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GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado ” Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue responded to a call of a person in the Colorado River in distress Monday morning. However, crews searched through the day and found nothing, according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tanny McGinnis.

“The reasonable thing to do is to exhaust all efforts,” McGinnis said.

Dispatch received the call about 9:30 a.m. Monday and Garfield County Sheriff’s Deputies responded. Burning Mountains and Rifle fire protection districts and the Rifle and Silt police departments aided in the search.



The Colorado Air National Guard was also called in to assist.

The search was suspended around 5 p.m., but McGinnis said that crews would remain on scene throughout the evening.



McGinnis said that the report came from two individuals who claimed to have seen a person in the river. However, authorities had not received any missing person reports as of 5 p.m. and no other evidence such as a kayak, raft, fishing gear or things of that nature were found.

RIFLE, Colorado ” There will be a National Trails Day event to work on a portion of the Three Forks Trail north of Rifle on Saturday, June 6. Volunteers will be doing trailhead cleanup, trail maintenance and invasive weed eradication.

Those interested in volunteering for the project are encouraged to meet at the Three Forks Trailhead off of Forest Road 832 north of Rifle at 9 a.m. the day of the event.

Participants should come prepared to work outside, dressed appropriately for the weather wearing long sleeves and pants, gloves, a hat, sunglasses and sun block, water and snacks. Lunch will be provided.

Preregistration is recommended. To register or for more information please contact Kyle Grambley with the Rifle Ranger District at 625-2371.

The event is a cooperation between the Rifle Ranger District of the White River National Forest, the city of Rifle Parks and Recreation Department and the Coulter Lake Guest Ranch.


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