Collbran

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  • Plane crashes in Montrose County
  • Pitkin County supports Thompson Divide Lease Swap
  • CDOT bus service from Denver to Glenwood Springs launches in July
  • Landslide near Collbran threatens more damage
  • Grand Junction homicide

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  • A look at the Collbran landslide
  • State lawmakers worry over wildfires despite mild season
  • Local women celebrate anniversary of 19th amendment
Collbran, Landslide
Mesa County Sheriff's Office

A new study will be presented at a summit of the Geological Society of America about the Collbran landslide.  KVNF’s Jake Ryan talked with the study’s author about what made this slide so different.

The landslide happened three months ago.  Jeff Coe is a geologist with the US Geological Survey, and he’s been working with a few other groups to monitor the slide since then.  A abstract of their findings can be seen here

Collbran, Landslide
Mesa County Sheriff's Office

The Collbran landslide is far from over. 

Last week the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission met with industry members and scientists to look at the current state of the slide. 

"When this earth flow failed, a large mound of disturbed bedrock had rotated back and created a large depression.  There's a pond in there now," said Jonathan White, a senior engineering geologist for the Colorado Geological Survey.

West Salt Creek used to flow through the valley, but now that runoff just feeds this pond, held back only by loose soil and debris.

On this week's Local Motion, KVNF's Laura Palmisano takes us on a drive around Grand Mesa with geologist Andres Aslan. On the drive, Aslan talks about the geological history of the mesa and why it's landslide prone. He also discusses May's massive landslide on the edge of the Grand Mesa near Collbran that claimed the lives of three men.

Grand Mesa
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. 

I met Andres Aslan, a Colorado Mesa University professor and geologist, at the visitor center on the mesa. 

Collbran, Landslide, West Salt Creek Mudslide
Mesa County Sheriff's Office

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

Collbran, Landslide
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.

Collbran, Landslide
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.