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Friends of Moffat County Education fundraising to provide iPads

The Friends of Moffat County Education group is seeking to help local students in kindergarten through second grade get a jump on their education through technology. What initially began as a grant request to FMCE from kindergarten, first- and second-grade teachers at Sunset Elementary School, has turned into a district wide initiative to purchase iPads for students in kindergarten through second grade.

Boulder residents hold vigil for elk killed by cop

Several hundred people turned out for a vigil in Boulder for an elk killed by a police officer. Those honoring the animal on Sunday lit candles, sang and told stories.

Bill would let parents buy alcohol for adult kids

Parents could be able buy alcohol for their children at Colorado bars and restaurants if they were 18 and older but not 21 yet, under a proposal by a Republican lawmaker. Sen. Greg Brophy is introducing the bill for the legislative session that begins Wednesday. He says he thought of the proposal because he and his wife recently took their daughter to dinner to celebrate her 20th birthday, and she couldn't have a drink with them.

James Holmes preliminary hearing: Witnesses told police shooter was "very calm"

Afternoon testimony in the preliminary hearing for Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes included surveillance video that showed staff dropping to the floor and dozens of people rushing to exit the chaos. The video showed Holmes walking into the Century 16 theater in Aurora wearing a long-sleeved shirt, dark pants and a dark beanie stocking cap. He had purchased his ticket July 8, apparently online. Prosecutors also showed photos where bullets hit in Theater 9, with Aurora Police Det. Matthew Ingui pointing out where most of the slain victims were found. Three were in Row 8; one each in rows 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 18; and one victim was found near the aisle stairs. Crime scene investigators had put trajectory rods on the seats to show the path of bullets.

Moffat County Commissioners vote to protest blanket drought restrictions

After a presentation from Jeff Comstock during a special county commissioner board meeting Monday morning, Moffat County commissioners unanimously voted to protest the White River field office’s decision to defer spring grazing on the Bureau of Land Management administered lands, reduce grazing by a minimum of 50 percent through the summer and winter of 2013-2014 and reduce utilization thresholds and minimum stubble heights on BLM lands. Comstock, director of the Natural Resources Department for Moffat County, said Moffat County acknowledged the drought and resulting reduced forage, but said the BLM made a mistake by administering a blanket decision rather than looking allotment by allotment, not considering the economic impact, violating their own regulations and not giving deference to range practices or variation in vegetation communities.