across Colorado

‘Exceptional’ drought expands in western Colorado; northeast sees dry conditions increase

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A week after drought had stabilized in Colorado, conditions degraded dramatically, particularly for the western half of the state.

Mesa and Delta counites, along with northwest Gunnison County, saw extreme drought replaced by exceptional drought - the worst category - as hot and dry conditions persisted in the area.

Colorado unemployment increases to 2.9 percent in August

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Employers in Colorado added 1,500 nonfarm payroll jobs from July to August for a total of 2,740,500 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. There was no change in private sector payroll jobs and government increased 1,500. July estimates were revised up to 2,739,000, and the over the month increase from June to July was 4,500 rather than the originally estimated 2,800.

Cargill recalls 66 tons of beef for suspected E. coli contamination

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Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan is recalling 132,606 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Wednesday.

The ground beef items were produced and packaged June 21, 2018. The following products are subject to recall:

CSU Master Gardener program returning to southeast Colorado

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It has been quite a while since Colorado State University Extension has offered the Master Gardener program in the southeast area. With renewed interest in the program, applications are being accepted for Master Gardner classes which will be conducted in 2019. The host location will be determined by where the majority of the applications are centered. Southeast area extension offices are located in Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers counties.

Colorado drought conditions stable, half of state in worst categories

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Rain and thunderstorms that have helped improve drought conditions in eastern Colorado since the end of July largely came to an end last week, while the western half of the state continued to bake under warm temperatures.

Nearly half of Colorado remains in extreme and exceptional drought, the two worst categories. South central and much of the west slope have been suffering under a lack of moisture for most of the year, while the northeast benefited from a late season blizzard and periodic rain to reach drought-free conditions over the summer.