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The Colorado State Patrol says six people died in six separate accidents on state roads over a 12-hour period this past weekend.

Col. Matthew Packard, chief of the state patrol, says six fatal crashes occurred between about 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday involving either excessive speed or alcohol.

The accidents included a pedestrian hit while standing on the road and a handicap-accessible van crash that resulted in the death of a man in a wheelchair inside the van.

Aspen Skiing Company

The early season snowstorms that hit the Rocky Mountain region this fall have boosted snowpack levels between two and three times the average.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture report shows snow water equivalent above 150% and 200% of average throughout Idaho, northern Colorado and western Montana. Those levels are also scattered across Wyoming and parts of northern Utah.

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Coloradans will soon be able to use digital IDs on their smartphones in their dealings with state agencies.

Gov. Jared Polis announced Wednesday that residents can create the ID by scanning their driver's license into an app called myColorado .

The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Colorado Department of Transportation

The mountain highway that provides a shorter scenic route to and from Aspen is closed for the season.

Independence Pass closed for the winter Monday after a snow storm that moved across Colorado dropped several inches of snow on the pass.

Bureau of Land Management

A federal judge has temporarily blocked the Trump administration's attempt to ease some rules on mining, drilling and grazing across millions of acres in seven U.S. Western states.

Judge B. Lynn Winmill said changes adopted by the administration in March likely would cause further declines in populations of greater sage grouse.

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Weather officials have verified a new high temperature for Colorado that surpasses the previous record by a single degree.

The Colorado Climate Center confirmed the Lamar area reached 115 degrees Fahrenheit July 20.

The previous record of 114 degrees was recorded in July 1933 in Las Animas and again in July 1954 in Sedgwick.

FEMA

 Western governors say atmospheric nuclear weapons testing exposed more states and more people to radiation fallout, resulting cancers and other diseases than the federal government recognizes.

 

Between 1945 and 1992, the U.S. conducted more than 1,000 nuclear weapons tests, nearly 200 in the atmosphere.

CDC

Colorado marijuana regulators are finalizing a ban on certain additives in cannabis vape products in response to the spread of a lung disease linked to e-cigarettes and marijuana vape pens.

The state's Marijuana Enforcement Division has proposed final rules that include prohibiting specific ingredients in marijuana vaping products.

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  A Colorado group opposed to hydraulic fracturing - fracking -- has announced a lawsuit seeking to halt new oil and gas drilling permits until updated regulations are in place.

 

Joe Salazar, attorney for “Colorado Rising”,  says the Denver District Court complaint alleges the state is issuing drilling permits under rules made obsolete by a new law.

Colorado Department of Trnsportation

Colorado transportation officials have announced plans to install new technology along Interstate 70 that would increase the speed limit through Glenwood Canyon.

The Colorado Department of Transportation expects to increase from 50 to 60 mph for most parts of the 14-mile canyon during good weather conditions.

Warner Bros. Studios

Alarmed by violence depicted in a trailer for the upcoming movie "Joker," some relatives of victims of the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting asked distributor Warner Bros. on Tuesday to commit to gun control causes.

Sandy Phillips' daughter, Jessica Ghawi, was one of 12 people killed in the suburban Denver theater during a midnight showing of the Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises," also distributed by Warner Bros.

Phillips said she and four other people who lost loved ones in Aurora sent a letter to Warner on Tuesday, asking the studio to lobby Congress for gun control, support survivor programs and end any contributions to politicians backed by the National Rifle Association.

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An energy company says it has closed a Colorado coal power plant three years ahead of schedule.

The Denver Post reported Tri-State Generation and Transmission retired the Nucla Station in western Colorado Thursday.

Westminster-based Tri-State says in a statement that the 100-megawatt facility was originally scheduled to close at the end of 2022.

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A report says Colorado has one of the nation's worst backlogs of unprocessed U.S. naturalization applications, which one of the report authors says is blocking voting rights.

The Daily Camera reported Sunday that the Colorado State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released the report saying there are 9,325 applications waiting to be processed.

Wheeler Opera House

A study has determined a proposed expansion of a Colorado opera house is not feasible.

The Aspen Daily News reports the study commissioned by the city of Aspen concluded the Wheeler Opera House project would be too costly and cause unacceptable interference with programming.

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A third Democrat is bowing out of Colorado's crowded Democratic Senate primary after John Hickenlooper entered the race.

Former diplomat Dan Baer announced he was dropping out and endorsing Hickenlooper. He was one of the three top fundraisers among the dozen Democrats competing for the right to challenge Republican Sen. Cory Gardner next year. Now all three have left the race to make way for former governor Hickenlooper.

John Hickenlooper's Colorado Senate run has pushed another Democrat out of the party's crowded primary.

Former U.S. Attorney John Walsh announced Wednesday he was suspending his campaign for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Sen. Cory Gardner. Walsh endorsed Hickenlooper as the most electable Democrat in the field.

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The director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management may stay in Washington even though the Trump administration says it will move the agency's headquarters to Colorado…

 

Acting Bureau of Land Management director William Perry Pendley told the House Natural Resources Committee Tuesday he would be among about 60 agency employees staying in the nation’s capital when 300 others move to 11 Western states, including 27 to a new headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado.

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Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado is vowing to implement free preschool and community college if he becomes president.

Bennet is in a crowded field competing for the Democratic presidential nomination. He was superintendent of Denver Public Schools before entering the Senate. On Thursday he released a sweeping education plan from preschool to college.

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Colorado authorities are investigating the discovery of a body in a wooded area near Aspen.

The Aspen Times reports the decomposed body discovered last month was within a 10-mile (16-kilometer) radius of an area where a woman went missing five years ago.

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A leading candidate and the top campaign fundraiser in the crowded Democratic U.S. Senate primary in Colorado bowed out of the race Tuesday, the first casualty of former Gov. John Hickenlooper's late entry into the contest.

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