Morning Headlines: Elway's Vail Outpost, Another Delay for Christo's Over the River, Earthquake in Steamboat, and More

March 31 2011, 9:45 AM

RiNo Greenery: Denver's RiNo (River North) neighborhood is about to get a new park, after the city purchased two acres from Ridge Carriers trucking company along the South Platte River Greenway (Denver Post).

It's T-shirt Time: Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow may have a chaste religious reputation, but his sex-symbol status will undoubtedly get another boost with the release of his new Jockey T-shirt commercial (5280).

Rough Crossing: The fate of Over the River, the controversial artistic proposal for the Arkansas River by the artists Christo and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, is facing yet another setback, with the BLM pushing a decision into the summer (Colorado Springs Independent).

Shock Talk: Prospective college students are being scared away by "sticker shock," says Lieutenant Governor (and pending Colorado education commissioner) Joe Garcia, who adds that higher education in Colorado is becoming more unaffordable, widening the racial disparity gap when it comes to degrees (Pueblo Chieftain).

Elway's Next Move: In addition to his new role with the Denver Broncos and a string of successful car dealerships, John Elway is looking to add another steakhouse to his emerging empire, this time in Vail (Denver Post).

Pet City: Ichabod the dog went missing in August from his home in Boulder, but was recently found--850 miles away in St. Charles, Missouri--thanks to a microchip (Daily Camera). Meanwhile, Squeeze the cat, who was rescued earlier this month from a pipe, has found a new home (Daily Camera).

Profile Racing: The Denver Post continues to roll out profiles of the city's mayoral candidates, including Carol Boigon, who envisions a new direction for Denver, and Chris Romer, who is dealing with carrying on his family's name in politics.

Steamboat's Quake: A small, 2.8-magnitude earthquake that hit a rural area south of Steamboat Springs was likely caused by coal-mining operations, says Colorado Geological Survey director Vince Matthews (Fort Collins Coloradoan).

Angry Rider: Michael West, the professional mountain biker ticketed for riding on an illegal trail in Boulder County, has been suspended from Golden-based Yeti Cycles (Daily Camera).

Contract High: Despite Denver's budget woes, the contractors renovating city offices have done quite well. Changes in orders during the past couple years caused their payments to balloon to $15 million above the anticipated price (Denver Post).

In Memoriam: Bill Saul, the former spokesman for Denver's National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, died on Tuesday after a long bout with cancer. The 78-year-old had retired from his job in 2004, but kept active as the show's historian and archivist (Denver Post).