Sand Creek Massacre: Rocky Mountain PBS Will Air an Hour-Long Special on Thanksgiving

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Rocky Mountain PBS
On Saturday, November 29, members of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes will gather in southeast Colorado to mark the 150th anniversary of that dark day in 1864 when 150 tribal members -- most of them elderly men, women and children -- were killed by volunteer soldiers led by Colonel John Chivington. But you don't have to travel to the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site to learn more about this dark day in Colorado history. You don't need to go further than your TV set tomorrow night.

See also: John Evans's Descendents Discuss a Dark Legacy

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Marijuana Edibles Billboard About Education, Not Legislature, Advocate Says

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Part of a new marijuana-edibles-education billboard introduced earlier today. Additional images below.
Earlier today, a new billboard encouraging responsible storage of marijuana edibles was introduced by the Marijuana Policy Project; see more images below. MPP spokesman Mason Tvert stresses that the display is part of an ongoing educational campaign and shouldn't be interpreted as message to legislators, who'll be making decisions about edibles packaging after a working group essentially punted following many weeks of work on the issue.

See also: Top 8 Ways Marijuana Will Supposedly Destroy Your Life -- and a New Try at Real Pot Education

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Roan Plateau Compromise Hailed as "The Colorado Way"

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Six years after the drill-baby-drill crusaders of the Bush administration targeted one of Colorado's most ecologically unique places for widespread energy leases, a surprisingly reasonable compromise has been hammered out over the fate of the Roan Plateau. The deal is being praised by state and federal officials as well as environmental and sportsmen groups -- and at least tolerated by oil-and-gas interests as a viable alternative to what had become a protracted and seemingly hopeless legal deadlock.

The lesson here? Fiats from Washington that fail to take into account community concerns about long-term economic and environmental impacts are bound to breed lawsuits and impasse. It takes some local buy-in to get to what Governor John Hickenlooper describes as "a productive path forward.... It really is the Colorado way."

See also: Roan Plateau Rethinking: Drilling Delay Prompts Pouting, Applause

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Jennifer Reali, Fatal Attraction Killer Turned Singer: No Parole Despite Cancer Diagnosis

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Jennifer Reali during a 2011 CBS4 interview. More photos plus video and audio below.
Back in August, we reported that Jennifer Reali, who'd gained a lot more notoriety as the so-called Fatal Attraction killer of her lover's wife than she has for the gospel singing on self-released albums that she recorded while doing time at the Denver Women's Correctional Facility, was living in a Lakewood halfway house -- a situation questioned by at least one of her victim's friends.

Nonetheless, Reali will remain at the facility for at least the near future, after being turned down for parole despite a cancer diagnosis. Continue for details, including photos, audio and video.

See also: Jennifer Reali Sings! Fatal Attraction Killer Now on Fire for Jesus

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A Prison Guard's Take on Solitary Confinement and Who Belongs There

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An illustration of his cell by Thomas Silverstein, who's challenged his longtime detention in solitary. To read more about his case, click here.
Three years ago, Colorado's state prison system kept nearly 10 percent of its population held in solitary confinement, a rate that was about seven times the national average. That excessive use began to change under Department of Corrections executive director Tom Clements, until his 2013 murder by Evan Ebel, an inmate who'd been released to the streets directly after years of solitary.

Clements' successor, Rick Raemisch, has made significant strides in further reducing the "administrative segregation" population, particularly for inmates who've been diagnosed as mentally ill, and pushing programs to prepare prisoners for release. The effort has drawn national attention, especially after Raemisch wrote a piece for the New York Times about spending twenty hours in solitary himself.

See also: Rick Raemisch, Prison Chief, Goes to Solitary -- For Twenty Hours

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Janice Dickinson's Bill Cosby Rape Claim Like One by Denver-Raised Barbara Bowman

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Janice Dickinson during an appearance on "Entertainment Tonight" this week. More photos and a video below.
Barbara Bowman's rape allegations against Bill Cosby, which we shared in this space late last month, have led to blizzard of allegations and castigation for the veteran entertainer. The latest to come forward is former supermodel Janice Dickinson, whose story of sex assault echoes one told by Bowman, who was raised in Denver and first met Cosby here.

See also: Barbara Bowman's Story of Alleged Rape by Bill Cosby Begins in Denver

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Sand Creek Massacre: John Evans's Descendants Discuss a Dark Legacy

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Descendants of those who survived the Sand Creek Massacre did not hear much about it when they were growing up; that day was too painful for their elders to talk about. "They would always cry," one remembers. But some descendants of John Evans, Colorado's territorial governor during the November 29, 1864, massacre, didn't hear about it at all.

See also: John Evans Founded DU, But He Left a Legacy of Shame

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Public Pot-Smoking Tickets Up Nearly 500 Percent in 2014

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Photo by Brandon Marshall
A scene from 4/20 at Civic Center Park circa 2012.
While limited recreational marijuana sales are legal in Colorado, smoking in public is not -- an untenable situation according to cannabis advocates such as NORML's Allen St. Pierre. The result has been an enormous increase in public-consumption citations, which have reportedly risen in Denver by an astonishing 471 percent from 2013 to this year.

See also: Rob Corry: Read Unusual Police Report for Attorney's Smoking-Pot-at-Coors Field Case

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Pinon Canyon: Army Slates Public Comment on Ramp-Up at Not-So-Public Time and Place

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The PiƱon Canyon region contains one of the richest deposits of prehistoric sites in the West. Coming soon: Explosions.
After years of battling the Pentagon's plans to expand the 367-square-mile Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, ranchers and other residents of southeastern Colorado thought they'd finally achieved peace with honor last fall, when a top Army official formally announced that the military was abandoning any land acquisition plans for PCMS. But the latest proposal for increased use of the site in training Fort Carson troops -- an intense ramp-up of operations, heavy on the use of electronic warfare technologies, lasers, explosives, drones, restrictions on public air space, and more -- doesn't strike the expansion opponents as too neighborly.

See also: Leaked Documents Show Army's Bold Plan to Acquire 10,000 Square Miles of Colorado

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Loretta Barela Murder Prompts Lawsuit Over 911 Botch

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A family photo of Loretta Barela. More images, a video and more below.
In May, we told you about the guilty verdict against Christopher Perea for the murder of his wife, Loretta Barela. We also noted the botched 911 response that marred the case -- one that foreshadowed the April killing of Kristine Kirk, who was on the phone with an operator when she was shot to death.

Now, Barela's family has reportedly filed a lawsuit over her death, and while the City of Denver hasn't commented on the complaint thus far, a spokeswoman previously acknowledged that an investigation into the matter had been launched, only to be cut short when the dispatcher in question resigned -- and she acknowledged that he'd made mistakes. Photos, a video, an arrest report and more below.

See also: Christopher Perea Murder Verdict -- and 911 Botch That Foreshadowed Kristine Kirk Tragedy

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