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Flags will be lowered Monday to honor Staff Sergeant Diobanjo Sanagustin

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff September 17 to honor U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Diobanjo Sanagustin, was died September 4 in Afghanistan supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

Sanagustin, 32, is survived by his wife, son, and parents. He was assigned to B Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson.

Colorado Parks promotes viewing of fall colors as trees begin annual change

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Though summer doesn't officially end until September 22, fall colors are already beginning to appear across the State of Colorado. Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites you to plan your fall excursions, making the most of those fleeting fall colors. Whether you are looking for wildlife viewing, picturesque hiking trails or a scenic foliage drives, Colorado has got it all.

Private-public partnership aids CPW ferret conservation efforts

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Threatening weather didn't deter a team of six Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists as they fanned out last week across 850 acres of Gary and Georgia Walker's cattle ranch in Pueblo County to distribute plague vaccine hidden inside peanut butter pellets.

Several of the biologists walked miles of transects across active prairie dog colonies where black-footed ferrets have been reintroduced, hand-tossing a pellet every eight yards, while a couple rode ATVs equipped with mechanical pellet shooters.

Pueblo weather radar remains offline; additional parts expected Monday

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Additional parts have been ordered for an ongoing refurbishment project of the National Weather Service radar site at Pueblo

The site was removed from service Wednesday morning, allowing technicians to replace original breakers and cables with new, modern fuses and cables that are expected to extend the useful life of the site for another decade. Similar upgrades are taking place across the NWS network of radar sites.

Investigation into EIA-Positive horse in Colorado continues

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The Colorado Department of Agriculture's State Veterinarian's Office is continuing their investigation into a Weld County horse that tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) in late August.  With the help of records from CDA's Brands Division and Rocky Mountain Regional Animal Health Laboratory, the State Veterinarian's Office has determined that approximately 240 horses have been on the quarantined premises during the same time as the index positive animal.  Approximately 100 of these horses were sent to 20 other states across the country and steps are being taken to lo

Rain brings further improvements to southeast Colorado drought conditions, slightly worse in the west

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Drought conditions continued to improve across a large part of Baca County, and portions of Prowers, eastern Las Animas and the southeast corner of Bent County.

It was a different story for western Montrose and most of Ouray counties, where conditions continued to deteriorate. In both cases, exceptional drought - the worst category - overtook extreme conditions that had been in place for months.