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Drought-caused Colorado River fishing restrictions lifted, but it may be a temporary reprieve

By James Anderson, The Associated Press Colorado lifted some fishing restrictions along a stretch of the Colorado River on Tuesday, but biologists warn that historically low water flows caused by a drought in the U.S. West, high water temperatures and wildfire sediment that all starve trout of oxygen could force future bans. On July 7, […]

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Glenwood Canyon closes again as forest ecologists scramble to seed burn zone and prevent mudslides

The National Weather Service flood watch for the Grizzly Creek burn zone came shortly before noon on Tuesday. When the watch became a warning shortly after 3 p.m., the Colorado Department of Transportation closed the interstate through the canyon for about three hours. The closure was among several for Glenwood Canyon since late June. Three […]

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Mudslides bury I-70, prompt “extended” Glenwood Canyon closure during busy holiday weekend

They warned it would happen again — and on Saturday it did. Mudslides buried Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon on Saturday afternoon, prompting the Colorado Department of Transportation to shut down the heavily traveled route during the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend. Both westbound lanes of the highway opened Sunday morning. The eastbound lanes […]

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Second mudslide from Grizzly Creek burn scar closes I-70 through Glenwood Canyon

Editor’s Note: Interstate 70 has since re-opened. Find the latest story here. A second weekend mudslide flowing from the Grizzly Creek burn scar closed Interstate 70 in both directions through Glenwood Canyon on Sunday. The highway was closed in both directions between the West Rifle and Dotsero exits after muddy debris covered an area in […]

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“Too many uncontrollables”: From coronavirus to wildfires, Colorado’s hunting season brings a slew of uncertainties

Earl Oesterling first noticed the smoke plumes of the Cameron Peak fire near his business, Ivory & Antler Outfitters, in mid-August. He knew that signaled trouble for hunting even beyond the crowds and the drought that already beset the area.  The Jackson County outfitter, located about 20 miles west of what became a massive wildfire […]

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Scouring soil, sowing seeds and spending millions for wildfire recovery in Glenwood Canyon

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Grizzly Creek Fire was not even 10% contained. Jumbo jets still were dousing flames as firefighting teams from across the country scrambled to protect Glenwood Springs and a critical watershed above the Colorado River. And teams of scientists were in Glenwood Canyon, too, battling alongside firefighters.  Those hydrologists, biologists, geologists, archaeologists […]

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Glenwood Springs needs $10.5 million — right now — to prepare for watershed impacts of Grizzly Creek Fire

GLENWOOD CANYON — Standing mere feet from where a human-caused spark on Interstate 70 above the Colorado River ignited the now 32,000-acre Grizzly Creek fire, Jonathan Godes painted a nightmare scenario that could have been.  Glenwood Springs’ mayor said if that spark had been 5 miles downstream and exploded into a wildfire the size of […]

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Drones dropping “Dragon Eggs” are Colorado’s latest aerial assault weapon for wildfires

GLENWOOD CANYON — Flames erupt on the hillside as plumes of smoke billow into the hazy sky above the Colorado River. “It’s beautiful right now. This is a really good burn going right now,” says John Kennedy, the director of one of three branches of firefighters battling the Grizzly Creek wildfire. Kelly Boyd, standing next […]

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I-70 reopens through Glenwood Canyon after two week closure; fires continue to burn across Colorado

Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon reopened to motorists on Monday morning after a two-week closure because of the Grizzly Creek fire. The Colorado Department of Transportation says the reopening is a “limited” one. “CDOT asks that motorists prepare for reduced speeds, no stopping in the canyon and closures due to mudslides and other events,” the […]

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Train service resumes in Glenwood Canyon, wildfires grow to a combined 179,000 acres

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Trains have started moving again through Glenwood Canyon where railroad tracks were closed because of an ongoing wildfire. But it could be several more days before motorists will be allowed on Interstate 70 through the mountain corridor. Union Pacific and Amtrak resumed service through Glenwood Springs after closing the tracks in Glenwood […]