ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Broncos safety Justin Simmons is the first NFL player to be franchise tagged in 2021. NFL teams have until Tuesday at 4 p.m. EST to use the tag to prevent a pending free agent from hitting the open market. The Broncos went ahead Friday and tagged their star safety for the second consecutive year. They have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal or Simmons would have to sign his $13.7 million franchise tag tender to play in 2021. The sooner they work out a deal, the better for the Broncos, who would like some cost certainty heading into free agency, where they have amongst the most salary cap room in the league. Unlike last year when negotiations never really got going because of the murky financial forecast resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, it appears the sides are headed toward an amicable solution this year. For one thing, the $13.729 million franchise tag is about $2.3 million higher than last year’s $11.441 million tag. For another, this … [Read more...] about Denver Broncos place franchise tag on Justin Simmons again
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Gray wolves gained a hard-fought path to “paws on the ground” in Colorado with the approval Thursday of a controversial reintroduction measure, the first time a state’s voters have forced their government to re-introduce an imperiled species. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials declined to discuss voters’ passage of Proposition 114 but issued a statement saying “the planning process for reintroduction will begin.” The predominantly rural opposition led by elk hunters, farmers and cattle ranchers conceded defeat, lamenting “bad policy” driven by well-funded urban majorities along Colorado’s Front Range. Meanwhile, wolf supporters celebrated what they saw as the start of a wildlife management shift away from prioritizing hunting and agricultural interests toward a holistic re-balancing of ecosystems by restoring a predator. “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was never going to reintroduce the gray wolf to its habitat in the southern Rockies, and this grew out of … [Read more...] about Voter approval of Colorado wolf reintroduction means “paws on the ground” by late 2023
Authorities say four people were killed in two separate crashes early Saturday morning and two people, wounded in an earlier shooting, were found in a car following a third crash near Thornton Friday night. The deadliest crash occurred around around 1:30 a.m. Saturday in Thornton. Three people were killed in the multi-vehicle crash at the intersection of East 120th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. Police declined to provide any further information on this incident. About four hours earlier, crews responded to an Adams County crash at West 76th Ave and Pecos. Two people were found shot inside the crashed vehicle and transported to Denver Health. Their conditions are not known. Police are still gathering details on where the shooting occurred. No other injuries related to the crash were reported. Read the full story from our partner at thedenverchannel.com . Policies Report an Error Contact Us Submit a News Tip … [Read more...] about 4 dead, 2 wounded in shootings and crashes in Denver area
By Matthew Brown and Iris Samuels , The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — Payments for dead wolves. Unlimited hunting of the animals. Shooting wolves from the air. Wolf hunting policies in some states are taking an aggressive turn, as Republican lawmakers and conservative hunting groups push to curb their numbers and propose tactics shunned by many wildlife managers. In Montana, lawmakers are advancing measures to allow shooting wolves at night and payments to hunters reminiscent of bounties that widely exterminated the species last century. Idaho legislation would allow hunters to shoot them from motorized parachutes, ATVs or snowmobiles year-round with no limits in most areas. And in Wisconsin, just weeks after President Donald Trump’s administration lifted protections for wolves in the Great Lakes region, hunters using hounds and trappers blew past the state’s harvest goal and killed almost twice as many as planned. The timing of the Wisconsin hunt was bumped up … [Read more...] about As Colorado moves to reintroduce wolves, some states look to step up wolf kills
It cannot be said enough. Of all the years for the men’s basketball edition of the Rocky Mountain Showdown to go dormant, this may very well have been the worst. CU/CSU men’s hoops — A Losing this year’s football game in Fort Collins was one thing. But for this version of the CSU Rams (17-5, No. 41 in NET prior to Friday night’s loss at Nevada) to not get a shot at this version of the CU Buffs (20-7, No. 14 in NET) is yet another athletic tragedy in a 12-month period full of them for the Grading the Week staff. Especially considering CSU just spent a 21-day period in February waiting for an opponent to play after multiple Mountain West foes went into quarantine. “It’s not quite that easy to put a matchup together on short notice,” CSU athletic director Joe Parker told The Post ‘s Sean Keeler earlier this week. This one should’ve been a no-brainer. It’s not just that both are likely NCAA Tournament teams (or should be). It’s not just that both have NBA-caliber … [Read more...] about Grading the Week: Who’s Colorado’s best college basketball team? We’ll have to wait until the Final Four to find out.
More than a year after allegedly kidnapping his daughter in Tennessee and keeping her hostage as he traveled around the country, an IT expert, who refers to himself as “Oscar Bourne,” evaded capture by making himself impossible to trace by authorities. The fugitive, John Oliver Westbrook, drew this name from the Bourne trilogy movies which depicted a fictional government spy who evaded capture through multifaceted smarts, Oxygen reported . Westbrook was able to evade capture, despite continuing to do business and traveling across the United States, by using his knowledge of technology, security and bitcoin, according to Fox News. “He is communicating in a way that’s almost impossible to trace, which makes it extremely difficult for investigators to generate significant leads in this case,” the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office said. His daughter, Daphne, was 17 when she went missing in 2019 after she spent a weekend with Westbrook, according to The Daily Beast … [Read more...] about Father Evades Police Using Tech Smarts Over A Year After Allegedly Kidnapping Daughter