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BASALT ” As the snow piles deeper, the managers of Ruedi Reservoir increase the water releases.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Friday it increased the flow from Ruedi Reservoir dam from 120 cubic feet per second to 160 cfs. “The [ snowpack] is currently 150 percent of normal and we need to make room for the anticipated runoff,” the agency said in its notice.
The bureau had increased the flow from the reservoir into the Fryingpan River to 120 cfs from 95 cfs during the third week of January. Ruedi Reservoir is located east of Basalt in the Fryingpan River Valley.
SNOWMASS ” A 6-year-old boy was uninjured despite falling about 25 feet to the ground Thursday from the Village Express chairlift, the Aspen Skiing Co. said.
The boy was skiing with his father and his sister when he fell, according to Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle. The patrol took him to the clinic, but he was released after a quick checkup. The boy returned to the slopes to ski with his family, Hanle said.
A limited amount of information was available about the incident since the boy was all right. The boy was believed to be visiting the area, Hanle said.
No information was available on what caused the boy to fall from the chairlift.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Snow played a part in a fatal rollover crash Friday night on Highway 82, south of Glenwood Springs.
A passenger, Ramon Hermosillo Nieto, 73, of Gypsum, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was treated and released at the Valley View Hospital in Glenwood, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
At about 5:30 p.m. just south of Glenwood Springs, the driver of a red 2000 Toyota Tacoma heading north lost control and drove off the road. The vehicle traveled up a steep embankment and rolled, eventually stopping on its passenger side and facing east on the highway. The driver of a white 1997 Ford Windstar van tried to stop but slid into the roof of the overturned truck, according to the state patrol. Hermosillo Nieto was riding in the Toyota.
The patrol said the road was snowpacked, and it was snowing heavily at the time, and that the crash was caused by driving too fast for the conditions. Everyone involved was wearing seat belts, and neither drugs nor alcohol were factors. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)
ASPEN ” The 2008 Neighbor to Neighbor fundraising campaign, which provides money to area health and human services organizations and other recipients, is now beginning, according to Kris Marsh, director of the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation.
In 2006, according to information on the foundation website, the organization handed out more than $1.1 million to the Aspen Valley Hospital, for a CT scanner and a digital mammography machine, and in 2007 the foundation gave the hospital $847,000 toward the purchase of a new magnetic resonance imaging device and toward the hiring of a patient representative.
The foundation also in 2006 gave nearly $500,000 dollars to a total of 67 health and human service agencies or health-care professionals seeking training, and distributed $10,000 each to 10 employees at AVH from the Dick Butera Distinguished Service Foundation.
This year, the organization has set April 15 as the deadline for applications for a health-care educational scholarship, and is now in the process of soliciting donations to help fund its various grant programs.
Those interested in donating to the foundation can e-mail the organization at email@example.com, or call (970) 544-1298.
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