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BC-CO--Colorado Member Exchange Digest, CO

December 26, 2018

This week’s Colorado AP Member Exchange package. Please refer to national wire digests for other enterprise.

HOME SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

GRAND JUNCTION _ Nobody expected it to be an easy conversation. Brandon Sanchez was just 26 when he was shot to death at a Pear Park home Sept. 16. By Gabrielle Porter, The Daily Sentinel.

SKI PATROL DOGS

ASPEN _ They are celebrities of the ski runs. Beloved by locals and visitors alike, by both kids and their parents, these stars of the slopes have a very important job to do on the mountains. They even have their own trading cards. But for these champions of the chairlift, it’s all just a game. By Chapman Croskell, Aspen Daily News.

BIGHORN SHEEP-WILDFIRE

BOULDER _ After struggling for decades, the bighorn sheep population in the Big Thompson and St. Vrain canyons finally appears to be stabilizing. While it is difficult to pinpoint the exact cause, wildlife biologists at Colorado Parks and Wildlife have ironically linked at least part of the herd’s success to wildfire. “Sheep typically don’t like closed in areas with a forested canopy so when you have major landscape changes such as a fire, it’s usually pretty beneficial for the sheep,” said Ben Kraft, a wildlife biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “The Big Elk Fire and the fire on Kenny Mountain (in 2002) certainly benefited these sheep.” By John Spina, Daily Camera.

SECOND CHANCE JOBS

PUEBLO _ After leaving the correctional system, Alexander Guytan said being accepted into a local halfway house was the first step to a new life. “I didn’t know anybody out here in Colorado but it was something new,” Guytan said. “A chance for me to start over.” By Jon Pompia, The Pueblo Chieftain.

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