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AP-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

July 24, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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BOISE, Idaho — Fire-lookout towers perched atop remote, craggy peaks across the U.S. West may seem like quaint reminders of an era before satellites, smartphones and jet-propelled air tankers. Indeed, some of the structures are more than 100 years old. But with their lofty views and good old-fashioned human observation, fire lookouts play a crucial role in the nation’s front-line efforts to stop wildfires. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 910 words, photos.


HARTFORD, Conn. — Allowing inmates to stare at computer tablet screens for hours each day may be just the ticket for creating calm, orderly cellblocks, prison officials say. But tablets, growing in popularity in prisons nationwide, also can help inmates advance their education, connect with family and prepare them for life in the technology-saturated outside world, officials say. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 920 words, photos.


DENVER — A federal judge rejected claims that a long-stalled irrigation dam in Montana would doom a primitive, endangered fish species, prompting U.S. officials to say Tuesday that a contract for the project will be awarded by the end of the year. Judge Brian Morris ruled last week that environmental groups failed to prove there were practical alternatives to the Yellowstone River dam that will serve about 400 farmers in western North Dakota and eastern Montana. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 360 words, photo.


— PLANE BOMB THREAT-SENTENCE — A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for writing a false bomb threat while onboard a flight traveling from San Diego to Denver in 2017.

— COLORADO FLOODING — People in southern Colorado are cleaning up after heavy rain triggered mudslides and flooding and hail piled up like snow.

— COLORADO WILDFIRES — Crews are fighting two wildfires started by lightning in northwestern Colorado.

— COLORADO WILDERNESS — Congresswoman Diana DeGette is trying again to gain wilderness protection for 740,000 acres (299,467 hectares) of land in Colorado.

— BOY DROWNS — A 4-year-old Colorado boy pulled last week from the water of a western Nebraska lake has died.

— ABANDONED STORAGE UNIT-EVIDENCE — A former Colorado detective has been sentenced to 15 days in jail and fined $1,000 for mishandling evidence.

— LIQUOR LICENSE SURRENDERED — The owners of a downtown Boulder property have surrendered their tavern liquor license following the death of a customer as part of a plea deal.

— CLIFF DIVER DEATH — Authorities have recovered the body of a Fort Carson soldier who went missing while cliff jumping at Lake Pueblo State Park.

— CONVICTED RAPIST-PAROLE REVOKED — The Colorado Parole Board has revoked a 43-year-old convicted rapist’s parole after determining that he violated the terms of his release.

— LIQUOR LICENSE SUSPENDED — The owners of a downtown Boulder property have surrendered their tavern liquor license following the death of a customer.

— WESTMINSTER DEVELOPMENT MORATORIUM — A Colorado sewer system is so overburdened that the city is banning new development for 12 months.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Sept. was fell 3.50 cents at 5.1025 a bushel; Sept. corn was off 5.25 cents at 3.52 a bushel; Sept. oats lost 1 cent at $2.3050 bushel; while Aug. soybeans was off 2 cents at $8.4975 a bushel.



DENVER — With their seven game win streak over, the Colorado Rockies return home for a two-game series with reigning World Series champion Houston on Tuesday. Lefty Tyler Anderson starts for the Rockies against Houston’s Gerrit Cole. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. (Game starts at 6:40 p.m. MT)


NEW YORK — The NFL season doesn’t start for another six weeks and already job security is an issue for some coaches. Yes, even in late July. Every season, teams that entered with low expectations show significant improvement and make unexpected deep postseason runs. Last season, Jacksonville with coach Doug Marrone went to the AFC championship game and held a late lead at New England before Tom Brady rallied the Patriots. And, of course, the Eagles and coach Doug Pederson, despite losing Carson Wentz to a torn ACL, beat Brady and Bill Belichick in the Super Bowl. By Simmi Buttar. SENT: 890 words, photos.


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