State Briefs

Pine sawfly outbreak reported south of Aurora 

FRANKTOWN | The Colorado State Forest Service says the pine sawfly, a native insect that defoliates ponderosa pines, has reached “epidemic” levels south of Aurora. The outbreak was detected a few weeks ago and is believed to have started near the border …

Colorado Day marks state’s 138th anniversary 

DENVER | Friday is Colorado Day, marking the 138th anniversary of the Centennial State. The History Colorado museum in Denver is offering free admission both Friday and Saturday to mark the occasion. Colorado Proud, which promotes homegrown produce, is also hosting …

Colorado man dies when trailer collapses in wind

Colorado man dies when trailer collapses in wind

The Baca County Sheriff’s Office says a trailer in Vilas collapsed in strong winds late Tuesday, killing 84-year-old Donald Falconburg.

Man gets just over 2 years for killing kitten 

PUEBLO | A man who killed a kitten and sent a video of the slaying to his estranged girlfriend has been sentenced to just over two years in prison. Robert Heckmann was sentenced in Pueblo on Monday to 27 months behind bars …

Coroner IDs kayaker who drowned in Arkansas River 

SALIDA | Authorities have released the name of a kayaker whose body was pulled from the Arkansas River north of Buena Vista. Chaffee County Coroner Randy Amettis identified the victim Tuesday as 54-year-old William A. Forshey, of Austin. His death has been …

VA employees face discipline for manipulating data 

FORT COLLINS | The Department of Veterans Affairs says six employees at a clinic in Fort Collins and the VA Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming, should be disciplined for manipulating data about veteran care. The VA has proposed unspecified action against Rocky …

Kansas teen killed after fall on Colorado mountain

A climber notified park rangers around 7 a.m. Friday that he and his group had seen a body.

Kayaker dies on Arkansas River near Buena Vista 

SALIDA | Authorities have recovered the body of a kayaker from the Arkansas River north of Buena Vista. The Chafee County Sheriff’s Office says the kayaker, whose name and age have not been released, became high-centered on a large rock in the …

450-acre Elk Springs Fire 90 percent contained

The Elk Springs Fire was listed at about 450 acres Monday. Fire managers say good weather has helped crews contained 90 percent of the fire.

Dog found with chemical burns to undergo surgery

Cindy Clayton of Cindy’s Hope for Precious Paws Animal Rescue in Clovis says the 2-year-old pug was found wandering the streets of Clovis last week.