Welcome to your Wednesday, Looker-Outers. And what a Wednesday.
By now you've probably heard or read the term "bomb cyclone" more than a couple of times. And while it may just be drizzly this morning in your neck of the woods, we're told much of the state can expect some snow later, as well as the wild pressure drop that's called "bombogenesis," which can be dangerous for livestock and people. We'll be tracking that phenomenon here.
If you're going out in the weather, be aware that it could be a lot worse when you decide to head home later today. Take steps to be prepared: know how to identify, prevent and treat frostbite, and learn all about dressing in layers to deal with the cold. For those driving, stock your car at least a few basic emergency supplies, get a set of tire chains (and know how to put them on), pick a good set of jumper cables (and know how to use them), and make sure you've got a decent set of tires.
Be careful out there, friends. Here's all the news we've got.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- Schools and government offices are closed along the Front Range in preparation for the storm.
- An avalanche in southwestern Colorado yesterday crashed into a home and injured three people, including the Hinsdale County sheriff.
- A man was arrested Tuesday after barricading himself inside the lobby of Gov. Jared Polis’ office at the Colorado Capitol.
The Big Stuff
The incoming "bomb cyclone" could be one of the most intense storms Colorado has ever seen
A dog and its walker move across ice-covered Pearl Street following a late winter storm Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Denver. (David Zalubowski/AP)
No, that's not a made-up name — it's a real meteorological term (albeit a slightly slangy version). Most of the intense storm action will be in the northeastern quadrant of Colorado, though much of the state can expect snow. It's the wind and potential for a sudden, violent pressure drop that we need to watch out for.
The forces that created Summit County's affordable housing crisis are now in Park County
A pair of bison at the Badger Basin State Wildlife Area west of Hartsel in South Park. The cost of housing and living for folks is rising in Fairplay and South Park more widely, forcing some tough decisions on longtime residents of this once-affordable rural area. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
A skyrocketing cost of living, and the attendant affordable housing crisis, in Summit County has forced many working class residents south. Now the same forces are at work on neighboring Park County's own affordability problem.
Republicans in the Colorado Senate won temporary victory from a judge in their fight to slow down
State Senate Minority Leader Chris Holbert at the Capitol, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
The Denver District Court issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday after Senate President Leroy Garcia and Senate Secretary Cindi Markwell, both Democrats, used five computers to read text at high speed as a way to fulfill a Republican demand that a 2,000-page bill be read in full.
Senate rules don't specify that bill reading must be comprehensible, but the judge issued a restraining order for "refusing to read legislation, including HB 1172, in an intelligible fashion absent the unanimous consent of all Members present."
More CPR News
- Gov. Jared Polis and Attorney General Phil Weiser on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging the Trump administration is violating the Constitution by withholding grant money from Colorado based on immigration enforcement.
- On Tuesday, El Paso and Douglas joined the growing list of Colorado counties opposing red flag gun control legislation moving through the statehouse. Meanwhile, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock is a strong supporter of the bill.
- Avalanches can happen in the mountains or in town, believe it or not. There are some things you should probably know about them if you live in Colorado.
- Drilling in Broomfield will move ahead after a plan that's forcing landowners to participate was approved by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
- Ever wonder how all those electric scooters on Denver's streets get their batteries charged?
- Hundreds of lawsuits face pharmaceutical companies in the opioid crisis, and before any verdicts are rendered they're already suffering plenty of reputation damage as their secrets see the light of day.
- After the measles vaccine was introduced in 1963, the disease was all but eradicated in developed countries. Now outbreaks spiking in the wealthiest nations, as well as poor ones, force the question: how worried should we be?
- More countries on Tuesday grounded Boeing's 737 Max 8 jets after one crashed in Ethiopia on Sunday, killing 157 aboard.
- Remember all those concerts you went to when you were younger, and how they left your ears ringing the next day? It's time to get a set of purpose-made earplugs and save what's left of your hearing.
- Speaking of earplugs, the Pentagon sued and settled over some used by the military; veterans didn't get any of the settlement money, though, and now many with hearing loss are suing.
- New Mexico is considering legalizing marijuana and selling it in government-run shops.
Worth a Read
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