Mudslide shuts down Interstate 70

A mudslide shut down Interstate 70 westbound for several hours on Monday as Interstate 70 drivers were diverted to U.S. Highway 6.

The slide reportedly took place at about 2:30 and the lanes weren't reopened until 8:30.

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, the road was closed between Palisade exit 42 Clifton exit 37.

CDOT spokeswoman Lisa Schwantes said the slide occurred at about mile marker 38 and blocked both westbound lanes for most of the afternoon Monday as crews brought in equipment from the De Beque field office.

The extent of the damage and whether further work will be needed wasn't revealed.

A debris flow, sometimes referred to as a mudslide, is a flowing mixture ranging from watery mud to thick, rocky mud that can carry large items such as boulders, trees and other debris, according to a Colorado School of Mines report for CDOT. Debris flows develop when water rapidly accumulates in the ground.

State OKs petition to recall Gov. Polis

The Colorado Secretary of State's Office approved petitions Monday for an effort to recall Gov. Jared Polis.

The petition drive needs to collect at least 631,266 signatures of valid Colorado voters to stage such a recall vote, and they have 60 days to do so.

That means the groups behind the recall effort have to turn in petitions with enough signatures by Sept. 6.

A local group, Resist Polis, is staging its first formal petition signing event 2-7 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot at True Value, 1838 N. 12th St.

Junction pedestrian killed in accident

A man was killed in a pedestrian-vehicle accident early Monday morning near 29 Road on U.S. Highway 50.

The Mesa County Coroner's Office completed its examination and determined that 59-year-old Fredi Hagen of Grand Junction died of multiple blunt force injuries and the manner of death is an accident.

The Colorado State Patrol was in charge of the investigation.

Debate on Popular Vote is postponed

A debate scheduled on the National Popular Vote Compact for Wednesday in Grand Junction has been postponed.

The debate has been moved to September due to a family health crisis of one of the debaters.

Sponsored by the Steamboat Institute, a right-leaning think tank, the Grand Junction event was to be the last in a series of three scheduled debates this week on whether Colorado and other states should join the compact.

The rescheduled date of the Grand Junction debate will be determined later.

Springs giraffe gives birth to a 6-footer

COLORADO SPRINGS — A giraffe herd at a Colorado Springs zoo has welcomed its 16th member following the birth of a calf.

The 10-year-old reticulated giraffe named Msitu gave birth Saturday at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

The zoo says the calf was about 6 feet tall at birth and weighed more than 150 pounds.

Zoo officials say the mother and calf appear to be doing well.

The sex of the calf has not yet been confirmed. The zoo waits 30 days before naming babies.

Pregnancies for reticulated giraffes can last up to 15 months.

The calf is Msitu's third. She gave birth to Emy in 2013 and to Rae in 2017.

Emy lives at a zoo in Peoria, Illinois. Rae remains with the Colorado Springs herd.

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