Independence Pass http://kajx.org en Fatal Avalanche Big Enough to Destroy a House http://kajx.org/post/fatal-avalanche-big-enough-destroy-house <p></p><p>A combination of record snow, wind and warming temperatures created a disaster in the backcountry over the weekend. An avalanche on the east-side of Independence Pass Saturday killed two skiers Saturday. And, the state’s avalanche center says it hasn’t seen such large, destructive avalanches in 20 years. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with John Snook, a forecaster at the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:24:55 +0000 Marci Krivonen 14447 at http://kajx.org Fatal Avalanche Big Enough to Destroy a House State Patrol, Garmin Angling for Truck Drivers' Attention http://kajx.org/post/state-patrol-garmin-angling-truck-drivers-attention <p>More commercial truckers are navigating Independence Pass... even though they’re not supposed to. That’s according to the Colorado State Patrol. This summer, officers are doing more to bring those numbers down. And the effort comes as a worldwide GPS company is also trying to get the attention of more drivers.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When traveling east of Aspen on Highway 82, there are several signs warning drivers, saying:</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“No trucks over thirty five feet in length can drive up and over Independence Pass.”</span></p><p></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 16:40:30 +0000 Elise Thatcher 3839 at http://kajx.org State Patrol, Garmin Angling for Truck Drivers' Attention