Glenwood Springs–The fire danger in the backcountry is getting worse by the day according to officials with the forest service and the Bureau of Land Management. Authorities say no restrictions are in place at this time but they are warning people to be especially mindful of the conditions during the upcoming 4th of July weekend.

Glenwood Springs–The three month long concrete resurfacing project in Glenwood Canyon is just about done. Crews are putting the finishing touches on the lanes between Grizzly Creek and Hanging Lake.
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – EPA administrator Lisa Jackson is urging
caution on development of natural gas. Jackson said during a
conference at the Aspen Institute that natural gas development is
an important source of energy and economic growth in the U.S. She
says the industry needs to be out front in developing regulations
when it comes to protecting water and air.

COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT, Colo. (AP) – A committee seeking
national park status for the Colorado National Monument will get
input from tourism professionals on the possible change. The group
met for the first time this week and expects the work to take about
eight months. Supporters say reclassifying the roughly 32 square
miles of red-rock monoliths and canyons would bring more attention
to the site and boost area tourism. Others have questioned whether
the change would lead to stricter environmental regulations.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) – It’s sizzling hot
along Colorado’s Front Range and on the eastern plains, but it’s a
whole other world in the high country. Rocky Mountain National Park
officials say people visiting over the Fourth of July weekend will
find more snow than normal. So, they’re urging visitors planning to
hike in the backcountry to be prepared for heavy, wet snow and
slush and ice on parts of trails in the Bear Lake area. Avalanche
danger is still high in some remote spots. Old Fall River Road is
still closed because of snow.