Hundreds of people gathered to honor the lives of the three men lost in a massive mudslide last week in western Colorado.
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel says people from the Collbran area packed the Plateau Valley School gymnasium Sunday evening to remember 51-year-old Clarence Allen "Clancy" Nichols, 46-year-old Melvin Wesley Hawkins and 24-year-old Daniel Allen Nichols.
Authorities say they were swept away in a mudslide a half-mile wide and 3 miles long May 25, about 11 miles south of Collbran.
They had been checking on irrigation problems caused by an initial slide when a large chunk of a ridge broke off, sending soggy earth spilling like wet cement. Their bodies have not been found.
The paper says it was a solemn ceremony for the estimated 200 family members and about 800 friends.
Laser and radar technology is being used to remap the area where the mudslide happened.
Mesa County officials say two days of flights over a large area from Collbran to Vega Reservoir are underway. About 87 flights over the area will remap the topography of the slide and are aimed at getting a better sense of the new landscape.
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