🌱 Underground Fire Warning + Pro Shoplifters + Free Masks

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Happy Thursday, neighbors! Here's what you need to know about what's happening in and around town today.

Thursday's weather: Colder with a little snow. High: 29 Low: 18.

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Here are the top stories today in Boulder:

  1. Underground mine fire was long considered imminent hazard. A federal official warned in 2005 that the potential existed for future fires and urged the City of Boulder to come up with a plan to maintain and monitor the area. (9News)

  2. CU Researchers study how smells are processed in the brain and influence behavior. Understanding how the brain translates smells into behavior change can help advance search and rescue technology and treatments for neurological conditions. (CU Today)

  3. State lawmakers are hoping to crack down on professional shoplifters. Organized retail crime syndicates have found a modern-day pawnshop with online platforms. State lawmakers say the Amazon's of the world are making it too easy for them. (CBS4)

  4. Omicron immunity possible by mid-February. Colorado is still seeing extraordinarily high levels of coronavirus transmission and hospitalizations. Pandemic models indicate that the epidemic curve will likely keep dropping over the next few weeks. (CPR)

  5. Free KN95 Mask Program. The State of Colorado’s ongoing efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and assist in the mitigation of virus spread, will offer KN95 and surgical-grade masks for free at public libraries and other community sites across the state that have agreed to be local redistribution points. (Boulder Library)

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Today in Boulder:

  • BCPH Cross-Industry Support Session: Boulder Chamber. (1 p.m.)

  • Thursday Musical Storytime: Boulder Public Library. (4 p.m.)

  • Online Conversations in English: Thursday Evenings. (6 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Boulder Mountainbike Alliance Update: Learn more about the Marshall Fire damage to Marshall Mesa and the expected late February reopening date from the City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks. (BMA)

  • 40th Anniversary Memorial of the Boulder Fire-Rescue Training Incident. Jan. 26, 2022 marked the 40th anniversary of the training incident that took the lives of William J. Duran and Scott L. Smith. The Smith and Duran tragedy changed live fire training standards nationwide.(Boulder)

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That's it for today. See you all tomorrow morning for another edition of the Boulder Daily! — Brad K. Evans

This article originally appeared on the Boulder Patch

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