Most people have heard of the Mile High City, otherwise known as Denver. Located in the state of Colorado, that is how most people have heard of it. However, they may have never been there. If you don’t go, you really don’t know what you are missing. There are so many things that you can do, and once you have Found the Cheapest Flight, and accommodations, you should definitely plan a trip for at least a week. This is what you will be able to do once you reach Denver CO on your next vacation.
What Is There To Do In The City?
There are quite a few things that you will be able to do when you get to Denver. If you are a fan of going to a zoo, the Denver Zoo is one of the best. It is perfect for people that just like to see animals, and if you have children, this is going to be the perfect place for them to spend a couple of hours. Once you have seen the animals, you might want to go see fish. The Downtown Aquarium is the next place to go. Again, it is the right place to go if you are bringing children with you, however adults will also like this destination.
Landmarks To See
Although you could do fun things like go skiing, hiking, or go for a run in the park, you might want to consider looking at some of the landmarks that have made Denver so popular. There is the famous Union Station and also the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception which is a church that Catholics absolutely love. Even if you are not religious, it is a place that you will definitely enjoy because of how well-designed the building is. There is the Molly Brown House Museum which is of historic value. There are other destinations to see. If you are spending at least a week or two, you can fit all of this in, plus plan many other trips as well. You would never like to miss amazing Denver Fashion Show.
The places that you decide to go in Denver should be part of your itinerary. You will want to mix things up, and if you are only there for a week, you will want to plan accordingly. There are always going to be places to go shopping, great places to eat, and sightseeing tours that you will enjoy. The Mile High City is a place that many people will visit multiple times in their life because of all that it has to offer tourists and the general public.
From the moment a lisfranc injury in Week 2 of the 2013 season derailed Ryan Clady’s NFL career, offensive tackle woes have been a constant issue for the Denver Broncos. From that point forward, the ends of the Broncos’ offensive line were manned by a revolving door of horrible-to-just-okay veteran free agents and the occasional depressingly bad draft pick. The result has been a lot of pain endured by Broncos quarterbacks.
John Elway looked to the draft to stop the bleeding & provide a long term starter on the QB’s blind side. That led him to select Garett Bolles with the 20th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Name: Garett Bolles
College: University of Utah
Note: Bolles is currently 25, but will turn 26 this Sunday, May 27th. If you’d like, tweet him a Happy Birthday this weekend @gbolles72!
Bolles was the lone bright spot of a 2017 draft class that mostly got red-shirted. He played over 1,100 snaps comprising 98.14% of the Broncos’ offensive snaps last season. Including special teams snaps for all players, he played nearly 500 more snaps than the rest of his draft class combined. Only center Matt Paradis registered more snaps than Garett did.
Despite playing nearly 200 more snaps than almost any other Bronco last season, an optimistic view of Bolles’s play would probably best describe it as just “okay”. Penalties were a major issue for him as a rookie, landing him on the 2017 All-Penalty Team. It certainly wasn’t the stellar rookie campaign that Ryan Clady put together back in the day.
Pass blocking was the major issue, as Bolles consistently earned himself holding penalties that killed a number of drives. That’s a large part of why Pro Football Focus ranked Bolles as just the 73rd best pass blocking tackle. Ouch. He ranked 77th in penalties out of 83 offensive tackles listed in PFF’s Elite stats, which is pretty horrible.
It’s really as simple as that at the heart of it for Bolles: he absolutely must fix his issues in pass blocking, or he’s not going to be holding a starting job after a while.
How, then, could his rookie season be considered “Okay”? Mostly, because Bolles’s run blocking was as good as his pass blocking was bad. He ranked 12th out of 83 offensive tackles in that aspect of the game. That could be essential for the Broncos this year, so he at least has something to hang his hat on while working to improve the other areas of his game.
Beyond that, though, there are some mitigating factors. First and foremost is that Bolles was learning on the job even though he was still quite raw. The former Ute only had one season of Division 1 NCAA football experience and coaching, and was facing a massive learning curve as a rookie. That means there is plenty of potential for Bolles to get better with another offseason of strength & conditioning and technique training.
Then there’s the personnel around him. Bolles was arguably set up to fail as a rookie, with three major liabilities impacting his game:
Quarterback: A good QB raises all boats, but a bad QB sinks them. Bolles had the misfortune of trying to block for not just one bad QB, but three. With a revolving door of quarterbacks holding on to the ball too long behind him, some of Bolles’ penalties were more about saving his QBs from themselves than about bad technique on Bolles’s part. Left Guard: Max Garcia was average as a starter in his prior work, but was far below average last season. Whatever the cause of his regression, Garcia didn’t pull his weight in 2017 and his lack of performance resulted in Bolles having to try and cover for a far more experienced player. That in itself led to mistakes by Bolles. Right Tackle: If the Broncos’ QB position was a revolving door, the right tackle spot consisted of a couple of exposed, rusting bolts where a revolving door used to be. Donald Stephenson and Menelik Watson proved to be utterly incapable of performing at an acceptable level on the right end of the line, forcing the team to tilt assistance via blocking tight ends and chip blocks heavily toward that side. That meant more exposure and less help for Bolles than he’d normally get.
Those situations have changed, though. Case Keenum is sharp under pressure and can get the ball out quickly when needed. That alone is a huge boon for Bolles and the rest of the offensive line, and should contribute to bringing those penalty numbers down. Additionally, Bolles will certainly enjoy lining up next to Ronald Leery this season as the veteran guard appears poised to resume his preferred spot at left guard. Jared Veldheer at right tackle also profiles to be a significant upgrade if he can stay healthy. All of which means that in 2018 Bolles should enjoy shorter blocks, a huge upgrade to the play beside him, and more help when he needs it.
Head coach Vance Joseph was very specific in what he hopes to see from Bolles in 2018.
“First of all, physically he has to get bigger and stronger. That’s his first issue. His second issue is technique. I think having Chris Strausser as his full-time coach is going to help that. I’m excited to watch him grow as a player. But as a rookie to survive 16 weeks at left tackle, that’s going to pay dividends for him. I’m excited to watch him come back and get better and better. He’s a talent that just needs time to grow into the position. He is going to be a very good player for us in the future.”
Bolles is a lock for the team’s final 53 man roster, and is almost certainly a lock as the starting left tackle. He should again record one of the highest snap counts on the team. Here’s hoping that experience and coaching will combine with improvements around him in order to make the quality of Bolles’ work on the field as great as the quantity.
By the midpoint of the 2018 season, the second year tackle will almost certainly accrue the most starts at left tackle of any Bronco since Ryan Clady. This is his opportunity to step up his game and prove that by selecting him, John Elway locked down one of those troublesome offensive tackle spots for years to come.
Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph in rookie mini-camp at Dove Valley. May 12, 2018.
Before the Broncos start organized team activities on Tuesday, coach Vance Joseph ordered up a golf outing for the second consecutive year.
The Broncos were scheduled to play nine holes on Monday to serve as equal parts a bonding experience and something-out-of-the-normal-routine exercise.
“Phase 1 and Phase 2 has been a good grind for us,” Joseph said last week. “We’ve worked and I think it’s time to have some team-building before we go to OTAs. Most of the guys go out, have lunch, check out the views and relax. Nobody is talking football.
“Golf is a sport that some of the guys play and some don’t. It’s fun to watch the guys who have never played before swing the club.”
Director of player development Ray Jackson will arrange the foursomes and present them to Joseph for suggestions/approval.
“We’ll mix them up,” Joseph said. “We’ll put the [defensive backs] coaches with the offensive linemen. Last year, I played with the O-line and I was the best player in the group. It’s fun to have guys with other teammates besides those in their position groups and with coaches that they don’t talk to every day.”
The Broncos will have three OTAs this week (Tuesday-Thursday).
“We play golf on Monday and start work on Tuesday,” Joseph said.
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DENVER — Low unemployment is an indicator of Colorado’s robust economy.
But, there are also jobs out there that aren’t being filled.
Right now, we have a shortage of people with skilled trades. Particularly, electricians.
"You get on one job, you get one done and then two more come in," said electrician Eric Graybill.
He was working for an electrical company for 11 years, but just a few months ago – he branched off and started his own business, Lighthouse Electric.
"It’s just, it’s crazy,” Graybill said. “There’s too much work out there."
In fact, just last week – two electrical union reps knocked on his door at home, offering him a job on the spot.
"That’s the first time I’ve ever had somebody knock on my door and ask me if I wanted a job," Graybill said. “And many of those companies are offering incentives like signing bonuses and stuff like that.”
It’s the same issue for general contractors like Nate Latimer.
"All my work is 100 percent referral work,” Latimer said. “And I’m actually having to turn down referrals."
Skilled trades are an endangered species these days, as more and more young people are opting for jobs in technology, energy and healthcare.
"We’re not getting the young guys coming into the trade," Graybill said.
Because of the shortage – trade schools are ramping up recruitment efforts.
Independent Electrical Contractors of Rocky Mountains in Northglenn is one of largest electrical schools in the nation.
Just this week, they had a “wire-off” where young people compete for scholarships in an industry trying to spark some new excitement.
"The pay is obviously good, and it’s just a good industry to be in right now,” said Michael Lempka, a student at IECRM. “Absolutely. There’s a lot of work.”
“If we don’t get these guys coming in to learn the trade, it’s going to get even worse," Graybill said.
In the short time we spent with Graybill, he took two more phone calls offering him work. A surge of jobs in an industry short on help.
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Thomson Reuters FILE PHOTO: A black bear stands in a wooded area in Newton
(Reuters) – Wildlife rangers in Colorado were hunting a bear early Monday that attacked and tried to drag off a five-year-old girl from her yard.
The attack happened about 2:30 a.m on Sunday, when the child went outside to check on a noise she thought her dog had made.
The girl’s mother heard screaming. "When she went outside to investigate, she witnessed a large black bear dragging her …daughter," the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) agency said in a statement.
The bear dropped the child after her mother yelled at it, officials said.
The child, whose name was not released, was in a fair condition early Monday at a local hospital, NBC affiliate KKCO said.
"Our officers are actively searching for the bear and will do so overnight and as long as it takes," said Mike Porras, a spokesman for the CPW’s Northwest Region office.
Wildlife agents were hunting for the bear with tracking hounds and had set traps to catch it. If captured, the animal would be killed, Porras said.
The attack took place in East Orchard Mesa, a small community near the Colorado River and about 250 miles (400 km) west of Denver.
(Reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta; editing by John Stonestreet)
When Bradley Chubb was passed over by the Cleveland Browns with the fourth overall pick, the Denver Broncos threw a trade proposal from the Buffalo Bills into the trash can and made the pick. There was never a scenario where John Elway felt Chubb would be available with their fifth pick, but there he was and there he went.
On Saturday, the local media got their first chance to see Chubb up close and personal during Broncos minicamp. Here are a few shots from practice.
The Broncos three-day minicamp will wrap up on Sunday and the team will begin their OTA’s workouts in a few weeks. The first phase of OTA’s will be from May 22-23, with phase two from May 29-31 and phase three from June 4-7. Mandatory minicamp will be June 12-14.
Chubb will get his first action opposite of Von Miller during those OTA workouts, so that should be fun to see.
John Leyba, Denver Post file Holly Kinnel straightens out the display case at the The Clinic, one of the largest marijuana retailers in Denver.
Colorado’s recreational marijuana sales set a new monthly high in March.
The state’s cannabis retailers sold $106 million in flower, edibles and concentrate for adult-use purposes during March, according to data released Wednesday by the Colorado Department of Revenue.
In total, the shops tallied up $135.2 million in sales during the month, up 3.7 percent from March 2017. The monthly haul — consisting of $29.2 million of medical marijuana sales and roughly $106 million in recreational sales — brings the first-quarter totals to $365.7 million, an increase of 6 percent from the first three months of 2017.
The latest data epitomize some ongoing sales trends in Colorado’s maturing marijuana industry: Recreational sales continue to take bigger pieces of the pie, and the industry is still growing — but no longer by leaps-and-bounds.
Economists and analysts have projected that Colorado marijuana sales should continue to grow, but at far slower rates than the double-digit increase of legalization’s early days. Sales could grow if additional municipalities opt to allow legal cannabis programs; but expectations are that they’ll eventually plateau and the cannabis industry will behave much like established consumer-driven sectors.
Through March, Colorado has collected upward of $64 million in taxes and fees from marijuana sales, according to calculations of state revenue data made available Wednesday.
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A slot home project is under construction next to another townhome development on Tennyson Street north of West 45th Avenue, on May 3, 2018. The sideways-oriented town homes are packed into a lot, often with garages on the first floor of each unit.
Heather Noyes walks along the northern reaches of northwest Denver’s Tennyson Street district and sizes up what has been built over the past decade, replacing house after house.
She and other longtime residents repeatedly see this from the sidewalk: a bank of gas meters, a fire door and perhaps a storage closet window. Newer buildings might have a solitary front door.
As in several other older neighborhoods in Denver, the landscape is now dominated by hundreds of “slot” homes, which feature sideways-facing townhomes stacked horizontally to the alley.
Noyes says she felt “blind-sided” by the kind of development that unfolded after Denver city leaders adopted a new zoning code in 2010 — a land-use plan that notably adopted Berkeley neighborhood leaders’ support for more intense development along Tennyson, especially between West 44th and 46th avenues.
“We wanted mixed-use. We wanted more people, more families over here,” says Noyes, who works out of a landscape architecture office on Tennyson and lives a short walk away. “But to have development consistently turn its back to the street by ignoring the type of elements that contribute to street character is a missed opportunity, and that is what has frustrated so many people here.”
A let-up is in sight. On Monday night, the Denver City Council, after nearly two years of city discussions and task force meetings, is expected to approve a raft of zoning rule changes that will more heavily regulate townhomes.
The changes crafted by the task force, which included Noyes as a member, are led by a new requirement that developers orient new projects’ main buildings — and more front doors — toward the street. Projects still could include other units farther back in the lot.
The goal is to make slot homes, as Denver knows them, a thing of the past, or at least to wipe the current form off developers’ drawing boards.
Often built in pairs on adjacent properties, slot homes are so named for the notches created by the garages tucked behind and beneath each home, with a drive aisle running alongside the building. Front doors for seven or eight townhouses, which typically replace one single-family home, are down a narrow paved path on the other side.
Developers love slot homes because they maximize the profit potential on smaller residential lots that have three-story zoning. Dozens more projects that incorporate the much-derided slot form are still on the way, since they won approval under the old rules.
Use the slider to see slot homes and other new development since 2006 along Tennyson Street (oriented left to right) between West 44th and 46th avenues. More projects are under construction or in the review pipeline.
Neighborhood advocates say the street-facing requirement will do the most to better tie future townhomes to their pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods. Even some slot home developers, while expressing cost-based concerns about complying with the new rules, agree with that observation.
“The new design — the forward-facing — is going to be awesome (for neighborhoods),” said Dawn Development owner Ty Mumford, a task force member who advocated for less-drastic changes overall.
Other proposed rules include tighter height restrictions, provisions for enclosed stairways to rooftop decks and a requirement to incorporate features that increase street interactions, such as porches.
Slot homes line Tennyson Street north of West 45th Avenue on May 3, 2018.
Should changes have come sooner?
While some developers worry about the new rules’ financial effects on future projects, critics of the sideways townhomes are left asking: What took the city so long to crack down?
Denver’s Department of Community Planning and Development, or CPD, reacted to slot homes earlier, winning council approval in 2015 for small-scale zoning rule changes that required vehicle access to be from the alley rather than the street. The changes also included creating new standards in mixed-use zoning districts.
But CPD spokeswoman Andrea Burns said those changes didn’t address the larger issues. The department soon initiated that effort a year later, and it required more time so planners could study it holistically, seek public input and propose the zoning text amendment to the council, Burns said.
“That (earlier) work helped us understand that the slot home problem is complex,” Burns wrote in an email. “They occur in multiple zone districts, building forms and areas of the city.”
Rafael Espinoza, a city councilman elected in 2015 on a surge of anti-development anger, previously was a neighborhood activist who raised the alarm over slot homes for years.
“It’s not CPD,” Espinoza said, crediting the department for spending time on the new zoning changes. “It’s the administration (of Mayor Michael Hancock) not heeding to calls.”
He said the coming issue was evident in his neighborhood of Jefferson Park before the 2008 recession wound down. Even before the recession, precursors of the slot home had begun to go up in the city, under the old zoning code.
Espinoza recalls warning neighbors in the neighborhood association’s newsletter soon after the city adopted the new zoning code: The designation applied to the area’s residential core paved the way for what he said was likely to be a bonanza of slot homes.
Fast-forward a few years, and Jefferson Park trailed only the West Colfax neighborhood in slot home development, according to CPD research of project approvals issued in 2015 and 2016. They were also popular in Highland and Five Points, among other places. Burns says the department lacks comprehensive figures that capture development over a broader time span.
Jefferson Park neighborhood
Use the slider to see slot homes and other new development since 2006 in the area north of West 23rd Avenue.
Espinoza fears the new rules come too late for his neighborhood.
“Orientation to the street would’ve benefited Jefferson Park, but it will benefit other areas of the city going forward,” he said.
The planning department is viewing backlashes against development seriously these days. It soon will propose wider-scale changes that could affect the look and property coverage of all new development in some areas, particularly downtown and in bustling neighborhood districts. Those changes probably will include broader use of design-review requirements and design overlays.
A comparison provided by the Denver planning department shows a typical “slot” home development (upper left) and a version that incorporates proposed zoning rules.
Slot homes popular with younger buyers
Meantime, slot homes have found an eager market. They are popular with younger homebuyers — often singles and couples — who are looking for midpriced homes near downtown. Such a price point lately is in the $450,000 to $550,000 range.
They became especially attractive as developers shied away from condo construction over concerns that they could face too many lawsuits under the state’s construction-defects law. That law, amended last year, doesn’t apply to self-contained townhomes, even when they share walls.
“I think the only thing that’s driving that demand is price,” said Mumford, the slot-home developer.
Christine Franck, a residential designer, has studied the proliferation of slot homes in Denver. In fact, she coined the term. She founded the Center for Advanced Research in Traditional Architecture at the University of Colorado Denver, and she stepped down last fall as its director while serving on Denver’s slot home task force.
She says the lack of condo construction combined with pent-up demand after the recession to drive demand for the townhouses. And there was a third factor, she said: the new zoning code, which didn’t envision slot homes but contained plenty of pliable rules for developers to exploit.
West Colfax neighborhood
Use the slider to see slot homes and other new development since 2006 in the area northwest of Federal Boulevard and West 16th Avenue.
The result, Franck said, was a unique architectural form that hadn’t been seen much in other cities — at least until Denver developers set it loose.
“In West Colfax, in Jefferson Park, on Tennyson, it’s sad,” Franck said. “Those neighborhoods are just gone. … That could be taken as saying that change is bad. It’s not — change is not bad. Cities need to grow if they’re going to be healthy. But so much change so quickly, in such an incompatible way, tears neighborhoods apart.”
Another task force member, Maggie Miller, has wanted to keep slot homes out of her part of Five Points, where single-family homes often are scraped to make room for larger houses or multi-family buildings. She recently helped push successfully for scaled-down zoning limits that were motivated, in part, by a desire to prevent slot homes from getting built in the area.
“It’s a compromise,” she said of the proposed slot home changes. “There’s things I don’t love about it, but there’s some things about it that developers don’t like. … I’m just so happy that front doors are facing the street, and there’s more transparency facing the street and more of a sense that there’s active use.”
Mumford said the task force incorporated too little of the industry’s input.
He doesn’t necessarily disagree with some of the criticisms of his projects. But he sees a place in the market for what he’s building, and he argues that the more stringent lot configurations set out by the proposed changes are likely to accommodate fewer units in most cases — typically one less than the seven that fit on each lot in a current project.
He predicted that new townhomes would be smaller while costing more per square foot to build. That’s a concern shared by some who worry about Denver’s housing affordability crunch.
That probably also means lower offers to buy up properties, he said.
“There is no doubt in my mind that this will slow development in the areas where townhomes have already taken place,” Mumford said, worrying that the current economics will diminish the benefits of the coming changes: “If somebody had thought of this 10 years ago, it would have been great.”
When the Denver Broncos decided to pass on a quarterback or a trade back, which were two moves most experts and pundits believed John Elway would make, he earned some respectful remarks from anonymous executives in a recent ESPN piece on the 2018 NFL Draft.
The first noted how hard it is to final premier pass rushers in the NFL and how Denver now has four very good ones on their roster. To be that wealthy at a position many teams are struggling to address even one capable player at it is just filthy.
”Look at how hard it can be to find pass-rushers,” one exec said. “Tampa Bay just gave a third-rounder for a 29-year-old JPP [Jason Pierre-Paul] and was willing to pay his contract. Denver has three legit starting rushers plus Shaq Barrett, who every team in the league would love to have as part of their four-man rotation. And the great thing about Chubb is he can slide inside to defensive tackle like Michael Bennett on third down, giving you flexibility.”
Then there is the quarterback position. Case Keenum is the Broncos quarterback now, but the Broncos sure spent a lot of time on all of the top quarterbacks in this year’s draft class. Ultimately, the best prospects in their mind went No 1. and No. 3 overall and reaching for a quarterback prospect they felt wasn’t worthy of the fifth overall pick was not an option Elway was willing to pursue.
”I love seeing [John] Elway basically say, ‘F—- trying to beat the odds and pick the one out of 10 quarterbacks that is going to be over .500 four years from now,’” an exec said. “The bigger part of that is they did not pay $84 million for the guy that is under .500 [Kirk Cousins]. The final part is I’d like to see them switch the defense to a 4-3 because you just got a 4-3 rusher [Chubb] who I think is as good as [Joey] Bosa.”
Elway is probably one of the few executives in the NFL who understands that if you don’t have quarterback or can’t find a one, the best alternative is to get enough great players on defense who can sack the quarterback.
He’s done that by getting enough pass rushers to terrorize opposing quarterbacks every minute of every game.
“Denver has three legit starting rushers plus Shaq Barrett, who every team in the league would love to have as part of their four-man rotation,” said another NFL executive. “And the great thing about Chubb is he can slide inside to defensive tackle like Michael Bennett on third down, giving you flexibility.”
Bradley Chubb is definitely a player with a unique skillset. His size is impressive for a man who can move as he can. Despite weighing 25 pounds more than Shane Ray coming out of college, he actually matched or beat Ray in every NFL Combine measurement.
40-yard: 4.65 to 4.65
Vertical: 33.5 to 36.0
Broad: 10ft to 10ft 1in
20 yd shuttle: 4.53 to 4.41
Bench: 21 to 24
His athleticism is clearly superior, which means he should slide right into the starting role Day 1. The good news is that both Ray and Shaquil Barrett performed very well in their reserve capacities in 2015. The rotation that year was incredible and, hopefully, we can see more of that in 2018.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Any great fishing hole depends on the health and well-being of its bugs.
In a key stretch of the Colorado River below a dam on the Arizona-Utah border, anglers have been pulling out long, skinny trout that don’t give up much of a fight with a hook in their mouths.
Turns out, they don’t have enough to eat, scientists say.
Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey are hoping a monthslong experiment to release low, steady flows of water from Glen Canyon Dam will give the eggs that bugs lay just below the water’s surface a better chance at survival. It starts this weekend.
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"For whatever reason, downstream of Glen Canyon Dam really lacks diversity," said Scott VanderKooi, who oversees the U.S. Geological Survey’s Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center in Flagstaff.
Scientists are anticipating a 26 percent increase in black flies and midges by next summer, and the eventual return of bigger bugs seen in other stretches of the Colorado River that largely have disappeared from a prized fishery known as Lees Ferry. When insects thrive, so do fish, bats, birds and other predators, scientists say.
Insects attach their eggs to hard surfaces like rocks, wood or cattails near the river’s shore. Fluctuations in the water for hydropower create artificial tides that can expose the eggs and dry them out.
If they’re not back underwater within an hour, they die, said Jeff Muehlbauer, a research ecologist with the Geological Survey.
The so-called bug flows are part of a larger plan approved in late 2016 to manage operations at Glen Canyon Dam, which holds back Lake Powell. The plan allows for high flows to push sand built up in Colorado River tributaries through the Grand Canyon as well as other experiments with the flow that could help non-native trout.
"It’s an ongoing endeavor to understand first, what’s the status of all these different resources — the fish, the sandbars, the cultural resources — and then making adjustments based on how the ecosystem is changing," John Hamill said, a volunteer with Trout Unlimited who helped work on the plan.
The flows won’t change the amount of water the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation must deliver to three states and Mexico. The lower water levels on the weekend would be offset by higher peak flows during the week, the agency said. Still, hydropower is expected to take a $335,000 hit.
"We’re not wasting water or anything in the name of bugs," agency spokesman Chris Watt said. "We’re using the flows that we’re required to send down the river. We’re just fluctuating when they go to possibly assist the insects."
Scientists say they are hoping to see positive responses from Glen Canyon Dam to Lake Mead on the Arizona-Nevada border.
Anglers typically fish a 16-mile stretch of the Colorado River below the dam, either in a walkup area or by taking a boat upstream closer to the dam. While they have caught fish that were hearty and longer than 14 inches, Hamill said the "sorry condition" of the fish at times has driven anglers elsewhere.
"That’s been a challenge," he said. "It hasn’t been a very dependable fishery."
When Ted Kennedy started working for the Geological Survey in 2002, other scientists noted the curious lack of stoneflies, caddisflies or mayflies throughout the Grand Canyon and the low numbers of other bugs.
He began studying the larvae stages of bugs, then asked river guides and students for help studying the adult stages.
Since 2012, the volunteers have set out plastic containers with a battery-powered black light for an hour each night, luring bugs and tracking the conditions. They deliver bottles of bugs to Geological Survey scientists.
What they found is that fish have an unstable food source. That means they are longer, skinnier, can’t swim well and don’t have the energy to reproduce or fight.
"When things are bad for midges, there’s not much else to take its place," said Kennedy, a research ecologist.
After selecting dominant pass-rusher Bradley Chubb in the first round and sure-handed receiver Courtland Sutton in the second round, the Denver Broncos turned to the backfield in the third round.
The Broncos took Oregon’s Royce Freeman with the 71st overall pick, immediately filling the hole left after 1,000-yard rusher C.J. Anderson was released earlier this month.
Broncos general manager John Elway expressed confidence last week that his team could snag an impactful ball carrier in a deep running back class. Freeman, who boasts a thick 6-foot, 230-pound frame and good vision, is Oregon’s all-time leading rusher for a school with several prolific backs in recent seasons. He amassed 1,475 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.
Denver has another third-round pick later Friday (99th overall), along with two fourth-round selections and two fifth-round picks Saturday.
About Royce Freeman
The Broncos’ run game received a major lift Friday with the selection of tailback Royce Freeman at No. 71 overall in the third round. Freeman is the third running back the team has selected in consecutive drafts following Devontae Booker (No. 136, fourth round) out of Utah in 2016 and De’Angelo Henderson (No. 203, sixth round) from Coastal Carolina last season.
Size: 6-foot, 238 pounds
Three things to know
• Freeman eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing in three of his four seasons at Oregon — capped by a 1,475-yard effort as senior with Freeman earning second-team All-Pac 12 honors as voted on by league coaches. Freeman ran for more than 100 yards in nine of his final 12 games.
• Freeman’s greatest positive also might be considered his greatest negative as he’s logged so many running back miles through college. Freeman touts 947 career carries in a Ducks uniform and battled through several injuries. How much does he have left?
• Freeman is a former four-star recruit out of Imperial High School in California who chose the Ducks over scholarship offers from Alabama, Florida, Nebraska and others. He signed with Oregon in 2014.
Strengths: Dependable and productive throughout illustrious career. … Has impressive, muscular frame. … His build produces some natural power and contact balance when he keeps his play speed up. … Uses upper body strength to shrug off angle tackles who come in too high.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t always play to his size. … Too willing to take contact rather than dole it out. … Can be slowed by arm tackles. … Hip tightness prevents him from consistently slipping leg tackles on perimeter runs.
*Information provided by NFL.com.