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Speaking in Golden yesterday, Mitt Romney promised that his economic program will create 12 million new jobs in the next four years and likened President Barack Obama to a “dog trying to chase its tail” when it comes to strengthening the sluggish recovery. Obama, firing back instantly, said his rival favors “trickle-down fairy dust” that has failed to fix the economy in the past. Each is on a mission to gain undecided voters in a race dominated by the economy and high joblessness. Romney unveiled his plan for more jobs and more take-home pay, backed by an 8-page paper arguing that the economic stimulus and other policies backed by Obama “exacerbated the economy’s structural problems and weakened the recovery… at the present rate of job creation, the nation will never return to full employment” the report says.

Heavy rain led to a mudslide on Colorado 149 on Tuesday night roughly 10 miles north of South Fork, closing the highway for just under three hours. No cars were caught in the slide, which covered the north-bound lane and part of the south-bound lane. The largest boulder in the slide was roughly half the size of a car. Crews with the Colorado Department of Transportation cleared the road, which sits between a canyon wall and the Rio Grande. Falling rock from the side of the canyon would also lead to a three-car accident at about 8:15pm on Tuesday after the road had been cleared. A fire truck responding to a report of a lightning strike in the canyon hit a rock in the road about a half-mile north of where the mud slide had occurred. The rock threw the truck into the oncoming lane where it collided with another pickup pulling a trailer. The force of the collision pushed the pickup into another vehicle behind it. Six people were transported to the Del Norte hospital with minor injuries in connection with the accident.

James Reinholdt “Butch” Cahill, 56, a former volunteer at the San Isabel Boy Scout Ranch, was found guilty of child sexual assault recently in Boulder County. Last month a jury returned two guilty charges against Cahill, namely: sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust with a pattern of abuse, and sex assault on a child with a pattern of abuse. Cahill was a volunteer at the ranch which is located in Custer County just over the Pueblo County Line, for about 10 years. He worked there as recently as last summer. Cahill was found guilty of sexually assaulting a boy in the Longmont area. Last November, authorities sent letters to more than 240 families of scouts, both in Colorado and out of state, who had attended the camp in the past decade. The letter alerted them of the allegations and sought information on other possible victims. Cahill is scheduled to be sentenced on September 28th.

Speed and alcohol are suspected in a 1am crash early yesterday morning in the northbound lanes of Interstate 25 near Indiana Avenue on the south side of Pueblo. Two people were seriously injured in the accident, although their names have been withheld by authorities. Both were taken to St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center. According to police, a black 2003 Ford Focus was traveling north in the southbound lanes when it struck a maroon 1989 Cadillac head-on. The Cadillac rolled and the occupant was trapped under the car. No arrests have been made thus far in connection with the accident. The wreck forced the closure of the northbound lanes of traffic.

12th Judicial District Attorney David Mahonee, along with 11th Judicial District Attorney Thorn Ledoux and 5th Judicial District Attorney Mark Hurlbert released an opinion this week that the July 14th fatal shooting of Jacob Vanderbeek, 18, near Villa Grove was justified. Vanderbeek died from multiple gunshot wounds fired by Buena Vista Police Officer Dean Morgan following an 80-mile high-speed chase that began in the Leadville area and ended outside of Villa Grove. Law enforcement officers involved in the July 14th incident were from Leadville, Lake County, Buena Vista, Chaffee County and the Colorado State Patrol.