Searchers find body of man in Colorado River
RIFLE (AP) Searchers have found the body of a young man in the Colorado River near Rifle.
The Garfield County sheriffs office said the body of 18-year-old Javier Martin Morales-Reyes was found at 1 p.m. Friday. The Summit County dive team joined the search for the man, who was swept away while swimming in the river Thursday afternoon.
The Garfield County sheriffs office says he hit the rivers surface on his side while swinging on the rope, apparently knocking the wind out of him.
Bystanders tried to rescue him, but he panicked and was swept away. Law enforcement officers and firefighters lined the riverbank to look for the man but were unable to spot him.
N.M.: Appointments needed for immigrants
SANTA FE (AP) New Mexico is requiring illegal immigrants and other foreign nationals seeking a drivers license to make an appointment at a Motor Vehicle Office, rather than walking in at any time for the transaction.
Motor Vehicle Division Director Michael Sandoval said the change, which will take effect next week, should improve security by ensuring clerks have enough time to review identification documents provided by applicants.
It also should reduce the waiting time for customers in an MVD office because issuing licenses to foreign nationals is among the most time-consuming transactions handled by the agency.
MVD is launching an online reservation system Monday that will allow people to schedule appointments at any of its 33 state-run offices.
Utah man arrested in sheepskin store fire
DENVER (AP) A Salt Lake City man has been arrested on suspicion of starting a fire that destroyed a sheepskin store near Denver.
Thirty-four-year-old Walter Bond was arrested Thursday night.
Federal prosecutors have charged him with one count of arson in connection with the fire at the Sheepskin Factory in Glendale in April.
Investigators say Bond told a friend that he started the fire, as well as two other fires in Utah that destroyed business he deemed were cruel to animals. Court documents say Bond has the word vegan tattooed on his neck.
Bond has not been charged in the other fires. He allegedly told the friend that he started the fire that destroyed the Leather Factory in Salt Lake City in June and the Tiburon Restaurant in Sandy, Utah, which served foie gras.
Inspection finds cracks in Flagstaff dam
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) Inspectors with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are checking cracks found in Flagstaffs multimillion-dollar flood control dam.
Several cracks in the new 71-acre flood control basin dam in west Flagstaff were found during a recent inspection by the Arizona Department of Water Resources.
The eastern end of the basin has an earthen dam lined with rocks and covered on top with cement. It is in the top layer of cement where the cracks were found.
The dam is bisected by a concrete spillway, but no cracks have been found there.
The basin is designed to slow storm water runoff from residential areas in the westernmost sections of Flagstaff during major storms.
Fuel tanks from troubled F-16 found in Colorado
DENVER (AP) A search team has found two empty fuel tanks that were jettisoned from an F-16 jet fighter during an in-flight emergency over Colorado.
The Air Force says the tanks were found Friday about 200 yards from a farm house in Elbert County. The exact location wasnt disclosed, but the county is about 20 miles southeast of Denver.
The jet landed safely and no injuries were reported after the pilot reported the emergency Thursday. The Air Force hasnt revealed the nature of the trouble.
Air Force Maj. Nicole David says an Army National Guard helicopter spotted the tanks and an Air Force team was driving them back to Buckley Air Force Base in suburban Denver, where the F-16 is based.
David says the tanks didnt cause any damage when they landed.