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Collbran Mudslide
7:42 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Geologists: Soft Rock, Steep Slope Contributors In Collbran Mudslide

This map, put together by the USGS in 1982, shows which parts of the country are most prone to landslides. The areas shaded in red have the highest landslide incidence.
USGS

The area where the Collbran mudslide happened has seen similar slides in the past. Geologists say relatively weak rock and steep terrain create a recipe for such natural disasters. Still, Colorado in general is less vulnerable to slides than wetter areas, like the west coast. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

The Colorado Geological Survey began mapping landslides near Collbran in the 1980’s. They discovered the area where this debris flow happened was prone to slides.

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APR Local News
5:27 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Mudslide Search On Hold, Another Slide Possible

The slide is west of Carbondale and McClure Pass, and south of Rifle.
Credit John Wark

It’s been a difficult several days for the community of Collbran, west of Carbondale. The small town is near a massive mudslide that let loose over the Memorial Day weekend. Three men from the area are missing, and now search and rescue crews are on hold. 

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APR Special
3:27 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

APR Special: Spotlight Health, Show #4

Credit feministing.com

Good afternoon, you’re listening to Spotlight Health, on Aspen Public Radio.

I’m Elise Thatcher, and this is the fourth in our series on critical health issues.

We’re going to explore the state of health and sports these days especially kids’ athletics.

“We put kids in uniform at age three, we got adults screaming on the sidelines at age six, and we create the travel teams at seven and eight…”

We’ll also get the details on research about staying young… using younger blood. You may have already heard about it.

“This research, may suggest that Bram Stoker had ideas ahead of his time.

That was a medical professor named Andrew Randall commenting on the shocking news on what may make us all live forever. Drinking blood?

It doesn’t actually involve children’s blood… but we’ll let our guest explain.

That’s this hour on Spotlight Health.

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3 Men Still Missing
11:53 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Mudslide Video and Photos

Looking down on the mudslide west of Carbondale.
Mesa County Sheriff's Office

  A mountainside southwest of Rifle gave way Sunday night (5-25-2014) in a rural area southwest of Rifle and about 40 miles east of Grand Junction.  Three men are still missing including a Mesa County Road and Bridge Department employee and his adult son.  The slide is estimated to be four miles long, a half mile wide and 250 feet deep.

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State Legislature
8:13 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Western Slope Lawmaker Carried Independence Pass Measure

State Rep. Millie Hamner stands above and to the right of Governor Hickenlooper during a bill signing. Hamner will discuss the measures she carried at the legislature during an event in Basalt Tuesday evening.
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State Representative Millie Hamner carried three times the number of bills this legislative session, than she did in the previous session. The democrat, who represents several Western Slope counties including Pitkin County, chairs the House education committee. She told Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen that she's most proud of two measures that bring hundreds of millions of dollars to Colorado schools.

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