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Fort Collins man dies kayaking in Glenwood CanyonA Fort Collins kayaker died in Glenwood Canyon on Saturday, apparently from injuries after falling out of his boat. According to a representative for Chief Deputy Coroner Steven Pollard, the victim was Jason Hansen, 30, of Fort Collins. The death was the first on the Colorado River in the area this season. Hansen had been running rapids between Shoshone and No Name Saturday when, after several runs, he was thrown from the boat and injured, said Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario. When rescuers reached Hansen, they detected signs of life and performed CPR, Vallario said. Hansen was transported to Valley View Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Vallario said Hansen was running the river as a member of a Fort Collins commercial group. Representatives of the company, Mountain Whitewater Descents, were not available for comment. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

Historical Society on spring scheduleAlong with ski lifts shutting down, downtown Aspen parking regulations easing (for a while anyway), and robins appearing, at least one other tradition in Aspen still helps mark the passing of another winter – the offseason closing of various facilities the Aspen Historical Society operates. Both the Wheeler/Stallard House and the Holden/Marolt Barn museums, along with the Archive Library and Carriage House, will be closed through June 12. When they reopen on June 13, the regular museum hours of 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays will resume, along with the various summer programs and tours. The group’s full-time staff will still be available throughout the offseason, and will work to accommodate special requests for openings or tours.

Police arrest two juveniles in West Glenwood firePolice arrested two juveniles Monday in connection with an Easter fire that gutted two vacant, city-owned buildings in west Glenwood and temporarily closed two businesses.Glenwood police Lt. Bill Kimminau said a Glenwood Springs Middle School student and his 15-year-old stepbrother, reportedly a high school freshman, have been charged with second-degree arson, criminal mischief and trespassing.A younger brother who was with the two at the time of the fire started was not charged, he said.Geno’s Liquors and the Shell Westmart convenience store remained closed Monday. Sunday’s fire burned through the upper back walls of the businesses but resulted in little interior smoke or water damage. Gene Yellico, a partner in the businesses, said insurance companies were getting involved and he had no idea when the businesses would be able to reopen.Kimminau said the arrests came after some girls who had been with the boys earlier Sunday spoke Monday morning to Rod Santos, the student resources officer at the middle school. Santos brought in the boys and their parents, and the boys quickly admitted to starting the fire, Kimminau said.”It sounds like they may have been playing with a gas can or something and a lighter, and things kind of got away from them. I don’t think they went in there with the intention of burning the building down,” he said. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)


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