Howdy, Lookout readers, and welcome to Tuesday. Warm temperatures and occasional clouds seem to make up the forecast around most of the state this week — a far cry from Sunday's chill.
Today marks the 57th anniversary of the escape of Frank Morris and Clarence and John Anglin from Alcatraz. The escape has become the stuff of legend, up there with Billy the Kid or the Lindbergh baby. Every twist still grabs us, too — a 2013 letter claiming to be from John Anglin, and a 1970s photo from Brazil and a deathbed confession to murdering the escapees still made headlines just recently.
Speaking of escapes, how would you like to get away to Scotland? You could win an eight-night trip for two from CPR. Any donation made by 6 p.m. today will be automatically entered to win, but you can put your name in the running without a donation, as well. My deepest thanks to all those who've already joined our member community (or recently renewed); I appreciate you all so much!
And with that — let's dive into the news, eh? Highlights today include a possibly great idea about civilian 911 response and some questionable budgeting at CDOT, and so much more I can't wait to share with you.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- RTD is piling on the legal fees with two major commuter rail cases ending up in court. So far it's spent $8 million on outside legal help, and the board will tonight decide whether to set aside another $4 million.
- The melting of well-above-average snowpack in southwestern Colorado has prompted advisories for the Animas, La Plata and Los Pinos rivers near Durango, the Herald reports.
- Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said in Vail Monday that once employment questions are answered, he will decide whether to move the BLM's headquarters to a Western state.
The Big Stuff
Colorado environmental officials will launch a first-ever climate unit under Gov. Jared Polis
Jill Hunsaker Ryan is the executive director at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. (Grace Hood/CPR News)
After the slew of environmental bills Gov. Jared Polis signed last month, officials say they'll create the first-ever climate unit within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Hiring has already begun and formal rulemaking could start next year.
More CPR News
Worth a Read
- Ransomware attacks aren't just hitting individuals anymore; lately, they've been bringing small companies and even local governments to their knees sometimes. Take Baltimore, which has seen government building permits, home sales and even emergency services disrupted by hackers using tools that were likely developed nearby at the NSA. — The Conversation
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