Colorado News Roundup: Rural counties receive help from the state, body of missing Avon teen found (07.24.16) |

Colorado News Roundup: Rural counties receive help from the state, body of missing Avon teen found (07.24.16)

Here’s what’s going on around Colorado today:



GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Two western Colorado counties have been chosen to get technical assistance from the state to promote tourism after their local economies were devastated by the downturn in the energy industry.

Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne says the using state resources and developing partnerships with organizations will allow Delta and Rio Blanco counties to study the efforts of other communities chosen by the Colorado Tourism Office as models for success.

Montrose County was given assistance to focus on its outdoor recreation industry.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports the assistance from the state is designed to help rural areas find ways to diversify and improve local business opportunities.



JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — A guide who was leading tourists down Grand Teton mountain has died.

The Exum Mountain Guide company says Gary Falk, 42 and a native of Ouray, Colorado, was leading a group down from a successful ascent of Grand Teton National Park’s highest peak when he fell at 10:30 a.m. Saturday about 2,400 feet from the top of the Owen-Spalding rappel into Valhalla Canyon near the Black Ice Couloir, the Jackson Hole News & Guide reports.

The park’s helicopter flew two rangers into a point nearby, and they hiked to the scene. Falk’s body was recovered via helicopter, the newspaper reports.

All Exum operations were cancelled for Sunday in honor of him, the News & Guide reports.


The body of missing Avon teen Mac Kelsall, 19, was found on Saturday in the river below where he and a friend were camping in Gore Canyon, Grand County authorities said.

He went camping with a friend to raft part of the Colorado River in Gore Canyon. They made their camp on a cliff, which Kelsall appears to have fallen from and into the water and could not get out. His body was found late Saturday afternoon and will be retrieved from the scene on Sunday, said Officer Dan Mayer.

More than 75 volunteers were out aiding authorities in the search for the missing teen. All of the volunteers were wonderful and could not have been more thoughtful or helpful, Mayer said.

— The Associated Press

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