August 9, 2005 |
Autopsy results show that park ranger Jeff Christensen died of head injuries from a fall on the same day he left to patrol the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park, officials said. Christensen's body was found after an eight-day search over 26 square miles of wilderness. A hiker found it near Spectacle Lakes at about 13,000 feet.
November 18, 2005 |
The U.S. Senate has approved a deal that would provide an 83-year-old widow with a lifetime lease on a cabin inside Rocky Mountain National Park. The National Park Service wanted to evict Betty Dick when her lease expired on July 16, but after the intervention of two U.S. senators and a congressman, a compromise was reached. The legislation allows her to rent the cabin, which she uses as a summer home, and eight surrounding acres for $300 a year for the rest of her life.
July 19, 2002 |
COLORADO * An air tanker crashed while working to control a 1,200-acre wildfire near Rocky Mountain National Park, killing the two people on board, aviation officials said. The U.S. Forest Service said investigators were on their way to the crash site, about 45 miles northwest of Denver. It didn't have any other details about the plane or the crash. A spokesman for the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, said he believed the plane was operated by Hawkins & Powers Aviation Inc.
September 18, 2011
If you go THE BEST WAY TO DENVER From LAX, American, United, Frontier and Southwest offer nonstop service to Denver, and US Airways offers connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $212. From Denver International Airport, it's about a two-hour drive north to the trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. At the Longs Peak Ranger Station and Campground entrance, make a left and go one mile to the trailhead. This extremely strenuous hike, 16 miles round trip, has an elevation gain of 5,000 feet.
July 15, 2003 |
A black bear mauled two campers over the weekend, leaving them with torn scalps and forcing rangers to shut down a number of backcountry camping sites, Rocky Mountain National Park officials said. Patrick Finan, 22, of Boulder, and Tim Schuett, 23, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., were attacked as they slept in separate tents early Sunday, officials said. Finan was bitten on the forehead and scalp, park spokesman Kyle Patterson said.
July 25, 2004 |
The lifeless body of Marvin Heemeyer was still at the controls of his Jurassic bulldozer when the strange chatter began. For the preceding 90 minutes he'd behaved like an imperious child who didn't get his way, avenging his wounded pride by trying to raze 13 buildings in the rustic mountain town of Granby, Colo. But almost as soon as he'd ended the rampage by putting a bullet through his head, the former muffler shop magnate was attracting admirers. Not in Granby, of course.
September 23, 1985 |
Autumn arrived with a shiver and a coat of snow in the northern Rockies and Plains today as a fast-moving storm skated southward from Canada, while the East Coast braced for a tropical storm, a weather system fueled by heat. On the first full day of fall, Colorado's higher mountains made the transition from summer with a new accumulation of six inches of snow. Colorado's Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved road in North America, was closed during the weekend by four-foot snowdrifts.
October 12, 1985 |
A rain-swollen Kansas river rose four feet in one hour, forcing 100 residents to flee their homes Friday, while heavy thunderstorms across New Mexico washed out bridges, closed roads and took the life of one woman. Officials at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado closed the 11,000-foot-high Trail Ridge Road for the winter after snowplows failed to bust seven-foot drifts. The Whitewater River in Augusta, Kan., fed by up to five inches of rain, was more than 30 feet deep and rising.