Barack Obama backs dozens of Democrats, including Colorado attorney general candidate Phil Weiser

Former President Barack Obama took a public step back into the electoral arena on Wednesday, issuing a slate of 81 endorsements for Democrats running in the 2018 elections and giving his stamp of approval to more than a dozen veterans of his administration and election campaigns who are seeking office in their own right. AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post Phil Weiser, a former dean of the University of Colorado law school who also worked in the Obama administration, won the

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Colorado Rockies’ July revival based on historically good pitching, hot bats

ST. LOUIS — On June 30, the Rockies were 41-42, in fourth place in the National League West and six games out of first place. They entered Wednesday night’s game against the Cardinals with a 58-48 record and in second place in the NL West, a mere half-game behind Arizona. So what happened? July happened. It is, on average, the warmest month in most of the Northern hemisphere, and for the Rockies, this July was one of the hottest months in franchise history.

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Colorado state lawmaker Time Leonard drops out of re-election race after judge declines to lower his child support payments

A Colorado state representative ended his re-election campaign because a judge didn’t lower his alimony and child support payments. Rep. Tim Leonard, R-Evergreen, told Complete Colorado he can’t be a lawmaker and abide by the court’s ruling to keep his monthly payment at $2,500. Leonard, who divorced several years ago, worked as a commercial real estate broker before being appointed to House District 25 in 2016. He said the $30,000 salary he earns from being an elected official in Colorado doesn’t

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Know when to pick the top rookies in your fantasy football draft – The Denver Post

Rookies are eternally the shiny new objects in the NFL, but interest in them, particularly for first-round picks, is often out of proportion to their actual on-field production. By contrast, the opposite dynamic is frequently the case in fantasy football, where uncertainty over how large a role a given rookie might have and how well he might perform in it can cause him to slip in drafts. As such, rookies can present very nice draft values, for those with the

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Rolling waves of fire decimate drought-stricken oaks and pines in Western Colorado – The Denver Post

Rocky Mountain fire commanders have shifted men, planes, helicopters and bulldozers from Southern Colorado to the western side of the state after several fast-moving wildfires erupted the past several days. Some fires, including the Red Canyon fire, were pushed by high winds. The Red Canyon fire rolled over drought-stressed pinyon pine trees with red needles and fallen timber decimated by beetle kill, said Glenn Bell, spokesman for the Red Canyon fire team. Erratic winds and torching forced firefighters to build

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CU Denver wellness center creates sanctuary in downtown campus expansion

The high-profile emergence of a $42 million complex dedicated to the physical and emotional well-being of students at the University of Colorado Denver marks a turning point in the evolution of the school’s downtown campus, officials say. The state-of-the-art Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center — with its meditation rooms, 38-foot climbing wall, human-length nap chairs and blackout curtains — is where students can now feel rooted and centered while experiencing college in an urban environment, said Amber Long,

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Former Loretto Heights campus in south Denver sold to developer

The sale of the former Loretto Heights campus in southwest Denver has been finalized and Westside Investment Partners, a Colorado real estate company, is the new owner. Westside, a Glendale-based private commercial real estate investment and development group, purchased the 75-acre parcel on South Federal Boulevard from Colorado Heights University. The closing was announced Tuesday on Denver City Councilman Kevin Flynn’s District 2 Facebook page. “My office will be scheduling meetings between the developer and my stakeholder committee, the Registered Neighborhood Organizations and other

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Protests of Boulder County leaders, residents fail to stop major oil and gas drilling projects

Despite the objections of numerous Boulder County residents and elected officials, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Tuesday voted to approve two drilling and spacing orders that will drain minerals from 4,000 acres in east Boulder County. Applications filed by Extraction Oil and Gas affiliate 8North to drill a total of 52 wells — including 20 within the town of Erie — from two separate surface sites were moved forward by the nine-member state agency with votes of

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Federal judge in blocks release of blueprints for 3D-printed guns

SEATTLE — A federal judge in Seattle has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the release of downloadable blueprints for 3D-printed firearms. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Lasnik’s ruling comes a day after Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a suit challenging the Trump administration’s decision to allow the release of the blueprints, saying the move would provide broad unregulated access to dangerous weapons. Ferguson is the lead attorney general in the multistate lawsuit that was filed in federal

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New fire erupts in Northern California; homes threatened – The Denver Post

UPPER LAKE, Calif. — Firefighters struggling to contain destructive Northern California wildfires found themselves facing a new blaze that erupted Tuesday and drove through a rural area near a national forest. About 60 homes in an old ranching and farming area near Covelo, which is about 180 miles (290 kilometers) north of San Francisco, were ordered evacuated as the blaze erupted late in the afternoon. Gusty winds quickly drove it through about a square mile of brush and grasslands, oak,

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