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Why Drew Lock never intended to miss Broncos training camp practices

July 18, 2019 - 12:01pm

The Broncos’ first training camp practice was over when quarterback Drew Lock’s work had just begun.

Teammates walked into the locker room Thursday afternoon at UCHealth Training Center while Lock, a 2019 second-round draft choice, completed a series of timed on-field sprints. No complaints from Lock, though, with his makeup conditioning test one final hurdle following lengthy contract negotiations that nearly kept him out of training camp.

“I was anxious to get out on the field,” Lock said after practice.

Lock remained the final unsigned player from Denver’s rookie class when the Broncos initially reported Wednesday morning. He was not permitted to join the team until his contract was finalized. Yet the collective anxiety among Broncos Country proved short-lived. Denver and Lock’s representation at Creative Artists Agency reached a deal late Wednesday that halted a potential holdout.

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But it appears Lock never intended to miss practice in order to secure a salary that eclipsed rookie offensive lineman Dalton Risner (picked one spot before Luck at No. 41). Per the industry website Spotrac, Lock agreed to a four-year deal that will pay him $7,010,817; or $131,000 less than Risner on a per-year basis. Lock didn’t let that discrepancy derail his plans.

“The Broncos and my agency were working together, but I had told my agency beforehand that if it got to the point where I was missing practice then there was no chance we were going on with it,” Lock said. “I was going to sign a deal and I was going to get here because the most important thing to me was getting out here.”

The Broncos drafted Lock to compete with Kevin Hogan to back up Joe Flacco in 2019 and eventually take over as the starter. The opening of Broncos training camp demonstrated the job won’t be simply handed to Lock. He was given 17 snaps with the third-team offense in team scrimmage periods Thursday while Hogan and Flacco recorded 22 snaps each.

But Lock also flashed the brilliance which made him a coveted draft prospect, including an on-the-run completion to wide receiver Fred Brown in which Lock rolled right and connected with a nifty sidearm delivery. Broncos coach Vic Fangio said he is seeking “improvement in all areas” from Lock over the course of camp.

“Command of the offense, command of the line of scrimmage, decisions on where to start the ball, how quickly he can make those decisions — everything,” Fangio said. “Just become a quarterback.”

Lock’s training camp participation eliminates a potentially harmful distraction and allows his football development to continue unencumbered. The next few weeks of practice and preseason games will help determine how close Lock might be in taking the next step.

“It was really good to be back out here with everybody and kind of get back in the swing of things,” Lock said. “I was out here really digesting everything and taking every single rep in. To be able to go back inside and watch it all over again and learn some more will be good for me.”

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Love them or hate them, scooters are staying in Denver

July 18, 2019 - 12:00pm

Denver’s dockless scooters have been rolling on a deadline. No more.

City officials originally said that scooter apps like Lime and Bird could operate in Denver until July 31, 2019. Now the city is taking steps to allow them on the streets indefinitely.

City staff established a temporary set of rules last summer after the companies shocked Denver’s government by deploying the vehicles without permission. The year-long “pilot program” was meant to test how riders would behave, and how the city might manage thousands of scooters and electric bikes.

Apparently, Denver Public Works likes what it saw. The pilot program will extend into August, according to city spokesperson Heather Burke, as the city prepares to permanently legalize the wheelie gadgets in September.

RELATED: Colorado Rockies ban scooter riding near Coors Field during games amid heavier traffic, face-first crash

Over the last year, the city has allowed the scooter population to grow to 2,840, plus 500 dockless bikes. The city also has tried to encourage the companies to distribute bikes to neighborhoods outside of downtown, and the Denver City Council passed a law to allow scooters into bike lanes at speeds up to 30 mph. Denver Parks and Recreation also decided to allow scooters onto greenways like the Cherry Creek Trail under a temporary rule.

Denver has collected $128,250 in permit fees from the five scooter operators: Bird, Lime, Lyft, Razor and Spin.

Meanwhile, the operators have continued to invest in Denver, including with more rugged scooter models.

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The vehicles have encountered some resistance, including near Coors Field, where the Rockies have banned riding scooters and bikes on Blake Street during games. They have caused the occasional confrontation — including an infamous slapping incident — and some serious injuries, especially since most riders don’t wear helmets.

Misplaced scooters also block sidewalks, a difficulty in particular for people with disabilities; the businesses have responded by asking users to submit photos of their parking jobs. But mobility advocates say they are a promising way to get people moving for shorter distances where transit isn’t ideal.

The city will publish more details about scooter usage and the new permitting program in the weeks ahead.

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Broncos training camp rewind, Day 1: A recap of the first practice

July 18, 2019 - 11:46am

PLAYER ATTENDENCE

Did not practice: TE Bug Howard (illness) and P Colby Wadman (personal reason). Coach Vic Fangio said Howard became ill on Wednesday and it was likely food poisoning.

Returned to practice: TE Jake Butt (ACL) did 7-on-7 work, WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) was limited to individual drills and RB Phillip Lindsay (wrist) participated in all parts of practice.

NEW INJURIES

LB Todd Davis (calf) was headed for a post-practice MRI, according to a source. Davis walked gingerly from the sideline to a golf cart for a ride back to the locker room.

TOP PLAY
During QB Joe Flacco’s second segment of 11-on-11 play, rookie WR Juwann Winfree made a fine diving catch on a pass to the left side.

THUMBS UP
*CB De’Vante Bausby. Intercepted a pass thrown by QB Kevin Hogan and tipped by LB Alexander Johnson. “I had the ‘squat’ (zone coverage) so I gave my guy a shove and then (safety) Su’a Cravens took his vertical route,” Bausby said. “There was nobody in my vicinity so when (Hogan) checked down to the running back, (Johnson) tipped it — I was in the right place at the right time.”

*RB Phillip Lindsay. So much for being eased into practice. Lindsay took the first hand-off of 11-on-11 and did not appear to be limited. “He had his legs (during recovery from wrist surgery) so I shouldn’t be surprised,” Fangio said. “But he was chomping on the bit to get out there.”

*The weather. If the scorching temperatures continued to be on the forecast, they didn’t arrive during the Broncos’ practice. “The heat wasn’t bad,” Fangio said. “You have to remember, I spent nine years in New Orleans, some in South Carolina (where the Panthers trained) and Houston. They would pray for a day like this.”

THUMBS DOWN

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*WR Courtland Sutton. A few drops during individual drills. “I kind of ride him and tease him a little bit so I’ll take advantage of that,” Fangio said when asked about Sutton’s day.

*QB Joe Flacco. Criticizing the starting quarterback on Practice 1 of camp? There were a few overthrows on routes over the middle.

*Broncos’ 2016-18 product. A crowd that can be politely described as “thin” showed up for the first day of camp. The fanbase’s way of saying, “Show us.”

ODDS AND ENDS

  • Quarterback playing time (11-on-11): Joe Flacco 22 snaps, Kevin Hogan 22 snaps, Drew Lock 17 and Brett Rypien four.
  • Quarterback playing time (7-on-7): Flacco seven, Hogan six, Luck six and Rypien two.
  • Teams can’t put on pads during camp until after three practices, which means Sunday is the first available workout. As for Thursday, coach Vic Fangio said: “I thought it went good. That practice was basically very similar to what we were doing in OTAs structure-wise — it was maybe 10 minutes longer than that. (Friday’s) will be similar and we’ll eventually build up to where it will be longer and get more plays in as we go.”
  • WR Emmanuel Sanders started camp on the active roster (and not PUP), which allowed him to lead the receivers in individual drills. “It’s a testament to all of the hard work I’ve put in, all the pain I’ve gone through that I’m here standing and saying, ‘I feel really good,’” Sanders said.
  • TE Jake Butt estimated he played “5-6 snaps” of 7-on-7 in his first non-individual work since tearing his ACL last year. “I have to shake off some rust,” he said. “It’s been awhile. It feels like I’ve been fighting an uphill battle overcoming this third (ACL). It’s going to take some time and that being said, it’s still really early. But I’m a competitive guy and hold myself to a higher standard. Dropped a ball — no excuse.”
  • The first unit offensive line: LT Garett Bolles, LG Dalton Risner, C Connor McGovern, RG Ron Leary and RT Ja’Wuan James. Don Barclay subbed for Leary on some 11-on-11 snaps.
  • The second unit offensive line: LT Elijah Wilkinson, LG Sam Jones, C Jake Brendel, RG Barclay and RT Jake Rodgers.
  • A new scoreboard with time, score, down-and-distance, etc., was installed at the top of the berm opposite the Broncos’ facility.
  • Flacco’s first drop-back didn’t happen. On his third play of 11-on-11, Flacco mishandled what appeared to be a fine shotgun snap from McGovern.
  • TE Noah Fant’s first intended target (from Hogan) was broken up by S Will Parks.
  • On Flacco’s second segment, Sutton had a completion broken up by CB Chris Harris, but Sutton caught an out route on the next play.
  • A nice play from Lock late in practice. After the snap, he rolled to his right and adjusted his throwing motion (3/4th delivery) to flip a pass to WR Fred Brown.
  • The first unit kickoff coverage: CB Isaac Yiadom, RB Devontae Booker, LB Dekoda Watson, S Jamal Carter, S Shamarko Thomas, WR Tim Patrick, LB Joe Jones, LB Kieshawn Bierria, FB Andy Janovich, Parks and K Brandon McManus.
  • Lock’s final 11-on-11 segment was with the second-team offensive line. He threw incomplete and handed off to RB Khalfani Muhammad.
  • Before practice, the Broncos announced that three coaches will join the team during camp as part of the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship. Jason Belser played in the NFL for 11 years and is a coaching consultant at Independence High in South Riding, Va. Lamar Owens is entering his first year as the assistant receivers coach at Georgia Southern. And Will Tukuafu played 50 NFL games for San Francisco (2011-13) and Seattle (2014-16).

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE
9:15 a.m.-noon practice (open to the public).

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Colorado rafting season expected to go long this year, extending into early fall

July 18, 2019 - 11:26am

Colorado rafting companies are planning for extended seasons reaching into October, thanks to abundant snowfall last winter and spring that promises to keep flows strong through the summer.

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June brought high water levels, but with the arrival of warm temperatures and the passage of peak runoff, river flows currently are described as moderate — and there’s plenty more to come.

“All geographic areas have different levels of rafting, but we’re anticipating many runs will be open later this season than they have in several years,” said David Costlow, executive director of the Colorado River Outfitters Association in a news release. “Durango has family- to wild-rafting, as does the Buena Vista to Cañon City area. The Cache la Poudre outside Fort Collins, the Rio Grande near Creed, all sections of the Colorado and the Taylor near Crested Butte are enjoying consistent and full-level flows.”

CROA said rafting on the Upper Colorado north of Winter Park and the Lower Colorado through Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction will last into October, as will be the case with Yampa near Steamboat Springs. In the Durango area, which saw meager flows a year ago due to drought, the Animas should support rafting through September. Sections of the Arkansas likely will be raftable through September and, closer to Denver, Clear Creek should have rafting well into August.

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“Cautiously optimistic”: Broncos Country welcomes change as 2019 team debuts at training camp

July 18, 2019 - 10:56am

Sarah Whittaker walked briskly toward the entrance of the UCHealth Training Center in Englewood on Thursday morning, clad in a blue Brandon Marshall No. 15 jersey. The sun shone bright, the sky a deep blue. Fans tossed footballs in the parking lot. Whittaker couldn’t stop smiling.

While some couples celebrate their marriage with a fine bottle of wine or an expensive meal, Whittaker and her husband spent their 16th wedding anniversary watching their beloved Broncos suit up for the first time this season.

“Where else would you want to celebrate an anniversary than training camp?” Whittaker said.

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Legions of fans decked out in orange and blue joined the happy couple Thursday morning in Englewood to watch the Broncos open training camp for the 2019 season.

But while some fans lined up before dawn to claim a spot along the sidelines, the crowds this year were nothing like the Peyton Manning era, said Lewis Cisneros.

“I’m shocked it’s not as packed,” Cisneros said. “But I can’t control everyone. I know I’m here.”

After three straight seasons missing the playoffs, fans in attendance eagerly watched their new quarterback, Joe Flacco, throw his first passes as a Bronco, hoping — praying — that this is the year Denver returns to playoff glory.

Evan Weddle drove eight hours from Wichita, Kan., to take in his first training camp. And he left no doubt as to who he came to see.

“Oh, I’m definitely trying to flag Phillip Lindsay down today,” Weddle said. He was sporting an orange Lindsay jersey and carried a sign with his 2018 fantasy football roster, proof that he drafted the unknown Colorado star to his team before the running back became a household name.

With Flacco under center and new coach Vic Fangio at the helm, Weddle, 31, echoed the sentiment of many Broncos fans on Thursday: “I’m cautiously optimistic.”

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    Steven Dunbar Jr. (13) of the Denver Broncos and Courtland Sutton (14) shake hands as teammates Tim Patrick (81), Trinity Benson (2) and Juwann Winfree (15) warm up during Denver Broncos training camp on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

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    Juwann Winfree (15) of the Denver Broncos warms up during Denver Broncos training camp on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

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    Brett Rypien (4) of the Denver Broncos stretches during Denver Broncos training camp on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

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    Dymonte Thomas (35) of the Denver Broncos catches the ball during Denver Broncos training camp on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

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    Jake Brendel (64) and Connor McGovern (60) of the Denver Broncos take the field during Denver Broncos training camp on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

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    River Cracraft (11) of the Denver Broncos tosses the ball during Denver Broncos training camp on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

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    Todd Davis (51) of the Denver Broncos takes a moment during Denver Broncos training camp on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

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    Von Miller (58) of the Denver Broncos high fives fans before running onto the field during Denver Broncos training camp on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

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    Connor McGovern (60) snaps the ball to Joe Flacco (5) of the Denver Broncos during Denver Broncos training camp on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

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    Chris Harris (25) of the Denver Broncos warms up during Denver Broncos training camp on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

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    Nathan Jacobson (62), Phillip Lindsay (30) and Ryan Crozier (63) of the Denver Broncos work through drills during Denver Broncos training camp on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

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    Emmanuel Sanders (10) and River Cracraft (11) stand with fellow receivers during Denver Broncos training camp on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

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    Courtland Sutton (14) runs through drills during Denver Broncos training camp on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

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    Phillip Lindsay (30) of the Denver Broncos runs during Denver Broncos training camp on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

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    Joe Flacco (5) hands off to Phillip Lindsay (30) during Denver Broncos training camp on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

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    Chris Harris (25) speaks to Trey Johnson (39), Bryce Callahan (29) and Shamarko Thomas (38) during Denver Broncos training camp on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

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    A young fan snoozes during Denver Broncos training camp on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

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    Joe Flacco (5), Kevin Hogan (9) and Brett Rypien (4) stand work through drills during Denver Broncos training camp on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

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Since Manning retired following the 2015 Super Bowl victory, John Elway, president of football operations, desperately has been searching for a quarterback. The former Broncos legend has rolled the dice with Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, Chad Kelly and Case Keenum. None have stuck around.

Now it’s Joe Flacco’s turn, the strong-armed former Baltimore Raven who won Super Bowl MVP honors in 2012.

Whittaker said she couldn’t stand Flacco on the Ravens. “Maybe it was his name,” she said.

Now that he’s in a Broncos uniform, things are different.

“I support the wonderful Mr. Flacco,” Whittaker said. “Now that he’s on our team, I love him.”

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Dylan Eppard, 21, likes to come to at least one day of training camp every year, the first chance to check out the new crop of rookies and other free agent additions.

“I just like the atmosphere,” Eppard said, joining the rest of his family for the day’s festivities. “You get to sit on the grass, see how everyone looks on Day 1. It’s great.”

As the temperatures approached 90 degrees, fans plopped down on the sloped hill overlooking the practice field. Many strained through binoculars to see their favorite players. Cheers erupted as Miller wowed the crowd with one-handed catches in the end zone. Defensive linemen next to him chugged through drills.

Inside the pro shop, young fans and adults alike perused the merchandise. The hottest jerseys, employees said, were Lindsay and Miller.

Jake Martinez sat on a bench overlooking practice, taking in the scene. Everything on him screamed Broncos: the John Elway jersey, the Broncos socks, the orange bucket hat. He even sported an orange-and-blue watch. Martinez said he couldn’t get a ride to late-owner Pat Bowlen‘s service at Broncos Stadium in June, so he walked from downtown Denver.

“We’re going to win the Super Bowl for Pat Bowlen,” Martinez said. “I know it.”

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The best hut trips in Colorado for summertime adventures

July 18, 2019 - 10:28am

By Ryan Wichelns, Special to The Denver Post

When it comes to hut trips in Colorado, wintertime gets all the love, and for good reason: Coming back to a warm hut and a comfortable place to sleep after a day of skiing definitely beats crawling into a cold tent. But come summertime, the Rockies are still littered with huts as well-placed, accessible, warm and comfortable as they are in the winter, perfect for use as a basecamp to explore the mountains.

Even better? In the summer, it’s far easier to book one. The 10th Mountain Division Hut Association, which operates 11 huts in the summertime (two of which are closed for elk migration) between Aspen, Vail and Leadville, sees roughly half as many visitors booking during the warmer months. But according to Cindy Carpenter, they’re as cozy as ever.

“We all know the dangers of lightning and sometimes early and unpredictable harsh weather conditions at or above 10,000 feet in Colorado,” she said. “A summer hut trip is a secure and warm shelter from the elements.” Plus, because many are close to forest roads, they’re more easily accessible to hikers that couldn’t get there in the winter, “even grandma and grandpa,” Carpenter said.

Whether or not you’re a young family with kids or an experienced mountaineer looking for a peakbagging basecamp, start with these huts while planning your summer adventure.

Nokhu Hut

Cameron Pass is a popular backcountry ski area in the wintertime, but it really comes into its own in the summer. A night at Nokhu Hut will get you close enough to explore it. Just a mile uphill from the small six-person hut run by the Never Summer Nordic yurt system is beautiful Agnes Lake, ringed by Nokhu Crags, Mount Richthofen and Mount Mahler, all within day-hiking range.

Continental Divide Cabin

The 0.8-mile hike from Tennessee Pass to this eight-person 10th Mountain Division-booked hut outside Leadville is perfect for families with kids. Sitting on the Colorado Trail, a web of trail and hiking options branch out in all directions, including a number of lakes to the west and Cooper Hill across the road to the east, plus fishing at Camp Hale Lake or Turquoise Lake, and a nearby teepee kids can explore. The inside of the hut comes equipped with portable cribs, high chairs and potty seats for those getting their kids hooked on hut trips at an early age.

Francie’s Cabin

Another 10th Mountain Division-managed hut, Francie’s is located at the base of the Ten Mile Range just south of Breckenridge, making it the perfect basecamp for peakbaggers and hikers who like the alpine. From the 20-person shelter, head north on the Wheeler Trail which follows the northern part of the range almost to Frisco. For shorter hikes, visitors can head toward the Crystal or Mohawk Lakes, even climbing to Crystal Peak and beyond. After a long, cool day in the alpine, head back to the cabin to warm up in the sauna.

Jersey Jim Fire Lookout Tower

This privately-operated shelter outside Mancos is truly a room with a view. Originally the home of U.S. Forest Service employees tasked with watching for forest fires in the San Juan National Forest, it was saved from demolition and renovated in the early 1990s by the nonprofit Jersey Jim Foundation. Now, for $50/night for the entire tower, campers can stay in the fully-enclosed cab 55 feet off the ground with 360-degree views of the southwestern San Juans. The tower comes complete with a propane stove and heater, double bed, and historic tower log books and fire-spotting table. Anything you need to bring up yourself can be hoisted to the top via a pulley and rope.

San Juan Hut System’s Durango to Paradox Ride

Huts aren’t only great basecamps for skiers and hikers. This linkup of four huts (Bolam Pass, Black Mesa, Dry Creek and Wedding Bell huts) in the San Juan System connects some of the best singletrack mountain biking trails in the state, cutting a route through alpine terrain and high desert and making it a mountain biker’s dream trip. Plus, with SJHS’s support, you won’t have to worry about sleeping bags, food or support for the entire 146-mile ride — everything from custom maps and GPS to creek chairs will be provided. Those with extra time can extend their trip into the MTB mecca of Moab.

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Tucked on the north side of the 14er Mount Sneffels, Ridgway hut is the perfect position to make it easy to explore some of Colorado’s most rugged peaks, the San Juans. Spend days exploring Sneffels and the cadre of other rocky summits and lakes nearby then return to the eight-person San Juan System hut, replete with padded bunks and sleeping bags, at night. The adventurous can link the Blue Lakes, Ridgway and Burn Huts, all just a few miles apart, for a weekend.

What Not To Bring On Your Summer Hut Trip

Having a shelter full of amenities waiting for you is one of the best perks of a hut trip — summer or winter. Freeing up a little space in your pack means you’ll have more room for food and drink, games, music or anything fun. Check with each hut individually before you head in, but many will allow you to leave these items at home:

  • Camp stove: There is generally a fully-stocked kitchen. Just research whether or not you’ll need to supply fuel.
  • Pots, pans, and cookware.
  • Sleeping pad: Many huts come with bunks or beds already furnished with mattresses.
  • Tent: This one is obvious. The biggest benefit of a hut is the roof over your head.
  • Excess layers: Rather than spending the night hanging outside around a fire, you’ll be able to stay warm inside.
  • Guide books: Always carry your own map and do research, especially if there’s an approach to get to the hut, but many have a library of local guidebooks and maps.

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Return of the recall: Group restarts effort to vote state Sen. Brittany Pettersen out of office

July 18, 2019 - 10:16am

An attempt to recall Colorado state Sen. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, is back just days after supporters withdrew their initial petition because of an error on the recall statement.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office approved the new petition Thursday morning. The organizers now have 60 days — until Sept. 16 — to gather at least 18,376 valid signatures from registered voters in Senate District 22.

Any signatures for the first Pettersen recall petition won’t count.

Republican Nancy Pallozzi, a Colorado native who unsuccessfully ran against Pettersen in 2016, is leading the recall campaign. According to her new filing with the secretary of state, Pettersen should be removed from office because of her votes on paid family leave, sex education, oil and gas reform and a new red flag law that would let law enforcement confiscate firearms from people deemed to be a danger to themselves or others.

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Pettersen isn’t the only state lawmaker facing a recall for those reasons. Another group is targeting Sen. Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs. And the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners tried and failed to gather enough signatures to recall Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Centennial.

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“It’s embarrassingly obvious sour grapes,” Colorado Democratic Party Chair Morgan Carroll said.

Neither Lee nor Pettersen hid their opinions on issues like paid family leave or gun control during the 2018 election, Carroll continued. A state lawmaker taking a vote that members of the opposition party don’t like shouldn’t be the basis for removing someone from office.

“They think it’s easier and cheaper to win a recall election than to win fair and square,” Carroll said. “This is overthrowing a legitimate election for no good reason.”

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Santino Marchiol, former Cherry Creek HS football player, won’t be allowed to join CU Buffs, Mel Tucker says

July 18, 2019 - 9:46am

If Santino Marchiol has a college football future, it won’t be as a member of the CU Buffs.

Provided by Pueblo County Sheriff's OfficeSantino Marchiol

The former Cherry Creek High School football standout and his family were told by first-year Buffs coach Mel Tucker on Thursday that the 21-year-old linebacker is no longer welcome to join the program as a walk-on next month.

“Santino was never enrolled as a CU Boulder student,” a statement from CU read. “He was invited to be a walk-on for the football team this fall. Coach Tucker has since rescinded that invitation.”

News broke Tuesday night that Marchiol, a former four-star prep prospect, had been arrested last month in Pueblo on suspicion of assault in a domestic violence case.

According to Pueblo police records, Marchiol was arrested at about 3:30 p.m. on June 24 and booked on suspicion of second-degree assault bodily injury, a felony. Marchiol faces two misdemeanor assault charges, court records indicated, as well as a violation for contempt of a court protection order. He was released on bail June 25.

The 6-foot-1 Marchiol, who last summer had transferred from Texas A&M to Arizona only to be dismissed by the latter before playing a down, had been expected to walk on to the Buffs once classes for fall semester began Aug. 26.

A CU official said the former Cherry Creek standout had yet to be cleared by the compliance office and would’ve had to sit out the 2019 season, per NCAA transfer rules. Marchiol hadn’t been on campus for any official team functions over the summer, CU said. Buffs players report July 31 for preseason camp, which opens Aug. 1.

Marchiol played for the Bruins until his senior season, when he transferred to IMG Academy in Brandenton, Fla. The 6-foot-2 linebacker was rated by 247Sports as a four-star recruit coming out of IMG and committed to Texas A&M in June 2016.

From there, things got … complicated.

Marchiol enrolled at College Station in January 2017, was reportedly injured during spring practice a few months later, and took a redshirt during his freshman year with the Aggies. Coach Kevin Sumlin, who had recruited Marchiol to A&M, was fired in November of that year and replaced by Jimbo Fisher.

It was when Marchiol attempted to join Sumlin at his new stop, Arizona, that he entered the national news cycle.

About this time a year ago, it was announced Marchiol had left A&M and was looking to play immediately for Sumlin in Tucson, citing the new NCAA transfer loophole of student-athletes leaving because of “documented mitigating circumstances that are outside the student-athlete’s control and directly impact the health, safety and well-being of the student-athlete.”

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The linebacker engaged the services of attorney Thomas Mars, who had successfully represented former Ole Miss players who had been seeking immediate NCAA eligibility following a transfer. In late August, Marchiol alleged to USA Today that the new Aggies staff under Fisher had provided him with cash during recruits’ visits, exceeded NCAA limits on time allotments during June practices and forced him to keep practicing on his injured ankle against his wishes.

Not long after, a video surfaced in which a voice that appeared to be that of the linebacker’s was heard using a racially slur to describe some former African American teammates at A&M. Some three days later, Sumlin told reporters that Marchiol was no longer a part of the Wildcats’ program. A day after that, an assistant coach at Glendale (Ariz.) CC went to Twitter to welcome Marchiol to the Guachos program, but that tweet was swiftly deleted. Football was discontinued at Glendale after November 2018.

The Buffs have been looking for inside linebacker depth and will continue to audition for a stopper up the middle to partner with Nate Landman, who recorded 123 tackles and four sacks last season.

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Juvenile accused of sparking western Colorado brush fire

July 18, 2019 - 9:37am
Grand Junction Fire Department via FacebookFirefighters have responded to a significant brush fire in the Redlands on Thursday, July 4, 2019.

GRAND JUNCTION — A juvenile has been charged with arson after authorities say he sparked a brush fire by setting off an illegal firework in western Colorado.

The Daily Sentinel reported Thursday that the July 4 fire burned about 9 acres near Connected Lake State Park in Grand Junction.

The fire prompted evacuations of seven homes but no houses were damaged.

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The juvenile has been charged with felony tampering with physical evidence and misdemeanor unlawful use, sale or possession of fireworks in addition to the misdemeanor arson charge.

Mesa County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Megan Terlecky says the felony charge stems from the juvenile’s attempt to remove the fireworks from the scene.

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Authorities did not identify the juvenile.

Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com

 

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Trump discussed quashing stories about affairs, records show

July 18, 2019 - 9:19am

NEW YORK — Court records released Thursday show that in the days leading up to the 2016 election, President Donald Trump spoke with aides rushing to quash stories about alleged affairs he had with women.

Newly unsealed search warrants shed new light on the president’s role as his campaign scrambled to respond to media inquiries about hush-money paid to two women who said they had sex with Donald Trump before he was president.

Evan Vucci, The Associated PressPresident Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One for a trip to New York to attend a fundraiser, Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

The revelations came after federal prosecutors told U.S. District Judge William Pauley they had concluded their investigation into the hush-money payments former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen helped orchestrate to two women — porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal — who claimed they had affairs with Trump.

Trump initially denied knowledge of the payments, but the records make clear he was aware of the frenetic efforts to keep silent both women in the days ahead of the election.

Prosecutors previously asked the records remain sealed because they were still probing the payments.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan declined to comment. But its closure of the investigation strongly suggests prosecutors will not bring criminal charges against anyone besides Cohen, who pleaded guilty last year to campaign finance violations, lying to Congress and financial crimes. He began serving a three-year prison sentence in May.

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Cohen remains the only person to be charged in the scheme to protect Trump’s reputation during the 2016 presidential campaign. But prosecutors implicated Trump in court filings, saying he directed Cohen to arrange the hush-money payments. The president has denied wrongdoing.

An attorney for Cohen, Lanny Davis, has argued that others in Trump’s orbit should have been indicted, and that prosecutors owe the public an explanation for why they weren’t. Cohen in February told Congress that a Trump Organization executive, Allen Weisselberg, and Trump’s son Donald Jr. were involved in reimbursing him for one of the hush money payments.

“The Southern District of New York was disproportionate in the sentence it asked for and appears to have targeted just Michael Cohen for reasons that I can’t understand,” Davis told The Associated Press in an interview earlier this year.

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The search warrants stemmed from the FBI raid last year of Cohen’s Manhattan home and office, in which agents scoured Cohen’s hotel room and safe deposit box and seized more than four million electronic and paper files, more than a dozen mobile devices and iPads, 20 external hard drives, flash drives and laptops.

Thursday’s release of documents came after Pauley granted a request by several media organizations, including The Associated Press, that the search warrant be made public due to the high public interest in the case. Pauley referred to the contents of the warrant Wednesday as “a matter of national importance.”

“Now that the government’s investigation into those violations has concluded,” he wrote, “it is time that every American has an opportunity to scrutinize the materials.”

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Jeffrey Epstein denied bail in sex trafficking case

July 18, 2019 - 8:56am

NEW YORK — A judge denied bail Thursday for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges after prosecutors argued the jet-setting defendant is a danger to the public and might flee the country.

The federal judge’s ruling means Epstein will remain behind bars while he fights charges that he exploited dozens of girls in New York and Florida in the early 2000s.

“I doubt that any bail package can overcome danger to the community,” U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said Thursday.

The defense had argued he should be allowed to await trial under house arrest with electronic monitoring at his $77 million Manhattan mansion. They said he wouldn’t run and was willing to pledge a fortune of at least $559 million as collateral.

At a hearing Monday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller said the government’s case against Epstein is “getting stronger every single day” as more women contact authorities to say he sexually abused them when they were minors.

One of his accusers who said she was sexually abused by Epstein when she was 14 in Palm Beach, Florida, pleaded with the judge to keep him jailed.

“He’s a scary person to have walking the streets,” Courtney Wild said during the Monday hearing.

Rossmiller said the government learned earlier this week that a raid of Epstein’s mansion following his July 6 arrest turned up “piles of cash, dozens of diamonds” and a passport with a picture of the defendant but a name other than his in a locked safe.

In a court filing Wednesday, prosecutors disputed a claim by defense lawyers that there was no evidence he’d ever used it, saying the Austrian passport contained stamps reflecting it was used to enter France, Spain, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia in the 1980s.

Prior to Thursday’s bail hearing, defense lawyers told the judge Epstein was given the passport by a friend after some Jewish-Americans were informally advised to carry identification bearing a non-Jewish name when traveling internationally during a period when hijackings were more common.

They said he never used it and the passport stamps predated his receipt of the document.

“He is a life-long American citizen. He has no other citizenship or legal permanent residency,” the lawyers wrote.

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Defense lawyers told the judge in another court filing earlier this week that Epstein obtained the document out of fear that “as an affluent member of the Jewish faith” he might be kidnapped in the Middle East.

Prosecutors have also argued Epstein was a risk of trying to influence witnesses after it was discovered he had paid a total of $350,000 to two people, including a former employee, in the last year. That came after the Miami Herald reported the circumstances of his state court conviction in 2008, which led to a 13-month jail term and a plea deal that allowed him to avoid a federal prosecution .

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned last week after coming under renewed criticism for overseeing the decade-old arrangement as U.S. attorney in Miami.

Lawyers for Epstein said their client has stayed clean since pleading guilty to soliciting a minor for prostitution charges in Florida in 2008 and that the federal government is reneging on the plea deal.

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Rory McIlroy shoots 79 after wild opening round at British Open

July 18, 2019 - 8:52am

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — Shane Lowry of Ireland didn’t have the level of expectations or the connection to Royal Portrush like Rory McIlroy.

All he had was the lead Thursday at the British Open.

Lowry found a renewed confidence on the eve of the final major of the year and delivered a 4-under 67 in ever-changing weather to set the early target at the first British Open in Northern Ireland in 51 years.

“I feel like for me I can come here a little more under the radar than the other guys,” Lowry said.

That wasn’t the case for McIlroy, which made his start, his finish and his score — 79 — all the more shocking.

McIlroy, the betting favorite who once shot 61 at Royal Portrush as a 16-year-old amateur, pulled his opening tee shot out of bounds and had to take another penalty shot to get his ball out of a bush in making a quadruple-bogey 8. He ended his forgettable day by making a double bogey when he carelessly missed a tap-in, and finishing with a triple bogey. The 79 matched his worst start in the British Open.

The objective now is to find a way to stick around all four days.

“I’m pretty sure anyone starting with a 79 in this golf tournament doesn’t think about winning at this point,” McIlroy said.

Lowry, who won the Irish Open as an amateur 10 years ago, had a one-shot lead over a group that ranged from major champions Sergio Garcia and Webb Simpson to Bob MacIntyre, the 22-year-old Scot making his major championship debut.

McIlroy certainly wasn’t alone in his frustration.

Graeme McDowell, born and raised in Portrush, was one shot out of the lead until he took a three-putt bogey and lost his tee shot on the 18th for a triple bogey, sending him to a 73.

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No one suffered quite like former British Open champion David Duval, who plays only sparingly because of duties with American television. Duval was going along nicely with two quick birdies until a quadruple-bogey 8 on the fifth hole. And then it all came undone on the par-5 seventh when he lost his tee shot in the high grass, hit a provisional tee shot and then mistakenly played the wrong ball and had to start the hole over with six penalty shots.

It added to 13, and with more trouble the rest of the way, he finished with a 90. Only two other players had a higher score than 13 in the British Open. The record belongs to Herman Tissie, who made a 15 on the short “Postage Stamp” par 3 at Royal Troon in 1950.

Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson were among the late starters.

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Prepare your pie-holes: The Denver County Fair returns this weekend

July 18, 2019 - 7:37am

Fair weather, friends

Friday-Sunday. Mid-summer is the perfect time to air our domestic obsessions, as evidenced by this weekend’s Denver County Fair. Since 2011, the three-day event has brought its quirky spin on traditional fair fare to the National Western Complex, just north of downtown at 4655 N. Humboldt St. If it’s proudly weird and hand-made, you can find it here: bug-eating, mustache, tattoo and spelling contests; blue ribbon competitions for arts, crafts and animals; and activities and entertainment ranging from goat yoga to carnival rides, food and drink. July 19-20. $5 for kids, $10 for adults. 3 and under free. denvercountyfair.org

The Great Northern Frontier (Days)

Friday-July 28. One of the world’s biggest, oldest rodeo celebrations kicks off in southern Wyoming with Cheyenne Frontier Days, offering a mix of public western spectacle, livestock-rooted competitions, arts and crafts, food, drink and entertainment that could fill a stadium several times over. In addition to acts such as Lady Antebellum (July 19), Rascal Flatts (July 20), Miranda Lambert (July 24), Keith Urban (July 26) and Tim McGraw (July 27), the event’s July 19 opening day celebration features a Wild West Show and carnival, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $15-$30. Prices vary for other events, which run through July 28 at Carey and West 8th avenues in Cheyenne. cfdrodeo.com

One last moonshot

Through Sunday. The flurry of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing will be but a memory next week. But since we’ve still got time — July 20 is the date in 1969 that humans first stepped on another celestial body — you’ve got no excuse to feel guilty for missing it. Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum (which, full disclosure, I moderated a panel at this week) brings its Apollopalooza festival to a close with presentations and screenings (wingsmuseum.org/events/apollo), while Aurora History Museum’s free “One Small Step” exhibit is open until July 21 (auroramuseum.org). Finally, the Holland & Hart Gallery at History Colorado Center will host artifacts that actually visited the moon, including a miniature silk Colorado state flag that traveled with Neil Armstrong’s personal gear on the mission, and rare examples of lunar rock. The display is included with general admission, and kids get in free through Sept. 2. historycolorado.org

Puzzling strength

Saturday. It was bound to happen: a puzzle room pairing up with a fitness center — particularly in a city like Denver, where we like to challenge both our brains and brawn. Colorado Athletic Club and Puzzah! are offering a new fitness challenge as part of their bi-weekly summer programming, with teams exploring the city collecting clues, solving puzzles and working out in a race to reveal the treasure’s secret location. It’s free and open to the public, and participants can enjoy a free cocktail at Public School 303 afterward. 9:30-10:30 a.m. July 20. Meet at the plaza in front of 1601 Wewatta St. puzzah.com

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Trump blasts congresswomen of color; crowd chants “Send her back!”

July 18, 2019 - 7:33am

GREENVILLE, N.C. — Going after four Democratic congresswomen one by one, a combative President Donald Trump turned his campaign rally into an extended dissection of the liberal views of the women of color, deriding them for what he painted as extreme positions and suggesting they just get out.

“Tonight I have a suggestion for the hate-filled extremists who are constantly trying to tear our country down,” Trump told the crowd in North Carolina, a swing state he won in 2016 and wants to claim again in 2020. “They never have anything good to say. That’s why I say, ‘Hey if you don’t like it, let ’em leave, let ’em leave.’”

Eager to rile up his base with the some of the same kind of rhetoric he targeted at minorities and women in 2016, Trump declared Wednesday night, “I think in some cases they hate our country.”

Trump’s jabs were aimed at the self-described “squad” of four freshmen Democrats who have garnered attention since their arrival in January for their outspoken liberal views and distaste for Trump: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. All were born in the U.S. except for Omar, who came to the U.S. as a child after fleeing Somalia with her family.

Taking the legislators on one at a time, Trump ticked through a laundry list of what he deemed offensive comments by each woman, mangling and misconstruing many facts along the way.

Omar came under the harshest criticism as Trump played to voters’ grievances, drawing a chant from the crowd of “Send her back! Send her back!”

She responded Wednesday night with a series of tweets, including one quoting Maya Angelou’s defiant poem, “Still I Rise,” with the words “You may shoot me with your words… But still, like air, I’ll rise.”

“I am where I belong, at the people’s house and you’re just gonna have to deal!” she wrote in another.

Trump set off a firestorm Sunday when he tweeted that the four should “go back” to their home countries — though three were born in the United States. Trump has accused them of “spewing some of the most vile, hateful and disgusting things ever said by a politician.”

He expanded on his criticisms in Greenville.

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Among his complaints against Tlaib, Trump correctly reported that she had referred to the president by the “F-word,” adding, “That’s not nice, even for me.” Trump himself had unloaded a vulgarity earlier in his speech, denouncing the Russia probe of his campaign and administration as “bulls–.”

As for Ocasio-Cortez, Trump fumbled over her name and declared, “I don’t have time to go with three different names.” He then referred to her as just “Cortez” as he challenged her complaints about dire conditions at migrant detention centers at the border.

In a lighter moment, Trump wondered if Pressley was related to Elvis Presley, then pivoted to more serious points, claiming she thought people of color should “think the same.”

As for Omar, Trump unfurled a whole list of complaints, including a false accusation that she voiced pride in al-Qaida.

Before he left Washington, Trump said he has no regrets about his ongoing spat with the four. Trump told reporters he thinks he’s “winning the political argument” and “winning it by a lot.”

“If people want to leave our country, they can. If they don’t want to love our country, if they don’t want to fight for our country, they can,” Trump said. “I’ll never change on that.”

Trump’s harsh denunciations were another sign of his willingness to exploit the nation’s racial divisions heading into the 2020 campaign.

His speech was filled with Trump’s trademark criticisms about the news media, which he says sides with liberals, and of special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. Mueller had been scheduled to testify Wednesday on Capitol Hill, but it was postponed . Trump brought him up anyway.

“What happened to me with this witch hunt should never be allowed to happen to another president,” he said.

He also talked about illegal immigration, a main theme of his first presidential bid that is taking center stage in his re-election campaign. He brushed off the criticism he has gotten for saying that the congresswomen should go back home.

“So controversial,” he said sarcastically.

The four Democratic freshmen have portrayed the Republican president as a bully who wants to “vilify” not only immigrants but all people of color. They say they are fighting for their priorities to lower health care costs and pass a Green New Deal addressing climate change while his thundering attacks are a distraction and tear at the core of American values.

The Democratic-led U.S. House voted Tuesday to condemn Trump’s “racist comments” despite near-solid GOP opposition and the president’s own insistence that he doesn’t have a “racist bone” in his body.

Trump hasn’t shown signs of being rattled by the House rebuke and called an impeachment resolution that failed in Congress earlier Wednesday “ridiculous.” The condemnation carries no legal repercussions, and his latest harangues struck a chord with supporter in Greenville, whose chants of “Four more years!” and “Build that wall!” bounced off the rafters.

It was Trump’s sixth visit to the state as president and his first 2020 campaign event in North Carolina, where he defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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Broncos training camp 2019 Day 1: Live updates from Dove Valley

July 18, 2019 - 7:00am

Live updates and analysis from Day 1 of Denver Broncos training camp on July 18, 2019 at Dove Valley.

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Updates

10:11 a.m.: Early bid for Catch of the Day: Juwann Winfree from Joe Flacco on an out route — finger-tip grab up the left boundary where only the wideout could get it.

— Sean Keeler

9:42 a.m.: Good sign: Phillip Lindsay is catching passes during individual drills.

— Kyle Fredrickson

9:36 a.m.: Emmanuel Sanders — who said Tuesday he would not participate in team drills when camp practices began — was working on his releases with the rest of the Broncos wide receivers.

Wide receivers (including Emmanuel Sanders) working on their releases from the line of scrimmage pic.twitter.com/cEQ8X31GZZ

— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) July 18, 2019

9:08 a.m.: Broncos president and CEO Joe Ellis says in interview that Brittany Bowlen is still on-track for re-joining team by the end of year. Ellis and Bowlen are meeting next week to begin mapping out duties, projects, etc.

— Ryan O’Halloran

9:07 a.m.: Broncos are starting to roll out of the locker room. Some individual drills underway. FOOTBALL IS BACK.

— Kyle Fredrickson

Broncos are starting to roll out of the locker room. Some individual drills underway. FOOTBALL IS BACK. pic.twitter.com/WOQTmNGCqx

— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) July 18, 2019

8:52 a.m.: Lewis Cisneros has been coming out here for the last 5 years and he’s looking around at a pretty empty line to enter the stadium. “It’s kinda shocking,” he said. “During the Manning era, there be a line at 7:30 around the building.”

Not like that today.

— Sam Tabachnik

8:42 a.m.: As part of the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship, the Broncos are adding Jason Belser, Lamar Owens and Will Tukuafu to their training camp coaching staff. All are former NFL players.

— Kyle Fredrickson

8:28 a.m.: A new season means a new media guide. The Broncos’ pair of 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame honorees graces the front and back cover: Pat Bowlen and Champ Bailey.

— Kyle Fredrickson

New season means a new media guide. The Broncos’ pair of 2019 HOF honorees graces the front and back cover: Pat Bowlen and Champ Bailey. pic.twitter.com/jGSfmUAmRK

— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) July 18, 2019

8:15 a.m.: Broncos have signed free-agent wide receiver Steven Dunbar Jr. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound second-year player was with the 49ers last season. He played in one game. He will wear No. 13 with Denver.

— Joe Nguyen

8:01 a.m.: Here’s a look at the scene outside UCHealth Training Center minutes before gates open for training camp. Nice showing by Broncos Country.

— Kyle Fredrickson

Here’s the scene outside UCHealth Training Center minutes before gates open for training camp. Nice showing by #BroncosCountrypic.twitter.com/RtS4sOMqj6

— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) July 18, 2019

Live blog (function(d, s, id) {var js,ijs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//embed.scribblelive.com/widgets/embed.js";ijs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, ijs);}(document, "script", "scrbbl-js"));From #GoBuffs athletics: “Santino was never enrolled as a CU Boulder student. He was invited to be a walk-on for the football team this fall. Coach Tucker has since rescinded that invitation.” #CUBuffs #Pac12 #NCAA #Broncos Flacco shows good movement in pocket, moves left and connects with @SkeeterMills__ #Denver7 More team period action: CB De’Vante Bausby with a interception of QB Kevin Hogan on a tipped ball thrown across the middleRough sequence for Stanford’s finest Kevin Hogan: way off on a deep throw, then a pass in traffic that gets picked off. Gotta think every rep matters for that guy.#Broncos CB Isaac Yiadom makes leaping interception of Joe Flacco pass intended for Juwann Winfree. Yiadom is intriguing prospect in second year. Shoulder healthy, he should provide versatility to D #Denver7 Phillip Lindsay still has burst... not that he would’ve lost it with a wrist injury. #BroncosCountry I want to be loved as much as Vic Fangio loves gray sweat shirts.Don’t tempt them, champ.Inside the pro shop, employees say hometown boy Phillip Lindsay @I_CU_boy and @VonMiller are the hottest jerseys...… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Joe may still have a job. Nice couple of throws in 7-on-7.#Broncos Drew Lock connects on long TD pass to Brendan Langley. Langley competing to make team as reserve WR after switching from CB. He played more WR in his background than defense. #Denver7 Joe Ellis to meet with Brittany Bowlen next week to go over job duties and timing of her joining team in executive role later this year. #9sports Drew Lock just threw a beautiful back-shoulder ball to Brendan Langley in the corner of the end zone. That got the (sparse) crowd going.John Elway standing behind the scrum talking to Drew Lock and Joe Flacco in between 11-on-11 reps.Hogan second QB in.Early bid for Catch of the Day: Winfree from Flacco on an out route — finger-tip grab up the left boundary where only the wideout could get it. #Broncos #BroncosCountry #BroncosCamp #NFL Juwann Winfree with the first TD grab from Joe Flacco in the team period. Big cheer from crowd.#Broncos Juwann Winfree with diving grab. His athleticism is impressive #Denver7 And you can get unlimited digital access to the best #Broncos coverage in town for only 99¢ for the first 3 months.… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Missing from first camp practice: P Colby Wadman, TE Bug Howard. #9sports Joe Ellis on Broncos training camp without Pat Bowlen: 'We need to respond to his wishes' 9news.com/mobile/article… via @9NEWS #9sports On one team rep, Flacco fumbled the snap, and the ball looked like a wet bar of soap as No. 5 tried reel it in. He didn’t. #Broncos #NFL #Yikes #WhyYaPractice #ItsJustCamp Hogan second QB in.Kevin Hogan is no 2 QB. #9sports Hogan second QB in.Welcome sight. First play in 11 on 11 is @I_CU_boy bolting and darting through the hole #Denver7 #Broncos And on very first team rep of camp, Phillip Lindsay with nice cutback to the clear. #9sports #Broncos begin training camp with new QB, new coach and new hope. Football is back, baby. My #Denver7 story as Flacco takes field for first time in camp. bit.ly/2JFhWOw https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D_xO4bCWkAA0i4i.jpgQBs and WRs

https://embed.scribblelive.com/js/jwflvplayer/player-licensed.swfPhillip Lindsay? Dude looks smoother than a Barry White LP drenched in butter. #Broncos #NFL Football. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D_xM1zuXsAAdiPE.jpgPhillip Lindsay? Dude looks smoother than a Barry White LP drenched in butter. #Broncos #NFL Good sign: Phillip Lindsay is catching passes during individual drills.Good sign: Phillip Lindsay is catching passes during individual drills.Phillip Lindsay is back too

https://embed.scribblelive.com/js/jwflvplayer/player-licensed.swfWide receivers (including Emmanuel Sanders) working on their releases from the line of scrimmage

https://embed.scribblelive.com/js/jwflvplayer/player-licensed.swfEmmanuel Sanders is back

https://embed.scribblelive.com/js/jwflvplayer/player-licensed.swfEmmanuel Sanders is back

https://embed.scribblelive.com/js/jwflvplayer/player-licensed.swfWide receivers (including Emmanuel Sanders) working on their releases from the line of scrimmage

https://embed.scribblelive.com/js/jwflvplayer/player-licensed.swfCheers erupt as @VonMiller catches some balls from a coach https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D_xITdUUIAAKBH2.jpgAnd just like that #Broncos practice begins. #Denver7

https://embed.scribblelive.com/js/jwflvplayer/player-licensed.swfPerhaps because of the 100-degree forecast, much earlier starting date and consecutive losing seasons, crowd filling in slowly this morning. My guess is crowds will swell next week. Broncos fans never disappoint. #Denver7

https://embed.scribblelive.com/js/jwflvplayer/player-licensed.swfWhere all da people at?? https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D_xGjwoUwAAKJJy.jpgInside the pro shop, employees say hometown boy Phillip Lindsay @I_CU_boy and @VonMiller are the hottest jerseys....no real shockers there https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D_xF_qGUEAAM7xW.jpg#Broncos @VonMiller hyping up fans as stretch gets ready to begin #Denver7

https://embed.scribblelive.com/js/jwflvplayer/player-licensed.swfFollow along to the latest from #BroncosCamp here: dpo.st/2SmNmvM#Broncos president/CEO Joe Ellis says in interview that Brittany Bowlen still on-track for re-joining team by end o… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Loooot of people celebrating birthdays and anniversaries here at #BroncosCamp today. 4 yr olds up to, well, older than 4.

“Where else would ok want to celebrate an anniversary than training camp??” Sarah Whittaker said#Broncos president/CEO Joe Ellis says in interview that Brittany Bowlen still on-track for re-joining team by end o… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…#Broncos president/CEO Joe Ellis says in interview that Brittany Bowlen still on-track for re-joining team by end of year. ... Ellis and Bowlen are meeting next week to begin mapping out duties/projects/etc.Broncos are starting to roll out of the locker room. Some individual drills underway. FOOTBALL IS BACK.

https://embed.scribblelive.com/js/jwflvplayer/player-licensed.swfPer the 2015 memo Patrick D. Bowlen trustees sent the 7 Bowlen children, at least five years of "senior management" experience with the team, league or Stadium Management Company was suggested (among other things) for them to be considered for controlling ownership.Brittany Bowlen, 29, is currently an associate with McKinsey & Company in Denver. Earlier this year Ellis said the plan was for her to rejoin the team in a "senior management" position.With a few distance chants of “Joe!” from the crowd starting to fill in, new #Broncos QB Joe Flacco walks onto practice field for first practice #Denver7

https://embed.scribblelive.com/js/jwflvplayer/player-licensed.swf#Broncos QBs Rypien and Lock getting loose with @JakeButtTE . Post Malone is providing soundtrack. “Better Now” would have been my choice but this works #Denver7

https://embed.scribblelive.com/js/jwflvplayer/player-licensed.swfRookie QBs Rypien, Lock. #9sports https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D_xCqPTUEAUnPqX.jpgBroncos president/CEO Joe Ellis said the plan to have Brittany Bowlen rejoin the franchise soon remains in place. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D_xCf4zXsAAogAz.pngLewis Cisneros has been coming out here for the last 5 years and he’s looking around at a pretty empty line to enter the stadium. “It’s kinda shocking,” he said. “During the Manning era, there be a line at 730 around the building.”

Not like that todayWell hello #Broncos training camp. Receivers getting in some early work. As always @rivercracraft and @Tpstreets putting in the time to improve. And yes that is Drew Lock out here. All is right with world. #Denver7

https://embed.scribblelive.com/js/jwflvplayer/player-licensed.swfJoe Ellis on Brittany Bowlen working for Broncos: “She’s going to have to come in and work let’s make that clear. It’s a challenge and it’s even more challenging I think for a family member because the spotlight is on you.” #9sports Football is BACK. First day of #BroncosCamp this morning and Evan Weddle drove all the way from Wichita to take it… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Broncos training camp Day 1 roster https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D_w_VfgWwAAO6E9.jpgAnd you can follow along to everything that's going on in Day 1 of #Broncos training camp here: denverpost.com/2019/07/18/bro…Major #Broncos injury updates:

Emmanuel Sanders: denverpost.com/2019/07/16/emm…
Phillip Lindsay: denverpost.com/2019/07/15/phi…As #Broncos training camp begins, Elway talks offseason, Fangio and second-year players denverpost.com/2019/07/17/joh…#Broncos training camp 2019: Fans guide to attending practices denverpost.com/2019/07/16/bro…Our Broncos Training Camp 2019 Primer: Position battles, players with most on the line, what to watch at practice (by @ryanohalloran ) denverpost.com/2019/07/17/bro…#Broncos training camp starts today. Here's what you need to know. t.co

.@markkiszla , @kylefredrickson and @ryanohalloran had a roundtable discussion on the big questions for the #Broncos entering the 2019 season: denverpost.com/2019/07/16/bro…#Broncos defensive and special teams position breakdowns:

DL: denverpost.com/2019/07/10/bro…
LB: denverpost.com/2019/07/15/bro…
DB: denverpost.com/2019/07/16/bro…
ST: denverpost.com/2019/07/16/bro…#Broncos offensive position breakdowns:

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RB: denverpost.com/2019/07/11/bro…
WR: denverpost.com/2019/07/14/bro…
TE: denverpost.com/2019/07/12/bro…
OL: denverpost.com/2019/07/13/bro…News: As part of the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship, the Broncos are adding Jason Belser, Lamar Owens and Will Tukuafu to their training camp coaching staff. All are former NFL players.CEO/president Joe Ellis just said on Channel 20 that Brittany Bowlen would join Broncos executive offices in “November or December.” Added she’s going to have to work and earn respect from others. #9sports Broncos announced that Jason Belser, Lamar Owens and Will Tukuafu will join the team during training camp as part of the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship.Catch up on the day in sports with our morning newsletter.

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Rockies Insider: To rediscover its identity, Colorado needs to play more like the… Giants?

July 18, 2019 - 7:00am

Remember back in spring training, when Colorado spoke of deep October expectations while San Francisco seemed set for a rebuilding season?

Well, those expectations have shifted. Following the Giants’ sweep of Colorado at Coors Field this week, the last-place Rockies seem lucky to be in the wild card chase.

Meanwhile, the Giants? They’re exceeding that “rebuilding” label, ahead of the Rockies in the division and the wild card standings while looking much more like a contender as of late than Colorado has.

As even Rockies center fielder Ian Desmond admits, it looks like the Giants — in the last season on the bench for future Hall of Fame skipper Bruce Bochy — are playing with house money.

“They’ve been playing great, and they’ve been playing maybe the way we should be playing,” Desmond said. “They’re playing with nothing to lose, and they’re going out there and just having fun.

“If you look at their team, they came out in spring training talking about how they want to win for Bruce. They set the standard high, and I wouldn’t ever count them out based off the big things they’ve done over the last decade … Once they fell back a little bit in the division early, they started playing better.”

Whether San Francisco’s recent success is sustainable, and whether they’ll still be in the wild card picture in a month, is as much as a crapshoot as the Rockies’ fortunes. After all, the Giants could still very well be sellers at the deadline, with trade rumors continuing to swirl around veteran ace Madison Bumgarner.

But Desmond’s right: The Giants have won five in a row and 12 of their last 14. They are playing loose and with a fire in their bellies. It’s an attacking, fear-free mindset Colorado could, and should, take a cue from.

Kyle Newman, The Denver Post

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David Zalubowski, The Associated PressFrom left, Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black take the ball from starting pitcher German Marquez as he is pulled form the mound while third baseman Nolan Arenado looks on in the third inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Denver. Newman: If German Marquez doesn’t quickly return to ace form, Rockies have no chance to make playoffs

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AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver PostCharlie Blackmon (19) of the Colorado Rockies reacts to flying out against Shaun Anderson (64) of the San Francisco Giants during the first inning on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Rockies’ slide continues as Giants complete four-game sweep at Coors

Colorado has now lost 11 of its last 13 games. Read more…

Quick Hits

+ No howling today: Jon Gray turns in a six-run dud as Rockies get swept by Giants

+ Rockies’ David Dahl leaves game after fouling ball off foot

+ Rockies top prospect Brendan Rodgers out for season with shoulder injury

+ Tony Wolters announced as Rockies’ recipient of 2019 Heart and Hustle Award

+ Newman vs. Kiz: Will Charlie Blackmon win the National League batting title again?

+ Rockies podcast: Debating whether German Marquez and Kyle Freeland can be fire and ice once again

+ Rockies Mailbag: Have a question about the team? Ask Patrick Saunders here.

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Mark Reynolds became 3rd Rockies position player to pitch. Here are the other two.

It was the third time in Colorado history in which a Rockies position player took the mound. Here are the others…

Parting Shot David Zalubowski, The Associated PressSan Francisco Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski, right, follows the flight of his solo home run, with Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters at left, in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, July 15, 2019, in Denver. At Coors Field, where one pitch can cause “a whole riot of hits,” the Rockies are adjusting to a new reality in 2019

Here’s a look inside some more numbers reflecting Coors Field’s craziness in 2019. Read more… 

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When Apollo 11 landed on the moon, Major League Baseball stood still

July 18, 2019 - 6:43am

At 4:17 p.m. Eastern time on July 20, 1969, Mike Epstein stood 90 feet from home plate and some 238,000 miles from the moon.

With the Washington Senators and New York Yankees tied at 2 in the eighth inning of their series finale at Yankee Stadium, Epstein, a Bronx native, had one thing on his mind. It wasn’t Apollo 11′s lunar descent.

“I wasn’t concerned with it,” Epstein, now 76, said from his home outside of Denver last month. “I was concerned about scoring a run.”

An estimated 650 million watched Neil Armstrong take man’s first step on the moon more than six hours later, but during the lunar landing, 32,933 were in the stands at Yankee Stadium on the Sunday before the All-Star break. Ken McMullen dug in against Jack Aker with Epstein on third, a man on first and no outs. Most scheduled sports programs were preempted by coverage of Apollo 11′s progress, but Washington’s WWDC Radio carried the Senators-Yankees game with short reports on the moon mission.

“The 1-1 pitch to McMullen, swung on, hit foul down the third base side,” intoned WWDC play-by-play man Rex Barney, the former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher. “One ball, two strikes now.”

BEEP. BEEP. BEEP. BEEP. BEEP. BEEP. BEEP.

As the umpires, according to prior arrangements, waved their arms and stopped play, an urgent voice came over the radio: “Here is a bulletin from WWDC News, Apollo 11 is 100 feet from the surface of the moon. We now switch live to the manned spacecraft center.”

Similar interruptions took place on radio stations and at stadiums across Major League Baseball as the sport paused to direct everyone’s attention toward the moon. At Montreal’s Jarry Park, the Mets and Expos took an extended break between games of their doubleheader so the 27,356 in attendance could listen to coverage of the landing over the stadium’s public address system. In Chicago, Comiskey Park’s exploding scoreboard shot sparks when the lunar module touched down, which happened to coincide with Walt Williams’ infield single to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning. And the Yankees-Senators game was stopped for four minutes to celebrate the accomplishment.

Barney was reading out-of-town scores when WWDC returned to coverage from Yankee Stadium, where public address announcer Bob Sheppard was sharing the historic news with the crowd.

“Ladies and gentleman, your attention please,” Sheppard said. “You will be happy to know that the Apollo 11 has landed safely on the moon.”

The cheers from the crowd drowned out the final two words of Sheppard’s announcement, but the message displayed on the scoreboard in right-center field was loud and clear: “THEYRE ON THE MOON.”

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“I’m sure you heard it in the background,” Barney said. “The announcement and the game being paused, Apollo 11 has landed safely on the moon. That’s what the cheering and applause was for. They’re on the moon right now. And it’s a standing ovation, very inspiring, and I’ll tell you one thing, sitting here and broadcasting this game, and watching the players, I think there’s only one thing going through everyone’s mind. … As I sit here and I have been all weekend long, really, and I think my thoughts along with everyone else has just been of those people that are on the moon. They’re there, right now.”

The cheering at Yankee Stadium continued for about 45 seconds, according to The New York Times, as thousands of children waved the Hillerich & Bradsby Co. Louisville Sluggers they received on Bat Day.

“On the field, the players seemed confused, or impatient,” Leonard Koppett wrote in the Times. “Most did not turn toward the scoreboard. Finally, the announcer could be understood, and he asked the crowd for a moment of silent prayer for the safe return of the astronauts.”

After a few seconds of silence, a recording of “America the Beautiful” played over the Yankee Stadium loudspeaker. The crowd sang and then cheered some more.

“I guess it’s tough, I know it is for everyone — ballplayers and fans alike — to keep their mind on what’s going on,” Barney said.

“To be honest, it wasn’t a big deal for me,” Epstein said in a phone interview. “… I remember I did look up toward right field and I said, ‘Wow, that’s really neat.’ Outside of that, I was a baseball player, and my intent was to score that run from third base.”

Aker, then a 29-year-old reliever for the Yankees, was more focused on the goings-on on Earth, too.

“It was something strange,” Aker, 79, recalled in a phone interview. “We’d never done something like that before. I just walked off the mound and stood around. I didn’t go to the dugout or anything. I stayed on the field. I wasn’t that interested in it. When you’re pitching and you’re concentrating on that inning, you don’t want anything that cuts into your concentration.”

If the ballplayers weren’t concerned, the reaction to the historic moment was far different in the stands.

Like many kids fascinated by the Space Age, 13-year-old Mark Polansky had followed Apollo 11′s mission with great interest since it launched from Kennedy Space Center four days earlier. Polansky, who grew up in New Jersey, spent parts of most summers living in Manhattan and going to Yankees and Mets games with his grandmother and two aunts, all of them rabid sports fans.

“I don’t remember a darn thing about the game,” Polansky said in a phone interview. “I would’ve had to have looked to see who the Yankees played that day, let alone who was on the team, but I do remember where we sat. We sat on the mezzanine, behind home plate, somewhere in that area.”

Polansky also remembers Sheppard’s distinctive voice interrupting play in the eighth, and the crowd singing “America the Beautiful.” It was an inspiring moment for a man who, 32 years later, in February 2001, piloted space shuttle Atlantis for mission STS-98.

“I couldn’t tell you if there were 5,000 or 50,000 people there, but whoever was there, they went wild,” Polansky said. “It was the proverbial everyone being united for a moment and sharing a common thing. And then the game went back to being played.”

After the roughly four-minute stoppage, McMullen hit a grounder to third baseman Bobby Cox, who threw home to nail Epstein for the first out. Aker hit Hank Allen with a pitch to load the bases before getting Ed Brinkman to ground into an inning-ending double play. The Yankees walked off the Senators an hour later on Gene Michael’s RBI single to score Roy White in the 11th inning. Aker, who pitched four scoreless innings in relief, earned the win in the Yankees’ 3-2 victory.

Epstein has fond memories of childhood trips to Yankee Stadium with his uncle Irving, of being mesmerized by the green grass amid a concrete jungle. He hit his first major league home run there June 5, 1967, in his first game with Washington after being traded from the Orioles. That, he said, was a bigger moment in his career than standing on third base when Apollo 11 landed on the moon.

“It was in the newspapers every day, but it wasn’t something to me that was going to impact my life,” said Epstein, who hit a career-high 30 home runs for the Senators in 1969 and played five more seasons in the big leagues with the A’s, Rangers and Angels. After receiving a letter of endorsement from his former manager in Washington — Hall of Famer Ted Williams — while working as a roving instructor in the Milwaukee Brewers’ minor league system, Epstein founded a hitting school that his son, Jake, still operates.

“The more time that went by, the bigger deal it became for the players,” Aker said. “We probably talked more about it a week later than we did on the day it happened. It’s something that I certainly remember now, especially when I see replays of TV and books and such.”

Polansky went back to his grandmother’s house after the game.

“Like everybody else in the entire world, we watched them actually come down the ladder and step on the moon that night,” he said. “I do remember after we walked on the moon saying, ‘Gosh, I really want to do this and I want to be the first guy that lands on Mars,’ because I loved exploration, and this just cemented the deal.”

Aker watched Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon that night, too, but his memories of another historic moment during his playing career are much more vivid. On April 8, 1974, Aker was standing in the home bullpen at Atlanta’s Fulton-County Stadium when Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s career home run record.

“Before that game, we had decided instead of fighting over the ball, we would each spread out and take a portion of the bullpen,” Aker recalled. “We spread out before he hit, but when the ball was on the way to the bullpen, Tommy House broke our little rule. He left his area and came over to where the ball was coming down, and he grabbed the ball.”

Polansky was finishing his senior year of high school when Aaron hit his 715th career home run. That fall, he enrolled at Purdue University and met Gene Cernan, who, two years earlier, became the last person to set foot on the moon. Polansky said his encounter with Cernan — as part of a small, informal gathering — convinced him that he wanted to become an astronaut.

After his maiden space flight aboard Atlantis, Polansky made two more trips out of Earth’s atmosphere, as commander of STS-116 Discovery in December 2006 and of STS-127 Endeavour in July 2009.

“My running joke is this month we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of my last flight,” he said.

The Yankees will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing Saturday. Polansky, who lives in Houston, said the team invited him to participate in a pregame ceremony, but he will be on a previously planned European vacation with his wife and children.

Fellow former astronaut Mike Massimino will throw the ceremonial first pitch to Aker, who didn’t fully appreciate the magnitude of the event when he stood on the mound exactly 50 years ago.

“It wasn’t until the next day when the papers came out that I realized, ‘Holy cow, this is a real moment in history,’ ” Aker said. “I didn’t enjoy it the way I should have.”

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Denver weather: Sizzling 100 degrees in the city, red flag warning for Colorado’s northern mountains

July 18, 2019 - 5:55am

A record-breaking 100 degrees is forecast for Thursday in Denver while hot and dry conditions prompt a red flag warning for the northern mountains and foothills of Colorado.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Boulder project that Denver will beat the all-time heat record for July 18, eclipsing a high of 99 degrees set in 1998, by going into triple-digit territory.

If the heat record is broken Thursday it would be the second one of the week. On Wednesday, Denver set a record high minimum temperature of 72 degrees, which is one degree warmer than the prior record set in 1997 of 71 degrees, the NWS said.

Denver set a new record high minimum temperature for July 17, 2019 of 72 degrees. The old record was 71 degrees back in 1997. #cowx

— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) July 18, 2019

Stiff southwesterly winds up to 17 mph on Thursday will make it feel like Denverites are in a hot air fryer.

“You could definitely experience heat exhaustion or heat stroke in those temperatures,” said meteorologist Evan Direnzo, referring to temperatures around 100 degrees.

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Drink lots of water, look after pets, stay out of the direct sunlight as much as possible and slather on the sun tan lotion liberally, Direnzo and fellow forecasters said.

But locals can be glad they are not in Lamar in southeast Colorado, where the high temperature is forecast to reach 105 degrees Thursday.

Hot and dry with record breaking temperatures today. Red Flag Warnings posted for Northern mountains and northern foothills. #cowx pic.twitter.com/npI3Abhw6n

— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) July 18, 2019

Low humidity and very hot conditions triggered a red flag warning for the northern mountains and foothills.

Friday will feel almost identical to Thursday, with a forecast high of 100 degrees.

Relief from the extreme heat will come over the weekend as a cold front bringing scattered rain showers into Colorado.

There’s a 30 percent chance of afternoon rain showers and thunderstorms Saturday, when the high temperature will be 86 degrees. Northwesterly winds will gust up to 20 mph, the NWS said. The chance for rain increases to 40 percent Saturday night.

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By Sunday, the high temperature will be 82 degrees, which is 8 degrees below normal, the weather service said.

There is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon on Sunday.

Temperatures will be between 85 and 89 degrees, Monday through Wednesday, the NWS said. Rain and thunderstorms are possible each of those day, the NWS said.

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Rockies’ Kyle Freeland’s next big test comes against the first-place Yankees

July 18, 2019 - 5:00am

Kyle Freeland was a record-setting ace for the Rockies last year. Now, the southpaw is struggling to find his way. He gets his next chance Friday night against the mighty Yankees.

He’s optimistic he can still turn things around.

“I worked on some things in my bullpen yesterday. (I’m) feeling good about it,” Freeland said Wednesday. “Cleaned up some mistakes, took the positives, took the negatives and stepping forward now.”

Freeland returned from Triple-A last week and lasted four innings against Cincinnati.

“I felt I did a good job, being on the edges,” Freeland said. “As the game went on, I started being a little too much up in the zone. I’m gonna continue to work on living in the bottom of the zone. But, overall, the line doesn’t look great (but) a lot of soft contact, and they capitalized behind that soft contact.

“Things will start turning. You wouldn’t be at this level if you don’t know how to make adjustments and make adjustments on the fly and in between starts. So, that’s what I’ve been doing in the minor leagues and what I’ll continue to do the rest of my career.”

Asked what he worked on after being demoted to Triple-A, Freeland said, “Relearning how to pitch to both sides of the plate, and not rely so heavily on one side of the plate and fastball and slider inside, where the book kinda got out on me this year and hitters were aware of what I was gonna do and kinda fed right into it. And then wherever we’d try to go down and away and use both sides of the plate, I wasn’t able to do it, just because we relied so heavily on pitching inside.”

“My biggest takeaway was getting that feeling back of pitching both sides of the plate with all my pitches.”

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Broncos 2019 preview: Here’s a breakdown of all the positions entering training camp

July 18, 2019 - 5:00am

Rejoice, Broncos fans — training camp kicks off today.

There’s plenty of storylines entering the 2019 season (here’s a primer to catch you up). If you’re wanting to see the team in person, here’s a guide to attending the practices.

Over the past week, Denver Post Broncos reporter Ryan O’Halloran broke down how the team looks at every single position. Here’s a look:

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+ Rockies podcast: Debating whether German Marquez and Kyle Freeland can be fire and ice once again

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