News in Brief
A 40-year-old woman was injured when she fell off a horse on a remote trail in Old Snowmass yesterday afternoon.
Details on what caused the accident were not available. But because of the severity of the woman’s injuries and the location, a helicopter was called in to airlift her out and transport her to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.
The woman fell on a ridge on Light Hill around 12:30. Authorities said the site is up the hill from a ranch owned by actors Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.
A dozen rescuers from the Basalt fire department and a sheriff’s deputy responded to the scene on ATVs and other 4X4 vehicles, a press release from the sheriff’s office says.
PARACHUTE ” A major drug bust in late May could be just the beginning for the growing Parachute Police Department.
Officer Jeff Wells got a call from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office on May 19. A drug dog sniffed out an empty duffel bag in the trunk of a car deputies pulled over. Since the bag was empty, the driver was released.
But Mesa County sheriff’s officers followed the car to the Super 8 Motel in Parachute, where the driver met up with someone else.
Parachute police joined Mesa County authorities at the motel, searched the other vehicle and allegedly discovered 151 pounds of marijuana.
William Morgan and Anthony Keane of Florida were charged with possession with intent to distribute.
The marijuana is in an evidence locker in Parachute, and “there isn’t room for anything else in there,” Wells said.
He said he’d never seen so much marijuana: “Only on TV.” The department usually stores drug evidence until after the trial and then destroys it in a small burn barrel outside of the office. Not this time.
“It’s too much. The whole town of Parachute would be getting silly,” Wells said. “We’ll find some place. The state patrol used to incinerate it, but the amount was too overwhelming.”
SUMMIT COUNTY ” Water users from both sides of the Continental Divide will meet July 13 in Keystone to discuss a hush-hush West Slope proposal aimed at resolving a laundry list of water-sharing issues, including potential caps on diversions from Colorado River headwater streams in Summit and Grand counties.
The 18-page proposal, often described as a West Slope wish list, was delivered to Denver Water in late May.
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Basalt High School choir director Brittany von Stein made her first court appearance Wednesday for advisement on the criminal charges filed against her for alleged sexual relations with a student. The criminal case was sealed by a judge’s order so limited information was available.