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8 months 3 weeks ago

Rocky Ford set to harvest cantaloupes

ROCKY FORD, Colo. (AP) - Farmers are starting their harvest of Rocky Ford cantaloupes. The Rocky Ford Growers Association says that when pickers headed to the fields Friday, they were getting a late start on the harvest. The association says growers thought they could start harvesting a week ago, but...

1 year 8 months ago

Melon growers rebounding after outbreak

ROCKY FORD, Colo. (AP) - Nearly a year after tainted cantaloupes from southeast Colorado sickened hundreds and caused a nationwide melon scare, farmers in Rocky Ford say they're having a strong season. This year's crop is smaller, with less than half the acreage in cantaloupes compared to last year. But...

2 years 5 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...

2 years 5 months ago

Rocky Ford High School on lock down

News 5 has just confirmed with police officials in Rocky Ford that Rocky Ford High School is on a lock-down condition. Police will not release why at but has confirmed that there is no access to the school at this time. The initial call went to police dispatch at...

2 years 7 months ago

Rocky Ford farmers trying to clear their name

Farmers in Rocky Ford are scrambling to clear their name after a listeria scare was mistakenly linked to the area. Health Department memos claimed the tainted cantaloupes were from the "Rocky Ford Region". Just recently it's been learned that the cantaloupes in question were actually from the Jensen Farms...

2 years 7 months ago

Rocky Ford weathering Listeria outbreak

It's a town known for its mouth watering cantaloupe and juicy watermelons. But lately, this melon capital has been in the spotlight for a different reason. Four deaths in Colorado and New Mexico have a possible connection to Rocky Ford cantaloupes. "I've had three people so far that didn't...

3 years 4 weeks ago

Fire charred 2,000 acres

The fire south of Rocky Ford burned an estimated 2,000 acres Monday afternoon. It's 99% contained as of Monday night, according to the Otero County Sheriff's Office. Fire crews will mop up and check for hot spots throughout the night. With the help of high winds, the fire jumped...

3 years 1 month 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.

3 years 1 month ago

Fire burning in Otero County

Rocky Ford officials say a fire is burning on Hwy. 71, south of 350. Both roads are closed in the area. Officials say there aren't any structures threatened at this point. They aren't sure yet how big it is or what caused it.

3 years 3 months ago

Water service restored to Rocky Ford

Water service has been fully restored to residents in Rocky Ford, however a mandatory boil order is in place for at least the 24 to 48 hours. Rick Ritter, executive director of the Otero County Health Department says any time there is a break in a closed water system there...

3 years 3 months ago

Rocky Ford water main break fixed

Water should be running again in Rocky Ford around 8 p.m. Monday according to City Manager Dan Hyatt. The entire town has been without water for three days. Rocky Ford's mayor says four water mains broke beginning on Christmas, affecting the town's 4,000 residents. Several restaurants and businesses were...

3 years 5 months ago

Troopers make $300K marijuana bust

State troopers have arrested a man they say was carrying over $300,000 dollars worth of marijuana in his car. They stopped the 2001 Cadillac CTS at about 10:00 p.m. on Thursday just west of Rock Ford. The driver who is from Northglenn was reportedly speeding and the vehicle's registration had...

3 years 8 months ago

Have you seen this man?

Rocky Ford Police are trying to find a man who may have talked to suspects before a shooting happened. Surveillance pictures show a man who wears his sunglasses under his chin. At first glance it appears to be a beard, but closer inspection shows sunglasses around his neck. ...

3 years 8 months ago

Governor requests help for melon farmers

Gov. Bill Ritter Friday announced he has requested federal disaster assistance for Otero and Montrose counties where freezing temperatures and severe hail affected crops. Gov. Ritter sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking for Secretarial Disaster Designation. In Otero County, frost and freezing temperatures devastated melon...

3 years 8 months ago

Cantaloupe: how sweet it is

It's melon time! Cantaloupes from Rocky Ford are ready for harvest and the sweet treat is popping up at farmer's markets, supermarkets, and in summer salads. Farmers say this year's harvest is about two weeks behind what's typical. That's because farmers planted late because of a cool spring....

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