Wake-Up Call: The waiting game

alarm_clock.jpgA few loose ends from last year are now neatly tied up. New Secretary of State, check: Bernie Buescher will be sworn in at 3 p.m. Wednesday (so long as the Colorado Senate confirms the appointment).

New Senator, check. Governor Bill Ritter is currently touring the state with Michael Bennet, his choice to become the replacement for Ken Salazar (so long as the U.S. Senate confirms his appointment to become Department of the Interior).

New Broncos coach, check. Pat Bowlen has tapped Josh McDaniels to replace Mike Shanahan. The 32-year-old makes 44-year-old Bennet look positively geriatric, and needs the confirmation of absolutely no one.

Now there's just one last loose end to tie up: the fate of the Rocky Mountain News. At the December 4 meeting where E.W. Scripps revealed that the Rocky was going on the block, officials said that if there was no buyer by mid-January, the company would pursue other options -- including closing the 150-year-old paper. With the month's mid-mark coming right up, the clock's ticking, with plenty of rumors flying but, as Temple told his troops on January 8, no solid information.

Once that's settled, we can return to the real waiting game -- wondering when this economy will turn around, and whether Barack Obama, who'll become the next president just eight days from now, can do anything to hurry it along. -- Patricia Calhoun

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