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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

April 10, 2019

Colorado at 5:30 p.m.

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DENVER _ People in Colorado and Wyoming were urged to get home early Wednesday and stay there before increasingly heavy snow and wind from a powerful spring storm make travel all but impossible. The warning came less than a month after a blizzard stranded drivers while paralyzing parts of the two states. SENT: 400 words, photos.



Blizzard warnings were posted from Colorado to Minnesota on Wednesday and wildfires were a concern in New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma as the second so-called “bomb cyclone” storm in less than a month hit the central U.S., raising the prospect of renewed flooding in the already drenched Midwest. Heavy snow began disrupting ground and air travel Wednesday afternoon. Roads became impassable and visibility was down to a few feet in northeastern South Dakota due to snowfall of up to 11 inches. About half of the daily flights at Denver International Airport were canceled. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 830 words, photos and video.



DENVER _ A bill to allow more Colorado residents who are in the country illegally to apply for drivers licenses is one step from clearing the Legislature after a House vote on Wednesday. The bill would increase from three to 10 the number of Department of Motor Vehicles offices offering special drivers licenses to those residents. Colorado began issuing the licenses in 2014 under a program funded entirely by fees paid by applicants. More than 61,000 licenses have been issued since then. By James Anderson. SENT: 360 words.


COLUMBUS, Ohio _ In the days after a teenager shot and killed three fellow students at Ohio’s Chardon High School in 2012, then-Principal Andy Fetchik remembers getting a call from someone who knew just what he was experiencing. It was Frank DeAngelis, the principal of Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, during the deadly 1999 shooting. DeAngelis told him: It’s going to be OK. You’ll get through this. If you have questions, feel free to call me. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 670 words, photo.



NEW YORK — Brian Skoloff, an Associated Press video journalist who has covered numerous big stories across the United States while training many text reporters on visual storytelling, has been appointed West deputy news director for video. Skoloff will oversee and drive video coverage across 13 Western states from the regional hub in Phoenix, working closely with video journalists and contributing text reporters and photographers across the territory while collaborating with video editors in Washington and London. SENT: 360 words, photo.


CHICO, California _ With nearly 40 million people living in California and development spreading into once-wild regions, some of the state’s best tools toward preventing wildfires can’t be widely used. Still, there is growing agreement that the state must step up its use of forest management through prescribed burns and vegetation removal in an attempt to lessen the impact of wildfires. By Steve Schoonover, Chico-Enterprise Record. SENT: 530 words, photos.


PARADISE, Calif. _ The sky was turning orange and the embers were flying from the Camp Fire when Oney and Donna Carrell and Donna’s father sped away from their Paradise home. “I thought, ‘Oh, well, the house is done,’” Oney Carrell said. By Dale Kasler and Phillip Reese, The Sacramento Bee. SENT: 3,500 words, photos.


SACRAMENTO, California _ Impoverished towns in the shadow of Mount Shasta. Rustic Gold Rush cities in the Sierra Nevada foothills. High-dollar resort communities on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Ritzy Los Angeles County suburbs. They all could be the next Paradise. By Ryan Sabalow, Phillip Reese and Dale Kasler, The Sacramento Bee. SENT: 4,100 words, photos.


_ KENNEDY-COLORADO _ University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy is the sole finalist for president of the University of Colorado.

_ AIR FORCE ACADEMY-SEXUAL ASSAULT _ An Air Force Academy junior has been charged with sexual assault.

_ PEDESTRIAN KILLED _ A man suspected in a fatal hit-and-run crash in downtown Denver has been charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

_ ASPEN FIREWORKS-CANCELED _ Officials say there will be no Fourth of July fireworks over Aspen Mountain this summer due to concerns about wildfires.

_ POLICE SHOOTINGS-COLORADO _ One man is dead after being shot by police in southern Colorado. In Denver, police say a carjacking suspect fired at police leading one officer to return fire early Wednesday.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for May lost 1.5 cents at 4.4800 a bushel; May corn was up 1.75 cents at 3.6175 a bushel; May oats fell 2.25 cents at $2.7900 a bushel; while May soybeans gained 3.25 cents at $9.0200 a bushel.



DENVER _ The Minnesota Timberwolves visit the Denver Nuggets in NBA action Wednesday night. (Game starts at 8:30 p.m. MT)


DENVER _ The Colorado Rockies can’t seem to avoid losing a home game on their own. The weather spared them from possibly dropping their sixth in a row at Coors Field. The Rockies’ game against the Atlanta Braves that was scheduled for Wednesday was postponed because of a strong storm expected to hit Colorado and beyond. The game will be made up Aug. 26. SENT: 550 words.


MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves will make hiring a new president of basketball operations their first offseason priority. The Timberwolves announced Wednesday before their final game of the season in Denver they will start an immediate search for a front office leader, with the fates of general manager Scott Layden and interim head coach Ryan Saunders yet to be decided. The team said it has no timeline for completing the hire. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 460 words, photos.


DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche and Calgary Flames have never crossed paths in the playoffs. Not in the days of Joe Sakic or Jarome Iginla (who later would become an Avalanche player). Not in the tenure of Bob Hartley (he coached both, including the Avalanche to a Stanley Cup title in 2000-01). By Pat Graham. SENT: 850 words, photos.


Welcome back to the playoffs, New York Islanders. Same goes for you, St. Louis, Dallas, Carolina and Calgary. All five teams are returning to the postseason after at least one season off (or nine, for the Hurricanes). It’s a familiar number: In 12 of the last 14 seasons, the playoff lineup has included five teams that hadn’t been there one year earlier. By Pat Graham. SENT: 720 words, photos.


TORONTO _ Thanks to a trade with the last-place Ottawa, the Colorado Avalanche go into the draft lottery with the best odds of landing the top pick. Colorado has an 18.5% of winning and can fall no farther than No. 4. UPCOMING: 650 words. (Lottery starts 8 p.m. MT)


BUFFALO, N.Y. _ Once Cale Makar committed to playing hockey at Massachusetts, nothing was going to change the defenseman’s mind. Makar stuck by his decision despite a coaching change, which led to him rejecting offers to play at higher-profile schools. He then turned down a chance to represent Canada at the Winter Olympics last year because Makar didn’t want to miss out on his freshman season. And not even the lure of making the jump to the NHL — Colorado drafted him with the No. 4 pick in 2016 — could sway him last summer. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 990 words, photo.


_ AVALANCHE-RANTANEN _ Colorado Avalanche All-Star forward Mikko Rantanen has recovered from an upper-body injury and will play in their first-round series against Calgary.

_ MLS-SOUNDERS-RAPIDS POSTPONED _ Major League Soccer postponed a game scheduled for Wednesday night between the Seattle Sounders and Colorado Rapids due to bad weather in the Denver area.


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