Blotter, May 6, 2013

Prescribed burn planned

The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit plans to start a prescribed burn in the Nick Mountain area early this week, the agency said.

The burn plan includes approximately 1,600 acres. The area was last burned in the 1980s, the agency said. The hope is the fire, which will be ignited aerially and managed on the ground, will reduce fuels.

Smoke may be visible on Grand Mesa.

The burn will only happen if conditions are right, the release said.

Rockfall closes highway


A rockfall closed Colorado Highway 133 in both directions Sunday at milemarker 29, and the Colorado Department of Transportation wasn’t sure when the highway would reopen.

CDOT said seven or eight large rocks fell on the road about 9:30 a.m., creating a “crater” about 2 feet deep, 12 feet long and 10 feet wide. The two largest rocks were the “size of a dump truck,” CDOT said in a release.

The rockfall is about 13 miles south of the McClure Pass summit.

Highway 133 connects Carbondale and the North Fork Valley on the south side of the pass.

Motorists can visit, CDOT’s website, for updated closure details.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Someone broke multiple windows out of multiple vehicles Friday in the area of Ajay Avenue and Serenity Lane. Damage was more than $1,000.

■ Someone broke a window Thursday on a vehicle in the parking lot of Regal Cinemas Canyon View Stadium 14, 648 Market St., causing less than $100 in damage. Property valued at less than $100 was stolen from inside the vehicle.

■ Someone stole property valued at more than $1,000 from Houston Hall on the Colorado Mesa University campus on Wednesday.

■ Someone forced entry into a vehicle Tuesday that was parked in the 700 block of 22 Road, causing a loss of more than $1,000.

■ Someone stole property valued at more than $1,000 from a residence in the 800 block of Kennedy Avenue on April 27.

■ Someone caused more than $1,000 in damage to a vehicle parked in the 500 block of Court Road on April 12.


The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department did not release reports Sunday.


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