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Dry, sunny weather in Denver to continue into weekend

December 13, 2018 - 7:28am

Skies will remain sunny and devoid of snow for the next several days, including the upcoming weekend.

Temperatures on Thursday in Denver could reach a high of 44 degrees, but the temperatures will rise into the mid-50s for the weekend, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.

The extended forecast shows no chance of snow in Denver through at least Wednesday next week.

Weather in the Front Range high country is also expected to stay mostly dry with temperatures in the 30s through the weekend, though ski resorts received several inches of snow Wednesday night.

Using a ton of lip balm? You’re not alone. The weather has been especially dry in the past few days.

On Monday, the National Weather Service recorded what may have been one of the driest days ever in Denver.

Dry weather and above normal temperatures are expected across north central and northeastern Colorado over the next several days. #cowx

— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) December 13, 2018

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Loveland Pass remains closed after snow slide; crews need daylight to work

December 13, 2018 - 7:04am

Loveland Pass remained closed Thursday morning due to a snow slide the previous night.

Authorities with the Colorado State Patrol closed U.S. 6 between Interstate 70 and the Arapahoe Basic Ski Area about 7 p.m. Wednesday. The highway remained closed at 7 a.m. Thursday.

Crews worked overnight to clear the road of debris but needed daylight to perform some work, according to the state patrol.

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LOVELAND PASS CLOSED – Due to a snow slide on east side.
Will remain closed overnight until @ColoradoDOT can perform mitigation in the daylight.
HazMat stage at the Eisenhower Tunnel portals. Traffic will be held and HazMat's allowed through the tunnel at the top of each hour.

— CSP Golden (@CSP_Golden) December 13, 2018

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Crash on Highway 12 involving patrol cars kills three including child, sheriff’s deputy

December 13, 2018 - 6:34am

Three people were killed Wednesday night after two patrol cars from the Las Animas County Sheriff’s Office crashed into another car while the deputies were en route to a call.

One of the deputies, the driver of the civilian car and a child died in the crash east of Valdez, according to a news release from the Colorado State Patrol.

Three sheriff’s deputies were responding to a report of a possible domestic fight just after 8 p.m. Wednesday when their two patrol cars collided with the third car, which was driving in the opposite direction on Highway 12.

The two deputies who survived have minor and moderate injuries, according to the release.

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The crash and the following investigation closed the highway for more than seven hours overnight. The road reopened at 3 a.m. Thursday.

No charges have been filed in connection to the crash. Colorado State Patrol investigators were not releasing the names of the deceased and injured early Thursday morning.

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Denver Sports Omelette: Broncos’ Super Bowl odds plummet after Week 14 loss

December 13, 2018 - 6:00am

So you’re saying there’s a chance.

After the Broncos won three straight, oddsmaker Bovada put their chances to win the Super Bowl at 66-to-1 odds. However, that loss to the 49ers have plummeted their numbers down to 150-to-1.

Here’s a look at some of the other lines:

  • The Broncos are 10-to-1 odds to make the playoffs.
  • Phillip Lindsay is 15-to-1 to win offensive rookie of the year, behind Saquon Barkley (2/19) and Baker Mayfield (9/2).
  • Bradley Chubb is 11-to-1 to win defensive rookie of the year, behind Derwin James (1/2), Darius Leonard (17/10) and Leighton Vander Esch (11/2).

Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post

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“Macunudo” joins Denver Post comics page lineup

December 13, 2018 - 6:00am

We’re excited to add a new comic strip to our lineup this week.

“Macanudo” has been published in Argentina since 2002 but has only recently been available in the United States. It features a  cast of characters that artist Ricardo Liniers Siri says were “born out of a desire to make people smile for a small fraction of the day.”

This is a whimsical strip designed more to make you smile and think a bit than laugh out loud. You’ll be following the book-loving Henrietta, and a boy named Martin, whose imaginary blue monster-friend Olga represents our childhood memories. There are mischievous gnomes, penguins, Picasso and other characters that come and go.

“Macanudo” replaces “Adam at Home,” which we know had its loyal followers who will miss it. We want our comics pages to offer a variety of strips — old favorites like Garfield, strips set around family life, and comics like the beautifully drawn Macanudo that is finding an audience with a new generation of readers. — Lee Ann Colacioppo 

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“Nothing has changed”: Investigations into Denver police officers’ controversial search of Rise Up Community School find no wrongdoing

December 13, 2018 - 6:00am

Neither Denver police nor the city’s public school system have made any policy changes nearly eight months after a controversial search for a wanted student at an alternative high school that resulted in two lengthy investigations and lingering trust issues.

In the immediate aftermath of the April 24 search, dozens of the approximate 110 students stopped showing up for class at Rise Up Community School, principal Lucas Ketzer said. It’s hard to know exactly why students stopped coming, he said, but some students have said that they hesitated to return because they did not trust police or because of their immigration status.

“When you have an incident like last spring, a lot of that trust is eroded,” Ketzer said. “The place they can come and not have to watch their backs or worry about certain things, it becomes clear to them that the school isn’t that place.”

The incident sparked heated school board meetings and an apology from then-Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg. But an internal review by the school system found that all safety personnel followed district policy during the search. And an internal investigation by the Denver Police Department also found that officers did not do anything wrong, though an officer received a minor reprimand for insulting teachers in a conversation with another officer that was recorded by his body camera.

The police and school system have not implemented any concrete changes beyond discussions with Rise Up staff.

“We just see both institutions (Denver police and Denver Public Schools) protecting themselves instead of trying to better serve the people,” said Jacob Cousins, spokesman for Padres y Jóvenes Unidos, a community organization that promotes racial equality in schools and helped bring public attention to the April incident.

Two reviews

The Denver Police Department is evaluating the situation to see what can be learned, spokesman Jay Casillas said. Police supervisors have met with Rise Up staff in an attempt to build a better relationship but the department has not taken other action.

“Nothing has changed so far,” he said.

The officer who called school staff “libtards” was verbally reprimanded and “reminded about using appropriate vernacular in a public setting and the potential impact based upon people’s perception,” Denver Public Safety records administrator Mary Dulacki wrote in an email. An officer who grabbed a teacher’s arm during the search was cleared of misconduct.

Denver Public Schools in its review found that all staff followed district policy, DPS spokeswoman Alex Renteria said.

DPS policies state that the schools have to notify a parent or guardian if police want to interview a student, except in “exigent circumstances.” If a student is a crime suspect, his or her parents must be in the interview with them unless they agree to waive that right. Schools must release a student to police if he or she is under arrest, but do not have to do so if the student is wanted only for questioning.

Denver police are allowed to enter a classroom without a search warrant, which is needed only to search lockers or personal belongings, Renteria said. Unless there’s a safety threat, police need approval from DPS or school staff to enter a school.

“In this situation the police officers were granted access by our public safety head because there was an imminent threat,” Renteria said, citing officers’ beliefs at the time that the Rise Up student might be armed.

Ketzer, the principal, said he was not contacted as part of the school district’s review and was disappointed by the lack of changes by the district and police.

“There are still people out there that see (Rise Up students) as less than, or thugs,” Ketzer said. “This affirms to our students that that is how they are viewed.”

Nick Mitchell, Denver’s independent monitor, said his office has attempted to bring the school and police together for mediation but so far that hasn’t happened.

Mutual mistrust

School staff and police gave conflicting accounts of what happened April 24, but body camera footage and an internal department investigation proved the school staff’s claims that officers grabbed a teacher to move her aside and pointed guns at another.

Ketzer received the results of the investigation in November and provided copies of all materials, including body camera footage, to The Denver Post.

After entering the school, a police officer told Ketzer that he wanted to question a student about a shooting overnight in Lakewood, body camera footage showed. Ketzer looked for the student but did not find him and denied officers’ requests to search the school.

In an interview with police later, Ketzer said officers never told him that that the student they were looking for could have a gun or that the student was the prime suspect in the shooting, according to police documents. Ketzer said if he had known that information he would have put the school on lock down and allowed police to search.

Michael Eaton, chief of Denver Public Schools Safety, arrived after Ketzer’s refusals and gave officers permission to search classrooms.

One teacher, Sarah Brown, asked why the officers needed to come into her classroom after they knocked on her door. An officer, Joseph Siemer, then grabbed Brown’s arm and moved her out of the way, despite the teacher’s verbal complaint.

In a statement during the investigation of the action, Siemer said he believed Brown was attempting to hide the student. Other officers on the scene discussed whether school staff were helping the student escape, body camera footage showed.

While police searched inside, other officers waited outside the school with their guns drawn. Officers trained their guns on a teacher who walked out the back door and did not let her back inside, body camera footage showed.

“She’s texting them,” Officer Michael Pineda said to the others in the alley. “She’s telling them what we’re doing.”

The internal police review found that officers acted reasonably when they had their guns out while maintaining the perimeter, documents showed.

Continued repercussions

Ketzer said he and other school employees continue to address the search with students. Staff routinely talk to the students about how to safely and productively communicate with law enforcement, he said.

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“The gut reaction is that this is one incident that happened at the school, but it makes me wonder about how many more incidents happen out there — especially for our student population — that are not reported and are part of their daily lives,” he said.

Advocates at Padres y Jóvenes Unidos found the results of the internal reviews troubling, Cousins said.

“(The students) feel like their school is not the safe place they thought it was,” Cousins said. “They feel over scrutinized and over policed because they’re students of color. They feel like this wouldn’t have happened at a white school in Cherry Creek.”

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Rockies’ Jeff Hoffman has raw talent to make rotation; can he harness it?

December 13, 2018 - 6:00am

LAS VEGAS — The 2019 season presents a huge challenge — and opportunity — for a number of Colorado’s young players. It’s major exam time for one in particular: right-hander Jeff Hoffman.

The centerpiece of the 2015 trade that sent star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto has yet make a positive impact in the majors. Hoffman’s 2018 season was discouraging, and that’s being kind.

But general manager Jeff Bridich remains hopeful that Hoffman, who turns 26 next month, can compete for a spot in the Rockies’ rotation.

“The flashes of talent that he’s shown at the major-league level need to expand,” Bridich said Wednesday on the final full day of baseball’s winter meetings.

Bridich said Hoffman needs to harness and develop his talent the way Kyle Freeland, German Marquez and Antonio Senzatela have over the past two seasons.

“He’s got that sort of ability, he’s got that pitch mix, he’s got the (velocity), he’s got the durability,” Bridich said of Hoffman. “But it needs to happen. And he has to look no further than the people who’ve been around him the most.”

Hoffman pitched just 8⅔ big-league innings over six appearances and two separate call-ups in 2018. His 9.35 ERA and 2.45 WHIP were, perhaps, misleading because of the small sample size, but his command was off even at Triple-A Albuquerque, where he posted a 4.94 ERA over 105 ⅔ innings. He struck out 8.7 batters and walked four per nine innings as a starter. That’s indicative of Hoffman’s inconsistency.

Rumor central. The Rockies continue to explore a variety of trade possibilities. According to a major-league source, a legitimate target is Cleveland first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion.

At first glance, it seems like an odd fit, given that Encarnacion played just 23 games at first base in 2018, and given the Rockies’ emphasis on solid defense. Plus, Encarnacion will be 36 next season and is due $20 million.

On the other hand, Encarnacion swatted 32 homers, drove in 107 runs and posted a .810 OPS for Cleveland this past season. He would add a dangerous bat to Colorado’s lineup and could be the run producer general manager Bridich is seeking.

The Indians, looking to dump some salary, might be willing to give up Encarnacion for prospects, perhaps including a young pitcher.

Switch-hitting first baseman Carlos Santana, recently acquired by a Mariners team that still might be looking to dump high salaries, also remains on Colorado’s radar.

Bridich has made it clear what his top offseason priority is.

“Generally, it’s run production — consistent run production,” Bridich said. “And I think as we saw in the latest parts of our season the ability to score in the toughest of situations and the most challenging situations in this game, in those playoff games that we have designs on participating in for years to come.”

Blackmon’s move. Charlie Blackmon has thrived as the Rockies’ center fielder, but at some point — maybe sooner, maybe later — he’ll probably be moved to a corner spot in an effort to save wear and tear on his body.

He’ll turn 33 on July 1, and Coors Field’s expansive outfield can be unforgiving.  Plus, he’ll be in just the second year of a six-year, $108 million contract, and the team wants to keep him healthy and productive at the plate.

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“The topic overall and in general was breached and discussed up front during the contract negotiations,” Bridich said. “There was no time frame put on it. But we felt like this was probably as his career progressed with us where it was going to head at some point. We wanted to have cooler minds and rational heads to discuss it as adults when the time was right.”

Manager Bud Black added: “We’ve talked about that with our group and among ourselves, and with Charlie I think he knows that at some point there might be a move to the corner.”

Black said David Dahl and Ian Desmond are possibilities to play center field.

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How Baker Mayfield proved NFL readiness under Broncos’ staff at Senior Bowl

December 13, 2018 - 6:00am

Vance Joseph and the Broncos’ coaching staff gathered in Mobile, Ala., last winter to lead the North Team at the Senior Bowl for an opportunity to coach and evaluate among the nation’s top NFL prospects.

Joseph organized several practices with a 12:30 p.m. start time.

The quarterbacks, though, arrived well before noon.

Baker Mayfield’s idea.

“He grabbed the quarterbacks and they had an hour before we got there (with) footwork and taking snaps from center,” Joseph said. “Those things that he wasn’t very good at, he worked on every single day. You could see it right away that he wants to be a great player.”

Few predicted the Browns would select Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick four months later and even fewer expected Cleveland’s playoff chances to be mathematically alive with three games left at 5-7-1. But little doubt surrounds Mayfield’s star potential as he faces off against his former Senior Bowl coaching staff Saturday night at Mile High. The Broncos are at full attention.

“When you look at him on film you’re like, ‘This guy is a baller,’” safety Su’a Cravens said. “He goes out there and doesn’t care what any defense does. He has that swagger of: ‘I’m going to make these throws. Go ahead and treat me like a rookie if you want to.’ ”

Mayfield’s transition from Oklahoma Sooners’ Heisman-winning quarterback to No. 1 pick took a significant step at the Senior Bowl with ESPN calling Mayfield, “the most comfortable running the offense, and he also showed the most consistency with the biggest variety of throws.” The Broncos, one month after signing quarterback Case Keenum to a two-year, $36 million deal, brought Mayfield in for an April workout at UCHealth Training Center including dinner with team brass. However, any possibility of landing Mayfield ended with the Browns’ top selection.

“I really enjoyed working with all of those (Broncos) guys on the offensive side and Coach Joseph,” Mayfield said. “How detailed they were, how they wanted to get us better and help us learn different things. To kind of give us a new perspective on a different offense that we hadn’t worked with before. I really enjoyed it.”

Added Joseph: “I knew that he had the arm talent to (be the No. 1 pick) and the football IQ. After the first (Senior Bowl) install, he could’ve taught the offense.”

Mayfield’s rookie season can be broken in two parts: before and after the firing of coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Under the old regime, Mayfield completed 58.3 percent of his throws at 6.6 yards per attempt, eight touchdowns, six interceptions and a 78.9 quarterback rating. With interim coach Gregg Williams and Freddie Kitchens running the offense, Mayfield’s completion percentage is up to 73.2 with 9.2 yards per pass, 11 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 114.5 passer rating.

An uptick made possible with increased participation from Mayfield in game-planning, Williams said, with scheme and play-calling directly reflecting Mayfield’s strengths utilizing weapons like running back Nick Chubb (5.3 yards per carry and eight touchdowns) and wide receiver Jarvis Landry (69 receptions for 791 yards). It has given Mayfield increased confidence and flexibility making calls at the line of scrimmage, plus adding shades of what made him must-see TV in college.

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“I try and give my perspective on some different things, a little twist or turn here and there of what I’ve done in the past and how to teach it to the receivers,” Mayfield said. “Those are the things that I do, but we’re not running just our Oklahoma offense, it’s a combination of what I’ve done in the past, what Freddie Kitchens does and our old system we had installed at the beginning of the year.”

Mayfield’s moxie has impressed many in the Broncos’ locker room.

“I’ve always liked Baker, even in college,” running back Phillip Lindsay said. “You’ve got to admire someone like that and especially at the quarterback position. I can’t wait to talk with him after the game, but during the game, he’s gonna have to watch out because (Bradley) Chubb, Von (Miller) and the defense, they’re not playing around.

“It’s about that time to go out there and get us a win.”

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Mile High mirror: Denverites see themselves as “intelligent” and “adventurous”

December 13, 2018 - 6:00am

When asked to describe people in Denver, city residents favored adjectives like “intelligent,” “adventurous,” “charitable” and “eco-conscious,” according to a new study from You Gov Omnibus, a survey firm.

They stayed away from terms like “lazy,” “close-minded,” “shallow” and “rude.” Oh, and please don’t say “sophisticated.” That’s not a term respondents think fits Denver.

Residents of Boston and Washington, D.C., were the most likely to say the term “intelligent” applied to people who lived in those cities, at 46 percent. But Denver wasn’t far behind. About 43 percent of Denverites felt that term properly described the city’s residents.

And no other city of the 20 in the study was associated with the term “adventurous” as much as Denver. Forty-three percent of respondents thought the term fit the Mile High City. Next closest were Seattle and Portland at just under 30 percent.

While it may be tempting to assume people in every city were willing to toot their own horn, that wasn’t always the case. About a quarter of Miami residents described people’s attitudes as “selfish” and “shallow” and in Phoenix, a quarter were willing to use the term “close-minded” to describe their fellow residents.

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And one in four New Yorkers and Philadelphians said “rude” properly described their compatriots.

Perception doesn’t always line up with reality. About 46 percent of those participating said “eco-conscious” was a good adjective for Denverites, even though the city has one of the worst recycling rates in the country. Not being rude here.

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PHOTOS: Travis Scott Astroworld Tour at Denver’s Pepsi Center

December 13, 2018 - 5:21am

Rapper Travis Scott, known as much for his musical prowess as his camera-ready relationship with Kylie Jenner, brought his colorful, amusement park-themed tour to the Pepsi Center Wednesday night.

The “Astroworld: Wish You Were Here Tour” was promised by the Houston rapper to be his “biggest tour yet … Bringing the amusement park of his chart-dominating critically acclaimed blockbuster ‘Astroworld’ to life on stage, the artist has envisioned a show unlike anything done before and unlikely to be topped.”

Take a ride by checking out the photos on The Know. 

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Opening date set for ChoLon chef Lon Symensma’s French restaurant LeRoux

December 13, 2018 - 5:21am

Lon Symensma may be known for Asian food here in Denver — see his restaurants ChoLon and Cho77 — but he actually started his career cooking European food under superstar chefs like Daniel Boulud and Jean-Georges. So for his newest restaurant opening Dec. 28, LeRoux, Symensma is getting back to his roots.

“LeRoux is kind of a celebration of my early years as a chef,” Symensma told us late last year, when he initially shared the concept. “Before I knew what lemongrass and chilies were, I was cooking at Michelin-star restaurants in France.”

He’s bringing that western European culinary experience to LeRoux, which will serve re-interpreted, modern takes on classics. The opening menu is yet to be released, but Symensma said he hoped that the Foie Gras and Oyster Skewers or French Onion Short Rib will spur the same kind of devotion that his soup dumplings have inspired at ChoLon.

It’s been a bit of musical chairs for Symensma’s restaurants of late, as LeRoux and Kaya Kitchen, a casual breakfast and lunch cafe, were originally supposed to open next door to ChoLon along the 16th Street Mall this past summer. Instead, Symensma moved Cho77 from its South Broadway spot into the space planned for Kaya (which Symensma said he’s saving for a collaboration project down the line) and introduced his Mexican concept BorraCho Tacos on Broadway.

LeRoux is staying put in the former H Burger space next to ChoLon as intended. Check it out beginning Dec. 28.

LeRoux: 1555 Blake St., Denver;; Opening Dec. 28

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Ask Amy: Husband wants to rekindle sex-starved marriage

December 13, 2018 - 4:30am

Dear Amy: After 10 years of therapy and antidepressants for PTSD from childhood sexual abuse, my wife of 20 years has decided that she can no longer tolerate sex or sexual activity, including kissing. All she wants is to hug and hold hands.

She believes this state is permanent and necessary for her healing.

Amy, we are only in our 50s. I am far too young to no longer have any sexual activity.

I have compassion for her pain, but this feels unbearable to me.

I have supported her through all her therapy, but I also want her to support my needs and desires, also.

We have twin teenagers who are wonderful. We have lots of friends and a happy house.

I want to also have a wife, not just an affectionate roommate.

My own therapist thinks that my wife should try harder on my behalf.

What should I do?

— Desperate Husband

Dear Desperate: Your therapist is most likely going to support your goals; your wife’s therapist will naturally encourage and support her goals.

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Because you are both so open to receiving therapy, you should consider committing to joint counseling; that way, at least you will both be coached through a conversation about this very important topic.

Of course your needs are every bit as important as your wife’s, but in a partnership the person with the lower libido will control the connection.

You seem to have had a sexual connection at some point in your marriage, and it is natural to want to maintain — or restore — this connection. Some unknown event may have triggered your wife’s current reaction to you; menopause or medication for her depression may be a contributing factor to her low libido and sex aversion. Her sexual history is traumatic — this is the X-factor in your dynamic.

I hope she is willing to try to recover your intimate connection as a couple. The effort of keeping you at arms-length, and feeling responsible for your unhappiness, will contribute to the aversion cycle.

You two make mutual decisions about your house, your friendships and your children. Your sex life should be mutual, too. When your wife refuses to kiss you, you feel unwanted and unloved. If you describe your desire for intimacy in heartfelt and emotionally relatable terms, she might understand and empathize with your needs.

Esther Perel is a therapist specializing in working with couples. Her TED talks and podcast offer fascinating insight into relationship dynamics. Her book: “Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence” (Harper Paperbacks, 2017) will offer ideas for how you and your wife could try to relate differently.

Dear Amy: I usually host the holiday dinners, and every year I listen to my husband complain about my brother’s eating habits. No matter what the entrée, my brother uses ketchup and puts it on most things on his plate.

It is not something I would do, but my husband is offended and outraged. His position is that it’s an insult to me — and the time, energy and expense involved to make a meal.

I’m not offended. I think it’s odd, but it really doesn’t affect me.

This year, my husband chose to make remarks loud enough for my brother to hear but not directly to him.

I was furious and after everyone left I told him I thought his behavior was rude and completely disrespectful to both me and my brother.

Needless to say, he does not agree. How do I navigate this minefield at the next holiday dinner?

— Holiday Stressed

Dear Stressed: You could offer a simple solution to your husband: If he will prepare and serve the holiday meal, then he will have earned the right to feel offended if your brother smothers the food in ketchup.

Your husband does not have the right to be rude and claim that it is on your behalf.

A most gracious host accepts people as they are, annoying quirks and all.

Dear Amy: Responding to “Unsure Grandparents,” about giving gifts to step-grandchildren, I was the step-grandchild who spent 10 Christmases watching my cousins open the latest clothing, toys and electronics, gifted by our “grandparents,” while my sister and I were given a sweatshirt and pants that were obviously from discount stores.

If these grandparents can’t or don’t wish to treat these two children the same, then they should find other ways to dote on their son’s child that won’t rub the sibling’s face in it.

— Been There

Dear Been There: Wise. Thank you.

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10 of the latest ice fishing gear to check out as we head into the season

December 13, 2018 - 1:31am

By Brad DokkenGrand Forks Herald, Tribune News Service via the Associated Press

Developments in ice fishing are ever-changing, but at the end of the day, it’s all about helping anglers be more comfortable and put more fish on the ice.

The thrill of the catch never changes.

That being said, there’s no doubt anglers always like to accumulate new “stuff” in their quest to put more fish on the ice. With the holiday season around us, now is the best time to gift yourself (or a loved one) with the latest gear.

From shelters to jigs, here are 10 products of note going into this year’s ice fishing season:

1. Clam FLR hub shelters

Hub houses are popular among ice fishing enthusiasts for their portability and affordability, and two new models from Clam now add optional floors to the mix.

Sold separately, the new Ice Thermal Floor units are made to fit in Clam’s new Escape Ice Thermal FLR and Refuge Ice Thermal FLR hub shelters. Easy to install and easy to remove with custom-fit Velcro, the floors help improve the warmth of the shelter by covering ice and snow and keeping anglers’ feet from direct contact with ice, snow and slush.

The floors, which have rectangular openings that offer plenty of hole-drilling options, include a carrying case for easy packing.

The Refuge Ice Thermal FLR shelter retails for $399.99, and the Refuge Ice Thermal floor retails for $149.99. The Escape Ice Thermal FLR retails for $549.99, and the Escape Ice Thermal floor is $179.99;

— Clam Corp.

2. Frabill Magnum Bait Station

New for 2019, Frabill’s Magnum Bait Station isn’t just for ice fishing, of course, but it looks like a great option for run-and-gun anglers who need to keep bait alive without splashing water all over the place.

The big change from previous models is the integrated aeration pump, which is built into the underside of the lid and not attached to the side, making it less cumbersome. The new Magnum Bait Station has a handle, along with a removable padded shoulder strap.

With an injection-molded base and commercial grade foam insulation, the bait station has been tested and proven to work in below freezing temperatures, Frabill says.

Available in 13- or 19-quart capacity, the bait station runs on a 12-volt power adapter or two D cell batteries. About $110;

— Herald staff report

Rapala Floating Aerator

Whether used in a tip-up hole or in a bait bucket, the Rapala Floating Aerator mixes air into water, aerating nearly half a gallon per minute. Ideal for most bait-storage containers or enclosures, it features a floating, water-activated switch, air-release stone and 18 hours of continuous runtime. The aerator can keep minnows fresh or fishing holes ice-free by setting the unit into the hole, where it will mix air into the water and ensure ice does not form. About $23.39;

— Rapala

Extreme Advantage Parka

Clam’s Extreme Advantage Parka has all the warmth and breathability features of their top-selling IceArmor Extreme Suit but was designed to hold the most common gadgets anglers use on the ice such as line cutters, hook removers, fish towels, cellphones and more. The Extreme Advantage Parka retails for $259.99;

— Clam Corp.

Dakota Lithium Battery

According to reliable sources, the Dakota Lithium Battery was a hot seller at the recent St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show.

Lithium batteries have become all the rage in recent years among ice fishing enthusiasts, and the Dakota Lithium 12-volt is designed to last four times as long as the traditional sealed lead acid batteries that have powered ice fishing electronics for years. In addition, the battery will take up to 2,000 charges compared with 100 for traditional lead acid batteries, the company literature says. The Dakota Lithium Battery weighs in at less than 3 pounds. About $99;

— Herald staff report

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New from Lindy Fishing Tackle, the Glow Spoon gives ice anglers another weapon for attracting fish and triggering strikes. Replaceable glow sticks light up the plastic spoon, which radiates the light in the color of the spoon. The spoon is shaped to impart a swimming action on the drop, while tungsten rattles call in gamefish from a distance. Available in 1/16- and 1/4-ounce sizes, and the replaceable glow sticks come in three-pack refills. Available in several colors, the Glow Spoon retails for $6.99, and the glow stick refills retail for $1.99;

— Lindy Fishing Tackle

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Northland Glo-Shot Jig

Not to be outdone, Bemidji-based Northland Fishing Tackle offers the Glo-Shot Jig.

The Glo-Shot Jig’s luminescent Glo-Shot Stick and fixed single-hook design make it ideal for deadsticking or fishing below a bobber with a live minnow. Lightweight, lead-free construction and unique shape allow the jig to swim, dance and flutter when vertically jigged and tipped with live bait or soft plastics. The added attraction of color radiating from the Glo-Shot Stick makes the jig especially effective in dark water and low-light conditions.

The Glo-Shot Jig is available in 12 colors, including UV Glo Perch, Super-Glo Perch, UV Purple Tiger and UV Pink Tiger. The interchangeable Glo-Shot Sticks also are available in 12 colors to match conditions. The Glo-Shot Jig retails for $8.49, and the Glo-Stick refills are $2.39 for a pack of three;

— Northland Tackle

Eskimo Outbreak 450i

Despite their popularity and portability, hub-style shelters can be treacherous when it comes to getting in and getting out. Eskimo, a pioneer in the hub house craze, has come out with the Outbreak 450i, a hub house with a “trip-proof” full panel door that zips all the way down to the ice with nothing to stumble over when entering or exiting. In addition, the shelter features 600 Denier — a unit of measurement used to determine fiber thickness — insulated fabric and 75 square feet of fishable area.

“We think it’s going to be a huge hit for families and even us big guys,” Mike Olson of Thompson, N.D., host of the “Fish Additions TV” show, said recently. The Outbreak retails for $449.99;

— Herald staff report

Jiffy E6 Lightning electric ice drill

A fixture in the power ice auger market with its gas and propane drills, Jiffy is among the numerous manufacturers wading into the electric auger market with its Jiffy E6 Lightning.

Powered by a 6 amp-hour lithium ion battery, the E6 is available in 6-, 8- and 9-inch drill sizes — best if used with 15:1 gear ratio models — in addition to a 10-inch drill that works best with the 24:1 gear ratio model. The auger has reverse and night lights, among other amenities.

The 6-inch model will drill 100 holes through 2 feet of ice, the 8-inch 70 holes through 2 feet, the 9-inch 60 holes through 2 feet and the 10-inch 60-holes through 2 feet.

Prices range from about $589.99 to $619.99 depending on the drill size;

— Herald staff report

Otter X-Over houses

The Otter XT Pro X-Over models feature a triple-layer insulated 1,200 Denier shell, deluxe padded and swivel bucket seats, rear access door and an Otter Pro sled. Available in four sizes: Cottage, $679; Cabin, $899; Lodge, $999; and Resort, $1199.

For the more budget-conscious the XT X-Over models feature a lighter 600 Denier triple-layer shell, flip-up padded bench seating and an Otter XT sled. The Cottage retails for $629, the Cabin for $729, the Lodge for $829 and the Resort for $999;

— Otter Outdoors

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Denver’s most Instagrammable neon art and where to find it

December 13, 2018 - 1:26am

If it feels like you’ve been seeing a lot of neon on your Instagram feed lately, your eyes aren’t deceiving you — neon is everywhere in Denver these days.

What’s not to love? Neon is vintage, eye-catching and a little bit edgy. Plus, it helps give local businesses a little free marketing on social media.

“It has always been a staple for your typical bar, but it definitely has gotten more attention as a funky detail in modern or minimal interiors,” said Maddie Bonthron, designer at RiNo Sign Works. “It has a nostalgic quality that is really appealing, and it photographs well at night, which any business will love for that free shout-out on Instagram.”

One of Denver’s best-known neon sign-makers, Morry’s Neon, has seen a “surge of requests” for them recently, said Tina Weseloh, who helps run the long-standing, family-owned business.

“Retro is in right now, and a lot of people see neon as retro,” said Weseloh. “Also, people are looking for something different than the average — and in my opinion, boring — LED channel letter sign. You just can’t get the feel of real neon any other way.”

In fact, the process of creating a neon sign — which requires the careful bending of neon glass into the right shape — is itself an artisanal, somewhat old-school craft that just a handful of people can do these days. Weseloh said neon bending takes years to master.

If you could use a little more neon in your life (or, you know, on your Instagram feed), here are 10 places you can find neon signs around Denver for inspiration.

Already checked ’em out? Share your photos with us by tagging @thknwco and use the hashtag #Iknowneon.

For the list of neon signs, go to The Know.

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Person shot in Denver’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, taken to local hospital

December 12, 2018 - 8:19pm

A person was shot in Denver’s Lincoln Park neighborhood on Wednesday night, police said.

#ALERT DPD investigating a shooting at 11th Ave and Osage St. 1 party with GSW and at hospital. Investigation is active and ongoing. 11th Ave closed between Osage and Mariposa. When more info comes available we will update here

— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) December 13, 2018

The shooting happened at about 7 p.m. at West 11th Avenue and Osage Street.

The victim was taken to a local hospital. Police have closed 11th Avenue between Osage and Mariposa streets as part of the ongoing investigation.


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Lakewood man who attacked his elderly mother sentenced to 14 years in prison

December 12, 2018 - 8:03pm
First Judicial District of Colorado via TwitterJames Andrew Navarro

A Lakewood man who beat his 70-year-old mother, punching her in the face and knocking out a tooth, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

James Andrew Navarro, 37, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to attempted second-degree murder on Oct. 25, according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

In February police were called to the home they shared in the 1300 block of Zephyr Street, according to a news release. The victim told investigators Navarro had threatened and harassed her. Afraid, she left the home to get away from him. Navarro followed her onto the street, grabbed her, threw her to the ground and pummeled her.

A man came to the victim’s aid and let her use his cell phone to call 911 for help.

A short time later, Navarro threatened, harassed and punched a man in a wheel chair at a nearby bus stop at Wadsworth Boulevard and West Colfax Avenue. A passerby interrupted that attack and alert police. Navarro was found a few blocks away and was arrested.

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Bowl Season! Reasons to watch all 39 games and who will win

December 12, 2018 - 7:58pm

A moment of silence, please, for Wyoming, Southern Miss, Miami (Ohio) and Louisiana-Monroe.

Those four teams reached bowl eligibility, but there were no postseason games available for them to play. Don’t dare say there are too many bowls. Not when the Cowboys, Golden Eagles, RedHawks and Warhawks were left out. No freebie Fossil watches for them to re-gift. No go-kart races after practice.

The fun starts for those who did get into the postseason — and those who get to watch it — on Saturday with five FBS bowl games and stretches through New Year’s Day. The College Football Playoff national championship will be decided on Jan. 7, but it already kind of feels like we know who will be in that.

It goes fast. Make time to savor every bowl, and watch them all. Do it for the Cowboys, Golden Eagles, RedHawks and Warhawks.


Celebration Bowl

At Atlanta

North Carolina A&T (no line) vs. Alcorn State

Why watch? You wouldn’t run a marathon without stretching, right? Consider this FCS matchup a warmup … NORTH CAROLINA A&T 28-14.

Cure Bowl

Orlando, Florida

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Tulane (minus 3½) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Why watch? Tulane’s magnificent logo, the Angry Wave , answers the question: What kind of monster would a mad environmental scientist create? … TULANE 28-24

New Mexico Bowl


North Texas (plus 8) vs. Utah State

Why watch? This bowl has been decided by one score eight times in its 12-year history, often with unpredictable twists and turns. Think “Breaking Bad,” but nobody dies … NORTH TEXAS 35-28.

Las Vegas Bowl

Fresno State (minus 4) vs. Arizona State

Why watch? Meaningless bowls? As Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards once said: “You play to win the game” — which is also a great slogan for one of those Vegas casinos … FRESNO STATE 28-21.

Camellia Bowl

Montgomery, Alabama

Georgia Southern (minus 1) vs. Eastern Michigan

Why watch? You never know when Eastern Michigan will break out its lip-synching skills… GEORGIA SOUTHERN 28-23.

New Orleans Bowl

Middle Tennessee (plus 7) vs. Appalachian State

Why watch? The final game for one of the most successful father-son, coach-quarterback duos in college football. Middle Tennessee QB Brent Stockstill has thrown for 12,165 yards playing for his father, head coach Rick Stockstill … APPALACHIAN STATE 28-20.



Boca Raton (Florida) Bowl

UAB (minus 2½) vs. Northern Illinois

Why watch? The joy of sacks: All-America DE Sutton Smith and Northern Illinois lead the nation with 50 quarterback takedowns and UAB is third with 43. … UAB 17-14.



Frisco (Texas) Bowl

San Diego State (plus 3) vs. Ohio

Why watch? Two of the oldest coaches in FBS go head-to-head in San Diego State’s Rocky Long, 68, and Ohio’s Frank Solich, 74. There is a Clint Eastwood movie here about tough senior citizens still getting it done … SAN DIEGO STATE 31-27.



Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

At St. Petersburg, Florida

Marshall (minus 2½) vs. South Florida

Why watch? South Florida started the season 7-0 and could finish it 7-6, which would be a first in major college football … MARSHALL 31-17.



Bahamas Bowl


Toledo (minus 5½) vs. FIU

Why watch? A football game on a tropical island sponsored by an industrial park in Illinois between a team from northwest Ohio and another from south Florida. Is this Mad Libs? … TOLEDO 35-24.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl


Western Michigan (plus 12) vs. BYU

Why watch? It’s been a while since BYU had a classic BYU quarterback, but freshman Zach Wilson might make the Cougars fun again … BYU 28-17.



Birmingham (Ala.) Bowl

Memphis (minus 5) vs. Wake Forest

Why watch? Both teams play fast offense and little defense … MEMPHIS 49-42.

Armed Forces Bowl

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston (plus 5) vs. Army

Why watch? Army has been playing football since 1891 and never won 11 games in a season. The Black Knights can get there with a victory … ARMY 28-20.

Dollar General Bowl

Mobile, Alabama

Buffalo (minus 2½) vs. Troy

Why watch? Fan of a Power Five team and tired of your coach? Scout a couple possible replacements in Buffalo’s Lance Leipold and Troy’s Neal Brown … TROY 24-23.

Hawaii Bowl


Louisiana Tech (plus 1) vs. Hawaii

Why watch? This is the last college game before three, bowl-less days. Not only should you watch, but hope it lasts five hours … LOUISIANA TECH 34-28.



SERVPRO First Responder Bowl


Boston College (plus 3) vs. Boise State

Why watch? Who hasn’t been longing for a rematch of the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl? … BOISE STATE 28-23.

Quick Lane Bowl


Minnesota (plus 3½) vs. Georgia Tech

Why watch? It’s retiring Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson’s last game with the Yellow Jackets and you’re going to miss that smirk when he’s gone … GEORGIA TECH 24-21.

Cheez-It Bowl


California (pick’em) vs. TCU

Why watch? With Kliff Kingsbury back to being an offensive coordinator, Cal’s Justin Wilcox could be the handsomest head coach in the Power Five … TCU 17-14.



Independence Bowl

Shreveport, Louisiana

Temple (minus 3½) vs. Duke

Why watch? Temple interim coach Ed Foley promised the Owls will play hard and how could you not believe him? … TEMPLE 27-21.

Pinstripe Bowl

New York

Miami (minus 4) vs. Wisconsin

Why watch? In a matchup of preseason top-10 teams, find out who will be this season’s biggest flop … WISCONSIN 23-21.

Texas Bowl


Baylor (plus 3½) vs. Vanderbilt

Why watch? The Bears and Commodores both won their final games to get bowl-eligible. They should be pumped to be here … VANDERBILT 35-28.



Music City Bowl

Nashville, Tennessee

Purdue (plus 3½) vs. Auburn

Why watch? Bowl season is all about conference bragging rights and the transitive properties of previous results. How much is a victory over the team that beat Big Ten champ Ohio State by 29 worth to the SEC? … AUBURN 28-21.

Camping World Bowl

Orlando, Florida

West Virginia (minus 1½) vs. Syracuse

Why watch? Get a look at West Virginia’s possible quarterback of the future. Miami transfer Jacks Allison is likely to start with star Will Grier skipping the game ahead of the NFL draft … SYRACUSE 35-31.

Alamo Bowl

San Antonio

Iowa State (plus 3½) vs. Washington State

Why watch? Odds are excellent Washington State coach and history buff Mike Leach knows more about the Battle of the Alamo than anyone in major college football. And there is at least a chance he will talk about it during his halftime interview … IOWA STATE 28-24.



Peach Bowl


Florida (plus 7½) vs. Michigan

Why watch? This will be the third matchup of Gators and Wolverines since Jim Harbaugh became Michigan coach in 2015. Wait, that’s why NOT to watch. This really should be UCF vs. Florida … MICHIGAN 24-17.

Belk Bowl

Charlotte, North Carolina

South Carolina (minus 4) vs. Virginia

Why watch? Under-the-radar QBs in South Carolina’s Jake Bentley and Virginia’s Bryce Perkins could make this a fun game … SOUTH CAROLINA 34-31.

Arizona Bowl

Tucson, Arizona

Arkansas State (minus 1½) vs. Nevada

Why watch? The best pass rusher you have never heard of plays for Arkansas State. Senior Ronheen Bingham had nine sacks and graded out among the nation’s best , per Pro Football Focus College … ARKANSAS STATE 34-30.

Cotton Bowl Classic

Arlington, Texas

CFP Semifinal, Notre Dame (plus 11) vs. Clemson

Why watch? The Fighting Irish make their first playoff appearance. Love’em or hate’em, you’ll watch’em … CLEMSON 35-26.

Orange Bowl

Miami Gardens, Florida

CFP Semifinal, Oklahoma (plus 14) vs. Alabama

Why watch? Kyler and Tua … ALABAMA 56-38.



Military Bowl

Annapolis, Maryland

Cincinnati (minus 5) vs. Virginia Tech

Why watch? It is noon EST on New Year’s Eve. You might be at work, but there’s no way you’re actually working … CINCINNATI 24-17.

Sun Bowl

El Paso, Texas

Stanford (minus 6½) vs. Pittsburgh

Why watch? The last time Pitt played in the Sun Bowl, the Panthers lost to Oregon State 3-0 in 2008. Has to get better, right? … STANFORD 31-21.

Redbox Bowl

Santa Clara, California

Michigan State (plus 3) vs. Oregon

Why watch? Does your favorite NFL team need a quarterback and have a high first-round pick? You need to know Oregon’s Justin Herbert … MICHIGAN STATE 20-14.

Liberty Bowl

Memphis, Tennessee

Missouri (minus 7½) vs. Oklahoma State

Why watch? Does your favorite NFL team need quarterback and have a mid to low first-round pick? You need to know Missouri’s Drew Lock … MISSOURI 42-31.

Holiday Bowl

San Diego

Northwestern (plus 7) vs. Utah

Why watch? If there’s a brawl, Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald and Utah’s Kyle Whittingham are two of the head coaches most likely to win a fight … UTAH 28-23.

Gator Bowl

Jacksonville, Florida

NC State (plus 4½) vs. Texas A&M

Why watch? If you love punting — and who doesn’t? — Aggies All-America Braden Mann is on pace to break the single-season record for net average by more than a yard aa 51.1 … TEXAS A&M 28-24.



Outback Bowl

Tampa, Florida

Mississippi State (minus 6½) vs. Iowa

Why watch? Mississippi State is a weird team. The Bulldogs have played only one game decided by less than 14 points this season … MISSISSIPPI STATE 28-14

Citrus Bowl

Orlando, Florida

Kentucky (plus 6½) vs. Penn State

Why watch? Kentucky LB Josh Allen, who has won three defensive player of the year awards — Nagurski, Bednarik and Lott Impact … PENN STATE 21-17.

Fiesta Bowl

Glendale, Arizona

LSU (minus 7½) vs. UCF

Why watch? The Knights have no interest in being lovable underdogs. Expect another offseason of banners and proclamations from UCF if it caps a second straight unbeaten season with another victory against an SEC power … UCF 31-24.

Rose Bowl

Pasadena, California

Washington (plus 6½) vs. Ohio State

Why watch? Urban Meyer’s last game as coach of Ohio State will be his first Rose Bowl … OHIO STATE 34-24.

Sugar Bowl

New Orleans

Texas (plus 11½) vs. Georgia

Why watch? The Bulldogs missed the playoff, but could still finish No. 2 in the country for a second straight season, depending on how the bowls go … GEORGIA 35-17.



College Football Championship

Santa Clara, California

Clemson vs. Alabama

Why watch? Tide-Tigers IV. If it’s half as good as Rocky IV, the one where he fights Ivan Drago, it’ll be awesome … TBD


Championship week: 8-2 straight; 5-5 against the spread.

Season: 205-74 straight; 150-150-3 against the spread.

Upset specials: 8-6 (straight up).

Best bets: 6-6 (against the spread).

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Two men ordered to stop building, selling food trucks after Colorado Attorney General action

December 12, 2018 - 6:54pm

Two men that fabricated and sold food trucks under the business names Denver Custom Food Trucks and Brothers Custom Food Trucks have been slapped with a preliminary injunction barring them from performing that work in Colorado.

Larry Perez and Rudy Martinez were the subjects of the legal action, taken in Denver District Court this week at the request of Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman.

The two men allegedly took advantage of the booming food truck industry in the Denver area by promising clients speedy delivery of outfitted trucks that would pass government inspections, knowing that they could not deliver, according to a release from Coffman’s office.

Issues reported by customers included trucks that were delivered long after promised six-week delivery dates or not delivered at all; trucks loaded with used equipment when contracts promised new items; and trucks that either failed safety inspections or were otherwise inoperable. The men also allegedly did not possess licenses to sell motor vehicles in the state.

The men saw their businesses shut down in Commerce City in May because of failure to pay taxes, but continued to operate in Denver, according to the Attorney General’s office.

A permanent injunction hearing for Perez and Martinez is scheduled to begin Feb. 13.

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Kiszla: With Broncos on brink, Vance Joseph and Brandon Marshall try to hang on to their jobs

December 12, 2018 - 6:36pm

Coach Vance Joseph and linebacker Brandon Marshall are fighting for their jobs in Denver, with no guarantee of being employed by the Broncos beyond this season.

While winning always boosts job security, the agendas of a coach on the hot seat and a player recovering from a chronic injury are as different as the challenges facing Joseph and Marshall. That’s why chemistry is fragile and tension can be high within the locker room of an NFL team on the brink of playoff elimination.

The next loss on Denver’s schedule might well be an elimination game for Joseph, whose career record of 11-18 with the Broncos probably can’t afford many more dings if he wants to retain this gig in 2019. So as Joseph prepares to play Cleveland, the embattled coach has sent a not-so-subtle message to the walking wounded on his roster: All hands on deck.

“No one’s totally healthy this time of year,” Joseph said Wednesday. “You have to want to get back on the field.”

Is Joseph talking to Marshall, who has missed five straight games with a bone bruise in his knee? No doubt.

Football, however, is more than a game to the veteran linebacker. It’s his business, and Marshall is aware the Broncos could save $5 million next season if they part ways with him.

“You have to look at it as a business,” Marshall said. “We would all love football to be that backyard game we used to play in high school and there was no politics involved. But there’s a lot of politics. So you have to put that into consideration when you make a decision: Do I need to come back early, even though I’m hurting? Or do I need to sit out?”

In a sport romanticized as the ultimate tough-guy contest, there’s a fine line in doing what’s best for your team and what’s best for your body.

“You’ve got to do what’s best for you,” Marshall said.

That’s the only smart thing for an athlete to do in the NFL, where the money is good but loyalty is a one-way street in favor of the team. It’s never easy, however, to sit on the sideline.

“It’s tough,” Marshall said. “You want to get out there on the field, you want to play, you want to put it on film, you want to make yourself some money and help your team out. But then you also think: ‘Dang, am I going to hurt the team? And I’m going to hurt myself?’ ”

With the recent focus on the brain damage football can cause, the NFL has lost a little of the rub-some-dirt-on-it attitude toward injury. It would be naïve, however, to think the league has grown a heart. It seems to me there remains far greater emphasis on the points on the scoreboard than that pain in a player’s shoulder or knee.

“You have certain injuries that you can play with that you won’t continue to make it worse,” Joseph said. “You can play with it, but it’s painful.”

Josey Jewell, a rookie from Iowa, has stepped in for Marshall. Jewell has been solid against the run but unspectacular in pass coverage. On a team trying to rebuild and remain competitive at the same time, maybe Jewell’s best attributes are being young and relatively inexpensive, with a salary cap number of about $750,000 next season.

While Marshall seems optimistic this will be the week he returns to action, defensive coordinator Joe Woods warned: “He’ll have some rust, but he’s been moving around in practice. We’ll probably play him in a limited role.” Look for Marshall on the field in passing situations but for Jewell to take the majority of snaps.

Time is running out on the Broncos’ playoff hopes. The clock ticks on patience for Joseph. And the next three games could be Marshall’s final action in a Denver uniform he has worn since 2013.

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Everybody understands it is crunchtime for the Broncos.

But fans, guided by what’s in their hearts, seldom stop to consider there are different rules in these big games for Joseph and Marshall. In a business with precious little job security, putting what’s best for everybody ahead of self-preservation can be a trickier proposition than standing in a huddle prior to the opening kickoff and shouting “Team!” on a count of three.

“By no means is my knee going to feel 100 percent within these next three weeks,” Marshall said. “But I need to get out there, because you need some film. You need to show why they should keep you, or why another team should sign you.”

Every game is a must-win for an embattled coach, so it would be unrealistic to expect Joseph to emphasize anything except the next play, much less see the big picture. While Marshall sincerely wants to help the Broncos win, can a linebacker approaching his 30th birthday really afford to bleed orange, when the business of football might force him to earn his money in another NFL city next year?

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Colorado broadband speeds decent but not the best

December 12, 2018 - 6:30pm

Broadband speeds across the country are rising rapidly, but Colorado isn’t at the front of the pack when it comes having the fastest Internet.

A new study from Ookla, the Seattle-based provider of the popular Speedtest application, ranks Colorado as the 14th fastest state when it comes to average download speeds on fixed broadband. Colorado speeds clocked in at 104.63 Mbps, sandwiched between Utah and Virginia.

Just don’t ask about upload speeds. The state’s results were middling at best, averaging 26.8 Mbps.

“On average, U.S. consumers should have few complaints about recent increases in internet speeds. However, Ookla research shows that those speeds vary widely depending on location and provider,” according to the study.

New Jersey had the fastest download speeds of any state at 121.45 Mbps and a strong 56.5 Mbps for upload, double Colorado’s. Other speedy states making the top five included Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware and Hawaii.

By contrast, Maine had the slowest download speeds of any state at 50.64 Mbps and upload speeds at a glacial 9.96 Mbps. New Jersey speeds were 140 percent faster than those found in Maine. The Rocky Mountain region was home to the next three slowest states, all under 60 Mbps for downloads — Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

The study also looked at fixed broadband speeds in the biggest cities. Denver’s average download speed came in at 104.05 Mbps, while Colorado Springs had a slightly higher average download, 109.7 Mbps, and Aurora beat both at 127.99 Mbps. Average upload speeds in Denver, however, were double those of Aurora and Colorado Springs.

Xfinity was the fastest provider in all three Colorado cities. But Kansas City, Mo., hardly a tech hub, made Denver look like it was sauntering. Its average download speeds clocked in at 159.2 Mbps. The difference — Kansas City has Google Fiber. Denver does not.

Fixed broadband continues to provide much faster speeds than cellular providers, who are looking to leapfrog over their rivals with the introduction of 5G, a much faster wireless technology.

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The study found that fixed broadband speeds nationally are rapidly ramping up, which leaves some areas at risk of falling behind.

The test results show a 35.8-percent increase in download speed nationally compared to last year and a 22-percent increase in upload speed. The U.S. ranks seventh between Hungary and Switzerland for download speeds and 27th for upload speeds, behind Bulgaria.

The Ookla study is based on samples from 115.4 million speed tests run by nearly 24.3 million unique users during the second and third quarters.

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