A strong cold front will move through Southern Colorado today. It will bring much colder temperatures (especially in the afternoon), strong wind, a few rain/snow showers, and blowing dust to Southern Colorado. Light snow accumulations and poor visibility will be possible for a time this afternoon and evening north of Colorado Springs and south/southwest of Pueblo. Blowing dust will be mostly likely on the Eastern Plains, where a Blowing Dust Advisory is in effect. Bottom-line, your Tuesday will feel (and look) a lot different than the past two days. Be prepared...
Workers who helped finish the cleanup of Rocky Flats more than a year ahead of time may have worked themselves out of health and pension benefits.
Because work at the former nuclear weapons plant was completed early, up to 70 employees haven't completed enough time to qualify for pensions or medical and life insurance.
Colorado Senators Wayne Allard and Ken Salazar introduced an amendment to a defense bill to allocate 15-million dollars to cover those workers.
But the U.S. Senate today killed it.
The government will save about 500-million dollars because the cleanup at Rocky Flats finished well ahead of the December 2006 deadline.
Allard says workers shouldn't have been penalized for getting the job done early.