Glenwood Springs–The Glenwood Springs City Council approved an ordinance on it’s first reading, allowing chicken coops in backyards.
Carbondale–Lightning sparked three small wildfires in the Missouri Heights area yesterday. Firefighters from Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Basalt were able to snuff them out in short order. Officials say with the conditions as dry as they are and the beginning of the monsoon season, lightning ignited wildfires will be commonplace for the next several weeks.
DENVER (AP) – The deadly Waldo Canyon wildfire appears to have started near a popular hiking trail west of Colorado Springs. The Denver Post says dispatch recordings show that firefighters were searching for the source of smoke along the Waldo Canyon trial before flames broke out in the area. Authorities say they’ve pinpointed the fire’s origin but haven’t released details. The fire is 95 percent contained.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – Heavy rain has led to mudslides that have closed part of Colorado 14 in the Poudre Canyon in an area affected by a wildfire. Larimer County sheriff’s officials say the Poudre Park area was hit with heavy rain this afternoon, leading to mudslides and flash flooding. Sheriff’s officials report debris and ash are flowing out of Hewlett Gulch into the Cache la Poudre (kash-luh-POO’-dur) River.
DENVER (AP) – Investigators say a pilot who survived a midair collision near Longmont was slowly climbing toward the elevation of the other plane before the crash. The March 23 collision resulted in the deaths of an instructor and a student pilot in the second plane. The National Transportation Safety Board interim report does not list the cause of the crash.
DELTA, Colo. (AP) – A Colorado judge says that a Delta County farmer spraying against mosquitoes must prevent the pesticide from drifting into a neighboring organic farm. The judge says James and Georgia Hopper can’t spray within 150 feet of the farm of Gordon MacAlpine and Rosemary Bilchak and can only apply the pesticide when winds are favorable.