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Colorado 2017 Annual Crop Summary Highlights

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The 2017 corn for grain crop is estimated at 185.90 million bushels, 16 percent above last year's production of 160.29 million bushels, according to the December 1 Agricultural Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. The average yield of 143.0 bushels per acre is 6.0 bushels per acre above the yield realized last year. Area harvested for grain in 2017, at 1.30 million acres, is 130,000 acres above last year.

Tax Scams are on the Rise – Beware of Fake IRS Calls

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You get a call from someone claiming to be a federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent and they are seeking immediate payment of taxes they claim you owe. The phony agents use intimidation tactics such as threats of arrest, liens on property, deportation, or driver's license revocation to scare consumers into making payments or disclosing personal information. The imposters often have just enough personal information to convince a taxpayer they are legitimate.

Annual Meeting Set for Bent’s Fort Chapter – Santa Fe Trail Association

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The Bent's Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association annual meeting will be held January 13 at the JW Rawlings Heritage Center and Museum, 560 Bent Avenue, in Las Animas.  The general meeting will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by a catered lunch.  The meeting will include the election of officers for 2018, announcement of the Member of the Year, a review of upcoming field trips and presentations in 2018, and an update on the 2021 Santa Fe Trail Association Symposium.

Avalanche Awareness Courses Offered at Rocky Mountain National Park

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As the snow packs in on the mountains surrounding Estes Park, recreationalists in Rocky Mountain National Park begin trading in their hiking boots for snowshoes and skis. Although this winter equipment gives people an advantage when traveling over snow, you can never be too prepared in the winter time. Among the additional risks during Colorado's cold weather months are avalanche and hypothermia.

60s and 70s for Eastern Colorado by Tuesday - Another System Rolls in Wednesday

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Mountain areas of Colorado, particularly the western half of the state, will continue to see wintery conditions through midday Sunday. The plains will remain largely dry, with above-average temperatures.

Eastern Plains

Snow clears out of the eastern mountains by midday, though roads may remain slick. The plains remain relatively warm Sunday, with highs in the upper 40s for the northeast, and low 50s for the southeastern part of the state. A north wind in the 15 to 25 miles per hour range will continue for a few hours as a front pushes through.

Overnight Fire in Limon Burns Motel

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Firefighters from multiple Lincoln county agencies were called to the 1st Inn Gold motel in Limon early Saturday morning in response to a fire at the business.

According to the Limon Police Department, hotel guests were evacuated, and there are no known injuries.

Initial reports of the fire came in around 3:30 Saturday morning. The fire was reported to be contained around 8:30 a.m., however the building has been extensively damaged and firefighters continued to mop up hot spots.

Nearly $600 Million Up for Grabs Saturday Night

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While one lucky winner in Florida will walk away with $450 million from Friday night's Mega Million lottery drawing, you still have a chance to win an estimated $570 million in the Powerball drawing Saturday night.

One - or possibly more - winners can choose an annuity that would pay out the full amount over 29 years, or opt for a lump-sum cash payout estimated at over $358 million before taxes. If there is more than one winner, the prizes will be split evenly across the group.

Odds of winning the top prize are one in over 292 million.