Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Thursday morning.
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Colorado campgrounds seeing record demand since onset of COVID-19
It’s hard not to want to spend your days outside right now, and there are safe ways to do it—like camping. But there are a few things to keep in mind before you stake down that tent this year. When it comes to camping during COVID-19, there are a few things Colorado Parks and Wildlife want you to keep in mind.
Colorado Springs off-duty officer-involved shooting at Carl's Jr. deemed self- defense
A shooting by an off-duty officer at a Colorado Springs Carl's Jr. that killed a man in February was determined to be self defense, according to the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office. According to a release, Officer Lucas Aragon with the Colorado Springs Police Department was stopped in the Carl's Jr. drive thru on Feb. 27 when a man — later identified as Desmond Hayes — opened the rear passenger door and jumped in Aragon's vehicle.
Hotter today with spotty storms across the plains
We're going back to a hotter weather pattern with only a few storms in the region today. It started out very muggy in El Paso and Pueblo county, but especially east out in the plains. We'll keep some of the moisture farther east in the plains, but most of us will get dry air mixed into the region which will allow that heat to come quickly in the afternoon.
Business owners react to latest health order to close bars, nightclubs for in-person service
Due to what Gov. Jared Polis says is a slight uptick in COVID-19 cases in Colorado, the state has ordered to close bars and nightclubs for in-person service for the month of July. The new order can be somewhat confusing: bars can stay open for dine-in if they're operating like a restaurant and serve food along with drinks. However, for other businesses like nightclubs, the governor's new order is another huge set back.
Amazon package with white powder prompts emergency response
An Amazon package prompted a swift response from firefighters and hazmat after a Colorado homeowner found a white powdery substance inside. Heidi Wetzel says she experienced a terrible reaction to the powder, but we uncovered this isn't the first case where people have complained about finding a similar substance inside their Amazon packages.
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