No growth on the fire today, and it’s now 30% contained. Mop-up is underway.

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Homes with Highway 83 address that have direct access off Hwy 83 are now on pre-evacuation status. El Paso County Public Health is opening what it’s calling a Public Health Convenience Center for water testing kits, tetanus vaccinations, and public health information.

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U.S. 50 has reopened, and all evacuated residents are allowed home. Officials say those residents will remain on a pre-evacuation notice, pending fire conditions. The Royal Gorge Tourist Train can begin running again, once the railway determines they’re ready. River access on the closed sections of the Arkansas River will be re-evaluated on Friday. Containment of the fire is listed at 40%.

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The Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management is offering another round of free sandbags today to residents affected by potential flooding, starting at 5 PM.

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Colorado’s elected officials have issued statements regarding today’s school shooting in Connecticut. Click inside for statements from Governor Hickenlooper, as well as a statement from Colorado’s Congressional Delegation.

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This Saturday, sandbags will be distributed free of charge to residents who could be affected by flooding in aftermath of the Waldo Canyon fire. Click for the full press release.

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As cyclists prepare to race into Colorado Springs Friday, some road closures are already taking effect. Click on this post for information regarding road closures due to the USA Pro Challenge.

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Colorado Springs’ Office of Emergency Management is hosting a resident preparedness meeting Thursday evening, focusing on updated information and current flood related issues. Read more for the full press release.

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News

January 31, 2015 | NPR · The SITE Intelligence group has acquired the footage that appears to show the execution of the Japanese journalist a week after a second Japanese hostage was killed by the group.
 

January 31, 2015 | NPR · For the first time, the extremist group acknowledges its defeat earlier this week in the heavily contested Syrian border town.
 

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January 31, 2015 | NPR · Libya was hopeful after Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown, but today it’s a nation torn apart, with two competing governments in two different cities, each with its own parliament and military.
 

Arts & Life

January 31, 2015 | NPR · Who says a beheaded man can’t still be head of state? NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with British journalist, author and TV host Andrew Marr about his novel, Head of State.
 

January 31, 2015 | NPR · Poet Rod McKuen was loved by millions but mocked by literary critics. He died this week at age 81.
 

January 31, 2015 | NPR · Acclaimed writer Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snickett, drew criticism last year for a racist comment at a literary event. NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with Handler about his new novel, We Are Pirates.
 

Music

Courtesy of the Revenant Archives
January 31, 2015 | NPR · Music was an afterthought for Paramount Records, a short-lived label founded by a furniture company. But in its final years, it gave vital exposure to the artists who would come to define Delta blues.
 

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January 31, 2015 | NPR · Krall’s new album is a collection of songs she first heard on vinyl, from The Mamas & the Papas to the Eagles. She discusses getting know the originals and sharing music with her twin sons.
 

January 30, 2015 | NPR · Named after the mosquito-borne disease, LA’s band Dengue Fever combines psychedelic rock with Cambodian pop. For over a decade, the six member band have managed to stay relevant by sticking to this offbeat idea and introducing new sounds.
 

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