Headlines December 28, 2020
Fourth Avalanche Death of Season
A fourth person has been killed in an avalanche during Colorado’s current snow season. A backcountry skier on a solo outing on Berthoud Pass was caught in a slide and found dead on Saturday.
Grand County Search and Rescue said the man’s body was discovered after he was reported overdue by family members.
The Colorado Sun reports the man was fully buried and was not wearing an avalanche transceiver, a device that sends out an electronic signal so that victims can be found if they are buried under snow. The device is a key safety tool for those in the backcountry.
Earlier this month three men were killed in a pair of avalanches over two days. All of them were experienced backcountry skiers.
Avalanche experts have been warning backcountry users that Colorado’s snowpack is very unstable this year and that they should use extra caution.
Governor Extends One-time Payment for Unemployed
On Saturday Colorado Governor Jared Polis extended his order providing one-time, $375 stimulus payments to Coloradans who have filed for unemployment during the pandemic.
The Denver Post reports the extension keeps the previously allocated funds available through Feb. 28.
In October Polis announced the aid. The payments are to be sent to those earning less than $52,000 a year, and who have filed for unemployment at least once since March 15. They must also have qualified to receive a weekly benefit between $25 and $500.
The governor’s office estimated more than 400,000 Coloradans would receive payments, most by Dec. 1. The executive order already was extended once, in late November.
The money earmarked for the one-time stimulus payments is automatically sent to eligible recipients by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
40 New Cases But No New COVID-19 Deaths in Boulder County
Boulder County on Sunday reported 40 new coronavirus cases and no new deaths. The death toll remains at 174.
The county said that the rate of new COVID-19 cases among Boulder County residents during the past two weeks is above 370 per 100,000. The Daily Camera reports that rate is down from November when the state and county tightened restrictions; however, Boulder County remains at Level Red, which indicates severe risk.
Woman Told To Take Down Black Lives Matter Sign
A woman, who lives in a retirement community in east Denver and hung a Black Lives Matter sign in her window, has been told to take it down.
Helen Rigmaiden put the sign up about two years ago and hoped it would lead to a conversation, but 9News reports she received a complaint instead.
On Christmas Eve, the community association for Windsor Gardens notified her that she had to take down the Black Lives Matter sign from her bedroom window.
The notice said that the association received a complaint about the sign and informed her it is a violation of the Windsor Gardens’ Signs Policy. She was asked to remove it by today.
Rigmaiden, who is 71, said she has no intention of taking the sign down, and that, in this new civil rights movement the kids are bold, and she has to be just as bold. She said she will fight to keep the little sign in her window.
Colorado state law allows associations to make rules for signs, but they cannot ban political or campaign signs between 45 days leading up to an election and the seven days after.
Rigmaiden said she thinks this is an opportunity to talk to her neighbors about Black Lives Matter.
The association did not respond to a request from 9News about Rigmaiden’s sign and others seen in community windows.