NEWS: Monday May 24, 2010

May 24th @ 12:13 pm in News by Scott Staley

Fire officials have taken advantage of the cooler, wetter weather to begin to make progress on a 3,200-acre fire near Norwood today. With the smoke cleared and the winds lessened, firefighters have begun to construct a line around the Beaver Fire to the north and east of Highway 145 near Norwood. The fire has so far burned about 2,500 acres on the Uncompahgre National Forest, and nearly 700 acres of land managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

Crews are also working to clear hazardous trees along the San Miguel River, where the fire was sparked by downed power lines on Saturday afternoon. Officials hope to open that stretch of river between Beaver Creek and the Norwood Bridge.

Fueled by wind gusts up to 50 miles an hour at times, the fire burned into MacKenzie Creek Canyon yesterday.

Officials will hold a public meeting tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. to share information about the fire with local residents at the Norwood Town Hall at 1670 Naturita Street.

About 180 firefighters remain on the fire today. They are assessing the situation after high fire activity yesterday followed by the weather change overnight. A type II fire management team arrived last night and is preparing to take over management of the fire today.

No structures have been burned and no homes have been evacuated at this time.

The public can call the fire information line for updates at 970-240-1070.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 4:18p)

Selling or possessing the “date-rape drug” Rohypnol and the rave party drug known as Special K would be felonies under a bill that is soon to be state law. The bill also makes it a felony for adults to sell or give marijuana to children. It is one of several justice reform bills passed by the Legislature this session. Governor Bill Ritter is expected to sign the bills tomorrow in a ceremony at the Capitol. The bills would also give judges greater discretion in allowing nonviolent offenders to be put on probation, require jail time for repeat drunken driving offenders, and make money laundering an organized crime.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 3:59p)

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Source: CHSAA   (Posted 12:13p)