Search and rescue team finds overdue hiker
A search and rescue operation was successful Friday afternoon in a search for an overdue hiker in the Sweetwater area in Garfield County.James Earl Lemon, from Glendale, Ariz., was fishing Thursday afternoon with two friends when he went missing. Lemon’s friends waited one night and then called 911 at about 6 a.m. Friday morning, at which point the search convened, said Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario.Horse wranglers started up Sweetwater trails Friday morning, as did tracking dogs. Vallario said the High Altitude Team from the National Guard base in Eagle also helped in the search. Lemon was found late Friday afternoon, by searchers on horseback.Vallario said Lemon is in good health and completely fine after his ordeal.Police nab Glenwood Springs man after chaseA Glenwood Springs man took Glenwood Springs police officers on a chase after being spotted illegally riding his motorcycle in West Glenwood Friday evening.The seven-minute chase, however, was primarily on foot.After dismounting his motorcycle, Mark Kralich, 48, ran through the Center Drive Business Center to the Glenwood Springs Mall before eventually being apprehended at the Zales jewelry store inside the mall, according to Police Chief Terry Wilson.It wasn’t the first time officers have contacted Kralich regarding a traffic infraction, and he was known to be driving with a suspended license.”It’s actually becoming fairly routine with him, but apparently someone in a courtroom is going to have to get his attention a little more directly,” Wilson said.Kralich was charged with driving with no proof of insurance and driving while suspended as a habitual traffic offender.Wilson said Kralich could face jail time, but didn’t know “how much or at what level.”Dinosaur National Monument bones closed indefinitelyThe main attraction at Dinosaur National Monument is closed to the public indefinitely. The monument’s famous fossilized dinosaur bones on display at the park’s dinosaur quarry are off limits because the building that houses the display is in danger of collapse. The Quarry Visitor Center, 20 miles east of Vernal, Utah, near the Colorado border, was constructed in the mid-1950s on expansive soils, said Superintendent Mary Risser in a press release. The building has had structural problems for decades, but the National Park Service this week deemed it unsafe for the public until repairs can be made. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and cannot be torn down. Meanwhile, the 210,000 acre monument straddling the Utah-Colorado border remains open to the public. Because the Dinosaur Quarry is closed, the monument will waive all entrance fees to the park. All the monument’s other attractions, including Colorado’s Yampa River, Echo Park, the Gates of Lodore, and the Dinosaur, Colo., visitor center remain open.For more information, log onto http://www.nps.gov/dino. – from staff reports
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The BLM will conduct an environmental assessment of the proposed wells needed to begin the NEPA process on the larger quarry expansion.