News, August 9th

RF WATERSHED FLOWS BELOW AVERAGE

Glenwood Springs—Stream flows in the Roaring Fork Watershed are once again well below average according to the latest report from the Roaring Fork Conservancy. After a few days of steady rainfall, the area is still mired in a drought with the eastern side of the watershed listed as moderate and the western side considered severe.  While flows are low this year, officials with the conservancy say conditions are much improved from a year ago.  Right now, the Crystal River is running at 50 cubic feet per second compared to 2012’s paltry measurement of 3 cfs. 

WEST RIFLE SHOOTING RANGE CLOSING FOR REPAIRS

Rifle—The shooting range at the West Rifle Creek State Wildlife Area will be closed for about six weeks beginning Monday, August 12th. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is breaking ground on a 150 thousand dollar improvement project.  Officials say the shooting range is in desperate need of repair.  When the range reopens in late September, firearm enthusiasts will enjoy better access, parking and walking areas.  The improvements will also provide a better place for law enforcement firearms training. 

ASPEN INSTITUTE HOSTING U.S. INTELLIGENCE DEBATE TONIGHT

Aspen—“The U.S. Has No Dog in the Fight in Syria.”  That’s the title and the focus of what should be a spirited debate tonight at the Aspen Institute.  Some of the heavy hitters that will take part in the discussion include former Undersecretary of State R. Nicholas Burns, former Assistant Defense Secretary Graham Allison, former British Ambassador to the U.S. Sir Nigel Sheinwald and former Deputy Homeland Security advisor Richard Falkenrath.  The debate at Paepcke Auditorium begins at 5:30.

SKICO SEASON PASS PRICES GOING UP

Aspen—Season passes are going up next year in Aspen.  The Aspen Skiing Company is raising prices by 50 dollars for those that buy early.  The Premier Pass will cost 16-hundred-49 dollars if purchased before September 13th.  Prices will go up the next day and again on November 9th.  Passes go on sale Monday.   Aspen Mountain and Snowmass are scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day while Highlands and Buttermilk open for the season December 14th.