• Crews Make Fast Progress on Moffat County Fire Craig—The Boone Draw Draw Fire about 50 miles west of Craig seems to be settling down.  The fire, burning on BLM land began only five days ago but rapidly grew to nearly 8,700 acres.  Officials at the BLM Field office in Kremmling say crews have already achieved 80 percent containment despite hot, dry and windy ...
  • Wildfire Season Lingers Steamboat Springs—There’s no relaxing until a wildfire is 100 percent contained.  Firefighters near Steamboat Springs were reminded of that when a two-month old fire that 70 percent contained flared up again.  Aaron Voos with the Routt National Forest says the fire jumped containment lines Wednesday and came within a few miles of U.S. Highway 40.  ...
  • Hanging Lake Tail, Parking Lot and Bike Path Closures Glenwood Springs—Next Monday through Friday, September 17th through the 22nd, the Hanging Lake Trail and parking lot will be closed for maintenance work.   The bike path will also be closed from the Shoshone power plant to the Bair Ranch Rest Area September 17th through the 19th. The Hanging Lake Trail and parking lot closure will ...
  • Blue Mesa Reservoir in Trouble Gunnison—The largest body of water in Colorado, Blue Mesa Reservoir west of Gunnison, is fast approaching historic lows this fall.  The Bureau of Reclamation says the reservoir, which feeds into the Colorado River is currently at 39 percent capacity.  Sandra Snell-Dobert, a spokeswoman for the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park says the water ...
  • Tipton Pushes for Wildfire Prevention Funding Glenwood Springs—Now that fire restrictions have been lifted in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin County along with BLM and Forest Service lands, it’s time to think about wildfire prevention.  Western Slope Congressman Scott Tipton says it’s also a good opportunity to discuss ways to redirect billions of dollars that are burned up every year fighting fires.  Tipton ...
  • Plans Unveiled for New Rifle Nursing Home Rifle—The E. Dene Moore Nursing Home in Rifle is recognized around the country as a top notch facility.  The problem is, it’s old and officials say it seems when a leak is repaired, another is sure to follow.  Grand River Hospital CEO Jim Coombs is thankful voters approved an 89.4 million dollar bond measure last ...
  • Rifle Nursing Home Plans Rifle—10 months ago, voters in Garfield County approved an 89.4 million dollar bond measure to replace the old, dilapidated E. Dene Moore Care Center and expand Grand River Hospital in Rifle.  Tonight, the Rifle City Council will get it’s first look at the plans for the new nursing home that will replace the 51 year ...
  • RFTA Mill Levy Ballot Question Glenwood Springs—RAFTA’s aging fleet of buses will need to be replaced soon but the money may not be there.  New Castle Mayor and RAFTA board member Art Riddile went before the Garfield County Board of Commissioners to ask for an endorsement of a mill levy increase that would raise about 9 and a half million ...
  • CMC Gallagher Ballot Initiative Glenwood Springs—Colorado Mountain College hopes to stop the financial bleeding caused by the Gallagher Amendment and keep student tuition as low as possible.  The CMC Board of Trustees passed a resolution this week to put a ballot issue before the voters that will allow trustees to adjust the mill levy if needed to keep up ...
  • Water Experts Hope For Cool, Wet Autumn Basalt—As we head into September, the searing heat of summer will soon give way to the cooler temperatures and colors of fall.  However, the horrific drought that has plagued Colorado this year will linger for some time.  According to the latest river report from the Roaring Fork Conservancy, rivers and streams throughout the watershed are ...