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NEWS
4:08 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

On A drive Around Grand Mesa A Geologist Explains Why It's Prone To Slide

The perimeter of the Grand Mesa is rimmed by landslides.
Laura Palmisano

May’s massive landslide on the edge of the Grand Mesa near Collbran claimed the lives of three men. 

Geologists I spoke to said landslides in western Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region are a normal occurrence because the earth is dynamic and erosion is happening all around us. 

To get a better understanding of why experts told me the nature of the flat-topped mountain is to slide, I took a drive on Grand Mesa with a geologist. 

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NEWS
5:43 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

U.S. Pilot & German Soldier Share Their WWII Stories

Allied troops storming the beach in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
Credit United States Department of Defense

The 70th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy, is Friday, June 6. D-Day, a part of Operation Overlord, was the largest seaborne invasion in history, and set the stage for the Allies to drive the Germans from France and led to the ultimate defeat of Nazi Germany. 

The men and women who fought in this war are now mostly in their 80’s and 90's.  

These are the stories of two men who fought in World War II on opposite sides.  

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NEWS
3:52 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

San Miguel County Sheriff Asks Board To Ban Butane Hash Oil Production

Credit Andres Rodriguez via Flickr @symic

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San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters has asked the County Board of Commissioners to ban butane hash oil production.

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NEWS
5:22 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

NPS To Offer Tours At Blue Mesa Reservoir For First Time

The National Park Service will offer boat tours for the first time at Blue Mesa Reservoir starting in June.
Credit NPS

    

The National Park Service will not offer Morrow Point boat tours in June this year. 

Park officials said this winter’s generous snowpack in the upper Gunnison Basin means the Bureau of Reclamation will have to send a lot of water downstream this summer. 

Brant Porter, a Curecanti park ranger, said the water management scenario for the Gunnison River from Blue Mesa to Black Canyon is not compatible for boat tours at the reservoir. 

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NEWS
1:39 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Now Appearing: Hemp, For The First Time In Decades

At Centennial Seeds in Lafayette, Colo., Ben Holmes is testing hemp varieties. Holmes made his name distributing and breeding strains of medical and recreational marijuana, but recently has become a prominent figure in Colorado’s fledgling hemp industry.

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 9:08 am

A handful of farmers are set to plant the country’s first hemp crop in decades, despite federal regulations that tightly restrict the plant’s cultivation.

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NEWS
1:30 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Mesa County Declares Emergency After Massive Mudslide

Emergency responders estimated the West Salt Creek Mudslide is 3 miles long, a half-mile wide, and about 200 feet deep in some parts.
Credit Mesa County Sheriff's Office

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Mesa County implemented an emergency declaration Tuesday following Sunday's massive mudslide near the town of Collbran.

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NEWS
1:13 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Hawkins Family & Town Of Collbran Release Statements On Mudslide

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office has called of the search for three men who went missing after the massive landslide near Collbran.
Credit Mesa County Sheriff's Office

The family of one of the men missing after Sunday's massive mudslide and the town of Collbran have released statements about the natural disaster.

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NEWS
9:13 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Brand Colorado Slowly Gaining Steam

John Scaggs with Haystack Mountain Goat Dairystands beside aging cheese. Scaggs' company has started using the state's new Colorado branding.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 5:16 pm

More and more companies are starting to use the new Colorado logo and slogan - “it’s our nature” - to promote their products, helping the state's efforts to strengthen its brand and global competitiveness. The branding effort though has been somewhat controversial and it will take some time to determine its success.

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COMMUNITY
5:28 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Veterans Host Memorial Day Service In Crawford

A flag left at the grave of a veteran laid to rest in Crawford, CO.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Over 60 people attended a Memorial Day service at the Crawford Cemetery on Sunday. 

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NEWS
8:12 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Rescuers Halt Search For 3 Missing After Sunday's Landslide Near Collbran

Officials said energy resources in the area were also threatened by debris and energy companies had to bring in a bulldozer on Monday to try and clear a road for workers to access condensate tanks, which are used in natural gas production in a process known as hydraulic fracturing, in order to drain them.
Credit Mesa County Sheriff's Office

 

    

Three people are missing including a county worker and his son after Sunday's massive landslide outside of the town of Collbran. 

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