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AM Round-Up: Drought conference hears from experience; CSPD offers reward for Waldo Canyon fire info; Chimney Rock to be designated National Monument
This year’s stubborn drought and the changing climate will have serious consequences for Colorado’s multi-billion dollar recreation and farming industries, as well as the state’s forests that have seen severe, unnaturally large wildfires recently. Those are just two of the takeaways from a two-day statewide drought conference that wrapped up yesterday in Denver…
Colorado Springs police are offering a reward for information regarding the start of the Waldo Canyon fire. An anonymous donor gave the police 100,000 dollars for a reward fund, and the money will be distributed based on tips that lead to identification and possible arrests. Officials announced earlier this month the fire was human-caused, but they had no suspects. At that time, they also said they weren’t sure if the start of the blaze was accidental or intentional.
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Chandler Sanchez, Chair of the All Indian Pueblo Council and others are expected in southwestern Colorado today to celebrate Chimney Rock, which is set to be designated as a National Monument.