Colorado Briefs

Funeral services set for Lakewood officer

LAKEWOOD – Funeral services for a Lakewood policeman who was mistakenly shot and killed by a fellow officer have been set for Thursday.

Officer James Davies was in a backyard investigating reports of gunfire and was in full uniform when another officer behind a fence shot him on Friday.

Police say 37-year-old Joe Anthony Ruiz is accused of firing gun shots that led to the police shooting. He appeared in court Sunday to be advised of his rights.

Officers were investigating reports of a prowler in the neighborhood when they heard the gunfire. Police then set up a perimeter around Ruiz’s house as they prepared to search the place.

Natural-gas pipeline fails in Colorado

FRISCO – Some Xcel Energy customers in Summit County were left without power and heat as a leaking gas pipeline was repaired.

Xcel asked customers to reduce their use of gas by lowering their thermostats and avoid using gas-fired appliances after a pipeline leak on Sunday. The repairs continued into Monday.

The Summit Daily News reported that the reductions weren’t enough, forcing Xcel to cut off power twice for 30 minutes at a time.

No more outages are planned.

Residents in Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Silverthorne and Frisco were affected by the gas pipeline leak.

Wind-chill values overnight plunged as low as minus 15.

Hopes spring eternal for Pikes Peak skiing

COLORADO SPRINGS – Developers are still hoping to resurrect skiing on Pikes Peak, west of Colorado Springs.

John Ball, a Boulder County telecommunications executive, is hoping to raise money and get permission from regulators to bring back skiing after three decades.

Ball established a limited liability company in 2007 and hopes to raise $50 million.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, environmentalists are worried about damaging the iconic mountain that served as the inspiration for the time-honored song, “America the Beautiful.”

A former property owner previously set up six ski runs by hand cutting his own trails.

Associated Press

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