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I-25 express-lane tolls to rise up to 40 cents starting July 1 between U.S. 36, 120th Avenue

June 22, 2018 - 5:00am

The price to ride the express lanes on Interstate 25 between U.S. 36 and 120th Avenue north of Denver is going up July 1, after state authorities approved the hike in a unanimous vote this week.

Tolls will rise from 5 cents to 15 cents, depending on time of day, for drivers with ExpressToll accounts and 21 cents to 40 cents for those billed by license plate. For example, between 6:45 a.m. to 7:15 a.m., southbound travel rates for an ExpressToll Pass customer will increase from $1.25 to $1.30.

The maximum price for a northbound afternoon trip on the 7-mile stretch using an ExpressToll pass will be $3.15, up 15 cents, while the max price for a southbound trip in the morning will rise to $2.35 from $2.25 now.

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The bump in tolls is the first in this corridor since it opened two years ago, according to the state Department of Transportation. The agency said the change is necessary to cover increased operations and maintenance costs.

“We do have to charge people the cost of maintaining the road, and we know those costs have gone up dramatically in recent years,” said Thad Noll, a board member of the state’s tolling authority, High Performance Transportation Enterprise.

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Confusion, uncertainty at the border after Trump’s move to stop family separations

June 22, 2018 - 4:00am

The U.S. government wrestled with the ramifications Thursday of President Donald Trump’s move to stop separating families at the border, with no clear plan to reunite the more than 2,300 children already taken from their parents and Congress again failing to take action on immigration reform.

In a day of confusion and conflicting reports, the Trump administration began drawing up plans to house as many as 20,000 migrants on U.S. military bases. But officials gave differing accounts as to whether those beds would be for children or for entire families.

At the same time, the Justice Department went to court in an attempt to overturn a decades-old settlement that limits to 20 days the amount of time migrant children can be locked up with their families.

Democratic mayors and religious leaders, meanwhile, traveled to the border to step up pressure on the White House over its hardline immigration policies.

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And in the Texas border city of McAllen, federal prosecutors unexpectedly did not pursue charges against 17 immigrants. A federal prosecutor said “there was no prosecution sought” in light of Trump’s executive order ending the practice of separating families.

It was unclear whether that meant the Trump administration was dropping its months-old “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting all adults caught trying to enter the country illegally.

The president did not answer the question directly but showed no sign of softening.

“We have to be very, very strong on the border. If we don’t do it, you will be inundated with people and you really won’t have a country,” Trump said.

The uncertainty resulted from the abrupt ending Wednesday of a White House policy that separated more than 2,300 children from their parents over the past several weeks. The practice set off an outcry from all corners of the world, with the images and sounds of crying children dominating the news.

After Trump’s executive order, a host of unanswered questions remained, including what will happen to the children already separated from their parents and where the government will house all the newly detained migrants, with the system already bursting at the seams.

Officials from the Defense Department and Health and Human Services said the Pentagon has agreed to provide space on military bases to hold up to 20,000 people detained after illegally crossing the Mexican border.

It was unclear which bases would be used. But HHS has assessed four as prospective housing for children: Fort Bliss, Goodfellow Air Force Base and Dyess Air Force Base in Texas, and Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas.

The Justice Department asked a federal judge to change the rules regarding the detention of immigrant children, seeking permission to detain them for longer than the permitted 20 days in an effort to keep them together with their parents.

Meanwhile, the mayors of about 20 U.S. cities gathered at a holding facility for immigrant children in the border city of El Paso. They accused Trump of failing to address a crisis of his own making.

They called for the immediate reunification of immigrant children with their families.

“This is a humanitarian crisis,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said.

In Washington, the House killed a hard-right immigration bill Thursday and Republican leaders delayed a planned vote on a compromise GOP package, with party members fiercely divided on the issue. Democrats oppose both measures.

The rejected bill would have curbed legal immigration and bolstered border security but would not have granted a pathway to citizenship to “Dreamers” who arrived in the country illegally as children.

The delayed vote was on a compromise bill between GOP moderates and conservatives that would offer Dreamers a pathway to citizenship and provide $25 billion for Trump’s border wall, among other things.

Elsewhere, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia ordered an investigation into claims by children at an immigration detention facility that they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells.

First lady Melania Trump made a surprise visit to a McAllen detention center that is housing some of the children. She told the children to “be kind and nice to each other.”

She made waves while boarding the flight to McAllen in a green military-style jacket with the message “I really don’t care, do u?” on the back.

Asked about it, her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: “It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message.”

Mrs. Trump was wearing a different jacket when the plane landed.

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Ask Amy: Parent catches child being cruel at the pool

June 22, 2018 - 3:30am

Dear Amy: My youngest daughter “Sara,” (12) is as sweet as pie to those she loves. She also speaks her mind — sometimes too plainly. Her mother and I have always waffled between being happy that she sticks up for herself, and concerned that her bluntness will alienate people.

Recently an older girl, “Carrie,” approached me at our public pool. Carrie attends school with my older daughter. I introduced her to a group of kids nearby as: “A friend of my daughters’.” Carrie responded by putting “friends” in finger-quotes, and then stating that, “Your daughters hate me. Sara just said, ‘Hello — go away’ to me.”

I jumped right on it with Sara: “How would that make you feel? How do you think it made her feel?

I also tried to make Carrie feel a little better, but honestly, she is simply a tough kid to like — she never really gets into the conversation, and has rough social skills. Of course, this is no excuse for my daughter’s horrible behavior.

Sara is prepped to say, “I am sorry I hurt your feelings and was so rude to you” at the next encounter, but neither of our daughters want to be friends with her.

Is there anything I can say or do to make Carrie feel better? Should I speak to her parents?

I am saddened for this poor girl, and ashamed of my daughter’s insensitive remark.

— Guilty in NC

Dear Guilty: You did a nice job correcting your adolescent — and then you actually confirmed her unkind assessment of the girl she was so cruel to. Way to go, Dad! (To me, it sounds as if “Carrie” is “on the spectrum,” which would explain her affect.)

Your message to your daughter should be, “I don’t care what this other person is like, or if she is challenging, or simply bugs you. You don’t have to be friends with anyone you don’t want to be friends with. You DO have to be kind to others — regardless. It’s that simple. You owe her an apology, and you need to deliver it right now.”

You daughter needs to learn that fierceness and kindness are actually two sides of the same coin. The most wonderful people are those who use their fierceness — and bluntness — to serve, not only themselves, but others. It’s easy, lazy and cowardly to be mean. If your daughter wants to be popular and well-liked (all 12-year-olds do), she will have to learn how to be brave enough to be nice to someone she doesn’t want to befriend.

Dear Amy: My husband’s parents’ own a beautiful lake house where my husband and I have spent a week or two every summer for decades. Two years ago, my husband and I invited three couples — our close friends — to spend a weekend with us there.

Last week, a friend (who was part of the group that vacationed with us two years ago) texted me, saying that she and our other friends were planning on contacting my in-laws to “arrange dates” for the group to vacation at the lake house. She said that she knows my husband and I are busy and might not be able to join them, but they’d like to go this year, and don’t want us to feel like we have to host them. Essentially, our friends planned a vacation (without us) to our family’s house!

I contacted my mother and father-in-law, who are incredibly generous and kind people. They were shocked by my friend’s display of entitlement. I told my friend that my in-laws weren’t ready to open the cabin to friends unless family was present, and she replied that it was “fine.”

How do I let my friend(s) know that this request/demand was rude and presumptuous? How do I stop this from happening in the future?

— Offended and Annoyed

Dear Offended: Wow, this takes entitlement to a whole new level!

You could deliver a stronger statement by responding: “This is a family home. Your choice to bypass us to solicit an invitation from my in-laws is … surprising. I wish you hadn’t done that.”

If this person is aggressive enough to continue pushing, simply say, “No.”

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Dear Amy: “Bummed” was a young guy with his first roommate. He was complaining because his roommate routinely wore his clothes, even his underwear, when the roommate’s clothing was dirty.

How hard is it to install a lock onto a bedroom door? Bummed needs to get one.

— Easy

Dear Easy: A conversation about boundaries should precede the lock installation.

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Succulents are practically perfect, looking great in garden beds and starring in containers

June 21, 2018 - 11:06pm

Chic succulents are still on trend along the Front Range — and for good reasons. These architectural plants are practically perfect.

“Succulents make sense for the Front Range because they are extremely xeric in nature, which suits our semi-arid climate. They are easy to grow, maintain, and propagate, making them a great one-time investment that can fill your gardens for years to come,” said Sandy Haynes, the owner of Stonewolf Gardens.

Haynes plants succulents in her award-winning landscape designs, where the low-water, low-maintenance wonders fare well in beds and borders. But succulents take center stage in container gardens, living roofs, wreaths, and other crafts that raise the unusual plants so they’re more readily observed.

“I have planted many succulent pots for clients have had so much fun with the textures and colors. I’ve done both giant succulent and sedum pots and low centerpieces for tables. Some of the shapes are so striking and otherworldly. They are fascinating,” Haynes said.

The intriguing forms and carefree nature of succulents and sedums make the plants ideal for wreaths or wall ornaments, repurposed bird baths, fountains or lanterns. Succulents and sedums can be arranged in garlands, topiary balls, Zen wall ornaments or fairy gardens. The plants thrive in everything from seashells to tea tins to Mason jars.

For such crafty horticultural projects, the marketplace offers faux succulents, yet the real things are preferable and do-able. One of the most popular is known by the common name “hens-and-chicks,” or the Latin sempervivums, which translates roughly as “live forever.” Succulents are tough chicks!

“Succulents work well for gardeners who are a little more leisurely in tending to their plants,” said Haynes. “They don’t need much care, if any at all, depending on species.”

Through her Ink and Stem workshops in Denver and Boulder, Christine Bayles Kortsch teaches contemplative writing coupled with succulent container gardening.

“Succulents are easy to work with,” she said. “Succulents have been all the rage for the past couple years, but I don’t see them losing their appeal anytime soon. There are so many varieties, and you can really start to geek out on the different types.”

Like many people who fall under the spell of succulents, she has them growing just about everywhere.

“My husband built a giant letter ‘K’ [for Kortsch] out of wood, and we planted it with succulents. He also designed and built our chicken coop, and we put in a living succulent and cacti roof,” Kortsch said. “I’ve seen succulent crowns on brides, succulent rings, entire living walls of succulents. I’ve seen a fallen log planter with succulents growing in the crevices. That’s my next project.”

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One of her most popular workshops offers instruction in making a living succulent frame.

“You can hang it up once the plants are rooted. Or you can lay it flat and pair with candles for a pretty tablescape,” said Kortsch.

“I’ve also taught succulent centerpiece classes, where students bring a container of their choice, and we talk about how to group plants to complement the shape of the container. I’ve done workshops where we plant in small bowls or tea cups.”

Kortsch appreciates the bold, sculptural shapes of succulents. The secret to arranging succulents, she said, lies in considering their forms.

“I like to plant succulents as if I’m arranging a bouquet,” she said. “The rosettes lend solidity and gravitas to an arrangement — like an old-fashioned rose. The creeping sedums and often paddle-like crassulae add softness and whimsy. I’m partial to clustering echeveria rosettes together so that they look like a bouquet of silvery-green roses. I like to tuck in donkey tail sedum for a swooping look.”

Succulents and sedums are known as architectural plants valued more for their foliage and form than flowers.

“They do flower — and that is a gorgeous event because they often levitate above the plant in a delicate spray of pink or yellow, said Kortsch. “But the focus is less on the flower, and more on the leaf shape or overall growth habit.”

Crafty succulent success tips

Success with succulent crafts comes without much investment of time or water, but you need to know a few basics. Follow these tried and true tips from Christine Bayles Kortsch of Ink and Stem and Sandy Haynes of Stonewolf Gardens.

Soil must drain. Haynes said, “Most succulents require well drained soil, so some amendment will be necessary. Our clay soils can be too compact, which puts stress on the root systems.”

Tender vs hardy: “Tender succulents are wonderful for pots. You can bring them indoors in the winter if that is something you care to do,” Haynes said. “Cold-hardy succulents are great for perennial beds and pots as well. I have used a lot of succulents in winter pots. They have striking winter colors and hold up well to the extreme temperature changes we can experience here: snow one day and into the 60’s the next.”

Sempervivums = Eternal living: Even black-thumbed individuals probably can cultivate sempervivums. “Hens-and-chicks seem to grow just about anywhere they can stick their little feet,” Hayes said.

Grow your succulent collection: “Propagating succulents and using cuttings trims cost, plus if you’re willing to be patient and start with cuttings, you can order straight from California — succulent paradise,” Kortsch said. “The online selection for cuttings is out of this world, compared to going to your local garden center.”

Plant densely: Many succulents are slow-growers. “You can plant heavy,” Hayes said. “Based on location, put taller plants in back, medium plants in the center, and low or trailing plants in front.”

Succulent wreaths: While enchanting, succulent wreaths can ring up a big bill, requiring 150 to 250 rooted plants or cuttings, Kortsch said. To cut costs, she experimented with a design anchored by large aeonium and echeveria. “You can use a couple of larger specialty succulents as visual anchors or specimen plants in your composition. I filled in with waves of cuttings in eddies of color,” said Kortsch. Her website cbkortsch.com has more information about her succulent workshops.

Opt for a kit: Kortsch said, “For those who want an easy entry into the world of succulent wreaths, you can buy wreath kits online from Robin Stockwell, a very famous California gardener in the world of succulents.”

Watering succulents: The fleshy leaves of succulents hold water, but plants will require light watering. “Keep in mind, small containers dry out much faster than bigger ones,” Haynes said. “Stick your finger in the soil, and if it’s dry up to your big, bendy knuckle, they need a little water. In winter, maybe once a month.”

Autumn and winter succulent container gardens:  After the growing season, Haynes uses succulents and sedums for late autumn and winter pots. “Anything creeping can keep its leaves all winter long,” she said. “I use a ‘Angelina’, a bright yellow sedum that almost looks like a squirrel tail or worm with tendrils. I like ‘Dragon’s Blood’ [stonecrop] for its dark red and purple.”

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Former Boulder soccer coach had sexual relationship with 15-year-old player, indictment alleges

June 21, 2018 - 9:11pm

Former Boulder youth soccer coach Philip Hufstader engaged in a months-long sexual relationship with a 15-year-old player before being caught in the act by the girl’s mother, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed Thursday.

Hufstader, 35, was indicted June 15 on one count of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. He turned himself in to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.

According to the indictment, which Boulder District Judge Bruce Langer unsealed at a hearing Thursday morning, Hufstader and a then-15-year-old girl had a sexual relationship between March and August of 2017.

The girl, who was on the FC Boulder youth soccer team that Hufstader coached, testified before the grand jury that Hufstader began giving her free, private lessons. The girl testified that she and Hufstader — who was married at the time — would then have sex in his car after those lessons, at hotels during team trips, and at least once at Hufstader’s house.

On Aug. 27, 2017, the girl’s mother showed up at one of the private lessons to watch, but found her daughter and Hufstader having sex in his car. She reported it to FC Boulder, and Hufstader resigned shortly thereafter.

Read the full story on coloradodaily.com.

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Denver Nuggets acquire Jarred Vanderbilt by swapping second-round draft picks with Orlando Magic

June 21, 2018 - 8:56pm

The Denver Nuggets acquired Kentucky freshman Jarred Vanderbilt, the No. 41 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, from Orlando in exchange for Justin Jackson, the No. 43 overall pick, and and a future second-round selection, per multiple reports.

Vanderbilt, who has a 6-foot-9, 214-pound frame, averaged 5.9 points and 7.9 rebounds in 14 games for Kentucky, after missing time at the beginning of the season with a left foot injury.

“We’ve only seen a small part of his game because of the adversity he faced this season,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “But he’s got the motor and the skill set that will serve him well at the next level.”

Vanderbilt joins first-round pick Michael Porter Jr. on a Nuggets roster that finished 46-36 and missed the playoffs by one game last season. Denver also has the 58th overall pick in Thursday’s draft.

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Kiszla: Nuggets get steal of NBA draft in Michael Porter, provided he can bend over to tie his sneakers

June 21, 2018 - 8:27pm

The Nuggets got the steal of the NBA draft in Michael Porter Jr. There wasn’t another draft prospect from the entire United States with more game than this 6-foot-10 forward. He’s 20 points per night waiting to happen.

Provided, of course, that Porter is able to get out of bed and tie his sneakers.

His medical chart is scarier than “Get Out.” That’s why NBA teams passed on Porter 13 times in the first round. No lie: He needed back surgery two minutes after stepping on the court for Missouri as a freshman.

Yes, it’s a high-risk, high-reward gamble for the Nuggets. But I give it two thumbs up. This is a roll of the dice Denver had to make.

Within minutes after the Nuggets selected Porter, limited by injury to only three games, 53 minutes and 30 points during his painfully brief college career, I reached out via text to congratulate franchise president Josh Kroenke. He acknowledged the definite risk, but felt it was a risk worth taking at No. 14.

Maybe you disagree with that assessment, perhaps because you’ve already ordered one of those slick new Nuggets uniforms for your fall wardrobe, thinking No. 23 is going to be worn by LeBron James.

Well, dream on. A free-agent star capable of lifting an NBA roster to super-team status signs with Los Angeles or Houston or Golden State. Not Denver.

While a good eye for talent has allowed the braintrust of Tim Connelly and Arturas Karnisovas to bring the fun back to the Pepsi Center, it’s also true the competition in the Western Conference is growing tougher, not easier. If Denver fails to win 50 games next season, somebody is going to get fired, most likely coach Michael Malone. But if the Nuggets want more than a brief playoff appearance as a reward for their labor, they’re going to have to get lucky.

Yes, Denver could have made a much safer pick at No. 14. The rap against Porter? Not only is he damaged goods, but he’s a 19-year-old athlete that’s a wee bit too impressed with himself.

The Nuggets could have instead taken Zhaire Smith of Texas Tech or Troy Brown of Oregon and been happy. But, a year ago, Denver passed on taking a chance in the first round on Donovan Mitchell, then watched him average 20 points per game as a rookie for Utah.

On the recent hot spring evening when the Nuggets revealed their new uniforms, adorned with logos featuring pick axes and skylines and nods to the glory days, Kroenke sought out my fashion opinion.

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“They look good,” I said. “But I’m far more concerned with the quality of the players inside those uniforms.”

Kroenke replied: “Me, too.”

I cannot predict when Porter will be physically able to wear a Nuggets uniform. With any luck, he will raise the arena roof with a thunderous dunk against the Warriors during a playoff game in 2019.

But even if he spends more time in the training room than on the court in Denver, drafting Porter was a long shot the Nuggets had to take.

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Australia gets crucial 1-1 draw with Denmark at World Cup

June 21, 2018 - 8:21pm

SAMARA, Russia — Mile Jedinak has a knack for penalty kicks and his strategy is beyond simple.

“Just to get that ball in the back in the net,” the Australia captain said after converting from the spot to give Australia a 1-1 draw against Denmark on Thursday and new life at the World Cup.

The 38th-minute penalty was set up after Denmark forward Yussuf Poulsen was called for a handball following a video review. Poulsen was also cautioned by the referee and will be suspended for the team’s final group match against France because of yellow card accumulation.

The goal was Jedinak’s second from the spot at this year’s World Cup, and it snapped Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel’s five-match streak of shutouts for the Danes.

“It’s more just composing and staying concentrated, regardless of the situation, regardless of where you’re standing and regardless of what’s going on around you,” added Jedinak, who has converted 16 straight penalties.

Christian Eriksen scored in the opening minutes for Denmark, which has gone unbeaten in 17 straight international matches.

Going into the tournament, No. 36 Australia was the lowest-ranked team in Group C with the others all in the top 12.

With a loss to France in the opener, a defeat Thursday would have made it nearly impossible for the Socceroos to advance to the next stage. Denmark, meanwhile, won its first match against Peru.

In the later group match on Thursday, France’s 1-0 victory eliminated Peru while securing a spot in the knockout round for the French.

Australia lost to 1998 World Cup champion France 2-1 last Saturday in Kazan, with both French goals coming as the result of video technology. But the score didn’t reflect the Socceroos’ gritty defensive performance.

“You’ve got to put those frustrations aside,” Jedinak said. “You don’t put two performances in like that if you’re frustrated. You’ve got to just believe, and that’s what we do. We have belief in what we’re doing. We’re believing in the structure and how we’ve been training and preparing. And we’ll continue to do that. It will be the same going forward.”

Australia again took a defensive stand against Denmark, which was back at the World Cup after missing out on the tournament in Brazil. The Danes were coming off a 1-0 victory over Peru on Saturday in Saransk. Poulsen, who plays for German club RB Leipzig, scored the lone goal.

It is the fifth World Cup appearance for the Danes, who reached the quarterfinals in 1998.

Australia was also making a fifth trip to the World Cup. The team’s best showing was in the 2006 quarterfinals.

Moments after Mathew Leckie’s early header for Australia sailed over the goal, Eriksen sent a left-footed shot over goalkeeper Mathew Ryan’s outstretched arms.

The Danes held the lead until the yellow on Poulsen, which was not without controversy. Video replay also gave Peru a penalty against the Danes in the opener, but it wasn’t converted.

“I think after today I don’t like the system. It’s the second match it’s been used against us,” Eriksen said. “If you want to use the VAR for penalties, you should also use it for free kicks. Two matches in a row, that’s bitter.”

After the pleas from Denmark’s players to the referee went unheard, Schmeichel had a few words with Jedinak to rattle him. It didn’t work.

“You still have to stay focused in getting good contact and maintain that focus,” said Jedinak, who plays for Aston Villa.

Pione Sisto nearly gave the Danes the advantage just after the halftime break, but his shot went to the right of the goal. Australia added some firepower in the 68th, bringing on 19-year-old Daniel Arzani as both teams scrambled for a winning goal.

Denmark’s opening victory over Peru was marred by the loss of starting midfielder William Kvist, who fractured two ribs and is likely to miss the rest of the tournament. He was replaced in the starting lineup against Australia by Lasse Schone.

Denmark’s last loss was in October 2016 against Montenegro, 1-0 in Copenhagen.

GROUP DYNAMICS

The highlight of Group C will be the match between France and Denmark on Tuesday in Moscow. The top finishers in the group will go on to play opponents from Group D, which includes Croatia, Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria.

KEYS TO SUCCESS

Eriksen, who plays for Tottenham in England, has scored in 17 of the national team’s last 20 matches.

During World Cup qualifying, he scored 11 goals for the Danes, third-best in Europe behind Poland striker Robert Lewandowski with 16 and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo with 15.

Now 26, Eriksen was the youngest player at the World Cup in South Africa. He has 79 appearances for the national team and 23 goals.

He was named man of the match on Thursday.

TOUGH LOSS

Australia lost Andrew Nabbout in the 74th minute with what appeared to be a dislocated shoulder. He was replaced by Tomi Juric.

“I think the tournament is over for him,” Australia coach Bert van Marwijk said.

Nabbout’s arm was in a sling after the game, but he said he wasn’t in pain.

“Obviously it was disappointing,” Nabbout said. “There were a lot of emotions running through at the end of the game.”

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Mbappe sends France into 2nd round with 1-0 win over Peru

June 21, 2018 - 8:21pm

YEKATERINBURG, Russia — Fast, exciting and now the youngest scorer in France’s World Cup history.

Kylian Mbappe is the one.

At 19 years and 183 days, Mbappe became the youngest player to score for France’s national team on soccer’s biggest stage. And his reward was leading his squad into the round of 16 with a 1-0 victory over Peru on Thursday.

“I’ve always said that the World Cup is a dream for any player,” said Mbappe, who was born a few months after France won the 1998 title. “It is a dream come true and I hope I will have more like this.”

With two wins from two matches in Group C, France is through to the next round with a match to spare. Peru was eliminated.

Paul Pogba, one of France’s best players, set up the 34th-minute goal for Mbappe. Pogba beat his defender and passed to Olivier Giroud, who then chipped the ball toward goal for Mbappe to easily tap in past goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.

France coach Didier Deschamps made a pair of tactical adjustments after an underwhelming performance in the team’s opening win over Australia. He put Giroud and Blaise Matuidi in the starting lineup but kept the same 4-3-2-1 formation with Giroud up front.

Both used their speed and passing to expose gaps in Peru’s backline.

Paolo Guerrero started for Peru after coming off the bench in the opening loss to Denmark. He came out with energy, but he cooled down after receiving a yellow card in the 23rd minute.

Guerrero nearly missed the World Cup before his doping ban was lifted by a Swiss judge prior to the tournament. France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was one of three opposing captains, along with Australia’s Mile Jedinak and Denmark’s Simon Kjaer, who signed a letter to FIFA supporting the lifting of the ban.

Guerrero had one of Peru’s best chances in the 87th minute from a free kick, but his attempt went right at Lloris.

“We gave it our best in two matches. We came into this match with a completely different set of expectations, but I have nothing to hold against my players,” Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said. “France is a hard team to harness. … France corrected its style over the course of the game, this proves that France is a great side.”

Gareca said in both games his team’s ball control created opportunities, “but we couldn’t finish, we couldn’t score.”

The three-prong attack of Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele did little in the opening win over Australia, but the French trio was active Thursday in Yekaterinburg.

Griezmann had a pair of opportunities stopped within the first 15 minutes, and Mbappe and Dembele consistently got past Peru’s defense to set up scoring chances.

Peru was outshot 12-10, with only two of those chances on target. Two others were blocked.

GROUP DYNAMICS

Both teams play their final group stage matches on Tuesday. Peru will face Australia in Sochi while France takes on Denmark in Moscow.

KEY TO SUCCESS

Deschamps got a boost from Giroud and Matuidi in the match against Australia and wisely made the move to start them against Peru. The chemistry they found as substitutes carried over and it sharpened France’s attack.

Peru again showed why it is one of the most fun teams to watch at this year’s World Cup, using creativity to open spaces for scoring opportunities. But that constant motion ate up a lot of energy and hurt their control as the match progressed.

BACK IN ROUND 2

France has reached the knockout stages at back-to-back World Cups for the first time since 1982 and 1986. Les Bleus finished fourth and third at those tournaments, respectively.

100TH APPEARANCE

Thursday marked the 100th international appearance for Lloris. The 31-year-old keeper first played for France’s national team in 2008 and has been a fixture ever since.

He also now has made 76 appearances wearing the captain’s armband.

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ABC orders “Roseanne” spinoff for fall minus Roseanne Barr

June 21, 2018 - 7:30pm

LOS ANGELES — ABC, which canceled its “Roseanne” revival over its star’s racist tweet, said Thursday it will air a Conner family sitcom minus Roseanne Barr this fall.

ABC ordered 10 episodes of the spinoff after Barr relinquished any creative or financial participation in it, which the network had said was a condition of such a series.

In a statement issued by the show’s producer, Barr said she agreed to the settlement to save the jobs of 200 cast and crew members who were idled when “Roseanne” was canceled last month.

“I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from ‘Roseanne,’ she said, adding, “I wish the best for everyone involved.”

The revival of the hit 1988-97 sitcom “Roseanne” was swiftly axed by ABC last month after Barr posted a tweet likening former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes.”

Tom Werner, executive producer of the original series and the revival, said in the statement that he was grateful to reach the deal to keep the team working “as we continue to explore stories of the Conner family.”

ABC said that the new series, with “The Conners” as its working title, will star John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman.

How Barr’s character, the family matriarch, will be erased from their lives was left unexplained for now by ABC.

“After a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before,” the network said in its announcement, referring to the fictional Illinois town where the family lives.

The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago,” ABC said, a nod to the unusual portrayal of a blue-collar family on TV.

In a joint statement, the cast expressed support for the project.

“We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it’s clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience,” they said.

After getting the chance last season to tell stories about challenges facing working-class family, they’re glad to “continue to share those stories through love and laughter,” the actors said.

The new show was ordered from producer Werner Entertainment without a pilot episode, the typical basis for a series to be greenlit.

Barr’s tweet had been condemned by ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey as “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”

Barr initially apologized and deleted the post, which had followed her pattern of making controversial political and social statements on social media. Some observers questioned why ABC had ordered the revival given her history.

But the comedy’s return was an instant smash for ABC, owned by the Walt Disney Co., and was counted on to lead the network’s fortunes next season.

Its first new episode last March was seen by more than 25 million people, with delayed viewing counted in, numbers that are increasingly rare in network television.

Kantar Media said “Roseanne” earned an estimated $45 million in advertising revenue for ABC through last season’s nine-episode run.

The show tackled hot-button topics such as the opioid epidemic, single parenting and the Trump presidency, with the fictional Roseanne’s support mirrored by that of Barr in real life.

The reboot also prompted some outrage, including over a joke about two other TV comedies featuring minority characters that was deemed dismissive and an episode some people called Islamophobic.

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Potential reward outweighs risk as Denver Nuggets pick Michael Porter Jr. 14th overall in NBA draft

June 21, 2018 - 6:01pm

Tim Connelly picked up the phone Thursday to talk to Michael Porter Jr. for the first time.

The Denver Nuggets’ president of basketball operations mostly considered the conversation an act of due diligence. But Connelly also had an “inkling” that the polarizing Missouri forward could still be available when Denver picked 14th overall in the NBA draft.

That suspicion became reality hours later. And when Connelly surveyed a Nuggets draft room occupied by front-office personnel, coach Michael Malone and members of the medical and training staffs, they determined the potential reward of adding Porter outweighed his health risks.

“You have to take a swing at guys like that,” Connelly said. “ … We are going to be extremely patient. We’re going to take the long view for everything we do with him.”

Connelly did not tip-toe around the injury issues that caused Porter to become the draft’s biggest tumble. The player once rated as the No. 1 high school prospect in the country — and who was widely projected as a top-10 pick as recently as this week — missed all but three games of his only season at Missouri following surgery to repair two disks in his back. He also rescheduled a multi-team pre-draft workout earlier this month in Chicago because of hip spasms he said were unrelated to the back injury.

Porter said Thursday that he has “no concern” that the back problems will linger into his NBA career. Connelly took a more cautious view until Porter meets with the Nuggets’ medical staff in Denver Friday. The goal is to get Porter “perfectly healthy,” meaning his availability for next month’s summer league or at any point next season is currently questionable.

“They’re gonna put a plan together for me for what they want,” Porter said. “Some teams, even if you feel good, they want to make you feel even better before they put you on the floor. It’s all what the team wants me to do, but I feel like I could play immediately.”

There’s no need to rush Porter into action, Connelly stressed, because of the core Denver already has in place on a team that finished 46-36 and missed the playoffs by one game in 2017-18. But if Porter does return to form soon, he could help fill a possible immediate void on the wing. Starting small forward Wilson Chandler has until next Friday to exercise or decline his $12.8 million player option for 2018-19, while versatile swingman Will Barton is an unrestricted free agent after putting up career-best numbers last season.

At 6-foot-10 and 210 pounds, Porter boasts ideal size to go along with a bevy of offensive skill. He believes he will “fit right in” on Denver’s free-flowing system, anticipating he will partner well with star big man Nikola Jokic. In an interview with CBS Radio during the pre-draft process, Porter ambitiously compared himself to current superstars Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounpo and Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, while Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin sees shades of a combination of Durant and Kevin Garnett during their high-school days.

“I’m one of those players that can do everything on the basketball floor,” Porter said. “I feel like when I’m on the floor, you always have a chance to win. I think I can get my shot off on anybody, whenever I want.”

Porter was not the only Nuggets draft pick with an injury history. Kentucky forward Jarred Vanderbilt, the 41st overall pick whom Denver acquired in a trade with Orlando for the No. 43 overall pick (Maryland forward Justin Jackson) and a future second-rounder, played in just 14 college games due to a left foot injury. Denver used the 58th overall selection on UCLA’s Thomas Welsh, a 7-foot-1 center with shooting touch.

Connelly acknowledged the Nuggets had “countless” conversations over the past 10 days about moving up in the draft. Instead, a player who was once at the top of Denver’s board fell to the Nuggets at the back of the lottery.

Following that phone conversation with Porter and a survey of the Nuggets’ draft room, Connelly concluded the potential reward outweighed the risk. Next, the Nuggets will work toward getting Porter fully healthy.

And Porter’s draft-night tumble provides an extra dash of motivation as he begins his NBA career.

“It’s not even about proving to those teams (that did not draft me) that they made a mistake,” Porter said. “But I do want to prove all the people that have doubted me through this process that I’m back and I’m feeling great and I’m ready for this …

“Basketball comes easy to me. It always has. I just gotta keep getting healthy, and basketball takes care of itself.”

2018 NBA first-round draft picks 
1. Phoenix: Dandre Ayton, center, Arizona
2. Sacramento: Marvin Bagley III, power forward, Duke
3. Atlanta: Luke Doncic, guard, Slovenia (traded to Dallas)
4. Memphis: Jaren Jackson, forward/center, Michigan State
5. Dallas: Trae Young, guard, Oklahoma (traded to Atlanta)
6. Orlando: Mohamed Bamba, center, Texas
7. Chicago: Wendell Carter Jr., center, Duke
8. Cleveland: Collin Sexton, guard, Alabama
9. New York: Kevin Knox, forward, Kentucky
10. Philadelphia: Mikal Bridges, forward, Villanova (traded to Phoenix)
11. Charlotte: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, guard, Kentucky (proposed trade to Clippers)
12. Clippers: Miles Bridges, forward, Michigan State (proposed trade to Charlotte)
13. Clippers: Jerome Robinson, guard, Boston College
14. Denver: Michael Porter Jr., forward, Missouri
15. Washington: Troy Brown, guard, Oregon
16. Phoenix: Zhaire Smith, guard, Texas Tech (traded to Philadelphia)
17. Milwaukee: Donte DiVincenzo, guard, Villanova
18. San Antonio: Lonnie Walker IV, guard, Miami
19. Atlanta: Kevin Huerter, guard, Maryland
20. Minnesota: Josh Okogie, guard, Georgia Tech
21. Utah: Grayson Allen, guard, Duke
22. Chicago: Chandler Hutchinson, guard, Boise State
23. Indiana: Aaron Holiday, guard, UCLA
24. Portland: Anfernee Simons, guard, IMG Academy
25. Lakers: Moritz Wagner, forward, Michigan
26. Philadelphia: Landry Shamet, guard, Wichita State
27. Boston: Robert Williams, center, Texas A&M
28. Golden State: Jacob Evans, forward, Cincinnati
29. Brooklyn: Dzanan Musa, guard, Bosnia
30. Omari Spellman, forward, Villanova

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Employers, job candidates discuss ups and downs of Colorado economy

June 21, 2018 - 5:37pm

Florence Onabolu spent her childhood surrounded by senior citizens, an environment she said opened her eyes to the injustices many face.

So she decided to pursue a degree in social work at Metropolitan State University. But now, two months after the 25-year-old graduated, she has struggled to find a job.

Florence Onabolu

“You get all these calls for interviews, but you don’t hear back or you submit applications and no one wants to meet with you,” she said. “It gets very daunting. I have colleagues who graduated at the same time as me, and they still have a really hard time finding jobs. I think the competition is really high.”

Onabolu was one of about 75 job-seekers at Thursday’s HireLive Career Fair at the Double Tree by Hilton in Greenwood Village. Employers at the job fair were recruiting to fill positions in fields from food service to marketing, consulting to sales.

Although Onabolu said she faced difficulties while seeking employment, others remained optimistic, saying they felt there were more opportunities with Colorado’s low unemployment rate.

Jeff Summit

Jeff Summit, 46, came to the fair after being alerted by Republic Services, a waste and recycling employer at the fair. As the father of two children, he is looking for a job to help him keep up with housing costs in Denver. He believes the job market has improved since he last sought a job.

“I think it was harder last time, a couple years ago. It took me three or four months, and I felt like it was dragging along. I feel like it’s better now, but we’ll see,” he said with a laugh. “I may feel differently here in a couple of months if I’m not hired.”

For Belle Rebiere, 56, a grandmother returning to the job market, the most challenging part has been building up a professional network. Rebiere moved to Colorado two years ago at the invitation of a firm, and after that job ended, she took time off to spend with her family. After moving from Houston, Rebiere said she lost some of the professional connections she gained there.

Belle Rebiere

“I knew everybody, and I don’t have that benefit here,” she said. “That’s why I decided to come and shake hands, and be in person.”

The fair also provided employers with an opportunity to network, an important part of recruitment in Colorado’s booming economy, said Kaylynn Lousberg, who represented Nelnet, a student loans company.

Lousberg said she has seen a decrease in the number of job applicants as the state’s unemployment rate has fallen.

“It pushes us to look for more unique recruiting methods,” she said. “Coming to career fairs like this, utilizing social media, that’s been a big push for us … and then just sourcing, networking, getting our brand name out there.”

Other companies said the economy has not affected their hiring process. Other factors, however, impact the qualifications of some applicants.

Doug Wetzel, an assistant general manager at Shake Shack, has worked in California, Arizona and Colorado. No matter where he goes,  he said it’s a challenge to retain employees outside of a restaurant’s “core team” who may be working multiple jobs.

“The competition is so stiff that they might make a certain amount here and then someone might say ‘I’ll give you 25 cents more’ and they’ll get up and go,” Wetzel said.

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Matthew Johnson, a representative at SelectQuote Insurance Services, said the mindset of many in the job pool has contributed to hiring difficulties, rather than Denver’s economy.

“I think a lot of people … want things very much on their terms,” he said. “A lot of people want a stay-at-home opportunity, and a lot of people aren’t willing to put in the work that’s necessary to actually follow through.”

That some of the employers at Thursday’s event weren’t having trouble finding qualified applicants goes against what some economists having been seeing recently.

“I think it’s good news if companies are able to find qualified workers,” Broomfield economist Gary Horvath said. “There are a number of economists who were concerned that the lack of trained, qualified workers is going to keep the companies from being able to provide good service and produce the products that are in high demand.”

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No. 1 Sun: Phoenix takes Ayton; Trae Young, Doncic swapped

June 21, 2018 - 4:46pm

NEW YORK — The Phoenix Suns stayed close to home for their first No. 1 pick. The Dallas Mavericks looked all the way to Slovenia for the player they hope can be their next European superstar.

Shortly after the Suns took Deandre Ayton to start the NBA draft Thursday night, the Mavericks traded up two spots for the rights to Luka Doncic.

The Atlanta Hawks swapped the rights to Doncic, the No. 3 pick who has spent the last year winning championships all over Europe, to Atlanta for Trae Young, the No. 5 selection from Oklahoma.

The Mavericks also gave up a future first-round pick to draft Doncic, who only arrived in New York on Wednesday after helping Spain’s Real Madrid win its league championship after he won Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP honors when they won that title this year.

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His lengthy European season kept him from working out for teams but he knew the Mavericks were interested in having him on their team for what’s expected to be Dirk Nowitzki’s final NBA season.

“I’ve been talking to Dallas a lot. They really wanted me, and they were very, very nice,” the 19-year-old said. “They were very nice to me, and I think we had a very good relationship.”

The Hawks will get perhaps the most exciting player in college basketball last season in Young, the first player to lead the nation in scoring and assists in the same season.

“Whatever city I went to, I was going to be able to be comfortable in,” said Young, who wore suit shorts with his burgundy-colored jacket. “I was just really excited to get to Atlanta.”

After that, it was a mostly straightforward draft with little fireworks, but plenty of national champion Villanova Wildcats.

The top of it was dominated by big men, starting with a pair of former high school teammates.

The Suns made the 7-foot-1 Ayton the first No. 1 pick in franchise history. The center from Arizona averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds in his lone season in Tucson, tying for the national lead with 24 double-doubles in 35 games.

He joined Mychal Thompson — father of Golden State All-Star Klay Thompson — in 1978 as the only players from the Bahamas to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

“Having my name called to be the first pick for the Phoenix Suns was mind-blowing,” Ayton said. “Having all that confidence and leading up to that point when I saw Adam Silver came out, I was just waiting for my name, and when he called it, my mind went blank.”

The Sacramento Kings followed by taking Marvin Bagley III, the Duke big man who played with Ayton at Hillcrest Prep Academy in Phoenix in 2015-16.

With Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr. going fourth to Memphis, Texas center Mo Bamba going No. 6 to Orlando and Wendell Carter Jr. following to Chicago, it was an early run of big men in what’s increasingly become a perimeter-based league.

Then it was another guard with Alabama’s Collin Sexton going at No. 8 to Cleveland, triggering chants of Michael Porter Jr.’s name by Knicks fans who hoped they would take him with the No. 9 pick. But they ended up disappointed as New York went with Kentucky’s Kevin Knox.

“They booed (Kristaps) Porzingis (on draft night) and look where he is now. That’s the same mindset I’m going to have,” Knox said. “They can chant Michael Porter all they want. But they got Kevin Knox, and I’m willing to work and I’m willing to get better.”

With concerns over back problems that limited him to only three games at Missouri last season, followed by a recent hip injury that he believe scared off teams, Porter ended up falling all the way to Denver at No. 14, the last lottery position.

There were a couple other trades involving lottery picks. Mikal Bridges, the No. 10 pick from Villanova who thought he was staying in Philadelphia with the 76ers — who employ his mother — but was dealt to Phoenix for the rights to No. 16 pick Zhaire Smith of Texas Tech and a 2012 first-round pick from the Miami Heat.

The Charlotte Hornets sent the rights to No. 11 pick Shai Gilgeous-Alexander — whose floral-patterned suit stood out among the selections — to the Clippers for No. 12 pick Miles Bridges and two future second-round picks.

After Bridges, Final Four Most Outstanding Player Donte DiVincenzo went to Milwaukee at No. 17 and Omari Spellman to Atlanta at No. 30, giving Villanova three first-round picks for the first time. National player of the year Jalen Brunson then was picked by Dallas with the third pick of the second round.

The Holiday brothers had an NBA reunion when Aaron Holiday was taken at No. 23 by Indiana. Brothers Jrue and Justin already play in the league.

Speaking of brothers, Kostas Antetokounmpo of Dayton, brother of Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo, was the 60th and final pick by Philadelphia. That marked the first time three international siblings were drafted into the NBA, as Thanasis Antetokounmpo was the No. 51 pick in 2014.

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German fitness company could add 285 Boulder jobs

June 21, 2018 - 4:24pm

The Colorado Economic Development Commission on Thursday approved $2.9 million in job-growth incentive tax credits for a German maker of fitness equipment if it locates 285 jobs in Boulder.

The unnamed company, known as Project Vollgas, was founded in 2010 and employs 300 people, mostly in Europe. It is looking for a U.S. hub to host sales, operations and customer service workers. The jobs under consideration for Boulder will pay an average annual wage of $76,516.

“It will be their largest and most dynamic presence in the U.S. so far. Their U.S. debut,” said Rebecca Gillis, manager of global business development at the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

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Gillis said the state has provided incentives to other health and fitness companies, but added the German company, which is both an equipment manufacturer and a software developer, represents a different type of venture.

The City of Boulder is working on a separate package of local incentives to help the company obtain the space it needs to house the new hires, Gillis said.

Other cities Boulder is competing against are San Francisco, Manhattan, and Austin, Texas.

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Denver federal jury finds Uzbekistan refugee guilty of aiding terror group

June 21, 2018 - 3:55pm

An Uzbekistan refugee was found guilty Thursday of three counts of aiding a terrorist organization after the Aurora man swore allegiance to the Islamic Jihad Union and told his daughter to pray that he die a martyr in a holy war.

The jury — six men and six women in U.S. District Court before Senior Judge John Kane —  acquitted Jamshid Muhtorov on a fourth charge of supplying communications support to the IJU.

Jamshid Muhtorov

Muhtorov, who awaited trial for six years while attorneys battled over surveillance issues, did not visibly react. The bearded man was wearing a gray suit and striped tie. His wife, who sat in the front row of the courtroom wearing a long, red dress and a head scarf, also did not visibly react.

Opening arguments in the trial began May 24.

Federal prosecutor Greg Holloway told jurors that Muhtorov had sworn allegiance to the IJU and prayed he would die as a martyr in a holy war.

Muhtorov was arrested by FBI agents on Jan. 21, 2012, in Chicago as he was trying to board a plane to Turkey. He was carrying $2,865 and recently purchased electronic equipment — including two iPhones, a GPS device and an iPad tablet — for the IJU. He intended to become a propaganda expert.

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“‘Yeah, but what I really want to do is go fight and lose my life in the jihad,’” Holloway quoted Muhtorov as telling co-defendant and fellow Uzbekistan refugee Bakhityor Jumaev in a phone conversation recorded by the FBI. “We’ll raise the banner of jihad with a weapon in one hand and a Koran in the other.”

In late April, a federal jury found Jumaev guilty on two terror-related counts, including providing aid to the IJU.

Muhtorov’s attorney Kathryn Stimson said in her opening statement that her client’s talk about joining a jihad was a fantasy similar to dreaming of being in a cavalry charge with swords flashing while riding along-side Lawrence of Arabia. His claim of joining the IJU was a tale he concocted while driving as a commercial truck driver 18 hours a day, she said.

Stimson said Muhtorov had actually gone to Turkey to study religion and try to help a third brother immigrate to Canada. Muhtorov entered the U.S. as a refugee in 2007.

After being held for more than five years without trial, Senior U.S. District Judge John Kane last  June ordered Muhtorov released from custody. A month later, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision, ordering him detained until his trial.

The case had bogged down for years as prosecutors and defense attorneys battled over issues ranging from confidential FBI security tactics to warrantless eavesdropping.

Kane ruled that FBI agents had followed federal rules governing wiretaps and the evidence was admitted, including telephone conversations in which Muhtorov said he was going to join the IJU.

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Arrest made in suspected murder of Glenwood Springs homeless man

June 21, 2018 - 3:39pm

Glenwood Springs Police arrested a known area homeless man Wednesday night in the suspected murder of another homeless man near the Glenwood Springs Mall in West Glenwood earlier that morning.

According to a police statement, 42-year-old Trevor Torreyson, a local transient with a history of contacts with local law enforcement, was arrested around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Police and emergency personnel were called at about 8 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a man lying in a pool of blood outside a business located across Storm King Road from the mall building.

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The man, described as in his mid-50s, was deceased. He, too, was known to local law enforcement, according to Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson.

The victim is not yet being identified pending notification of his family.

Read the full story on postindependent.com.

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CU injecting trees in product trial to combat invasive beetles

June 21, 2018 - 3:32pm

On Wednesday morning, a contractor dressed in a work helmet, vest and gloves drilled small holes in rows of University of Colorado ash trees.

Then, he injected the trees with measured spurts of insecticides designed to combat emerald ash borers, the invasive, green beetles whose steady western march across the country has wreaked havoc on the trees.

CU began administering treatments to 170 on-campus ash trees Wednesday. Of those, 128 will be treated with the insecticide most widely used against emerald ash borers: emamectin benzoate. The other 42 trees are part of a product trial to compare emamectin benzoate’s effectiveness with another insecticide, azadirachtin. The product trial includes 56 trees in total; three groups of 14 trees will each receive different treatments and one group of 14 trees will remain untreated as a control group.

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The trial is a collaboration among CU, Colorado State University, the city of Boulder forestry division, ArborSystems and Arborjet, and it will hopefully provide a more conclusive blueprint of what cities can do to respond to the emerald ash borers. They’ve not yet been detected at CSU or in Fort Collins. In fact, right now, the only county in Colorado where the beetles’ presence has been detected is Boulder, according to the USDA.

Read the full story at dailycamera.com. 

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Boise Avenue project to increase Loveland sewer capacity will enter second phase

June 21, 2018 - 3:31pm

Drivers navigating the cone zone on Boise Avenue in front of McKee Medical Center in Loveland might wonder what all the construction ruckus is about.

The simple answer is that June marks month No. 4 of a multi-departmental city project that primarily aims to increase the capacity of one of the city’s major sewer pipes, and phase one of the project is nearly complete.

Phase one will conclude soon at 17th Street and Boise Avenue, and phase two will begin immediately to progress toward Silver Leaf Drive, said Project Manager Carlos Medina. Phase two will conclude in mid-November, weather-dependent, Medina said.

The project is slightly behind schedule due to weather issues, he said.

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Crews from contractor Connell Resources and members of the city’s Public Works and Water and Power departments have been working since early February to install a larger sewer pipe, a new storm sewer, a new duct to hold electric wires, new sidewalk, curbs, gutters and asphalt patching on Boise Avenue, East 17th Street and a winding area south of Cheyenne Avenue.

Read the full story on reporterherald.com.

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Avalanche enters NHL draft with eight selections, but possibly nine

June 21, 2018 - 3:30pm

The Avalanche’s three-team trade on Nov. 5 has already paid off on the ice, with three of the seven return pieces for Matt Duchene contributing to what became a surprising playoff season. Now, the Duchene deal will begin to pay off at the NHL draft, too.

The Avs have eight confirmed selections in the seven-round draft that begins Friday night in Dallas. The extra guaranteed pick is a second-rounder, No. 58 overall, that was acquired from Nashville in a trade that also sent defenseman Sam Girard, 19, and Vladislav Kamenev, 21, to Colorado when Duchene was traded to Ottawa and the Senators sent Kyle Turris to Nashville.

Colorado’s ninth possible pick in this year’s draft is another first-rounder, No. 4 overall, that Ottawa likely will keep. The Senators included a 2018 first-round pick to Colorado in the Duchene deal, but it has a top-10 asterisk beside it. The Sens can use that top-10 pick this year and give the Avs their 2019 first-rounder, regardless of the number.

In a recent conference call Avalanche director of scouting Alan Hepple said he expects Ottawa to keep its fourth pick. The rebuilding Sens — who finished with just 67 points this past last season and could be worse next season — don’t have to decide until they’re on the clock for the pick. Some believe Ottawa will be bad enough next season to have the best chance at the No. 1 overall selection in 2019.

“If they do hand it to us after they’re on the clock at No. 4 then we’re ready — ready to go with that pick as well. So we got to be prepared,” Hepple said.

Without that pick, the Avs have four of the first 100 selections. They have the 16th overall pick, two in the second (47th and 58th), and also have picks in the third (78th), fourth (109th), fifth (140th), sixth (171st) and seventh (202nd).

Four names that have surfaced on many mock drafts at No. 16 are Finnish center Rasmus Kupari, Swedish defenseman Filip Johnasson and left wing Joel Farabee and defenseman K’Andre Miller of the U.S. National Development Program.

“They’re all interesting names. We like them all,” Hepple.

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At No. 16 and beyond, Hepple said the Avs will choose the best player available, regardless of position, but size won’t be a major determining factor.

“Since I’ve taken over it’s always been the best player (available),” said Hepple, who is in his fourth year as the head scout. “Size has become a little bit of a different thing now in the National Hockey League. You don’t need to be a great big guy to play anymore but you have to have speed, you have to have hockey sense and you have to have compete.”

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Colorado Avalanche 2018-19 regular season schedule announced

June 21, 2018 - 3:27pm

The NHL announced its 2018-19 schedules Thursday and the Avalanche will begin the season at home Oct. 4 against Minnesota and play its regular-season finale April 6 at San Jose.

Colorado plays Central Division rivals Chicago and Winnipeg five times apiece and the other division foes — Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis — four times each.

The Avs will begin the season at home for the 10th time in the last 13 seasons but play 11 of their first 17 games on the road. Colorado will again have 32 games against the Eastern Conference, facing all 16 teams twice (once at home, one away).

OCTOBER
Thu Oct. 4 Minnesota 7:00 p.m.
Sat Oct. 6 Philadelphia 7:00 p.m.
Tue Oct. 9 at Columbus 5:00 p.m.
Thu Oct. 11 at Buffalo 5:00 p.m.
Sat Oct. 13 Calgary 8:00 p.m.
Tue Oct. 16 at NY Rangers 5:00 p.m.
Thu Oct. 18 at New Jersey 5:00 p.m.
Sat Oct. 20 at Carolina 11:00 a.m.
Mon Oct. 22 at Philadelphia 5:00 p.m.
Wed Oct. 24 Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.
Fri Oct. 26 Ottawa 7:00 p.m.
Sat Oct. 27 at Minnesota 6:00 p.m.

NOVEMBER
Thu Nov. 1 at Calgary 7:00 p.m.
Fri Nov. 2 at Vancouver 8:00 p.m.
Wed Nov. 7 Nashville 8:00 p.m.
Fri Nov. 9 at Winnipeg 6:00 p.m.
Sun Nov. 11 at Edmonton 7:30 p.m.
Wed Nov. 14 Boston 8:00 p.m.
Fri Nov. 16 Washington 7:00 p.m.
Sun Nov. 18 at Anaheim 6:00 p.m.
Wed Nov. 21 at Los Angeles 8:30 p.m.
Fri Nov. 23 at Arizona 6:00 p.m.
Sat Nov. 24 Dallas 7:00 p.m.
Tue Nov. 27 at Nashville 6:00 p.m.
Wed Nov. 28 Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.
Fri Nov. 30 St. Louis 7:00 p.m.

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DECEMBER
Sun Dec. 2 at Detroit 5:00 p.m.
Tue Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh 5:00 p.m.
Thu Dec. 6 at Florida 5:00 p.m.
Sat Dec. 8 at Tampa Bay 5:00 p.m.
Tue Dec. 11 Edmonton  7:00 p.m.
Fri Dec. 14 at St. Louis 6:00 p.m.
Sat Dec. 15 Dallas 7:00 p.m.
Mon Dec. 17 NY Islanders 7:00 p.m.
Wed Dec. 19 Montreal 6:30 p.m.
Fri Dec. 21 Chicago 7:00 p.m.
Sat Dec. 22 at Arizona 5:00 p.m.
NHL Holiday Break
Thu Dec. 27 at Vegas 8:00 p.m.
Sat Dec. 29 Chicago 7:00 p.m.
Mon Dec. 31 Los Angeles 6:00 p.m.

JANUARY
Wed Jan. 2 San Jose 7:30 p.m.
Fri Jan. 4 NY Rangers 7:00 p.m.
Tue Jan. 8 at Winnipeg 6:00 p.m.
Wed Jan. 9 at Calgary 7:30 p.m.
Sat Jan. 12 at Montreal 5:00 p.m.
Mon Jan. 14 at Toronto 5:00 p.m.
Wed Jan. 16 at Ottawa 5:00 p.m.
Sat Jan. 19 Los Angeles 1:00 p.m.
Mon Jan. 21 Nashville 1:00 p.m.
Wed Jan. 23 Minnesota 7:30 p.m.
NHL All-Star Week

FEBRUARY
Sat Feb. 2 Vancouver 8:00 p.m.
Tue Feb. 5 Columbus 7:00 p.m.
Thu Feb. 7 at Washington 5:00 p.m.
Sat Feb. 9 at NY Islanders 11:00 a.m.
Sun Feb. 10 at Boston 1:00 p.m.
Tue Feb. 12 Toronto 7:00 p.m.
Thu Feb. 14 at Winnipeg 6:00 p.m.
Sat Feb. 16 St. Louis 1:00 p.m.
Mon Feb. 18 Vegas 7:00 p.m.
Wed Feb. 20 Winnipeg 6:30 p.m.
Fri Feb. 22 at Chicago 5:30 p.m.
Sat Feb. 23 at Nashville 3:30 p.m.
Mon Feb. 25 Florida 7:00 p.m.
Wed Feb. 27 Vancouver 7:30 p.m.

MARCH
Fri Mar. 1 at San Jose 8:30 p.m.
Sun Mar. 3 at Anaheim 2:00 p.m.
Tue Mar. 5 Detroit 7:00 p.m.
Thu Mar. 7 at Dallas 6:30 p.m.
Sat Mar. 9 Buffalo 1:00 p.m.
Mon Mar. 11 Carolina  7:00 p.m.
Fri Mar. 15 Anaheim 7:00 p.m.
Sun Mar. 17 New Jersey 1:00 p.m.
Tue Mar. 19 at Minnesota 6:00 p.m.
Thu Mar. 21 at Dallas 6:30 p.m.
Sat Mar. 23 Chicago 1:00 p.m.
Sun Mar. 24 at Chicago 6:00 p.m.
Wed Mar. 27 Vegas 8:00 p.m.
Fri Mar. 29 Arizona 7:00 p.m.

APRIL
Mon Apr. 1 at St. Louis 6:00 p.m.
Tue Apr. 2 Edmonton 7:00 p.m.
Thu Apr. 4 Winnipeg 7:00 p.m.
Sat Apr. 6 at San Jose 8:30 p.m.

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