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Denver Weather: Scattered Showers, Few Storms Expected This Afternoon

DENVER (CBS4) – A new weather system will move into Colorado today and it will bring another shot for mountain snow along with showers and a few thunderstorms in Denver and on the eastern plains. If the showers last long enough we could even see a brief change to snow on the Palmer Divide.

There are no weather advisories in effect if you have plans to travel around the state today. Snow totals in the high country will amount to just a few inches.

Monday could start off with some patchy fog and low clouds along and east of Interstate 25 as this area of low pressure moves away. High pressure will quickly take over by Monday afternoon with plenty of sunshine statewide.

Tuesday and Wednesday will feature very mild temperatures for this time of year with highs in Denver, for instance, climbing into the 70 degree range. That will be the warmest weather since last October.

Things will change again by the upcoming weekend with a cool down and the potential for more rain and snow.

Two Fort Carson Soldiers, One From Colorado, Killed In Afghanistan

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Two soldiers deployed from the Fort Carson Army Base died from wounds sustained Friday during combat in the Kunduz Province of Afghanistan, the U. S. Department of Defense announced Saturday. Sgt. 1st Class Will D. Lindsay, 33, of Cortez, Colo., and Spc. Joseph P. Collette, 29, of Lancsater, Ohio, passed away.

Sgt. Lindsay was a member of the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) from Fort Carson. Spc. Collette was assigned to base’s 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group.

Spc. Joseph P. Collette (credit: Fort Carson Army Base)

The DOD did not provide details of the incident other than to say the pair was among the American military supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. But a press release from Fort Carson stated Collette’s unit “encountered enemy fire.”

Fort Carson (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

Both Fort Carson and the Department of Defense said the incident is under investigation. The Army’s Special Operation Command had not yet released a photo of Sgt. Lindsay due to the nature of his Special Forces position.

RELATED: Presidential Candidate John Hickenlooper On Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal: ‘Sooner The Better’

King Soopers Makes Another Offer To Union Amid Strike Talks

DENVER (CBS4) – Negotiations between King Soopers and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union 7 resumed on Saturday. The union was prepared to strike after their vote to strike passed earlier this month.

King Soopers’ current offer invests $117.5 million in wages, healthcare and pension benefits over a three-year term.

For a full-time checker with 4 years of service, that means:
• Current wage $18.41 an hour
• 2019 +.35 cents = $18.76
• 2020 +.35 cents = $19.11
• 2021 +.35 cents = $19.46

King Soopers/City Market’s offer also includes incremental contributions for healthcare and pension:
• Plus Healthcare at $3.98 per hour = $23.44
• Plus Pension at $1.60 per hour = $25.04

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“We have offered a contract that respects our associates by significantly investing in their total compensation and seeks zero concessions,” said Dennis Gibson, president of King Soopers and City Market.

The union posted on their Facebook page saying the most recent offer fails to address basic concerns of workers.

The union represents about 12,000 King Soopers and City Market employees. Both parties have been trying to agree on a new union contract since December.

Colorado Agencies & Groups Celebrate National Puppy Day

DENVER (CBS4) – Multiple agencies across Colorado — law enforcement to ski areas — celebrated National Puppy Day on Saturday.

Lakewood police showed off some of their K9s who are now “big boys.”

Colorado Springs Police shared in the love, too.

A-Basin created a Facebook photo album showing off their furry friends.

Ava the avalanche dog at Breckenridge Ski Resort looked like she was having a great day.

Loveland, with their famous snow dog, Parker, also celebrated the special day.

Colorado’s ‘Boom Supersonic’ & Alabama Firm Team Up To Build New Aircraft

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama firm is partnering with a Colorado company to build a manufacturing facility that would produce supersonic aircraft.

Hoar Program Management of Birmingham will help locate, plan, design and build the facility for Boom Supersonic, which is planning a supersonic commercial airliner for transoceanic routes, the news site Al.com reported.

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Colorado-based Boom Supersonic was founded in 2014, and has announced pre-orders of the Overture from airlines including Japan Airlines and Virgin Group, the Alabama news site reported.

“They were looking for a partner,” HPM President Mike Lanier said. “We’re humbled by the fact that we’re being brought in this early to help them establish who they are.”

The Overture is described as a supersonic commercial airliner with travel speeds more than twice as fast as subsonic aircraft. Boom is now assembling the XB-1, a Mach-2.2 supersonic demonstrator aircraft. That aircraft’s test flights will help refine the design of Overture, Al.com reported.

Boom expects to pick a site for its manufacturing facility by year’s end. HPM has partnered with Site Selection Group to choose a location for the manufacturing plant, and a shortlist of about 10 to 15 airports for the site is being developed, Lanier said.

“Supersonic aircraft have different needs than a normal aircraft,” Lanier said. “That’s in terms of length of runway and proximity to supersonic test space, so that limits the options.”

In Colorado, Boom has a full-time team of more than 130 employees and anticipates doubling its staff over the next year, Al.com reported. To accommodate the assembly of XB-1 and development of Overture, Boom recently relocated to a large facility in Centennial, Colorado, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) southeast of Denver.

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A-Basin Announces Military/Senior Pass For Next Season

KEYSTONE, Colo. (CBS4) – A-Basin announced military and senior passes for the 2019-2020 season are now for sale. The military pass is offered to active duty and retired service members, veterans and their dependents.

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The military pass is priced at $129 for adults through April 30. That price goes up to $199 on May 1. The same pass for children ages 6-14 starts at $99 and increases to $149 on May 1.

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The senior pass also starts at $129 and increases to $199 on May 1.

Earlier this month, A-Basin announced it separated from Vail Resorts. Details about a possible partnership in the future have not been released.

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“At this time, there are no new partnerships to announce. In the coming months the ski area will be discussing opportunities with several resorts and resort group,” the ski area stated in a news release.

2019-20 military and senior season pass details:
• No blackout dates at A-Basin
• Unlimited discounted single-day lift tickets for friends and family
• 10 percent off food and beverage (some exclusions apply)
• 10 percent off retail purchases at Arapahoe Sports
• Unlimited discounted ski or snowboard tunes in the Crystal One Base ‘n’ Edge Tune Shop
• Three (3) ski days at Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico during the 2019-20 season
• 50 percent off one half-day, morning lesson with the A-Basin Snowsports School (military passes, only)

A-Basin has not announced pricing details for their Elevation 4 Any Day Pass.

The ski area plans to stay open until June 2.

LINK: A-Basin 2019-20 Season Pass Information

State’s Cops Watchful Of Seat Belt Infractions By Rural Drivers

DENVER (CBS4) — Law enforcement agencies across Colorado will conduct targeted enforcement of seat belt use starting Monday, focusing on drivers in the state’s rural areas.

The “Click It or Ticket” campaign, coordinated between the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Colorado State Patrol and local police departments and sheriff’s offices, will last six days.

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According to CDOT, about 72 percent of Colorado’s drivers were using their seat belts in 2002 when the first “Click It or Ticket” enforcement period was initiated. Last year, that rate had increased to 86 percent. But that is still below the national average of 90 percent.

Seat belt usage is more lax in rural areas. But the consequences are move severe, too, for accident victims in those areas, according to authorities.

“Hospitals are often few and far between in rural areas, so emergency vehicles have more distance to travel to help those involved in serious crashes,” said Col. Matthew Packard, CSP’s chief.

During last year’s spring enforcement period, 1,279 citations were issued to drivers in the state’s rural communities.

There are three “Click It or Ticket” enforcement periods each year.

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“One of CDOT’s core values is safety, and seat belt use is crucial to keeping drivers and passengers safe on the roads,” said Darrell Lingk, director of CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety. “We hope the Click It or Ticket rural campaign will encourage people to buckle up, especially in areas with the most opportunity to increase usage rates and save lives.”

In 2018, 410 people died in passenger vehicle accidents statewide, per CDOT’s statistics. More than half (215) were unbuckled.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office stated in a press release Friday it received grant money to staff increased patrols in mountain communities – such as the Bergen Park area, downtown Evergreen, and Conifer – for its part of the enforcement effort.

Fines for not buckling up in Colorado start at $65, and parents or caregivers caught with an improperly restrained child can receive a minimum fine of $82.

Click It or Ticket is a nationwide campaign created by the Natioinal Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Law Enforcement Honor Memory Of Firefighter & CDOT Employee

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Law enforcement agencies from across the state honored a fallen Colorado Department of Transportation employee on Saturday. Eric Hill died while at a construction zone exactly a week ago.

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Hill also worked as a firefighter with the Gypsum and Greater Eagle Fire Departments. He was killed after being hit by a front end loader. An investigation is underway.

RELATED: Gypsum Honors Firefighter Eric Hill Killed In CDOT Accident

Agencies traveled in a procession starting at a CDOT maintenance yard on Highway 6. They then traveled eastbound to Eagle and ended at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

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Gypsum Fire, CDOT, Colorado State Patrol and several other agencies took part.

A memorial service followed at The Eagle River Center where the public was invited to remember Hill.

More information from CDOT:

Mr. Hill was with Gypsum Fire Protection District for 19 years as a volunteer and paid Lieutenant and EMT-B. He also served as a Lieutenant with Greater Eagle Fire Protection District. A lifelong native of Gypsum, Mr. Hill graduated in 1986 from Eagle Valley High School. He served in the United States Air Force for four years. He is survived by his wife, Cissy, two grown children, Kasie Reynolds-Vasquez and Tyler Dohman, and a nine-year-old son, Brodie Hill, as well as two granddaughters. Mr. Hill worked as a Transportation Maintenance employee in Gypsum.