Glenwood Springs–The rapid snowmelt was slowed down slightly yesterday thanks to cooler temperatures. Emergency officials say Garfield County isn’t out of flooding danger yet because there’s still a lot of snow in the backcountry. The Colorado River rose to nearly 11 feet on Tuesday.

Glenwood Springs/Rifle–County health officials say the high water and warmer temperatures are creating prime breeding conditions for mosquitoes.

Glenwood Springs–Garfield County has filed a protest with the White River National Forest over the newly unveiled travel management plan. The board of county commissioners voted unanimously to protest the possible closure of a handful of existing and useful roads.

Grand Junction–The Colorado Wildlife Commission unanimously endorsed a pair of front range water storage plans that are intended to reduce impacts to wildlife. During a meeting in Grand Junction, the commission supported plans by Denver Water and the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District.

In other news…

LA JUNTA, Colo. (AP) – A wildfire that has burned about 40
square miles in southern Colorado is roughly 50 percent contained.
The fire is one of two burning on Fort Carson’s Pinon Canyon
Maneuver Site. A 10-square mile blaze also on the remote site is 30
percent contained. The residents of several homes evacuated are
expected to return home this morning.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – One of three Fort Carson soldiers
police say locked themselves in while trying to rob a medical
marijuana dispensary in Colorado Springs has been sentenced to two
years of probation and 116 days he’s already served in jail. The
Gazette reports that Ramone Hollins was sentenced yesterday. The
three pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary. Police say
the trio claimed they planned to destroy the pot. But Judge Scott
Sells says he doesn’t believe they were out to “save the community
of Colorado Springs.”

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) – Today Gov. John Hickenlooper will
sign a bill encouraging Colorado schools to have radio frequency
systems in place that will allow them to communicate with first
responders during emergencies. Many schools across Colorado use
different radio systems that differ from what emergency responders
use and that makes it difficult for authorities to communicate with
school officials during a crisis. That was an issue in the 1999
Columbine shootings.

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) – A Democrat and Republican are joining for
a tour of businesses in northern Colorado. Democratic Sen. Michael
Bennet and Republican Congressman Cory Gardner are touring
companies in Longmont, Loveland and Fort Collins today. They’re
calling it a “bipartisan business innovation swing” and the stops
are technology companies working in aerial imagery and energy.


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