NEWS: Thursday March 18, 2010

Mar 18th @ 6:10 am in News by Scott Staley

Two people are alive after being caught in an avalanche yesterday while cross country skiing on the west side of the Grand Mesa. Read the official Mesa County Sheriff’s Office press releases below:

(3:20pm) Two local adult cross country skiers were caught in an avalanche on the west side of the Grand Mesa earlier today. They both survived and were able to make a call out on a cell phone to the Communication Center who dispatched deputies to an area below the Thunderbird Trailhead and near Palisade Point at 1:06 p.m. Deputies and Search and Rescue Control, Inc. (SARC) have established a command post at the end of Rapid Creek Road (off Highway 6).

There are six deputies on scene with SARC sending snowskippers, ATV members, communication members, technical rope members, and ground team members; Palisade Fire Department and the Powederhorn Ski Patrol are also responding. At this time, due to the snow levels it is believed that snowmobiles will be their only mode of transportation to the victims, who are located in a remote area. SARC contacted the Care Flight helicopter from St. Mary’s Hospital to assist with this mission. This is the third SARC mission of 2010.

(5:43pm) Mesa County Search and Rescue Control, Inc. members and Care Flight helicopter staff are in contact with the two avalanche victims as of about 4:15 p.m. Seth Anderson, 35, of Grand Junction is believed to have injuries as a result of the avalanche. Initial reports indicate he may have both legs broken, but he will be in route to St. Mary’s hospital for medical evaluation and attention as soon as rescue workers can get him transported from the scene. Ann Driggers, age unknown, also of Grand Junction, reported no injuries from the avalanche.

(8:00pm) Care Flight helicopter transported Anderson and Driggers from the Grand Mesa to St. Mary’s Hospital at 7:30 p.m. There is no additional information on the extent of Anderson’s injuries and it is believed that Driggers has no injuries.

The Daily Sentinel writes that Seth Anderson is the co-founder of Loki Outdoor Apparel in Grand Junction and that Ann Driggers is the head of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership and the author of “The Outdoor Junkie” blog on GJSentinel.com.
Source: Press Release
Source: Daily Sentinel contributed to this story  (Posted 6:08a)

Gunnison County Sheriff Rick Murdie publicly announced Monday that he is not running for re-election, and is in fact, retiring.  The next obvious move is that Undersheriff of almost 20 years; Rick Besecker will become the new Sheriff.  The Gunnison Country Times says that during Tuesday’s caucuses, Besecker did announce his bid for candidacy as Sheriff.  No on else has come forward to challenge him. Murdie has been the Gunnison County Sheriff since 1986, and actually began his law enforcement career with the Denver Police Department in 1970. He intends on finishing out his term which officially ends January 2011.
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(Photo courtesy of Gunnison Country Times)
Source: Gunnison Country Times (Posted 6:05a)

JJ Ament, candidate for Colorado Treasurer will be at today’s Delta County Republican Luncheon. Today’s luncheon will be at the Deitch Haus in Delta on Highway 92 at 11:30.  For ticket information call 874-4413.
Source: PSA   (Posted 6:03a)

The family of a 13-year-old Texas girl who died after hitting a tree while skiing at a Colorado resort over the weekend has donated her organs. According to the Vail Daily, Taylor Storch’s family says her heart saved a 39-year-old Arizona woman and that her liver was given to a 1-year-old child. Storch was declared brain dead after falling backwards and hitting a tree while skiing at Beaver Creek Ski Resort Sunday.
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(Photo courtesy of Vail Daily)
Source: Vail Daily (Posted 5:59a)