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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

February 1, 2019

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-NATIONAL PARKS

SALT LAKE CITY _ National parks across the United States are scrambling to clean up and repair damage that visitors and storms caused during the recent government shutdown while bracing for the possibility of another closure ahead of the busy Presidents Day weekend later this month. Visitors left human waste, piles of trash and graffiti, created unauthorized trails and damaged Joshua trees at the namesake park in California during the 35-day shutdown. Many of the parks went unstaffed, while others had skeleton crews with local governments and nonprofits contributing money and volunteers. By Brady McCombs and Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 905 words, photos.

ALSO OF COLORADO INTEREST:

COLORADO RIVER-DROUGHT PLAN

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. _ The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says two Western states failed to meet a deadline to complete a plan to address a shrinking supply of Colorado River water. The bureau’s commissioner, Brenda Burman, said Friday that complex agreements among water users in California and Arizona haven’t been signed. She started a process to gather comments from governors in the seven states that rely on the river to address the supply. By Felicia Fonseca. UPCOMING.

IN BRIEF:

COLORADO GIRL KILLED _ A 16-year-old Colorado boy has pleaded guilty to murdering a 10-year-old girl and faces a life sentence.

BUDDHIST TEACHER-SEX ASSAULT _ Police in Colorado have arrested a teacher from a Buddhist meditation center for the sexual assault of a teenage girl.

SPORTS:

FBN--SUPER BOWL-NFL CHOIR

ATLANTA _ Retired Dallas Cowboys safety Dextor Clinkscale gets a chance each year to re-experience the camaraderie of playing in the NFL when the Super Bowl Gospel Choir convenes to perform in the city hosting the league’s marquee game. The choir provides about 60 players — mostly retired and a couple of current ones — a different type of team atmosphere, one that combines a love of gospel music and pro football. By George Henry. sent: 922 words.

SBD--CHLOE’S EDUCATION

DENVER _ Snowboarder Chloe Kim has long been in a class by her herself in the lofty subjects of double corks and front-side twists. Soon, instead of defying physics, she could be learning some. And instead of making history, she will study it. By Pat Graham. SENT: 888 words, photos.

BKN--ROCKETS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ Fresh off making his first All-Star team, Nikola Jokic leads the Denver Nuggets into a game against James Harden and the Houston Rockets on Friday night. On the line for Harden is a streak of 24 straight 30-point games. By Michael Kelly. Game time is 10 p.m. EST.

BKW--COLORADO-OREGON STATE

CORVALLIS, Ore. _ Colorado is still seeking its first Pac-12 victory this season when the Buffaloes visit No. 9 Oregon State on Friday night. By Kyle Odegard. Game starts at 7 p.m. PT

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