Glenwood Canyon bike path reopens |

Glenwood Canyon bike path reopens

Staff ReportsGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. The Glenwood Canyon recreation path has reopened after a ruptured penstock released large amounts of water, damaging much of the Shoshone hydroelectric plant and covering the path with large amounts of mud and debris.A Colorado Division of Transportation (CDOT) maintenance crew removed debris and mud covering approximately a 250-foot-long stretch of path about one-foot-deep, and repaired the fence. The path was not damaged significantly by the water underneath, which continues to drain, according to CDOT spokeswoman Nancy Shanks.Crews will take core samples when things are dry to assess the soil underneath. Power remains out at the Grizzly Creek and Hanging Lake Tunnel Rest areas.The Shoshone river access remains closed but is expected to open Saturday depending upon cleanup efforts at the power plant today. River access at Grizzly Creek is available.

A magpie has been flying over shoppers at Safeway for a few days now, and efforts to extricate it have proved unsuccessful, according to manager Juan Carrera.Usually birds that get stuck inside leave on their own, Carrera said.”We’ve left the front doors open just for that,” Carrera said, “But it doesn’t seem to want to leave.”Carrera said the magpie has flown close to the open front doors, but has not flown low enough to get out.They have called animal control and another pest control agency, Carrera said, but because of the fire no one has come to help.Safeway called the Colorado Division of Wildlife on Monday, according to DOW spokesperson Randy Hampton, and they offered advice as to how to get the bird out. Hampton said they haven’t heard from the store since then, and right now bears are their priority.Hampton said if Safeway’s efforts proved unsuccessful the DOW would try to help if they could.”It seems pretty happy in here,” said Carrera of the magpie. “And it hasn’t attacked anybody yet.”

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