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Week Of Special Interest 06/13/18
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By Brandon Rivera

Wildfire near Durango uncontained

Just 10 miles north of Durango, the 416 Fire burns over 22,000 acres. More than 800 firefighters are working to control the fire, but with the winds it continues to grow. More than 2,000 have been evacuated and a Disaster Center has opened at the Fair Grounds in Durango. The San Juan National Forest will also shut down, to provide safety to tourists and prevent any other fires.

Cheyenne Mtn. Zoo welcomes baby orangutan

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo excitedly welcomes their newborn Sumatran Orangutan. The baby was born Wednesday, June 6 at 9:28 p.m. The sex is unknown. Sumatran Orangutans are critically endangered because of the desforestation of palm trees, the homes of these orangutans.

Honey Bee Health grant

Colorado State University Extension, CSU College of Agricultural Sciences and the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) have been awarded a grant for $132,000 to span three years from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to monitor honey bee health and to educate hobby beekeepers new to the field of honey bee husbandry. The training programs will be offered in Adams, El Paso, Chaffee, Mesa Counties and the San Luis Valley. Program participants will be educated on scientific beekeeping practices and monitoring for honey bee health, specifically addressing re-emerging diseases, their prevention and control.

Summer Blitz begins June 15

While many Coloradans pent the Memorial Day weekend enjoying the warm weather with family and friends, law enforcement agencies across the state worked overtime to apprehend impaired drivers and keep our roads safe. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and 102 law enforcement agencies teamed up from May 25 through May 29 for The Heat Is On Memorial Day DUI enforcement. During the five-day enforcement stretch, 300 impaired drivers were arrested for suspected impaired driving, a decrease from the 332 arrests made over the same period in 2017. The Colorado blood-alcohol limit for a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge is 0.08 percent or higher, and for a Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) charge, it is 0.05 percent or higher. First-time DUI offenders can be punished with up to one year in jail, license suspension and thousands of dollars in fines.The Heat Is On returns on June 15 for the 10-day Summer Blitz enforcement period.

Our Government

White House

The discussions between the United States and North Korea are ongoing and have moved more quickly than expected. President Donald J. Trump has met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Monday morning in Singapore and initial reports suggest the meeting was a step in the right direction. President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un discussed various topics including denuclearization.

Colorado Governor

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Director Henry Sobanet is leaving the Governorís Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB). He will remain at OSPB through June. Sobanet has served the state for 20 years. He began his career at the State Capitol in the Colorado Legislative Council Staff. He then served as OSPB deputy director and director under Gov. Owens. Sobanet founded and led a consulting practice from 2007-2011 and returned to OSPB under Gov. Hickenlooper. Sobanet guided the stateís financial decisions during dramatic swings from recessions to strong economic growth.

Denver Mayor

At the 86th annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, the first U.S. Mayor to launch locally legalized recreational cannabis, met with the members of the first-of-its-kind government-led coalition to establish a national framework to proactively prepare governments for implementation of legalized marijuana.





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