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University of Colorado nears a smoking ban

BOULDER – The University of Colorado at Boulder is edging closer to a ban on smoking anywhere on campus after the university’s student government offered its initial support of the proposal.

The Daily Camera reported that student leaders backed the plan Thursday, and top university officials are expected to ask the chancellor next week to create a task force to move the campus toward being smoke-free.

Deb Coffin, vice chancellor for student affairs, says the proposal calls for a “soft transition” during a two- to three-year period. She says the university might allow designated smoking areas for a semester or a year as part of that transition.

The $48,000 cost of the program would be partly covered by a grant from Boulder County Public Health.

Autopsy: 2 killed in bar stabbed multiple times

DENVER – Autopsies reveal that of the five people killed in a Denver bar that was later set on fire, two of the victims were stabbed more than a dozen times each.

The Denver Post reported 21-year-old Daria Pohl was stabbed 21 times, and 44-year-old Kellene Fallon was stabbed 14 times.

Michelle Weiss-Samaras, with the Denver coroner’s office, called the crime “horrific,” noting that all five were stabbed multiple times. Also killed in the Oct. 17 attack were 63-year-old Young Suk Fero, 29-year-old Ross Richter and 45-year-old Tereasa Beesley. The bodies were discovered after firefighters responded to the fire at Fero’s Bar and Grill.

An aspiring rapper, 22-year-old Dexter Lewis Jr., and brothers, 24-year-old Lynell Hill and 27-year-old Joseph Hill, are charged in the killings during a robbery as the bar was about to close.

Armed man killed at grocery store

LITTLETON – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says deputies shot and killed a man who pulled a gun on them at a Littleton grocery store.

Deputies were called to the King Soopers near West Belleview Avenue and South Kipling Parkway at about 9:15 p.m. Saturday on reports of a suspicious man who was talking to himself and had a handgun visible in his back pants pocket.

The man, whose name has not been released, pulled a gun when officers asked to speak with him as he exited the store. A shootout followed, and the gunman was shot at least once.

He died at a nearby hospital.

Investigators say they found a second handgun inside the man’s jacket.

Mescalero Apaches to send lawsuit checks

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Members of the Mescalero Apache tribe are scheduled to receive checks of $1,500 each as part of a $32.8 million windfall received through federal settlement.

The Albuquerque Journal reported that the Tribal Council decided to issue the checks next week after getting pressured by community members to split the entire $32.8 million settlement, though it was not clear the council’s decision resulted from the pressure. A tribal official confirmed last week that checks will be issued.

The remaining $10 million is expected to be set aside to pay tribal members dividends next year.

Conservation holdings sought for Bear River

LOGAN, Utah – Federal wildlife officials will hold public meetings in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming on their proposal to buy conservation easements along the Bear River.

The Deseret News reported that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to buy up to 920,000 acres from willing sellers at an estimated $745 million.

From its headwaters in Utah’s Uinta Mountains, the river flows north through Wyoming and Idaho before ending its 500-mile journey at the Great Salt Lake.

Wildlife service officials say the plan is designed to spare critical wildlife habitat as well as farm and ranch lands from urban sprawl and residential development.

Meetings are set for Tuesday in Logan, Wednesday in Randolph, Thursday in Montpelier, Idaho, Friday in Preston, Idaho, Dec. 10 in Cokeville, Wyo., and Dec. 11 in Evanston, Wyo.

Associated Press

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