Colorado wildfires rage statewide, new blazes likely as firefighters brace for hot bone-dry conditions and wind gusts through mid week

The 416 Fire burns north of Hermosa, Colo., 10 miles north of Durango, Thursday, June 7, 2018. Colorado firefighters braced for continued difficult wind and dry heat through mid-week as they battled multiple out-of-control blazes Sunday, including the 416 fire north of Durango, which doubled in size during the weekend and has devoured more than 16,000 acres of wilderness. Another wildfire in southwestern Colorado near Dolores has expanded to nearly 500 acres, forcing closure of the Colorado Trail. In Eagle County along Interstate 70, deputies were looking for three men in a blue-and-white pickup linked to the start of a 415-acre fire northwest of Wolcott. And firefighters Sunday evening called… Read More

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U.S. Supreme Court hands victory to Colorado baker in landmark clash over religion, civil rights

Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images Protesters rally in front of the Supreme Court building on the day the court is to hear the case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission Dec. 5, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins filed a complaint with the commission after conservative Christian baker Jack Phillips refused to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex ceremony. WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a Colorado baker had the legal right to refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple because of his own religious objections to same-sex marriage. The landmark 7-2 decision in favor of Jack Phillips, owner… Read More

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Colorado Mesa University plans teaching hotel for campus

GRAND JUNCTION — Colorado Mesa University officials are planning to construct a $15.7 million campus hotel that will serve as a training facility for the hospitality and culinary programs. The Daily Sentinel reports the university’s board approved the teaching hotel Thursday that’s slated for a spot on the Grand Junction campus. Officials plan for the Maverick Teaching Hotel to be 45,000 square feet (4,180 square meters) with 60 rooms. Plans also include space for an attached restaurant and bar. Hospitality management assistant professor Britt Mathwich says the facility will set the university’s hospitality and culinary programs apart and offer experiential learning for students. The university is partnering with Mars Hospitality… Read More

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Warm and dry through Saturday, with the chance for a few more storms in Colorado by Sunday

DENVER — Warm weather will settle in through the holiday weekend. In fact, it’s going to be near 90 degrees on Saturday! We’ll see mostly sunny skies today, with drier conditions across most of the state. There is a slight chance of storms closer to Burlington later this afternoon. We’ll see 80s and 90s on the plains, with 60s and 70s in the mountains. Friday will feature upper 80s and Saturday is the warmest day on our 7-day forecast, with highs in the 90s and that’s about 15 degrees above normal. Sunday and on Memorial Day, we have a better chance for thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening hours. Keep… Read More

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Broncos sign undrafted CSU QB Nick Stevens

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway has changed his mind about adding another quarterback to the Denver Broncos‘ roster. The Broncos signed undrafted free agent Nick Stevens of Colorado State on Thursday, three weeks after Elway said he wouldn’t bring in a fourth passer for offseason workouts. After bypassing QBs in the NFL draft last month, notably Josh Allen and Josh Rosen with the fifth overall pick, Elway said he was satisfied with the group he had. Free agent Case Keenum was declared the starter when he signed with Denver in March and last month Elway said Paxton Lynch and Chad Kelly will compete for the backup role this summer.… Read More

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Denver church helps transform asphalt for parked cars into 50-unit affordable housing complex

Copyright 2018 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. DENVER — Our Colorado’s economy is soaring, but not without inflicting pain. Paralyzing traffic is one symptom; the increasing absurd price of putting a roof over one’s head is another. One local religious organization has devised a way to help with Denver’s affordable housing crisis. Rev. Richard Lawson at St. John’s Cathedral said he sees it as their moral mission to provide for those in need, which is why they recently transformed asphalt for parked cars into housing for people who were formally homeless. "The housing crisis is obvious to everyone and… Read More

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Denver Zoo, bursting at the seams and back in the city’s good graces, retools for the future

In the middle of a busy weekday at the Denver Zoo, Denny O’Malley squats to pick up the discarded crust of a grilled cheese sandwich. A wave of people — kids, parents and grandparents streaming toward him from the Predator Ridge exhibit, which on this day features African lions and wild dogs — parts around O’Malley as he tosses the crust into a trash can. It’s not exactly his job. As the zoo’s interim CEO, O’Malley is only a temporary steward of 121-year-old city within a city that costs $100,000 per day to run and houses about 4,000 animals representing 600 species. But before the Denver Zoological Foundation can hire… Read More

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Smoke From Arizona Wildfires Creates Haze In Colorado

DENVER (CBS4)– Smoke from two wildfires burning in Arizona, one that has grown to 12½ square miles, is creating some haze across Colorado on Monday morning. According to CBS4 Meteorologist Ashton Altieri, the GOES-16 satellite imagery is showing significant amounts of smoke being transported in Colorado. He says it will be most noticeable in the southwestern and high elevation areas. Residents of 10 small nearby communities in Arizona were ordered to evacuate late Sunday because the fire was edging close to homes and buildings. Around 500 firefighters and 7 hotshot crews of elite wildland firefighters are battling the blaze that is 0 percent contained. The cause of the wildfire is… Read More

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Joe Sakic sold on Colorado Avalanche’s youth movement

DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche has given coach Jared Bednar a one-year contract extension and he’ll be leading a young team that intends to get even younger, general manager Joe Sakic said Monday at his season-ending news conference at the Pepsi Center. Bednar, who led the Avs to a 47-point improvement and the club’s first playoff appearance in four years in his second year as coach, is now under contract through the 2019-2020 season. He originally signed a three-year deal in August 2016 when he succeeded Patrick Roy. "He’s done an amazing job — the entire staff, in working with the players," Sakic said of Bednar and his assistants. "They… Read More

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Two Colorado counties sue Suncor and ExxonMobil demanding help covering the cost of adapting to climate change

Suncor Refinery in Commerce City. Colorado communities on Tuesday launched a legal attack on oil companies that operate in the state, demanding that Suncor Energy and ExxonMobil help pay costs of dealing with climate change that scientists link to producing and consuming fossil fuels. A lawsuit filed in state court by San Miguel County and the city and county of Boulder accuses Suncor, the Canadian company that runs an oil refinery just north of Denver, and ExxonMobil, of knowingly producing oil and gas that, when burned, emits billions of tons of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that traps heat. Suncor’s U.S. operations are based in Denver and the refinery produces… Read More

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