzard triggered a power outage.
    (Reuters, 3/23/16)

2016        Apr 14, In Colorado police and federal agents arrested more than 40 people and seized piles of pot plants during raids throughout the Denver area, part of a multistate investigation into the illegal distribution of marijuana outside Colorado.
    (SFC, 4/15/16, p.A7)

2016        Jun 26, In Colorado an Amtrak train collided with a van outside Trinidad killing 5 people after the van failed to yield right of way to the train.
    (SFC, 6/27/16, p.A4)

2016        Sep 7, A US federal judge ordered wildlife managers to enlarge habitat protections in Idaho, Montana and Colorado for the Canada lynx, a rare wild cat that roams the Rockies and mountain forests of several other states.
    (Reuters, 9/8/16)

2017        Jan 13, The US Environmental Protection Agency denied $1.2 billion in claims for economic losses stemming from a 2015 toxic wastewater spill accidentally triggered by the agency at a defunct Colorado mine, that fouled waterways in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.
    (AP, 1/13/17)

2017        Feb 1, In Colorado Joshua Cummings (37) walked up to Denver transit Officer Scott Von Lanken (56) and shot him from behind in the neck. Von Lanken was killed and Cummings was taken into custody.
    (SFC, 2/2/17, p.A4)

2017        Mar 4, It was reported that about 62,000 people, who were held at Colorado’s Aurora Detention Facility, have joined together in a lawsuit saying they were required to work for as little as $1 a day.
    (SFC, 3/4/17, p.A4)

2017        Mar 8, Wildfires in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas left 6 people dead along with some 2,500 adult cattle and 1,000 calves.
    (SFC, 3/9/17, p.A7)

2017        Apr 27, Jack Mueller (74), a former poet of San Francisco’s North Beach, died in Grand Junction, Colo. His published work included six collections of poems and two books of sketches.
    (SFC, 5/5/17, p.D5)

2017        Jun 1, It was reported that a consortium of entertainment and cannabis veterans, including musician Damian Marley and Colorado pot sellers, have acquired a controlling interest in High Times magazine as at valuation of $70 million.
    (SFC, 6/1/17, p.D1)

2017        Jun 8, Colorado started using marijuana taxes to fund police efforts to crack down on illegal growing operations.
    (SFC, 6/9/17, p.A5)

2017        Jun 28,  Colorado officials announced that a Denver grand jury has indicted 62 people and 12 businesses for involvement in a mammoth marijuana trafficking ring that pretended to be growing weed for sick people but was instead shipping the drug to a half-dozen other states and bilking investors.
    (SFC, 6/30/17, p.A6)

2017        Oct 24, In Colorado Trevor Graves, (22), a former Univ. of Iowa wrestler, was arrested on federal computer hacking charges and released on bond. In 2015 he had installed keyloggers in computers in university classrooms and labs that allowed him  to change his grades more than 90 times over a 21-month period as well as change grades for at least five other students on numerous occasions.
    (SSFC, 10/29/17, p.A7)

2017        Nov 1, In Colorado Scott Ostrem (47) opened fire inside a suburban Denver Walmart killing two men and a woman. He was arrested the next day following a brief chase in Thornton, about 5 miles from the Walmart store. On Oct 19., 2018, Ostrem was sentenced to three consecutive life terms plus 48 years in prison as part of a deal to avoid a potential death sentence.
    (SFC, 11/3/17, p.A7)(SSFC, 10/21/18, p.A14)

2017        Dec 7, San Francisco-based Dignity Health and Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives announced plans to merge in a deal that create one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health systems.
    (SFC, 12/8/17, p.C1)

2017        Dec 31, In Colorado Matthew Riehl (37) fired more than 100 rounds at sheriff’s deputies killing one and injuring four others before being fatally shot himself at Highlands Ranch, a Denver suburb.
    (SFC, 1/1/18, p.A4)

2018        Jan 24, In Colorado Sheriff’s Deputy Heath Gumm (32) was shot and killed after responding to a call in a residential of Denver. One man was soon arrested and police searched for two additional suspects.
    (SFC, 1/26/18, p.A7)

2018        Apr 14, In Colorado Dave Krieger, the editor of The Daily Camera in Boulder, published a critical editorial about Alden Capital Group, the newspaper's hedge fund owners. On April 26 Krieger tweeted that he has been fired.
    (SFC, 4/27/18, p.A5)

2018        Apr 26, Teachers in Arizona and Colorado kicked off widespread walkouts that shut down public schools in a bid for better pay and education funding.
    (SFC, 4/27/18, p.A5)

2018        May 17, The Univ. of Denver agreed to a $2.6 million settlement in a lawsuit filed on behalf of female law professors who said they were illegally paid less than male colleagues.
    (SFC, 5/18/18, p.A6)

2018        Jun 4, The US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that a Colorado's Civil Rights Commission had violated a baker's rights to a fair and neutral assessment of his refusal to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
    (SFC, 6/5/18, p.A1)

2018        Jun 5, In Colorado a blaze, dubbed the 416 Fire, spread across some 2,400 acres (971 hectares) near Durango. The fire, which began June 1, was just 10 percent contained, as about 825 homes remained under evacuation.
    (Reuters, 6/5/18)

2018        Jun 12, Colorado officials closed the San Juan National Forest due to extreme fire danger.
    (SFC, 6/13/18, p.A7)

2018        Jun 29, In Colorado at least a dozen wildfires raged in drought-stricken portions of the state where hundreds of residents have been evacuated as a wave of prime wildfire weather conditions moves through the US West.
    (Reuters, 6/30/18)

2018        Jul 5, In Colorado In Colorado nine major wildfires have razed through more than 216,000 acres.
    (Reuters, 7/6/18)

2018        Jul 6, In Colorado, a fire crew of 1,444, aided by local rains and higher humidity, continued to battle the Spring Creek fire north of the Arizona border, which has consumed 105,704 acres and is 35 percent contained.
    (AP, 7/7/18)

2018        Jul 7, In southern Colorado firefighters contained about 45% of a 167-square-mile fire. In the southwest an 85-square-mile fire north of Durango was 50% contained.
    (SSFC, 7/8/18, p.A13)

2018        Jul, The US federal Bureau of land management began rounding up wild horses in Nevada and Utah as drought threatened their livelihood. Volunteers in Arizona and Colorado were said to be hauling food and water to dried up grazing grounds. The region was home to some 67,000 wild horses.
    (SFC, 7/24/18, p.A10)

2018        Aug 16, In Colorado Christopher Watts (33) was arrested on suspicion of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters. The body of Shannan Watts (34) had been found on property owned by Anadarko Petroleum, Where Mr. Watts used to work. The bodies of the two girls, ages 3 and 4, were still missing. Watts told police his wife had strangled the girls after being told he wanted to separate. Police later learned Watts was having an affair with a co-worker. On Nov. 19 Watts was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 8/17/18, p.A5)(SFC, 8/20/18, p.A5)(SFC, 11/20/18, p.A6)

2018        Nov 6, Colorado voters rejected a measure that could have sharply reduced oil and gas drilling, including the method known as fracking, by requiring new oil and gas wells to be farther from occupied buildings than allowed under current law.
    (AP, 11/7/18)

2018        Nov 19, In Colorado one person was killed and four others were wounded in a shooting in downtown Denver. Police had no description of any suspects.
    (SFC, 11/20/18, p.A5)

2018        Nov 22, In Colorado Kelsey Berreth (29) was last seen in a grocery store near Colorado Springs. It was later reported that she had been beaten to death with a baseball bat. On Dec. 21 Patrick Frazee (32), her fiance, was arrested at his home in Florissant and charged with first-degree murder.
    (SFC, 12/22/18, p.A5)(SFC, 2/21/19, p.A6)

2018        Dec 21, In Colorado three men stole about $800,000 worth of diamond-encased jewelry from a display case in the Little Nell hotel in Aspen.
    (SFC, 12/26/18, p.A6)

2019        Jan 9, Colorado officials said a simplified program will make it easier for thousands of people to seek the elimination of low-level marijuana convictions they received in Denver  before recreational use became legal in the state.
    (SFC, 1/10/19, p.A6)

2019        Feb 11, Teachers in Denver went on strike for the first time in 25 years over the district's incentive-based pay system.
    (SFC, 2/12/19, p.A5)

2019        Feb 21, It was reported that 50 million gallons of toxic water is being discharged daily from contaminated mining sites into streams and ponds without being treated in California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Montana and at least five other states.
    (SFC, 2/21/19, p.A8)

2019        Mar 13, A winter storm brought blizzards, rain or floods to more than 25 US states. About 1,000 flights were cancelled at Denver Int'l. Airport and nearly 40 more at Colorado Springs.
    (SFC, 3/14/19, p.A5)

2019        Apr 11, In the US heavy snow and strong winds hit Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota and began moving into the Great Lakes region a day after pummeling Colorado.
    (SFC, 4/12/19, p.A5)

2019        Apr 17, In Colorado Sol Pais (18) of Florida was found dead in an apparent suicide. She had been infatuated with the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School and had recently bought a shotgun and ammunition from a gun shop in Littleton, not far from Columbine.
    (SFC, 4/18/19, p.A6)

2019        Apr 25, In Colorado four people were killed when a semi-truck hauling lumber plowed into vehicles on I-70 near Denver causing a fire. The death toll in the 28-vehicle pileup was not confirmed until the next day due to the devastation caused by the fire. In 2021 truck driver Rogel Lazaro Aguilera Mederos (25) was convicted of vehicular homicide and other charges.
    (SFC, 4/27/19, p.A4)(AP, 10/15/21)

2019        May 7, In Colorado Kendrick Castillo, three days away from graduation, was killed in a shooting at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School in Highlands Ranch. One of the two suspected shooters was soon identified as Devon Erickson (18). The other suspect was Alec McKinney (16), who had wanted to transition to male from female and had been bullied over gender identity. The two suspects opened fire in two separate classrooms and were arrested within minutes at the public charter school south of Denver. In 2020 McKinney pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and 16 other counts.
     (AP, 5/08/19)(SFC, 6/12/19, p.A10)(SSFC, 2/9/20, p.A6)

2019        Jun 9, In Colorado Bushwick Bill (52), the diminutive, one-eyed rapper (aka Robert Shaw) who with the Geto Boys helped put the South's stamp on rap with hits like "Mind Playing Tricks On Me" and "Six Feet Deep," died of pancreatic cancer.
    (AP, 6/9/19)

2019        Jul 25, In Colorado Maurice Butler (39) was sentenced to three consecutive life prison sentences for killing three homeless people in a Denver parking lot last August over a $200 drug debt.
    (AP, 7/26/19)

2019        Aug 15, Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said he was ending his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
    (SFC, 8/17/19, p.A5)

2019        Aug 24, In Colorado Elijah McClain (23) was put into a choke hold by police in Aurora. McClain was pronounced dead on August 30 after being detained by police and injected with ketamine as a sedative by paramedics. In 2020 Gov. Jared Polis ordered an investigation into the case. On August 11 the state's attorney general announced a civil rights investigation into the case.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Elijah_McClain)(SFC, 6/26/20, p.A5)(SFC, 8/12/20, p.A6)

2019        Sep 17, Sarah Thomas (37), an American cancer survivor from Colorado, completed her four time swim of the English Channel after more than 54 hours in the water.
    (SFC, 9/18/19, p.A2)

2019        Nov 4, FBI officials said they have arrested a suspected white supremacist who was allegedly planning a bombing at a Colorado synagogue. Richard Holzer (27) was allegedly planning to target Temple Emanuel in Pueblo, the state's second-oldest synagogue.
    (ABC News, 11/4/19)

2019        Nov 18, In Colorado Patrick Frazee was convicted of killing Kelsey Berreth (29) on Nov. 22, 2018. She was his fiancee and the mother of his young daughter.
    (ABC News, 11/18/19)

2019        Dec 2, A Colorado judge sentenced a mother to 24 years in prison after her 2-year-old son fatally shot himself with her pistol, believing it was a squirt gun. Melissa Michelle Adamson was sentenced after pleading guilty to child abuse resulting in death in the October 2018 death of Lokhi Bloom.
    (AP, 12/3/19)

2019        Dec 4, In Colorado Alec McKinney (16) was ordered along with Devon Erickson (19) to stand trial on first-degree murder, attempted murder and weapons charges in the May 7 shooting rampage at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, in which one student was killed and eight others wounded.
    (Reuters, 12/4/19)

2019        Dec 5, Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg unveiled a gun control policy just steps from the site of one of Colorado's worst mass shootings, calling for a ban on all assault weapons, mandatory permits for gun purchasers and a new position in the White House to coordinate gun violence prevention.
    (AP, 12/6/19)

2019        Pres. Donald Trump moved the national headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management from Washington DC to Grand Junction, Colorado. In 2021 the Biden administration moved the headquarters back to DC, but kept the Grand Junction office as its western headquarters.
    (SSFC, 9/19/21, p.A12)

2020        Jan 13, In Colorado a man was arrested after allegedly stabbing eight people in and around downtown Colorado Springs early today. Police said the attacks were apparently carried out at random.
    (AP, 1/13/20)

2020        Feb 15, In Colorado two died after being caught in a weekend avalanche about ten miles north of Vail. Their bodies were recovered the next day.
    (AP, 2/16/20)

2020        Mar 20, In Florida the remains of Gannon Stauch (11), a Colorado boy missing since Jan. 27, were found nearly 1,400 miles away from his home, confirming his family's worst fears. The discovery led Colorado's El Paso County District Attorney's Office to file nine additional charges against his stepmother, Letecia Stauch, who was arrested for Gannon's murder on March 2 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
    (ABC News, 3/20/20)

2020        Mar 24, Colorado repealed its seldom-used death penalty, becoming the 22nd state to eliminate capital punishment.
    (NY Times, 3/24/20)

2020        Apr 23, In Colorado Alexis Mendez-Perez (16) was fatally shot when he and four other high school friends were suspected of breaking into a vacant rental home in northeast Denver. The shooter Desmond Manning (46), an off-duty state Department of Corrections criminal investigator, was terminated from the department in July.
    (NBC News, 8/28/20)

2020        Apr 27, Democratic Governor Jared Polis of Colorado began a partial reopening of the coronavirus shutdown to help ease the burden on state unemployment benefit filings.
    (Reuters, 5/4/20)

2020        Apr 30, Colorado police arrested Erlinda Villareal (42) after he allegedly killed his girlfriend and her two sons and left their bodies in California's San Bernadino County.
    (SFC, 5/2/20, p.A3)

2020        May 9, In Colorado Heather Perry (21) was fatally shot by parolee Cornelius Haney (40), who had been released three weeks earlier because of concerns over the coronavirus.
    (SSFC, 5/17/20, p.A4)

2020        May 10, In Colorado the C&C Breakfast and Korean Kitchen in Castle Rock opened for Mothers' Day in defiance of state rules banning in-person dining. The following day the Tri-County Health Department issued an order for the restaurant to close. Gov. Jared Polis called it an immediate health hazard and suspended the restaurant's license.
    (https://tinyurl.com/cgn6qfp)(SFC, 5/13/20, p.A6)

2020        Jun 10, In Denver, Colorado, Michael R Close (36) fatally shot Isabella Thallas (21) and critically injured her boyfriend Darian Simon after a verbal exchange over their dog defecating. Close was soon charged with murder and attempted murder.
    (The Independent, 6/17/20)

2020        Jun 19, Colorado's Governor Jared Polis signed a sweeping police reform bill that, among other reforms, bans chokeholds and makes officers personally liable if they are found guilty of violating a person's civil rights.
    (CBS News, 6/19/20)

2020        Jul 3, In Colorado interim police chief Vanessa Wilson said the police officers who took disturbing photos at the memorial site where Elijah McClain was placed in a police chokehold and later died have all been terminated from the Aurora Police Department. McClain (23) died on August 30, 2019, days after police confronted him as he walked home from a convenience store.
    (ABC News, 7/3/20)

2020        Jul 24, Colorado teenager Alec McKinney (17), who opened fire at a Denver-area high school on May 7, 2019, in what has been described as an ambush attack, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
    (NBC News, 7/24/20)

2020        Aug 5, In Colorado a house fire killed five family members, including an infant and a 2-year-old. The victims were members of Denver's Senegalese community. Police later said fire appeared to be deliberately set by three unknown individuals wearing dark hoodies and full-face masks who fled the area in a dark colored 4-door sedan. On Jan. 27, 2021, three teenage boys were arrested on suspicion of murder and arson stemming from the house fire.
    (SFC, 8/6/20, p.A4)(NBC News, 8/19/20)(Reuters, 1/27/21)
2020        Aug 5, Luis Archuleta (77), convicted of shooting Denver police Officer Daril Cinquanta in the stomach in 1971, was arrested in New Mexico. Archuleta, also known as Larry Pusateri, was convicted in 1973. He escaped from a Colorado state prison facility the next year.
    (NBC News, 8/7/20)

2020        Aug 22, In Colorado dozens of armed protesters descended on the Denver Police Headquarters and damaged buildings, set fires and injured an officer. A dozen people were arrested. Protesters cited a variety of reasons.
    (SFC, 8/24/20, p.A4)

2020        Sep 19, In Colorado people gathered at the state Capitol in Denver to protest the filing of felony charges against several leaders of racial justice demonstrations.
    (AP, 9/19/20)

2020        Oct 5, Firefighters at the Mullen Fire (14% contained) on the Wyoming-Colorado line and the Cameron Peak Fire (42% contained) in northern Colorado struggled as winds picked up in the afternoon as expected.
    (AP, 10/5/20)

2020        Oct 10, In Colorado Lee Keltner (49) was fatally shot during dueling protests by left-wing and right-wing groups in Denver. Security guard Matthew Dolloff (30) was booked into jail for investigation of first-degree murder following the clash near the city's Civic Center Park.
    (Reuters, 10/10/20)(AP, 10/12/20)

2020        Oct 15, In Colorado the Cameron Peak Fire, became the largest in state history as it burned 256 square miles north of Grand Junction.
    (SFC, 10/16/20, p.A6)

2020        Oct 17, In Colorado the CalWood Fire began burning about 50 miles southeast of the Cameron Peak Fire, the largest in state history.
    (The Week, 10/19/20)

2020        Oct 22, Scenes of panic and destruction played out across Northern Colorado as a late-season wildfire exploded through the parched woods and valleys around Rocky Mountain National Park. The East Troublesome Fire had burned about 170,000 acres.
    (NY Times, 10/23/20)

2020        Oct 24, In Colorado residents remaining in Estes Park, in the Rocky Mountain National Park, were told to evacuate their homes as wind gusts fanned the second largest wildfire in state history and the blaze claimed the lives of an elderly couple. The East Troublesome Fire was 4% contained.
    (Reuters, 10/24/20)

2020        Nov 18, It was reported that Colorado investigators were searching for Andre Baroz (26), a felon nicknamed "Psycho," in connection with the discovery of three human bodies on two rural properties near the state's New Mexico border. Baroz was arrested the next day at a motel in Gallup, NM.
    (Independent, 11/18/20)(SFC, 11/21/20, p.A4)

2020        Dec 1, Authorities said the Roman Catholic Church has paid out $7.3 million to more than 70 people sexually abused during their youth by priests in Colorado parishes, settling claims dating back over two decades.
    (Reuters, 12/1/20)

2020        Dec 29, Researchers in the US found a more contagious virus variant, first discovered in Britain, in a Colorado man who had not visited that country.
    (NY Times, 12/29/20)

2021        Feb 19, The US Department of Defense's inspector general announced that it was reviewing the Trump administration's Jan. 13 decision to relocate US Space Command from Colorado to Alabama.
    (AP, 2/19/21)

2021        Feb 20, A Boeing 777-200, headed from Denver to Honolulu with 231 passengers and 10 crew aboard, suffered a catastrophic failure in its right engine and flames erupted under the wing as the plane began to lose altitude. The plane landed safely at Denver International Airport, and no one on board or on the ground was hurt.
    (AP, 2/20/21)

2021        Feb 23, Colorado-based Pilgrim's Pride pleaded guilty and was sentenced to pay a $107.9 million fine to settle federal charges it conspired to fix chicken prices and passed on the costs to consumers and other purchasers.
    (https://tinyurl.com/dd84w4na)(Reuters, 7/29/21)

2021        Feb 26, In Colorado Richard Holzer (28), a self-described white supremacist, was sentenced to 19.5 years in federal prison for conspiring to blow up Temple Emanuel in Pueblo, Colorado in 2019.
    (Axios, 2/27/21)

2021        Mar 14, In Colorado more than 2,000 flights were cancelled over the last 24 hours as a major snow storm struck the region.
    (SSFC, 3/14/21, p.A7)

2021        Mar 22, A gunman killed 10 people at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado. Police Officer Eric Talley (51), who responded to the scene, was among the fatalities. A suspect was arrested after being injured during the shooting. Police soon identified the gunman as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa (21). The gunman used a Ruger AR-556 pistol, purchased six days earlier. The gun is a shortened version of an AR-15 style rifle. On Dec. 3  a judge ruled that Alissa is mentally incompetent to stand trial and ordered him to be treated at the state mental hospital to see if he can be made well enough to face prosecution.
    (NY Times, 3/23/21)(The Independent, 3/23/21)(SFC, 3/27/21, p.A5)(AP, 12/3/21)

2021        Mar 26, It was reported that Novartis is laying off 400 people and closing a US gene therapy location in Colorado that it bought only two years ago to make its $2.1 million per patient treatment Zolgensma as sales momentum for the most expensive one-time treatment stalled last year. Commercial production locations will shift to plants in Illinois and North Carolina.
    (Reuters, 3/26/21)

2021        Apr 1, Denver-based Frontier Airline and its private owners hoped to raise $570 million before costs from their IPO after pricing 30 million shares at $19.
    (AP, 4/1/21)

2021        Apr 28, Amy Carlson (45), founder of "Love Has Won" and known as “Mother God" by her followers, was found dead in a home in the small town of Moffat, Colorado. Ms Carlson’s followers believe she could communicate with angels and that she was leading them to a great awakening.
    (The Independent, 5/13/21)

2021        Apr 30, A Colorado woman (39) died in an apparent black bear attack near the town of Durango, marking just the fourth fatal mauling in the state since record-keeping began in 1960.
    (Reuters, 5/1/21)

2021        May 9, A shooting at a birthday party in Colorado Springs early today left six people and the gunman dead. The gunman, soon identified as Teodoro Macias (28), was a boyfriend of one of the female victims and had killed himself. Macias reportedly opened fire because he had not been invited to the party.
    (NY Times, 5/9/21)(SFC, 5/10/21, p.A7)(SFC, 5/12/21, p.A5)

2021        Jun 18, The US Southwest baked under an unrelenting heatwave for a fifth day, putting power systems to the test as more records were expected to be broken before a moderating trend sets in next week. The National Weather Service issued excessive heat warnings for five states - California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and part of Colorado.
    (Reuters, 6/18/21)

2021        Jun 19, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed three gun reform bills into law. The legislation expands firearm background checks, creates a dedicated office for gun violence prevention and allows municipalities to have even stricter gun laws than the state.
    (Axios, 6/19/21)

2021        Jun 21, In Colorado Arvada police Officer Gordon Beesley was shot dead. It was later reported that shooter Ronald Troyke (59) had written: "My goal today is to kill Arvada PD officers." A citizen later described as a "good Samaritan" arrived at the scene and killed Troyke with a handgun. The gun owner, identified as Johnny Hurley (40), was fatally shot by a responding police officer who had spotted Hurley holding the dead suspect’s AR-15 rifle.
    (Fox News, 6/26/21)     

2021        Jun 25, It was reported that the US Dept. of Agriculture has begun spraying the pesticide diflubenzuron to kill grasshopper nymphs in Montana. A 2021 grasshopper "hazard map" showed densities of at least 15 insects per square yard in large areas of Montana, Wyoming, Oregon and portions of Idaho, Arizona, Colorado and Nebraska.
    (SFC, 6/25/21, p.A8)

2021        Jul 8, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis lifted his pandemic state of emergency and rescinded all related executive orders.. More than 70% of adults in the state have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
    (AP, 7/9/21)

2021        Jul 9, In Colorado police arrested four people and seized more than a dozen weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition late today at a downtown Denver hotel close to several events planned in conjunction with the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
    (The Guardian, 7/12/21)

2021        Jul 29, In Colorado mudslides stranded more than 100 people in their vehicles overnight and caused extensive damage that closed Interstate 70 in the Glenwood Canyon area.
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    (AP, 8/6/21)
2021        Jul 29, Former Colorado Gov. Richar Lamm (85) died. Lamm, an environmental activist, had served three terms from 1975 to 1987 and successfully campaigned against having Denver host the 1976 Winter Olympics.
    (SFC, 7/31/21, p.B4)
2021        Jul 29, The US Department of Justice said a federal grand jury has indicted four current and former executives at Pilgrim's Pride Corp, one of the largest US poultry producers, for their roles in a price fixing conspiracy for chicken products. Koch Foods, an Illinois chicken company, was also indicted for allegedly being part of a conspiracy to fix the prices of broiler chicken products.
    (Reuters, 7/29/21)

2021        Sep 15, Colorado's Gov. Jared Polis (46), who became the first openly gay man in the United States to be elected governor in 2018, married his longtime partner and first gentleman Marlon Reis (40), a writer and animal welfare advocate.
    (AP, 9/16/21)

2021        Sep 17, In Colorado Devon Erickson (20), convicted in June of murdering a classmate during a 2019 school shooting that wounded eight others, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He was also sentenced to an additional 1,282 years for attempted murder and other charges stemming from the 2019 shooting. Vo-conspirator Alec McKinney pleaded guilty last year to murder, attempted murder, conspiracy and related charges.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)

2021        Oct 31, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order allowing hospitals to redirect incoming patients as the state experienced its worst coronavirus wave in a year.
    (SFC, 11/4/21, p.A4)

2021        Nov 19, It was reported that the family of Elijah McClain has settled a civil rights lawsuit with the city of Aurora, Colorado, for $15 million, reportedly the highest police settlement in the history of the state.
    (The Grio, 11/19/21)

2021        Dec 2, US health officials reported a case of the omicron coronavirus variant in a Colorado woman who had recently traveled to South Africa.
    (SFC, 12/3/21, p.A8)

2021        Dec 12, It was reported that that a federal panel has approved renaming Squaw Mountain in Colorado to Mestaa'ehehe Mountain, after a Cheyenne woman who facilitated relations between white settlers and Native American tribes in the early 19th century.
    (SSFC, 12/12/21, p.A18)

2021        Dec 27, In Colorado a lone gunman shot four people to death and wounded three, including a police officer, in a Denver-area shooting spree that unfolded at several locations and ended with police killing the suspect. A 5th victim died the next day.
    (Reuters, 12/28/21)

2021        Dec 30, Colorado’s governor reduced the prison sentence for trucker Rogel L. Aguilera-Mederos, involved in a 2019 crash that killed four people, to 10 years from 110 years.
    (NY Times, 12/30/21)
2021        Dec 30, Fast-moving wildfires in Colorado swept through suburban areas near Denver, prompting the evacuation of tens of thousands of people in Boulder County. 991 homes were destroyed and two people were left missing.
    (NY Times, 12/31/21)(Reuters, 1/2/22)

2022        Feb 8, It was reported that Colorado Springs has agreed to pay $2.9 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed by the family of a 19-year-old Black man who was fatally shot in the back by police in 2019. The city settled to avoid a possible larger payout in the event of losing at trial.
    (Reuters, 2/9/22)

2022        Feb 20, In Colorado five people were discovered dead after a suspected drug-fuelled party at a Commerce City apartment where an infant was rescued alive.
    (The Independent, 2/21/22)

2022        Mar 25, A US federal court jury awarded $14 million to a dozen activists who sued Denver police, claiming excessive force was used against peaceful protesters during racial injustice demonstrations following the death of George Floyd in 2020.
    (Reuters, 3/25/22)

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