Headlines April 23, 2021
Colorado’s COVID-19 Hospitalizations Are Spiking
More than a third of Colorado residents are now considered immune to COVID-19 – but hospitalizations have been spiking among the unvaccinated. During a briefing on Thursday, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Chief Medical Officer Eric France said that more than half of eligible Coloradans have received at least one vaccine dose, and 37% are considered fully immune. France said hospitalizations have increased more than 75% over the past three weeks, with the majority of cases coming from the unvaccinated population between the ages of 40 and 60.
Mayors Want Climate-Change Relocation Input
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has joined other mayors in requesting that President Joe Biden include them in future conversations about how to resettle people displaced due to climate change. Biden issued an executive order Feb. 4 ordering national security adviser Jake Sullivan to issue a report by August on how to identify and resettle people who are directly affected by climate change. The Associated Press reports that the mayor’s letter was sent Thursday, the same day Biden’s administration assembled a summit of world leaders to discuss taking action to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Currently, no nation offers protection to people displaced because of climate change.
More Charges for Alleged King Soopers Shooter
The shooter accused of killing 10 people at the Boulder King Soopers grocery store is now facing 43 new counts, including allegations he had a large-capacity magazine. Boulder District Attorney Michael Dougherty announced the new charges at a news briefing Thursday. Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa was initially charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder in the March 22 shooting. The new counts are mostly related to additional victims who were previously unnamed in court records. Many of those victims are police officers who responded to the shooting.
Shaping Boulder’s Parks & Rec Master Plan
The City of Boulder wants public input to shape future needs of parks, recreation and facility needs. The master plan that oversees those areas needs an update and after a first round of community engagement earlier this year, the city has crafted questions that will be asked during the next round of input. An online survey is available through May 9. There will also be a virtual open house about the master plan next month. You can find out more by going to bouldercolorado.gov and clicking on the Parks and Recreation tab.
Cameron Peak Fire Conditions Improve
Good news from the U.S. Drought Monitor this week. Cameron Peak in Larimer County where the Cameron Peak Fire burned for months last summer and fall now has no dry conditions. Heavy snow over the last month has helped improve conditions in the area, and across Colorado. The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control said Colorado’s snowpack remains below its median average, at 75% of normal, though it did get a boost the last two months. The Denver area and the foothills snowpack is right now at 100% of normal.