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Around the Mountains: Man survives being impaled by shovel

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ANGEL FIRE, N.M. A 66-year-old man from Angel Fire was reported to be kind of laughing about an accident while shoveling snow from a roof that nearly cost his life.Darrell Brigham fell 12 to 15 feet, and as he did, a shovel pierced his armpit and came out at the top of his shoulder. He was incredibly fortunate, his wife, Margaret, told the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle. The shovel missed all his major arteries and didnt hit a bone or tear any muscles. Hes in real good spirits and kind of laughing about the whole thing, she added.Man dies when trench caves inTAOS, N.M. The owner of an excavating company died when a trench being dug for a sewer line caved in on him. The Taos News reports that the victim, Wilfred Rael, 55, was buried by mud, ice, rocks and other debris in the eight-foot trench. Granby continues to rebuild from rampageGRANBY Granbys open wounds from Marvin Heemeyers wild and crazy rampage in June 2004 are gradually healing. The latest footnote is the completion of a new town hall to replace the one Heemeyer gutted with a fortified bulldozer during his spree that damaged or destroyed 13 buildings in Granby. A new library, which had previously been part of the town hall, has also been built in the area.Heemeyer went on his spree on a Friday afternoon in alleged retaliation for mistreatment by town officials and assorted others. At the core of his complaint was a zoning decision that he believed was unjust and adverse to his muffler repair business.

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