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Denver warming up to above-normal temperatures by weekend

October 16, 2018 - 5:17am

Those below-freezing temperatures Denverites have endured the last several days and continue to endure early Tuesday morning will soon be behind them.

Although it was only 31 degrees before 6 a.m. Tuesday, temperatures will rise to the mid 50s under sunny skies by the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.

“A warming trend has begun! Temperatures will slowly warm each day, with near normal readings expected by the end of the week. Above normal temperatures are expected come this weekend,” forecasters predict.

Light variable wind will move out of the south by late Tuesday night.

Temperatures will dip below freezing again early Wednesday night, but it will be a sunny day by the afternoon with temperatures in the mid-50s. On Wednesday night, temperatures will remain above freezing, according to the NWS.

Warming trend continues! Highs in the mid to upper 50s across the plains today, with mainly 40s in the mountains. Above normal temps by the weekend. #COwx pic.twitter.com/h26IDDn95N

— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) October 16, 2018

The high on Thursday will be in the upper 50s and by Friday Denver will be back in the 60s.

A pleasant, autumnal weekend is on the radar for Denver, with a high of 63 degrees on Saturday and a high of 67 on Sunday.

The average temperature for this time of the year is in the lower 60s, the weather service says.

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Broncos Mailbag: Where is the leadership on this Denver team right now?

October 16, 2018 - 5:00am

Denver Post Broncos writer Ryan O’Halloran posts his Broncos Mailbag weekly during the season.

You can pose a Broncos- or NFL-related question for the Broncos Mailbag here. Follow Ryan for more daily updates on Twitter.

Bradley Chubb is clearly better at defensive end than OLB. Seems the Broncos should either play him where Adam Gotsis is, or possibly consider moving to a 4-3? With Josey Jewell at ILB and Von at OLB, would this be a smarter way to go? I know it’s handy to have OLBs drop into coverage but how well is that working now for Denver? We don’t get pressure, we don’t stop the run and we don’t cover tight ends.

— Dan, St. Louis

The discussion about moving to a 4-3 base-down front is moot until there is an opening in the head coach’s office. Vance Joseph’s foundation defensively is using a 3-4 front and really, at this point, it would be tough to do wholesale changes because it would impact so much of the playbook. That said, the Broncos have the personnel for a change to the 4-3 in the future (like 2019). They could play Chubb and Wolfe at DE, Gotsis and Peko at DT and then rotate other guys in there. In a 4-3 scheme, I would also like to see Von Miller play some pass-rushing DE. Jewell could play MLB and then Marshall or Davis OLB. The issue would be who would play strong-side LB (Miller?). I like him better as a weak-side LB.

How does Vance Joseph have a job? The fact they let the night end without firing him and other coaches says a lot. Sadly, I’m done and I’ve never said that as a lifelong fan (although Josh McDaniels haunts me still). I cannot support this. A simple firing won’t work, they must disgrace him. It’s just a game, but it’s a big business. You can’t have such an untalented individual running the locker room.

— Zach, Colorado

As of 9 a.m. Monday, nobody has been fired and because the Broncos have to turn around and play Thursday night, any kind of upheaval would be surprising. That said, if the Broncos lose to 1-5 Arizona, how can there not be some more-than-just-cosmetic changes? If you’re GM John Elway, the concern about turfing Joseph (at any point in-season) is who would be the interim coach if Gary Kubiak declines the request? Elway built this team so he knows where they are flawed. But if he thinks this team is underachieving, then he should make the move to try and spark the locker room.

What are John Elway and Joe Ellis waiting for? Vance Joseph has shown he is not head coach material, just look at his record and how each game has played out. I can understand that there is no one on his staff who has the ability to take over as head coach. Why can’t they convince Gary Kubiak to take over for the remainder of the year and look for a permanent replacement at the end of the season. What is Mike Shanahan doing these days? It’s just so sad that a class organization such as the Broncos has to go through such a really BAD time. The fans, the city, the state deserves better.

— Dennis, Littleton

Rare in the NFL is a coach fired on-time. If Ellis and Elway (and Elway would be making the move) fire Joseph, it will probably be too late to save the season. During training camp, Team Denver Post was watching practice and talking about worst-case scenarios for Joseph. We had it as around Thanksgiving as when a change would be made and we thought holding down the fort for a month would be doable for Kubiak. But take over with 8-9 games remaining? That would take a lot of convincing. Mike Shanahan is in the Denver area, but I highly doubt Elway will call him.

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Where is the leadership on the Broncos team right now? Outside of Vance Joseph, where is the accountability within the players? Between Emmanuel Sanders’ taunting penalty, players not lined up for a quick snap on fourth down, pass rushers trying to stuff stat sheets with sacks instead of maintaining contain on a QB, the motif of the past two seasons is players playing as individuals instead of within a larger team to win a football game. The biggest problem with Broncos isn’t talent, it’s the concept of team.

— Nathan Edwards, Minneapolis

Good points about the lack of accountability on the roster. I would disagree that talent isn’t an issue because it is — the Rams had a better depth chart on Sunday and it showed. You don’t see players pulled from the game after bad penalties. Miller has been guilty of sack hunting when he should have held the edge in the run game.

This is a league-wide but also Broncos-specific question: When teams have the offensive coordinator and the defensive coordinator handle calling plays like the Broncos do, what does the head coach do mainly during the game? Obviously we know Vance Joseph just stands there thinking about how good the week of practice went and patiently waits for an opportunity to challenge a 7-yard play, but in all seriousness, just wondering what the head coach’s main concentration is when not calling plays in game. Thanks!

— Nick, Collinsville, Conn.

In most situations, the head coach’s headset is tuned into offense or defense, whichever side has the football. The way I’ve had it explained by other head coaches, if they’re not calling the plays, they’re live scouting what the opponent is doing and then giving suggestions during timeouts plus watching the play clock and deciding on challenges. The last few weeks, though, the Broncos have faced play-calling head coaches in Jon Gruden (Oakland), Andy Reid (Kansas City), Todd Bowles (Jets) and Sean McVay (Rams).

Why isn’t Chad Kelly getting his chance? He is a better quarterback.

— Desiree Kimball, Colorado Springs

We don’t know if he’s better than Case Keenum because Kelly’s regular-season experience consists of one kneel-down snap. Keenum’s accuracy is a concern, but at least he connected on some deep shots against the Rams.

With all of John Elway’s draft busts over the years, I’m wondering what made this year’s draft so different. Did we have any new advisers, scouts, executives, assistants or decision makers that weren’t there in past drafts?

— Rob, Escondido, Calif.

The front office wasn’t overhauled during the offseason so it was the same people making the draft picks, led by Elway. One thing that stands out about the draft picks (and also undrafted Phillip Lindsay) is that many of them played a ton of college football and were very productive. My guess would be the Broncos prioritized players who have a track record of playing well instead of taking players who were projects.

When is Denver going to replace Joe Woods. Getting rid of Wade Phillips was a huge mistake!

— Jeff Davies, Verona, Calif.

I wouldn’t have been surprised if Woods was demoted or fired after the Jets debacle. So the Broncos follow up by allowing 270 yards rushing to the Rams. I’ve said for a few weeks now that Joseph’s last gasp move to save himself would be to call the defensive plays just so he can honestly say he explored most every option.

While listening to the Bronco network pregame show before the Jets game, there was an interview with Vance Joseph. He stated that the players were angry with him for making them practice in pads on Thursday. How is that kind of attitude affecting their play? Is that a reflection of the coach and players relationship this year?

— Larry, Fort Defiance, Ariz.

I didn’t hear that radio interview. The Broncos have practiced in pads every Thursday during the regular season and the Thursday you’re pointing out was after a Monday night game. If the players were angry, they didn’t play that way against the Jets.

Hey Ryan, mow that the Broncos defense looks like, I dunno, Goober’s Pro Football Team, the pundits are calling for Vance Joseph to take over the defensive play calling. He should probably try that. However, Vance Joseph was a defensive coordinator for only one year before becoming Broncos head coach. His defense was mediocre at best. Does anybody really think he’s the answer? A bit sketchy, right?

— Jim, Denver

Joseph taking over the defensive play-calling likely won’t be the answer because better players aren’t walking into the Broncos’ facility to save the day. My point on Joseph doing something is that he can’t just stand around, give feedback behind the scenes and then support the staff on Sunday. Yes, he was a coordinator for only one year, but maybe a fresh play-calling voice would help solve one or two of the many issues.

When are the Broncos going to let John Elway move on? He let Wade Phillips go for a first-time coach, Danny Trevathan go, Aqib Talib go and Virgil Green go. The Broncos act like he won the Super Bowls without Shannon Sharpe, Ed McCaffrey, Terrell Davis and one of the top defenses. John was a good player, a horrible manager.

— Joe Riley, Sedalia

If the Broncos’ ownership situation was led by one person, then it would be worth asking when the front office will be held responsible. Joe, your thought of Elway as a good player/bad GM is pretty consistent in the emails I get from readers. Sure, most fans want Joseph out, but they’re also critical of Elway, which they should be.

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Elway wants Broncos to have mindset “where we’re fighting for our lives”

October 16, 2018 - 5:00am

His team mired in a four-game losing streak, Broncos general manager John Elway used his regular radio spot on Monday to make a request.

During an interview on the team’s broadcast partner, Orange & Blue 760, Elway said he wants the Broncos to embrace a mentality at Arizona on Thursday “where we’re fighting for our lives.”

Around 30 minutes later, Broncos coach Vance Joseph was relayed Elway’s comment and was asked if it can be intimated as Joseph fighting for his job.

“Absolutely and that’s every coach in this league every week,” Joseph said. “If you don’t feel that way, you’re missing something. If we were 5-1, I would feel that way. That doesn’t motivate me. I’m already motivated to win games and fix our football team.”

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The Broncos are 2-4 and have plenty to fix, including the NFL’s worst rush defense and an offensive line that lost left guard Ron Leary to a torn Achilles and may not have right tackle Jared Veldheer (knee) for a third consecutive game. If the Broncos can’t beat the 1-5 Cardinals, who have a rookie head coach (Steve Wilks) and a rookie quarterback (Josh Rosen), their road woes may extend into 2019. A loss would further set Joseph’s figurative hot seat ablaze.

Joseph said the Broncos must have a desperate mindset, adding, “Every week, we feel like we’re desperate to win a game. That won’t change.”

Elway said on the radio the Broncos’ record is “obviously disappointing. At some point in time, we have to play better football. The desire is there. We hung in there (in Sunday’s 23-20 loss to the Rams) and battled. But it was still not good enough football and we’re still making mistakes we shouldn’t be making.

“I wish at this point in time, we had the magic switch. Once you get into the season, there is not a lot of fixes to it. The only fix is to continue to work hard.”

The Broncos will move forward without Leary, who sustained a non-contact injury on the offense’s first play of the third quarter.

“It’s a huge loss for us from a leadership perspective (and) a player perspective,” Joseph said. “We have great depth in that (offensive line) room, obviously, with (Connor) McGovern and Max Garcia being the starters now. I feel good about that room.” Rookie Sam Jones becomes the backup guard; he had been inactive for the first six games.

Leary was on and off the field during training camp, but played every offensive snap in the first five games. According to the Denver Post’s game charting, Leary was booked for only a half-sack plus six quarterback hits/pressures, four “bad” run plays (gain of three or fewer yards) and two penalties.

The Broncos moved Leary back to his natural left guard spot during the offseason to help second-year left tackle Garett Bolles. “The left guard and left tackle are like brothers and having him go down has been very emotional for me the last 24 hours,” Bolles said.

Said McGovern: “(Leary is) a huge part of our offense, especially the offensive line. Him and (center Matt) Paradis are the two leaders. It’s a big hit, but we can overcome it.”

Garcia started all 32 games for the Broncos at left guard in 2016-17 and played with the starters during this year’s offseason program when Leary was recovering from a knee injury. Garcia started at right guard against the Rams, the start of a competition with the incumbent McGovern.

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Garcia, though, is now back at left guard and McGovern is re-entrenched at right guard, at least for Thursday’s game.

“Max had a great camp and proved to the coaches he could play at this level,” Bolles said. “We had our ups and downs last year, but I know we’re both a lot better this year. We’ll continue to work hard, communicate in practice and get the job done that we need to get done.”

McGovern rotated with Garcia at right guard until Leary’s injury and said the message last week from offensive line coach Sean Kugler was simple.

“I obviously wasn’t playing good enough and my practice habits could have been better,” McGovern said. “The reset was for everything, but mainly mental.”

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Proposition 112: Dissecting the science behind the oil and gas setbacks initiative

October 16, 2018 - 5:00am

“The OEHHA chronic benzene REL considers several studies published after USEPA’s 2002 benzene assessment, which found increased efficiency of benzene metabolism at low doses, decreased peripheral blood cell counts at low doses (800−1860 μg/m3)…”

It takes another 20 words — with terms like “metabolic enzymes” and “benzene detoxification” — to close out this sentence from a recent University of Colorado study that looked at the potential health impacts of Front Range oil and gas operations. Thousands of equally abstruse passages fill hundreds of other studies from around the world examining the effects of drilling and hydraulic fracturing on human health.

Welcome to the science behind Proposition 112, the oil and gas setbacks measure that will likely be among the most complex ballot issues to ever go before Colorado voters.

The initiative aims to increase the required distance of any newly drilled wells from homes, schools and water sources to 2,500 feet. The current setback is 500 feet from homes and 1,000 feet from densely occupied buildings, like hospitals and schools.

Opponents say the measure will block off so much acreage to drill rigs — it’s estimated that 85 percent of non-federal land in Colorado would be off-limits — that the $31 billion industry in Colorado would virtually collapse. Backers of 112 say without bigger buffers, Coloradans will continue to be exposed to noxious emissions from well sites, like toluene, formaldehyde, xylene, and cancer-causing benzene, to say nothing of the environmental harm from potent greenhouse gases, like methane.

What is the average voter supposed to do with the reams of data, some in conflict with one another, in deciding whether Proposition 112 is critical to public health or ruinous to Colorado’s economy?

“It’s hard when we ask voters to vote on technical issues like this,” said Tanya Heikkila, a professor at CU Denver’s School of Public Affairs who focuses on environmental policy, management and law.

She said few voters have the time, patience or expertise to navigate through the copious scientific research that has been done on energy extraction. As such, she said, they’ll likely turn to the people they know for advice on which box to check on the ballot — their friends, their neighbors, their doctor.

“I don’t think people’s decision on this will come down to what the science says — it will come down to who they trust,” Heikkila said.

It’s also likely, she said, that voters will employ “motivated reasoning” or be swayed by “confirmation bias” to make their choice on Proposition 112.

“Cognitive research has shown that when people are emotionally attached to an issue, it’s easier to reason away or dismiss the information that contradicts those beliefs — or conversely use information that supports their beliefs to confirm those beliefs,” Heikkila said.

Arguments from each camp are compelling, she said, and voters may find virtue on both sides of the issue.

“No one wants to be exposed to carcinogens, to noise, to (truck) traffic,” she said. “At the same time, when people say 112 is going to cost them their jobs and ruin the tax base, that resonates too.”

“Something is happening here”

Anne Lee Foster, who is with the pro-112 group Colorado Rising, knows she can’t fight the oil and gas industry on the financial front. As of the most recent reporting period from late September, the anti-112 group Protect Colorado had dropped just over $20 million on its battle against the measure, while Colorado Rising had spent less than $650,000.

Foster hopes science speaks louder than cash. She and her allies point to a compendium of studies — now numbering more than 1,300 — that are assembled and updated on the Physicians for Social Responsibility website. The studies have examined one aspect or another of fracking’s harms and risks, pointing out connections to cancer, low birth-weight babies, asthma, headaches and bloody noses for families living near oil and gas wells.

Fracking involves injecting at high pressure a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into a well to fracture rock and allow minerals trapped underground to flow back out. An assortment of toxic and combustible gases and compounds often rise to the surface as well.

Joe Amon, The Denver PostA worker inspects a drill pipe at the Precision Drilling rig 462 on the Lincoln Pad west of Windsor last week.

The danger of oil and gas activity close to neighborhoods was thrown into stark relief last year, when a leaking flowline filled the basement of a home in Firestone with gas. The gas ignited and exploded, killing two men and injuring a woman. Scrutiny of Colorado’s oil and gas sector has picked up in the last few years as production has ramped up, much of it near fast-growing communities north of Denver.

The state produced 132 million barrels of oil last year — four times its 2010 volume. There were more than 55,000 producing wells in Colorado as of the end of 2017, according to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, with nearly half located in Weld County.

The COGCC has received more than 2,200 complaints from residents between January 2015 and May of this year regarding oil and gas activity, ranging from odor to air quality to noise to flaring.

“Something is happening here,” Foster said. “This is about health and safety — this is about keeping an explosive industry away from our homes and keeping benzene away from our playgrounds and children.”

But exactly what the health hazards are — and more specifically what distance from wells is required to avoid them — is the confounding question at the heart of Proposition 112.

“No bright line”

In April, the former head of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment criticized a CU study that found that those living just outside the 500-foot oil and gas buffer faced an increased risk of developing cancer. Then-CDPHE Executive Director Dr. Larry Wolk said the study’s data conflicted with the state’s own monitoring, which hasn’t detected worrying levels of benzene or other chemicals. He called for further study.

John Adgate, a professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health, said one of the big challenges in the field is trying to pinpoint the source of pollution. How much is the oil and gas industry to blame, as opposed to other sources like highways or emissions from industrial activity wafting in from other states, he asked.

Add in topography, weather conditions, the size of the well pad, and people’s lifestyles and genetic predispositions — and determining an optimum setback distance that protects public health is a tough call.

“There is no bright line between safe and unsafe,” Adgate said. “It’s hard to do the causal attribution the public would like to see.”

Even the CDPHE, which released a report in 2017 that found “the risk of harmful health effects is low for residents living near oil and gas operations,” noted there is a need for more research.

The agency analyzed 10,000 air samples for 62 substances associated with oil and gas activity and estimated that for those living just outside a 500-foot buffer from a well pad, exposure to those substances was in a safe range. However, the agency suggested levels of hazardous benzene, formaldehyde and acetaldehyde “are a high priority for continued monitoring.”

“We couldn’t conclusively say there were no problems from the existing data, but we didn’t find anything that was elevated risk from that data,” said Tami McMullin, state toxicologist with CDPHE.

Colorado Oil and Gas Association President and CEO Dan Haley criticizes the proposed 2,500-foot setback as arbitrary and unscientific.

“I have seen no credible science that indicates that the current setback distances need to be increased,” he said.

The fact that Proposition 112 would place so much of Colorado’s land surface off limits to new drilling, Haley said, means companies would likely pick up and leave the state. The Colorado Legislative Council calculated that a 2,500-foot buffer would designate 450 acres surrounding a protected point as a no-drill zone; under a 500-foot setback, 18 acres is off-limits.

A study from a local business consortium that 112 opponents often cite calculated that the greater setback would jettison up to 147,800 jobs in Colorado by 2030 and slash state and local tax revenues from oil and gas activity by up to $258 million in 2019 alone.

Both candidates for governor have come out against Proposition 112, as has Gov. John Hickenlooper.

“We can have a healthy economy and a healthy environment,” Haley said. “We can and we do.”

The precautionary principle

But if there’s even a modicum of doubt about how volatile organic compounds and other pollutants associated with fracking are affecting people living nearby, why not err on the side of safety? That’s the question that Sandra Steingraber, a biologist with the Concerned Health Professionals of New York, asks.

“The science of public health errs on the side of protecting people,” Steingraber said. “It comes down to how you want to look at uncertainty and the burden of proof.”

The precautionary principle was invoked by Howard A. Zucker, acting state health commissioner for New York, when that state banned fracking five years ago.

“We cannot afford to make a mistake,” Zucker said in December 2014, as reported by The New York Times. “The potential risks are too great. In fact, they are not even fully known.”

Steingraber said the resistance to larger setbacks for oil and gas wells reminds her of the early opposition that was mounted by industry when it came to acknowledging the hazards of lead paint or secondhand smoke.

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As it stands, the science — both in quality and volume — is firmly on the side of those pushing for Proposition 112, Steingraber said. She criticized the 2017 CDPHE study for a lack of rigor, saying it didn’t consider local geography or weather events and didn’t feature continuous monitoring, meaning any “conclusions about short-term impacts will be invalid.”

If recent fires and leaks at oil and gas facilities on the Front Range are any indication of the sudden and severe danger a highly industrialized facility like an oil and gas pad can pose, many say caution is the recommended course of action.

A Denver Post review of state records found that at least a dozen explosions and fires occurred along Colorado oil and gas industry pipelines in the eight months after the April 2017 Firestone tragedy. Two of those explosions killed workers.

Less than half a year following Firestone, a crowd at a football game in Greeley had to be evacuated after an equipment failure on a compressor resulted in a high-pressure gas leak. Last November, state regulators cited Denver-based Crestone Peak Resources after workers improperly vented volatile organic compounds at a well pad next to Aspen Ridge Preparatory School in Erie.

“We found leaks and contamination at every step of the process,” Steingraber said of oil and gas sites across the globe. “If you have bigger setbacks, you’ll save lives.”

Fracking: The “f-word”

How big matters to Mike Eberhard, chief operations officer for SRC Energy. The company’s 8-acre fracking site, known as the Greeley Rothe pad, has nearly 40 employees and contractors working there on any given day. The drilling of 12 wells began in the summer and fracking those wells will continue through the rest of 2018.

He said the pad, which features horizontal wells that extend two miles underground toward downtown Greeley, wouldn’t have been allowed under Proposition 112’s 2,500-foot setback.

Colorado has some of the strictest regulations on the industry, Eberhard said, but even so fracking has become the “f-word” in the larger conversation about energy development — politicized to the point where no matter what environmental controls are put in place by oil and gas operators, it won’t satisfy the anti-drilling contingent.

“Hydraulic fracturing has become a synonym for so much,” he said.

Joe Amon, The Denver PostWorkers watch the progress of the wire line (right) on one of the 12 wells being fracked at SRC Energy’s Greeley Rothe Pad west of Greeley last week.

The improvements the industry have made in the last few years are substantial, Eberhard said. At the Greeley Rothe pad, he pointed to sound walls with lights mounted inside the walls, an arrangement designed to cut down on noise and light pollution. SRC uses a Sandbox system to deliver sand to the site, which greatly reduces the amount of particulates escaping and blowing off site, he said.

The pad also has water piped in off site, which sharply reduces truck traffic and accompanying emissions across Weld County, Eberhard said.

The industry points to its use of pollution-reduction technology, like methane capture, leak detection cameras and remote monitoring equipment, for helping make drilling and fracking a cleaner process than it once was.

“These are some of the things we’ve done to minimize impacts,” Eberhard said. “We take it very seriously. We live here.”

But claims of improved operations at Colorado’s oil and gas sites are of little solace to those who feel like they are under siege in their own homes, suffering from unexplained health ailments.

Stacy Lambright, who lives near a producing well pad in her North Creek Farms neighborhood in Thornton, said she and her children began experiencing nose bleeds and headaches right around the time a subcontractor found a leaking flow line at the site nearly three years ago.

That discovery triggered a remediation effort that resulted in the excavation and treatment of 3,500 cubic yards of soil and the removal of 3,000 barrels of groundwater, which contained elevated levels of benzene. A children’s playground sits just a few hundred feet away from the well pad.

Joe Amon, The Denver PostStacy Lambright with her goldendoodle Teddy walks along the South Fork Preble Creek Trail near her home in the North Creek Farms neighborhood in Thornton. The trail passes an oil and gas site near her neighborhood that she thinks is harming her family’s health.

“We are guinea pigs,” Lambright said. “I really think in so many years from now we’ll look back at this and say we were wrong. There are too many unknowns.”

Susan Noble, a Commerce City resident, says energy companies are seeking permits for nearly 200 wells at multiple well pads within just a mile or two of her Reunion neighborhood.

“Parents are especially concerned about their children’s and future children’s health — kids are most susceptible to the VOC emissions from these sites — and are talking about moving away,” she said. “Heavy petrochemical activity doesn’t belong near or in residential areas.”

Just a year ago, state regulators were putting pressure on the industry for more controls to cut Front Range air pollution and smog. Ozone levels in the metro area haven’t met limits set by the federal government in years.

“A political mistake”

Pat Quinn, Broomfield’s former mayor who served on the state’s 19-member oil and gas task force a few years ago, is no fan of Proposition 112. At the same time, Quinn thinks a 500-foot setback is insufficient.

That’s largely because today’s well pads can have up to 30 or more wells, he said. While the multi-well approach limits impacts to the land surface, it boosts industrial activity at a well pad to a much more intense level.

“Once you’re 500 feet away, they are practically in your backyard,” said Quinn, who has worked for the oil and gas industry as an accountant. “I don’t believe that even the industry believes 500 feet is acceptable for a 40-well pad.”

Broomfield established a 1,320-foot buffer — one-quarter mile — that oil and gas firms are asked to comply with if they want to drill in the city. It’s a compromise that addresses the desires of both sides in the debate, he said.

“Had the industry addressed this issue five years ago when they started coming into these urban and suburban areas — letting local governments have a say about where the locations would be — it would have taken the pressure off of the industry,” Quinn said. “It was a political mistake.”

COGA’s Haley admits that the industry didn’t do a good job in the last few years of communicating with homeowners and city officials when it came to the issue of compatibility of drilling and fracking with fast-growing communities. But he said Proposition 112 is not the answer.

“What I know doesn’t work is inserting blunt instruments into state law that don’t allow for dialogue, waivers or nuance,” he said. “COGCC is a better place to address this issue than the ballot box.”

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Denver Sports Omelette: CU Buffs get few favors from the Pac-12’s schedulers

October 16, 2018 - 5:00am

As the great Jon Wilner has pointed out so many times, few conferences schedule their football teams out of success quite like the Pac-12.

A year ago, the schedulers did the conference’s top two teams (USC and UW) dirty with Friday night away games on the back end of back-to-back roadies (games both teams narrowly lost). This year, the conference put yet another avoidable road block in front of its top playoff contender (UW) with two straight road games concluding with a visit to an Oregon team coming off a bye. (Yup, the Huskies lost… in OT.)

Now, it’s Colorado’s turn.

While the Buffs are hardly the class of the Pac-12, that doesn’t excuse putting them in the situation they currently find themselves: visiting USC and Washington on consecutive weekends. Not only are those two of the marquee programs in the conference, that’s also roughly 3,200 miles of travel squeezed into eight days.

For a little perspective: Auburn (1,995), Michigan (2,611) and Oklahoma State (2,481) will travel less miles this entire season.

Week 8 picks

(Season: 27-14-1 vs. spread, 44-9 straight up; Last week: 2-2, 3-1)

Stanford (4-2, 2-1) at Arizona State (3-3, 1-2), 7 p.m. Thursday (Line: Stanford -2.5) — Stanford 24, Arizona State 20

Colorado (5-1, 2-1) at No. 15 Washington (5-2, 3-1), 1:30 p.m. Saturday (Line: UW -15.5) — Washington 31, Colorado 13

Cal (3-3, 0-3) at Oregon State (1-5, 0-3), 2 p.m. Saturday (Line: Cal -6.5) — Cal 34, Oregon State 24

No. 12 Oregon (5-1, 2-1) at No. 25 Washington State (5-1, 2-1), 5:30 p.m. Saturday (Wazzu -1.5) — Oregon 35, Washington State 31

Southern Cal (4-2, 2-1) at Utah (4-2, 2-2), 6 p.m. Saturday (Utah -6.5) — Utah 20, USC 17

Arizona (3-4, 2-2) at UCLA (1-5, 1-2), 8:30 p.m. Saturday (UCLA -7.0) — UCLA 38, Arizona 27

To throw a game at Seattle into the end of that two-week gantlet? That’s tantamount to scheduling a loss for CU.

Of course, it’s unlikely Colorado would win at Washington regardless of when the game was played. But that’s not the point.

If you want to maximize teams’ ceilings — which should be the goal of any conference — then you must avoid the sort of scheduling pitfalls that put teams at obvious disadvantages.

That means staying away from road back-to-backs whenever possible. If such a scenario is unavoidable, at least make sure that the second game isn’t either A) hosted by a team coming off a bye, B) against a team in the corner of the conference’s vast geographic footprint, or C) on a short week.

And while we’re at it, could we please revisit the nine-game conference schedule? If the SEC and ACC are going to stick to eight games and a slate of November nonconference creampuffs, why should the Pac-12 guarantee another loss for half its teams?

Those extra trips to California sure are nice. But so is an extra bowl bid or two.

— Matt Schubert, The Denver Post

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Entrepreneurs going strong in Colorado as number of new businesses grows by nearly 10 percent

October 16, 2018 - 5:00am

Business confidence in Colorado may be waning, but entrepreneurs in the state continue to launch new ventures at a strong pace, according to quarterly report from the Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and the University of Colorado Boulder.

More than 30,000 new entities filed with the state in the third quarter, which marks a 9.3-percent increase from the new filings a year earlier, the report, prepared by the Leeds Business Research Division, found.

The number of existing entities is up by 6.7 percent, and the number of businesses in good standing is higher by 8.5 percent over the year.

“We continue to see low unemployment, higher average wages and increasing numbers of new businesses forming in Colorado,” Williams said in a news release.

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Colorado’s economy grew a robust 4.5 percent in the first quarter, added 72,000 jobs in August and hasn’t seen so few jobless claims since 2000. Housing starts remain strong and home prices continue to rise at some of the fastest rates in the country.

Despite that momentum, a survey of Colorado executives showed a drop in confidence for the fourth quarter and first quarter of 2019. And the biggest barometer of confidence, the stock market, is dropping hard this month.

“The decreasing optimism came as somewhat of a surprise in an economic environment that appears very healthy in Colorado,” added Richard Wobbekind, executive director of the Business Research Division.

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Ask Amy: New mom feels no love for her firstborn

October 16, 2018 - 3:30am

Dear Amy: I need help. I don’t love my firstborn son. I feel nothing with him. When I hold my second son, my newborn, my heart swells with love. It used to be like that with my first, too, but it’s not like that anymore, and I’m not sure why.

My older son is two-and-a-half, and a real handful. That might be why he’s into everything constantly.

I feel like all I do is get after him! I hardly have time to sit for a second anymore.

I try to bond with him, I try to play with him, but every time I try he’s good for a minute and then starts biting me or slapping me or licking me, and I just feel angry again.

I feel so guilty. I want to love him like I love my other son but for now I just pretend to love them the same. I don’t want to hurt his little feelings. What should I do?

— Sad Mom

Dear Sad: Your life right now is the very definition of overwhelming (parents everywhere are nodding their heads in solidarity). However, you might also be depressed. Post-partum depression affects an estimated 10 percent to 15 percent of new moms. The symptoms include having trouble sleeping or concentrating; anger and having trouble bonding. (You have bonded with your baby, but are now detached from your toddler.)

You should see your doctor as soon as possible. Describe in detail how you are feeling.

Also understand that your son’s behavior is linked with yours. He is also overwhelmed. He is trapped in his toddler body, but he’s regressing; he wants to be a baby again. Offer him a special blankie or stuffed toy to hug for those times when he’s feeling needy.

For expert wisdom, I shared your question with Gay Cioffi, a parent-coach (littlefolksbigquestions.com), and former director of the Little Folks School in Washington, D.C. In four decades of teaching young children, she has found ways to love hundreds of toddlers.

She says, “Toddlers will inevitably begin to challenge parents as they try to figure out where their needs begin and end. That’s their job, and they frequently do it in ways that are maddening. Add an infant, and a parent who is feeling overwhelmed and disconnected, and the situation is magnified further.

“All children, especially young ones, will mirror the emotion of their caregiver, and thus the cycle continues. Even when we do not feel calm and loving, it is our responsibility to try to send that message — or get the support we need to get there.

“In addition to professional support, enlisting the help of a family member or even a mother’s helper for just an hour a day might help. Self-care is critical in this scenario.”

Your son would benefit from attending a toddler group, early Head Start or a preschool class. He should spend some time in an environment where he will be stimulated, learning, and around other adults and children.

Dear Amy: I just received a text picture of an invitation to a baby shower. I found it very tacky. It made me feel unimportant.

Why would somebody text or email when they can use Evite? Is this something new?

— On the B List

Dear On The B List: Yes, this is something new. I notice several outlets helping people to create invitations suitable for texting. Consider this an Evite.

Technology is constantly enabling people to reach one another in new ways. Sometimes this creates confusion or — in your case — hurt feelings.

This does not mean you are on the “B List.” It likely means that your host has your phone number but not your email address, and is perhaps sending all of the invitations this way. As always, you should respond politely, considering only the way you feel about the event itself, and not the way the invitation was delivered.

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I received a texted photo of a wedding invitation, including a photo of a hand-lettered envelope (addressed to someone else), the week before the wedding. Now that’s B List!

Dear Amy: I’d like to echo others’ objections to your awful answer to “Wondering Woman,” who wouldn’t tell a man in her neighborhood her exact address. Doing this is incredibly dangerous!

— Disappointed

Dear Disappointed: “Wondering Woman” described herself as an “urban pioneer,” who was gentrifying the neighborhood. I saw this query as a bid for connection, from a longtime resident of the neighborhood. But yes, Wondering Wife was right to follow her own instincts, as I said in my answer.

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Crosby hits FG as time expires, Packers beat 49ers 33-30

October 15, 2018 - 11:28pm

GREEN BAY, Wis. — A pick, a beneficial penalty and a game-winning kick.

Quite a final minute for the Green Bay Packers.

Mason Crosby kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired to cap an 81-yard drive set up by Kevin King’s interception with 1:07 left, and the Packers outlasted the San Francisco 49ers for a 33-30 win on Monday night.

The final drive was extended after 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman was flagged for illegal contact on third-and-15 that wiped out a sack of Aaron Rodgers with 43 seconds left.

Rodgers rushed up the middle for a 21-yard gain on the next play. The two-time NFL MVP completed two more passes for 19 yards to set up Crosby’s game-winner for Green Bay (3-2-1).

The veteran kicker was perfect a week after missing four field goals in a loss at Detroit.

“It’s very appropriate, what he went through last week, (for) the team to stick with him,” Rodgers said. “And then he responded.”

Rodgers threw for 425 yards and two scores, both to Adams. The second came with 1:55 left from 16 yards to tie the score at 30.

C.J. Beathard passed for 245 yards and two long touchdowns to speedy receiver Marquise Goodwin for the 49ers (1-5).

For a while it looked like the 49ers might hold on for their first victory since quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was lost for the year in Week 3 with a torn ACL.

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Turnovers hurt them again — three more on Monday night, but none bigger than King’s pick at the Packers 10.

“Very disappointed. We had a chance to win that game,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. “It hurts.”

The second-year cornerback was locked in 1-on-1 coverage with Goodwin, who had burned the secondary all night. This time, King kept up and pulled in a ball that looked slightly underthrown by Beathard.

Then Rodgers went to work, aided by the penalty on Sherman, who was covering Davante Adams.

Rodgers was 25 of 46. Adams had 10 catches for 132 yards, one of three Packers receivers to go over 100 yards.

The Packers scored 10 points in the final 2 minutes, capped by Crosby’s fourth field goal of the night.

“This week was a grind, it was one of the tougher weeks of my career,” Crosby said about bouncing back from his awful game last week.

It’s just what the Packers needed going into their bye week.

The late flurry overshadowed another troubling start by the defense.

The Packers had 17-7 lead when Rodgers connected with Davante Adams for a 9-yard touchdown with 1:58 left in the first quarter.

Then San Francisco just brushed past Green Bay.

Beathard connected with Goodwin for the 67-yard score down the middle of the field on the ensuing series.

The 30-yard score came with 6:05 left in the second. Goodwin celebrated by mimicking a long jump in the end zone.

He finished with four catches for 126 yards. Beathard was 16 of 23.

San Francisco also got more pressure after the first quarter, forcing the Packers into more third-and-long situations.

Rodgers figured out the Niners in the end.

“We had every opportunity to finish and win that game and we didn’t get it done,” Shanahan said.

KEY PLAY

The 49ers looked like they were in good shape after Adams’ second touchdown, starting their series at their own 47 with 1:55 left after a 32-yard return by Richie James Jr., and a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on Tony Brown.

But on third-and-3 from the Packers 46, Beathard unloaded under pressure.

“It wasn’t really what we wanted. The all-out blitz stuff, we had to get rid of it,” Shanahan said. There (are) four options on the play, but that wasn’t the one we wanted.”

King picked a nice time for his first career interception.

“I’ve just got to stay the course, keep doing your job, keep it going, and those types of plays are going to come,” King said.

NO TAKEAWAYS

Another game without a takeaway for the Niners dropped them to an NFL-worst minus-11 in turnover differential. The defense has generated a league-low three takeaways coming into the night, which had been the fewest total for the franchise after five games since 1977.

QUOTABLE

“It doesn’t matter if you agree with the call. It’s not like, ‘Oh, I didn’t agree with the call, they’re going to pick it up.’ They called it. I’ve got to find a way to do better.” — Sherman on the illegal contact penalty.

ANTHEM

Goodwin appeared to be the only player on either team with an apparent sign of protest during the national anthem, raising a right first in the air.

UP NEXT

49ers: Host the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Packers: After a bye week, Green Bay visits the Rams on Oct. 28.

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Chacin, Brewers’ bullpen blank Dodgers 4-0 for 2-1 NLCS lead

October 15, 2018 - 11:23pm

LOS ANGELES — The Milwaukee Brewers know they can count on their intimidating bullpen to get outs. They may not have been expecting a twice-demoted shortstop to generate so much offense.

Jhoulys Chacin combined with four relievers on a five-hitter and Orlando Arcia hit a two-run homer in a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday that gave Milwaukee a 2-1 lead in the NL Championship Series.

Los Angeles loaded the bases against Jeremy Jeffress in the ninth inning, but the struggling closer shut the door. He struck out Yasmani Grandal and pinch-hitter Brian Dozier to complete Milwaukee’s third shutout in six playoff games this year.

“We feel like we’re in really good shape,” manager Craig Counsell said.

Game 4 in the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, with Rich Hill starting for Los Angeles against fellow lefty Gio Gonzalez.

Ryan Braun had an early RBI double off rookie Walker Buehler, who struck out eight in seven innings. Travis Shaw tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the sixth.

Arcia connected for his third postseason homer in the seventh, his second in two games.

“It’s a different guy every single day and we’ve got contributions up and down the roster,” Shaw said. “It’s been the story of our season.”

Chacin scattered three hits over 5 1/3 innings before giving way to Corey Knebel, who worked 1 2/3 perfect innings and struck out his last four batters.

With a runner on second and the Brewers nursing a 2-0 lead, Knebel got Manny Machado to ground out before whiffing Cody Bellinger to end the sixth. The right-hander then fanned Yasiel Puig, Grandal and Enrique Hernandez in the seventh.

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Joakim Soria retired Chris Taylor on a foul popup for the first out of the eighth. Josh Hader, who didn’t pitch in Game 2 after tossing three scoreless innings in the opener, needed only eight pitches to strike out pinch-hitters David Freese and Matt Kemp to end the eighth.

“It was good that we only used Hader for two outs,” Shaw said. “I know we’ve got three in a row, so he’ll be good to go tomorrow and that’s a big thing for us.”

Hader rarely pitches on consecutive days, but his light workload Monday could give Counsell some options.

“We’re playing to win the series, not just games. Obviously with Josh doing not as much tonight, there’s lots of possibilities there going forward,” he said.

Justin Turner singled and Machado doubled to start the ninth for Los Angeles. Bellinger popped out and slammed his bat before Puig drew a walk, but Counsell stayed with Jeffress, who settled down and came through.

Milwaukee’s vaunted bullpen delivered after the Dodgers hit .333 and scored eight of their nine runs against Brewers relievers during the first two games in Milwaukee, both decided by one run.

The Dodgers also came up empty against Chacin with the bases loaded in the second, when Buehler took a called third strike to end the inning.

“We had the right guys in those moments and we just didn’t execute,” manager Dave Roberts said. “We were 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position.”

The Brewers became the first visiting team to pitch a postseason shutout at Dodger Stadium since the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 1 of the 1983 NLCS. Los Angeles had gone 50 consecutive home playoff games without being blanked, the second-longest streak in major league history behind 61 straight for the Boston Red Sox, according to STATS.

The 1905 New York Giants and 1966 Baltimore Orioles were the only other teams to toss three shutouts in their first six games of a postseason, STATS said.

The Brewers entered these playoffs with one shutout in their postseason history.

“Our guys that we’re giving the ball to at the start of the game, they’re doing a heck of a job, man,” Counsell said. “They’re setting the tone, really.”

Chacin returned to the scene of the Brewers’ worst loss of the season, a 21-5 rout on Aug. 2. In that game, he was charged with nine runs — eight earned — and five hits, including a grand slam by Bellinger.

Chacin was much better when it counted most. The right-hander struck out six and walked two while outpitching Buehler.

“I’ve been ready for this for almost 10 years,” Chacin said. “Hopefully I get a chance to be in the World Series.”

Milwaukee got to Buehler in the first on Braun’s double into the left-field corner that scored Christian Yelich, who walked.

The Brewers struck again in the sixth. Bellinger was slow to chase Shaw’s triple off the top of the center-field wall and missed making the catch by inches before the ball caromed away.

Shaw scored on Buehler’s wild pitch to Jesus Aguilar. The ball bounced off Grandal, who scrambled after it near the third-base line while Shaw ran to the plate, making it 2-0.

In the seventh, Erik Kratz doubled and Arcia followed with a two-run shot to right field.

“Orlando has always been a guy that you want to put a moment on him, put pressure on him,” Counsell said. “Put the spotlight on him. He loves it. And I’m not surprised that he’s thriving in playoff atmosphere. He has this love and he’s wired the right way for this kind of baseball.”

Puig chased the ball as it drifted into the lower right-field seats on a night when the first Santa Ana winds of the fall arrived, buffeting the stadium with cool, sustained gusts for most of the game.

It was the latest big hit in October for Arcia, the talented young shortstop who was sent to the minors twice this season as he slumped at the plate. He has three home runs in 20 playoff at-bats, matching his total in 348 at-bats all season.

“Definitely a lot of downs for me and things weren’t going my way, so they sent me down,” Arcia said through a translator. “I was able to work on stuff, recognize pitches, especially breaking balls. Now I (make) my adjustments and things have been working better.”

Buehler gave up five hits and a walk in the longest outing by a Dodgers starter during the series so far.

K-CITY

The 14 strikeouts by Brewers pitchers set a franchise postseason record, topping the old mark of 13 in Game 1 of this year’s NLCS and Game 2 of the 2011 NLDS against Arizona.

NEVER TOO LATE

Kratz’s double gave him six hits in the postseason, making him the first player to make his playoff debut at age 38 or older and get six or more hits, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

NO GOOD LATE

After going 13 for 28 in the seventh inning or later during the first two games of the NLCS, when they scored eight of their nine runs, the Dodgers were just 2 of 11 with seven strikeouts Monday.

UP NEXT

Brewers: Gonzalez will go on three days’ rest after throwing only two innings in the series opener last Friday.

Dodgers: Hill is 1-2 with a 3.55 ERA in nine career postseason starts. He started Game 4 of the Division Series in Atlanta, allowing two runs and five walks in 4 1/3 innings, but didn’t factor in the decision.

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DeMarcus Ware performs through pain, dazzles again on “Dancing with the Stars”

October 15, 2018 - 11:07pm

Former Denver Broncos star DeMarcus Ware has quickly become one of the prohibitive favorites in the 27th season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

And much like his playing days, on Monday night Ware had to perform through pain.

It was revealed prior to his dance that Ware broke a finger chest bumping another former pro football player, ex-Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings, earlier in the week while rehearsing a routine Ware and Jennings would perform with partner Lindsay Arnold.

With the finger taped up and his chiseled physique on full display, Ware played into his gridiron roots once again with he and Jennings starting their dance seated on opposite ends of a makeshift locker room.

The two then sprinted across the floor before sliding to the feet of Arnold and dancing the Trio Paso Doble to Barns Courtney’s “Fire.”

There were three-point stances, a dance floor with hash marks and yardage markers, and more than a few chesty moves and flexes for the crowd.

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“It was a rough week, but we pulled it out,” Ware said after the routine.

Ware and Arnold scored at or near the top in each of the previous three episodes. On Monday, the received a pair of sevens and one eight, as well as a little criticism.

“You got the guns, but not always the ammunition,” said Len Goodman, referencing the two players’ bulging biceps. “It was a little bit flimsy on occasion, but for attitude and attack, great dance.”

Added Carrie Ann Inaba, “I need you to be you. … You have to find your unique act.”

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Denver among 10 most rat-infested cities in the United States, Orkin says

October 15, 2018 - 11:01pm

A new report lists Denver among the most rat-infested cities in the entire country.

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According to pest control company Orkin, Denver is the 10th “rattiest” city, moving up one spot from last year’s list.

The ranking is based on the number of new residential and commercial rodent treatments performed between Sept. 15, 2017 and Sept. 15, 2018.

Here are the most rat-infested cities, according to Orkin:

1. Chicago
2. Los Angeles
3. New York
4. Washington, DC
5. San Francisco
6. Detroit
7. Philadelphia
8. Cleveland
9. Baltimore
10. Denver

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I-70 expansion shuts down westbound York Street ramp permanently

October 15, 2018 - 10:49pm

DENVER — After years of talk and anticipation, drivers on Interstate 70 are about to see noticeable activity in a years-long construction project.

The York Street on-ramp to westbound I-70 is permanently closed. It is not part of the final design for the I-70 expansion because it was determined that access points to the interstate were too close.

The Colorado Department of Transportation said it closed the ramp to improve safety. It was also shut down so Union Pacific can begin rebuilding a stretch of railroad that will ultimately go over I-70.

Drivers passing under the viaduct will notice that orange barrels and heavy equipment are being brought in. More changes will be visible in the coming weeks.

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Colorado State football trying to end long losing skid to Boise State

October 15, 2018 - 10:39pm

FORT COLLINS — The streak didn’t matter to Mike Bobo last week.

He knew his Colorado State football team had beaten New Mexico eight consecutive games — a number the Rams pushed to nine with a 20-18 victory — but claimed none of it mattered.

This Friday (7 p.m.; ESPN2), it will be the opposite considering Colorado State has lost seven in a row to Boise State. Making it worse, those are the only times the programs have met. It’s a streak Bobo said he didn’t know in full.

“I have only been here for three years, and I talked about it with our team yesterday in the team meeting, really about each year,” Bobo said. “Situations, what we had to do to get ready for this game. I think Boise State, a lot of times you play them, they walk on the field and they gotta lead already because of what they’ve done in the past. They have an expectation when they go out there, a certain way they’re going to play and they expect to win. That’s how they’re a very, very successful program.”

The Rams lost 63-13 in the first meeting in 2011, and CSU lost by 31 three years ago. As bad as those were, last year’s 59-52 loss in overtime was the hardest to take, considering the Rams led by 25 at halftime and held a 14-point advantage in the fourth.

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CU Buffs receiver Jaylon Jackson enjoys return to field

October 15, 2018 - 10:32pm

Walking out of the locker room at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Saturday night, Jaylon Jackson was in no mood to celebrate.

Cliff Grassmick, Daily CameraJaylon Jackson in a receiving drill during CU Buffalo football practice on Aug. 2, 2018. For more photos, go to buffzone.com.

Naturally, the redshirt freshman receiver was disappointed after the Colorado football team lost to Southern California, 31-20.

Jackson could not completely hide his smile, though, when asked about his two catches for 19 yards in the fourth quarter.

“It felt really good,” he said. “I’m glad I was able to get out there and make some catches, be out there with my brothers, fighting to try to get a win.”

Forgive Jackson for enjoying a personal victory amid the first loss of the season for the Buffs (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12). This was the first time Jackson had participated in a game since Nov. 13, 2015, when he was a junior at Cedar Hill (Tex.) High School.

“It’s been so long since I played,” he said. “I feel like I’ve been watching for so long, just watching and taking mental reps.”

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CU Buffs unsure of Laviska Shenault’s status for Washington

October 15, 2018 - 10:26pm

The Colorado football team doesn’t know the severity of Laviska Shenault’s injury – or at least isn’t saying anything publicly.

Head coach Mike MacIntyre did announce Monday, however, that defensive lineman Jase Franke is done for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.

The pain from Saturday’s 31-20 loss to Southern California will linger for a while for CU (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12), which has to regroup quickly for a visit to No. 15 Washington (5-2, 3-1) .

“No excuses, no regrets,” MacIntyre said of the challenge this week. “Nobody cares. They just expect you to show up and win on Saturday, so that’s what we have to do.”

Shenault, who leads the country in catches and receiving yards per game and has been one of the most dynamic players in the country this season, skipped practice and wore a walking boot Monday.

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Boulder Council schedules emergency vote to limit mansions

October 15, 2018 - 10:19pm

Boulder’s move to limit the spread of McMansions is speeding up, as the City Council scheduled an emergency vote on a measure that will either temporarily outlaw large homes or make them more expensive to build.

At a Monday-morning agenda meeting, council members added a public hearing to the next day’s meeting, at the request of councilwoman Lisa Morzel. Up for consideration is an ordinance that would temporarily stop the city’s processing of permits for homes larger than 3,500 square feet on lots 10,000 square feet or larger.

Those particular numbers were chosen because of a 2016 report from the Daily Camera that highlighted the proliferation of big, new houses in Boulder’s many low-density neighborhoods: Two-thirds of all houses built since 2010 were 3,500 square feet or more, the Camera found.

Council has expressed a concern that bigger houses are replacing smaller, more affordable homes. In a study session last month, members discussed ways to promote the building of humbler abodes, such as by allowing the subdivision of lots and waiving of some density requirements in exchange for affordability. Staff was directed to explore options and gather data before bringing recommendations back to council.

What is unclear is the genesis of the sense of urgency: The issue has been on the council’s agenda since the beginning of the year. (Morzel did not respond to requests for comment, and her email to other council members was not publicly available.)

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“How did we get here?”: HuffPost convenes Boulder housing leaders for affordability conversation

October 15, 2018 - 10:03pm

Huffington Post reporter Michael Hobbes posed two questions to a panel of Boulder housing leaders at a Monday evening event trained on the region’s current affordability crisis: “How did we get here,” and less directly, what do we do about it next?

For Boulder County leaders and its increasingly priced-out residents, the answers are both as urgent and familiar as perhaps they have ever been, officials say.

The conversation came during the fourth stop on the “Listen to America: A Huffpost Road Trip,” a two-week journey throughout five Western states to “highlight under-covered communities and issues.”

Naturally, in Boulder County, the conversation would steer toward the woes and remedies of the housing market.

An extra $400 million will be needed to fund Boulder County’s affordable housing plans over the next 16 years, according to information released in June by the Regional Housing Partnership.

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“You demean us as a body”: Denver council pushes housing fix forward as Trump comparison draws stern rebuke

October 15, 2018 - 9:29pm

After an unusually acrimonious hearing, the Denver City Council on Monday moved forward with a change that is meant to get more bang for the city’s housing buck.

Currently, the city requires developers to keep their buildings affordable for 20 years if they want city subsidies. A proposal from Councilwoman At-large Robin Kniech would extend that to 60 years.

Nonprofit developers pushed back and asked for a delay on the vote, saying the change could have financial consequences.

Still, the council pushed the proposal through a major hurdle on Monday, voting 8-4 not to delay the bill and setting up a final decision next week.

Marvin Kelly, executive director of Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation, warned that the change could interfere with developers’ ability to get new financing to fix up older properties.

“To date, I haven’t seen the tools that will make that work,” Kelly said.

But city staff said those problems hadn’t materialized in Boulder and other cities that have longer requirements, and housing finance experts told the council that longer restrictions wouldn’t affect how banks lend for rehab projects.

Anticipating resistance, Kniech amended her bill to delay the new bill’s effect until February, allowing time for adjustments to rules.

Citywide, some 1,721 rentals will lose their affordability requirements by 2022.

Andrew Romero said the group All In Denver supported the idea, but suggested the council delay the vote and explore new resources to help nonprofits alongside the new requirements. While Denver asks for fewer affordability years, it also contributes less money for affordable housing than its “peer” cities, as shown in city stats.

Andrea Barela, president of NEWSED Community Development, called for a 40-year period as a compromise. “There must be flexibility,” she said.

City staff said that the council also could modify agreements with developers down the road.

In her closing argument, Kniech said her bill would “level the playing field” by forcing for-profit developers to play by the same rules that nonprofits naturally follow.

“I have seen a number of for-profit buildings flip to luxury. Sakura Square is lost,” she said. “Rents increased.”

Council president Jolon Clark, voting with Kniech, said he was “very confused as to how this isn’t a 13-0 vote.”

The final deliberations drew one of the sharpest interactions the council has seen in months. Councilman Rafael Espinoza, who wanted a delay, said that a hasty “statement” vote could be similar to the behavior of Donald Trump.

Council President Jolon Clark rebuked him: “You demean us as a body, you demean this chamber,” he said, rapping his gavel as Espinoza continued to speak.

Later, Espinoza said he didn’t intend to compare his colleagues to the president of the United States.

Ultimately, council members Wayne New, Debbie Ortega, Paul López and Espinoza voted unsuccessfully for a delay.

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Two teens rescued after overnight camping trip in western Boulder County freezes over

October 15, 2018 - 8:52pm

Two teenage cousins who went “winter camping” overnight in western Boulder County on Saturday didn’t return home Sunday. Rescuers found them Monday morning, wet with frozen shoes and suffering frost bite.

Strong, howling winds had shredded their tent, which was filled with snow, and their provisions and camping gear were frozen solid, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

The teens, 16 and 18, had set out on the camping trip Saturday afternoon and had planned to return Sunday morning. Their parents called the sheriff’s office at about 6:15 p.m. Sunday to report they hadn’t returned.

Deputies and rescue personnel began checking mountain traiheads trying to find the teens’ vehicle and establish a starting point for the search. Snow conditions in the mountains complicated the initial search for the vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.

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Just before 1 a.m. Monday, a sheriff’s staffer located the teens’ vehicle in the parking lot of the Mitchell Lake Trailhead, in the the Brainard Lake Recreational Area near Ward. Rescue personnel, including members of the Rocky Mountain Rescue (RMR) Group, were called and began searching the area at about 3 a.m., the news release stated.

At about 6:20 p.m. Sunday, 12.1 inches of snow was reported in the Jamestown area, according to the National Weather Service. Overnight temperatures, with wind chill, were well below freezing in the area.

At about 6:40 a.m. Monday, RMR search teams found the pair, “who appeared to be suffering from frost bite,” the sheriff’s office said. Dry clothes, socks, and boots had been hiked in for the teens, who changed into the comfortable gear. They hiked a trail out with the rescue group and met their parents.

The teens’ tent and gear were left behind, because of weather conditions. It will be removed when weather permits, the release stated.

The Brainard Gateway Trailhead typically closes in mid-October because of winter weather. The elevation of the Mitchell Lake Trail is 10,525 feet to 10,735 feet, according to Pro Trails.

The rescue operation took about 18 hours.

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“Charlie Blackmon got sad”: Adorable Rockies fan mourns the end of Rocktober

October 15, 2018 - 8:28pm

Still trying to get over the Colorado Rockies’ NLDS sweep at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers? Apparently, you’re not alone.

The Rockies’ most adorable fan — the 2-year-old daughter of @rocworx on Twitter — couldn’t stand the sight of a sad Charlie Blackmon following Colorado’s season-ending loss.

“Oh no,” the 2-year-old said staring at a computer screen. “Charlie Blackmon got sad.”

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