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Child custody battle ends with death

PARK CITY – The story of a dispute about child custody that turned exceedingly ugly may have ended. Two of the three protagonists have died, and authorities have cleared the third individual, a developer from Wasatch County, which is adjacent to Park City.In August, Natalie Turner, 31, who was director of the chamber of commerce at Hailey, which is near Sun Valley, went to the Park City area accompanied by her boyfriend, David Charles Gayler, also 31. The two seemed intent on seizing Turner’s two children, ages 4 and 6, from their father, a developer in the Park City area.What happened next depends largely upon the story told by the father and ex-husband, John Pochynok. According to the Park Record (Sept.7), he says he opened the door, expecting to see his children, and was instead shot. The boyfriend, Gayler, apparently did the shooting. Somehow, the three all ended up in a car, which was met by a sheriff’s deputy and a wildlife officer.Based on reports, statements, and videotapes, authorities in Utah concluded that Turner, the chamber director, got out of the car, asked the officers to shoot her, and then aimed generally at them before pulling the trigger, but with no result. She asked, then aimed again, and this time the officers shot her.The boyfriend was jailed, but was found hanging from his neck by a sheet tied to a stall in a bathroom. The father of the two was reported to be at home coalescing from his wounds. He was shot twice with a .357 handgun.The Travel Channel or was it the Scam Cam?LEADVILLE – Businesses in resort towns are generally willing to lend a bed or serve a dinner if it means free publicity. But a video-toting trio who ate a swath through Leadville had several restaurateurs wondering.They told the local chamber of commerce they were preparing a feature about the entrees representative of the town, with the results to be broadcast on the Travel Channel. They ate well, too, but one restaurant owner told the Leadville Chronicle (Sept. 4) that she became skeptical.The group ordered the best items on the menu, then set up a camera on a tripod and recorded a 16-year-old female eating – down to licking the plate clean. Other hosts, however, were inclined to believe the crew was legit, even after proffering $150 in free vittles.Tree-thinning promised as way to preserve lake clarityLAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Federal money appears headed toward Lake Tahoe in an attempt to thin the adjoining forests to avert large fires. With fewer fires, there will be less mud washing down from mountain slopes, thereby preserving the lake’s clarity. The Tahoe Daily Tribune (Aug. 28) says that $30 million in federal funds has been promised.Forestry consults at a recent workshop said they want broader authority to cut in forests than environmental groups ordinarily approve. For example, they want permission to cut large trees when necessary and thin fuels around streams and on steep slopes. They say they also need incentives to cut the smaller trees that are ordinarily worth little.Whistler/Blackcomb exempted in fire banWHISTLER, B.C. – Travel in many backcountry areas of southern British Columbia has been restricted from late August through mid-September. Not so for Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Why?Resort officials point to the labyrinth of roads on the mountains that would make responding to an outbreak much easier. Also, notes the Whistler Question, ski area personnel are around to look for risky behavior, such as people smoking cigarettes. Not least, on-mountain reservoirs containing water for snowmaking could be tapped to fight fires. As well, resort officials have thinned underbrush and standing dead timber between many ski runs, reducing fire potential.SmartWool coming out with new socksSTEAMBOAT SPRINGS – SmartWool, the stocking manufacturer based in Steamboat Springs, has a new line of socks.Called Adrenaline, it is designed for crossover outdoor enthusiasts, the sort who engage in several different kinds of activities in the same day.Accordingly, the stockings are lighter, but without sacrificing the heel padding. They will also be more expensive, $1 to $2 more over what is among the most pricey on the rack, notes The Steamboat Pilot & Today (Aug. 31).


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