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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, 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.

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