Study: Frozen cows did not contaminate water
ASPEN Frozen cow carcasses found near Conundrum Hot Springs in western Colorado appear not to have caused water contamination at the popular destination.
The U.S. Forest Service says that water-quality tests at the pool and stream near Aspen showed the water is safe for recreation. The Aspen Times reported Wednesday that the water did fail standards for drinking water.
In May, Forest Service crews cut up 12 dead cows that were found frozen near the springs and inside a nearby cabin. Rangers believe the cows wandered into the cabin during a snowstorm but couldnt find their way out.
No additional cow carcasses have been found since May 3, though the rancher who owned them reported 29 cattle missing. Its unknown where the other 17 ended up.
GE delays largest solar panel plant
DENVER General Electric Co. is delaying plans to build the largest solar factory in the U.S. near Denver.
The Denver Post reports Wednesday that GE has told state and local officials that it plans to postpone construction of its PrimeStar solar panel plant by 14 to 18 months.
The factory was to have been bigger than 11 football fields and have an annual capacity of 400 megawatts.
At least 10 states were vying for the PrimeStar plant, which GE said last fall would be in Aurora, outside Denver. The head of the Colorado Office of Economic Development said in a statement a slowdown in the solar energy industry caused the decision and that GE remains a good business partner.
Utah fire destroys 1 cabin, threatens more
SALT LAKE CITY Nine major wildfires burned across Utah on Wednesday, including one that destroyed a cabin under construction and injured a firefighter in the southern part of the state, officials said.
The Shingle Fire has burned 8,200 acres and threatened 550 cabins or summer homes and 300 other structures in Dixie National Forest, about 30 miles southeast of Cedar City, interagency fire spokesman Mark Wilkening said.
He said Utah Highway 14 remained closed from Mammoth Junction to U.S. Highway 89 in Kane County. U.S. Highway 89 was open, but heavy smoke is drifting across the highway.
Some 200 firefighters were concentrating efforts on the Elk Ridge area to protect cabins and second homes in the area. One firefighter broke his foot Tuesday night.
Wilkening reported very light rain falling in Cedar City but said it was evaporating quickly.