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Authorities are saying that they have pinpointed the place where the Waldo Canyon Fire began on Saturday, June 23rd, however, they were unwilling to disclose the point of origin, and just what caused the fire remains under investigation. The two people found dead in a home burned by the fire were identified yesterday. They are William Everett, 74, and his wife, Barbara Everett, 73, according to authorities. The 2-week-old fire on the west side of Colorado Springs is now 95% contained and has burned a total of 18,247 acres and destroyed 346 homes. Full containment of the blaze is expected sometime today. Firefighters are continuing to build line around the fire today and are basically mopping up and continuing to patrol areas where the fire is still smoldering. Fire crews got some help early yesterday from some rain that fell on the blaze. More showers and thunderstorms are predicted for the area today and throughout the weekend.
New Mexico officials in Sandoval County have identified former Monte Vista resident Olivia Lovato, 25, of Albuquerque as the person whose remains were found inside a burned-out vehicle last month near Placitas, New Mexico. The cause and manner of Lovato’s death remain under investigation, according to officials. Investigators found Lovato’s charred remains inside a 2005 Chevy Malibu that a passerby had reported as burning early on Saturday, June 9th, on an unpaved portion of New Mexico Highway 165, about a half-mile from Sandia Man Cave. Lovato’s body was so badly burned that she was identified through dental records. Lovato had allegedly told her family that she was going to get a bite to eat on Friday evening and nine hours later her body was found in the burning car. Anyone with any information in the case is asked to call the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office at 505-867-7521.
The San Luis Valley will be featured on a new series about UFO’s on the National Geographic TV channel today. Investigators with the program entitled “Chasing UFO’s” met with valley residents as part of the episode to learn about animal mutilations that some have suggested were the work of aliens. They also met with the survivor of an alleged alien abduction. The valley has a long history of alleged UFO activity dating back to 1967 when “Snippy the Horse” was mutilated, allegedly by aliens. Multiple cattle mutilations that do not resemble attacks from animal predators have also been reported over the years. The show airs tonight at 10pm on the National Geographic Channel.
Officials with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management are seeking public input on a proposal to thin a 150-acre section of forest as part of the Tyndall Mountain timber sale. The project area is located about 7 miles east of Westcliffe off of Colorado 96. Comments will be part of an environmental assessment for the commercial timber project. A 2012 inventory indicates that there are more than 570 trees, mostly ponderosa and fir, per acre in the project area. The proposal calls for reducing that number to about 100 trees per acre by removing unhealthy trees infected with dwarf mistletoe or declining crown health. Written comments are due by July 25th. For more information, call Reed at 719-269-8576.
The Alamosa Farmers Market opens tomorrow and continues every Saturday through October 6th. Alamosa’s Farmers Market is located at the parking lot near State and Main in downtown Alamosa. Vendors offer locally produced fruits, vegetables, specialty items and crafts beginning at 8am. Farm fresh products from Colorado and New Mexico, live music, cooking demos and family oriented events create a lively community market every Saturday for 14 weeks throughout the summer. Tomorrow, Antonio Lopez with an earthy modern-folk-rock fell will lead off the first market day. At 9:30am, there will be “Garden Story Time” and then 10am to noon, there will be face painting. Everyone is welcome.