Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Wednesday morning.
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City of Pueblo lookin to hire a mediator to try and resolve Columbus statue dispute
After weeks of protests on both sides of the issue and no decision made on whether to keep or remove it, the Pueblo City Council is considering a proposed ordinance allowing the city to hire a mediator. Mayor Nick Gradisar said the mediator was born and raised in Pueblo, "has been a law professor in California, still has ties to Pueblo." The cost to taxpayers will include the mediator's travel expenses, a rental car, and his services.
Cadets return to Air Force Academy, how they plan to prevent outbreaks
Roughly 4,000 cadets are back on the Air Force Academy campus after being sent home in March to slow the spread of COVID-19. Earlier this year, Defense Secretary Mark Esper designated all military accession sources and training pipelines mission-essential during the pandemic. The academy is one of the first universities in the nation to have all of its students back. Classes are scheduled to begin August 12 with combined in-person and online learning.
Hotter, drier, and windier across southern Colorado today
We get a sunnier and warmer change in the forecast today! Dry west and northwest winds will increase through the afternoon, pushing the humidity out of our air and allowing temperatures to get toasty. There might be a stray storm or two out in the eastern plains, but most of us will stay dry today.
Highway 24 crash near Falcon kills 1, sends multiple to hospital
One person died and four others were injured in a crash on Highway 24 near Falcon Tuesday evening, according to Colorado State Patrol. Troopers said a 2003 GMC Sierra traveling eastbound on Highway 24 went into the westbound lanes and hit a 2020 Ford SUV head-on just after 5 p.m. The driver of the Ford, identified as Patrick Andre from Manchester, Missouri, was ejected out of the passenger side door that had been ripped off from the crash.
Fremont County issues warning of possible COVID-19 exposure at rafting company
The Fremont County Department of Public Health and Environment issued a release Tuesday warning of possible COVID-19 exposure at a popular rafting company. The FCDHE said it wants to notify rafters, patrons, and employees at the property containing Royal Gorge Rafting and Zip Line Tours and Whitewater Bar & Grill of a possible exposure to COVID-19 between July 13 and July 19.
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