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Gazette Premium Content No more movement detected after Colorado mudslide

Associated Press Published: June 19, 2014

GRAND JUNCTION — Ground sensors and cameras haven't detected any further shifts after a massive landslide in western Colorado killed three people last month.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported Thursday (http://tinyurl.com/nqobwxu ) officials are monitoring a 7- to 10- acre pond that formed behind a ridge of debris in the area, but the flow of water into the pond has slowed.

Dam experts are studying the advisability of creating a channel to release the water.

The 2.7-mile-long slide occurred May 25 on Grand Mesa about 40 miles east of Grand Junction.

The slide killed 46-year-old Melvin Wesley Hawkins, 51-year-old Clarence Allen "Clancy" Nichols and Nichols' 24-year-old son, Daniel Allen Nichols.

Their bodies haven't been found. Mesa County officials say it's unlikely any further attempts will be made to locate and excavate their remains.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com

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