News in Brief
Times to get new phonesThe Aspen Times has a new phone system. The Times’ main number, (970) 925-3414, hasn’t changed, nor have the fax numbers. The public will still be able to reach any employees by calling the main number and asking for them by name. A receptionist will still answer the phone during the day.However, all the employee extensions within the building will change. If you’re accustomed to asking for your favorite reporter or sales representative using a three-digit extension, you’ll have to learn a new five-digit extension.Each employee will also have a direct-dial line, so don’t be afraid to ask for the number.Please be patient if you encounter any problems reaching us.For a list of new staff extensions, see the Contact Us link at aspentimes.com.SUV, plow collide, closes I-70SILVERTHORNE – A collision between a sport utility vehicle and a snowplow injured the SUV driver and closed westbound Interstate 70 near the Eisenhower Tunnel for about two hours Saturday.A Ford Explorer and the blade of a Colorado Department of Transportation plow collided around 2 p.m. as the plow was turning onto the right shoulder of I-70, the State Patrol said.The SUV driver, identified only as a 20-year-old California man, was airlifted to a Denver hospital with undisclosed injuries. The highway closed in both directions so the helicopter could land, and traffic was diverted over Loveland Pass.Police didn’t suspect alcohol or drugs in the crash, and both drivers wore seat belts, troopers said.The crash remained under investigation.Missing hiker found semiconsciousBOULDER (AP) – A 23-year-old Loveland man missing on a hike since Thursday was found semiconscious Sunday afternoon, suffering from hypothermia, said Boulder Sheriff’s Detective Kevin Parker.Parker said Shaun Green had been flown to Longmont United Hospital in stable condition. He apparently had suffered no injuries other than exposure.Parker said that even though Green was prepared to camp out and was an experienced camper, winds in the area between Estes Park and Lyons made conditions bitterly cold.U.S. marshals arrest Colorado man in TucsonTUCSON, Ariz. – A Colorado fugitive wanted on receiving stolen property charges was arrested in Tucson Saturday by agents with the U.S. Marshals Service.James Arthur Hogue, 46, was wanted on three felony warrants, according to a Marshals Service news release. The charges stem from an investigation launched in early January by Colorado authorities, who reportedly found thousands of dollars worth of high-end merchandise hidden in a secret room in Hogue’s Telluride-area home. Warrants were issued on charges of receiving stolen property and a manhunt for him began.The investigation led authorities to Tucson, where information pointed to Hogue being in the Tucson area.U.S. Marshals, with local law enforcement assistance, found Hogue Saturday at a Barnes and Noble book store, where he was surfing the Internet.He was booked into the Pima County jail and is now awaiting extradition to San Miguel County in Colorado.
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It might require a little extra preparation, but there’s no need to be afraid of colder months when going out fishing.