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5 Things You Need To Know - August 21, 2020

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Castle Rock man among 4 indicted in alleged 'We Build the Wall' conspiracy
Posted at 6:20 AM, Aug 21, 2020

Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Friday morning.

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Soaring Eagles Elementary to close after positive COVID test

Soaring Eagles Elementary School is closing for the next four days after a positive COVID-19 test result was reported. Harrison School District 2 says the school opened on Monday, August 17, for in-person and virtual learning. The district will not release whether a student or staff member tested positive. The school will be closed today and Monday for thorough cleaning.
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Chile time is here for Pueblo farmers

There is no need to wait until September to enjoy fresh roasted Pueblo Chiles. Many farmers on the St. Charles Mesa began roasting their peppers earlier this summer and have plenty to spare. Weather conditions were optimal this year with the rain stopping at just the right time to allow the pepper plants to grow. Ordinarily, the best time to sell the chiles would be during the annual Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festival which routinely attracts crowds of more than 100,000 during the event. But public health restrictions won't allow such a big gathering next month.
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Really hot and dry today with little change over the weekend

The forecast is pretty simple today: hot and dry. We're under a dominant high-pressure ridge and we won't see any moisture run through that pattern. Highs will be up in the 90s in the lower elevations, and smoke will probably be dense at times over the high country. Smoke will likely get thicker overnight through Saturday, especially in and around the mountains.
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Castle Rock man among 4 indicted in alleged 'We Build the Wall' conspiracy

A Castle Rock man was one of four people, including former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, whose indictments were unsealed Thursday on counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering in regard to their fundraising effort to privately build a southern border wall. Timothy Shea, 49, was arrested Thursday morning in Castle Rock by a U.S. Postal Inspector, according to court documents.
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Colorado Springs launches survey to improve transportation
As Colorado Springs continues to grow, demands on the city's transportation system are also growing. The city has launched a study to see how those in the city use transportation so it can be developed. It's been 20 years since a study like this was done in the Springs. This one consists of an online survey to get feedback to make it easier to get around in the region.
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