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Pueblo weather radar updates set to begin Wednesday morning

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Technicians are expected to begin refurbishment work on the National Weather Service's Pueblo radar site Wednesday morning to replace original breakers and cables with new, modern fuses and cables.

The nation's weather radar network is undergoing a series of upgrades and replacements intended to extend the useful life of sites for another decade or more. 

Sixth Earthquake in 10 days for Western Colorado

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Western Colorado experienced is sixth magnitude 2.5 or greater earthquake in just less than 10 days when a quake measuring 3.0 on the Richter Scale shook an area in Gunnison County 10 miles east of Panoia Sunday afternoon.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake occurred shortly after 3:00 p.m. at a depth of about two miles beneath the surface.

Colorado Parks Seeking Input to Manage Pronghorn Antelope in Southeast Colorado

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Public input is being sought by Colorado Parks and Wildlife about how it manages the Tobe pronghorn herd over the next 10 years.

CPW staff has spent months drafting a proposed management plan for pronghorn in the Tobe herd, which spans Game Management Units (GMUs) 130, 136, 137, 138, 143, 144 and 146 in Baca, Bent, Las Animas, Otero and Prowers Counties.

Arkansas River Temporarily Closed for Fishing Below Pueblo Reservoir

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Due to extremely low flows in the Arkansas River and rising temperatures stressing fish, Colorado Parks and Wildlife today announced a voluntary fishing closure below the dam and extending east to Interstate 25.

The closure takes effect immediately and will last until Tuesday at midnight when more water is scheduled to be released. The closure is being implemented in two sections. 

Rio Grande County Man Pleads Guilty to Poisoning Eagles and Other Wildlife

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An investigation by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers into the poisoning of bald eagles in the San Luis Valley ended with the conviction of a Rio Grande County man.

John L. Divine, 77, pleaded guilty to 10 misdemeanors of illegal take of wildlife and using poisons to kill wildlife. He paid $8,283.50 in fines in April.

Divine told wildlife officers that he put out the poison because he claimed coyotes were killing his sheep.

More Improvement in Southeast Colorado Drought Conditions

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Periodic storms across southeast Colorado have contributed to further improvements in drought conditions while the western half of the state continues to see the worst of this year's impacts.

As much as two inches of rain fell in parts of Las Animas, Baca and Prowers counties, contributing to the improvement for the far southeast.

Most of Crowley County, along with lesser portions of Otero, Bent and Kiowa counties, shifted from extreme to severe drought.

Bent County Sheriff Warning: Counterfeit Money Circulating in the Area

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Bent County has recently been flooded with counterfeit bills. The Bent County Sheriff's Office is asking people to pay close attention to any $5, $10, $20 or $50 bills they receive.

Currency with the serial numbers listed below is likely to be counterfeit. Anyone spotting one of these bills is urged to contact local law enforcement. Do not attempt to use the counterfeit bills - doing so is a crime.

Flags Lowered to Honor Senator John McCain

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and U.S. President Donald J. Trump have ordered flags lowered to half-staff at public buildings until sunset Sunday, September 2 to honor Arizona Senator John McCain.

Senator McCain died Saturday.

"John McCain dedicated his life to serving this country," said Governor Hickenlooper. "We (and the world) lost an incredible leader. He could never have imagined how much he'll be missed."