- The Washington Times - Friday, January 5, 2007

DENVER (AP) — The third snowstorm in as many weeks barreled into Colorado yesterday, blanketing the Denver area with up to 8 inches of new snow and further hampering efforts to rescue thousands of cattle stranded by last week’s blizzard.

Crews worked around the clock to clear roads so residents could get to stores. Several school districts canceled classes because winds gusts up to 30 mph had reduced visibility.

In Kansas, an estimated 60,000 people were still without power after more than a week, and the new storm was headed their way after dumping nearly a foot of snow in the foothills west of Denver.

Agriculture officials were still trying to determine how to deal with the carcasses of thousands of livestock that were killed in the blizzard or starved afterward.

An estimated 3,500 cattle are thought to have died on rangeland in six southeastern Colorado counties alone, said Leonard Pruett, the region’s agriculture extension agent for Colorado State University.

“The magnitude of the snow out here is astounding,” said Ed Cordes, project manager for Pioneer Pork, which has about 7,500 sows and 4,000 young pigs on a ranch covering about three square miles near Springfield, about 200 miles southeast of Denver.

Owners of feedlots, where range cattle are taken before slaughter, were still calculating their losses.

In Washington, Sen. Wayne Allard and Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, both Colorado Republicans, introduced bills yesterday to help speed financial aid to ranchers who have lost livestock in Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

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