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    An illegal immigrant was arrested Monday evening after he allegedly killed a Colorado sheriff's deputy in a hit-and-run. Octavio Gonzalez-Garcia, identified by police as 'in his late 30s,' was arrested in the death of Weld County Sheriff's Office deputy Alexis Hein-Nutz, according to the Sheriff's Office. Officials say they have evidence suggesting Gonzalez-Garcia was living in the country illegally, including a falsified green card and a fake Social Security card in his car.  Hein-Nutz was riding her motorcycle to work Sunday before she was struck by a Ford Van, allegedly driven by Gonzalez-Garcia, who then fled the scene on foot. Colorado State Patrol believe the driver of the van was 'under the influence at the time,' who drove through a stop sign opposite Hein-Nutz into her motorcycle. Her motorcycle, which collided with the front-passenger side of the van, then caught fire. Alexis Hein-Nutz, 24, died in a hit-and-run while she rode her motorcycle on her way to work Hein-Nutz joined the Weld County Sheriff's Office at age 21 in 2018 and served as a detentions deputy. Those who knew her...
    Federal agents boxed him in as he waited in at Hardee’s drive-thru last week. They handed Mike Lindell a subpoena and confiscated his phone. What does the FBI want with the My Pillow Guy’s mobile? Lindell is the sugar daddy of the Big Lie. The eccentric pillow peddler claims that the nation’s voting machines hold proof of a stolen 2020 election. Since Trump’s defeat, he’s spent tens of millions of dollars bankrolling grassroots activists who pressure local Republican election officials to leak highly sensitive data from voting machines. This data, our data, finds its way to Lindell’s “cybersecurity experts” who write bogus reports crying fraud. These false claims are amplified by Trumpworld celebrities like Steve Bannon. Lindell is also spending millions to build his own right-wing media platform so that his credulous acolytes can absorb his lies without contradiction and nobody can deplatform him for spreading misinformation. READ MORE: How a rural Colorado county became an epicenter of Donald Trump's Big Lie Lindell’s phone was seized because of his links to Tina Peters, the clerk and recorder...
    First an election official erred. Then Trump’s IT squad arrived. Then the false claims, conspiracies, stolen data and denials ensued. Colorado’s southwestern Mesa County is filled with desert lore. It’s also home to one of 2020’s stranger false stolen election narratives that keeps resounding like echoes in its canyons but offers lessons for 2022’s general election. This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute. Tina Peters, Mesa County’s Clerk, was not a cultish election denier immediately before or after 2020’s presidential election. She did not make any accusations that her voting system’s computers had been secretly sabotaged when Sandra Brown, Mesa County’s back-office election manager, mistakenly double-counted 20,000 ballots in late October 2020—a procedural error during preprocessing ballots that Brown repeated in Mesa County’s municipal elections in April 2021. But soon after April 2021’s elections, where a slate of conservatives who skipped a candidate forum all lost, the first of what became a parade of pro-Donald Trump, self-proclaimed election IT experts began telling Peters about anomalies with her county’s voting system computers. The anomalies...
    A 71-year-old Clear Creek County man was convicted Thursday by a Park County jury in the cold case deaths of two young women, whose bodies were found in 1982. Alan Lee Phillips was arrested in February 2021 for the deaths of Annette Schnee, 21, and Barbara “Bobbi Jo” Oberholtzer, 29. The victims were two women who disappeared when they were hitchhiking home, separately, from their jobs in Breckenridge. They were both abducted and shot on Jan. 6, 1982. Related Articles Crime and Public Safety | Man convicted of Peninsula woman’s murder in 2011 Crime and Public Safety | Sheriff’s Office solves 39-year-old Santa Cruz County cold-case homicide Crime and Public Safety | DNA leads to an arrest of man in San Francisco for the 2014 killing of Houston family of four Crime and Public Safety | Laurie Houts killing: Defendant can await trial at home, judge rules; her family pleads for his jailing Crime and Public Safety | One in 24.1 septillion: Prosecutors insist proof they have Sunnyvale cold case killer...
    A dispatcher from the Fremont County Sheriff's Office had a brilliant idea. The Fremont County Sheriff's Office was scheduled to conduct an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) exercise, and the dispatcher suggested searching for the dog during the training. "Today the FCSO UAS team took part in a training mission with a humanitarian twist," the Fremont County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post. "Farrah the Golden Retriever was lost several months ago when the car she was in was involved in an accident." "Today, the FCSO drone was deployed in the area where she was last seen," the sheriff's office stated. "Within minutes, Deputies spotted her using the drone's infrared camera." Taylor said of her tearful reunion, “She stuck her head through the barbed wire fence, and then the next minute she’s laying in my lap and I was like, ‘I got her!’” "I just started crying," Salazar said. Salazar helped lure Farrah with chicken. Being out in the harsh conditions of the Colorado wilderness caused Farrah to lose half her weight. The beloved golden retriever also had...
    Colorado police reunited a family with its lost golden retriever after discovering the animal by chance during a drone training session Sunday. Farah, who had run away following a car crash three months earlier, was found by the Fremont County Sheriff's Office in the area she was last seen in Colorado Springs. Police were able to find Farah quickly because of the drone's infrared camera, the sheriff's office said on Facebook.  'A short time later, Farah was reunited with her family. 'She is safely on her way home, and the (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) team was able to practice some very valuable search-and-rescue techniques with our drone.' Because one veterinarian believes she was hit by a car during her disappearance, Farah, who now weighs half her previous body weight, will require one leg to be amputated. Golden retriever Farah (pictured) was discovered by Fremont County police by chance during a drone training session Taylor Salazar, Farah's owner, reunited with her dog three months after Farah ran from a car crash Salazar said her family adopted Farah just after her late husband, Fili,...
    Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters, famous for her 2020 election denialism, pleaded not guilty to a slew of felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from an election security breach Wednesday. Peters was indicted in March by a grand jury on 10 charges for allegedly permitting a consultant to forge an unauthorized copy of a hard drive for voting machine equipment in Mesa County, data that later leaked online and was traced back to the county. Peters has denied wrongdoing and denigrated the charges against her as politically motivated. COLORADO COUNTY CLERK TINA PETERS HIT WITH ANOTHER ARREST WARRANT The charges against Peters include three counts of attempting to influence a public servant, failure to comply with the secretary of state, two counts of conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation, one count of official misconduct, violation of duty, and one felony count of identity theft. District Judge Matthew Barrett, who is overseeing the case, set a date for Peters’s trial for March 6, 2023. She allegedly requested the security cameras be turned off in the...
    Legislative District 10 Republicans and Michele Swinick of the Save My Freedom Movement hosted an event Wednesday evening featuring the story of Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters, who says she believes she encountered programming discrepancies with the voting machines in her county in Colorado, and is now being prosecuted for election tampering. The event included a screening of the documentary about her experience, “Selection Code,” and a Q & A session with both Peters and the documentary producers and directors, Matt and Joy Thayer. The title “Selection Code” refers to programming voting machines in order to choose certain candidates as winners. The Thayers, who appeared via a Zoom call shown on a big screen at the event, run their own film company, Speropictures, and have been involved in numerous movies, including the abortion movie “Unplanned.” Matt Thayer told the audience they consider themselves “weapon manufacturers” by producing documentaries that provide people with information they can act on. He explained, “We’re not going to win with facts and figures and spreadsheets.” His wife added, “This is a human story,...
    The DHS investigated Niceta's claims and found that Jurinksy was innocent. In addition to the lawsuit, Niceta is facing criminal charges for the false testimony. Jurinsky claimed that more than 40 people had been affected by Niceta's baseless accusations. As a result, the lawsuit requested class-action status, according to Fox News Digital. The case stated, "dozens, if not hundreds (or more), of Arapahoe County families have been torn apart, sometimes permanently, on the basis of constitutionally improper investigations, false sworn testimony by Arapahoe County employees, fabricated evidence introduced by Arapahoe County employees in both investigatory and judicial proceedings, and a downright inexplicable, unfounded, and unjust desire to separate or attempt to separate children from their parents or other caretakers." Elliot Singer, the attorney who prepared the lawsuit, told the Gazette, "So far, several parents have come forward to let us know that they also had their children taken away from them as a result of Robin Niceta's actions related to their cases whether by what they believe to be false testimony during court or what they believe to be false...
    The Second Amendment advocacy groups also sued the city of Superior, Colorado, for trying to enact similar laws. In July, U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Moore responded to the lawsuit by temporarily blocking the town’s new gun restrictions. Moore stated that “the Court is unaware of historical precedent that would permit a governmental entity to entirely ban a type of weapon that is commonly used by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes, whether in an individual’s home or in public.” The executive director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, Taylor Rhodes, declared that “it doesn’t matter how big or how small the localities are — if you pass unconstitutional gun control, we will sue you.” Boulder County officials released a statement on Thursday in response to the lawsuit stating, “On Aug. 2, the Boulder County Board of County Commissioners adopted five ordinances designed to prevent gun violence. One of those ordinances prohibited the sale and purchase of assault weapons, large capacity magazines, and trigger activators. The county learned today that a group filed a lawsuit challenging that ordinance. Boulder County will...
    (CNN)Officials who oversee Southern California's water supply are leading by example amidst a prolonged drought by fixing a leaky pipe that serves as a 36-mile "critical imported water pipeline" from the Colorado River.But because the water supply will be impacted by the "emergency repairs," the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is asking residents and businesses in parts of Los Angeles County to suspend outdoor watering for 15 days, beginning September 6, according to a statement released Monday.Metropolitan says more than 4 million people will be impacted by the shutdown, including in those in Beverly Hills, Burbank, Glendale, Long Beach, Pasadena and San Fernando. Some of these communities are already under mandatory restrictions implemented June 1. Those restrictions will remain in place, Metropolitan said.As Colorado River crisis grows, some officials say its time for feds to make a move on water cuts "We need to make this urgent repair to ensure this infrastructure can continue serving Southern California in the immediate term and for years to come. While we do this work, we need people who normally get water from...
    A WOMAN desperately tried to save her boyfriend after he suffered a possible cardiac event while hiking on a Colorado trail. The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office released a statement about a medical incident on the Thomas Lakes Trail in Carbondale, Colorado on Friday, August 12. 2A 35-year-old man died while hiking on the Thomas Lakes rail in Colorado from a possible 'cardiac event'Credit: alltrails.com/Llewellyn Wells The 7.8-mile out-and-back trail is popular among hikers who want a relatively easy excursion and backpackers wanting to summit Mt Sopris, according to the statement. Deputies responded to a report from a cell phone of an injured party who was unconscious. “His lips were blue, and his breathing was shallow,” read the statement.  “Dispatch was able to get coordinates from the location of the cell phone where the call was placed.” READ MORE NEWSHORROR FIND Severed foot and shoe found floating in Yellowstone National Park hot poolGRIEVING PARENTS Everything to know about Richard Engel's wife The deputies requested Mountain Rescue Aspen and a helicopter, Flight For Life, to assist at the scene. A volunteer group...
    (CNN)A judge in Colorado said that Jenna Ellis, an attorney who represented former President Trump during and after the 2020 election, must appear before the Fulton County, Georgia, grand jury investigating Trump's election schemes. In granting the request from a local Colorado district attorney, on behalf of the Atlanta prosecutors leading the probe, 8th Judicial District Judge Gregory Lammons stressed the limited role he was being asked to play. This is "one witness in this state testifying in another state," he said at the end of a one-hour hearing in the matter. Fulton County investigators have subpoenaed Ellis for grand jury testimony for August 25. However they have offered a range other dates she could appear instead in order to accommodate her schedule.
    (CNN)A Colorado judge on Thursday ordered the arrest of Tina Peters, the indicted Mesa County clerk and leading election denier who lost last month's Republican primary for secretary of state.District Judge Matthew Barrett issued the no-bond warrant, granting District Attorney Dan Rubinstein's request, after Peters allegedly violated the terms of her bond by leaving the state without permission. Rubinstein says Peters violated the terms of her bond by traveling to Nevada without the court's approval.Peters was in a photo posted to social media with Gail Golec, a candidate running for a seat on Arizona's Maricopa County Supervisors Board, at a conference on July 12 in Las Vegas. "Strategizing next steps for #election protection," said the caption, taken at the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association event in Nevada. In the affidavit to revoke bond filed Wednesday, Rubinstein noted that Peters also took the stage at the conference. Additionally, a letter requesting a recount of her failed attempt to run for the secretary of state's office during the June primary is signed by Peters and notarized on July 12 in Nevada,...
    DENVER (AP) — A recount has confirmed that an indicted Colorado county clerk who alleged voting fraud lost the primary election she ran in last month in her attempt to win the post of running the state’s elections, officials announced Thursday. The results barely changed, with Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters picking up 13 more votes in the recount of the votes cast in the June 28 election to determine the Republican candidate for secretary of state. Peters received about 29% of the vote, Democratic Secretary of State Jena Griswold said in a statement. The winner of the GOP primary for the job of overseeing Colorado’s elections, Pam Anderson, received 13 more votes during the recount and finished with 43%. A third candidate, Mike O’Donnell, got 11 more votes. Peters’ voicemail was full and she did not immediately return a text message or emails seeking comment on the recount results. She filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Griswold and the state’s county clerks alleging the recount was not conducted according to state law. The lawsuit claims that the accuracy...
    Washington (CNN)Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, a leading election denier who lost last month's Republican primary for secretary of state, has paid the required amount for a recount of the contest. The Colorado Secretary of State's Office confirmed that it "received and accepted the required funds for a discretionary statewide recount," which the office told CNN cost Peters $255,912.33."The recounts will be conducted in accordance with the law, and will be finished by August 4," Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold said in a statement Thursday. The official results of the Secretary of State Republican primary show Peters trailing leading candidate Pam Anderson by 14 percentage points.A proponent of former President Donald Trump's election fraud conspiracy theories, Peters is accused of violating security procedures for Mesa County voting equipment, which allegedly resulted in confidential information being posted online. An arrest warrant was issued for Peters last week after she was accused of violating a judge's order to have "no contact with employees from the Clerk and Records Office." An email from Peters, which was obtained by CNN, was sent to...
    Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters was hit with another arrest warrant Thursday for allegedly violating the terms of her bond. Peters was accused of sending an email to a government employee in Mesa County, Colorado, on Wednesday, flouting a bond agreement that prohibited her from communicating with workers in that office. She turned herself in to the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office Thursday night and was released after just over an hour, according to documents obtained by CBS. JUDGE ORDERS ARREST OF COLORADO COUNTY CLERK TINA PETERS "I sent out a courtesy email, a blanket email to all the clerks in the state. OK, it just so happened it just happened to include one elected official in Mesa County," she told the outlet. Mesa County Director of Elections Brandi Bantz contacted police after receiving an email from Peters, leading to the arrest warrant, according to an affidavit for the arrest. Peters had sent the email to Bantz and at least seven other state clerks about a recount for the Colorado Secretary of State Republican primary...
    ASPEN, Colorado (AP) — A rural Colorado official known for being the state’s most prominent election denier turned herself into law enforcement on Thursday for violating the terms of her release as she awaits trial for breaking into her county’s election system. Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters was booked at the Pitkin County jail at 9:22 p.m. on Thursday, Parker Lathrop, the county’s chief deputy of operations, said. She was released after paying bond later that night, according to Lathrop. The warrant was issued less than a week after the embattled official convinced a judge not to send her back to jail for improperly traveling out of state while awaiting trial on felony charges. Authorities say Peters violated another term of her $25,000 bail — a prohibition on contacting workers at the Mesa County elections office. Peters is under indictment for a break-in of the county’s election system to search for evidence of former President Donald Trump’s election conspiracy theories. A judge barred Peters from overseeing last year’s local elections or this year’s. Peters lost her bid for the Republican...
    An indicted clerk in Mesa County, Colo., is wanted for arrest again after allegedly violating certain conditions of her previous bond. According to The Daily Sentinel, Tina Peters is said to have violated her bond when she "included Director of Elections Brandi Bantz in an email she sent in the wee hours of the morning Wednesday to counties across the state in an attempt to get them to conduct a recount of her loss in the June primary race to be the GOP nominee for secretary of state." On Thursday, July 21, another warrant was signed for her second arrest. READ MORE: FBI raids homes of Colorado MAGA county clerk and Lauren Boebert’s former campaign manager: report Per the news outlet, Peters was prohibited from contacting anyone in the clerk's office as a result of being charged with nearly a dozen felony and misdemeanor counts. Peters is facing a total of 10 counts for "tampering with election equipment and misconduct." The bond also includes specifications on who Peters was supposed to distance from. Bantz, who was appointed to...
    (CNN)A Colorado judge on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, a leading election denier who lost last month's Republican primary for secretary of state, after she allegedly violated the terms of her bond for a second time. Peters is accused of sending an email to the county director of elections in violation of a court order, according to an affidavit filed with the Mesa County District Court.The arrest warrant is the second in as many weeks for Peters, a proponent of former President Donald Trump's election fraud conspiracy theories, who has been free on bond after being indicted earlier this year on 10 counts related to voting machine tampering allegations. She has pleaded not guilty. Last week, Peters faced an arrest warrant for violating her bond by traveling out of the state without the court's permission. That warrant, however, was thrown out last Friday after Peters' attorney, Harvey Steinberg, said he wasn't aware of the court's imposed restrictions on Peters' out-of-state travel until she had already left the state for Las Vegas.In the affidavit for...
    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A new arrest warrant was issued Thursday for Colorado’s election-denying clerk, less than a week after the embattled official convinced a judge not to send her back to jail for improperly traveling out of state while awaiting trial on felony charges. The warrant was issued for Tina Peters’ arrest after authorities say she violated another term of her $25,000 bail — a prohibition on contacting workers at the Mesa County elections office, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported. Peters is under indictment in a break-in of the county’s election system to search for evidence of former President Donald Trump’s election conspiracy theories. A judge barred Peters from overseeing last year’s local elections or this year’s. Peters lost her bid for the Republican Party nomination for Colorado Secretary of State last month. After the Secretary of State’s office told her she was not entitled to a hand recount under the law, Peters contacted dozens of county election offices asking them to do their own. One of those, authorities said, was Mesa County’s in violation of her...
    (CNN)Two people were killed in flash flooding in Larimer County, Colorado, on Friday, according to the sheriff's office. The office received calls around 5 p.m. MT on Friday about flash flooding and crews found moderate flooding in the Glen Haven area and significant flooding in the Crystal Mountain/Buckhorn area, with culverts, private bridges and portions of roads washed out, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office said in a press release. The sheriff's office received reports that a camping trailer occupied by an adult woman and a juvenile female had washed away. The search effort turned into a recovery effort. At 7:30 p.m., their bodies were found, according to the release. Read More At least one home was destroyed in the flooding. No other injuries were reported and there were no reports of anyone else missing, according to the sheriff's office. The Cameron Peak Fire in Colorado is the largest in the states history The National Weather Service forecast scattered thunderstorms in the area for most of Friday with flash flooding warnings for areas of Larimer County that were part of the...
    A judge issued a warrant for the arrest of Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters, who has been indicted on charges of tampering with voting machine equipment and is barred from administering the 2022 elections. The arrest warrant comes in response to Peters's alleged violation of the terms of her bond by traveling to Las Vegas without giving proper notification to the court and attaining permission. Her bond was also revoked by the judge. COLORADO REPUBLICANS REJECT ELECTION SKEPTIC TINA PETERS FOR SECRETARY OF STATE "Upon review of the People's Verified Motion to Revoke Bond, I find a sufficient basis to grant the same. A no bond warrant issues for Defendant's arrest pending a hearing before me to address the matters set forth in the motion," Mesa County District Court Judge Matthew David Barrett wrote on Thursday. The county's district attorney, Dan Rubinstein, requested the bond revocation against Peters on Monday. He claimed that Peters sent a letter to the Colorado secretary of state that had been notarized in Nevada requesting a recount of the...
    Sandra Brown, a former elections manager for Mesa County (Colorado) Clerk Tina Peters, was arrested on felony charges today of conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation and attempting to influence a public servant. Brown is now the third person to face felony charges for trying to copy and release elections data related to the 2020 election. More from The Daily Sentinel: In an affidavit in support of Brown’s arrest first obtained by The Daily Sentinel, a longtime investigator with the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office, James Cannon, wrote that Brown was involved from the beginning in an alleged scheme to make copies of election software during a routine “trusted build” in May 2021, and allegedly using someone else’s identity to do so. Brown and others plotted their actions on a call in 2021, which was recorded by one of the participants. Read more at The Daily Sentinel. RELATED STORIES:  Colorado orders Trump-loving Mesa County clerk to replace election equipment after security breach Judge bars MAGA election officials from midterms A third Colorado Republican election official under investigation for security breach Daily Kos relies...
    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — For the second time in three days, a visitor to Yellowstone National Park was gored by a bison, park officials said Thursday. A 71-year-old woman from West Chester, Pennsylvania and her daughter inadvertently approached the bison Wednesday as they were returning to their vehicle at a Yellowstone Lake trailhead. READ MORE: Delaware Gov. Carney Signs 6 Gun Safety Bills, Including Ban On Assault Weapon SalesThe woman’s injuries were not life-threatening, park officials said. She was taken by ambulance to the West Park Hospital in Cody, Wyoming. The incident remains under investigation and park officials did not release more information about the encounter. READ MORE: Berks County Mother Charged With Criminal Homicide In 3-Year-Old Daughter's DeathOn Monday, a 34-year-old Colorado Springs, Colorado, man who had gotten too close to a bison near Giant Geyser was thrown as he grabbed a child who was running away from the beast. They both got up and ran away. On May 30, a woman from Grove City, Ohio, got within 10 feet (3 meters) of a bison before it...
    Republican Tina Peters, who has been indicted on charges of tampering with voting machines, lost her primary for Colorado secretary of state. A right-wing conspiracy theorist who was indicted in March on criminal charges of tampering with voting machines to try to prove former President Donald Trump's lies of a stolen 2020 presidential election on Tuesday lost the Republican primary to run for secretary of state of Colorado, the person who oversees its elections. With 95% of the vote counted, Tina Peters, the clerk and recorder of Mesa County, Colorado, was in third place, trailing the winner, fellow Republican Pam Anderson, 43.2%-28.3%. Peters and her deputy, Belinda Knisley, were indicted on March 8. Peters was indicted on seven felony charges and three misdemeanors, including identity theft, criminal impersonation, attempting to influence a public servant, and official misconduct after she allegedly helped an unauthorized person gain access to a room that housed Mesa County's election equipment in August 2021 and gave an unauthorized person passwords for the equipment. Images of the voting machine data wound up being published by a Telegram social...
    On the left is Joe Oltmann offering up make-believe evidence that Tina Peters (center) didn't lose the primary Colorado conservatives cast their votes on Tuesday and chose to say no to Big Lie proponent and indicted elections security maven Tina Peters. The former Mesa County Clerk and Reporter had previously received 60% of the delegate votes during a Republican State Assembly meeting in April, but most actual voters decided the fact that she is facing a 10-count indictment, including seven felony charges, was reason enough to vote for someone else. Republican Pam Anderson becomes the GOP candidate who will run against the incumbent, Democratic Secretary of State Jena Griswold. I guess disgraced former General and cowardly Fifth Amendment pleader Michael Flynn’s endorsement, Peters didn’t go very far with voters. Peters was walloped in a three-way GOP primary race, receiving only 28% of the vote, and coming in behind the second-place candidate. The good news is that many voters, including those she once oversaw in Mesa County, chose someone to run for the highest elections position in the state who hasn’t promised to throw...
    Colorado Republicans on Tuesday rejected Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters for their secretary of state nomination, an election skeptic who has been barred by state courts from her role managing elections in the county due to a security breach of voting equipment data. Former Jefferson County Clerk Pam Anderson, who is also a former head of the state's county clerks' association, won the Republican nomination in the race. Anderson defended the state's vote-by-mail system and the legitimacy of the 2020 results. Without any recent polling in the race, Anderson's victory is something of an upset as she was out-fundraised by Peters. SIX NOTABLE MOMENTS FROM HOUSE JAN. 6 HEARING FEATURING EX-TRUMP AIDE HUTCHINSON Peters was one of series of Republicans to seek the nomination for their state’s top elections role after denying the legitimacy of the 2020 election or circulating false claims about the results, but she was arguably the most controversial of these candidates, as she currently faces criminal charges. Peters was indicted earlier this year by a grand jury on felony charges including...
    DENVER (AP) — Republican primary voters in Colorado reject indicted county clerk for state’s election post. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    DENVER (CBS4) – A majority of Colorado voters chose Pam Anderson to face incumbent Jena Griswold in the race for Secretary of State in the November general election, the AP says. Anderson beat Tina Peters, the embattled County Clerk from Mesa County. Anderson took 44.7% of the votes; Mike O’Donnell took 28.8%; and Peters secured 26.5%. LINK: Colorado Primary Results Anderson is a former Jefferson County Clerk and served as Executive Director of the Colorado County Clerks Association. In March, Peters surrendered to police after an arrest warrant was issued for her. She was charged with a total of 10 charges, including three counts of attempting to influence a public servant, conspiracy to commit attempting to influence a public servant, criminal impersonation, conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation, identify theft, first-degree official misconduct, violation of duty, and failing to comply with the secretary of state.
    (CNN)A version of this story appeared in the CITIZEN BY CNN newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free here.Tina Peters, the Mesa County clerk and Colorado's most prominent voter fraud conspiracy theorist, is vying for the GOP nomination for secretary of state in Tuesday's primary. A win would make her the latest in a line of election deniers nominated by Republicans for roles that would position them, if they win this fall, to take over their states' election machinery in time for the 2024 presidential race.Peters' chief opponent is Pam Anderson, a former county clerk and former head of the state's county clerks' association, who has defended Colorado's vote-by-mail system and is running as a competent technocrat. The winner will face Democratic Secretary of State Jena Griswold in November.Peters and her top deputy were indicted in March after an investigation by local authorities into a security breach that resulted in confidential voting machine logins, and forensic images of their hard drives, being published in a QAnon-affiliated Telegram channel in early August 2021. In May, after a...
    DENVER (AP) — Republicans in Colorado will decide Tuesday whether to nominate — as their candidate for the state’s top election official — a county elections clerk who is under indictment for a security breach spurred by conspiracy theories related to the 2020 presidential election. Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters announced plans earlier this year to run for the Republican nomination for secretary of state on the podcast of former President Donald Trump’s adviser, Steve Bannon. In recent months, she has been issuing various reports — discredited by officials and experts — that claim vulnerabilities in voting equipment used widely in Colorado and across the country. Also running in the Republican primary is Pam Anderson, a former county clerk who previously led the state clerks’ association, and businessman Mike O’Donnell. The current secretary of state, Jena Griswold, is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. Anderson’s campaign highlighted her experience running elections and a call for less politics in the role of secretary of state. Peters, elected in 2018 to oversee elections in Mesa County, is among several candidates across...
    Grand Junction, Colorado (CNN)Mesa County clerk Tina Peters, who has become Colorado's most prominent election denier and faces a series of legal battles after years of efforts to undermine the state's mail-in voting system, is seeking the Republican nomination in Tuesday's primary to become secretary of state. But in the county on Colorado's Western Slope where she is barred by a district judge from performing her election-oversight duties, many voters -- including some unaffiliated voters who typically back Democrats but had voted in this year's Republican primary because of Peters' presence on the ballot -- said they want to stop her. "Yes, there was voter fraud. She caused it," said Daria Kent, a 24-year-old teacher and unaffiliated voter in Grand Junction. Election deniers are winning political nominations across the countryPeters, who was indicted earlier this year on 10 counts related to voting machine tampering allegations, is the best-known Republican in the race to take on Democratic Secretary of State Jena Griswold in November. Peters has pleaded not guilty.If she wins Tuesday, Peters would become the latest in a line...
    (KHN)Dolores County Sheriff Don Wilson never expected to use Colorado's red flag law when it was passed in 2019. He thought the law made it too easy to take a person's guns away.The statute allows law enforcement officers or private citizens to petition a county court to confiscate firearms temporarily from people who pose an imminent threat to themselves or others."All it is is one person's word against another," said Wilson, whose sparsely populated territory is in southwestern Colorado near the Utah border.Then, in August 2020, a Dove Creek man threatening to kill his neighbors and himself pointed a semiautomatic rifle at a deputy. Wilson petitioned for and was granted an extreme risk protection order to remove the man's weapons, though the sheriff said his mistrust of the red flag law has not changed."If a gentleman pulls a rifle on my deputy and then comes and threatens to shoot up my courthouse and kill me, kill the judges, and kill the district attorney," Wilson said, "I've got a problem with that person having a gun."Biden signs bipartisan gun safety bill...
    Jeremiah James Taylor, 33, allegedly stole a patrol car while intoxicated Monday morning A Colorado man faces a slew of charges after he allegedly stole a patrol car while intoxicated and showed up to a call for domestic violence. Police say Jeremiah James Taylor broke into an unstaffed Park County Sheriff’s substation early Monday morning and stole a 2013 Dodge Durango.  Taylor, 33, then drove the car to nearby Teller County after officials broadcast a domestic violence incident.  He was arrested more than two hours later after he led police on 110mph chase, crashed the Durango and fled into the woods. Deputies found him in the brush armed with a knife, according to the incident report obtained by DailyMail.com. A confrontation ensued, prompting officers to fire shots and deploy a taser. Taylor was apprehended and hospitalized with self-inflicted knife wounds. He was later hit with eight charges including aggravated motor vehicle theft.   Police say Taylor stole the cruiser in Park County, Colorado and then responded to a domestic violence call in nearby Teller County after hearing the incident being dispatched Police say Taylor arrived...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado’s primary election is just a week away, and a Republican U.S. Senate candidate is not saying if he will accept the results of it. It’s one of the headlines to emerge from a debate hosted by CBS4 and the Colorado Sun. It was the first and only Senate Primary debate by a nonpartisan media outlets. It revealed deep policy divides between the candidates on a number of key issues, including the outcome of the 2020 election. Ron Hanks is a first term State Representative and military veteran from Fremont County. Joe O’Dea is a first-time candidate and construction company owner from Greenwood Village.  They’re vying for the chance to take-on Democratic Incumbent Michael Bennet in November. O’Dea says Joe Biden is the legitimate winner of the 2020 Presidential Election. (credit: CBS) Hanks attended former President Trump’s “stop the steal” rally on Jan. 6. When asked if he would accept the results of the primary election, Hanks responded, “We’ll have to see what we’ll see here.” Hanks called for changes in election procedures. “I think we ought scrub...
    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Clela Rorex, a former Colorado county clerk considered a pioneer in the gay rights movement for being the first public official to issue a same-sex marriage license in 1975, has died. She was 78. Clela Rorex (credit: Out Boulder County) The Daily Camera reports that Rorex died Sunday of complications from recent surgery at a hospice care facility. Rorex was a newly elected Boulder County clerk when a gay couple denied a marriage license elsewhere sought her help in March 1975. The then-31-year-old agreed and went on to issue six licenses to gay couples before Colorado’s attorney general ordered her to stop. Colorado legalized gay marriage in 2014. A 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision recognized the fundamental right nationwide. (© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
    GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) — The five family members killed in a crash on Interstate 25 earlier this week have been identified by the Weld County coroner. The Godines family included Emiliano, 51, Christina, 47, Aaron, 20, and Tessleigh, 3 months old. (credit: CBS) Halie Everts, 20, was also killed in the crash. All five people were from Gillette, Wyoming. They were killed after the SUV they were riding in was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer in northern Colorado near Highway 66. Investigators with the Colorado State Patrol say the SUV was in the left lane of Interstate 25 in Weld County and had slowed for traffic when the semi slammed into it Monday afternoon.
    SIX people, including a three-month-old girl, died in two separate crashes just hours apart on the same highway. The deadly smashes, involving three vehicles and one semi-truck, unfolded on Interstate-25 in Weld County, Colorado, on Monday afternoon. 1Six people are dead following a deadly crash on I-25 in ColoradoCredit: KUSA The first crash, which investigators believe involved a 2015 Ford Edge, '13 Ford Focus and a 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander occurred on the northbound left lane on the I-25. A Kenworth semitruck was also northbound in the left lane when it rear-ended the Ford Edge at an unknown speed, pushing it off the left side of the roadway into the center median, police said. The Kenworth rear-ended the Ford Focus, pushing the Focus into the Mitsubishi. More to follow...For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun.
    (CBS4) – Colorado’s primary election is three short weeks away and there are several high-profile races that will decide who makes the November ballot. What are the biggest races to keep an eye on? Here is a guide to the major races from CBS4’s Political Specialist Shaun Boyd. (credit: CBS) Republican Gubernatorial Primary – Greg Lopez vs. Heidi GanahlVying for a chance to take on Democratic incumbent Governor Jared Polis are two candidates with different governmental experience. Heidi Ganahl is a CU Regent and currently the only Republican elected to statewide office. Greg Lopez ran for governor in 2018 and is the former one-term mayor of Parker back in the early 1990s. (credit: CBS) Ganahl founded the Fight Back Foundation to help address problems facing children, and has said one of the top reasons she is running is to address what Children’s Hospital Colorado has called a “mental health emergency” in kids. In addition to serving as Parker mayor, Lopez is the former Director of the Colorado Small Business Administration and the former CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce....
    MESA COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A 52-year-old man from Colorado Springs passed away Saturday afternoon while mountain biking in western Colorado on the Palisade Plunge trail. He reportedly ran out of water. Three other cyclists found the man near mile marker 28 of the trail and called 911 at 6:45 p.m., the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office stated in a press release. He was described as suffering from “heat-related illness.” Search and rescue personnel and a medical helicopter were sent to the remote area, but efforts to save the cyclist’s life were not successful. (file photo credit: Jordan Siemens/Stone/Getty Images) According to the sheriff’s office, the other three cyclists had also run out of water. “They started with a gallon of water each and ran out about 10 miles before the end of the trail,” the sheriff’s office stated in its press release. “They were rescued and treated for dehydration.” ⚠️Strenuous activity during extreme heat is strongly discouraged. ????????At least 10 liters (2 ½ gallons) of water per person and electrolyte replenishments are recommended for riders to carry on the Palisade...
    MESA COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) — A 52-year-old man from Colorado Springs passed away Saturday afternoon while mountain biking in western Colorado. He reported ran out of water. Three other cyclists found the man near mile marker 28 of the trail and called 9-1-1 at 6:45 p.m., the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office stated in a press release. He was described as suffering from “heat-related illness.” Search and rescue personnel and a medical helicopter were sent to the remote area, but efforts to save the cyclist’s life were not successful. (credit: Jordan Siemens/Stone/Getty Images) According to the sheriff’s office, the other three cyclists had also run out of water. “They started with a gallon of water each and ran out about 10 miles before the end of the trail,” the sheriff’s office stated in its press release. “They were rescued and treated for dehydration.” ⚠️Strenuous activity during extreme heat is strongly discouraged. ????????At least 10 liters (2 ½ gallons) of water per person and electrolyte replenishments are recommended for riders to carry on the Palisade Plunge trail in the summer. ???????? https://t.co/5Tz4cDF0Ex...
    DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s former secretary of state and Mesa County’s former county clerk were appointed Thursday to be election advisers in the western Colorado county after a judge barred indicted clerk Tina Peters from overseeing this year’s elections there. Former Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and former Mesa County clerk Sheila Reiner, now the county’s treasurer, both Republicans, will assist and advise county elections director Brandi Bantz for the June 28 primary “as needed”, Democratic Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold said. (credit: CBS) Peters is being prosecuted for allegedly providing unauthorized access to voting equipment, a breach that led to a public release of sensitive information. She has denied the charges, calling them politically motivated. Peters has become a hero to election conspiracy theorists following the lead of former President Donald Trump, and is running for the GOP nomination for secretary of state. Tina Peters (credit: CBS) Last month, Judge Valerie Robison appointed Bantz to oversee this year’s elections after finding that Peters and her deputy failed to follow orders of the secretary of state and election...
    (CNN)Two adults and their dog were injured after being charged by a moose near Boulder, Colorado, on Wednesday morning, according to a release from the Boulder County Sheriff's Office. Just before 8:00 a.m. local time, the Boulder County Communications Center received a call about someone who was injured after being charged by a moose near the West Magnolia Trailhead, the release said. The trailhead, which is a US Forest Service property, is located near the town of Nederland in Boulder County, around 16 miles west of Boulder.The female moose -- called a cow moose -- had charged at a 31-year old man, a woman and their dog, according to the release. The man sustained serious bodily injury while the woman sustained minor injuries. Their dog was also injured. A responding Boulder County Sheriff's Office deputy found the moose while searching for the injured people, who were yelling for help. He fired bean bag rounds in an attempt to scare the moose, and the moose ran off, the sheriff's office said. Read MoreWhile the deputy was assisting the two injured people,...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Over 6 inches of snow for some areas in the high country, more than 1 inch of rain in Denver, and zero severe weather. What a storm for late spring! What is left of the rain and snow early Wednesday will end before 12 p.m. Partial clearing is expected later in the day. However, temperatures will never warm up much with highs in the 50s around Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins. The normal high temperature in Denver on June 1 is 78 degrees. As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, Denver had officially measured 1.13 inches of rain at DIA. Downtown Denver received closer to 1.50 inches and so did Aurora and Lakewood. Weld County is also received a lot of moisture in an area that often misses the most significant moisture. (source: CBS) Meanwhile, areas above 7,000 feet saw substantial snow for this time of year. The Arapahoe Basin Ski Area reported 10 inches. They are scheduled to close for the season on Sunday but an extension of the season is possible with so much recent snow. 10...
    PARK COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) — A Park County resident who recorded a video last month and posted it on social media remains convinced its shows wolves hunting elk. However, authorities’ investigations point to it being a pack of loose dogs. Whichever they were, the possibility of wolves existing in the central part of the Colorado raised hackles on anyone tracking the progress of wolf re-introduction. “We take a conservative approach to stating whether or not there are wolves in a particular area, and this case is an example as to why we do not have an immediate reaction or public response,” Eric Odell, CPW’s Species Conservation Program Manager, stated in a press release. A gray wolf in an undated file photo. (credit: Colorado Parks & Wildlife) Gloria Rose Adams, 59, posted the video on Youtube on Monday, April 25. The animals are seen at least a quarter of a mile away in a field next to U.S. 285 south of Fairplay. The Park County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) immediately began investigating the alleged sighting. CPW...
    DENVER (CBS4) – For the first time in months, drought improved instead of worsening this week. But Colorado still has a long way to go with 90% of the state still experiencing drought. The impact of over 8 inches of snow in many mountain areas and over 1 inch of liquid precipitation at lower elevations in the second half of May was somewhat minimal on the weekly drought update released Thursday morning. Nine days ago, about 93% of the state had at least moderate drought. That number has dropped only 3% since then, but it marks the first improvement in Colorado since the third week in March. For Denver and the Front Range, severe drought has now disappeared from many areas by moderate drought remains. However, most of Weld County including Greeley and Hudson continues to have severe drought. (source: CBS) Three of the four drought categories dropped thanks to the recent moisture. – Moderate drought has decreased 3% – Severe drought has decreased 4% – Extreme drought has decreased 5% Exceptional drought remained unchanged at 3% of Colorado including...
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)– A suspect in four murders has been arrested in El Paso County. Carlos Diaz is facing charges in the murders of four victims in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. (credit: El Paso County) Investigators said that Diaz, 21, knew all four of his victims but are not releasing any additional details about the case. They are also looking to identify another victim.