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January 17, 2016

World\’s First Pot Mini Mall

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Trinidad Holdings Company, LLC, a Colorado Limited Liability Corporation, announced its award of a conditional use permit which allows for up to five distinct marijuana dispensary tenants. The property owners have named the building the “World’s First Pot Mini Mall”, the first building of its kind known to exist anywhere in the world.

The permitted approval, granted by the city of Trinidad Colorado, includes an elevation of a five panel sign across the top of the site where each panel is made of one of the words “World’s” “First” “Pot” “Mini” and “Mall”.

Trinidad is a city of 9300 people situated directly along the major highway Interstate 25 which runs from New Mexico to Wyoming. Trinidad started licensing recreational marijuana retailers in early 2015 and is now home to seven stores. With the addition of the pot mall and the current applications on file the city is estimating it may be home to eighteen recreational marijuana stores before the middle of 2016. The majority of the operators seem to expect an increasing amount of tourist traffic from the 35 million people who live within twelve hours’ drive of the site.

The site owner (potmalls.com) hopes the doors will be up open to the public by mid April but the tenant are required to get a state license first and their has been a slight backup at the state licensing office.



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November 28, 2015

Gunman attacks abortion clinic, killing three, before surrendering

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A gunman attacked a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, killing three people, including one police officer, and injuring nine more, before he surrendered to police hours later. He exchanged fire with police in a standoff lasting around five hours; witnesses reported hearing dozens of gunshots.

There were a grocery store and a shopping mall nearby; police told those who were there to take “shelter in place”.

Colorado Springs police lieutenant Cathrine Buckley said the police doesn’t “have any information on [the suspect’s] mentality, or his ideas or ideology.”

Authorities say the man arrived at the clinic at 11:38 a.m., possibly carrying a “long gun” and maybe even propane tanks. Lieutenant Buckley said officers who entered the building “were able to shout to the suspect and make communication with him and that point they were able to get him to surrender and he was taken into custody.” Buckley said police only made contact and communicated with the suspect hours into the ordeal. The suspect was arrested at 4:52 p.m. after he surrendered to police.

At a press conference this afternoon, police said searching through and investigating the “huge crime scene” may take hours or even days. Buckley said police were searching for people who may still be inside the clinic. Explosives teams have entered the clinic to check for traps.

Vicki Cowart, president of the Rocky Mountains chapter of Planned Parenthood, said that some staff hid in “safe rooms” in the clinic as a part of Planned Parenthood’s security protocol. The Colorado Springs clinic has been the site of many anti-abortion protests; it moved to its current location, which has been called a “fortress” by anti-abortion advocates, a few years ago.

Police evacuated the clinic, and cordoned off the clinic and nearby medical offices.

“Our hearts go out to everyone involved in this tragic situation,” Cowart said in a statement released on Planned Parenthood’s website. “We don’t yet know the full circumstances and motives behind this criminal action, and we don’t yet know if Planned Parenthood was in fact the target of this attack. We share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country”

At least 8 murders have been committed against abortion providers since 1977.



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Gunman attacks Planned Parenthood clinic, killing three, before surrendering

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A gunman attacked a Planned Parenthood clinic yesterday in Colorado Springs, Colorado, killing three people, including one police officer, and injuring nine more, before he surrendered to police hours later. He exchanged fire with police in a standoff lasting around five hours.

There were a grocery store and a shopping mall nearby; police told those who were there to take “shelter in place”.

Colorado Springs police lieutenant Cathrine Buckley said the police doesn’t “have any information on [the suspect’s] mentality, or his ideas or ideology”.

Authorities said they received a report of shots fired at 11:38 a.m. local time (1838 UTC); the gunman was possibly carrying a “long gun” and maybe even propane tanks. Lieutenant Buckley said officers who entered the building “were able to shout to the suspect and make communication with him and that point they were able to get him to surrender and he was taken into custody”. Buckley said police only made contact and communicated with the suspect hours into the ordeal. The suspect was arrested at 4:52 p.m. after he surrendered to police.

At a press conference yesterday afternoon, police said searching through and investigating the “huge crime scene” could take hours or even days. Explosives teams checked the scene for traps.

Vicki Cowart, president of the Rocky Mountains chapter of Planned Parenthood, said some staff hid in “safe rooms” in the clinic as a part of Planned Parenthood’s security protocol. Many anti-abortion protests have focused on the Colorado Springs clinic; it moved to its current location, which critics have called a “fortress”, a few years ago.

Police evacuated the clinic, and cordoned off the clinic and nearby medical offices.

“Our hearts go out to everyone involved in this tragic situation”, Cowart said in a statement released on Planned Parenthood’s website. “We don’t yet know the full circumstances and motives behind this criminal action, and we don’t yet know if Planned Parenthood was in fact the target of this attack. We share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country.”

The National Abortion Federation says at least eight murders have been committed in the US against abortion providers since 1977.



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January 7, 2015

FBI investigating explosion near NAACP office in Colorado Springs

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An explosion that took place in a barber shop next door to the Colorado Springs, Colorado office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) yesterday is currently being investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Officials said the explosive device was placed next to a can of gasoline but the gasoline did not ignite after the device detonated.

The FBI are seeking a balding white male, aged about 40 years old, as a “person of interest” connected to the case. The FBI statement continued: “He may be driving a 2000 or older model dirty, white pick-up truck with paneling, a dark colored bed liner, open tailgate, and a missing or covered license plate”.

FBI Special Agent Amy Sanders said: “The investigation is ongoing and it is not known at this time if the NAACP or a business in the vicinity was the intended target”.

Gene Southerland, owner of Mr. G’s Hair Design Studios, said: “I was cutting somebody’s hair and I heard the explosion […] It was such a loud explosion that some plastic containers fell off the shelf.” Southerland continued: “Some neighbors came out and said they saw a Caucasian gentleman get into a white truck […] It was such a beautiful day and everything, sunny. And in broad daylight, you hear this explosion. It’s frightening”.

Henry Allen Jr, the president of the Colorado Springs branch of the NAACP, told reporters: “We’ll move on. This won’t deter us from doing the job we want to do in the community.” The NAACP national office put out a statement stating that the group “looks forward to a full and thorough investigation into this matter by federal agents and local law enforcement”.

US Congressman Doug Lamborn told Colorado Springs newspaper The Gazette by email: “I’m thankful that none of the volunteers or employees of the Colorado Springs NAACP were injured in today’s apparent bombing […] I hope that the FBI investigation is able to swiftly apprehend the people responsible for this act of violence and intimidation.”



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March 6, 2014

Jon Lujan named United States flag bearer for 2014 Winter Paralympics opening ceremony

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Sochi, Russia — Yesterday, Jon Lujan of Littleton, Colorado was named the United States flag bearer for the 2014 Winter Paralympics opening ceremony scheduled to take place tomorrow in Sochi, Russia. Lujan is a United States Marine Corps veteran, and will be competing in the alpine events at this year’s Games.

In Sochi, Lujan is rooming with Heath Calhoun, the 2010 Winter Paralympics United States flag bearer. Like Lujan, Calhoun is also a veteran, having served in the army.

In 2003, while serving in Iraq, Lujan ruptured two discs in his back. Following a back surgery in 2005 that attempted to fix the discs, he had complications that resulted in permanent nerve damage and paralysis in his lower legs.

Also yesterday, wheelchair curler Sonja Gaudet was named the flag bearer of the Canadian delegation.

Earlier today, skier Millie Knight was selected as the flagbearer for Great Britain. At 15 years of age, Knight is the youngest member of Team GB.



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January 10, 2014

Avalanche in Vail, Colorado kills one

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An avalanche near Vail, Colorado trapped four people Tuesday, killing one person later identified as Anthony “Tony” Seibert, and injuring the other three. Anthony Seibert was the grandson of Peter Seibert Sr., who with Earl Eaton around 1960 cofounded the resort area in the backcountry that would become part of the Vail Ski Resort.

The Eagle County Coroner reported the avalanche happened around 11:30 A.M. local time (1830 UTC) in an area known as the East Vail Chutes, near the ski resort of Vail. Spencer Logan of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said the area is locally known as dangerous, having already killed two people in 2008. The other three have been found and reported to have suffered nonfatal injuries, walking away from the incident without needing hospital care.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center reports five fatalities this season, including another in Colorado on December 31, on Parkview Mountain west of Willow Creek Pass, and a snowmobiler in Big Sky, Montana on New Year’s Day. A friend of the Seibert family, Scott Klumb, told CNN Seibert’s death reminds people “to be careful in the backcountry […] As exciting as it may look, you have to take the proper precautions.”

Peter Seibert Sr. was renowned in the skiing business as, among other roles, the first president of Vail Associates, which he helped make one of the largest and most popular ski resorts in the US. He died aged 77 in July 2002.



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June 15, 2013

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo comments on North Colorado proposal

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo comments on North Colorado proposal

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Wikinews reached out earlier this week to former U.S. Congressman and 2014 Colorado gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo for his response to the secessionist proposal of eight Northern Colorado counties. Tancredo maintains he is better suited to repair the geopolitical gulf at the root of the proposal than Governor John Hickenlooper.

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The secession idea came about last week as the commissioners from the northeastern Colorado counties of Weld, Morgan, Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Yuma, and Kit Carson expressed interest in withdrawing from Colorado due to differences with the state government over gun control and the perceived overregulation of agriculture and the oil and gas industries. The commissioners proposed the formation of a new state named, “North Colorado”.

In response to the proposal, Governor Hickenlooper’s spokesman Eric Brown conceded that “[n]ot everyone agrees” with the administration’s policies, but declared “background checks on gun sales, increasing renewable energy and supporting responsible development of oil and gas are popular with rural and urban voters”.

Hickenlooper, a Democrat, was elected governor in 2010 over Tancredo, the then-Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate. Tancredo has since switched back to the Republican Party, under which he served as Congressman for Colorado’s 6th congressional district from 1999 to 2009. Tancredo officially announced his 2014 candidacy last month.

According to Tancredo, Hickenlooper’s policies impose barriers on rural Coloradans that he plans to remove if elected governor. In addition, Tancredo feels he can better address the rural-urban rift because, “I do not believe that rural Coloradans are, as Governor Hickenlooper has called them, ‘backward thinkers’.”

Tancredo refers to Hickenlooper’s 2010 comments, which accused rural Coloradans and other westerners of “backwards thinking” for their views on LGBT issues.

Wikinews requested, but did not immediately receive, response to Tancredo’s comments from Governor Hickenlooper’s spokesman.



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February 16, 2013

2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships preparations underway

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Preparations are underway ahead of the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championship, with a flag exchange taking place Tuesday, volunteer recruitment ongoing, USParalympics unveiling a new uniform for their team, skiers like the United States’s Jon Lujan actively training for the event and other skiers competing in preparation for the Championships in a World Cup event Wednesday.

Tuesday in La Molina, Spain, the president of Governmental Railways of Catalonia, Enric Ticó, and the mayor of Alp, Ramon Moliner, were gifted with flags by representatives of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Catalan Government at a ceremony in Colet Museum of Barcelona at one of the first official events ahead of the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championship, which starts next week. As of Wednesday, event organisers were still seeking volunteers to assist with running the Championship. The opening ceremonies are scheduled for next Tuesday.

Entering the event, skiers had the opportunity to qualify through eight World Cup events held with only two disciplines on the program, Giant Slalom and Slalom. The first four were held in Sestriere, Italy, with the most recent four all being held in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Standing female French skier Marie Bochet has won six World Cups ahead of the World Championships and is considered by event organizers as a favorite in the standing group. Russian standing skier Alexey Bugaev is also considered a favorite by organisers as he won two Slalom and one Giant Slalom World Cup competition. In the women’s sit-ski, German Anna Schaffelhuber is considered the favorite having prepared for the Championships by winning five of the eight World Cup events. On the men’s sit-ski side, Japanese Takeshi Suzuki and Swiss Christoph Kunz both earned three World Cup victories in the lead up to this competition. In the women’s visually impaired group, Slovak Henrieta Farkasova will enter the competition with five World Cup victories. On the men’s side, Spanish Jon Santacana is favored to win with three Giant Slalom and one Slalom victory during this year’s World Cup events in the lead up to the World Championships.

British Combined Services Disabled Ski Team coach Mark Scorgie has noted that this year’s European ski season has been problematic with weather interfering with most competitions. Poor weather conditions continued Wednesday Rogla IPC Alpine World Cup, with the first Giant Slalom run canceled because of high winds.

The World Championships includes over 270 skiers, guides, coaches and support personnel from 28 countries including Spain, France, Australia, Ukraine, Netherlands, Croatia, Finland, Switzerland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Turkey, Belgium, Norway, Russia, Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, Slovakia, Czech Republic, United States, Austria, New Zealand, Sweden, Hungary, and South Africa..

The Spanish team includes blind skier Jon Santacana and his guide Miguel Galindo, and blind skier Gabriel Gorce and his guide Arnau Ferrer. Both vision-impaired skiers are scheduled to compete in the Downhill, Super G, Super Combined, Giant Slalom, and Slalom competitions. Also on the Spanish team are LW2 classified standing skier Úrsula Pueyo, LW12-1 classified sit skier Óscar Espallargas, and LW10-1 classified sit skier Nathalie Carpanedo who qualified as a wildcard entry. Pueyo, Espallargas, and Carpanedo are all scheduled to compete in the Slalom and Giant Slalom competitions. Accompanying the team are to be coaches Javier Gutierrez, Jordi Carbonell, and Andres Gomez, medical staff including Pablo Marquez and Josep Barrachina, and technical staffer Josep Bort.

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The United States team consists of Seattle, Washington-based vision-impaired skier Mark Bathum and his Colorado Springs-based guide Jessica Smith; Park City, Utah-based vision-impaired skier Danelle Umstead and guide Rob Umstead; retired Army and Clarksville, Tennessee-based Heath Calhoun; Brooklyn, New York-based Ralph Green; Colorado Springs-based Allison Jones; Palmer, Alaska-based Andrew Kurka; Burlington, Vermont-based Stephen Lawler; retired Marine and Littleton, Colorado-based Jon Lujan; Farmington, New Mexico-based Alana Nichols; Wenham, Massachusetts-based Laurie Stephens; Park City, Utah-based Stephani Victor; Franconia, New Hampshire-based Tyler Walker; and retired Coast Guard and Campton, New Hampshire-based Chris Devlin-Young.



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February 2, 2013

Snowmobiler Caleb Moore dies from injuries sustained during the Winter X Games XVII

Snowmobiler Caleb Moore dies from injuries sustained during the Winter X Games XVII

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United States of America snowmobile racer Caleb Moore died Thursday morning at age 25 after he had been seriously injured in an accident during the Winter X Games XVII. It was the first fatal injury in the X Games history. The investigation of the accident has started, and the ESPN television channel that organizes the games said it will reassess the security measures during the snowmobile competitions.

Seven days ago in Aspen, Colorado, Moore attempted a backflip with his snowmobile. He lost control of the machine in the landing, crashed and the snowmobile rolled over him. Although he was able to leave the scene on his own feet, he was still transported to a hospital where serious complications emerged, including internal bleeding around his heart and a brain injury. Moore died in a hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado.

ESPN said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened by Caleb Moore’s passing and our thoughts and prayers go out to (…) the entire Moore family.” According to the statement, Moore was injured attempting a trick he had successfully completed many times before. The organizers promised to make proper changes to ensure the safety in future, but they still admit there will always be a risk in competitions of top athletes.

There has already been critics of the dangerous core of X Games. “As I watched these athletes fly over my head, it really hit home just how miraculous the zero-casualty rate was,” sports writer Brent Rose wrote in his commentary to Deadspin just a few hours before the news of Moore’s death was published. The X Games are a big and successful business for the ESPN. More than 35 million people in the United States watched the broadcasting this year.

Moore has won four medals in his X Games career since 2010. He had a younger brother, Colten Moore, a fellow snowmobile racer. Colten was injured in the same event in a different accident, but was not seriously injured.



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January 31, 2013

Caleb Moore dies from injuries sustained during the Winter X Games XVII.

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United States of America snowmobile racer Caleb Moore died Thursday morning at age 25 after he had been seriously injured in an accident during the Winter X Games XVII. It was the first fatal injury in the X Games history. The investigation of the accident has started, and the ESPN television channel that organizes the games said it will reassess the security measures during the snowmobile competitions.

Seven days ago in Aspen, Colorado, Moore attempted a backflip with his snowmobile. He lost control of the machine in the landing, crashed and the snowmobile rolled over him. Although he was able to leave the scene on his own feet, he was still transported to a hospital where serious complications emerged, including internal bleeding around his heart and a brain injury. Moore died in a hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado.

ESPN said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened by Caleb Moore’s passing and our thoughts and prayers go out to (…) the entire Moore family.” According to the statement, Moore was injured attempting a trick he had successfully completed many times before. The organizers promised to make proper changes to ensure the safety in future, but they still admit there will always be a risk in competitions of top athletes.

There has already been critics of the dangerous core of X Games. “As I watched these athletes fly over my head, it really hit home just how miraculous the zero-casualty rate was,” sports writer Brent Rose wrote in his commentary to Deadspin just a few hours before the news of Moore’s death was published. The X Games are a big and successful business for the ESPN. More than 35 million people in the United States watched the broadcasting this year.

Moore has won four medals in his X Games career since 2010. He had a younger brother, Colten Moore, a fellow snowmobile racer. Colten was injured in the same event in a different accident, but was not seriously injured.



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