Local Briefs WILDFIRES BURNING ON WESTERN SLOPE
Firefighters continue to battle multiple wildfires in Colorado, including the Peekaboo fire, about 50 miles west of Craig, and a wildfire in Garfield County on private land.
The 60-acre Peekaboo fire, sparked by lightning, has burned about 60 acres in a remote, rugged area of federal land west of Irish Canyon, according to the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit.
Meanwhile, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office was alerted at about 5 p.m. Monday of a fire south of New Castle on County Road 335. The fire has burned more than 30 acres and is moving south.
65-year-old man dies mountain biking at Snowmass.
A 65-year-old man died Monday afternoon at Snowmass Ski Area after crashing his mountain bike, police said.
Snowmass Village Fire Chief Scott Thompson said the man went over a jump on the Valhalla trail and lost control of his bicycle when he landed on a second jump. The man suffered extensive trauma, Thompson said.
The accident occurred about 1:30 p.m. on the trail, on the east side of the ski area’s lift-served summer mountain biking trails, said Snowmass police Sgt. Dave Heivly and an Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman.
Pitkin County sets up last-chance semi turnaround on Independence Pass.
Pitkin County will spend about $500 to install “no parking” and other warning signs at the winter closure gate to keep trucks 35 feet or longer off Independence Pass. Trucks longer than 35 feet are not allowed on Independence Pass because they cannot negotiate some turns and areas where the road narrows. Trucks that long, and frequently longer, end up on the pass either because GPS devices send them over the pass without disclosing length requirements or truck drivers ignore or miss the numerous warning signs.
Coroner IDs victims in separate shootings.
The Denver medical examiner on Monday identified two men shot to death last week in separate incidents.
The first victim was Lonnie Harris Jr., 52, who was shot early Wednesday in the 9200 block of East Nassau Avenue near South Boston Street. Police responding to a report of shots fired found Harris just before 4 a.m. He was taken to Denver Health medical center, where he was pronounced dead.
Early Saturday, Don Sperow died at the same hospital. The 25-year-old died of multiple gunshot wounds when he was shot in the Skyland neighborhood about 1 a.m. Another man was seriously wounded in the the shooting near York Street and 29th Avenue. Staff and wire reports