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A rock slide dumped an estimated 1,000 tons of rock, mud, and debris across Colorado 133, forcing its closure Monday night, transportation officials said, as a spring snow storm moved across the state Monday.

The highway reopened around 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to Colorado Department of Transportation officials.

CDOT crews and contractor Yenter Companies will keep one lane of the highway open while they work to scale rocks up above, and drill and blast rocks on the highway in order to haul material away in loaders. This will require periodic traffic stops of up to 30 minutes during daylight hours.

No cars were damaged and no injuries were reported as the slide covered both lanes of the highway between Paonia and McClure Pass at the Paonia Reservoir Dam, CDOT spokeswoman Stacey Stegman said.

The remoteness of the slide forced the closure as road crews headed to the site with equipment to remove boulders too large for earth movers on the scene, Stegman said.

She said the mountainside was wet and had been the site of a slide five years ago.

RIFLE ” Alcohol may be a factor in a single-car rollover on U.S. Highway 6 west of Rifle Tuesday afternoon.

A vehicle drifted off the roadway at milepost 90 at about 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, said Rifle Police Chief Daryl Meisner. The vehicle left 192 feet of skid marks before rolling twice and coming to a rest more than 300 feet from where it left the roadway, he said.

The vehicle’s two occupants were ejected from the vehicle and sustained serious injuries. They were transported to the Grand River Medical Center.

Meisner said the driver is suspected to have been drinking. The victims’ names and vehicle information were unavailable Tuesday, he said.

Alpine Christian Academy will host an open house for prospective and current students and their families from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at 20449 Highway 82, midway between Basalt and El Jebel. The evening will start at Christ Community Church, followed by campus tours and classroom visitations. Headmaster Mick Bennett, faculty and board members will be available to discuss programs for the upcoming school year. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, call 927-9106.

The West Garfield County Landfill hosts a household hazardous waste event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20. For reservations and details, call 625-8601.


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