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Heavy delays on eastbound I-70 at Georgetown after semitrailer catches fire

Eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 were closed Saturday afternoon at Georgetown due to a semitrailer fire, the Colorado Department of Transportation tweeted. The right lane remains closed, while the other lanes have since reopened. Drivers can expect heavy delays, transportation officials said. The fire initially closed both sides of the interstate as smoked crossed the […]

Eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 were closed Saturday afternoon at Georgetown due to a semitrailer fire, the Colorado Department of Transportation tweeted. The right lane remains closed, while the other lanes have since reopened.


Drivers can expect heavy delays, transportation officials said. The fire initially closed both sides of the interstate as smoked crossed the highway.


The load on the back of the trailer caught fire on eastbound I-70 near exit 229, Sgt. Blake White, spokesman for the Colorado State Patrol, said. There was no indication of a crash, and no injuries have been reported.







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Around the NFC: Gary Kubiak’s influence already felt in Minnesota

Minnesota looked like a Gary Kubiak offense last week against Atlanta. Kubiak doesn’t call the Vikings’ plays but his influence has been well-documented.

Spry Sproles. Yes, that was 36-year old running back/receiver/returner Darren Sproles leading Philadelphia last week with 47 rushing yards. He totaled 16 touches — nine carries, three catches (for 16 yards) and four punt returns (11.5-yard average) in the Eagles’ win over Washington. “We’re always going to monitor that each week,” coach Doug Pederson told reporters of Sproles’ usage.


Kubiak Effect. Minnesota looked like a Gary Kubiak offense last week against Atlanta. Kubiak doesn’t call the Vikings’ plays but his influence has been well-documented. In a 28-12 win over the Falcons, quarterback Kirk Cousins passed only 10 times. It marked only the ninth time in 20 years a team won while passing 10 or fewer times. The Vikings rushed 38 times for 172 yards. “it’s going to be important that becomes an identity we can sustain week in and week out,” Cousins said.


Panthers in trouble. Carolina dropped to 0-2 with Thursday night’s loss to Tampa Bay and the Panthers are now playing uphill. Both losses were at home. Cam Newton is no longer a running threat (two carries for no yards vs. the Buccaneers) and they have only one home game between now and Nov. 3. The Panthers’ next five games: at Arizona, at Houston, vs. Jacksonville, vs. Tampa Bay in London and at San Francisco.





Source: Around the NFC: Gary Kubiak’s influence already felt in Minnesota

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“Wasn’t suited to be sheriff”: Patrick Firman’s resignation follows years of lacking respect, ongoing jail trouble

Denver Sheriff Patrick Firman's resignation this week culminated years of mistrust from deputies and community activists, who said that was the price of filling the position with a man who was never the right person for the job.

Denver Sheriff Patrick Firman’s resignation this week culminated years of mistrust from deputies and community activists, who said that was the price of filling the position with a man who was never the right person for the job.


Firman didn’t have experience running a large jail system in a diverse city, never gained respect from the deputies and didn’t have the personality to forge reform and culture change in an organization with approximately 1,100 employees, they said.


“Nice guy, just wasn’t suited to be sheriff,” said Lisa Calderón, chief of staff for Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca and a longtime advocate for changes in the jails.


Firman talked about leaving his position for months before the Wednesday announcement of his impending resignation, Denver Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said at a news conference Thursday. Firman’s resignation, effective Oct. 14, follows years of trouble at the city’s two jails and two recent high-profile lawsuits that may have increased pressure to resign. The mayor’s re-election in June also gave the administration more freedom to make changes, Calderón said.


“There was clearly some writing on the wall that he should go or be ousted,” said Denise Maes, public policy director at the ACLU of Colorado who has also been involved in jail reform.


Efforts to reach Firman since his resignation have been unsuccessful.


Michael Britton, vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police Denver Sheriff Lodge #27, said he thought Firman’s resignation was the result of political pressure. From the beginning, Firman was constrained by a system that places the sheriff under the management of the city, limiting his authority and autonomy.


“I have nothing against Firman,” Britton said. “He’s a nice guy. He was just put in a no-win situation.”


When Firman took the job in 2015, he inherited a department under intense scrutiny after a series of excessive force cases that cost the city millions in settlements. Before Firman was hired, Mayor Michael Hancock announced a review of the department’s policies and procedures and said he needed a “change agent” as sheriff to lead the necessary reforms.


The city hired Firman after a hasty search and despite criticism that Firman was not qualified. From the start, the deputies union opposed his hiring and never came around to support him. In recent weeks, the FOP has posted repeatedly on social media urging Firman to resign or the mayor to fire him.


“I think he was way over his head, and I think he had a lot of people who didn’t want him there,” said Mark Pogrebin, a professor at the University of Colorado at Denver who studies jails. “From the very beginning I think it was a mistake. I don’t know how they hired him.”


In the first months under Firman’s watch, deputies killed Michael Marshall, a homeless man who was suffering from a psychotic episode, and more than a dozen female deputies filed a federal lawsuit saying the department failed to protect them from sexual harassment from male inmates. Firman ordered an audit in 2016 after multiple incidents of deputies releasing inmates early or failing to release those who had served their time.


Three years after his hiring, Firman announced in August 2018 that the department had completed nearly all of the 400 reforms recommended by an outside consultant, the city’s independent monitor and auditor, and community groups, though he acknowledged that there was always room for the department to improve.


Then and now, community leaders and advocates doubted whether the reforms would usher in broad culture change.


“Nobody ended up taking the reins and guiding these officers through these changes,” Britton said.


The department still struggles to recruit and retain deputies and is 123 deputies short of full staffing, Britton said. The sheriff’s department for years paid millions in overtime because of those shortages.


Recent agency disciplinary cases include three deputies who have been charged with crimes so far this year, suspensions for deputies who ignored a woman suffering from hours of seizures in the jail, and discipline for allowing an attempted murder suspect escape. Last month, the sheriff’s department made national news after a woman filed a federal lawsuit, saying deputies ignored her cries for help as she gave birth in a jail cell.


Even Riggs acknowledged morale remains low in the department and said it was one of his priorities for improvement.


“I’m not going to say conclusively that the reforms have not mattered one bit, but boy it’s like watching water boil,” Maes said.


Running jails is a difficult job, Pogrebin said. It is an intense environment that necessitates working with hundreds of people experiencing crises.


Any sheriff selected from the outside to complete major reform is going to face push back from the rank and file. To overcome that, leaders need to meet with their employees, create a plan and develop buy-in from the staff. That never happened in Firman’s case, Pogrebin said.


“Jails are the stepchild of the whole criminal justice system,” he said. “You can’t blame (Firman) for all the problems that exist in jails.”


Denver’s unique system of having an appointed sheriff also sets up leaders for failure, said Calderón, who once ran a community re-entry program out of the jails. The sheriff is subject to the direction of the mayor’s office and works under a civilian director of public safety. That limits the sheriff’s autonomy to make reforms, hire or fire staff and make budgetary decisions, she said.


“You have politicians running a jail,” she said. “Firman was supposed to be a change agent, but without the authority to make those changes.”



The day after the city announced Firman’s resignation, CdeBaca said she wants to make the sheriff an elected position. She will ask council to place a question on the 2020 ballot that would allow voters to decide.


In the meantime, the city will begin its search for the new sheriff. Riggs pledged Thursday to be transparent throughout the process and said he would first listen to deputies and the community.


Pogrebin said the new sheriff should have truly innovative ideas and an ability to develop younger staff into leaders. Maes said she’s looking for someone with a significant record of taking a large department and changing it for the better.


“They need to make people believe it’s not idiots that are running this place,” Pogrebin said. “The community demands better.”


Britton was skeptical that any appointed sheriff could effect significant change.


“We want a vision,” he said. “Nobody has a vision. Nobody knows what to do.”





Source: “Wasn’t suited to be sheriff”: Patrick Firman’s resignation follows years of lacking respect, ongoing jail trouble

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Sam Haggerty gets call-up to Mets; former Colorado prep standout played for Mullen

Former Colorado prep baseball standout Sam Haggerty got the call up to the Mets. The ex-Mullen Mustang had the moment caught on video as Syracuse Mets manager Tony DeFrancesco told Haggerty he would be playing for Mets manager Micky Callaway as the team makes a run to the playoffs. What is special about Haggerty making […]

DenverSportsOmelettelogoFormer Colorado prep baseball standout Sam Haggerty got the call up to the Mets. The ex-Mullen Mustang had the moment caught on video as Syracuse Mets manager Tony DeFrancesco told Haggerty he would be playing for Mets manager Micky Callaway as the team makes a run to the playoffs.


What is special about Haggerty making it to the majors is that he will get a homecoming reception as well since the Mets are set to take on the Colorado Rockies on Sept. 16-18 at Coors Field.


With a down year for the Rockies, rooting for Haggerty might not be a bad thing to do when the Metropolitans come to town.


Make sure to give him a warm round of applause his first at-bat in Denver.



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Colorado Avalanche’s Mikko Rantanen (96), Gabriel Landeskog (92) and Nathan MacKinnon (29) celebrate Landeskog’s goal against Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) during first-period NHL action in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.

Kiszla: If Avs want to be legit Stanley Cup contenders, here’s one detail they must sweat every night of season


If you believe the Las Vegas oddsmakers, MacKinnon and the gang now stand just behind the Lightning, Bruins, Maple Leafs and Golden Knights as the team most likely to be crowned champion in 2020. Read more…


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DENVER, CO – AUGUST 30: Colorado State Rams quarterback Collin Hill (15) on a short pass play against the Colorado Buffaloes in the first quarter during the Rocky Mountain Showdown at Broncos Stadium at Mile High August 30, 2019. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

After airing it out in an upset of Arkansas last year, Colorado State is looking for balance


The Rams defeated the Razorbacks a year ago with a “nonexistent” running game. They hope to change that Saturday at 72,000-seat Razorback Stadium. Read more…


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Nikola Jokic (15) of the Denver Nuggets warms up before the first quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

How Nuggets, Avalanche fans can watch games if Altitude Sports dispute isn’t resolved


If puck drops on Oct. 3 and Altitude Sports still hasn’t agreed to renew deals with their three biggest distributors – Comcast, Dish and DIRECTV – what options do Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets fans have to watch broadcasts? Read more…


Quick Hits


+ Take it from Nathan MacKinnon: The rugged Nazem Kadri is the Avs’ ideal No. 2 center


+ Elijah Wilkinson settling in as Broncos right tackle, replacing James


+ Rockies’ Josh Fuentes hits first career homer, only to be one-upped by cousin Nolan Arenado’s longer bomb


+ With bone fragments cleared from his elbow, Rockies prospect Ryan Castellani’s “full go” for the Arizona Fall League


+ Broncos Briefs: After interviewing for Denver’s top job, Chuck Pagano returns as Chicago’s defensive coordinator


+ Broncos Insider: Rookie tight end Noah Fant on rough debut: “I expect more from myself”


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Colorado Prep Football Power 20, Week 3: Broomfield, Mead on the rise after commanding wins


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A deer eats grass in a field just outside of town on Aug. 5, 2018, in Estes Park.

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Source: Sam Haggerty gets call-up to Mets; former Colorado prep standout played for Mullen

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Colorado / Coors Field turns into launching pad in Rockies loss to Cardinals
« on: September 13, 2019, 04:06:40 AM »
Coors Field turns into launching pad in Rockies loss to Cardinals

The year of the home run has spelled misery for Rockies pitchers.

The year of the home run has spelled misery for Rockies pitchers.


Thursday afternoon at Coors Field, they served up five solo blasts in a 10-3 loss to St. Louis, enabling the horde of red-clad Cardinals fans to go home happy after their team avoided a three-game sweep. The Rockies (62-85), meanwhile, were officially eliminated from the National League playoff picture.


Starter Tim Mellville was victimized by the long ball four times in three innings and Jesus Tinco gave up a solo shot in the fourth as the Cardinals’ leadoff hitter homered in each of the first four innings, setting a franchise record.


“For me, it was a matter of (lack) of execution today,” said Melville, who saw his ERA rise from 3.66 to 5.16. “When I’m pitching well, I command all four of my pitches and I use my fastball on the edges. Today I left a lot over the plate.”


In their 27 years of existence, the Rockies have given up 4,934 home runs, but the 242 homers they’ve allowed this season is a franchise record. Perhaps that should come as no surprise, given that Major League Baseball (under suspicion of using “juiced” baseballs) has already set a record for most homers in a season.


The tipping point arrived Wednesday night when Baltimore’s Jonathan Villar hit his 22nd homer, and the 6,106th of the season, setting the big-league mark. The former record of 6,105 was set in 2017.


Not that historical context lessens the pain for the 2019 Rockies, owners of the second-worst record in the National League.


Melville has shown some ability to keep batters off-balance with an array of offspeed pitches and a high-80s fastball. But he didn’t fool the Cardinals.


Former Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler planted the game’s first pitch into the second deck above right field. On the game’s fifth pitch, Kolten Wong raked a home run to center field.


St. Louis’ barrage off Melville included Rengel Ravelo’s 487-foot rocket to center to lead off the second and Marcell Ozuna’s homer to left to open the third.


“Tim has to change speeds and disrupt timing,” manager Bud Black said, adding that Melville must spot his fastball and paint the black with his slider. “Today he didn’t do that. His style has worked in some games, but today he left the ball elevated and they took advantage and they were aggressive early in the count.”


The Rockies participated in Wednesday’s home run derby, too. First-base prospect Josh Fuentes, first-cousin of third baseman Nolan Arenado, hit the first big-league home run of his career in the second inning. Fuentes hit a 385-foot solo shot to left off Miles Mikolas, cutting St. Louis’ lead to 4-2.


Not about to be shown up by his younger cousin, Arenado hit a solo homer off Mikolas in the third, Arenado’s 39th of the season. With 15 games remaining, Arenado has a chance to surpass his career-high of 42 home runs set in 2015.



The Cardinals piled on for four runs in the ninth. Former closer Wade Davis issued two walks and hit Paul DeJong to load the bases. Then Matt Carpenter hit a hot shot toward Murphy at first, who whiffed, turning an out into a two-run double.


Lefty Jake McGee relieved Davis and added to the carnage, giving up an RBI single to Andrew Knizner, hitting a batter and balking in a run. Davis, Murphy and McGee are all major, big-dollar acquisitions by general manager Jeff Bridich.


Davis, who has a 7.87 ERA, looks nothing like the former all-star in Kansas City or the pitcher who set a Colorado franchise record with 43 saves last season.


“I wish I could explain it,” Black said. “He just couldn’t seem to locate the ball. We’ll keep looking at it, like we do with all of our pitchers. But he assures us that he feels good. Today it looked, delivery-wise, pretty much the same, but the ball just wasn’t getting in the strike zone.”





Source: Coors Field turns into launching pad in Rockies loss to Cardinals

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Take it from Nathan MacKinnon: The rugged Nazem Kadri is the Avs’ ideal No. 2 center

While training at high-country Vail this month, Nathan MacKinnon became the first Avalanche to skate with new teammate Nazem Kadri, and by all accounts, MacKinnon said the club nailed it in acquiring an ideal second-line center over the summer.

While training at Vail this month, Nathan MacKinnon became the first Avalanche to skate with new teammate Nazem Kadri. He came away impressed by the second-line center acquired this summer.


“He’s got a lot of offensive upside that I don’t think the league has seen yet, and we’re definitely going to see that this year,” MacKinnon said Thursday when veterans reported for training camp at the Pepsi Center. “He’s a lot better than I thought he was. I knew he was a really good player but up in Vail, there was a lot to be seen.”


The Avalanche will get its first look at Kadri when on-ice camp sessions begin Friday morning at Family Sports Center. Kadri, 28, is among several newcomers, up to seven, expected to be on an impressive-looking opening-night roster Oct. 3 against visiting Calgary.


“I’ve been around some good teams and this is certainly one that will compete to go the distance,” Kadri said. “We have a good mix of veteran leadership and youth, and I think that’s a lethal combination.”


Kadri was acquired July 1 from Toronto in a four-player/two draft-pick trade that sent Tyson Barrie to the Maple Leafs. Kadri scored 32 goals in each of the two previous seasons before he dipped to 16 last year when he was demoted to a third-line role after Toronto signed prized free-agent center John Tavares.




Avs coach Jared Bednar said he wants Kadri to be his second-line center, with MacKinnon, J.T. Compher and newcomer Pierre-Édouard Bellemare centering the first, third and fourth lines, respectively. Kadri grew up outside Toronto in London, Ontario, and was selected by the Maple Leafs with the No. 7 pick of the 2009 draft. But he said he has fully put Toronto behind him.


“I’ve turned the page,” he said. “I respected my time in Toronto. I love the city, love the fans, love how they treated me. But at this point, this is my family now. These are the guys I’m going to do anything for, and this is the team I’m going to do anything for.”


Kadri has a fiery temper that has led to multiple NHL suspensions. Last spring, he was suspended for the remainder of the playoff series against the Boston Bruins for cross-checking defenseman Jake DeBrusk in the face. Kadri took issue with DeBrusk’s big check that sent Maple Leafs forward Patrick Marleau to the ice.


The Avs needed more grit at forward, and while Kadri has been known to hurt his team with penalties, Colorado is willing to take that chance.


“The game has to be played with passion. It has to be played with a certain amount of emotion, so I like what he brings in that regard,” Bednar said of Kadri. “I think it’s something we need as a team. He’s a fiery guy and certainly there are times in games when you need that. He’s a better player when he toes that line.


“The game also has to be played with discipline. You can’t put your team in situations where you’re hurting them because of lack of discipline … I’m giving him a clean slate here … If his temper gets the better of him every now and then, that’s the way he has to play to be successful. We just want to make sure he’s not hurting the team on a regular basis.”


Footnote.  Avs all-star right winger Mikko Rantanen remains without a contract and is presumably still in his native Finland, where he spoke to local reporters Monday. Rantanen, 22, is in line to become Colorado’s highest-paid player, but the sides haven’t agreed on that annual price tag or the term of the deal.


“Certainly, he’s a great player for us and we’d love to have him in camp,” Bednar said. “He’s obviously not here so the focus for me and our team shifts to the guys who are here.”


Bednar said newcomer Andre Burakovsky, 24, who was acquired from Washington in June, will get the first chance to replace Rantanen on the high-profile line with MacKinnon and left winger Gabe Landeskog.





Source: Take it from Nathan MacKinnon: The rugged Nazem Kadri is the Avs’ ideal No. 2 center

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2018 sexual harassment allegations help shape 2020 Colorado Senate races

The end of Palisade peaches means the beginning of the fall political season -- even in a year without much on the ballot. That’s because politicians are already jockeying like it’s 2020. Following John Hickenlooper’s entry into the upcoming race for U.S. Senate, a second candidate is riding into the Rocky Mountains sunset. See below for what John Walsh told Justin Wingerter on his way out. Meanwhile, candidates are announcing for 2020 races for the state Senate and House -- and, as Anna Staver reports below, old sexual harassment charges are influencing some of those decisions.

The end of Palisade peaches means the beginning of the fall political season — even in a year without much on the ballot. That’s because politicians are already jockeying like it’s 2020. Following John Hickenlooper’s entry into the upcoming race for U.S. Senate, a second candidate is riding into the Rocky Mountains sunset. See below for what John Walsh told Justin Wingerter on his way out. Meanwhile, candidates are announcing for 2020 races for the state Senate and House — and, as Anna Staver reports below, old sexual harassment charges are influencing some of those decisions.


By the way, I’m Cindi Andrews, the politics editor at The Denver Post, and I’m going to be your Spot host going forward. Buckle up, because I can guarantee it’s going to be an eventful 14 months. Luckily, we’ve got the best team in the state bringing you all things political news — and sometimes we even get a hand from other parts of The Post newsroom. This week, for instance, Aldo Svaldi has our Top Line, about the impact of the Trump administration’s trade policy on Colorado businesses.


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Jeff DeCelles, a senior order fulfillment team member of StoneAge, scans a part in the inventory area of the company in Durango on Aug. 23, 2019.


StoneAge, a Durango manufacturer, estimates its sales to China are down 75% because of the Trump administration’s trade war with the country, The Post’s Aldo Svaldi reports — part of an estimated $562 million hit Colorado is taking because of higher tariffs.


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Source: 2018 sexual harassment allegations help shape 2020 Colorado Senate races

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Colorado / Denver detectives investigating man’s death as homicide
« on: September 12, 2019, 10:35:32 AM »
Denver detectives investigating man’s death as homicide

Denver police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a person's death early Thursday morning.

Denver police are investigating the death of a man as a homicide, according to a Thursday morning police tweet.


The man’s body was found in the 2700 block of Madison Street, said a 1:25 a.m. Denver police tweet.


The identity of the deceased person has not been released.


“No suspect information is available at this time,” an 8:14 a.m. police tweet said.



Check back for updates on this breaking news story.







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Colorado / Trump agrees to 2-week delay in China tariff increase
« on: September 12, 2019, 04:35:49 AM »
Trump agrees to 2-week delay in China tariff increase

WASHINGTON -- imports.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says the United States has agreed to a two-week delay in a planned increase in tariffs on some Chinese imports.


Trump said on Twitter on Wednesday that the delay is “a gesture of good will.”



He says Chinese Vice Premier Liu He requested the delay “due to the fact that the People’s Republic of China will be celebrating their 70th Anniversary … on October 1st.”


Trump has imposed or announced penalties on about $550 billion of Chinese products, or almost everything the United States buys from China. Tariffs of 25% that were imposed previously on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods were due to rise to 30% on Oct. 1.


Instead, Trump says, that will be delayed until Oct. 15.


The two sides have agreed to resume negotiations in Washington early next month. By delaying his tariff increase by two weeks, Trump has allowed for at least the theoretical possibility that the negotiators could make enough progress to avert his tariff increase indefinitely.





Source: Trump agrees to 2-week delay in China tariff increase

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Supreme Court allows nationwide enforcement of new Trump administration restrictions on asylum seekers

Supreme Court allows nationwide enforcement of new Trump administration restrictions on asylum seekers.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is allowing nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American immigrants from seeking asylum in the United States.


The justices’ order late Wednesday temporarily undoes a lower-court ruling that had blocked the new asylum policy in some states along the southern border. The policy is meant to deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country on the way to the U.S. without seeking protection there.


Most people crossing the southern border are Central Americans fleeing violence and poverty. They are largely ineligible under the new rule, as are asylum seekers from Africa, Asia and South America who arrive regularly at the southern border.


The shift reverses decades of U.S. policy. The administration has said that it wants to close the gap between an initial asylum screening that most people pass and a final decision on asylum that most people do not win.


“BIG United States Supreme Court WIN for the Border on Asylum!” President Donald Trump tweeted.


Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented from the high-court’s order. “Once again, the Executive Branch has issued a rule that seeks to upend longstanding practices regarding refugees who seek shelter from persecution,” Sotomayor wrote.


The legal challenge to the new policy has a brief but somewhat convoluted history. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco blocked the new policy from taking effect in late July. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals narrowed Tigar’s order so that it applied only in Arizona and California, states that are within the 9th Circuit.



That left the administration free to enforce the policy on asylum seekers arriving in New Mexico and Texas. Tigar issued a new order on Monday that reimposed a nationwide hold on asylum policy. The 9th Circuit again narrowed his order on Tuesday.


The high-court action allows the administration to impose the new policy everywhere while the court case against it continues.


Lee Gelernt, the American Civil Liberties Union lawyer who is representing immigrant advocacy groups in the case, said: “This is just a temporary step, and we’re hopeful we’ll prevail at the end of the day. The lives of thousands of families are at stake.”


Justice Department spokesperson Alexei Woltornist said the agency was “pleased that the Supreme Court intervened in this case,” adding, “This action will assist the Administration in its objectives to bring order to the crisis at the southern border, close loopholes in our immigration system, and discourage frivolous claims.”





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Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen: “It’s no shock that I’m still in Finland”

Avalanche training camp begins Thursday, with physicals and off-ice testing at the Pepsi Center. Star right winger Mikko Rantanen likely won't be there, given that he doesn't have a contract and he was still in his native Finland on Monday.

Avalanche training camp begins Thursday, with physicals and off-ice testing at the Pepsi Center. Star right winger Mikko Rantanen likely won’t be there, given that he doesn’t have a contract and he was still in his native Finland on Monday.


“This is definitely a waiting feeling, but you just have to be calm,” Rantanen told a Finnish newspaper. “There’s no panic yet. Already in the summer, I was prepared not to go back to (America) at the usual time. I am ready in theory, and it’s no shock that I’m still in Finland.”


The Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat caught up with Rantanen and published this story (translated through Reddit) Monday. It includes the following quotes from Rantanen:


“For the past four years I have gone to North America usually always late August. All NHL players who have practiced in Turku have already returned, so it’s a special feeling to be in Finland at this time,” Rantanen said.


He added: “I’d love to be in Denver already, but it can be quite peaceful. Yesterday I was able to watch the Finland-Italy match, so there are some positive things.”


Agent Mike Liut represents Rantanen. In August, Liut told The Denver Post there was little being discussed between the two parties, just days after Avs general manager Joe Sakic called Rantanen to see how his summer was going.


“I’ve been recently in connection with Mike (Liut). Little-by-little we are moving forward, but I cannot say the exact timetable for how far we are in the negotiations,” Rantanen said.



Rantanen, 22, is among a half-dozen high-end restricted-free-agent forwards coming out of their entry-level contracts. There is a concern that the players won’t sign until the dominoes begin to fall. Rantanen’s best RFA comparables are Toronto’s Mitchell Marner and Tampa Bay’s Brayden Point, in addition to Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk, Vancouver’s Brock Boeser and Winnipeg teammates Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine.


Rantanen led all those forwards in assists (58) and points-per-game (1.18) last season, so he and Liut are expecting the player’s next contract to reflect that. Many of the league’s best right wingers under contract have an annual cap hit between $7.5 million (Vladimir Tarasenko) to $10.5 million (Patrik Kane).


Nathan MacKinnon ($6.3 million) is Colorado’s highest-paid player, but on July 1 Avs general manager Joe Sakic confirmed that Rantanen is bound to overtake MacKinnon based on the different market than when MacKinnon signed his seven-year, $44.1 million deal in 2016.






Source: Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen: “It’s no shock that I’m still in Finland”

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Colorado / 2 more recall campaigns against Colorado Democrats fail
« on: September 10, 2019, 11:40:05 PM »
2 more recall campaigns against Colorado Democrats fail

The recall campaigns against Democratic Colorado Sens. Pete Lee and Brittany Pettersen both came to an end Tuesday with neither qualifying for the ballot.

The recall effort against two Colorado Democrats ended quietly Tuesday when a group behind the efforts informed the Secretary of State’s Office that signatures would not be turned in.


The news came less than an hour before the deadline to submit the 11,304 valid signatures needed to put a recall election for Sen. Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs, on the ballot.  Supporters of the recall against Sen. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, had until 5 p.m. Monday.


“I am grateful that the voters in Senate District 11 have soundly rejected a recall effort initiated against me,” Lee said in a statement. He thanked supporters who spent the past 60 days “knocking on doors, staffing education booths and urging people to ‘decline to sign.’ You have been completely successful.”


The failed recalls are the latest in a string of unsuccessful attempts by conservative Coloradans to recall Democratic lawmakers. Two groups gathering signatures to challenge Gov. Jared Polis fell far short of their goal earlier this month, and another group withdrew its recall petition against Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Centennial in June.  Former state Rep. Rochelle Galindo resigned for reasons unrelated to her recall earlier this year.


Attempts to reach Scott Fisher and Nancy Pallozzi, the people who filed the paperwork to recall Lee and Pettersen, respectively, were unsuccessful.



Democrats, however, were quick to declare victory.


“It’s hardly a surprise that these bogus recalls failed to find support beyond the grifters, extremists and sore losers who hatched the ploys in the first place,” said Curtis Hubbard, a spokesman for Democracy First Colorado, one of the Democratic groups leading the recall opposition. “These scams were designed to raise money and collect data on voters in competitive districts, and all Coloradans — regardless of political affiliation — should be disgusted by the abuse of the recall process.”


One recall effort is still outstanding: Opponents of Senate President Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, have until the end of business on Oct. 18 to turn in signatures.





Source: 2 more recall campaigns against Colorado Democrats fail

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Shambhala’s spiritual leader, sidelined by sexual misconduct scandal, is selling his Boulder County home for $2.4 million

The Boulder County home of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the leader of the Boulder-born organization now headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia; is on the market for $2.4 million.

Another property in Boulder County with ties to the embattled Buddhist organization Shambhala International is for sale.


The Boulder County home of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the leader of the Boulder-born organization now headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia; is on the market for $2.4 million.


Recently, the organization sold Marpa House, a cohousing community where about 40 people with ties to Shambhala live, for $4.9 million to a group of developers to pay off its debts.


RELATED: Shambhala, the Boulder-born Buddhist organization, suppressed allegations of abuse, ex-members say


The organization is navigating a “difficult period” stemming from accusations of sexual misconduct against Mipham and other leaders that came to light last year. Mipham stepped back from his duties in the wake of those accusations.


Boulder County property records show an 8,100-square-foot, eight-bedroom house in the 6800 block of Marshall Drive belongs to Mipham JT Mukpo and Tseyang P. Mukpo, or Mipham and his wife.


The listing price has been decreased from when it was initially listed for $2.8 million in April. The house is listed by Joel Ripmaster of Colorado Landmark Realtors.


Attempts to reach Ripmaster were not successful.



Ashley Dinges, director of communications and marketing for Shambhala’s Kalapa Media, said because the Marshall Drive home belonged to Mipham personally, not Shambhala, she could not comment on why the house is listed for sale.


Efforts to reach the interim board of Shambhala International for comment on the listing of the house were unsuccessful. Mipham is in India with his wife, and it is unclear how long he will remain there.


Boulder County property records show the home was purchased in 1999 for $230,000 and again in 2010 for $1.38 million. Property records also show the house was deeded to a new owner in June 2013.


Shambhala International was met with resistance from some residents of Marpa House, who organized the Community of Marpa House to raise money to buy it and maintain it as a cohousing community.


Shambhala officials sold the property in August to a group of developers, headed by John Kirkland, that offered a higher bid. The resident group later said they felt misled by Kirkland, who they said visited them and offered to help them keep the house. Since the sale, the Boulder Landmarks Board unanimously voted to initiate the process of designating the property as a landmark, which would protect the building’s exterior from unpermitted alterations.


Mipham has been mostly silent publicly since apologizing in July 2018 for causing “harm” in past relationships after the release of the three-part Buddhist Project Sunshine report. It detailed sexual misconduct allegations from anonymous women against him and other high-ranking Shambhala officials.


Boulder’s Naropa University removed Mipham from its board and members of the Kalapa Council, Shambhala’s governing body, stepped down after the report’s release.


Shambhala also commissioned a third-party report to investigate the allegations. When it was released in February, it showed Halifax-based law firm Wickwire Holm found credible two accusations of sexual misconduct by the leader. At that time, more than 40 acharyas, or high-ranking spiritual teachers, signed an open letter asking Mipham to step back from his teaching role.


Former Shambhala member Michael Smith, 54, and former teacher William Lloyd Karelis, 71, were both arrested earlier this year on suspicion of sexual assault of a child.



Smith was charged in July with sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. The victim in that case said he assaulted her multiple times beginning in 1997 when she was 13. Police reports show Smith participated in a deal to undergo therapy and treatment in exchange for his name being withheld from police in 1998. The deal was orchestrated by a man known in the Boulder Buddhist community for “dealing” with “family conflicts or domestic violence issues.”


Karelis, who resigned from Shambhala in 2009, was charged in May with sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. The victim in that case said he assaulted her multiple times during weekend trips to his house while he was teaching her to meditate beginning around the time she was 13.


In July, a Denver Post investigation showed Shambhala had for decades suppressed abuse allegations by using internal processes that often did not deliver justice for victims.





Source: Shambhala’s spiritual leader, sidelined by sexual misconduct scandal, is selling his Boulder County home for $2.4 million

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Kiszla: After hope for Broncos’ season gets lost in the Black Hole, it’s time to face reality: Tank for Tua!

Can we skip ahead to the part of this story when beleaguered front-office executive John Elway has to decide among quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert or Jake Fromm in the 2020 NFL draft?

OAKLAND — New coach. Different quarterback. Same sorry, old Broncos.


Can we skip ahead to the part of this story when beleaguered front-office executive John Elway has to decide among quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert or Jake Fromm in the 2020 NFL draft?


Try to spin this 24-16 season-opening loss to Oakland any way you want. In defeat, the Broncos tried mightily to keep the faith. But whatever playoff hopes this team might have harbored swirled down a deep, Black Hole.


“It’s a feeling that I don’t like, especially it being the first game of the year. You don’t want to start out like that,” Denver receiver Emmanuel Sanders said late Monday night. “But, you know, you’ve got to stay positive.”


A philosopher might suggest the only difference between the Raiders and Broncos in this game was touchdowns and field goals.


“They scored touchdowns,” new Broncos coach Vic Fangio said. “And we didn’t.”


But with eyes wide open, a realist can see the truth about a Denver team that would probably be better served by finishing 4-12 this season than scratching and crawling to seven victories, which would leave all the franchise quarterbacks expected to be available in the next draft just out of Elway’s reach.


Anybody who has ever been to the NFL wasteland that is Oakland cannot blame Antonio Brown for wanting out. Now, I admit a certain perverse admiration for the Black Hole, because it will remain an unabashed football freak show to the bitter end.


For example: In the parking lot prior to kickoff, I saw a little dog named BamBam. The cute, little pooch wore a spiked collar. His paws were affixed to a steering wheel of a silver-and-black, remote-controlled toy Porsche with vanity plates, as it rolled slowly across the asphalt.


And know what? That toy Porsche has more horsepower than this Denver offense.


I can’t speak for you. But after one game of the Joe Flacco era, I’ve seen enough. He’s not all bad. In fact, on his 208th day since joining the Broncos in a trade with Baltimore, Flacco finally led Denver on a touchdown drive.


But if this is Flacco’s prime, you know who he is?


Case Keenum. Or Trevor Siemian. Or any of the rotten apples that have plunked Elway on the head while he has shaken the trees in the search for a bona fide NFL quarterback.


He’s a Flaccident waiting to happen.


“Listen, man, It’s tough,” said Flacco, who coiuldn’t get Denver in the end zone until the fourth quarter was down to its final 2 minutes and 15 seconds.


“It’s a long season, but every game, they’re all so important. You feel the weight of losses. We all want to win. We all want to go out there and every single play, every single game, bring home a ‘W.’ So to not do that and reflect on that at this point, is a pretty tough thing to do.”


Before the kickoff, Elway could be seen chatting up Guy Fieri on the field. Maybe Mr. Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives should be given a shot to be QB of the Broncos. Fieri can’t throw a football. But at least he can sling some hash.



With an Oakland game plan designed beautifully to negate the impact of linebacker Von Miller and cornerback Chris Harris Jr., no amount of defensive genius by Fangio could stop the Raiders, who scored touchdowns on drives of 72, 95 and 60 yards. Not only did Oakland quarterback Derek Carr complete 22 of 26 passes, his hair was never mussed.


“My job is to sack quarterbacks and I didn’t get to him once,” Miller said. “I’m disappointed in myself.”


Yes, diehard Bronomaniacs will keep the faith, because that’s what fans do.


But I say let this be the team’s battle cry for the remainder of 2019:


Tank for Tua!





Source: Kiszla: After hope for Broncos’ season gets lost in the Black Hole, it’s time to face reality: Tank for Tua!

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Police call for man barricaded in downtown Denver apartment turns into death investigation

Denver police are investigating a suspicious death after responding to a call about a man barricaded in a downtown apartment.? 

Denver police are investigating a suspicious death after responding to a call about a man barricaded in a downtown apartment.


Police released few details Monday evening. Department spokesman Tyrone Campbell said he didn’t know what prompted the original call to police about the barricaded man, how the barricade call led to a death investigation or where the body in question was found.


“It’s really early into the investigation,” Campbell said.


Officers arrived at 4:56 p.m. at the apartment building at 1255 19th St., in the Union Station neighborhood. A man barricaded in an apartment refused to come out for an hour before surrendering to police, Campbell said.


The case then turned into a death investigation, though Campbell couldn’t say how or why. He also did not know the deceased person’s gender or age.


The man was taken into custody in connection to the barricade situation. The man is not currently held in connection to the death.






Source: Police call for man barricaded in downtown Denver apartment turns into death investigation

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