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DENVER (AP) – A storm packing plenty of moisture and cooler temperatures was expected to reach Colorado on Sunday, bringing up to a foot of new snow in parts of the San Juan Mountains, the National Weather Service said.Six to 12 inches was expected in southwest Colorado, where the snowpack in the San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan basins was 62 percent of average Saturday and where the Upper Rio Grande basin was at 55 percent.The storm moving in from the West, coupled with cold air from Canada, was expected to bring 8 inches of snow or more to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Forecasters said 25 mph winds could make visibility difficult amid blowing snow on Interstate 25.Forecasters said 4 to 8 inches of snow was possible in the Front Range but also in northeastern Colorado in the plains.

BOULDER (AP) – U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, an outspoken skeptic of global warming, is asking the leading federal climate change research center to explain its operations.The Oklahoma Republican is chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works which oversees Boulder’s National Center for Atmospheric Research and its parent organization, the University Center for Atmospheric Research.”NCAR and UCAR have had the contract with NSF (The National Science Foundation) for this work for about 40 years. Until recently it hasn’t been competed, and we want to know what the work they do is all about,” said Bill Holbrooke, spokesman for Inhofe’s committee.In a letter to NSF Director Arden Bement Jr. on Feb. 24, Inhofe made a sweeping request for information ranging from salary and job information, a list of research projects, and information on competition for the contract to manage NCAR.Inhofe’s request for the competition information was reasonable, said U.S. Rep. Mark Udall, who represents the Boulder area in Congress. “But his request for the names of NCAR and UCAR employees and a list of their research projects raises the question whether this is about the conclusions these scientists have reached or whether this is an attempt to influence the outcome of their research,” Udall said in a statement. “It would be completely inappropriate for Congress to attempt to determine the outcome of scientific research or to penalize scientists for conclusions because they might present a political problem.”

HAYDEN (AP) – Police are investigating an incident in which four high school boys were branded with a heated coat hanger during a party at which alcohol was served.”A couple of the older boys decided to brand the other boys. Some were willing, and some that weren’t willing were held down,” said Police Chief Jody Lenahan. He said he expects to file charges.Ruby Wertenberger said her son, who was branded against his will, suffered second-degree burns along his jaw line. “It just makes me sad, and I don’t think the boys realize the seriousness of it. They scarred some of these kids for life, emotionally and physically.”Although her son’s burns likely won’t leave a scar, Lenahan said some of the boys will have scars on their backs, arms, shoulders or faces.The incident occurred March 11 during a party during which 15 juveniles were present but no adults. School officials learned of it and contacted police, said Hayden High School Principal Troy Zabel.


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