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Kiszla: Why John Elway was smart to pick Vance Joseph over Kyle Shanahan as Broncos coach

Kiszla: Why John Elway was smart to pick Vance Joseph over Kyle Shanahan as Broncos coach

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostAlthough the Broncos missed the NFL playoffs, a big winner of the was .Here’s why: Denver did not hire as its head coach.Be glad, Broncos Country. Given a choice, Denver tabbed to replace on the sideline, leaving one of the NFL’s more dysfunctional franchises, the San Francisco 49ers, to fill its vacancy with Shanahan, the son of the mastermind. I know it’s early, but that’s the best news of the year for the Broncos in 2017 and beyond.After Atlanta suffered the biggest collapse in Super Bowl...

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Joe Biden’s low-key campaign style worries some Democrats

Joe Biden’s low-key campaign style worries some Democrats

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy , and | The Associated PressWILMINGTON, Del. — The final stretch of a presidential campaign is typically a nonstop mix of travel, caffeine and adrenaline. But as the worst pandemic in a century bears down on the United States, Joe Biden is taking a lower key approach.Since his Aug. 11 selection of California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, Biden has had 22 days where he either didn’t make public appearances, held only virtual fundraisers or ventured from his Delaware home solely for church, according to an...

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Friednash: To save our republic, heed George Washington and abandon this toxic two-party system

Friednash: To save our republic, heed George Washington and abandon this toxic two-party system

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | Columnist for The Denver PostGeorge Washington warned us.On the eve of the most important election of my lifetime, America continues to be ripped apart by hateful partisanship and petty political tribalism.Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was correct in recently describing the Senate elections as a “knife fight in an alley.” That same metaphor describes the way our nation is governed too.Politicians too often choose party over country, acrimony over unity, and posturing to win the next election cycle over...

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Call police for a woman who is changing clothes in an alley? A new program in Denver sends mental health professionals instead.

Call police for a woman who is changing clothes in an alley? A new program in Denver sends mental health professionals instead.

Chris Richardson, Associate Director of Criminal Justice Services, left, and paramedic Chase Lindquist get in a STAR van to respond to an emergency call on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Calls dispatched to STAR are non-violent 911 calls that replace the need for police to respond to calls that don't threaten public safety.A concerned passerby dialed 911 to report a sobbing woman sitting alone on a curb in downtown Denver.Instead of a police officer, dispatchers sent Carleigh Sailon, a seasoned mental health professional with a penchant for wearing Phish T-shirts, to see what was going on.The...

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Judge removes Trump’s public lands boss for serving unlawfully for 424 days

Judge removes Trump’s public lands boss for serving unlawfully for 424 days

In this Oct. 11, 2019, file photo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management Acting Director William “Perry” Pendley speaks at a conference for journalists in Fort Collins, Colo. President Donald Trump intends to withdraw the nomination of Pendley to head the Bureau of Land Management, a senior administration official said Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, much to the relief of environmentalists who insisted the longtime advocate of selling federal lands should not be overseeing them.BILLINGS, Mont. — A federal judge ruled Friday that President Donald Trump’s leading steward of public lands has been serving...

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Guest Commentary: I served under six presidents -- four Republicans, two Democrats -- only one has failed to serve U.S. national security interests

Guest Commentary: I served under six presidents -- four Republicans, two Democrats -- only one has failed to serve U.S. national security interests

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | Guest CommentaryI spent over 300 mornings in the Oval Office briefing the president and his senior staff. I had the privilege to manage, edit and deliver the president’s Daily Brief a summary of the most timely and critical intelligence threats to the U.S. from 2010 to 2014.As a Deputy on the National Security Council, I spent over 1,000 hours in the White House Situation Room providing the intelligence assessments which informed critical U.S. national security policy decisions — including the raid that rendered...

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Fall colors expected to peak across Colorado this weekend

Fall colors expected to peak across Colorado this weekend

We’re collecting fall photos to feature in the paper, online and on social media.Fall colors figure to be very close to the peak of their full glory in the northern mountains this weekend while nearing their peak in the central mountains. (Since we’re talking mountains, though, there will be lots of variability, depending on elevation.)Take Rocky Mountain National Park, for example.“It’s peaking on the west side of the park,” Kyle Patterson, the park’s public affairs officer, said on Wednesday. “On the east side, it’s about a week away from peak, but if you look at higher elevations, it’s...

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Head to these high-country restaurants when fall colors start to pop

Head to these high-country restaurants when fall colors start to pop

Leaf peeping is looking extra special this year, with Colorado’s . Some areas of the state are starting to peak this weekend, so be sure to fit in a quick road trip and make a reservation at a scenic high-country restaurant while you’re at it.OK, so dining among the trees might not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering an outdoor fall excursion, but we think these Colorado dining rooms with views — and their pandemic-friendly outdoor patios — are worth the detour.RELATED:Here are six to get you started.The Shaggy Sheep is a lovely stop along Highway 285, just southeast of...

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Polis warns of "third wave" as Colorado sees acceleration of COVID-19 spread across all age groups

Polis warns of "third wave" as Colorado sees acceleration of COVID-19 spread across all age groups

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostThough Colorado’s rising number of COVID-19 cases has been fueled by the “significant outbreak” among college-aged people, state officials warned Tuesday that all age groups now are seeing increased infections.Gov. Jared Polis cautioned that Colorado risks “a big third wave” of coronavirus cases if people don’t stay vigilant by wearing masks, keeping their distance from others and avoiding large gatherings — especially indoors.“This is a warning sign for us, just as we had a warning sign in July...

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Sep 22
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Leaf-peeping has started in Colorado, and it’s turning out to be extremely unusual this year

Leaf-peeping has started in Colorado, and it’s turning out to be extremely unusual this year

The annual autumnal extravaganza of outrageous forest colors has commenced in the high country, but this being 2020, there has to be something unusual about it, right?There is, as lifelong Aspen resident Mike Marolt discovered when he went on bike rides there this past weekend. While the aspen haven’t really started changing there yet, he got a show he wasn’t expecting.“Here’s the thing that’s really weird: I don’t know what’s causing it, but I’ve never seen the underbrush like this,” said Marolt, a fourth-generation Aspenite. “It’s blood red. It’s just incredible. I’ve never seen...

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Colorado's Cory Gardner won't oppose Trump SCOTUS nomination

Colorado's Cory Gardner won't oppose Trump SCOTUS nomination

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostCory Gardner may well have closed the door on any chance of the U.S. Senate blocking President Donald Trump’s forthcoming Supreme Court nominee.In a statement released Monday afternoon, Gardner made clear he will not oppose that nominee, saying that he will vote to confirm a “qualified” person to fill the seat held for 27 years by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday.“When a President exercises constitutional authority to nominate a judge for the Supreme Court vacancy, the Senate must...

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Joe Biden under pressure to unveil list of potential court picks

Joe Biden under pressure to unveil list of potential court picks

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | The Associated PressATLANTA — Joe Biden is resisting calls from President Donald Trump and even some fellow Democrats to release his list of potential Supreme Court picks seven months after he pledged to name the first Black female justice.Some on the left suggest that outlining potential picks would help Biden build enthusiasm in the final weeks of the campaign, particularly after he already selected California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, making her the first Black woman on a major presidential ticket....

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Protesters, demonstration leaders arrested in connection to rallies in Aurora

Protesters, demonstration leaders arrested in connection to rallies in Aurora

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostLeaders of protests against the death of Elijah McClain face years in prison after two prosecutors filed a bevy of charges against them Thursday for a wide variety of alleged crimes — from stealing counterprotesters’ signs to inciting a riot and kidnapping.All of the protesters — Lillian House, Joel Northam, Terrance Roberts, Whitney Lucero, Trey Quinn and John Ruch — face felonies. The charges are connected to demonstrations held in Aurora on June 27, July 3, July 12 and July 25.Arrest affidavits...

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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.

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | 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...

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Aurora bans emergency responders' use of ketamine until Elijah McClain investigation complete

Aurora bans emergency responders' use of ketamine until Elijah McClain investigation complete

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostAurora City Council on Monday banned the city’s emergency responders from using ketamine until an independent investigation into the death of Elijah McClain is complete.The council voted unanimously to temporarily stop paramedics’ use of the powerful sedative, which Aurora paramedics injected into McClain after he was violently detained by police last year.“I think it makes sense to take a pause,” Councilman Curtis Gardner, who sponsored the resolution, said.Questions about how the drug contributed...

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Trump defies coronavirus rules as "peaceful protest" rallies grow

Trump defies coronavirus rules as "peaceful protest" rallies grow

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | The Associated PressWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is running as the “law and order” candidate. But that hasn’t stopped him and his campaign from openly defying state emergency orders and flouting his own administration’s coronavirus guidelines as he holds ever-growing rallies in battleground states.Democratic governors and local leaders have urged the president to reconsider the events, warning that he’s putting lives at risk. But they have largely not tried to block the gatherings of thousands of people,...

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Federal judge: Mailing misleading voter information constitutes irreparable harm to Colorado

Federal judge: Mailing misleading voter information constitutes irreparable harm to Colorado

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostA federal judge on Monday upheld his order that the U.S. Postal Service stop delivering flyers with what the state says is misleading information on voting in Colorado, even though the Postal Service says about 75% of those flyers already have been delivered.Between about 1.8 and 2.4 million postcards were delivered to Colorado residents last week before U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martinez issued a temporary restraining order at 6:55 p.m. Saturday stopping the mailings, according to court...

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Postal Service asks judge to reconsider order barring it from sending vote info in Colorado

Postal Service asks judge to reconsider order barring it from sending vote info in Colorado

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | The Associated PressThe U.S. Postal Service on Sunday asked a federal judge in Colorado to reconsider an order barring it from continuing to distribute a mailer that the state says contains confusing information about Colorado’s mail-in voting system.Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold filed a lawsuit Saturday against the Postal Service, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and the Denver postmaster to stop delivery of the flyers, which are being distributed nationally, to Colorado voters.U.S. District Court Judge...

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Federal judge blocks USPS from sending mailers containing incorrect voting information to Coloradans

Federal judge blocks USPS from sending mailers containing incorrect voting information to Coloradans

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostA federal judge Saturday night temporarily barred the U.S. Postal Service from sending an election mailer that state Attorney General Phil Weiser and Colorado’s top election official argued contained incorrect information for Colorado voters.“The Court recognizes that removing the (mailer) from circulation may impose limited burdens on Defendants. Such burdens, however, pale in comparison to the potential disenfranchisement of registered voters within Colorado,” U.S. District Judge William Martinez...

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Colorado's mask order likely to be extended another 30 days

Colorado's mask order likely to be extended another 30 days

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostColoradans likely will be required to for at least another 30 days, Gov. Jared Polis said Friday.The mask mandate is set to expire this weekend, but Polis said successful mask-wearing is the reason the state is able to talk about reopening schools and the possibility of high school football this fall.“The masks are working,” he said. “We all are frustrated with masks.I can’t wait, can’t wait, until two things: the fire ban is over and the mask requirement is over.”The governor joked at a news...

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Poll shows narrowest lead yet for Hickenlooper in Senate challenge of Gardner

Poll shows narrowest lead yet for Hickenlooper in Senate challenge of Gardner

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostA shows Colorado’s U.S. Senate race at its narrowest point to date with four weeks before ballots are mailed.Democratic challenger leads Republican by a five-point margin, 51% to 46%, in the telephone survey of 800 likely voters conducted by bipartisan polling firms of Fabrizio Ward and Hart Research between Aug. 30 and Sept. 5. The poll was paid for by and has a 3.6% margin of error.It is the first survey to show Gardner within five points of Hickenlooper and the fourth recent poll to show the...

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CHSAA board unanimously votes to not move high school football to fall, despite Gov. Polis saying state was open to idea

CHSAA board unanimously votes to not move high school football to fall, despite Gov. Polis saying state was open to idea

Josh Pinello #30 of the Castle View Sabercats cheers with teammates prior to taking on the Arapahoe Warriors at Douglas County Stadium on Sept. 6, 2019 in Castle Rock.The push to bring back high school football this fall appears to be over.The Colorado High School Activities Association Board of Directors voted Tuesday night not to reconsider changes to the revised 2020-21 athletic calendar the moved football and other sports to the spring.The vote came hours after Gov. Jared Polis expressed a willingness to bring back football this autumn.“We are focused on getting school started and...

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Booming Front Range cities take first steps to build $500 million dam, reservoir near Holy Cross Wilderness

Booming Front Range cities take first steps to build $500 million dam, reservoir near Holy Cross Wilderness

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostHOMESTAKE CREEK — A hundred miles from Colorado’s Front Range house-building boom, field scientist Delia Malone dug her fingers into spongy high-mountain wetlands at the edge of the Holy Cross Wilderness.She found, about 15 inches underground, partially decayed roots, twigs and the cold moisture of a fen. These structures form over thousands of years and store water that seeps down from melting snow.Malone has been digging about 20 holes a day, surveying fens for the U.S. Forest Service, to better...

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Tech’s love affair with Colorado expected to continue despite global pandemic

Tech’s love affair with Colorado expected to continue despite global pandemic

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostDespite a global pandemic, Colorado will continue to be attractive to tech companies.“We can attract talent at levels that other states just can’t,” says Michelle Hadwiger, director of Global Business Development at the Colorado Office of Economic Development and Trade. “That means companies can find the educated and diversified talent they need here.”Colorado also is the most similar culturally to the Bay Area, where many tech companies have headquarters. “We share the same fit and active...

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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

While 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 going to see more of a brown...

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