Collbran

NEWS
8:17 am
Thu August 28, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, August 28, 2014

  Newscast

  • A look at the Collbran landslide
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  • Local women celebrate anniversary of 19th amendment
ENVIRONMENT
5:08 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Scientist Presents Findings On Collbran Landslide

The toe of the landslide
Credit 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

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NEWS
6:05 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Collbran Landslide Far From Finished

The toe of the Collbran landslide
Credit 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.

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ENVIRONMENT
9:38 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Local Motion: Geologist Explains Why Grand Mesa Is Prone To Slide

Skyway Point on the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway is a good place to view the geography of Grand Mesa.

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.

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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. 

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

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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

Listen to the interview.

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
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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