News, June 28th

LOCAL SNOWMELT GONE

Glenwood Springs—Local river and stream levels continue to plummet as the seering heat and wind persist. According to the latest information from the Roaring Fork Conservancy, what remained of the snowmelt in the high country has all but vanished from the heat wave this past week. Officials say the Roaring Fork River at Glenwood Springs dropped over 700 cfs since last week while temperatures rose. Streamflows are now close to 50 percent of average and many are under 40 percent. The Colorado River through Glenwood Springs is also down. The average cfs reading for this time of year is around 93-hundred but according to the latest reading, it is flowing at just under 35-hundred cubic feet per second.

FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR WEST SLOPE DROUGHT-STRICKEN COUNTIES

MONTROSE (AP) – Montrose County farmers and ranchers can qualify for disaster assistance through the U.S. Department of Agriculture because the county is close to other counties designated as natural disaster areas because of drought. The primary disaster counties are Dolores, La Plata, Ouray, Hinsdale, Montezuma and San Miguel. Other counties that qualify for assistance include Archuleta, Mineral, Saguache, Gunnison and San Juan.

LOCAL FIRE DANGER REMAINS HIGH

Glenwood Springs—With the 4th of July less than a week away, local officials are reminding folks that the fire danger is extremely high. With triple-digit heat forecast for the next few days, fire managers are urging people to be dilligent about fire prevention. A stage-1 fire ban is in effect for most public lands in western Colorado.

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL PLANNED FOR DYLAN REDWINE

DURANGO (AP) – Residents plan a candlelight memorial for a 13-year-old boy who was found dead in southwest Colorado after he was reported missing in November. The memorial for Dylan Redwine will be held tomorrow night in nearby Bayfield. Authorities said yesterday they found the remains of the teenager during a search over the past week.

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