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Accident victim identified, is in critical conditionThe driver of a vehicle that went off Highway 82 and down a steep embankment near Woody Creek on Wednesday evening was identified as Steve Olson.The 50-year-old Glenwood Springs resident was in critical condition in a Grand Junction hospital yesterday. Olson was injured when his Jeep SUV plunged off the highway about five miles west of Aspen. It rolled several times and came to rest in the back yard of a paramedic, who treated the victim.Olson, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital before being airlifted to St. Mary’s. Alcohol is not considered a factor, according to a statement from the Colorado State Patrol. The accident remains under investigation.Dust control to affect some local roadsPitkin County’s Road and Bridge Department will be doing dust control on Woody Creek Road on Tuesday, June 14, and on East Sopris Creek Road on Thursday, June 16.Drivers are asked to travel with caution and expect slight delays – five or 10 minutes – while using either of these roads. The county apologizes for any inconvenience and thanks the public for its cooperation.If anyone has questions or concerns, contact Pitkin County Public Works Road and Bridge Department at 920-5390.Funding for High Elk Corridor advances with appropriation billThe High Elk Corridor outside Aspen is among the conservation projects approved for funding by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday.Colorado’s Sen. Wayne Allard requested the appropriations, according to his office.The Interior appropriations bill, which requires approval from the full Senate, provides funding for the following Colorado projects: $500,000 to acquire land for the High Elk Corridor in the Elk Mountains between the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area and the Raggeds Wilderness Area in the White River National Forest. The appropriation will complete the federal portion of this purchase, with the remaining portion to be purchased with privately raised funds. $1.5 million for the Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area in Western Colorado so the Bureau of Land Management can complete acquisition and protection of nearly 1,500 acres of private holdings. $691,000 for the Upper Colorado Fish Recovery, a four-state program operating on all reaches of the Upper Colorado River Basin and the San Juan River. $1.5 million for Banded Peaks Ranch in Southern Colorado to complete a two-phase conservation easement. $982,000 for the Platte River Fish Recovery, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Colorado Department of Wildlife cooperative program to implement the recovery of four species.
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