News in Brief
December 24, 2007
SNOWMASS (AP) ” A skier who got lost in a drainage after leaving Snowmass Ski Area boundaries is uninjured, Pitkin County sheriff’s officials said.
She was rescued after stomping “Help” into the snow Saturday.
“She was just happy to be out of the area,” sheriff’s office spokesman Mario Strobl said.
Rescuers began looking for her after the sheriff’s office received a report of a single ski track going into the West Willow drainage at about 3:30 p.m. She was rescued around 6 p.m.
The skier, whose name was not available, is a two-year local resident, Strobl said.
Mountain Rescue Aspen President Hugh Zuker said his group recommends that backcountry novices never leave ski area boundaries without an experienced guide, proper training and proper equipment.
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“The problem is these drainages lead into waterfalls, creeks, deadfall (trees) and cliff bands, and the route out is counterintuitive,” Zuker said.
GARFIELD COUNTY ” Garfield County was recognized for its outstanding production of something other than natural gas in 2007.
The Rifle Area and Roaring Fork Relay for Life events collectively raised more than $218,000 for the American Cancer Society between the two events last year. Organizers of the events, Julie Spencer of the Roaring Fork Relay and Theresa Hamilton for the Rifle Area Relay, received word at the annual Relay for Life convention in Reno, Nev., in September that Garfield County raised more money per capita than any other county in the Great West Division and that the two events were in the top 10 nationally for money raised.
That says a lot about the communities throughout the county, according to Hamilton.
“It’s absolutely phenomenal, and we look forward to continuing the trend.” Hamilton said. “We want to be the leader in the nation on turning hope into a cure.”
When it’s all boiled down, Garfield County raised $4.12 per every man, woman and child living in the county. That is No. 1 in the Great West Division, which encompasses Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana and North Dakota. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)