across Colorado

UPDATED: Interactive Map Guide to USDA and SBA Colorado Drought Disaster Designations and Assistance.

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With drought conditions continuing over one-third of the state, The United States Department of Agriculture and Small Business Administration have added seven more counties to the list receiving primary disaster designations from the two agencies. Primary counties now account for 31 of Colorado's 64 counties. Eleven more are eligible for assistance as neighboring counties.

Slight Improvements in Colorado Drought Situation

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While over one-third of Colorado remains in extreme or exceptional drought, parts of the state showed improvements following spring thunderstorms.

Northeast Colorado continues to benefit from late spring rains as conditions improved in Clear Creek, Gilpin, Jefferson, Broomfield, Weld, Adams, Denver, Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, Washington, Lincoln, Kit Carson and Cheyenne counties. The improving counties saw drought conditions disappear or shift to abnormally dry conditions.

Free Fishing this Weekend Across Colorado

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Colorado's annual free fishing weekend is coming Saturday and Sunday. Fishing licenses will not be required anywhere in the state for people of all ages.

Although a license will not be required, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be enforcing all other rules set for the sport. For those who become "hooked" after a free weekend, licenses are available from hundreds of businesses across the state, or at CPW offices.