Authorities investigate injury accident near City Market in Granby |

Authorities investigate injury accident near City Market in Granby

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle injury accident that occurred on U.S. Highway 40 at the intersection leading into the Granby City Market area. On Fri. Aug. 15, a 2001 Dodge Durango driven by Donna Victoria, 22, of Tabernash was traveling westbound on U.S. 40 when she attempted to turn onto Thompson Road. When she did so the Durango collided with a 1994 Chevy Camaro driven by Denis McCarthy, 72, of Grand Lake McCarthy and a 70-year-old female passenger riding in the Camaro suffered serious injuries, according to the State Patrol. Victoria did not receive any injuries related to the crash. Two female and two male passengers riding in the Durango with Victoria received no injuries or only minor injuries. The accident partially closed the standard access to the City Market shopping complex for more than an hour while traffic was rerouted to a dirt road south of McDonald's. Victoria was charged with careless driving causing bodily injury. Drugs and alcohol are not considered a factor in the crash, according to the Patrol.

Storms drop about 4 feet of snow in southern Colorado

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – Residents of southern Colorado are digging out from a series of storms during the last week that dumped up to 4 feet of snow in the mountains. As of Friday, Durango had received nearly 3 feet since Monday – nearly double the city’s average snowfall for January- while Wolf Creek Pass received 4 feet. A total of three storms moved through the region beginning Monday with 12- to 18-hour breaks between each one. The massive weight of the snow was blamed for buckling an exhaust pipe on a wood stove that led to a house fire. No injuries were reported. Three of the five major mountain passes on highways in southwest Colorado were reopened Saturday. The Colorado State Patrol reported few minor traffic accidents. — Information from: Durango Herald,

Skiers die at Purgatory, Steamboat ski areas

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Two skiers have died in accidents at Colorado ski resorts this week.A 23-year-old ski instructor at the Arapahoe Basin ski area was found dead at the Steamboat ski area Wednesday.Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg says Grace Lynn McNeil of Cedar, Mich., was found under 2 feet of snow in a tree well, the depression of snow that forms around a tree base.The Steamboat Pilot & Today newspaper reports that McNeil was in Steamboat skiing with friends. Patrollers found McNeil’s body at the base of a double-black-diamond run.In southwest Colorado, Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort officials say a 14-year-old Bayfield, Colo., girl died after hitting a tree Tuesday on an intermediate run. La Plata County Deputy Coroner John Dunn said Madeline Milner suffered heavy injuries to her liver, as well as head injuries. She had turned to talk to a friend while skiing and turned back just before hitting the tree, Dunn said.McNeil and Milner were wearing helmets.

Cattle King Peewees split contests

On Jan. 8-9 at the Chuck Lewis Skating rink in Kremmling, it was wicked cold, making the ice fast and crunchy. Game 1 for the Peewees had Kremmling against Grand Valley (Grand Junction). Kremmling prevailed 4-0. Scoring for the Cattle Kings were: Nate Kelly with 2 goals and 1 assist; Joseph Borgerding, 2 goals; Lucas Waterman had 2 assists; Luke Borgerding, 2 assists; and John Coon with 1 assist. Continuing on his shutout ways was goalie Code Culbreath with 19 saves on 19 shots. Game 2 this day for the Peewees , the puck was dropped at 2:20 p.m. In this contest the Cattle Kings had more than they could handle with the team from Durango. Kremmling lost 5-2. Goals for the Cattle Kings went to Logan Miyauchi and John Coon, assists to Shawn Mahorney and Victoria Robinson. Kremmling met with Durango the following morning and again did not have the answer to this fast-moving offense. Bode Culbreath was very busy between the pipes, stopping 26 shots on goal. In their second and final game of the weekend, the Peewees where able to outscore Grand Valley 6-3. Scoring points in this game (point for a goal and 1 for an assist) where Joseph Borgerding with 4, which included a hat trick and 1 point each went to Jacob Bentler, Sawyer Cousineau, Logan Miyauchi, Lucas Waterman, Shawn Mahorney, and Victoria and Ryan Robinson. “This was a total team effort today including the skating of Wyatt Killinen, Edward Matthews and Luke Borgerding,” said assistant coach Kenneth Bentler. “The kids are looking better and better each game.” New additions to the rink include a wall on the southeast end and the installation of the new scoreboard, which for the first time in club history since 1992 has penalties displayed, said longtime Cattle Kings treasurer/scorekeeper Terry Tanton . “It was so cool to have the scoreboard with the penalties displayed, the coaches/players/referees know when a penalty is over and a team is no longer shorthanded and icing is no longer a legal play. I love it,” she said. The skating rink is open to the public free as long as the Cattle Kings/drop-in hockey/figure skating club, is not using the rink.

College student killed while rafting Colorado’s Piedra River

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – A college student from Colorado has died after falling out of a raft on the Piedra River in Archuleta County. Sheriff’s officials say 20-year-old Fort Lewis College student Robert Reiter, of Gypsum, was training as a river guide Friday when he fell from the raft and became trapped under a submerged log. Reiter was among 17 trainees on a familiarization tour with Southwest Whitewater. The accident occurred in Second Box Canyon, an area inaccessible by foot. The Archuleta County search-and-rescue team recovered the body Saturday. Andy Corra of Four Corner River Sports in Durango said the flow through that stretch would be considered moderate. He said guides must log 50 hours on rivers to become licensed.

Grand County real estate transactions, Nov. 11 – Nov. 17, 2012

Hi Country Haus Bldg 12, Units 17,18 – Phyllis Walsh to Charlo Blankenship, $160,000 Granby Ranch Filing 2, Lot 7 – Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Richard and Kathryn Stults, $365,000 Mesa Vista Subdivision Lot S13 – Fannie Mae Federal National Mortgage Association to Ronnie and Cynthia Hald, $169,900 Bussey Hills Subdivision Block 5, Lots 4,5,6,20,21 – Rory and Theresa Schwien to Douglas Jenson, $155,000 Bridgers Cache Sub Lot 11 – Richard Waryn and Elizabeth Katkin to Bridgers LLC, $500 Mountainside at SilverCreek B U 25 Timeshare 025102 – Kathleen Mesclier to Lawrence and Kelly Murphy, $500 Indian Peaks Bldg A, Condo Unit A201, Week 7 – John and Linda Evans to Tamlyn Farrar, $2,000 Innsbruck-Val Moritz Sub (1) Lot 32, Block 16, Partial Legal – See Document/Includes Easements – Gary Schoen and Dawn McNally-Schoen to Gust Geralis and Sharon Snyder, $575,000 Westgate Lodge of Winter Park Unit 204 – JPMorgan Chase Bank National Association to Gwendolyn and Robert Mossman Jr., $65,000 Winter Park Village Lot 5, Block 3 – Entrust New Direction IRA TSTE Benefit Charles S Morris to David Woida Living Trust and Debra Woida Living Trust, $110,000 Colorado Anglers Club #1, Lot 11, Block 8 – Alpine Lumber Company to Randy Hayes, $17,500 Colorado Anglers Club #1, Lots 9,10, Block 8 – RME Holdings LLC to Randy Hayes, $44,000 Pole Creek Valley Subdivision Lot 113 – Grand Mountain Bank FSB to Thomas Johnson and Victoria Simpson, $750,000 Winterstar Condos Unit AB7, Bldg AB – Thomas Johnson and Victoria Simpson to Grand Mountain Bank FSB, $300,000 Timbers Condominiums Unit 2, Bldg 10, Garage Space No 2 – Stratus Timbers LLC to Scott Teichman and Jennifer Gray, $220,000 Winter Park Ranch 5th Filing Lot S66 – Kevin Haupt to Jodie Silva, $395,000 Twin River Condo Unit 8, Bldg Flora – Shawn and Jennifer Dubois to Kathleen Schleichert, $199,000 Trestle Townhomes Unit 3B – Marlys Hoffman to Ricardo Gonzalez and Patricia Shaw, $285,000 East Mountain Filing 2, Lot 74 – Kent Walczak to Paul and Kaylyn Krummen, $585,000

Grand County officers respond to snowmobile accidents

Winter must be here because the reports of snowmobile accidents are starting to show up in the weekly Grand County Sheriff’s Office’s incident reports. One of the first accidents for the season was reported on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 30, when Deputy Terry Faulkner was dispatched to Trailblazers Snowmobile Rentals on County Road 50 on the report of an injury accident. Upon arriving, Deputy Faulkner spoke with Trailblazer owner/operator Greg Foley who explained that during their first guided trail ride of the season, a guest had lost control of his rental snowmobile, crashed and been injured. The guest, Philip Tijerina of Denver, had sustained injuries to his shoulder and ribs. His girlfriend Laura Cantu had been a passenger on the snowmobile but apparently escaped injury. By the time Deputy Faulkner arrived at Trailblazers, both Tijerina and Cantu had left in a private vehicle to seek medical attention for Tijerina. The rental snowmobile also suffered damage in the crash totaling $2,660, which Tijerina paid the next day. Another accident involving a rental snowmobile occurred on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 10. In the initial dispatch call, injuries were being reported. Deputy Jim Ellison was first dispatched to the accident scene three miles from the Idleglenn parking area on County Road 491. However, before arriving there, the Sheriff’s dispatcher came back on the radio to report there were no injuries and the damaged snowmobile was already being towed back to On the Trail Rentals in Grand Lake. Arriving at the snowmobile rental company, Deputy Ellison spoke with the woman who had been driving the damaged snowmobile. She and a friend had ridden about four miles when she was unable to negotiate a turn while driving at about 35 mph. Her rental snowmobile had gone off the trail and hit a tree. The woman said her only injuries were a painful wrist and hand, but she refused medical attention. The snowmobile suffered an estimated $3,500 in damage.

Kremmling: Inell Harvey injured in roll over accident

Beloved local newspaper columnist Inell Harvey of Kremmling is recovering from injuries she suffered in a one-car accident last week. Harvey, 92, sustained broken ribs in a rollover accident on Thursday afternoon, May 30. She was transported by Flight For Life helicopter to St. Anthony’s Central Hospital in Denver for treatment. According to the local office of the Colorado State Patrol, the accident occured at Milepost 12.2 on the Trough Road west of Kremmling about 4:20 p.m. Thursday. Harvey’s vehicle was descending a downhill section of the roadway that makes a sharp curve to the right when she apparently lost control. Her vehicle left the roadway, rolled twice and came to rest on its wheels after traveling 269 feet off the Trough Road. Rescuers arriving at the accident scene found Harvey conscious and reportedly in “good spirits” despite her injuries. She was driving alone in the vehicle when the accident happened. Harvey has been a columnist with the Grand County Newspapers for the past 22 years. She has written more than 1,600 editions of her popular column “Heeney Hearsay,” which have appeared in the “Middle Park Times” and “Sky-Hi Daily News.”

Accidents in Grand County keep officers busy

Wednesday morning was a busy one for law enforcement officers around Grand County, Colorado, as they were called to handle a couple of traffic accidents on the highways. About 9 a.m., Granby Police were dispatched to handle a rollover accident east of town on U.S. Highway 40. The accident was a single-car rollover due to icy conditions at Milepost 221 on the Tabernash side of Red Dirt Hill. No injuries were reported and the highway was quickly reopened. At about the same time, troopers from the Kremmling office of the Colorado State Patrol responded to an accident on State Highway 134 near Gore Pass. In that accident, a semitruck’s trailer had tipped over and spilled the load of logs it was carrying onto the highway at Milepost 20, about seven miles west of the junction with U.S. Highway 40. No injuries were reported, and the highway was partially blocked for a few hours until the damaged trailer and logs could be moved.

Grand County EMS mourns loss of captain

Longer than a year after a Grand County EMS vehicle rolled two-and-a-half times on Red Dirt Hill, the driver of the vehicle, former EMS Captain Brian Schimpf, died following a surgery related to injuries sustained from the accident. After Schimpf underwent surgery on Wednesday, Nov. 20, he was placed on life support due to complications with the surgery, according to Grand County EMS Chief Ray Jennings. Schimpf never regained consciousness and died on Saturday, Nov. 23. He was 33 years old. The tragic death of Schimpf marks the first death to occur in the line of duty for the agency since Grand County EMS began operating in 1970. "He was a wonderful young man, one of those bright and shining stars that everyone gravitated to," Jennings said. "It is very sad to see someone so young and alive not be here anymore." Schimpf, originally from Minnesota, had been working for Grand County EMS for less than a year when he was returning from a structure fire at Beaver Village around 2 a.m. on Sept. 7, 2012. He was travelling westbound on Highway 40 on Red Dirt Hill when the accident occurred. "Red Dirt Hill gets pretty slick when it is wet," Jennings said. Locals know that this section of road is dangerous and accident prone, he said. "He was new to the area and didn't have the experience." After the accident, Schimpf was able to locate a radio and call for help. Schimpf suffered numerous injuries from the accident including a mild head injury, broken ribs, broken tibia and fibula, broken collarbone, and spinal injuries. Schimpf went into surgery on Wednesday in relation to the spinal injuries. Grand County EMS held fundraisers for Schimpf, which saw a large amount of involvement from the public, according to Jennings. One of Schimpf's attributes that will be sorely missed by Grand County EMS will be Schimpf's dedication to the craft and to public safety and helping others, Jennings said. "He always helped and wanted to teach the younger ones about the craft and will be sorely missed because he touched so many lives," Jennings said. The family of Schimpf will hold a memorial for both Schimpf and his grandfather, who passed away on Veteran's Day this year, in Minnesota. Grand County EMS will hold a memorial for Schimpf, date and time yet to be set. Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334