<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - colorado]]> http://gazette.com/rss/colorado Sat, 27 May 2017 08:02:37 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Senzatela shuts down Cards over 8 innings, Rockies win 10-0]]> http://gazette.com/senzatela-shuts-down-cards-over-8-innings-rockies-win-10-0/article/feed/464255?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senzatela-shuts-down-cards-over-8-innings-rockies-win-10-0/article/feed/464255?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Rookie Antonio Senzatela praised his defense. Manager Bud Black applauded his pitcher.

Charlie Blackmon went ahead and lauded everything.

Senzatela threw eight sharp innings to grab a share of the major league lead in wins, Blackmon had a homer and run-scoring single as part of an eight-run eighth and the Colorado Rockies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-0 on Friday night.

"We're doing a little bit of everything and it's adding up to some competitive baseball," said Blackmon, whose team has the best record in the NL (32-18).

Fresh off a 7-3 road swing, the Rockies kept right on rolling behind Senzatela, who joins Clayton Kershaw, Dallas Keuchel and Ervin Santana with seven victories this season.

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]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 23:23:55 -0600 <![CDATA[From Harper to Puckett, Grand Junction a JUCO baseball mecca]]> http://gazette.com/from-harper-to-puckett-grand-junction-a-juco-baseball-mecca/article/feed/464225?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/from-harper-to-puckett-grand-junction-a-juco-baseball-mecca/article/feed/464225?custom_click=rss

A few years before Bryce Harper was hammering home runs at big league ballparks, the slugger had dreams of bashing baseballs in western Colorado.

Getting to Grand Junction means you've made it to the JUCO World Series. And for every junior college player, that has been the dream destination since 1959, with Suplizio Field and its majestic mountain backdrop serving as host.

"When I look back, I can say one of my favorite times I ever had on the baseball field and one of the greatest years of my life was playing JUCO," Harper says of playing in 2010 for the College of Southern Nevada in the upcoming book, "JUCO's Journey."

"And the JUCO World Series," he added, "was icing on the cake.

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]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 18:48:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado representatives try to rename peaks after climbers]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-representatives-try-to-rename-peaks-after-climbers/article/feed/464201?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-representatives-try-to-rename-peaks-after-climbers/article/feed/464201?custom_click=rss NORWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Colorado's congressional representatives are trying to name two peaks in the southwestern part of the state after two local climbers who died in an avalanche in Asia.

The state's two senators, Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, and Rep. Scott Tipton have introduced a bill renaming the as yet unnamed 13,000-foot peaks after Charlie Fowler and Chris Boskoff. The two were killed in 2006 while climbing a remote massif on the border of China and Tibet.

The peaks that would bear their names loom over the southwestern Colorado town of Norwood where the climbers lived.

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]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 16:09:31 -0600 <![CDATA[States struggle with oversight of online charter schools]]> http://gazette.com/states-struggle-with-oversight-of-online-charter-schools/article/feed/464121?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/states-struggle-with-oversight-of-online-charter-schools/article/feed/464121?custom_click=rss

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As U.S. children flock to virtual charter schools, states are struggling to catch up and develop rules to make sure the students get a real education and schools get the right funding.

The future of virtual schools is part of the larger school-choice debate seeing renewed attention since the installation of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, an online charter investor and advocate who sees them as a valuable option for students.

While some perform well, the sector has been plagued by accounts of low standards, mismanagement, and inflated participation counts at schools that are reimbursed based on the number of enrolled students.

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]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 16:01:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado oil tank blast kills worker, spurs safety questions]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-oil-tank-blast-kills-worker-spurs-safety-questions/article/feed/464164?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-oil-tank-blast-kills-worker-spurs-safety-questions/article/feed/464164?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — An oil tank explosion in northern Colorado killed a worker and burned three others, shooting up flames just miles away from an unrelated gas blast last month and prompting fresh questions about safety in one of Colorado's largest industries — oil and gas extraction.

The fire flared Thursday when the workers completed upgrades to an oil tank battery, which is a collection of tanks that receive crude oil production from a well.

Anadarko Petroleum Co. said the facility in Mead, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Denver, was not in service and the fire was under investigation.

The company also owns a well connected to a home explosion that killed two people in Firestone, a city a few miles from Mead.

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]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 15:59:01 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Colorado governor says recent blasts unrelated]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-colorado-governor-says-recent-blasts-unrelated/article/feed/464157?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-colorado-governor-says-recent-blasts-unrelated/article/feed/464157?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a fatal oil tank fire in northern Colorado (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says two deadly northern Colorado oil and gas explosions in recent weeks are unrelated.

The governor is a former geologist and says he agrees with local investigators who say that the two deadly incidents aren't related.

Thursday's fire at an oil tank battery, which is a collection of tanks that receive crude oil production from a well, killed one worker and burned three others in the town of Mead. The cause was under investigation.

That fire was a just few miles north of a home that exploded April 17, killing two people. The home explosion was traced to a leaky gas well.

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<![CDATA[US rig count rises 7 this week to 908; Colorado up 5]]> http://gazette.com/us-rig-count-rises-7-this-week-to-908-colorado-up-5/article/feed/464168?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-rig-count-rises-7-this-week-to-908-colorado-up-5/article/feed/464168?custom_click=rss HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by seven this week to 908.

A year ago, 404 rigs were active.

Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 722 rigs sought oil and 185 explored for natural gas this week. One was listed as miscellaneous.

Colorado added five rigs while Alaska, New Mexico, North Dakota and Oklahoma each gained one.

Texas lost one rig.

Arkansas, California, Kansas, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming were all unchanged.

The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981. It bottomed out last May at 404.

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]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 14:27:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Gas well leak spurs evacuations in Northeastern Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/gas-well-leak-spurs-evacuations-in-northeastern-colorado/article/feed/464146?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gas-well-leak-spurs-evacuations-in-northeastern-colorado/article/feed/464146?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Workers are trying to shut down a leak of natural gas from an underground storage facility in Northeastern Colorado.

The leak occurred Thursday afternoon in a well that injects and withdraws gas from the facility. It is owned by East Cheyenne Gas Storage. Logan County called all residents who live within two miles of the well and urged them to evacuate.

The company says contractors have arrived on the scene to try to shut down the leak. It promises to reimburse residents for the evacuation.

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]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 12:38:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado governor signs $26.8 billion budget into law]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-governor-signs-26.8-billion-budget-into-law/article/feed/464128?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-governor-signs-26.8-billion-budget-into-law/article/feed/464128?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed into law a $26.8 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Hickenlooper on Friday praised the efforts of a Legislature that is split along party lines to eliminate a projected $700 million deficit and deliver a balanced budget that is required by law.

He did not veto any provisions of the budget, which slightly raises K-12 education spending and allocates marijuana revenue to affordable housing, mental health programs and efforts to combat illegal pot sales.

The budget is nearly 7 percent bigger than this fiscal year's.

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]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 11:15:42 -0600 <![CDATA[No. 1 Maryland among usual suspects in lacrosse Final Four]]> http://gazette.com/no.-1-maryland-among-usual-suspects-in-lacrosse-final-four/article/feed/464126?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no.-1-maryland-among-usual-suspects-in-lacrosse-final-four/article/feed/464126?custom_click=rss Maryland's seniors are again headed to championship weekend in the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament, and the top-seeded Terps hope the fourth time works out better than the first three.

"You get experience from being there, but each year is different because your team is different," Maryland coach John Tillman said. "We certainly have put ourselves in a position at times to get to (championship) Monday but haven't quite finished."

Two years after losing to Denver in the national championship game, the teams will meet again on Saturday in the national semifinals at Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Maryland (14-3), which hasn't won the title in 42 years, is coming off a dominant 18-9 quarterfinal victory over No. 8

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]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 10:57:22 -0600 <![CDATA[LEADING OFF: deGrom seeks dry weather, Senzatela 7th win]]> http://gazette.com/leading-off-degrom-seeks-dry-weather-senzatela-7th-win/article/feed/463969?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/leading-off-degrom-seeks-dry-weather-senzatela-7th-win/article/feed/463969?custom_click=rss

A look at what's happening all around the majors today:

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WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY

Jacob deGrom is scheduled to start the New York Mets' series opener at Pittsburgh, a day after he was scratched from a home outing against San Diego because of discouraging weather reports. Mets manager Terry Collins did not want to risk a weather-shortened outing. Chad Kuhl (1-4) is slated to pitch for the Pirates.

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HOME COOKING

Antonio Senzatela (6-1) starts Friday's series opener against St. Louis in Denver, where the rookie is 4-1. Senzatela could join Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota's Ervin Santana and Houston's Dallas Keuchel, who are tied for the major league lead with seven wins.

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]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 01:58:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Snow closes Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park]]> http://gazette.com/snow-closes-trail-ridge-road-in-rocky-mountain-national-park/article/feed/464006?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/snow-closes-trail-ridge-road-in-rocky-mountain-national-park/article/feed/464006?custom_click=rss ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — A recent snowstorm has put a damper on Trail Ridge Road being open for Memorial Day weekend.

The Reporter-Herald reported (http://bit.ly/2rWvD0F ) Thursday that last week's snowstorm has filled Trail Ridge, the stretch of highway that traverses Rocky Mountain National Park, forcing park officials to close the path.

Crews are chipping away at 8 feet to 14 feet (2.44 meters to 4.27 meters) of snow on Trail Ridge, and extended forecasts call for continued snow, winds and temperatures in the 20s.

Park officials will continue to plow the road, but said it is uncertain when it will be clear and safe to re-open.

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]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 23:26:39 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Worker killed, 3 hurt in Colorado oil tank fire]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-worker-killed-3-hurt-in-colorado-oil-tank-fire/article/feed/463981?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-worker-killed-3-hurt-in-colorado-oil-tank-fire/article/feed/463981?custom_click=rss GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on a fatal oil tank fire in northern Colorado (all times local):

8 p.m.

Authorities say a worker was killed and three others were injured in an oil tank fire in northern Colorado.

The site in Mead owned by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation caught fire during maintenance work on the oil tanks Thursday afternoon. Three of the contract workers were hospitalized — one with serious injuries and two with moderate injuries.

The dead worker was found soon after.

The names of the victims have not been released, and investigators have not said what caused the fire.

Anadarko confirmed the death but did not release additional information.

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]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 21:02:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Baby-sitter arrested after unattended child drowns]]> http://gazette.com/baby-sitter-arrested-after-unattended-child-drowns/article/feed/463909?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/baby-sitter-arrested-after-unattended-child-drowns/article/feed/463909?custom_click=rss PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A woman has been arrested after allegedly leaving an 11-month-old girl unattended in a bathtub and then finding the child facedown in water.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports (http://bit.ly/2qp1jKd ) Amanda Miller was arrested on a warrant Tuesday for child abuse resulting in death.

According to the arrest affidavit, an autopsy determined the infant died of asphyxiation by drowning May 14, six days after the incident.

Miller tells police she is a family friend who was baby-sitting the 11-month-old girl and the child's 3-year-old sister. Miller says she poured a "lukewarm" bath for the girls with approximately 6 inches of water.

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]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 18:17:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Thomas eager to play big role in receiver-friendly offense]]> http://gazette.com/thomas-eager-to-play-big-role-in-receiver-friendly-offense/article/feed/463910?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thomas-eager-to-play-big-role-in-receiver-friendly-offense/article/feed/463910?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has a little extra spring in his step in these offseason workouts.

That's what a healthy hip will do. Same with having back his old offensive coordinator, Mike McCoy, who will feature a more uptempo, receiver-friendly style in his second go-around with the Denver Broncos.

Thomas definitely likes the sound of that. He's also playing a role in bringing rookie receivers Carlos Henderson and Isaiah McKenzie up to speed. At the moment, they're sinking in all the terminology — a feeling Thomas knows all too well.

"I couldn't even line up the first time running this offense," Thomas said of his rookie season in 2010. "It will take some time, but they're picking it up q

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