News, June 12th

BLACK FOREST FIRE TOP PRIORITY IN COLORADO

Colorado Springs—Firefighting crews on the ground and in the air continue to battle the raging Black Forest Fire north of Colorado Springs. Authorities say about 8 thousand acres have burned since Tuesday and more than 7 thousand people have been evacuated with many more on evacuation alert. Close to 100 homes have been destroyed by the fire where there is no containment at this time. Other fires around the front range are posing less of a threat. The fire between Canon City and the Royal Gorge is still burning but officials say the flames have shifted away from the city and the massive bridge spanning the Arkansas River has not sustained any damage. The Big Meadows fire near Rocky Mountain National Park is now at 400 acres and growing. The lightning-sparked fire is not threatening any structures. Hundreds of residents have been evacuated in Huerfano County due to a wildifire that has burned about 50 acres and several residents in Douglas County are prepared to evacuate in case a wildfire in the Pike National Forest gets out of control.

2ND AMENDMENT PRESENTATION TONIGHT AT HOTEL COLORADO

Glenwood Springs—Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario will take part in presentation tonight on the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and how it conflicts with Colorado’s restrictive new gun laws. Vallario will be joined by Sheriff John Cooke of Weld County, Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith and Denver University Constitutional Law Professor David Kopel the Hotel Colorado’s Devereaux Room at 6:30.

GARCO LAND USE CODE WILL PROTECT RIVERS AND STREAMS

Glenwood Springs—Local water experts got their wish yesterday as Garfield County Commissioners agreed to keep a 35 foot setback rule of developments from rivers, streams, lakes and watersheds. The board is wrapping up it’s line-by-line revision of the land use code.

MISSING DIRT BIKER FOUND IN MESA COUNTY

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – Search teams have found the body of a dirt biker in the desert north of Grand Junction. Nolus Xavier Sunoon was reported missing by friends on Monday when he failed to return to Denver. The dirt bike was found crashed north of the Grand Junction Motor Speedway.