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    TAXPAYERS around the US are set to receive rebates of up to $13,284 in the next two weeks as states continue sending relief. The direct payments and rebate checks are a way for states to help offset the impact of inflation. 1States across the US have been offering payments as costs rise The latest Consumer Price Index rose to 8.3 percent in August with shelter, gasoline, and food contributing to the highest price increases - and Americans are feeling it. However, there's been some relief despite no fourth federal stimulus check. Over the past few months, lawmakers have had to get creative when offering payments to its residents. Some states provided funds through tax rebates, budget surpluses, and incentives. Read More on Direct PaymentsMO' MONEY Direct payments of up to $3,284 for thousands will hit accounts todayACT NOW Deadline for payments up to $300 exactly one month away - see who's eligible Below are the four states offering financial aid to residents in the coming weeks. 1. Alaska - $3,284 Governor Mike Dunleavy recently announced that eligible Alaskans will...
    (CNN)A Colorado woman was placed in the back of a patrol car before it was hit by a train, leaving her with serious injuries, authorities said Monday.The incident first unfolded when Platteville police on September 16 responded to a call about a road rage incident involving a firearm in Fort Lupton, about 30 miles from Denver, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigations.Responding officers found a suspect vehicle and made a traffic stop.The driver pulled over just past the railroad tracks and the officer stopped behind the car on the tracks, according to the CBI. Two Fort Lupton officers arrived at the scene and detained the driver -- identified as 20-year-old Yareni Rios-Gonzalez -- on suspicion of felony menacing and seated her in the back of the Platteville patrol car, Colorado Bureau of Investigations officials said.A crushed patrol car is seen after being hit by a train in Colorado.Read More"While the officers cleared the suspect vehicle as part of the investigation, a train traveling northbound struck the PPD patrol car," CBI said.Rios-Gonzalez suffered "serious bodily injuries" and was taken to...
    Federal agents boxed him in as he waited in at Hardee’s drive-thru last week. They handed Mike Lindell a subpoena and confiscated his phone. What does the FBI want with the My Pillow Guy’s mobile? Lindell is the sugar daddy of the Big Lie. The eccentric pillow peddler claims that the nation’s voting machines hold proof of a stolen 2020 election. Since Trump’s defeat, he’s spent tens of millions of dollars bankrolling grassroots activists who pressure local Republican election officials to leak highly sensitive data from voting machines. This data, our data, finds its way to Lindell’s “cybersecurity experts” who write bogus reports crying fraud. These false claims are amplified by Trumpworld celebrities like Steve Bannon. Lindell is also spending millions to build his own right-wing media platform so that his credulous acolytes can absorb his lies without contradiction and nobody can deplatform him for spreading misinformation. READ MORE: How a rural Colorado county became an epicenter of Donald Trump's Big Lie Lindell’s phone was seized because of his links to Tina Peters, the clerk and recorder...
    Instant reaction to Pac-12 on-the-field developments … 1. Seven stellar hours The Pac-12 couldn’t have asked for much more on the third and final weekend of the non-conference season. We’ll get to the collective performance momentarily, but let’s start with the marquee, back-to-back victories by the bitter rivals along I-5: Oregon thumped No. 12 Brigham Young 41-20, then Washington hammered No. 11 Michigan State 39-28. The show of force by the Pacific Northwest powers marked the first time the Pac-12 has recorded two wins over ranked teams on the same Saturday since Sept. 14, 2013, when ASU took down Wisconsin and UCLA beat Nebraska. With first-year coaches seeking signature wins, transfer quarterbacks playing at a high level and swarming defenses, the Ducks and Huskies were equally dominant in benchmark games. It’s far too early for grand pronouncements, but it appears both positioned for successful years. Care to guess the last time Washington and Oregon were good … really good … in the same season? Back in 2000, when they finished in a three-way tie (with Oregon State) for the conference...
    Getty The cast for season 3 of HGTV's "Rock the Block." “Rock the Block” is headed to the Rocky Mountains. Season 4 of the HGTV competition series is set to film in Larimer County, Colorado, reports the Denver Business Journal. On September 15, 2022, the Colorado Economic Development Commission unanimously approved $697,800 in rebates for the production, according to the outlet. Supervising Producer Blake Mullins of Big Table Media promised the commission that the season would see contestants go offsite and highlight the state’s architectural and cultural offerings, the Denver Business Journal adds. It reports the production is expected to “spend $3.5 million in Colorado and employ 46 local crew members.” “We think everyone’s going to be really proud of the way we portray Colorado in this show,” Mullins told the commission. “Rock the Block,” which premiered in 2019, follows HGTV designers as they face off renovating identical homes in hopes of earning the highest appraisal value. Previous seasons were filmed in California, Georgia and South Carolina. HGTV has yet to announce any details or casting for an...
    AN accident in the Grand Canyon has left one person dead and multiple injured after a motorboat flipped over. The Grand Canyon National Park Service (NPS) received a report at 2.12pm of a flipped motorboat on the Colorado River. 1Rapids are pictured in the Colorado RiverCredit: Getty The tragic incident took place at Bedrock Rapid. Grand Canyon National Park tweeted: "SAR is underway to treat and transport injured patients. "Incident is ongoing; no further information is available." More to follow...For the latest news on this story, keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video.Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun.
    COLORADO local Jose Flores Ortiz was arrested this week after being caught impersonating a police officer. The apprehended suspect caught the attention of Adams County Deputy Gilbert Abdullah when driving on Interstate 76. 2Back of Dodge Durango caught impersonating police officerCredit: Brighton Police Department Deputy Abdullah stated: “I noticed a Dodge Durango with racing stripes immediately get really close to the back of my truck. “At one point, he [Ortiz] was so close to me, it looked odd, so I reached over and grabbed my police radio and turned it on, and sure enough, the red and blue lights came on behind me.” Deputy Abdullah then made a radio call to dispatch, where other officers confirmed the Dodge Durango was not law enforcement. After continuing to follow the Durango, Deputy Abdullah was brake-checked by Ortiz. READ MORE ON CAR NEWSCRASH COURSE Watch as Mercedes crashes into SUV and steals $20K from driver in NYC GASSED UP First-ever ‘World Gas Pumping Champion’ crowned after four intense rounds Ortiz and Deputy Abdullah pulled over before Ortiz exited his Durango and approached the...
    Artwork created by artificial intelligence (AI) was awarded a first place blue ribbon and a $300 prize after winning the digital category at the Colorado State Fair Fine Arts Competition, but human creators are furious about the news - with one saying the world is 'watching the death of artistry unfold.' The AI artwork, dubbed Théâtre D'opéra Spatial, was submitted by Jason Allen, the president of a Pueblo-based gaming company Incarnate Games, who said he used Midjourney to make the stunning scenes that appear to combine medieval times with a futuristic world. Midjourney is an AI program that creates images from textual descriptions. Allen announced his win on Discord, an instant messaging social platform where he goes by the name Sincarnate, which then spread to Twitter where users shared their distaste that artwork generated by AI was chosen over those created by a human - one user stated 'that's pretty f*cking sh*tty.' The Colorado resident appears to not be bothered by the criticism, as Allen notes on Discord how Twitter users are against AI-generated art, but are also 'the first...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse After being unable to offensively produce in two critical innings at home against the Colorado Rockies, the Atlanta Braves missed a golden opportunity to pick up a game in the National League East standings. The Atlanta Braves had a chance to make a statement in the first inning as a six-game homestand opened with a matchup against the Colorado Rockies. However, the Braves couldn’t push a run across the plate, and the missed opportunity would come back to haunt them in a 3-2 loss. Coupled with a 4-3 win by the Los Angeles Dodgers over the New York Mets, the Braves are still 3.0 games behind the Mets in the National League East.Here are 3 takeaways from inside the Atlanta Braves clubhouse after a close defeat to Colorado Rockies1. Missed opportunitiesAfter Colorado starter Jose Ureña surrendered nine hits and nine runs in a home loss to the Texas Rangers on August 24, the Rockies right-hander looked to be on the ropes against the Braves. In the first inning, Ureña had...
    Vote Democrat in November, or you may never vote get to vote again. That’s the warning from Colorado’s top election official. In an interview with The Guardian published Sunday, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold argued that loyalists to former President Donald Trump could destroy American Democracy — should they win office this fall. “What we can expect from the extreme Republicans running across this country is to undermine free and fair elections for the American people, strip Americans of the right to vote, refuse to address security breaches and, unfortunately, be more beholden to Mar-a-Lago than the American people,” Griswold said. Should Democrats not prevail in the upcoming midterms, “the country could lose the right to vote in less than three months,” she said. Griswold herself is up for reelection in November. She is squaring off against a longtime local election official named Pam Anderson — who has spoken out against misinformation relating to the 2020 election and recently defeated extremist candidate Tina Peters in the state’s Republican primary. Anderson has pledged to keep politics out of election...
    Colorado's Democratic Secretary of State Jena Griswold warned in an interview published in The Guardian on Sunday, August 28th that nothing less than the right to vote is on the ballot in November's midterm elections. “What we can expect from the extreme Republicans running across this country is to undermine free and fair elections for the American people, strip Americans of the right to vote, refuse to address security breaches and, unfortunately, be more beholden to Mar-a-Lago than the American people,” Griswold predicted. “For us, we are trying to save democracy," said Griswold, who chairs the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State (DASS). READ MORE: How Mehmet Oz is scrambling to save his 'floundering' campaign: report Griswold explained that her biggest fear is that candidates backed by former President Donald Trump seeking offices that oversee state election procedures could actually win and endanger the franchise for Americans who refuse to subscribe to the GOP's increasingly right-wing ideology. Although she stressed that "the country could lose the right to vote in less than three months," Griswold is maintaining optimism that Coloradans...
    Prince Harry paid tribute to his mother Princess Diana ahead of the 25th anniversary of her death at a polo tournament in Colorado yesterday.  The Duke of Sussex, 37, said the day will be 'filled with memories of her incredible work and love for the way she did it.' He continued: 'I want it to be a day to share the spirit of my mum with my family, with my children, who I wish could have met her. Every day, I hope to do her proud.' Prince Harry paid tribute to his mother Princess Diana ahead of the 25th anniversary of her death at a polo tournament in Colorado yesterday, pictured Next Wednesday marks 25 years since Princess Diana was killed in the car crash in Paris alongside Dodi Fayed, and the driver of the car, Henri Paul. Pictured, Diana, William and Harry in 1995
    The Duke of Sussex has arrived for an annual polo tournament in Aspen, Colorado, to raise funds and awareness for his charity Sentebale. Prince Harry, 37, who is currently living in his $14 million mansion in California having stepped back from royal duty, will play on the Sentebale Team, joined by his longtime friend and the charity's ambassador: Argentine polo player Nacho Figueras. They are due to battle it out against the Royal Salute and the US Polo Assn teams in a round robin tournament. Argentinian Ignacio Figueras (known as Nacho) has played polo alongside Prince Harry, in various matches over the years, attended the royal wedding and was among the first to meet his son Archie in 2019.  Looking stylish, Harry opted for a fashionable cream blazer, teamed with a white shirt and matching trousers for his outing today - which comes just days after his wife, Meghan Markle, released her Spotify podcast Archetypes.  It's thought the Duchess of Sussex won't be joining her husband at the polo match today - despite having been a regular fixture while Harry has played in LA...
    A previously submerged boat photographed at Lake Mead near Boulder City, Nevada, on May 10, hints at the direness of the West's water woes. John Locher/AP This video story was created by Pattrn and is shared here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. One hundred years ago, Western states and Mexico signed a pact to divvy up water from the Colorado River, based on century-old science and historic river flows. How times have changed. Today, 40 million people across seven states rely on the Colorado as their primary water source. But with the river’s flow dwindling, key reservoirs like Lake Mead and Lake Powell running insanely low, and water restrictions getting more intense, battles are raging over who gets this live-giving liquid—and how much they get. Below, our Climate Desk partner Pattrn (an affiliate of The Weather Channel) sketches out this dire situation in about three minutes. Check it out.  
    (CNN)As the Colorado River system spirals toward its demise, some Western water officials, lawmakers and experts had expected federal officials on Tuesday to announce an ambitious plan to cut usage and save the river basin after stakeholders failed to meet a Monday deadline to do it themselves.At the very least, they expected federal officials to give stakeholders a new, strict deadline to produce a plan to make cuts themselves.But neither of those things happened.The Wests megadroughtHuman remains are found at Lake Mead's Swim Beach for the third time The West's historic drought is threatening hydropower at Hoover Dam Experts say the term 'drought' may be insufficient to capture what is happening in the West Steep water cuts are coming for the Southwest as Colorado River shrinks and Lake Mead's level plummets The Colorado River irrigates farms, powers electric grids and provides drinking water for 40 million people. As its supply dwindles, a crisis looms The Interior Department did announce a Tier 2 water shortage on the river, which will lead to new cuts starting in January, but those reductions had...
    (CNN)The fear-inducing climate change stories are coming with more frequency and intensity, and the predictions about what will happen are dire.Here are three CNN stories published in just the last few days:An 'extreme heat belt' will impact over 100 million Americans in the next 30 years, study finds. Key line: More than 100 million Americans in this region will experience temperatures above 125 degrees (52 degrees Celsius) during their hottest stretches of the year, more than 10 times the number expected currently. A disastrous megaflood is coming to California, experts say, and it could be the most expensive natural disaster in history. Key line: These massive floods, which experts say would turn California's lowlands into a "vast inland sea," might have previously happened once in a lifetime in the state. But experts say climate change is increasing the likelihood of these catastrophic disasters, causing them to occur more like every 25 to 50 years. One-third of the food we eat is at risk because the climate crisis is endangering butterflies and bees. Key line: Apples, melons, cranberries, pumpkins,...
    (CNN)Standing atop the Hoover Dam today, the millions of tourists who visit each year can get a real sense of the climate crisis in the West: In addition to extreme heat, the sight of so-called "bathtub rings" that envelop Lake Mead has become an unsettling reminder of where the water level once was before the region's historic drought began.The changes are "stunning to see," Kristen Averyst, senior climate advisor for Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, told CNN. "If people don't think that climate change is impacting them here and now, just go to Lake Mead and have a look around, because that paints a pretty clear picture of what we're up against when it comes to climate change."The Wests megadroughtOfficials reveal new details about the 3 sets of human remains found at Lake Mead The West's historic drought is threatening hydropower at Hoover Dam Experts say the term 'drought' may be insufficient to capture what is happening in the West Steep water cuts are coming for the Southwest as Colorado River shrinks and Lake Mead's level plummets The Colorado River irrigates...
    (CNN)An extraordinary drought in the West is drying up the Colorado River and draining the nation's largest reservoirs -- Lake Mead and Lake Powell. And amid the overuse of the river and the aridification of the region, the federal government is preparing to make mandatory water cuts and asking states to devise a plan to save the river basin.Two major announcements could come Tuesday. The first is a forecast from the US Bureau of Reclamation that could trigger the first-ever Tier 2 water shortage for the Lower Colorado River Basin. The second is the bureau's next step in its a demand that the seven states in the river basin come up with a way to voluntarily cut up to 25% of their water usage, or the federal government will do it for them.The Wests megadroughtOfficials reveal new details about the 3 sets of human remains found at Lake Mead Experts say the term 'drought' may be insufficient to capture what is happening in the West Drought-stricken Lake Mead recedes to reveal a World War II-era landing craft 'Something's gotta give.'...
    Two months ago, federal officials took the unprecedented step of telling the seven states that depend on Colorado River water to prepare for emergency cuts next year to prevent reservoirs from dropping to dangerously low levels. The states and managers of affected water agencies were told to come up with plans to reduce water use drastically, by 2 million to 4 million acre-feet, by mid-August. After weeks of negotiations, which some participants say have at times grown tense and acrimonious, the parties have yet to reach an agreement. The absence of a deal now raises the risk that the Colorado River crisis — brought on by chronic overuse and the West’s drying climate — could spiral into a legal morass. Climate & Environment L.A. water board approves controversial agreement with Boeing over toxic site The agreement requires Boeing to monitor stormwater runoff for 195 pollutants after the company completes a cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Lab. Interior Department officials have warned they are prepared to impose cuts if necessary to protect reservoir levels. Managers of water agencies say...
    This is the tear-jerking moment Wynton Bernard told his mom he was a Major League baseball player after 10 years of bouncing around the minors. Bernard, 31, won't forget this week in a hurry, after the Colorado Rockies called him up to face the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, before he went on to tally his first hit, get a stolen base and secure his first ever run on debut.  Bernard has spent the last decade playing in the minors after he was initially drafted by the San Diego Padres, and he could be forgiven for thinking his time at the top had passed him by. Wynton Bernard grounds out to second base in his first Major League at bat against Arizona On Thursday, he gave his mom the news that he was heading up to the major leagues Both Bernard and his mom cried on the phone, and things got even better on Friday evening Wynton Bernard got the MLB call up to the Rockies after a decade in the minor leagues.He shared the moment with his mom ????????(via @bgold_3)...
    Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert had her mic cut on the House floor Friday as she blasted the Democrats' Inflation Reduction Act. 'You are sacrificing American families at the altar of climate change. You're using the power of the federal government for armed robbery,' Boebert insisted.  The $370 billion bill is expected to pass the House with only Democratic votes later Friday afternoon.  It includes a number of green energy and healthcare provisions and provides funding to bolster the workforce at the Internal Revenue Service.  The Colorado Republican argued that encouraging inflation data was evidence that the bill didn't need to be passed.  'Mr Speaker, isn't it so? Joe Biden himself said inflation rates is at 0 percent. So what the heck are we doing here? Why are we passing the so-called Inflation Reduction Act if it's at O percent,' Boebert said.  'The gentlewoman's time has expired,' the chair said, banging a gavel, interrupting the Colorado congresswoman. 
    (CNN)Democrats' unprecedented climate bill would throw $4 billion to states in the West for drought relief, thanks to last-minute negotiations in the Senate. Southwest lawmakers struck the deal in the 11th hour with hopes that it could buy the fragile Colorado River Basin more time amid its most intense drought in centuries. Some states, tribes and cities are already reducing their water usage. Farmers are fallowing fields and changing how they irrigate as the water runs dry. If the House passes the climate bill, it would answer the question that has been worrying Southwest lawmakers: How are we going to compensate farmers and residents for even steeper, voluntary water cuts? Lake Mead forecast: Southwest should brace for more water cuts from Colorado RiverWith this funding, states could pay farmers not to farm and pay residents to dig up their lawns in favor of xeriscaping. The $4 billion could be doled out to ranchers, farmers, private communities, Native American tribes or businesses that voluntarily reduce their water usage or work to restore the habitat and ecology of the rivers. Lawmakers...
    The United Nations has warned that the two largest water reservoirs in the United States are down to “dangerously low levels” due to the impacts of climate change. Source: ABC News/Youtube Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the State’s largest reservoirs, have become so low that they are on the verge of reaching “dead pool status,” which is the point at which the water levels drop so low that the downstream flow halts. When the reservoirs do not have this flow, things like hydroelectric power can’t work, which threatens the electricity supply for millions of people in the region, according to the UN. “The conditions in the American west, which we’re seeing around the Colorado River basin, have been so dry for more than 20 years that we’re no longer speaking of a drought,” said Lis Mullin Bernhardt, an ecosystems expert at UNEP. “We refer to it as ‘aridification’ – a new very dry normal.” The Colorado River system supplies water to over 40 million people and irrigates 5.7 million acres of agricultural land. The water system supplies water to...
    University of Oklahoma assistant head football coach and former Sooners quarterback Cale Gundy resigned Sunday after admitting to using 'shameful' language during a film session last week. Gundy, the brother of Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, announced his resignation in a social media post, insisting that the offending word 'was not malicious; it wasn it even intentional.' The word Gundy used has not been revealed.  'Still, I am mature enough to know that the word I said was shameful and hurtful, no matter what my intentions,' Cale Gundy said in his statement. Oklahoma assistant head football coach and former Sooners quarterback Cale Gundy resigned Sunday after admitting to using 'shameful' language during a film session last week Gundy was the Sooners' quarterback from 1990 until 1993, finishing with more than 6,000 passing yards and 35 touchdowns. He's also worked as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He stepped down as an assistant coach in a statement on Sunday (right) The incident took place during a recent film session when the assistant coach found one player distracted and...
    The Colorado-Nebraska border (CNN)Residents on this state line have built their industry, economy and lives around the South Platte River. But as an intense and widespread drought digs into the High Plains, flows have decreased. Unwilling to leave things to chance, Nebraska has taken action by invoking the fine print of a century-old water compact between the two states — and sparking new tension in the process. The Wests megadroughtHalf the country is in drought, and no region has been spared Drought-stricken Lake Mead recedes to reveal a World War II-era landing craft Farmers are under pressure and on the front lines of food inflation 'Something's gotta give.' Relentless heat and worsening drought conditions are devastating Texas cattle ranchers The Colorado River irrigates farms, powers electric grids and provides drinking water for 40 million people. As its supply dwindles, a crisis looms Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts in April signed legislation that, within the terms of the compact, would allow Nebraska to build a canal in Colorado to siphon water off the South Platte River.In response, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis described...
    While Brittney Griner's Russian incarceration dominates headlines, another American woman is sitting behind bars in the same jail waiting for the world to take the same - or at least some - interest in her case.  Sarah Krivanek, also known as Sarah Rae Burns and Sarah Duncan, is a 46-year-old teacher and mother from Colorado who has been behind bars in Moscow since last year, when she was arrested for assaulting her abusive, drunk Russian boyfriend Mikhail Karavaev. He had beaten her up in a drunken rage and she retaliated by cutting him in the nose. Russian media states that she tried to slice it off, but she insists it was nothing more than a scratch.  The boyfriend has tried to retract his police claim but Sarah remains incarcerated. Her friends are now pleading for the White House to take notice in her case, which remains unresolved.  Griner was yesterday sentenced to nine years behind bars for smuggling a cannabis pen into the country. She was detained at Moscow airport shortly after arriving on a flight from the US. The 31-year-old WNBA...
    (CNN)As Democrats scramble to clinch a deal on their tax and climate package, a last-minute demand is coming from key vote Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona: $5 billion to help the Southwest deal with its multi-year drought.Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii, confirmed to CNN that Sinema is seeking $5 billion worth of drought resilience funding. Sen. Alex Padilla, a California Democrat, said he's "aware of the request." Sinema raises concerns about proposed tax in Democrats bill as lobbying intensifies for her vote"I'm looking forward to details, I do welcome the additional resources for drought resilience," Padilla told CNN. A senior Democratic source told CNN they believe Democratic leaders will accommodate Sinema's concerns, as well as her request to drop a $14 billion carried interest tax provision from the bill.Sinema's office did not respond to CNN's questions about the drought request. Read MoreMore funding for drought resilience was also written into the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which Biden signed in November and Sinema played a key role in crafting. The bipartisan bill included $8.3 billion for water infrastructure programs and...
    Kansas voters sent a resounding message on Tuesday that they wanted to protect a woman’s right to an abortion — but they are not the only Americans who will be able to cast ballots on the hot-button issue. By a landslide, roughly 20-point margin, Kansans rejected a constitutional amendment that would have empowered state lawmakers to restrict or ban abortions in the state of nearly 3 million people.  Even voters in many rural, conservative areas of Kansas voted against the proposal, in what was a big victory for pro-choice groups after weeks in which many southern and Midwest states restricted or banned the procedure.  It was the first big test of Americans’ views on abortion rights after the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and a sign of how unpopular abortion bans may be, even in Republican-leaning states. In the coming months, voters in Montana, Kentucky, California and elsewhere will have a chance to weigh in on abortions, after the top U.S. court in June ruled there was no constitutional right to abortion and punted the issue to...
    No doubt you’ve heard the phrase “Colorado Above All.” That’s because we were the highest state in elevation long before cannabis was legalized. And while we’re not the coldest state, we are the coolest, right? While pondering our highness and coolness, we thought it would be fun to compile a list of Colorado extremes — highest, deepest, darkest, coldest, you get the idea. We have to start with the fact that Colorado has the highest mean elevation in the U.S. at 6,860 feet above sea level. Neighboring states round out the top four with Wyoming at 6,396 feet, Utah at 6,011 and New Mexico at 5,771. Here are some other extremes worth pondering. Some are even worth visiting. Patrick Richardson looks at the view as he climbs just above tree line at about 12,000 feet on his way to the top of Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest 14er on July 30, 2016. Mt. Elbert is the highest point in Colorado and the second highest mountain in the lower 48 states.  Highest The summit of Mount Elbert, 10 miles southwest of Leadville...
    Colorado Rockies (46-57, fourth in the NL West) vs. San Diego Padres (57-46, second in the NL West) San Diego; Monday, 9:40 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Rockies: Antonio Senzatela (3-5, 4.90 ERA, 1.74 WHIP, 43 strikeouts); Padres: Mike Clevinger (2-3, 3.38 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 53 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Padres -214, Rockies +176; over/under is 7 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: The San Diego Padres host the Colorado Rockies to begin a five-game series. San Diego is 57-46 overall and 27-22 in home games. The Padres are 37-18 in games when they record eight or more hits. Colorado has a 16-30 record in road games and a 46-57 record overall. Rockies hitters have a collective .325 on-base percentage, the third-ranked percentage in the NL. Monday’s game is the 12th time these teams square off this season. The Rockies have an 8-3 advantage in the season series. TOP PERFORMERS: Manny Machado has 20 doubles, a triple, 18 home runs and 57 RBI for the Padres. Jurickson Profar is 11-for-38 with a double, three home runs and six RBI over the last...
    The familiar faces — and voices — of the animated sitcom “South Park” are heading home to Colorado for a two-day concert. The Comedy Central staple is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a concert at Red Rocks on Aug. 9 and 10. With both shows featuring “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, fans can expect to hear some iconic songs from the show played live and in person by bands Primus and Ween, including, of course, the show’s main theme. Matt Stone, left, and Trey Parker attend the Los Angeles premiere of “The Book of Mormon” at the Pantages Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.  Originally a one-day-only event, the concert announced a second date last month due to popular demand. The show will be filmed on the 10th and then aired on Comedy Central on Aug. 13, the anniversary date of “South Park’s” 1997 premiere. It will be streamable on Paramount+ the following day. Fans can indulge in the fun outside the venue before the show even starts at the “South Park” tailgate at Red Rocks Trading...
    In mere weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency is set to unveil a supplemental draft rule aimed at cracking down on the oil and gas industry’s rampant methane emissions. This rule, which sidesteps the Supreme Court’s West Virginia v. EPA ruling, provides a necessary advancement to 2016 rules that were rolled out similarly regulating methane emissions as part of the Obama administration’s ambitious climate goals. New rules could not come at a better time, given recent findings of rampant methane emissions in the oil-rich Permian Basin, where some fossil fuel companies are relentlessly polluting the region with nonstop methane emissions. Taking data from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab project known as Carbon Mapper, the Associated Press found dozens of so-called “super emitters” located in the area, of which just 10 companies owned 164 sites responsible for major methane emissions. The Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute Director, Kassie Siegel, provided an eye-opening analogy to the methane issue: “If carbon dioxide is the fossil-fuel broiler of our heating planet, methane is a blowtorch,” Siegel told the Associated Press. It’s long been understood...
    The Chicago White Sox were three outs away from gaining ground in the American League Central Wednesday. Instead they left Coors Field with only a split of a two-game series after the Colorado Rockies scored twice in the ninth for a 6-5 win. The Sox entered the ninth leading 5-4, but reliever Kendall Graveman walked the first three batters to load the bases for Elias Díaz. The catcher hit a two-run single to right. It was a wild afternoon. The Sox trailed 3-0 after the first inning. Yasmani Grandal knocked in two in the fourth to get the Sox within a run. Tim Anderson tied the game with a two-out single in the seventh, and the Sox took the lead later in the inning on AJ Pollock’s two-run single. The Rockies scored once in the seventh, cutting the Sox lead to 5-4. The Sox escaped a jam in the eighth without allowing a run. They were not as fortunate in the ninth. Here are three takeaways from the split in Denver. 1. The margin for error remains small. The Sox...
    MILLIONS of residents in Colorado will be getting back up to $1,500 in days thanks to tax laws in the state. The Colorado Department of Revenue will start sending out 2.4million checks on August 1. 1Colorado residents will get up to $1,500 in a tax rebate Individual taxpayers will get $750 while joint filers will get $1,500. The Taxpayer Bill Of Rights in the state says Colorado can't spend more taxpayer money than it generates, so the surplus goes back to residents. Governor Jared Polis signed a bill earlier this year that gives an even amount to each taxpayer rather than a proportional refund. This bill also requires the state to start sending out checks on August 1, rather than in the spring of 2023. Read more on ColoradoCHILD SUPPORT The 13 states offering direct payments to parents worth up to $1,000CRUCIAL EVIDENCE Chilling potential murder weapon that JonBenét's family want DNA tested State officials believe all the payments will be received by September 30. Who is eligible? To get the payment, residents must have been 18 years old on...
    With each passing decade the Colorado River flows with less and less water. Reservoirs that capture water in the wet years are dwindling. Some are dangerously low. Scientists see no end in sight. Rather, they expect the drought to continue, maybe even worsen. This is the aridification of the American West. RELATED: The West’s most important water supply is drying up. Soon, life for 40 million people who depend on the Colorado River will change. The Denver Post took a deep look into decades-old decisions that made it more difficult to take the immediate and necessary steps to conserve water in the Colorado River Basin. Here are five key findings: 1. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Colorado River Compact, an interstate agreement which divides the amount of water that flows through the Colorado River between Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Related Articles Environment | NASA releases new Lake Mead satellite images, shows dramatic water loss since 2000 Environment | Letters: Conservation specifics | Candidate Newsom | Solar panels |...
    PAGE, Ariz. — White sandstone cliffs create a ring around Lake Powell in contrast to the honey- and red-colored desert rock nearby. Evidence that water once, not all that long ago, filled America’s second-largest reservoir. Fed by the Colorado River, Lake Powell, in south-central Utah, has seen wet years and dry years over the past two decades. Mostly dry years. Buoys no longer bob, they tilt, sitting on dry sand. Beer cans, punctured pontoons and deck chairs litter miles of waterless lake bed. The last time entire sections of Lake Powell were this dry, the place was actually called Glen Canyon. That was before the completion of the Glen Canyon Dam in 1963, which flooded the canyon and created the reservoir. The reservoir’s water is receding because the Colorado River is drying. Climatologists aren’t sure when, or if, Powell will ever fill again. Rather, they expect conditions to worsen. “They knew this was a problem and they elected to kick the can down the road. They knew better and they did it anyway.” — Brad Udall, water and climate scientist The...
    After too long in New York City, I was eager to take my new hybrid from California into the intermountain West. It sounded like a great road trip. Instead it turned out to be a drive into the apocalypse. Ominous signs appeared when I crossed the Sierra and passed through the town of Fallon, Nevada, on U.S. Highway 50, the “loneliest road in America.” On one side of a storefront church were placards: “TRUST JESUS” and “WARNING /REPENT/Luke 13:3.” The opposite wall had a poster of a burning American flag: “Your country in PERIL / Your liberty at RISK / WAKE UP AMERICA.” In Austin, the next town 111 miles east in the Great Basin desert, another sign: “Don’t blame me I voted for TRUMP.” As I crested the summit of the Toiyabe Range, there were sudden swarms of large insects in the road: Mormon crickets. They don’t fly, but some were apparently jumping. They hit my windshield, striking loud as gunshots. Their numbers have exploded due to climate change, scientists say, because drought and warming temperatures create favorable conditions...
    Colorado Rockies (43-50, fourth in the NL West) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (50-43, first in the NL Central) Milwaukee; Friday, 8:10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Rockies: Antonio Senzatela (0-0); Brewers: Corbin Burnes (7-4, 2.14 ERA, .90 WHIP, 144 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Brewers -271, Rockies +221; over/under is 7 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: The Milwaukee Brewers enter a matchup against the Colorado Rockies after losing three straight games. Milwaukee is 50-43 overall and 21-19 in home games. The Brewers have a 24-9 record in games when they did not give up a home run. Colorado has a 15-27 record in road games and a 43-50 record overall. The Rockies have the ninth-best team slugging percentage in MLB play at .408. The teams meet Friday for the first time this season. TOP PERFORMERS: Rowdy Tellez has 17 doubles and 18 home runs while hitting .227 for the Brewers. Willy Adames is 12-for-40 with three doubles and three home runs over the past 10 games. C.J. Cron leads Colorado with 21 home runs while slugging .552. Kris Bryant is 10-for-27 with three...
    Two Colorado tourists are awaiting surgery in a western Mexico hospital after they were attacked by a saltwater crocodile while one of them swimming in the ocean in the popular resort town of Puerto Vallarta. Daniel Kuzbiel, who is in his 40s, was bitten multiple times by the reptile after he went out for a swim at the beach in the Velas Vallarta hotel, where rooms cost between $973 to and $4123 a night, on Monday night. The insurance broker suffered injuries to both of his lower extremities as well as his right upper extremity, chest and abdomen.  His friend, Joshua Rotkvich, who is in his 30s, jumped in to save him and suffered injuries in the upper right extremity and in the right groin area.  Colorado insurance broker, Daniel Kuzbiel, was attacked Monday night by a crocodile while swimming in a beach at the Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, hotel where he was vacationing  Joshua Rotkvich suffered a right arm injury after he and several other people helped rescue his friend, Daniel Kuzbiel, from being dragged into a beach at the Velas Vallarta...
    San Diego Padres (50-39, second in the NL West) vs. Colorado Rockies (39-49, fifth in the NL West) Denver; Wednesday, 8:40 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Padres: Joe Musgrove (8-2, 2.09 ERA, .93 WHIP, 98 strikeouts); Rockies: Chad Kuhl (6-5, 4.02 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 63 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Padres -169, Rockies +144; over/under is 10 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: The Colorado Rockies host the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. Colorado has gone 24-22 at home and 39-49 overall. The Rockies have gone 19-7 in games when they hit two or more home runs. San Diego has a 27-19 record on the road and a 50-39 record overall. Padres hitters have a collective .315 on-base percentage, the eighth-ranked percentage in the NL. The teams meet Wednesday for the 10th time this season. The Rockies are ahead 6-3 in the season series. TOP PERFORMERS: C.J. Cron leads the Rockies with 20 home runs while slugging .544. Jose Iglesias is 10-for-30 with three doubles, a home run and four RBI over the last 10 games. Manny Machado has 19 doubles, a triple...
    San Diego Padres (50-38, second in the NL West) vs. Colorado Rockies (38-49, fifth in the NL West) Denver; Tuesday, 8:40 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Padres: Mike Clevinger (2-1, 3.34 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 36 strikeouts); Rockies: Austin Gomber (4-7, 6.46 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 59 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Padres -138, Rockies +117; over/under is 11 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: The San Diego Padres take a 1-0 advantage into the next game of the series against the Colorado Rockies. Colorado is 23-22 at home and 38-49 overall. Rockies hitters have a collective .401 slugging percentage to rank fifth in the NL. San Diego has a 50-38 record overall and a 27-18 record in road games. The Padres are 16-9 in games decided by one run. The matchup Tuesday is the ninth meeting between these teams this season. The Rockies have a 5-3 advantage in the season series. TOP PERFORMERS: Brendan Rodgers has 18 doubles, two triples and eight home runs for the Rockies. Kris Bryant is 12-for-31 with three doubles and four home runs over the last 10 games. Manny...
    The Biden administration came under fire this week after paving the way for an oil railway that its own projections suggest would increase planet-heating pollution in the United States by almost 1%. President Joe Biden "should be doing everything in his power to respond to the climate emergency, but he's about to light one of the nation's biggest carbon bombs," Deeda Seed, a campaigner with the Center for Biological Diversity, said Wednesday in a statement. "This is pouring another 5 billion gallons of oil on the fire every year and bulldozing a national forest in the process," Seed continued. "It's a horrifying step in the wrong direction." On Tuesday, the U.S. Forest Service rejected challenges to the Uinta Basin Railway, which is expected to quadruple oil extraction in northeast Utah's Uinta Basin by connecting its fracking operations to a transcontinental railroad network that would move hundreds of heated tank cars loaded with waxy crude through the Colorado Rockies en route to Gulf Coast refineries each day. If completed, the railway would provide enough transportation capacity to increase production from roughly...
    Denver, Colo. (AP) — For National Park Service fisheries biologist Jeff Arnold, it was a moment he’d been dreading. Bare-legged in sandals, he was pulling in a net in a shallow backwater of the lower Colorado River last week, when he spotted three young fish that didn’t belong there. “Give me a call when you get this!” he messaged a colleague, snapping photos. Minutes later, the park service confirmed their worst fear: smallmouth bass had in fact been found and were likely reproducing in the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam. They may be a beloved sport fish, but smallmouth bass feast on humpback chub, an ancient, threatened fish that’s native to the river, and that biologists like Arnold have been working hard to recover. The predators wreaked havoc in the upper river, but were held at bay in Lake Powell where Glen Canyon Dam has served as a barrier for years — until now. The reservoir’s recent sharp decline is enabling these introduced fish to get past the dam and closer to where the biggest groups of chub...
    One Colorado couple got the delivery of a lifetime this week when a mistaken address led to them being the keepers of the Stanley Cup. The Colorado Avalanche won their first Stanley Cup in 21 years on Sunday when they beating the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6. It’s tradition that during the summer, each member of the winning team gets to spend one glorious day with the historic trophy, delivered to their house and transferred from player to player over the course of 100 days. On Monday night, one day after the historic win, the trophy was headed to Captain Gabriel Landeskog‘s house. That was, until the delivery driver made a simple mistake of reading the wrong house number. The trophy then landed on the doorstep of Dmitri Rudenko and his husband Kit Karbler home, Landeskog’s neighbors. “I was the first one who saw the car being parked in our driveway. I saw the car backing up,” Rudenko said. “The person opens the trunk and I saw the case and I recognized it,...
    Voters in seven states are taking to the polls Tuesday in races that will test Trump-backed candidates, a pro-abortion Republican and the popularity of New York's new Gov. Kathy Hochul.  The Supreme Court's overturning Roe v. Wade will add a new element to Tuesday's races, playing out across New York, Colorado, Illinois, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Utah.  Here's what to watch:  New York New York's primaries were supposed to be even more contentious, but its U.S. House primaries were postponed until Aug. 23 after a court struck down the state's first draft of a redistricting map.  Hochul, who was launched into the executive seat upon the resignation of disgraced former Gov.  Andrew Cuomo, is trying to hold onto her job amid challenges from Rep. Tom Suozzi, a moderate Democratic congressman from Long Island, and Jumaane Williams, a progressive public advocate from New York City.  Suozzi, running to Hochul's right, has suggested that the governor is not tough enough on crime, suggesting she should have gone further to restrict the state's bail law.  Gov. Hochul, who was launched into the executive...
    DENVER – Colorado could be the new epicenter of hockey now that the Colorado Avalanche have brought the state its third national hockey championship in just a few months. The Avalanche join the East High School boys hockey team and the Denver University men’s hockey teams as local organizations to win their respective national titles in 2022. “The state is just thriving right now with hockey. It is really exciting to see,” said Connor Caponi, one of the national champions from the DU hockey team. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Of course, the Avalanche winning the Stanley Cup brought the most attention to Colorado hockey. However, many from different age groups have noticed the state’s recent surge in success on the ice. “This is a big spotlight for Colorado and Colorado hockey in general,” said Sam Beardshear, a national champion from East High. Caponi and his fellow college athletes were the first local team to win a national title, bringing home the NCAA trophy in April. “It is really exciting for the fans of Colorado,” Caponi said. Then, in March,...
    DENVER(CBS)- We have a broad ridge of high pressure sliding in over the central Rockies this will limit monsoon moisture over the state for Tuesday. This will also, bring in warmer temperatures statewide. East and west temps will rise into the 80s and 90s with mostly 70s in the mountains. (credit: CBS) (credit: CBS) Wednesday will also, be a hot day as Colorado will be seeing a strong southwest flow that will allow a bit of moisture to return for a few more isolated afternoon thunderstorms. (credit: CBS) A cold front is approaching for the second half of the week and finish out the month with a good chance for showers and thunderstorms on a more widespread basis from the mountains down into the plains. (credit: CBS) (credit: CBS) If you are going to the Avalanche Victory Parade conditions should be pretty good. We will see increasing clouds with temperatures in the 70s for the rally at 9am and the parade at 10am. There is a slight chance for a passing shower or storm after 11am. At this point however, it...
    (CBS4) – It is the height of the busy moving season and several large van lines tell us they’re seeing a surge of bookings for people moving out of Colorado. Could the state’s runaway popularity as a relocation destination be starting to wane? Housing prices no question are playing a role in these trends. Shantell Payne is preparing to leave the state, landing a nice sum with the sale of her Aurora townhome. Payne was born and raised in Denver, and most of her extended family is here. (credit: Shantell Payne) So she’s disappointed her hopes for buying a single family home – and building the future she wants for her son Elyjiah – wasn’t possible here in Colorado. Payne said, “I decided that I didn’t want to change the outcome, the vision I wanted for my life, so we’ll just pick up somewhere else and see what we can do there. So that’s what we’re doing.” In Georgia, Payne was able to find her dream home about 30 minutes outside Atlanta, in the mid $400,000s, and highly rated public...
    DENVER (CBS4) – After a cool and unsettled weekend for Denver and most of Colorado we’ll see the weather feeling more like it should as we wrap up the month of June. The hottest weather of the week will be on Tuesday and Wednesday with widespread 90s and even some low 100s possible across the lower elevations. The mountains will see mostly 70s and 80s. By Thursday a weather disturbance will pass through the region and it will drag a cold front into Colorado. Temperatures will come down by about 10 degrees and we’ll see a chance for widespread showers and thunderstorms by the afternoon. Friday is the first day and July and the start of a long holiday weekend with the 4th of July coming up one week from today. Right now it looks like pretty seasonal weather in terms of the temperature with a daily chance for showers and storms.
    DENVER(CBS)-  After our cool, comfortable weekend things will be heating up again to start of the last week of the month. Temperatures across lower elevations will zoom back into the 80s and 90s for lower elevations with mostly 70s in the mountains for Monday. (credit: CBS) (credit: CBS) High pressure will be moving back in with a more south/southwesterly flow. This will warm temperatures but, also still bring in monsoon moisture. With the heat of the day scattered thunderstorms will develop in the mountains and west with a few of those pushing into the eastern plains by afternoon and early evening. (credit: CBS) The warmest day of the week will be Tuesday as drier air works into the mix along with the heat. This will create a break in the monsoon flow and deliver a mostly sunny day for many. (credit: CBS) (credit: CBS)   The second half of the week will see temperatures ease just a little with a return of late day thunderstorms. For Denver and the Front Range the best chance for rain producing thunderstorms will be on...