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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

March 19, 2019

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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IN BRIEF:

POLICE CONTACT-INVESTIGATION _ The Boulder City Council has selected former Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett to conduct an independent review of a March 1 incident in which police officers confronted a black man who was picking up trash outside his house.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

COLORADO RIVER-DROUGHT PLAN

The seven Western states that rely on the Colorado River are seeking federal legislation to implement a plan to keep key reservoirs on the river from shrinking further amid a prolonged drought. By Felicia Fonseca. UPCOMING: 550 words, photo by 4:30 p.m.

DRY SOUTHWEST-RIO GRANDE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Some ski areas are touting an “endless winter” as forecasters say the snow that has fallen along the New Mexico-Colorado border bodes well for cities and farmers that rely on one of North America’s longest rivers. Climatologists and hydrologists with the National Weather provided a water supply outlook Tuesday for the basin that feeds the Rio Grande, which flows from the Southern Rockies to Texas and Mexico. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 130 words. Will be expanded.

BISTATE GROUSE-OFF ROADERS

RENO, Nev. _ Conservationists want a federal judge to allow them to join a legal battle over a type of sage grouse found only along the California-Nevada line in opposition to a lawsuit filed by off-road vehicle enthusiasts trying to overturn U.S. protections for the bird. Four national environmental groups filed the formal request to intervene in the bistate grouse case in federal court in Reno on Friday. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words.

SPORTS:

NEW RULES

DENVER _ In no sport but the NFL do players, fans, coaches and general managers annually debate the rules of the game, advocating ways to make pro football better, safer, fairer. Officiating is especially a hot topic around the league after a blown call late in the NFC championship game pretty much cost the New Orleans Saints a trip to the Super Bowl. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 1,101 words, photos

ROCKIES PREVIEW

DENVER _ A certain Colorado Rockies player struck it rich this spring: Leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon . Although, All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado didn’t fare too bad, either, with his eight-year contract worth $260 million. Blackmon profits through Colorado’s experiment to bat Arenado in the No. 2 spot — a plan that could spill into the regular season. By Pat Graham. SENT: 762 words, photos.

HKN--AVALANCHE-WILD

The Colorado Avalanche visit the Minnesota Wild in a key matchup for two Western Conference wild card contenders. By Tyler Mason. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 6 p.m. game.

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