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PITKIN COUNTY Just before 3 p.m. Saturday a number of small snowslides covered Highway 82 at Shale Bluffs, blocking traffic for fifteen minutes on the eastbound lane west of the airport.While snow slides are common there in March, Saturday’s slide was both earlier than usual and larger, covering some 40 yards of highway in 3 feet of snow, according to Jeff Lumsden, patrol director for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.”There are a number of significant chutes on top and they go,” Lumsden said.He responded to a call of a small slide at 2:50 p.m., and Lumsden closed the road after a larger slide covered both east-bound lanes.Lumsden had reports of one car struck by the falling snow, but the driver escaped without incident and did not report to police, he said. One other motorist tried to punch through, but became stuck and sheriff’s deputies pulled the car out, Lumsden said.”Traffic was moving after 15 minutes,” Lumsden said. And soon after, Colorado Department of Transportation trucks arrived and cleared both lanes.”There might be some more coming,” Lumsden said, because there are other chutes in the area that didn’t fall. He said CDOT workers will be cleaning up the area with front-end loaders late tonight.

GLENWOOD SPRIINGS The U.S. Postal Service has decided against further investigating a proposal to move some regional mail distribution from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction.The Postal Service had considered the consolidation because Grand Junction has a larger facility, more advanced automated sorting equipment and a larger staff of maintenance technicians and other employees.Glenwood’s regional sorting facility, on Center Drive in West Glenwood, is one of 40 around the country the Postal Service has been looking at to see if some operations should be moved elsewhere. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

RIFLE A single family home and an outbuilding between Rifle and Rulison were destroyed early Friday morning in a fire officials are still calling “suspicious” and arson is not being ruled out.Emergency personnel responded around 5:30 a.m. to the blaze at 8630 County Road 301 between Rifle and Rulison. Upon arrival, the crews found that the roofs of the two structures had already collapsed and the buildings were a complete loss.”The cause of the fire is undetermined and honestly, we may never know the cause,” said Kevin Whelan, fire marshal for the Rifle Fire Protection District. “But arson is always a consideration because of the magnitude of the fire. It sends little red flags up for us.”The homeowners were not at the residence at the time and no injuries were reported. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)



TWIN LAKES Copper Mountain resident Michael Wichter, 32, was found dead in Twin Lakes on Saturday around 3:30 p.m. by a dive team, according to the Lake County Sheriffs Office.Wichter was driving his snowmobile on Twin Lakes on Friday night when he fell through the ice and into the water on his snowmobile, according to the Sheriff’s Office, based in Leadville.Authorities received a call about the incident around 9:15 p.m. Friday.Lake County search and rescue and two other teams were on the scene. Twin Lakes is located east of Aspen, on the opposite side of Independence Pass. (Vail Daily)


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