“(Michelle) Obama was in town as part of a book tour for her recently released memoir ‘Becoming.’ The former first lady signed books at Tattered Cover in Denver, visited Children’s Hospital Colorado and spoke candidly with Reese Witherspoon at the Pepsi Center for more than an hour about her career, her marriage and adjusting to life as the president’s wife,” reports The Denver Post. “‘That’s what happens to spouses,’ Obama said. ‘You get immersed in the shadow of the political figure.’ And feel this pressure to tread carefully when it comes to pushing public policy, Obama said, noting how Hillary Clinton was vilified when she advocated for health care reform in the 1990’s. ‘I decided I’m going to try this soft power notion,’ Obama said. ‘I started with a garden. … It’s just carrots. Nothing too dangerous.'”
“Tamu, the oldest giraffe in North America, died Thursday at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo — the third giraffe the zoo has lost this year,” reports The Colorado Springs Gazette. “The 32-year-old female reticulated giraffe, affectionately referred to as ‘Moose’ or ‘Grandma,’ ‘passed peacefully and naturally surrounded by keepers and vet staff who cared for her deeply, a news release says. She would have turned 33 on Dec. 28. ‘Although Tamu was considered geriatric, her decline happened extremely quickly and unexpectedly,’ the release says. Staff began to notice changes in her behavior about 11 a.m., and she died about 1 p.m.
“The restoration of the Animas River has begun,” reports The Durango Herald. “Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Thursday stocked 1,500 rainbow trout in the Animas River at a few locations from the 32nd Street Bridge to the High Bridge on South Camino del Rio, a 5-mile stretch of river that runs through Durango. It marked the first significant restocking of fish in the Animas since mudslides and floods from the 416 Fire burn scar this summer caused a near complete die-off in the waterway.”
“Vail Resorts Chief Executive Officer Rob Katz and his wife, Elana Amsterdam, have made significant contributions totaling more than $2 million to support emotional wellness programs in nearly every mountain resort community in which Vail Resorts operates,” reports The Vail Daily. “The 30 grants were issued by the Katz Amsterdam Charitable Trust and will impact thousands of people seeking mental and behavioral health support across North America.”
“Meininger Art Supply on the Hill closed its doors Thursday as the University of Colorado moves to buy the Broadway building where it is housed,” reports The Boulder Daily Camera. “The sprawling art supply store is one of four tenants at 1135 Broadway, and its owners made the decision to leave Boulder as their lease there expires.”
“Richard Swanson pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of vehicular homicide in the death of 13-year-old Gavin Myers and was sentenced to nine years in prison with five years’ mandatory parole to follow,” reports The Loveland Reporter-Herald. “Swanson, 47, who struck and killed Gavin around 9:30 p.m. June 8 after veering off road in the 4000 block of North Wilson Avenue in Loveland, appeared before 8th Judicial District Judge Carroll Michelle Brinegar. He pleaded to the Class 3 felony and will pay $6,000 in restitution in addition to his nine years in the Department of Corrections. The sentence was agreed upon by defense and prosecution attorneys, and Brinegar adopted it. Swanson faced a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison, Brinegar said.”
“Hayden cowboy Keenan Hayes couldn’t help but feel like someone was looking over him this week during his quest to win the bareback title at the Junior National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas,” reports The Steamboat Pilot & Today. “‘I felt like he was up there watching the draw — helping them get me the good horses that I could win on,” Hayes said of his grandfather, who passed away the last week of November. ‘I was kind of hoping I could do a little better in the (saddle) bronc riding because that was his favorite event, but he still liked me riding bareback horses, so it was just good to win it for him.’ … The bareback title was one of two that Hayes would win during the week. He also pocketed the all-round title.”