Early Bird Special: Coyote hunt on ice, Littleton family ‘Shanghaied’ in China
Here’s our daily roundup of some of our favorite news from around Colorado.
• There will be no coyote hunting inside the Colorado Springs city limits, The Gazette reports. The city council “put a bullet between the eyes” of a proposal to issue permits to shoot the critters, citing more pressing concerns for the town government. Officials received an unusually high number of calls — most in opposition — about the plan, which would have restricted coyote season to certain times of day and required completion of a hunter safety course.
• While the original headline on the Denver Post’s Web site said a Littleton mom and her two kids had been “Shanghaied” in China, the revised version more soberly states that photographer Sandy Puc’ and her teenage children, Katie and Alek, have been “quarantined.” Since Sunday, the family has been confined to a Shanghai hotel and served food by doctors wearing haz-mat suits after arriving for a vacation aboard an airplane that carried another passenger diagnosed with swine flu, or the H1N1 virus.
• Closer to home, the Muscular Dystrophy Association announced it was canceling its remaining summer camps, including one in Empire, because of swine flu fears, 7News reports. Fifty-three kids had been scheduled to attend the Rocky Mountain Village camp, which is run by Easter Seals Colorado and hasn’t had any reported cases of the pandemic.
• The Colorado Supreme Court will review whether authorities improperly seized tax returns in an identity-theft investigation targeting illegal immigrants, The Associated Press reports. The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado sued Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck — who is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate — and Sheriff John Cooke after the two confiscated thousands of filings from a Greeley tax preparer with a large Latino clientele. Two months ago, a district court judge ruled the search was illegally conducted.
• Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier, a candidate for the Republican nod to challenge U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, released a campaign video. Over a series of images that can only be described as Reaganesque, Frazier delivers a rousing stump speech. He says he prefers capitalism over socialism, freedom over slavery and life over death.
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