Headlines October 20, 2020

Headlines October 20, 2020

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CalWood and Lefthand Canyon Fires Grew Slightly on Monday

There was just a small amount of growth in the two fires in Boulder County on Monday. The CalWood Fire is 9,106 acres and 17% contained while the Lefthand Canyon Fire is 386 acres and 4% contained.

Yesterday afternoon some road closures on US 36 north of Boulder were lifted and now US 36 is open from Broadway in North Boulder to Neva Road.

Higher elevation winds are expected at times over the next two days.

Gold Hill and Jamestown Elementary Schools are closed this week due to the fires.

BVSD has reached out to families who are impacted saying that it is important, especially during traumatic situations like this, to keep things as normal as possible for kids. BVSD says they are working to move students to schools outside of the evacuation area. Students will be able to temporarily attend Nederland or Flatirons elementary schools, depending on their situation.

There will be a virtual community meeting for the Calwood and Lefthand Canyon fires this evening at 7.30pm, live-streamed online at the Facebook page for Calwood and Lefthand Canyon Fires.

The Cameron Peak fire west of Loveland and Fort Collins is more than 200,000 acres and grew again on Monday with the level of containment dropping to 51%.

Investigation Shows 166 Children Abused by Catholic Priests in Colorado

An independent investigation has found that at least 166 children were abused by at least 43 priests in Colorado dating back to 1950.

The Denver Post reports that Colorado’s three Catholic dioceses paid $6.68 million to 73 survivors of sexual abuse by priests.

Colorado’s Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program issued an update Friday of how much money each survivor should be given by the church.

The program listened to claims from survivors to determine their credibility and compensation eligibility. Survivors must have been abused when they were children to be eligible for compensation.

None of the survivors have said that their abuse happened in the last two decades.

Amy Weiss, on behalf of an independent oversight committee, said that in 81 eligible claims, some were from unknown abuse survivors, who were previously hesitant or unable to come forward to get help.

Another eight claims were rejected by the program. And eight other claims are pending.  The reconciliation and reparations program was created as part of an agreement between the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and the Catholic dioceses of Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

Aurora City Council Bans No-Knock Warrants

Aurora City Council voted 7-3 on Monday to ban no-knock warrants in the city. The Denver Post reports that the measure was brought forward by Councilwoman Angela Lawson following the death of Breonna Taylor, who was shot in March by police as she slept in her own home.