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Injured skier rescued near American LakeA Carbondale woman who injured her leg Saturday near American Lake south of Aspen was taken out of the backcountry by a rescue team.Clare Bastable was skiing with a large group when she was injured, according to a Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office statement. Two members of the party skied out and notified authorities around 2 p.m.A Mountain Rescue Aspen team reached her in two hours, and she was out of the backcountry by 6 p.m. One of her companions took her to Aspen Valley Hospital.Housing project looks to county for fundsAn affordable housing project in Carbondale may not get off the ground without help from local government. The Garfield County Commissioners expressed support of Keator Grove, an affordable housing development in Carbondale, but did not promise financial backing last Monday.Keator Grove, a mix of manufactured single-family homes and condominiums, has gone through a number of hands since it began as Bair Ranch in te late 1990s. The high density development came under fire from neighbors in the Hendrick Ranch subdivision, and the concept was defeated in an April 2000 referendum. It’s now being developed by Mountain Regional Housing Corp., which came to the commissioners with hat in hand for funding for the project.The project sits on 5.6 acres on the south side of Highway 133, next to Hendrick Ranch in the center of town.Prices range from $381,000 for a 1,800-square-foot single-family home to $170,000 for an apartment.Mountain Regional’s executive director asked the commissioners for a $50,000 grant and a $450,000 low-interest loan to help launch the project.The company needs $1.9 million to purchase the land. Total development cost including the land is $15.6 million. (From the Glenwood Springs Post Independent)Book chronicles horseback riding trailsAbout 5,500 people from Aspen to DeBeque own horses. That’s a big enough number to inspire local horsewoman and author Fiona Lloyd to write a book about the myriad of horseback riding trails in Garfield County.Lloyd’s book, “Horse Trails of Garfield County” hit stores on Nov. 11. It’s geared toward those wanting to get out and away on horseback. The guidebook offers detailed descriptions of 23 horse trails – the majority of them located north of Interstate 70 – in Garfield County, and includes specifics such as difficulty of terrain and length.Another key element, horse trailer accessibility, is a mandatory component of all trails included in the book. All the trails featured have adequate trailer access and turnaround space. “I couldn’t find a book dedicated to Garfield County horse trails,” said Lloyd of the impetus to research and write the book. “It’s meant as a starting point.” (From the Rifle Citizen-Telegram)
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