LOCAL SNOWPACK UP
Glenwood Springs—Just a few weeks ago, local streams and rivers were suffering from a lack of moisture and early season run off. Thanks to one of the wettest months of May in recent history, conditions have changed drastically. According to the latest report from the Roaring Fork Conservancy, the watershed snowpack now sits at 132 percent of average. Typically by Memorial Day, temperatures climb toward the 70’s and snowmelt is sped up. Thanks to the late season snowfall and steady rain, the run off has been slowed down considerably. Currently, streams are flowing between 40 and 68 percent of average. The Colorado River at Glenwood Springs is flowing close to 6,000 cubic feet per second, about 27-hundred cfs below the mean.
HANTAVIRUS CASE REPORTED IN GARCO
Glenwood Springs—The first case of the year of the potentially deadly hantavirus has been confirmed in Garfield County. Health officials from the county and the state are investigating. Supposedly, the person who was exposed lives in the western part of the county and is recovering. According to county Public Health Director Yvonne Long, nearly 40 percent of people who contract hantavirus die. The virus is carried in the saliva, urine and droppings of certain infected mice that are often found in sheds in the western and central United States. Last year a Silt resident contracted hantavirus but recovered. The symptoms include high fever, fatigue, muscle aches, headaches, chills, abdominal problems and if not treated in time, trouble breathing.
MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE
Glenwood Springs—If you’d like to honor our veterans, past and present, the Glenwood Springs American Legion Post 83 will hold it’s annual Memorial Day Commemoration Monday, the 25th at the Rosebud Cemetery. The general public is encouraged to attend. It begins at 11am.