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Trying to dodge Glenwood detour? Side routes not worth it, cops say

September 19, 2017 — Since the afternoon detour traffic got particularly chaotic in downtown last week, Glenwood Springs police will start holding traffic at Eighth Street and Cooper Avenue in an effort to keep the intersection clear and discourage afternoon detour drivers from taking Blake Avenue. Recently Glenwood has […]

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UPDATE: Public briefing on Tenderfoot 2 Fire near Dillon to be held tonight

September 19, 2017 — Firefighters and air resources on Tuesday continued efforts to suppress the Tenderfoot 2 Fire, located east of the town of Dillon. Monday afternoon, a multi-mission aircraft (MMA) from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control mapped the fire at approximately 21 acres, and it […]

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Mind Springs Health breaks ground on Grand Junction’s West Springs Hospital

September 19, 2017 — Mind Springs Health, the Western Slope’s largest provider of mental health treatment, broke ground on its new state-of-the-art West Springs Hospital in Grand Junction on Sept. 13. The $34 million facility — the only psychiatric hospital between Denver and Salt Lake City — will double […]

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Tenderfoot Fire near Dillon spreads to 21 acres; no evacuations yet

September 18, 2017 — A wildfire broke out near Dillon late Monday afternoon sending up a large plume of smoke and causing intermittent power outages, but the weather was favorable and limited its spread to roughly 21 acres by 6:30 p.m. Firefighters with Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue and the U.S. Forest […]

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Colorado ticket wins $133.2 million Powerball jackpot

September 18, 2017 — GRAND JUNCTION — A Powerball ticket sold in Grand Junction won the $133.2 million jackpot in Saturday’s drawing. Colorado Lottery officials say the ticket was purchased at the Lucky Me convenience store. Previously, the largest Powerball prize won in Colorado was $90 million won by […]

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Rifle Domino’s raises $5K for Shaw Lewis’ family

September 18, 2017 — Typically a wait of an hour-plus at Domino’s Pizza doesn’t sit well with customers, but on Monday night, valley residents were happy to do it in order to support a local family. “We only had one caller complain,” said Rifle Domino’s general manager Matt Richardson. […]

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RFTA’s draft budget proposes holding the line on valley’s bus fares in 2018

September 18, 2017 — Thousands of commuters who depend on the Roaring Fork Valley's public bus system will likely pay the same fares in 2018, according to the agency's first crack at a 2018 budget. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority draft budget assumes the fare structure will remain the […]

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Fort Collins family killed in plane crash north of Glenwood Springs identified

September 17, 2017 — Relatives of the four Fort Collins residents killed late Friday in a plane crash north of Glenwood Springs issued a statement Sunday identifying the family. The victims were Jeff Makepeace, 47, his wife, Jennifer, 45, and their 10-year-old twins, Addison and Benjamin. The family's dog […]

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Plane crash north of Glenwood Springs kills family of four

September 16, 2017 — Four people were killed in a private plane crash north of Glenwood Springs overnight. The Garfield County Sheriff's Office said it was notified early Saturday about the plane, which was flying from Fort Collins to Utah. Its last reported location was approximately 9 miles north […]

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Last month’s old Grand Avenue bridge collapse still under review

September 14, 2017 — State transportation officials continue to review an Aug. 15 incident in which a 64-year-old pier unexpectedly gave out during demolition of the southernmost section of the old Grand Avenue bridge. No one was injured and no property damage resulted when the 210-foot span of girders, […]

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Summit County, Forest Service share costs on Breckenridge’s Peak 2 Fire

September 13, 2017 — The suppression effort surrounding the July Peak 2 fire near Breckenridge ultimately totaled more than $2 million, and Summit County and the U.S. Forest Service are now close to terms on who will foot which parts of the bill. On Tuesday afternoon at its regular […]

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Hanging Lake plan to inform Glenwood Canyon management effort

September 13, 2017 — It’s not a question of if the Hanging Lake management plan will lead to a broader recreation plan for Glenwood Canyon as a whole, but when, says the lead U.S. Forest Service official overseeing the planning process. “When we started this four years ago we […]

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21 suspects arrested in Garfield County drug trafficking

September 12, 2017 — In two different operations, Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team has arrested 21 Garfield County drug traffickers, say authorities. In the first operation, TRIDENT arrested eight people after five months of investigations resulted in undercover buys of 253.25 grams of methamphetamine, 29.2 grams of cocaine and […]

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Grand Avenue bridge work has little impact on summer tourism

September 12, 2017 — Widespread reports of summer spending being down amid the ongoing Grand Avenue bridge construction and detour didn’t seem to affect Glenwood Springs’ tourism trade as much. By most accounts, numbers for lodges and tourist attractions were at least even — or in many cases up […]

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Westbound I-70 closed near Glenwood Springs after semi hauling pigs tips over

September 11, 2017 — Westbound Interstate-70 was closed Monday afternoon just east of Glenwood Springs as traffic personnel attempt to clean up a rolled over semi-truck that was carrying a load of pigs. Glenwood Springs police, Colorado Department of Transportation and others were trying to corral the 100 or […]

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Grand Avenue bridge project on schedule in Glenwood Springs

September 11, 2017 — The old Grand Avenue bridge is removed, and our crews are working on building the new bridge. We’ve had crews working 24/7 for the past few weeks, and here is a look at what has been completed so far and construction activities on the horizon. […]

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Containment grows on West Routt County fire

September 11, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Officials remain confident as they work to contain the 4,112-acre wildfire burning in West Routt County. “I think they’re getting a pretty good perimeter on this fire,” Sheriff Garrett Wiggins said. “I don’t think there is a whole lot of concern of […]

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School board elections canceled across Garfield County

September 11, 2017 — All three Garfield County school districts last week declared they will be canceling their school board elections after only enough candidates to fill the seats completed paperwork to be on the ballot. In the Roaring Fork District, incumbent Shane Larson (Glenwood Springs District D) was […]

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One contest set for open CMC board seats

September 9, 2017 — There will be a contested race for one open Colorado Mountain College board of trustees seat in the Nov. 7 election, while incumbent Trustee Charles Cunniffe and former Trustee Doris Dewton will run unopposed. Sept. 1 was the deadline to submit petitions for candidacy to […]

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Flat Tops Wilderness fire caused by lightning, burning 200 acres

September 7, 2017 — A lightning strike on Friday caused a fire on Himes Peak in the Flat Tops Wilderness, approximately 46 miles east of Meeker, according to a press release from the White River National Forest. The fire, covering 200 acres, is burning in grass, aspen and heavy […]

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