across Colorado

First human cases of West Nile virus reported for 2018; take precautions to avoid bites

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The first two human cases of West Nile virus in Colorado in 2018 have been reported in Weld and Delta counties. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reminds people that preventing mosquito bites is the No. 1 way to avoid getting any mosquito-borne illness.

Extreme Drought Retreats from Southeast Colorado

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After several weeks of frequent rain and thunderstorms, drought conditions across southeast Colorado began to show substantial improvement.

Extreme drought, which has covered much of the southern third of the state this year, moved out of Prowers and Baca counties. Extreme conditions also gave way to severe drought for large portions of Las Animas, Bent, Otero, and Pueblo counties, as well as smaller portions of neighboring counties.

A remaining pocket of exceptional drought in Pueblo, Crowley, Kiowa, Bent and Otero counties dropped to extreme drought. 

New Online Services Available from the DMV

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If you are one of the thousands of people who have stood in line and the Division of Motor Vehicles office wishing for a better way to take care of business, new features on the agency's web site promise faster service and less hassle.

The Colorado Department of Revenue's Division of Motor Vehicles has launched 15 new online services at mydmv.colorado.gov, bringing total online services offering to 34. These online services were added as part of the transition to the new DRIVES computer system, which took place over the weekend.

Ranger Station: Fascinating Little-Known Facts About 7 State Parks

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Recently, as I was exploring Cheyenne Mountain State Park, I spotted a large dead tree still standing, thanks to a smaller tree that was holding it up - its branches wrapped around the dead tree's trunk. 

The dead tree had scars made years ago by barbed-wire fencing. The barbed wire was long since removed, but the scars remained.

Of course, we don't use barbed wire much in state parks. It was a remnant of the cattle ranch that existed here for decades before this property for became a state park in 2006.

Motorcycle Safety Efforts Gear Up Ahead of Sturgis Rally 

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44 Motorcycle Deaths so far in 2018   

In Colorado, motorcycle deaths have increased 20 percent in the last five years. To keep roads safe for those traveling to and from the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Colorado State Patrol (CSP) will conduct a joint DUI enforcement period from August 3 to 13. A Safe to Sturgis campaign will also enhance efforts to increase roadway safety.