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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

January 1, 2019

Colorado at 5 p.m.

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PRIEST’S DONATION

FORT COLLINS — A real estate investor-turned priest donated nearly $1 million to fund an endowed faculty position for theology at Colorado State University. Don Willette, now retired, sold two pieces of property that he bought before becoming a priest — a rental property in Firestone and a cabin in Masonville — and donated the proceeds toward the new position, The Fort Collins Coloradan newspaper reported Monday. SENT: 320 words.

IN BRIEF:

GROCERY STORES-BEER _ There are more places to buy regular beer in the New Year in Colorado.

HOMELESS DEATHS _ An advocacy group says 233 homeless people died in the seven-county Denver area in 2018, up from 231 the year before.

SCHOOL LUNCH DEBT _ A Boulder resident is raising money to help pay off more than $230,000 in unpaid lunch costs in the Boulder Valley School District.

SPORTS:

BBN-KNICKS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ The New York Knicks play the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. By Pat Graham. Game starts 7 p.m. MT.

FBN--BEHIND THE CALL

DENVER — Every year, while a dozen NFL head coaches are preparing their teams for the playoffs, nearly as many coaches are called into their general manager’s office and told they’re fired for not being one of those dozen coaches who are preparing their teams for the playoffs. Eight coaches lost their jobs in 2018, including Mike McCarthy in Green Bay and Hue Jackson in Cleveland, long before the holidays rolled around. A half dozen more finished the season before getting their walking papers, including Todd Bowles of the Jets and Dirk Koetter of the Bucs on Sunday night. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 840 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

HKN--AVALANCHE-OUTDOOR GAME _ The Colorado Avalanche will host an outdoor game at the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2020.

HKN--BETTMAN TALKS _ Stars to host 2020 Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl in Texas.

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