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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

March 21, 2019

Colorado at 1:30 p.m.

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WESTERN LANDS-PUBLIC ACCESS

BILLINGS, Mont. _ Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is ordering federal land managers to give more consideration to public access concerns when selling or trading public land. Thursday’s secretarial order comes amid longstanding complaints that millions of acres of state and federal land in the American West can be reached only by traveling across private property or small slivers of public land. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 404 words.

ALSO OF COLORADO INTEREST:

NEW MEXICO COMPOUND

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Five people arrested at a ramshackle New Mexico compound where one of the suspect’s sons was found dead pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal terrorism-related charges and other counts that their attorneys say the group would not be facing if they weren’t Muslims. The two men and three women have been charged of conspiring to support planned attacks on U.S. law enforcement officers, military members and government employees while living on the outskirts of Amalia, just south of the Colorado border. By Mary Hudetz. SENT: 403 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

ROCKIES BLIZZARD-TROOPER DEATH— A Colorado State Patrol trooper struck and killed by a car during last week’s blizzard was honored before being laid to rest. Will be updated after 10 a.m. service. AP member photos planned.

COLORADO SPRINGS-INACCESSIBILITY LAWSUITS _ Colorado Springs has agreed to install more than 15,000 curb ramps over the next 14 years to settle its second lawsuit in six months involving claims the city’s streets and sidewalks are inaccessible to the disabled.

COUNTY EMPLOYEE-THEFT CHARGE _ The Colorado Bureau of Investigation says a 70-year-old former Clear Creek County employee faces multiple felony charges after an investigation into the theft of more than $200,000 from a center that provides various social services. The agency says Candace Morehouse has been arrested on theft, money laundering and forgery charges.

SPORTS:

HKN--AVALANCHE-STARS

DALLAS _ The Stars, the Western Conference wildcard leader, is home against against playoff-chasing Colorado. The Avalanche are second team behind the second wildcard, like they were after a 4-0 loss at Dallas two weeks ago. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos from 6:30 p.m. game.

BKN--NUGGETS-WIZARDS

WASHINGTON _ The Denver Nuggets are vying for the No. 1 seed in the West as they take on the about-to-be-eliminated Washington Wizards on Thursday night. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 5 p.m. game.

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