The Sunriser | Colorado dairy cow flu outbreak is the worst in the country

The Sunriser | Colorado dairy cow flu outbreak is the worst in the country

The Sunriser | Colorado dairy cow flu outbreak is the worst in the country

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Good morning and happy Tuesday!

It’s been less than two weeks since the official start of summer, but it already seems to be flying by. Last weekend, I hiked to Medano Lake on the lesser-known side of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in the rain (think Pacific Northwest vibes with lush forest and thick fog) and this weekend, I’m gearing up for a backpacking trip in Crested Butte, where I hope to hike trails filled with wildflowers.

There’s no shortage of beautiful places to explore in Colorado, and before you know it, we’ll be celebrating SunFest 2024, just as the seasons change. It will be a one-day event that brings Coloradans together to explore solutions to the state’s most pressing issues, from the outdoors and the environment to politics and education.

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And now, the news.

Dairy cattle feed on a farm near Vado, New Mexico, in March 2017. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

As of Monday afternoon, Colorado had identified 26 dairy herds with cases of bird flu. That makes Colorado’s bird flu outbreak the worst in the country, with more cases in the past month than in any other state. While the threat to humans remains very low, scientists fear the disease could mutate and become more dangerous to people. John Ingold reports.


A payroll delay has left 105 Front Range Community College instructors finding ways to stretch their already tight budgets, and some are still waiting to be paid for courses they’ve taught. Erica Breunlin I spoke to some of the instructors, who said this is not the first time they have wondered when they will receive their paycheck in their bank accounts.


Maybell technician Kelly Schilling shows off a milling machining center on Oct. 19, 2023, in Denver. (Olivia Sun, The Colorado Sun via Report for America)

Gov. Jared Polis announced Monday that Colorado has received a $40.5 million quantum technology grant from the federal government that will help make the state a global hub in the emerging field. That grant could attract billions of dollars in private and partnership investment to the field, which already employs thousands of people across the state. Michael Booth and Tamara Chuang have more.


A sign shows support for the coal industry on Nov. 19, 2021, in Craig. The Colorado town is losing its coal plant and residents fear it’s the beginning of the end for their community. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Moffat County and the city of Craig will soon receive $70 million under a settlement agreement with Tri-State, the utility that is closing the local power plant and the coal mines that supply it. The agreement falls short of the $118 million requested, but includes some water storage rights for the county. Marco Jaffe writes.


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The hot mic strikes again. Narrator/protagonist Brynn Cornell, a rising national television star whose public image leans toward her small-town roots, reveals her true, not-so-pleasant feelings about her Colorado mountain upbringing when she thinks she’s off the air. Bethany TurnerWinner of the 2024 Colorado Book Award in the romance category, this novel sets the stage for exile, redemption, and, of course, love.


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