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November 29, 2012



Palisade boys bank on defense, rebounds> 1B

Cops: Mom left kids, saw ‘friend’ One toddler dead, 1 in critical shape; abuse suspected

Two-year-old William Jensen and brother Tyler Jensen, 4, are seen in a recent Facebook posting. William died Tuesday night of yet unknown causes.


A Palisade mother admitted to a Mesa County sheriff’s investigator she left her toddler sons alone in her Toyota 4Runner, with its engine running, for approximately 90 minutes Tues-

day night near Powderhorn Mountain Resort while she met a man, according to records obtained by The Daily Sentinel. At 6:31 p.m., 24-year-old Heather Jensen called 911, reporting her 2-year-old boy, William, was unconscious, not breathing and had no pulse, reads a search warrant affidavit signed by a Mesa County judge early Wednesday. With emergency crews scrambling to respond Tuesday night, Jensen told dispatchers around 6:50 p.m. that her 4-year-old boy,

Tyler, was breathing but “gurgling” with every breath, the affidavit said. William was pronounced dead at the scene, while Tyler was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital before being transferred to Children’s Hospital in Denver. He remained in critical condition there through Wednesday. The Mesa County Coroner’s Office as of Wednesday had not released the cause and manner of William’s death, while the Sheriff’s Department said little in the ongoing investigation.

According to the search warrant, Jensen told deputies in her initial statement at the scene she had taken her sons to play in the snow near the ski resort. When they finished, she said she put the boys back in their car seats and started her 4Runner. “Heather stated she stood outside the vehicle, smoking a cigarette, and then spoke to a friend who happened to drive by,” an investigator wrote in the affida-

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Norton seeks $476K in debt relief 2010 candidate blames campaign for big spending


Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing was worth more than a half a billion dollars.

Ordinary Joes gaga for chance at jackpot


Former U.S. Senate candidate Jane Norton is asking the federal government to absolve her of hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign debt. Norton, a Grand Junction native who lost the 2010 Republican Party nomination to Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, owes as many as 18 creditors nearly $476,000. But while she’s tried to raise JOSH PENRY additional Ran Jane Norton’s funds to cover that campaign for three debt over the past months two years, she’s only managed to pull in a few thousand dollars to help pay off her mostly out-of-state creditors, her husband, Mike Norton, said. As a result, her campaign, Jane Norton for Colorado Inc., filed a debt settlement plan with

By M. SPENCER GREEN Associated Press

These numbers could change your life. The numbers drawn Wednesday night for the record $550 million Powerball jackpot are: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6. The drawing for the MultiState Lottery Association’s prize followed 16 consecutive drawings that produced no top winner, boosting the Powerball to become the second-largest potential lottery payout in U.S. history. Tickets earlier in the day were selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute nationwide, the megajackpot enticing many people who rarely, if ever, play the lottery.


Then-U.S. Senate candidate Jane Norton appears with Sen. John McCain at a campaign rally at then-Mesa State College on Aug. 8, 2010. Norton, See NORTON, page 8A ➤ a Grand Junction native who lost the 2010 Republican Party nomination, owes as many as 18 campaign creditors nearly $476,000.

Sears, Disney among brands found at fatal factory blaze By JULHAS ALAM Associated Press

DHAKA, Bangladesh — A hooded Mickey Mouse sweatshirt from Disney. Children’s shorts with Walmart’s Faded Glory label. Clothes with hiphop star Sean Combs’ ENYCE tag. The garment factory in Bangladesh where 112 people were killed in a fire over the weekend was used by a host of major U.S. and European retailers, an Associated Press reporter discovered Wednesday from clothes and account books left amid the blackened tables and melted sewing machines at Tazreen Fashions Ltd. Wal-Mart had been aware of safety problems at the factory HOME PAGE OF WESTERN COLORADO

Garment exports Bangladesh’s garment industry accounts for nearly 80 percent of its total exports. About a quarter of its garment export revenue comes from the U.S.


A Disney brand garment lays among the charred remnants of a fire that killed 112 workers Saturday in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

and said it had decided well before the blaze to stop doing business with it. But it said a supplier had continued to use Tazreen without authorization. Sears, likewise, said its merchandise was being produced there without its approval through a vendor, which has since been fired. The Walt Disney Co. said its records indicate that none of its licensees have been permitted to make Disneybrand products at the factory for at least a year. Combs’ Sean Jean Enterprises did not return calls for comment. The tragedy at the beginning



Bangladesh’s total exports: $24 billion

Garment exports to the U.S.: $4.5 billion (24% of Bangladesh’s garment exports) July 2011-June 2012 AP

of the holiday season is putting a spotlight on dangerous workplace conditions around the BANGLADESH EXPORTS world, with no clear answers to 112612: Graphic shows export who is ultimately responsible, statistics for Bangladesh; given the way many major re1c x 3 inches; with tailers rely on a long and comBC-AS--Bangladesh-Factory plex chain of manufacturers Fire; ETA 3 p.m. and middlemen to keep their shelves stocked.

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Delta Petroleum ex-CEO charged in insider trading



Garment exports: $19 billion (79% of all exports)

SOURCE: Bangladesh Export Promotion Bureau

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The federal government Wednesday said it has brought civil charges against the former head of Delta Petroleum in connection with an alleged insider trading scheme that generated more than $890,000 in illicit profits. Englewood resident Roger Parker, 51, leaked confidential information to insurance executive and close friend Michael Van Gilder, 45, of Denver and at least one other friend in late 2007 about plans by the investment firm Tracinda Corp. to buy a $684 million, 35 percent stake in the company, the Securities and Exchange Commission says. Denver-based Delta owned oil and gas interests centered in the Collbran area and eventually went into bankruptcy.

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This summer it completed a reorganization plan in which it changed its name to Par Petroleum Corp. and pooled its assets in Mesa and Garfield counties with Laramie Energy II in a joint venture. The SEC previously charged Van Gilder in connection with the alleged scheme, and he also is being prosecuted criminally on five insider trading counts. He has pleaded not guilty. Federal authorities have not charged or publicly identified the other friend of Parker’s allegedly involved in the scheme, but say that friend alone reaped $730,000 in profits based on advance knowledge of the Tracinda deal. Van Gilder’s profits totaled $109,000, and others Van

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Dollars and a dream: The $550 million Powerball jackpot is the second highest in lottery history, but winning that sum doesn’t necessarily guarantee a life free of financial ruin or despair. Now What?: Past lotto winners and financial planners advise the newly wealthy to stick to a budget, invest SANDRA HAYES wisely, learn say no and Powerball winner to be prepared shares her advice, to lose friends Page 8A while riding an emotional roller-coaster of joy, anxiety, guilt and distrust. Riches to rags: The National Endowment for Financial Education estimates that as many as 70 percent of people who land sudden windfalls lose that money within several years.

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Big winners share lessons and risks of Powerball win By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. — So you just won the $550 million Powerball jackpot, the second highest in lottery history. Now what? Perhaps it’s time for a tropical vacation or a new car. There are bills to pay, loans to settle, debts to square. Past winners of mega-lottery drawings and financial planners have some more sound advice: Stick to a budget, invest wisely, learn to say no and be prepared to lose friends while riding an emotional rollercoaster of joy, anxiety, guilt and distrust. “I had to adapt to this new life,� said Sandra Hayes, 52, a former child services social worker who split a $224 million Powerball jackpot with a dozen co-workers in 2006, collecting a lump sum she said was in excess of $6 million after taxes. “I had to endure the greed and the need that people have, trying to get you to release your money to them. That caused a lot of emotional pain. These are people who you’ve loved deep down, and they’re turning into vampires trying to suck the life out of me.� The single mother kept her job with the state of Missouri for another month and immediately used her winnings to pay off an estimated $100,000 in student loans and a $70,000 mortgage. She spent a week in Hawaii and bought a new Lexus, but six years later still shops at discount stores and lives on a fixed income — albeit, at a higher monthly allowance than when she brought home paychecks of less than $500 a week. “I know a lot of people who won the lottery and are broke today,� she said. “If you’re not disciplined, you will go broke. I don’t care how much money you have.� Lottery agencies are keen to show off beaming prize-winners hugging oversize checks at celebratory news conferences, but the tales of big lottery winners who wind up in financial ruin, despair or both are increasingly common. There’s the two-time New Jersey lottery winner who squandered her $5.4 million fortune. A West Virginia man who won $315 million a decade ago on Christmas later said the windfall was to blame for his granddaughter’s fatal drug overdose, his divorce, hundreds of lawsuits and an absence of true friends.

Woman on trial in killing of Fla. lottery winner By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TAMPA, Fla. — Abraham Shakespeare could barely read, wrote his name in block letters and had given away most of his $17 million in lottery winnings when he became friends with Dorice “Dee Dee� Moore, a calculating woman who later became his financial adviser, prosecutors said Wednesday. During opening DORICE MOORE statements in Moore’s first-degree murder trial in Tampa, assistant state attorney Jay Pruner said Moore swindled what was left of Shakespeare’s winnings from his bank account in 2009, then killed him and buried his body under a concrete slab in her backyard. Pruner said when Shakespeare won the lottery, his life “drastically and dramatically changed� — and that the money caused all sorts of problems, eventually leading to his death. One detective testified that Moore told him that Shakespeare was tired of people asking him for money. David Gehle, who spent 20 years at a Nebraska meatpacking plant before he and seven ConAgra Foods co-workers won a $365 million Powerball jackpot in 2006, used some of his winnings to visit Australia, New Guinea and Vietnam. He left ConAgra three weeks after he won, and now spends his time woodworking and playing racquetball, tennis and golf. But most of his winnings are invested, and the 59-year-old still lives in his native Lincoln. He waited for several years before buying a $450,000 home in a tidy neighborhood. “My roots are in Nebraska, and I’m not all that much different now than I was before,� Gehle said.

JACKPOT: 75% winner chance ➤ Continued from Page One Among them was Lamar Fallie, a jobless Chicago man who said his six tickets conjured a pleasant daydream: If he wins, he plans to take care of his church, make big donations to schools and then “retire from being unemployed.� Tickets were selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute nationwide — about six times the volume from a week ago. That meant the jackpot could climb even higher before the Wednesday night drawing, said Chuck Strutt, of the lottery association. The jackpot has already rolled over 16 consecutive times without a winner, but Powerball officials say they now believe there is a 75 percent chance the winning combination will be drawn this time. If one ticket hits the right

numbers, chances are good that multiple ones will, according to some experts. That happened in the Mega Millions drawing in March, when three ticket buyers shared a $656 million jackpot, which remains the largest lottery payout of all time. Yvette Gavin, who sold the tickets to Fallie, is only an occasional lottery player herself. As for the promises she often gets from ticket purchasers, Gavin isn’t holding her breath. “A lot of customers say if they win they will take care of me, but I will have to wait and see,� she said. When Atlanta barber Andre Williams buys scratch-off tickets, he typically does a dance in his shop for good luck. As a first-time Powerball player, he plans to reprise the dance — and buy a few extra tickets to enhance his chances.

MOM: Different stories emerge ➤ Continued from Page One vit. “Heather said after about 10 minutes, she got in the vehicle and started driving home. She described hearing Tyler making gurgling noises within minutes of driving away.� She said she pulled over, discovered William wasn’t breathing and called 911, while taking CPR instructions over the phone. Jensen gave a different account of events in an interview late Tuesday at the Sheriff’s Department. She said she contacted a “male friend� Tuesday afternoon and made arrangements to meet him near the ski resort, the affidavit said. They met while Jensen said she allowed her children to play in the snow, before she put them back in their car seats and started her engine. She described “getting into the man’s truck,� which was parked next to her 4Runner. “Heather admitted that she left her two sons alone in her 4Runner, with its engine running, for approximately 90 minutes before she returned to the vehicle and drove away,� the affidavit said. Jensen denied using any narcotics or controlled substances, although she said she had a prescription for anti-depressant medication. “Heather stated she previously had an addiction to pain medication but had not used any for about one year,� the affidavit said. She told the investigator both children were wearing coats when they were outside playing and she took the coats off when they got back into the 4Runner because they were wet, the affidavit said. An investigator wrote in the

affidavit there was probable cause to believe the crime of child abuse resulting in death had been committed. The search warrant authorized the seizure of any articles of children’s clothing remaining in the 4Runner, in addition to prescriptions, empty prescription containers, controlled substances, pesticides, chemicals or poisons. A mechanical inspection also was authorized for the 4Runner’s exhaust and emission system, as well as testing for the presence of carbon monoxide. The 4Runner was impounded Wednesday at the Sheriff’s Department. The investigation comes in the wake of the death of Jensen’s husband, Eric, 26, who died in a two-car accident Oct. 10 in Garfield County. Eric Jensen was driving north on Garfield County Road 319 around 6:26 a.m. on Oct. 10, when the Acura Integra he was driving was struck by a southbound Jeep Cherokee, driven by 37-year-old Justin Robinson of Rifle, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Robinson suffered non-threatening injuries. Nobody else was in the vehicles. Troopers said speed may have contributed to the crash. Heather Jensen had been serving a deferred judgment and probation stemming from a domestic violence arrest on March 13 in which Eric Jensen was the named victim, according to court records. Eric Jensen told arresting Palisade police officers his wife had punched and bit him when he confronted her about hanging out with a woman “she receives medication from,� an arrest affidavit said. Eric Jensen told the officer she had taken Vicodin and Percocet in the past.








PROPOSED CAMPAIGN DEBT SETTLEMENT Who is owed for what and how much by 2010 GOP Senate candidate Jane Norton Company owed Integram, Dulles, Va.

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Owed $2,743

Settlement $197.99

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Total debt: $475,910

Norton proposes no payment for some of the debt listed at right, most of which is disputed by her campaign

Proposed payout: $22,149.95

FLC Connect, St. Paul, Minn., Disputed. $46,000 Highwood Capital, Washington, D.C. Disputed. $500 Tom Hathoot, Northglenn. Disputed. $2.012 Integra Telecom, Portland, Ore. Disputed. $4,841 Littlefield @ Assoc., Alexandria, Va. Disputed. $6,000 The Starboard Group, Littleton. Disputed. $6,000 Zakhem Law, Denver. Disputed. $47,514 Baker & Hostetler, Washington, D.C. Disputed. $13,273 Hoon Design, Arlington, Va. Disputed. $3,600 Derby H. Watkins, Alexandria, Va. Undisputed. $9,000 Southwest Publishing & Mailing, Topeka, Kans. Undisputed. $24,062

Source: Federal Election Commission

NORTON: Penry took over ‘hemorrhaging’ campaign ➤ Continued from Page One the Federal Election Commission offering to pay about 4.6 cents on the dollar. “It is important to note that at the onset, she instructed there be no debt and then went about being a candidate,� said Mike Norton, a Denver attorney who filed the settlement plan on behalf of the campaign. “She was surprised that there was a debt. There are no loans. They’re all claims for services rendered, and in some cases there’s a dispute of whether or not the services were rendered or the services were authorized.� Norton said in the cases where the debt was not disputed, the creditors accepted the campaign’s offer at settlement. That amounts to the bulk of the debt. Under the settlement plan, Norton proposes to pay $22,149 to pay off more than $313,000. Two other cases list additional debts totalling $33,000 but involve no settlement at all. According to FEC regulations, unpaid campaign debts must be paid in full unless creditors agree to a lesser or no amount. Mike Norton said, however, that doesn’t apply to disputed debt. For Norton’s campaign, that amounts to about $129,000. Norton’s campaign, which touted no government debt or bailouts as chief platforms, has about $16,000 in cash, all of which would go toward paying creditors. The remaining $6,000 would come from her own pocket, according to the settlement plan. It is unknown if any of those creditors plan to dispute the settlement plan, which the FEC has yet to approve. Norton said his wife blames people who ran the campaign, but declined to point fingers at anyone specifically. “Jane entrusted a group of people with the responsibility to manage and run the campaign, and do with the resources that were made available,� Mike Norton said. “That just didn’t happen.� He stopped short, however, of naming specific people, including former Grand Junction state senator Josh Penry, who ran the campaign for more than three months before the August 2010 GOP primary, when she earned 48 percent of the vote. Penry said he took over the campaign at the behest of Jane Norton because of the mounting debt. “I ran the campaign for about

100 days, and took the reins at a time the campaign was hemorrhaging unpaid invoices and was free-falling in the polls,� Penry said via text messaging while on his honeymoon in Mexico. Last weekend Penry married Kristin Strohm, a Denver political strategist and managing partner of The Starboard Group, one of the firms owed by the Norton campaign but a $6,000 debt that Norton is disputing. “When Jane asked me to take over, I made clear there would be wholesale changes on day one, beginning with finances,� Penry said. “I fired about a dozen staff and D.C. consultants, cut everyone’s salaries, and gave up pay myself for weeks at a time when I was essentially broke. The only regret I have is that we didn’t get started a month earlier.� At the time, Penry had just ended his own bid for the GOP nomination for Colorado governor and was going through a divorce with his wife, Jamie. Norton’s campaign debt isn’t the only one from the 2010 Senate races. Former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff still has a $250,000 campaign debt, but all of that money came in the form of three loans from the Democrat himself. Romanoff was vying for his party’s nomination against U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, who went on to defeat Buck in the general election. Romanoff said he got the money for those loans by selling his home in Washington Park, an upscale Denver neighborhood. “I used to say during the campaign, you shouldn’t have to sell your house to serve in the Senate,� Romanoff said, laughing about the matter. “I may never forgive myself for the debt, but I’m not going to sue myself.� Like Norton, Romanoff has been holding periodic fundraising events in an effort to settle their debts. Norton said he has no idea when, or even if, the FEC will approve the settlement plan, saying this is uncharted territory for his wife and him. “This is not something that we’ve ever done before, but like they say about the farmer that hung himself, ‘He’d never done that before,’� Norton said. “We’re not quite sure how all this will work out. It’s like dealing with the IRS. Get all your I’s dotted and all your T’s crossed.�

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Gilder tipped off profited by a total of more than $50,000, the SEC says. As for the possibility of further criminal charges in the case, Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Colorado, said an investigation into the case continues. Tracinda is owned by billionaire Kirk Kerkorian. The SEC says Delta’s stock rose nearly 20 percent due to the Tracinda investment. It says Parker repeatedly apprised Van Gilder and the other friend of developments as talks leading up to the deal progressed, despite his obligation to protect nonpublic information as the CEO. It said Van Gilder and the other friend then loaded up on Delta stock and highly speculative options contracts, and a relative, broker and co-worker of Van Gilder did the same based on Van Gilder’s advice.

The SEC says Van Gilder also called Parker at home three times one evening in 2007 because he was considering selling Delta securities due to a negative news article on the company. Parker allegedly shared confidential information about earnings results that were to be announced later that week — and would include production and revenue numbers that exceeded previous Delta projections — and Van Gilder instead bought 1,250 more shares, and urged a friend to buy more as well, the SEC says. The SEC said it is seeking a judgment ordering Parker and Van Gilder “to disgorge their and their tippees’ ill-gotten gains plus prejudgment interest� and to pay penalties. Earlier this month, Parker retired as chief executive officer, chair and a director of Denverbased Recovery Energy, Inc., a company he joined in 2009. Van Gilder resigned as CEO of Van Gilder Insurance Co.



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December 6, 2012






Crawford to stay on in lesser role after probation by U.S. agency

Doping scandal snares Remains of boys CMU cycling coach sought in filing Grandmother goes to court in Jensen deaths By PAUL SHOCKLEY


Colorado Mesa University cycling coach Rick Crawford on Wednesday admitted — and expressed deep regret for — providing performance-enhancing drugs to two professional cyclists under his tutelage between 1999 and 2001. According to the university, Crawford’s position and salary will remain intact, but the university’s budding collegiate cycling team also will be overseen by former professional cyclist and Grand Valley resident Scott

Tyler and William Jensen should be buried next to their father in Palisade, the boys’ grandmother said through her attorney in a court filing. “Given the suspicious circumstances of the deaths of William and Tyler Jensen, the petitioner believes that a court is likely to appoint her (Diane Mathena) as the personal representative for the estates of William and Tyler Jensen,” reads an emergency petition filed by attorney Greg Leavitt, who represents Mathena of Clifton, the mother of the late Eric Jensen, William’s and Tyler’s father who was killed in a car crash Oct. 10 in Garfield County. The petition asks a Mesa County judge for a determination of Mathena’s rights. The petition, lodged on Wednesday at the Mesa County Justice Center, said Heather Jensen, the boys’ mother, has indicated a desire to cremate their remains. The filing notes Mathena has applied to be personal representative for the estates of William and Tyler Jensen. Under Colorado law, a judge’s designation as “personal representative” would put Mathena ahead of Heather Jensen for priority to handle the remains, Leavitt’s filing notes. The matter wasn’t immediately scheduled for a hearing. Heather Jensen has not responded to requests for com-

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PROFILE Name: Rick Crawford Age: 53 Occupation: Colorado Mesa University Cycling Coach Education: B.S., University of Georgia Personal: Married to Jackie and the couple has four sons: Eric, Sage, Gabe and Joseph. History: Member of U.S. Olympic Development Program in 1983-84; 8-time All American Pro Triathlete; coached Tour de France competitors Levi Leipheimer and Lance Armstrong; coached Fort Lewis College to 10 national titles; worked in 2011 as a soigneur for the Chipotle development team.


Colorado Mesa University cycling coach Rick Crawford fights back tears Wednesday as he talks about telling his college team of his past involvement in the cycling world’s doping scandal. Crawford said he recently went to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to say he provided performance-enhancing drugs to two professional cyclists under his tutelage from 1999 to 2001. Crawford’s name had surfaced in an affidavit concerning 2011 USA Pro Challenge winner Levi Leipheimer as part of a doping investigation of the U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team.

Team members willing to let it ride By ALLEN GEMAEHLICH

Rick Crawford didn’t expect the Colorado Mesa University cycling team to forgive him. The CMU cycling coach admitted he provided performance-enhancing drugs to professional cyclists he was coaching from 1999 to 2001. Crawford not only faced his team, but the U.S. Anti-Doping

Agency and CMU President Tim Foster. Crawford was hired in February to coach the cycling team, which is listed as an “emerging sport,” not one of the university’s NCAA-sanctioned sports. “I didn’t expect the kids to (trust me),” Crawford said Wednesday, choking up. “They gave me a big hug. They embraced me. ... We underestimate our kids. I expected to get

throttled (by them). “There hadn’t been a whole lot of warm, fuzzy feelings up until then. I really was encouraged there might be a light at the end of the tunnel. They could see I was struggling. They said hang in there and that they were behind me.” Captain Patric Rostel couldn’t attend the team meeting, but had a one-on-one meeting with Crawford.

“He told me about it,” Rostel said. “I was like OK. He said, ‘I understand if you hate me now.’ I said, it’s OK. We all make mistakes. He learned from it. That’s what counts. The team was all in support of him. They reacted like I did. It was a long time ago.” Rostel raced professionally in Germany in 2007 before

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For cancer survivor, a cannabis-friendly town to call his own By JOHN PEEL

Club 20, Grand Junction chamber join plea to Holder: Enforce pot law

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STONER — Frank McDonald was resting in a hospital in Missouri, a day after a surgeon removed part of his cancerridden kidney. A friend called. “Frankie, how would you like to own your own town?” The friend’s parents live along the West Fork of the Dolores River, just a couple miles from Stoner. “I said, ‘My own town?’ ” McDonald recalled. “Check this out: Stoner, Colorado. It’s a town, it’s for sale. Just move out here, and let’s grow some weed. Let’s have some fun.” Stoner, 14 miles from Dolores on Colorado Highway 145, lies at 7,479 feet, according to the U.S. Geographical Survey map. But in the spirit of Amendment 64, call it 7,420 feet. With the passage of Amendment 64, the stage is set for new businesses to bud. McDonald, who credits medical marijuana for his comeback from kidney cancer, is poised to capitalize. A mural in the likeness of “King Frank” McDonald decorates the floor of his restaurant-to-be in Stoner. It was


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There’s still work to be done before Frank McDonald can take off with his restaurant, bar and music venue. He’s hoping to have it ready by spring in Stoner, a seven-acre townsite northeast of Dolores where McDonald envisions music festivals, philanthropic businesses and a place for marijuana users See TOWN, page 8A ➤ in the spirit of recently passed Amendment 64. HOME PAGE OF WESTERN COLORADO



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When Colorado voters legalized marijuana in November, they blew smoke into the machinery of commerce — smoke that several organizations are asking the U.S. Department of Justice to clear up. A Nov. 30 letter signed by 20 Colorado business and advocacy organizations — including the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and Club 20 — asks U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to make it clear whether he intends to enforce federal law, which makes the sale, possession and use of marijuana illegal. The passage of Amendment 64, which allows individuals in Colorado 21 or older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana,

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leaves employers in an uncomfortable spot. “It does put business in a very strange place between the state and feds and so we need to know,” Diane Schwenke, president of the Grand Junction chamber, said Wednesday. Businesses not only have to deal with the state law, but many also are overseen by federal agencies or have federal contracts, that make their positions all the more ticklish, said Bonnie Petersen, executive director of Club 20. “Tell us,” Petersen said of what the group wants from Holder. “How do you know as a state

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CRAWFORD: Said he never provided drugs to CMU cyclists ➤ Continued from Page One Mercier. According to terms set by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Crawford also will provide 500 hours of community service. In an interview with The Daily Sentinel on Wednesday, Crawford said he provided the hormone erythropoietin — more commonly known as EPO — to professional cyclist Levi Leipheimer and former professional cyclist Kirk O’Bee. Leipheimer won Colorado’s USA Pro Challenge in 2011, and since his admission of doping while on the U.S. Postal Cycling Team, he has been banned from the sport until March 1, 2013. USADA imposed a lifetime ban on O’Bee after the cyclist tested positive for banned drugs in his system in 2009. Crawford, who has been on CMU’s staff since late February, has coached several stellar cyclists in his career including Lance Armstrong, Leipheimer and Tom Danielson. Crawford continues to coach Danielson and other professional cyclists. Crawford also coached the Fort Lewis College’s cycling team for eight years starting in 2001, during which time the Durango college earned 10 national championships. Crawford said Wednesday he never provided performance-enhancing drugs to any cyclists at Fort Lewis or at Colorado Mesa University. CMU has about 40 students on its cycling team. “The sound bite is so old that everybody’s doing it,� Crawford said during an emotional conversation. “We have to take


Colorado Mesa University cycling coach Rick Crawford, right, will keep his job and his salary, the university said, but will lose control of the cycling program to former pro cyclist Scott Mercier, left, who will serve as an unpaid coach. responsibility and I’m taking responsibility. I am dedicated to advocating for anti-doping. I’ve been so humiliated by this process.� Crawford said he first approached CMU President Tim Foster when he realized the word was out. Crawford then contacted USADA and traveled to Colorado Springs for a 6-hour interview with agency officials. Crawford’s name, although redacted, first surfaced in Leipheimer’s affidavit, which was released in early October. It was one of several affidavits by professional cyclists and witnesses that make up a more than 1,000page report outlining a widespread doping program instituted by the U.S. Postal Service Pro

Cycling Team. The report represents a body of evidence against team leader Lance Armstrong, which the USADA used to strip him of his seven Tour de France wins and permanently ban him from the sport. Leipheimer stated in his report that Crawford offered him EPO, told him how to use it and recommended that he use a centrifuge — a device that helps cyclists who are doping to avoid detection — to manage his blood. After using the drugs in 1999 while on Saturn’s team, Leipheimer excelled, winning several races and catching the eye of the U.S. Postal Team. Leipheimer stated he used EPO provided to him by Crawford for three years, including dur-

ing his introductory days on the U.S. Postal Service team. Shortly thereafter, Leipheimer stated he obtained the drugs through his new team’s program and no longer purchased the drugs from Crawford. Crawford said while he plied the two cyclists with EPO during those three years, he considered that a “dark time� always hung over his head. “Part of me dreaded and looked forward to this day,� he said. “It was a perfect storm that got me into this that blew me out as well.� Crawford said he has lost a number of his coaching contracts with professional cyclists over the news that he provided cyclists with banned drugs. Mercier, a former professional cyclist who refused to use banned substances and stopped competing on a professional level, said he believes students on CMU’s cycling team still believe and trust Crawford, especially since Crawford came clean with his cyclists. Mercier is not receiving payment for helping to oversee CMU’s program, and no time line has been set for how long he will assist the team. Foster said he is impressed that Crawford came forward. “Here is a guy who knows what he did was wrong,� Foster said. “He didn’t know if the school would fire him or sanction him. The people at USADA are used to people lying to their face. They told us they think Rick was completely forthright.�

TEAM: Member says he was aware of doping by pros ➤ Continued from Page One coming to Mesa and said he was aware professional cyclists were doping. Professional and former professional cyclists can compete collegiately as long as they are enrolled in an institution of higher learning full time. The sport is sanctioned by USA Cycling, not the NCAA. “It’s a big step,� Rostel said. “For him to (admit) that is really huge. He didn’t have to do that. It was good he did that. I honor him for that and respect him for his decision. “I think Rick is a great coach for the program.� Foster said Wednesday the school will support Crawford, who vowed to serve at least 500 hours of community service during the next five years in anti-doping education for the USADA. CMU also announced Wednesday the hiring of former professional cyclist Scott Mercier as director of CMU cycling. He will provide oversight and direction for the program. Mercier spoke with the cycling team earlier this semester while Crawford served a threeweek suspension as the university conducted an internal investigation. “They had questions,� Mercier said. “They wanted to know what was going on. It was unequivocal the support you could feel in that room of 25 kids. They really banded together.� CMU junior Sam Phillips be-

lieves Crawford was truly regretful and wants to do the right thing for the program. “I feel like I have a pretty good relationship with Rick,� Phillips said. “I’ve had many conversations with him since then. It really sounds like he is very regretful for what he did do. He has changed from it. He seems happy to get it off his chest, but it’s definitely hard for him to bring back up. “I haven’t seen any change in how people see Rick. I feel most of us are understanding what did happen was many years ago. I feel like more of us are in support of him because of his honesty and how he handled the situation. He is probably one of the better people to talk to because of it.� Rostel and Phillips said Crawford talks to the team regularly about the dangers of PEDs. “If he would ever hear of someone doing that, he would not accept it,� Rostel said. “He would probably kick someone off the team. If you’re that stupid to dope, you should have nothing to do with the sport.� Rostel believes Crawford’s reinstatement is good for the program in the long run. “Later on, the long-term effect will help the program,� Rostel said. “He was in that situation and knows not to put kids in that situation. Education is the most important thing. In the long run, it will definitely help the program grow bigger.�

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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOENIX — The mystery surrounding the whereabouts of a sick girl with leukemia deepened Wednesday after her father said his 11-year-old daughter is being treated in Mexico and authorities considered bringing child neglect charges against the family. Phoenix police have been looking for Emily since surveillance video one week ago showed the girl’s mother walking her out of Phoenix Children’s Hospital a day before the child was set to be released. Authorities are searching for the girl in Arizona, California and Mexico, where the family has relatives, as doctors say she could contract a potentially deadly infection if not returned for treatment. The girl underwent about a month of chemotherapy and had been treated for an infection that forced doctors to amputate her arm, police said. Doctors had inserted a tube



In this hospital surveillance photo released by the Phoenix Police Department on Monday, a woman is seen with her 11-year-old daughter, a leukemia patient who had her arm amputated and a heart catheter inserted because of an infection. Authorities say the woman inexplicably took the girl from the hospital last week.

through her chest to deliver medications through her heart. Her mother unhooked the tub-







ing from an IV and left with the girl, leaving her susceptible to infection. Phoenix police said the parents could face criminal neglect charges if they didn’t return the girl. U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped the father, Luis Bracamontes, 46, as he crossed into Arizona from Mexico over the weekend, but the man denied any involvement in removing his daughter from the hospital and said he didn’t know where she was. However, in an interview this week with NBC News, Bracamontes said his daughter was safe and being treated by doctors in Mexico. Bracamontes blames the Phoenix hospital for the loss of his daughter’s arm and says the family was being pressured over mounting medical bills. The hospital cannot comment on Emily’s condition due to health privacy laws, but in a statement Wednesday said decisions about patient care are not based on ability to pay.



ment from The Daily Sentinel while her attorney, Ed Nugent, has said he’s advised her as much. The Mesa County Coroner’s Office completed an autopsy on William on Nov. 28 and was expected to do the same for Tyler. William, 2, was pronounced dead at the scene the night of Nov. 27 near Powderhorn Road on Grand Mesa, after authorities had responded to a 911 call placed by Heather Jensen

around 6:30 p.m. An affidavit in support of a search warrant obtained by The Daily Sentinel for Heather Jensen’s Toyota 4Runner said she told dispatchers around 6:50 p.m. that Tyler, 4, was having problems breathing. Tyler died Monday night at Children’s Hospital in Aurora after being removed from life support. Heather Jensen told a Mesa County Sheriff’s Department investigator on the night of Nov. 27 she made arrangements to meet a male friend near Powderhorn

Ski Resort and spent approximately 90 minutes in the man’s truck, while she had left Tyler and William alone in her 4Runner, with its engine running. A pediatric resident at Children’s Hospital, however, told an investigator on Nov. 28 she didn’t believe Tyler had suffered carbon monoxide poisoning based on blood tests, according to court records. A fund has been set up at US Bank branches, where donations can be made to the Tyler William Jensen Fund.

TOWN: Restaurant named for woman in shack ➤ Continued from Page One created by Frank and his brother Shane. And dig this: He’s naming the venue Mary Jane’s at Stoner, in honor of Mary Jane, a real person who lives in a nearby shack. It’s not hard to envision the Mary Jane’s at Stoner marketing possibilities: T-shirts, coffee mugs, pipes, a brand of pot. Sight unseen, in April 2011, four weeks after his partial nephrectomy, McDonald took the leap. His first visit to Stoner, to inspect his purchase, was a bit of a downer. “It was bad. All the buildings were full of junk,� he said during a recent interview at the historic spot about 14 miles northeast of Dolores along Colorado Highway 145. McDonald was only temporarily fazed by the state of the dilapidated buildings, which include a former restaurant/bar and general store not used since about the 1990s — other than by kids who come to hang out and drink and trash things. He created a vision for the seven-acre former townsite at the spectacular canyon mouth: He sees a music venue that will attract nationally known acts and thousands of spectators on summer evenings. He pictures a communityoriented place where a variety of businesses may thrive, with an emphasis on philanthropy. And, in the spirit of the recently passed Amendment 64, he envisions a place where marijuana users gather and smoke and philosophize and eat munchies and enjoy the wilderness setting. Barring a federal crackdown, Colorado’s Amendment 64 will make it legal to possess, grow and sell “limited� amounts of

marijuana in 2013. McDonald sees Mary Jane’s at Stoner as a family-friendly, cannabis-friendly, environmentfriendly model for the new era. “It’s an opportunity to do it right and show the rest of the country why they should be doing the same thing,� says McDonald, who categorizes his values as sometimes conservative, sometimes libertarian. “I get to build my own town, under a new law, that says we have a right to choose whether or not we want to smoke marijuana.�

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It’s a bold vision, and time will tell if it works or even gets off the ground. There will certainly be doubters, but the 40-yearold comes from a hardscrabble background where people have doubted him all his life. He was a foster child, on his own since age 13, he says. He dropped out of college, but later did well financially. With his father-in-law as partner, he became a business marketing consultant in Liberty, Mo., a Kansas City suburb. The last couple years have set him back: He battled cancer, he’s going through a divorce, and a year ago he rolled his truck 11 times to avoid a head-on collision on icy U.S. Highway 160 west of Durango. A sliding sedan with child seats was heading toward him, and he veered. He’s still recovering from three “crunched� vertebrae and assorted injuries. (As it turned out there were no children in the oncoming car.) The cancer claimed part of his kidney, then returned with three more lumps. He medicated with a marijuana product and the tumors vanished. “I’m a living example of how it works,� he says.

With hired help, McDonald is fixing things up, but the work is expensive and slow. He says he was nearly ready to open last spring, but 100-mph winds in June blew down signs and tore off some of the roof. He’s seeking a business partner, preferably someone who’s an expert in construction or eateries.

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In his vision, McDonald has laid out room for three stages, two cut into the hillsides. The main stage will have a foodserving area underneath. There will be free camping for concertgoers. His vision is as grand as the scenery surrounding Stoner, apparently named after the adjacent Stoner Creek, which got its name in 1888, according to the book Colorado Place Names. Stoner Ski Area operated across the Dolores River valley from 1951 to 1985. (Look at the map: Rand McNally is well-aware of Stoner.) And how cool is this: If you fudge the elevation just a tad, it’s 7,420 feet. (If you don’t get the 4-20 or Mary Jane references, look them up.) It’s a spectacular place, even if a bit off the beaten path. People connected to Stoner over the years have fond memories, passers-by tell McDonald. “What I hear most, the one word that describes the place in their memory, is ‘magical,’� he says. So that’s what eventually will be on the sign, the one that blew down and is now propped on the side of the restaurant: “Welcome to Stoner. Share the magic.� And please, you can hear future visitors say, share that other choice stuff you’ve got.

POT: 30-day clock begins for Hickenlooper ➤ Continued from Page One how to move forward? You can make rules, but what if a higher authority, as it were, has decided you can’t ever have marijuana legally?� The business organizations pressed Holder to act quickly, by the end of the calendar year or before. The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office today is to certify the results of the Nov. 6 election, but the wording of the amendment specifies that it becomes

effective on the proclamation of the governor. The 30-day clock on the governor’s proclamation begins when the results are certified, a spokesman for Gov. John Hickenlooper said. Under Holder, the Department of Justice vigorously opposed a marijuana-legalization measure in California in 2010, the businesses noted, and pointed to an October 2010 memo from Holder in which the attorney general said officials “will remain firmly committed� to enforcing the

Controlled Substances Act in all states. “Today, we ask that you and the DOJ remain consistent in your commitment to the (federal law) to provide the bright line we, as employers in Colorado, seek,� the letter says, noting that the Department of Justice “is the only party that can provide clarity on this matter.� There was no immediate response, Schwenke said, but based on email traffic, “We do know that (Holder) received the letter.�



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Massacre details emerge Man used semi-automatic rifle to shoot victims repeatedly at Connecticut school By THE NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

ADAM LANZA Shown in 2005; gunman was 20 when he took his life

The gunman in the Connecticut shooting blasted his way into the elementary school and then sprayed the children with bullets, first from a distance and then at close range, hitting some of them as many as 11 times, as he fired a semi-automatic rifle loaded with ammunition designed for maximum damage, officials said Saturday. The state’s chief medical examiner, H. Wayne Carver II, said all of the 20

children and six adults gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., had been struck more than once in the fusillade. He said their wounds were “all over, all over.” “This is a very devastating set of injuries,” he said at a briefing in Newtown. When he was asked if they had suffered after they were hit, he said, “Not for very long.”

Grieving for parent, but also sympathy for gunman NEWTOWN, Conn. — Fighting back tears and struggling to catch his breath, the father of a 6-year-old gunned down in the school shooting in Connecticut told the world Saturday about a little

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DAUGHTER, WIFE, MOTHER IN TURMOIL Heather Jensen’s father, husband, 2 children are dead; neighbors say she struggled with family, prescription drugs By PAUL SHOCKLEY

“Nobody comes between me and my 3 boys ...” “If u trie to get in the way of my family u will get knocked down hard ...” That’s what 24-year-old Heather Lynn Jensen wrote in her own profile on Facebook prior to the Nov. 27 incident on Grand Mesa that led to the deaths of her young boys. The page was accessible through Nov. 28. It’s gone now. Death, it seems, follows Jensen. The woman at the focus of a death investigation involving her sons, William, 2, and Tyler, 4, lost her husband, Eric, in a traffic accident in Garfield County on Oct. 10, and experienced her father’s death — all within two years. She named William after her father, who was killed in what a Florida police investigation ruled a bizarre accident. Heather Jensen, along with other members of her divided family, believes it was murder. TANYA SCOTT She Heather Jensen’s said as sister much on her nowdeleted Facebook page, saying her dad was slain ‘... bout 1 year ago jan 2011. ... ” It actually happened Jan. 22, 2010. A sister, a former roommate and a current neighbor described Jensen as a loving wife and mother, but immature, neglectful and a

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Robert and Alissa Parker, shown Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School, were the parents of a 6-year-old girl who was killed. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


High student loan percentage at GJ college campuses By EMILY SHOCKLEY

Western Colorado Community College has the highest portion of students borrowing money for their education of any two-year public school in Colorado, according to a new Colorado Department of Higher Education report. The 2011-12 Financial Aid Report, which tracks student loan, grant and scholarship information at the state’s public institutions, reported 70.3 percent of WCCC students have student loans. The average loan debt for WCCC students who borrow was $17,291 last school year, according to the report.

Curt Martin, financial aid director for both WCCC and Colorado Mesa University, said the average loan debt for WCCC students may be inflated because some students who borrowed enough for a four-year degree at Colorado Mesa changed their minds and earned a two-year degree at the community college. The community college and Colorado Mesa also have “very high-need populations” for financial aid, according to Martin.

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Above, Heather and Eric Jensen play with their sons, Tyler and William, at a Grand Valley home in November 2011. Police continue to investigate the boys’ mysterious deaths on Grand Mesa on Nov. 27, about six weeks after their father died in a car accident in Garfield County. substance abuser following a heavily medicated childhood. Jensen’s sister, Tanya Scott of Florida, recalls her father “having to ween” Jensen off prescribed pills. “We’d go to the store and she’d run into aisle displays, she was so medicated,” Scott said, speaking of her sister’s youth. Heather Jensen and her mother, Florida resident Sherry Holesapple, have not responded to repeated mes-


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Scott was 18 when she finally met her younger sister, Heather. Their father, William, separated from Jensen’s mother, Sherry, around 2001 and Heather came to live with her sister for roughly a year. “That split caused her a lot of issues emotionally,” Scott said. “Heather was very young mentally for her years ... she


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medications, among others. She was a “great aunt,” regularly caring for Scott’s older son after 2002, never forgetting a birthday and constantly sending cards. “Once she hit her late teenage years, I didn’t see her often,” she said. Eric Jensen seemed to “steady” her. “Eric made her become an adult and tried to keep her acting responsibly,” Scott said. “They seemed to balance each other out for the most part.” Tanya said she and her father drove across the state to visit Heather after Tyler was born, when she met Eric for the first time. The young couple drove to Tampa to visit for Heather’s 21st birthday, shortly before moving to Colorado, where Eric had job prospects. “They seemed to be doing great, I don’t know how things changed after my father passed,” Scott said.

Life insurance dispute

On the night of Jan. 22, 2010, 59-year-old William Hayes Holesapple was tending a backyard burn pit, hosting a cookout, when he caught fire dousing dwindling flames with kerosene, according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department incident report. Holesapple suffered burns over 70 percent of his body and died two days later. An investigation concluded the death was accidental and the matter was closed. Two others were present at the time of Holesapple’s death. Heather’s mother was convinced it was murder, while Heather “will believe anything her mother tells her,” Scott said. According to Scott, Sherry Holesapple threatened to take out a restraining order against her contacting Heather. The dispute centered on payout of a life insurance policy for William Holesapple, Scott said. William Jensen was born in Colorado as the sisters increasingly lost contact. Tanya kept tabs on Facebook, where Heather wrote about plans to go to school to become an X-ray technician. Here in the Grand

Valley, Heather worked as a cashier at the Maverik convenience store in Clifton and at Wendy’s in Clifton. “After William was born, Heather emailed me and told me that she had a life-threatening illness and had to have a hysterectomy,” Scott said. “I did try to keep in contact with her, but with all of the drama I found it best to keep to myself.”

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Their next substantive conversation was over the phone shortly after Eric Jensen was killed Oct. 10 in the two-vehicle crash in Garfield County. A Colorado State Patrol accident report found excessive speed by Jensen’s vehicle to be a contributing factor. “I could barely understand her because she was crying so hard,” Scott said. “She told me she had talked to him a halfhour before the accident and he was coming home to see the boys.” That’s the last they’ve spoken. Scott said she has attempted, without success, to reach her sister since the Nov. 27 incident on Powderhorn Road that led to the deaths of William and Tyler. “The Heather that I knew would never hurt her children,” she said. The portrayal of a hard-partying, hell-bent Heather Jensen that has emerged over recent weeks came as a surprise to her sister.

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On the last weekend of William and Tyler’s active lives, several children at the apartment complex where they lived at 939 Iowa Ave. in Palisade were outside playing during a cold turn in the weather, recalls Heather Williams, who lives in Unit 1. “William and Tyler were the only kids who didn’t have coats,” she said. Williams estimated that once or twice a week in recent months she’d see the boys venture outside, unsupervised, partially dressed or in diapers, doing what little boys do. Tyler led, William shadowed his big brother. “They were knocking on doors trying to find somebody to play with,” Williams said. “Most often from what I observed Heather was not the one responsible for the kids.”


Tyler and William Jensen, shown in 2011 in the backyard of a home in the Grand Valley, appeared to be living in circumstances of squalor and neglect before they died, according to a neighbor and a former roommate of their mother. Williams and a former roommate of Jensen’s, Kimberly Allen, describe the boys’ existence as one of squalor and neglect. Allen claims she walked in one time on Jensen “snorting pills,” which resulted in Heather locking her out of their apartment for the day. “I’d wake up, William was still in his crib, and she was gone,” Allen said, who estimated that happened a dozen or so times. On another occasion, Tyler wandered around the apartment holding a prescription pill bottle, she said. “She had them everywhere,” Allen said. Public records from Heather Jensen’s March 13 domestic violence arrest — when Eric told police she had bit him and punched him — state a fight escalated when her husband confronted her about hanging out with a friend she received medication from. Jensen has no other criminal history in Colo-

rado, but Florida records show she was arrested in Fort Myers, Fla., in July 2006 on suspicion of trespassing and cited in January 2009 for a non-moving traffic violation. Another current neighbor, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Mesa County social workers were called to Jensen’s apartment several times since 2010. Mesa County Department of Human Services spokeswoman Karen Martsolf said information about the Jensen deaths remains sealed under court order. “On that basis, we are unable to provide the records you are requesting at this time,” Martsolf wrote in an e-mail statement, when asked about Human Services’ involvement with the Jensen boys prior to Nov. 27. Allen said she didn’t report her experiences to police or social services. “I should have done something,” she said.

The average loan debt was $25,045 last year for Colorado Mesa bachelor’s degree students, and 69.3 percent of CMU students had loans — the thirdhighest percentage among Colorado’s four-year schools. The financial aid package students receive from Colorado Mesa or WCCC covers as much of a student’s tuition, room and board costs as possible with scholarships and grants, then fills the remaining amount they need with loan offers. Martin said student need for education or living costs and subsequent borrowing has increased every year since 2008 at both WCCC and Colorado Mesa because of hard economic times. Martin predicted the amount students need will decline in the coming years as the economy improves. But he still worries about student default on loans. That’s why Colorado Mesa used a grant to hire a loan defaultprevention counselor this fall. The school plans to introduce a cohesive financial literacy curriculum for any interested professors in 2013 and a letter is being developed to send to students stating how much they

need to earn after graduation to successfully pay off their loans. The university will soon roll out Academic Works, a software program that makes it easy for students to search and apply for scholarships. “We saw some students not going for scholarships (when they needed more money) because they thought it was easier to increase the amount of their loans. All you have to do is accept it” to borrow more, Martin said. Colorado Mesa freshmen Jamie Chambers and Gabriel Chavez said they both rely on student loans for more than half of their college expenses. Chavez said it’s easy to get loans and he has “a good amount” of them. “Hopefully if my career plays out in criminal justice it’ll be OK,” he said, referring to re-paying his debt. Chambers, who does not have a major, said she is worried “big time” about paying back her loans. Colorado Mesa was cheaper than other colleges she considered, though, and she said the price for a degree is worth it to her. “It is a lot of money but education to me is super important,” she said.

PARENT: Blond girl who smiled ➤ Continued from Page One girl who loved to draw and was always smiling, and he also reserved surprising words of sympathy for the gunman. Robert Parker’s daughter Emilie was among the 20 children who died Friday in the one of the worst attacks on schoolchildren in U.S. history. He was one of the first parents to speak publicly about their loss. “She was beautiful. She was blond. She was always smiling,” he said. Parker spoke to reporters not long after police released the names and ages of the victims, a simple document that told a horrifying story of loss. He expressed no animosity, said he was not mad and offered

sympathy for family of the man who killed 26 people and himself. To the man’s family, he said, “I can’t imagine how hard this experience must be for you.” He said he struggled to explain the death to Emilie’s two siblings, 3 and 4. “They seem to get the fact that they have somebody they’re going to miss very much,” he said. Parker said his daughter loved to try new things — except for new food. And she was quick to cheer up those in need. “She never missed an opportunity to draw a picture or make a card for those she around her,” he said. The world is a better place because Emilie was in it, he said. “I’m so blessed to be her dad,” he said.




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Affidavit: Sex while sons roasted Jensen arrested; Human Services, police had red flags on boys’ welfare By PAUL SHOCKLEY

Heather Jensen was having sex with a man — with whom she described herself as “having an affair” — while a witness in the case said she smoked marijuana on the night her children overheated inside her Toyota 4Runner on Grand

Mesa, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. However, the Nov. 27 tragedy near Powderhorn Resort wasn’t the first time authorities had red flags about the welfare of young William and Tyler Jensen. Jensen, 24, most recently a

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Palisade resident, was arrested Wednesday at her mother’s home in North Fort Myers, Fla., on a Mesa County warrant for suspicion of two counts of criminally negligent homicide, two counts of child abuse resulting in death while acting with negligence and one count of false reporting. The warrant, which has a $150,000 bond, was issued Wednes-

day morning. Jensen’s timetable for return to Mesa County wasn’t immediately clear. An affidavit in support of her arrest said 4-year-old Tyler Jensen, strapped in his car seat with the 4Runner’s engine running, was able to open the rear door while authorities believe temperatures were

rising to deadly levels on the night of Nov. 27. Colten Childers, the man who met Jensen that night near the resort, told investigators he could see the rear passenger-side door of Jensen’s SUV “open several times” as Heather Jensen was in his truck.

HEATHER JENSEN Sons, 2, 4 died after being left in vehicle

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Obama takes gun case to people President faces NRA opposition, a Congress tepid on tougher laws

BP, wind, sun mark Area reaction mixed on more officers in schools Salazar tenure By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WIRE REPORTS WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama called upon Congress on Wednesday to toughen America’s gun laws to confront mass shootings and everyday gun violence, betting that public opinion has shifted enough to support the broadest push for gun control in a generation. At a White House event, Obama announced plans to introduce legislation by next week that includes a ban on assault weapons, limits on highcapacity magazines, expanded background checks for gun purchases and tougher gun trafficking laws to crack down on the spread of weapons across the country. Without waiting for Congress, the president also acted on his own authority, signing nearly two-dozen executive actions designed to increase the enforcement of existing gun laws and improve the flow of information among federal agencies in order to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and others who shouldn’t have them. The president’s sweeping, $500 million plan, coming one month after the school massacre in Connecticut, marks the most comprehensive effort to tighten gun laws in nearly two decades. But his proposals, most of which are opposed by the National Rifle Association, face a doubtful future in a divided Congress where Republicans control the House. Obama’s announcements capped a swift and wide-ranging effort, led by Vice President Joe Biden, to respond to the deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. But Obama’s gun control proposals set him up for a tough political fight with Congress as he starts his second term, when

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Rocky Baldozier of the Grand Junction Police Department is the school resource officer at Grand Junction High School. Proposals that President Barack Obama said Wednesday he would send to Congress for confronting mass shootings include a request for $150 million that would allow schools to hire 1,000 new police officers, counselors and psychologists.

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who oversaw a moratorium on offshore drilling after the BP oil spill and promoted alternative energy sources throughout the nation, will step down in March. A former U.S. senator from Colorado, Salazar ran the Interior Department throughout President Barack Obama’s KEN SALAZAR first term Interior secretary and pushed to step down renewable power such in March as solar and wind and the settlement of a longstanding dispute with American Indians. With Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson also leaving the administration and Energy Secretary Steven Chu expected to depart, Obama will have a clean slate of top officials overseeing energy and environment issues. In a statement Wednesday,

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Obama’s mental health ‘dialogue’ welcomed, executive actions assailed By GARY HARMON

President Barack Obama’s call on Congress to enact an assault-rifle ban and limit the size of ammunition magazines was accompanied by 23 executive actions, as well as a call for police officers in schools and a “national dialogue” about mental health. Obama also called for the development of “model emergen-

cy plans” for schools, churches and universities. The call for discussion about mental health is long overdue, Sharon Raggio, executive director of Glenwood Springsbased Colorado West Mental Health, said. “One of the things that we know is that treatment works” to deal with mental illness, Raggio said, but that stigmas must be overcome. While Obama’s call for incen-

tives for the hiring of school-resource officers seemed to echo the National Rifle Association’s call for armed guards, the NRA took a cautious approach, saying that the organization “will continue to focus on keeping our children safe and securing our schools.” State Sen. Steve King, RGrand Junction, an advocate of preparing students and teachers for disasters and a frequent critic of Obama’s policies, said

he opposed the use of executive actions to go around Congress, even if some of them might look attractive. “With this administration, the devil is in the details and I am not one of those that adheres to the premise that ‘We should implement the policies to find out what’s in them,’” King wrote in an email. “I passionately oppose this adminis-

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Outgoing Washington Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire and Arizona Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva have been mentioned as possible nominees for interior secretary.

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A Mesa County sheriff’s deputy rolled a patrol vehicle into a Dodge Neon, left photo, to keep the car from being driven away after a pursuit Wednesday on Orchard Mesa. During the pursuit, deputies saw the suspect, shown under arrest, right, assaulting a female passenger, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said.


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OBAMA: Proposals include ban on armor-piercing ammo, closing private gun sale loophole ➤ Continued from Page One he’ll need Republican support to meet three looming fiscal deadlines and pass comprehensive immigration reform. The White House is planning a multifaceted effort to sell its plans, including speeches by the president and vice president and concerted lobbying by interest groups to influence several dozen lawmakers from both parties seen as critical to passage. The White House created a Web page with video testimonials from victims of gun violence and a sign-up for supporters to help advocate the president’s plan. “I tell you, the only way we can change is if the American people demand it,” Obama said. “And by the way, that doesn’t just mean from certain parts of the country. We’re going to need voices in those areas, in those congressional districts where the tradition of gun ownership is strong, to speak up and to say this is important. It can’t just be the usual suspects.” Key congressional leaders were tepid in their response to the White House proposals. Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s office signaled no urgency to act, with spokes-

man Michael Steel saying only that “House committees of jurisdiction will review these recommendations. And if the Senate passes a bill, we will also take a look at that.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he was committed to ensuring that the Senate will consider gun violence legislation “early this year.” But he did not endorse any of Obama’s specific proposals. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, considered a contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, quickly made it clear that Obama’s proposals will face intense opposition in Congress. “Nothing the president is proposing would have stopped the massacre at Sandy Hook,” Rubio said. “President Obama is targeting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens instead of seriously addressing the real underlying causes of such violence.” In an emotionally charged event, Obama stood on a stage with four young children who he said had written to him asking for stronger gun laws. Invoking the memory of a young girl named Grace McDonnell who was killed in the Newtown


President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, left, hugs 8-year-old letter writer Grant Fritz during a news conference on proposals to reduce gun violence. shootings, the president vowed not to let the momentum for new, tougher gun laws fade. “This is our first task as a society,” Obama said. “Keeping our children safe. This is how we will be judged. And their voices should compel us to change.” Obama said a painting by Grace, given to him by Grace’s father, hangs in his private study in the White House. He said the painting serves as a reminder of his obligation to

protect “the most vulnerable” members of society. The administration will have to overcome a well-financed counter-effort by the NRA. Obama asked Congress to reinstate and strengthen a ban on the sale and production of assault weapons that passed in 1994 and expired in 2004. He also called for a ban on the sale and production of magazines with more than 10 rounds, like those used in Newtown and other mass shootings. Obama’s

plan would require criminal background checks for all gun sales, closing the longstanding loophole that allows buyers to avoid screening by purchasing weapons from unlicensed sellers at gunshows or in private sales. Nearly 40 percent of all gun sales are exempt from the system. The NRA is opposed to all three measures. In a statement Wednesday, the gun lobby said, “Only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected” by Obama’s efforts and the nation’s children “will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy.” Obama also wants lawmakers to ban armor-piercing ammunition, except for use by the military and law enforcement. And he’s asking them to create stiffer penalties for gun trafficking, to provide $14 million to help train police officers and others to respond to shootings, and to approve his nominee to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The proposals included a $150 million request to Congress that would allow schools to hire 1,000 new police officers, counselors and psychologists. The White House plan also includes

legislative and executive action to increase mental health services, including boosting funding for training aimed at getting young people into treatment more quickly. One of the president’s executive actions on Wednesday was to nominate B. Todd Jones to head the ATF, which has been without a permanent director since 2006. Jones has served as the bureau’s acting director since 2011. Other steps Obama took through his presidential powers include: ■ Ordering tougher penalties for people who lie on background checks. ■ Requiring federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations. ■ Ordering a review of safety standards for gun locks and gun safes. And on the eve of Obama’s announcement, the NRA released an online video accusing him of being an “elitist hypocrite” for sending his daughters to school with armed Secret Service agents while opposing having guards with guns at all U.S. schools. White House spokesman Jay Carney called the video “repugnant and cowardly.”

SALAZAR: Helped secure ‘new energy frontier’ REACTION: Psychiatrists need greater ability to respond to signs of violence, doctor says ➤ Continued from Page One

Obama said Salazar had helped “usher in a new era of conservation for our nation’s land, water and wildlife” and had played a major role in efforts to expand responsible development of the nation’s domestic energy resources. Salazar, 57, said in a statement that the Interior Department was helping secure “a new energy frontier” and cited an aggressive agenda to reform oil and gas leases, which he said had increased offshore drilling safety. Under his watch, the Interior Department has authorized nearly three dozen solar, wind and geothermal energy projects on public lands that pro-

vide enough electricity to power more than 3 million homes, Salazar said. Former Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, a longtime Obama ally, is among those mentioned as a potential successor to Salazar, along with John Berry, director of the White House Office of Personnel Management. Berry is a former assistant interior secretary and the director of the National Zoo. Gregoire, whose term expired Wednesday, also is considered a candidate to head the Energy Department or the EPA. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., a senior member of the House Natural Resources Committee and a favorite of the environmental community, also is be-

lieved to be under consideration for Salazar’s position. At Interior, he gained the most attention for his role in the drilling moratorium after the April 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico. that killed 11 workers. The resulting oil spill led to the unprecedented shutdown of offshore drilling. Business groups and Gulf Coast political leaders said the shutdown crippled the oil and gas industry and cost thousands of jobs, even aboard rigs not operated by BP PLC. But Salazar said the industry-wide moratorium was the correct call and that his ultimate goal was to allow deep-water operations to resume safely.

ROASTED: Children died of hyperthermia — body temperatures rose to dangerous level ➤ Continued from Page One “Colten said the door opened as far as (Tyler’s) arm could reach,” the affidavit said. He said he saw the movement around 5:40 p.m. Jensen had the engine running on her vehicle since 5:15 p.m. The truck’s heater was later found by Mesa County Sheriff’s investigators “set to maximum heat,” but the fan was off. “When he saw the door open Colten said Heather got out of his vehicle and went to Tyler’s door,” the affidavit said.

Dressed, hugged

Heather Jensen gave Tyler her cell phone to play with, then shut the doors and engaged the child safety locks, he said. She got back in his truck and they had sex in the back seat, finishing up around 6:10 p.m. “When they finished they both got dressed and got out of his truck,” the affidavit said. “Colten said he smoked a cigarette while she went around his vehicle to urinate. Colten said when she finished she said she had to get going because she needed to pick up a prescription. Colten said they hugged and Heather got back into her vehicle, guessing it was around 6:20 p.m. at this point.” The affidavit continues, “I asked if between 5:45 p.m. and 6:20 p.m., Heather ever left his vehicle to check on the boys. Colten said no.” Heather Jensen phoned 911 at 6:29 p.m. “If one considers when Heather went to check on the children (5:40 p.m.), then the children were left alone and unattended in her running vehicle for 40 minutes,” the affidavit said. That’s about 65 minutes in the 4Runner from the time Jensen started the engine.

Asked to lie

Childers was interviewed three times in the investigation. “It is important to note that Colten’s last account of events of what happened Nov. 27 is the most reliable and is corroborated by the investigation,” the affidavit said. “His accounts of events is very different than what Heather had reported to us during all her contacts with MCSO.” Childers eventually told investigators Jensen had asked him to lie to police, that she “wanted him to leave when authorities

showed up” on the night of Nov. 27. “I asked if he thought that was odd considering everything that was happening at the time. Colten agreed it was odd she would be thinking about that when her kids were in distress,” the affidavit said. William, 2, and Tyler, 4, died from hyperthermia, a condition when body temperature rises to dangerous levels, the Mesa County Coroner’s Office said last week. Forensic pathologist Dr. Robert Kurtzman ruled the deaths accidental. Kurtzman said the circumstances — pediatric death by overheating inside a vehicle during the wintertime — are extremely rare with just six reported cases in the United States since 1998, including the Jensen deaths.

Temperature rises

Kurtzman wrote this in his autopsy report, while ruling the deaths accidental: “Despite the likely unrecognized risk of hyperthermia in this case, the deliberate and reckless act of leaving the decedent brother in an unattended running motor vehicle constitutes neglect and is the sole cause directly responsible for the death(s)...” Kurtzman concluded, according to the affidavit. “Despite neglect being the direct participating factor for the death(s) .... deliberate intent to kill cannot be established with certainty.” In tests run by Sheriff’s Department investigators on Heather Jensen’s SUV with the heater fan on various speeds, temperatures inside the running vehicle hit potentially deadly levels within a half-hour. Temperatures rose from 48 to 52 degrees at the start to 114 and 123 degrees in a half-hour, the affidavit said. In one hour to 90 minutes, they reached anywhere from 127 to 145 degrees.

Changing stories

Heather Jensen gave several stories to investigators on the night of Nov. 27, but eventually described “an affair” with Childers and her making arrangements to meet and let her boys play in the snow. While Jensen told investigators the kids did play in the snow — at one point she said she’d removed their jackets because they were wet — Childers said the boys never left their mother’s 4Runner.

“When they first arrived, Heather gave Colten a hug and said to him, ‘You have never met my babies have you?’ ” the affidavit said, adding Jensen opened the passenger door and Childers observed both boys sleeping. Heather Jensen declined all subsequent interview requests with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department. Another man, Peter SteinGillette, 24, told investigators he was dating Jensen while her husband, Eric, was still alive and said he’d started living with her two days after Eric’s death Oct. 10 in a traffic accident in Garfield County. He said he was ready to break up with her “because she kept lying,” while changing her stories about Nov. 27. “Peter also wanted me to know that Heather had disclosed to him that she had been smoking ‘weed’ while on the Mesa with Colten,” the affidavit said. Around 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 27 — around the time of the known 911 phone call from Jensen — Stein-Gillette said Jensen texted him saying, “they were having fun and still up in the Mesa.” “These times change somewhat during subsequent contacts with Peter,” an investigator wrote in the affidavit.

➤ Continued from Page One tration’s assault on the Bill of Rights by fiat.” Tim Leon, safety and transportation director for School District 51, said he welcomed federal interest in school safety, but noted that already much is being done. He and law enforcement officials determine what things worked and what didn’t after events such as the recent shootings as they try to find the best practices and evaluate existing procedures, Leon said. Grand Valley resident Linn Armstrong, a Second Amendment supporter and firearmssafety instructor, said he was unimpressed with the idea of armed officers at schools, noting with sarcasm that “The TSA is such a model of efficiency.” Armstrong is an advocate of having armed parents and willing teachers and said he questioned whether a national approach to school safety measures would be effective and take into account local differences. U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., said he planned to review

Obama’s proposals. but said he was concerned that “a slew of executive orders” could infringe on the Second Amendment and overstep the bounds of executive authority. “Proper enforcement” of firearms sales and background checks are important, Tipton said, as are policies to “ensure that those who suffer from mental illness receive proper care and are never in a position to commit violent acts.” Both of Colorado’s senators, Michael Bennet and Mark Udall, have said they would support bans on weapons designed for the battlefield and limitations on magazine capacities. Bennet last week questioned whether armed guards in schools would be appropriate. Both senators also noted the need for additional emphasis on the mental-health aspects of violent outbursts. Mental health issues are ripe for study, Dr. Robert Sammons, a Grand Junction psychiatrist whose practice includes forensic psychiatry, said. “The real problem isn’t men-

tal-health treatment,” Sammons said. “The problem is mental-health law.” Current law falls short in even the most extreme cases, Sammons said. “If you brought those kids to me, the Columbine kids, those mass murderers, and he says, ‘I feel like killing people,’ but he doesn’t say anyone specifically, my hands are tied,” Sammons said. Current law needs to be changed to give psychiatrists greater ability to respond to suggestions that a patient is prone to violent outbursts, such as appear to be the cases with suspect in the Aurora shootings, James Holmes. One common thread in recent violent outbursts is isolation of the shooter, Raggio said, noting that people can be trained to recognize and deal with symptoms of mental illness. Colorado West Mental Health will offer a class in mental health First-Aid Feb. 19 to 21 in Grand Junction, Raggio said. People can register for the class at or (970) 683-7710.

CHASED: Pursuit started near 32, B 1/2 roads ➤ Continued from Page One 3214 Mesa Ave., said Heather Benjamin, Mesa County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman. Deputies located the vehicle at 2:51 p.m. near B 1/2 and 32 roads. Godward, the driver, fled from deputies in the car and a threeminute pursuit ensued, Benjamin said. During the pursuit,

deputies reported that Godward assaulted his female passenger, Benjamin said. The chase stopped at 29 3/4 and B 1/2 roads and Godward continued assaulting the woman, Benjamin said. The woman tried repeatedly to get out of the car and Godward pulled her back in, until she finally was able to get out and run down a

nearby driveway, Benjamin said. At that point, to keep Godward from driving away, a deputy drove a patrol SUV into Godward’s car at a low rate of speed, Benjamin said. The female victim was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries, Benjamin said, and Godward was booked into the Mesa County Jail.

DHS involvement

The affidavit said William and Tyler Jensen were already known to the Mesa County Department of Human Services’ division of child welfare before Nov. 27. According to the affidavit, a neighbor of Jensen’s called Jan. 25, 2011, to report Heather Jensen smoking marijuana in front of her children. It allegedly occurred a full month before the report was made by the neighbor. “DHS noted (reporting source) might be retaliating against Heather as (reporting source) had made another referral on a different family with the same information,” the affidavit said. A second report, dated Aug. 2, was from a counselor concerned because “Heather had reported Tyler was sleeping at a neighbor’s house and someone heard an 11-year-old was asking Tyler to kiss something and Tyler said no, he didn’t want to,” the affidavit said. The Palisade Police Department opened an investigation but closed the matter in six days as “non-criminal,” the affidavit said.



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Mom flunked 3 drug tests, records show By PAUL SHOCKLEY

In alleged violations of the terms of her probation, Heather Jensen failed three court-ordered drug tests in the months before the Nov. 27 incident on Grand Mesa that led to the deaths of her young sons, according to records

obtained by The Daily Sentinel. Steps to revoke Jensen’s deferred judgment — potentially jailing her for an unknown period of time — started in December and resulted in a court filing earlier this month. “Ms. Jensen has produced urinalysis tests which tested positive for THC on the following dates: March 21, 2012,

October 8, 2012, and October 26, 2012,” reads a summons and complaint filed by Mesa County Criminal Justice Services caseworkers, signed on Dec. 31. THC is the primary intoxicant in marijuana. The complaint said Jensen must appear in Mesa County court today, Jan. 18, to “show cause” why her deferred

judgment shouldn’t be revoked. “She did not report to produce a (urine) sample in the month of November 2012,” a caseworker wrote in the complaint. “On December 13, Ms. Jensen produced another urinalysis which tested positive for THC.” The complaint was filed at the Mesa County Justice Center on Jan. 3.

Teaching American history District 51 board member suggests change in textbooks

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Armstrong fesses up finally on ‘major flaw’ By JIM LITKE AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO — He did it. He finally admitted it. Lance Armstrong doped. He was light on the details and didn’t name names. He mused that he might not have been caught if not for his comeback in 2009. And he was certain his “fate was sealed” when longtime friend, training partner and trusted lieutenant George Hincapie, who was along for the ride on all seven of Armstrong’s Tour de France wins, was forced to give him up to anti-doping authorities. But right from the start and more than two dozen times during the first of a two-part interview Thursday night with Oprah Winfrey, the disgraced former cycling champion acknowledged what he had lied about repeatedly for years, and what


District 51 School Board member Jeff Leany hopes to introduce texts into local schools that fill what he sees as a need for more instruction on the U.S. Constitution and early American leaders. Some local parents, though, are questioning the political message in at least one of those books. Leany said he scoured civics books used in the school district, local online K-12 programs and Caprock Academy and was “not too pleased” with the district’s books. A District 51 curriculum specialist in social studies and science will update all board members at Tuesday’s school board meeting on what texts are used to teach U.S. history, government and the Constitution in the district and explain when and how the subjects are taught. Leany said he wants that curriculum to change. “I think we spend way too much time learning what doesn’t make our country great,” Leany said. “I’ve been seeing what’s out there and looking for better alternatives.” So far, Leany’s reading list has included “The 5000 Year Leap” by W. Cleon Skousen, “Seven Miracles That Saved America” by Chris Stewart and Ted Stewart, “The Real George Washington” by Jay A. Parry, “1776” by David McCullough, “What Would The Founding Fathers Think?” by David Bowman, and “Our Constitution Rocks” by 14-year-old Juliette Turner. He bought copies of the books for himself and for other board members in hopes of persuading them to consider adopting some or all of the titles into District 51 curriculum. Although he would like to see that adoption happen right away, Leany acknowledged he hasn’t gotten much response from fellow board members yet. Board President Greg Mikolai said Friday he hasn’t yet had a chance to read the books. Any hope for adoption would depend on if the books meet state curriculum standards, he said. Board Vice President Leslie Kiesler said she has not had a chance to read the books either and said the board has not discussed the texts as a group. Board member Ann Tisue said she’s in the same boat of not having a chance

Aside from the drugs, the filing suggests Jensen had trouble showing up to meetings with county officials. Caseworkers wrote in the filing she missed three scheduled check-ins since March 21, 2012.


hese are the covers of five books that School District 51 board member Jeff Leany is recommending the district adopt for its civic studies curriculum. Some members of a local parent group, Save Our Students, JEFF LEANY say they are “I’m just trying to shocked by teach kids what the content made us great of one book and appreciate in particular, how awesome our “What Would country is.” Our Founding Fathers Think?” and believe it is inappropriate and focuses more on political issues than facts about the U.S. Constitution.

See ARMSTRONG, page 6A ➤

Utah firm plans oil-shale operations this summer By GARY HARMON

Militant militia leader Moktar Belmoktar is al-Qaida’s strongman in the Sahara Desert and gave the orders for Wednesday’s surprise attack on an Ain Amenas gas plant in Algeria. Seven Americans reportedly were among the 41 hostages taken.

Some hostages die in attack bling to find out the fates of citizens trapped inside. Hours after the raid, there was still no official word on the number of hostages who were freed, killed or still held captive.

A Utah company plans to begin commercial-scale production of oil shale this summer in the Uintah Basin on state lands. Red Leaf Resources Inc. plans to dig up shale, place it into a clay-lined pit and heat it to release kerogen, a petroleum-like substance that can be refined for use as a transportation fuel. The work that will begin this year will be the first toward a goal of continuous production of up to the equivalent of 10,000 barrels of oil per day in 2015, Red Leaf CEO Adolph Lechtenberger said in a statement. Red Leaf in November tapped Lechtenberger, a chemical engineer with a background in management in the energy industry, to head up the company’s efforts to begin commercial production. Red Leaf will begin construction of the first of the cells it will use in its proprietary process, called Ecoshale In-Capsule technology, to boil the rock to release kerogen. “It’s a careful and deliberate process” to excavate shale to form the capsule, which will be lined top and bottom with bentonite clay, said Jeff Hartley, Red Leaf spokesman. It will take longer to construct the first cell as the company completes testing to make sure heat will flow through the commercial-size cell as it did in research and in a 2009 field test, Hartley said.


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See UTAH, page 6A ➤


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BAMAKO, Mali — Without warning other governments, Algeria mounted an assault Thursday on the heavily armed fighters holding American and other hostages at a remote Sahara gas field facility, freeing captives and killing kidnappers but also leaving some of the hostages dead and foreign leaders scram-



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FLUNKED: She previously was arrested for punching spouse The no-show dates aren’t specified, but they constituted more alleged violations. Jensen, 24, waived extradition during a first court appearance Thursday in Lee County, Fla. She was ordered held without bond, while the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department has said it won’t release information on the timing of Jensen’s return. Jensen was arrested Wednesday leaving her mother’s home in North Fort Myers, Fla., on a Mesa County warrant listing two counts of criminally negligent homicide, two counts of child abuse resulting in death while acting with negligence, and one count of false reporting. The Palisade mother was charged by District Attorney Pete Hautzinger in connection with a Nov. 27 incident on Grand Mesa that led to the deaths of sons, William, 2, and Tyler, 4. The boys died of hyperthermia, or overheating, after they were left in their mother’s running Toyota 4Runner.


Mesa County Criminal Justice Services Director Dennis Berry, who reviewed Jensen’s file, said the handling of the probation appeared consistent with most deferred-sentence clients in Mesa County. “Generally, on the first positive (for pot), we’ll deal with it internally, but a second we won’t,� he said. “This isn’t unusual for the kind of process for folks on a deferred judgment.� Jensen was arrested March 13, 2012, for domestic violence after her husband, Eric, told Palisade police that a fight escalated after he confronted her about hanging out with friends she received medications from. Eric Jensen told officers his wife used Vicodin and Percocet, while she’d punched him during the fight. She pleaded guilty to thirddegree assault and received an 18-month deferred judgment. The agreement with the District Attorney’s Office gave Jensen a chance to erase the conviction if she stayed out of trouble, while complying with a host of terms and conditions. Berry said the first positive drug test in Jensen’s case March 21 reflects marijuana in her system on the day she was first evaluated by Criminal Justice Services, after her sentencing. She also tested positive for opiates, according to court records. The positive marijuana test on Oct. 8 likely would have led to discussions with Jensen and her treatment provider, among other steps, Berry said. “The test from Oct. 26 we considered to be residual use (leftover THC from Oct. 8 test),� he said. The Dec. 13 test, however, was deemed to reflect “new use,� which Berry said set wheels


in motion for Criminal Justice Services staff to start the process for a possible revocation of probation. Berry said Jensen missed “check-ins� with her case manager, for the third time, on Nov. 30. Despite passage of Amendment 64 and medical marijuana in Colorado, Criminal Justice Services clients are generally prohibited from using any drugs, including marijuana, HEATHER JENSEN among She wrote letter terms and to judge dated conditions of their Dec. 11 probation. There are rare exceptions, Berry said. A boyfriend of Heather Jensen’s told Mesa County sheriff’s investigators that Jensen allegedly admitted using marijuana on the night of Nov. 27 on Grand Mesa, when she allegedly met a man and had sex as her children were overheating in her nearby 4Runner.

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In a hand-written letter addressed to Mesa County Court Judge Bruce Raaum, Jensen asked permission from the judge to leave Colorado, saying she’d “changed in a very good way� after completing courtordered domestic violence counseling. The letter was dated Dec. 11. “I believe it would be a great opportunity for me to start my life over again in Florida, and being surrounded by all my family who loves me to help me get through the losses I’ve had in this past month,� Jensen wrote in the letter. “And I would greatly appreciate it if you will let me move on with my life in Florida.� The terms of Jensen’s deferred judgment said she had to remain in Colorado, absent prior court approval to leave. The sentence runs through September of this year. Jensen apparently left anyway. “The defendant’s request (to leave state) was not referred to the District Attorney’s Office for a response,� Deputy District Attorney Danielle Lewis wrote, objecting to Jensen’s request, despite the fact Jensen had already left Colorado. “The court did not rule on the defendant’s request to leave the jurisdiction, but rather stated that it had reviewed the defendant’s documentation.� “Defendant does not have permission to leave the state,� Raaum wrote in a hand-written ruling. The judge signed his ruling on Jan. 7.

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WASHINGTON — Barack Hussein Obama ceremonially opened his second term Monday with an assertive Inaugural Address that offered a robust articulation of modern liberalism in America, arguing that “preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.” On a day that echoed with refrains from the civil rights era and tributes to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Obama dispensed with the post-partisan appeals of four years ago to lay out a forceful vision of advancing gay rights, showing more tolerance toward illegal immigrants, preserving the social welfare safety net and acting to stop climate change. At times he used his speech, delivered from the West Front of the Capitol, to reprise arguments from the fall campaign, rebutting the notion expressed by conservative opponents that America risks becoming “a nation of takers” and extolling the value of proactive government in society. Instead of declaring the end of “petty grievance,” as he did taking the oath as the 44th president in 2009, he challenged Republicans to step back from their staunch opposition to his agenda. “Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-old debates about the role of government for all time — but it does require us to act in our time,” he said in the 18-minute address. “For now decisions are upon us, and,


President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Malia and Sasha Obama and Michelle Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, walk to the presidential reviewing stand Monday in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. Thousands marched during the 57th Presidential Inauguration parade after the ceremonial See LIBERAL, page 10A ➤ swearing-in.

Robert Toney isn’t exactly keen on the process that culminated Monday with the inauguration of President Barack Obama, but he liked the result. Toney, 16, a student at Clifton Christian Community School, attended the inauguration with classmates, witnessing the event from a distance in front of the Capitol. “I kind of avoid politics,” Toney said in a telephone interview. The ceremony, however, “was beautiful. It’s something I can remember for the rest of my life. I can say I was there, not just that I watched it on TV. I was actually there.” Toney and his classmates got up about 4:30 a.m. Monday and grabbed breakfast before boarding a bus from Virginia into Washington, D.C., to view the inauguration. For Cindy Lee, 14, the inauguration offered a glimpse at a possible future. “I always had the aspiration to be the first female president,” Lee said, noting that the sight of Obama being sworn in was a reminder that there is still the challenge of getting a woman into the White House. Colin Jackson, 14, said the president’s reference to how his tenure would be viewed in 400 years struck a chord. His family has been struggling, and he’s seen his 18-yearold brother work to find a job,

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beginning of the The towering transformation steel mill stacks of Pueblo, this and their bilconvergence. lowing clouds “I thought of smoke were Pueblo was symbols of a Shangri-la. It unique prosperwas a period of ity, one in which The Daily Sentinel continues a prosperity for all the smelter was multi-part I-News series “Losing these guys that a melting pot in Ground.” This is the third of a worked in the more ways than mill.” one. four-part series. Longer versions CF&I churned When the city’s of stories, along with interactive 24/7, with worksoldiers, sailors graphics, are available at ers from each of and Marines the three shifts returned from piling into Gus’s World War II, or another neighborhood bar they all expected a fair shake for a shot and a beer before from Pueblo’s major employer. heading home. Soon, the mill’s segregated High wages and generous showers for whites and Latinos overtime led to Latino families disappeared. buying homes, sometimes even “So in 1945, things began to change even in the mill, CF&I,” Aguilera said. “(Latinos) began See JOBS, page 10A ➤ to get good jobs. This was the



One man is dead after a single-vehicle snowmobiling accident Monday on Grand Mesa. The 31-year-old Illinois man, who was not identified Monday pending family notification of his death, was with a large group of snowmobilers when the accident occurred in the Electric Mountain area north of Paonia, according to Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee. The accident was reported to 911 at 11:30 a.m., and St. Mary’s CareFlight was called to take the man to St. Mary’s. He was taken to Delta County Memorial Hospital instead after CareFlight workers arrived and determined the man was dead. McKee said he did not know immediately how the accident happened or how the man was injured. He said deputies were investigating the incident Monday afternoon.

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In the 1960s, the giant CF&I steel plant on the southern end of Pueblo was the economic driving engine and racial equalizer for Colorado’s southernmost major city. Former Pueblo City Council President Ray Aguilera, in his early 20s during the mill’s last heyday as a large-scale employer, recalls wives dropping their husbands — Latinos, Italians Slovenians — at the tunnel entrance leading under the roadway to the 7,000 lucrative jobs on the other side. The work often did not require college degrees or even high school diplomas. “Why would anybody want to go to college when you can go out to the mill and make (today’s equivalent of) $60,000, $70,000 a year?” Aguilera said.


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Heather Jensen’s arrest and revelations about how her children died were “like reopening a wound,” Jensen’s older sister said. “The circumstances surrounding (William and Tyler Jensen’s) deaths have just made me realize that I do not even know my own sister,” said Tanya Scott, 37, a resident of Tampa, Fla. “I thought that the grief of losing her husband may have been the cause of much of this, but to learn that her boyfriend moved in two days after Eric’s death blew me away, and to find out she was also cheating on her new boyfriend is just beyond my grasp.” She added, “This is not the Heather I knew ... she was always a little immature but not to this extent.” Scott and Heather Jensen’s father, William Hayes Holesapple, 59, was killed in

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JOBS: Fewer blacks, Latinos in federal work LIBERAL: 1st use of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;gayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in inaugural address â&#x17E;¤ Continued from Page One cabins and boats for family vacations, said former state Sen. Abel Tapia, a Pueblo native. One in five Pueblo workers held manufacturing jobs in 1970, according to Census data. Two-thirds of Pueblo Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Latino households owned their own homes in 1970, according to an I-News analysis of six decades of U.S. Census data. Latino families, on average, earned more than 80 percent of the countywide average that same year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a life to go for,â&#x20AC;? Tapia said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then all of a sudden, it kind of went away.â&#x20AC;?


By 1982, manufacturing operations in Pueblo and across the United States were hit by stiff international competition that led to drastic cutbacks and factory closures. CF&I went from 13,000 jobs statewide, including all of its subsidiaries, to eventually 1,300 at its bottom in the 1990s. Pueblo certainly wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only steel town in the U.S. to be rocked by change. But when the Colorado Fuel and Iron plant drastically downsized, Pueblo became emblematic in Colorado of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy pivoting away from heavy manufacturing. For a large segment of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minority population, it was as if the pathway to the middle class had disappeared.

An I-News analysis of Census Data from 1960â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2010 tracked important measures of social progress â&#x20AC;&#x201D; family income, poverty rates, high school and college graduation, and home ownership â&#x20AC;&#x201D; among Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whites, blacks and Latinos. The study found widening disparities in more recent decades. Progress made by minorities in the 1960s and 1970s faded in most every measure. One reason why: The stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic landscape shifted precipitously away from good paying bluecollar jobs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was terrible,â&#x20AC;? Aguilera said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The thought of losing all those jobs and closing this plant was absolutely a nightmare, the way the community felt.â&#x20AC;? I-News found that manufacturing jobs in Colorado fell from 14 percent of all jobs in the state in 1970 to 7.5 percent of all jobs in 2010. The Gates Rubber Co., which employed 5,500 workers in the 1950s and 1960s, closed its Denver manufacturing facility in 1991. Samsonite, the luggage manufacturer, had 4,000 workers at its peak in the 1960s and 1970s at its Montbello facility. When it closed in 2001, it was down to 340 employees. IBM changed from a manufacturing operation in Boulder County to a white-collar data center. Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s changing employment profile saw a rise in retail,

tourism and health care jobs as the number of manufacturing jobs fell. CF&I, Gates and Samsonite have been replaced by companies such as Lockheed Martin, Western Union and Level 3. The changing economic and political environment also took its toll on federal government jobs, another major source of employment for minority workers during the civil rights era in part as a result of affirmative action policies. Those jobs have also dwindled in scope over four decades. Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb said all presidential administrations since Reagan have emphasized shrinking the size of the federal government. With the shrinking came less focus on affirmative action, Webb said. Colorado has one of the largest federal workforces among the states. In total federal payroll, it ranks No. 8. Yet, federal jobs fell from 5.8 percent in the state to 3.2 percent between 1970 and 2010. In 1970, one in four black workers either was employed in manufacturing or by the federal government. By 2010, that had dropped to one in eight. Among Latino workers, more than one in three held manufacturing or federal government jobs in 1970. That had fallen to fewer than one in four by 2010.

BEYOND: Mom may not have realized danger â&#x17E;¤ Continued from Page One January 2010 in what a Florida police investigation ruled a bizarre accident. Scott said her last conversation with her sister was shortly after the death of Heatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s husband, Eric, 26, who was killed in a traffic accident Oct. 10 in Garfield County. The family has remained estranged. Heatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother, Sherry Holesapple, made threats to take out a restraining order against Scott stemming from a dispute on payout of William Holesappleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life insurance policy, Scott claims. Scott said she hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard anything from Heather Jensen

since she left Mesa County for her motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home in North Fort Myers, Fla. Heather Jensen, 24, was arrested there Wednesday on a Mesa County warrant for suspicion of two counts criminally negligent homicide, two counts of child abuse resulting in death with negligence, and one count of false reporting. An arrest warrant affidavit alleges she was having sex with a man in his truck Nov. 27 on Grand Mesa while her sons, William, 2, and Tyler, 4, were overheating in her nearby Toyota 4Runner. Scott believes her sister didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand the danger sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d created.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from Florida ... we never have to use our heat out here,â&#x20AC;? she said. Records reviewed by The Daily Sentinel showed Jensen left the state in violation of the terms of her probation relating to a domestic violence arrest. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d flunked three court-ordered drug tests for marijuana and opiates in the months leading up to the Nov. 27 incident and failed to show up for meetings with her caseworker at least twice before her sonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; deaths. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to live with the choices that she made and the outcome of those choices for the rest of her life,â&#x20AC;? Scott said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel sorry for her.â&#x20AC;?



â&#x17E;¤ Continued from Page One we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle or substitute spectacle for politics or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. We must act.â&#x20AC;? Obama used Abraham Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible, as he did four years ago, but this time added Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible as well to mark the holiday honoring the civil rights leader. He became the first president ever to mention the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;gayâ&#x20AC;? in an Inaugural Address as he equated the drive for same-sex marriage to the quests for racial and gender equality. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered on a brisk but bright day, a huge crowd by any measure, though far less than the record turnout four years ago. If the day felt restrained compared with the historic mood the last time, it reflected a more restrained moment in the life of the country. The hopes and expectations that loomed so large with Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taking the office in 2009, even amid economic crisis, have long since faded into a starker sense of the limits of his presidency. Now 51 and noticeably grayer, Obama appeared alternately upbeat and reflective. When he re-entered the Capitol at the conclusion of the ceremony, he suddenly stopped his entourage to turn back toward the cheering crowds gathered on the National Mall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to take a look one more time,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to see this again.â&#x20AC;? If the president was wistful, he was firm in his message. He largely eschewed foreign policy except to recommend engagement over war, and instead focused on addressing poverty and injustice at home. He did little to adopt the language of the opposition, as he has done at moments in the past, and instead directly confronted conservative philosophy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The commitments we make to each other â&#x20AC;&#x201D; through Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security â&#x20AC;&#x201D; these things do not


President Barack Obama dances with first lady Michelle Obama during the Inaugural Ball on Monday evening at the Washington convention center during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. sap our initiative; they strengthen us,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.â&#x20AC;? The phrase â&#x20AC;&#x153;nation of takersâ&#x20AC;? was a direct rebuke to Republicans like Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vice presidential nominee, and several opposition lawmakers took umbrage at the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would have liked to see a little more on outreach and working together,â&#x20AC;? said Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the Republican who lost to Obama four years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was not, as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen in other inaugural speeches, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I want to work with my colleagues.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;? Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, a member of the Republican leadership, said that from the opening prayer to the closing benediction, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was apparent our countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in chaos and what our great president has brought us is upheaval.â&#x20AC;? He added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re now managing Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s demise, not Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great fu-

ture.â&#x20AC;? Obama struck a more conciliatory note during a toast during lunch with congressional leaders in Statuary Hall after the ceremony. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Regardless of our political persuasions and perspectives, I know that all of us serve because we believe that we can make America for future generations,â&#x20AC;? he said. Obama was more specific in discussing policy than presidents typically are in an Inaugural Address. Particularly noticeable was his recommitment to fighting climate change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,â&#x20AC;? he said. He made no direct mention of terrorism, the issue that has so consumed the nation for the last decade, but offered a more inward-looking approach to foreign policy, saying that â&#x20AC;&#x153;enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.â&#x20AC;?

STUDENTS: Equal rights message resonated â&#x17E;¤ Continued from Page One Jackson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I become old enough, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like it to be easier,â&#x20AC;? Jackson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to support myself.â&#x20AC;? As to whether the president shares that value, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess time will tell,â&#x20AC;? Jackson said. Coming from a diverse family, Glenwood Springs High School junior Lars Kuhlmann-Courtwright cherished hearing in person President Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s message of diversity. Kuhlmann-Courtwright was one of six Glenwood High students who joined teacher Mike Schneiter in attending the ceremony. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) inaugural address, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m definitely going to remember that; it was really cool,â&#x20AC;? Kuhlmann-Courtwright said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think really the part that

really got me, he was basically telling us that all people are equal regardless of gender or race or income,â&#x20AC;? he said. Kuhlmann-Courtwright said his family includes gays and a stepgrandfather who was one of the first African-Americans to serve in the Navy, having fought in World War II, so he appreciated Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s message that race and gender donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I suppose that to me itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really important because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge part of my family,â&#x20AC;? he said. That message further resonated with Monday being Martin Luther King Day, and this year being the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington by King and other civil rights activists, and the 150th anniversary of President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Emancipation Proclamation, he said. Schneiter teaches courses including Fundamentals of American Democracy at Glenwood High.

Schneiter said being part of an energetic, emotional, flagwaving crowd made it worth it, just like going to a football game in person even though it might be easier to watch on TV at home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being in the stadium with all that energy, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to beat, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of like what it was likeâ&#x20AC;? Monday, he said. The students werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only western Colorado residents at the inauguration. Pete Kolbenschlag of Paonia, who runs an environmental consulting business, said he was pleased to hear Obama â&#x20AC;&#x153;lay out a more ambitious agenda for his second term on some issues Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sorry he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mention four years ago,â&#x20AC;? including climate change, gay marriage and immigration reform. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All three are big courageous things because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all very contentious,â&#x20AC;? Kolbenschlag said.







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Gun-law fight begins at Capitol BY CHARLES ASHBY

DENVER — Democrats revealed their long-awaited plan to address gun violence Tuesday, and Republicans and gunrights advocates were decidedly unhappy about their ideas. Not only do their measures call for universal background checks on the sale of all weapons and limits on high-capacity magazines, but it also included

Democrats draw Republican ire over plan; it includes owner liability a unique idea to place ultimate liability on anyone who owns an assault-style weapon if anything bad happens with them. Senate President John Morse, who hopes to introduce that last measure soon, says it’s not a ban on assault weapons and would not lead to registrations of gun owners.

Morse said the intent is that people who want to own such weapons will go far beyond normal in taking precautions in how and where they store such weapons. The Colorado Springs Democrat said the issue is akin to

“Is this all just about emotion? Hell yes. I’m not sure the guns are the issue. It’s the mental health of the person who walks into those situations, so what can we be pro-active about to prevent that?” STATE SEN. STEVE KING R-Grand Junction

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$58,000 price eyed against monthly car reimbursement By AMY HAMILTON

Seeks gag order in case of dead boys’ mother

Grand Junction city councilors are expected to decide at their meeting tonight whether to spend nearly $58,000 to purchase two sport utility vehicles for the city’s police chief and fire chief. Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper and Grand Junction Fire Chief Ken Watkins currently each receive $350 a month as reimbursement for using their personal vehicles. If councilors approve the vehicle purchases, the monthly stipend would go away. Part of the rationale for buying the vehicles includes being better able to respond to incidents in an official capacity, the chiefs said. Watkins admitted he doesn’t often respond to fire calls, but that would change, especially for large or complex emergen-


Prosecutors, police and other agencies should be subject to a gag order because of media coverage in the case of a Palisade mother accused in the deaths of her young sons, her attorney wrote in a court filing. “In general, there is a large group of people in the community with ‘lynch mob’ mentality about the defendant and HEATHER JENSEN this case,” Arraignment set attorney for Thursday in Ed Nugent wrote in deaths of 2 sons a motion, which seeks

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Grand Junction Fire Chief Ken Watkins and Police Chief John Camper say having city vehicles assigned to them would help them better respond to emergencies and direct personnel. Each receives $350 monthly reimbursement for use of personal vehicles. Above, city vehicles are parked at the See VEHICLES, page 11A ➤ Grand Junction Public Safety Center.

Uneven snowpack means universal drought concern By GARY HARMON

An uneven water supply picture has the managers of the three big Grand Valley domestic water suppliers looking anxiously to the peaks in search of new snow, to weather forecasts for hope, and to each other for help. The bright spot — and one that could fade quickly in the late winter sun — is the snowpack covering the Grand Junction city water supply, which began February at 98 percent of

normal. The farther east, however, the lighter the snowpack. Ute Water Conservancy District’s winter storehouse of snow is 75 percent of normal and the Upper Colorado River Basin overall is 77 percent of normal. The latter total is of greatest import to customers of Clifton Water District, which gets its water from the Colorado River. The top managers of the three agencies are meeting regularly to prepare for the possibility that a dry winter and spring will force them to take

extraordinary measures as the days grow longer and the Colorado River shrinks. The specter of another disaster, such as the Pine Ridge Fire last year on the north side of the Bookcliffs, could require measures such as water rates designed to punish high water use, and prohibitions on the outdoor use of domestic water, such as for lawn watering. “We all might be one natural event from having to go to the other entities” for help with water, Clifton Water General Manager Dale Tooker said.

The three systems all are interconnected, largely as a response to the 1977 drought, but each agency forecasts its water use separately, meaning one would have to use its reserves to help out another provider. That would put unanticipated strains on the water delivery system. The three agencies cover one another “on a handshake,” said Greg Trainor, Grand Junction utility and street systems director. “There are no formal agreements.” Another strain could arise if low river flows make it impos-

sible for ditch companies, which serve agricultural interests, to draw water from the Colorado. In those circumstances, residents of subdivisions that use ditch water for their lawn watering, garden-tending and other outdoor uses will invariably start using domestic water for those activities. “Until they get their bills,” Ute Water General Manager Larry Clever said. One bright note for Colorado River water users is that the

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Visitation today for boys Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at Palisade Funeral Home for William and Tyler Jensen, according to a death notice provided to The Daily Sentinel. Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at Palisade Christian Church, followed by burial at Palisade Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Tyler and William Jensen Fund in care of any U.S. Bank branch.

Business-labor alliance sees reasons to push immigration reform As the House Judiciary Committee opened hearings Tuesday, the chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., right, asked about options for illegal immigrants “between the extremes of mass deportation and a pathway to citizenship.” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, far right, appeared to change his stance Tuesday when he embraced opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for children who were brought into the country illegally. HOME PAGE OF WESTERN COLORADO

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while also launching high-stakes negotiations to overcome an issue that has split them before — creating a guest-worker program to ensure future immigrants come to the U.S. legally. The broad agreement on a need for immigration changes and a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants already here is driven largely by self-interest. Both business and labor see an overhaul of the nation’s broken immigration system as a way to boost economic competitiveness with other nations while increasing the ranks of workers and union members. For President Barack Obama, a

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partnership between factions that have often been at odds — both with each other and with the White House — allows him to turn up pressure on Congress and try to isolate congressional Republicans who oppose parts of an immigration overhaul. Obama held separate private meetings at the White House on Tuesday with labor leaders and top business executives. “This is all very encouraging to have labor and business come together to explore what could be some common ground,” said Janet Murguia, president of the National Coun-

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â&#x17E;¤ Continued from Page One how states regulate dynamite. By law, there are strict laws governing who has access to it, and heavy liability issues for those who let it fall into the wrong hands, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So making these militarystyle assault weapons available for retail sales involves huge risks to the public. Make sure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve accounted for 100 percent of that risk,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These guns are poison on our streets. They have no place on our streets or in our forests. If you think you have a Second Amendment right to have that gun, all Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m saying is with rights come responsibility.â&#x20AC;? Republicans, however, said the idea amounts to a ban on the weapons regardless of how Morse characterizes it.

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Under his idea, if an assault weapon is used in the commission of a crime, whoever was its last owner could be held financially liable for all damages caused during commission of that crime, including mass murders such as last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shootings at an Aurora theater and a school in Connecticut. That liability would apply even if an assault rifle were stolen. As a result, it will become a de-facto ban on the weapons because no one will want to take that risk, said Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re afraid to sell these weapons because you might be held liable for something that happens 10, 15 years from now, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just not going to sell them,â&#x20AC;? Brophy said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the equivalent of holding Coors, the

distributor and the 7-11 from which the 12-pack was stolen responsible for the drunk-driving accident. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe how extreme that is.â&#x20AC;? The Democrats had the Republicansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; collective backs up even before the bills were unveiled. Knowing that Democrats had scheduled a morning press conference to discuss their measures, the Republicans attempted to filibuster the Colorado House. That attempt drew laughs and anger. Some said they thought it was inane that the GOP was trying to filibuster a press event, while others said they were angry at the vehicle Republicans were using to delay floor action. The House was discussing a resolution honoring the 150year anniversary of President Abraham Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Rep. Jovan Melton, D-Aurora, repeatedly shouted that his ancestors were freed because of the proclamation, prompting former House Speaker Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, to tell him angrily to calm down. The GOP ended up delaying the press conference by less than 10 minutes.

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Republicans also are worried that the assault-rifle measure and another bill in the package ultimately will lead to registration of gun owners. That measure is universal background checks on all gun sales, including private ones. Opponents say thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way either measure could be successful without tracking who

owns all weapons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It absolutely is registration because it expands the Brady Act,â&#x20AC;? said Dudley Brown, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Association, who promised to mount a grassroots effort to fight the bills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The (background check) data goes through the CBI and then the FBI. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think that data is kept, I have some swamp land I want to sell you.â&#x20AC;? Other measures in the package include a requirement to have in-person firearm training before qualifying for a concealed-carry license, requiring all gun buyers to pay for the background checks, limiting magazines to 10 rounds, banning those convicted of domestic violence crimes from owning firearms, and a requirement that mental health professionals notify the Colorado Bureau of Investigation of patients who pose serious threats to others for the purpose of preventing them from obtaining a weapon. Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, said he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care for any of the measures, and questions why more of them donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t focus on the mental health aspect of gun violence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is this all just about emotion? Hell yes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all emotional right now,â&#x20AC;? King said of the measures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of people really scared. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re scared for their kids, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re scared for their Second Amendment rights. The knee-jerk reaction is, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We need to fix this right this minute.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure the guns are the issue. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the mental health of the person who walks into those situations, so what can we be pro-active about to prevent that?â&#x20AC;?

JENSEN: Release of information jeopardizes womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to fair trial, lawyer says â&#x17E;¤ Continued from Page One a gag order during the upcoming prosecution of 24-year-old Heather Lynn Jensen. Nugentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motion asks Mesa County District Judge Valerie Robison to order silence, consistent with Colorado attorney rules of professional conduct, on all sides in the case with the exception of â&#x20AC;&#x153;comments regarding the date and time of future court dates and the general nature of such court appearance.â&#x20AC;? The District Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office has yet to respond in writing. District Attorney Pete Hautzinger declined comment on Tuesday. In the filing, Nugent notes media have reported on Jensenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;alleged sexual behaviorâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;alleged drug use.â&#x20AC;? Coverage has also mentioned the October 2012 death of Jensenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s husband, Eric, in a traffic accident in Garfield County. Eric Jensenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death â&#x20AC;&#x153;is immaterial and irrelevantâ&#x20AC;? to Heather Jensenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case, Nugent writes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The defendant is concerned that continued release of infor-

mation to the press in this action will substantially prejudice the defendantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to receive a fair trial in this action by a group of impartial jurors,â&#x20AC;? the filing reads. Nugent has lodged objections to requests for expanded media coverage of the case including camera access to courtrooms. In a separate filing, Nugent asked the judge to seal the public court file in the case. Publicly available records â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including but not limited to an arrest warrant affidavit created by law enforcement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; allege Jensen was having sex with a man and smoking marijuana on the night of Nov. 27 on Grand Mesa as her sons, William, 2, and Tyler, 4, were overheating nearby after being left alone in their motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sport-utility vehicle. William died that night and Tyler was removed from life support Dec. 3. Another publicly available document, reported by The Daily Sentinel on Jan. 18 and drafted by Mesa County Criminal Justice Services caseworkers, said Jensen allegedly failed three court-

ordered drug tests in the months prior to the Nov. 27 incident. Jensen allegedly failed a fourth test for marijuana, violating probation terms, on Dec. 13. She also allegedly failed to show up and produce a urine sample in November 2012. Dennis Berry, director of Criminal Justice Services, has said Jensen missed her third â&#x20AC;&#x153;check-inâ&#x20AC;? with a caseworker on Nov. 30, dating back to the start of her county supervision in March 2012. Jensen was under low-level, court-ordered supervision after pleading guilty to domestic violence. She received an 18-month deferred judgment. Paperwork seeking to revoke Jensenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deferred judgment was filed on Jan. 3. Jensen is being held at the Mesa County Jail on $150,000 bond on suspicion of two counts of criminally negligent homicide, two counts of negligent child abuse resulting in death and false reporting. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expected before Robison Thursday for formal filing of charges.

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cil of La Raza, a leading immigration rights groups. Murguia and other immigration activists joined Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting with labor groups. Despite such optimistic public statements, the fragile businesslabor alliance is still in question as the Chamber of Commerce meets with the AFL-CIO and other labor groups privately to hammer out details of how to deal with future immigrants who come to the U.S. to work. The guest worker issue helped scuttle the last attempt at a comprehensive overhaul of immigration law in 2007. If the parties canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reach a deal, senators and their staffs are prepared to write temporary-worker language themselves, said a Senate aide. The Senate negotiating group has included a guest-worker program in its immigration proposals, but Obama has not. That omission has drawn criticism from Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a key negotiator on the Republican side. Republicans view the omission as a cave-in to labor supporters, who see a substantial new guest-worker program as a possible threat to Americans who are seeking jobs. White House officials say the president is open to a guestworker program, so long as it protects workers and responds to workforce demands, not politics. Even if overhaul legislation makes it through the Senate,

trouble lies ahead in the Republican-controlled House. The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said Tuesday the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immigration system is â&#x20AC;&#x153;in desperate need of repairâ&#x20AC;? as he opened an overhaul hearing. But he also said there are many questions about how any large-scale legalization program would work, how much it would cost and how it would prevent illegal immigration in future. The chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, questioned whether another approach besides citizenship might be possible: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are there options we should consider between the extremes of mass deportation and a pathway to citizenship for those not lawfully present in the United States?â&#x20AC;? he asked. By bringing both factions together to support one of the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top second-term priorities, the White House sees an opportunity to pressure Republicans to back the president, and set the GOP up to carry the blame if the current negotiations fail. Underscoring the risk for Republicans, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., on Tuesday embraced â&#x20AC;&#x153;an opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for those who were brought to this country as children and who know no other home.â&#x20AC;? It appeared to be a change for Cantor, who voted against DREAM Act legislation to allow a path to citizenship for certain immigrants brought here as youths.

â&#x17E;¤ Continued from Page One Shoshone generating station is close to calling its full 1,200 cubic feet per second of water down the stream. It hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t demanded its full water right for the last several years, Clever said. The three agencies would prefer to avoid confrontations with unhappy customers and are beginning to fashion ways of urging residents to hold down water use. No half-measures, such as odd-even watering schedules, are likely to be effective because of the difficulty in monitoring them, Clever said. The domestic-water agencies are hoping to work with irrigation-water suppliers to better manage their response to the drought but have yet to drum up enthusiasm, Clever said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can make it,â&#x20AC;? Clever said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If something happened to one of us, we might have to put restrictions on, but we can make it. But if we get three or four of these (drought years,) weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in trouble.â&#x20AC;?

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cies. After a scathing, internal critique of their response of the fire at White Hall, 600 White Ave., fire officials determined they needed to enhance their communication structure. Watkins could lead communications on large-scale calls. Currently, Watkins has a radio to listen in on fire calls, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not always in his vehicle. New vehicles would be equipped with lights and sirens and a radio. Having an officiallooking vehicle would help the chief to more quickly gain access to a scene, pressing beyond what is typically a pileup of vehicles, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The issue has become the practical part of emergency response,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has been fairly difficult to respond to a scene in a personal vehicle. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost impossible to get through and go around other cars. Drivers get upset at you.â&#x20AC;? Watkins said he occasionally uses one of the Fire Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s six other fleet vehicles to attend conferences or attend to other duties, but that takes the vehicle away from other workers. There are 16 people who work in the Fire Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administration department. Three of the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s six fleet vehicles are slated for fire prevention education and outreach.

Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper and Fire Chief Ken Watkins arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only city employees who receive monthly vehicle reimbursements. A look at other top city employees who get them, too: â&#x2013; City Manager Rich Englehart, $460 â&#x2013;  Public Works and Planning Director Tim Moore, $350 â&#x2013;  Utilities, Streets and Facilities Director Greg Trainor, $350 â&#x2013;  City Attorney John Shaver, $350 â&#x2013;  Parks and Recreation Director Rob Schoeber, $350 â&#x2013;  Visitor and Convention Bureau Executive Director Debbie Kovalik, $350 â&#x2013;  Deputy Fire Chief of Administration Jim Bright, $277 â&#x2013;  Fire Department Safety Chief John Hall, $277 â&#x2013;  City spokeswoman Sam Rainguet, $46 Other city employees are reimbursed at the standard Internal Revenue Service rate of about 57 cents per mile.

If approved, the new vehicles would be included as part of the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fleet, but would also be take-home vehicles for the chiefs. Watkins said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more common than not for fire chiefs of area departments to have their own response vehicles. Kent Holsan, fire chief of the Clifton



Fire Protection District, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t one of them, though. Holsan said his board offered years ago to purchase him a response vehicle, but he declined. The board then insisted he place a light bar on his roof, but he removed it after it nearly caused a crash. Holsan, like other Clifton fire employees, is reimbursed for mileage on his personal vehicle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hardly respond to calls anymore, so I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need it,â&#x20AC;? he said. Police Chief John Camper said he responds to crime scenes â&#x20AC;&#x153;fairly frequently,â&#x20AC;? and he would probably respond to more scenes from home if he had an official vehicle. Currently, Camper said, he drives to the Police Department to check out a fleet vehicle to drive to a scene. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not too many law enforcement chiefs that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a car assigned to them,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just makes more sense. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no reason to be paying a car allowance when we could have a vehicle available to the fleet.â&#x20AC;? The lowest bidder for the two Ford Explorer XLT 4-wheeldrive vehicles was Columbine Ford in Rifle, at $57,665, according to city staff. Leasing the vehicles will cost about $700 a month, the amount the chiefs are reimbursed for their personal vehicle use, the city said.










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A man who once owned a reached under the jurisdiction Grand Junction hotel has told of new 9th Judicial District authorities he struck and killed Attorney Sherry Caloia, who his wife with his hand in an ar- narrowly defeated former DA gument in 1997, an action that Martin Beeson in last Novemled to him receiving a 20-year ber’s election. Beeson continues to criticize the deal, as sentence Wednesday. does Garfield Marcus BebbCounty Sheriff Jones, who in Lou Vallario. more recent Prosecutors years became a and Sabrina’s successful gamsiblings and bler in England, parents asked was sentenced Petre to impose by 9th Judicial the 20-year senDistrict Court MARCUS BEBB-JONES tence, as did Judge Daniel Killed his wife in 1997 Bill Middleton, Petre after who has invesapologizing in tigated the case court in Glenfor the sheriff’s office. wood Springs for his actions. “This terrible man ... He took “I didn’t intentionally kill her life, he took our grandson Sabrina, but what I did do was away and our daughter for no wrong and I ask for your forreason,” according to a written giveness,” Marcus Bebb-Jones statement by Sabrina’s father, said during his sentencing Dang Thanh Danh, which was hearing. Bebb-Jones, 49, originally read in court by her youngest had faced a first-degree mur- brother, Mike Dang. Her family der charge, but earlier this year is from Vietnam. Bebb-Jones and his 31-yearpleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the heat of passion. old wife owned the Melrose The charge carries a sentenc- Hotel and had a 3-year-old son, ing range of 10 to 32 years in the Daniel, when she disappeared Department of Corrections, but Sept. 16, 1997. Her skull was the plea deal called for Bebb- found by a rancher in 2004 near Jones to serve no more than 20 Douglas Pass in far western years. He will get credit for 1,261 Garfield County. days he’s already spent in custody. See KILLER, page 8A ➤ The plea agreement was


A plea offer has been made in the case of a Palisade mother accused of causing her young sons’ deaths by overheating last winter. Thea Reiff, a public defender representing Heather Jensen, said the District Attorney’s Office formally extended an HEATHER JENSEN agreement District Attorney her client is has no comment considering, on reported plea but didn’t mention bargain details Wednesday during what was scheduled to be a preliminary hearing before District Judge Valerie Robison. Assistant District Attorney Rich Tuttle later declined to comment on the offer. Jensen, whose 25th birthday last week was spent in custody at the Mesa County Jail, waived her right to go forward with Wednesday’s preliminary hearing.

“I didn’t intentionally kill Sabrina, but what I did do was wrong and I ask for your forgiveness.”


Marcus Bebb-Jones meets with his attorney, Public Defender Matt Morris, during his hearing in the Garfield County Courthouse on Wednesday afternoon. Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Daniel Petre sentenced Bebb-Jones to 20 years in prison after the convicted killer apologized in court in Glenwood Springs earlier in the day for his actions.

Council: No more cash for chamber By AMY HAMILTON

Tensions that have been bubbling up between some current city councilors and the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce erupted Wednesday night as councilors voted to yank the city’s long-standing membership, a $6,000-a-year contribution. Councilor Jim Doody, who introduced the topic during the councilor-comment portion of the meeting, said he believed the chamber had moved from being a group to help economic development to a political entity, with the creation of the Western Colorado Business Alliance. A newly formed arm of the chamber, a 501c4 organization, has a mission of affecting public policy in the interest of business. Councilors Sam Susuras and Tom Kenyon voted against slashing the city’s membership. Susuras followed with a statement that the funding would be reinstated as a first order of business at the next council meeting, when four new members of the council will take their posts. Wednesday night was the last meeting for outgoing members Laura Luke, Tom Kenyon and



Michelle Bulla, left, signs the Rev. Rob Ashton’s record as her legal partner Lynn Worley wipes away tears of joy following their civil union ceremony at the Center for Independence on Wednesday, the first day that same sex unions were allowed in the state of Colorado.

Same-sex couples celebrate first day of legal civil unions By MELINDA MAWDSLEY

Tears streamed down Jerry R. Ditter’s face and formed deep pools of happiness in Nicholas L. Walker’s eyes. For the past 10 years, the men have longed for the day when their partnership would be legal. And that day arrived Wednesday, when the rights of gay and lesbian couples were recognized for the first time in Colorado through civil unions. Ditter, 41, a Colorado Mesa University theater professor, and Walker, 29, a commercial photographer and Sprouts employee, were the first to have a civil union ceremony at the One Colorado party at the Center for Independence Wednesday night. The room was abuzz, and



Five couples obtained the civil union document Wednesday, the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder’s office said. the men exchanged a few inaudible words, but everything about how they felt could be seen in their eyes. “We’ve worn these without a blessing for years,” Ditter said after the ceremony, looking down at either man’s newly shined white gold band. “I feel blessed.” Originally from the Midwest, Ditter and Walker met Christmas Eve 10 years ago. Three days later they were engaged with the hope they

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could one day be a legal couple. On Wednesday, knowing their dreams were about to come true, the men were at the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder’s office at 8:23 a.m. to pick up the necessary paperwork. The office opened at 8 a.m. They were one of five couples to obtain the civil union document Wednesday, the Clerk and Recorder’s office said. Until Ditter and Walker signed the paperwork, they handled it like a newborn child. “I haven’t even folded it,” Ditter said. On Wednesday night, however, they filled out every

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Starving colonists became cannibals, archaeologists show By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Scientists revealed Wednesday that they have found the first solid archaeological evidence that some of the earliest American colonists at Jamestown, Va., survived harsh conditions by turning to cannibalism. For years, there have been tales of people in the first permanent English settlement in America eating dogs, cats, rats, mice, snakes and shoe leather to stave off starvation. There were also written accounts of settlers eating their own dead, but archaeologists had been skeptical of those stories. But now, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and archaeologists from Jamestown are announcing the discovery of the bones of a 14-year-old girl that show clear signs that she was cannibalized. Evidence indicates clumsy chops to the body and head of the girl, who appears to have already been dead at the time. Smithsonian forensic anthropologist Douglas Owsley said the human remains date back to a deadly winter known as the “starving time” in Jamestown from 1609 to 1610. Hundreds died during the period. Scientists have said the settlers likely arrived during the worst drought in 800 years, bringing severe food shortages for the 6,000 people who lived at Jamestown between 1607 and 1625. The historical record is chill-

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Strike marks are seen on the top of the skull of “Jane of Jamestown” during a news conference in Washington. The skull was that of a 14-year-old girl, and shows clear signs that she was cannibalized.

ing. Early Jamestown colony leader George Percy wrote of a “world of miseries,” that included digging up corpses from their graves to eat when there was nothing else. “Nothing was spared to maintain life,” he wrote. In one case, a man killed, “salted,” and began eating his pregnant wife. Both Percy and Capt. John Smith, the colony’s most famous leader, document-

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The plea deal, should Jensen accept it, could be revealed at arraignment on May 30. Jensen was arrested January and is charged with a pair of Class 3 felonies, child abuse resulting in death; two counts of criminally negligent homicide, a Class 5 felony; and one count of false reporting to authorities in connection with the deaths of her sons, William, 2, and Tyler, 4. The boys died as a result of overheating in their mother’s Toyota 4Runner on the night of Nov. 27, 2012, on Grand Mesa. William died that night, while Tyler was removed from life support on Dec. 3. An arrest warrant affidavit alleges Jensen was having sex with a man

and smoking marijuana as her boys were left alone inside their mother’s vehicle. Mesa County forensic pathologist Robert Kurtzman ruled the deaths were accidental. Jensen, while under investigation in her sons’ deaths, left Colorado for Florida in December in violation of the terms of her court-ordered supervision following a third-degree assault conviction in 2012. Records reviewed by The Daily Sentinel showed she’d failed three drug tests for marijuana and opiates in the months leading up to her sons’ deaths. Mesa County Criminal Justice Services moved to revoke Jensen’s probation in a filing on Jan. 3, well after she’d left for Florida. Robert and Diane Mathena, the grandparents of William

and Tyler who battled their former daughter-in-law in a civil action to win burial rights for the boys, said they hadn’t been consulted about the proposed deal in Jensen’s case and didn’t know its terms. “Anything that gives her something like three or four years of probation, and that’s it, is not acceptable,” Robert Mathena said after Wednesday’s hearing. “I’d like to see her do some serious time.” Eric Jensen, 26, Diane’s son and Heather Jensen’s late husband, was killed in an October 2012 traffic accident in Garfield County. “You’re talking about someone with no moral values,” Robert said. “I think she’s a psychopath.” William’s third birthday would have been Friday.

UNIONS: Men cite importance of legal issues ➤ Continued from Page One blank line, getting every needed signature. They borrowed a stranger’s black pen. She let them keep it. May 1 is their new anniversary. It’s the same date Ditter’s parents were married. “She wishes she was here,” Ditter said of his mother. Honestly, the men said, the reason they were so excited for a civil union was more about legal issues and medical decisions that are “so important,” Ditter said.

Several months ago, Walker was injured during technical rehearsals for a local ballet and had to go to St. Mary’s Hospital. When Ditter went to the emergency room, not only was he told Walker wasn’t there, he was told Walker had never been there, Ditter said. Technically, Ditter wasn’t family. “It made us feel like secondclass citizens,” Ditter said. Now? “It’s nice knowing if I died tomorrow the people I care about, the things I care about, the ani-

mals I care about will be provided for,” Ditter said. He and Walker have three dogs, six cats and a bird, with plans to one day adopt. “I used to teach preschool,” Walker said with a smile. While Walker and Ditter reflected on the past 10 years, Grand Junction couple Lynn Worley and Michelle Bulla became the second couple to participate in a civil union ceremony at the center Wednesday night. Ditter and Walker turned to applaud, and the women threw their arms in the air.

STARVING: Cannibalism stories had circulated ➤ Continued from Page One ed the account in their writings. The man was later executed. “One amongst the rest did kill his wife, powdered her, and had eaten part of her before it was known, for which he was executed, as he well deserved,” Smith wrote. “Now whether she was better roasted, boiled or carbonado’d (barbecued), I know not, but of such a dish as powdered wife I never heard of.” Archaeologists at Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg in

Virginia were somewhat skeptical of the stories of cannibalism in the past because there was no solid proof, until now. “Historians have questioned, well did it happen or not happen?” Owsley said. “And this is very convincing evidence that it did.” Owsley has been working with William Kelso, the chief archaeologist at Jamestown, since their first burial discovery in 1996. The remains of the 14-yearold girl, named “Jane” by re-

searchers, were discovered in the summer of 2012 and mark the fourth set of human remains uncovered at Jamestown outside of graves. Her remains were found in a cellar at the site that had been filled with trash, including bones of horses and other animals consumed in desperation, according to archaeologists. The discovery detracts from the happier mythology of John Smith and Pocahontas that many associate with Jamestown.

Bebb-Jones sold the hotel after her death and took Daniel back to his father’s native England, where he enjoyed some success in gambling. That included winning 90,000 pounds in a 2007 tournament, deputy public defender Matt Morriss said in court Wednesday. Neither Bebb-Jones nor attorneys made any specific references during Wednesday’s sentencing hearing about how Sabrina died. However, Caloia said in an interview afterward that he said in a presentence statement “that they had an argument and basically he hit her and she ended up dying.” The statement is part of a presentence investigative report that is not available to the public. In his statement, BebbJones clearly implied that he had struck her with his hand, but didn’t indicate whether he had done so more than once, Caloia said. Although Sabrina’s skull had some abnormalities, the rest of her body never was found and the cause of her death never has been determined. In an interview, Caloia said Bebb-Jones’ attorneys have said he left her body there, and it’s assumed that everything but her skull was carried off by scavenging animals. Assistant District Attorney Scott Turner said during the sentencing that had the case gone to trial, he thinks the defense would have argued that the couple got into some type of argument while returning from Dinosaur National Monument, and that Bebb-Jones then struck her, pushed her or choked her in a fit of rage, “and then in a panic he hid her body and feigned her disappearance to do what (he thought) was right for her son.” He said that appears to be fairly accurate based on what authorities know now. Deputy public defender Tina Fang told Petre that Sabrina died as a result of a split-second “action of rage.” Said Morriss, “He’s taken responsibility. He’s acknowledged that what he did was wrong.” His attorneys asked that Bebb-Jones be sentenced to as little as the minimum 10-year sentence. Daniel Bebb-Jones and Bebb-Jones’ mother, Pamela Weaver, who lives in England, also had written the court asking for as short a sentence as possible. Louise Jew, a reporter with the Express & Star newspaper in England, said Weaver told her after the sentencing that the 20-year sentence was “what we expected.” Jew said Daniel, now 19, told her he and his grandmother were “too upset to talk about it at the moment.” Standing to address Petre in a quiet voice in court Wednesday, Bebb-Jones said after a long pause that he and Sabrina “were doing exactly what we dreamed of doing” and were happy. “And in the blink of an eye everything changed, and I’m sorry,” he said. He said he found it difficult to forgive himself, and he acknowledged that his actions after Sabrina’s death contributed to her family’s pain. “We all lost so much,” he said, referring to his loss of his partner, Sabrina’s family’s loss of their loved one, and his son’s loss of his mother. Bebb-Jones, who never looked at family members while addressing Petre, said he wants to say he’s sorry to his family and Daniel, “and I want to say sorry to Sabrina. I am very sorry.”


The following is a statement released from Linda Norris, the sister of Sabrina Bebb-Jones: Sixteen years ago Sabrina was taken from her parents, brothers, sister and her very own son. Those were the darkest time of our lives. Out of the darkness we met many wonderful law enforcement personnel that believed and personally committed to bringing her killer to justice. They gave us hope when there was hopelessness; they comforted us when we were hurt; they made us believe in justice when there was no justice. From the bottom of our hearts we wish to thank former prosecutors Martin Beeson, Jeff Cheney and current prosecutors Anne Norrdin, Scott Turner, and Sherry Caloia. They were instrumental in coalescing this huge case into a conviction. It was they that reached half way around the world to bring back her killer. We were inspired by their sense of right and wrong, their belief in justice for those that were wronged; their commitment to their jobs right to the end. We also wish to thank (Garfield County) Sheriff Lou Vallario who was determined in bringing Sabrina’s killer to justice. He is an advocate for all victims including Sabrina. It was he that ensured that his deputies had the resources to do a thorough job. We hope that he will run for re-election, the good people of Colorado need him. We also wish to thank officers Bill Middleton and Eric Ashworth (respectively a current and former Garfield sheriff employee) for never giving up and being thorough in their investigations. They turned over every rock for every piece evidence. It was they that carried the water for this case. We also wish to thank Kevin Imbriaco and the Grand Junction Police Department for their initial investigations in 1997 that laid a solid foundation for this conviction. We also thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for their initial investigations. One last and most important thing, “We love you Sabrina.” In sentencing Bebb-Jones, Petre said he could have turned himself in immediately after killing his wife. “Had he done that, the prolonged pain that he has caused with his well-documented lies ... over 16 years could have been avoided,” Petre said. Bebb-Jones was arrested in England in 2009 and brought to Colorado for prosecution after going through extradition proceedings. In the days after his wife’s disappearance, Bebb-Jones took his son to Las Vegas, where he told her sister Linda that the two had argued at the Mesa Mall in Grand Junction and she had walked off. While in Las Vegas, he bought expensive clothes, rented a red Ferrari and hired prostitutes, prosecutors have said. He eventually shot himself through the side of his cheek in a hotel room and left a suicide note in what prosecutors contend was a staged suicide attempt designed not to cause him serious injury. In a motion late last year, Bebb-Jones’ attorneys challenged characterizations by prosecutors that he had become a pro gambler. In an interview Wednesday, former DA Beeson said Bebb-Jones won a total of more than 230,000 pounds while gambling. A pound currently is valued at more than $1.50. Bebb-Jones had shot himself with a .25-caliber gun. Morriss said Wednesday that a hole in Sabrina’s skull was about 0.23 inches wide, too narrow for a bullet of that caliber. Expert witnesses disagreed on whether any injuries to the skull may have been caused by a bullet, with even some prosecution witnesses having differing opinions on the matter. “Only one person can tell what happened, and that is Mr. Bebb-Jones,” Caloia said. The plea bargain and case’s outcome have infuriated Beeson, and followed an election campaign during which he worried that Caloia would show too much compassion toward criminals and she said prosecutors need to maintain an open dialogue with defense attorneys about the possibility of reaching plea agreements. Beeson, who attended Wednesday’s sentencing, said in an interview that the plea bargain was “a windfall to the defendant” that will likely result in him serving seven to 10 more years behind bars before being paroled. He objects to the heat-of-passion aspect of the guilty plea,

saying it’s a crime that requires a victim to have done something that provoked the violent response. No such evidence has been shown, he said. “And yet both sides have pointed the finger of blame at Sabrina at least in some measure” by agreeing to the charge, he said. Defense attorneys cited witness statements that the couple were both quick-tempered, and that Sabrina sometimes became jealous of her husband’s innocent flirting with hotel guests he took on tours of national parks and other regional attractions. Beeson said he feels badly for the family, including Sabrina’s father, who flew missions as a lieutenant colonel for the South Vietnamese before getting his family out and then escaping himself during the fall of Saigon. “I have lost my country and now lost my daughter,” Sabrina’s father said Wednesday, speaking through her brother. In a statement Wednesday, Vallario said he was pleased that Petre imposed the maximum allowable sentence under the plea deal, but he continues to oppose the deal itself. “Considering what (BebbJones) would have faced in the sentencing range of a firstdegree murder conviction, this plea agreement allows him to skate around spending the rest of his life in prison,” Vallario said. Defense attorneys said there was no evidence that the killing was planned or premeditated, as the original charge implied, and Beeson originally had overcharged him. Caloia said the outcome was a fair one, given the difficulties involved in prosecuting it. “It’s a very sad case but it’s 16 years old and when you don’t have a body, you don’t have a cause of death and all you’ve got is basically lies about where she is, it makes it difficult.” In a statement released later Wednesday though Sabrina’s sister, Linda Norris, the family thanked investigators and Beeson and his staff, but also Caloia and other current prosecutors. “They gave us hope when there was hopelessness; they comforted us when we were hurt; they made us believe in justice when there was no justice,” the family said of all those involved. Fang said in a statement from defense attorneys, “It is our sincere hope as well as that of Mr. Bebb-Jones that the Dang family finds some closure.”

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Bill Pitts. It also was the final City Council meeting for Teresa Coons, who was term-limited. She was absent from Wednesday’s meeting and did not participate in the vote. Kenyon said he thought some of the conflict was because the chamber did not endorse any sitting councilors for re-election and he, too “felt stung” that his bid wasn’t endorsed by the chamber. However, Kenyon said chamber representatives are an important advocate for business in the state Legislature, and that he would rather like to have a conversation with councilors to consider lowering the city’s contribution. “I do not think it is a wise move to throw the baby out with the bath water,” he said. Relations between the City Council and the chamber also have been terse as the agency

lately has come out against several policy issues, including an increase in transportation capacity fees and a citywide zoning plan. Both issues pile unneeded restrictions on businesses, the chamber has contended. Luke said on Wednesday night she thought the city’s role as one of the Chamber Chairman’s Circle Sponsors, several of the area’s larger institutions that contribute to the agency, has always been a conflict of interest. In addition, Mayor Bill Pitts announced he was withdrawing his membership. The statement was met with applause by about a dozen audience members who showed to demand the resignation of Councilorelect Rick Brainard, who has been accused of assaulting his girlfriend. He is due in court on May 6, the same day he is scheduled to be sworn into office on the City Council. “I’ve been a chamber member

for 44 years and I’m withdrawing my membership,” Pitts said. In other news, city councilors: ■ Appointed Paul Nelson as the city’s appointee to the board of the Grand Junction Regional Airport’s Airport Authority. Nelson’s appointment is through May 2017 and he replaces board member John Stevens, whose term expires in June. ■ Accepted the lowest bid of $57,930 from Denver-based Empire Today, LLC to replace carpet in Two Rivers Convention Center. The existing carpet is 10 years old. An additional $16,069 is needed to repair the floor, for a total cost of $74,000. ■ Accepted federal funds of nearly $1.2 million for a grant to reconstruct North Avenue from 12th Street to 23rd Street. The city of Grand Junction contributed $80,000 in consulting fees and $108,763 in in-kind services in this year’s budget for the project.






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Mom pleads not guilty in sons’ deaths By PAUL SHOCKLEY

An anticipated wave of jury duty summonses for the trial of Palisade mother Heather Jensen may be among the largest culls in Mesa County history for a single case. Some 500 summonses for jury duty were mailed for the 2004 trial of convicted murderer Michael Blagg, according to Mesa County Jury Commissioner Rose Anne Kelley. “I can easily see (Jensen’s) case being in that neighborhood,” Kelley said Thursday.

Hundreds of jury notices expected to be mailed The judge presiding in a criminal case ultimately decides how many summonses go out, she noted. In Jensen’s case, summonses should start hitting local mailboxes by early October, Kelley said. Jensen, 25, pleaded not guilty Thursday to a host of charges in connection with the deaths of her young sons last year, while District Judge Valerie Robison scheduled a trial for two weeks starting Oct. 28. The deadline

for a plea agreement in the case is Oct. 15. Attorneys on both sides said Jensen had been considering a plea offer extended by the District Attorney’s Office. It’s unlikely the plea offer — terms were never confirmed by the prosecution — was still valid after Thursday’s not-guilty plea. Jensen is charged with two counts of child abuse resulting in death; two counts of criminally negligent homicide; and

Heather Jensen talks with her attorney in District Judge Valerie Robison’s courtroom Thursday. She pleaded not guilty to all charges in the deaths of her two young sons.

one count of false reporting to authorities, stemming from the deaths of her sons, William, 2, and Tyler, 4. The boys died as a result of overheating in their mother’s Toyota 4Runner after they were left alone in the vehicle on the night of Nov. 27, 2012, on Grand Mesa, as their mother allegedly had sex with a man in another vehicle nearby. Clifton resident Robert Ma-

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Most destructive fire in state history Springs blaze claims two lives and 360 homes

From fest, to niblets, to nothing Ode to sweet corn cancelled by Olathe



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COLORADO SPRINGS — A voracious wildfire driven in all directions by shifting winds has killed two people and destroyed at least 360 homes — a number that was likely to climb as the most destructive blaze in Colorado history burned for a third day through miles of tinder-dry woods, a sheriff said Thursday. The destruction northeast of Colorado Springs has surpassed last June’s Waldo Canyon fire, which burned 347 homes, killed two people and caused $353 million in insurance claims just 15 miles to the southwest. The heavy losses were blamed in part on explosive population growth in areas with historically high fire risk. “I never in my wildest dreams imagined we’d be dealing a year later with a very similar circumstance,” said El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, who drew audible gasps as he announced the number of


Army helicopters drop water Thursday on the Black Forest wildfire behind houses on the Flying Horse Ranch in Colorado Springs. The residential

See WILDFIRE, page 6A ➤ area was evacuated Thursday. At least 360 homes have been destroyed by the fire since Tuesday.

‘Line crossed,’ Obama decides to arm Syrian rebels EFFECTS OF SARIN


■ Initial symptoms following exposure to sarin are a runny nose, tightness in the chest and constriction of the pupils. ■ Soon after, the victim has difficulty breathing and experiences nausea and drooling. The victim loses control of bodily functions. ■ This phase is followed by twitching and jerking. Ultimately, the victim becomes comatose and suffocates in a series of convulsive spasms.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has authorized sending weapons to Syrian rebels for the first time, U.S. officials said Thursday, after the White House disclosed that the United States has conclusive evidence Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government has used chemical weapons against opposition forces trying to overthrow him.

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Obama has repeatedly said the use of chemical weapons would cross a “red line” triggering greater American intervention in the two-year crisis. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., one of the strongest proponents of U.S. military action in Syria, said he was told Thursday that Obama had decided to “arm the rebels,” a decision confirmed by three U.S. officials. However, the officials cautioned that no decisions had been made on the specific type

of weaponry or when it would reach the Syrian rebels, who are under increasing assault from Assad’s forces. “This is going to be different in both scope and scale in terms of what we are providing,” said Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser. The U.S. has so far provided the Syrian rebel army with rations and medical supplies. Thursday’s announcement followed a series of urgent meetings at the White House

this week that revealed deep divisions within the administration over U.S. involvement in Syria’s civil war. The proponents of more aggressive action — including Secretary of State John Kerry — appeared to have won out over those wary of sending weapons and ammunition into a war zone where Hezbollah and Iranian fighters are backing Assad’s armed forces,

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Udall to brass: Prove that surveillance stopped terrorism By GARY HARMON

Security officials should explain their claims about the effectiveness of controversial programs that were the subject of recent leaks, two U.S. senators said. The head of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, should have to explain how the surveillance programs averted what he claimed were “dozens of terrorist attacks,” U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., HOME PAGE OF WESTERN COLORADO

said. Udall said in Grand Junction last week that there was “a lot of evidence” that more conSEN. UDALL ventional techniques were as effective as the surveillance program that tracks all domestic phone calls and other forms of electronic communi-



cation. Udall and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Wash., on Thursday called on Alexander to explain his comments. “We have not yet seen any evidence showing that the NSA’s dragnet collection of Americans’ phone records has produced any uniquely valuable intelligence,” Udall and Wyden said in a statement. The plots Alexander identified “appear to have been identified using other collection methods. The public deserves a clear explanation,” Udall and

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Wyden said. Udall has called for a review of the Patriot Act, under which the program known as PRISM was justified. “As far as we can see, all of the useful information that it has provided appears to have also been available through other collection methods that do not violate the privacy of law-abiding Americans in the way that the Patriot Act collection does,” the two senators said. “We hope that President Obama will probe the basis for these assertions, as we have.”

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Facing what they perceive is a potential conflict between putting on the long-running Sweet Corn Festival and having enough money to provide basic town services, the Olathe Town Board voted Wednesday to cancel the event for 2013. “They really had to look at essential and non-essential (services), and as much as everybody loves the festival, and wants it to come back in 2014, it just was not practical to do it this year,” said Bobbi Sale, Olathe town clerk. This year’s festival was planned for Aug. 2-3, and would have been the 22nd year of the event celebrating the regionally unique summer staple. Past years have included continuous live entertainment on two stages, all the free sweet corn you can eat, vendors, contests and games, and an eventending fireworks show. But making money on the festival is not always a guarantee. Sale said some years it makes money for the town, and other years it costs the town funds to put the festival on for folks. Last year, she said, it cost Olathe $16,000. “Right now in this economy, the board has to look at wants and needs — and the corn festival has turned into a want, and not a need,” Sale said. Citing recent layoffs that the town has had to make, Sale said, “(The board) just couldn’t risk not making money.” After an extended discussion Wednesday night, all seven members of the board voted to cancel the 2013 festival. But, Sale said, “Every board member made it clear that they didn’t want the festival to go away — it was just a budgetary consideration.”

UDALL TAKES ACTION Sen. Mark Udall will introduce legislation next week that would greatly reduce the federal government’s ability to collect data on Americans’ phone calls without a demonstrated link to terrorism, according to his office. The programs’ existence, known by Udall for years because of his position on the Senate Intelligence Committee, were unveiled in news reports last week. Udall will co-sponsor his bill with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. — Associated Press

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SYRIA: No WILDFIRE Victims appeared to be fleeing burgeoning blaze call made on no-fly zone and al-Qaida-linked extremists back the rebellion. Obama still opposes putting American troops on the ground in Syria and the U.S. has made no decision on operating a nofly zone over Syria, Rhodes said. U.S. officials said the administration could provide the rebels with a range of weapons, including small arms, ammunition, assault rifles and a variety of anti-tank weaponry such as shoulder-fired remote-propelled grenades and other missiles. However, a final decision on the inventory has not been made, the officials said. Most of those would be weapons the opposition forces could easily use and not require much additional training to operate. Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opposition to deploying American troops to Syria makes it difficult to provide much large-scale training. Other smaller- scale training can be done outside Syriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s borders. All of the officials insisted on anonymity in order to discuss internal administration discussions. Word of the stepped-up assistance followed new U.S. intelligence assessments showing that Assad has used chemical weapons, including sarin, on a small scale multiple times in the last year. Up to 150 people have been killed in those attacks, the White House said, constituting a small percentage of the 93,000 people killed in Syria over the last two years. The White House said it believes Assadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regime still maintains control of Syriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chemical weapons stockpiles and does not see any evidence that rebel forces have launched attacks using the deadly agents. The Obama administration announced in April that it had â&#x20AC;&#x153;varying degrees of confidenceâ&#x20AC;? that sarin had been used in Syria. But they said at the time that they had not been able to determine who was responsible for deploying the gas.

More than 360 homes have burned along with 13.25 square miles of land as a result of the Black Forest fire outside of Colorado Springs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the most destructive in state history. BLACK FOREST FIRE PERIMETER as of June 13 at 9 a.m.

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homes lost to the blaze in Black Forest. The fire was 5 percent contained. Maketa said one person who was reported missing Wednesday was found safe, but crews on Thursday found the remains of two other people who appeared to be trying to flee. The victims were found in a garage in Black Forest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The car doors were open as if they were loading or grabbing last-minute things,â&#x20AC;? Maketa said. Earlier in the day, residents were ordered to leave 1,000 homes in Colorado Springs. Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evacuation was the first within the city limits. About 38,000 other people living across roughly 70 square miles were already under orders to get out. Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-largest city, with a population of 430,000, also asked residents of 2,000 more homes to be ready to evacuate. The streets became gridlocked with hundreds of cars while emergency vehicles raced by on shoulders. Gene Schwarz, 72, said he had never fully unpacked after last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fires. He and his neighbors wondered whether open space grassland to the north of them could be a barrier from the flames. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter because a spark can fly over from anywhere,â&#x20AC;? said Schwarz. Hot, gusty winds fanned the 24-square-mile wildfire, sending it into new areas and back into places that had previously been spared. Even investigators sent in to determine the cause of the fire were pulled out for safety reasons. The Red Cross said more than 800 people stayed at shelters. Black Forest, where the blaze began, offers a case study in the challenges of tamping down wildfires in Colorado and across the West, especially with growing populations, rising temperatures and a historic drought. Developers describe Black Forest as the largest contiguous stretch of ponderosa pine in the United States â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a thick, wide carpet of vegetation rolling down from the Rampart

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Crews fire that 15 acres in the Beaver Creek drainage south of Rifle Thursday night, said Chad Harris, deputy chief of Colorado River Fire Rescue. The fire was one of several that started in the Rifle area after a dry lightning storm. Harris said that as far as he knew, crews were still working on the others but none had grown bigger than a single tree. Heavy wind gusts caused quick growth in the Beaver Creek fire, which Harris said

away across Interstate 70 as dusk fell. Structures were nearby but none were threatened, and no evacuations had occurred, Harris said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do have crews on it and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be working it through the night into the morning,â&#x20AC;? he said. He said about 20 engine and hand crews from his agency, the Grand Valley Fire Department and the Bureau of Land Management were battling the fire.

Range that thins out to the high grasslands of Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eastern plains. Once home to rural towns and summer cabins, it is now dotted with million-dollar homes and gated communities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the result of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population boom over the past two decades. El Paso County, its economy driven largely by military and defense spending, saw doubledigit growth in the last decade and is now Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest county, with more than 637,000

people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so many more people living here in the last 30 years, you couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe it,â&#x20AC;? said Bruce Buksar, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lived in Black Forest since 1981. Untold thousands of homes in Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heavily populated Front Range are at risk for fires, said Gregory Simon, an assistant professor of geography who studies urban wildfires at the University of Colorado-Denver. Many are built on windy mountain roads or cul-de-sacs

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; appealing to homebuyers seeking privacy but often hampering efforts to stamp out fire. Residents in the outdoor-loving state are also attracted by the ability to hike from their backyards and have horses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortunately, these environments give the appearance of being peaceful, tranquil and bucolic and natural. But they belie the reality that they are combustible, volatile and at times dangerous,â&#x20AC;? Simon said. Nigel Thompson was drawn to Black Forest by the rural feel, privacy, lack of crime and space to raise a family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A safe place for my kids to grow up, lots of room for them to run around,â&#x20AC;? said Thompson, a computer programmer who moved to a house on a 60-acre lot in 1997. Five years later, he took in evacuees from a devastating fire in the foothills to the northwest. That drove home the fact that his family was living in a tinderbox. Thompson cut down 20 pine trees to form a firebreak around his house, which he topped with fire retardant roof tiles. He diligently cleared away brush, downed branches and pine cones, like many here do in community cleanups every spring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make a damn difference at the end of the day,â&#x20AC;? Thompson said Thursday. His home was incinerated Tuesday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re surrounded by people who havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done anything, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter what you do,â&#x20AC;? Thompson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interesting that you can have a house in a forest and the building code doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say anything about the roof design.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what makes fire prevention so difficult, said Anne Walker of the Western Governorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Local government has ultimate authority over where homes are placed,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You need to look at local ordinances and where homes are placed and what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re made of.â&#x20AC;? El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn said the commission has tried to ensure that new developments have brush clearance and easy emergency access. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just nature,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Colo. poll shows strong support for death penalty





DENVER â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Colorado voters overwhelmingly back the death penalty and are evenly split on whether Gov. John Hickenlooper, who last month blocked the execution of a convicted multiple-murderer, deserves reelection, according to a new poll released Thursday. The Quinnipiac University poll said that 69 percent of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voters think the death penalty should stay on the books while 24 percent want it replaced by life in prison without parole. The split is almost identical for those who disapprove of Hickenlooperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to grant an indefinite reprieve to Nathan Dunlap, who killed four people at a Chuck E. Cheese in 1993 and was due to be executed in August. Nearly threequarters of voters said the issue would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;very importantâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;somewhat importantâ&#x20AC;? in their vote next year. Voters are divided, 45 percent to 44 percent, over whether

Hickenlooper, a Democrat, deserves re-election. He narrowly leads his lone declared challenger, former Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo, 42-41. The poll suggested a tight race against other possible Republican challengers like Secretary of State Scott Gessler, whom Hickenlooper led 42-40, and state Sen. Greg Brophy, whom the governor leads 43-37. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By nearly 3-1, Colorado voters support the death penalty in their state and say where their elected officials stand on it could affect their vote,â&#x20AC;? said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This could set up a high-voltage re-election campaign where the fate of a convicted murderer could help decide the fate of an incumbent governor.â&#x20AC;? Hickenlooper was a rare Democrat elected during the Republican wave year of 2010, and has positioned himself as a nonpartisan centrist.


Anthony Cymerys, 82, known as Joe the Barber, smiles as he works with clients in Bushnell Park in Hartford, Conn. For more than 25 years, Cymerys cut hair alfresco in Hartford for the fee of a hug, until he was told to leave the park by city officials.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; gives a haircut for a hug By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HARTFORD, Conn. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The mayor of Hartford, Conn., is allowing a barber to continue giving haircuts in a city park despite orders for him to leave from police and health officials. A spokeswoman for Mayor Pedro Segarra says he is granting Anthony â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joe the Barberâ&#x20AC;? Cymerys a special dispensation in light of his years of charitable work. The spokeswoman, Maribel La Luz, said Thursday the city will help Cymerys obtain a state barberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license if he likes. The 82-year-old Cymerys has been giving free haircuts to the homeless in exchange for hugs for 25 years at Bushnell Park. He says officials confronted him this week and ordered him to leave because he did not have a permit. City officials say residents had expressed concerns about sanitation.

MOM: Plea deal rejected â&#x17E;¤ Continued from Page One thena, the grandfather of William and Tyler, said he was surprised at Jensenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision but also pleased. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s raised the stakes if sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s convicted, he said. Mathena said he knew the terms of the district attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rejected plea offer, but declined to discuss it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going to trial, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a chance for a lot more (prison) time,â&#x20AC;? Mathena said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all good.â&#x20AC;? Deputy Public Defender Thea Reiff, Jensenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney, asked the judge Thursday to prepare questionnaires for the jury pool in Jensenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case. The tool is used by Colorado courts to identify biased jurors before jury selection. Mathena said his family has had no other instances of suspected contact by Jensen since a birthday card was found late April on the graves of William, Tyler, and the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; father, Eric, at Palisade Municipal Cemetery. The Mathenas have speculated the card, which was turned over to sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s investigators, was written by Jensen in jail and delivered to the cemetery through a third party. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We go out and check it every other day now,â&#x20AC;? Robert Mathena said.

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