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In Aurora today, President Barack Obama will tout an “all of the above” energy approach that includes opening up public lands for private investments in clean energy, spurring the military to go green and doling out tax incentives to the clean­energy sector. » 2A

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Online today: Updates from President Barack Obama’s latest Colorado visit. »denverpost.com/extras ST E R L I N G B OY ’S D E AT H

Winter X Games | Jan. 26­29 | Aspen

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Doubts haunt probe of case Juanita Kinzie faces a first­degree murder charge and is being held in the Logan County Detention Center. By Jordan Steffen The Denver Post

nowboard competitor Gretchen Bleiler, sitting beside Shaun White, wipes a tear as she remembers four­time Winter X gold medalist Sarah Burke during a news conference Wednesday before the opening today of the Winter X Games 2012 at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen. Burke died Jan. 19 from injuries she suffered during a training run 10 days earlier. She was 29. AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

Sports. X Games athletes react to the death of skier Sarah Burke and reflect on what it means for extreme sports. »1C Business. Snow Show will be hoping to buoy a busted winter season, buying and selling gear for next season. »5B

By Sara Burnett The Denver Post

Last fall, Larimer County Clerk and Recorder Scott Doyle invited state lawmakers and a handful of other peo­ ple to an eye­opening presentation. Flipping through a slide show, Doyle showed them how, because of the level of reporting required for Colorado elections, he could use publicly avail­ able logs and reports to locate which ballots that some of the lawmakers — and one legislator’s wife — cast in the 2010 election. Doyle didn’t go so far as to remove the ballots from their sealed boxes to see how each person voted, but his point was clear: If someone had all the pieces at their fingertips, that person could do so, at least for some voters in many counties. Doyle, then president of the Colora­ do County Clerks Association, intend­ ed the meeting as a warning about what could happen if voted ballots are public documents, as the state Court of

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SAFETY CONCERNS

A NO N YM I T Y VS. ACCESS

Battle rages over tracing voted ballots

After Caleb Pacheco’s disappear­ ance in January 2011, Yolanda Kinzie­ Graber said, she called social services in three different counties more than 70 times, begging for help in finding her nephew. An investigation finally was opened last week, after someone called Logan County authorities about a “Where’s Caleb” Facebook page that Kinzie­Gra­ ber set up Jan. 17. As details have become public of how authorities found Caleb’s body Sunday wrapped in plastic and blan­ kets and tucked under a Sterling mo­ bile home, many troubling questions remain unanswered. Chief among them may be why it apparently took law enforcement and state officials a year to start looking for a boy who was in the county welfare system when he went missing. Police arrested Caleb’s mother, Juan­ ita Kinzie, 24, Sunday night in Denver. She faces a first­degree murder charge and is being held in the Logan County Detention Center.

Hostages rescued in SEAL raid

Neenan school fixes extend to 15 buildings

By The New York Times

By Eric Gorski The Denver Post

“The United States will not tolerate the abduction of our people.” President Barack Obama

khartoum, sudan » About 2 a.m. Wednesday, elders in the So­ mali village of Galkayo said they began hearing an unusual sound: the whirl of helicopters. It was the culmination of a dar­ ing and risky mission by about two dozen U.S. Navy SEALs to rescue two hostages — a U.S. aid worker and her Danish colleague — who had been held by Somali pirates since October. The commandos had dropped down in parachutes under the cloak of darkness while 8,000 miles away, President Barack Obama was preparing to deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday night. The commandos hiked 2 miles from where they had landed, grabbed the hostages and flew them to safety. For the U.S. military, the mis­ sion was characterized by the same ruthless efficiency — and possibly good luck — as the May SOMALIA » 6A

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Navy SEALs dropped by parachute to carry out operation 100 miles

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Covert operation Two aid workers kidnapped in Somalia three months ago have been freed in a U.S. military raid. Overnight raid • About 2 a.m. local time, U.S. Navy SEALs parachuted from plane into area near compound. • Shots fired as they approached compound; no U.S. casualties; nine captors reportedly killed. • Rescue team on the ground for about an hour. • Freed hostages, SEALs left by helicopter for Djibouti; taken to Camp Lemonnier.

Sources: ESRI; The Associated Press; BBC

McClatchy Tribune

Photos released by the Danish Refugee Council show Poul Ha­ gen Thisted, 60, left, and Ameri­ can Jessica Buchanan, 32, who were rescued by Navy SEALs. The Associated Press

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Structural issues of varying degrees of seriousness have been identified in every Neenan Co. school project that has received money through a state grant program meant to make school buildings safer. “Corrective actions” are being car­ ried out at each of the 15 school build­ ings at various stages of completion in eight districts across Colorado, offi­ cials said Wednesday at a meeting of the board that oversees the Building Excellent Schools Today program. Although several of the issues had previously been made public, others were newly disclosed — including a project at Mapleton Public Schools in Adams County involving the largest grant in BEST history. Neenan officials described the structural issues detailed Wednesday as ranging from “minor” to “moder­ ate.” A state official, however, suggest­ ed Neenan was downplaying the seri­ ousness of the situation of a school that faces evacuations if winds reach SCHOOLS » 9A


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