News in Brief
November 27, 2005
A team of rescuers trailed and found two female tourists last Friday night, Nov. 25, after they got lost in the dark on the Sunnyside Trail.According to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Donna Baker of Dallas and Juliann Baker of Sherman Oaks, Calif., had started out hiking with an unidentified companion late Friday afternoon, heading into the Hunter Creek Valley. The companion turned back at some point, leaving the women to try their luck on the Sunnyside Trail as darkness fell.Without lights the two soon got lost, and a call went out to the Sheriff’s Office about 5:30 p.m. A team from Mountain Rescue Aspen team started out about 7:25 p.m. and found the women at around 7:50 p.m., uninjured but not prepared to spend the night in the open high country.The woman were taken to a waiting vehicle, and were out of the woods by 8:33 p.m. There was no indication authorities were contemplating any charges against the two women.Society hosts tea for history buffsThe Basalt Regional Historical Society invites area history buffs to its Holiday Victorian Tea from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the historic Primavera Restaurant in downtown Basalt.The menu features afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones and desserts, according to a release from the group. The Walt Smith Trio will provide music.Tickets for the event are $20 per person and will benefit the historical society, which is in the midst of an effort to remodel the Arbaney Barn. Tickets are on sale at Basalt Town Hall or available by calling 927-4693.Also on sale are the BRHS historical ornaments, depicting the Arbaney Barn itself, along with the Halfway House, a historic stage stop and hostel midway between Glenwood Springs and Aspen; and the old Frying Pan Inn, where the Primavera Restaurant is now located.The ornaments are $20 apiece to the general public, or $15 to BRHS members, with discounts for buying all three ornaments at once, and information is available at the BRHS number, 927-4693.Searchers find missing skiersSTEAMBOAT SPRINGS (AP) – Two cross-country skiers missing overnight near the Mount Zirkel Wilderness about 25 miles north of Steamboat Springs have been found in good condition.After the skiers failed to come home Saturday night, about 20 rescuers headed out to look for them on Sunday morning and found them near their car. Their names were not released.Tim O’Brien, spokesman for Routt County Search and Rescue, said both skiers are experienced and they had overnight packs. Up to 18 inches of snow have fallen in the area, which is about 7,500 feet in elevation.