News, April 16th

 

BOSTON TRAGEDY, COLORADO CONNECTION

BOULDER (AP) – Colorado runners were among those who witnessed the exploding bombs at the Boston Marathon.  Over 500 people from the state registered for the race, including about 100 from in and around the running mecca of Boulder.
Mark Bockmann of Boulder says he believes he missed the explosions because he caught a second wind and was able to resume running toward the end.
Geralyn Eastman of Superior finished 12 seconds before the first explosion. She said her husband Grady suffered an abrasion on his leg from one of the bombs.
Boulder nurse Jessica Bianco said she didn’t hear the explosions because she was still running and in an underpass with a friend and her fiance. As they emerged, she said a police officer stopped the race.

BOLDER-BOULDER RACE WILL ADD SECURITY AFTER BOSTON EVENTS

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Bolder Boulder officials are reviewing security for Colorado’s largest 10K race to make sure the May event is safe following a bombing at the Boston marathon. Race director Cliff Bosley  says the Bolder Boulder contracts with hundreds of security officials for the race, including law enforcement officers from local agencies and security officers from a private company.  The Bolder Boulder is May 27. In recent years, the race has drawn more than 54,000 participants.

COLORADO JUDGE RULES ON ESL CLASSES

DENVER (AP) – A federal judge has approved revisions to a court-ordered plan that sets rules for how Denver Public Schools educates English learners. U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch approved a 52-page modified consent decree on Monday that provides standards for educating more than 36,000 students with limited English skills and establishes a court-appointed monitor to ensure compliance.  The revised decree involves a 1999 plan that was ordered as part of an ongoing legal battle over educating English learners.

STORM SNARLS TRAFFIC, BOOSTS SNOWPACK

DENVER (AP) – A spring storm is bringing much-needed moisture to parts of Colorado and Wyoming, but winds are raising the wildfire danger to the south.
The second wave of a slow-moving system could bring another foot of snow to parts of Colorado’s mountains Tuesday, on top of up to a foot that fell the day before. Southeastern Wyoming could also get up to a foot by the time the storm moves to the Great Plains Wednesday night. Parts of southern Colorado and New Mexico are only forecast to get strong winds, making it easier for wildfires to spread in dried-out vegetation. April is typically the second-snowiest month for the region.
The snow canceled the Colorado Rockies-New York Mets game Monday, has closed some roads and is causing delays at Denver International Airport.

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