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.
DENVER — The road has not been kind to UNO during Summit League play, and that trend continued on Saturday.
UNO shot 30.6 percent from the floor en route to its second straight loss, falling 81-60 at Denver.
The Mavericks (11-14, 2-10 Summit) are 0-5 in away conference games with two remaining.
The loss also dropped the Mavericks into a tie with North Dakota State for sixth place in the conference standings.
Courtney Vaccher scored 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting for UNO and added seven rebounds and three blocks.
But the rest of the Mavericks struggled from the field, combining to go 12 for 52. UNO was also 4 of 25 from behind the 3-point line and the Pioneers (16-12, 7-6) dominated the glass with a 59-33 rebounding advantage.
The Pioneers used a pair of early runs to take an 11-point lead in the first quarter. Madison Nelson scored a layup with 6:44 remaining to cap a 9-0 run and give Denver a 12-3 lead.
After Romekia Wallace cut the lead to five with a pair of free throws, the Pioneers answered with a 10-3 run.
Claire Gritt scored 18 points to lead Denver. Nelson added 13, and Jordyn Alt scored 12 and grabbed 14 rebounds.
UNO: Vaccher 7-10 4-5 18, Vidal 5-18 6-9 17, Walter 2-15 1-2 5, Mountain 1-3 2-2 4, Phillips 0-4 3-4 3, Petersen 3-7 0-0 9, Wallace 1-1 2-2 4, Killian 0-4 0-0 0, Dewey 0-0 0-0 0, Echelberry 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-62 18-24 60.
DU: Gritt 6-16 4-4 18, Nelson 5-12 3-6 13, Alt 5-11 1-1 12, Johnson 1-5 2-4 4. Romanowski 0-2 0-0 0, Loven 4-9 4-5 15, Jeffcoat 1-2 6-7 8, White 3-6 0-0 6, Curtin 1-3 0-0 3, Morgan 0-0 2-3 2, Weinman 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 26-69 22-30 81.
3-point goals: UNO 4-25 (Petersen 3-7, Vidal 1-4, Killian 0-2, Phillips 0-3, Walter 0-9) DU 7-21 (Loven 3-6, Gritt 2-5, Alt 1-2, Curtin 1-2, Johnson 0-1, Nelson 0-1, Weinman 0-2, White 0-2). Rebounds: UNO 33 (Vaccher 7), DU 59 (Alt 14). Assists: UNO 9 (Vidal 4), DU 16 (Johnson 8). Total fouls: UNO 25, DU 18. Fouled out: Killian. A: 422.
After five straight AFC West titles, two Super Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl victory, the Denver Broncos have struggled the past two seasons missing out on the playoffs in each campaign. There is no sugar coating it — the team needs a lot of work this offseason. John Elway and his staff have a huge task in front of them to help rebuild the roster in order to get back to their winning ways. Listed below are my top needs that the Broncos need to address in free agency and the 2018 NFL Draft in order to become successful and win now and from now on.
Nobody on the roster is capable of being the franchise’s quarterback of the future. If Denver wants to get serious about winning, there is no question they will have to make a major play for a quarterback in free agency. The top name available on the market is Kirk Cousins, but if the Broncos miss on reeling him in they may have to settle for someone like Case Keenum, or perhaps make a trade for a veteran such as Nick Foles. If the Broncos come out of free agency empty handed or with a less than ideal candidate, expect them to use the fifth overall pick on a signal caller.
Why is @VonMiller recruiting @KirkCousins8?@Broncos: 29-22 incl. playoffs since 2015 (10th-best) despite ranking 31st in passer ratingNFL avg passer rtg is 88.8 since 2015 & DEN had 2nd-fewest games w/ such rtg (14)Cousins passer rtg is 97.5 since 2015 (6th-best, 500+ att)
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The Broncos could use upgrades at both offensive tackle and guard. A starting caliber player at right tackle is a major need, and while the team does have some depth on the interior of their offensive line, acquiring a top talent at guard would be in their best interest moving forward to protect whoever becomes their quarterback of the future. I wouldn’t expect the Broncos to spend lavishly in free agency at either position, but envision them using two early picks in the draft to shore up their needs here.
Everyone else outside of Brandon Marshall is a free agent of some capacity this offseason. Many fans across Broncos Country have been banging the table for years to have Elway draft a stud inside linebacker, but to date that has never happened. However, this year’s draft class has a ton of talent at the inside linebacker position and the Broncos should be able to find a plug-and-play rookie that can make a significant impact from day one. If there was ever a draft to use an early selection on an inside linebacker, this would definitely be the one.
The ambiguity surrounding the situations pertaining to Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders make wide receiver a top five need for the Broncos this offseason. While the team did use a third round selection on Carlos Henderson in last year’s draft (which was lost due to injury), I believe the Broncos would be wise to select an electric receiver in the draft to shore up their offensive firepower. It isn’t necessarily a top two round need, but Denver shouldn’t have a problem finding a productive prospect late on Day 2 or early on Day 3.
In a hypothetical scenario where the Broncos cut ties with C.J. Anderson in order to create cap space, running back slides into the realm of a top five need for the Broncos. While Devontae Booker and De’Angelo Henderson have solid potential, this year’s draft offers a plethora of high-caliber prospects at the position and the Broncos would be wise to take advantage of adding an electric playmaker to their backfield. Some fans covet Saquon Barkley if he’s available at the fifth overall pick, but with the depth available in the draft, I believe Denver would be best suited wait until the second day of the draft to make a splash toward upgrading their running back stable.
As always, thank you for reading. Feel free to give your top five needs for the Broncos this offseason in the comments section. Without further adieu, here is today’s offering of Horse Tracks.
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Colorado forward Lucas Siewert, center, is fouled as he goes up for a basket between Stanford forwards Trevor Stanback, front, and Reid Travis in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado won 64-56. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Lucas Siewert scored a career-high 17 points, including a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch and the Colorado Buffaloes beat the Stanford Cardinal 64-56 Sunday for their third win in a row.
George King had 11 points and McKinley Wright 10 for Colorado (15-10, 7-6 Pac-12), which beat Stanford (13-13, 7-6) for a ninth straight time.
”Coach challenged me to do better on the glass after the Cal game,” said Siewert, who had seven rebounds against Stanford after having only a couple against Cal last week. ”My shots were falling today, which made things easier. … I want my performance today to be the standard on how I should play going forward.”
The Cardinal were led by Dorian Pickens’ 18 points. Daejon Davis had 12 points and Reid Travis added 10 for Stanford, which fell to 2-5 in conference play since a 5-1 start.
Trailing by 11 at the half, Stanford gradually cut into the deficit and pulled to within 45-42 on consecutive 3-pointers by Isaac White and Pickens with 9:01 remaining.
Pickens connected on another 3-pointer to get the Cardinal within a point with 6:35 left.
Colorado, though, put together a 12-3 run that Siewert punctuated with a pair of 3-pointers as the Buffaloes regained a 10-point edge with 1:07 remaining. Tyler Bey, who finished with nine points, also contributed a pair of key baskets, including a put-back dunk, during the flurry that the Buffaloes used to fend off the Cardinal.
”Coach encouraged me to go to the boards whenever I could and I was able to chase down a lot of those boards to help my team,” Bey said.
Stanford coach Jerod Haase said Colorado got the offense it needed at crunch time and the Cardinal couldn’t find the range.
”Sounds simple, but players made plays,” Haase said. ”We had about three or four clean looks down that stretch there and didn’t make them and they had three or four looks and made them. They did a nice job of getting looks and making plays.”
Colorado opened a 31-20 lead at halftime, hitting four 3-pointers in the last 3:55 of the period, including two by Siewert during a 9-0 burst by the Buffaloes.
The surge carried Colorado to a 15-point advantage but Travis had a couple of layups, converting one after a steal the final moments of the period, to narrow the gap a bit.
Stanford: The Cardinal struggled again with their shooting, converting 35.7 percent of their shots from the floor against the Buffaloes, a tick below their 35.8 percent shooting in Thursday’s 15-point loss at Utah. Stanford’s offensive woes were epitomized by their 3-point shooting (7 of 21) as well as their consistency from the free throw line (9 of 15).
Colorado: The Buffaloes are poised for a strong finish, completing a sweep of their three-game homestand. They have five regular season games remaining – three on the road – but seem to be playing their best basketball down the stretch.
”It’s been a huge run for us at home getting these quality wins to help build our resume for us to go to the tournament,” said Wright. ”Going on the road, these are two must win games for us and we are very confident.”
Colorado outrebounded Stanford 42-38 overall and also came up with several offensive rebounds in the late going that led to critical second chance points for the Buffaloes as they sought to stifle Stanford’s comeback bid.
Said Pickens: ”Unfortunately we didn’t rebound the way we need to and they crushed us on the boards and they were able to get second chance points which ended up killing us. I think our effort was great.”
Colorado sophomore guard Deleon Brown fractured his left hand in a collision during practice last week, Boyle said. Brown, who watched the game from the bench with his arm in a sling, is expected to see a specialist in the next few days. He is out indefinitely.
Colorado: Opens two-game road swing with a visit to Washington State on Thursday night.
Never in my years of watching Broncos football have I encountered a player who, despite repeated failures, managed to keep getting opportunities that absolutely kill all meager traces of momentum.
I’ll be honest, I am not a fan of Isaiah McKenzie. Earlier in the season I concluded that the only way he could play as bad as he did in 2017 was that he had to be on another team’s payroll.
Despite being poison to points and possessions, McKenzie’s real talent is Jedi mind tricking coaches to let him back onto the field. There are players on other teams who are paid far more who affect the Broncos far less than McKenzie. You can’t accidentally be this bad.
Isaiah entered the season as a hot 5th round prospect out of Georgia that dazzled in training camp. As with most things about the 2017 Broncos, great practice did not translate to quality play on the football field on game day.
PFF agreed with my assessment of his play during the season. Overall he scored a jaw-dropping 47.8 and ranked in the ‘Poor’ category. Again, one wonders why he was given so many opportunities to be so putrid.
McKenzie will enter the second year of his rookie contract in 2018.
McKenzie will enter training camp competing for a roster spot. I wish I could say with certainty that his place on the team will only be assured through improved play, but, especially in this case, performance is in no way an indicator of future play. I want to say that with his history, fans should expect (and hope) that he’ll be on a short leash, but there’s no guarantee of that. The only things McKenzie has going for him is that he’s cheap and the coaches seem to want him to succeed. Unfortunately for Broncos fans, that may just be enough incentive to keep him in 2018.
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The Nuggets have reported interest in Marcus Smart, but the Celtics want a first rounder for him
Marc Stein of the New York Times reported Monday that the Denver Nuggets have explored a trade for Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart.
Emmanuel Mudiay was the seventh pick in the 2015 draft, and has seen his minutes decrease in each of his first three seasons. He is a career 32% three point shooter and has had his struggles on the defensive end, leading to Denver going with Jamal Murray as their main ball handler.
Smart is sidelined for the next two weeks with a right hand laceration, and has continued to struggle from the outside, hitting just under 36% from the field and 30% from three on the year.
There have been multiple reports around Smart in the last week, including that the Celtics would be willing to listen to an offer for Smart if they received a first round pick. The rumors were reported due to Smart’s upcoming restricted free agency, while a separate report suggests that Smart won’t make more than a mid-level exception.
Reminder that the trade deadline is this Thursday, February 8th at 3 p.m. EST.
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With Kansas City dealing Alex Smith to Washington, the first domino in the 2018 quarterback market has fallen.
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The Smith trade leaves little doubt that Kirk Cousins will be an open and viable option, whether by trade or free agency, when the new league year opens in March.
Per multiple sources, the Denver Broncos are aggressively pursuing Cousins, even now.
Similar to the Redskins deal for Smith, the Broncos could orchestrate a sign-and-trade deal with Washington, which would allow Denver to negotiate with the Redskins on a contract extension for Cousins, and would also allow them to avoid direct contact with the player.
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Murray failed to score (0-4 FG) in a 106-104 win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, but still provided 13 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks.
The zero obviously looks suspicious, but the fact that he provided such elite peripheral statistics truly shows that Murray has taken the jump. That’s why Greg Popovich trusts him, as he can produce without scoring. That’s a rare trend from such a young player, but its really shown since he’s taken over this starting point guard job. In fact, Murray is averaging 10.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.8 blocks across his last six games
The Denver Nuggets’ point guard situation is already decidedly less-than-ideal, but it’s about to get a whole heck of a lot worse.
Make of this what you will: The best point guard on the Denver Nuggets‘ roster is Will Barton.
You could fight me on it, to which I’d respond that Barton’s assist percentage is third-best on the team (and 5.7 percent better than Jamal Murray’s), trailing only Nikola Jokic and Emmanuel Mudiay. Meanwhile, Barton’s turnover percentage is 6.7 percent lower than Mudiay’s. Barton is, of course, a far more efficient and prolific scorer than Mudiay as well.
You could marvel at how far Barton’s come, and you’d be right to do so. Barton was an afterthought for two and a half years in Portland, firmly entrenched on the fringes of the league. In Denver, he’s blossomed. Barton’s elevated his 3-point percentage from 19.8 percent with Portland to 34.9 percent with Denver, his true shooting percentage from 44.8 to 53.8 percent, and his assist percentage from 11.7 to 16.5 percent.
You could be slightly horrified by the state of the point guard position in Denver. Again, this would be a reasonable response. The Nuggets have invested heavily in point guards, spending top-seven picks on both Mudiay and Murray within the last three years. Mudiay has struggled immensely, and the logical assumption would be that he and Denver’s long-term plans at the position have very little to do with each other. Murray is, at least, a useful player, but his position is nebulous.
Now, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but things are about to get a whole lot worse.
Barton is in the final year of his contract, earning just $3.5 million. He’s due for a healthy raise. At first glance, it looks as if the Nuggets should be able to dole out that raise. They possess Barton’s Bird Rights, and they only have $111.8 million committed next year, comfortably under the $123 million luxury tax threshold.
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Due to a quirk in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Nuggets actually have nowhere near $11.2 million of breathing room under the tax, because Nikola Jokic, as a former second round selection, is subject to different rules than most players on their rookie contracts.
Former first round picks enter restricted free agency following the expiration of their four-year rookie scale contracts. Second round picks, meanwhile, become restricted free agents if they enter free agency with three or fewer years of NBA service. If they have four or more years of experience, they enter unrestricted free agency, in which the incumbent team does not have first right of refusal.
This is Jokic’s third year of service. The Nuggets have a $1.6 million team option for Jokic’s fourth season. To maintain first right of refusal and not risk losing him, the Nuggets will decline Jokic’s mind-bogglingly cheap option and elect to pay him handsomely.
I’m going to work under two assumptions: 1) The Nuggets will offer Jokic a maximum contract 2) The Nuggets intend to stay under the luxury tax. As a 0-6 year veteran, Jokic’s max will start at around $25.3 million a year. To do both, the Nuggets will have to remove salary through trades. Making additional commitments will not be an option, which is why Barton will be playing elsewhere in 2018-19.
The Nuggets have two realistic options, and they’re equally unattractive. They can accept that Barton’s leaving after this year and push for the playoffs with their best point guard on the roster, or they can be proactive, move on from Barton, and likely move on from playoff contention. Aren’t you glad you’re not Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly?
As the trade deadline approaches, don’t look for the Nuggets to do anything radical. Rather, look for them to prepare for the future. Look for them to dump money (most likely one of Darrell Arthur or Kenneth Faried) in preparation for Jokic’s impending free agency. Look for them to begin the hunt for Will Barton’s replacement, because even if Barton remains in Denver through the deadline, the Nuggets will need a new cost-controlled, backup floor general next year.
Say goodbye to the center median on the 16th Street Mall. Say hello to more trees and more space for pedestrians on the sidewalks along the iconic downtown transitway.
That’s the recommendation from the city of Denver and the Regional Transportation District, released Wednesday morning, as urban planners ramp up a multiyear effort to overhaul one of the city’s most heavily used and highly visited thoroughfares.
The redesign plan for the original stretch of the 35-year-old mall, which runs from Broadway northwest to Market Street, could break ground next year and wrap up in 2022. The cost: anywhere from $90 million to $130 million.
“To so many people, 16th Street is Denver’s main street,” said Andrea Burns, spokeswoman for Denver’s community planning and development department. “So it’s really important we get this right.”
Image courtesy of the City and County of Denver and the Regional Transportation District
The city has been considering three options for a mall redesign and held public meetings this past fall to gather feedback on those ideas. Burns said getting rid of the median between Tremont Place and Arapahoe Street and keeping the free mall shuttles side by side in the center of 16th Street in that stretch would be an important step toward improving pedestrian safety.
“What we’ve heard is that the pedestrian spaces are constrained,” Burns said. “And what we’ve seen is that the median is underused. It doesn’t feel safe in the median, it doesn’t feel welcoming because you are surrounded by buses on both sides.”
The recommended plan would place trees and lamp posts between the sidewalks and the mall shuttles, providing a “physical and visual buffer” between people and buses, Burns said. It would also open up more space for outdoor seating opportunities at restaurants along the mall.
Some older trees would have to be removed from the mall in order to complete the redesign but Burns said new ones would be brought in, increasing the total number of trees from around 150 today to more than 200 at completion. She also said the tree replacement strategy would include different kinds of trees instead of just one type of tree that dominates the mall’s landscape today.
While the changes to the mall would be significant, especially along the middle segment where the median would be removed, planners decided to retain the “rattlesnake” pattern of black, gray and red-hued granite pavers on the mall — a hallmark of I.M. Pei’s design from 1982 — in the plan released Wednesday.
“It’s very important to us and the historic (preservation) community to keep that pattern,” Burns said.
It’s too early to tell whether some of the pavers in place now would be refurbished and reinstalled or whether new stone would have to be brought in, she said.
Changes would also be made to the mall’s “compromised sub-layer,” giving the city a chance to upgrade underground utilities, like drainage, electric and fiberoptic lines for the first time in more than three decades.
Construction, which is bound to be disruptive in a corridor that sees more than 40,000 shuttle riders a day, will likely happen in phases to keep impacts to a minimum, Burns said. Funding still needs to be identified for the overhaul, though at least $13 million should be available from the $937 million bond that Denver voters passed in November. Burns said federal funding and money from tax increment financing will also go toward paying for the project.
Because federal dollars were used for the original building of the mall 35 years ago, any modifications must undergo a National Environmental Policy Act review and a cultural resources evaluation. That process is expected to wrap up this summer.
The city will hold two open houses on March 8 to solicit public feedback on the plan.
Kansas City police are investigating a double shooting that left a man dead and a woman hospitalized with life-threatening injuries Sunday.
The shooting occurred shortly before 11:30 a.m. in the 2700 block of Denver Avenue.
Police officers were in the area when they heard gunshots, according to police. Officers drove to the scene, where they found a man and a woman inside a parked car. Both had been shot.
The gunfire left at least 16 bullet holes in the driver side door of the white Dodge sedan.
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The man and woman were both taken to a hospital, where the man died. The woman is being treated for life-threatening injuries.
Police said they had no suspect information.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Kansas City Police Department Homicide Unit or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.
Ian Cummings: 816-234-4633, @Ian__Cummings