News, August 16th

RED CANYON FIRE EVACUEES GO HOME

Glenwood Springs—The families that were evacuated from their homes on Lookout Mountain from the Red Canyon Fire are now back home.  Firefighting crews managed to reach 75 percent containment last night and expect to have it fully contained tonight.  The lightning-sparked fire burned close to 400 acres.  Officials say the valley isn’t out of danger yet with a weekend forecast calling for more hot, dry conditions.

BASALT MAN KILLED IN McCLURE PASS ROLLOVER

Basalt—A Basalt man was killed yesterday afternoon when his pickup truck rolled over on McClure Pass.  According to the Colorado State Patrol, the 52 year old man was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected.  His name has not been released.  Troopers say he may have been drinking.

PHONY COP TRYING TO COLLECT MONEY FOR CITATIONS IN THE VALLEY

Carbondale—A man has been cruising around the valley impersonating a police officer and trying collect fines for citations on the spot from unsuspecting motorists.  According to the Carbondale Police Department,  the man is driving around in what appears to be a real police vehicle with tinted windows, the word ‘POLICE’ written on all the doors and 911 on the bumper.  The phony cop is reportedly asking people to pay for their tickets or fines when he pulls them over.  The man is described as bald, clean shaven, heavy set and about 6’ 2”.  If you see this bogus cop, call 911 immediately.

BIKE RACE WILL SHUT DOWN UP VALLEY 82 NEXT MONDAY

Aspen—From noon to 4 next Monday, Aspen and Snowmass will be inaccessible for motorists on Highway 82.  It’s day one of the annual USA Pro Cycling Challenge.  The first stage of the race begins in Aspen and ends in Breckenridge.  C-DOT officials say for the safety of the athletes and spectators, the highway will be shut down.  The seven-stage race is Colorado’s largest in-person spectator event.

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