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GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” One man was seriously injured when falling rocks struck two vehicles in Glenwood Canyon on Sunday, closing westbound Interstate 70 for 1 1/2 hours.

A 2004 Ryder truck driven by Nathan S. Holmes, 36, of Gypsum, was westbound on Interstate 70 west of the Hanging Lake exit when numerous large boulders fell from the mountainside and struck the cab at about 5:30 p.m., according to a press release from the Colorado State Patrol. After being hit, the truck traveled for 140 feet, coming to rest against the median barrier.



Holmes sustained a broken neck and a large laceration to the top of his head. He was transported to Valley View Hospital, where he is listed in conscious and stable condition.

The passenger, April M. Logan, 36, of Gypsum, was uninjured.




Kevin O’Brien, 54, of New Castle was driving a 2005 Toyota Rav 4 behind the Ryder truck, and his vehicle was also struck by boulders. O’Brien made a controlled stop on the left shoulder behind the Ryder truck. O’Brien and his wife, Carole O’Brien, received minor cuts. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” An annual ode to the river ” with a splash of whitewater sports, music, food and more.

That’s how Tom Boas foresees Glenwood Springs’ Yagatta Regatta. And he’s asking the city of Glenwood Springs for funds to support the event.

“This is the only event that specifically has to do with the river here,” said Yagatta Regatta organizer Boas. “There’s a 50-50 chance there could be no more Regatta.”

Boas submitted a tourism promotion application to the city for $20,000 in funds, $10,000 of which goes to the Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park Association. The organization is behind the building of a new whitewater park in Glenwood Springs.

In past years, the Yagatta Regatta has directly benefited Cooper Corner Adult Day Center. The nonprofit center closed Dec. 31, and its board ” which normally helped with the Regatta ” disbanded. The Yagatta Regatta was created to help publicize Cooper Corner’s role in the community. Now that the center no longer exists, Boas hopes the Regatta does the same for the Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park Association.

Boas is hoping City Council will review and decide on his request at Thursday’s meeting. He said it’s a win-win situation for Glenwood Springs. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)


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