• Cattle Creek Prescribed Burn Scheduled for Thursday EL JEBEL, Colo. –Pending favorable weather conditions, firefighters with the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Management Unit (UCR) are expecting a window of opportunity tomorrow to conduct the Cattle Creek prescribed burn. The prescribed burn will reduce hazardous fuels and improve wildlife habitat on up to 1,800 acres of National Forest Lands. The Cattle ...
  • “Shrooms” now Decriminalized in Denver DENVER (AP) – Voters have made Denver the first U.S. city to decriminalize psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in “magic mushrooms.” Preliminary results show that the citizen-led initiative narrowly passed Tuesday. It makes the use or possession of psilocybin by people 21 and older the lowest enforcement priority for police and prosecutors.  Late Tuesday, the controversial ...
  • Even Mother Nature Couldn't Stop Graduation BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Cold and snow didn't stop spring graduation ceremonies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Students wore ski goggles and snowsuits Thursday while wet snow fell on the outdoor event at Folsom Field, the university's football stadium.
  • The Demand for Coal on the Decline BILLINGS, MT. (AP) – U.S. energy officials say the demand for coal to generate electricity will continue to weaken in coming months despite efforts by the Trump administration to prop up the struggling industry. The Energy Information Administration says renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and hydro-power will fill much of the gap left ...
  • STEM School Security Guard Took Decisive Action HIGHLANDS RANCH (AP) – A law enforcement official says a security guard fired his weapon during this week's shooting at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch. The official spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the official was not authorized to release the information. The official did not say whether the guard shot anybody. Robert ...
  • Suburban Denver School Shooting HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) – Authorities say two suspects are in custody following a shooting at a suburban Denver school that injured multiple students. A Douglas County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman told reporters Tuesday that there could be a third suspect in the school, which is still being searched. Lines of firetrucks, ambulances and law enforcement ...
  • De Beque Canyon Update DE BEQUE (AP) – A portion of Interstate 70 in De Beque Canyon remains closed as crews try to prevent another rockslide. A slide on Sunday disabled two cars and injured two people. Their injuries were described as minor to moderate. Eastbound lanes of I-70  could remain closed until Thursday or Friday to allow unstable ...
  • Lake Christine Wildfire Recovery Effort Continues Basalt—The land that was destroyed 10 months ago by the Lake Christine Wildfire is healing itself but there's a lot that people can do to speed up the process.  Several residents of Basalt and El Jebel  attended a public forum last night to get an update from  local and state officials regarding the ongoing recovery ...
  • Prescribed Burns to Take Place Today Glenwood Springs—Smoke will be visible in the valley today while a couple of prescribed burns take place.  Crews with the Upper Colorado River Inter-agency Fire Management Unit are treating 521 acres of mountain shrub, grass and aspen about a mile northwest of the Grizzly Creek trail-head.  A second burn northeast of the Buford-New Castle Road ...
  • New Basalt Fire Station Approved by Bureau of Land Management Basalt—Basalt firefighters will soon have a new fire station. The Bureau of Land Management just approved a two and a quarter acre right-of-way for the construction of a small fire station about four miles southwest of town on West Sopris Creek Road. The dual bay station will house a fire truck and a paramedic vehicle. ...