Telluride: USFS extends Bear Creek avalanche mapping permit

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From The Telluride Daily Planet (Matthew Beaudin):

Starting Nov. 16 and running through ski season, the Upper Bear Creek area will be closed to all travelers from 6 to 10 a.m. Ski Patrollers will not control the drainage but study it, sometimes using explosives. “It’s just a matter of mapping everything,” Telski COE Dave Riley said. Crews will also dig pits in hopes of better understanding a snowpack that’s as fussy as a 2-year-old…

Telski’s current permit was set to expire on Dec. 31. The new permit allows the ski area to continue mapping Upper Bear Creek’s dangers through the ski season. “Reissuing the permit for the upcoming winter will allow Telski to collect a full season’s worth of information and complete the snow study in Bear Creek,” Shutza said.

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Fort Collins, Wellington and Larimer County receive $2.9 million flood mitigation FEMA grant

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From the Loveland Reporter Herald:

Fort Collins, Wellington and Larimer County have received a $2.9 million mitigation grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to mitigate flood plain issues on Coal Creek. The tributary to the Box Elder Basin is in Northern Larimer County near Wellington. The city, town and county must match 25 percent of the grant, which they will do with work and money. The work includes improvements to the North Poudre Inlet Canal into Clark Reservoir and increasing the volume the reservoir could hold in case of a flood. The Boxelder Basin is 265 square miles that extends from Northern Larimer County into Wyoming.

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Victor City Council hires temporary wastewater plant operator

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From the Pikes Peak Courier Gazette (Norma Engelberg):

At its first October meeting, Victor City Council hired Joseph M. Groves as interim wastewater plant operator. On Sept. 24, council fired the previous operator, leaving the city without a licensed operator in violation of state statute. Mayor Serena Bielz said the city received a letter from the state to that effect and council had until Oct. 8 to hire someone with a license to operate the plant or begin paying fees. When asked how the state knew the city had no licensed operator, she said it was the duty of the mayor to inform the state when there were changes in the water and wastewater plant operations. Groves was hired officially at the meeting but is to be paid $250 a week retroactive to Sept. 25. Now that an interim operator has been hired, the city will begin advertising the position.

More wastewater coverage here.