The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests' Grand Valley Ranger District has issued a temporary closure for the entire Lower Crag Crest Trail (#711.1A) and the eastern portion of the Crag Crest National Scenic Trail (#711). The closure will remain in place through the end of 2018.
The trails will be closed to address public safety concerns while timber is being harvested adjacent to the trail corridor. Dead and dying trees from the ongoing spruce beetle outbreak on the Grand Mesa National Forest are being harvested to salvage the still usable timber, reducing the likelihood of spruce beetles spreading to new areas and to reduce the wildfire risk to neighboring private lands including the Grand Mesa Resort Company, which has numerous privately owned cabins adjacent to the harvest area.
The majority of the Crag Crest National Scenic Trail (#711) and the Crag Crest Trailhead on Highway 65 will remain open for public use throughout the timber salvage operations.
Due to several active timber sales on the Grand Mesa National Forest, large numbers of timber trucks can be expected on the south end of Highway 65, Trickel Park Road (NFSR 121), Hay Park Road (NFSR 129) and the Old Grand Mesa Road (NFSR 123) throughout the summer and fall.
During a preliminary hearing in Delta District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Judge Steven Schultz found probable cause for second degree murder charges against Heather Jones.
Jones previously faced three counts in the shooting of Ryan Redifer in Paonia on Jan. 12, 2018 -- assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree and violation of a protection order.