Three Things You Need to Know on March 8th

March 8, 2019

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is getting a four-year prison sentence for tax fraud and bank fraud. He faced up to 24 years for the charges that came as part of the Special Counsel probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Manafort still has to be sentenced in another federal case next week. He faces up to a decade behind bars in that case. 

Today is International Women's Day.  The theme of the 111th annual celebration is #BalanceforBetter.  Organizers say the theme recognizes the desire of women around the world for balance in their lives and in society.  Events are scheduled in more than 35 cities across the U.S. 

Avalanche danger is at historic levels in the Colorado high country.  It's the first time four backcountry zones have been put into the extreme avalanche danger category since the ten-zone forecast format started more than a decade ago.  Slides shut down I-70 and other mountain roads yesterday, and CDOT is concerned about more snow expected today. Arapahoe Basin won't be firing up its lifts first thing this morning.  The ski area was closed yesterday due to avalanches in the high country.  Copper Mountain opened yesterday, but late and with limited access.  Breckenridge also closed some of its terrain.