News Alert: Jenna Is Engaged

On Aug. 6, I became a Newsradio 850 KOA “Insider” – meaning I signed up to get alerted to the latest traffic info and breaking, important news stories of local and national interest.

“The Newsradio 850 KOA Newsflash is emailed directly to you the moment breaking news happens,” the Denver-based news and talk radio station promised. “You’ll be the first to know!”

I was a bit concerned about being inundated with alerts, but thankfully the station has proven to be fairly judicious in its news judgment. Until today.

More below the fold.The following is the sum total of Newsflashes that have landed in my in-box since Aug. 6:

Aug. 9
Former University of Northern Colorado backup punter Mitch Cozad has been found guilty of second degree assault in the knife attack on starter Rafael Mendoza last September. Details on Newsradio 850-KOA at the top of the hour and on

Aug. 10
Officials who successfully drilled a hole into the presumed location of the trapped Utah miners say they have not been able to hear any sound from a microphone lowered into the cavern. Listen to Newsradio 850 KOA for details.

Aug. 13
The Colorado Springs Airport has reopened following an evacuation for a phone-in bomb threat. Police used bomb sniffing dogs to search the terminal building and did not find a bomb. An all clear was given shortly before 4PM today.

Aug. 14
Southbound I-25 is closed at I-76 due to an accident. Go to or tune in to 850 KOA am every 15 minutes for more details.

Aug. 16
The White House says first daughter Jenna Bush is engaged to be married. Details at the top of the hour on 850KOA and at

Cara DeGette is a senior fellow at Colorado Confidential, and a columnist and contributing editor at the Colorado Springs Independent. E-mail her at