Happy Friday, Lookout readers. With any luck, you're all dug out and recovered from the storm. Or, perhaps you didn't get hit at all (I'm looking at you, lucky Western Slopers). Either way, it's been an intense week in the news — as much in the statehouse as with the weather.
Today is the Ides of March so probably best to watch your back. Especially if your name is Caesar — although there are other reasons it's considered an unlucky day by many. Sunday is St. Patrick's Day, so be on the lookout for green everything and be careful on the roads (and, if you decide to drink, hand the keys to a sober friend or take a cab/rideshare/carpool/public transportation). Stay safe!
Alright, let's get into it — there's plenty to know before your weekend begins.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- A bipartisan bill to eliminate cash bail for the lowest level offenses unanimously passed its first committee hearing in the Colorado Senate.
- A 63-year-old skier was found unconscious in the trees near a ski run at Copper Mountain on Wednesday and was pronounced dead after being transported to a medical clinic.
- Now through Monday, DUI enforcement will be stepped up with more officers on the streets, but CDOT and Lyft have partnered to offer free rides through the weekend for anyone who'll sign a pledge not to drive impaired.
- It appears State officials have reached an agreement with disability advocates suing them over the handling of some people with mental illness in Colorado jails.
The Big Stuff
Hundreds of drivers were stranded in the storm Wednesday; here's one couple's story
Juli Winter's car after it was towed to Colorado Springs. (Photo courtesy of Juli Winter)
How do manage when you're stuck in your car in a blizzard for more than 13 hours? We talked to Juli Winter and her husband Perry, who were stranded on U.S. 24 in El Paso County until midnight Thursday morning after the fast-moving storm reduced visibility to near-zero and their car hit a truck.
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