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Some much-needed moisture could be headed our way on Tuesday as a thirsty Denver will cool slightly from a near-record high on Monday.
A potent storm will bring active weather to the area today and tonight. Across the plains, there will be high fire danger then it will turn cooler with rain showers/storms and strong winds in the afternoon/evening. Snow and strong winds will impact travel in the mountains. #COwx pic.twitter.com/aDQT23bkYl
— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) October 26, 2021
According to the National Weather Service in Boulder, Tuesday will be an active weather day across Colorado. Denver should reach a high of 70 degrees with winds gusting near 35 mph. While initially partly cloudy, a 50% chance of precipitation comes into the picture after lunchtime. The chance of rain lasts into the night when temperatures will dip to 36 degrees.
There are also critical fire danger conditions out on the plains due to the warm, dry and windy weather. While the mountains will start to see snow in the morning that lasts through the evening. The highest snow totals should be in the Park and Gore ranges. Slick conditions are possible in the high country.
Denver badly needs some rain on Tuesday; the city has only officially received 1.78 inches since June 1, as measured at the airport. At a Central Park measuring station, rainfall has been recorded at 3.08 inches since June 1, still dry enough to put Denver into drought conditions.
[5:10AM 10/26] Current radar shows precipitation entering western Colorado. This precip has lightning and strong winds up to 50 mph associated with it. As it moves eastward, it will bring snow and poor travel conditions to the higher mountain passes during the day today. #COwx pic.twitter.com/kDzV5p4Htc
— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) October 26, 2021
The wind will hang around into Wednesday, with gusts again near 35 mph. Denver should hit a high of 58 degrees under the sun before cooling to 32 degrees overnight.
Thursday is expected to be sunny as the mercury rises to 63 degrees and falls to 36 degrees at night.
Friday and Saturday could have highs in the 70s.
By LARRY NEUMEISTER and TOM HAYS
NEW YORK (AP) — A longtime pilot for Jeffrey Epstein told a jury Tuesday at Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial that he never saw evidence of sexual activity on planes as he flew his boss and others — including a prince and ex-presidents — for nearly three decades.
Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr., the trial’s first witness, was responding to questions by a defense lawyer when he acknowledged that he never encountered sexual activity aboard two jets he piloted for roughly 1,000 trips between 1991 and 2019.
He said he stayed in the cockpit for the majority of flights, but would sometimes emerge to go to the bathroom or get coffee.
Although he was called as a witness by the government, Visoski’s testimony seemed to aid the defense of Maxwell as he answered questions posed by Maxwell attorney Christian Everdell about what he saw when he straightened up the aircraft after a flight.
Visoski didn’t hesitate when Everdell asked him if he ever saw sexual activity when he went for coffee or found sex toys when he cleaned up.
“Never,” the pilot answered to both questions. He said he never saw used condoms either.
And when he was asked if he ever saw sex acts with underage females, he answered: “Absolutely not.”
The pilot said Epstein never warned him to stay in the cockpit during flights and also encouraged him to use a bathroom near the rear of the plane that would require him to walk past the plane’s couches.
He said he never saw any children on his planes who were not accompanied by their parents.
When Everdell asked him about a teenager who prosecutors say was sexually abused by Epstein before she became an adult, Visoski said he believed she was “mature” when he was introduced to her.
He also acknowledged that Clinton was a passenger on a few flights in the 2000s and he had piloted planes with Britain’s Prince Andrew, the late U.S. Sen. John Glenn of Ohio — the first American to orbit Earth — and former presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, “more than once.”
Visoski said Epstein gave him 40 acres of land to build a house on the financier’s New Mexico property and paid for his daughters’ college education.
Epstein’s plane was derisively nicknamed “The Lolita Express” by some in the media after allegations emerged that he had used it to fly teenage girls to his private island, his New Mexico ranch and his New York City townhouse.
Flight records, made public as part of civil litigation, also showed that Epstein had used the plane to fly celebrities, influential academics and politicians around the globe.
Luminaries who flew with Epstein have had to beat back speculation that their presence on the flights meant they must have been aware of the millionaire’s crimes. Clinton, like others who took rides from Epstein, has said he was unaware of any misconduct.
Maxwell, 59, traveled for decades in circles that put her in contact with accomplished and wealthy people before her July 2020 arrest.
Asked by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maurene Comey where Maxwell stood in the hierarchy of Epstein’s world, Visoski said Maxwell “was the Number 2.” He added that “Epstein was the big Number 1.”
The testimony supports what Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Pomerantz told jurors in her opening statement Monday when she said Epstein and Maxwell were “partners in crime.”
Pomerantz said Maxwell recruited and groomed girls for Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to at least 2004.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty and one of her lawyers said in an opening statement Monday that she’s being made a scapegoat for Epstein, who killed himself in his Manhattan jail cell at age 66 in August 2019 as he awaited a sex trafficking trial.
Visoski testified briefly on Monday before beginning Tuesday on the witness stand.
Arc’teryx is venturing out of its Cherry Creek space.
The 3,500 square feet the Vancouver-based outdoor apparel and gear company occupies at 250 Columbine St. is being marketed for lease, according to materials obtained by BusinessDen.
Arc’teryx did not confirm when it plans to move out of its only Denver retail store.
“Our team is still in the midst of finalizing details for this location, but we are committed to having an Arc’teryx location in Denver,” a spokesperson told BusinessDen.
Brokers Kelly Greene and Pete Pavlakis with Legend Partners are marketing the space.
Arc’teryx, which was founded in 1989 as a brand for climbers, sells apparel such as insulated jackets and vests along with climbing gear like harnesses and chalk bags. Its logo and name refers to Archaeopteryx, one of the first birds.
Arc’teryx opened the Cherry Creek store in 2018. The company also recently signed a lease for a store in Boulder on Pearl Street, which has yet to open. It has an outlet in Castle Rock and a “Backcountry Experience” store in Durango.
The retailer recently got a new landlord in Cherry Creek. Texas-based Crescent Real Estate paid $82.75 million in August to buy the eight-story building at 200 Columbine St. and the retail space in the 250 Columbine condo complex from Denver-based Western Development Group, according to public records.
ST. LOUIS – There is still confusion over whether a mask mandate continues to exist in St. Louis County.
That after no final rulings were made this morning by the Judge overseeing the controversial St. Louis County mask mandate court case.
Judge Ellen “Nellie” Ribaudo held about a half-hour hearing with lawyers for Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and attorneys for St. Louis County.
A key issue in the hearing was the impact of a ruling last week by Cole County Judge Daniel Green that bars local governing bodies from imposing COVID-19 health orders like mask mandates.
We’re told the ruling does not officially go into effect until later in December.
An attorney for St. Louis County, Neal Perryman, said county officials are still working through the ruling.
Perryman conceded that county officials took the masking order off the county website following the ruling by Judge Green and that the St. Louis County masking order could now be moot.
But Perryman would not go so far as to say that a mask mandate no longer exists in St. Louis County.
An attorney for Missouri Attorney General’s office, Jeff Johnson, argued it’s not enough that the order was taken down from the website because St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page said just yesterday that the mask mandate was still in effect in St. Louis County.
A spokesperson for AG Schmitt says Schmitt wants a preliminary injunction officially ending the second St. Louis County mask mandate announced by County Executive Dr. Sam Page back in September.
Officials with the AG’s office have filed a lawsuit contending the mandate is illegal under state law.
Judge Ribaudo set another meeting for December 9th so that attorneys on both sides could meet and try to work out the various issues that are still outstanding.
Meanwhile, the latest COVID numbers from the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force show local cases rising again.
The seven-day moving average of hospital admissions is at 48. The Task Force wants that number below 40.
The total number of COVID patients hospitalized is nearly 400. Earlier this month there were just above 250. 82 confirmed COVID patients are now in ICUs.
Less than three weeks ago that number was 53. And there are now 52 confirmed COVID patients on ventilators. Two weeks ago there were just 32.
Tragically 10 more people died from COVID in the latest numbers.
That has pushed our region into double-digit COVID deaths in a single day for the first time in more than two months.
The Pandemic Task Force is expected to address the latest COVID developments later today.
The mask mandate controversy is also on the agenda for tonight’s St. Louis County Council meeting.
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