- No COVID-19 outbreaks for the first time in months for Prowers County - zero outbreaks of COVID for the county which still sits in the green level on the COVID-19 dial. The dial disappears tomorrow. As the state allows local officals to run their own counties. In the last seven days, the county has 11 cases and only 12 in the last two weeks. The new much less restrictive order goes into effect statewide on Friday. Prowers County Public Health will not issue additional restrictive measures unless the hospitalizations increase significantly.
- Granada’s Camp Amache is apparently on the way to becoming a National park. Representatives Ken Buck and Joe Neguse are co-authoring a bill to make the former Japanese incarceration site a National Historic Site. The former internment camp west of Granada at one time housed thousands of Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants during World War II when it was built in 1942. In a statement, Buck said that the nation is better today because of the lessons we have learned from our past. The bill will be considered on April 21st by a subcommittee that Neguse chairs.
- Later today the Lamar Chamber of Commerce meets in the Noon hour at the Chamber offices as they prepare for tomorrow night’s Micro-Bash.
STATE AND REGION NEWS
- A 12-year-old Aurora boy has died after being hospitalized last month while attempting to take part in a viral challenge. An obituary published by a Denver mortuary shows Joshua Haileyesus died last Saturday. Family members found Joshua on the floor of a bathroom after he apparently tried to choke himself as part of the "Blackout Challenge." The family condemned the TikTok video platform for making the challenge popular recently and warned other parents to teach their kids the difference between what they see online and things that could kill them.
- Colorado Springs School District 11 is planning to hold outdoor graduation ceremonies for each of its high schools. The district will hold the ceremonies at Garry Berry Stadium from May 18th through May 21st. Two high schools will graduate their seniors each day, with one ceremony in the morning and another in the afternoon. District 11 is hopeful that social distancing guidelines will be relaxed so that each senior can invite more than than two guests.
- A popular scenic area near Aspen is warning visitors to make reservations for parking very soon. The reservation system for Maroon Bells crashed Monday after three-thousand people logged in trying to reserve a parking spot for trips this summer. Officials with the White River National Forest say demand for a parking place has been so great that few spaces remain available. They encourage anyone hoping to get a parking spot or a seat on the Maroon Bells shuttle to make their reservation as soon as possible.
- Denver is reopening - restaurants and gyms, that is - at full capacity though social distancing requirements are still in effect. Friday the state turns over the COVID-19 public health measures to local authorities. Masks will no longer be needed outdoors, although masks will still be needed in some public settings and on public transportation. The city will move to blue, and for first time since last June all bars that don’t also serve food can reopen at full, and the last call is pushed back to 2 a.m. Douglas county is the only holdout, and they have eliminated all COVID-19 restrictions.