• Man's Body Recovered at Harvey Gap Silt—The body of a middle-aged man was recovered from Harvey Gap just after midnight after apparently drowning. According to reports from the Garfield County Sheriff's Office, an emergency call went out around 7 o'clock last night.  Garfield County Search and Rescue responded to the call and was assisted by a Care Flight helicopter that flew ...
  • Forest Service Rescinds Chainsaw Use in Two Colorado Wilderness Areas DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has canceled a decision to use chain saws to clear trees killed by bark beetles in two wilderness areas in southwestern Colorado. Rocky Mountain Regional Forester Brian Ferebee announced the decision in a letter to forest supervisors Monday, citing reports of avalanches blocking trails in the Weminuche and ...
  • Study: Recreational Marijuana Leads to Fewer Medical Options PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – An Associated Press analysis has found existing medical marijuana programs take a hit when states legalize cannabis for all adults. In the most extreme case, the AP found the number of medical cardholders in Oregon dropped nearly two-thirds. Alaska's registry dropped by 63%, followed by Nevada with nearly 40% and Colorado ...
  • State, Conservation Groups Asking for Delay of Federal Leases DENVER (AP) – State officials and conservationists want action delayed on new federal oil and gas leases proposed in Colorado. The BLM is taking public comments until 4 p.m. Wednesday on leases covering 123 square miles in eight counties. The 83 parcels are set to be offered in a September sale. Officials say many of ...
  • Interior Secretary Looking at Necessity of BLM Jobs, Location of Headquarters VAIL— (AP) – Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says he's looking at every job in the Bureau of Land Management to determine if the role is essential and if it should be based in Washington D.C. The Rifle native said at the Western Governors' Association conference, once those questions are answered, he will decide whether to ...
  • Garth Brooks Concert Expected to Set Mile High Attendance Record DENVER (AP) – With over 80,000 people expected to attend Garth Brooks' concert in Denver on Saturday, city officials are warning people to avoid driving to the show and having friends in “tow” places. Paid parking at the stadium is expected to be sold out before the performance by the country star known for hits such ...
  • Colorado Fire Commission to be Created Denver—Colorado will soon have a fire commission for the first time.  Governor Jared Polis signed a bill into law creating a special commission to enhance public safety through fire management, preparedness and prevention.  The commission will be overseen by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control under the guidance of Director Mike Morgan.  Morgan ...
  • Colorado River Fire Rescue Narrows Down Chief Candidates Rifle—A new chief is about to be named at Colorado River Fire Rescue.  Following a five month search, it's now down to three candidates; Christopher McCarthy of Castle Rock and two men from the south; Billy Cockman of Jacksonville, Florida and Dewey Coy of Jacksonville, Arkansas.  Interim Chief Randy Callahan says each candidate comes with ...
  • RE-16 Threat not Credible Parachute—The threat phoned in to the Garfield County Re-16 school district today, forcing the cancellation of all summer school classes and activities turned out to be a hoax.  After investigating and checking out school campuses in the area, the Garfield County Sheriff's Office determined the threat was not credible.  Sheriff's office spokesman Walt Stowe says ...
  • Independence Pass Set to Open Today Independence Pass will open to travelers tonight at 5:30. The Colorado Department of Transportation says crews have been working diligently clearing about a dozen avalanche slide paths as well as clearing tons of snow, ice and other debris from the narrow road and shoulders. C-DOT says crews will likely be working up to the minute ...