News, September 20th

FLOODS DAMAGE AMTRAK ZEPHYR ROUTE

Glenwood Springs—The floods took out several miles of train track causing Amtrak’s California Zephyr to begin detours today.  Chartered buses for passengers missing stops in Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction will be provided as well as stops in Green River and Provo, Utah.  Officials say the the flood-damaged track will be closed west of Denver until early next month.

UNUSUALLY HIGH FLOWS RECORDED IN LOCAL RIVERS

Glenwood Springs—The extended monsoon season has caused local rivers and streams to spike.  The Crystal River at the Fish Hatchery Bridge is flowing at 226 percent of average.  The Roaring Fork River has been measured at 132 percent of average. Statewide, officials say the drought is over however within the Roaring Fork Watershed, drought conditions are considered moderate.

MOUNTAIN BIKER INJURED NEAR ASPEN

Aspen—A mountain biker was injured in a crash yesterday near Triangle Peak outside of Aspen.  Rescue crews were able to reach the man in the afternoon and get him to Aspen Valley Hospital.  He was later flown to a Denver hospital with serious injuries.  His name has not been released. 

CONTAMINATED SOIL CLEAN UP IN PARACHUTE

Parachute—An oil and gas company is launching a major clean up of contaminated soils at a mill near Parachute.   The Metcalf Soil Treatment facility will be close to a mobile home park at Battlement Mesa.  Crews with Caerus Oil and Gas will only do clean up when contaminated soil is found.  The company just bought the Piceance Basin assests of the Petroleum Development Corporation.

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