NEWS

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS ON TONIGHT’S GLENWOOD CITY COUNCIL AGENDA

Glenwood Springs—The Glenwood Springs City Council plans to discuss future financial contributions toward an annual Fourth of July fireworks show at tonight’s meeting. The council will also discuss the city’s role in maintaining and controlling the crowds at the Hanging Lake Trail and rest area. Glenwood Springs’ annual spring clean up effort may be changed in the near future. The city is looking for more effective and less expensive ways for citizens to get rid of old furniture, skis and debris besides leaving it on the street waiting for free removal. Tonight’s city council meeting begins at 7.

SNOWPACK IN LOCAL WATERSHED DROPPING

Carbondale—87 percent of normal. That’s where the snowpack currently sits in the Roaring Fork Watershed. It was around 93 percent of normal a week ago. According to the Roaring Fork Conservancy’s Snowpack and Stream Flow Report, the snow water equivalent or (SWE) will begin to gradually decrease as the snow melts and the water moves out of the snowpack. The conservancy says the SWE dropped at the two lowest SNOTEL sites in the watershed; North Lost Trail and Nast Lake. Right now the Colorado River at Glenwood Springs is flowing at 18-hundred cubic feet per second, which is a little below normal.

DISTRACTED DRIVING ENFORCEMENT INCREASED THIS WEEKEND IN COLORADO

Statewide—If your hands are on the steering wheel but your eyes on your phone, chances are you’re going to crash or get an expensive ticket. Tomorrow through Sunday, the Colorado State Patrol will keep a close eye out for distracted drivers. CSP Chief Scott Hernandez says law enforcement officers would rather ticket people for distracted driving than arrive at the scene of a deadly accident, caused by someone who couldn’t put their phone down. Last year, 69 people were killed in Colorado in distracted driving crashes. Hernandez says in addition to cell phones, troopers will also watch out for drivers eating, reading or putting on makeup.

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