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Heat and drought to stifle West through end of June

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Desert locations are likely to have the most brutal conditions, surpassing 110 degrees Fahrenheit for several days this week in places like Phoenix and Needles, California. Death Valley is forecast to reach 120 F one or more times in the coming week. Expect a warm week in drought-plagued southwest Colorado, too.

A Hospital’s Secret Coronavirus Policy Separated Native American Mothers From Their Newborns

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Pregnant Native American women were singled out for COVID-19 testing based on their race and ZIP code, clinicians say. While awaiting results, some mothers were separated from their newborns, depriving them of the immediate contact doctors recommend.

Earthquake Sunday South of Colorado-New Mexico Border

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A small earthquake was recorded Sunday evening just across Colorado's southern border with New Mexico

The quake, measuring 2.7 on the Richter Scale, occurred just after 5:00 p.m. at a depth of about five miles beneath the surface according to the United States Geological Survey. It was centered 100 miles southwest of Pueblo in a sparsely populated area of New Mexico.

The USGS has not received any citizen reports of feeling the earthquake.