The effects of rain last week from the remnants of Hurricane Rosa appeared as dramatic improvements this week for drought conditions in western Colorado. The southeast corner of the state also saw drought continue to recede.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is reminding drivers to brush off their winter driving hats and prepare for snowy conditions Sunday. Winter weather and winter driving will be back in full swing before we know it and we will all be better off if we take time to prepare.
Wolf Creek received a 30-inch storm over the past week, allowing for the second-earliest opening in the resort's history as slopes open Saturday. The all-natural settled base is 24 inches at the midway with 30 inches year-to-date this season. Wolf Creek will be open Saturday and Sunday and continue weekend operations until snow conditions allow skiing throughout the week.
Every 10 years, Colorado must redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative district lines to ensure equal population. And every 10 years, Republicans and Democrats wind up in a costly court battle asking a judge to settle their differences.
Our process for drawing maps is broken. Amendments Y&Z would replace that broken process with a new 12-member commission that assures equal representation to Democrats, Republicans and independent voters.
I've been a part of both processes, and here's what I know from experience:
Conditions Report - Statewide
Despite rain in western Colorado this week, half of the state remains in the two worst drought categories. Most of the southwest quarter of the state is in exceptional drought, with much of the remainder of western Colorado in extreme conditions. Neighboring portions of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico are experiencing similar drought issues and, collectively, are under worst drought impacts in the United States.
An organization sending mailers to Coloradans encouraging them to register for the November 6 general election is contacting already registered voters, causing anger and confusion.
The Secretary of State's office has heard from a number of voters who have received a letter from "BeRegistered," prompting Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert to contact the organization.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) will be conducting mandatory chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing again during the 2018 hunting season in an effort to continue collecting more information about CWD and how it may be affecting our herds. Voluntary and mandatory sampling is critical for data collection on this disease that impacts the long-term health of our herds.