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2 years 11 months ago

Trails and Rails: History on a Train

Trails and Rails, it's a chance to ride the train and see history firsthand. We took the train to learn more about the Amtrak and National Park Service program that trains volunteers to tell passengers about the view out their window. It's a history lesson with a view. ...

3 years 6 days ago

Risks of illegal tattoo operations

Last night News 5 reported the story of a La Junta woman who allegedly gives tattoos to minors out of her trailer park home. Today we followed up by speaking with local Health Department officials, who explained why the law says unsupervised tattoo practices are so dangerous. The Colorado...

3 years 6 days ago

Tattoos for kids in La Junta, CO

"She needs to pay for this," Michelle Milenski says, fighting back tears. She looks at her son Brandon, a high school sophomore, as he turns away. When Brandon asked Milenski if he could get a tattoo, she said no; he was only fifteen. Brandon paid no attention to his mother's...

3 years 4 months ago

Playoffs in Pueblo: CSU-P fans ready to cheer

CSU Pueblo is taking the field in possibly the biggest game since bringing the football program back; the playoffs for undefeated CSU-Pueblo start Saturday against Minnesota-Duluth. The fans are getting into playoff mode too; some fans were out tailgating before nine in the morning. "Since it's playoffs I...

3 years 4 months ago

Fires burning near La Junta

Several fires are burning on Hwy 350 six miles south of La Junta. The La Junta Fire Chief says via Twitter that the highway is closed due to smoke from milemarker 66 though 63. Fire crews are getting the upper hand on the fires. La Junta and Rocky Ford...

3 years 4 months ago

Community says goodbye to fallen soldier

Family and friends gathered this morning to say goodbye to Staff Sgt. Brian Cowdrey. Hundreds packed the auditorium at La Junta High School to pay their last respects. Cowdrey was a 1990 graduate of La Junta High School.A solemn grave side service with full military honors follows as Staff Sgt....

3 years 6 months ago

Bent's Fort back to normal

Historic guns and buffalo furs are back at Bent's Old Fort after the sentencing of an Otero County man accused of burglarizing the national historic site. Colorado's U.S. Attorney announced Monday that 32-year-old Jeffrey Scott Willcoxon has been sentenced to more than seven years for being a felon in...

3 years 9 months ago

No containment for Shell Fire

The Shell Fire in Las Animas County has zero containment as of this morning, according to Las Animas County Emergency Management. The fire is burning 25,000 acres on both sides of Highway 109 between La Junta and Kim. The primary focus for today is on the west side of...

3 years 9 months ago

Wildfire Updates

KEYSTONE, Colo. (AP) - Fire crews say they have made progress fighting three major wildfires burning in Colorado. A wildfire near Keystone resort was declared fully contained Saturday night. Investigators say a power line ignited the fire during high winds Thursday. In southwest Colorado, federal fire managers were...

3 years 10 months ago

Man found dead in La Junta

A man was found on the ground near Highway 50 and Barnes Ave. in La Junta around 6:30 this morning. It is considered a suspicious death at this time. Law enforcement authorities are investigating and have not released any details about the man's identity or possible cause of death....

4 years 6 days ago

Highway 96 fire 100% contained

A fire burning near Highway 96, east of Pueblo, has been 100% contained. It broke out just after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday evening near Road 31. Crews on scene the fire scorched about 300 acres. Crews from La Junta, Ordway and Sugar City helped fight the fire. Photo courtesy:...

4 years 6 days ago

Grass fire reported in Otero County

The La Junta Fire Department is responding to a grass fire in Otero County. The fire is reported at Highway 96 at Road 31. The fire is estimated at 15 acres. It is heading north toward Highway 96. The smoke is dense enough that it is causing traffic problems.

4 years 1 week ago

Fire burning near Rocky Ford

Fire crews from Rocky Ford, La Junta and Manzanola are battling a fire in Rocky Ford. It's burning near HWY 10 Rd 18. The La Junta Fire Chief reports it's possible that one structure has burned. We'll bring you more here as we get it.

4 years 7 months ago

Dinosaur track tours offered

The U.S. Forest Service will offer guided tours into the Picket Wire Canyon south of La Junta this fall. Tours begin the first Saturday of September and run through October. These primitive canyons are in the Comanche National Grasslands and are home to the largest dinosaur track site in North...

4 years 9 months ago

Respect for You, Respect for the Storm

Impressive. Powerful. Violent. Damaging. Here on the Front Range and across the plains, our severe weather demands respect . News First 5 is uniquely prepared for severe weather at all times. Because we respect you and we respect our powerful storms, News First 5 assembled the most experienced...

4 years 11 months ago

School to close in La Junta to save money

The La Junta public school district board has voted to close La Junta Intermediate School next fall to save an estimated $770,000. Superintendent Jim Sullivan says the district projects a $1 million drop in revenue next school year due to declining enrollment and state budget cuts. Enrollment is expected...

5 years 1 month ago

No charges in Colorado Amtrak threat

Prosecutors in Otero County say they won't pursue charges against an ex-convict accused of making a threat against an Amtrak train. Authorities say further investigation revealed the man displayed no bizarre behavior or even made a threat. Ojore Nuru Lutalo, 64, of Elizabeth, N.J., was arrested Jan. 26...

5 years 1 month ago

Colorado agriculture photo contest winners

The winners of the 2009 Colorado Agriculture Photography Contest have been selected. Grand Prize winner Dan Ballard of La Junta captured a corn field beneath a stormy sky. Ballard received a prize of $150 for "A Different View." The 2010 contest is already accepting entries in four different categories....

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