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 22, 2017 | NPR · In the Civil War’s waning years, African-Americans trying to find lost loved ones used classified ads in newspapers. More than 900 of these notices are now accessible via an online database.
 

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February 22, 2017 | NPR · The governor of North Dakota had set Wednesday as the evacuation deadline for the largest protest camp. The Trump administration is allowing the pipeline to be built, despite the protests.
 

February 22, 2017 | NPR · On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security released two memos laying out the Trump administration’s plans for detaining and deporting more people. The changes in policy could affect millions.
 

Arts & Life

February 22, 2017 | NPR · The Mall of America, located in Bloomington, Minn., is the largest mall in the United States, and it is now looking for a writer-in-residence.
 

February 22, 2017 | NPR · Late night TV shows heavy on sharp satire of President Donald Trump are scoring well in the ratings. NPR takes a look at the phenomenon.
 

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February 22, 2017 | FA · Set amid the political swirl of late ’60s Chicago, Emil Ferris’ graphic novel debut reflects on race, class, gender and the holocaust. Critic John Powers says readers won’t want to put it down.
 

Music

February 22, 2017 | NPR · There’s a country music band based in Istanbul with Syrians and Americans. Their latest tune is about President Trump’s immigration order.
 

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February 22, 2017 | NPR · The late Van Cliburn won a piano competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War. Today, pianists competing in an event named after Cliburn hold a certain reverence for the man and the moment.
 

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February 22, 2017 | WXPN · With an army of strings backing up heavy lyrics, the Danish songwriter’s session might just give you the shivers.
 

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