Welcome to your Wednesday, Looker-Outers! Expect the truly spring-like Colorado weather to continue once more today in most of the state.
Of course, that spring-like weather includes warmer temperatures (but thankfully still wonderfully crisp early morning temperatures), which are finally starting to melt all that snow up in the high country. Flood danger is no joke in a situation like this (even costing us a historic dam), but it turns out there's a silver lining.
Also: Fifty-five years ago today, the Rolling Stones played their first show in America, supporting their first U.S. album. Though it was nearly all covers, within a few years they'd be making waves with stellar originals like "Gimme Shelter" and "Street Fighting Man." Note: Their postponed May 26 Red Rocks concert, has been rescheduled.
If you're looking for more of the Stones' hits with which to catch up on the need-to-knows, try this Spotify playlist. And now, on with the news.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- Gov. Jared Polis has wrapped up his work from the recent legislative session and has no more bills left to sign or veto.
- A 59-year-old Aspen man has died after a snowmobile accident on Aspen Mountain, according to The Aspen Times.
- The first oil-and-gas operator agreement since legislation passed that allows more regulation from local governments was approved in Aurora last night, the Aurora Sentinel reports.
The Big Stuff
Though it may take longer than usual to ramp up, this year's rafting in Colorado could be something epic
Rafters on the Animas River near Durango, Colorado, in 2016. (Grace Hood/CPR News)
“This will probably be the best rafting in 24, 25 years and that's a good statement to be able to make, certainly after last year where it was a little thin in some places because of the drought conditions.”
Dave Costlow, Colorado River Outfitters Association
With as much snowfall and rain as the last couple of months have brought Colorado, we've all heard a lot about flood potential from meltwater runoff. But as with all things, there's a silver lining: The runoff is coming later than usual (right now it's more like it usually would be three or four weeks ago) and will likely last longer, in addition to bringing some of the best rafting in decades.
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