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The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) performed avalanche mitigation on Loveland Pass this morning (3/31) at daybreak. During mitigation, at approximately 7:09, the Avalauncher being used this morning, prematurely detonated within the barrel injuring two state employees. The employees injured, one CDOT employee and one employed from our partners at Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) are both in fair condition at this time.

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CDOT regularly monitors 278 of the 522 known avalanche paths in Colorado. This device has been in use for almost 30 years by CDOT. This particular Avalauncher has been used for the past 8 years, firing over 800 rounds this avalanche season alone. CDOT has triggered 41 avalanches, including the one this morning on Loveland Pass, since November 1, 2013. A thorough investigation being led by the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Department is ongoing at the scene. CDOT, Oil and Public Safety, who regulate the use of explosives within the State of Colorado, CAIC, among others are also currently on scene as well.

This device utilizes compressed gas. Crews load the explosive into the Avalauncher device and once the explosive is launched the trigger detonates upon impact. For reasons, under investigation, the device detonated prematurely inside the Avalauncher. Once the cause is determined, action will be taken to correct this situation.

“We are taking this situation very seriously and will be looking into how to improve the safety of our crew members during avalanche reduction practices,” Said, Tony DeVito, Regional Transportation Director, said of this morning’s incident. “The safety of our crews and the traveling public are our top priority and we ask you keep these gentlemen in your thoughts today.”

This morning’s mitigation consisted of a three man crew. Each member of all avalanche mitigation crews, attend extensive, week long explosives training every fall in addition to avalanche safety training that is also completed yearly.  CDOT is currently on a statewide stand down of the Avalauncher, but for the safety of the traveling public other methods of avalanche reduction will continue.

CDOT is taking all necessary actions to investigate this situation and ensure the safety of our crews for all future mitigations. Until family has been notified of this situation, the names and further release of their current conditions will not be released. Please keep these gentlemen in your thoughts today.

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CDOT Workers Injured During Avalanche Mitigation

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The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) performed avalanche mitigation on Loveland Pass this morning (3/31) at daybreak. During mitigation, at approximately 7:09, the Avalauncher being used this morning, prematurely detonated within the barrel injuring two state employees. The employees injured,

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Over $8600 Raised in KZYR/Vail Resorts ECHO RadioThon

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  Friday’s KZYR / Vail Resorts ECHO RadioThon was a HUGE success, raising a total of $8,651.00 for the Food Rescue Express Backpack Program! A HUGE thanks to everyone involved, including our in-studio special guests! Vail Ski Patrol‘s avalanche rescue

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VIDF Tickets On Sale

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TICKETS NOW ON SALE Vail International Dance Festival – 26th Season July 27 – August 9, 2014 2014 Festival Highlights Will Include: Argentine ballet superstar, Herman Cornejo as Artist-in-Residence A star-filled Opening Night, previewing artists and companies of the 2014 season

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Weez to Interview Ziggy Marley Tomorrow

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For the THIRD TIME, reggae sensation Ziggy Marley will be LIVE on The Zephyr tomorrow to chat with DJ Weez. From 5:15 to 6:15pm, the two will be talking about reggae, life, and Ziggy’s new album Fly Rasta. Be sure

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Grant Farm in Studio Today, at Shakedown Tonight

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Tune in to 97.7 FM KZYR or listen to our online livestream at 5:15pm today to hear DJ Weez interview Tyler Grant of Grant Farm. The band will be playing at Shakedown Bar tonight! Grant Farm is a band on a

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GoPro Mountain Games Back with Great Musical Lineup

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The Vail Valley Foundation, organizer of the annual GoPro Mountain Games, just announced the initial music line-up for this year’s event. In its thirteenth year, the GoPro Mountain Games has grown to be considered the country’s largest summer celebration of

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"Gold Rush" Welcome Home for Mikaela Shiffrin Friday

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Residents and guests of the Vail Valley will have the unique opportunity to welcome home their newest Olympic champion Friday evening, March 28, as the Vail Valley Foundation, the Town of Vail and Vail Resorts host the “Gold Rush” celebration

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“Gold Rush” Welcome Home for Mikaela Shiffrin Friday

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Residents and guests of the Vail Valley will have the unique opportunity to welcome home their newest Olympic champion Friday evening, March 28, as the Vail Valley Foundation, the Town of Vail and Vail Resorts host the “Gold Rush” celebration

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Vail Jazz Party Tickets Now On Sale

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VAIL JAZZ PARTY Thursday, August 28th – Monday, September 1st Tickets and passes now on sale here! Join us for the culminating event of the Vail Jazz Festival, with a unique mix of world-class musicians playing over 35 hours of

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Just How Good Was DEVO?

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Recently, we lost a visionary when Bob Casale Jr of Devo died. Casale was an integral part of the band that only a few years ago had made an almost invisible yet underappreciated return to rock and roll including a

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