Local News Briefs
The mild weather over the first half of March is starting to coax drowsy bears out of hibernation. Wildlife officials want to make sure the bruins aren’t drawn to trash containers in Roaring Fork Valley towns.Kevin Wright, a longtime officer in the Aspen area for the Colorado Division of Wildlife, urged residents to get back into their bear-friendly habits now rather than waiting until later in the season, when bears typically emerge. Bears usually stir in April, he said, but this year one yearling was spotted by a property manager along East Owl Creek Road on Monday and a bear was hit and killed by a vehicle recently in the Eagle Valley, Wright said.”It’s early. I want to get people starting to think,” Wright said. That includes keeping trash containers secured, putting away bird feeders, cleaning barbecues, keeping windows latched and lever handles of doors locked.
Garfield County’s Road & Bridge Department will be repairing a culvert on County Road 320, between the intersections with Rulison Road and County Road 309, on the morning of Monday, March 21.Traffic will be detoured around County Road 320 to the east, on Rulison Road and County Road 309, while the construction is under way.District foreman Wyatt Keesbury said he expects the work to be completed by Monday afternoon.Anyone with questions or concerns can contact Keesbury at 625-8601 or 309-6037.
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