NEWS, JULY 3RD

Glenwood Springs–The search continues for the body of a Glenwood Springs boy who drowned this past Sunday evening while tubing with his family on the Colorado River. 12 year old Richard Buchanan was not wearing a life vest when he slipped off and went under. He was a student at Glenwood Springs Middle School.

Glenwood Springs–Garfield County officials have been getting a lot of calls from angry citizens asking that the sale of all fireworks be banned because of the high fire danger. County commissioners say under state law, they cannot shut down the stands. Sheriff Lou Vallario is urging all citizens who buy fireworks to keep them under wraps until next year.

Glenwood Springs–Despite pleas from firefighting professionals, Garfield County Commissioners rejected a plan to make fire sprinklers mandatory for all new single family homes. Commissioner Mike Samson cast the dissenting vote.

COLORADO SPRINGS– The most destructive fire in Colorado history has been fully contained within Colorado Springs. Overall, the 28-square-mile fire was 70 percent contained Tuesday but fire chief Rick Brown says portion burning in the city has been fully surrounded. In western Colorado, pre-evacuation orders for residents in and around DeBeque have been lifted, allowing livestock to be returned. Firefighters don’t expect the nearly 14,000-acre Pine Ridge fire to grow any farther. Meanwhile, the Weber fire near Mancos was 85 percent contained. In Colorado Springs, about 900 people evacuated by the Waldo Canyon fire will be allowed back later in the day as crews work to restore utilities. About 2,100 people are still evacuated, including those who lost homes. City firefighters will help enforce a ban on fireworks on July 4th.

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