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KSPK-FM is a locally owned and operated country music radio station, located in Walsenburg Colorado and broadcasts to all of Southern Colorado. KSPK's format consists of the new country hits with some of the older country favorites mixed in. KSPK-FM carries various High School Athletic Games from various High School's in Southern Colorado. KSPK is also the exclusive broadcast partner for Adams State University Athletics from Alamosa. KSPK's coverage area extends from Colorado Springs Colorado in the North to Raton New Mexico in South; South Fork Colorado in the west and Lamar Colorado in the east. With such a large area of coverage KSPK remains to this day Southern Colorado's Largest Radio Station.

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July 19th 2024

Teller County Sheriff criticizes state lawmakers in press conference.

Teller County Sheriff Jason Mikesell, in a press conference yesterday, sharply criticized state lawmakers for enacting and enforcing laws that he says have made our state less safe. Mikesell's criticism stems from an appellate court ruling that blocks him from assisting federal immigration and customs enforcement agents. Mikesell says "this had led to Colorado being an open cartel-welcoming state, and we deal with it every single day now as local law enforcement throughout Colorado". In reversing a district court ruling, Colorado's appellate court found that "state or local law enforcement officers are prohibited from arresting and detaining individuals otherwise eligible for release under colorado law on the basis of a civil immigration detainer". Mikesell says he will continue to work with his county's legal team to consider his next step and is keeping all options open concerning an appeal.

Crowley County woman sentenced in connection to threats against 2 CO counties.

Chelsea Minjarez yesterday plead guilty to the charges against her in connection with her threats to bomb and shoot up county courthouses, homes and businesses in Crowley and Otero counties. According to the Crowley County Sheriff's Office, some community members received threatening text messages on June 27th of 2022, from Minjarez, saying that "innocent people are going to be hurt or killed" if Judge Richard Medina and Crowley County Sheriff Terry Reeves did not step down. According to the indictment, Minjarez allegedly sent a message around June 26th, 2022, that red "Crowley and Otero County court houses are going to be bombed and shot up tomorrow". The indictment also pointed to several more text messages over the following days that contained similar threats. A federal arrest warrant was issued for Minjarez on July 12th, 2023. She has been in custody since her arrest. She was sentenced to 15 months in prison yesterday with 3 years supervised release to follow.

New Alamosa High School principal selected.

Following two months of interviews, Ortega Middle School Principal Amy Ortega has been selected as the new principal of Alamosa High School. Ortega will replace Andy Lavier, who has accepted a position as assistant superintendent for Center schools. Ortega has been principal at Ortega Middle School since the 2017-2018 school year. She served as assistant principal at Alamosa High School from 2010 to 2017. A selection committee is now interviewing candidates to fill the principal position at Ortega Middle School.

Pueblo County search warrant turns up illegal grow.

Pueblo County detectives last week executed a search warrant in the 4000 block of south road near salt creek in eastern Pueblo. According to the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office, detectives found 89 marijuana plants in a metal outbuilding and multiple pounds of dried product. Inside the home, they found over 60 pounds of packaged marijuana, jars of marijuana concentrate, multiple immature plants and three guns. Colorado state law allows a maximum of 12 marijuana plants per household. A suspect has been identified, however, no arrests have been made and no one has been charged in connection to the illegal grow as of yet.

Conejos Peak Ranger District announces construction on bridge replacement project.

The Conejos Peak Ranger District has announced that construction on the stunner bridge replacement project on forest service road 250 will begin as early as this week. The project is located approximately 5 miles northwest of Platoro, Colorado. The plan is to use the existing bridge as a bypass while the new bridge is constructed. Upon completion of the new bridge, the old bridge will be removed. The work will begin as soon as all equipment is in place and conditions remain favorable. The construction of the new bridge may take until Fall of 2025 to be completed.

July 18th 2024

8 Republicans co-sponsor Boebert Secret Service Accountability bill.

The bill introduced by 3rd Congressional U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert on Monday would hold U.S. Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle "accountable" for the attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump on Saturday by withholding her salary. The secret service accountability act would prohibit federal funds from being "obliged or expended" for Cheatle's salary. Boebert says that her legislation is almost a forced resignation, or else, because Cheatle is not qualified to be the director of the secret service. Boebert says that eliminating Cheatle would allow for someone else who is more qualified to be in that position. Cheatle has led the secret service as director since September 17th of 2022. The Secret Service Accountability act is co-sponsored by 8 other House Republicans including Josh Breechen of Oklahoma, Tim Burchett of Tennessee, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Diane Harshbarger of Tennessee, Cory Mills of Florida, Barry Moore of Alabama, Andy Ogles of Tennessee, and Bill Posey of Florida.

Two escape from Trinidads Crossroads Turning point.

An unknown person drove a skid steer into the wall of Crossroads Turning Points in Trinidad around 10:20pm on Monday, allowing two people to escape from the facility through the hole created by the skid steer. According to the Trinidad Police Department, Matthew Swetky and Sabrina Espinoza are the two who escaped. Swetky was being held for possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute, and theft. Swetky remains at large and Trinidad Police are asking for the public's help in locating Swetky. Anyone who has information about Swetky or who knows his whereabouts is asked to call 719-846-4441. Espinoza was being held in connection to a failure to appear warrant. She was located yesterday morning and was taken to the Las Animas County detention center where she is now being held on a $20,000 cash or surety bond. Espinoza is now also facing an escape charge.

Pueblo D70 announces data breach.

Pueblo School District 70 is alerting the public that the district experienced a data breach and ransomware incident around April 27th of this year, however, the breach was not discovered until May 17th. The breach may have compromised the personal information and records of current and former students and staff. The district says that the records affected include personal information of some student records from 1991 to 2006, and some staff records from an undetermined period of time until now. The district says it identified the server impacted and immediately took that server offline with minimal disruption. The incident remains under investigation.

Alamosa County Clerk and Recorder makes court appearance.

Alamosa County Clerk and Recorder Mari Felix made an appearance before Alamosa District Judge Crista Newmyer-Olsen on Tuesday, for what was scheduled to be a first appearance. Felix is facing a charge of accessory to a crime related to the alleged sexual abuse of a child by her husband, Martin Felix-Lopez. Felix's attorney stated that there could be another delay in the case since the district attorney's office has brought in a new attorney to handle these kind of cases. Newmyer-olsen, noting that the new attorney was not present, agreed to set one more first appearance for Felix, setting the next hearing for August 21st.

Boreal toad tadpoles introduced in wetlands near Creede.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and The Denver Zoo Conservation Alliance, on June 20th, trekked into wetlands near Creede to introduce more than 2,200 boreal toad tadpoles that officials hope will eventually host an established population of rare amphibians. This was the second successful breeding and release, including the reintroduction of more than 600 tadpoles in the Gunnison National forest in 2022. Once common in montaine habitats between 7,000 and 12,000 feet in the southern rocky mountains, the boreal toad has experienced dramatic population declines over the past two decades. Officials estimate that there may be as few as 800 wild adult toads left in Colorado.

July 17th 2024

RG Water Conservation announces 3 major water cases set for 2026.

The Rio Grande Water Conservation district board of directors were told yesterday that three major water cases are set for trial in 2026. Each of the cases is subject to settlement prior to any trial. The 3 cases are: the fourth plan of water management for subdistrict 1, which is a key document that outlines future strategies to recover the unconfined aquifer of the Upper Rio Grande Basin. The trial is scheduled to begin on January 2nd of 2026 and is expected to last 6 weeks. The sustainable water augmentation group and its proposed alternative augmentation plan for a group of irrigators in subdistrict 1 is set for a 6-week trial beginning on June 29th, 2026. The group previously began a water trial in 2023 only to have the trial come to an abrupt end when the group withdrew its application. The third trial concerns the City of Alamosa and its confined aquifer case, which is set for a 3-week trial beginning on October 19th, 2026. The case, which would guarantee Alamosa more water for future expansion reportedly has the best chance of agreement before trial.

Two men stabbed following fight at Tavern in Salida.

Two men were stabbed following a fight at Benson's Tavern in Salida on Monday. According to Salida police, officers found 28-year-old Christian Garcia of Kansas at the tavern around 1:55am Sunday with multiple wounds. Multiple people were found arguing in an alley outside the tavern. As officers began to intervene, two men ran in opposite directions away from police. The men were 28-year-old Seth Brinkhaus for Poncha Springs, and 40-year-old Justin Smith of Fountain. Both were caught. Brinkhaus was charged with disorderly conduct. Smith was charged with two counts of 1st degree assault, violation of a protection order, possession of weapons by a previous offender, possession of a defaced firearm and prohibited use of a firearm. Smith's bond was set at $10,000.

CPW announces first finding of rustrela virus.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials have announced that the first finding of rustrela virus, or "staggering disease", in North America was found in a colorado mountain lion who was infected last year. According to CPW, a sick mountain lion from Douglas County was unable to use its back legs and was euthanized in May of 2023. It was determined that the lion was sick with rustrela virus, a disease that is a mostly fatal neurologic system disease that is most typically seen in domestic cats. How widespread the disease is is not known. CPW is asking anyone from the public who thinks they have seen a mountain lion struggling to walk or behaving abnormally to contact a CPW office to report the behavior.

Pueblo Police seize numerous items in illegal gambling sting operation.

Pueblo Police on Monday seized thousands of dollars and dozens of machines during a sting operation to combat illegal gambling in Pueblo. Four businesses suspected of gambling were hit on Monday, two on northern avenue, one on south prairie and one on north elizabeth. Officers recovered $20,000 and took a combined 62 gambling machines from the businesses as evidence. Eleven people were cited for engaging in gambling, possession of a gambling device, gambling premise and electronic gambling.

La Junta man dead following motorcycle crash.

A 57-year-old man from La Junta is dead following a motorcycle crash on U.S. 50 near Las Animas. According to The Colorado State Patrol, the crash happened about 4pm on Monday near mile marker 400. Troopers determined that the man riding a motorcycle westbound on U.S. 50 failed to negotiate a left hand curve in the road and crashed. He was declared dead at the scene. His name has not yet been released. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

July 16th 2024

3rd Rep Boebert introducing bill to hold secret service director "accountable".

3rd Congressional District U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert yesterday announced that she would be introducing legislation to hold the secret service director "accountable" following Saturday's attempted assassination of Former President Donald Trump. Boebert said that Kimberly Cheatle, the agency's director, should be held accountable for "allowing president trump to get shot in an assassination attempt". Boebert said that Saturday's shooting was either "intentional or the secret service was grossly incompetent on Saturday". Cheatle responded that the agency would participate in an investigation of its actions Saturday after President Biden ordered an independent review of national security regarding the incident. Cheatle also said changes have been made to Trump's security detail to ensure his adequate protection.

Fremont County Sheriff’s office investigating private tubing death on Arkansas River.

The Fremont County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a man died on Saturday during a private tubing trip down the Arkansas River east of Portland in Fremont County. Authorities were notified around 11am Saturday that a man was receiving CPR along the riverbank, a few miles downstream from Portland, which is located about midway between Canon City and Pueblo West. Reports indicate that a group of 7 people on inner tubes entered the river near Portland and were planning to float to their campsite on private land a few miles downstream. While tubing, the parties got separated and one person, a male in his mid-thirties, was reported to have fallen off his tube and into the water. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. Colorado is currently on pace to surpass the record of 42 water-related fatalities that was set in 2022.

Sheriff’s Deputies arrest wrong way driver in Springfield Saturday.

Sheriff's deputies in the town of Springfield arrested a wrong-way driver early Saturday morning after she was found to be so drunk that she had no idea what direction she had been traveling. According to the Baca County Sheriff's Office, a call was received regarding an erratic driver just after midnight Saturday. The vehicle was reported to be south of Springfield heading north on U.S. 287. Deputies found the driver traveling northbound in the southbound lanes on the highway. When deputies finally stopped the vehicle, they found a cold beer open in her cupholder. The woman's blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. She has not been identified.

Guatemala man removed from Colorado due to warrant in Guatemala.

Carlos Oliverio Juc Tipol, 32, a man wanted in Guatemala, was recently removed from Colorado by officers with enforcement and removal operations. According to a news release from ICE, Tipol is a citizen and national of Guatemala, and is wanted in Guatemala for violence against women, child abuse and contempt of court. Juc Tipol was removed from Denver on July 10th and was flown to Guatemala city and turned over to local authorities. An immigration judge in Denver ordered Juc Tipol removed to Guatemala for his warrant on April 25th.

CPW urging pet owners not to turn loose their pets following exotic sighting.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is urging pet owners not to turn their pets loose following the sighting of an exotic patagonian mara, which is a relatively large rodent, similar to a rabbit, that lives primarily in Argentina in South America. The patagonian mara was spotted in Lakewood and is believed to have been an illegal domesticated pet that was abandoned by its owners. CPW says unwanted pets can be surrendered to local shelters, or owners can contact animal control for other options. To surrender exotic wildlife, owners should contact CPW's office for further details.

July 15th 2024

Colorado lawmakers respond to attempted assassination of Former President Trump.

Colorado lawmakers spoke out over the weekend following the assassination attempt in Pennsylvania on Saturday of Former President Donald Trump. Democrat Sen. John Hickenlooper said that "political violence is never the answer in a democracy". Democratic Senator Michael Bennet said "political violence in any form is unacceptable". Republican Doug Lamborn said "i am praying for President Trump, his family, and everyone in attendance today". Democrat Rep. Jason Crow said "political violence has no place in our democracy". Democratic Rep. Steven Woodrow, of Denver, tweeted "the last thing America needed was sympathy for the devil but here we are". Republican Representative Lauren Boebert called out President Joe Biden, who reportedly said in a call with donors last week "we're done talking about the debate, it's time to put Trump in a bullseye". Boebert said "and here we are. Now President Trump was literally put in a bullseye". She called for an end to the political rhetoric.

UCCS Shooter deemed mentally fit to stand trial.

Nicholas Jordan, the accused killer of Samuel Knopp and Celie Montgomery inside a UCCS dorm in February, was in court again on Friday to hear the results of a second mental competence evaluation. During the 2 hour hearing, Forensic Psychiatrist Patricia Westmoreland said that Jordan is mentally stable enough to stand trial. Westmoreland is a private psychiatrist who was hired by the district attorney's office to do the evaluation. The second evaluation was requested after the colorado mental health institute in Pueblo found Jordan incompetent. Jordan's defense attorney suggested that Jordan may have been "faking good" in the second evaluation, saying that Jordan wants to go to trial to prove his innocence. The judge said he expects to rule on Jordan's competency on August 2nd when testimony from the professional who performed the first evaluation is also expected.

Colorado State Health officials announce new cases of bird flu.

Colorado State Health Officials on Friday announced that three Colorado poultry workers at a commercial egg-laying facility in Northeast Colorado have tested presumptive positive for bird flu. The three additional cases have not yet been confirmed by the U.S. centers for disease control and prevention. The three new cases would mean that Colorado isn't just leading the nation in the number of bird flu outbreaks among dairy cattle, but also in the number of people infected by the H5N1 virus. CDPHE first learned of the symptomatic workers at the poultry farm on Thursday and tested 7 individuals. Officials returned Friday and tested 48 additional symptomatic workers. Results from Friday's tests were not available last night. Only farm workers have been affected thus far. The risk of catching bird flu for the general public remains low, and no human to human transmission of bird flu has been detected.

Evraz North America issues statement on FBI agents at facilities.

Evraz North America said in a statement that FBI agents were present at Evraz North America facilities on Wednesday, July 10th. The FBI also confirms that its agents conducted court-authorized law enforcement activity at Evraz locations in Chicago, Illinois; Portland, Oregon; and at the Pueblo Facility. Evraz said in the statement that "while we cannot comment on any pending or ongoing legal matter, our operations and production schedule have not been affected. We continue to operate our business as usual."

Fremont County Sheriff’s office asking for help in Horse case..

The Fremont County Sheriff's office is asking for the public’s help in located the owner of white horse. The horse appears to have wandered away from home and "isn’t feeling well". anyone who may be missing a horse or who may have information on the owner is asked to call 719-276-5555, extension 8.

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