November 4, 2020
DECA Coat Drive
The annual Lamar High School DECA Chapter Coat Drive is underway. Donation locations include Quality Dry Cleaners, Farmers Country Market, Brew Unto Others, Big R, and Tractor Supply. The deadline for donations is set for Monday, November 16th. The goal is to collect clean, gently used warm coats, and new hats and gloves. The children’s coats will be taken to the local schools to be given out to those in need of a warm coat. The remaining coats will be donated throughout Southeast Colorado to organizations and individuals who are in need of warm attire. If you would like more information, know someone in need, or would like to help distribute coats, please contact Jenna Randle at (719) 336-3488.
CDOT Construction Bent county
CDOT plans some road fix ups on highway 101 south of Las Animas for a bridge replacement project. Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor, Lobato Construction, Inc.,began construction on Colorado Highway 101 this month. The project will replace two timber bridgeson on CO Hwy 101; 20 miles south of Las Animas. During the duration of the project, motorists can expect shoulder and single lane closures. Temporary traffic signals will be used to control the flow of the single lane traffic. Project completion is anticipated by summer 2021, but is weather dependent.
Denver Prepares For Election Results
Businesses in downtown Denver are bracing for possible election-related unrest. Many have boarded up windows in preparation for protests. Tami Door with the Downtown Denver Partnership says her organization is telling retailers and other shops to make those decisions wisely. (30 sec) Denver Police say they will arrest people for stoking post-election violence, and the Colorado State Patrol will have a major presence at the State Capitol.
Colorado Counting Votes
Only three of Colorado's 64 counties are still counting Election Night votes, according to the Secretary of State's website. As of early this morning, El Paso, Jefferson and Weld counties were still in the process of finishing their Election Night counts. The Secretary of State reports a total count of just under three-million votes, making the current voter turnout 77-point-nine-four-percent. All results are unofficial until verified by local and state election officials.
Voters in Colorado have soundly rejected a statewide proposition that would have limited the window for abortions to 22 weeks. Votes for No, on Proposition 115 totaled about 59-percent in last night's returns. Meanwhile, the question of whether gray wolves will be reintroduced to the Western Slope remains up in the air. Proposition 114 had about nine-thousand more yes votes in last night's announced results.
Paid Family Leave Proposition
Colorado voters on Tuesday adopted one of the most progressive family and medical leave programs in the country. Workers caring for newborns, sick relatives or dealing with personal health emergencies could take up to 12 weeks off and be paid through the program. The maximum paid time off would be extended to 16 weeks for those dealing with childbirth or pregnancy complications. Coloradans also voted to approve a tax increase on tobacco products and a new tax on vaping products such as e-cigarettes.