Conditions Report - Statewide
Rivers and Creeks
Former Colorado State Representative and businessman Elwood Gillis died Tuesday at the age of 83. His daughters were at his side.
Gillis served in the state legislature from 1981 to 1990, and chaired the Joint Budget Committee, which oversees the state's annual budget. He also served as Mayor of Lamar in Prowers county from 1994 to 1995.
He was well-known in southeast Colorado as owner and operator of a number of businesses starting in 1963, and as a member of civic groups such as the Masons, Lion's Club, and Lamar Jaycees.
A cold front will be moving across eastern Colorado Friday, bringing much cooler temperatures to the eastern plains as the day progresses.
High temperatures for the northeast quarter of the state will largely remain below freezing. Julesburg will only reach the mid-teens while the Sterling and Fort Morgan area will be slightly warmer. Further south, the highs in Limon and Eads will be in the 30s before falling off as the front spreads to the south and west. Springfield and areas further west can expect to reach the 50s, while Trinidad will see 60 for a time.
For the third time since December 31, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has ordered flags lowered to honor a law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty.
An El Paso County Sheriff's Deputy was shot and killed in the line of duty Monday - the third Colorado law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty over the past five week.
Though north central Colorado is seeing some snow Sunday, the plains can expect colder temperatures and minimal precipitation.
The deadline to return the US Department of Agriculture's 2017 Census of Agriculture is February 5. The questionnaire was mailed to every producer in the country by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service as part of a regular five-year data collection cycle.
While the form can be returned by mailed by the deadline, ag producers have the option to complete the survey online at https://www.agcounts.usda.gov/cawi. A code from the mailed survey is required in order to submit survey information electronically.
After becoming increasingly worse each week since early December, Colorado's drought conditions are unchanged from last week. Stable conditions, however, represent grave concerns for much of the state.