NEWS: Tuesday November 2, 2010 **ELECTION DAY**

Nov 2nd @ 5:48 am in News by Scott Staley

Case continued. The Montrose man accused of killing his girlfriend’s baby daughter in September appeared in court yesterday. The Daily Press reports that the case was continued to November 29th in order for Daniel Ryan’s attorney to review evidence. Hailey Rocha died of blunt force trauma September 11th under the care of Ryan. He’s being charged with first degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 5:50a)

Back-to-back search & rescue missions assist nine people. Three men on All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) from Garfield County Search & Rescue Inc. spent last night and early this morning assisting a group of lost hunters and a group of stranded college students in two different locations.

At approximately 8:12 p.m. last night, a 35-year-old hunter contacted the Vail Dispatch Center in Eagle County to request assistance. The Gypsum man, his teenage son and his son’s friend had been dropped off by a fourth person around noon near the White River National Forest’s Willow Peak area (mile marker 12 of Forest Service Road 600) to hunt in the waning hours of the state’s second rifle season for big game and had become lost in the high country.

Unfamiliar with the terrain, the three planned to hunt by walking south until reaching the Dotsero area where they would be picked up that evening. Becoming disoriented, their cell phone battery running low and daylight disappearing, the hunters made the 911 call requesting help when they arrived at an old homestead-type cabin near the south rim of Deep Creek Canyon in the Coffee Pot area. Vail Dispatch was able to pinpoint their location using the cell phone’s “Phase II” GPS capability that provided rescuers with a latitudinal/longitudinal location.

Three rescue personnel were able to reach the three hunters around 2:28 a.m. this morning via ATVs after enduring muddy conditions from overnight rain and snow showers while also spending about an hour cutting through downed trees along the way. Upon bringing the three hunters down to the Dotsero area, the rescuers were informed of another stranded group in the Lookout Mountain area off County Road 120.

Around 10:30 p.m. last night, six students from Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley Campus decided take a pickup to go exploring in the Hubbard Cave area. Several miles up Landis Creek, the group became stuck in the mud after the exhaust tail pipe punctured the right-rear tire.

Being lightly dressed and unprepared for the deteriorating conditions, the group contacted the Garfield County Emergency Communications Center for assistance at approximately 1:56 a.m. this morning. Just having completed their first mission in Dotsero, the three rescue personnel were able to reach the students around 6:15 a.m. with the help of one of the students’ GPS units providing exact coordinates. Making two trips on three ATVs to get all six out, the entire group was back at the campus at approximately 8:00 a.m.

Garfield County Search & Rescue Inc. and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office recommend anyone traveling off main roads to bring along proper cold-weather apparel, adequate food and water, blankets, a fully-charged cellular phone and a GPS unit at a minimum. Before leaving, travelers should ensure someone knows where they are going, what equipment they are taking and when to expect their return.

The agencies involved in these two overnight rescue operations included:
Garfield County Search and Rescue Inc.
Garfield County Sheriff’s Office
Garfield County Emergency Communications Center
Vail Dispatch Center
U.S. Forest Service (Eagle Office)
(Posted 5:48a)

The Bureau of Land Management will hold two public meetings to solicit public comments and input, for consideration in future recreational planning for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area.

The first of two Travel Management Meetings will be held Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 530 Gunnison River Drive, in Delta. The second meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Mesa County Courthouse Annex, in the multipurpose room, 750 Main Street, in Grand Junction.

BLM staff will present the public with an inventory of combined routes within the Dominguez-Escalante NCA. The combined routes are used for hiking, horseback riding, off-road vehicles or any other means of transportation. The BLM is seeking public assistance to add information on any additional routes the initial inventory may have overlooked.  To determine and consider future recreational and other multi-use access to the NCA, the BLM is also seeking public comment on which routes should be considered a priority in future planning and why the routes are important for recreational use.

The BLM is currently developing a new Resource Management Plan for the Dominguez-Escalante NCA and Dominguez Canyon Wilderness. These public meetings will also review planning decisions for travel management and the travel planning process, offer guidance on accessing inventory information and how to submit comments, and answer questions related to travel management within the NCA.

On March 30, 2009, the U.S. Congress designated 209,610 acres of public lands, spanning the three counties of Mesa, Delta and Montrose, as the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. The Dominguez-Escalante NCA was established for a broad range of values to conserve, protect, enhance and manage for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Within the Dominguez-Escalante NCA, 66,280 acres are set aside as the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness Area, which was part of the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness Study Area. They have been supported by local, regional and national interests for the outstanding resources in the area.

For information, contact Andy Windsor, Outdoor Recreation Planner, by telephone at (970) 244-3177, or email to John_Windsor@co.blm.gov. For additional information, visit the BLM website at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nca/denca.html.
(Posted 5:47a)