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Weld County Sheriff’s deputy shot in north Greeley while exchanging gunfire

August 15, 2018 - 10:07pm

GREELEY, Colo. — A sheriff’s deputy has been shot while exchanging gunfire with a suspect in northern Colorado.

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office says in a statement that the deputy was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition. The deputy’s name was not immediately released.

The suspect was also shot in Greeley but that person’s condition was not immediately known.

Greeley is about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Denver.

Authorities did not immediately release any other information.

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Frederick man reportedly held without bond facing murder charges over missing wife, daughters’ deaths

August 15, 2018 - 9:08pm

A Frederick man faces three first-degree murder charges in connection with the disappearance of his pregnant wife and two young daughters, according to The Denver Channel.

Christopher Watts

Christopher Watts, 33, was booked into the Weld County Jail overnight and no bond was set.

According to The Denver Channel, Watts last night confessed to killing the three, and investigators believe they know where to find the bodies.

Police told The Denver Channel that charges have not been laid.

Shannan Watts and her two daughters, Bella and Celeste, were reported missing Monday after last being seen in Frederick.

The FBI and Colorado Bureau of Investigation joined the search yesterday.

The Town of Frederick said in a tweet early this morning that the police department will host a news conference to provide an update on the case at 10:30 a.m.

#BREAKING: Chris Watts has been booked into jail on six charges:
-3 counts of first-degree murder
-3 counts of tampering with evidence
-Right now there is no bond for him@DenverChannel

— Meghan Lopez (@Meghan_Lopez) August 16, 2018

Here are some more photos of the vigil that has started in front of the home of #ShanannWatts and her family.

— James Dougherty (@DoughertyKMGH) August 16, 2018

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Boulder affordable housing project in trouble after development deal falls through

August 15, 2018 - 8:53pm

The dissolution of a public-private partnership is putting a planned Boulder Junction project at the former Pollard Motors site in jeopardy. Facing a tight deadline and uncertain funding, the city and its remaining partner are unsure if the deal can be pulled off in time to save 179 affordable homes and cost-limited retail space meant to boost local small businesses.

A joint development agreement between the city and Denver-based Zocalo Community Development has been abandoned “following (a) mutual decision,” according to both parties. Zocalo felt the ambitious project — which includes 119 affordable rentals, 48 co-op rooms and 12 affordable and 153 market-rate townhomes for purchase, plus commercial space — could not make it through Boulder’s planning process in time to qualify for $4 million in federal funding.

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The agreement was signed in March after City Council approval, to govern the redevelopment of 4.3 acres at 30th and Pearl streets, catty-corner from Google’s new campus. A key part of funding the project would be seeking an extension of the Qualified Census Tract, a designation on the land made by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as being in need of dollars to encourage revitalization.

Boulder Junction was once in such a tract, but because of myriad developments ongoing there, the Pollard site lost its designation prior to the acceptance of the joint development agreement. Zocalo and Boulder Housing Partners, which was tapped to develop the affordable rentals, jointly applied and were granted an extension But the deal was time-limited: a building permit would have to be in-hand by December 2019.

Developers and the city were initially optimistic the timeline could be met. As the months ticked away with haggling over agreement details, Zocalo began to worry the project would never make it through Boulder’s famously slow planning process in time to meet the deadline and preserve the federal funds.

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Tyler Anderson rocked as Rockies four-game winning streak ends with 12-1 loss to Astros

August 15, 2018 - 8:22pm

HOUSTON — Alex Bregman came to the plate in the first inning Wednesday night and promptly lashed a double off Rockies starter Tyler Anderson.

Marwin Gonzalez followed with a walk, and so did Yuli Gurriel, loading the bases for Carlos Correa, who hit a three-run double. The tone of the evening was set.

Then things got bad really for Anderson and the Rockies.


By the time “Deep in the Heart of Texas” blared through the speakers during the seventh-inning stretch at Minute Maid Park, the Rockies trailed the Astros 10-1. The final score: 12-1 — an abrupt end to Colorado’s four-game winning streak.

“I made mistakes and some nights you get away with it and sometimes you don’t,” Anderson said after giving up a career-high nine earned runs. “Tonight it looked like they were just trying to hunt fastballs that were hard. I gave them a lot of hard stuff in the middle of the plate that they put good swings on.”

Colorado slipped a notch in the National League West and now sits 1½ games behind Arizona. The Diamondbacks were off Wednesday.

The Astros, who snapped a five-game losing streak, as well as a nine-game losing skid at home, slammed five home runs. Three of them came off Anderson — a two-run shot by Gurriel in the second, a solo shot by Evan Gattis in the third and a two-run bomb to right-center by Tyler White in the fifth.

Wednesday marked the second time in his last three starts that Anderson was tagged for three home runs. Manager Bud Black said he was unconcerned about that bad spell.

“He’s given up some homers (lately), but for most of the year, he’s been really good,” Black said.

Left-hander Harrison Musgrave didn’t fare any better than Anderson, giving up three runs on four hits in his two innings of mop-up duty, including solo home runs to Gattis, in the fifth, and White, in the seventh.

When it comes to a non-power pitcher like Anderson, location, as in real estate, is everything. Wednesday night, his location was on the wrong side of the tracks, next to the pawn shop and across the street from the Gas-n-Sip. Anderson up gave up his nine runs on seven hits over 4⅓ innings. All seven of the Astros’ hits off Anderson went for extra bases.

“He couldn’t really get anything established,” Black said. “When he missed in the strike zone, he missed down the middle. … That was a tough night for Tyler.”

Texas right-hander Gerrit Cole had no such problems, dominating Colorado for the second time this season. The former Pirates ace has six career starts vs. the Rockies, and five of them are quality starts.

Cole gave up one run on five hits in six innings, striking out 12, including fanning struggling Rockies leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon three times. Cole’s 12 strikeouts gave him 219 for the season, tying him with Boston’s Chris Sale for the most in the American League.

“(Cole’s) stuff was great,” right fielder Carlo Gonzalez said. “He used a lot of breaking balls. The last time we faced him at home, he threw a lot of heaters. My first at-bat of the game, I saw four breaking balls and only one fastball, and that was up at 98 (mph). It was a tough night for us.”

All told, Colorado struck out 17 times Wednesday after whiffing 15 times in its 5-1 victory on Tuesday.

“You look at (the Astros’) pitchers, … they are strikeout pitchers,” Black said. “I would be more concerned if we were striking out against guys who don’t strike people out. But (Justin) Verlander has over 200 strikeouts, and Cole has way more strikeouts than innings pitched. So we just fell into the strikeouts tonight. We just couldn’t handle (Cole’s) stuff.”

Colorado’s lone run came in the fourth inning on consecutive singles by Carlos Gonzalez, Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story. Story’s RBI single extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

The Rockies begin a four-game series at Atlanta on Thursday.








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Investigators seek help identifying alleged Aurora bank robbers

August 15, 2018 - 8:08pm

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a pair of Aurora bank robbers.

At about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday the Academy Bank, 9600 East Hampden Ave., was robbed, according to a police department news release.


The Aurora Police Department and the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force (RMSSTF) are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the below pictured…

— Aurora Police Dept (@AuroraPD) August 16, 2018

A woman entered the bank and used a note to rob it, police said. Just before the robbery a man had entered the bank, apparently to case the business. He left just before the woman robbed it.

Investigators believe the pair are associates and both are involved in the robbery.

The woman is described as a white, with dark hair and a medium build. She was wearing a dark headband, sunglasses, red shirt, blue jeans (with tears) and white and tan shoes.

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The second suspect is described as a black man with a medium build. He was wearing a red Colorado Rockies baseball cap, sunglasses, red shirt, black shorts and black and red shoes.

Anyone with information on robbery, or on possible suspects, is asked to call the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force at 303-472-0350 or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.


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Broomfield still in talks with Extraction Oil & Gas about development plan

August 15, 2018 - 7:51pm
Jennifer Rios, Broomfield EnterpriseKristi Douglas of Commerce City was removed from council chambers by Broomfield police officers after she refused to turn over the podium to another speaker who signed up to comment.

The public conversation on a drilling plan filed by Extraction Oil & Gas, Inc., appeared to come to an end Tuesday evening after Broomfield City Council took public comments at a special council meeting. The plan now heads to the city manager’s office for further consideration.

When pressed on why Broomfield was discussing this July 27 version of the plan — which Extraction has withdrawn from consideration — City and County Manager Charles Ozaki said the council directed him to release it to keep the public informed of where the negotiations stood.

“Extraction did not like the idea that it was made public,” Ozaki said about the July 27 report, which was a result of negotiations, “but we did it anyway.”

Broomfield officials believed that significant progress was made between the May 11 and July 27 versions of the Comprehensive Development Plan from Extraction, Ozaki said, but that more conditions needed to be added.

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Broomfield will not “go backwards,” he said, in regard to which version it approves.

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Kiszla: Why Case Keenum made it as NFL quarterback. And why Paxton Lynch probably never will.

August 15, 2018 - 7:09pm

These two dudes have absolutely no business in the NFL, but here they were on a sunny Wednesday morning, playing quarterback, alongside Broncos and Bears. One is named Case. The other is Chase.

But wait. It gets more confusing.

Each of these average dudes wears No. 4 on his jersey. Neither is tall enough to carry a pro football franchise on his shoulders (or at least that’s what the scouts all said).  And, swear to goodness, if Case Keenum and Chase Daniel secretly switched teams before Denver and Chicago held a joint practice at Dove Valley headquarters, no fan on the grassy knoll above the field would have detected the difference. They walk alike, talk alike and spin the football alike. There’s not a “H” of difference between them.

Here’s the funny part, and the joke is on the NFL. Keenum and Daniel, born 16 months and 175 miles apart in Texas, have gone from undrafted and unloved to combined earnings of more than $50 million during lengthy pro careers, in a league that kicks ballyhooed QBs to the curb faster than you can Johnny Manziel.

“It’s tough playing quarterback,” Keenum said.

Amen, brother.

Why can the success or failure of a pro quarterback be so hard to predict? And why does Broncos Country love Keenum, while there was a recent attempt to run former first-round pick Paxton Lynch out of town with a GoFundMe campaign?

Playing quarterback is about far more than those measurables meticulously recorded at the combine. To survive as an NFL quarterback, you must move into a glass house, then not give a hoot when the whole city watches every breath you take and every hiccup you make.

“It’s so much more than just what we do between the white lines. I think it’s almost a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week deal,” Keenum said.

The 24/7 commitment is what Peyton Manning referred to as a QB’s healthy obsession. It’s a commitment Lynch never saw coming until it crushed him like a ton of bricks.

The NFL eats QBs for lunch. Want the definition of hard knocks? Although both are relatively young men, Keenum and Daniel have already played for 11 pro teams between them. Remember, earlier this year, when John Elway announced the signing of his new starting quarterback? Are you certain Elway didn’t think he was actually signing Chase instead of Case?

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There’s a hilarious video bouncing around the interwebs featuring a 31-year-old, bearded man wearing a Mitchell Trubisky jersey and bucket hat adorned with the Bears logo, chasing autographs from his favorite NFL team after a training-camp workout.

“You’re the best quarterback ever!” the fan exclaimed, upon scoring Trubisky’s signature.

The fan who starred in the viral video, viewed nearly a million times in barely a week? It was Daniel, going incognito as a prank endorsed by his employer.

If Rule No. 1 as a pro quarterback is to take the job seriously 24/7, then maybe Rule No. 2 is: Never take yourself too seriously, because all the balderdash associated with the job can drive even a strong man bonkers.

Ignoring the boo birds in the bleachers and the snarky GoFundMe accounts is more than a skill, it’s an essential art form for the face of any NFL franchise. “That’s a huge part of playing quarterback,” Keenum said.

After looking hopelessly lost and hapless during an exhibition game against Minnesota, Lynch was surrounded by the media, with his back against the wall in the locker room, feeling the 24/7 scrutiny no Broncos quarterback can escape. He was asked to give his feelings on throwing an interception against six completions for a meager 24 yards.

“I’m sad about that,” Lynch said.

Sad? As a player who worked in the NFL for many years reminded me while the Broncos and Bears went through drills, sad is the last word you ever want to hear uttered by an underperforming quarterback. It’s a sign of self-pity, in a job where nobody cares about your feelings in defeat.

“I don’t read a lot of what you guys write. I’m sorry,” said Keenum, unnecessarily apologizing for tuning out the noise.

By NFL standards, Keenum’s physical tools are mediocre. But like Daniel, he possesses the mental toughness to endure the rigors of this job.

At age 30, Keenum is getting his first real shot to be the man at the pro level. Daniel has stubbornly hung around as a backup quarterback long enough to earn a Super Bowl ring, not to mention the trust and respect of teammates.

As I watched Lynch, upset with his demotion to No. 3 on Denver’s depth chart, walk off the field alone after practice, I felt a little sad. For him.

Some guys with no business playing pro football keep cashing paychecks.

And some QBs, despite having all the talent in the world, never get it.



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“We can turn our cars into sensors”: Denver the testing ground for a new connected-car technology

August 15, 2018 - 6:34pm

If vehicles could communicate directly with each other and share real-time information on road conditions, it would make for more informed drivers and eventually pave the way for self-driving cars.

A system called C-V2X, which backers purport can communicate information faster and better than existing alternatives, was demonstrated for the first time Tuesday at Panasonic North America’s facility near Denver International Airport.

“We can turn our cars into sensors, and we can send messages to cars about changing conditions,” said Chris Armstrong, director of Panasonic’s smart mobility program.

V2X stands for “vehicles to everything” and backers are trying to prove that the technology is a better way to carry the massive amounts of data a connected transportation grid would generate than an older alternative called Dedicated Short-Range Communications technology, or DSRC.

Qualcomm Technologies provides the chips for C-V2X; Ford Motors, which is also testing DSRC, is providing the vehicles; and Panasonic North America is developing the cloud-based data platform that pushes the traffic information out to users, like the Colorado Department of Transportation, another partner.

Cars with the technology send out signals 10 times a second detailing speed, direction and other information from their internal sensors, such as brakes and air bags, to nearby roadside sensors.

The river of data flows via fiber-optic networks into the Panasonic data platform, where it is filtered and organized so transportation workers can use it to monitor the road grid and spot emerging problems. When required, the system can deliver customized, just-in-time messages directly into equipped vehicles, providing alerts via display systems.

Have air bag sensors in two cars triggered and are vehicles braking hard where Interstate 70 curves into Interstate 225? An alert can be sent immediately to the drivers right behind the emerging jam, urging them to hit their brakes well before they can see the problem. For drivers farther back, the system can instantly suggest an alternate route, say to get off on Peoria Boulevard, alleviating congestion.

Has a pedestrian pushed the walk signal button at an intersection? The traffic light can warn nearby cars that it is about to change and tell drivers to stop rather than blow through the intersection.

Roadside sensors can detect changing weather conditions and communicate a warning, and so too can cars as their tires start slipping. Colorado Department of Transportation workers at a control center can be alerted quickly that a specific bridge or stretch of road is icing up and dispatch sand trucks to alleviate the problem.

Ford Motors is testing both DSRC and C-V2X technologies, and the latter has made an impression, said Naseem Sewani, an IT Strategic Portfolio Manager at the Detroit-based automaker.

“You can get the alerts way earlier,” Sewani said.

The ability of cars to connect with each other and with traffic infrastructure allows for several interesting applications, adds Jack Walpuck, a Ford engineer specializing in connected vehicle technology.

He demonstrated that in a simulation with a Ford F-150. Approaching an intersection with an obstructed view, a strategically located sensor provided video inside the cab of another test vehicle coming down the road. When Walpuck drove out of the parking lot into the path of an oncoming vehicle, the system warned him to stop.

The C-V2X technology operates within a bandwidth the Federal Communications Commission has dedicated for transportation uses. That means it can’t be used for other things, such as offering drivers $5 off a hamburger two miles before they reach a restaurant.

Nor does it transmit identifying information about the vehicle or driver, which will limit it uses by law enforcement.

The goal is to avoid creating any unnecessary distractions for drivers, while making them aware of critical items, with the hope of reducing the 40,000 traffic fatalities in the United States each year, Armstrong said.

As Walpuck pulled away from a stop sign and into the path of an oncoming vehicle, the system didn’t trigger an alert. Walpuck attributed that to his truck moving slow enough that the system knew it would avoid a direct hit, adding it is hard to purposely move into the path of a crash.

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Panasonic is keeping the system open, which will allow for drivers with older unequipped vehicles to still see benefits. Google Maps or Waze can pick up the information and provide better information on traffic conditions.

One criticism of the new technology, aside from it not having proved itself yet, is that it is more expensive than DSRC. Amy Ford, a spokeswoman for CDOT, offered some cost scenarios.

Traffic signals in urban areas are increasingly connected to fiber optics, and converting to the new technology would involve swapping out hardware, Ford said. Outfitting rural areas in Colorado will be more complicated.

If there is fiber along a roadway, then the road can be equipped with the new technology at a cost of about $1 million for every 50 to 80 miles, Ford said. Along more isolated roads without fiber, the costs will rise substantially.

Another issue that needs to be sorted out is how to handle and interpret what could become a staggering flow of data. A Colorado road grid with C-V2X grid could send out 2 billion messages an hour on average, Ford said.

By comparison, Twitter moves about 500 million tweets in an entire day.

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Rockies will start Antonio Senzatela, send Chad Bettis to bullpen

August 15, 2018 - 6:13pm

HOUSTON — Manager Bud Black sat down with Rockies veteran right-hander Chad Bettis on Wednesday and delivered the news.

Black told Bettis that he was being taken out of the starting rotation and will now work out of the bullpen. Strong-armed right-hander Antonio Senzatela will come off the 10-day disabled list and start Saturday’s game at Atlanta.

Black said it was a “tough decision” to demote Bettis. But, clearly, it was the right decision. Simply put, Senzatela is the better pitcher, at least right now.

In five starts in July and August — interrupted by stints on the disabled list for a blister on his right middle finger and a sore shoulder — Senzatela posted a 3.60 ERA. He has pitched into the sixth inning in each of those starts. Given the state of Colorado’s bullpen, getting length out of starters is critical.

Bettis was terrific in his last outing, holding the Dodgers to one run on three hits over 6⅓ innings in Colorado’s  4-3 win on Sunday at Coors Field. But the truth is, Bettis’ performance has been hit and miss for much of the season. This was not an unexpected move.

Bettis’ season was interrupted by a painful blister on the middle finger of his right hand, forcing him to miss 27 games and five starts. But even before the finger injury, Bettis struggled. In eight starts from the beginning of June until now, Bettis posted an 8.26 ERA.

Bettis, 29, gives the Rockies more experience, but Senzatela, 23, brings more firepower to the mound. If he can avoid walks and command his slider, he can be very effective.

“Antonio is a good pitcher, and he was really solid for us against St. Louis,” Black said, referring to Senzatela’s last outing, in which he held the Cardinals to one run on five hits, while striking out five and walking two.

Bettis has pitched out of the bullpen before, during parts of the 2013 and 2014 seasons, but it didn’t go well. In 31⅔ innings of work, he posted a 9.09 ERA, had a 1.989 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched), and opponents slashed .367/.425/.583 against him.

Bettis, however, is a different, more accomplished and more confident pitcher now. He could help bolster the Rockies’ bullpen, given the right role.

“Where Chad is now, he can help us,” Black said. “He has experience, a good head on his shoulders and he has great aptitude. He will be ready to pitch.”

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Black didn’t define Bettis’ relief role, but he did indicate that the right-hander could be used as a long reliever. It’s very doubtful that Bettis will be used as a single-inning reliever late in the games.

“Chad is very capable to help us win games,” Black said.

Arenado update. Third baseman Nolan Arenado was the designated hitter again  Wednesday night against the Astros as he gave his sore right shoulder one more day of rest. However, after playing long toss with trainer Keith Dugger on Wednesday afternoon, Arenado came away confident he’ll be back at third base Thursday night when the Rockies open a four-game series at Atlanta.

“It went really well,” Arenado said of his throwing session. “I should be back in there tomorrow, unless I wake up really sore.”

Footnotes.  Black recorded his 800th win as a manager Tuesday night, becoming the 10th active manager to reach the mark. … Entering Wednesday night’s game against the Astros, Rockies starters had posted a 3.29 ERA since June 28, the second-lowest mark in the National League and fourth-lowest in the majors.

Looking ahead

Rockies RHP Jon Gray (9-7, 4.81 ERA) at Braves RHP Julio Teheran (8-7, 4.37), 5:30 p.m. Thursday, ATTRM; 850 AM

Gray’s string of smothering starts came to an end Friday against the Dodgers when the right-hander gave up four runs on eight hits over 5⅔ innings. Yet Gray pitched well enough to keep the Rockies in a game they eventually won 5-4. Friday’s game marked just the second time in his last seven starts that Gray allowed more than two earned runs. Since begin recalled from Triple-A on July 14, he’s 2-0 with a 2.29 ERA over five starts. Gray has done well against the Braves, going 3-0 with a 1.04 ERA, including a 1-0 record with no runs allowed in two starts at Atlanta. Teheran received a no-decision in Atlanta’s 4-2 loss to Milwaukee on Saturday, but he pitched well, allowing one run on two hits, while striking out six across six innings. In nine career starts vs. the Rockies, Teheran is 5-1 with a 2.21 ERA.

Friday: Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland (10-7, 3.02 ERA) at Braves LHP Sean Newcomb (10-5, 3.40), 5:35 p.m., ATTRM

Saturday: Rockies RHP Antonio Senzatela (4-3, 4.56) at Braves RHP Mike Foltynewicz (10-7, 2.86), 5:10 p.m., ATTRM

Sunday: Rockies RHP German Marquez (10-9, 4.51) at Braves RHP Anibal Sanchez (6-3, 3.07), 11:35 a.m., ATTRM

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Women’s cycling fighting for more exposure in male-dominated sport

August 15, 2018 - 6:10pm

In ski racing, track and field and other Olympic sports, women have attracted something approaching equality with the men in exposure. In soccer, the U.S. women’s national team might actually have more name recognition than the men’s. So why is it so much harder for women in cycling to get their share of exposure?

That’s what Rally Cycling rider Abby Mickey would like to know.

“I think our races are more exciting, they’re shorter, the tactics are completely different,” said Mickey, who will be racing the next four days in the second Colorado Classic. “And honestly, who would you rather see in Spandex?”

Mickey was born and raised in Aspen, and Olympic ski racer Wiley Maple is her cousin. His teammates on the U.S. men’s team don’t get near the attention that comes to Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn, but in cycling, women have fewer races and are seldom on television.

“There’s a lot of money in men’s cycling, and that’s why they continue to grow and continue to have such incredible races,” said Mickey, who finished third in the Colorado Classic last year. “The women in the sport are very, very smart. Most of them have graduated from college, they’re all really good at social media. By putting money into a women’s pro cycling team, you get a lot out of it. A women’s team can run on a quarter of the budget of the men’s, if not less.”

The high-profile Amgen Tour of California this season had seven stages for the men and three for the women. The Tour of Utah no longer has women’s races. Last year’s Colorado Classic had four men’s stages but only two for the women. This year there are four stages for both genders, and on three of the four days they will race on the same course, although the women will be racing shorter distances.

On Saturday, though, the men will race 100 miles from Denver’s RiNo district to Lookout Mountain, Red Rocks, Evergreen, Conifer, Indian Hills and Kittredge before heading back downtown. The women will race a timed criterium around the Velorama in RiNo that will take about an hour.

“In a perfect world, we’d have a big climbing stage like that and a longer circuit, but the ability to showcase a really fast, exciting hour of women’s racing here in Velorama is a great opportunity,” said Sean Petty, the women’s race director who spent 20 years at USA Cycling including seven years as its CEO. “We have a great product, exciting racing, great athletes. They’re certainly willing and able to do the big climbs, and a lot of them.”

Mickey believes getting women’s cycling more TV exposure is what the sport needs to grow.

“I think I see more women out on bikes than men,” Mickey said. “The recreational side of women’s cycling is growing exponentially. It’s a huge market that’s virtually untapped at the moment.”

Colorado Classic

Over the next four days, 15 men’s teams will race 245.6 miles and 16 women’s teams will race 79.9 miles. For a detailed Denver Post viewers guide, see The Know Outdoors online at

Thursday: Women, Vail circuit race, 35.2 miles, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Men, Vail circuit race, 64.1 miles, 12:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Friday: Women, Vail time trial, 9.9 miles, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Men, Vail time trial, 9.9 miles, 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Saturday: Women, Denver timed criterium, 50 minutes plus five laps, 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Men, Denver-Jefferson County foothills, 100.4 miles, 10:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Sunday: Women, Denver circuit race, 34.8 miles, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Men, Denver circuit race, 71.2 miles, 12:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Course highlights: Friday’s time trials will begin at Vail’s Mountain Plaza near the lower terminal of Gondola 1, heading to East Vail and then climbing halfway from East Vail to Vail Pass; Saturday’s men’s “Queen Stage” will head from the RiNo district to Golden, climbing Lookout Mountain and passing through Red Rocks Park en route to Evergreen, Conifer, Deer Creek Canyon, Indian Hills, Kittredge and Dinosaur Ridge before heading back to Rino.

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CSU head football coach Mike Bobo receiving treatment for peripheral neuropathy

August 15, 2018 - 5:39pm

Colorado State football coach Mike Bobo, who was admitted to a hospital this past weekend, said Wednesday on Twitter that he was undergoing treatment for peripheral neuropathy, which comes as a result of damage to one’s peripheral nerves.

CSU announced Monday that Bobo, 44, was being evaluated after experiencing numbness in his feet during Saturday’s scrimmage. That is one of symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Bobo took to social media Wednesday to give an update and express his appreciation for the care he has received. Bobo said he has been in contact with his staff and is watching film from practice as the Rams prepare to host Hawaii in the season opener Aug. 25 at Canvas Stadium on the CSU campus.

Bobo’s update on Twitter, which also refers to his wife, Lainie:

“I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of care, concern and prayers that I and my family have received. Lainie and I, and our children, are extremely grateful for this support, and for the great medical care that I continue to receive.

“I am currently in the process of a multiple-day treatment for a peripheral neuropathy, and continue to be encouraged by the results of the ongoing medical testing.

“While I have been hospitalized, I have been able to remain in close contact with our staff and watch practice film in preparation for our season opener against Hawaii.

“I am excited about our 2018 Rams football team, and feel more confident than ever about the quality and commitment of the people in our football program. I am thankful for the hard work, focus and diligence they have continued to demonstrate while I have been away. I also appreciate the support from the athletic department, (athletic director) Joe Parker and Colorado State University. I am hopeful I will soon be back with them working to prepare for our season opener!”

— Coach Mike Bobo (@CoachBobo_CSU) August 15, 2018

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Thrillist names Longmont a top small city for beer

August 15, 2018 - 4:33pm

Travel and entertainment website Thrillist recently named Longmont to its list of “7 Small Beer Cities That Deserve National Attention.”

The list, compiled by Andy Kryza, notes the rise to national prominence of Left Hand Brewing and Oskar Blues along with up-and-coming smaller breweries such as Grossen Bart, Pumphouse, and 300 Suns.

Kryza recommends thirsty visitors to Longmont “grab a growler and some cheese from dairy oasis Cheese Importers, then head over to Union Reservoir for a lazy day on the lake.”

The other cities on Thrillist’s list are Santa Fe, N.M.; Hood River, Ore.; Traverse City, Mich.; Bozeman, Mont.; Bloomington, Ind.; and Frederick, Md.

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Von Miller, held from Broncos’ first preseason game, itching for live snaps

August 15, 2018 - 4:17pm

Von Miller kept his typical game day routine for the Broncos’ preseason opener last Saturday. A full night’s rest. A light morning regimen to “get the engine revved up.” And, of course, coordinating important details with teammates.

Such as?

“Me and (Bradley) Chubb, we talked about socks before the game,” Miller said.

But Broncos Country had to wait for the edge-rusher fashion show at Mile High after a last-minute change Saturday night favored caution over communication. Von Miller told 9News at halftime that he completed pregame warm-ups before “a call came from upstairs that I wasn’t going to play.” Head coach Vance Joseph responded postgame: “He’s a guy who we can’t lose, so we didn’t play him — simple as that.”

As for defensive coordinator Joe Woods? “That’s above my pay grade,” he said this week when asked why Miller sat.

Ask Miller and it’s a non-story. He prepares the same way before every preseason game, and, “If the coaches say I’m not going to play, I’m not going to play,” Miller said.

He enters his eighth NFL season with a body of work that would allow for some extra August rest. Miller clarified he was not “upset” to be held out Saturday, but it has now been 200 days since Miller last suited up for a game (the Pro Bowl). He’s itching to get back on the field.

“It’s funny because some guys would be like, ‘Perfect, I don’t need to play today,’” linebacker Shane Ray said. “Von is like, ‘Damn, bro. I was ready to play.’ He always wants to go out and get better.”

Miller’s disappointment from sitting also stemmed from a missed opportunity to play alongside some prominent defensive rookies, such as Chubb, for the first time during live-game snaps.

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“With the rookies, it’s a hard deal to get those guys right,” Miller said. “So I was getting Chubb right and the other rookies right.”

Neither Denver’s coaching staff or Miller could provide a definitive answer as to whether he’ll play Saturday against Chicago. One thing is certain: Miller will be ready if called.

“He’s the definition of a pro,” Ray said. “He takes care of his body and his eating habits on the regular. When it comes down to meetings, you know a guy is on a different level when he’s pointing out things that not everybody can see. Von’s looking at film and talking about hands or contact — he’s a player and a coach in himself.

“I’ve got so much respect for him. I see that as a player I try to chase every day.”

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Injuries taking toll on Broncos’ defensive depth chart

August 15, 2018 - 4:15pm

Reality regarding the Broncos’ injury situation at the back end of their defensive depth chart set in during Wednesday’s joint practice against Chicago.

Bears backup quarterback Chase Daniel completed his first six passes against the Broncos’ second-team defense.

“Our ‘1’ defense was really sharp and our ‘2’ defense was terrible — too many mistakes, too many busted coverages,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said.

Just as quickly, though, Joseph pointed out how injuries have impacted the defense once the starters leave the field. Safety Su’a Cravens (knee), safety Dymonte Thomas (hamstring), linebacker Shaquil Barrett (hamstring) and cornerback Michael Hunter (migraines) did not practice. And because starting cornerback Chris Harris (oblique) was out, that moved Tramaine Brock up to the first unit.

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The injuries meant rookie safety Trey Marshall has seen second-team work along with linebacker Keishawn Bierria. Just this week, the Broncos signed linebacker A.J. Johnson and safety Sharmarko Thomas.

“We’re just beat up,” Joseph said. “That’s the main issue with our second-team defense. That being said, we have a game Saturday and those guys have to do their jobs. We’ll figure it out by Saturday and kind of get some calls on the sheet that they can handle. We ran some things (Wednesday) that were new to all of us.”

The joint practice featured several periods of 11-on-11 work, which Joseph prefers to individual drills.

“I like the team stuff; that’s the game, right?” he said. “It’s making a call in the huddle, nailing your assignment, doing things right and making adjustments.”

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CEO of Lakewood-based medical device firm to retire next year

August 15, 2018 - 4:01pm

The chief executive officer of Terumo BCT, a Lakewood-based medical device firm, will retire next year, the company said Wednesday.

Provided by Terumo BCTAntoinette Gawin will become the new president and chief executive officer of Terumo BCT when David Perez retires next year.

David Perez will retire as Terumo BCT’s lead executive and president March 31, 2019. He will be replaced by Antoinette Gawin, executive vice president of global commercial. Gawin will step into the president role Oct. 1 and become the company’s chief executive in April, according to the news release.

“When I retire, I will have been leading the company for almost 20 years and I am truly thankful for the incredible experiences that have shaped my life and will forever be part of who I am,” Perez said in a statement.

He will also retire from Terumo Corp.’s board of directors at the end of his term next June. Terumo Corp., based in Tokyo, is the parent company of Terumo BCT.

As a medical device company, Terumo BCT focuses on blood, cell-based therapies and regenerative medicine.

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The company has about 2,500 employees at its headquarters in Lakewood and almost 7,000 workers worldwide. Terumo BCT has locations in Brussels, Buenos Aires, Singapore and Tokyo, said spokesperson Christine Romero.

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Frederick police ask for public’s help in search for missing pregnant woman and her two daughters

August 15, 2018 - 3:36pm

Law enforcement asked for the public’s help Wednesday in the search for a Frederick woman and her two young daughters who have been missing for more than 48 hours.

Frederick police, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the FBI have been searching for Shanann Watts and her two daughters, 3-year-old Bella and 4-year-old Celeste, since Monday afternoon. Officials did not release any new information Wednesday afternoon because they didn’t want to jeopardize the ongoing investigation, Frederick police spokesman Sgt. Ian Albert said at a news conference.

“There is no reason to believe the public is at risk,” he said.

Colorado Bureau of Investigation via TwitterFrom left are Shannan Watts, Bella Watts and Celeste Watts.

At the end of the conference, a reporter asked why the sergeant didn’t believe there was a threat to the public, but Albert did not answer and walked inside the police building. He did not take any other questions, but said there will be another update at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Frederick police responded at 1:40 p.m. Monday to Watts’ home in the 2800 block of Saratoga Trail after a friend said she hadn’t heard from Watts recently. Investigators have searched the area and handed out flyers with missing persons information.

The CBI said Tuesday that Shanann Watts and her daughters were considered endangered and missing. Watts is 15 weeks pregnant and the young girls may have medical concerns, Frederick police said. They were last seen in the Frederick area, which straddles Interstate 25 southeast of Longmont.

Watts’ husband, Chris Watts, told Denver7 that his wife’s phone, purse and keys were left at home.

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“When I came home and then walked in the house, nothing. Vanished. Nothing was here,” he told the television station.

Watts is described as 5 foot, 5 inches tall and 148 pounds with hazel eyes and black hair. Bella is 3 foot, 6 inches tall and 40 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. Celeste is 3 feet tall and 37 pounds with hazel eyes and blonde hair.

Anybody with information about the disappearance is encouraged to contact Detective Dave Baumhover at 303-652-4222 or or the Frederick Police Department at 720-382-5700.

Missing Persons Update: FBI CBI are now assisting our agency with ongoing investigation. Information and inquiries should still be directed to the Frederick Police Department at 720.382.5700. BOLO: Shannan Watts, age 34 and two daughters ages 3 and 4.

— Town of Frederick (@TownofFrederick) August 15, 2018

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“I thought I was going to die”: Denver artist describes harrowing escape from house explosion.

August 15, 2018 - 3:29pm

When Meghan Meehan opened her eyes, everything was white and she could see the sky where her kitchen ceiling used to be.

The 29-year-old Denver artist and DJ was getting ready to go to her woodworking studio for the day Tuesday when a metal popping sound — whap — washed over her.

“I was thrown back against my kitchen sink and I felt this crazy wave was being sprayed at me,” Meehan said. “But instead of water, it was debris and air.”

Meehan’s kitchen wall was gone, and she was pinned between her fallen refrigerator and her kitchen counter.

Meehan lived in the multi-unit building in the 300 block of Santa Fe that exploded Tuesday afternoon, injuring nine — one critically — and leaving residents with piles of rubble where their homes once stood.

Meehan started screaming for help and could see her neighbor four houses down standing in shock. The three complexes that normally separated them had been obliterated.

“One man ran over to me and came in and held my hand and prayed with me while we were waiting for firefighters,” Meehan said. “I was pretty hysterical, and he came to be with me.”

At some point while Meehan was trapped, a fire broke out in the middle of the apartment next to her. Propelled by adrenaline and fear of another explosion, Meehan summoned all her strength to free herself.

“I thought I was going to die, so I pushed myself out from under the fridge, and firefighters helped me climb out from there,” she said.

Meehan ran outside into the care of an ambulance, which transported her to Denver Health, where she was found to have four fractures in her spine.

“It’s going to be painful, but they said I’ll have a full recovery and won’t need surgery,” Meehan said. “I got really, really lucky. I think it’s going to be more of the trauma I’m dealing with that’s going to be a little harder to recover from.”

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As local and federal fire and crime scene investigators dug through the pile of bricks and debris created by the explosion, Meehan returned to the scene Wednesday to search for her black cat Salazar. The kitty is skinny and long, “like a panther,” said Meehan, who is trying to spread the word to neighbors to keep an eye out for him.

“He’s like my child,” Meehan said. “He’s really special.”

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Investigators were searching through the debris without disturbing any possible evidence that might be needed if there is a criminal case, said Denver Fire Department spokesman Greg Pixley.

“We’re trying to get to the very center of where the fire took place or the explosion,” Pixley said. “It could have been one or the other. Our investigation will help us determine that.”

Denver Fire announced Wednesday night that they had completed their on-scene evaluation, but released no further information.

Meehan has given her account of the experience to investigators and said she’s taking things one day at a time.

The five-year resident of the Baker complex said she lost some of the furniture she built and may have lost her record collection, both of which impact her livelihood as a local artist and DJ.

Friends started a GoFundMe account for Meehan to help pay for things such as medical expenses and get her back on her feet as she tries to rebuild what she lost.

“It’s hard to think about what I need right now,” she said. “It’s all so overwhelming and surreal.”

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Aurora couple’s adopted 4-year-old daughter will get to stay with them in the U.S.

August 15, 2018 - 3:14pm

An Aurora family, who feared their 4-year-old adopted daughter would be forced out of the country, can now rest easy.

Angela Becerra is back on the path to becoming a U.S. citizen.

“They’re relieved,” Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, said Wednesday afternoon. “[Amy Becerra] sounded exhausted for having gone through all this.”

The congressman got involved with the case earlier this month after U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services denied Amy and Marco Becerra’s petition to have their adopted daughter become a citizen. USCIS had told the couple their 4-year-old would have to leave the country by Aug. 31 or be considered to be an undocumented immigrant.

“Now because they have re-opened the case, the family can proceed with the forms,” Coffman said. “Once that is processed, the child will get U.S. citizenship.”

Amy and Marco Becerra became foster parents of a little girl they named Angela in May 2014 while the couple was living in Peru. The little girl was abandoned by her mother when she was just 11 days old. Amy Becerra told KDVR-TV that the girl’s mother was developmentally disabled and a victim of sex trafficking.

The adoption was finalized in a Peruvian court in April 2017 — one month after Amy Becerra had accepted a job in Colorado. The plan had been for her to return first followed by her husband and daughter.

That’s where the trouble started.

The U.S. reviews adoptions from certain foreign countries through the lens of The Hague Adoption Convention, an international treaty that the U.S. says “provides important safeguards to protect the best interests of children, birth parents and adoptive parents who are involved in intercountry adoptions.”

The Becerra’s adoption, which went through Peruvian courts, didn’t meet all of the standards required by that treaty. What Coffman helped negotiate for the family was a waiver that allows the Becerras to keep their daughter because it is in the best interests of the child.

USCIS spokesman Michael Bars said his office couldn’t comment on the specifics of the Becerra case except to say “we decided to reopen the petition and subsequently approved it earlier today.”

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What that means for the Becerra’s is their daughter will get to apply for a green card that allows her to say in the country while the family works through the requirements for getting Angela a certificate of citizenship.

The whole process is expected to take about nine months and cost about $1,000 in fees. Coffman told The Denver Post he plans to cover those costs.

“They got hit with so many fees from filling out so many different forms.,” Coffman said. “I just didn’t feel like it was appropriate to make them pay more.”


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Broncos podcast: Evaluating the importance of Von Miller’s preseason game absence

August 15, 2018 - 3:09pm

In the latest First-and-Orange podcast episode, Broncos beat writers Ryan O’Halloran and Kyle Fredrickson examine the fallout of linebacker Von Miller missing the team’s first preseason game.

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Revamped “I-25 Gap” expected to boast Colorado’s lowest toll rate at 15 cents per mile

August 15, 2018 - 3:08pm

When an 18-mile stretch of Interstate 25 between Denver and Colorado Springs opens in 2022 with a new express lane in each direction, motorists are expected to pay the lowest per-mile toll rate in the state to ride that third lane.

That’s according to a traffic and revenue study released Wednesday, which includes a survey of area residents aimed to gauge what they might be willing to pay to speed up their travel time in the I-25 “Gap” between Castle Rock and Monument.

The study found that a 15 cents-per-mile toll rate — or $2.25 per trip — would “likely provide for a reliable travel option while improving travel times across the general purpose lanes,” according to a press release that accompanied the report.

In addition to the tolled express lane, two free general purpose lanes in each direction will be available for motorists unwilling to pay a toll. The introduction of toll lanes has proved controversial in tax-averse El Paso County, in particular.

The High-Performance Transportation Enterprise, a division of the Colorado Department of Transportation, will ultimately set the toll rate closer to the 2022 opening of the segment, but 15 cents-per-mile is a likely starting point, according to CDOT.

Toll revenues will cover the cost of installing and operating tolling equipment and maintaining the express lanes with plowing, debris removal and pavement repairs.

Transportation officials are revamping I-25 to deal with continued population growth in both El Paso and Douglas counties — a nearly 50 percent spike in the number of residents by 2040 is projected. Construction on the $350 million project is expected to begin next month.

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The new express lanes will be free for motorcycles and carpoolers with three or more occupants per vehicle.

The lanes will be similar to other express lane projects that have been built in the metro area, including on U.S. 36 between Boulder and Denver, on I-25 north of downtown Denver and on Interstate 70 west of Idaho Springs.

Express lanes are also coming to a section of I-25 connecting Johnstown and Fort Collins, a section of I-70 between Brighton Boulevard and Chambers Road and a sweep of C-470 between Wadsworth Boulevard and I-25.

CDOT will host two open houses on the I-25 Gap project next week. The first is Monday at 5 p.m. at Monument Academy, 1150 Village Ridge Point in Monument. The second is Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Road in Castle Rock.

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