Glenwood Springs–The 27th street bridge is open. Crews finished
installing the bridge section of the Atkinson Canal Rivertrail
three days ahead of schedule. The bridge reopened to traffic
around 10:15 this morning.
Parachute–Third District Congressman Scott Tipton has been in Garfield
County the last couple of days touting his all inclusive approach to
energy development. The Cortez Republican says he favors oil and gas
drilling along with renewable sources like wind and solar.

Denver–Public input on Colorado’s Roadless Rule is being accepted until
July 14th. Environmental and recreation groups are urging the government
to expand the current proposal beyond the two and a half-million acre plan.
Estes Park–America’s highest continuously paved road is covered in over
20 feet of snow. Road crews trying to clear Trail Ridge Road by
Memorial Day weekend say it’s the deepest snow they’ve seen
along the route in years.

DENVER (AP) – Officials say a strong storm system will dump up
to 18 inches of snow in the Colorado mountains.
The National Weather Service said a winter storm warning will be
issued Wednesday night and continue through Thursday. The heaviest
snowfall is expected to be just along and east of the Continental
Divide, especially in Larimer County.
Total accumulations there could reach one and a half feet by
Thursday night.
Only one ski resort is still open and able to take advantage of
the late snow. Arapahoe Basin, about 60 miles west of Denver, plans
to remain open until June because of the strong snow season.
Statewide, Colorado’s snowpack is at 167 percent of average.

Flood watch issued for northern Colo. fire areas
DENVER (AP) – The National Weather Service has issued a flood
watch in the northern Colorado foothills because of recent
The weather service says up to two inches of rain are possible.
The watch is in effect from noon to midnight on Wednesday. A
watch means a flood is possible but not imminent.
In September, a wildfire in the foothills west Boulder destroyed
169 homes, making it the most destructive in Colorado history.
Fires have also charred parts of Larimer County.

Sand provided, but not bags, against Colo. floods
(Information in the following story is from: Fort Collins
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – Record snowpack levels and the
anticipation of a heavy spring runoff has Larimer County officials
preparing for the flood season.
However, authorities there say they’ll provide sand to residents
in flood prone areas, but residents will have to supply their own
The Fort Collins Coloradoan reported Wednesday that piles of
sand will be strategically placed on land near the Poudre and Big
Thompson rivers.
Officials say the peak runoff typically comes in the middle of
June, but it might be delayed this year because of the recent cool
weather and additional snowpack. Snow storms are expected to dump
up to 18 inches of snow in the northern mountains this week.