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Polis orders 200 Colorado National Guard members to Washington, DC for Inauguration Day
Colorado will send at least 200 Colorado National Guard members to Washington, D.C. to help with security for Inauguration Day after last week’s insurrection at the Capitol.
Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order Thursday activating the National Guard after a request from the Washington, D.C. National Guard. The FBI and others have warned the Inauguration and state capitols could be targeted by more armed people like those who stormed the Capitol last week in the days leading up to and on Inauguration Day
Biden unveils $1.9T plan to 'beat' the coronavirus and steady economy
President-elect Joe Biden released initial details of a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan that aims to stem the surging pandemic, speed up vaccinations and provide further financial help to Americans, as well as local governments and businesses dealing with almost a year of economic declines. The plan, which the Biden team calls the "American Rescue Plan," includes $1,400 checks for individuals, which would be in addition to the $600 stimulus checks approved at the end of 2020.
High winds eastern plains - rare January Red Flag Warnings
It's a busy weather day with really high winds along the eastern plains and high fire danger through the afternoon. The high fire danger has resulted in Red Flag Warnings that will expire this evening, and the High Wind Warning includes gusts in the 60 to 65 mph range at their highest! Be careful when traveling east along Highway 50 as well as I-70 and I-80 today as 65 mph gusts could easily tip a lightly loaded semi-truck.
Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar discusses economy in State of the City address
Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar delivered his State of the City address Thursday afternoon. Gradisar said 2020 was a year of economic survival, challenge, controversy, resiliency and acts of kindness in Pueblo and said 2021 will be a year of recovery and rebuilding. Gradisar addressed Pueblo's economic vibrancy, the community, housing and Pueblo's infrastrucure. He emphasized that developing Pueblo's vacant buildings will be extremely beneficial for Pueblo's growth.
Colorado begins wolf reintroduction plans OK’d by voters
Colorado could have to navigate years of pending litigation over the Trump administration’s delisting of the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act as it tries to enact its own voter-approved initiative to reintroduce the predator to the state, top wildlife officials were told Thursday.
Lisa Reynolds, the state’s first assistant attorney general, told the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission her office expects years of litigation over the federal delisting of wolves, which took effect Jan. 4. That delisting handed over management of wolves in Colorado from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the state.
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