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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Bureau of Land Management has closed one of two public access routes to the top of the Roan Plateau because of multiple debris slides and washouts.

The agency on Wednesday announced that it closed the JQS Road north of Rifle. It is closed between the lower saddle, which is approximately four miles west of Colorado Highway 13, and its intersection with the Rim Road on top of the plateau, according to the BLM.

Cow Creek Road, which is the second access road to the top of the Roan Plateau, is open and plowed. However, most other roads on the Roan are still impassable due to snow and fallen trees, according to the agency.

“Given the current condition of the JQS Road, we have no choice but to issue this closure to protect public safety,” said BLM Glenwood Springs Field Manager Jamie Connell. “We are currently assessing the situation. We will work to reopen the road as soon as we can, but we don’t have an estimate at this point.”

The agency said a rapidly melting high snowpack on the Roan has created the potential for additional debris slides and washouts on the “steep, rugged” JQS Road.

For more information, contact the BLM Glenwood Springs Field Office, 970-947-2800.

A Garfield County resident will attend the final Allard Capital Conference, which will be held in Washington later this month.

U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., announced Wednesday that Martha Moore, who is public affairs specialist for the Colorado River Water Conservation District, will attend the conference. That conference is co-hosted by both the Fort Collins and Pueblo campuses of Colorado State University. It will be held from June 11 to June 13.

Participants at the conference include Allard, CSU-Fort Collins President Larry Penley, along with several other senators.

“I am expecting my last capital conference to our best,” Allard said in a prepared statement. “Hosting Coloradans like Martha and others from across the state and political spectrum makes for a dynamic event. My goal is to provide our attendees with an unparalleled opportunity to interact with public policy makers, members of Congress and President Bush’s cabinet to gain a better understanding of how our government functions.”

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