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AP-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

June 5, 2018

Colorado at 1:10 p.m.

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DENVER — A Colorado baker’s insistence that his religious beliefs justified his refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple created trouble for the state’s civil rights commission long before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it had made a mistake. The high court on Monday found that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission failed to adequately consider Jack Phillips’ religious beliefs when it ruled against him for refusing to make the cake at his Masterpiece Cakeshop. By James Anderson. SENT: 550 words. AP Photos.


BOISE, Idaho — Sage grouse have a vast network of mating grounds in the U.S. West akin to interconnected regional airport hubs that the imperiled species is using to maintain genetic diversity across its entire range, a DNA study has revealed. The 19-page report by the U.S. Forest Service that appeared in a scientific journal in early May involved nearly 6,000 sage grouse samples collected from 2005 to 2015 and maps of some 1,200 mating sites in 10 western states and the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 650 words. AP Photo.



SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A hunch from a retired detective helped lead police to a man suspected of shooting six people to death in the Phoenix area, some of whom were connected to his divorce, authorities said after the assailant killed himself with officers closing in. Dwight Lamon Jones’ victims included a well-known forensic psychiatrist who assisted in high-profile murder cases, including the JonBenet Ramsey mystery in Colorado. By Melissa Daniels And Jacques Billeaud. SENT: 870 words. AP Photos.


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — It’s one thing when hotels open fitness centers, but quite another when fitness centers open hotels. Luxe gym Equinox is opening a hotel in New York’s new Hudson Yards neighborhood next year in a move that embodies the evolution of wellness travel. Whether it’s foraging for your own medicinal herbs in Peru, cycling across the California coastline or spending several thousand dollars to workout alongside celeb trainer Tracy Anderson in Aspen, Colorado, wellness tourists made 691 million trips in 2015, according to the Global Wellness Institute. By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 830 words. AP Photos.


—RIVER BOTTLES — A western Colorado man has pleaded guilty to dumping chemical-filled bottles into the Roaring Fork River. The Aspen Daily News reports 43-year-old Ricardo Maestrino Parras Membreno pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of criminal mischief.

—ROAD RAGE-RENO FATAL — The suspect in a road-rage incident in Reno has been arrested on multiple charges after the victim died from injuries suffered in the May 20 crash. Reno police said Tuesday 30-year-old Jessica Ogden of Denver, Colorado died on May 31 at a rehabilitation center in Northern California.

—COLORADO WILDFIRES — A wildfire burning in southwest Colorado has grown by another 600 acres (243 hectares) but no homes or structures have been lost. The fire burning about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Durango in the San Juan National Forest remains at 10 percent containment.

—ABANDONED STORAGE UNIT-EVIDENCE — A trial is set later this month for a former Colorado sheriff’s deputy charged with official misconduct after evidence in a 2006 homicide investigation was found in a storage unit in Canon City.

—RAFTING DEATHS — Another person has died in a rafting accident in Colorado. On Monday, the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office says 46-year-old Christian Sheetz of Summit County died after the private raft he was riding in with his wife capsized near Buena Vista.

—BODY IN CREEK — Officials have identified a man found dead in a Colorado creek. The Daily Camera reports the Boulder County Coroner’s Office on Saturday identified the man as Travis Brown of Fort Collins.

—NAVAJO NATION-SAN JUAN RIVER — The Navajo Nation has been awarded a $1.1 million contract as part of a multi-agency effort to help recover endangered fish in the San Juan River Basin. The U.S. Interior Department announced the contract Monday.



ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — As a rookie last season, the Denver Broncos asked DeMarcus Walker to slim down to about 238 pounds and become more of an outside pass rushing threat. This season, he’s beefed back up to 280 to play inside. He feels this should tip the scales back in his favor. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 6 p.m. EDT.


CINCINNATI — The Reds and Rockies open a three-game series. Sal Romano (3-6) faces left-hander Kyle Freeland (5-5). By Joe Kay. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

—FBC--COLORADO STATE-CANVAS STADIUM — Colorado State has named its on-campus football facility Canvas Stadium as part of a $37.7 million partnership agreement. Canvas Credit Union received the naming rights two months ago for the $220 million multipurpose facility that made its debut last season.

—BIG SKY CONFERENCE-CONDUCT — The Big Sky Conference has adopted a rule that would ban student-athletes with convictions for violent crimes from participating in sports or receiving athletic scholarships at league schools.


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