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Look, up in the sky

Brief by Central Staff

UFOs – July 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine

Look, up in the sky

We had hoped that the San Luis Valley had a regional monopoly on mysterious supernal objects, but now the south side of South Park has a sighting.

Late at night on May 23, several residents in and near Lake George saw a fireball streak across the sky, and some said it appeared to crash in the area.

Some called the Park County sheriff’s department; and one caller to the local fire department reported “seeing an arc and feeling vibrations.”

It wasn’t a crashing satellite, according to the NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center, which tracks all man-made objects in the sky. It could have been a meteorite, and in that case, the Denver Museum of Natural History would like to find it before private collectors do.

Delays will thrive on 285

It’s always prudent to anticipate some delays on U.S. 285, one of the leading corridors connecting Central Colorado to mainstream America. It could be forest-fire traffic, or a rockslide, or an accident, or just bumper-to-bumper congestion from Conifer into the metropolis.

But until the end of July, some daytime delay is guaranteed in the Fairplay area. About 16 miles of the highway — from six miles south of Fairplay to five miles north of Red Hill — will get some paving, striping, and signage.

Travelers should expect alternate-lane closures from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays. This will mean a delay of up to 10 minutes, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Also, two bridges in that stretch will be getting new guardrails, and no vehicles wider than 10 feet will be allowed through during work hours.