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December 2, 2020



LOCAL

Bent’s Old Fort Virtual Tours

Today, the Bent’s Old Fort National Historic site is partnering with the Pueblo Library and Historic Society to provide an opportunity to “virtually” tour the fort from the comfort of your home. Viewers can learn from the staff and volunteers about the ways residents of the fort would have celebrated the holidays on the southwestern frontier in 1846. The free event will be held on many sites, including Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site Facebook Page. The park store operated by the Western National Parks Association will be closed until the county’s status returns to Level Orange. Online purchases, however, can be made through their website through www.stores.wnpa.org. For questions related to the virtual tour or online store. Please Call Bent’s Old Fort at 719-383-5010.


Kiowa County Commissioner

Yesterday, the Kiowa County vacancy committee met in the basement of the United Methodist Church to select a candidate to replace the late Richard “Dick” Scott as Kiowa County District 1 Commissioner. With 10 out of the 11 committee members present, Mike Lenning was chosen to serve the remaining 2 years as commissioner for Kiowa County.


Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital

Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital has changed their waiting room practices as a result of the county’s level Orange status. Patrons are asked to remain in their vehicles upon arrival to the hospital and call 719-346-4769 to be screened and ushered into the facility. Individuals without a cellphone may wait at the front entrance for further instructions. For more information, contact the Kit Carson County Memorial hospital.


STATE

COVID-19 Double Surge

The nation's top infectious disease specialist warns that Colorado's recent COVID-19 case spread mirrors what the rest of the country is experiencing. Dr. Anthony Fauci says the coming weeks could lead to what he calls a "surge upon a surge." Dr. Fauci says the next month or so will be very important for people across the country to wear masks, avoid large gatherings and remain socially distant to keep hospitalization rates as low as possible. Fauci also believes the general population could have access to a COVID-19 vaccine by April.


Limit Colorado Governor’s Power

Some Republican state lawmakers are looking to limit the power of Governor Polis amid the COVID-19 pandemic, calling it executive overreach. State Senator Paul Lundeen says restrictions need to be a little more forgiving for small businesses like restaurants. A bill to remove the governor's power to issue some decisions on the coronavirus emergency, was introduced in the special session of the state legislature yesterday.


East Troublesome Fire Contained

Fire officials made the announcement yesterday, after burning nearly 200,000 acres, the East Troublesome Fire is now 100% contained. While there are pockets of heat, containment lines are not in danger. The fire remains the second-largest in state history and destroyed hundreds of homes and secondary structures in Grand and Larimer counties. Officials believe the fire was sparked near Kremmling in mid-October with the cause still under investigation.


Kansas Prepares for Vaccine Distribution

The state of Kansas is preparing for the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines. Kansas Department of Health and Environment officials told lawmakers in a Legislative Budget Committee meeting yesterday that the state expects to receive nearly 24-thousand doses of vaccines from Pfizer as soon as mid-December of 2020. The state's distribution plan calls for healthcare workers in ICUs and emergency rooms to get the vaccine first.


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