Fort Collins–The High Park Fire west of Fort Collins has now grown to nearly 48 thousand acres. One woman has died in the fire and about 100 structures have been destroyed. Several firefighters from the Roaring Fork Valley are among the 800 who are currently on the scene. Officials say the fire, which has been burning since last Saturday, is about 10 percent contained.

Glenwood Springs–Garfield County’s 2012 budget is balanced and there is still over 100 million dollars in reserves. However, officials say the local economic forecast is uncertain for the next few years. Property taxes are expected to drop by at least 10 million dollars.
DENVER (AP) – Federal agriculture officials are scaling back
their forecast for winter wheat production in Colorado this year.
They predict a Colorado winter wheat harvest of almost 88 million
bushels. That’s down 5 percent from the May 1 forecast, but it’s
still more than the 78 million bushels produced last year.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Organizers of a cattle drive
scheduled for downtown Steamboat Springs July 1 say they have
raised enough money to hold the event. Organizer Dean Vogelaar
tells the Steamboat Pilot & Today donors have contributed the
$1,500 that was needed to cover an increase in insurance premiums
to $3,000 for the cattle drive. The drive last took place in 2009.

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