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Joseph Buchanan, 34, of Louisiana, was fatally injured in an apparent work-related accident at an Antero Resources gas-production drilling rig Thursday evening near Silt.

The accident occurred at a drilling rig near mile marker one on County Road 315 (Mamm Creek Road). According to Garfield County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tanny McGinnis, Rifle Fire Protection District (RFPD) responded to the call at 5:45 p.m. Thursday where they found Buchanan with head injuries.

“It looks to be an apparent mechanical failure,” said Garfield County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Ashworth.



Debris flow mitigation work began on the Canyon Creek Road Wednesday, five days after mudslides covered several sections and destroyed landscaping at many homes.

Garfield County Road and Bridge placed approximately 60 concrete barriers along the west side of Canyon Creek in places deemed to be most threatened during a storm. A total of 240 barriers will be placed along the roadside in hopes of directing water and mud runoff away from homes and property. The debris flow and mitigation effort came as a result of the New Castle Fire, which burned 1,240 acres in late June.



For five weeks, five botflies found a home in Aaron Dallas’ head.

“It was weird and traumatic,” said Dallas, of Carbondale.

Not to mention painful, he said.

“I would get this pain that would drop me to my knees,” Dallas said.

In June, Dallas became host to five botfly larvae near the top of his skull. He had visited Belize, in Central America, while assisting with a mountain bike race.


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