Headlines November 27, 2020
Boulder County COVID-19 Case Update
Boulder County reported 130 new coronavirus cases Thursday. That’s a slight increase from the number reported Wednesday. Most of the reported cases are in the county’s two largest cities. About 4,500 total cases have been reported in Boulder and 3,500 cases in Longmont.
Colorado Unemployment Claims Continue to Rise
Unemployment claims in Colorado increased last week. Data from the Department of Labor shows that over 15,000 people filed for unemployment last week. That’s up 69% over the previous week and it’s the highest weekly number since May. The rise in claims in the state tracks with the rise in COVID-19 cases. Filings also increased nationwide. Last week, 775,000 people in the U.S .filed for unemployment.
Fires Still Burning Despite Snow
And those two huge wildfires are still burning in the snow but firefighters are closing in on full containment. The Cameron Peak fire in Larimer County and the East Troublesome fire in Grand County have both burned about 200,000 acres each. They are the two largest fires in Colorado history. The East Troublesome fire is considered 72% contained and the Cameron Peak fire is 92% contained. A fire official quoted in Denverite, says fires can continue to burn beneath snow in the trunks and roots of trees.
Public Mourns Passing of First Woman Elected to Denver City Council
The first woman elected to the Denver City Council died Tuesday. Cathy Reynolds was first elected in 1975 and went on to serve 28 years on the council, retiring in 2003. An obituary in the Denver Post credits Reynolds with leadership on numerous large scale construction projects as well as an assault weapons ban in Denver and equal rights for the LGBTQ community. Cathy Reynolds was 75 years old.