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Drones can help, hinder fighting Colorado wildfires

July 19, 2017 — As wildfire season begins to quiet on the Western Slope, engineers and technicians over at the aerial firefighting center at the Rifle Garfield County Airport continue to look at ways drones can be used to aid firefighters. While some states are already using Unmanned Aircraft […]

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Grieving mom wants Aspen to confront youth drug addiction

July 19, 2017 — Jackie Long knows all too well why a parent wants to retreat and simply grieve after losing a child to drug addiction. Long's daughter Callie died on Dec. 12, 2013, the day before her college graduation. She didn't collect the international business degree she worked […]

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Sons arrested in theft from Waffle House CEO’s ranch; animal cruelty alleged

July 18, 2017 — Two sons of a Silt couple accused in a years-long string of embezzlement from Bear Wallow Ranch have turned themselves in on warrants charging felony theft stemming from the same case. In June, Garfield County authorities arrested Charles “Zane” Farris and Charla Farris in a long […]

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Closures and delays associated with the Grand Avenue Bridge detour

July 18, 2017 — The past year and a half has flown by. We’ve deconstructed and built a pedestrian bridge, built half a traffic bridge, completed a massive utility project, improved eight interstate ramps and improved two roundabouts in Glenwood Springs. Now, in the final days leading up to […]

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Deputy: Loose boulder caused Capitol Peak climber’s fall, death

July 17, 2017 — A 25-year-old man was attempting to make his way over the top of a large boulder on the way up Capitol Peak on Saturday when it came loose and he fell to his death, an official said Monday. Jake Lord of Parker and his climbing […]

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Spaniard wins Colorado’s Hardrock Hundred for fourth straight year

July 16, 2017 — SILVERTON (AP) — Kilian Jornet of Spain overcame a has won the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run in Colorado for the fourth consecutive year despite suffering a dislocated left shoulder. Jornet finished the 100-mile (161-kilometer) course Saturday in 24 hours, 32 minutes, 19 seconds. The Durango […]

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66-year-old man dies kayaking on Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument

July 16, 2017 — DINOSAUR – A 66-year-old man from Craig died over the weekend while on a two-person private trip using inflatable kayaks on the Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument, according to law enforcement officials. Release of the deceased’s name is pending family notification by the coroner’s […]

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Bear destroys Suburban in Steamboat Springs

July 14, 2017 — A Steamboat Springs lodging company is down one Suburban after the vehicle was ravaged by a bear Thursday morning. Moving Mountains owner Robin Craigen said housekeepers left the car unlocked while they tended to a house on Temple Knoll off of Burgess Creek Road. The […]

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UPDATE: Burglar gets stuck in air vent breaking into Garfield County Fairgrounds

July 13, 2017 — An attempted burglary left a man caught in a trap of his own making Wednesday morning. The 27-year old Rifle resident tried to break into the Garfield County Fairgrounds, authorities said. Officers found him at the scene minutes into what they said was his second […]

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Judge moves Carbondale armed robbery case forward

July 13, 2017 — A district court judge found in a preliminary hearing Wednesday that there is probable cause to move forward on all counts in the Carbondale armed robbery case against Benjamin Weeks. However, Weeks is also facing a murder charge in Las Vegas, stemming from a woman […]

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Workshop to talk maximizing solar energy in Pitkin, other counties

July 12, 2017 — A free workshop, “Working Together to Maximize Local Solar to Power Our Region,” will be held Friday in Rifle. The workshop will focus on maximizing solar energy in Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle counties, with business, government and solar energy leaders attending. Everyone is welcome. Representatives […]

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Breckenridge wildfire was human-caused, investigators seeking two hikers seen in area

July 11, 2017 — Investigators have determined that the Peak 2 Fire was human-caused and are now seeking the identities of two people seen hiking on the Colorado Trail above Miners Creek Road junction at around 11 a.m. on July 5. “After fire conditions moderated and it was safe […]

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Illinois mother, son killed in I-70 rollover west of Glenwood Springs

July 10, 2017 — A mother and son were killed and three others injured in a single-vehicle rollover late Monday afternoon on Interstate 70 near Silt. The victims were a 33-year-old Illinois woman and her 13-year-old son, according to a Garfield County coroner’s report. Traveling with them were the […]

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Breckenridge Peak 2 fire 85 percent contained as of Monday

July 10, 2017 — The Peak 2 Fire has now reached 85 percent containment, and more than 150 of the personnel responding to the fire at its peak have been released to travel home or fight higher-priority fires across the West. The 84-acre fire has seen no significant growth […]

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Dog rescued near Quandary Peak summit, brought down by stretcher

July 10, 2017 — Dogs are a common sight on the trails up to Summit County’s many peaks, but like humans, they sometimes bite off a little more than they can chew. That’s what happened Sunday night at around 5 p.m. on Quandary Peak, when a canine companion’s paws […]

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At almost 1,000 acres, Gutzler Fire holds steady at 20 percent containment

July 10, 2017 — The Gutzler Fire has burned nearly 1,000 acres southwest of Kremmling, but favorable weather over the weekend has helped firefighters increase containment to about 20 percent. Lightning first ignited the fire on July 2, and hot, dry conditions allowed it to grow rapidly in the […]

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City cemeteries may become a thing of the past

July 10, 2017 — Glenwood Springs may be inclined to get out of the cemetery business once the city-owned and -operated Rosebud Cemetery fills up, and leave the job of providing a final resting place for the deceased to the private sector. Recently, the Glenwood Parks and Recreation Commission […]

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Breckenridge Peak 2 Fire: Crews continue to make gains Sunday as pre-evacuations lifted

July 9, 2017 — A large-scale fire contingent continued to work the Peak 2 Fire burning 2 miles south of Frisco on Sunday. The wildfire reached 52 percent containment, and all pre-evacuations were lifted by the afternoon. More than 400 personnel mobilized and were on the ground to help […]

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Moffat County’s Peekaboo Fire rages on at 11,700 acres

July 8, 2017 — The Peekaboo Fire in Moffat County was confirmed to have increased to 11,700 acres as of Friday evening, according to updates by the Bureau of Land Management. The lightning-caused fire is burning in pinion-juniper, grass and sagebrush on Peekaboo Ridge, on BLM land just west […]

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Breckenridge fire: 25 percent contained as of Saturday morning, official says

July 8, 2017 — Continuing a recent string of good news, Dave Schmitt of the Rocky Mountain Incident Response Team reported gains in containing the Peak 2 fire burning roughly 85 acres between Breckenridge and Frisco, saying that containment rose overnight Friday from about 7 percent to 25 percent […]

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