Portions of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests and local areas across the Forest have experienced sudden, violent and turbulent thunder and lightning storms, with more forecast throughout the week. On Tuesday, heavy storms with significant rainfall caused road closures and failures. The Goodnough Road (Forest Service Road 618), located off highway 145 was closed by flooding and mud/rock slides on Tuesday evening as a result of the storms. County crews were working on the road today and are expected to continue work to reopen over the next few days. Also affected was the Dexter Creek Road (FSR 871 and Ouray County Road 14) outside of Ouray, located above the Baxter Mine. This road completely washed out in sections at the upper creek crossing, stranding people on the opposite bank of Dexter Creek. County crews were working today to reach stranded individuals, clear the area and to restore access. This work is expected to take up to two weeks to complete, pending any further damage from additional storms.
Source: News Release (Posted 5:56a by Jim Kapp)
Montrose County Public Works is saving up to $200 thousand a mile while making road improvements by using a new process. The Montrose Press reports these improvements are made possible thanks to a 2007 sales tax for roads that was approved by county voters. The new full depth reclamation method was demonstrated to the public on Wednesday on Jig Road. According to Public Works Director Brian Wilson this technology gives the taxpayers the greatest value for their dollar and is the best, most cost-efficient manner. Wilson claims the base work of these roads should last 50 to 75 years. The sales tax revenue was used to purchase new equipment including a road grader which is vital to the new method.
Source: Montrose Daily Press (Posted 8:12a by Jim Kapp)
Later this morning Gov. Ritter will deliver remarks and kick-off the School Breakfast Challenge at the 41st annual meeting of the Colorado Association of School Executives. This new initiative encourages schools across Colorado to start or expand free or reduced-price breakfast programs as part of Gov. Ritter’s Campaign to End Childhood Hunger by 2015.
Source: Press Release (Posted 8:13a by Jim Kapp)
The Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) transformer that malfunctioned Tuesday afternoon, leading to a day-long call for energy conservation, has been temporarily repaired. DMEA and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association crews were able to install a mobile substation yesterday afternoon and bring the damaged transformer back online last night. Electric service throughout DMEA’s service territory and the City of Delta is planned to return to normal service this morning and no additional outages are expected.
Source: News Release (Posted 8:20a by Jim Kapp)
Larimer County health officials say they have confirmed the first cases of West Nile-infected mosquitoes in the county this season. KJCT reports that the Dept. of Health and Environment in Larimer County said the mosquitoes were found in traps last week. To date no other cases have come up in the rest of the state. Health officials says overall only 6 humans have contracted West Nile virus this year….
Source: KJCT (Posted 8:23a by Jim Kapp)