Region Briefs

Fabric tent ban near Aspen lifted

ASPEN – The U.S. Forest Service has lifted a temporary ban on the use of tents and fabric trailers or campers in an area west of Aspen because problems with bears foraging for food there appear to have subsided.

Ranger Scott Snelson said wildlife officials hadn’t heard of any human-bear conflicts since the ban was enacted in the Difficult Campground area in May. Campers had reported several sightings of a black bear in the area.

Forest Service officials say campers should keep unattended food and coolers in a bear box or locked vehicle, and all garbage must be disposed of in trash containers. Food and cooking equipment should be stored in enclosed vehicles when not in use.

Search crews find body of missing CU student

BOULDER – Authorities say search crews have found a body while searching for a missing University of Colorado student in the foothills near Boulder.

Boulder County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Oehlkers said the body was found at the base of a steep, rocky ridge near the National Center for Atmospheric Research at about 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Crews had been searching for 19-year-old Nicholas Marc Valore, who was reported missing Thursday. His car was found in the parking lot of NCAR’s Mesa Lab on Thursday night, but Oehlkers could not confirm the body was Valore’s.

Police said they do not suspect foul play.

Tourism industry jobs increase in Santa Fe

SANTA FE – The summer tourism buzz in Santa Fe is starting to feel a bit like old times as the industry has returned to prerecession levels.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that 2,300 employees were added to the tourism and hospitality industry statewide in May, with 1,300 of those in Santa Fe alone. That’s an increase of almost 15 percent from last year.

Associated Press