News, September 12th

CARBONDALE FIREFIGHTERS RAISE MONEY FOR FALLEN ARIZONA FIREFIGHTERS

Carbondale / Redstone—Ten thousand dollars has been raised by the Carbondale Rural and Fire Protection District to help the surviving family members of the 19 firefighters that were killed in the June 30th Yarnell Hill Fire in Prescott, Arizona.  The money was raised through donations collected over the summer in front of City Market and at the Redstone Summer Concert Series.

DENVER (AP) – Flash floods from heavy rain in Boulder County have now claimed three lives and widespread flooding is keeping search and rescue teams from reaching stranded residents and motorists in the Boulder area. Boulder emergency management officials say volunteers are trying to help stranded people until crews can arrive because many roads are impassable. Larimer County officials say an earthen dam in the Big Elk Meadows area southeast of Estes Park has given way and residents of Pinewood Springs and Blue Mountain should be ready to evacuate.

DENVER (AP) – Crews are working to improve drainage along Colorado Highway 14 near the High Park Fire burn zone with the hope of limiting mudslides in Poudre Canyon. CDOT is replacing or expanding six culverts throughout the canyon near Fort Collins this week and removing debris before it can slide onto the roadway. The lack of vegetation in the burn zone has led to dozens of mud and debris slides.

DENVER (AP) – Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead’s says he’s concerned about increased marijuana trafficking in his state as Colorado prepares to allow the sale of recreational marijuana to the public. Colorado officials have emphasized the pot should be consumed in-state. But Mead, a former federal prosecutor, says he remains concerned about drug smuggling into his state and increased impaired driving.

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