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Kiszla: Paul Millsap is $30 million of dead weight. Nuggets need to bench him to avoid getting bounced from NBA playoffs by Utah.

Kiszla: Paul Millsap is $30 million of dead weight. Nuggets need to bench him to avoid getting bounced from NBA playoffs by Utah.

By | | The Denver PostLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Nuggets’ bubble is about to burst. Their pathetic defense succeeds only as an exercise in social distancing. Injured starter Will Barton has gone home. And his teammates acted as if they didn’t want to be here during a distressing 124-105 playoff loss to Utah on Wednesday.“We can’t be afraid to look in the mirror and see why we lost,” Denver coach Michael Malone said afterward.The first person requiring deep reflection is Malone. He’s paid to make tough decisions. It’s time to bench veteran forward Paul Millsap, who has been $30...

August 19, 2020
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Colorado cannabis sales hit new all-time high in May at more than $192 million

Colorado cannabis sales hit new all-time high in May at more than $192 million

By | | The Denver PostCannabis sales in Colorado set a new monthly record in May, hitting their highest level since recreational sales began in 2014.Dispensaries in May, according to data from the Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division. That’s up about 29% from April and an increase of 32% from May 2019.Sales at both medical and recreational pot shops hit monthly all-time highs, at $42,989,322 and $149,186,615, respectively. Collectively, both sectors have sold more than $779 million in 2020 and paid more than to the state.Roy Bingham, co-founder and executive chairman of...

July 13, 2020
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Rockets target Michael Porter Jr. in potential James Harden trade, gained no traction with Nuggets, sources say

Rockets target Michael Porter Jr. in potential James Harden trade, gained no traction with Nuggets, sources say

By | | The Denver PostThe Nuggets were one of numerous teams the Houston Rockets called to gauge interest about a potential James Harden trade. Those talks didn’t gain any traction, however, a league source told The Denver Post.Houston’s interest centered firmly on Nuggets small forward Michael Porter Jr., the source said. Those talks haven’t materialized into anything substantial. Any potential deal would have to include Gary Harris or Will Barton, if not both, to match salaries, which would leave the Nuggets extremely thin on the wing.As rumors circulated about a potential deal to...

December 22, 2020
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Abnormally early below-freezing temperatures could ruin Colorado leaf-peeping this year

Abnormally early below-freezing temperatures could ruin Colorado leaf-peeping this year

By | and | | The Denver PostWhile the snowstorm that barged into the state from the north overnight may help  and others in the state, the cold temperatures that came with it may ruin leaf-peeping.That’s according to Dan West, the state forest entomologist for the Colorado State Forest Service. Snowfall isn’t the problem, but below freezing temperatures will do the damage.“It’s definitely going to affect the amount of fall foliage that we see this season,” West said. “We’re likely to see quite a bit of loss of color. Instead of seeing the yellows and the oranges, we’re instead...

September 8, 2020
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Second effort to recall Gov. Jared Polis doesn't submit required signatures by deadline

Second effort to recall Gov. Jared Polis doesn't submit required signatures by deadline

By | | The Denver PostFor the in a row, an did not turn in the required signatures by the deadline, and organizers say they are requesting an extension.Petitioners had to collect 631,266 valid signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office by 5 p.m. Friday to be verified before they could initiate a recall election. Organizers have said they started the effort because they believe the governor abused his powers in his response to the pandemic.“After much consideration an extension for time to collect signatures has been requested due to Polis’ unconstitutional Covid Restrictions limiting...

November 13, 2020
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Police upping patrols at Tri-County Health after "civil war" threat over coronavirus restrictions

Police upping patrols at Tri-County Health after "civil war" threat over coronavirus restrictions

By | | The Denver PostPolice in Greenwood Village are increasing patrols around the Tri-County Health Department after authorities say someone sent a threatening email to the office’s receptionist that warned of a looming “civil war” over ongoing coronavirus restrictions.Greenwood Village police say they took a report Tuesday from an employee at Tri-County Health’s offices at 6162 S. Willow Drive who passed along a profane email urging the health department to “END. THE LOCKDOWN. NOW. Or face severe consequences.”Tri-County Health’s extended stay-at-home order — covering Adams and Arapahoe...

May 7, 2020
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Kanye West files paperwork to get on Colorado ballot as presidential candidate

Kanye West files paperwork to get on Colorado ballot as presidential candidate

By | | The Denver PostUpdate: The Colorado secretary of state’s office on Aug. 6, 2020, clearing the way for him to appear on the state’s Nov. 3 ballot.Rapper Kanye West filed as a presidential candidate for Colorado’s November ballot Wednesday after his campaign enlisted help from a local Republican operative.Betsy Hart, a spokesperson for the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, confirmed that West’s campaign submitted electronically ahead of a mid-afternoon deadline.“Our office will still need to review that the presidential electors filed are registered Colorado voters before his...

August 5, 2020
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Rocky Mountain National Park partially closes, firefighters set up defenses as Cameron Peak fire grows

Rocky Mountain National Park partially closes, firefighters set up defenses as Cameron Peak fire grows

By | and | | The Denver PostCrews fighting the Cameron Peak fire 40 miles west of Fort Collins are mounting defensive measures to protect Rocky Mountain National Park from the blaze that has grown to more than 14,000 acres. As of Tuesday morning, officials said the burn area was within 5 miles of the park’s northern boundary, although that includes fires that were deliberately set in containment efforts.“We intentionally used some burnout operations on the southern side of the fire (Monday), putting fire on the ground to be able to consume some of the grasses, vegetation and trees that...

August 18, 2020
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Hikers at popular Ice Lakes trail left behind feces, trash and damaged historic mining structures

Hikers at popular Ice Lakes trail left behind feces, trash and damaged historic mining structures

By | and | | The Denver PostWhile reports of crowding and resource damage in Colorado’s public lands have been commonplace during the coronavirus pandemic, what unfolded over the summer in the spectacular Ice Lakes area of the San Juan Range near Silverton has to be among the most egregious.Campfires were built on sensitive high alpine tundra, fueled by wood pilfered from historic mining structures. Human waste was left around the perimeter of Ice Lake and neighboring Island Lake. Campers unable to find legal campsites near the trailhead below set up tents on roadsides or overstayed 14-day...

December 14, 2020
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Denver's stay-at-home order will be extended to May 8 even as state's mandate is about to expire

Denver's stay-at-home order will be extended to May 8 even as state's mandate is about to expire

By | | The Denver PostMayor Michael Hancock will extend Denver’s stay-at-home order to May 8, even as much of the rest of the state will of similar restrictions that had been designed to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.Other parts of the metro area are expected to follow Hancock’s lead.Hancock and later extended it to April 30, but without additional guidance from Gov. Jared Polis’s office on how to enforce less-stringent guidelines, the city needs additional time to figure out how more and more Denverites can safely leave their homes, spokeswoman Theresa Marchetta said.Polis...

April 24, 2020
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