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6:00am

Wed January 28, 2015
Politics

Resiliency Report Guides Loveland's Big Thompson Restoration

Loveland's Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park during the severe flooding in 2013. The park remains closed as flood assessments continue.
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Using a report by the Urban Land Institute as a guide, Loveland officials continue to restore areas hard hit by 2013's historic flooding. For every lesson learned as floodwaters subsided, additional questions have arisen about how to best respond to the next big event

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2:38pm

Tue January 27, 2015
Water

At Winter's Midway, Colorado Snowpack Is Right Around Average

Snowpack around Arapahoe Basin in January 2015.
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It's midway through the winter, and Colorado's snowpack is in a Goldilocks situation. Not too much, not too little.

According to state climatologist Nolan Doesken, most basins are sitting right around average.

"No part of the state is desperately below average, no part of the state is above average," he said. The Colorado River headwaters are at about average. "Those with the lowest snowpack are the Yampa-White, in the northwestern part of the state, and the Rio Grande, in the south."

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11:48am

Tue January 27, 2015
Economy

Colorado Employment Returns To Pre-Recession Levels

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Unemployment in Colorado decreased slightly in the final month of 2014, to its lowest level since before the onset of the Great Recession.

The state added 4,700 jobs in December – enough to shrink the unemployment rate to 4.0 percent. The last time the rate was that low was October 2007.

"That is somewhat remarkable," said the Department of Labor's Chief Economist Alexandra Hall. "We know we've been seeing an improving economy in Colorado for all of 2014, and we're continuing to hit milestones – good milestones – as the economy improves."

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8:48am

Tue January 27, 2015
Agriculture

Poultry Industry Warily Watches Bird Flu Outbreak

The turkeys in this barn on Noel Thompson's farm in central Iowa are tested routinely for disease, including avian influenza. No bird flu has been found in the commercial poultry industry in this country.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Since a highly contagious strain of bird flu was found in the U.S. in December, many countries have closed their doors to chickens and turkeys raised here.

The virus isn’t harmful to humans. So far, mostly wild birds and backyard flocks have been infected, though bird flu was recently detected in a Foster Farms turkey flock in California. Commercial poultry farmers are worried because they have the most to lose.

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11:36am

Mon January 26, 2015
National Parks

How Do You Celebrate 100 Years Of RMNP? A Selfie, Of Course

Erin O'Toole KUNC

Rocky Mountain National Park officially turns 100-years-old Jan. 26. On this date in 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation establishing the park. A century ago, the word ‘selfie’ didn’t exist in its current form. But these days lots of people are taking the opportunity to pose in front of park signs commemorating the Centennial.

“The signs are already very, very photographed with people in front of them – and even more so now with this great little ‘100th’ banner on the bottom,” said park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson. “We’ll take that off in 2016 – so it’s a great experience for memories to be made, and to say ‘I was there’ at the Park’s 100th anniversary.”

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