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NEW CASTLE – A three-vehicle crash closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 near New Castle for more than an hour Friday morning.The accident occurred at approximately 7:10 a.m. near milepost 108. Traffic was diverted to Highway 6 at New Castle or around the crash scene through the 108 rest area.The accident occurred when Ramiro Vargas-Majalca, 33, of Thornton, lost control of his 2006 Nissan Armada while traveling westbound on I-70. The vehicle hydroplaned and skidded across the center grass median and into the left eastbound lane where it was struck by a pickup truck driven by Daniel Diaz, 51, of Rifle. Vargas-Majalca was then struck by a van driven by Juan Garcia-Perez, 40, of Eagle. All drivers and occupants were reportedly wearing seat belts and there were no major injuries in the crash. The Colorado State Patrol determined the primary contributing factor in the crash was that the Nissan was traveling at an excessive speed for the weather and roadway conditions.
Sunlight Mountain Resort will hold a community meeting at the Glenwood Springs Community Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6. Discussion will include the new proposed development for Sunlight and possible impacts to the area.
A Forest Service road will be closed next week, but the short closure should allow for the permanent passage of several generations of aquatic life.”We’ll be installing an aquatic organism passage structure in a tributary to North Thompson Creek,” said White River National Forest hydrologist Mark Weinhold.Four Mile Road, also known as Forest Service Road 300, will be closed one mile south of Baylor Park from Monday to Friday as WRNF road crews perform the project. Signs warning of the closure will be posted in the area.The passage will be replacing an existing pipe that is undersized and falling apart, Weinhold said. The new pipe will be 12 feet wide and more than seven feet tall, and it will allow species such as brook trout and Colorado cutthroat trout to pass under the road and through the channel.The passage is the first of seven pipes that will be installed over three years in the area.
Tuesday, Aug. 7, the annual National Night Out will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. at the east side of the Glenwood Springs City Hall. Vendors from various service and law enforcement agencies will be present, and a free barbecue will be available for the public, vendors and volunteers.Margaret Wierenga is looking for volunteers to help with various aspects of the event. Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said this will be the largest program ever, with a variety of presentations, including one on bear safety from the Colorado Division of Wildlife.”This is an important community event for people,” he said.
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UPDATE 5:27 p.m. — Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon has reopened in both directions Saturday evening after a safety closure due to a flash flood warning. There were no reported mud/debris slides.