Lo­cal Briefs WILD­FIRES BURN­ING ON WESTERN SLOPE

The Denver Post - - NEWS -

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

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