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October 6, 2018

Colorado at 2:35 p.m.

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON — The bitterly polarized U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday to join the Supreme Court, delivering an election-season triumph to President Donald Trump that could swing the court rightward for a generation after a battle that rubbed raw the country’s cultural, gender and political divides. The near party-line vote was 50-48, capping a fight that seized the national conversation after claims emerged that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted women three decades ago — which he emphatically denied. By Alan Fram And Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,000 words. AP Photos.

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SPRUCE BEETLE INFESTATION

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Faced with thousands of dead, standing trees killed by spruce beetles, Monarch Mountain is undergoing its most extensive forest management project to date. Alongside the Pikes & San Isabel National Forest, Monarch Mountain will identify and cull infected spruce trees across 400 acres, 120 of which will be treated before the ski season. The rest will be addressed over the next four years. By Liz Foster, The Gazette. AP Photos.

FALLEN WAR HEROES

PUEBLO, Colo. — As a young boy in Pueblo, Don Milne searched the library shelves for stories of military heroes, of Americans in battle. “I’d read any military book I could find in the children’s section and then, one day, I found ‘A Soldier’s Story’ by Gen. Omar Bradley on the shelf,” the Salt Lake City banker recalled. “I loved it and never went back to the children’s section.” By Peter Roper, The Pueblo Chieftain. AP Photos.

BATTLEMENT MESA-DRILLING PROJECT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Charlie Farr moved west from Michigan after his doctor recommended he head to a drier climate because of his mild bronchial asthma. He built his home in Battlement Mesa 20 years ago. By Dennis Webb, The Daily Sentinel. AP Photos.

MARIJUANA TOUR BUSES

DENVER — Two months after undercover Denver police officers led a raid on marijuana party buses, the case is heading toward a trial. The tour buses, which are still operating, allow paying customers to use cannabis while they ride between dispensaries and other destinations. After running for years with little trouble, buses from two companies were targeted in a June 15 operation that resulted in criminal charges for dozens of customers and employees. By Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post.

IN BRIEF:

TRASH FIRE — Firefighters on Saturday battled a large trash fire at a waste disposal facility at Pueblo in southeastern Colorado. Pueblo County officials say no structures were threatened and there were no reported injuries from the fire at the C&C Disposal Transfer Station.

MISSING CLIMBER — A search is being conducted in northern Colorado for a 30-year-old New Jersey man who is reported missing after he planned to climb Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.

ELK HABITAT CONSERVED — More than 2,300 acres (930 hectares) in central Colorado are being preserved for elk and other wildlife habitat. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation says the land involves two properties and is located in Fremont County, southwest of Colorado Springs and between Canon City and Salida.

SPORTS:

BBN-NLDS-ROCKIES-BREWERS

DENVER — Everything is going the Milwaukee Brewers way. Christian Yelich is showing why he’s a leading NL MVP candidate and the bullpen is shutting down a high-powered Colorado offense. The Brewers lead 2-0 as the NL Division Series shifts to Coors Field, where the Rockies are hoping some familiar surroundings can jump-start their cool bats. If not, the Brewers have a chance to sweep the series Sunday. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BBN--NLDS-ROCKIES-GONZALEZ

MILWAUKEE — The thin mountain air in Denver might do wonders for the slumping Colorado Rockies. They’re going home again, down 2-0 in the NL Division Series to the Milwaukee Brewers. Game 3 in the best-of-five series is Sunday at Coors Field. By Sports Writer Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 525 words. AP Photos.

HKN-FLYERS-AVALANCHE

DENVER — Fresh off a season opening win, Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche host Philadelphia on Saturday night. The Flyers enter on a high note after beating the Golden Knights in Las Vegas. By Michael Kelly. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time is 7 p.m.

BC--T25-ARIZONA ST-COLORADO

BOULDER, Colo. — The 21st-ranked University of Colorado Buffaloes get a chance to show their 4-0 record is no fluke when they host Arizona State. The Sun Devils are 3-2 and the Buffs’ first four opponents own a combined 1-16 record. By Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 2 p.m.

FBC-NAVY-AIR FORCE

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The winner of Navy-Air Force on Saturday takes a step toward the coveted Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, which goes annually to the winning academy with the best record in the round-robin competition. Army enters the season as the reigning champion, with Air Force capturing the crown in 2016. By Dennis Georgatos. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time is 1:30 p.m.

FBC-COLORADO ST-SAN JOSE ST

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Colorado State plays San Jose State on Saturday in Mountain West Conference action.

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