News in Brief
August 11, 2008
PITKIN COUNTY ” An SUV rolled over on Owl Creek Road on Sunday evening, closing the road around 8 p.m.
Accident details were not available. An Aspen-Pitkin County Communications Center press release advised the public to use Brush Creek Road for access to Snowmass Village.
ASPEN ” A Skywest flight attendant is suing her employer, saying she was seriously hurt by an airplane door.
Arizona resident Cynthia Kundig filed a complaint Aug. 7 alleging that when her Mesa Airline flight landed at Aspen/Pitkin County Airport, a member of the ground crew slammed the woman’s hand in the cabin door, crushing her hand.
Kundig is suing three employees, whose names weren’t used in court papers, as well as Skywest officials for hiring, training and supervising the negligent employees.
Kundig, represented by attorney, David S. Hoover, of Lakewood, is asking for a jury trial. The suit was filed in Pitkin County District Court.
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CARBONDALE ” A mudslide Friday night closed Avalanche Creek Road, off of Highway 133, south of Carbondale.
No one was caught by the slide, said Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jesse Steindler.
The mudslide came after several slides Thursday closed sections of Highway 133. The slide at mile marker 54, just north of Redstone, covered both lanes and briefly trapped the occupant of a semi-tractor trailer. A smaller slide hit a stretch of the highway near mile marker 63.
ASPEN ” Maroon Creek Road leading to the Maroon Bells will be closed to travel on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon to accommodate the Aspen High Country Triathlon.
The event will include an 800-yard, indoor-pool swim at the Aspen Recreation Center, a 17-mile bicycle ride that gains 1,500 feet in elevation to the Bells and a 4-mile run in the Elk Mountains and Maroon Creek Valley.
Hosted by the city of Aspen, the event is “the perfect triathlon for beginner triathletes looking for a unique challenge and seasoned racers wanting to compete on a short but challenging course,” organizers say.
The triathlon is a USAT-sanctioned event. Prizes will be awarded to the top overall male and female competitors, as well as to winners in each age group.
The ARC will serve as the event’s start, finish and transition area.
Pre-registration is required; sign up at http://www.active.com, register at the Red Brick Recreation Center, 110 East Hallam St., by Friday, or call 920-5140.
For information on the triathlon, go to http://www.aspenrecreation.com.