Rock work closing I-70 east of Palisade

A full closure of Interstate 70 east of Palisade is planned for today beginning at 11 a.m., according to a release by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

CDOT will implement a closure of I-70 about a mile and a half east of Palisade lasting through much of the day for rockfall mitigation in DeBeque Canyon at mile point 45.8. The work will cause multiple lengthy closures of an hour or more for both eastbound and westbound traffic.

Eastbound traffic will be stopped at the Kokopelli off ramp at mile 45.5. Westbound traffic will be stopped at the Cameo Truck Stop, mile 46.7. The effort is a preventative measure to keep drivers safe from rocks falling onto the interstate lanes. Travelers are urged to plan ahead.

Tri-State applies to alter electric rates

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a regional power provider for electric cooperatives, has applied to align its electricity rates with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The tariff application filings should be accepted by FERC within 60 days, Tri-State announced Tuesday. When accepted, Westminster-based Tri-State will be fully rate-regulated by the commission.

Earlier this month, Tri-State's board of directors adopted a new mission statement to transition the organization toward using more clean energy.

"Tri-State is positioning our cooperative for the future," Tri-State CEO Duane Highley said in a statement. "Rate regulation certainty is necessary as we accelerate our pursuit of renewable energy and member flexibility, decrease emissions and strive to lower members' wholesale rates."

Kayaker finds body on Poudre River

FORT COLLINS — Authorities have recovered a body from northern Colorado's Poudre River about 4 miles downstream of where a rafter went missing late last month.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports a kayaker found the body near Poudre Park on Tuesday afternoon. Deborah Reisdorff, a spokeswoman for the Larimer County coroner's office, says the body has not been identified, and investigators have not indicated if they believe it is that of 57-year-old David Smith.

Smith, of Fort Collins, went missing after his raft capsized June 29. Search and rescue crews looked for him along 12 miles of the river, using a drone, a helicopter and divers.

Springs procession for fallen warrior

COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Springs police led a funeral procession for a Fort Carson Green Beret who was killed in combat in Afghanistan.

KRDO-TV reported residents saluted as Wednesday's procession for Sgt. Maj. James G. "Ryan" Sartor ran from Peterson Air Force Base to a private ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance.

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