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5 Things You Need To Know - February 18, 2021

Snowy roads at Powers and Barnes
Updated Colorado COVID-19 dial
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Facebook live to explain how Mars Perseverance Rover will use technology to look for signs of life
Posted at 6:34 AM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 08:34:29-05

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

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Slick morning commutes from overnight snow, dry and cold this afternoon

Snow last night fell on top of warm roads and left a layer of ice underneath the fresh powder. We are going to stay dry today but cold with fresh snow and thick cloud cover. The winds will be fairly light, and we'll get even colder tonight with lows dropping into the single digits.
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Teller County moving to Level Blue on state COVID-19 dial

The Teller County Board of Health announced Wednesday that it has informed the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that Teller County will be moving to Level Blue on the state’s COVID-19 dial on today. Fremont County also recently moved to Level Blue after showing a lowered incidence rate.
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'Opportunity for rebirth': Gov. Jared Polis shares vision of future in State of the State address

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis discussed the "unimaginable" faced in the last year and looked to the future with the work needed to address education, transportation and affordable housing among other items in his State of the State address Wednesday morning.

The state has faced many challenges in the last year, including the ongoing pandemic, record-breaking wildfires, and the question of how to address "systemic discrimination against communities of color." In dealing with the pandemic, Polis stated the state has one of the highest vaccination rates and is seeing low transmission rates of COVID-19 in the country. Moving forward, the governor called this year "an opportunity for rebirth" to invest in healthcare, education, and infrastructure.
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Another Colorado man arrested for entering US Capitol on Jan. 6

Another Colorado man has been charged for entering the U.S. Capitol building and disorderly conduct during the insurrection in Washington. D.C., on Jan. 6.

Glenn Wes Lee Croy was arrested Wednesday in Colorado Springs by an FBI special agent after he was charged by complaint Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. According to a criminal complaint, Croy was discovered in both photos from inside and outside the Capitol that day, as well as from police body camera video.
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How NASA plans to return Martian sample to Earth

As NASA is set to land the Perseverance rover on Mars on Thursday, part of the rover’s mission is to take a sample of Martian soil and return it to Earth someday.

While samples of the Moon have been returned to Earth, a sample of Mars has never been returned. The rover will land on Mars around 3:55 p.m. ET Thursday. Returning a sample to Earth could help scientists better determine if life once existed on the red planet.
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