NEWS: Monday May 24, 2010

May 24th @ 5:57 am in News by Scott Staley

Fire officials say downed powerlines near Highway 145 and Goodenough Road are the cause of a 3,000-acre fire burning near Norwood.
beaverfire3pmsundayFire activity intensified Sunday afternoon as wind gusts picked up. The most intense activity has been to the north and east in MacKenzie Canyon. Additional resources have been sent to provide structure protection for homes in the Sanborn Park and Brown’s Ranch areas. Some residents there are preparing to move their animals from the area, but no evacuations have been ordered at this time.

The fire started around 2:30 Saturday afternoon near Highway 145 and Goodenough Road, and quickly grew fueled by wind gusts that reached 60 miles an hour at times.

About 180 firefighters worked the fire yesterday.

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

Officials are encouraging residents in areas around Wrights Mesa, Brown Ranch, Iron Springs, MacKensie Mesa and along Sanborn Park Road to stay alert. They say residents in the area should be sure brush, trees and other flammable materials are cleared away from their homes.

Residents are also encouraged to sign up for the county’s WENS program, which will alert residents in the event evacuations are necessary. Residents can sign up via the San Miguel County website at

Highway 145 is currently open. The San Miguel River remains closed between Deep Creek and Norwood Bridge. Two small campsites in the area were evacuated Saturday afternoon.

Resources on the fire include five MIFMU engines from Norwood and Montrose, two hotshot crews from Durango and Monument, and an inmate hand crew from Rifle. Local fire engines and crews from Telluride and Norwood are also assisting.

The fire is burning on Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service land near the San Miguel/Montrose county border, in oak brush and pine trees.

The public can call the fire information line for updates at 970-240-1070.
(All photos courtesy of BLM)
Source: Press Release (Posted 5:57a)

Authorities say the district attorney of Montezuma and Dolores Counties died after being thrown from his motorcycle on I-70 west of Golden. The Cortez Journal writes that Jim Wilson was making a turn Saturday morning when he lost control of his motorcycle. State Trooper Matt Petty says the 57-year-old was thrown from his motorcycle and his body rolled down an embankment. Wilson’s term was to end in 2013.
DA Jim Wilson CJ
Source: Cortez Journal (Posted 5:53a)

Taco Bell in Montrose is closing this Thursday for the summer. The fast food joint, owned by Tri-Taco is bulldozing the store and reconstructing a new one in it’s exact location.  According to the Daily Press the restaurant will have more seating and a new drive thru that features two windows. The staff will also increase with job applications being accepted in August, the same month Taco Bell is slated to reopen.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 5:52a)

Andrew Romanoff won more than 60 percent of state delegates Saturday, pushing him to the top line of the Democrats’ primary ballot over Senator Michael Bennet and giving his supporters new hope for August. The Denver Post reports that Romanoff, the former state House speaker, won 60.4 percent of more than 3,500 delegates at the Democratic State Assembly. Senator Michael Bennet, appointed to the seat 16 months ago, won 39.6 percent of the delegates. The Democratic State Assembly was held in Broomfield.
Source: Denver Post (Posted 5:51a)