While drought conditions were largely unchanged in Colorado after six weeks of rapid deterioration, severe drought expanded into southeast Colorado.
[Updated to reflect the closures of Interstate 70 and US Highway 36, along with watch and warning updates.] A winter storm stretching from Colorado to the Great Lakes is bringing snow, wind and colder temperatures across the area.
Fishermen will still be able to try their luck in the "Toilet Bowl" beneath Ruedi Dam on the Fryingpan River in Eagle County following a meeting that included Colorado Parks and Wildlife, City of Aspen, United States Bureau of Reclamation, Eagle County Sheriff's office and the U.S. Forest Service. While fishing from the shore will continue to be permitted, water activities such as paddle boarding and swimming are not allowed.
Colorado law enforcement agencies will be boosting DUI enforcement for the end of January with increased officers on duty and saturation patrols starting Friday. For 10 days, 119 law enforcement agencies statewide will dedicate additional resources to apprehending drivers who get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol, cannabis or other drugs.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper ordered flags lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings from sunrise to sunset Monday, January 22, in honor of Sergeant First Class Mihail Golin.
Golin, 34, died in the line of duty January 1, of injuries sustained from small arms fire while on dismounted patrol in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.
Golin was assigned to B Company, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs.
He is survived by his parents and daughter.
In the race to develop a successful, viable hemp industry, Colorado is now home to the first U.S.-bred hemp seed to qualify as Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA) certified seed. "This is an exciting time for the industrial hemp industry. It seems breeding, technology, and information advances are happening at the speed of light; this is a giant step for American hemp farmers," said Duane Sinning, CDA's Division of Plant Industry Assistant Director.
Temperatures across the eastern plains of Colorado will approach records before a winter storm moves in to much of the state for the weekend.
Highs across the plains will feel like spring Friday as the northern quarter of the state sees temperatures in the 60s, while southeast Colorado will be in the 70s.