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In June, a young moose wandered onto a skate park in Nederland and got stuck at the bottom of a concrete halfpipe; his efforts to escape by running up the side of the pipe proved futile. Wildlife officials ultimately tranquilized the moose and lifted him out with a winch — but he later died from the stress.
Colorado Springs City Councilman Tim Leigh was hanging out on his deck with his wife and granddaughter in May when a feral cat attacked his pet cat, Annie. The councilman jumped in to protect his pet, and the stray turned on the elected official, savaging his hand so badly that Leigh had to go to the hospital.
After being burned by a TV radio transmitter in Colorado Springs in November, a skunk took out his aggressions by spraying the communications equipment, causing it to short out and leading to a satellite-TV outage.
Stop everyone and sort 'em out later. That's how Aurora police handled the hunt for a criminal in June. After getting a call about a robbery at the Wells Fargo branch at East Hampden Avenue and South Chambers Road, the cops decided that everyone was a suspect and pulled over more than two dozen cars at gunpoint just a few blocks away, forcing motorists out and handcuffing everyone. They eventually managed to locate an actual suspect.
In January, two women who were opposed to a planned five-story apartment complex in northwest Denver showed up unannounced at City Councilwoman Susan Shepherd's house and, after a heated conversation about the issue, began shouting at her in front of her young son and threatening to file a recall petition against her. The incident sparked an outcry and a Denver City Council plea for civility.
Denver Chief of Police Robert White was shocked — shocked! — to learn in July that airport cops are a pain in the ass when they force you to move on at passenger pickup, even when the person you are waiting for is only seconds from walking through the door. The chief reportedly lectured one of his officers after he told White's wife that she had to move along as she waited for White. According to the Denver Post, "White bawled out the cop, who was working off-duty handling traffic at the airport, because police should be willing to let someone wait in the passenger pickup zone for a few seconds if the traveler will be there in moments, he said." Welcome to the real world, Chief.
Wild horses almost couldn't keep Interior Secretary Ken Salazar away from Colorado Springs Gazette reporter Dave Philipps in November, after Philipps asked the former senator about the Bureau of Land Management's controversial policies regarding wild horses on public lands. "Don't you ever.... You know what, you do that again...I'll punch you out," Salazar said to the reporter — a threat that was captured on tape. A Salazar spokesman later said that "the secretary regrets the exchange."
It's a little awkward to have your jail named after one of the inmates, which is why Arapahoe County removed Patrick Sullivan's name from the building's title in April, re-christening it as simply the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Detentions Facility. Sullivan had been the Arapahoe County sheriff for decades before retiring in 2003, then picking up a felony meth-for-sex charge eight years later that netted him a thirty-day jail sentence — to be served in the building once named for him — and two years of probation.
These accounts were compiled from reports in numerous media outlets across the state, including Westword.