A rockfall incident has closed Highway 133 near Paonia Reservoir at least through this evening, according to a Colorado Department of Transportation press release.
Seven or eight large rocks came down the hillside about 13 miles south of McClure Pass Sunday morning, leaving a debris path about 120 feet long, 50 feet wide and 20 feet deep, according to the CDOT release. Some of the rocks were as big as a dump truck, according to CDOT.
CDOT and contractor Yenter Companies were on scene Sunday breaking up the rocks, clearing them from the roadway and stabilizing the hillside. Crews will also be repairing road damage, since there is at least one 2-foot-deep crater measuring 12 feet long and 10 feet wide.
The highway, which links Carbondale and the Crystal River Valley with Paonia, Hotchkiss and the North Fork Valley, was closed at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday. The highway is not expected to reopen any sooner than Monday evening, although it could take longer. Check www.cotrip.org  for updated road status information.
Getting around the closure requires at least a 140-mile detour. Without Highway 133, the quickest way from the Roaring Fork Valley to Paonia would be Highway 82 to Interstate 70 west, exiting on Highway 65 and driving across the Grand Mesa to Highway 92.
Sales tax collections in Snowmass Village in February and March rose to their highest levels since the recession, town figures released last week show.
For those months, Snowmass Village collected roughly $290,000 and $285,000, respectively. Those figures are 15 percent higher than what the village collected in the same months of 2012, and exceeded the totals recorded for those months every year since 2008.
Lodging, the largest sector of sales tax in Snowmass, has so far led the way, increasing 18 percent in February and 15 percent in March. For the first three months of 2013, sales tax collection overall is up 13 percent over last year.
Restaurant sales, the next highest collector of sales tax, rose by 14 percent in February and 23 percent in March, town figures show. General retail was also up big, rising 30 percent and 20 percent for those months, respectively.
Collections for the village’s lodging tax also increased in February and March, by 18 and 15 percent, respectively. February’s lodging sales were also their highest since 2008.