Full closure of I-70 eastbound in Glenwood Canyon; Tuesday, May 19th Midnight to 5 AM

May 12, 2015

Contact:  Tracy Trulove, CDOT Region 3 Communications Manager

(970) 384-3371 o / (970) 366-2502 c /

Full closure of I-70 eastbound in Glenwood Canyon

scheduled next Tuesday morning

GARFIELD/EAGLE COUNTIES —On Tuesday, May 19, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will close eastbound I-70 through Glenwood Canyon for five hours to perform bridge repairs.  The closure will take place from midnight to 5:00 a.m. that morning. Westbound I-70 will remain open. Traffic control, to assist with the closure, will be in place at Exit 116 in Glenwood Springs.

TRAFFIC IMPACTS: Commercial vehicles should exit at 114 onto US 6 (West Glenwood) or Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs). During the closure, residents of No Name (Exit 119) will be granted local access as needed.  No Name residents must provide proof of address (either with a driver’s license or utility bill) to the uniformed traffic controller.

Motorists should be aware that an alternate route around Glenwood Canyon is available.  That route is SH 13 north to Craig, US 40 east to Steamboat Springs and then south to SH 131 Wolcott and back to I-70. Please note that this alternate route is four hours around.  The closure at Exit 116 is scheduled to last five hours, however if work is expedited the highway will be opened more quickly.

For questions about the project or this closure please contact the public information team at 970-930-8009 or e:mail at We appreciate your patience while this important work is performed.

Stay Informed:

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Tracy Trulove

Communications Manager Region 3 

P 970.384.3371  |  C 970.366.2502  |  F 970.947.5133

202 Centennial St., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601  |  |




Division of Fire Prevention and Control, announced its selection of the Rifle-Garfield County Airport as the location for the Center of Excellence of Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting.

March 18, 2015

Division of Fire Prevention and Control Selects Rifle/Garfield County as Location for Center of Excellence

DENVER — Wednesday, March 18, 2015 —  Full Press Release


URSA Community Meeting, March 10, 2015

URSA will hold its Battlement Mesa Community Meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 6:30 PM.  Refreshments will be provided.  The meeting will be held at the Grand Valley Fire Protection District, Station #1, 124 Stone Quarry Road, Battlement Mesa, CO.

Don't Forget! Daylight Savings Time Begins This Weekend

Don't forget to Spring Forward!  Daylight savings time starts on Sunday, March 8, 2015.

Grand River Health Battlement Mesa - Parachute Community Health Fair, Saturday, March 7, 2015, 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM

The Grand River Health, Battlement Mesa - Parachute Community Health Fair is Saturday, March 7, 2015, 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM.  Please note the new location: Grand River Health West.  Remember to fast if you plan to have blood work done!  For more information call 970.625.1510.

Controlled Burn Near Silt, I-70 Traffic May Be Impacted, Smoke Will Be Visible

February 24, 2015

CONTACT:Tracy Trulove, CDOT Communications Region 3

Cell #(970)366-2502;



Controlled burn near Silt tomorrow will be visible from I-70

GARFIELD COUNTY/SILT – Motorists traveling on I-70 near Silt tomorrow should be aware of a controlled burn taking place.  The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will have one lane closed both eastbound and westbound on I-70 as a safety precaution as the area identified for the operation is adjacent to the interstate.  The burn is scheduled to begin at noon. The town of Silt is the agency conducting the burn.

TRAFFIC IMPACTS:  The lane closure will run from mile markers 96-97 eastbound and mile markers 98-97 westbound.  Speeds will be reduced to 45 mph through the closure. Please “Slow for the Cone Zone.”

CDOT encourages motorists to consult the department’s traveler information tools for real-time updates:  

  • Call 511 anywhere in Colorado for periodically updated road conditions;
  • Visit and CDOT Mobile;
  • Sign up for GovDelivery alerts;
  • Follow CDOT on Twitter and Facebook (though the latter will not provide the most up-to-date news and conditions).



KSUN's KDBN 101.1 FM featured in the Post Indepenent and Citizen Telegram - January 20, 2014

Parachute’s community radio station fills information void

Heidi Rice / Post Independent |   January 20, 2015

Anne Huber, board president (left), and Mary Lee Mohriang, secretary, visit in the small office of KSUN Community Radio located in the Grand Valley Recreation Center.

PARACHUTE — “Hello, this is Floyd McDaniel and this is your radio station at KSUN-101.1.”

With no local newspaper any longer, the station is an important way for area residents to obtain local information. The monthly Parachute Sun newspaper closed in late 2007 and was replaced with the monthly Grand Valley Echo in mid-October 2008, but it closed in May 2014.

KSUN remains. For more than 13 years, listeners from Parachute/Battlement Mesa and beyond have been listening to this small-town, nonprofit radio station staffed only by volunteers who do it because they love their community.

McDaniel does a live show at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday from the leased office space at the Grand Valley Recreation Center (formerly Battlement Mesa Activity Center). He has been a volunteer at the station since 2005.

“I’ve been with the station since a couple of years after it started,” McDaniel said. “I did a program on the history of country music, but now I do all the programming and we do mostly classic rock. Someone told me that in order to be successful, we should choose one venue — so we chose classic rock. Everybody seems to be able to tolerate classic rock.”

“We want to continue to serve our local listeners, but by moving to the 101.1 FM frequency and with the ability to broadcast at a higher frequency, we are able to reach and serve many more listeners in the Grand Valley.”
Mary Lee Mohrlang
secretary of the board and former board president of KSUN

Besides music, KSUN is where listeners can hear news reports, a local weather forecast and coverage of Grand Valley High School’s basketball and football games. The station is equipped to handle emergency and Amber alerts.

McDaniel said he tries his best to give listeners up-to-date news, but would love to hear more input from listeners about what’s going on.

“It’s hard to get people to give information, and we would like to get somebody to do that,” McDaniel said. “But we do report on town activities and what the town is doing.”

The station is on the Internet, so it can be heard anywhere.  To listen on line visit, then click on the “Listen Live” link.

“You can listen to us in Timbuktu,” said Larry Huber, the tech volunteer at the station. “People can listen to their grandkids’ sports games, even if they’re out of state or overseas.”


A group of those involved with the Sun newspaper came up with the idea in 2000 of starting a community radio station.

According to Anne Huber, president of the KSUN board of directors, the idea for the station began with Jimm Seaney, when he heard that the Federal Communications Commission would be allowing an LP-FM radio license in the area. He ran the idea by Tom Beard, president of the Battlement Mesa Company at the time, who connected Seaney with Harlan Hansen, Jim Warren and Frances Rose, the publisher, business manager and editor of the Parachute Sun. The group decided to form a community radio station and enlisted the help of grant writer Terry Lynott.

A board was formed and contacted various groups in the community.

The station’s call letters were initially KSBP-LP-FM (Sun, Battlement, Parachute) located at 101.1 on the dial. The station went on the air for the first time at 5:09 a.m. Dec. 11, 2002, as several of the board members and a couple of the technical guys all crowded into the tiny studio.

It had taken more than two years to pull it all together.

The station wanted to give voice to other local nonprofits and community organizations and approached groups such as the Storytellers, a group trained at the Rifle Campus of Colorado Community College in telling stories to small children; the Shale Country Players, an amateur theater group; the Sagebrush Singers, a choral group; Grand Valley Kiwanis, a group dedicated to working with students in the local school district; members of the local birding groups; the writing club; Friends of the Parachute library; and others.

Early programming included “The History of Country Music 101” by McDaniel, a run of old-time radio shows; “The Carmel & Fish Show,” which aired popular music; and “Fric and Frac,” hosted by Mary Lee Mohrlang and Lynott that evolved into Community Connections, a live Friday morning interview program.


It was on Sept. 25, 2007, when a representative from Grand Junction Cumulus Radio announced that it had purchased a nearby frequency (101.3), only two digits away. KSUN, as a “junior” license holder, would have to get another frequency. Fortunately, Cumulus offered an alternate frequency and the services of Cumulus’ high-powered attorneys in Washington, D.C., to assist.

However, in the early summer of 2013, the KSUN board of directors learned about an opportunity to acquire their former 101.1 FM frequency back, along with an associated license. On July 1, 2013, KSUN, through a loan from Alpine Bank, was able to acquire the KDBN license from Townsquare Media with an increased frequency from 100 to 500 watts.

“Cumulus had been taken over by Townsquare and then they decided they didn’t want it,” Anne Huber said. “The biggest difference between what was then and what is now is that we can run commercial advertising.”

The station maintains its 501(c)3, nonprofit status and continues its aim to provide quality programming to the community.

“During the past 13 years, KSUN has served the Battlement Mesa, Parachute and nearby area with quality programming, including eight weekly, locally generated programs,” said Mary Lee Mohrlang, secretary of the board and former board president. “We want to continue to serve our local listeners, but by moving to the 101.1 FM frequency and with the ability to broadcast at a higher, frequency, we are able to reach and serve many more listeners in the Grand Valley.”


The station currently has about 15 volunteers and an intern from Mesa University. The current board, which has one vacancy, is made up of Anne Huber, president; McDaniel; Keith Lammey; Laurel Koning; Ann Kellerby; and Mohriang.

Current programming during the week includes “Floydmac and The Morning Show,” from 7-8 a.m.; “Ron and the Time Train,” “Momento Latino,” “Education Update,” “Rockin’ with the FOXX” and “Upbeat Tempo.” Saturdays include “Morning Coffee with Justin” and “Under the Hood,” and Sundays feature “Acoustic Cafe,” “Friends of the Blues” “Smooth Jazz,” “Blessing Up for Church,” “Sing Out,” “Art of The Song,” “Bluegrass Review” and “12th Street Jump.”

Plans include more live programming, getting an intern from Colorado Mountain College, increasing school involvement, more volunteers and finding a commissioned advertising person.

“I think radio is still important and I think it will continue to grow,” Anne Huber said. “We’ve got dedicated people here who really want to see this succeed and I think we can fill an information gap as we grow.”


Vision Workshop, Town of Parachute Comprehensive Plan, February 2, 2015, 6:30-8:30 PM, Parachute Town Hall

Town of Parachute, Vision Workshop, Comprehensive Plan Update, Monday, February 2, 2015, 6:30-8:30 PM

Town of Parachute is initiating a Comprehensive Plan Update.  Please plan to attend the Vision Workshop on Monday Feb. 2, 6:30-8:30PM, Parachute Town Hall.  RPI Consulting from Durango, CO will be facilitating this interactive event.  The plan update covers the 3-Mile area around the Town of Parachute, which includes Battlement Mesa. All residents of Parachute and Battlement Mesa Area are encouraged to attend.  More Information...

Questions: Gabe Preston, RPI Consulting, Project Manager - 970 382 9886 or

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Wishing Everyone a Safe, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Prescribed Fire Burn On the Roan Today

BLM is planning a 200-acre prescribed fire on the Roan Plateau today to help restore aspen stands and improve ecosystem health.

The burn will be on Short Ridge, in Grassy and Camp gulches. If conditions remain favorable, the fire will likely be ignited in the late morning and burn into the afternoon. Smoke could be visible from Rifle, Silt and the I-70 corridor.


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