A bill is making its way through congress that would help better understand, and hopefully stop the spread of chronic wasting disease in deer, elk, and moose. U.S. Michael Bennet of Colorado says it’s a critical issue, threatening parts of Colorado’s outdoor economy and way of life. Senator Cory Gardner is also backing the bill. Testing for the disease in deer is mandatory in some parts of Colorado.
A woman was stopped near Parachute for following too closely, one morning last week. A Colorado State Trooper noticed some suspicious items in her car and asked if she had any money, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine. The officer said she got nervous and her body froze, at which point he called in the K9, who alerted to something in the car. Almost 22 pounds of suspected meth was found in Ziploc bags. The driver said she picks up the drugs in Mexico and takes them to Minneapolis, and it was her fifth trip. She is now in the Garfield County Jail, on multiple drug charges and following too closely.
The man who is accused of starting the Lake Christine Fire near Basalt last summer, had to be rescued Sunday. Richard Miller went out of bounds in the Highland Bowl near Aspen and got separated from his buddies. Nineteen volunteers from Mountain Rescue Aspen were called in to help get him out safely. He had to do some hiking. Miller and another friend are out on bond after allegedly starting that big fire last summer that burned over 12,500 acres, at a cost of $18,500,000.
Nearby in Snowmass, the town council there has voted unanimously on first reading, to allow pot shops in Snowmass Village. A second reading will be later this month. But after 5 ½ years of discussing it, council is saying marijuana dispensaries will be legal in Snowmass on April 1.
The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners is meeting this morning. They want a lower royalty rate at Trapper Mine. They’re presenting a letter of support to get it reduced. The meeting is at 8:30 a.m. this morning in the commissioners room at 221 W. Victory Way.
A cow moose died Friday near the base of Steamboat Resort. A Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer thinks the moose died of natural causes. It happened near the Ironwood Townhomes. The body of the moose has been taken to Walden so they can try to figure out why the moose died. There weren’t any signs of trauma or chronic wasting disease. But Wildlife Manager Kris Middledorf says the moose was in poor condition with very low body fat. The moose was also wearing a GPS collar. The moose had a young calf, about ten months old. Officials think it will be fine, since winter is almost over.
Rockfall mitigation is going on today on Colorado Highway 133 south of McClure Pass. It’s the main route connecting the Roaring Fork and North Fork Valleys. That road is closed.
The Moffat County Bulldogs U18 hockey team lost in the semifinals last weekend, to Littleton. They entered as the top team in the Colorado Recreational Hockey League playoffs. The Bulldogs are 19-4-1 and will wrap up their season this weekend with a series in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
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