Monthly archives: February, 2017

John Lynch pulls from Denver roots in landing 49ers GM job

HOUSTON — In a decision that rocked the NFL a week before the Super Bowl, former Broncos safety and current Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist John Lynch was named the 49ers’ new general manager, signing a whopping six-year deal without owning a day of front-office experience.
Lynch is expected to team with Kyle Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator and son of former Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan, who will likely be announced as the 49ers head coach following the Super Bowl.
Lynch’s hiring is a surprise not only because of his inexperience and lengthy contract, but also because of how the deal came to fruition. This was born of a phone call, he told local media here at the Super Bowl. Simply a conversation between he and Shanahan after the Falcons’ divisional playoff win over the Seahawks, which Lynch commentated on as part of Fox Sports’ crew.
“(Kyle) and I caught up as we often do after a game and just told him how impressed I was and, at that time, I knew that he was in..

Colorado’s health insurance exchange extends deadline to enroll, amid surge in sign-ups

Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace, is extending the deadline for people to sign up for coverage this year.
If customers began the enrollment process by midnight Tuesday — the previous deadline — they will now have until 6 p.m. Friday to complete registration. Coverage will still kick in by March 1.
Connect for Health Colorado is where people in the state buy health insurance plans and receive tax credits under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Even if the health insurance law is repealed, the plans will remain valid for the year.
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Music helps dogs chill out, and they might have personal preferences

By Karin Brulliard, The Washington Post
Does your dog need to relax? Maybe Fido just needs to hear some Bob Marley or Air Supply.
Or better yet, get Spot a Spotify account, because new research indicates that when it comes to music, dogs like variety.
In a study conducted with the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, researchers at the University of Glasgow played six-hour Spotify playlists from five genres of music to shelter dogs. On one day, the dogs heard classical; on others they grooved to soft rock, reggae, pop and Motown. The researchers recorded the dogs’ heart rate variability, their cortisol levels and behaviors like barking and lying down — all measures of stress levels — as they listened to the tunes, as well as on days when no music was played.
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Pueblo County deputies arrest three in connection with illegal, 230-plant marijuana grow

Pueblo County authorities arrested three people on Monday after a raid on what they say was an illegal, 230-plant marijuana grow at a home.
The county sheriff’s office found the grow after fielding a tip about the operation in the 32000 block of Daniel Road, just south of the Pueblo Memorial Airport. Detectives searched a home and two outbuildings on the property, finding the plants, which were in various stages of growth.
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Give Colorado cyclists the freedom to roll through intersections

Seth McConnell, YourHub file Colorado Senate Bill 93 would allow bicyclists to treat stop signs like yield signs and red lights like stop signs.
Even in bicycle-happy Colorado, legislation that would give cyclists greater freedom at intersections is likely a bill before its time. That’s too bad, for we see benefit in the idea. Especially in Denver, where officials continue to build more infrastructure for cyclists, and bicycle commuting is a growing reality, laws that acknowledge the inherent differences between vehicles and cycles could do a lot of good.
State Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, has introduced Senate Bill 93, which would empower cyclists to treat stop signs like yield signs and red lights like stop signs. Kerr, who regularly commutes to the Capitol on his bicycle, admits his measure faces significant obstacles. Still, he tells us he remains hopeful about its passage, given bipartisan support in the House and Senate. Either way, Kerr strongly believes now is the time to get ..

CDOT director blames surge in Colorado roadway fatalities on an “epidemic of distracted driving”

Colorado’s top transportation official on Tuesday blamed a spike in state roadway fatalities last year on an “epidemic of distracted driving,” saying motorists need to take responsibility for their safety and the safety of other drivers.
“We’ve kind of seen the limit of taking dangerous intersections out and putting in grade-separated crossings or adding clear zones,” Colorado Department of Transportation executive director Shailen Bhatt, said. “We can engineer the system as well as we can. But the behavioral stuff is not something that we can move the needle on drastically, except for our education programs.”
At least 605 people died on Colorado’s roadways in 2016, including an all-time high 125 motorcyclists and a 15-year high 84 pedestrians and 16 bicyclists. The overall number of deaths is an 11 percent increase over 2015, when 547 people died on the state’s roadways.
“Ninety percent of crashes are a result of human error,” Bhatt said. “That’s why we don’t call them accidents, w..

Daughter, 10, who died from gunshots in Highlands Ranch home is identified

The 10-year-old girl who died of multiple gunshot wounds Monday in a Highlands Ranch home was officially identified Tuesday.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded at 7:30 a.m. Monday to a residence on Crestmore Way about the discovery of the bodies of 10-year-old Emma Benavides and 39-year-old Cristi Benavides.
The pair were mother and daughter.
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The Douglas County coroner’s office on Tuesday said it completed an autopsy on the child, and the cause of her death was multiple gun shot wounds. The sheriff’s office is investigating the case.
The cause of Cristi Benavides’ death was not released Tuesday.
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Wickstrom: Colorado Parks and Wildlife initiates baiting program to move deer, elk

Big game animals, especially elk and deer, are among Colorado’s most valuable resources. The sale of hunting licenses is a huge part of Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s annual budget. Activities associated with hunting pump millions of dollars into Colorado’s economy.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is charged with the management of all of the state’s wildlife. This includes hunting regulations, habitat improvement, agriculture, mitigating detrimental situations to maintaining wildlife populations and public safety.
J. Wenum, the area wildlife manager in Gunnison, joined me on the radio to discuss the unusual winter we are having and some issues with deer and elk movement. The winter in Gunnison Valley began with very mild weather, then around the first of the year the snow began to accumulate. An area that would normally get about 50 inches of snow for an entire season saw 60 inches in four weeks.
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Denver police looking for suspect after man is critically hurt in Capitol Hill stabbing

Denver police are searching for a suspect after a man was critically hurt in a Capitol Hill stabbing early Sunday.
Denver police officers were called to the alley between the 1400 blocks of Emerson and Ogden streets about 2 a.m. Sunday where they found the man suffering from multiple stab wounds, spokesman Doug Schepman said.
The victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition. An update on his condition was not available Tuesday.
“The incident remains under investigation, but the preliminary indication is that an altercation occurred, resulting in the stabbing,” Schepman said.
Police say they have not made any arrests in the case and are working to develop suspect information.
Anyone with information on the stabbing is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.
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