DURANGO (AP) — Air tankers are helping to fight two wildfires in southwest Colorado.
The U.S. Forest Service says winds calmed down Thursday, allowing two heavy air tankers from Albuquerque, N.M., and a heavy helicopter to drop retardant and water on the Vallecito Fire. That blaze has not forced any evacuations, though 18 homes have received pre-evacuation notices. It is estimated to be burning on about 230 acres and is 5 percent contained. It may have been sparked by lightning, but an investigation is continuing.
Meanwhile, La Plata County emergency manager Butch Knowlton says two single-engine air tankers were dropping slurry on the Little East Fire. About 35 to 40 homes in Montezuma County received pre-evacuation notices due to that fire. That fire was burning on an estimated 80 to 100 acres.
BOULDER (AP) — The remains of an elderly Colorado man who disappeared more than seven years ago have been found in Wyoming.
Fred Dingler of Boulder County had Alzheimer's disease and was 82 when he disappeared. He was last seen on Aug. 10, 2005, leaving his home in Gunbarrel while his wife was napping. His vehicle was later found outside of Hanna, Wyo.
The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/OM9cEB) two archaeologists found human remains near Hanna last week, and a search of the area turned up a mandible that investigators were able to match to Dingler's dental records.
The Carbon County coroner's office in Wyoming is handling the autopsy.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1951, President Harry S. Truman signed an act ending the state of war with Germany.
In 1960, the United States began a limited embargo against Cuba covering all commodities except medical supplies and certain food products.
In 1977, the supersonic Concorde made its first landing in New York City.
In 1982, automaker John Z. DeLorean was arrested by federal agents in Los Angeles, accused of conspiring to sell $24 million of cocaine to salvage his business. (He was acquitted.)
In 1983, Senate establishes Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday.
In 1987, the stock market crashed as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 508 points, or 22.6 percent in value, to close at 1,738.74.
-- “Lunch and a Movie,” bring your lunch and watch “The Avengers,” 12:30-3 p.m., High Prairie Library, 7035 Old Meridian Road, Falcon, free.
-- Homeschool Science Lab, parent must accompany students, 1-3 p.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. free.
-- “Cold Comfort,” with new works on paper and canvas by Liese Chavez, 5-9 p.m., Mountain Living Studio, 741 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, free.
-- K8E Orr art show, 7-9 p.m., Swirl Wine Bar, 717 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, no cover.
-- Wayne Wilkinson Trio, 8:15 p.m., Motif, 2432 W. Cucharras St.