Body recovered from reservoir near Silt
Authorities have recovered the body of a middle-aged man from Harvey Gap Reservoir north of Silt after an apparent drowning.
The Garfield County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that Garfield County Search and Rescue recovered the body overnight. Sheriff and search-and-rescue personnel were called about 7 p.m. Thursday about the possible drowning.
A CareFlight crew flew over the reservoir in the remaining daylight to search the water and shore.
While search crews began pulling teams off the water about 10 p.m. because of darkness, the body was found shortly afterward, the Sheriff's Office said.
The body was turned over to the Garfield County Coroner's Office for identification and notification of next of kin.
Land trust receives $100,000 grant
The Colorado West Land Trust will receive a grant worth more than $100,000 to develop a stewardship program that will work with private landowners on natural resource management and wildfire mitigation.
The program aims to "educate and equip" private landowners in Delta, Gunnison, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties to protect their lands, according to a statement from the organization.
"The first step in this process will be to identify specific private, conserved properties in high wildfire risk areas," according to the group.
"Landowners will be advised about forest treatment options as well as technical and financial resources to improve forest health and fire resilience."
The land trust's first demonstration project will be on 120 acres of a Ouray County property this year, with a second property planned for 2020.
The grant is part of the inaugural round of Great Outdoors Colorado Stewardship Impact grants.
Opioid treatment funded at county jail
The Mesa County Jail will receive $150,000 to create a treatment program for people struggling with opioid use, according to the Colorado Department of Human Services.
Mesa is one of 17 county jails awarded funding to start or continue medication-assisted treatment programs for people with opioid use disorder.
The treatment combines medication with behavioral therapy, according to a statement from the department, and is part of a nearly $2 million statewide funding push for the program.
"In Colorado we continue to increase the availability of (medication-assisted treatment) services statewide for those who need it, including treatment for people who are incarcerated, in many cases as a result of their addiction," Robert Werthwein, director of the Office of Behavioral Health, said in a statement.
"We know that the risk of opioid overdose drastically increases after a period of abstinence such as incarceration, and intervening at this juncture is key to our efforts to reduce overdoses."
The funding lasts through September 2020.