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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

February 16, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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COLORADO-TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY

DENVER _ Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has denounced Donald Trump’s decision Friday to declare a national emergency so the president can find funds to build a southern border wall. The Democratic governor issued a Friday statement calling Trump’s plan to bypass Congress to spend more money on border barriers “an astonishing abuse of power.” “While the president tries to separate us, Coloradans, and my administration, will continue to unite by building a better Colorado for all,” Polis said. SENT: 380 words.

MOUNTAIN LION ATTACK

FORT COLLINS _ Fear washed over Travis Kauffman as he wrestled with a thrashing mountain lion that attacked him on a Colorado mountain trail, but then his fighting instinct took over as he found its neck with his foot and suffocated the young cat. The 31-year-old trail runner recalled Thursday his encounter with the silent cat that lunged at him from behind, clamped its jaws down on his wrist and clawed at his neck, face and body. Striking the mountain lion on the head with a rock didn’t get it to release its grip. Neither did his attempts to stab the animal in the neck with twigs. By P. Solomon Banda. SENT: 690 words, photos and video.

COLORADO RIVER-DROUGHT PLAN

PHOENIX — Top Arizona Democrats on Friday accused the Republican House speaker of risking the collapse of a drought plan for the Colorado River by pushing legislation that has angered the Gila River Indian Community, a key player in the negotiations to protect the water supply for 40 million people. But Speaker Rusty Bowers dug in, saying he has no plans to withdraw the measure that Gila River Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis said threatens water rights that the tribe gained through a landmark settlement in 2004 at the culmination of a decadeslong battle. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 720 words.

With: COLORADO RIVER-DROUGHT PLAN-THE LATEST

WESTERN STORMS

SAUSALITO, Calif. _ California turned to cleanup and damage assessment Friday as a powerful storm that drenched the state brought flood dangers to Arizona, and other parts of the West dealt with impacts from a blitz of winter weather. Firefighters rescued a motorist who called 911 to report his car was being swept down a wash in Tucson, Arizona, by runoff from the storm, which passed through overnight. Road crews in parts of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming worked to clear avalanches that had closed mountain highways and to mitigate potential avalanche threats. By Terence Chea and John Antczak. SENT: 630 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ DERAILMENT-PASSENGER EJECTED _ Transportation officials have fired the operator of a light rail train that derailed in suburban Denver — ejecting a woman and severing her leg — after determining the train was going too fast as it approached a curve.

_ AURORA BUILDING SITE-HUMAN BONES _ Investigators say bones found by a construction crew building a housing development in suburban Denver are those of a Native American man who died at least a century ago.

_ STATE TROOPER KILLED _ A mistrial has been declared in a second trial of a truck driver accused of hitting and killing a Colorado State Patrol trooper in 2016 on Interstate 25.

_ FEMALE TOPLESS BAN _ A federal appeals court panel has upheld a lower court injunction against a Fort Collins ban on women going topless in public.

_ BOULDER COUNTY-DRILLING _ A judge has dismissed 20 claims in a lawsuit brought by Boulder County that looks to stop a proposed oil and gas drilling project.

_ ROCKIES AVALANCHES _ Road crews in parts of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming worked Friday to clear avalanches that had closed mountain highways and to mitigate potential avalanche threats.

_ CHILD SEX ASSAULT-ART STUDENT _ A Colorado resident is accused of sexually assaulting an underage girl when she was an art student of his in western Nebraska.

_ BATTLEMENT MESA-DRILLING _ A group of residents has filed a lawsuit to stop a plan to drill for natural gas near mobile homes in western Colorado.

_ SOUTH CAROLINA-DENVER FLIGHTS _ A South Carolina airport is adding nonstop flights to Denver.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for Mar. fell 2.75 cents at 5.0425 a bushel; Mar. corn was unchanged at 3.7475 a bushel; Mar. oats lost 6.25 cents at $2.7575 a bushel; while Mar. soybeans was up 4 cents at $9.0750 a bushel.

SPORTS:

BRONCOS-MARSHALL

ENGLEWOOD — Even though Brandon Marshall was expecting it, Friday’s news that he had likely played his last game in a Denver Broncos uniform threw him for a bit of a loop. “It’s just different when it’s in the news and everybody knows about it and it’s not just you and your agent talking about it,” Marshall said after the Broncos told his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, that they don’t plan to pick up the linebacker’s option. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 530 words, photo.

WORLDS-SHIFFRIN’S RIVAL

ARE, Sweden — All of a sudden, Mikaela Shiffrin has a rival who believes she can compete with the American on the same level. Having already claimed a silver medal in Alpine combined, Petra Vlhova won the giant slalom ahead of Shiffrin at the world championships and will be looking for another gold in the concluding slalom on Saturday. “In one day, a lot of things have changed,” Livio Magoni, Vlhova’s coach, told The Associated Press on Friday. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 560 words, photos.

ALL-STAR-CURRY FAMILY WEEKEND

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dell Curry looks forward to those nights when he can open a bottle of wine, take a seat on his recliner in front of the fireplace alongside wife Sonya and watch their NBA sons play basketball simultaneously on two large-screen television sets in his living room. Those are the nights he has to pinch himself realizing how blessed his family is. By Steve Reed. SENT: 860 words, photos.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

_ NUGGETS-FRONT OFFICE _ The Denver Nuggets have extended the contracts of president of basketball operations Tim Connelly and the rest of the front office in the midst of one of the best seasons in franchise history.

_ WORLD CUP _ Russia’s Elena Nikitina and Germany’s Jacqueline Loelling shared the win in a women’s World Cup skeleton race on Friday. (With AP Photos)

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