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Capitol Review: Let’s Talk Common Sense and Facts about Guns

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In the debates that rage after each highly-publicized mass shooting, one side claims that more restrictive gun laws could prevent future such tragedies while the other side counters that the rights of law-abiding gun owners shouldn't be sacrificed because of the horrendous act of someone who disregarded existing laws.

Voluntary Fishing Closures Set in Western Colorado

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Due to high water temperatures and low flows, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is implementing voluntary fishing closures between 2:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. on sections of the Eagle River, Colorado River, Crystal River, and Roaring Fork River in Northwest Colorado. The fishing closure is effective immediately, until further notice.

Although anglers are not legally prohibited from fishing in these stretches, CPW is asking anglers to fish early in the day and find alternative places to fish until conditions improve.

Colorado Unemployment Improves Slightly in June

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Employers in Colorado added 4,200 nonfarm payroll jobs from May to June for a total of 2,729,600 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 3,700 and government increased 500. May estimates were revised up to 2,725,400, and the over the month increase from April to May was 9,700 rather than the originally estimated 7,700.

CDOT Hosting Telephone Town Hall Focused on Southeast Colorado Transportation Issues

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The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is hosting a telephone town hall Tuesday, July 24, for the residents of Baca, Bent, Crowley, Custer, El Paso, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero, Park, Prowers, Pueblo and Teller counties. This call will include a discussion of transportation matters in Southern Colorado and provide a forum for people to ask questions.  

Shooting Incident Under Investigation in Elbert County

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Deputies from the Elbert County Sheriff's Office responded to reports of a shooting Saturday night in northern Elbert County.

Between 1,000 and 1,500 people had gathered for a rodeo at a property in the 44000 block of Comanche Creek Road when a fight erupted. One person is said to have pulled out a gun and began shooting. It is not known if anyone was struck by bullets, however two people who were working the event were treated for minor injuries that occurred during the fight.

New Expansion of Exceptional Drought into Southeast Colorado

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While portions of southeast Colorado border counties showed some improvement in drought conditions, a new area of "exceptional drought" - the worst category - appeared elsewhere in the region.

Eastern Kiowa, Prowers and Baca counties showed improvement over the previous week, moving to moderate and severe drought. A small portion of northeast Kiowa County shifted into abnormally dry conditions, while much of Baca County has shed extreme drought over the past month as early summer storms continue to bring much-needed moisture to the area.

Boat Ramp, Inspection Station Closing Sunday at Rampart Reservoir due to Low Water

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Due to lower water levels in Rampart Reservoir and related safety concerns, the management partners of the reservoir site will close the boat ramp and watercraft inspection station for the remainder of the season, starting at 5 p.m., Sunday, July 15.
Management partners include Colorado Springs Utilities, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the U.S. Forest Service. The decreased water levels in Rampart Reservoir are affecting the operability and safety of the boat ramp for launching and loading trailered/motorized boats.

Rural Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign Begins Monday

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Starting Monday, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local law enforcement agencies across the state will conduct a seven-day high-visibility Click It or Ticketenforcement period targeting rural areas of Colorado. These areas tend to have the lowest seat belt use rates in the state. Currently, Colorado's statewide seat belt use rate is 84 percent, ranking Colorado in the bottom third in the nation.