News in Brief
A climber was cold but otherwise unhurt Sunday after he spent the night on an eight-story ledge on Capitol Peak.
The man, whose identity was not available, lost a snow anchor and his rope gave way Saturday afternoon as he and his climbing partner made their way down Capitol. The 14,130-foot peak is 14 miles west of town.
They had been rappelling down the mountain’s north face, in the Slingshot Couloir area, when the anchor gave way. “Attempts to self-rescue failed,” says a statement from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
Crews from that department and Mountain Rescue Aspen were brought to the scene by a helicopter from Frisco because of dangerous rockslide and avalanche conditions, the statement says.
Rescue crews had escorted the man to safety by 5 p.m. yesterday.
A man was arrested Saturday night after he allegedly hit a vehicle twice in the parking lot of Clark’s Market and then drove off.
Fredy Zamora Cedillos, 24, of El Jebel, faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, DUI and failure to obey a traffic device.
Sgt. Steve Smith said Cedillos sped out of the parking lot and drove onto the sidewalk, puncturing two tires. Off-duty police Sgt. Bill Linn spotted the vehicle at the intersection of Mill and Main streets, and eventually arrested the suspect.
“He saw the car scream through the intersection on flat tires,” Smith said.
COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) ” A nonprofit group, expecting that Colorado Springs will not be able to fund needed work at the Garden of the Gods, wants to raise $500,000 for improvements.
Mark Hesse, director of the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, vowed to raise the money in the next three years. He said it would be used for revegetation and stabilization of the most eroded gullies in the 1,367-acre landmark.
It’s not uncommon for people to contribute to parks, but Hesse’s would be the first effort that involves hiring someone to do the city’s job. It also would be one of the largest monetary donations in the Parks and Recreation Department’s history.
City officials said the fund-raising is appreciated. “We have so many demands on the resources we do have, we rely heavily on other sources,” said Kurt Schroeder, the manager of park maintenance, trails and open space. “For us to move quickly, we depend on money and participation from the outside.”
Hesse said, “I think these days that the community, even though this is the city’s responsibility, must care for the parks.”
The Rocky Mountain Field Institute contributes both money and volunteers. The Springs-based group managed 837 volunteers who worked 3,713 hours on restoration projects last year.
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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.