The Colorado News Roundup: Volunteers prepare for high altitude rescues (05.01.16) |

The Colorado News Roundup: Volunteers prepare for high altitude rescues (05.01.16)


Ambulance hits pedestrian in front of hospital

An ambulance hit a pedestrian early Sunday outside the North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, said Banner Health Spokeswoman Lisa Neujahr.

“We are investigating that incident, the patient has been treated and released,” Neujahr said.

Because the incident happened on private property, Greeley police wouldn’t comment on it.

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Eagle County

Volunteers prepare for high-altitude rescues

EAGLE, Colo. — Hundreds of search-and-rescue volunteers are getting their training at the High-Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site this year, gearing up for the busy summer season for search-and-rescue crews that cranks up between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Instructors say there are many things that can go wrong at high altitudes flying rescue helicopters in the backcountry of the Rocky Mountains, including litters that spin too fast when they’re being pulled up, and patients who can fall out of the basket. There is also a risk for rescuers who climb up and down rocky mountainsides.

They fly dozens of rescue missions a year. Many people have been rescued after becoming stranded in groups.

According to the Vail Daily, the rescue operations are funded by donations.

Bear caught foraging for food in second-floor apartment

A resident in Eagle County caught a peculiar house guest rummaging through his refrigerator in the early Saturday.

According to a Facebook post from the Eagle River Fire Protection District, crews were dispatched on a service call about 4:45 a.m. Saturday for a report of a bear in the living room of a second-floor apartment.

Crews were able to chase off the small bear, who was caught by the resident earlier rummaging through the refrigerator. The resident locked himself in his room after discovering the bear to wait for help.

Eagle River Fire Protection, with assistance from Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, were able to successfully get the bear to leave the building without causing any injuries to the bear or the humans involved.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reports about 60 percent of Colorado’s collared population of bears have already emerged from hibernation, meaning they’re hungry and seeking food.

Bears have become increasingly mobile in the search for human food sources and will often return to places they know, wildlife officials said.

Eagle River Fire Protection officials used their Facebook post to encourage residents to keep windows closed and doors secured. They also recommended taking care to make sure garbage and pet food aren’t accessible or left out to attract bears.


2 dead after shooting in Loveland

A man and a woman are dead after an apparent shooting in Loveland.

The Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald reports that police responded to a call about an argument on Saturday. Someone who lived in the lower level of the home called to report the disturbance.

Police were able to remove the adult caller and two juveniles from the home before entering and finding the bodies of an adult man and adult woman in the room where the reported argument occurred.

A weapon was found at the scene.

Police say all parties involved have been identified and accounted for and that there is no ongoing threat.

The names of the victims have not been released.


Man shot in wrist after refusing to leave restaurant

A man who was asked to leave a McDonalds restaurant in Aurora was shot in the wrist by police after he was confronted by officers.

Aurora police say the man had been loitering in the restaurant on Sunday and showed an employee a gun when he was asked to leave.

Police say they found the man in a bathroom, and an officer shot the man in the wrist.

Police say the man had non-life threating wounds.

— The Associated Press

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