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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

February 27, 2019

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

SKI VILLAGE SQUABBLE

DENVER _ A developer who wants to build condos and businesses at a remote Colorado ski area won approval Wednesday from the U.S. Forest Service to construct an access road across public land. It was the latest milestone in a 33-year battle between the developer and environmentalists over the future of the scenic landscape around Wolf Creek Pass. By Dan Elliott. Upcoming.

HOMELESS-DENVER

DENVER _ The city will give homeless people notice before confiscating their belongings and make it easier for them retrieve seized items under a proposed settlement of a federal lawsuit that challenged the way the growing city was clearing homeless encampments. By Colleen Slevin. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

PRESCRIPTION FRAUD _ Federal prosecutors have accused a 63-year-old fugitive Colorado pharmacist of fraudulently billing Medicaid and Medicare out of $7.8 million. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver says George Sackey gave customers at his pharmacies in Aurora and Denver generic arthritis pain creams that his employees mixed themselves and billed the government for brand-name medication never delivered.

DENVER CITY HALL-THREAT _ Police are trying to track down a caller who made an unspecified threat against Denver’s city hall that led authorities to temporarily lock the building down. Deputy Mayor Murphy Robinson says Denver’s 911 service alerted security officials of the threat against the City & County Building at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

WATER-SERVICE DISRUPTION _ A town in western Colorado cut off water to about a third of its users after officials discovered two major leaks that diminished the water supply. Paonia Town Administrator Ken Knight tells The Daily Sentinel that the water service disruption could last up to 48 hours.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

BEER-UTAH

SALT LAKE CITY _ Utah lawmakers moved closer Tuesday to adopting alcohol levels for beer that are in line with most production-line brews sold around the country, despite opposition from the influential Mormon church. The state Senate overwhelming passed the measure to raise low alcohol limits on Tuesday, though it’s expected to face more opposition at the state House of Representatives. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 461 words, photos.

LAST ASH ROUNDUP

WALTON, N.Y. _ Loggers in snowy forests are cutting down ash like there’s no tomorrow, seeking to stay one step ahead of a fast-spreading beetle killing the tree in dozens of states. The emerald ash borer has been chewing its way through trees from Maine to Colorado for about two decades, devastating a species prized for yielding a light-grained hardwood attractive enough for furniture and resilient enough for baseball bats. Many hard-hit areas are east of the Mississippi River and north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Some fear areas in the invasion zone like upstate New York might have only five to seven years of ash logging left. By Michael Hill. SENT: 743 words, photos.

SPORTS:

ROCKIES-ARENADO

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. _ Nolan Arenado says he wants to spend his entire major league career with the Colorado Rockies and had no desire to become a free agent after this season. “At the end of the day my heart was here,” he said Wednesday, a day after agreeing to a $260 million, eight-year contract. By Tim Booth. SENT: 312 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words.

HKN--CANUCKS-AVALANCHE

DENVER _ Colorado and Vancouver are both fighting for playoff position when the teams meet Wednesday night. The Canucks are four points behind an Avalanche teams that’s a point out of the last playoff spot. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 7:30 p.m. game.

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