NEWS

RIVERS PEAKING, LOCAL AUTHORITIES WARN OF DANGERS

Glenwood Springs—Local rivers and streams are flowing high and strong and authorities are a little concerned. According to the latest stream flow report from the Roaring Fork Conservancy, the Colorado River at Glenwood Springs is over 18,000 thousand cubic feet per second, well over the mean of 11,000 cfs. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and officials with Search and Rescue are bracing for what could be a busy weekend as whitewater enthusiasts flock to the local rivers to beat the heat. Authorities say certain sections of the Colorado River can reach category 4 or 5 during peak run off. They’re reminding people to wear proper life jackets and head gear and make sure your raft, kayak or canoe is intended for challenging conditions. It’s also important to talk to experienced rafters who are familiar with the local rivers so you know what to expect.

NAME OF TEEN KILLED IN SILT ATV ACCIDENT RELEASED

Silt—Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire released the name of the young man who was killed late last month in an ATV crash near Silt. 16 year old Beau Richey of Pleasant Grove, Utah was riding with friends May 28th when he lost control of his ATV coming around a bend off of County Road 315. After hitting the ground, the nearly 400 pound ATV fell on top of him. Richey suffered severe chest injuries and was pronounced dead at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

REPUBLICAN D.A. CANDIDATE WANTS TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE TO OFFICE

Glenwood Springs—If he’s elected, Jeff Cheney says his top priority will be to restore confidence to the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. The GOP candidate says that’s something that has been lacking for the past four years under incumbent Sherry Caloia. He says far too many cases have been pled down or dismissed. Cheney says he likes meeting and getting to know people in the diverse district which includes the counties of Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco however he’s not real fond of the political side of it all. As the chief prosecutor, Cheney says he’s been trained to separate politics from the pursuit of justice. The Arkansas native and former Army Major says his experience and leadership skills gained on the Iraqi battlegrounds and in the courtroom as the Assistant D-A under Martin Beeson will benefit him as the 9th Judicial District Attorney. Cheney says he’s getting support from Democrats and Republicans alike throughout the region.

RAFTA TO BEGIN SERVING MAROON BELLS THIS WEEKEND

Aspen—If you want to take in the sights of the most photographed peaks in Colorado, your best bet will be public transportation. RAFTA begins summer bus service tomorrow to the iconic Maroon Bells Scenic Area. The first bus leaves Aspen Highlands at 8:05 am and the last one leaves the Bells at 4:30 every afternoon through October 2nd. Tickets are 8 dollars for adults, 6 dollars for seniors 65 and over and kids 6 to 16. During the summer and early fall, motorized travel along Maroon Creek Road is limited to vehicles carrying disabled people, children in car seats and campers using sites at the Silver Bell, Silver Bar and Silver Queen campgrounds.

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