The Home Front: House fires, search parties and something fishy in the Denver sheriff’s department

A new report by Denver’s independent monitor has criticized the sheriff’s department for ignoring and failing to report a large of number of inmate complaints that required an investigation, reports the Denver Post today. “The sheriff’s department admitted that a number of complaints filed in 2015 went missing, but it offered no explanation as to how it happened.”

A new bill would increase oil and gas setback requirements near schools by requiring 1,000 feet between any drilling operation and school property lines, not school buildings, reports the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. The bill was recently introduced to the state legislature.

Two men were arrested this week on charges tied to an illegal hash-oil operation in a Nederland home that caught fire last summer after an explosion, the Boulder Daily Camera reports.  One of the two men faces charges of fourth-degree arson.

The Durango Herald reports today that four new volunteers have been sworn in to advocate for neglected and abused children caught in the legal system. Those advocated will work in the 6th Judicial District, which includes Archuleta, San Juan and La Plata counties.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports today that the search for a missing CSU student continues in Florida. Student Jie Luo went missing after going swimming while on a yacht. Search crews have already covered more than 400 miles.

CSU-Pueblo officials say its still to early to know the effects of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, reports the Pueblo Chieftain. CSU President Lesley Di Mare says even students from the six barred countries may not know their status until the last minute. “We simply won’t know until they arrive — many of them may go through the entire process, then not get on the plane that final week.”

The two Coronado High School students whose bodies were found dumped on a remote county road Sunday morning are remembered as caring and devoted friends, classmates told the Colorado Springs Gazette. The deaths of the two teens were ruled homicides, but further details have not yet been released.

The Longmont Times-Call reports today that Longmont Parks and Recreation advisers have voted to recommend against a proposal to use 19 acres of open space land for an affordable housing project. The land is city owned and would start with an asking price of more than $330,000.

Fighting a cold, skier Lindsey Vonn won second place in the downhill competition at the World Cup Finals in Aspen, reports the Vail Daily. Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia took first.

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