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Gardner, Bennet Backed Amendment to Maintain Southwest Chief Train Services Passes Senate

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An amendment cosponsored by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) to maintain Amtrak train services along the established, long-distance passenger rail route of the Southwest Chief, #3665, was included in the 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies appropriations bill.

Photos - July 27, 2018 Storm Damage in Eads, Kiowa County

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Note: Power has been out for more than 24 hours in parts of the county. Check these food safety tips.

A fast-moving storm downed limbs and at least one tree in Eads Friday evening.

Earlier in the day, the National Weather Service had predicted a series of storms would impact northeast and east central Colorado with wind gusts up to 80 miles per hours and hail up to the size of baseballs. Tornado activity was also predicted.

Shooting Incident Under Investigation in Elbert County

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Deputies from the Elbert County Sheriff's Office responded to reports of a shooting Saturday night in northern Elbert County.

Between 1,000 and 1,500 people had gathered for a rodeo at a property in the 44000 block of Comanche Creek Road when a fight erupted. One person is said to have pulled out a gun and began shooting. It is not known if anyone was struck by bullets, however two people who were working the event were treated for minor injuries that occurred during the fight.

Man Resuscitated After Lightning Strike

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The Boulder County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a man struck by lightning while camping at Ruby Gulch Saturday afternoon.

According to BCSO, an emergency call came in around 2:30 p.m. in which a woman reported that her boyfriend had been struck while he was standing next to their tent. They were camping near Forest Service Road 328E in Boulder County.

Drought Conditions Deteriorate in Parts of Colorado

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As fires scorched more than 200,000 acres in Colorado, drought conditions deteriorated for part of the state.

Abnormally dry conditions expanded in western Larimer county, while moderate drought returned to northern Routt County, along with smaller portions of Moffat and Jackson counties.

Conditions in the remainder of the state remained stable, with more than one-third of Colorado in extreme over exceptional conditions, the two worst catagories.