October 1, 2013 |
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- The federal government shutdown on Tuesday has left Colorado officials scrambling to keep emergency relief and recovery operations continuing in the wake of last month's massive flooding. Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Tuesday morning he authorized the use of state money to pay Colorado National Guard troops so they can continue with flood recovery. Under the shutdown they would not be paid, according to the governor's office. “We can't afford to lose one day in rebuilding areas destroyed or damaged by the floods,” Hickenlooper said in a news release.
September 18, 2013 |
Emily and Steve Goldfield spent the last week in Colorado celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary -- amid biblical rains. That wasn't quite what they had in mind. They arrived in Denver on Sept. 8, the day before the rains began. On Sept. 9 they rented an RV in Longmont and headed for Estes Park, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. It started to rain. It turned torrential on Sept. 11. PHOTOS: Colorado flooding “Before we left, the weather forecast was for summer weather,” Emily Goldfield told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday.
September 16, 2013 |
As rain continued for a seventh day, inundating much of the state and creating a virtual moat around the closed Rocky Mountain National Park, Sandra Ellison waited at the Timberline Church here Sunday for the helicopters that would evacuate her parents, 86 and 85. But choppers couldn't operate in the torrential rain and heavy clouds. Her parents would have to wait another day to escape their flooded, remote community near Glenhaven. Like many others in Colorado, they remained trapped inside a slow-motion disaster that has washed out roads, broken bridges from their embankments and separated families.
July 18, 2013 |
Nine people working on a northern Colorado farm were struck by lightning during a fast-moving storm on Thursday, a fire official said. Two people were critically injured, four seriously, said Gary Green, chief of the Wellington Fire Protection District. The group was working in an open field at the time. While none of the injuries were life-threatening, the critically injured patients were “in a significant altered mental state” and were not responding appropriately to questions, Green said.
May 13, 2006 |
President Bush has signed a bill that will allow an 83-year-old widow to keep her summer home inside the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park. The measure gives Betty Dick "life estate" rights to use the land where she and her late husband had spent summers since the 1970s. Rep. Mark Udall, Sen. Ken Salazar and others in Colorado took up Dick's cause after the National Park Service threatened her with eviction.
May 3, 2006 |
Legislation allowing an 83-year-old widow to keep her summer home in Rocky Mountain National Park is headed to the president's desk. House members voted unanimously for a bill that would let Betty Dick keep the cabin near the park's west entrance, which she has used for decades. The bill previously had been approved by the Senate.