TODAY: Government, ski area reopen; Manning responds to Irsay

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1. Obama signs bill reopening government, furloughed employees back to work

President Barack Obama signed the bill early Thursday morning that reopened the government and raised the debt ceiling, officially ending the 16-day shutdown. The good news: Furloughed employees head back to work Thursday. The bad news: The deal is only a temporary fix.

2. Lamborn only Colorado lawmaker to vote against debt deal

In the end, all but one member of the Colorado congressional delegation voted in support of the legislation to re-open the government and avoid a potentially catastrophic default on the nation’s debts. That man was Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs.

3. Udall, Bennet bill raising cap on flood relief included in debt limit deal

The main pillars of the deal to end the shutdown will fund the government at tight levels through Jan. 15, and raise the debt ceiling in February. But the deal also includes legislation sponsored by Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet to lift a federal cap on disaster relief for the Colorado floods.

4. Stenographer snaps, rants on House floor

Amid all the chaos of the last-minute deal in Washington, there was an unusual moment on the House floor moments after the bill passed. A House stenographer and well-known employee calmly took to a microphone and began screaming.

5. Warning about coyotes after Longmont man attacked by pack

A Longmont man was attacked by a pack of coyotes while he walked to work early Monday morning. He was able to fend off the attack, but Parks and Wildlife officials called the news more troubling evidence that coyotes are getting too comfortable around humans.

6. Loveland ski area opens on Thursday

Loveland became the second Colorado ski area to fire up its chairlifts on Thursday morning, effectively opening just a couple trails that will create a top-to-bottom run that’s just over a mile long.

7. CDOT: 120 bridges damaged by Colorado flooding

The Colorado Department of Transportation has completed its review of 491 bridges affected by widespread flooding in the state last month and has determined that 120 need repairs.

8. Court docs reveal alleged domestic violence in Berthoud police scandal

Court documents reveal more about the woman who released a video tape allegedly showing a Berthoud officer beating a child. Several Berthoud residents who are defending the suspended officer say the documents detail a vindictive motive behind the woman’s decision to release the tape.

9. Peyton Manning puts war of words with Colts owner Jim Irsay to bed

A war of words boiled over this week between Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, several Denver Broncos and most of the state of Colorado. And it was all about Peyton Manning, the former Colt and current Bronco. Manning spoke with the media Wednesday, effectively ending the sparring match.

10. Two convicted murderers mistakenly freed from Florida prison

It appears Colorado isn’t the only prison system having issues with releasing convicted felons early. As of Thursday morning, the state of Florida was asking for help in locating two former prison inmates that they realized should still be current inmates.

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