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FORT COLLINS ” Two snowmobilers who were part of a group from Iowa were killed in a New Year’s Day avalanche near Rocky Mountain National Park, officials said.

A blizzard was moving through the area near Trap Lake and Cameron Pass, northwest of the park, said Larimer County sheriff’s spokeswoman Eloise Campanella.

Others snowmobiling with the two men alerted state wildlife officers, who reported the accident about 11:15 a.m., Campanella said. The men were confirmed dead two hours later, she said. Their identities were not released.

The area around Cameron Pass is popular with snowmobilers and skiers. On Dec. 29, 2000, a snowboarder was killed in an avalanche at South Diamond Peak. Another avalanche killed a Colorado State University student who was skiing near the pass Dec. 14, 1999. (The Coloradoan)

PUEBLO (AP) ” There were no winners in the drawing Saturday for a $1.38 million Lotto jackpot, Colorado Lottery officials said.

The winning numbers were 13, 15, 22, 30, 33 and 36.

Lottery officials said seven tickets matched five of the six numbers to win $1,112 apiece, 626 matched four numbers for $46 prizes, and 9,631 matched three numbers to win $4 each.

The jackpot for the next Lotto drawing Wednesday will grow to an estimated $1.4 million.

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) ” The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to allow a major expansion of the Snowy Range Ski Area near Centennial, including a 63.5-acre addition.

The ski area in Medicine Bow National Forest would also be allowed to keep its lodge open and a lift running during the summer. During the winter, it would be allowed to make snow.

In addition, ski area owner Rick Colling hopes to be able to pave and enlarge the parking lot.

Colling rebuilt and enlarged the ski lodge after it burned down three years ago and said the ski area could accommodate more people if it had more parking space.

“We’re crowding people more than what’s comfortable,” he said. “They just jam into this place.”

The Forest Service plans to take public comments on the changes through Jan. 19.


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