Headlines September 8, 2020
Governor Jared Polis announced today that a limited number of fans would be able to attend an upcoming Denver Broncos football game.
“We all know it’s just not the same if they’re playing to an empty stadium,” said Gov. Polis.
5,700 fans will be allowed to attend the home game against Tampa Bay at the Mile High Stadium on September 27. That represents less than 8% of the stadium capacity. The crowd will mostly consist of season-ticket holders.
All Broncos season-ticket holders will be automatically entered into a lottery.
The Denver Post reports that As of Monday, 25 teams had announced they would not have fans in attendance for at least the first home game. Washington and Las Vegas have already decided to not allow fans for the entire season.
Advocates for those experiencing homelessness are calling on local authorities to provide emergency shelter space for those who may be on the streets during the cold snap.
The City of Denver announced today that Glenarm Recreation Center, located at 2800 Glenarm Pl., has opened as an emergency shelter for women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness. The facility is open as a day and overnight shelter, through lunchtime on Thursday.
Denver Rescue Mission will open its Holly Street Shelter this evening, to accommodate male guests overnight. Buses will be available to the shelter late this afternoon and early evening from the auxiliary shelter at the Denver Coliseum. Guests need to access busing by 8 p.m.
There are significantly colder temperatures around the Front Range today with a cold front moving in early today.
Late this afternoon and evening there will be an increase in precipitation.
Mountain and foothill areas may see 8 to 14 inches of snow by Wednesday morning.
The earliest recorded snowfall for Denver is September 3, 1961. A freeze warning remains in effect from 6pm this evening to noon Wednesday.
With temperatures dropping significantly over the next two days, advocates for the homeless say more needs to be done to help those who are unhoused.
In Denver, The Salvation Army says it is developing a plan to move people seeking shelter around the city to maintain social distancing protocols. 9News reports that the Salvation Army is partnering with hotels to make space for people who need shelter.
In Boulder, advocates for the homeless are criticizing local response saying not enough shelter beds are available for people needing shelter.
The advocacy group Boulder SAFE says on its Facebook page that volunteers will be working on the streets to get warm gear & supplies to people dealing with the severe cold and snow.
Clean-water advocates are calling on federal and state officials to do more to protect Colorado’s streams, ponds and lakes from toxic algal blooms. Reports have connected climate change to increased outbreaks, which also are fueled by agricultural and residential fertilizers.
Brian Kurzel with the National Wildlife Federation says a recent rash of blue-green blooms in Colorado are more than just an eyesore; they’re dangerous for people, pets and wildlife. He says leaders at all levels of government need to confront the outbreaks’ root causes.
“Whether that be climate change, whether that be nutrient pollution. And we need them to have the clarity of purpose that is on par with the clarity that we want in our drinking water,” he said.
Algal outbreaks disproportionately impact Black and Latino populations, and Kurzel says until climate change and nutrient pollution are addressed, health disparities in Colorado are likely to increase. Expanding blooms also will make it harder for low-income people and communities of color to access safe outdoor green spaces.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), toxic outbreaks can cause skin irritation, rashes and blisters around the mouth and nose in people. Pets can be sickened, and owners in Georgia, North Carolina and Texas have reported deaths after their dogs swam in waters with toxic algae.
The Cameron Peak fire west of Fort Collins grew on Monday and is now burning more than 96,000 acres and 4% contained.
The U.S. Forest Service closed additional parts of the Roosevelt National Forest in Larimer County and ordered more evacuations. An unknown number of structures were reported lost.
Colder temperatures and moisture on Tuesday is expected to help firefighting efforts.