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Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

PITKIN COUNTY – Five people were hurt, one seriously, in a head-on collision Saturday evening on Highway 82 in Snowmass Canyon.

The crash forced authorities to close the downvalley lanes of Highway 82; traffic was diverted onto a side road.

The accident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. when Judith Hageland, 68, turned left onto the highway from Water View Road and began driving in the wrong direction in the westbound lanes, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Celia Corona Ramirez, 36, was traveling west on the highway in an SUV when she encountered Hageland’s sedan. Both drivers attempted to avoid a collision but the vehicles collided head-on, the state patrol said.

Hageland was taken to a hospital with a fractured elbow; Corona Ramirez was transported to a hospital with moderate injuries. Two children were also transported with minor injuries, and a 13-year-old child was flown to Denver with a head injury, authorities said.

All occupants of both vehicles were wearing seatbelts. Inattentive driving was apparently the cause of the crash, and Hageland was issued a summons for careless driving causing injury, the state patrol said. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected factors in the accident, the patrol indicated.

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Basalt Fire Department also responded to the accident scene.

ASPEN – John Bennett, former Aspen mayor and executive director of For the Forest, is the scheduled speaker at Wednesday’s Aspen Business Luncheon at the Hotel Jerome.

The event starts at 12:45 p.m. Cost is $26 and includes a buffet lunch.

The mission of For the Forest is to promote the health of forests, with particular emphasis on promoting the long-term sustainability of western forests by providing research, management, expertise and related resources, developing and implementing forest management plans, and engaging in relevant activities related to the protection and conservation of forests.

For information, e-mail organizer Todd Shaver at

ASPEN – Hospice of the Valley has a new name.

It’s now called HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley, to better identify to the community the services which are now offered by the agency, said Markey Butler, the nonprofit’s executive director.

Hospice of the Valley began providing end-of-life care services in early 2009. Initial funding of Hospice of the Valley was provided by the Aspen Valley Hospital, Valley View Hospital, the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

Over the past two years, the agency has served more than 200 terminally ill residents throughout the Roaring Fork, Crystal, and Colorado River valleys. And in December 2009, the agency assumed ownership of the former Vail Valley Home Health and Mountain Hospice program which had been owned by Vail Valley Medical Center for many years. Vail Valley Medical Foundation provided operational support and a generous gift to Hospice of the Valley to ensure long-term stability of home health and hospice care to residents of Eagle County.

With the ownership change of the Medicare-certified home health agency, the Hospice of the Valley Board of Directors believed it necessary to modify the name of the agency to better communicate the range of home-based care services to residents throughout the 6,000-plus-square-mile service area. Patients are served out of the Edwards and Basalt offices.

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