News in Brief
December 17, 2007
Paparazzi kicked out of Bumps at ButtermilkASPEN Between three and five photographers were kicked out of Bumps restaurant, at the base of Buttermilk Ski Area, by Pitkin County sheriffs deputies on Sunday at about noon. Pitkin County Deputy Joe Bauer said an Aspen Skiing Co. employee complained that the photographers were harassing patrons of the restaurant. Deputies explained that the restaurant is private property and the photographers left without further incident, Bauer said. They could have been charged with trespassing if they didnt leave, he said.With celebrities coming into town, Bauer commented that the sheriffs office and Aspen Police Department often deal with paparazzi through the holiday season.This is probably just the beginning, Bauer said. We anticipate a few weeks of calls.
Snowmobiler rescued from Independence PassASPEN A 27-year-old snowmobiler who was stranded on Independence Pass, east of Aspen, was rescued Saturday night without injury.Chris Brown, of Rifle, went out snowmobiling with a friend near Independence Pass around noon on Sunday when his snowmobile broke down, according to the Pitkin County Sheriffs Office. His friend went to Aspen to get tools to fix the machine, but hit a rock along the way and could not go back. He contacted the sheriffs office for assistance and Mountain Rescue Aspen was called out. The sheriffs office reported that eight members of mountain rescue went into the field, found the Brown at 7 p.m., and everyone was out of the field by 8:15 p.m. No one was injured.