Rio Blanco County experienced its third earthquake in a day Saturday as a magnitude 3.4 quake shook an area approximately 50 miles north of Grand Junction.
The quake occurred at 4:42 a.m. and was about one mile beneath the surface. It was located about four miles southwest of a 4.3 earthquake that occurred Friday morning. That quake was the strongest of the year in Colorado so far. A magnitude 2.9 quake was also recorded in the area Friday by the United State Geological Survey.
The Colorado State Fair opens for its annual 11-day run Friday with a PRCA rodeo and concert with the Oak Ridge Boys. The fair will run through Labor Day, September 3.
Each day is packed with events, activities, exhibits, rodeos, concerts, and more. The full schedule is available at https://www.coloradostatefair.com/events. Featured entertainers include Larry the Cable Guy, Old Dominion and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.
An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter Scale was recorded in western Colorado overnight. The quake was centered in Rio Blanco County just a few miles from the location of an underground nuclear test site in the 1970s, and was one of four to occur in or near Colorado over the past 24 hours.
The United States Geological Survey reports that the earthquake occurred shortly after 4:00 a.m. in a sparsely populated area about 50 miles north of Grand Junction at a depth of more than three miles.
Extreme and exceptional drought - the two worst categories - continue to impact nearly half of Colorado.
Some improvement was observed in central Colorado as moderate drought turned to just abnormally dry conditions for southern Douglas and northwest El Paso counties during the past week. Similar improvements were also seen in smaller portions of southwest Elbert, northeast Teller and the southern tip of Jefferson counties.
In south central Baca County, severe drought dropped to moderate conditions.
There's still time to enroll in college courses this fall and Lamar Community College is here to get students started on the track to reaching their educational goals with a full schedule of online courses.
Online courses are offered in 16-week, 10-week, or short six-week long sessions and scholarships are available to fulltime students.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has awarded $400,000 to eight Fishing is Fun projects, all geared to improve angling opportunities in the state of Colorado. The approved projects include improved angler access, habitat improvement, new piers and new ponds.
Conditions Report - Statewide
Rivers and Creeks
One horse residing in Larimer County has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus; this is Colorado's first confirmed case of WNV in a horse in 2018. This index case was diagnosed by Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Fort Collins on August 15, 2018.