After years of booming development, Denver’s slot home crackdown comes too late for some neighborhoods

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.

Berkeley neighborhood
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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

College: Oregon

Age: 22

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.

Scouting report

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.

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Colorado State guard Prentiss Nixon brings the ball up court against Wyoming during the second half at Arena-Auditorium in Laramie, Wyo., on Jan. 13, 2018. Nixon is transferring to Iowa State. (Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports)

AMES — The Iowa State men’s basketball team bolstered its future with a commitment from sit-out transfer Prentiss Nixon.

Nixon is a transfer from Colorado State, where former Iowa State head coach Larry Eustachy recently resigned in February.

The 6-foot-2 Nixon averaged 16.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and two assists last season for the Rams.

“We are excited about the addition of Prentiss to our program,” Iowa State Coach Steve Prohm said in a statement. “With the loss of three players on the perimeter, adding him to our roster gives us more experience. One thing that stuck out about Prentiss was the intangibles he brought to the table with his toughness and his character.”

Nixon will only have one season to play when he becomes eligible for the 2019-20 season.

“I love the coaching staff and their energy,” Nixon said in the statement. “They have great young guys coming in and a great team returning. I can’t wait to be a part of something special happening in Ames.”

Nick Weiler-Babb will be a senior next season and rising sophomore Lindell Wigginton is already testing the NBA waters, so the addition of Nixon appears to keep Iowa State’s guard depth strong.

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With many sporting tie-dye gear, pot-leaf garlands and wide grins, thousands of revelers began pouring into Denver’s Civic Center park on Friday for the annual 4/20 celebration in the de facto capital of cannabis.

“It’s the only holiday we like,” said Bre Grover, 21, of Nunn. “I think the hippies of the 60s would’ve been proud.”

Marijuana revelers weren’t deterred by dropping temperatures and approaching dark clouds. Lines were long at noon, but they were moving briskly and efficiently as bags were checked at the gates. Organizers expect 30,000 to 50,000 people to attend what’s officially called the Mile-High 420 Festival, complete with concerts, vendors and a giant cloud of smoke at 4:20 p.m.

Many weren’t waiting for 4:20 p.m. to partake, however. Pot smoke was on the breeze for blocks around the downtown park.

— Amanda Trejos (@amandatrecon) April 20, 2018

“All smoking is done behind closed doors in New Jersey,” said Kenny Dykes, 20. “Coming here makes me want to leave New Jersey.”

Petra Stojanovic, 20, of Boulder, came for more than the smoke. Like many, she came for the spectacle, the cannabis camaraderie and the music.

“I’m here to see Lil Wayne,” Stojanovic said. “My friends are visiting from New Jersey so we’re celebrating and showing them around.”

Devante Anderson, 26, of Wyoming, drove all the way to Denver to celebrate 4/20.

“There is nothing like this in Wyoming, so it’s cool that we can come here and celebrate,” he said. “Twenty years ago we would all be in jail. Today, we are here having a good time, no need to hide.”

Devante Anderson,26, of Wyoming drove all the way to Colorado to celebrate #420Denver. “There is nothing like this in Wyoming, so it’s cool that we can come here and celebrate,” he said. “20 years ago we would all be in jail, today we are here having a good time, no need to hide” pic.twitter.com/2jZrWVZMhz

— Amanda Trejos (@amandatrecon) April 20, 2018

This year, the industry has taken control of the event for the first time, after Euflora, a growing chain of dispensaries that started on the 16th Street Mall, won the right to step in for longtime permit-holder Miguel Lopez, a sometimes-combative pro-marijuana activist. Last year, Lopez earned city officials’ public scorn — as well as a three-year permit ban — after the city woke on April 21 to a disheveled, trash-strewn mess in the park.

Among the first things Euflora did in planning was hire Team Player Productions, which puts on the People’s Fair in Civic Center each June. On tap for 4/20 are more entrances, to cut down on fence-jumping; more security screeners and equipment to quicken the flow of lines; and new offerings, including beer gardens.

The festival, running 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., even started the day with yoga on the Broadway Terrace, with a 4 p.m. slot in the same location for a meditation-focused fitness event and a parkour challenge.

This is a developing story that will be updated. Staff writer Jon Murray contributed to this report.

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St. Jude patient and Denver Broncos’ fan Austin joined Andrew Siciliano on “Up to the Minute” today to announce some exciting news: Austin will join Commissioner Goodell onstage at AT&T Stadium to announce the Broncos’ Round 1 pick on Thursday, April 26. An aspiring NFL broadcaster, Austin, 17, from New Mexico, was diagnosed with oligoastrocytoma, a rare form of cancer, at the age of two and has been in remission since 2007. Today, as a junior in high school, Austin is an announcer for a sports radio show in his hometown and is an on-air personality and prep sports statistician for local ESPN radio in New Mexico.

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After seeing teachers in other states agitate for more funding, Colorado educators are taking their turn.

At least 500 educators are expected to demonstrate at the state Capitol in Denver on Monday to push for more financial support, the Colorado Education Association says, in what will be just the latest in a wave of teacher protests at US state capitols this year.

That wave has notably seen teachers in West Virginia get a 5% pay raise last month after a nine-day strike.

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At least one Denver-area school district is closing Monday because so many of its teachers called in to take a personal day for the rally.

"Our members are energized and fed up by the constant year-over-year chronic underfunding of our public schools," CEA President Kerrie Dallman told CNN.

"Educators have been energized by what’s happened in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky and Arizona," she said, referring to teacher walkouts or demonstrations in those states.

Teachers are to meet with lawmakers in the morning and then rally on the Capitol’s steps in the late afternoon. The association is asking its members to wear red — reminiscent of what teachers in Arizona have been doing in a campaign they’ve called #RedForEd.

Among the issues:

— Teacher pay: The CEA says Colorado educators’ average pay has dropped by more than 17% when adjusting for inflation over the last 15 years. In 2016, Colorado ranked 46th in the country for average teachers’ salary, according to a report by the National Education Association.

— Education funding: Colorado effectively has underfunded its schools by $828 million, the CEA says, because the state hasn’t kept up with a state constitutional mandate passed last decade to increase funds each year by at least the rate of inflation.

Raising taxes to make up that money isn’t easy, because the state’s 1992 taxpayer bill of rights demands that voters approve any tax hikes.

As a result? For one thing, the CEA says, teachers it recently surveyed reported spending an average of $656 yearly on school supplies and expenses for students.

Low funding and teacher pay, the association says, is making the job less attractive to college graduates and prodding teachers to leave the profession early, and led to a shortage of fully qualified teachers.

The Englewood school district, near Denver, said it canceled Monday classes because more than 150 of its educators — 70% of its teacher workforce — had indicated they wouldn’t be at work, and there aren’t enough substitutes. One school will be open for day care for fees of $30 per child, the district said.

Julie Hoag, a parent of an Englewood student, told CNN affiliate KDVR that she hopes the teachers’ voices are heard, but the school cancellations will challenge parents.

"I know there has been some frustration just from what I have heard — a lot of working parents. It’s hard to find child care last minute," Hoag said.

CNN’s Jason Hanna, Madison Park and Amanda Jackson contributed to this report.

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DENVER — A cold front is racing toward Colorado.

We are expecting strong wind to continue tonight, but the direction will be turning out of the north. That switch to a northerly wind will usher in much colder temperatures. We are expecting a 30 degree drop from the 70s of the last few days.

And, we are expecting snow. In Denver the snow will be early and especially late.

#cowx a cold front returns snow to Denver & the Front Range with the best chance arriving late on Friday…could see light accumulation of up to 2" mainly south of the city pic.twitter.com/okZCLc2uCs

— Dave Fraser (@DaveFraserWX) April 12, 2018

Accumulation looks light in Denver with generally a half inch or less. However, there will be better chances for snow to add up close to the city.

#cowx we’re looking at several inches of snow in the Colorado mountains just in time for the last weekend of skiing at several resorts…a few inches is possible south of Denver…watch out in NE Colorado with up to 6" & blizzard conditions there pic.twitter.com/SqdpgRgEwd

— Dave Fraser (@DaveFraserWX) April 12, 2018

Travel will be impacted in the Colorado with advisories in place through the central mountains and a blizzard conditions in NE Colorado.

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The Broncos’ pre-draft evaluations of the quarterbacks continued Monday with Josh Allen’s visit to UCHealth Training Center, Mike Klis of Denver’s 9News reports.

It was Allen’s third meeting with the Broncos, as they also met with him at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine.

Denver has shown interest in all of the top prospects.

Josh Rosen visited Denver last week, and Sam Darnold worked out for the Broncos in Los Angeles on Friday. Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson also have Denver’s attention.

The Broncos continue to seek a long-term solution at quarterback, with Case Keenum the starter this season after signing in free agency. Denver went through Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and Brock Osweiler after Peyton Manning retired. None worked out.

Thus, the Broncos are expected to use the fifth overall choice on a quarterback, assuming one of the top prospects remains.

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