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May 26, 2016 - 4:45pm



On Tuesday May 24, 2016 at approximately 4:25 PM the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office was advised of a Kayak floating upside down in the Colorado River. The kayak was observed and followed by the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and the Gypsum Fire Department as it travelled from Eagle County and entered the Glenwood Canyon into Garfield County.

Deputies from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, members of the Garfield County Search and Rescue and the Glenwood Fire Department responded. The kayak was pulled to land by two firemen who swam out to it as it neared the Hanging Lake rest area. The Firemen wanted to make sure there was no one trapped in the capsized kayak.

The kayak was brought ashore around 5:15 PM. It is described as a Pelican Premium Odyssey 100 X. If you think the kayak may be yours and can identify it please contact the Glenwood Springs Fire Department for their assistance in this matter.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office wishes to extend its thanks to all responders, law enforcement and individuals who were involved in following, tracking and ultimately allowing the rescue of the Kayak at the Hanging Lake rest area.

No further information will be released. available.

MAY 2, 2016 - 11:58am



The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office was notified of some abandoned explosives material near a residence on County Road 293 on Friday afternoon April 29, 2016.

The material was discovered by a new homeowner in one of the property’s out-buildings. The Grand Junction Bomb Squad was immediately called in to assess the situation. Due to weather concerns and the possibility for lightning or other static electric discharges pre-maturely detonating the explosives, it was decided that the building should be secured. The Bomb Squad would then return on Monday to remove the explosives.

Today the explosives were successfully removed from the site and will be detonated at a secondary site in a more rural area that is also being examined for the possibility of abandoned explosives.

Less than forty years ago, it was common practice for miners, ranchers or farmers to purchase dynamite to remove stumps, build roads or break-up rocks. Unfortunately, at the time, records weren’t kept of where all the explosives were used. If they weren’t all used at the time; a diligent person might store them in a shed, a barn, root cellar or another such out-building for future use.

Sometimes the explosives would be forgotten as time passed. If you cleaning an old shed or find what you suspect are old explosives, do not touch them. Call local law enforcement immediately. The powder in old explosives can crystallize and may detonate from simple movement, no matter how careful you are.

There is no cost we simply want to get the explosives out of circulation and make sure everyone remains safe.

No further information will be released.

April 25, 2016 - 3:18pm



Earlier this afternoon County Road 117 was closed to enable firefighters and local emergency responders to fight a structure fire at 1319 County Road 117.

The road has been re-opened to one lane of traffic as of 4:15 PM.

The Glenwood Springs Police Department and Garfield County Sheriff’s Deputies will continue to direct traffic in this area until both lanes can be re-opened.

More Information will be released as it becomes available.

April 25, 2016 - 3:30pm



On Friday April 29th there will be a ceremony honoring K-9 officers and their handlers at the Sheriff’s Annex in Rifle. The ceremony will begin at 3:00 PM. The public is invited as well as all K-9 handlers, their friends and families to this very special presentation.

The Honor Guard will present the colors followed by Sheriff Lou Vallario who will recognize the K-9 Officers who have served with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office over the years. Active K-9’s and their handlers will also be in attendance.

A plaque displaying the names of past K-9 partners will be presented with special accommodations and recognition given to any K-9 who has fallen “In the line of Duty”. The plaque will be mounted in the foyer of the Annex as a lasting tribute to these silent partners; there will be a separate picture commemorating each K-9 mounted in a frame and displayed around the plaque.

There were twenty K-9’s who fell in “The Line of Duty”, in the United States in 2014 and twenty six more in 2015. These animals provide an invaluable tool to law enforcement officers around the country and perform many diverse duties.

Join us as we recognize these “unsung heroes” of law enforcement; then meet some of the men and women who partner with them as their handlers.

No further information will be released.

April 23, 2016 - 2:00pm



At 11:38 AM the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a parachutist being injured during a jump. The injury occurred as two jumpers were landing in a field near Heather Lane and County Road 119.

The two parachutists were ending their descent and preparing to land in a field. According to reports the chute of one jumper folded over causing the female parachutist to fall the last fifteen feet to the ground.

She evidently landed on her hip. The initial injuries are unknown however she was complaining of numbness and tingling in her legs.

There were no helicopters available for a timely evacuation so efforts were concentrated on a ground evacuation.

The rescue was a cooperative effort of the Glenwood Springs Fire EMS, Colorado State Patrol and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. Due to the terrain in approaching the field and the injured party, the main emergency vehicles were forced to stay road side while personnel went up, about a mile, in smaller vehicles to bring the injured party out.

By 1:00 PM the lady was safely off the mountain and being transported to Valley View Hospital for further evaluation and assessment of her injuries.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office wishes to extend its thanks to the timely response and cooperation of the Glenwood Springs Fire Department and the Colorado State Patrol as well as any others who were involved in this rescue.

No further information will be released.

The mission of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is to provide solutions for the people by utilizing and employing strong morals, good character, untarnished integrity, technical knowledge and fiscal responsibility through professional, ethical and equitable conduct.
Walter Stowe
Community Relations Deputy / PIO
Garfield County Sheriff's Office
106 County Road 333-A
Rifle, CO 81650
Phone: (970) 309-9697

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