Friday Newscast, 2/14/2020, 5:32 p.m.

Feb 14, 2020

Newscast for Friday, February 14, 2020, 5:32 p.m.

After a very dry January, much of Colorado has seen more snow in the last couple weeks. Snowpack statewide is above average - at 116 percent. And while that plays an important role in reducing drought, experts say the state is far from drought-free. Meteorologist Rich Tinker is with the National Weather Serviceā€¦

Research shows gun sales in Colorado have dropped for the third consecutive year and experts suspect a correlation to which political party is leading the country. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation conducted 335,370 backgrounds checks in 2019. That's a 1.4% decrease compared to the year before. Department officials say the state does not track the number of firearms sold so background checks are used to calculate totals. Experts say data suggests sales tend to increase under Democratic presidents and decrease under Republican leadership. Experts also say legislation at both the state and federal level can also affect sales.

Colorado College is marking the construction of Robson [robe-son] Arena tomorrow (Saturday 2/15) with a groundbreaking ceremony. The facility is one of two down-town multipurpose sports venues planned as part of the Colorado Springs City for Champions initiative. The space will eventually host all CC hockey home games, but also other events. The venue is expected to open next year. Colorado College is 91.5 KRCC's licensee.