Jan 8, 2010 7:00 PM by Greg Boyce
Gov. Bill Ritter announced today he has requested federal disaster assistance for several Colorado counties where crops have been affected by drought and an early frost.
Gov. Ritter sent a letter to U.S Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking for Secretarial Disaster Designation.
Fremont County received damaging frost and freezing temperatures on Oct. 8, 9 and 11, 2009. The early frost rendered unharvested apples worthless. The Western Slope saw a wet spring turn into a very dry summer. Various crops in Mesa, Montezuma, Dolores, San Miguel and Montrose counties were damaged due to drought at levels that qualify for disaster designation.