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Man injured in ATV rollover

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – A Leadville man received life-threatening injuries Saturday when the all-terrain vehicle he was driving rolled about 1.5 miles from the summit of Hagerman Pass at the head of the Fryingpan Valley, according to authorities.

The victim, Todd Shepherd, 48, was airlifted by helicopter from the top of the pass and flown to a Denver hospital, according to Jerry Peetz, Basalt assistant fire chief.

A hunter called authorities from the top of the pass around 2:25 p.m. to report a man unconscious on the road and bleeding, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office incident report. Medical teams from Thomasville and Basalt were dispatched and began arriving at about 3:10 p.m. A medical helicopter stationed in Frisco was placed on standby and later called because of the nature of Shepherd’s injuries.

He crashed in wooded terrain where power transmission lines run near the road. The helicopter couldn’t safely land at the accident site so an ambulance transported him to the top of the rugged pass.

The incident report doesn’t disclose the cause of the crash. People who observed the scene said it appeared Shepherd ran off the road, overcorrected the four-wheeler and rolled. He wasn’t wearing a helmet.

“He had life-threatening injuries,” Peetz said. No update on his condition was available Monday.

ASPEN – Climate change and its effects on Western water supplies will be the topic of a free public lecture at the Given Institute in Aspen Tuesday.

The Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI) presents longtime Colorado River water manager Eric Kuhn, who will discuss “The Colorado River in the Face of Climate Change.” Kuhn warns that disregarding climate change and its potential to cause severe droughts, changed precipitation patterns, greater demands and reduced supplies could have dire consequences for the West.

“The application of traditional conservative management principals would dictate aggressive actions now to minimize future risks to public water supplies from the impacts of climate change,” Kuhn said. “However, a national strategy to address these risks may not be possible due to resistance by popular culture conservatives.”

The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Given, 100 E. Francis St. A wine and cheese reception will follow.

The AGCI is an independent Colorado nonprofit that aims to enhance the understanding of earth’s natural systems and global environmental change. The lecture is part of a four-day AGCI science session titled “Advanced Climate Modeling and Decision-Making Support of Climate Services” that runs through Thursday.

For more information call 925-7376.

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