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BOND – A horse has died of West Nile virus in Eagle County, despite being vaccinated.Veterinarian Dr. Courtney Diehl said it was the third horse to die of the disease in Eagle County since 2003.The other two horses also were in the Bond area, near Wolcott. Both were pastured within a half-mile of a pond that sits partly on Union Pacific Railroad property behind what used to be Dick’s bar along Colorado Highway 131.”The common factor seems to be the swamp,” Diehl said. “You have to put the swamp in the top 10 suspects on this.”Diehl said the pond needs to be checked for the presence of the mosquitoes that can carry West Nile.
CRAIG – Firefighters in northwest Colorado took advantage of light winds and high humidity Friday to contain the spread of a Moffat County wildfire that spread quickly to 3,550 acres.Flames were reported about 2:30 p.m. Thursday on private ranch land about 30 miles northeast of Craig, about 150 miles northwest of Denver. Authorities said the fire was probably sparked by lightning Wednesday.After growing to 500 acres by Thursday night, the fire spread quickly overnight, said Glenn Bartter, assistant center manager at the Rocky Mountain Coordination Center.At the fire’s peak Friday, Bartter estimated there were about 100 firefighters on the scene. He said without wind to drive it, the fire burning in mostly sagebrush and grassland was relatively easy to contain. Crews would patrol the area over the weekend but it was not expected to spread.”It’s the kind of fire that without wind and some lower humidity, it pretty much puts itself out,” he said.While much of Colorado benefited from rains last weekend, northwest Colorado missed much of that moisture, Bartter said. Even in southern Colorado where heavy rains caused flooding, Bartter warned fire danger can creep up quickly.”A couple days of 100-degree heat and it doesn’t take long to counteract all that rain,” he said.
DENVER (AP) – Beer baron Peter Coors’ driver’s license has been revoked by a hearing officer who ruled the executive had been driving under the influence of alcohol, officials said.Hearing officer Scott Garber ruled Friday that Coors did not stop at a stop sign on May 28 and was driving intoxicated.Coors, 59, said he had consumed a beer about 30 minutes before leaving a wedding, the Rocky Mountain News reported Saturday. He faces a July 20 arraignment and has 30 days to appeal the revocation.”I made a mistake. I should have planned ahead for a ride,” Coors said in a statement. “For years, I’ve advocated the responsible use of our company’s products.”Coors’ spokeswoman, Kabira Hatland, said Coors was charged with driving while under the influence. Coors’ lawyer, Steve Higgens, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
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Riders must transfer buses to get from Aspen to Snowmass this week; uphill travel closes at Aspen Mountain and reopens at Aspen Highlands.