TRUMP LAWYER FROM DENVER READY TO ROCK
Ty Cobb, a lawyer who represented some Qwest employees during the company’s financial scandal, told a legal news site he agreed to join President Donald Trump’s legal team because he couldn’t say no to the president.
Cobb said he took the job because it was “an impossible task with a deadline,” he told Law.com, a legal news site.
“My dad was a Navy fighter pilot, and I grew up in rural Kansas,” Cobb, 66, said last week. “If the president asks you, you don’t say no. I have rocks in my head and steel balls.”
The White House named Cobb, a former federal prosecutor who was managing partner at Hogan & Hartson’s Denver office in 2004, special counsel. In his new position, he will be in charge of overseeing the White House’s legal and media response to investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign, according to Bloomberg News.
Wildfire near Fort Collins, sparked by field mower, is fully contained.
A wildfire sparked by a field mower is 100 percent contained, fire officials said Monday. The Spring Glade wildfire has burned 371 acres of shrub and grass along the northern Front Range between Loveland and Fort Collins.
On Monday there was no growth in the wildfire, which started Saturday, although residents and passers-by will still see smoke, according to the sheriff’s office.
Investigators determined the fire was accidental, caused by a “mechanical failure in mowing equipment,” the sheriff’s office said.
Auditorium reorganization prompts job cuts at CU.
BOULDER» The University of Colorado College of Music is eliminating 16 part-time technical production positions and one part-time custodial position from the crew that works in Macky Auditorium.
The cuts, which were decided in May, are part of a strategic plan to reorganize the auditorium, according to spokesman Ryan Huff.
“The goal is to create a more competitive theater venue by improving Macky’s ability to stage high-quality, year-round productions on tight deadlines with new technology and staff expertise,” Huff said. CU offered voluntary separation packages to affected employees, he said.
“The college’s leadership thoroughly studied best practices at other university-managed theater venues in the same market with similar capacity and programming to assess where Macky’s operations could be improved.”
Navajo Nation considers purchases of Colorado ranchland.
ARIZ.» The Navajo Nation has created a committee to look into buying Colorado ranchland that’s home to cattle, bison and two mountains the tribe considers sacred.
The price tag for the property — roughly 26 square miles on the Wolf Springs and Boyer ranches in south-central Colorado — is $23 million.
The two sacred mountains are Big Mountain Sheep/Obsidian Mountain, or Mount Hesperus, and Sisnaajini, commonly known as Blanca Peak.
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye believes the purchase would make the tribe’s citizens whole, The Gallup Independent reported.
Wolf Springs Ranch — the whole thing is listed for $49 million — is described as one of Colorado’s largest ranches, and it’s nestled under the high peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
The ranch has 200 head of cattle and more than 300 head of bison that the tribe could use to expand its beef business and produce bison meat, which sells for about double the price of beef, Begaye said.
Completed project will make Big Thompson more flood-resistant.
The bubbling Big Thompson River flows rapidly near Narrows Park, moving past rocks and large downed cottonwood trees as willows and other vegetation grow along the banks.
The scene looks natural, which is how it was engineered to look. But the $800,000 restoration project also makes the river healthier and more resilient to floods and creates aquatic habitat.
This stretch of the Big Thompson River, from the Jasper Lake bridge to just before the Cherry Cider Store, was scoured and severely changed during the 2013 floods. It was left too wide and entrenched, with vegetation ripped away from the banks.
The new face of the river has a narrower channel with more areas along the banks for water to disperse in the event of another flood. It has large boulders specifically placed to control the flow of the water and to create pools for fish habitat. Large trees extend from under the banks into the river, stabilizing the bank, preventing erosion and creating habitat.