News in Brief
Lake Christine in the Basalt State Wildlife Area is closed until September, the Colorado Division of Wildlife has announced.The closure will allow a contractor to rebuild a dam and dredge the lake. Inspectors determined the old dam needed to be rebuilt or removed because of the threat of a failure and potential for flooding.Dredging will clear out silt that has accumulated in the lake for decades. Deeper water will improve the quality of the habitat for fish and improve fishing prospects for anglers, the wildlife department said.When work is completed in the fall, the lake will begin to refill but probably won’t reach capacity until next spring’s runoff, according to the agency. The Colorado Division of Wildlife will restock the lake with fish when water capacity and temperature have reached appropriate levels.Lake Christine’s parking area and picnic and outhouse facilities also will be closed during construction.Another project at the Basalt State Wildlife Area, improvements at the shooting range, is nearly finished. The range will is scheduled to reopen today.
Photo opportunities abound come the Fourth of July. Parades, fireworks, barbecues and the Stars and Stripes all offer colorful images for shutterbugs.The Aspen Times is inviting readers to submit their best Independence Day shots and offering a couple of dinners for two at Jimmy’s An American Restaurant and Bar as the prize.Readers are invited to submit their photo entries online at http://www.aspentimes.com. Look for the Photo Contest link below the “News” headlines on the homepage of our website. The deadline for entries is July 8.The online audience will vote for its pick for the best photo, and the Aspen Times editorial board will select a winner as well. Both winning entries win certificates for dinner. The Times will announce the winners July 13.
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The Roaring Fork Valley has, by-and-large, avoided the mountain pine beetle and spruce beetle infestations that have decimated parts of the state. However, a 2019 aerial survey showed the Roaring Fork watershed has an outbreak of Douglas-fir and western balsam beetles.