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Semi-truck rolls in Arapahoe County, hazmat team cleans up diesel spill

August 14, 2018 - 6:17pm

A semi-truck rolled in Arapahoe County Tuesday afternoon spilling diesel fuel in the crash and prompting a hazardous cleanup.

The crash happened in the 34500 block of East Quincy Avenue, according to Bennett-Watkins Fire Rescue.

A hazardous material team with South Metro Fire Rescue also responded to the incident.

Bennett- Watkins Fire Rescue on scene working with Arapahoe Douglas Hazmat at the scene of a semi roll over with a fuel spill. pic.twitter.com/SNsFRMwOL9

— Bennett-Watkins Fire (@BennettFirePIO) August 14, 2018

There was no report of injuries. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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Kiszla: How to orange crush Hall of Fame’s bias against Broncos? Gradishar, Bowlen and Bailey kick down the doors.

August 14, 2018 - 6:05pm

After decades of being regularly and ridiculously ignored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2019 is the year when the Broncos finally kick down the door and have their long-deserved night at the museum.

How’s this for a dream? Linebacker Randy Gradishar, franchise owner Pat Bowlen and cornerback Champ Bailey all get issued a gold jacket next summer. And know the best part? It’s not an impossible dream. Within six months, all three local icons could be officially on their way to Canton, Ohio.

The Hall of Fame has done Denver wrong.

That’s not an opinion. It’s a fact.

For an NFL franchise that has won three championships, Denver is miserably under-represented in Canton. By my count, there are five Broncos in the Hall of Fame: John Elway, Shannon Sharpe, Terrell Davis, Floyd Little and Gary Zimmerman. Yes, Brian Dawkins was twice named to the Pro Bowl while wearing orange, but he’s an Eagle to the core, as anyone who listened to his induction speech can vouch.

The Hall now has a golden chance to kiss and make up with the Broncos. After years of frustration, Denver’s membership could — and should — increase by a whopping 60 percent, from five to eight, in short order.

With Mr. B in poor health and his credentials rock-solid, it will be a shocker if Bowlen is not honored by the Contributors Committee with one of its two nominations for the Class of 2019. It’s not a question of if, but when, Bailey will be enshrined as a shutdown cornerback. His 12 Pro Bowl selections make him a lock, and the lone thing that could force him to wait until 2020 is finicky voters deciding Bailey doesn’t quite meet their arbitrary criteria for first-ballot recognition.

The hardest task will be getting Gradishar a Hall pass. The Senior Committee, which consists of five selectors, will meet Friday and decide whether Gradishar is most worthy among dozens of NFL legends, including Cowboys receiver Drew Pearson and Lions defensive tackle Alex Karras, who have been retired for at least 25 years but have yet to have their greatness immortalized at the Hall.

There are at least 2,049 analytical reasons, one for his every tackle in a Denver uniform, why it’s a miscarriage of football justice Gradishar didn’t gain admission to the Hall long ago. But I prefer the nasty nickname argument.

Think of the nastiest defensive units in NFL history. It’s impossible to tell the story of the Doomsday Defense without Bob Lilly. The Steel Curtain was built by “Mean” Joe Greene. Mike Singletary put the bite in the Monsters of the Midway. What do all those guys have in common? A bust on display in Canton.

See where I’m going with this? It’s impossible to say Orange Crush without seeing Randy Gradishar steer-wrestling a running back, grinding him into the dust.

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There are skeptics who debate the accuracy of Gradishar’s tackling stats until the cows come home. But there’s no denying he put the pop in the Orange Crush. Enshrine him in the Hall of Fame? A no-brainer. Gradishar should also be elected mayor of Canton, which is 125 miles northeast of his old stomping grounds at Ohio State and a town every bit as gritty as the greatest football player Woody Hayes ever coached.

I have a dream. The Hall bias against the Broncos? Bowlen, Bailey and Gradishar crush it. Together. Boost the roster of Broncos in the Hall from five representatives to eight full-fledged members, and the love-hate relationship between Denver and Canton can become more about bro hugs than badmouthing.

How’s this for a dream? On a hot summer night in 2019, when the new class of Hall of Famers is honored at the gold jacket ceremony, the city of Canton will be awash in orange.

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Federal agencies removed more than 71,000 marijuana plants from Colorado public lands in 2017

August 14, 2018 - 5:52pm

Federal agencies removed more than 71,000 marijuana plants from public lands during last year’s growing season, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Colorado office.

The plants were growing illegally on about 38 acres, not including the islands of the Colorado River. These grows are ones that operate outside of the laws established for Colorado’s legal cannabis industry.

The marijuana growing season typically runs from early summer through the fall.

The Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Homeland Security Investigations assisted with a number of the investigations that resulted in at least seven cases that have resulted in prison time for some of the defendants.

Officials found more than plants at some of the illegal marijuana grows. At grows in the San Isabel National Forest, 5,000 pounds of trash and infrastructure were found at each site, according to Forest Service officials.

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Man-made reservoirs and numerous structures were built from cut pine timber. Pesticides and other chemicals were found, and it took hundreds of hours to clean up each site, the news release said.

“Public lands are just that — they’re public and belong to all of us,” U.S. Attorney Robert Troyer said in the release. “These black marketers abuse our land, our water, our animals and plants. With these prosecutions, we motivate black marketers to make less harmful occupational choices.”

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Rockies Mailbag: Complete games? Maybe not this season for the Rockies.

August 14, 2018 - 5:05pm

Denver Post sports writer Patrick Saunders posts his Rockies Mailbag every other week on Tuesdays during the season and once per month during the offseason.

Pose a Rockies — or MLB — related question for the Rockies Mailbag.

Patrick, are the Rockies really going to go all year without a complete game from a starter? I would love your thoughts as well as manager Bud Black’s, especially since he a former MLB pitcher.
— Ed, Littleton

Ed, I’m starting to believe the Rockies just might go the whole way without a complete game.

That surprises me, for a couple of reasons.

One, precisely because Black is a former starting pitcher and has a bit of an old-school mentality, I would have thought he would turn Kyle Freeland, Jon Gray or German Marquez loose. Thus far, he has not.

Second, considering how many times the bullpen has blown games, you’d think Black would be more likely to trust his starter, rather than hand the ball over to a shaky relief corps. Yet every time a Rockies starter has had the opportunity to toss a complete game, Black has decided not to, citing rising pitch counts or saying that there are signs that the opposition is starting to hit the ball harder in the late innings.

I have not agreed with Black’s decision to yank the start every time, but a complete game in baseball has become a very rare occurrence. As of Monday, there have been only 31 complete games pitched in the majors this season, and no pitcher has more than two.

Thanks for the question. You just gave me an idea for a story!

Patrick, I have a question about Jon Gray for you. With Gray having some good starts lately, why is it that the Rockies are afraid of letting him — along with other starters — go deeper into games? He was moving along fine and struck out the side in the eighth inning and gets pulled, only to get a no decision and a Rockies loss.

They want Gray to be an “ace” and call him such when he’s pitching well. It just feels like starters need to go deeper into games to help the bullpen out. Those guys are overworked and tired. They needs days off sometimes and a complete game would go a long way.
— Kai, Greeley

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Kai, I answered your question, sort of, in another question in this mailbag.

Also, I think it should be noted that it’s the media (myself included) that has labeled Gray an “ace.” Black has never called Gray an ace.

But I’m afraid that I don’t have more to offer until I talk to Black and investigate this more. In the meantime, I’m going to direct you to a story in the Wall Street Journal which explores how the Oakland A’s are winning without great starting pitching.

Here’s part of that story:

“Starting pitching means less nowadays, and the A’s realize that, focusing instead on their powerhouse bullpen. Their starters average just 5.5 innings a game, but their bullpen ranks sixth in ERA, ensuring that if the A’s secure a lead, they win. They have the best record in baseball in one-run games and, through Monday, had gone 49-0 when leading after the seventh.
Home runs and a lockdown bullpen–the definition of modern baseball.”

With players’ weekend approaching, I was waiting in anticipation to see what nickname each player was going with this year. After seeing that Nolan (Arenado) is going with “Nado” once again, I felt like it was lacking for the best player in the game. Nothing too bad, but it’s a little bland for my taste.

So I did some research and it seems like nobody has a good nickname for him… and then it clicked… Ninja… NJA for his initials, (Nolan James Arenado) and of course his defensive prowess is worthy of the most skilled of the sort. Is it a reach? Do you have something better? Or are we stuck with Nado?
— Jake, Medford, Or

Jake, I like it! I’ll run it by Nolan when I see him and see what he says. He might think it’s too much “bragging,” but we’ll see.

I will say this, nicknames are tough to create. They’re better when they come naturally and organically, but you might be on to something here.

I’ve often called Arenado “Golden Nolan,” but I don’t think that it’s caught on.

Some writers and fan in the internet world began calling Nolan “Sandblaster” last September. I understand the genesis of the nickname, sort of, but I don’t like it at all.

Anyway, he’s a rundown of how “Sandblaster” came about.

For those who missed it, The Denver Post recently ran a story with all of the Rockies’ nicknames for players’ weekend.

Hey Patrick, I wanted to see why the Rockies signed Matt Holliday to a minor-league deal. That guy is allergic to leather and there is no DH in the National League.
— Walker, Denver

Walker, it’s pretty simple. The Rockies signing Holliday to a minor-league deal is a no-lose proposition. He likely won’t be called up from Triple-A until major-league rosters expand in September. At that point, he would have to be added to the 40-man roster, but he wouldn’t take playing time away from anyone.

He would be used almost exclusively as a pinch hitter, as Jason Giambi was for the Rockies’ 2009 playoff team. You would not see Holliday in the outfield and I doubt he would play more than an inning or two at first base.

Hi Patrick, a bit of brightness for your day here. I’ve noticed that this year, after almost not finding a baseball home during the offseason, Carlos Gonzalez seems to have found a new love for the game. He’s hustling like never before, relishing in going for the extra base, or beating out infield hits like he did against the A’s. Has anyone else noticed this? Carlos has always been talented and too cool for school. It’s nice to see him finally appreciating the small things about the game. What are you thoughts?
— Sam in Seattle

Sam, I agree with some of what you write, but I have some real issues with some your other opinions.

CarGo has always played baseball with a certain flare and grace. Through his 10 seasons in Colorado, some fans have often accused him of lack of hustle, or “too cool for school,” as you put it.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Just because he makes the game look easy doesn’t mean he’s not giving 100 percent.

The truth of the matter is, CarGo simply feels better this year than he has in quite a few seasons. He does look reborn. Through a lot of time and effort, he rediscovered his swing.

I saw the Tampa Bay Rays put their best reliever, Sergio Romo, in the first inning earlier this year to offset their pitching woes in that inning. The Rockies haven’t been much better. Couldn’t they put in Adam Ottavino or Seunghwan Oh to start and then let the starter take over? It’s tough falling behind all the time.
— Sam Kempter, Cedar City, Utah

Sam, I also noticed that the Rays undertook that experiment early this season. I just don’t get it.

Yes, the Rockies have given up a ton of runs in the first inning – 102 (100 earned), the most in the majors. But I think being able to shut down a team at the end of the game is more important, and I don’t think the Rockies’ bullpen is deep enough to sacrifice a reliever in the first inning.

Also, do you really think it’s going to make a big difference for, say, German Marquez, if he starts pitching in the second inning vs. the first? I don’t.

My co-workers and I are currently in a walk-up song debate and we need your help. How does it work? Does every player get access to walk up song time? Is it tenure based? Do some players get more song time than others? We are each choosing our walk-up song, what would yours be? Cheers.
— Craig B., Broomfield

Craig, good questions.

It’s really pretty simple. Every Rockies player gets to pick a walk-up song when they make it to the majors. It is not tenure based, unless two players choose the same song, then the veteran gets first choice. As far as I know, the time allotted for each walk-up song is about the same.

For position players and starting pitchers, it’s a walk-up song. For relief pitchers, it’s a “walk-in” song. However, you might not notice every relief pitcher’s song because it’s sometimes superseded by other in-game entertainment.

Here is the link the MLB.com’s list of the Rockies’ walk-up songs:

As for my walk-up song, please consider my age and my generation of music. It would have to be “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen.

Why do the Rockies or any other baseball team sign pitchers to expense contracts? After the big money they very seldom perform. I would think that a better way is the baseball entry level pay and bonuses for complete innings pitched, strikes outs deduct for walks. I know that you or anybody else is going to say or write that no pitchers agree to that form of payment.

But if all teams only offered that type of contract and a player wanted to play? The Rockies and most other teams have pitcher problems on a regular basics and the head coach always says it was just a bad night and he will get better. $24 million and another lost game.
— Steven Flint, Westminster

Steven, I think your question is really more of a vent than a question, but I’ll do my best to answer.

First, the collective bargaining agreement between the teams and players association will never support that kind of agreement.

Second, pitchers are paid a lot of money because pitching wins games. Always has, always will. Is it a risk to spend big money on pitcher? Yes. But it’s an accepted risk of the modern game.

Third, it’s not a “head coach” in baseball, it’s a manager. In the Rockies’ case, it’s Bud Black. And yes, he defends his pitchers, even when they stink. He is not going to throw anybody under the bus in full public view. Behind the scenes, Black takes a very strong stance when his pitchers don’t perform.

Patrick, following another meltdown in St. Louis the other night, what upside do the Rockies see in keeping Jake McGee around? There’s got to be a kid in Albuquerque, who’s earned a shot to head up I-25.
— Marc, Parker

Marc, I’m getting to your question more than a week after McGee blew the game in St. Louis, but it’s still a relevant question. As I write this, McGee has a 6.53 ERA with a 1.45 WHIP and a .288 batting average against.

McGee has been one of the biggest disappointments of the season, but he’s also has a three-year, $27 million contract, so the club is not going to give up on him right now.

The other problem is that the Rockies can’t simply call someone up from Triple-A to replace McGee, because those pitchers in the minors are simply not ready.

You will notice, however, that Bud Black has tended to go with other relievers late in the game instead of McGee, even in left-on-left situations.

Has there been any discussion with the Rockies about having Tom Murphy play first base? Seems like a way to get his bat in the lineup regularly particularly with his defensive limitations at catcher.
— Mike, Denver

Mike, that’s a good question. As far as I know, there has been no discussion of Murphy moving to first base. Given that the Rockies already have Ian Desmond and Ryan McMahon, it doesn’t make much sense to try and convert Murphy.

He was sent back down to Triple-A after failing to handle a crucial third strike, but also because he had been striking out at an alarming rate.

The Rockies show a genuine spirit of camaraderie, besides a focus that makes their defense unparalleled. I am wondering if the team members meditate?
— Annig Raley, Glenwood Springs

As far as I know, the Rockies don’t mediate, at least not in a traditional way. They study a lot of film and they listen to music on headphones, so I suppose that is their own kind of mediation.

Denver Post sports writer Patrick Saunders posts his Rockies Mailbag every other week on Tuesdays during the season and once per month during the offseason.

Pose a Rockies — or MLB — related question for the Rockies Mailbag.

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Stretches of I-25 closed as severe thunderstorms batter Denver metro

August 14, 2018 - 4:58pm

Severe thunderstorms hit the Front Range on Tuesday afternoon, spitting out pea-sized hail in parts of Jefferson County and causing problems on area roads, including shutting down stretches of Interstate 25 south and north of Denver.

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At about 6 p.m., southbound lanes of I-25 were closed between Frederick and Firestone by “flooding” and a crash, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Lanes of the highway were also closed near County Line Road in Centennial at about the same time. All lanes reopened a short time after the storm moved through.

As hail moved through the western suburbs, toward the southeast, roads flooded and gardens were shredded as torrents of water ran through the area. Roofs took a pelting, as did vehicles parked under the path of the late-afternoon storm.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in Golden was among the areas hit. The Green Mountain area in Lakewood took a pounding.

Pea-sized hail was reported by residents in Golden, Arvada and Lakewood.

 

Hail in Lakewood, off Kipling and Dartmouth #cowx #9wx #coloradohail pic.twitter.com/zBX5CWB6tq

— Michael J. Brownell (@MJbrownell02) August 15, 2018

Um. “Energetic” may be the proper term for this particular thunderstorm. Wow. The skies just opened up and dumped water. #cowx pic.twitter.com/dekhOwPJMI

— Bill DeVoe (@wdevoe) August 15, 2018

I’m gonna need a bigger boat…#cowx pic.twitter.com/Jpo2gs1CwT

— Bill DeVoe (@wdevoe) August 15, 2018

A couple of lightning photos from the storm over Centennial, CO. #StormHour #severeweather #storm #lightning #Lightningstrikes #cowx #wx pic.twitter.com/nH7Cwk2e42

— Gordon Eaton (@gordoneaton) August 15, 2018

Slow mo from Highlands Ranch #hail #Colorado #COwx #storm @MattMakens @CReppWx @ChrisCBS4 pic.twitter.com/jgPMHWF3Ub

— Wil Santiago (@SpaceWilS) August 15, 2018

Highway 93 in Golden from the Revaluate office by a new lake. #cowx pic.twitter.com/1GawSenPdI

— Chris Drayer (@FPO) August 14, 2018

Not great hail in Golden #cowx pic.twitter.com/CeYD98jbRs

— Nick Penzenstadler (@npenzenstadler) August 14, 2018

Residents are shoveling hail off their driveways in the Green Mountain neighborhood right now #cowx @KDVR @channel2kwgn pic.twitter.com/O7viWI1Fjx

— Jessica Lebel (@JessicaLebelWX) August 14, 2018

Pea size hail in north Arvada. Kids clearly have my blood in them ha #9wx #COwx pic.twitter.com/Bj0axlepaa

— Cory Reppenhagen (@CReppWx) August 14, 2018

Hailing here at headquarters in Brighton. @KDVR @9NEWS @channel2kwgn @CBSDenver @DenverChannel pic.twitter.com/im1KPFML1p

— Adams Sheriff's Page (@AdamsCoSheriff) August 15, 2018

The hail was so hard it echoed through our building here in Golden #cowx #denver #jeffco pic.twitter.com/27fsOAWwlC

— Jeffco Sheriff (@jeffcosheriffco) August 14, 2018

The hail aftermath left quite a mess. Now it’s time to check our cars. Be safe out there #JeffCo We’ll be here if you need us #cowx #denver pic.twitter.com/ppmcVmBWxQ

— Jeffco Sheriff (@jeffcosheriffco) August 14, 2018

Holy hail Batman! We just got patch-size hail here in #JeffCo so please drive safely because the storm is fierce and moving east #Denver #COWX #5280 pic.twitter.com/yUnOCLcmZB

— Jeffco Sheriff (@jeffcosheriffco) August 14, 2018

@spann little larger than pea sized hail from this storm west of Denver, sitting over Lakewood right now. pic.twitter.com/9R9VJ9g7v2

— Kendyl Partridge (@iaminapeartree) August 14, 2018

Incoming! #Colorado #COwx #storm pic.twitter.com/uAEvD59efx

— Wil Santiago (@SpaceWilS) August 14, 2018

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Wildfire breaks out in foothills west of Boulder, evacuation orders lifted as fire contained

August 14, 2018 - 4:35pm

A wildfire scorched about seven acres Tuesday afternoon in the foothills west of Boulder and the sheriff’s office sent evacuation notifications by phone to area residents.

After quick work by area firefighters, the evacuation orders were lifted.

The Sugarloaf fire broke out late Tuesday afternoon near the 4000 block of Sugarloaf Road, according to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. Evacuations were in place along Lost Angel and down to Dream Canyon.

The fire has been contained. It grew to approximately 7 acres in size. Evacuation orders are being lifted. #SugarloafFire pic.twitter.com/nfZ1WMq9lf

— BoulderCountySheriff (@BldrCOSheriff) August 14, 2018

The sheriff’s office sent 198 notifications to residents before containing the fire.

Sugarloaf Road is closed from Mtn Meadows to Sugarloaf Mtn. Roads to the south (Lost Angel, Owl Creek, N Gulch, Good Friday, etc. also closed). Please give the first responders room to work. #SugarloafFire

— BoulderCountySheriff (@BldrCOSheriff) August 14, 2018

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Search suspended for missing 33-year-old Denver man in Summit County

August 14, 2018 - 4:09pm

A search in Summit County for a missing Denver man who was last seen Aug. 3 has been suspended.

The Summit County Rescue Group and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office “reluctantly” suspended the search for 33-year-old Tyler Gorrell, according to a Tuesday news release.

Courtesy Alex GorrellTyler Gorrell, 33, of Denver, has been missing for more than a week. His car was found parked at a trail head in Summit County.

On Friday, the rescue group and sheriff’s office were notified Gorrell was missing and that his vehicle, a Ford Escape, had been located at the winter trailhead on Rock Creek Road.

An initial search, with a dog team, focused heavily on the area around the vehicle. Since the start of the search in Summit County, 72 people provided 510 hours in an attempt to find Gorrell. Eleven dogs were used in the search effort along with two days of flight support by the Civil Air Patrol, the release said.

The 21-square-mile search area includes the primary hiking trails in the Gore Range, from Silverthorne to
Boulder Creek. In addition, about 200 fliers have been distributed and more than 100 backcountry hikers contacted about Gorrell’s disappearance.

No evidence has been found in connection to Gorrell’s disappearance. No sightings have been reported.

Dogs did show interest in an area on Gore Range Trail, about three miles from where Gorrell’s Ford was found. After a very thorough investigation of the area, mostly off trail, no evidence leading to Gorrell was found.

If new leads are developed, a search will be resumed, authorities said. Meanwhile, the sheriff’s office will continue to work with Denver police in determining the missing man’s whereabouts.

“As a parent, it breaks my heart that Tyler’s whereabouts remain unknown,” said Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons. “I remain committed to bringing Tyler home.”

Fitzsimons has met with Gorrell’s family throughout the search effort in Summit County.

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Other participants in the search included: Vail Mountain Rescue, Douglas County Search and Rescue, El Paso Search and Rescue, Larimer County Search and Rescue, North Fork Fire Rescue, and the U.S. Forest Service.

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Colorado fishing report for week of Aug. 12, 2018

August 14, 2018 - 4:05pm

Statewide
Rivers and Creeks
With the warm dry conditions we have been experiencing this year the rivers and creeks across the state are experiencing much lower flows and higher water temperatures than normal. Fishing for trout should be focused to the coolest parts of the day, fishing early in the morning when the water temperatures are cooler from overnight is recommended. Nymphs and emergers have been productive patterns throughout the state. For the dry fly fisherman mid-summer means terrestrials! Ants, hoppers, and beetles have been consistently producing fish. Keep in mind that when water temperatures rise near 70 degrees trout are at their most vulnerable, it is important to play and land the fish as quickly as possible and waste no time removing the hook and returning the fish to the water. Looking forward to fall we have multiple fall spawning fish that will become active shortly, keep an eye on future reports for kokanee runs and brown trout spawn reports.

Northeast Colorado
Eleven Mile State Park
Trout has had very good action reported all over the reservoir. There have been high counts of fish under 16 inches with several larger than 20 inches reported being caught. Trolling still seems to be the best approach for catching fish. Reports of salmon actions have been slow. Try the main channel 30-35 feet near Deer and Duck Island. Trolling with Cowbells, Needle Fish or Dodger Squid. Fishing for Northern Pike is fair underwater vegetation along south shore. Switch up your colors often to get the most action.

Boyd Lake
Aquatic Nuisance Species Inspection hours for the month of May are 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Water temperatures are in the mid 70’s fishing has been slow for trout. The crappie and white bass seem to have transitioned a bit deeper and are being caught in the main lake. Walleye fishing has been good using jigs or trolling the deeper sections of the lake. Reminder: No fishing from marina slips or docks (next to is okay but can’t use them in any way.

Spinney Mountain Reservoir
Fishing for trout is very good. Flies are doing very well this week with several 23 to 25 inch fish reported. Chronomid flies, green and brown being favored colors, tube jigs, Tasmanian Devils are working well. Fishing for Northern Pike is good at the North end along sandbar. A few fish over 45 inches were reported. Rapalas & Crocodiles, Pink/silver spoons are working.

Barr Lake State Park
Activity has picked up the past couple weeks. Walleye are regularly being caught throughout the lake and from shore. Reports of smaller fish being caught have increased, so have a tape measure ready to make sure it’s legal! Wiper are feeding on the shad in the reservoir. Carp fishing has been consistent for the people targeting them.

Jackson Lake
Lake level is dropping every day approximately an inch a day. Surface water temperature is approximately 79 degrees. We are open to boating. Fishing has been fair to good for crappie, wiper and walleye.

Horsetooth Reservoir
Fishing has been slow to decent depending what you’re after. The smallmouth have picked up and reports of plastics and night crawlers around their typical stomping grounds (boulders and obstruct structures near shore and coves) have shown good success. The walleye and crappie have moved deep to avoid the warm water temps so you will need to bring your deep rigs.

North Sterling
Water temperature is 76 with some warmer temps in the shallow coves. The lake is 20 feet down from full and dropping. Fishing is fair for Walleye, Crappie and Wiper, with slower bites being reported lake wide. Shore fishermen are reporting a decent Catfish bite at the West Trailhead lot. The reservoir is open to boating. The Inlet is “off” and the Outlet is “on.”

Staunton
Fishing should be pretty fun at Staunton as they typically stock the lakes first week of the month. For stocked fish look for hungry fish cruising for worms and PowerBait. Competition will be high so get their attention with bright colored baits or lures. Both ponds are typically stocked the first week of each month starting in May, with rainbow trout. Our ADA accessible fishing pier is complete and ready to be fished from. Please contact the park about how we can provide an accessible fishing experience. Due to construction access to the ponds is is currently available from the Ranch Hand Group Picnic parking area only. There is no public access below the dams on Elk Creek Road. Do not drop people or equipment off at this location. Violators will be ticketed.

Bear Creek
Fly fishing mindsets for smaller creeks, especially in the foothills, needs to be focused towards the summertime conditions we are showing (hot days, lower flows with mixed thunderstorms). Fish will be looking up for summertime bugs. Think smaller in the morning such as a PMD or No. 18-20 sized caddis. As the afternoon approaches hoppers and bigger terrestrials will attract the trout. Trout will always be feeding below the surface so try a hopper dropper rig and mix the lower fly around (nymphs and emergers) and colors depending on the cloud coverage and sun intensity. Flows: 7 cubic feet per second.

Cheeseman Canyon
Flows are up, even above historical averages giving the fish a break from the warm water temps. Summer hatches are on in the Cheeseman/Deckers area so try some Caddis and PMD’s in the morning and watch for some Trico hatches as well. With high flows, try bigger nymph patterns to grab their attention and most importantly get down past the fast currents to the fish feeding on the bottom. Warm water and high flows mean a lot of trout will be holding in faster rifles instead of the deeper holes where oxygen is more abundant. San Juan worms have reported some catches as well as leach patterns. Flows: Deckers 350 cfs Canyon 340 cfs.

South Platte – Middle Fork
Be on the lookout for your tricos, caddis, and PMD hatches. Flows are low and we have a warm weekend on the way so if the water temps get over 65 degrees please consider other options as our fish will be very stressed especially in these high profile streams. Keep your emergers in the No. 18 range and try pheasant tails with high reflective patterns during the sunnier parts of the day Flows: 110 cfs.

Southeast Colorado
Arkansas River-Lake Pueblo
The tailgaters of the Arkansas are very low at this time. The current drop in flow has really been detrimental to the fishing conditions. The flow is reported around 65 cfs and temperatures during the day are getting up to almost 70 degrees. With flows this low and temps this high, it is highly recommended to avoid fishing as these fish will be very stressed. It’s a good rule of thumb to avoid trout fishing when water temperatures go over or equal to 66-68 degrees.

Trinidad Reservoir
Surface water temps around 72 degrees. Shore fishermen are catching trout on homemade dough bait, PowerBait (green color) and worms all along south shore. Reilly Canyon River has slowed down to a trickle and sandbars starting to emerge around the lake. The most action for fish is occurring in the early mornings and late evenings. Some catfish are being reported around the inlet Boaters have done well targeting walleye. Smallmouth caught early in the morning and late evening. Trout are caught during all hours. Worm harnesses and crank baits have worked well. Fish are being found around 15-25ft. The shallow water tends to be too warm for fish during the majority of the day, the technique has been to find the deep channels where colder water exists or wait for cooler morning and evening temps. Boating alert: Due to water being released, boaters be aware of underwater hazards. Not all hazards will be marked.

Lake Pueblo
Fishing has been tough for walleye, especially “keepers” at the moment are hard to come by. A few good sized wiper have been caught on mid depth crank baits and Lindy rigs with leaches attached. Bass will probably be the best bet this weekend as we see warm temps again. Try some poppers in the morning and deeper crank baits during the later morning/afternoon hours. Work deep if you still want to try your luck with walleye. They are collecting water right now to increase the depth but be careful while boating. Islands might not be visible but with the lower levels they could be just under the surface

John Martin Reservoir
Due to a low water year throughout the state and the Arkansas River drainage water levels are dropping and the fishing has been tougher. Walleye fishing is slow with water temperatures in the mid 70’s. Fishing for white bass and wiper can be good if anglers are able to figure out where the bait that these fish are feeding on is located. Crappie fishing has also slowed drastically as the water temperatures have forced the fish into deeper water.

Lathrop State Park
The surface temperature at Martin Lake is approximated at 72 degrees. With temperatures rising to around 90 degrees or more, the fishing has been abundant during early mornings and late evenings. Pike have been the most popular catch during the summer months using fake Smelt. Smelt is a very small fish similar to a minnow. With the frequent rain we have been getting during the evenings, trout have been very active during these times. Trout in Martin Lake have been known to be feeding on power bait or night crawlers. Largemouth Bass have also been another popular fish being caught, especially with crayfish lures and shallow water lures. The surface temperature at Horseshoe Lake is approximated at 69 degrees. The most popular fish Horseshoe has to offer is the infamous Tiger Muskie. The largest Tiger Muskie recorded at Horseshoe Lake was 46 inches long and weighed at 25 pounds. With reports from fisherman on the lake, crappie and trout have been the most caught here. Smallmouth Bass have been another frequent catch using Sammy lures and Spinner bait in the evenings.

Pikeview Reservoir
Located off of Garden of the Gods Rd. and just East of I-25, this reservoir has just about all the typical species of fish found in Colorado. From warm water fish like largemouth bass to other species such as trout and pike – this small, urban reservoir has it all. Fishing reported as decent to slow. When recently stocked the fishing will be good but during these warmer days fish have been lethargic and deep. Look to mix up the techniques/lures and fish during the cooler times of the day. This reservoir packs some resident fish that have avoided the “hook” over the years and can reach very decent sizes.

Catamount Reservoirs
Fishing has been “decent”. Water temps are low so trout will be heading a little deeper during the warmer days and afternoons. Anglers have been having some success with terrestrials and other top water bugs. During the summer months and hot weather focus your bug patterns to hoppers, aunt patterns and beetles. Try and bubble with a 20-inch plus leader to your fly. Early morning and evening will see more active fish. Water levels were reported as “low”. Summertime conditions means different bugs and hatches. If you are lure fishing, test your depths instead of repeating the same retrieval as fish will start to move deeper throughout the day. Sometimes even jigging a Kastmaster or other jigs (usually at a 15-20 foot range) will tempt holding fish at deeper depths during warm days

Metro Denver Area
Aurora Reservoir
Water temp is 69 degrees. Trout fishing from shore is slow. Occasionally we have received a good report using PowerBait off the dam. Boaters reporting fair to good conditions on trout trolling with crawlers and lures. Some nice trout in the 18-21 inche range have been caught recently. Walleye action from boats is slow to fair with an occasional good report. Some reports of largemouth being caught on top water lures. Restricted to electric motors only.

Cherry Creek
Water temperature is 74 degrees the trout have been tougher to catch but some success has been reported using nightcrawlers along the bottom. Walleye fishing is good but can be tough with the large amounts of shad present in the system.

Quincy Reservoir
Water temp is 65-69 degrees. As far as the warm water species goes, Quincy has been doing great as of late. If you are a trout fisher maybe it’s time to expand your interest because the bass and pan fish have been very active and feeding heavily especially on top water lures. For bass particularly, reports of hoppers and poppers have been very successful (these flies and lures are particularly good in the mornings and evenings). The reservoir has also been a destination for people to flock on the weekends so it has been crowded so try fishing on a weekday. Park Hours for August are 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Restricted to artificial flies and lures only. Electric motors only and hand launched watercraft only-trailers and vehicles prohibited in the water.

Chatfield Reservoir
Water temperature is 73 degrees. There are reports of shad being very active and schooling up in large numbers. You should have good luck with bass, especially smallmouth, hitting the shad so keep a look out for the schools (bid activity always a good indicator to start with). Deeper fish have been reported around the 25-30 foot range. We have a fairly hot weekend ahead of us so don’t be shy to mix up the species even by doing a little carp fishing. They can tolerate the heat better than a lot of fish in our Front Range bodies of water and Chatfield has plenty monsters in there to go around.

Northwest Colorado
Rifle Gap Reservoir
Pike and trout are being caught throughout the lake. Bass fishing has been good near the Cedar Campground as well as near the dam.

Vega
Early Settlers and Oak Point boat ramps are closed for the season. The Island boat ramp remains open at this time. The lake level is receding rapidly. Fishing is good. Yellow PowerBait is landing some nice rainbows and cutthroats. Don’t forget to stop at the entrance and have your boat inspected prior to launching. The ANS inspection station is open from 6 a.m.-8:30 p.m., seven days a week. If at any time it is closed, please come to the Visitor Center for boat inspections.

James M. Robb
Trout fishing has slowed down with the warm weather but fishing for sun fish and bluegill is good. Please ensure the responsible and ethical release of fish. Trash cans are available to dispose of fishing line.

Stagecoach State Park
The lake is starting to experience some algae blooms which can make the fishing tougher with decreased water clarity. Some pike have been caught on various baits along the edges of the weed beds. Trout fishing has been good using lures like in-line spinners or spoons for the larger fish.

Southwest Colorado
Blue Mesa Reservoir
Water levels are much lower compared to last year and concentrating the fish. Kokanee Salmon fishing has been fair while jigging. Colors that have been producing fish are pink, orange, and chartreuse. Smaller lake trout are being caught at the deeper depths of the water column. Perch fishing has also been good along the rocky sections of shoreline. Anglers can check on current conditions and boat ramp inspection schedules by contacting Curecanti National Recreation Area

Mancos
Mancos is a great place for consistent action from trout and yellow perch. Most of the trout action is from 10-12 inch fish, but there’s very good opportunity at an 18-20 inch trout and a few 12 inch-plus perch. Great opportunity for kids to catch fish. Most anglers are finding success with bait (PowerBait, eggs, and crawlers) fishing just off bottom or under a slip bobber. For a chance at the yellow perch and trout, a small jig fished under a bobber on a long leader and tipped with a piece of worm is a good bet. Casting or trolling typical in-line spinners (Panther Martins, Mepps) from boats is another approach at the trout. Hand-launchable boats (non-motorized kayaks, canoes, belly boats, etc) are a great way to fish the lake in this off-season. This is the first year in more than 15 years that the lake has not gotten decent ice to fish.Mancos State Park

Taylor Park Reservoir
The water level is a bit lower than in years past. Water temperatures are in the mid 60’s fishing has increased some for trout with recent stockings, baits fished off the bottom in 20 feet of water. Lake trout have been tough but the deeper portions of the reservoir is where those fish can be caught using nightcrawlers off the bottom. Pike have been caught anywhere in the reservoir that has good weed growth. Many of the pike caught have been small in size.

Navajo Reservoir
Fishing at Navajo Lake has been good. Small mouth bass fishing has been good in the main channel where the water temperature is a bit cooler. Many large Pike have been reported being caught using bait fish lures. Catfish fishing has been good by Windsurf beach area. The boat ramp at Two Rivers Marina is in good shape, and launching is good. The Marina store at the Arboles boat ramp has been moved to the Visitor center due to low water conditions. Ice, ice cream, drinks and snacks are available at the visitor store, gasoline is not. The boat ramp and ANS inspection station remain open. Colorado and New Mexico fishing licenses for the 2018-2019 season are now on sale and are available at the Visitor Center. Social security numbers are required for license purchase. ID is required for purchase of all Colorado licenses. Please remember to bring sunscreen, insect repellent and clothes appropriate for changes in the weather.

Ridgway Reservoir
Fishing for trout is good, lures of choice are worms, salmon eggs, spinners, and Rapala’s. Fishing Ponds at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk have been fishing slow to decent with small worms, and egg imitations. Pa-Co-Chu-Puk River: has been fishing well with small nymphs, pale morning duns/nymphs, with occasional Green Drake hatches. Pink Cahill’s have been producing excellent. Terrestrial season is here with hoppers, ants, and similar producing fish.

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Boulder now saving more than half of trash from landfill due to recycling efforts

August 14, 2018 - 3:57pm

PrAna has always had it out for plastics. The yoga brand in 2010 began shipping more of its clothes wrapped in paper and string, rather than the customary plastic sleeves. But when Boulder passed its Universal Zero Waste Ordinance, requiring businesses to recycle and compost, employees of the Pearl Street store saw opportunity to do more.

In sorting their waste, workers found that plastic packaging was still a huge problem. So they worked with their hauler, Eco-Cycle, to collect plastic wrap — too thin to be included with recyclables, as it would tangle the machines — to be sent to the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials.

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Soon, the practice spread to other downtown stores. Then, when competitor yoga brand Lululemon found out, it started recycling plastic wrap, too, bringing other Twenty Ninth Street Mall retailers on board.

Mandatory business recycling has been in place since mid-2016, but enforcement began a year later. The city is just now getting its first full year of data on how much more trash is being kept out of landfills.

In 2017, 2,485 fewer tons of trash were collected in Boulder, while an additional 1,791 tons and 2,081 tons of materials were composted and recycled, respectively. The city is now keeping more than half its waste (51 percent) from going into the garbage.

Read the full story at dailycamera.com.

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Denver police ask public’s help, seek tips in fatal shootings of 3 homeless victims on South Broadway

August 14, 2018 - 3:17pm

Police on Tuesday released photographs of three homicide victims, two men and a woman, whose bodies were found last week in a Denver parking lot near the Washington Park West neighborhood.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help in generating information on the case, perhaps leading to a suspect. The bodies of Nicole “Nikki” Boston, 28; Jerome “Rome” Coronado, 39; and Chris “Little Cowboy” Zamudio, 45, were found Thursday morning in the 700 block of South Broadway.

#Denver, do you have any information about the triple homicide that occurred on August 9, 2018 in the to 700 block of S. Broadway? If so, please call 720-913-7867 and you could earn a cash reward. pic.twitter.com/AKB5MA3CSy

— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) August 14, 2018

All three victims appear to have been homeless. The killings occurred just east of Interstate 25 near the intersection of South Broadway and East Ohio Avenue. The trio were all fatally shot, according to the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner.

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A passerby first noticed the bodies near some bushes and trees along the north side of the parking lot and called police about 11 a.m. Thursday. Officers arrived at the lot, adjacent to a vacant building in the 460 block of South Broadway, a few minutes later.

Anyone with information on the killings or on a possible suspect is asked to call police at 720-913-7867.

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August is a great time to fish, but you might have to change tactics

August 14, 2018 - 3:06pm
Austin Parr holding a fish he caught. (Provided by Austin Parr)

August does not have to be the dog days of summer as many anglers believe. Some of the best fishing of the year is available right now. You may have to change your approach or where you go, but you shouldn’t stay home.

“Find the bait and you will find the fish,” said Austin Parr, manager of Discount Fishing Tackle and a top local angler, while on my show Saturday.

So on that note, here’s where and how you should be fishing in Colorado — and elsewhere.

Denver Metro

In the Denver metro area, Parr said he has been doing well at both Cherry Creek and Chatfield reservoirs. While there has been a productive trolling bite at both, Parr likes to “power” fish these local waters, working blade baits and jigging raps from shallow depths out to 20 feet of water. He said you can also try well casting crankbaits in shallow waters at Chatfield. These same techniques can be productive at many of Colorado’s Front Range reservoirs.

RELATED: WHAT STYLE OF FISHING TO USE TO CATCH MORE FISH THIS TIME OF YEAR

Aurora Reservoir requires a change in technique. Unlike the other local reservoirs, it does not have a shad forage base. The primary bait fish in Aurora is yellow perch. Combine that with the very clear water in Aurora and you will find most of the fish at a deeper depth.

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Aurora is not only a good fishery for walleyes, smallmouth bass and trout, but the perch provide a great panfish opportunity. They tend to school up in depths of 20 feet or more and when you locate them, the action can be nonstop.

If Parr has a favorite technique, it is fishing glide baits, such as the Johnny Darter and the Jigging Rap. While these style baits have been common in ice fishing applications for many years, in the last decade, many top anglers have turned to glide baits on open water, especially in the fall with cooling water. Parr fishes the glide baits and a similar presentation, blade baits, year round with great success.

Eastern Plains

Moving further from home, Parr said Jackson Lake, located on Colorado’s Eastern Plains, is fishing well for wipers and walleyes. He recommended trolling to cover water and trigger reaction strikes, but with a shad-style rather than a minnow-shaped bait.

Nebraska

Lake McConaughy in Nebraska is a great spot to catch fish this time of year. “Big Mac” is a bit of a drive, but is experiencing high water levels and phenomenal fishing for a variety of species, including walleyes, wipers, white bass and catfish, Parr said.

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McConaughy has two main types of forage: shad and alewives, a minnow-shaped bait fish.

Par suggested that anglers troll minnow shaped lures over flooded trees and around the dam for walleyes.

Don’t get caught up in the notion that fishing is all but done for the season. There is plenty of great fishing to be had now and well into the fall.

To listen to my complete interview with Austin Parr here.

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“He could really be a weapon for us.” Why the Broncos are counting on TE Jeff Heuerman to produce.

August 14, 2018 - 3:05pm

The Broncos’ initial preseason depth chart dropped last week and the collective outside reaction over the tight end hierarchy was summed up in a single word: “Why?”

Despite missing nine training camp practices with a nagging knee injury, Denver listed Jeff Heuerman as the No. 1 option. It appeared either a serious vote of confidence for a fourth-year pro with only 18 career receptions, or, an indictment of the remaining inexperience within the position group.

“Probably all of the above,” Broncos’ offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave told reporters Tuesday.

However, if doubt remains that Heuerman deserves that distinction, he did his best to erase it Tuesday in his first practice back as a full participant.

“Watching him today was great,” Musgrave said. “He’s got fresh legs. He was the fastest guy we had on the field today running from safeties and backers — and even corners.”

True to the depth chart, Heuerman practiced exclusively with the starters in team periods and seven-on-seven drills. He run blocked off tackle against Von Miller. He cleared a path for tailback Devontae Booker on a sweep. He lined up in the backfield, on the edge, out wide at receiver and caught several passes from quarterback Case Keenum.

“(He) looked fresh,” coach Vance Joseph said.

Rightfully so, considering Heuerman was out nearly two weeks rehabbing the same knee in which he tore an ACL in 2015. Heuerman said he spent downtime dissecting practice film, last season’s game tape and even Keenum’s Minnesota film. Heuerman also praised his teammates’ growth during his absence. That didn’t extinguish his desire to have a breakout season.

“Honestly, I felt really good out there,” Heuerman told reporters. “It was kind of my first time back, first time taking some live reps and stuff. I had been running and conditioning and catching some balls.”

Joseph downplayed the significance of having a No. 1 tight end on the roster, suggesting a by-committee approach to filling Denver’s needs at that position. Joseph described backup Jake Butt, who appeared with the ones in limited situations Tuesday, as a “pass catcher and route runner,” whereas Heuerman is “more of an in-line blocker.” Teammates have also praised Heuerman’s versatility.

“He’s great in the run game,” free safety Justin Simmons said. “In the pass game, he’s elusive enough to get open and also strong even at the point of attack to hang on to the football. You’ve got to go in there with the intent to really break up the ball up and not kind of just half-tail it when you’re in there going up against him.”

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Now Heuerman’s attention turns to self-improvement with Chicago coming to Denver for joint practices, and on Saturday night, a chance to prove he deserves to start.

Expectations are high.

“If we can get (Heuerman’s) knee right,” Musgrave said, “he could really be a weapon for us.”

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Practices against Chicago “huge” evaluation tool for Broncos

August 14, 2018 - 2:15pm

The monotony of training camp for the Broncos will be eliminated Wednesday and Thursday when they host the Chicago Bears for joint practices leading into Saturday’s preseason game.

The first session (9:30 a.m.) is the final practice of training camp open to fans.

“Getting to play them for two days before the big game is going to really tell us a lot about who we are as a team,” inside linebacker Todd Davis said after practice Tuesday. “I’m excited to see how we come out of it.”

Coach Vance Joseph said the practices will be “huge” in helping his staff make personnel evaluations.

“You watch our defense vs. our offense and our defense has seen the plays for almost three weeks (and) it’s easy for them,” Joseph said. “To see a different scheme, to play against a different body type, that’s going to be huge for our team.”

The Broncos practiced at San Francisco last August and Joseph said it would be “great” to have two sets of practices next year. Several teams are working together this season, including the Los Angeles Rams-Baltimore and Detroit-Oakland last week and the New York Jets-Washington, New York Giants-Detroit, Tennessee-Tampa Bay, Baltimore-Indianapolis, Jacksonville-Minnesota and Houston-San Francisco this week.

The Jets and Redskins had multiple fights and scuffles during their three practices in Richmond, Va. Joseph wants to avoid that.

“We’ve talked several times about the structure of practice and the temperament of practice,” Joseph said of Bears coach Matt Nagy. “We want to have great work. Obviously, you watch the news (and) a bunch of fighting is occurring. Let’s get good work (in) on both sides of the ball, be good professionals and not fight. It’s as simple as that: Not fight.”

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Like the Broncos, Chicago uses a 3-4 base defensive front, and like the Broncos, Chicago is installing a new offense.

“It’s a multiple offense with great weapons,” Joseph said. “Defensively, they’re really, really good.”

Special teams also benefits from the practices.

“They’re great,” special teams coordinator Tom McMahon said. “We’ll work (on) protections one day, we’ll work our punt return game one day and then on kickoff cover and return we’ll be able to get one-on-one situations.”

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LOOK: Hilarious Broncos’ rookie haircuts in all their glory

August 14, 2018 - 1:30pm

A tradition unlike any other.

Welcome to the NFL, rookie. Now where are the hair clippers?

The Broncos’ 2018 class of first-year players endured some lighthearted hazing after practice Tuesday in an annual event at UCHealth Training Center. Veterans played barber in the most hilarious (and mean) ways possible. Here is a collection of the “best” rookie haircuts.

Wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton (via @phillywill11)

Linebacker Josey Jewell (via @bmarshh)

Wide receiver Mark Chapman (via @bmarshh)

Edge rusher Bradley Chubb (via @bmarshh)

Wide receiver Courtland Sutton (via @isaacyiadom)

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I-70 lanes reopened in Mesa County, delays expected as crews battle brush fire

August 14, 2018 - 1:14pm

Westbound lanes of Interstate 70 in De Beque Canyon reopened late Tuesday afternoon as crews battled a brush fire in the area.

The Colorado Department of Transportation announced in a tweet that the closure between the Palisade and De Beque exits was lifted at 4:33 p.m. The right westbound lane remained closed, and delays are expected.

I-70 WB: Safety closure lifted between Exit 44 – US 6; Palisade (near Palisade) and Exit 62 – De Beque (Debeque). Fire activity. Right lane closed, possible delays.

— CDOT (@ColoradoDOT) August 14, 2018

All lanes in both directions had been closed at approximately 2 p.m. due to the fire.

Colorado State Patrol sent a tweet at 2:37 p.m. saying crews were getting the highway open one lane at a time and that drivers could expect slow traffic near Cameo.

Crews are getting the highway open one lane at a time but smoke is still pretty thick. Drive safely and anticipate slow traffic near Cameo pic.twitter.com/y9XHIuv8xH

— CSP Fruita (@CSP_Fruita) August 14, 2018

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Urban Meyer probe costs $500K but still about what Ohio State wants

August 14, 2018 - 12:53pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Urban Meyer investigation is costing Ohio State $500,000, but whether the superstar football coach keeps his job still comes down to whether the university wants to stick with him based on how he’s already been tainted by the scandal.

Meyer is on paid leave while Ohio State pays an outside firm to investigate and a six-member university committee considers whether he responded properly to accusations of domestic abuse made against one of his coaches, Zach Smith, who has been fired.

But Meyer has already given his bosses plenty to consider — he says he knew of domestic violence allegations against Zach Smith before he brought Smith to coach wide receivers at Ohio State, and that he reported new accusations properly when they surfaced in 2015.

University officials expect to make a decision within about a week in what could come down to a public relations balancing act involving the school’s reputation, $38 million in future salary under Meyer’s contract and other jobs at stake.

WHY FIRE MEYER?

Meyer knew about a 2009 domestic incident in Gainesville, Florida, when Smith was a graduate assistant coach for Meyer’s Florida team. A police report says that during an argument Zach Smith picked up a pregnant Courtney and threw her against a wall. Zach Smith was never charged.

Knowing that, Meyer allowed Smith to stay on staff at Florida and then brought Smith in at Ohio State. Meyer also knew about the 2015 abuse allegations , but Smith — the grandson of former Ohio State coach and Meyer mentor Earle Bruce — kept his job until Courtney Smith filed for a restraining order on July 20.

“At the end of the day, (Meyer is) the highest-paid state employee in Ohio, and you have a lot more responsibility than coaching,” said B. David Ridpath, an associate professor of sports administration at Ohio University in Athens. “And clearly there was enough smoke with Zach Smith that they should have gotten rid of him a long time ago.”

Ohio State didn’t put Meyer on leave until Courtney Smith talked to a reporter, saying she was abused for years by her ex-husband. Zach Smith has denied her abuse allegations and has never been prosecuted for abuse.

The Meyer investigation plays out at a time when the school itself — and college athletics at large — is under scrutiny around the handling of misconduct allegations.

Ohio State has a growing list of more than 100 former students and athletes who say they were groped and otherwise mistreated by Dr. Richard Strauss, a deceased athletic department doctor who worked at the university for 21 years. There are questions about whether Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan knew about the abuse when he was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State during the same time.

At least three federal lawsuits have been filed against Ohio State by men who say they were abused by Strauss.

Don’t expect fans and critics to separate the scandals when a decision is made on Meyer.

WHY KEEP MEYER?

Meyer said he followed “proper protocol and procedures” after finding out about the 2015 abuse allegations.

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“Please know that the truth is the ultimate power, and I am confident I took appropriate action,” Meyer said in a tweeted statement.

Meyer didn’t detail those actions but the crafted statement was clearly a public defense of his job.

Meyer signed a contract extension in the spring with new language that requires him to promptly report any “known violations” of Ohio State’s sexual misconduct policy to the school’s Title IX officials. The policy includes sexual harassment, intimate violence and stalking “that involves any student, faculty or staff.” The clause doesn’t specify how Meyer should treat older accusations.

Meyer may have limited responsibility for reporting because of the scope of behavior covered by the misconduct policy and Title IX, according to Micaela Deming, staff attorney with the Ohio Domestic Violence Network.

Both the policy and Title IX focus on incidents on-campus or at university-related events, she said. So in the case of Zach Smith’s 2015 arrest, “this off-campus, non-student-involved domestic violence incident seems to be largely excluded from both the sexual harassment policy and Title IX,” Deming said.

If Meyer did everything he was supposed to do, Ohio State then faces the question of whether to fire him without cause, leaving the university on the hook for $38 million to pay off the balance of his contract.

Dissolving the deal would certainly invite a challenge from Meyer, adding legal costs and leading to new rounds of public scrutiny.

There’s also winning to consider.

Meyer is 73-8 with a national title in six seasons with the Buckeyes. Winning generates money and prestige, while his dismissal would certainly cause turmoil for the football program.

Nobody at Ohio State wants a repeat of 2011, when the Buckeyes had a losing season after coach Jim Tressel was fired for lying to the NCAA about player violations.

OTHER OPTIONS?

Ohio State could suspend Meyer rather than fire him, if university leaders want to retain him while still delivering some punishment for keeping a coach around for so long despite accusations of domestic abuse.

The investigation also has implications for other athletic officials.

Athletic director Gene Smith and Meyer’s wife Shelley Meyer, an instructor in Ohio State’s nursing school, also knew of the 2015 incident, Zach Smith and Courtney Smith has said.

A key detail for investigators will be whether the Title IX office or athletic director responded properly — if they were indeed informed. Citing the investigation, the university would not make those officials available for comment when contacted by The Associated Press.

WHAT ABOUT THE SMITHS?

Zach Smith lost his $340,000 job, but still faces a court case where more details could emerge about his situation with Courtney Smith, including their friendships with the Meyers.

Zach Smith said he was never aggressive with his ex-wife and that any injuries she suffered were the result of him defending himself against her aggression.

The Smiths are due in court next month for a hearing on the restraining order, which Courtney sought after Zach drove to her apartment to drop off their son after he had been told to stay away. He was charged with criminal trespass as a result.

Courtney Smith has spoken with Ohio State investigators, her lawyer said.

Associated Press reporters Kantele Franko and Andrew Welsh-Huggins contributed to this report.

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9 injured in possible natural gas explosion at home in Denver’s Baker neighborhood

August 14, 2018 - 12:46pm

Nine people were injured – one critically — in an apparent natural gas explosion in Denver’s Baker neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, according to the Denver Fire Department.

The incident occurred in the 300 block of Santa Fe Drive and destroyed multiple units in what appears to be a six-unit building, blowing debris into the street.

“I thought it was a bomb,” Alexander Ponton said. “I was scared. I didn’t know what happened.”

Ponton, 24, was driving by when the explosion happened. Rubble came flying at his car, but the debris didn’t break his windows.

He said he got out and helped a couple who had cuts and scrapes.

One woman was trapped after the explosion, but firefighters managed to rescue her, Capt. Greg Pixley said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. She’s in stable condition at Denver Health.

“We hope we don’t find any individuals trapped inside that rubble,” Pixley said.

The injuries range from burns to blunt trauma due to the force of the explosion. Seven of the people injured were across the street from the explosion. None of the people injured were children.

Paul Adams and Margie Brown, who live down the street, said they were watching television when their whole house shook.

“It sounded like an airplane crashed” Brown said.

The couple stepped outside and saw a huge plume of smoke and scattered debris.

Location is approximate

Xcel spokeswoman Michelle Aguayo said company employees are on scene and working with Denver Fire. She was unable to confirm whether anyone had called Xcel to report a natural gas smell before the explosion.

Pixley said the leak is still active and it’s still considered a dangerous situation. His worst case scenarios would be additional explosions or finding bodies in the rubble.

Denver Police have closed Santa Fe Road from First to Third avenues.

There is still an active fire in the building and the smell of natural gas lingered in the area as of 2 p.m. Tuesday. Fire officials adjusted the initial number of people injured from 10 to nine.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

This is nuts to see in person. Just a gaping hole. pic.twitter.com/cXDPVn6JZj

— Elizabeth Hernandez (@ehernandez) August 14, 2018

So 9 total injuries so far. 2 in hospital. 7 from the street have been evaluated and released, Pixley said.

— Elizabeth Hernandez (@ehernandez) August 14, 2018

There go some emergency responders toward the scene, one carrying a chainsaw. pic.twitter.com/vzqtIfttAo

— Elizabeth Hernandez (@ehernandez) August 14, 2018

Breaking: I'm on scene of an explosion at 4th and Santa Fe. Going to hear from Denver Fire Dept. shortly pic.twitter.com/wS6icHYHTf

— Elizabeth Hernandez (@ehernandez) August 14, 2018

Investigation is ongoing. One victim was trapped that firefighters removed. "we hope we don't find any individuals trapped inside that rubble"

— Elizabeth Hernandez (@ehernandez) August 14, 2018

There is an active fire, as well, but Pixley doesn't know where exactly that is.

— Elizabeth Hernandez (@ehernandez) August 14, 2018

No reports of children injured at this time.

— Elizabeth Hernandez (@ehernandez) August 14, 2018

You can still smell pockets of lingering natural gas in the area.

— Elizabeth Hernandez (@ehernandez) August 14, 2018

The injuries at this point range from burns to blunt trauma due to the force of the explosion.

— Elizabeth Hernandez (@ehernandez) August 14, 2018

Here a couple more photos a little closer. They're going to make us back up in a minute. pic.twitter.com/kE7S29TP5s

— Elizabeth Hernandez (@ehernandez) August 14, 2018

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“Like a dog”: Trump has a long history of using canine insults to dehumanize enemies

August 14, 2018 - 12:36pm

WASHINGTON — In President Donald Trump’s singular lexicon, there is no more vicious put-down than likening an adversary to a dog.

“Choked like a dog.”

“Fired like a dog.”

“Sweat like a dog.”

Then there is what Trump said Tuesday of Omarosa Manigault-Newman, his former reality-television protege and White House staffer who is now scorned and telling all in her new book, “Unhinged,” and accompanying media tour.

“When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out,” Trump tweeted. “Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!”

Animalistic slurs come easily to Trump, who over the past few years has likened a long list of perceived enemies to dogs — including former FBI director James Comey, former acting attorney general Sally Yates, former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, former 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., journalist David Gregory and conservative commentator Erick Erickson.

But in Trump’s telling, Manigault-Newman did not simply get fired “like a dog.” She was a “dog” herself.

The president’s calling a woman a dog — and not just any woman, but the highest-ranking African American who has served on his White House staff – drew stern condemnations.

“Mr. President, it is beneath you and the office of the presidency to call any woman a dog,” Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., tweeted. “It is degrading and demeaning, and I pray that you will stop this vulgar behavior. Our country is better than this.”

History is replete with authoritarian leaders who have sought to dehumanize individuals or groups of people by calling them animals.

“In the fascist style of politics, one of the crucial elements is distinguishing ‘us’ from ‘them.’ We are intrinsically good; they are intrinsically bad, defective, subhuman, etcetera,” said David Livingstone Smith, a philosophy professor who studies dehumanization and racism and wrote a book on the subject, “Less Than Human.”

Smith said dehumanizing rhetoric is used by leaders to elicit fear and solidarity against some perceived existential threat from “others.” Yet while dogs are considered dirty in some cultures, such as in the Middle East, they are popular in the United States as household pets and are considered loyal and adoring. Smith suggested that a more apt slur in America would be calling some a rat or pig or wolf.

But Trump, an avowed germaphobe, has long had an aversion to dogs.

“Donald was not a dog fan,” his first wife, Ivana, writes in her memoir, “Raising Trump.” “When I told him I was bringing Chappy with me to New York, he said, ‘No.'”

But Ivana persisted, bringing her poodle with her when the couple moved in together.

“It’s me and Chappy or no one,” she recalls telling her husband.

Chappy, it turned out, did not much care for Trump, either. Ivana writes that when Trump approached her closet, her poodle would bark at him territorially.
Trump is the first modern president not to have a dog — or any pet — in the White House.

America’s first president, George Washington, set the tone by breeding foxhounds. In recent decades, Ronald Reagan had Rex; George H.W. Bush had Millie; Bill Clinton had Buddy; George W. Bush had Spotty, Barney and Miss Beazley; and Barack Obama had Bo and Sunny.

The last president not to have a dog was William McKinley, who served from 1897 until his assassination in 1901. But even he had pets — a parrot and roosters.

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“Theodore Roosevelt sometimes would have over 30 pets in the White House because the president had such a love of God’s creatures,” said presidential historian Douglas Brinkley, who authored a Roosevelt biography.

Brinkley suggested Trump has no pets “because he has no sense of giving and warmth and caring to any other animal but himself. Having no pet is another manifestation of his narcissism.”

Brooke Janis, who co-authored “First Dogs,” a book about presidential pets, recalled former president Harry S. Truman’s adage, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.”

“This is a president who needs a friend,” Janis said of Trump. “Having a dog offers unconditional love, and that is something that this president desires so deeply and can’t seem to find.”

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Mullen High School names interim president and CEO

August 14, 2018 - 12:34pm

The Board of Trustees for Denver’s Mullen High School Tuesday announced that Timothy Burns will take over as the interim president and CEO of the Roman Catholic school for the 2018-2019 school year.

Burns joins Mullen from Forsyth School in St. Louis.  Burns temporarily replaces former CEO and president Carl Unrein who left May 26.

The Mullen Board of Trustees is continuing a search for the permanent replacement for Unrein.

“The current strategic plans for Mullen will require the right person to lead Mullen and we wanted to take the proper time to find our next president and CEO,” said Walt Coughlin, board chair.

The search will begin in the next few months for new president and CEO with an eye toward having that person in place for the 2019-20 school year, school officials said.

Burns’ proven track record as a professional interim independent school president with more than four decades of experience was the main reason for his selection as interim CEO and president, Coughlin said.

Jeff  Howard, who was appointed Mullen principal in June,  will not be affected by the transition, Coughlin said.

 

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Broncos training camp rewind, practice 13: Pads stay off before Chicago Bears arrive

August 14, 2018 - 12:32pm
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Did not practice: S Su’a Cravens (knee), TE Troy Fumagalli (groin), S Dymonte Thomas (hamstring), G J.J. Dielman (knee), CB Marcus Rios (hip), WR Philly Brown (concussion), LB Joseph Jones (foot), DE Paul Boyette (elbow) and CB Michael Hunter (undisclosed).

Physically unable to perform: WR Jordan Taylor (hips).

Did not report list: WR Carlos Henderson and WR Jimmy Williams.

Returned to practice: LG Ron Leary (ankle).

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C Sam Jones (back spasms) was injured during team work and was carted back to the locker room.

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Working against CB Bradley Roby, WR Courtland Sutton ran down the right sideline and caught QB Chad Kelly’s deep pass.

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Work rate. The Broncos didn’t practice in pads Tuesday but did run 57 plays of 11-on-11.

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Off-sides penalties. During 11-on-11, linebackers Jerrol Garcia-Williams, Jeff Holland and Von Miller were called for penalties. Garcia-Williams and Holland were immediately replaced by Antonio Simmons.

Odds and Ends
  • Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave on his advice for Paxton Lynch, now a third-string quarterback: “Keep working. No matter when you get into the practice and get into the game, put your best foot forward and continue to strive as a young player to get better every day.”
  • Coach Vance Joseph expanded on Lynch’s reaction to being demoted. “He is upset and he didn’t like it,” Joseph said. “He wants to know why. He’s got to play better. It’s as simple as that. It’s a competition. It’s the league.”
  • At halftime of the Minnesota game, Broncos LB Von Miller said it was decided “upstairs” that he would not play in the game after taking warmups. Defensive coordinator Joe Woods was asked after practice Tuesday why Miller didn’t play and said, “That’s above my paygrade. You know who made that call.” Of Miller’s status for the Chicago game, Woods said: “I think he’s going to play.”
  • Joseph said G J.J. Dielman sustained a knee sprain during Monday’s practice. “Nothing serious,” Joseph said. “It looked serious early on.”
  • Su’a Cravens ran on the field before practice but has not worked since July 31. “The swelling in the knee is down,” Joseph said. “Hopefully he can (return) in the next couple of days.”
  • Former Broncos outside linebacker and current pass rush consultant DeMarcus Ware made his second appearance of training camp.
  • The first segment of 11-on-11 (three quarterbacks got four plays apiece) was choppy. QB Case Keenum completed two passes to tailbacks, Kelly had an aborted play because of pressure and Lynch’s first pass was dropped by WR Mark Chapman.
  • The Broncos emphasized third down during a 7-on-7 period. Keenum completed all four of his passes. Kelly had one pass broken up by CB Isaac Yiadom and one dropped by WR River Cracraft. And Lynch threw a nice pass down the left sideline to WR Bryce Bobo, who took advantage of his matchup against LB Bo Bower.
  • Joseph later said it was a mix-up by the coaches (“It was by accident, Honestly, it was.”) but for one segment of 11-on-11, it was first offense vs. second defense and second offense vs. first defense. Keenum ran seven plays (only two pass attempts). Kelly struggled against the starting defense — S Darian Stewart pass break-up, DE Derek Wolfe pass bat-down and aborted play (and an injury to C Sam Jones) to start. Kelly’s last throw was to Sutton.
  • Austin Schlottmann took over the second-team center duties when Jones left. Starting RG Connor McGovern filled in as the third-team center.
  • During a move-the-ball period, Keenum, Kelly and Lynch completed two passes apiece.
  • Practice wrapped with a four-minute situation. Starting from their 30-yard line, the Broncos ran two run plays to force the defense to call timeout and then Keenum connected down the right sideline to WR DaeSean Hamilton (CB Bradley Roby in coverage). Kelly’s drive was a three-and-out.
  • Musgrave on the two three-and-outs by the Broncos to start the Minnesota game: “We’re looking for production. We want to put a good product on the field. We watched the film afterward and there were a number of factors — technical mistakes, scheme, all of those things. We addressed those mistakes and will apply those lessons moving forward.”

Wednesday’s schedule: Practice 9:30 a.m.-noon with the Chicago Bears (open to the public)

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