Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Friday morning.
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Colorado adds callback form for those struggling with unemployment claim
More than 40,000 self-employed or gig worker Coloradans filed initial unemployment claims for Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance last week in the first week it was available – on top of another 38,384 Coloradans who filed regular unemployment claims last week. Including those federal PUA claims, more than 358,000 initial claims were filed over the past five weeks in Colorado – which would account for more than 10% of the state’s adult workforce as it stood in February.
The Rebound: Reopening some businesses starting May 1
As Colorado works together to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, reopening businesses that have been forced to close is a huge step. On Friday, May 1, retail and personal services can open if they follow a certain set of guidelines. As News5 learned, while many are excited to be back in business, there is a bit of anxiety that comes with opening their doors again.
Near record heat again today with stronger storms Saturday evening
A heat ridge is still centered over Colorado, and while it's moving east, we'll have temperature readings back in the 80s and 90s. There will be more sunshine today, so you'll feel the heat more than you did yesterday. Fire danger is elevated through the region but the highest fire danger is in the San Luis Valley with Red Flag Warnings expiring early this evening.
Cañon City cruise drives divide in community
News5 documented a drive in Cañon City on April 24, where dozens cruised down Main Street to show their support for small businesses. Since then, both the city and Fremont County report they have gotten several complaints about the event, while those behind it are defending the drive.
Wildfire causes evacuations near John Martin Reservoir State Park
A wildfire three miles east of John Martin Reservoir State Park is causing evacuations Thursday evening, according to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife. As of 9 p.m. Thursday, more than 400 acres have burned and Colorado State Patrol has blocked off part of County Road 30. The park is located in Bent County, just east of Las Animas.
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