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Bear Attacks Child Overnight Near Grand Junction

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An investigation is underway following a bear attack on a child that occurred over night near Grand Junction in Mesa County.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers interviewed the five-year-old girl's mother. She said she heard screaming around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, and discovered a black bear dragging her daughter away. The bear dropped the child when her mother started screaming at the animal. She believes her daughter went outside after hearing noises, thinking it was her dog.

‘Exceptional’ Drought Continues to Expand in Colorado

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Nearly one-third of Colorado remains within the two worst categories of drought as portions of the southwest corner shift from extreme to exceptional drought.

Exceptional drought, the worst category, has been impacting all of Montezuma, much of La Plata and portions of Dolores and Archuleta counties since April. With the latest update, the remainder of Dolores county moved to exceptional, along with much of San Miguel and parts of San Juan and Montrose counties.

Nationwide Recall for 18 Tons of Potentially Contaminated Beef Products

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Over 18 tons of beef products have been recalled due to possible contamination with staphylococcal enterotoxin and clostridial toxin according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Pinnacle Foods, Inc, of Fort Madison, Iowa, is making the recall of the heat-treated, shelf stable products due to a potential "processing deviation" that may have led to contamination. There are no confirmed reports of illness.

Alcohol Suspected in Fatal Otero County Crash Saturday

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The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a single vehicle crash that claimed the life of man from Swink.

According to information from CSP Trooper Michael Tafoya, John Miguel Narez-Estrada, 28, was driving a 2013 Ford Raptor pickup west on Highway 10 about three miles west of La Junta in Otero county. The vehicle drifted off the right side of the road and crashed into a bridge abutment. The pickup became airborne and was engulfed in flames before it landed in an irrigation canal.

Narez-Estrada was pronounced dead at the scene.