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Staff reportsGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

ASPEN, Colorado Pitkin County Sheriffs deputies and Basalt Fire-Rescue responded to the Roaring Fork River near Wingo Junction Saturday afternoon following a report of four rafters needing assistance after flipping their raft.The incident occurred at about 5:22 p.m., according to a Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District press release. Basalt Fire-Rescue was assisted by Carbondale fires Swiftwater Team during the rescue. Two rafters rescued themselves and were found on shore unharmed. Another rafter was found on an island and required the services of the Swiftwater Rescue technicians. That rafter was removed from the island to shore unharmed.Just as rescuers were finishing retrieving the rafter from the island, the fourth rafter was located just downvalley of the Roaring Fork Club. Rescuers managed to assist the rafter and lone occupant from the island without injury.All four boaters were wearing proper safety equipment, according to the press release.On Friday, a local man was knocked out of a raft during a guided trip on the Roaring Fork River. He was in the water for close to 40 minutes before members of Aspens and Snowmass Swiftwater teams pulled him to shore.

RIFLE, Colorado For the first time, Rifle residents are being put on even- and odd-numbered watering restrictions, along with a time frame that will go into effect Monday, June 23.The restrictions are being put in place due to increasing demands on the citys Graham Mesa water treatment plant, according to City Manager John Hier.Watering for lawn and other outdoor irrigation will be limited by requiring residents with odd-numbered addresses watering only on odd-numbered days and residences with even-numbered addresses on even-numbered days, Hier said.On the days watering is allowed, there is an additional restriction that prohibits watering between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.Were implementing this restriction due to the increased demand on the water system and the problems were having at the Graham Mesa water treatment plant, Hier said. Its an aging plant and were pushing it to the max.The watering restrictions will remain in place until further notice. For more information about the citys watering restrictions, residents can watch the local Channel 10 or visit rifleco.org.

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