ROCKY FORD, Colo. (AP) — Farmers are starting their harvest of Rocky Ford cantaloupes.
The Rocky Ford Growers Association says pickers are heading to the fields Friday. The association says growers thought they could start harvesting a week ago, but the fruit hadn't quite ripened.
Rocky Ford growers were hurt by a listeria outbreak in 2011, even though the outbreak was traced to cantaloupes grown 90 miles away. The region's farmers collectively planted a small crop the following year.
The growers association says the 550 acres of Rocky Ford cantaloupes that farmers planted this year is more than double the acreage planted last year, but it's still not at capacity due to a continuing drought.
Senators suggest studying firefighting with drones
DENVER (AP) — Senators for Colorado and Arizona want to see if unmanned aircraft can help fight wildfires.
The Federal Aviation Administration has been working to establish six test sites where small, low-flying drones could have access to national airspace.
This week Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona introduced an amendment to create two more sites for drones that would focus on wildfire monitoring, mitigation and containment. The proposal was introduced as an amendment to legislation on transportation and housing spending.
Both Colorado and Arizona have had deadly wildfires this season.
Some states and cities have introduced proposals to curb the use of drones, partly over privacy concerns.
Fort Collins officer, cyclist cited in collision
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A Fort Collins police officer and a bicyclist have both been ticketed after a nighttime collision that sent the cyclist to a hospital in June.
Officer William Biberos was on duty and in a marked patrol car when the collision happened June 6 at a driveway entrance to a grocery store.
The investigation into the collision ended Wednesday.
Biberos was cited with failing to yield right-of-way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, and Cherrelle Cruz was cited for riding a bike at night without a headlamp. Officials say there is no evidence Biberos was distracted by a laptop or other equipment in his car.
Reptile found in Santa Fe sent to Colorado reserve
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An alligator-like scaly reptile found roaming a Santa Fe neighborhood has been sent to a reserve in southern Colorado.
The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/145jN6w ) reports that city workers captured the malnourished 2-foot-long caiman a week ago after it was cornered by a dog.
Because its snout had started to grow around tape attached to its mouth, it appeared that it had been loose for some time.
The Sante Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society sent the caiman to Colorado Gators Reptile Park in Mosca, Colo.
A New Mexico Department of Game and Fish official says it's generally illegal to possess caimans and alligators in New Mexico.
A spokeswoman for Santa Fe police says the owner could be charged with animal cruelty if identified.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1775, Benjamin Franklin became America’s first postmaster-general.
In 1788, New York became the 11th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
In 1863, Sam Houston, former president of the Republic of Texas, died at age 70 in ?Huntsville.
In 1882, the Richard Wagner opera “Parsifal” premiered in Bayreuth, Germany.
In 1908, Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte ordered creation of a force of special agents that was a forerunner of the Federal Bureau of ?Investigation.
In 1912, the Edison Studios production “What Happened to Mary,” one of the first movie serials, was released with Mary Fuller in the title role.
In 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act, establishing the National Military Establishment, which later was renamed the Department of Defense.
In 1952, Argentina’s first lady, Eva Peron, died at age 33 in Buenos Aires. King Farouk I of Egypt abdicated in the wake of a coup led by Gamal Abdel Nasser.
In 1953, Fidel Castro began his revolt against Fulgencio Batista with an unsuccessful attack on an army barracks in eastern Cuba. Castro ousted Batista in 1959.
In 1956, the Italian liner Andrea Doria sank off New England, about 11 hours after colliding with the Swedish liner Stockholm; at least 51 people died. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal.
In 1971, Apollo 15 was launched from Cape Kennedy on America’s fourth manned mission to the moon. Photographer Diane Arbus died at age 48 in New York.
In 1986, kidnappers in Lebanon released the Rev. Lawrence Martin Jenco, an American hostage held for nearly 19 months. American statesman W. Averell Harriman died at age 94 in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Ten years ago: Backers of a drive to oust California Gov. Gray Davis held a boisterous celebration at the state Capitol in Sacramento, more than two months before the Oct. 7 recall election.
Five years ago: At least 22 small bombs exploded in Ahmadabad in the Indian state of Gujarat, killing 58 people.
One year ago: The White House said President Barack Obama would not push for stricter gun laws, one day after his impassioned remarks about the need to keep assault weapons off the streets.
-- El Paso County Fair, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., El Paso County Fairgrounds, $3-$7, free for children younger than 3.
-- 9th Annual First and Main Summer Concert Series with That Eighties Band, 5-7 p.m., First and Main Town Center, 3133 Cinema Point, free.
-- Olympic Downtown Celebration with sand beach volleyball pit, Flying Aces ski aerialists, Maximum Velocity BMX, sports information booths, athlete autographs, food and beverage vendors, music and more, 5-10 p.m., Tejon Street, free.
UVC Summer Concert Series, 6 p.m., University Village Colorado Shopping Center, 5230 N. Nevada Ave., free.
-- Black Rose Acoustic Society Open Stage, headlined by Colin O’Brien, 7 p.m., Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Road, Black Forest, $4-$7.
-- Blue Dog Saints, 7:30 p.m., Rocky Mountain Brewery, 615 Paonia St., no cover.
-- Wrestle with Jimmy, 8:30 p.m., Back East Bar and Grill, 9474 Briar Village Point, Suite 168.