across Colorado

Shoreline Fishing Still Permitted in the ‘Toilet Bowl’

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Fishermen will still be able to try their luck in the "Toilet Bowl" beneath Ruedi Dam on the Fryingpan River in Eagle County following a meeting that included Colorado Parks and Wildlife, City of Aspen, United States Bureau of Reclamation, Eagle County Sheriff's office and the U.S. Forest Service. While fishing from the shore will continue to be permitted, water activities such as paddle boarding and swimming are not allowed.

Ten-Day Winter Blitz DUI Enforcement Underway

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Colorado law enforcement agencies will be boosting DUI enforcement for the end of January with increased officers on duty and saturation patrols starting Friday. For 10 days, 119 law enforcement agencies statewide will dedicate additional resources to apprehending drivers who get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol, cannabis or other drugs. 

Flags Lowered Monday to Honor Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper ordered flags lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings from sunrise to sunset Monday, January 22, in honor of Sergeant First Class Mihail Golin.  

Golin, 34, died in the line of duty January 1, of injuries sustained from small arms fire while on dismounted patrol in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.

Golin was assigned to B Company, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs.

He is survived by his parents and daughter.

Colorado is Home to First U.S.-Bred Certified Hemp Seed

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In the race to develop a successful, viable hemp industry, Colorado is now home to the first U.S.-bred hemp seed to qualify as Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA) certified seed.  "This is an exciting time for the industrial hemp industry.  It seems breeding, technology, and information advances are happening at the speed of light; this is a giant step for American hemp farmers," said Duane Sinning, CDA's Division of Plant Industry Assistant Director.

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.