Canal break leaves many high and dry

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A drilling crew installs “soil nails” into the hillside at the new 38 Road highway. County officials hope to tie the shifting retaining wall into the hillside to stop the movement of the highway, which is creating large cracks and a sinkhole in the new asphalt.


Shifting soil causes breach, cuts water to eastern valley

Thousands of farmers and residents on Orchard Mesa and in the east end of the Grand Valley are without irrigation water this week after a 54-inch pipeline breached underneath the new-but-slumping 38 Road, which contractors are working around the clock to repair.
Orchard Mesa Irrigation District General Manager Max Schmidt said Wednesday he hopes to restore water to the district’s Canal No. 1, which serves half of the district’s roughly 9,500 customers, by Friday or Saturday.

Assisted suicide may be on ballot

Lance Wright wants to be allowed to kill himself. The Parker resident, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, said he’s quite serious about that, but he’s upset the law doesn’t allow him to decide where and when his life will end nor allow anyone else to help him when the need arises.


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