RE: Colorado system for investigating ski accidents raises concerns
The only thing I'm angry with the sheriff about is that he beat me to the punch on ripping the "investigative report" run by the SDN (and which was actually a Denver Post series) which opened up with questions about ski patrol training.
It is quite clear that the "journalist" in this story should be investigated on the size of check she cashed from the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (or what ever it is called).
What a hack piece - and no wonder that few ski areas would talk to her. Does she, and SDN (that's right kids - you ran it) understand that ski patrol will rescue more individuals in a busy weekend then local EMS will in a year? And they do this for a fraction of what we taxpayers shell out for our local EMS agencies? Lack of training? Why don't you talk about the EMT / Paramedic trained patrol members making a grand total of $12 an hour. Guys (and gals) who pay for their own avalanche training, their own gear, their own rescue and medical certifications.
Denver Post and SDN - do you know why they do this? They care, they are addicted to their jobs for reasons a city journalist will never understand because the questions are never asked.
The SDN was too lazy to check out this story. Just reprint a story from someone else - you don't have to pay a staff reporter - what a great deal. And you also get revenue from the stupid Google questions on your website.
Thomas Ide, Silverthorne