GW CANYON OPEN TODAY
Glenwood Springs—Motorists got a pleasant surprise this morning from the Colorado Department of Transportation…Glenwood Canyon was not closed as scheduled. C-DOT crews were able to finish rockfall mitigation work during Wednesday’s 6-hour closure of I-70 sooner than expected thanks to favorable conditions. Officials say a Blackhawk Helicopter was able to safely fly in the canyon and deliver rockfall fencing materials. The project isn’t done yet however. Completion may require occasionally shutting down one lane on the westbound side.
COLORADO VOTERS TO CONSIDER MINIMUM WAGE HIKE
Denver—12 dollars an hour. That will be Colorado’s minimum wage by 2020 if voters approve a ballot measure in November. The measure was certified by Secretary of State Wayne Williams today as having the sufficient 98 thousand signatures to make statewide ballots. If approved, Colorado’s current minimum wage of $8.31 an hour would be gradually increased over the next four years. Colorado is one of five states asking voters to approve a minimum wage increase.
COLORADO WEST NILE VIRUS CASES
Denver—13 people have been diagnosed with West Nile virus this year and one person has died. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, people, animals and mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus in 14 counties both on the western slope and the front range. Last year, 101 people in Colorado tested positive for West Nile and three died. Symptoms can include fever, headache, vomiting, muscle aches, weakness, nausea and rash.