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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
RULISON, Colorado – Sheriff’s deputies stopped a speeding westbound vehicle passing by Rulison on I-70 at 10 p.m. Monday and arrested the driver for possession of illegal drugs, according to a release issued Wednesday by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department.
After impounding the vehicle, because the driver had no proof of insurance, the deputies found nearly 16 grams of suspected heroin and about one gram of suspected marijuana in the vehicle. The street value of the drugs is estimated at $1,500 to $2,000, the release stated.
Before pulling over, the driver hit 91 mph on the highway, the release stated.
The driver, Floyd Edward Hamilton, 22, of Denver, was arrested on suspicion of speeding 10 mph over the limit, driving without proof of insurance, possession of heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Garfield County Jail.
Ruedi Reservoir probably won’t fill this year even though the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation won’t divert as much water east through the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, the agency said in a statement Wednesday.
“We are forecasting we will only divert about 12,400 acre-feet of water,” said a statement by Bureau of Reclamation spokeswoman Kara Lamb. “To give you an idea of where that number stands: The water right for the Fry-Ark allows for a diversion of up to 120,000 acre-feet in any one year. Our annual average over the last ten years is closer to about 54,000 acre-feet. Last year, with our incredible snowpack, we diverted around 98,000 acre-feet – and filled Ruedi Reservoir easily.”
The bureau is releasing 110 cubic feet per second from Ruedi dam into the Fryingpan River. The amount of water flowing into the reservoir is greater “but with the current data available, we do not anticipate we will fill,” Lamb wrote. “Weather is still a major factor, of course, but that is how the situation looks right now.”
Water releases by the bureau and other water managers in the Roaring Fork River basin will be discussed Thursday at the annual State of the River meeting. The event, open to the public, will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagle County Community Center in El Jebel.
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