Colorado News Roundup: US announces plans to protect rare Colorado, Utah birds (08.12.16) | SummitDaily.com

Colorado News Roundup: US announces plans to protect rare Colorado, Utah birds (08.12.16)

The greater sage grouse, whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections, the Interior Department said last year. However, federal land managers have announced much-anticipated plans to protect the rare Gunnison sage grouse, a bird found only in Colorado and Utah.

ENVIRONMENT

DENVER — Federal land managers have announced much-anticipated plans to protect the rare Gunnison sage grouse, a bird found only in Colorado and Utah.

The Bureau of Land Management released a nearly 1,000-page document late Thursday proposing some restrictions on energy development, roads and grazing.

That opens a 90-day period for public comment. Final rules are expected next year.

Only about 5,000 Gunnison sage grouse remain in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah. It was listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 2014.

The Gunnison grouse is related to the greater sage grouse, which is found across 11 Western states. Federal wildlife managers decided in September not to protect the greater sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act, but some conservation restrictions are planned on public lands.

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TRAGEDY

Girl drowns in apartment complex swimming pool

DENVER — A 7-year-old girl has drowned in a pool at an apartment complex in Arapahoe County.

The sheriff's office says deputies were called to the apartment complex on Thursday evening and pulled the girl from the pool. They say attempts to revive the girl failed.

Investigators say the girl was apparently unsupervised while she was in the pool.

On Monday, two girls and their baby sitter died in a swimming pool at a mobile home trailer park.

AIR TRAVEL

Power wire causes long delays on Denver's airport transit

DENVER — The commuter rail line between downtown Denver and the airport experienced more service disruptions due to a damaged power wire.

Regional Transportation District officials say bus shuttles had to take passengers on the A Line to Denver International Airport on Thursday. The interruption follows hours-long delays on Wednesday.

On Thursday passengers endured delays of about 30 minutes. The train issues have since been resolved.

Dallas flight makes rough landing in Colorado

HAYDEN, Colo. — An American Eagle regional jet coming from Dallas has landed safely at an airport in northwestern Colorado after the plane's flaps malfunctioned on final approach.

The Steamboat Pilot and Today newspaper reports that firefighters were called to Yampa Valley Regional Airport Thursday for an airplane that was experiencing problems with its flaps, a portion of the wing that extends on takeoffs and landings that allows the plane to travel at slower speeds.

The pilot was able to make a high-speed landing and none of the 58 passengers was injured.

Passenger Candy Shelter says she could smell burnt rubber after the captain slammed on the brakes when hitting the runway in Hayden. She says the passengers applauded when the plane landed safely.