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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

March 2, 2019

Colorado at 3 p.m.

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ELECTION 2020-NEW PHASE

The opening months of the Democratic presidential primary have been dominated by senators who have staked their campaigns on personal narratives and sweeping liberal policies. Now here come the governors. Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to join soon. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe are considering bids, as well. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 1,100 words. AP Photos.

WINTER WEATHER

CHICAGO _ A winter storm is making its way across much of the U.S., bringing rain, snow and bitter cold to some areas. The storm was spreading from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and into the Rocky Mountains on Saturday, with rain to lower elevations and heavy snow at higher elevations. SENT: 200 words.

GOLD MINING MERGER-NEVADA

ELKO, Nev. _ The mayor of the biggest mining community in Nevada has said he opposes the merger of the two largest gold mining companies in the world because it would reduce competition in the region and could drive down workers’ wages. Barrick Gold Corp. announced this week it will try to acquire Colorado-based Newmont Mining Corp. in an approximately $18 billion all-stock deal that would create a corporate giant worth about $42 billion. SENT: 590 words.

ALSO OF COLORADO INTEREST:

HEMP OR POT

BOISE, Idaho _ Idaho State Police may get the funding to purchase equipment that would allow investigators to distinguish hemp from marijuana after a high-profile case in the state grabbed headlines and prompted a federal lawsuit. SENT: 480 words. AP Photos.

SANCTUARY CITIES-GRANTS

MONTPELIER, Vt. _ About 18 months after the Trump administration threatened to withhold law enforcement grants from nearly 30 places around the country it felt weren’t doing enough to work with federal immigration agents, all but one have received or been cleared to get the money, the Justice Department said. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 1,000 words. AP Photos.

TEACHER STRIKES-AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Cris Bautista teaches high school in Oakland, California, but to afford to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, he commutes an hour or more to an apartment he shares with another teacher and works weekends at a coffee shop. The English and history teacher is among the Oakland educators who went on strike for a week because their salaries were not nearly keeping up with the soaring cost of living. Eagle County Schools, which serves the ritzy ski-town areas around Vail, Colorado, has for the past twenty years sought a developer to build on district-owned property because it struggles with teacher recruitment and turnover. By Sally Ho. SENT: 1,000 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

HOCKEY VOLUNTEER-SEX ASSAULT _ A judge has imposed the maximum sentence of 24 years to life in prison on a former Colorado volunteer hockey coach who fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution on child sex assault charges.

ESTRANGED WIFE KILLING _ A Colorado jury has found a 29-year-old man guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his estranged in 2016.

FROM AP MEMBERS:

CHARLES ROCKEY

MANITOU SPRINGS _ Once upon a time in the early 1970s, an aspiring artist whose father had cautioned him against a life of frivolous pursuits headed slightly west and found his true north. “The moment I got over that hill from the Springs and entered Manitou, it was like, ‘Hey, this is it. This is where I want to live,’ ” said Charles Rockey, the affectionate godfather of the Manitou Springs arts scene, who turned 87 last month. “Manitou is kind of fairy tale land for me. It’s just magical. I can’t imagine a better place to be.” By Stephanie Earls, The Gazette.

EXCHANGE-FARM STORE CLOSING

DURANGO _ If you wanted a historian on how the ever-changing economy has altered lifestyles in Southwest Colorado, you probably couldn’t find anyone better than Con Kemple. Kemple will be closing Farmers Supply Mill in early March after operating the business since 1971. He took over the mill and animal supply store from the Kroeger family. The mill was originally started by F.W. Kroeger in 1926 as part of Kroegers Hardware, which began serving Durango and the Four Corners in 1921. By Patrick Armijo, The Durango Herald.

SPORTS:

BKN--PELICANS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ The Denver Nuggets try to rebound from a rare home loss when they host New Orleans on Saturday night. The Pelicans will be playing the second leg of a back-to-back after beating Phoenix. By Michael Kelly. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time is 7 p.m.

BKC--UTAH-COLORADO

BOULDER _ The Colorado Buffaloes return home to play Utah on Saturday after dropping two straight. The Buffaloes are 16-11 overall, while the Utes enter at 15-12. Colorado holds a 27-23 series lead. By Jake Shapiro. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time is 4 p.m.

SKI-WCUP-SHIFFRIN’S OVERALL

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia _ Mikaela Shiffrin clinched the World Cup overall title for the third straight year in “strange” circumstances after snowstorms prevented the women’s super-G race in Sochi from going ahead on Saturday. The 23-year-old American skier — who had opted not to race this weekend and is training in Italy — has a 719-point lead over second-placed Petra Vlhova with a maximum of 700 points now remaining this season. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 570 words. AP Photos.

BBO-ROCKIES-WHITE SOX _ The Colorado Rockies meet the Chicago White Sox in preseason baseball action Saturday.

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