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  • Crew pulls body of kayaker from Arkansas River, grim state record set

    A crew retrieved a body on the Arkansas River in Chaffee County after a kayaker went into the river Monday, the Denver Post reports. The man was with a group of people kayaking on the river about four miles north of Buena Vista when he became separated from the group “and went into the water,” Sheriff Pete Palmer. “We don’t know...

  • Kansas man found dead on Longs Peak identified

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK — Officials have released the name of a man whose body was found on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park. Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson says a climber was on the Keyhole Route of the 14,259-foot peak when he and his group saw the body 18-year-old Nicholas L. Hellbusch, of Lenexa, Kansas, below The Ledges...

  • Trap to be set for Aspen bear who swiped at woman

    ASPEN — State wildlife officers plan to set a trap in the Aspen alley where a bear swiped at an off-duty sheriff's deputy. The bear injured the abdomen and leg of Erin Smiddy early Sunday morning. She had to get stitches but Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Mike Porras told The Aspen Daily News (http://bit.ly/1lMIN5t) the attack could...

  • Two Wahl siblings complete English Channel swim, but trio misses out on history

    The Wahl siblings will have to wait to make history. Devin, Dustin and Danielle Wahl set out Sunday morning to become the first three siblings to swim the English Channel, but only two of made it across the 21-mile stretch of water. Danielle, who swam the channel in 2013,and Devin completed the swim Sunday. Dustin experienced "extreme...

  • Crews battle new wildfire in northwestern Colorado

    CRAIG — Firefighters in northwestern Colorado are battling a new wildfire — a 300-acre blaze near Elk Springs. The Elk Springs Fire started Saturday in windy conditions. It's burning near a ranch as well as oil and gas facilities and power lines. Recent lightning strikes started other fires but it's not clear yet how this one started....

  • Colorado Springs-area shooting centers gaining in popularity

    Ryan and Brenda are the reason that two indoor shooting ranges are under construction in the Pikes Peak region, and an outdoor range will open next month - demographically speaking, that is. Ryan, who asked that the couple's last name not be used, remembers a news story a few years ago about home invasion robbers breaking through front doors....

  • Man seriously hurt in Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK — Rangers say a man rescued from a mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park suffered life-threatening injuries after falling an unknown distance while sliding down snow. Thirty-one-year-old Nick Creadon of Golden, Colorado was flown off Gabletop Mountain Saturday morning after using his cellphone to call for...

  • Wahl siblings a bit 'frustrated' by delay but ready to attempt historic swim on Sunday

    Danielle, Devin and Dustin Wahl are delayed in their bid to make history. The Wahls want to become the first three siblings to each swim across the 21-mile English Channel at the same time, but their attempts to swim have been repeatedly put off since Tuesday. "So far the weather has been the biggest problem," Devin said Friday by email....

  • Analysis: Colorado gun law based on flawed estimate

    DENVER — A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly overstated in a key budget report. The discovery has prompted a prominent Democratic lawmaker to question whether the...

  • Texas woman drowns while rafting the Arkansas River, extending fatality record on Colorado waterways

    Another rafter died Thursday after the vessel that a 57-year-old Texas woman was riding became lodged in a suck hole and capsized, the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office said. Mary Johnson, who was on a rafting expedition on the Arkansas River about 14 miles north of Buena Vista, became the latest victim in a record-setting whitewater rafting...

  • Parents sue company after son's avalanche death

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The parents of a 26-year-old snowboarder who died after an Alaska avalanche have filed a federal lawsuit against a heli-skiing company, alleging it failed to assess the danger in the area. Nickolay Dobov of Truckee, California, died after the March 2012 Haines-area avalanche hit a group of skiers. Dodov was flown to...

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