The probe’s already underway about that single-engine plane crash that killed a Fort Collins family north of Glenwood Springs late Friday night. Pilot Jeff Makepeace, his wife Jennifer, and their 10-year-old twins Addison and Benjamin, all died along with the family dog, when their Cirrus SR-22 went down in stormy weather, near 11-thousand foot Baxter Peak. The plane dropped off radar about 10 Friday evening. The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation of the crash, at the site and in Denver. Makepeace only got his pilot’s license this spring, and experts already have questions. So why would an inexperienced pilot head from the front range to Moab, Utah, starting out at 8 on a Friday night, going across the mountains, and in bad weather? Those are just a few of the answers the NTSB’s going to look for in the coming months.
We’ve told you before, and so has Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson… DON’T try taking Blake Avenue to try and get around the Grand Avenue Bridge detour. It won’t make your journey any shorter, and will probably make it a lot longer. Way too many people are trying that, getting stuck in backups in that residential area. Now, the police are going to start stopping traffic at 8th & Cooper, to keep bus traffic running smoothly. That’ll slow you down even more, so really it’s not a good idea. Stay off Blake unless you live there, or are going to Valley View Hospital, is the general advice. Authorities continue to say, please stay on Grand Avenue, the detour route. That’ll be your most efficient way through Glenwood the next 2 months. And you’re already in the 6th week, with the construction work said to be pretty much on schedule.
And remember, also connected to the bridge project, the eastbound on-ramp to I-70 at the main Glenwood Springs exit, Number 116, will be closed tomorrow through the end of this month, as that ramp’s re-paved and re-worked. So starting tomorrow, plan to use West Glenwood exit 114 to get on the interstate.
The state’s latest wildfire, a small one, cropped up late Monday afternoon over in Summit County. The Tenderfoot 2 fire east of Dillon was estimated early last night at 21 acres, but growing only slowly, burning in heavy timber and sagebrush. There were no evacuations overnight, because although the fire was near some homes, it was seen moving away from them. There were numerous slurry and water drops early, aimed at keeping the flames down… and cold temperatures overnight were anticipated to aid in the firefighting effort as well. The US Forest Service, Lake Dillon Fire Rescue, and other departments were on hand all last night, keeping an eye on things. Their crews monitored the fire overnight, and air tankers are expected to renew efforts to contain the fire this morning.
If you want to see one of those tiny houses the Aspen Skiing Company’s now offering as “affordable” housing to full-size adult employees, SkiCo and Aspen’s Community Office for Resource Efficiency, CORE, are offering an open house, or open tiny house, this evening from 5 to 7 in the parking lot at Buttermilk. The company’s letting 3 employees per tiny house rent them at $450 per month, per person, and it’s bought 34 homes from a Pueblo company for the coming season. It started with 6 a year ago.