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Garfield County Search and Rescue found two snowmobilers who were lost overnight on the Flat Tops last weekend, reported Tanny McGinnis, spokeswoman for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. The two men were reported to be tired and cold after spending the night out with no fire, but were not injured.

A party of four had gone snowmobiling on Saturday, Feb. 19. They got separated under whiteout conditions at 1:30 p.m. Two snowmobilers tried to find their companions, but weather forced them to return to their vehicles, parked at mile 6 of Forest Road 600, and they called the sheriff’s office for help. Due to bad weather and safety concerns, the search was put off for the night.

Search and Rescue launched the search at first light on Sunday with a crew of 10, plus the two snowmobilers who had called for help, and three other volunteers. They traveled about 30 miles across snow to the White Owl Lake area, fighting against strong winds, blowing snow and poor visibility. DBS Helicopters also attempted to assist in the search, but had to return to the Garfield County Regional airport because of bad winter weather conditions.



The search crew reached the Forest Service cabin at White Owl Lake at 11 a.m., and then found the snowmobilers at 1 p.m. The lost snowmobilers reported that they abandoned their sleds along Tibbets Ridge and then walked about two miles back to where they had become separated from their companions, McGinnis said.

The rescue crew brought the men back to the cabin and then back to town.



A tractor-trailer rig crashed on I-70 at about 7:50 a.m. on Friday, about 14 miles east of Glenwood Springs in Glenwood Canyon, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The driver, Melvin Cartagena-Salazar, 29, from Lakewood, Wash., was traveling eastbound on I-70 in a 2003 Freightliner tractor, owned by Central Freight Lines from Waco, Texas, pulling double trailers.

The truck veered out of control and jack-knifed, blocking both eastbound lanes on the interstate, reported state trooper Rick Kolecki. He noted it was snowing and the road was icy.

The truck driver was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, and Kolecki reported there were no injuries resulting from the accident.

Cartagena-Salazar was ticketed for careless driving.

The eastbound lanes of I-70 were closed for two hours at Glenwood Springs while the tractor and trailers were hauled away.

The crash is being investigated by the CSP, and Kolecki reported that speed is being considered as a possible contributing factor.

The CSP, Garfield County Sheriff’s Department, Glenwood Springs Police Department, Gypsum Fire, Colorado Department of Transportation and Big Steve’s Towing Service responded to the scene of the accident.

Two Glenwood Springs nonprofits are among the recipients of grants announced this week by the Daniels Fund.

Columbine Home Health and the Continuing Care Project for the Valley View Hospital Association received funds.

“These nonprofits are highly effective at providing vital services to the most vulnerable members of our communities,” said Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund. “And as a result of their incredible work, our communities become better places to live.”

The program areas eligible for grants through the Daniels Fund include: aging, alcoholism and substance abuse, amateur sports, disabilities, education, homeless and disadvantaged and youth development.

Bill Daniels, a cable television pioneer, established the Daniels Fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Visit http://www.danielsfund.org for more information.


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