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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

December 20, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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COLORADO RANCH-ACCESS BATTLE

DENVER _ A decades-old legal fight over access to a historic southern Colorado ranch may soon reach a conclusion. The Colorado Sun reports that William Harrison, owner of the San Luis Valley ranch, said Tuesday he is ending his legal efforts to restrict access by heirs of an 1844 Mexican land grant on which the ranch sits. SENT: 380 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ COLORADO-GENDER IDENTITY _ Colorado residents now can change their gender identity on their birth certificate.

_ COLORADO DAM EXPANSION _ Six environmental groups have asked a federal judge to block the expansion of a reservoir in the foothills southwest of Boulder.

_ CONVERSION THERAPY BAN-DENVER _ Denver’s City Council will soon consider a ban on psychotherapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation of minors.

_ POLICE-INVOLVED DEATH-COLORADO _ Authorities have identified the man who died after police tried to arrest him at a suburban Denver apartment complex.

_ MALL SHOOTING-COLORADO SPRINGS _ Police say three people were wounded in a drive-by shooting outside a Colorado Springs mall Tuesday. Police initially said two people had been shot but police discovered there was a third victim, a juvenile, after he went to the hospital for treatment early Wednesday.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for Mar. was off 10 cents at 5.2275 a bushel; Mar. corn was down 4 cents at 3.8150 a bushel; Mar. oats unchanged at $2.87 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans fell 7.25 cents at $9.0050 a bushel.

SPORTS:

MISSY FRANKLIN RETIRES

Five-time Olympic champion Missy Franklin is retiring from swimming at age 23, citing chronic shoulder pain that has affected her for the last 2½ years. She announced her plans Wednesday in a letter posted on ESPN.com. Franklin’s spokeswoman says the swimmer is with her family in Colorado for the holidays and isn’t commenting further for now. SENT: 480 words, photos.

BRONCOS CORNERBACKS

ENGLEWOOD _ The Denver Broncos are getting some healthy bodies back at cornerback as they try to win their final two games and avoid the franchise’s first back-to-back losing seasons in 48 years. With Denver out of playoff contention and facing a slew of injuries at the position, the Broncos placed star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. on injured reserve and signed free agent Craig Mager, who was released by the Chargers earlier this season. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 750 words, photo.

SEX ABUSE-SOLUTION

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. _ It’s one task to compile a list of banned coaches, quite another to identify all the good ones. While Olympic overseers struggle to compile a comprehensive list of bad actors in the wake of a wide-ranging sex-abuse crisis, an entrepreneur with a passion for youth sports is embarking on what could prove to be an even more meaningful task: helping families discover which coaches are not only certified, but best qualified to work with their kids. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 850 words, photo.

CANADIENS-AVALANCHE

The Montreal Canadiens visit the Colorado Avalanche. (Game starts at 6:30 p.m. MT)

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