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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

January 6, 2019

Colorado at 3:15 p.m.

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AVALANCHE DEATH-SAN JUANS _ One skier has died in an avalanche in the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado. Ouray County Sheriff Dominic Mattivi said the victim was part of a group of five skiers that was skiing on Red Mountain Pass in the backcountry when the avalanche occurred Saturday.

MESA COUNTY KILLING _ Mesa County police in western Colorado are investigating the killing of a woman and have a man in custody. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office says its deputies were dispatched to a reported shooting shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday at a residence in the town of Collbran.

BLM LEASES _ Colorado Parks and Wildlife has reiterated to the Bureau of Land Management that it wants to see regulators consider limiting oil and gas pads to one per square mile (2.58 square kilometers) in critical big game habitat.

ICE JAMS _ Ice jams in western Colorado have prompted the National Weather Service to post a flood advisory for rivers in Pitkin and Garfield counties. Authorities reported an ice jam causing elevated river flows along the lower Roaring Fork and Fryingpan rivers on Saturday evening.

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TEXAS LEGISLATURE-FRESH START

AUSTIN, Texas _ The Texas Legislature returns Tuesday, and unlike places such as Colorado and Minnesota where Democrats seized control of legislative chambers in November’s midterm elections, Republicans remain firmly in power. They’re ringing in a 20th consecutive year of controlling every statewide office. But they also took their licks: Democrats flipped 14 seats in the Legislature, closing the gap. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 790 words, national lines. AP Photos.

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MAUI MUSINGS-SMALL COLLEGE

KAPALUA, Hawaii _ Missouri Western State is not exactly a pipeline to the PGA Tour. Neither is Gallatin, Missouri, a farming community of 1,800 where Brice Garnett honed his game on a nine-hole course. PGA Tour rookie Jim Knous went to Colorado School of Mines. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 870 words. AP Photos.

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