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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February 27, 2020 | NPR · In a few short years, Scotland has turned periods from a stigmatized subject to a selling point. The bill takes aim at “period poverty”: when girls and women struggle to access menstrual products.
 

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February 27, 2020 | FA · Axios reporter Jonathan Swan says the president has “crossed a psychological line” since impeachment, developing a list of disloyal officials to oust — and suggesting loyalists to replace them.
 

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February 27, 2020 | NPR · Ken Liu is an acclaimed author, translator and poet who’s won multiple awards for his short fiction. But his new collection doesn’t come together — some stories are gorgeous, while others fall flat.
 

February 27, 2020 | NPR · NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to Danny Cho, a stand-up comic born and raised in LA who has achieved moderate success in American comedy. He’s moving to Seoul to try to make it as a Korean-language comic.
 

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February 27, 2020 | NPR · In the decades before World War I, French artists began painting scenes of ordinary life — on the street, at work, at home, in clubs and cafes. Their work elevated common acts into fine art.
 

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February 27, 2020 | NPR · NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly talks to the pop superstar and former One Direction member about the creative and commercial pressure behind making his sophomore album.
 

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February 27, 2020 | NPR · The latest video, from the young master of funk’s forthcoming new album, finds him unlucky in love — until the titular headcovering intervenes.
 

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