Lamar Community College has shifted to remote learning for a 14-day period after two or more positive cases at the school have been verified. In a press release Tuesday morning, the college stated that the Lamar Community College COVID-19 Response Team met with Prowers County Public Health and Environments to review cases at the college. LCC has had several outbreaks among cohort groups, causing the college to be considered an outbreak location. The health department is working to contact all students and staff members who have been in direct contact with these individuals and providing guidance on next steps. Affected individuals have been advised to quarantine or isolate.
Las Animas Utilities Payments
The City of Las Animas reports that a Municipal Light and Power customer called them to let them know they’d paid their bill through a third party in an online payment system called Doxy-dot-com. After verification, the city stated that it does NOT have an account or intend to have one with the company or any 3rd party. Las Animas Utility customers are encouraged to make a payment through the official City Website or in person. Any payment processed through the official City Website is secure and the payment is processed directly into the payment system.
Pueblo Distance Learning
Pueblo School District 60 schools will be transitioning to distance learning for the rest of the year due to coronavirus. D60 leadership announced the plan yesterday which still requires teachers to be in classrooms, something the union isn't happy with. Pueblo Education Association President Mike Maes says an outbreak at Sunset Park Elementary which sent a staff member to the hospital is why teachers shouldn't be in classrooms. D60 high schools started distance learning today while Pre-K through eighth grade will go to online learning after Thanksgiving Break.
Colorado Forest Action Plan
A state agency is recommending billions of dollars in fixes to protect Colorado forests. The Colorado State Forest Service released its latest action plan yesterday, noting that ten-percent of state forests need urgent action to protect them from wildfires and other threats. The agency oversees 24-million-acres of forest, and the fixes recommended would cost four-point-two-billion-dollars over the next decade. Colorado has endured a record-setting wildfire season this year, with hundreds of thousands of acres of forest burned and millions of dollars of property destroyed.
The Ice Castles in Dillon will be back this winter, but with COVID-19 safety precautions in place. The attraction will open in December but will operate at a reduced capacity to promote social distancing. Other precautions include marking most tunnels and crawl spaces as one-way only. There will also be a mask requirement. Organizers say the new guidelines are designed to create a safe and magical environment for everyone.
Military Free at State Parks Today
Veterans and active-duty military members will get free entrance at all state parks today. It's a special thank you from Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Veterans Day. Passes can be picked up at any state park or CPW office by showing proof of military service. All other fees such as camping reservations and fishing licenses remain in effect.