Nederland

Brad Wickham
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For Brad Wickham, Frozen Dead Guy Days is a year-round event.

The three-day annual festival in Nederland features coffin races, ice carvings and a polar plunge to celebrate the frozen corpse of Bredo Morstoel, better known around town as Grandpa Bredo.

As Morstoel's caretaker, Wickham has driven up to see him every two weeks for the past five years, to add more dry ice and make sure he's still a comfortable minus 110 degrees Celsius.

Kate Hand

Nederland Mayor Kristopher Larsen said the residents of his town are on edge as the Cold Springs fire blazed on for a third day. Five homes in the area have been destroyed and nearly 2,000 people have been evacuated. Larsen told KUNC that the town had worried about the possibility of a fire this summer -- and has been planning for the worst. Two men were arrested and charged with fourth-degree arson for improperly extinguishing a campfire on Saturday, July 9. Investigators say the campfire triggered the blaze northeast of the town. 

Cold Springs Fire Is Fully Contained

Jul 11, 2016
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The Cold Springs fire is now 100 percent contained. All areas are open for residents to return, and all mandatory evacuations have been lifted, though residents may not have electricity. Firefighters are mopping up areas and securing fire lines. Crews will continue to patrol within and around the burn area. 

Authorities say the 528 acre fire, which burned primarily two miles northeast of Nederland, was sparked by an out-of-control campfire.

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Wood infested with an invasive beetle is being used to heat some Boulder County buildings, including the jail.

The Emerald Ash Borer has been in Colorado for years now, but remained undetected until 2013, when it was found in the city of Boulder. So far, it’s the furthest point west that EAB has been detected, prompting a quarantine to keep Ash wood from leaving the county. No one has been able to stop or eradicate the EAB.

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The Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest's 1.4 million acres cover the Front Range foothills and climb into the mountains of north central Colorado. As more people use the forest and build homes in the private land checkered between its boundaries, conflicts between recreational shooters and other forest users are increasing.

That's why the Forest Service officials are proposing a forest-wide plan to manage where shooting enthusiasts can and cannot fire their guns. It would be the first such plan in the nation.

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Two Northern Colorado communities will receive support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as they work to green their towns.