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Head-on crash involves an Aspen resident DENVER ( AP) A man and a woman and their 1-year-old son were injured when a vehicle drifted into the other lane and collided head-on into their car about four miles west of Golden on Thursday afternoon, authorities said. Shana Kelly, 22 of Central City, the driver of a Plymouth Neon headed west on U.S. 6, was seriously injured and taken to St. Anthony Central Hospital, the Colorado State Patrol said. Passenger Dave Dunkle, 21, of Central City also was taken to the hospital and Gage Dunkle, 1, was airlifted to Childrens Hospital. Trooper Gilbert Mares said Dunkle and Kelly werent wearing seatbelts and the child wasnt restrained properly. John Gillies, 42, of Aspen, who was driving east when his Chrysler Pacifica went into the westbound lane, had minor injuries. He didnt go to the hospital. Mares said Gillies was wearing a seatbelt. The State Patrol doesnt believe that alcohol, drugs, speed or weather were factors in the accident.

Wetlands study delays removal of sandVAIL (AP) A project to remove tons of traction sand that washed into a high-country stream from Interstate 70 has been delayed because the sand might have helped wetlands grow.The state highway department is trying to clean up the sand that originally was spread on I-70 to improve traction when the road was icy. Much of the sand has washed into streams, damaging the habitat for fish and other creatures.But the U.S. Forest Service says the sand also might have created or expanded wetlands in Black Gore Creek.Researchers are trying to determine whether it really is wetlands, whether the sand contributed to them and whether the wetlands are protected by federal law.

Get discounted lift tickets at SunlightGLENWOOD SPRINGS Its a great idea. Donate at least one nonperishable food item to LIFT-UP and receive a coupon for a $25 lift ticket to Sunlight Mountain Resort. Donate a few more cans, and feel even better about your donation.In past years, Sunlight has collected unwrapped gifts for needy children in exchange for a discounted lift ticket. Marketing manager for Sunlight Mountain Resort Dylan Lewis, in his first year at Sunlight, thought the ski area could help out a little more by collecting food, which those less fortunate could really use. He began conversations with LIFT-UP executive director Mike Powell and his marketing director, Doug Straw, to expand the program to offer a more impactful campaign.Donate nonperishable food items at any LIFT-UP office until Dec. 16 and receive a coupon for a $25 lift ticket. The coupon may only be redeemed Dec. 16 at Sunlight Mountain Resort. LIFT-UP offices are located at 800 Railroad Ave. in Rifle; 385 S. Second St. in Carbondale; 126 N. Fourth St. in New Castle; 121 N. Fisher Ave. in Parachute; and 1001 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs.Skiers can also bring food items to Sunlight during the Winter Carnival Dec. 16, and guest services will be collecting the food items at the breezeway and outside the ticket office in exchange for a $25 lift ticket.The Winter Carnival on Sunlight Mountain is an exciting event. Besides the LIFT-UP food drive, it includes a visit from Santa, gifts for the kids, a demo day and a Torch Light Parade.All donated food will be distributed locally to people in need from LIFT-UPs five area food pantries. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

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