NEWS

2017 WILDFIRE OUTLOOK

Rifle—A sneak peek into Western Colorado’s wildfire season will be held tomorrow at the Rifle-Garfield County Airport.  The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Unit will give updates and preview the 2017 wildfire season for the nearly six million acres of land covered by the unit from the Continental Divide to the Utah state line.  Fire managers will also display and demonstrate some of the latest firefighting tools and technology.  Some early predictions say this wildfire season will be moderate for the Rocky Mountain Region thanks to a wet spring.

HOMELESS MAN HIT AND KILLED

Carbondale—Carbondale police are investigating the sad and tragic death of a homeless man who was hit by a car late Saturday night.  According to police reports, the accident occurred just before 11 pm in an area where the man had been hit twice before; between the intersections of Village Road and Delores Way on Highway 133.  Officers administered CPR when they arrived but he was unresponsive and later pronounced dead at the scene. The man’s name has not been released but to the countless motorists who’ve passed through the area in recent years, his face or at least his presence will be remembered. Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire is conducting and autopsy as well as toxicology tests and will try to contact relatives.  The Carbondale Police Department is asking anyone with information about this accident to give them a call.

C-DOT TELEPHONE TOWN HALLS

Undated—The Colorado Department of Transportation wants to know what you think about our roads, construction, traffic, potholes…whatever is on your mind, don’t hold back. C-DOT is conducting six telephone town hall meetings across the state where residents in all 64 counties will be called at random through an automated phone system and invited to take part.  The Western Slope/Northwest Colorado town hall is scheduled for next Monday night, June 12th at 7 o’clock.  Garfield County will be one of 15 counties in the region to participate.  C-DOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt expects about 350 thousand people to take part in the town hall events.  Bhatt says it will allow everyone to take a look at what C-DOT has accomplished so far and get suggestions on how to invest limited funds on future, high priority projects.  If you don’t get a call from C-DOT but would like to participate, you can call toll free, 877-229-8943.