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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

September 7, 2018

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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OF COLORADO INTEREST:

TEACHER STRIKES-BLUE STATES

SEATTLE — Fights over teacher salaries and working conditions are escalating along the West Coast, emboldened in part by the momentum from widespread teacher strikes in more conservative states. The teachers in these blue states — with robust teachers’ unions, the right to strike and legislatures that are generally more supportive of education funding — are tapping into a shift in public sentiment that supports better wages for teachers that came as a result of the “Red4Ed” protest movement that began earlier this year. By Sally Ho. SENT: 868 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

SKI RESORT ACQUISITION — A fast-growing ski resort company is planning to purchase Washington state’s largest ski resort. The Seattle Times reports Denver-based Alterra Mountain Company announced plans Thursday to acquire Crystal Mountain Resort, a 2,600-acre (1,050-hectare) property about 80 miles (129 kilometers) southeast of Seattle.

PARADE FATAL — The parents of an 8-year-old boy who died after being struck by a float during a Labor Day parade in northern Colorado are thanking people from around the world for supporting them. In a video statement with his wife, Jimmy Zerby said Brycen Zerby woke up so excited to be a part of their church’s float in Monday’s parade in Windsor.

REMAINS IDENTIFIED — Authorities have identified the bones found after a Kentucky man’s dog brought a human skull onto his driveway. It’s a Colorado man, reported missing in 2016. News outlets report Shelby County Sheriff’s detective Mark Moore announced Thursday that that remains were identified as 29-year-old Timothy J. Stites of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

BLUE MESA RESERVOIR-LOW LEVELS — Colorado’s largest body of water is on track to approach historic lows this fall, prompting early closures of some of the area’s recreation opportunities. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says Blue Mesa Reservoir, which feeds into the Colorado River, is currently at 39 percent capacity.

SPORTS:

BBN--DODGERS-ROCKIES

DENVER — The Colorado Rockies try to maintain their lead in the NL West when they begin a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. The Rockies will throw Jon Gray, while the Dodgers counter with ace Clayton Kershaw. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 6:40 p.m. game.

ARKANSAS-COLORADO ST

FORT COLLINS — Here’s a rare sight: A Southeastern Conference football team visiting Colorado State . No rolling out the red carpet for Arkansas on Saturday, though. The Rams defense has done far too much of that already, allowing an average of 44 points and 606.5 yards through two games. By Pat Graham. SENT: 793 words, photos.

FBC--COLORADO-NEBRASKA

LINCOLN, Neb. — Even though it’s been eight years since former conference mates Colorado and Nebraska played, some things never change. The Buffaloes talk up a big rivalry with their neighbors to the east and the Cornhuskers give it tepid acknowledgement. In advance of the game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, and in a nod to nostalgia, Colorado (1-0) invited former coach Bill McCartney to stir the pot. By Eric Olson. SENT: 796 words, photos.

FBN--QB RANKINGS

DENVER — Although Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles kept him from adding to his fistful of Super Bowl rings last winter, Tom Brady remains the best quarterback in the NFL, even at age 41. In the first of the weekly Associated Press position rankings for this season, Brady edged out Aaron Rodgers in voting by 10 AP football writers. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 917 words, photos.

FBC--ARKANSAS QBS

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — When Arkansas junior quarterback Ty Storey entered the game on the first drive of the 55-20 season-opening victory over Eastern Illinois, he handed the ball to running back Devwah Whaley for an uneventful 3-yard rush. He was immediately relieved by sophomore starter Cole Kelley and he didn’t see the field again until the second quarter. Twelve completions, 261 yards and three passing touchdowns later, the second game of the season is looming and Storey appears to have played his way into the starter’s role. By Andrew Epperson. SENT: 617 words, photos.

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