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AP-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

July 11, 2018

Colorado at 6 p.m.

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DENVER — The U.S. government on Tuesday delayed a decision on a contentious proposal to allow oil and gas drilling near Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado, saying it first wants to consult with the Navajo Nation, which owns land in the area. The Bureau of Land Management had planned to sell drilling rights on 29 square miles (74 square kilometers) of public land east of the park at a Sept. 6 auction, but Navajo officials requested a formal consultation, and the agency agreed. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 540 words.


DENVER — An FBI agent accused of accidentally dropping and firing his gun while dancing at a Denver nightspot, hitting a bystander in the leg, can carry his work weapon again as he considers a possible plea deal. A judge allowed the change to Chase Bishop’s conditions for release from jail during a short court hearing Tuesday. Bishop’s lawyer, David Goddard, told Judge Fran Simonet that the FBI strongly encourages its agents to carry the service weapons when they are not working. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 370 words, photo.


PUEBLO — Ross Vincent, an environmentalist who worked in Colorado and Louisiana for decades, has died. He was 75. Vincent, the face of the Pueblo area Sierra Club, died Saturday of cancer at a hospice, a newspaper reported. “He is already missed and will be for a long time to come,” the Sierra Club’s Sangre de Cristo Group said on its Facebook page. SENT: 270 words.



BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration is advancing a proposal that would replace President Barack Obama’s principal attempt to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions with a new rule expected to go easier on the ailing coal industry. The Environmental Protection Agency disclosed Tuesday that it sent the new rule to the White House for review. The document itself was not released, but President Donald Trump has been outspoken in his desire to prop up coal by rolling back what he considers burdensome regulations. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 620 words, photos.


SHIPROCK, N.M. — From the end of World War II to the mid-1980s, about 30 million ton of uranium ore were extracted from lands belonging to the nation’s largest American Indian reservation. Today, across the Navajo Nation, sit dozens of abandoned uranium mines and the high risk to residents of contamination exposure. Now, the Navajo Nation is urging the U.S. Congress to expand a federal law that compensates people who were exposed to radiation resulting from nuclear bomb tests stemming from the Cold War. SENT: 380 words, photos.


BERLIN, N.Y. — The idea came to Michael D’Agostino as he was driving past a beautiful farm and imagined what it would be like to camp there. “It was a lightning-bolt moment,” said D’Agostino, who left his job in finance three years ago to launch the startup Tentrr, which matches landowners looking for extra cash with vacationers yearning for solitude under the stars. Think of it as Airbnb for the great outdoors. By Mary Esch. SENT: 640 words, photos.


RENO, Nev. — More than 600 firefighters slowed the progress Tuesday of a massive wildfire in a remote part of northern Nevada that is generating so much heat and smoke that it’s now visible from space. A NASA satellite captured infrared imaging of the fire that has burned nearly 700 square miles (1,813 sq. kilometers) of mostly sage brush, grasses and rangeland — an area almost half the size of the state of Rhode Island, according to the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 610 words.


— RECYCLING PLANT FIRE — Firefighters are battling a large blaze at a metal recycling facility just north of downtown Denver that sent up a large, black plume of smoke that could be seen for miles. (With AP Photos)

— CHIPOTLE HEADQUARTERS — Chipotle will be taking away nearly 400 corporate-level jobs from Denver as it moves its headquarters to Southern California.

— USE-OF-FORCE LAWSUIT — El Paso County has agreed to a $675,000 payout to a woman who claimed that deputies had pulled her legs out from under her and shoved her to the floor.

— SCHOOL THREAT — Two teenage boys accused of plotting to kill people at their middle school in Colorado Springs will be tried as adults.

— MINE WASTE SPILL-TRUCK CRASH — A Colorado man has been cited for careless driving after his truck crashed and spilled treated mine waste into a creek.

— COLORADO WILDFIRES — A large wildfire that started over a month ago in southwestern Colorado is no longer considered a threat.

— SUMMITVILLE MINE CLEANUP — The state of Colorado is set to take on the $2 million a year financial burden of a cyanide gold mine that became an environmental disaster.

— LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVOR — A Colorado man has been released from the hospital after he was struck by lightning over the weekend while camping.

— COUNTERFEITING CASE-SIDNEY — Two Colorado residents have been accused of counterfeiting money in western Nebraska.

— OFF-DUTY OFFICER STOP — Jackson police are investigating after an off-duty officer from Colorado pulled a gun on a teenager who was running to a bus stop.

— MINE PLAN-RIVER DISCHARGE — The firm working to build a mine in southeast Nebraska to extract a rare heat-resistant element says the project won’t need to dump saltwater in the Missouri River.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Jul was lost 18.25 cents at 4.8950 a bushel; Jul corn was off 6 cents at 3.3975 a bushel; Jul oats fell 2.75 cents at $2.56 bushel; while Jul soybeans was up .50 cent at $8.5225 a bushel.



DENVER — Tyler Anderson (6-3, 3.90 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Rockies on Tuesday against Arizona. Anderson is 4-0 in 11 road starts this season, and has thrown eight scoreless innings in his last two starts. (Game starts at 6:40 p.m. MT)


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