Colorado News Roundup: Wildfire expected to grow near Coaldale (07.14.16) |

Colorado News Roundup: Wildfire expected to grow near Coaldale (07.14.16)

Lester Karplus stands with his hands out in amazement after checking on his barn and finding it unharmed by the Cold Springs Fire, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in Nederland, Colo. The fire came within feet of his home. (Matthew Jonas/The Daily Camera via AP)
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NEDERLAND, Colo. — Firefighters expect a wildfire burning near Coaldale to grow Wednesday in dry, windy weather but crews are working toward getting the blaze contained near the town between Canon City and Salida.

However, the Hayden Pass Fire, which has forced the evacuation of about 100 homes, will likely burn for some time in the Sangre de Christo Wilderness where it flared up Sunday.

It’s burning on about 19 square miles with no containment.

Fire spokesman Kyle Sullivan says crews are using bulldozers and shovels to build lines away from the lightning-caused fire so they can set back burns between the fire and those lines later this week. He says the area burned by the 2011 Duckett Fire and its containment lines are helping hold the fire to the east.


US proposes hunting for 1st time on Baca wildlife refuge

ALAMOSA, Colo. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says parts of the Baca National Wildlife Refuge in southern Colorado could be open to hunting for the first time to help manage elk, other big game and migratory game birds.

The agency said Wednesday it’s seeking public comment on the plan for the 145-square-mile preserve north of Alamosa.

The agency is also proposing expanded big game and migratory game bird hunting on the 17-square-mile Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge and the 23-square-mile Monte Vista refuge, which are also near Alamosa.

Some hunting is already allowed on those two refuges as well as about 330 others nationwide. Fishing is permitted on 275 refuges.

The public can comment on the proposal starting later this week at The comment period ends Aug. 15.


Report: Pilot heard making mayday call before plane crash

DENVER — A preliminary report on a small plane crash near Buena Vista has found that the pilot was heard making a mayday call over his radio before he went down.

The report from the National Transportation Safety Board released Monday still doesn’t provide any answers as to what caused the July 4 crash. The board said in its findings that the woman who received pilot Jay Jones’ emergency declaration reported that he didn’t elaborate on the problems he was facing.

The Denver Post reports 63-year-old Jones was the only person onboard the plane when he crashed in a field about 4 miles from the Buena Vista airport. Witness had reported hearing the aircraft’s engine sputter before the plane went down.

Jones had departed from the Lake County Airport in Leadville.


Police arrest man involved in fatal crash in Lakewood

DENVER — Police have arrested a man who was involved in a crash in Lakewood that killed a 56-year-old woman.

The Denver Post reports 24-year-old Curtis Blodgett was arrested Sunday night for investigation of vehicular homicide and driving while impaired.

Investigators say he slammed into a car stopped on a shoulder of U.S. Highway 6 on Sunday, killing Jana Elliott, of Wolf Point, Montana.

Elliott was killed shortly after she helped retrieve a bicycle that had fallen from a third car onto the highway. She was buckled into the passenger seat of the car that was hit.

Investigators say Blodgett acknowledged smoking marijuana that day, and Lakewood police also discovered a small amount of the drug in the car.

Booking documents do not indicate if he has hired an attorney.


2 Colorado natives named to US Olympic women’s soccer team

DENVER — Two Colorado natives have been selected to compete on the national women’s soccer team in the 2016 Rio Games.

The Denver Post reports Mallory Pugh, of Highlands Ranch, and Lindsey Horan, of Golden, were named to the roster Tuesday. Both will be making their Olympic debut when the games start in Brazil next month.

At 18, Pugh will be the second-youngest U.S. women’s soccer player in history to compete in the Olympics. She was named the Gatorade national player of the year in 2015 and is captain of the U-20 U.S. women’s national team.

The 22-year-old Horan skipped college to play professionally in France and plays for Portland Thorns FC of the National Women’s Soccer League.

The team opens the tournament in Brazil against New Zealand on Aug. 3.

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