The United States Department of Agriculture has declared four southern Colorado counties to be primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by ongoing drought conditions in the area.
The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site will switch to its summer schedule beginning April 1. The park will open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., seven days a week. This schedule will remain in effect through November 30, 2018.
The park will remain open for all three 2018 summer federal holidays - Memorial Day (May 28), Independence Day (July 4), and Labor Day (September 3).
The first weekend of spring starts off with high fire danger spanning five states, including Colorado.
Two male juveniles have been arrested for alleged threats against Niwot High School that occurred in mid-February.
The Boulder County Sheriff's Office received Safe 2 Tell reports February 16 in which a 16-year-old male, who has not been identified, made statements and released a video related to a school shooting in Florida. Other students at the school were concerned and made reports to authorities.
While the end of winter is over a week away, Colorado continues to see increases in drought and high fire risk.
A red flag warning for high fire danger will be in effect as early as 11:00 a.m. Friday for eastern Larimer, northern Weld and all of Logan, Yuma, Kit Carson and Cheyenne counties. Northwest winds are expected to gust as high as 40 miles per hours as humidity drops below 15 percent. High temperatures will be in the mid- to upper 60s for the day. Neighboring counties in Kansas will experience similar conditions.