Good morning Custer County and our friends on the web – This is the Wet Mountain Wake Up Call for today, Monday, May 10th, 2021.
• Today’s National Weather Service forecast calls for cloudy skies and an 80% chance of rain and snow. Highs 48 to 53. Southwest winds around 10 mph. Overnight, cloudy again with maybe an inch of snow. Lows near 30.
• Due to recent weather, our snowpack in the Arkansas River Basin is currently 52% above normal. There’s perhaps 13 inches of water sitting up there waiting to melt. Grape Creek is flowing at 125 gallons per second from Lake DeWeese, which is about 78% of what we normally have on any given May 10th.
• According to CDPHE’s ArcGIS database, Custer County has updated its historical total of COVID cases to 197, up 7 positive cases from this time last week. 75 people have sought COVID testing this week. These variables bring our 7-day positivity rate to 9.3%, (orange) and our 7-day population-adjusted incidence rate is at 138 per 100k persons (yellow). CDPHE reports Custer County has logged its first known case of the B.1.1.7 COVID variant – the one associated with the United Kingdom. The public Health agency has not reported vaccination numbers since April 22nd, but in our state, 1 in 2.7 have had their 1st vaccine and 1 in 2.1 have had their second!
• Today we have 4 items in the Community Calendar!
o Tomorrow at 6:00pm there will be a town hall forum held about the proposed $17 million dollar justice center at the Rancher’s Roost.
o The Westcliffe Bridge Club is re-starting its meetings in the library’s community room on June 1st at 1:00 PM and will continue every Tuesday. If you’d like to join in, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Novice players can come and observe, and lessons can be arranged.
o Grab-n-go lunches and Meals on Wheels are available today at the Custer County senior center. Call 783-9508 before 9:30 am to reserve today’s box which contains: Black bean tortilla casserole, steamed brown rice, whipped sweet potatoes, and some mixed fruit.
o Alcoholics Anonymous has its closed meeting tonight at 6pm at St. Luke’s Church on 3rd Street. If you need directions, call Martha at 371-1853.
• Beginning this week, you may hear or see heavy aircraft cruising the Sangres. Residents along the Front Range may see low-flying C-130 aircraft and interagency firefighting planes. Members of the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing and the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing will be hosting firefighting certifications. Training drops will consist of water only, over the Pike-San Isabel National Forest. The main drop sites will be located about 15 miles south of Florence on the northern slope of the Wet Mountains.
That’s been all for your Wet Mountain Wake up Call – We are standing by to hear about local news tips at email@example.com.
Stay tuned for Feature Story News next. This afternoon, check out Deborah K. on Rocking the Range at noon, followed by Soul Jam with Joanie Liebman at 2:00pm and Steve Miller serves up the Celtic jams at 4:00pm. Thanks for listening to the radio station that listens to you! KLZR 91.7 FM in Westcliffe, Colorado.