TODAY: Aron Ralston in court, Broncos cruise, warming temps
1. Famed amputee hiker Aron Ralston in Denver court Monday
Aron Ralston, the hiker who became famous after he was forced to cut off his own arm to escape from beneath a boulder, was arrested in Denver early Sunday, and was due in court Monday on a pair of charges.
2. At least 1 more day of freezing temps before warm up
A few flurries were flying Monday morning, but both the light flakes and the below-freezing temperatures were expected to come to an end this week. Some sooner than others.
3. Ice jam creates flooding in Golden RV Park
The Clear Creek RV park in Golden looks like most of Colorado in the winter, blanketed in snow and ice. But those who live here say it’s turning into a flood zone of sorts, with water levels rising and freezing quickly over the weekend.
4. Xcel restores natural gas to most in Boulder County
Xcel Energy slowly but steadily restored natural gas to about 7,286 customers in Boulder County on Sunday, who spent two frigid nights without it. As of Monday morning, Xcel said anyone still without service should get in touch with the energy company.
5. Rare winter weather also slamming rest of U.S.
Flights are canceled, cars are piling up in icy crashes, and millions are stranded — many at home, others along roads. And this isn’t just typical winter fare slamming Colorado. It’s part of a rare pattern walloping virtually the entire United States at once.
6. Manning and the Broncos put Tennessee Titans on ice, 51-28
Peyton Manning can’t play in the cold. At least, that’s been the narrative for much of this season. But as the Denver Broncos quarterback carved up the Tennessee Titans’ defense for 397 yards and four touchdowns Sunday afternoon despite temperatures below 20 degrees, many naysayers were eating crow.
7. Fourteen people arrested in Northern Colorado meth raids
During a weekend operation that was months in the planning, several law enforcement agencies came together to seize more than 2.25 pounds of meth, more than $30,000 in cash, 11 firearms, heroin, psilocybin mushrooms and marijuana from a Larimer County drug distribution ring.
8. Twin Tunnels project adds a lane to I-70 eastbound
Good news for motorists heading out of the Colorado mountains: The newly-widened eastbound I-70 tunnel near Idaho Springs opened over the weekend.
9. Cancer patient turns model for Colorado fashion show
Cancer doesn’t have to put all of your life’s dreams on hold. That’s the message from 14-year-old cancer patient Dakota Kisling or Lakewood will be delivering from the “Just Be” fashion show runway this week.
10. Struggling dad finds $50K in bonds with X-Mas tree, searching for owner
Last week, a struggling single dad in Florida opened a sealed box that he found in a junk yard three years ago. He thought it contained an artifical Christmas tree. He was shocked to find $50,000 in U.S. bonds. Now he’s staying in the Christmas spirit and trying to find the bonds’ rightful owners.AlertMe