GLENWOOD SPRINGS –Officials with the White River National Forest trying to deal with overcrowding at Hanging Lake by enforcing regulations while ensuring visitors still have good time. Forest Service spokesman Bill Kight says 80,000 people have made the hike to the lake already this year, up from 50,000 for the same period in 2014. Efforts by U.S. Forest Service staff and volunteers to reduce overcrowding on the trail and at its parking lot haven’t seen much success.  Kight says they’ve turned away 100 to 200 people per day this year.  He says one alternative being considered is shuttling visitors to and from Glenwood Springs.

DENVER (AP) – A plume of orange muck that spilled from a Colorado mine has drifted about 55 miles downriver and is just a few miles from New Mexico. The U.S. EPA says people should stay out of the Animas River and domestic animals shouldn’t drink from it. Water utilities have closed intake valves to protect their systems, and Colorado is testing the impact on fish.

HAYDEN (AP) – Commercial marijuana growers will be able to apply to operate in Hayden, just west of Steamboat Springs. The council approved rules and regulations for commercial growers, despite opponents outnumbering supporters almost 2-1 speaking at a council meeting last night.